Month: October 2007

  • Phuket NewsThais miss out as FIVB tourney begins

    Thais miss out as FIVB tourney begins

    KARON: The world’s top women’s beach volleyball players took to the sands today as part of the Swatch FIVB Beach Volley World Tour 2007.After a closely-fought battle, Thais Manerat Udomchavee and Julaluk Radarong narrowly missed out on a place in the second qualifying round after losing 2-1 (21-16, 19-21, 15-12) to Dutch pairing Sanne Keizer and Mered de Vries.In hot…

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  • Phuket NewsSarasin Bridge closed | Thaiger

    Sarasin Bridge closed

    TAH CHAT CHAI: The Sarasin Bridge was closed at 6 am today and traffic is being diverted until tomorrow so that preparations can be made for the opening scene of a Thai romantic comedy to be filmed on the bridge.Northbound traffic now joins the carriageway onto Thepkrasattri Bridge in front of the JW Marriott Phuket & Spa and continues using…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice call for Kata Viewpoint streetlights | Thaiger

    Police call for Kata Viewpoint streetlights

    RAWAI: Chalong Police this morning urged Phuket Governor Niran Kalaynamit to co-ordinate with the Kata-Karon and Rawai municipalities to have more streetlights installed along the dark stretches of road near Kata Viewpoint in order to make the streets safer for nighttime motorists.Speaking at the Phuket Provincial Security Meeting this morning, Lt Col Suwat Kaewprom, deputy superintendent of Chalong Police Station,…

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  • Phuket NewsProbe to investigate Patong landslide | Thaiger

    Probe to investigate Patong landslide

    PATONG: Patong Municipality today set up a special committee to investigate the landslide area along Soi Veerakij [Nanai Rd Soi 9] and determine how many homes in the area are at risk of tumbling down the escarpment left behind by the recent landslide.Patong Municipality Chief Administrator (Palad) this morning told the Gazette that the villa and five-story apartment block left…

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  • Phuket NewsPatong tunnel idea given fresh impetus

    Patong tunnel idea given fresh impetus

    PATONG: The concept of building a tunnel between Kathu and Patong has been refloated and is being researched with an 80-million-baht feasibility study. Building the tunnel alone is already being estimated to cost as much as up to a billion baht. Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit told the Gazette that the Phuket Provincial Office held a meeting with the Highways Department…

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  • Phuket NewsAllegations of vote-buying under investigation | Thaiger

    Allegations of vote-buying under investigation

    THALANG: Accusations of vote-buying in the presidential election in the Srisoonthorn Administration Organization (OrBorTor) council election on October 7 are being investigated, including a vote recount, after official complaints were filed with the Phuket Election Commission (PEC) on October 5.Kraisri Kiewwan, chief administrator (Palad) of Srisoonthorn OrBorTor, told the Gazette that on October 5 a group of Srisoonthorn residents filed…

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  • Phuket NewsIsland prepares for major local elections | Thaiger

    Island prepares for major local elections

    PHUKET: Elections will be held on November 17 for Wichit, Rassada and Rawai municipalities, which have now been upgraded from tambon administration organization (OrBorTor) to tessbaan tambon status, Phuket Election Commission (PEC) director Supap Akkam told the Gazette today.In the run-up to the elections, 105 candidates will contest the 12 councilor seats per municipality and eight candidates have signed up…

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  • Phuket NewsIncinerator “on hold until after elections’ – Governor | Thaiger

    Incinerator “on hold until after elections’ – Governor

    PHUKET: Consideration of approval for funding to build a second garbage incinerator is likely to have to wait until a new government is elected in the national elections slated for December 23, Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit told the Gazette yesterday.“Bearing in mind the current political situation as the government gears up for national elections at the end of this year,…

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  • Phuket NewsTwo tourists drown | Thaiger

    Two tourists drown

    KATA-KARON: Two foreign tourists who ignored red warning flags and entered heavy surf drowned in separate incidents yesterday afternoon at Kata and Karon beaches.Pol Lt Col Chana Suthimas, duty inspector of Chalong Police Station, identified the victim recovered at Karon Beach as 41-year-old Mesut Yetkin from Turkey. His death was reported about 6:40 pm.A few hours earlier, about 3 pm,…

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  • Phuket NewsFlash flood warning issued | Thaiger

    Flash flood warning issued

    PHUKET: The Meteorological Department (West Coast) today issued a flash flood warning for people living in hillside areas in Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi and Trang due to continuing heavy rains in the region.The warning also advises against small craft venturing out in the Andaman Sea.Aroon Kerdsom, who heads the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket) office, said workers had…

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  • Phuket NewsDim bikers shown the light | Thaiger

    Dim bikers shown the light

    PHUKET CITY: In a bid to improve road safety, the Phuket Community Foundation (PCF) is launching a project to replace substandard taillights on motorcycles from November 8 to 10.The project will provide 1,200 tail lights and brake lights for a wide range of the most common small-engine scooters and motorcycles made by Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki.The taillights will be…

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  • Phuket NewsLandslide in Patong

    Landslide in Patong

    PATONG: Scores of residents at the Beverly Hills complex off Nanai Rd Soi 9 were evacuated to safety early yesterday morning after heavy rains caused a landslide that left part of the foundations of a hillside villa and an apartment block hanging perilously in thin air.The slump occurred around 1 am, when exposed earth suddenly slumped down onto a construction…

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  • Phuket NewsSemi-trailer jackknifes, causes 5km tailback

    Semi-trailer jackknifes, causes 5km tailback

    KOH KAEW: A 22-wheel semi-trailer slid out of control on a wet Thepkrasattri Rd early this afternoon and came to rest only after slamming into the footpath.The driver lost control of the vehicle about 1:30 pm after braking hard to avoid hitting a motorcycle that crossed in front of the truck.The driver, Vinai Lekpetch, 45, told the Gazette, “I was…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice arrest Phuket City “serial thieves’ | Thaiger

    Police arrest Phuket City “serial thieves’

    KATHU: Two men have been arrested for a series of robberies after they were caught on video by CCTV breaking into an apartment, Pol Lt Col Thitirat Asakit of Tung Tong Police announced this morning.On September 29 about 11 am, Tung Tong Police Station received a call from a female student who said her laptop computer and mobile phone had…

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  • Phuket NewsWho’ll stop the rain?

    Who’ll stop the rain?

    PHUKET CITY: Heavy rains today has caused flooding and traffic jams in some areas, but thus far there have been no reports of landslides or serious damage.A two-hour downpour starting about 10 am left Phra Phuket Kaew Rd near the Tesco-Lotus intersection under about half a meter of water, resulting in a tailback all the way to Kathu. Other parts…

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  • Phuket NewsRoadworks delay for “death bend’

    Roadworks delay for “death bend’

    THALANG: Road construction to straighten the notoriously dangerous Kho En “death bend” on Thepkrasattri Rd has been delayed, with just 2% of the roadwork finished on the project that began June 28 and was scheduled for completion by December 24.The Phuket Highway District contracted Chaiyakorn Co Lt to expand the 440-meter section of the four lane road and decrease the…

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  • Phuket NewsRawai attacks continue; Man survives machete attack | Thaiger

    Rawai attacks continue; Man survives machete attack

    RAWAI: The late-night road attacks on motorcyclists in the south end of the island continue unabated, with two more reports of attacks in the last 24 hours and several others earlier this month continuing to pour in to the Gazette news desk. Last night a 24-year-old Norwegian man, staying in Phuket on disability pension because he is officially registered as…

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  • Phuket NewsConstruction of controversial Tesco continues | Thaiger

    Construction of controversial Tesco continues

    THALANG: The ongoing dispute between some Cheng Talay residents and mega-retailer Tesco Lotus is no closer to being solved, as construction continues on the fiercely-opposed Tesco Lotus Express Store in Bang Tao. At a meeting yesterday between Thalang District chief Chaivat Tapee and representatives from Cherng Talay Municipality, the newly-elected Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organization (OrBorTor) and a group of…

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  • Phuket NewsPhaya Thai hospital plan comes under fire | Thaiger

    Phaya Thai hospital plan comes under fire

    PHUKET (Nation): The Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) project to revamp the old Phyathai Hospital on the east side of Phuket City has come under criticism by Health Ministry officials, who claim it will lure qualified staff away from already short-staffed medical facilities.Ministry policy and strategy bureau director Dr Supakit Sirilak said state hospitals outside Bangkok already had too few…

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  • Phuket NewsMan, 64, attacked in Rawai | Thaiger

    Man, 64, attacked in Rawai

    RAWAI: Briton Bill O’Hare, 64, was attacked while riding his motorbike home late on Saturday night. He was hit in the head with a piece of lumber and kicked in the ribs before his attackers took off after they were startled by a woman who witnessed the crime.“I was riding my bike up the soi from Rawai Minimart, opposite Nikita’s,…

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  • Phuket NewsHaze shrouds Phuket, neighboring provinces

    Haze shrouds Phuket, neighboring provinces

    PHUKET: Unusually hazy conditions over the island today are normal and not the result of any forest fires in the region, Phuket’s top meteorologist says. Wiwat Intarapanich, Chief of Weather Forecasting at the Meteorological Department’s Southern Meteorological Center (West Coast), told the Gazette this afternoon that the haze is normal for the southern region at this time of year and…

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  • Thailand NewsMonks give the breast medicine | Thaiger

    Monks give the breast medicine

    TAK: When modern medicine fails, people often turn to what has, in the West, come to be known as “alternative medicine”. Phuket has a large market for such treatments, such as acupuncture clinics and herbal spas offering cures for a wide variety ailments, both real and perceived. These more familiar forms of “alternative” medicine are not all Thailand has to…

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  • Thailand NewsPolice hunt fish-paste five | Thaiger

    Police hunt fish-paste five

    CHONBURI: One might think that armed robbery follows a fairly formulaic process: just grab a weapon, threaten someone and, if everything goes to plan, flee with the loot.However, as with other professions, there are also cultural aspects involved in the choice of equipment. An Amazon Indian might use a blowpipe in a hold-up, whereas a Zulu would more naturally opt…

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  • Phuket NewsFilm Fest gets underway

    Film Fest gets underway

    PATONG: The first Phuket Film Festival gets underway at the new SF Cinema City on the 3rd Floor of Jungceylon at 6 pm tonight. The week-long festival will kick off with a star-studded gala event before the screening of Dance Machine, a quirky comedy by Spanish director Oscar Aibar, who won Best Director award for his 1995 film Atolladero at…

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  • Phuket NewsBodies of ferry sinking victims recovered | Thaiger

    Bodies of ferry sinking victims recovered

    PHANG NGA: Rescue workers yesterday afternoon pulled the bodies of a woman and her nine-year-old granddaughter from the sunken car ferry Jern Jern, which capsized about 1 am on Tuesday off Koh Pratong, Kuraburi District in Phang Nga.All bodies have now been recovered from the sinking, which claimed three lives.Pol Maj Nirat Chuayjit of the Marine Police office in Kuraburi…

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  • Phuket NewsFour Chinese arrested for smuggling fuel

    Four Chinese arrested for smuggling fuel

    PHUKET: Phuket Marine Police yesterday arrested four Chinese sailors near Koh Hei after they were caught with 20,000 liters of illegal fuel on board, Pol Lt Col Prasert Srikunnarat told the Gazette.“We were informed about 2 pm of an odd-looking boat about three miles from Chalong. We went there and found an old, unregistered boat flying orange cloth as a…

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  • Phuket NewsRawai crackdown nets two “road robbery’ suspects | Thaiger

    Rawai crackdown nets two “road robbery’ suspects

    CHALONG: Chalong Police have charged two suspects for armed robbery following a spate of violent robberies on roads in Rawai in recent weeks, but the pair are not suspects in the killing of Norwegian Simen Knudsen last month.The two suspects, identified as Itthipol “Ron” Chudam, 21, from Songkhla, and Boonkiet Chuchao, 18, of Nakhon Sri Thammarat, have denied any involvement…

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  • Phuket NewsOne dead, two missing as Phang Nga ferry sinks | Thaiger

    One dead, two missing as Phang Nga ferry sinks

    PHANG NGA: A ferry overloaded with construction material capsized and sank off Koh Prathong in Kuraburi district about 1 am Tuesday, claiming the life of the captain. Two others survived, but a woman and her granddaughter are missing presumed dead.Pol Maj Nirat Chuayjit of the Marine Police office in Kuraburi identified the sunken ferry as the Jern Jern, a flat-topped…

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  • Phuket NewsMan attacked outside 7-Eleven in Rassada | Thaiger

    Man attacked outside 7-Eleven in Rassada

    RASSADA: A man was hospitalized Monday after being attacked by a gang of three men outside a 7-Eleven store on Srisuthat Rd in Rassada.Phuket City Police Investigations Inspector Lt Col Adul Nirapai said the three men set upon Sommaai Jindapol, 22, at about 10 pm.A 7-Eleven employee told police that the attack began outside the store, but spilled inside and…

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  • Phuket NewsVeggieFest Day 7

    VeggieFest Day 7

    Over 1,000 mah song (“entranced horses” or spirit mediums) from Chinese shrines around the island joined together this morning to take part in the Jui Tui Chinese Shrine street procession to Saphan Hin. Today marked day seven of the nine-day festival, the island’s signature cultural event that has spread to many other parts of Thailand.

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  • Phuket NewsGovt-assessed land prices skyrocket | Thaiger

    Govt-assessed land prices skyrocket

    BANGKOK: Over the past four years, Phuket has recorded the highest land-price increase in Thailand, according to unofficial results of a nationwide land appraisal conducted by the Treasury Department.A source in the Treasury Department told a Prachachart Turakij reporter that on average, land prices in Phuket had increased 157.7% due to sustained growth in the tourism, real estate and retail…

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  • Phuket NewsBody of boat sinking victim found | Thaiger

    Body of boat sinking victim found

    SATUN: The body of a man missing at sea for 17 days after the boat he was on sunk off Koh Racha Yai was recovered by Marine Police yesterday at Koh Tarutao in Satun.Phuthong Tirawattana, an employee of the Tai Lee Yong seafood restaurant in Saphan Hin, was one of five co-workers left floating through the night in stormy seas…

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  • Phuket NewsKaron Stadium debacle forces major tourneys to relocate

    Karon Stadium debacle forces major tourneys to relocate

    KARON: The poor state of the pitch at Karon Stadium has forced two international sporting events, the Phuket Soccer 7s and the King’s Cup 80-80 International Rugby Tournament, to be relocated.After more than a month of the organizers voicing their concerns over the pitch, which in poor condition could result in player injuries, the Soccer 7s will be played at Surakul Stadium in Phuket…

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  • Phuket NewsKhao Sok Cave Tragedy: Guides were warned, survivor recounts ordeal | Thaiger

    Khao Sok Cave Tragedy: Guides were warned, survivor recounts ordeal

    SURAT THANI (Nation, Gazette): The two Thai tour guides who led a group of foreign tourists into a cave at Khao Sok National Park over the weekend did so despite a warning by park officials about the danger of flooding inside, the Gazette has learned.Both guides and six of the seven tourists who entered the cave with them died in…

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  • Phuket NewsGerman tourists die in flash flood | Thaiger

    German tourists die in flash flood

    SURAT THANI (Nation): Rescue workers have recovered the bodies of eight German tourists and two Thai guides who died in a flash flood in Ban Takhun district yesterday evening.Police said the tour group went into a cave which has a waterway leading to the Ratchaprapha Dam reservoir in Khao Sok National Park about 7:30 pm when they were swept away…

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  • Phuket NewsVegetarian Festival in full swing

    Vegetarian Festival in full swing

    PHUKET CITY: Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2007 is well underway, with Kuan Te Kun Shrine, locally known as Sapam Shrine, this morning conducting the first of the nine street processions that are among the festival’s major highlights. The Sapam Shrine procession started at 8 pm at Nakhon Rd, behind the Phuket City Police Station. Amidst the cacophony of firecrackers set off…

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  • Phuket NewsAnother attack in Rawai, Aussie and Brit mugged

    Another attack in Rawai, Aussie and Brit mugged

    RAWAI: An Australian woman was pulled off her motorcycle and robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning in the same area where Norwegian tourist Simen Knudsen was killed two weeks earlier.The victim, 27-year-old Australian Sooz Lomas, arrived in Phuket about two weeks ago to learn Thai boxing at the Rawai Muay Thai camp.About 2:30 am on Sunday, Ms Lomas left the nearby Icon…

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