Month: July 2008

  • Cannabis NewsDrug arrests coming down | Thaiger

    Drug arrests coming down

    PHUKET: Crime statistics released by the Phuket Provincial Police show that the number of drug-related arrests in June was down to 44% compared with 66% in May.In June, there were 171 arrests for drug-related offenses, 104 of which involved ya bah (methamphetamine) with a total of 7,052 pills seized.A total of 41 people were arrested for using cannabis, with 4,581.08…

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  • Phuket NewsBars asked to observe alcohol ban | Thaiger

    Bars asked to observe alcohol ban

    PHUKET: As a mark of respect for Asarnha Bucha and Buddhist Lent this Thursday and Friday, respectively, bars and other sellers of alcohol on the island are being asked to observe an alcohol ban on the two Buddhist holidays.Businesses are asked not to serve alcohol from midnight on Wednesday night until midnight on Friday night.Kathu Police Superintendent Col Grissak Songmoonnak told…

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  • Phuket NewsTreasury Dept gets moving on ICEC | Thaiger

    Treasury Dept gets moving on ICEC

    PHUKET: Nine months after a provincial government committee decided on a 350-rai plot of Treasury Department (TRD) land in Mai Khao as the preferred site for the Phuket International Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC), the TRD has now decided the project needs prompt action.Pitak Direksoonthorn, Director of the TRD’s State Property Administration Office, on Wednesday met Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit…

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  • Phuket News

    Youngster yachtie wins Raceweek photo contest

    PHUKET: Local yachtie Mia Gillow, 23, has won the Six Senses Phuket Raceweek Photo Contest, winning her three nights’ stay in a Studio Garden View room at The Evason Phuket & Six Senses Spa during the annual regatta. Miss Gillow’s photo of Living Doll on a charge running downwind at Geelong Race Week in Australia early this year has also…

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  • Phuket News

    Inaugural multihull regatta underway

    CHALONG: Crews racing in the inaugural SEA Property Multihull Championship got off to an easy start this morning with catamarans and trimarans crossing the start line in light winds.Although the regatta entails only two days of racing, it has attracted a large number of local multihulls, including many of the Phuket designed and built Firefly 850s.Among the Fireflys, which are competing…

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  • Phuket NewsThaksin on graft charges | Thaiger

    Thaksin on graft charges

    BANGKOK (The Nation): The attorney-general has filed a criminal lawsuit against Thaksin Shinawatra, accusing him of abusing power while serving as prime minister by converting telecom concessions to benefit Shin Corp at a cost of 66 billion baht in damages to Thailand.After an initial delay, the attorney-general yesterday took up the policy corruption case involving Shin Corp, which was investigated…

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  • Phuket NewsChalong Pier operator to quit contract | Thaiger

    Chalong Pier operator to quit contract

    PHUKET CITY: Following allegations of not fulfilling obligations laid out in the concession offered by the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor), Choke Aree Tour Co Ltd has asked to annul the contract to operate Chalong Pier.At a meeting at the OrBorJor offices in Phuket City on July 3, OrBorJor President Paiboon Upatising said that Choke Aree received 300,000 baht a…

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  • Phuket NewsLucky escape no laughing matter | Thaiger

    Lucky escape no laughing matter

    RAWAI: Twelve staff from Tamarind Bar on Wiset Rd miraculously escaped fatal injuries when the pickup truck they were traveling in careened off the road and smashed into a power pole, causing passengers to be thrown from the vehicle about 1 am today.Eye-witnesses said the four-door Toyota Hilux Vigo was northbound on Wiset Rd when its left wheels came off…

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  • Phuket NewsThailand’s rich get richer: Forbes | Thaiger

    Thailand’s rich get richer: Forbes

    BANGKOK (The Nation): Despite the political and economic uncertainties, Thailand’s 40 richest people have proved to be a stable lot as old names remain on Forbes‘ 2008 list, and some have become even wealthier.Chaleo Yoovidhya, with a net worth of US$4 billion (Bt135 billion), returns to the No 1 spot – up $500 million from last year – thanks to…

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  • Phuket News

    PAD members march on Provincial Hall

    PHUKET CITY: The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) marched through Phuket City this afternoon on their way to deliver a letter expressing disappointment at the central government’s handling of the Preah Vihear Temple saga.About 300 PAD members led by PAD leader Natjarong Ekpermsup met at about 1:30 pm in front of the Tourism Authority of Thailand office on Thalang Rd…

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  • Phuket NewsOrBorJor hospital suffers another delay | Thaiger

    OrBorJor hospital suffers another delay

    RASSADA: In the latest snag in the saga of the re-opening of the old Phya Thai Hospital, one of Thailand’s leading interior designers, who has been commissioned for the project, presented interior plans for the five-story building and for only about half of the main building.Wibool Tiramongkol, special instructor at the Faculty of Decorative Arts at Silpakorn University – Thailand’s…

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  • Phuket NewsTHAI resumes Tokyo-Phuket flights | Thaiger

    THAI resumes Tokyo-Phuket flights

    PHUKET: Thai Airways International (THAI) has announced it will resume operating direct flights between Tokyo and Phuket from July 17.Flight TG 671, which will operate directly from Tokyo to Phuket to Bangkok, was suspended in February 2005 as passenger numbers plummeted after the tsunami.THAI will operate two flights a week – on Thursday and Saturday – departing Tokyo at 10…

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  • Phuket NewsRassada Municipality officer shot dead | Thaiger

    Rassada Municipality officer shot dead

    RASSADA: Police believe the killing of Rassada Municipality officer Surin Inkaew, 23, who was found shot dead in his rented room early on Saturday, was motivated by ya bah (methamphetamine).Capt Sathit Noorit from Phuket City Police Station told the Gazette that he was notified of the shooting at 4:20 am.Police arrived at the ground-floor apartment, about 500 meters from Rassada…

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  • Phuket NewsForeign Minister resigns | Thaiger

    Foreign Minister resigns

    BANGKOK (The Nation): Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama announced his resignation today, with effect from July 14. Speaking at a press conference at the Foreign Ministry, Noppadon insisted that he and the Foreign Ministry had done the right thing regarding Thailands’ stand over the registration of Preah Vihear Temple as a world heritage site.But he said he had to resign because he could not…

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  • Phuket NewsTAT lowers tourism projections | Thaiger

    TAT lowers tourism projections

    BANGKOK (The Nation): The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has sharply cut its projections for the number of international visitors and tourism revenue next year due to soaring oil prices, which are discouraging international travel and have led to cuts in inbound flights.It targets only a 3.3-per-cent growth in the number of international visitors in 2009, a sharp downward revision…

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  • Phuket News

    Tourists stay put as tsunami sirens sound

    PATONG: Tourists in Patong opted to soak up the sun rather than run for their lives during yesterday’s tsunami drill. The exercise, held across the six Andaman provinces, included the sounding of all 79 tsunami warning towers operated by the National Disaster Warning Center (NDWC).At Patong Beach, a female English tourist told the Gazette, “I heard the siren and knew what it was,…

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  • Phuket NewsClams, fish move into new digs | Thaiger

    Clams, fish move into new digs

    CHALONG: A group of Chalong villagers and Erawan Group staff on Friday released more than 1,000 rare marine creatures into Chalong Bay as part of an initiative to support marine populations off the coast of Phuket.Sutha Prateep Na Thalang, leader of a Chalong fishermen’s group, said, “There aren’t many of these animals left in the water because of all the…

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  • Phuket News

    Dolphins rescued from receding tide

    CAPE PANWA: Three rough-toothed dolphins were rescued after they were found stranded on mud flats created by the receding tide at Ao Makham on Saturday.The rescue comes one week after the carcass of a female striped dolphin was discovered washed ashore at Baan Dan in Thalang and nine days after a pod of false killer whales beached at Koh Racha.The…

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  • Phuket NewsPian runs for re-election as Patong Mayor | Thaiger

    Pian runs for re-election as Patong Mayor

    PATONG: Pian Keesin on Friday announced he will defend his seat as Patong Mayor at least one more time in the Patong Municipality election to be held on July 27. Khun Pian will be leading the charge for the Rak Patong (Love Patong) party, contesting the mayoral election against Somkiet Kuru of the Patong Gao Na (Patong Progress) party. Campaigning…

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  • Phuket NewsNok Air slashes Bangkok-Krabi route | Thaiger

    Nok Air slashes Bangkok-Krabi route

    BANGKOK (The Nation): Nok Air’s daily Bangkok to Krabi flight was one of three routes dropped by the domestic airline on July 1 in an effort to reduce costs. Services from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and to Ubol Ratchathani were also terminated.Travelers already booked on flights for those routes are being transferred to Thai Airways International and Thai AirAsia flights,…

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  • Phuket News

    HOGs go the extra miles

    PHUKET: It’s official: the 52 Harley-Davidsons and their 74 riders that collectively notched up 21,000 kilometers by riding from Phuket to Krabi and back on Monday have been added to the global tally to set a record for the most miles on that one day by ‘hog’ riders.Bikers from Phuket, Haad Yai, Krabi, Trang and Pattalung set off from the…

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  • Phuket NewsHealth chief warns of dengue | Thaiger

    Health chief warns of dengue

    PHUKET: Provincial Health Office chief Dr Paisan Worrasathit has issued a warning for people on Phuket to protect against contracting dengue fever, which sees a spike in the number or people contracting the disease each year during the rainy season.Currently, 200 islanders are suffering from the disease, and one victim recently died, Dr Paisarn said.He added that dengue fever was…

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  • Phuket NewsThai Airways being torn apart from within | Thaiger

    Thai Airways being torn apart from within

    BANGKOK (The Nation): Although the board of directors at Thai Airways decided to reinstate its president, Apinan Sumanaseni, last week, the national carrier’s internal problems are still far from resolution. Executives and staff members have been divided largely because of internal conflicts that have arisen from criticism of the board’s major decisions.For instance, THAI will stop direct flights between Bangkok…

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  • Phuket NewsBusted “Ice Boy’ spills the beans | Thaiger

    Busted “Ice Boy’ spills the beans

    PATONG: Kathu Police Superintendent Col Grissak Songmoonnak and four Drug Suppression officers from Kathu police station arrested four ya bah (methamphetamine) and ya ice (crystal methamphetamine) dealers on Tuesday night.Krisada “Boy” Seangrot, 19, from Nakhon Sri Thammarat, was arrested at 8.30 pm at the fountain in front of Jungceylon shopping center in a sting operation in which police arranged to…

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  • Phuket NewsMajor Chalong blackout tomorrow | Thaiger

    Major Chalong blackout tomorrow

    CHALONG: The Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority (PPEA) has announced a scheduled blackout for tomorrow (July 4) in order to continue its work on high-voltage power lines.The blackout, from 9 am to 5 pm, will affect Chao Fa East Rd, from De Wara Thani Village, Soi Taiad, Land & Houses Park (Seewalee 3 and 4), Choke Thip Villa, Soi Jarin-U-Thit and…

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  • Phuket NewsChalerm retreats from angry mobs in Phuket and Krabi | Thaiger

    Chalerm retreats from angry mobs in Phuket and Krabi

    KRABI (The Nation): Ongoing protests by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) took Interior Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung by surprise in Phuket and Krabi, forcing him to cancel official duties on Tuesday and again yesterday.Chalerm was supposed to meet Phuket’s governor on Tuesday, along with high-ranking police and local government officials. Heeding warnings of the mob at Phuket airport, said to…

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  • Phuket News

    Residents cash in on recycled bottles

    CHERNG TALAY: A joint project by the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organization (OrBorTor) and bottle-recycling company Bangkok Glass Co launched in January seems to have hit a snag, a Gazette investigation has found. Since collection efforts have begun, the estimated 190-240 tons of glass waste that the OrBorTor was anticipating to collect from 7-Eleven shops and other businesses has shrunk…

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  • Phuket NewsChalerm avoids mob in Phuket | Thaiger

    Chalerm avoids mob in Phuket

    PHUKET: To avoid a welcoming party of about 1,000 protesters waiting for him at Phuket International Airport last night, controversial Interior Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung diverted his plane to land in Krabi.After he landed there at 8:15 pm, K. Chalerm checked into the Krabi Meritime Resort.He reportedly checked out of the hotel at 3 am today.Chalerm is due to deliver his new policies to…

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  • Phuket NewsAssassination plot dismissed | Thaiger

    Assassination plot dismissed

    BANGKOK (The Nation): Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Sathiraphan Keyanon yesterday played down a claim about a possible plot to assassinate ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, saying it should not be treated seriously.Sathirapan was reacting to comments by retired supreme commander General Chaisit Shinawatra who claimed last weekend that Thaksin’s opponents may have put out a contract on him.He said the matter did…

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  • Phuket NewsProvinces ordered to be on alert for leptospirosis | Thaiger

    Provinces ordered to be on alert for leptospirosis

    BANGKOK (The Nation): The Public Health Ministry has ordered all provinces to be on the alert for the emergence of leptospirosis after it found 587 current victims of the disease. Of those infected, 15 have died.Dr Prat Boonyawongvirot, the ministry’s permanent secretary, said yesterday that most cases were found during the rainy season. People who wade through floodwater with cuts…

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  • Phuket NewsHRH Ubol Ratana to visit Phuket | Thaiger

    HRH Ubol Ratana to visit Phuket

    PHUKET: HRH Princess Ubol Ratana Rajakanya will be in Phuket July 26 to 29 as part of her ‘To Be Number One’ project to steer Thai children and youths away from drugs.Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit made the announcement at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday at the monthly meeting of Phuket Provincial committee members and office chiefs.She will attend the opening ceremony…

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  • Phuket NewsStriped dolphin dies at Mai Khao | Thaiger

    Striped dolphin dies at Mai Khao

    MAI KHAO: The carcass of a female striped dolphin was discovered washed ashore at Baan Dan on Saturday morning – two days after 11 false killer whales beached at Koh Racha. Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) staff retrieved the dead animal and moved it to the PMBC at Cape Panwa after being notified by a villager at about 7 am.…

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  • Phuket News1,000 policemen deployed to protect Government House | Thaiger

    1,000 policemen deployed to protect Government House

    BANGKOK: (The Nation): Some 1,000 policemen have been deployed to protect Government House this morning after the Civil Court ordered protesters yesterday to stop using amplifier systems and blocking the roads.Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lt-Gen Assavin Kwanmuang said he ordered the stepped-up security at Government House because he expected that the PAD would move its stage there as a result of the Court’s…

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  • Phuket NewsAirlines to cut long-haul flights to Thailand | Thaiger

    Airlines to cut long-haul flights to Thailand

    BANGKOK (Nation): Major airlines including Thai Airways International will cut long-haul flights to Thailand next year in line with a forecast 12% drop in the number of inbound tourists, the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) has announced.ATTA president Apichart Sankary said that although the Tourism Authority of Thailand has set a target of 17 million visitors next year, only 15…

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