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Nation takes stake in Phuket Gazette, joins board of directors

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PHUKET: Pana Janviroj and Prasert Lekavanichkajorn have joined the board of directors of The Phuket Gazette Co Ltd following the acquisition of a 19.7% interest in the local newspaper by the Nation Multimedia Group Pcl (NMG). Khun Pana is editor of ‘The Nation’ and Khun Prasert is the paper’s chief operating officer. With a Master’s Degree in economics from Tuft’s University, Massachusetts, USA, Khun Pana, 43, joined ‘The Nation’ in 1984. He became the paper’s editor in 1996 and was elected to the NMG main board in 1999. Khun Prasert, 50, holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Education degrees from Portland State University, Oregon, USA. He joined ‘The Nation’ in 1996. The ‘Gazette’ shares purchased by NMG were newly issued, and NMG holds rights on additional shares in the company whether offered by existing stockholders or the product of a primary issue. Proceeds of last month’s share issue will be applied to expansion of the Gazette’s operations, particularly the move to weekly publication, which will start on May 4. ‘The Nation’ and the ‘Phuket Gazette’ signed a wide-ranging editorial cooperation agreement in December of last year, and last month entered into an agency agreement for the sale of classified advertising. Under that agreement, NMG markets ‘Gazette’ classifieds, and advertisers in the ‘Gazette’ receive discounts of up to 50% in any of NMG’s publications, including, among others, ‘The Nation’ and the new ‘Sky Train Classifieds’. Founded in 1971, ‘The Nation’, with a circulation of 58,000, is now the leading English-language daily in Thailand. It is at the core of the Nation Multimedia Group, which also publishes the Thai-language business daily ‘Krungthep Turakij’ and the mass-circulation (700,000 copies a day) general-interest newspaper ‘Kom Chad Luek’. NMG also operates radio stations; a TV firm providing content for several channels; Thailand’s first 24-hour news channel, the “Nation Channel”; and NationMultimedia.com and Thailand.com.



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Some restrictions lifted for superyachts in the region

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Thailand is poised to ease rules on bareboat charters as well as introducing new measures to attract more luxury and super yachts into the region.

The new measures were laid out in a presentation called “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea” held at the 2019 Thailand Yacht Show and Rendezvous in Phuket.

Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder, outlined new measures to attract Superyachts in the meeting attended by officials from Thailand’s Customs Department.

Representing Thailand’s Customs Department, Kanchana Suwanicho, updated delegates on the rules applying for a temporary stay for yachts as well as outlining revisions for bareboat charter rules.

ttrweekly.com reports that, under the revisions, bareboat charters will not need to hire a Thai registered captain and engineer to be present on board vessels for the sailing duration.

“Out-dated rules are being reviewed, but due to recent boating tragedies involving foreign tourists authorities are concerned about potential safety lapses.”

Stating that Thailand wants to continue being the ‘Yachting Hub for Asia’ Kanchana said bareboat charters would not be required to hire a Thai captain and engineer, but the charterer would be required to show they had qualified personnel to assume full responsibility.

The Revenue department confirmed it was actively working to resolve a stumbling block linked to Superyacht charter licences.

“Once this stumbling block has been removed foreign flagged yachts, over 30 metres long, will be allowed to legally charter in Thailand. This will be a major boom for the industry both in Phuket and across the region.”

The easing of restrictions for superyachts coming to the region has been a major issue of the founder of the Thailand Yacht Show and Singapore Yacht Show, Andy Treadwell.

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Attendees of the “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea”

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Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder – PHOTO: Guy Nowell

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Suspect hands himself in to police, denies charges in Saphan Hin shooting

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A suspect has handed himself in to police after an arrest warrant was issued over a Saphan Hin shooting last week. The suspect is denying the charges.

A Thai man was shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket last week. An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect shortly after as police went hunting for the suspect identified by witnesses.

Read more about the shooting HERE.

Wichit Police Chief Col Nikorn Somsuk says, “The suspect is 23 year old Jakkrit Sangsaard. Yesterday he presented himself to police for the shooting and carrying gun in public changes. He has denied the charges and been bailed.”

“At this stage we believe that the suspect and the dead man, Teerasak, had a previous conflict.. Teerasak stopped his motorbike and tried to fire a shot at the suspect but the gun misfired. The suspect then shot back. We are continuing our investigation.”

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Legal action taken against people who removed beer cans from beer truck accident scene

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PHOTOS / VIDEO:  Thanakrit Asulyakul / Mana Sombat / Kanlaya Singkangrang / Kritsada Mueanhawong

Legal action has already been taken against four people who ‘removed’ beer cans after a truck carrying boxes of beer cans overturned in Phuket on January 11.

A logistic company representative has filed a report with police after more than 80,000 beer cans, valued at more than two million baht, mysteriously “vanished” after the truck overturned in Rassada.

Read more about the incident outside a Rassada 7/11 HERE.

The Phuket City Police Chief Col Sompong Thiparpakun says, “Four people have now been arrested. They have admitted that they saw other people taking beer cans, so they did too. They say they have consumed the contents of all beer cans. ”

“If evidence can be provided that other people took these beer cans and sold them, legal action will be taken against them too.”

“It was illegal to remove these items from the crash scene.”

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