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Contractor takes drastic measures to get payment

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Contractor takes drastic measures to get payment | The Thaiger

PHUKET: A building contractor was so irritated by a dispute over payment with a customer that he did some extra work around her house this morning. He nailed planks across all her doors and windows, making her a prisoner in her home with her two small children. House owner Paetai “Noi” Kaeser, 35, living at 78/392 Soi 3, Phuket Villa 5, told the Gazette that Wichai Sritong, managing director of the House Doctor Co Ltd, arrived at her house at 8:40 this morning with six workers. They climbed over the wall around her house, bringing with them the long planks that they used to nail across her doors and windows. “I didn’t know what to do,” K. Noi told the Gazette. “I am living here with my young son and my baby girl. I was so scared and so worried about the children that I didn’t argue; I just let them [the workers] go ahead.” After the construction gang left, neighbors pried some of the planks loose to free K. Noi. Suthep Prommul, chairman of the Moo Baan Phuket Villa 5 committee, was one of many neighbors who watched the incident this morning. “We saw everything that happened and tried to stop him. But, he just said, ‘Stay away, it’s none of your business. There’s no problem; I know what I’m doing is right.'” K. Noi, who is married to a Swiss man who is currently out of Thailand, contacted the House Doctor Co Ltd early last month to upgrade paths around her house, create a car parking area, and repair the eaves around her roof. She says the agreed price for the work was 100,000 baht, and that even when she asked for more work to be done, it was verbally agreed that this would be included in the same price. K. Wichai disagrees. He told the Gazette that K. Noi knew that the additional work would entail greater cost. The two visited Phuket Town Police Station in an attempt to find a solution, but failed. Case investigator Pol Maj Sanya Tongsawas of the police station told the Gazette, “I need to get more information from K. Wichai about what happened this morning. We’ve been trying to contact him all day but have been unable to do so. “Until we can talk to him and get the information we need, we cannot charge him with either illegal entry or confining someone against their will.” Gazette reporters did manage to contact K. Wichai. He said, “This morning wasn’t a big deal; in fact, I was worried that my workers would do something more drastic if she did not pay. Everyone knows who’s right and who’s wrong.” K. Wichai added that immediately after his workers had finished boarding K. Noi and her children in her house, he went with the workers to Phuket Town Police Station. “I wanted to meet with the police officer who had attempted to solve the dispute yesterday, to inform him about what we had done, but he was not there,” he said.

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Police investigate motorbike hoons in Patong

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Police investigate motorbike hoons in Patong | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Patong Police

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after a viral video clip in local social media.

The Patong Police report that the clip of tourists who have been driving their motorbikes at high speed around the streets of Patong has been very popular and provided them with a lot of information about the locations, the bikes and the riders.

Police are now investigating the incident to find the people on the bikes so they can charge them and take legal action.

Every month they say there are about 2,000 cases as Patong Police enforce the road rules around the tourist town. Patong Traffic Police say they are strictly enforcing traffic rules to prevent road accidents and protect tourists.

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“Self-myofascial release” – what is foam rolling?

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“Self-myofascial release” – what is foam rolling? | The Thaiger

by Krix Luther

The word is out about self-myofascial release – foam rolling – and, no, Thailand people, this doesn’t have to do with a ‘soapy’ or ‘happy-endings’.

So what is foam rolling you ask? Well, it was once a secretive technique used by professional coaches and therapists but has become a regular practice for people across the spectrum of all fitness levels.

Self-myofascial release is just a fancy term for a technique of self-massage that helps deal with muscle tightness and trigger points.

With a massage parlour never being farther than a kilometre away, and decent one-hour massage costing you less than 500 baht, it might be difficult to see the point of learning the technique – which would explain why I always see a bunch of rarely used foam rollers in the corner of Nai Harn Gym in Phuket (one of the places I work).

Nonetheless, the understanding of your body and muscle structures that comes with practising the technique can offer many benefits.

  • Increases flexibility and range of motion
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Prevents chances of DOMS
  • Reduces post-workout stress
  • Helps with post-workout cooldown
  • Reduces recovery time
  • Prevents training-related injuries
  • Reduces chances of overtraining

The practice can be done with a foam roller, lacrosse ball, Theracane or your own hands by simply applying pressure to specific points on your body, aiding in the recovery of muscles and assisting in returning them to normal function. We can think of ‘normal function’ as when your muscles are elastic, healthy and ready to perform at a moment’s notice.

Foam rolling after a workout will provide deep compression that will help relax tight muscles and adhesions (fibrous bands) between muscle layers and their surroundings. The benefits of foam rolling are outstanding, in addition to increasing blood flow, which will speed up muscle recovery. Foam rolling can be used for a variety of corrective bodywork.

It can loosen muscles to re-balance posture, re-establish proper movement patterns, enhance performance and help create pain-free movement.

Stretching alone is not always enough when it comes to releasing the tightness, which makes the technique very helpful. Additionally, you are able to feel exactly what is happening and adjust the pressure so that it is uncomfortable, but not unbearable – not always the case when it comes to the toes of your Thai masseuse digging into your back.

Krix Luther has been a Personal Trainer in Phuket for more than 10 years, he specialises in weight loss, strength & conditioning, TRX and CrossFit. For more information about Krix and his services, visit

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Elderly motorbike driver dies in Thalang crash

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Elderly motorbike driver dies in Thalang crash | The Thaiger

A 74 year old motorbike driver has died after colliding with a high speed taxi in Thalang this morning.

The Thalang Police headed to the accident near an intersection of Thepkrasattri – Nai Yang Road in Thalang at 7.40am.

When they arrived they found a damaged taxi. Nearby they located the damaged motorbike.

74 year old Somchai Uttasaha, the motorbike driver, was taken to the Thalang Hospital but was later pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

Police report that the taxi was traveling at high speed. The driver was 48 year old Prasert Malitong.

When the taxi arrived at the location of the incident, the motorbike was allegedly traveling outside his proper traffic lane.  The taxi collided with the motorbike at speed.

The taxi driver has been charged with reckless driving causing death.

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