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PHUKET: The Phuket Gazette hard-copy newspaper that hits the streets today is truly national in circulation and boasts a re-design to the ‘compact’ format that’s set to be the wave of the future.

By joining the compacts of such esteemed publications as the The Wall Street Journal, The Telegraph, the Times of London, the Daily Mail, Bild and scores of other major titles around the world, the Gazette is now more portable and reader friendly than the stiff-paper tabloids germane to Thailand’s provincial markets.

But the new Gazette is not just a change to a better delivery vehicle; it goes right to the editorial core. You’ll be seeing more investigative news features; more follow-up on crime stories; more business coverage; a general reduction in story lengths; and, our new mantra, more relevance to Thailand. (We know you don’t often look to a weekly Phuket newspaper for world news, wire stories, major league baseball scores or advice on how to fix a work bench.)

And readership of the new Gazette is set to increase more than six-fold, driven not only by the revisions to format and content, but also, critically, to distribution. We’re now reaching out 30,000 readers – not just a Phuket audience where the saturation point for English language print is ‘maxed out’ at 5,000 – including tourists.

We want to deliver Phuket – the good, the bad and the inexplicable – to Bangkok and beyond because the island is important in multiple ways and has long been under-represented in Thailand’s mass media.

What’s good here is good for Thailand. And what isn’t… needs national attention with monitoring and follow-up.

It’s unlikely that Phuket could ever float a genuinely national newspaper without being a part of one. So your full Phuket Gazette, long a part of The Nation, is now literally in that publication, every Saturday morning. You’ll find us in the same places you find The Nation – all over Bangkok (including all government ministries), Koh Samui, Pattaya, Hua Hin, etc. And we’re now aboard more airlines – 14 major ones, including THAI, where The Nation has for decades been a popular daily passenger.

But there is one area where you’ll not see us in The Nation – the Andaman provinces, including Phuket. Here you’ll find us just as you always have, but at more locations, in larger numbers and now, as less of a nangsu pim farangPhuket, in the hands of more Thais.

— John Magee

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Pattaya bike rider injured after plunging into large construction hole in road

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PHOTO: The Pattaya News

A motorbike driver has been injured after his bike plunged into a 2-metre deep construction pit in the Naklua area of Pattaya. The Pattaya News reports that the accident occurred around 4am on Thursday morning, with rescue workers arriving to find the bike at the bottom of the pit.

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The driver, 39 year old Wassapon Thataworn, had managed to climb out of the hole, despite his injuries, and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. His friend, who has not been named, says he was following Wassapon on another bike, when the accident happened. He claims the hole was not well-lit.

However, the police disagree with his assessment, saying there were barriers around the pit, as well as several neon white lights. It is not known if anyone will face legal charges over the accident.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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After much anticipation, the Pattaya Fireworks Festival lit up the sky this past weekend, delighting spectators with beautiful night beachside spectacle. More importantly, it was the first time Pattaya was packed with tourists since March this year, albeit mostly Thai tourists.

The event program was packed with long fireworks shows with hotels offering promotions for advanced bookings in an attempt to provide a much-needed boost to the local economy over the weekend.

To watch some of last night’s events from Mike Bridge, click HEREand HERE.

The annual festival saw Thais and foreigners taking part in the festivities as local bars, pubs, restaurants, and food vendors enjoying a bit more padding in their pockets. Organisers didn’t disappoint as they carried out their assurances to provide a world-class show with 4 fireworks shows per night. Such titles as “Shining in Sky,” “Paradise Pattaya, Everyday for Everyone,” “Pattaya Twilight, Decorated Stars,” and “Light is Life,” summed up the shows’ themes.

During one of the shows’ breaks, a 45 minute concert by popular Thai artist “Mean” graced the ears of onlookers, while an elephant show, by the Pattaya Elephant Camp, proved to be a sight for sore eyes. Marching bands featuring local Thai students started from the North Pattaya area and parading down Beach Road to the main stage area, located near Central Festival Mall filled the air with music, along with tiger shows and an art show by Nong Nooch Botanical Garden rounding up the schedule.

The popular Thai rock band “Big Ass” wrapped up the last fireworks show at 9:30 pm, with another popular Thai band “Boom Boom Cash” rocking out the night.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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City officials plan to demolish abandoned Pattaya condo project

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After years of talks, threats, and complaints, the abandoned Waterfront condo development at Pattaya’s Bali Hai pier looks set to be demolished. The Waterfront Suites and Residence is a half-finished condo project that was stalled in 2014 after safety inspectors discovered that the building’s fire escapes and elevator systems designs varied from the already approved construction designs. Read an earlier story about the eyesore HERE.

Pattaya’s mayor, Sonthaya Khunplume, says officials plan to tear down what many have condemned as an eyesore, “as soon as possible” – and charge the owners for it. According to a Pattaya News report, the date of the demolition, along with the name of the company being hired to carry out the work, have not yet been confirmed.

The controversy surrounding the development dates back to 2014, when construction was halted following multiple legal threats and complaints from local residents. The Israeli-owned development company, Bali Hai, are accused of violating building regulations, by building a structure that exceeds the legal height limit, as well as restrictions on proximity to the beach. Local residents have also complained that the development obstructs the panoramic vista of the bay from Pattaya Hill, and the view of the memorial to the renowned Admiral Abhakara Kiartivongse, Prince of Chumphon.

For their part, the developers insist they have complied with all regulations and had the necessary paperwork and permits for the project. It seems however, that Pattaya officials have had enough, and, ignoring the developer’s claims of bankruptcy, they say the whole Waterfront saga must end. They say the demolition will not affect lawsuits being brought by those who paid for condo units that never materialised, insisting that court hearings can still go ahead, regardless of the condition of the building.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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