Month: May 2007

  • Phuket News

    Gazette appoints new Managing Director

    PHUKET: Oranee ‘Ann’ Pienprasertkul has been elected Managing Director of the Phuket Gazette Co Ltd, with responsibility for all operating divisions and products of the company.Now in her eighth year with the Gazette, K. Oranee joined as an advertising sales person. She became marketing manager in 2002 and was appointed General Manager in 2005.The Bangkok native is a graduate of…

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  • Phuket NewsCzech Republic names Honorary Consul for Phuket | Thaiger

    Czech Republic names Honorary Consul for Phuket

    PHUKET CITY: Anurak Tansiriroj, Managing Director of Phuket International Hospital, has been appointed Honorary Consul for Phuket for the Czech Republic.K. Anurak today met Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit and invited him to the official opening of the Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic in Phuket, to be opened by the Czech Ambassador to Thailand Ivan Hotek at The Metropole hotel…

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  • Phuket NewsFile work permit renewals early, says new PPEO Chief | Thaiger

    File work permit renewals early, says new PPEO Chief

    PHUKET: The new Chief of the Phuket Provincial Employment Office (PPEO) has called for holders of work permits to apply for renewals at least three working days before their current permit expires.Nataya Anudit, who took over as PPEO chief two weeks ago, told the Gazette that the reminder aims to reduce the number of foreigners whose work permits needlessly expire…

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  • Cannabis NewsGambling tops crimes stats again | Thaiger

    Gambling tops crimes stats again

    PHUKET: Gambling remains the most commonly caught crime on the island with 239 arrests made from April 1 to April 30, according to statistics released by Phuket Provincial Police.Prostitution climbed into number two position, with 92 arrests.There were 71 people arrested in drug-related cases, of which 33 were for ya bah (methamphetamine)-related charges – three for selling, 20 for possession…

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  • Phuket News

    Diver airlifted from Similans after “fish’ attack

    PHUKET: Russian tourist Rustem Teregulov, 39, was airlifted by Royal Thai Navy helicopter from the Similan Islands to Phuket yesterday after he was bitten by a fish – or possibly a moray eel – while diving in the world-renowned national park. Mr Teregulov today told the Gazette that he was diving off one of the smaller islands about 1:30 pm…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice bust Phuket ya bah connection | Thaiger

    Police bust Phuket ya bah connection

    PHUKET: Police have arrested three men and three women, and confiscated 5,830 ya bah (methamphetamine) pills imported from Laos, in two separate but related raids.On Tuesday evening, police arrested Dej “Reem” Suebsod, 42, from Phuket, after he sold a bag containing about 30 ya bah pills to an undercover officer during a sting operation in front of Moo Baan Iravadee…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket Immigration nab wanted Korean | Thaiger

    Phuket Immigration nab wanted Korean

    PHUKET CITY: Phuket Immigration Police yesterday arrested a Korean hiding in self-exile in Trang’s Kantang District. The man is accused of defrauding a construction company of US$343,000 (11.3 million baht) in his native South Korea.At Phuket Immigration Office yesterday afternoon, Acting Commissioner of the Immigration Bureau Pol Lt Gen Boonraung Ponpanich explained that Immigration officers had, via Interpol, received a…

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  • Phuket News53 repossessed vehicles up for auction | Thaiger

    53 repossessed vehicles up for auction

    PHUKET CITY: Kiatnakin Bank will publicly auction 53 repossessed vehicles on May 19 at the Yee Teng Complex on Bangkok Rd.Kiatnakin Bank Chief of Operations Thanyaporn Suwanyayee told the Gazette that this is the second time that the Phuket branch has held such an auction. The first was in December last year.The vehicles will be available for inspection at the…

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  • Thailand NewsThieving teens | Thaiger

    Thieving teens

    PHUKET CITY: A gang of young thieves was collared by Phuket’s finest recently as they carried away vehicle parts from a city parking lot. While wayward teenagers pilfering spare parts from parking lots hardly constitutes news these days, in this case the choice of venue chosen by the young hoods was noteworthy: the vehicle impound lot of the Phuket City…

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  • Phuket News

    Patong Hospital to become more autonomous

    PATONG: Patong Hospital on October 2 will become a public organization, though wholly owned by the Ministry of Public Health, so that local community leaders can join the hospital’s board of administrators.A public seminar was held yesterday to inform staff and the public to the changes the hospital will face.Contrary to reports in the local media, the hospital will not…

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  • Phuket NewsSmall retailers call for more government support | Thaiger

    Small retailers call for more government support

    PHUKET CITY: The Phuket Chamber of Commerce (PCC) has called for the central government to do more to help small retailers cope with the on-going expansion of superstores and convenience store chains on the island – including having the stores pay more in local taxes. PCC President Eam Thavornwongwongse on Friday led a small delegation of PCC representatives at a…

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  • Phuket NewsNorwegian’s home burgled, B600,000 missing | Thaiger

    Norwegian’s home burgled, B600,000 missing

    PATONG: A burglar made off with 600,000 baht in cash and valuables stashed in a safe that he stole from the home of a Norwegian man living on Soi Maneesri.The victim, Oystein Karlsen, 38, told the Gazette the burglar broke into his hillside home in Soi Maneesri, located off Petchakut Rd, opposite the entrance to Simon Cabaret, between 3 am and…

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  • Phuket NewsSwiss man found dead in hotel room | Thaiger

    Swiss man found dead in hotel room

    KARON: A housekeeper in Karon discovered the body of a 64-year-old Swiss man, the victim of apparent heart failure, last Thursday.The man, identified by police as Beat Fritz Meier, was staying at the Marina Cottage bungalow resort.In her report to the police, a resort housekeeper said she found him naked under a sheet.Lt Col Chana Sutthimas, Inspector at Chalong Police…

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  • Phuket NewsBoy drowns at Bang Wad | Thaiger

    Boy drowns at Bang Wad

    KATHU: A 12-year-old boy drowned in a canal near Bang Wad Dam after swimming there with five friends yesterday afternoon.Pol Sub Lt Pathaphi Srichai of Tung Tong Police Station told the Gazette, “Yesterday afternoon Songwut Chanmee and five friends went to swim in the klong, which is five meters deep.”Sub Lt Pathaphi explained that after swimming, Songwut’s friends went home,…

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  • Phuket News2 die in Kusoldham high-speed smash | Thaiger

    2 die in Kusoldham high-speed smash

    RASSADA: Two people died and five were injured when a Kusoldharm Volunteer Rescue Foundation truck rushing four accident victims to hospital collided with a Toyota sedan at high speed. The accident occured at the Tesco-Lotus intersection on Sunday morning.Phuket City Police Inspector for Investigations, Lt Col Adul Nirapai, identified the two dead as Kusoldharm volunteer Apirak Suemuang, 24, and Namfon Niewnaen,19.Namfon was one…

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  • Phuket NewsTeen killed by friend in “mistake’ shooting | Thaiger

    Teen killed by friend in “mistake’ shooting

    PHUKET CITY: Police have charged a 20-year-old man for the murder of his friend after he allegedly shot his friend in the back – accidentally – while the pair were riding through Saphan Hin on a motorbike early Thursday morning.Phuket City Police Inspector for Investigation Lt Col Somkid Boonrat told the Gazette that the shooting took place near a stoplight near the Provincial…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket beaches closed due to bad weather | Thaiger

    Phuket beaches closed due to bad weather

    PHUKET (Gazette, The Nation): Winds gusting up to 35 kilometers an hour and waves of up to two meters in height crashing along Phuket’s west coast forced lifeguards to close nearly all of Phuket’s main beaches today.Siripong Yukhonthorn, Deputy President of the Andaman Life Saving Club and a senior figure in the provincial government’s Life Guard project, told the Gazette,…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket OrBorTor to go to the polls | Thaiger

    Phuket OrBorTor to go to the polls

    PHUKET: The four-year terms of 11 Tambon Administration Organizations (OrBorTor) in Phuket will end on August 29. Elections for new OrBorTor councilors and Presidents must be held within 45 days of dissolution.The 11 tambon are Wichit, Rawai, Chalong, Rassada, Koh Kaew; Kamala, Mai Khao, Srisoonthorn, Cherng Talay, Sakoo and Thepkrasattri.The Phuket Election Commission (PEC) has announced that the elections are…

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  • Phuket NewsLocal venues make Conde Nast “hot list’ | Thaiger

    Local venues make Conde Nast “hot list’

    PHUKET: Three local hotels and two spas have been listed on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2007 “Hot List”. The list is compiled by the prestigious international travel magazine to give “an inside look at the latest scene stealing hotels, restaurants, bars and spas”.The spa hot list, rated by undercover reporters, listed Lemongrass House in Cherng Talay as “laid back and funky”,…

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  • Phuket NewsPIMEX 2007 relocates to Royal Phuket Marina | Thaiger

    PIMEX 2007 relocates to Royal Phuket Marina

    PHUKET: For the first time in its five-year history, the Phuket International Boat Show this year will be held at the Royal Phuket Marina, December 6 to 9. Gulu Lalvani, developer of Royal Phuket Marina, said he was delighted with the news and welcomed PIMEX as part of his dream to cement the position of Phuket as the first destination…

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  • Phuket News

    Khun Woody salutes Patong’s finest

    PATONG: Police early yesterday morning arrested a burglar minutes after computer guru and Gazette columnist Woody Leonhard had chased the robber out of his home with a butcher’s knife.K. Woody told the Gazette, “The burglar first tried to come into my townhouse through the sliding glass door in the top floor bedroom. Apparently he saw my 82-year-old father sleeping, so…

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  • Phuket NewsStorm warning issued | Thaiger

    Storm warning issued

    PHUKET: The Thai Meteorological Department this morning issued a regional weather warning for Southern Thailand after tracking a tropical depression that has been causing unusually rainy conditions in the region over the past few days. At 10 am this morning the depression was centered about 300 kilometers west of Chumphon. The system, with maximum wind gusts of about 55kmh, was…

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  • Phuket News

    Suniran re-elected Mayor of Cherng Talay

    CHERNG TALAY: Suniran Rachtapruek was re-elected mayor of Cherng Talay in the April 28 election, beating one challenger to retain the role. Voters also chose 12 new administrative members, six from each electorate. Of the 2,546 registered voters in Cherng Talay, 1,983 went to the poll, a 78% turnout. Mayor Suniran was re-elected with 1,300 votes, while the challenger, Manit…

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  • Phuket NewsFifth time unlucky for furniture thief | Thaiger

    Fifth time unlucky for furniture thief

    CHALONG: A man was placed under citizens arrest by the owner of a furniture shop after he was caught stealing three large wooden clocks at 3:45 am on April 25. It was the fifth time within a month that the man had broken into Watthana Wood Furniture on Chao Fa East Rd.Lt Col Chokchai Sutthimek, an Inspector at Chalong Police…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket brings home boating awards | Thaiger

    Phuket brings home boating awards

    BANGKOK: Phuket has been named Asia’s Maritime Capital at the prestigious Christofle Asia Boating Awards at the Peninsula Hotel in Bangkok by popular vote among the 20 judges, who rewarded Phuket for its “first-class boating facilities, which include modern marinas, state-of-the-art boatyards and prime chartering”.The annual King’s Cup sailing regatta won Yachting Event of the Year while Phuket-based Asia Marine…

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  • Thailand NewsFrom nuptials to nightmare | Thaiger

    From nuptials to nightmare

    NAKHON SRI THAMMARAT: A wedding celebration turned to hasty funeral preparations when a respected guest accidentally shot himself in the head while trying to fire a shot into the air to welcome the groom’s procession to the bride’s home. Pol Lt Col Worote Sukger, Deputy Superintendent for Investigations of the Pakpanang District Police, received a report of the incident at…

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  • Thailand NewsChancy chat at chick shop | Thaiger

    Chancy chat at chick shop

    TRANG: An employee at the Trang branch of Tesco Lotus had a lucky escape April 19 when an angry KFC worker attempted to shoot him at point blank range with a shotgun. The cartridge, however, misfired. About 10 am, Sombun Sikhajan, 31, was working in the tape section as usual when Phichet Kanmak, 33, who worked at the store’s branch…

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