Month: May 2008

  • Phuket NewsYoung Turks win Phuket City election | Thaiger

    Young Turks win Phuket City election

    PHUKET CITY: Incumbent Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwannasuppana was re-elected by a comfortable margin on Sunday, garnering 10,657 votes (57.4%) vs just 7,910 (42.6%) votes for her rival Ayuth Tansiriroj, leader of the Chao Baan Sarng San (Creative Village People) party.In a remarkable outcome in voting for regular council seats, it was a clean sweep for members of Somjai’s Khon Noom…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket Senators not short of spare change | Thaiger

    Phuket Senators not short of spare change

    BANGKOK: Phuket Senator Thanyarat Atchariyachai and her husband K. Pamuke have combined assets totaling just under 1.7 billion baht, according to asset declaration statements posted by the National Counter Corruption Commission (NCCC) on its website on May 8.K. Thanyarat declared assets totaling more than 684 million baht, while her husband K. Pamuke, managing director of the Kata Group, declared assets…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket City elections on Sunday | Thaiger

    Phuket City elections on Sunday

    PHUKET CITY: Despite intermittent downpours throughout the day, sound trucks carrying political hopefuls plied the streets of Phuket City today in a last-minute bid to drum up support for their candidates in the hotly-contested Phuket City Municipality election to be held on Sunday.The mayoral race pits incumbent Somjai Suwannasuppana of the Khon Noom (Young Turks) party against her former deputy…

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  • Phuket NewsThai AirAsia sets up Myanmar donation stations | Thaiger

    Thai AirAsia sets up Myanmar donation stations

    BANGKOK: Thai AirAsia announced this afternoon that it is offering aid to cyclone victims in Myanmar by carrying public donations to Yangon. The airline has set up collection points in all the destinations it flies to, including Phuket. Tassapon Bijleveld, chief executive officer of Thai AirAsia, said that the airline wants to make sure that donations such as food, clothing,…

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  • Phuket News

    Ao Phuket project given top-level green light

    PHUKET: The government of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has given the green light to the Ao Phuket development plan, a 100-billion-baht megaproject on 3,000 rai of reclaimed land that would include a convention center, marina and other facilities. The latest movement in the Ao Phuket plan, first conceived over two decades ago, follows from PM Samak’s assigning responsibility for the…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice hunt suspected tsunami coffin thieves | Thaiger

    Police hunt suspected tsunami coffin thieves

    PHANG NGA (Kom Chad Luek): Takuapa District Police are on the lookout for two former cemetery workers who confessed to stealing 11 70-kilogram coffins worth an estimated 400,000 baht from a storage facility at Bang Maruan Cemetery. Cemetery manager Nitinai Sornsongkram, 54, filed a report with Takuapa Police on April 27 after discovering that 11 of 40 coffins, which were…

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  • Phuket NewsTour guide, 31, dies of “heart attack’ | Thaiger

    Tour guide, 31, dies of “heart attack’

    RASSADA: Police have cited heart failure as the probable cause of death of a man found dead in his Rassada apartment on May 2.Phuket City Police duty officer Lt Salan Reedeng said his station was alerted after security staff at Building 3 of the Rassada National Housing Authority apartment complex reported a foul odor coming from a fifth-floor apartment.Arriving about…

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  • Phuket NewsBurmese junta stalls aid workers | Thaiger

    Burmese junta stalls aid workers

    BANGKOK (Nation/Agencies): With the death toll estimated at more than 100,000 and even more people stricken homeless by Cyclone Nargis, survivors still await emergency supplies while the United Nations waits for the military junta in Myanmar to allow international workers to start relief operations.Aid officials said they are waiting for the military to approve entry visas. “We are in close…

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  • Phuket News

    Myanmar relief efforts underway

    BANGKOK: With the death toll in Myanmar now feared to be more than 100,000, a number of aid organizations have started relief efforts in the hardest-hit areas. World Vision is reporting that it is already providing clothing as well as tarpaulins, blankets, rice and drinking water in the capital, Yangon. As of yesterday, World Vision had delivered 34.8 metric tons…

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  • Thailand NewsLittle larvae, powerful performance | Thaiger

    Little larvae, powerful performance

    KALASIN: Aphrodisiacs and sex aids come in many forms. The Chinese have rhino horns and tiger penis, while Viagra has spread from America to become a worldwide craze allowing a generation of aging lotharios to revisit the prowess they enjoyed in younger days.In Isarn, however, the latest sex-aid craze is neither the body part of an endangered species nor something…

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  • Phuket NewsPlodprasop flames NDWC’s effectiveness | Thaiger

    Plodprasop flames NDWC’s effectiveness

    CAPE PANWA: Dr Plodprasop Surasawadee, assistant minister of the Prime Minister’s Office, today likened the status of Thailand’s National Disaster Warning Center (NDWC) to that of an “abandoned toilet”.His scathing remark was made at the opening of a three-day convention on coral reef research and management at the Phuket Aquarium.As a former director of the NDWC, he said he would…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice chief warns drivers of cellphone ban | Thaiger

    Police chief warns drivers of cellphone ban

    PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police Chief Maj Gen Decha Budnampetch today warned motorists that they have until May 19 to break the habit of talking on a mobile phone without using a hands-free set while driving – or face being fined.Although the new law comes into effect tomorrow, Gen Decha said that local police will not fine motorists for breaking the…

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  • Phuket NewsEight nabbed in Cherng Talay drug-ring bust | Thaiger

    Eight nabbed in Cherng Talay drug-ring bust

    PHUKET: Cherng Talay Police have arrested eight people on drugs charges, Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Decha Budnampeth announced yesterday. Cherng Talay Police arrested Prasit Waharak, 31, from Phang Nga, in possession of ya bah (methamphetamine) in a sting operation at the Bang Tao weekend market, he explained. After questioning Prasit, the officers arrested Thanongsak Phromdech, 32, from Nakhon…

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  • Phuket NewsConstruction site extortion gang busted | Thaiger

    Construction site extortion gang busted

    PATONG: In the latest case of extortion involving Burmese workers, Kathu Police on Saturday afternoon arrested five men posing as government officers in a bid to extort money from a construction company.Kathu Police Superintendent Col Grissak Songmoonnark told the Gazette that Kathu Police were informed of the extortion bid by construction foreman Somyot Chairat, who was overseeing a project off…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket braces for stormy weather | Thaiger

    Phuket braces for stormy weather

    PHUKET CITY: The Phuket office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has warned of the risk of landslides, flooding and strong seas in Phuket due to Cyclone Nargis.Myanmar state television earlier today reported that Cyclone Nargis had claimed 21,793 lives and that 40,695 people were missing in Irrawaddy division alone.DDPM-Phuket Chief Chotenarin Kerdsom said that waves have…

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  • Phuket News

    Newborn found in hospital car park

    PHUKET CITY: A newborn boy was discovered yesterday morning in the back of a pickup truck in the car park of Bangkok Hospital Phuket. Doctors believe he had been abandoned the night before. Dr Nat Tantipipat of Bangkok Hospital Phuket discovered the baby, wrapped in a towel and a blanket and placed in a red basket in the back of…

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    Dead turtle highlights endangered species’ plight

    PHUKET (TNA, Gazette): The discovery of a dead Olive Ridley turtle in front of the West Sands Resort on Mai Khao Beach on March 17 has again raised the issue of coastal development depleting endangered turtles’ natural breeding grounds.The Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) at Cape Panwa was alerted to the discovery by the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation.Sontaya Manawatthana…

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  • Phuket NewsCoral Reef Squadron red-flagged | Thaiger

    Coral Reef Squadron red-flagged

    PHUKET CITY: The sinking of 10 decommissioned military aircraft – nicknamed the Coral Reef Squadron – to create Thailand’s largest artificial reef has been postponed until November, Tourism Authority of Thailand South Region 4 Office Director Suwalai Pinpradub announced today.Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, K. Suwalai said that the strong winds and large waves that have arrived with…

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  • Phuket News

    Aussie airlifted from Similans

    PHUKET CITY: An Australian man is recovering at Vachira Phuket Hospital after being airlifted to Phuket from the Similan Islands by the Royal Thai Navy this afternoon.Rear-Admiral Supot Pruksa of the Third Naval Area Command, based at Cape Panwa, identified the man as Gregory Edwin Orior, 51.The Navy base received an emergency call this morning from the Navy outpost at…

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  • Phuket NewsInvestigation launched into “stolen’ tsunami victims’ coffins | Thaiger

    Investigation launched into “stolen’ tsunami victims’ coffins

    PHANG NGA (Kom Chad Luek): Grave robbery has taken on a disturbing new form in Takuapa, where 11 aluminum coffins intended for tsunami victims were recently reported missing from a storage facility at Bang Maruan Cemetery.In mid-April, cemetery manager Nitinai Sornsongkram, who is responsible for inventory of tsunami victims’ remains and government property at the cemetery, noticed that 11 of…

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  • Phuket NewsKowsurat, celebrities to host aircraft reef festivities | Thaiger

    Kowsurat, celebrities to host aircraft reef festivities

    LAYAN BEACH: Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat and several Thai TV celebrities on Monday will lead activities to mark the sinking of 10 decommissioned military aircraft to form an artificial reef.Although sinking of the aircraft began today, Monday was chosen as the final day because it is Coronation Day, a public holiday marking HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s ascension to…

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  • Phuket NewsHotel owner dies in paramotor accident | Thaiger

    Hotel owner dies in paramotor accident

    NAKHON SRI THAMMARAT (The Nation): Suwit Kitkamchai, owner of the Patong Pearl Resortel on Sawasdirak Rd in Patong, died on Wednesday when his paramotor rig plunged into the sea during a test flight off the coast of Nakhon Sri Thammarat. He was 53.The death was reported to Nakhon Sri Thammarat police Inspector Lt Col Boonchern Choosuehung by staff at Maharaj Hospital,…

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    Job Fair marks Labor Day

    SAPAN HIN: Hundreds of people turned out to apply for jobs yesterday morning at a job fair to mark International Labor Day.The fair was organized by the Governor’s Office and the Phuket Provincial Employment Service Office.More than 30 companies sent representatives to meet job seekers, who perused noticeboards advertising more than 1,000 job vacancies in Phuket and Phang Nga.Many of…

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    Fire destroys Patong shops

    PATONG: Firefighters took more than an hour to extinguish a fire that broke out in Jintana Plaza, opposite the Immigration office on the Patong beach road, early Wednesday morning.Lt Naruewat Putthaviro of Kathu Police Station told the Gazette that the fire started before 4 am.“When I arrived there, the fire had already destroyed a large area. We used four fire…

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