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Happy Birthday Thaiger – One year old today

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Acute self indulgence today as we announce our first major milestone for thethaiger.com.

We’re one year old.

It was on August 1, 2017 that the fledgling Thaiger company took over the reins of the 23 year old Phuket Gazette and started posting under the new management. Only two weeks before we had received the keys to the toy box and started work on rebuilding the PhuketGazette.net website. HERE is our first article on August 1, 2017.

On August 1 we also started posting on the Phuket Gazette Facebook page, Youtube, Twitter and Instagram pages – over 200,000 followers as of the end of our first year.

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Our first website design when we launched on August 1, 2017

The Thaiger radio station had already been running since October 1, 2016 and had built up a strong following as the new English-speaking radio station in Phuket, in a very short time. In taking over the digital assets of Phuket Gazette, the plan was always to integrate, rebuild and rebrand.

At the time the Phuket Gazette had closed down its formidable local paper after a sterling 23 year old run – the old articles are still retained on The Thaiger website, a 23 year archive of Phuket life. All that was left was the digital side of the business and The Thaiger management could see the long-term website SEO and the high number of followers on its Facebook page as an excellent ‘next step’ for its growing media, radio and digital presence.

But it was in April this year The Thaiger revealed it claws and rebranded the website as TheThaiger.com along with all the other social media sites. The Thaiger was going national and so began the long journey to become a new force in English-speaking news and information in Thailand. Technically, changing over from PhuketGazette.net to TheThaiger.com was a nightmare to roll-out and we took quite a hit on web traffic to begin with – mostly predicted but it certainly hurt for a few months. Four months later we’ve not only clawed back that traffic we’re now up 73% on the traffic we had in the month before the changeover.

We also started our Thai-language news site and that remains an important area of growth for the Thaiger brand.

As we enjoy a slice of our first birthday cake we are proud to announce that we kicked over the 600,000 mark with pageviews for the month of July, well on the way to our target of reaching 1,000,000 monthly pageviews by the end 2018. This follows 20% growth in web traffic during April, 26% growth in May and 19% growth in June – all during the traditional quiet business months on the tropical island.

Along with The Thaiger FM radio, YouTube, three Facebook pages, Instagram and Twitter we’ve more than doubled the ‘reach’ for Phuket’s listeners, readers and viewers in just 12 months. And now we’re taking on the national platform with our free classifieds, jobs and events listings, national property portal and comprehensive local, national and regional news and information.

We’ve made plenty of mistakes but we’ve made a few good decisions too and continue to try new and better ways of improving The Thaiger every single day. Our growing pains are the best pains to have and we’re learning as we continue to roll out new content and services.

For the rest of this year you will continue to see a rise in the number of articles posted – Phuket, national and regional – and better integration with our social media portals. The Thaiger radio will also continue to provide the best local delivered by passionate Phuket people.

The Thaiger will fight a few campaigns and truly appreciate the trust you’ve put in us to provide you with nimble, accurate news.

I would like to thank Noom, GN, Kritsada, Garry, Gerry and ‘Tank’, our current core Thaiger team. Also a very big thanks to Donna, along with Darren, Hayden, Alex, Colin, Jo, Sue, Tiya, Randy, Matty, Kamin, Jay, Dave & Christine. Also our sponsors and advertisers, most who have been with us since Day One as The Thaiger radio – they continue to grow along with The Thaiger.

To Sam for all your annoying grammar corrections, please keep it up.

To Bill for your counsel and guidance.

Our competitors for setting benchmarks we will exceed.

To D’Arcy Quinn and the other trolls that have made us better moderators and social media gurus.

And finally to the astonishing team at DBVentures who are our digital tour-de-force, the reason we look great online, the reason we’re kicking digital ‘arse’ and a great team to work with.

Happy Birthday to all the Thaiger team and everyone who has clicked, listened, watched, read The Thaiger and commented in the past 12 months.

Cue ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ thanks…

Tim

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for nearly 40 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented 3,900 radio news bulletins in Thailand alone, hosted 450 daily TV news programs, produced 1,800 videos, TV commercials and documentaries and is now the General Manager and writer for The Thaiger. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue.

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Charter vote delayed, committee formed and Senators escape Parliament by boat – VIDEO

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PHOTOS: Protesters gather outside the Thai parliament - Tanaporn Choopanya

Thailand’s MPs and Senators have kicked the constitutional can down the road at least a month after the parliament failed to agree on charter amendments. A panel will be sent up to examine 6 motions that were proposed and debated over the past 2 days. Meanwhile, up to 2,000 protesters were gathered outside the unfinished parliamentary buildings as an act of solidarity for the MPs supporting the changes to the current Thai Constitution.

The reality of the vote, and the setting up of an investigative committee, could push any votes on real reform well into 2021.

The 2 Houses of Parliament voted 431-255 to delay the vote. Opposition Pheu Thai and Move Forward MPs stormed out and missed the opportunity of nominating anyone to the new 45 member parliamentary committee to examine the motions, whilst the remaining members chose members for the committee. Move Forward Party’s, Pita Limjaroenrat, described the vote as “a way to stall for time” complaining that the decision “was moving the country towards a dead end”.

It was not known how the NCPO hand-picked Senators would vote on the bills. Many were thought to side with the idea of constitutional reform but the reality was that, in most scenarios, they’d be voting themselves out of a job if any reforms went ahead. Thailand’s entire upper house is a military-appointed rump of conservative former businesspeople and Army officials, mostly men.

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The protesters viewed the afternoon’s proceedings as a blunt stalling tactic to keep the current parliament, and its unelected senators, in power. The session ran until 8.30 last night. Rather than face the angry mob of anti-government protesters at the front of the building, most of the senators escaped on boat at the rear of the building, which backs onto Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River.

The demonstrators, with a consistent theme of reform over 3 months of rallies, are demanding changes to the current constitution because it was drafted by the NCPO who kicked out the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra in 2014.

The protesters specifically point to the NCPO-appointed senate and the power they wield to elect the country’s prime minister, even though none of them were elected (nor was Prayut Chan-o-cha).

Protesters say they will now organise the next lot of rallies in October. Meanwhile, the Parliament is now is recess.

PROTESTSLive scenes from today’s protest rally to lend their voices, albeit from outside the The Parliament, to the debates inside about amendments to the Thai Constitution. The Thai parliament buildings are unfinished and, so it seems, are the student and anti-government protesters.

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Officials says no illegal land encroachment at Phuket’s Sri Panwa resort

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PHOTO: Sri Panwa Phuket Resort - Sri Panwa Phuket

After coming in for some negative online attention recently, the land title deeds of the Sri Panwa Phuket resort have been investigated and found “to be in order”. The 5-star hotel first attracted the attention of netizens when its owner, Vorasit Issara, publicly criticised anti-government activist Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, calling for her arrest. He also claimed she wasn’t Thai, a factually wrong and inflammatory statement.

His Instagram tirade prompted outrage from those who support the current protest movement, with netizens calling for a boycott of his property and leaving several negative comments on various review sites. Trip Advisor suspended the hotel’s account due to the online attack.

Shortly after, the Civil Society for State Welfare called on the Social Security Office to clarify its investment in the resort’s trust fund. This was echoed by at least one opposition MP and anti-corruption activists.

Responding to the land rights issue, the Phuket Land Office has issued a statement to say the hotel does not occupy state land. The resort stands on 56 rai of prime real estate, overlooking Phuket’s south-eastern coast. The land office has confirmed its paperwork is all in order.

Meanwhile, it’s understood Charn Issara Development, owners of the property, have threatened to sue the resort’s critics for defamation.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Covid task force calls for extension to Thailand’s emergency decree

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Thailand’s Covid-19 task force is advising the government to extend the country’s state of emergency by a further month. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration plans to discuss the matter next Tuesday and put it to Cabinet for consideration on Wednesday.

The state of emergency, which has been extended several times since its introduction in March, is due to expire at the end of this month. However, the CCSA says an extension is vital to ensure various government agencies can work speedily to combat any threat from Covid-19, particularly as neighbouring countries experience a spike in infections.

Thailand has already taken steps to seal the porous border with Myanmar after a surge in cases means that country is now recording over 500 new infections a day.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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