Month: May 2014

  • Thailand News

    More weapons of war seized in martial law crackdown

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community More weapons of war seized in martial law crackdown The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: A joint military-police team launched two more raids and seized a cache of war weapons under the martial law as ordered by Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha. Deputy Army spokesman Colonel…

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  • World News

    Far right suffers Dutch surprise as EU vote begins

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Dutch Eurosceptic party stumbles in European elections Reuters / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: The Eurosceptic party of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders slumped into a surprise fourth place in European Parliament elections on Thursday, according to exit polls which showed his Freedom Party behind three pro-European groups.…

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  • Hua Hin

    Biggest attack in years kills 31 in China’s troubled Xinjiang

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Biggest attack in years kills 31 in China’s troubled Xinjiang Reuters / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Explosives hurled from two vehicles which ploughed into an open market in China’s troubled Xinjiang killed 31 people on Thursday, state media reported, the deadliest act of violence in the region…

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  • Thailand News

    All protesters dispersed by soldiers; PDRC jubilant

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community All protesters dispersed by soldiers; PDRC jubilant The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Pro-government red-shirt protesters at Aksa Road rally site began returning home yesterday after the Army seized power and soldiers were sent in to take control of the situation. Earlier, the soldiers seized control…

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  • Phuket News

    Phuket schools closed due to coup

    PHUKET: All schools, public and private, in Phuket and nationwide are closed starting tomorrow, Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha announced tonight. The schools are set to re-open on May 26. Gen Prayuth also announced four groups of people who are exempt from the curfew, which prohibits people from being outside their residence or hotel between 10pm and 5am (story here). The…

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  • Phuket News

    Phuket leaders not available for comments on coup

    PHUKET: The Commander of the Royal Thai Navy’s Third Area Command based in Phuket, Vice Admiral Taratorn Kajitsuwan, this afternoon was not available for comment on Thailand being placed under a coup by Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha earlier today. Gen Prayuth, along with the national police chief and the heads of other national armed forces, publicly declared a coup over…

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  • Phuket News

    Army announces Phuket curfew

    PHUKET: Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha today announced a nationwide curfew that will come into effect at 10pm tonight. The curfew, from 10pm to 5am, will affect Phuket and all other tourist destinations in Thailand. No people, including tourists, are allowed to leave their residence or hotel unless given specific permission by government officers. This order will remain in place until…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket to get wet this weekend, ships to proceed with caution, say meteorologists | Thaiger

    Phuket to get wet this weekend, ships to proceed with caution, say meteorologists

    PHUKET: Ships have been warned to proceed with caution this weekend as the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) issues a weather warning for some provinces, including Phuket, in Southern Thailand. “Ships in the Andaman Sea have been warned to proceed with caution,” Lt Col Panya Chaichana of the Phuket Marine Police told the Phuket Gazette this afternoon. “Small boats have yet…

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  • Phuket NewsFoul weather hampers search for body off Koh Kai Nai | Thaiger

    Foul weather hampers search for body off Koh Kai Nai

    PHUKET: Stormy conditions over the Andaman Sea today hampered search efforts to locate a body spotted floating off Koh Kai Nai, an island off the east coast of Phuket. “We received a call from a villager on Koh Kai Nai at about 12:30pm saying that he saw a body floating in the sea between Koh Yao Yai and Koh Kai…

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  • Thailand News

    BREAKING NEWS: Thailand under coup

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Thailand under coup The Nation/ Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha today on national television at 5 pm announced a coup over the government of Thailand. UPDATE The announcement was made after detaining leaders of rival political groups at a meeting that was intended to…

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  • Koh Samui

    Asia’s best skippers to compete at this year’s Samui Regatta

    PHUKET: The Samui Regatta, which gets underway this weekend, heralds a big gun showdown between Foxy Lady VI and Red Kite II for the right to be crowned champions in the Asia Yachting Grand Prix (AYGP) 2014. Foxy Lady is unbeaten this year and hot on a six-regatta streak after winning the IRC2 class at Top of the Gulf earlier…

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  • Phuket News

    Illegal wedding photographers snapped up in Phuket Town

    PHUKET: Two wedding photographers were caught working without work permits yesterday after police were tipped off by a pair of Thai wedding photographers. Chinese photographers Bolin Zhu and Jing Wang, both 27, were taking pre-wedding photographs of a couple on Soi Romanee in Phuket Town when police arrived at the scene. “We asked them to show us their work permits,…

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  • Phuket News

    Firefighters prevent inferno at workers’ camp

    PHUKET: Quick action by Kathu firefighters prevented an inferno from engulfing a workers’ camp near the Loch Palm Golf Course yesterday morning. Three fire trucks were called to the packed camp of about 130 abodes at about 10am. “Firefighters took about an hour to put out the fire,” Yongyoth Cheswichean of the Kathu Municipality told the Phuket Gazette. Eight homes…

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  • Phuket NewsSwedish man dies in fall from Phuket hotel room | Thaiger

    Swedish man dies in fall from Phuket hotel room

    PHUKET: A Swedish man died early yesterday morning when he jumped from his hotel room in Patong in an attempt to stop his girlfriend from leaving. “Witnesses said they heard a loud argument at about 2am,” said Maj Weerapong Rakito of the Patong Police. Then they saw the man on the balcony of his second floor room at the Absolute…

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  • Thailand News

    War weapons linked to political unrest seized

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Raids seize large caches of war weapons linked to political unrest The Nation  / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Acting under the martial law declared early Tuesday morning, joint teams of military and police officers launched raids at three locations to hunt for war weapons thought to have…

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  • Hua HinBlast hits capital of China’s western Xinjiang | Thaiger

    Blast hits capital of China’s western Xinjiang

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Blast hits capital of China’s western Xinjiang, people hurt Reuters / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Colliding vehicles caused an explosion in a street market in the capital of China’s western region of Xinjiang on Thursday, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The blast occurred at an open…

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  • Thailand News

    Fire razes 150-year-old market, 50 homes destroyed

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Fire razes 150-year-old market in Bang Phli The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: “Though it was fortunate that my family managed to escape unharmed, we are heartbroken to see the 150-year-old market burned down, especially since it was an iconic place in [Samut Prakan’s] Bang Phli…

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  • Thailand NewsFive male suspects arrested in Narathiwat | Thaiger

    Five male suspects arrested in Narathiwat

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Five male suspects arrested in Narathiwat The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: A 100-strong team of paramilitary rangers took five men into custody yesterday during a raid on three villages in Narathiwat’s Rangae district. The arrests were made under martial law. In a move to hunt…

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  • Thailand NewsPolice vow quick action on stabbing death near Bangkok rally site | Thaiger

    Police vow quick action on stabbing death near Bangkok rally site

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Police vow quick action on stabbing death The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Metropolitan Police have vowed to quickly solve the stabbing to death of a homeless man whose body was found stuffed in a sack near an anti-government rally site earlier this week. Pol Maj-General…

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  • World News

    California kidnap, sex abuse victim abducted at 15 escapes via Facebook a decade later

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community California kidnap, sex abuse victim abducted at 15 escapes via Facebook a decade later Reuters / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: A woman abducted from her suburban Southern California home when she was 15 has been found alive after a decade-long ordeal of physical and sexual abuse, and…

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  • Thailand News

    Thailand News: Talks yield no breakthrough; Senators mull a legal PM

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Prayuth pushes for solutions to end impasse The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: In his first meeting with warring parties yesterday, Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha mapped out resolutions to pull the country out of the ongoing political crisis, though they failed to come to a conclusion.…

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  • World News

    Nigerian Islamists extend killing spree in northeast

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Nigerian Islamists extend killing spree in northeast Reuters / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Suspected Nigerian Islamist militants killed 17 people in a remote northeastern village on Tuesday night, hours after a bomb killed 118 people in the central city of Jos, police said on Wednesday. Militants opened…

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  • Phuket News

    Video Report: Phuket drug dealer caught with AK-47

    PHUKET: Police arrested a confessed drug dealer in possession of an AK-47 assault rifle and a homemade handgun at his hut near the mangroves of Pa Klok yesterday. “We received a tip-off that an armed drug dealer was operating out of the hut, so we staked it out,” said Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Arayapan Pukbuakhao. “We saw two men,…

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  • Phuket News

    Phuket officers continue to wage war against animal touts

    PHUKET: Three animal touts were arrested yesterday, as Phuket police continue to crackdown on anyone offering tourists photo opportunities with animals, endangered or not, on Soi Bangla. Lt Col Sutthichai Thianpho of the Patong Police, nabbed two animal touts on Sunday while out cycling when he was off-duty (story here). This led to the arrest yesterday of three men who…

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  • Phuket News

    Tourist killed in motorbike accident on Big Buddha Hill

    PHUKET: A holidaymaker died after careening off the road leading to Big Buddha Hill yesterday afternoon. He had gone to the iconic Phuket destination to make merit with his girlfriend. Chaiya Teetuan, 37, died at the scene of the accident, at the curve near At Hill Adventure Tour Elephant Camp Phuket*, at about 4:30pm. He was wearing a helmet at…

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  • Phuket News

    Phuket anti-government protesters break camp in face of martial law

    PHUKET: The long-standing anti-government protest in Phuket led by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) broke down its stage last night out of respect for martial law which was decreed early yesterday. The PDRC protesters dominated Phuket Provincial Hall, forcing it to close for about four and half months before allowing it to re-open on April 8 (story here). Even…

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  • Thai Life

    Get married in the traditional Phuket Baba style (video)

    PHUKET: Every wedding day is something special, but now, thanks to the Thai Peranakan Association, you can make yours even more unique by having a traditional Baba wedding ceremony right here in Phuket. The two-day wedding festival is held each year to honor and ensure the continuance of Baba Pernankan (“Straits Chinese”) traditions on the island. This unique event will…

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  • Phuket News

    German expat Franky arrested on Austrian fraud charges

    PHUKET: German expat Detlef Gerhard Hewer, 49, was arrested in Phuket yesterday afternoon on a warrant issued by a Thai court at the request of the Austrian embassy in Bangkok. Mr Detlef, better known by his nickname Franky, is wanted for fraud charges in Austria, Lt Col Sutthichai Thianpho of the Patong Police explained. “He was flown to Bangkok to…

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  • Phuket News

    Phuket lifeguards to be back on duty by next Tuesday

    PHUKET: Phuket lifeguards say they expect to sign their new contract and be back at work by next Tuesday at the latest and possibly as early as this Saturday. A dispute over the terms of the contract led lifeguards to walk off the beaches on April 27, when their last contract concluded (story here). One drowning death, that of 26-year-old…

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  • Thailand News

    Drop election if too dangerous: Army

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Drop election if too dangerous: Army The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Election Commission (EC) secretary general Puchong Nutrawong said the Army had told him that if the next general election was likely to result in bloodshed, or would be too difficult to arrange, the EC…

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  • Thailand News

    Business groups hail army move if there is no coup

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Foreign business groups hail army move if there is no coup The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Foreign chambers and business associations hope that the declaration of martial law will lead to an increase in security and safety, and eventually to a functioning government. Darren Buckley,…

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  • Thailand News

    Army chief takes aim at political deadlock

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Army chief Prayuth takes aim at political deadlock The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: With martial law in place, Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha intends to bring together all stakeholders in the political conflict to break the deadlock, as he says the country cannot continue in…

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  • Thailand News

    Martial law more bad news for embattled tourism industry

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Martial law more bad news for embattled tourism industry The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Tourists may start avoiding Thailand in droves now that the military has declared martial law, as many countries have issued advisories warning their citizens about the political crisis here. Travel and…

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  • Thailand News

    Record levels of meth seizures in Asia: UNODC

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Record levels of meth seizures in Asia: UNODC The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Growing demand in East and Southeast Asia is leading to an expansion of global production and trafficking in methamphetamine and new psychoactive substances, according to a UN Office on Drugs and Crime…

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  • Hua Hin

    China confronts U.S. envoy over cyber-spying accusations

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community China confronts U.S. envoy over cyber-spying accusations Reuters / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: China summoned the U.S. ambassador after the United States accused five Chinese military officers of hacking into American companies to steal trade secrets, warning Washington it could take further action, the foreign ministry said…

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  • World News

    Victorious Modi fights tears in first address to India parliament

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Victorious Modi fights tears in first address to India parliament Reuters / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Narendra Modi fought back tears in an emotional first address to his party in India’s colonnaded parliament house on Tuesday, after the Hindu nationalist swept to power in an election that…

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  • Thai Life

    Dog of the week: 5-year-old Fluffy looking for love

    PHUKET: Fluffy is about five years old and was rescued from a local dog holding facility, where she might have ended up dying if she was left there any longer. Thank goodness the folks at Doggie Heaven rescue center, who saw the torment she was going through and rescued her. Since then, Fluffy has been recovering at Doggie Heaven and…

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