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  • Weather News: Bangkok gets biggest soaking in 100 years

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Rainfall highest in 100 years, BMA claims Phuket Gazette / The Nation PHUKET: The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) yesterday insisted that rainfall in the capital this month has been the highest in 100 years. “I have clear information,” said Sanya Sheenimit in his capacity as chief…

  • Thailand News: Big three apply for 3G; Tantawan rejected

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community As expected, only big three apply for 3G spectrum auction Phuket Gazette / The NationPHUKET: It’s clear now that the big three in the cellular service industry will be the only bidders for the long-awaited 2.1-gigahertz spectrum on October 16. The spectrum will be used for third-generation…

  • Thailand News: Failure to join CLMV could cost millions

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Reluctance to join single-visa scheme could prove to be costly Phuket Gazette / The Nation PHUKET: Thailand has to revise its strategy concerning a regional single visa scheme, or it could lose millions of tourists to neighboring countries, which are kicking off the “CLMV Single Visa”…

  • Woman cheats death with fake funeral

    PHUKET: Friends and family of 80-year-old Kulap Chomduang gathered at Sop Tui Temple in the northern province of Lampang for her funeral in early August. Mrs Kulap had been suffering from a variety of health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer of the uterus. But there was a catch: Mrs Kulap wasn’t dead. Since then, Mrs Kulap has…

  • Official probe finds Tiger Disco failed to meet fire-safety regulations

    PHUKET: The findings of an official investigation into the Tiger Discotheque fire that killed four people on August 17 were publicly released yesterday. They cite failure by nightclub management to adhere to multiple fire-safety regulations. The report, compiled by the Building Society Inspectors and Officers Association (BSA) and the Association of Siamese Architects (ASA), did not cite the cause of…

  • Thailand News: Protest forces US embassy to close early

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Anti-US protest forces embassy to shut early Phuket Gazette / The Nation PHUKET: Five companies of anti-riot policemen were deployed to guard the US Embassy in Bangkok yesterday as about 400 Muslims staged a protest against the US government over an anti-Islam film. “Destroy America!” the…

  • Weird World News: Small time heroes make headlines

    PHUKET: This week’s Weird World News Roundup is an epic run-down of all the small “heroes” that recently found their way into the world’s headlines: Volleyball Visionary, Sir Smoke Not and Peter Magic. Volleyball strike to head saves ‘victim’s’ life A 60-year-old man in Hawaii was watching his grandson play indoor volleyball when the ball struck him in the head…

  • Thailand News: RKK declare cease-fire in Deep South

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Talks with separatists in South a success: Prayuth Phuket Gazette / The Nation PHUKET: One hundred suspected insurgents led by a man allegedly involved in the 2004 military camp raid yesterday met the Fourth Army region commander in Narathiwat to declare they would cease fighting in…

  • Viagra facing stiff competition in Thailand

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Thai version of ‘Viagra’ to be launched next month Phuket Gazette / The NationPHUKET: The Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) will launch its erectile dysfunction drug “Sidagra” on October 15 at a fraction of the price of Viagra.The treatment for the men’s disorder has already been registered with…

  • Ghostly visit leads man to mom’s body

    PHUKET: A man in Ayutthaya claims he discovered the gruesome body of his own recently murdered mother after her ghost came back to tell him what had happened to her. The body of Mrs Sukkhapha, 56, (full name not reported) was discovered in a field on July 31. She had been sexually mutilated. Mrs Sukkhapha’s remains were found in a…

  • Weird World News: The missing link: A woman, chimps and Bigfoot

    PHUKET: The “Missing Link” riddles headlines in this week’s Weird World News Roundup as a Bigfoot impersonator gets hit and killed by not one, but two teenage girls driving cars; a woman unable to link the description of a missing person to her own identity joins a search party for herself; and a Chimpanzee’s carry-on tradition ‘missing link or not’…

  • ‘Furious masturbators’ flash Phuket expat motorist in midday moment of madness

    PHUKET: An American expat has told of her shock at witnessing two men furiously masturbating by the side of the road in the Patong-Karon hills. Long-term expat Amy Bensema, 36, was driving her motorbike home on August 19 when she spotted two naked “Asian-looking men” masturbating and shouting obscenities at passing cars and motorbikes. The incident happened just after 4pm,…

  • Weird World News: New York City abuzz over obsessed beekeeper

    PHUKET: This week’s Weird World News Roundup is full of colonizing fears: from busy bee activity in New York City to South Africa taking on the elephantine issue of birth control. Only the unflappable British remain unconcerned, especially now that UFOs officially “pose no threat” of colonizing their country. Britain safe from UFOs It is official at last: Britain is…

  • Thailand News: Sex trade – playing with the devil

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Transvestites, women warned against sex trade in Mideast Phuket Gazette / The NationPHUKET: Many Thai male cross-dressers get legitimate jobs in Oman as masseuses but choose to also offer sexual services on the side, a Thai embassy official in Muscat said Panida Somao said the laws…

  • Phuket Gazette: Women with kind hearts preyed upon

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community ‘Suicidal’ man preys on women with kind hearts Phuket Gazette / The Nation PHUKET: A woman noticed a “suicidal man” on a Web board, felt his pain and decided to reach out with a caring heart. While the man soon said she had become the light…

  • Phuket Gazette: Army files complaint against Thaksin’s lawyer

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Prayuth files complaint against Thaksin’s lawyer for defamation Phuket Gazette / The NationPHUKET: Army commander-in-chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha has asked police to take legal action against red-shirt lawyer Robert Amsterdam and a Thai female interpreter for allegedly defaming the Army.On Friday, Prayuth had a legal officer, Colonel…

  • Thailand News: Verdict delay in war weapon case

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Verdict on eight Thais in war weapon case “could take two weeks” Phuket Gazette / The Nation PHUKET: The trial of eight Thais, arrested in Myanmar on charges of possessing war weapons, was scheduled to end today, but it could take two weeks before the court…

  • Thailand News: Group to appeal; Myanmar decision expected; Forest fires

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Rayong people to appeal against court verdict on land documents Phuket Gazette / The Nation PHUKET: Local residents from Rayong’s Mae Ramphueng area will be appealing to the Supreme Administrative Court against the lower court’s decision to drop their complaint over the land rights documents held…

  • Thailand News: US Visa given to Thaksin not a political issue

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Politics not involved in visa given to Thaksin : US ambassador Phuket Gazette / The NationPHUKET: The issuing of a visa to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was done under United States laws and had no bearing on domestic politics in Thailand, US Ambassador Kristie Kenney…

  • Thailand News: Billboard kills worker; Senator shoots relative; Thai Olympics review

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Fatality spurs BMA to check billboards Phuket Gazette / The NationPHUKET: More than 900 billboards across Bangkok will be inspected, and if they are found to be unsafe they will be torn down, Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra said yesterday. The measure was announced after Janya…

  • Thai News: AirAsia seeks hub; Prissana bowls over judges; Kaew’s goldrush

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community AirAsia seeks Don Mueang for budget hub Phuket Gazette / The NationPHUKET: AirAsia, Asia’s biggest low-cost carrier, has urged the Thai government to promote Don Mueang Airport as a regional hub for low-cost carriers.“Its international airport tax should be lowered from Bt750 to Bt250,” Tony Fernandes, chief…

  • Thailand News: Myanmar allows visits to Thai detainees

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Myanmar allows relatives to visit Thai detainees for first time Phuket Gazette / The Nation PHUKET: For the first time since their arrests on July 4, almost all of the 92 Thais detained in Myanmar were given a chance to meet with their relatives yesterday. The…

  • Thailand News: Reward for Chiang Mai rape-murder case; Drunk driving law tightened; Going for gold

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community British victim’s mother offers Bt493,000 for infomation Phuket Gazette / The NationPHUKET: The mother of a British woman who was raped and murdered in Chiang Mai 12 years ago yesterday offered 10,000 British pounds (nearly 493,000 baht) to anyone who comes forward with information leading to an…

  • Weird World News stumbles back onto the podium with Olympic torch

    PHUKET: After several weeks of being missing in action, the Phuket Gazette‘s Weird World News Round-up takes the stage again as Olympic gaffs from alleged satanic rituals, that nasty feeling of having overslept something important and a little flag waving – wait that’s not my flag – have kept the people of the world glued to their screens. Can’t see…

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    Thai Jonah: the fishy tale of Rewat Nongwong

    PHUKET: A 24-year-old man who claims he have spent three days underwater without dying was the subject of a miracle, according to some Ayutthaya residents who believe his tale. To others, including rescue workers who spent three days looking for him in the filthy Chao Praya River, the man, Rewat Nongwong, is a liar – one who should face criminal…

  • Thailand News: Update on drug bust; Leaders oppose curfew; Drink still flowed

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Drug packaging warehouse raided after Aussie tip-off Phuket Gazette / The Nation PHUKET: A Thai warehouse for terracotta pots was searched by police who believe that it served as a transit point for illicit drugs to be smuggled into Australia. National Police chief Priewpan Dhamapong said…

  • Olympics Update: Phuket’s Jongjit out; Chatuphum’s agony; Chatchai fights today

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community High-flying Thai shuttlers shot down in QF Phuket Gazette / The Nation PHUKET: Bodin Isara and Maneepong Jongjit’s dazzling Olympic odyssey came to a disappointing end yesterday when the Thai duo lost to Malaysia’s Kien Keat Koo and Boon Heong Tan in the quarter-finals. The Games…

  • Thailand News: Parliament opens; More advice for parents; Thai boxers in last 16

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Parliament prioritizes 10 bills before putting up reconciliation draft Phuket Gazette / The NationPHUKET: The House will keep the Reconciliation Bill on its agenda but it will only be considered after 10 other bills have been debated upon, it was resolved at the first parliamentary session yesterday.…

  • Thailand News: More bomb blasts; Opposition to file motion on South; Yingluck in censure debate

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Two major blasts hit Pattani Phuket Gazette / The NationPHUKET: A car-bomb exploded behind the CS Pattani Hotel late last night and was followed by a blast at a power station which plunged several areas into darkness for several hours.The blast at the hotel damaged a wall…

  • Thailand News: Death sentences for police who murdered youth

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Death terms for police guilty of murdering youth Phuket Gazette / The NationPHUKET: The Criminal Court yesterday handed down a guilty verdict to five former Kalasin-based policemen for their involvement in the extrajudicial killing of a 17-year-old boy in 2004. Three of them were sentenced to death,…