Month: December 2014

  • Phuket NewsBreaking News: Bus crash on Kata hill | Thaiger

    Breaking News: Bus crash on Kata hill

    PHUKET: Police and rescue workers are at the scene of a devastating bus crash in Phuket on Kata hill today. Five vehicles have been damaged in the crash near Baan Kata School. Officers have yet to confirm how many, if any, were killed or injured in the accident. “Right, now we are helping manage the accident scene and the traffic,”…

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  • Phuket News

    Phuket Navy airlifts official hurt in speedboat fall

    PHUKET: An official is under observation at Bangkok Hospital Phuket after a Navy medivac helicopter returned him from the Surin Islands yesterday. Amnuay Komonthee, a skills development officer from Phang Nga, suffered spinal injuries in a fall while riding in a speedboat that was en route to a sea gypsy village in the islands. A local team of Navy medical…

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  • Phuket News

    Video Report: Free life-jacket exchange to float Phuket water safety

    PHUKET: More than 1,000 old life jackets were exchanged for new ones, certified by the Marine Office, at the launch of a life-jacket exchange program chaired by the Minister of Transport, Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, yesterday. The goal of the event was aimed to improve safety for boat passengers during the Christmas and New Year holidays and beyond, explained…

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  • Phuket News

    Phuket motorbike chop-shop Facebook gang arrested

    PHUKET: Phuket Police arrested several members of a motorbike chop-shop gang last night that rebuilt bikes with stolen parts and sold them on Facebook. “We had a tip-off that a rowdy group of young people were staying at a rental house in Rassada and that there were always lots of motorbikes and bike parts laying around,” Phuket City Police Deputy…

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  • Phuket News

    Privy Councilor Surayud eyes Phuket sea gypsies needs

    PHUKET: Gen Surayud Chulanont, Privy Councilor to HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej and former prime minister, has suggested that local authorities take further steps to improve the quality of life of the Phuket sea gypsies living in the north of the island. Gen Surayud chaired a meeting in Thalang last Thursday to hear the current state of the living conditions of…

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  • Phuket News

    Phuket dolphinarium tangled in red tape (video)

    PHUKET: The hotly contested Phuket dolphinarium has yet to meet the necessary standards prescribed by the Department of Fisheries, the Phuket Gazette has confirmed. “There are several things that Phuket Aqua Project Co Ltd needs to change at the Nemo Dolphinarium in order to meet our standards,” said Kiattikhun Charoensawan, chief of the Phuket Fisheries Office. Fisheries officials from Bangkok…

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  • World News

    Joe Cocker, raspy-voiced British singer, dies at 70

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Joe Cocker, raspy-voiced British singer, dies at 70 Reuters / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Joe Cocker, whose distinctive raspy voice and soulful musical renditions made him a favorite of his peers with hits like Beatles’ cover With a Little Help from My Friends and You Are So…

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  • Thailand News

    Legal aid fund ‘needs a boost’: Justice Minister

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Legal aid fund ‘needs a boost’: Justice Minister The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: A State Justice Fund needs to be boosted and made easier to access so that poor people who face legal charges get equal access to bail, Justice Minister Gen Paiboon Khumchaya said…

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  • Thailand News

    LINE messages being monitored

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community LINE messages being monitored The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry is keeping its eye on LINE message exchanges – particularly those related to the monarchy and national security. “We can monitor all the nearly 40 million LINE messages sent…

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  • Thailand NewsLocal bodies awash with graft, PACC says | Thaiger

    Local bodies awash with graft, PACC says

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Local bodies awash with graft, PACC says The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Many of the 8,000 local administrative bodies nationwide are hotbeds of graft and corruption, the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission said yesterday. Prayong Preeyajit, chief of the PACC, said there was little oversight for…

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  • Thailand News

    Police corruption scandal: Pongpat, 5 others face dishonourable discharges

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Police corruption scandal: Pongpat, 5 others face dishonourable discharges The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Former Central Investigation Bureau commissioner Pol Lt Gen Pongpat Chayaphan and five officers accused of racketeering and intimidation are to be dishonourably discharged after being found guilty of severe malfeasance by…

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  • Thailand News

    Norwegian tourist dies after hit by boat propeller off Koh Tao

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Norwegian tourist dies after hit by boat propeller off Koh Tao The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: A Norwegian tourist was fatally injured by a boat propeller while diving off Koh Tao in Surat Thani’s Koh Pha Ngan district yesterday. The 22-year-old tourist, Silje Fauskerud Mathisen,…

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  • Phuket News

    Teen mum yet to be charged for attempted infanticide

    PHUKET: Phuket police have yet to charge a teenage mother who tried to drown her newborn in the cistern of a public toilet. Thung Thong Police were called to the scene at a public toilet in Kathu Municipality Park, where they found the mother locked in a toilet stall with her newborn baby. “A concerned passersby told me that a…

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  • Thai Life

    Environment: Oceans plagued by 5.25tn pieces of plastic

    PHUKET: If you have been to a Phuket beach or beneath the Andaman Sea’s surface, you’ll know that discarded plastics are constantly present. Hardly a month goes by without a dive company, resort or local “green” group calling on volunteers to bag beach rubbish. Some groups, such as Clean The Beach Boot Camp, have regular campaigns to rid the beach…

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  • Thai Life

    Thinking Green: I’m dreaming of an environmental Christmas

    PHUKET: Only a few weeks ago, I appreciated the message on the front doors of Jungceylon which promoted “Zero Bags, Zero Waste”. “How commendable that action was taking place to help reduce the amount of waste that we have in our community,” I thought. Yes, it was only a promotion, but at least it promoted a good cause. Now with…

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  • Phuket News

    Phuket court issues arrest warrants for soldiers in abduction case

    PHUKET: The Chalong Police are continuing their investigation into the alleged abduction of a Ukrainian businessman and his wife by soldiers in Phuket late last week. Igor Iermakov, 37, was allegedly abducted from Mitraphap Beach in Rawai on Thursday by a group of 10 people that included five soldiers. His wife, Maryna, later reported to the Chalong Police that she…

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  • Phuket News

    Phuket man blasts penis with make-shift pesticide torch

    PHUKET: One member of a make-shift pest-control team suffered damage to his penis after a flaming bottle of pesticide backfired on him and his partner as they attempted to kill a colony of wasps today. Prapanpong Sinmalee, 29, and his 22-year-old co-worker Phollawat Suwong were moving spools of power-cables from a truck into a field along Thepkrasattri Road near Baan…

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  • Phuket News

    Germans rescued from wrecked Phuket tour boat

    PHUKET: A group of tourists were rescued from a tour boat after it grounded on the rocks off Laem Ka Cape, on the east coast of Phuket’s Rawai area, yesterday. The 12 people on board Electric Blue, including nine German tourists and one Thai tourist, were rescued after locals spotted the crashed boat and dispatched three longtails and a rescue…

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  • Thai Life

    Phuket artist highlights the evolution of fusion

    PHUKET: Kathy Manthei Coulson arrived to Phuket in 1999. She has built her life on the island as an art teacher and a volunteer organizer for the Life Home Project, and has produced a significant body of visual art during the past 15 years. Her show at Villa Royale Gallery, which will be on display until mid-February 2015 (click here),…

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  • Phuket News

    Laguna Phuket’s revamped course ready for New Year tee-off

    PHUKET: The revamped Laguna Phuket championship golf course, which officially re-opens on January 1 after a full makeover, now has a “real sense of place and belonging” according to its designer, Paul Jansen. The former lead architect for Faldo Design, who created Laguna Phuket’s award-winning sister course in Vietnam, says the layout retains much of its former character and appeal,…

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  • Phuket News

    Phuket golfers raise B1.2mn for Life Home Project charity

    PHUKET: Local golfers in colorful dress on the fairways of Phuket have raised 1.2 million baht for island-based charity the Life Home Project Foundation. The 4th Annual Life Home Project Charity Golf Event took place at the Blue Canyon Country Club on November 15, when more than 100 golfers took to the fairways and greens of the spectacular Lakes Course.…

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  • Phuket News

    Tsunami Memorial: Phuket tourism shows world how to bounce back

    PHUKET: Tourism industry insiders who have monitored trends in the Phuket tourism industry over the past decade describe the recovery after the worst natural disaster to ever hit the region as “remarkable”. Few potential visitors these days are dissuaded from coming to the island out of fear of another inundation. The successful introduction of a tsunami early detection and warning…

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  • Thailand News

    Army flood-relief helicopter crashes in Yala

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Army flood-relief helicopter crashes in Yala The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: An Army helicopter flying flood-relief missions crashed in Yala yesterday, injuring the four crewmen on board. The helicopter, from the Royal Thai Army’s Region 4 base in the South, crashed in Yala’s Muang district…

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  • Thailand News

    No ban on alcohol sales for the New Year

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Narong aiming at reform priorities The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Partygoers will be able to buy booze during New Year celebrations as the Alcohol Control Committee has decided to defer its decision on banning the sale of alcohol during this period. The ban was proposed…

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  • Thailand NewsWarrants issued for police over links to online gambling | Thaiger

    Warrants issued for police over links to online gambling

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Warrants issued for police over links to online gambling The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Arrest warrants have been issued for three suspects, including two police, in connection with an online gambling organization allegedly run by an Indian businessman with ties to disgraced and now-arrested former…

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  • Hua Hin

    China arrests 30,000 in porn, gambling crackdown

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community China arrests 30,000 in porn, gambling crackdown Reuters / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: China has detained over 30,000 people during a two-month clamp down on pornography andgambling, state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday. In the latest arrests, police in the southern province of Guangdong arrested 3,014…

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  • Phuket News

    Thai glory at Suzuki Cup final

    PHUKET: Thailand’s triumph at the 2014 Asean Football Championship on Saturday night is the latest and most compelling evidence underlining the fact that former national striker Kiatisak Senamuang is the man the country has long searched for to bring back the glory days to Thai football. Few could have predicted when Thailand last won the region’s showpiece tournament in 2002…

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  • Phuket News

    Phuket’s “abductor soldiers’ arrested by mistake, says military

    PHUKET: The military’s highest-ranking officer in Phuket under martial law has called the arrest of five soldiers for the alleged abduction of two Ukrainians on Friday a “mistake”. The soldiers, named by the Chalong Police on Friday (click here), were acting as “mediators”, Maj Gen Theenachat Jinda-ngern, Commander of the 41st Military Circle, told a press conference at Phuket Provincial…

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  • Phuket News

    Phuket to celebrate Christmas with ancient Thai boxing contest

    PHUKET: An international contest among disciples of muay khat chueak – the ancient form of Thai boxing where fighters tie rope around their fists – will be held on Christmas Day, Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong announced this week. Fighters from France, Cambodia, Morocco and other countries around the world will be stepping into the ring to battle it out during…

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  • Phuket News

    NFL Week 16: Jaguars square off against rivals Tennessee Titans

    PHUKET: In a showdown on Thursday Night Football two of the worst teams in the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars improved their record to 3-12 with a 21-13 home win over AFC South division rivals the Tennessee Titans (now 2-13). Despite both teams having long been eliminated from playoff contention, it was still a closely contested match; it did not appear…

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  • Phuket News

    Army soldiers taken into custody for abducting foreigner in Phuket

    PHUKET: Police took ten people into custody for the abduction of a Ukraine businessman and his wife in Phuket yesterday. Five of the men taken into custody are soldiers based in Thailand’s restive Deep South provinces, said Chalong Police Deputy Superintendent Chukiat Imjaitam. Igor Iermakova, 37, was allegedly abducted by the group from Mitraphap Beach in Rawai on Thursday morning.…

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  • Phuket News

    Legendary Thai rocker Carabao in Phuket for New Year countdown concert

    PHUKET: Legendary Thai folk-rock artist Yuenyong Opakul, better known by his stage name Ad Carabao, is set to headline three-days of entertainment in Phuket Town to count down to the New Year. The “Colorful Countdown Phuket 2015” will usher in the New Year with light shows and live concerts at Sanam Chai Park, across the road from Phuket Provincial Hall,…

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  • Phuket News

    Cricket: Island CC wrestles victory from jaws of defeat in Phuket

    PHUKET: Fiery old rivalries were reignited on Sunday when Patong CC faced Island CC in the second fixture of the 2014/2015 Senior League season at the Alan Cooke Ground. In a match that saw the T20 finalists face Patong’s players hoping to exact retribution after their defeat in September, it was the Islanders who claimed victory by a solitary run…

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  • Phuket News

    Phuket police investigate apparent murder-suicide

    PHUKET: Police have yet to rule out foul play in what appears to be a murder-suicide by a Trang official at a Patong hotel yesterday. Officers were called to Baan Ton Sai Garden Resort Hotel at 4pm, said Lt Col Pratuang Polmana of the Patong Police. The body of Yuwadee Sriket, 29, was naked on the bed, covered by a…

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  • Thai Life

    On Your Mind: Tackling Phuket corruption

    PHUKET: The Phuket Gazette recently reported that the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) Phuket office called on resident expats to report cases of corruption involving local government officials. Tawichat Nillikan, an NACC representative, told the Gazette that many foreigners had been victims of corruption, and that by opening a Phuket office last year to investigate complaints, the government was “showing the…

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  • Phuket News

    Phuket beach vendors return for trial run

    PHUKET: Vendors renting out umbrellas, offering massages or selling food and drinks are allowed to return to Phuket’s beaches – but not vendors who rent out sun-loungers or beach chairs. Governor Nisit Jansomwong delivered the news at a meeting at Provincial Hall yesterday, when he laid down a stringent list of conditions under which beach vendors will be permitted to…

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  • Thai Life

    Gardening: No paucity of pawpaws – Phuket’s famous hermaphrodite

    PHUKET: I first encountered papayas as an exotic item in colorful bowls of dessert served up along with slices of kiwi and dragon fruit, chunks of pineapple and mango. That was many years ago. The venues? High-society restaurants in London’s Mayfair where the management was frantically vying with rival casinos to attract high rollers with sumptuous free meals. Not that…

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