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Then and now: Why Duterte’s martial law is nothing like Ferdinand Marcos’ | Phuket News
MINDANAO has been under martial for over a month now but it’s been life as usual for residents in much of the island, a condition starkly different from the military rule declared by the late Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos. President Rodrigo Duterte placed Mindanao in the southern Philippines under martial law on May 23 through Proclamation No 216, which also suspends the privilege of writ of habeas corpus in the island. It is effective for 60 days. Marcos’ martial law did not only cover Mindanao but all of the Philippines through Presidential Decree 1081 signed on Sept 21, 1972. He formally ended the rule about 10 years later through Proclamation No. 2045 signed on Jan 17, 1981. Marcos’ dictatorial regime ended in 1986 after he was toppled by the popular EDSA People Power revolution. Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao following the attack of the Islamic State-affiliated Maute terrorist group...
Philippines VP visits refugees from Marawi war zone, Duterte unseen in days | Phuket News
The vice-president of the Philippines expressed hope on Monday for a swift end to an urban siege by Islamist rebels, and offered support to displaced civilians during a visit normally conducted by a president not seen in public for six days. The trip by Leni Robredo to an evacuation centre in Balo-i for residents who escaped a month-long conflict in nearby Marawi City adds to speculation about the health of 72-year-old President Rodrigo Duterte, whose absence this month from the public eye is......
Marawi siege: End in sight as Maute leadership begins to crumble | Phuket News
PHILIPPINE forces believe they are close to putting an end to weeks of fighting in the besieged Marawi City of Mindanao, with intelligence suggesting the terrorists leading the charge there are beginning to fall apart. According to reports, weeks of losses suffered by the Islamic State-linked Maute Group have resulted in them running out of firepower and other resources. Issues concerning funding and logistical support have also created division among its leaders, some of whom abandoned their positions on the battlefield as government troops closed in. In a press briefing Sunday, Task Force Marawi spokesman Lt. Col Jo-ar Herrera said considering the circumstances, it was safe to assume victory was “irreversible”. Citing reports from inside the conflict zone, Herrera revealed that the Maute leadership was “crumbling”. “They also lack ammunition,” he pointed out, according to ABS-CBN News. “There is the issue of money, the issue of decision making. Some of...
Four foreign inmates make daring escape from Bali’s notorious Kerobokan prison | Phuket News
Four foreign inmates escaped early Monday from a prison on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, police said. Prison officers became aware of the escape while conducting a morning check of inmates at the Kerobokan penitentiary in Bali’s capital, Denpasar, said Putu Ika Prabawa, an officer at Bali’s Kuta Utara police station. Prabawa said the four men were believed to have escaped through a 50-by-70-centimetre hole found in a wall that connects to a 15-metre-long water tunnel heading......
Four foreign inmates escape from Bali prison | Phuket News
BALI - Indonesian police say four foreign inmates have escaped from a prison on the resort island of Bali....
Indonesian Police: 4 Foreign Inmates Escape From Bali Prison | Phuket News
Four foreign inmates escaped early Monday from a prison on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, police said. Prison officers became aware of the escape while conducting a morning check of inmates at the Kerobokan penitentiary in Bali's capital, Denpasar, said Putu Ika Prabawa, an officer at Bali's Kuta Utara police station. Prabawa said the four men were believed to have escaped through a 50-by-70-centimeter (20-by-28-inch) hole found in a wall that connects to a 15-meter-long (49-foot-long) water tunnel heading toward a main street. He identified the four as Shaun Edward Davidson, 33, of Australia; Dimitar Nikolov Iliev, 43, of Bulgaria; Sayed Mohammed Said, 31, of India; and Tee Koko King bin Tee Kim Sai, 50, of Malaysia. Davidson is serving a one-year sentence for an immigration offense, while Iliev is serving a seven-year sentence for money laundering and another offense. Said and King are serving 14 and seven years,...
Four foreigners tunnel out of Kerokoban Prison | Phuket News
The prisoners escaped from Bali's Kerokoban Prison using a 12m-tunnel, say Indonesian officials....
French tourist safe as Patong-bound taxi slams into parked pickup truck | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 33-year-old French tourist is safe after the Phuket taxi he was travelling to Patong in slammed into a parked pickup truck in Kamala this morning (Sept 4)....
Patong tuk-tuk driver charged for threatening tourist with sword | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police have ramped up the charges against the Patong tuk-tuk driver who threatened a tourist with a sword over a B400 fare early last Thursday morning (Aug 31) to now include threatening a person with a weapon....
Captured crocodile in Phuket getting depressed | Phuket News
The 3-metre-long crocodile captured from the sea last week off Phuket beach is getting depressed and doesn’t eat after it was kept at a Coastal Aquaculture Research and Development Region 5 in Phuket. This was disclosed yesterday by the Phuket governor Mr Narapat Plodthong after visiting the research centre. He now confirmed the animal is a salt water male crocodile after the fishery officials at the centre have examined its species. But he said the crocodile looked depressed and didn’t eat, adding that it needed time to adapt itself with new environment. He said the Phuket Fisheries Office has officially asked the Fisheries Department to make decision on whether to give the animal to any state agency to take care of as it needs an agency with high potential to raise the salt water crocodile. The potential agency must have an aquacentre that is close to nature, he said. He...
Phuket officials confirm crocodile is saltwater species rare to area | Phuket News
PHUKET: Experts from the Phuket Department of Fisheries have confirmed that the crocodile caught at a lagoon off Bang Tao Beach last Friday (Sept 1) is a saltwater crocodile, but have yet to establish where the “saltie” came from....
Phuket officials confirm crocodile is rare saltwater species | Phuket News
PHUKET: Experts from the Phuket Department of Fisheries have confirmed that the crocodile caught at a lagoon off Bang Tao Beach last Friday (Sept 1) is a saltwater crocodile, but have yet to establish where the “saltie” came from....
American dies after balcony fall at Phuket hotel | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 26-year-old American man has died from injuries sustained in a fall from a third-floor balcony at a hotel in Nai Yang, on Phuket’s northwest coast, just hours before he was to fly home last night (Sept 3)....
NATIONAL CRIME AGENCY SACRIFICES BURMESE SCAPEGOATS & MEMORIES OF BRITISH TOURISTS ON THE ALTAR OF NATIONAL INTEREST | Phuket News
The scapegoats for the “Death Island” Koh Tao murders had a very small but very welcome win against the National Crime Agency in the High Court in London – but what is the significance? By Ian Yarwood (Australian lawyer) On Tuesday, 29 August 2017 the High Court in London made orders by the consent of the parties in The Queen on the application of Zaw Lin & Wai Phyo v National Crime Agency.  See press page from human rights NGO Reprieve including link to Consent Orders: http://www.reprieve.org.uk/press/national-crime-agency-admits-illegal-action-thai-murder-case/ The story was promptly published by The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/29/uk-police-broke-law-in-case-of-british-backpackers-murdered-in-thailand The National Crime Agency (“NCA”) conceded that it had breached the law on five occasions and settled the action by consent having agreed to pay the Claimants’ costs fixed at 15,000 pounds.  Below is the Reprieve statement in full: “The National Crime Agency has been forced to admit that it acted illegally in assisting...
Phuket Gardening: Paper wasps, horrid hornets and honey bees | Phuket News
It is amazing what can happen to your property in Thailand when you go away for a while. I have heard tales of a couple returning to piles of collapsed furniture – the result of termite infestation....
Let it flow: Patong wastewater to get worse before treatment plant upgrades kick in | Phuket News
PHUKET: Water quality at Patong Beach where tourists swim has plunged and is not likely to improve until the town’s wastewater treatment plant gets a major overhaul, which is planned to commence within three months....
Phuket Opinion: Opening the door to genuine progress | Phuket News
PHUKET: The return of the honorary consul meeting last week was welcome news, finally enabling the consuls and envoys on the island direct feedback about officials’ activities on the island....
US Calls for Firm Action Against North Korea by UN | Phuket News
The United States told U.N. Security Council members Wednesday it is prepared to use military means to defend against the threat posed by North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, but that it would be best to try to resolve the crisis through diplomatic and economic measures. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the
US: North Korean Missile Was 'Not One We've Seen Before' | Phuket News
The intercontinental ballistic missile North Korea successfully tested this week is
North Korea has a scheme to ‘de-couple’ the US from South Korea, says former US ambassador | Phuket News
North Korea's latest missile launch suggests an attempt to separate the U.S. from the Korean peninsula, he says....
North Korea ICBM: US and South Korea conduct missile drills after launch | Phuket News
US and South Korea conduct military drills in response to North Korea's ICBM launch....
North Korea ICBM launch: US and S Korea respond with drill | Phuket News
Pyongyang's ICBM test on Tuesday prompts a joint warning from the US and South Korea....
LATEST: Kim promises more missile test 'gift packages' | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirms that North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as South Korea and the US stage a combined ballistic missile exercise aimed at sending Pyongyang a warning....
North Korean Leader Openly Boasts of Successful ICBM Test | Phuket News
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is boasting over his country's first successful test of what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Tuesday. Kim told a group of scientists and technicians that the United States would be
North Korea has a scheme to 'de-couple' the US from South Korea, says former US ambassador | Phuket News
North Korea's latest missile launch suggests an attempt to separate the U.S. from the Korean peninsula, he says....
Did North Korean Missile Test Trigger Trump's 'Red Line'? | Phuket News
In January, Donald Trump drew what appeared to be a “red line” for North Korea: testing a ballistic missile that could reach parts of the United States with a nuclear warhead. “It won't happen!” insisted then President-elect Trump in a statement he posted on Twitter. Except early Tuesday, it did happen, according to North Korean state television, which reported Kim Jong Un “personally observed” the test of the Hwaseong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile. The North's claims were bolstered by the U.S. military, which tracked the missile for 37 minutes, and independent analysts, who estimated its range at 6,500 kilometers (4,000 miles) — far enough to reach Alaska, and an apparent violation of Trump's “red line” warning. In international geopolitics, a “red line” signifies an unequivocal threat; it could also be described as “a line in the sand.” Breaking the limit set by the “red line” would incur the full fury of...
North Korea: new ICBM can carry nuclear warhead; US calls for global action | Phuket News
NORTH KOREA said on Wednesday its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) can carry a large nuclear warhead, triggering a call by Washington for global action to hold Pyongyang accountable for its pursuit of nuclear weapons. A spokeswoman for the Pentagon said it had concluded that North Korea test-launched an ICBM, which some experts now believe had the range to reach parts of the mainland United States. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the test, on the eve of the US Independence Day holiday, represented “a new escalation of the threat” against the United States and its allies, and vowed stronger measures. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the successful test completed his country’s strategic weapons capability that includes atomic and hydrogen bombs and ICBMs, the state news agency KCNA reported. Kim said Pyongyang would not negotiate with the United States to give up those weapons until Washington abandons its hostile policy against...
Malaysian govt seeks royal panel probe on decades-old forex scandal as polls loom | Phuket News
THE Malaysian government is forming a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate a multi-billion dollar foreign exchange scandal that took place during Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s reign as prime minister in the 1980s and 1990s. On Wednesday, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said Cabinet had agreed to form the RCI to investigate the central Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) alleged US$10 billion in forex market losses incurred during the former statesman’s tenure as prime minister. Dr Mahathir ruled Malaysia from 1981 to 2003, making him the country’s longest-serving prime minister. He is currently an opposition figurehead and leading a campaign to unseat Prime Minister Najib Razak, who was his second hand-picked successor. The formation of the RCI – which comes following the recommendation of a special task force – has been criticised as a diversionary tactic to steer public attention away from the ongoing 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) financial scandal. Najib,...
Women own one in five companies in Malaysia | Phuket News
By Veena Babulal One in five companies in Malaysia, are owned by women, according to the latest national economic census released by the country’s statistics department. The department’s chief statistician Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said as of 2015, 187,264 companies of the 920,624 active establishments nationwide were owned by women. He also said that the fairer sex’s contribution to the economy rose from 19.2 per cent or 127,422 companies in 2010 to 20.3 per cent or 187,......
Malaysia Startup Ecosystem Tour | Phuket News
In recent years, the Government of Malaysia has been taking proactive steps to build a strong infrastructure for the Malaysian entrepreneurship scene. The development of a strong and sustainable startup ecosystem is considered to be a key economic driver for the nation to remain competitive in the global landscape. MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre) was launched on the 27th of April 2014 by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak. Since the birth of MaGIC, there has been a significant number of entrepreneurs benefiting from the programs and initiatives offered by the Centre.  Startup Commons was invited to host a workshop at MaGIC on building digitally connected and data-driven startup ecosystem. The workshop supported the mission to catalyze the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Malaysia by introducing key stakeholders of ecosystem development to the framework targeting various activities and measuring the impact of...
Watchdog urges Malaysians to seek royal pardon for jailed leader Anwar Ibrahim | Phuket News
AN international human rights watchdog is seeking the help of Malaysians to convince the country’s monarch to free prominent opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim from prison, where he is serving a five-year sentence for sodomy. New York-based Human Rights Foundation (HRF) urged the public to send letters addressed to the country’s head of state, known as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or the King, to appeal for Anwar’s immediate release. In an open letter, the foundation urged the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Muhammad V to release Anwar who it says was wrongly convicted on politically-motivated charges of sodomy. “Anwar Ibrahim’s criminal prosecution, from beginning to end, was riddled with bias, political influence, and miscarriage of justice,” the letter to the King read. “We respectfully urge Your Majesty to recognise the undeniable political meddling in (Anwar) Ibrahim’s case, order him to be released from prison, and clear him of his conviction.” SEE ALSO: Malaysia: Jailed opposition...
Singapore-listed Noble Group confirms lenders agree to extend credit facility deadline | Phuket News
Noble Group said its lenders had agreed to push back a repayment deadline by four months and is still in talks with potential investors....
Taming a ‘giant’: Expert says Asean must flex muscles to rein in China | Phuket News
ASEAN needs a reality check – the best way to handle China as it races for control over the South China Sea is by matching Beijing’s assertiveness with bold moves, a regional expert has suggested. Associate Professor Jaime B. Naval said governments with vested interest in the dispute must be more daring and unified on China, regardless whether or not the US takes a harder line to contain the its military ambitions. “(They must) not only (do this) in press releases but in action to tame a ‘giant’,” the assistant professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman’s Department of Political Science said. “At this juncture, Asean would have consolidate itself, bringing its act more coherently, and not leave matters to ‘politics-as-usual’ meetings.” Naval said this during his keynote speech at the Jefferson Fellows’ Forum on the South China Sea: Transitions, Recalibrations and Re-Directions organised by the East-West Center and the UP College of Mass Communications...
Singaporean dream sours for some Bangladeshi workers as they go home with big debts | Phuket News
SINGAPORE/DHAKA (Reuters) - Mohammad Ashadul Islam placed all his hopes for a better life for his family in Bangladesh on getting a construction job in Singapore. ...
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong apologises for family feud and vows to refute siblings’ allegations he abused power | Phuket News
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said the allegations of abuse of power made by his two siblings “will be dealt with openly and refuted”. The allegations made by his youngest brother Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling have “hurt Singapore’s reputation and Singaporeans and Singaporeans’ confidence in the government,” the premier said in a video statement that was aired on the state broadcaster Channel NewsAsia at 7.30pm. “As your prime minister......
Thai Government Savings Bank launches $44m investment vehicles | Phuket News
Thailand’s Government Savings Bank (GSB), with support from the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), has officially launched two investment vehicles at 1.5 billion baht (more than $44 million) to invest in the country’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). These are the sub-funds of the SMEs Private Equity Trust Fund that the state-owned bank proposed earlier in 2016. DEALSTREETASIA exclusively reported in April this year that Singapore-based early stage venture capital firm Expara had been selected as manager for the Trust Fund’s first 500 million baht sub-fund. Meanwhile, another 1 billion baht unit managed by a Thai firm called Premier Advisory Group Co, was introduced during an announcement ceremony recently, local media reported. Krungthai Asset Management acts as trustee for both funds. GSB had said it would continue to raise capital for the Trust Fund until it reached 2 billion baht to invest in startups and SMEs serving critical sectors. The...
Twilight in the Lion City as social media rends Singapore’s dynastic rule asunder | Phuket News
Watching the Singapore prime minister’s family squabbles surface on social media, I’m reminded of the lonely figure of Henry Pu Yi in Reginald Johnston book Twilight in the Forbidden City, and portrayed in Bernardo Bertolucci’s movie The Last Emperor. Like Pu Yi, the premier seems increasingly detached from geopolitical and technological challenges. The family squabble captivating Singapore’s attention has the potential of morphing into a string of sensational......
Twilight in the Lion City as social media renders Singapore’s dynastic rule asunder | Phuket News
Watching the Singapore prime minister’s family squabbles surface on social media, I’m reminded of the lonely figure of Henry Pu Yi in Reginald Johnston book Twilight in the Forbidden City, and portrayed in Bernardo Bertolucci’s movie The Last Emperor. Like Pu Yi, the premier seems increasingly detached from geopolitical and technological challenges. The family squabble captivating Singapore’s attention has the potential of morphing into a string of sensational......
'Singles Day' China shopping festival smashes record with $25 billion haul | Phuket News
Alibaba said its Singles Day sales surged past last year's total just after midday Saturday, hitting a record $18 billion....
China's Singles Day shopping festival smashes record at halfway mark | Phuket News
Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, said its sales surged past last year's total just after midday Saturday....
'Singles Day' China shopping festival smashes record at the halfway mark | Phuket News
Alibaba said its Singles Day sales surged past last year's total just after midday Saturday, hitting a record $18 billion....
Happy ‘Singles Day’: Chinese Spend Billions in Annual Shopping Spree | Phuket News
Chinese consumers are spending billions of dollars shopping online for anything from diapers to diamonds on “Singles Day,” a day of promotions that has grown into the world’s biggest e-commerce event.   China’s biggest e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group, said sales by retailers on its platforms had topped $19 billion by midafternoon Saturday in a count that started at midnight.   Its main rival, online retailer JD.com, which tracks sales starting from Nov. 1 through to the actual day, had topped $16.7 billion.   Starting at midnight, diamonds, Chilean frozen salmon, tires, diapers, beer, shoes, handbags, and appliances were shipped out from JD.com’s distribution centers on trucks bound for deliveries across China.   Singles Day was begun by Chinese college students in the 1990s as a version of Valentine’s Day for people without romantic partners....
Hard life among the dead in Philippines | Phuket News
MANILA -- Manila North Cemetery, opened in 1904, is one of the oldest and largest in the Philippines. Its elaborate mausoleums and endless rows of humble, stacked tombs are home to an estimated 1 million of the dead -- and a few thousand of the living....
Stray cats, killers and no regrets: Duterte’s drug-war foe on life in jail | Phuket News
PHILIPPINES police have arrested more than 80,000 people during President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs, but few as prominent or defiant as Leila de Lima. A Philippine senator and Duterte’s long-time foe, de Lima was arrested in February on drugs charges she says were trumped up as part of a presidential vendetta. Held at police detention facility in Manila that she shares with murder suspects and mangy cats, the 57-year-old lawyer remains implacably critical of the anti-narcotics campaign and Duterte, who will complete his first year in office this week. “The promise of eradicating drugs has defined his presidency,” she said. “It’s actually a sham because they are targeting the wrong people.” Duterte’s drug war, she says, targets only small-time dealers and leaves drug lords untouched. SEE ALSO: Philippines: De Lima lauds cops for revealing cash-for-kills arrangement Called a “prisoner of conscience” by Amnesty International, de Lima believes the...
More Blood but No Victory as Philippine Drug War Marks its First Year | Phuket News
Launched a year ago, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs has resulted in thousands of deaths, yet  the street price of crystal methamphetamine in Manila has fallen and surveys show Filipinos are as anxious as ever about crime. Duterte took power on June 30 last year, vowing to halt the drug abuse and lawlessness he saw as
Can ‘Dutertenomics’ transform the Philippines into an upper-middle income nation? | Phuket News
BY the end of his term in 2022, President Rodrigo Duterte wants to transform the Philippines into an upper-middle income country, a new reality the Southeast Asian strongman hopes will extend decades beyond his premiership. Central to the president’s ambitions are plans to accelerate urban and rural poverty reduction, and implement his administration’s mandated “golden age of infrastructure”, also referred to as “Dutertenomics”. As he entered his first year in office, the president rolled out several poverty-eradication initiatives, including the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, a blueprint for the country’s development. Launched by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) earlier this month, the plan aims to reduce poverty incidences in the urban population from 21.6 percent in 2015 to 14 percent by 2022. In same period, poverty incidence in rural regions are expected to decrease from 30 percent to 20 percent. NEDA’s Socioeconomic Planning secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said...
Philippines can become a new base for extremists | Phuket News
The Philippines faces a much bigger terrorist threat than the one posed by IS-linked Maute militants as the country could become a new base of extremists driven out of the Middle East, The Manila Times Online reported on Saturday. The possibility of more extremists streaming into Southeast Asia and setting up a new base in the region was raised by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Eduardo Ano. “In reality, when (IS) loses its ground in Iraq and Syria, some of these jihadists and extremists will be looking for land bases or areas outside Iraq and Syria,” said Cayetano. He said the military had been monitoring some 40 foreign terrorists in the country, but not all of them were in Marawi. About 20 of the foreign terrorists were Indonesians and six were Malaysians, he added. But Ano said more foreign fighters were attempting...
Australia to send two surveillance aircraft to Marawi | Phuket News
Australia is set to send two surveillance planes to help the Philippines in the fight against the IS-Maute terrorists in Marawi City, according to a report in The Manila Times on Saturday. Two SP-3C Orion aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force will provide surveillance support to the Philippine military. Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said: “The regional threat from terrorism, in particular from Daesh and foreign fighters, is direct threat to Australia and our interests. In Davao City, Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said the Philippines would gladly welcome any form of foreign assistance allowed under our Constitution to help suppress the rebellion in Marawi. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also welcomed Australia’s technical assistance. He noted that Philippine troops would benefit from Australia’s airborne surveillance “any time of the day, thereby improving operations on the ground.” Lorenzana said the operation of the aircraft would not require the embedding of Australian...
Philippines: Sniper fire, grenades hamper troops’ advance in Marawi | Phuket News
WHEN Philippines troops advanced on positions held by Islamist militants in a southern city last week, they were caught in a kill zone. Technical Sergeant Mahamud Darang said his armoured carrier came under fire from a black-clad militant firing rocket-propelled grenades as a column of troops crossed the Agus River toward the commercial centre of Marawi City, an area held by the militants since May 23. The first grenade hit the ground in front of them, Darang told Reuters. He then spotted the shooter, just before he fired again. “He was on the third floor of a building. Then the second one came right into the vehicle and blew up,” said Darang, speaking from a hospital bed, his head and shoulders bandaged from shrapnel wounds. One soldier died and Darang and some of the others were wounded. Bleeding, the 21-year army veteran ordered his comrades to dismount from the burning vehicle...
A tale of two populisms: Uncertainty among New York’s Indonesian student diaspora | Phuket News
AT AN event at the Indonesian Consulate in New York in June, visiting Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs of Indonesia General (rtd) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan addressed the young Indonesian university students who were among the crowd. His message to these potential future leaders and entrepreneurs of the world’s fourth most populous nation was clear – work overseas for a few years after graduation, obtain as much professional experience and knowledge, and then bring these assets back for the benefit of Indonesia. This was not empty political rhetoric, but rather an implicit recognition of Indonesia’s ongoing skills shortage – Southeast Asia’s largest economy has been facing skills gaps in key sectors such as technology, tourism and engineering. At the same time, the number of Indonesian students enrolled in educational institutions in the US has risen to almost 9,000, a 6.6 per cent increase over the previous year, according to figures published...
Indonesia Plows Ahead on Fisheries Protection, Despite Resource Constraints | Phuket News
Foreign fishing in Indonesian waters has long been a concern for the government, for which it has recently taken a literally explosive approach: blowing up illicit fishing boats. But the country’s wildly popular Minister of Marine Affairs lobbied the United Nations last week to declare illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUUF) an organized crime, signaling growing frustration and a new approach from Jakarta. That said, even if the U.N. takes this step, Indonesia faces an uphill battle in protecting its fisheries. As the world’s largest archipelagic nation, it has somewhere between 15,000 and 17,000 islands and many kilometers of unsecured coastline. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo created a task force to address illegal fishing in October 2015, which reports directly to him and gives the Navy, the National Police and the Maritime Security Agency wide jurisdiction to deter illegal fishing by any means necessary. But the fleet and law enforcement personnel...
Philippine Official: 100 Bodies May Still Be in Combat Areas | Phuket News
About 100 bodies of civilians and Islamic militants remain uncollected in the rubble of a southern Philippine city because of continuing fighting between troops and gunmen aligned with the Islamic State group, an official said Thursday. Provincial government crisis committee spokesman Zia Alonto Adiong said the estimate was based on accounts by residents who have escaped from areas of Marawi city that are still mired in clashes, and aid volunteers who entered a combat zone during a four-day lull in the fighting last week. Retrieval teams have been organized, although it remains unclear when the siege by the remaining militants, estimated to number more than 100, can be quelled by troops, Adiong said. The stench of death has been reported by witnesses in still-inaccessible areas since militants launched their attack on May 23. “We need to expect the worst and to be ready to transition from a crisis mode to...
Five Years of Wonder at Singapore's Gardens by the Bay | Phuket News
Jun 15, 2017 Picture:  SINGAPORE - Gardens by the Bay, Singapore's horticultural-themed attraction renowned for its Supertrees and cooled conservatories, celebrates its fifth anniversary in June this year. Built on land reclaimed from the sea, Gardens by the Bay opened in June 2012. Five years on, it remains unique in the region as the only garden to combine nature with cutting-edge engineering and technology, to create an environment to showcase plants from all over the world. Situated in the nation's bustling city centre, the Gardens ranks No. 1 on Tripadvisor's list of attractions in Singapore. The objective of Gardens by the Bay has always been to reach out to an audience beyond nature lovers, and through the years, the Gardens has differentiated itself from the competition by breaking away from botanical conventions. This broad appeal is reflected in the visitor numbers. Visitorship hit one million less than two months...
Australian TV journalist shot in neck while covering Philippine military assault on Islamic State | Phuket News
An Australian journalist said he was fine after being hit by a bullet in his neck on Thursday while covering the Philippine military’s assault against militants aligned with Islamic State (IS) in a southern city. A tweeted video showed ABC journalist Adam Harvey wearing a neck brace and putting on his helmet after receiving treatment on Thursday in Marawi. He told reporters he was fine and that he was to get an X-ray. ABC’s Southeast Asia correspondent who is based in Indonesia was......
Late night Ramadan shopping shows Indonesia’s economic spirits brightening | Phuket News
INDONESIA’s economic spirits are rising judging by the line of women outside a packed Furla bag shop for a traditional midnight Ramadan sale at a Jakarta mall. The Muslim holy month, due to end in late June, is half over, and how much shopping Indonesians do during Ramadan is regarded as a reliable sign of the mood in an economy where private consumption accounts for 57 percent of gross domestic product. “I will be shopping more this year because I’ve just got a job,” said 24-year-old Dwi Kurnia Putri, before entering the shop at the Gandaria City Mall, in the south of the capital. “In the future, it looks like everything will turn out better … but it will depend on how well I manage my money,” joked Putri, who now works for an electricity company. The central bank will hope that her optimism is infectious, as policymakers think consumer...
Google agrees future tax payments with Indonesia | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Alphabet Inc's Google Asia Pacific headquarters has agreed on future tax payments with the Indonesian government, the country's communications minister said on Wednesday....
Lawyer calls for Thai actor’s claim for island land off Phuket to be revoked | Phuket News
PHUKET: More than a year after losing the fight for 24 rai on Koh Naka Noi, off Phuket’s east coast, the lawyer for Phukhaohokluk (Six Mountains) Co Ltd today filed an appeal to the Phuket Land Office calling for one of the land titles of their opponents claiming the same land to also be revoked....
Nigerian and Thai wife arrested for armed robbery of a Russian woman | Phuket News
Phuket police have arrested a Nigerian man and his Thai wife for allegedly robbing and shooting a Russian woman in Muang Phuket district. Both were also accused in other theft cases in the houses of foreigners in Phuket. The Nigerian man was identified as Chijioke James Chukwunweike, 27, and his Thai wife Sasipha Nakonthaisong. They were apprehended by police on Thursday night (Aug 31) at their rented home in Tambon Rawai. Both were charged for breaking into the rented house of Mrs Elena Kharenko, 51, on Wednesday night as she was sleeping. But she woke up and shouted for help, and was shot. Both escaped with her safe, while she was rushed to hospital for treatment of shot wound. Police said the search of the Nigerian’s rented home produced lot of valuables believed to have been stolen, including  gold necklaces, computer notebooks, a Louis Vuitton handbag and luxury watches. But the Nigerian man denied...
Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort unveils weight loss retreat in Phuket | Phuket News
Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, a leader in sports training for professional and upcoming athletes, makes its foray into the health and wellness domain with the launch of the “Reshape & Recharge” weight loss retreat in Phuket....
Slow loris saved from high-voltage cables in Phuket Town | Phuket News
PHUKET: A slow loris found climbing along high-voltage power cables in Phuket Town last night (Sept 1) has been safely captured and handed over to wildlife officials for care and protection....
Unseen Kagoshima - Where Japans natural and scientific worlds meet | Phuket News
I love travelling in Japan, and when I recently returned for the third time to Kagoshima prefecture on Japan’s south island of Kyushu, I knew I wanted to explore new places and have new experiences....
Millennium Charity Run celebrates a decade of giving | Phuket News
In conjunction with its 10th year celebrations, the Millennium Resort Patong will be holding a run-for-charity event on Sunday, October 1. The event will be held under the theme of “Engaging with Autism”....
Nigerian identified as Phuket shooting suspect by Russian victim | Phuket News
PHUKET: The 52-year-old Russian woman who was shot in a bungled burglary attempt at her home in Rawai on Wednesday (Aug 30), has identified the Nigerian man arrested by police yesterday (Aug 31) as the man involved in the incident....
DSI visits Phuket sea gypsy village, gives legal advice | Phuket News
PHUKET: Deputy Director-General of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) – Thailand’s equivalent of the FBI – Lt Col Prawut Wongsrinin along with justice fund lawyer Pasit Thavornlamlert and relevant officials met with the members of the sea gypsies community at a multipurpose yard on Rawai Beach yesterday (Aug 31) to follow up on several lawsuits filed against cea gypsy community members....
Bang Khu Underpass to be closed for works tomorrow | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket Highways Department have announced that the new Bang Khu Underpass will be closed to all traffic from 9am until to midday tomorrow (Sept 2) while essential works are carried out....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Croc caught! Tuk Tuk driver charged? 130+ LIVE pangolins! || September 1 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA + WHATS ON GUIDE - September 1 Phuket crocodile caught! Knife-wielding for just 500 baht! Over 130 live pangolins seized! Recovering Thai victims bodies and missing tourist found. Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com...
US and South Korea launch retaliatory missiles into sea, as Kim Jong-un hails ICBM as his ‘gift to American bastards’ | Phuket News
The US Army and South Korean military have retaliated against North Korea’s launch of an apparent intercontinental ballistic missile, launching their own volley of missiles into South Korean territorial waters along the country’s eastern coastline, US Pacific Command said in a statement. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meanwhile described the ICBM test as his independence day“gift” to “American bastards”. After personally overseeing the launch, the Korean......
Robots to aid tourists, clean floors at Seoul airport | Phuket News
INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - Robots will start roaming South Korea's largest airport this summer, helping travelers find their boarding gates and keep its floors clean as the country prepares for its first Winter Olympics game....
US confirms N Korea missile was ICBM, conducts exercises with S Korea | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirms that North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as South Korea and the US stage a combined ballistic missile exercise aimed at sending Pyongyang a warning....
Tillerson Urges Global Action to End N. Korea ICBM Threat | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday called for global action after North Korea tested a newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile, calling it a new escalation of Pyongyang's nuclear threat. In a statement, Tillerson warned that any country that hosts North Korea workers, or provides economic or military aid to Pyongyang, or failed to implement United Nations sanctions
North Korea missile test: Russia and China urge launch freeze | Phuket News
Both countries also call on the US and South Korea to suspend large-scale military exercises....
Putin, Xi Call For North Korean Freeze on Missile Tests | Phuket News
Russia and China have agreed on a need for a freeze on North Korea's missile and nuclear programs as well as large-scale joint military exercises by the United States and South Korea. Hours after Pyongyang announced a missile launch Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he would coordinate with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to promote their plan to combat North Korea's growing missile threat.
North Korea missile test: Russia and China urge freeze in launches | Phuket News
Both countries also urge the US and South Korea to suspend large-scale military exercises....
Watchdog Says Chinese Town Is Major Ivory Smuggling Hub | Phuket News
An environmental watchdog group says its investigation has found that a little-known town in southern China is a major hub for ivory smuggling by organized criminal gangs. The Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Investigation Agency said in a report Tuesday that it uncovered a network of ivory trafficking syndicates operating out of Shuidong in Guangdong province, near Hong Kong. The group says its investigators worked undercover posing as buyers to win the trust of a smuggling group and tracked one of its shipments from Mozambique. Syndicate members told the EIA theirs was just one of 10 to 20 ivory trafficking groups operating out of Shuidong, the group said. They claimed that 80 percent of all poached ivory smuggled from Africa to China passes through the town - a startling figure that's impossible to corroborate. China has taken steps to curb the demand for ivory that wildlife groups say fuels the mass slaughter...
North Korea Missile Test Puts China on the Spot | Phuket News
North Korea said it has successfully carried out the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, a crucial milestone in Pyongyang’s efforts to develop its nuclear weapons capability, despite repeated international warnings to the contrary. The missile, which was launched from an airport near China’s northeastern border with North Korea, landed in Japan’s special economic zone, sending shockwaves through Tokyo’s political establishment and confirming Beijing’s inability to keep Pyongyang in check. The launch of the missile that North Korea claims can “hit anywhere in the world” will put additional pressure on Beijing to impose even tougher sanctions on Pyongyang. How it will ultimately respond is unclear. At a regular news briefing Tuesday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing has made “relentless efforts” to resolve challenges on the Korean peninsula. He also said China’s role is “indispensible” and called on all parties to exercise restraint to quickly ease tensions.  ...
Trump Criticizes Kim Jong Un After Latest Missile Launch | Phuket News
President Donald Trump criticized North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after that country's latest missile launch, asking, ``Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?'' Trump wrote on Twitter late Monday that it's
New KL financial district takes shape after scandal | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia’s newest financial district is taking shape and drawing investment after spending years mired in controversy for its links to an embattled state investment fund....
Malaysian man jailed a day, fined for insulting PM Najib on Facebook | Phuket News
A COURT in Malaysia sentenced a man to one day in jail and a RM4,000 (US$933) fine for posting ‘insulting’ words against Prime Minister Najib Razak on Facebook. Sessions Court Judge Zaman Mohd Noor handed the sentence to 41-year-old Mohd Nasarud­din Saron after he confessed to using offensive words and making accusations against the Malaysian leader on his Facebook account, The Star reported. Nasaruddin, an online forex trader, pleaded guilty to committing the offence under the Communications and Multimedia Act on Oct 26 last year. The prosecution said a jail sentence and fine would serve as a deterrent to Nasaruddin and others. SEE ALSO: Malaysia: US acts to seize stolen assets, Picasso in 1MDB probe Nasaruddin had asked for leniency, saying he was a first-time offender, but Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission head of prosecution Mohd Sophian Zakaria insisted the man should not have posted offensive words to insult the prime minister. In...
Malaysia: 5 clues the General Election is coming soon | Phuket News
THE rumour mill in Malaysia has been on overdrive of late. Everywhere around us, people are saying this could very well be the year of the 14th General Election. Everyone’s talking about it – from the uncles and aunties in the coffee shop to the students in universities and colleges. But why are they saying this? Here are five reasons possibly fueling the speculation. 1. The Parliament’s five-year term is about to expire This is the most obvious reason. In Malaysia, the term for a party to hold government is five years. After our last national contest on May 5, 2013, the first meeting of Parliament was held on June 24 that year. Parliament will therefore automatically dissolve five years later (on June 24, 2018) if no election is called before then. The law also stipulates an election must be called within 60 days of dissolution. In a nutshell, this means the...
Baby elephant killed on Malaysia highway | Phuket News
Officials urge people to drive more carefully, after the two-year-old animal was apparently hit by a car....
Singapore: Leaders urge Lee Kuan Yew’s children to end feud | Phuket News
SINGAPOREAN political leaders have called for an end to the public feud among the late Lee Kuan Yew’s children as the squabble, which shows no sign of letting up, could hurt his legacy. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Lee Kuan Yew’s eldest child, and his two younger siblings, Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang, are feuding over how their father’s will was drawn up. The two younger siblings have publically declared that they have lost confidence in their elder brother and had to leave the country because they felt closely monitored and threatened, allegations the Prime Minister denies. SEE ALSO: Singapore: PM questions how Lee Kuan Yew’s will was drawn up amid family feud According to the South China Morning Post, political analysts believe Lee Hsien Loong’s next move will give an idea of how the dispute will be resolved. The media outlet stated Goh Chok Tong, Lee Kuan Yew’s immediate...
How ‘Fat Leonard’ bribed the US Navy to get diplomatic immunity to smuggle cargo, bring armed Gurkhas into Philippines | Phuket News
“Fat Leonard” ran a lot of corrupt schemes with the help of the US Navy, but one of the strangest may be the time he was granted US diplomatic immunity. For more than a year, the Singapore-based defence contractor bribed the naval attache at the US Embassy in Manila to enable his firm to smuggle maritime cargo into the Philippines under US diplomatic cover, according to federal court records. The illicit deal granted the contractor, whose real name is Leonard Glenn Francis,......
Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew’s last will made upon his ‘express instruction’, says younger son | Phuket News
LEE Hsien Yang, the brother of Singapore’s prime minister, said on Saturday his father had expressly instructed the drafting of a last will directing the demolition of the family’s iconic home, the latest salvo in a public feud between the city-state’s leader and his two younger siblings. The comments by Lee Hsien Yang, made on his Facebook account, followed those made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday that there were “serious questions” and “deeply troubling circumstances” over how the final will of their father, Lee Kuan Yew, was drawn up. The prime minister’s office was not immediately available for comment on Saturday. SEE ALSO: Singapore: PM questions how Lee Kuan Yew’s will was drawn up amid family feud The feud between the children of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister, over the future of the family home erupted publicly this week in a flurry of accusations and denials...
Sons, mothers, money and memory: theories about the Lee Kuan Yew family feud | Phuket News
In Singapore, the President’s Scholarship represents the pinnacle of educational achievement and the promise of a high-flying career in public service. Awarded to a select few top performers in each pre-university cohort, it reflects Singapore’s belief in harnessing elite talent, an obsession of its late founding Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew. Lee’s family is full of President’s Scholars. He and his wife, both Cambridge-educated lawyers, had three children. All three......
All eyes turn to house at heart of Lee family feud | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: In property-obsessed Singapore, the future and value of a single house has gripped the public amid an extraordinary feud between the children of the founding father of the city-state....
Singapore: PM questions how Lee Kuan Yew’s will was drawn up amid family feud | Phuket News
SINGAPORE Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said there are “deeply troubling circumstances” over how the will of his father and the founding leader of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, was drawn up, in the latest salvo in a family feud that has shaken the island state this week. The prime minister’s younger brother and sister, Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling, said on Wednesday they had lost confidence in Lee Hsien Loong and feared that the state’s organs would be used against them. Lee Hsien Yang said he and his wife, the lawyer Lee Suet Fern, would be leaving Singapore because they felt closely monitored and threatened. A timeline issued by the prime minister’s lawyers and published on Facebook late on Thursday shows that the three children of Lee Kuan Yew, who ruled the country for three decades, have been battling over the will for several years. The biggest issue...
Family quarrels, cold wars: emails put Lee Kuan Yew’s private life on show as daughter’s feud with Singapore PM heats up | Phuket News
Awkward birthday dinners, ‘cold wars’, and dealing with an obstinate middle child: these were some of the vignettes from Lee Kuan Yew’s twilight years that emerged in private emails released online as a public quarrel among his three children sharply escalated on Friday. Lee Wei Ling, the 62-year-old middle child of Singapore’s revered founding leader, released the emails on Facebook after her eldest brother Lee Hsien Loong, the city state’s current premier,......
US Moves to Seize DiCaprio's Picasso, 'Stolen' Funds in 1MDB Case | Phuket News
U.S. authorities moved on Thursday to seize a Picasso painting given to American movie star Leonardo DiCaprio and the rights to two Hollywood comedies, as they filed complaints to recover about $540 million they say was stolen from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad sovereign wealth fund. The U.S. Justice Department filing was the latest legal action tied to alleged money laundering at the fund set up by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in 2009 to promote economic development. In the complaints, the department alleges more than $4.5 billion was taken from 1MDB by high-level fund officials and their associates.
Chinese spend billions shopping online on ‘Singles Day’ | Phuket News
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese consumers are spending billions of dollars shopping online for anything from diapers to diamonds on “Singles Day,” a day of promotions that has grown into the world’s biggest e-commerce event. China’s biggest e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group, said sales by the thousands of retailers on its platforms had exceeded 130 billion yuan […]...
Thailand sees 3rd highest hotel investment in Asia Pacific | Phuket News
Hong Kong leads Asia Pacific for hotel deals in first nine months of 2017 and Thailand ranks third after Japan Hong Kong led Asia Pacific by volume of hotel investment transactions, with 11 deals worth a total of nearly US$1.5 billion in the year to September, according to the latest figures released by JLL. Japan and Thailand saw the second and third highest levels of activity across the region at US$1.2 billion and US$335 million in transaction volumes respectively. Of the Hong Kong deals, several transactions have potential for conversion into residential or office space. Recently, hotel owners have been considering converting their assets given the strong demand for office space. “For investors, Hong Kong hotels are appealing because of the discounted rate per square foot when compared to other asset classes, something that has been a factor in some recent transactions. Hotels such as J Plus Hotel has already...
Feng pips Moriya for LPGA win | Phuket News
HAINAN, China: Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn fell one shot short of her first LPGA victory after a stirring final-round battle with winner Feng Shanshan of China in the Blue Bay tournament on Saturday....
North Korean man begs China not to deport wife and young son | Phuket News
A North Korean father records a video message telling China his wife and young son face prison or death....
Pakistan Offers to Arrange Meeting Between Convicted Indian Spy, Wife | Phuket News
Pakistan says it has decided to allow a convicted Indian death row prisoner to meet his wife
Philippines leads as the ‘most emotional’ country in Asia | Phuket News
THE Philippines is the most emotional country in Asia, as well as one of the countries with the highest positive experiences worldwide, a US-based pollster has found. According to Gallup’s 2017 Global Emotions Report published recently, the Philippines is number four in the “Total Emotions Worldwide” category for the third year in a row, with 58 percent average “yes” responses to all questions. Overall, the 2017 GER found that Latin American countries topped the list as the most emotional. The report also notes that countries with ties to Russia and the former USSR were on the opposite end. Gallup says the report is a metric to capture the entire world’s mood in a specific year, much like how countries use the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to gauge the national economy. Its purpose is to help provide leaders with a better understanding of the psyche of their citizens. In other words, this poll serves as...
Habitat for Humanity to assist flood-affected Sri Lankan families in Kalutara | Phuket News
Jun 24, 2017 Picture:  Water, sanitation and hygiene kits will be distributed to families hit by the worst flood since 2003 COLOMBO, June 23, 2017– Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka will assist families affected by what is reportedly the worst flood in over a decade through shelter and sanitation solutions. Water, sanitation and hygiene kits will be distributed to families in badly hit Kalutara district in the Western Province of Sri Lanka, during the initial phase of the response. Habitat will also work with displaced families to construct permanent houses during the recovery phase. In late May, flooding and landslides brought on by Cyclone Mora affected more than 630,000 people. Over 210 people died and more than 18,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sri Lanka. As flood waters subsided, there is an urgent need for...
Philippines: IS funded siege through Malaysian militant | Phuket News
MARAWI, Philippines (AP) -- As protesters rallied near the Presidential Palace in Manila in a
Philippine army admits fighting in Marawi may last longer | Phuket News
Fighting in Marawi City may last longer than earlier anticipated as it is hard to flush out the remaining IS-Maute terrorists, according to a report by The Manila Times Online on Friday. After a month of fighting, the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Thursday admitted for the first time that the fighting would last longer, considering the urban terrain. AFP spokesman Brig Gen Restituto Padilla Jr. cited a number of prolonged offensives against terrorists overseas such as in the Iraq cities of Mosul and Fallujah. “So if you will compare (these events) to this current and ongoing engagement, the terrains are very much the same and we are doing this very carefully,” he told the media. “We have compounding complex issues: the presence of hostages, residents in their homes and continued discovery of IEDs,” he said. The military official dared those criticizing the pace of the military operations to...
Indonesia raid finds more than 200 pangolins | Phuket News
MEDAN, Indonesia -- Indonesian authorities say they arrested two suspected wildlife smugglers after a raid on a port warehouse in Sumatra uncovered more than 200 pangolins, many of them dead from stress and dehydration....
Lawless Waters Test SE Asian Nations in Fight Against Islamic State | Phuket News
Militants, pirates, drug traffickers, gun runners - the waters between Borneo and the southern Philippines have them all, but as an Islamic State faction burst on the scene in recent weeks, this corner of Southeast Asia plumbed new levels of insecurity. The mostly Muslim countries of Indonesia and Malaysia, and those with sizeable Muslim minorities, like the Philippines, have been on high alert for fighters returning home from Islamic State frontlines in Syria and Iraq. So when dozens of Malaysians, Indonesians, Arabs and Chechens showed up in Marawi City on Mindanao island, fighting alongside a Philippine franchise of Islamic State, a nightmare scenario suddenly took shape. The danger of global jihadis establishing a base in the Philippines, running satellite cells to launch attacks across Southeast Asia, made governments in the region realize just how vulnerable they could be.
Obesity in China a growing problem among kids, young adults | Phuket News
CHINA is now home to the largest population of obese children, no thanks to urbanisation, a lack of physical activity and of course, unhealthy diets. A new study by the New England Journal of Medicine revealed the alarming results, which also said at least a third of the world’s population, or two billion people, are either overweight or obese and struggling with health issues. The percentages of obese children are lower than the adults but according to findings, that rate is increasing and is especially evident in countries like China, India and Indonesia. China has 15.3 million obese children – the highest number in the world – while India is a close second, with 14.4 million obese children. The US has the greatest number of obese adults, with 79.4 million (35 percent of the total population), while China is second with 57.3 million. “The study offers a discouraging reminder that...
Are we living in different times in Indonesia or was Julia Perez just different? | Phuket News
ON JUNE 10, 2017 it was announced that Julia Perez, the Indonesian entertainer popularly known as ‘Jupe’, had died of cervical cancer. Immediately, Indonesian Twitter responded with tributes to the colourful star who was as loved as she was divisive. the good thing about Julia Perez is she express all what she want to express while she still living. we envy that. — Pure Boy Taehyung (@mendaxxxx) June 11, 2017 Rest in peace wonder woman nya indonesia #jupe #juliaperez pic.twitter.com/as3TKdAclq — iam Daniel sinabutar (@danielsbutar) June 10, 2017 Born Yuli Rachmawati, Jupe was primarily known for being a dangdut singer, a kind of music popular in Indonesia once described by the BBC as ‘a cross between techno and Bollywood’. She was also an actress, having appeared in over 20 films, and had several side businesses including a fried chicken shop called JFC (Jupe Fried Chicken). JUPE Fried Chicken bikin kamu ngiler...
Child refugees held in 'harrowing' conditions across south-east Asia | Phuket News
Report reveals young people detained in cells 24 hours a day without enough food or proper access to healthcare, often forced to sleep on the floorThousands of children are languishing in “dangerous and harrowing” conditions in detention centres across south-east Asia, a report has revealed. Children, including babies, are being held in cells 24 hours a day, alongside dozens of unrelated adults, and are frequently separated from family members.More than 2,290 young refugees were being held without proper access to food, adequate health facilities or education in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia at the end of 2016, according to a joint report (pdf) by Save the Children and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network. Related: 'Horrific’ levels of child abuse in unsafe refugee camps, warns EU Related: Ending the Dubs scheme will put child refugees at the mercy of traffickers | Aidan McQuade Continue reading......
Indonesia reaches tax deal with Google for 2016 | Phuket News
JAKARTA - Indonesia has reached a tax settlement with Alphabet Inc's Google for 2016, the country's finance minister said, following a months-long dispute over allegations that the search giant had not made enough annual payments to the government....
General: Islamic State cells throughout Indonesia | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- The Islamic State militant group has a presence in nearly all provinces across Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country, the military chief in Jakarta has said....
Gen: Islamic State cells throughout Indonesia | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- The Islamic State militant group has a presence in nearly all provinces across Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country, the military chief in Jakarta has said....
Phuket Pol Commander declines to comment on reinstatement of officers allegedly involved in corruption | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Teeraphol Thipjaroen has today (Sept 1) declined to comment on whether three high-ranking police officers, who in May were transferred pending an investigation into allegations of corruption and malfeasance, have been cleared of the allegations made against them after The Phuket News learned that the three have since been reinstated to their original positions....
Thailand: 3-metre crocodile that possibly escaped from farm captured in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET’s Fisheries Office has reportedly caught a 3m-long crocodile, believed to be the same creature spotted and filmed by a foreign tourist last week. A team of hunters from the fisheries department, Freshwater Fisheries Suppression and Prevention Centre in Surat Thani and a private crocodile farm in Phuket spotted and nabbed the huge reptile after 3.30am in a lagoon near Lepang beach, reported Thai PBS. It is thought to have been an escapee from a crocodile farm. SEE ALSO: Thailand: Second snake creeps up toilet in two weeks, this time a cobra A hunt has been launched for a huge crocodile spotted in the sea off Bang Tao beach in Phuket. http://bit.ly/2wSNzyU #ThaiPBSenglishnews Posted by Thai PBS English News on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Authorities had warned locals and tourists to be on high alert after the crocodile was sighted earlier this week. “Phuket has no crocodile farms, but nearby...
Phuket Knowledge Park officially launched | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket Knowledge Park (PK Park) was officially launched yesterday with the aim of the park supporting the Phuket Smart City project which falls under the government’s Thailand 4.0 policy....
[VIDEO] Whats On Guide || Sep 1 - Sep 8 | Phuket News
Shela lets you in on events happening around Phuket this week, from September 1st to September 8th! Hosted by: Shela Riva ThePhuketNews.com...
Thailand: 3-metre crocodile captured in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET’s Fisheries Office has reportedly caught a 3-metre long crocodile, believed to be the same creature which was spotted and filmed by a foreign tourist last week. A team of hunters from the fisheries department, Freshwater Fisheries Suppression and Prevention Centre in Surat Thani and a private crocodile farm in Phuket spotted and nabbed the huge reptile after 3.30 am in a lagoon near Lepang beach, reported Thai PBS. It is thought to have been an escapee from a crocodile farm. A hunt has been launched for a huge crocodile spotted in the sea off Bang Tao beach in Phuket. http://bit.ly/2wSNzyU #ThaiPBSenglishnews Posted by Thai PBS English News on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 SEE ALSO: Thailand: Second snake creeps up toilet in two weeks, this time a cobra Authorities had warned locals and tourists to be on high alert after the crocodile was sighted earlier this week. “Phuket has no...
Large crocodile in Phuket now captured | Phuket News
A 3-metre long crocodile which was believed to be the one spotted near Lepang beach in Thalang district of Phuket last week was captured before dawn today (Sept 1). The crocodile was caught by a special team which comprises officials from Phuket Fisheries Office, Surat Thani-based Freshwater Fisheries Suppression and Prevention Centre, and a private crocodile farm in Phuket. The hunting team spotted the crocodile at 3.30am in a swamp which is connected to the sea near Lepang beach, the same place as where it was first spotted and filmed by a foreign tourist last week. A hunt has been launched for a huge crocodile spotted in the sea off Bang Tao beach in Phuket. http://bit.ly/2wSNzyU #ThaiPBSenglishnews Posted by Thai PBS English News on Wednesday, 30 August 2017   It was later brought to the Coastal Aquaculture Research and Development Region 5 in Phuket for recovery and examination of its species....
SKAL Krabi announces fundraiser to aid establishment of elephant sanctuary | Phuket News
SKAL Krabi today announced that it has chosen to fully support the Krabi Elephant Sanctuary project founded by Mr Henrik Enevoldsen, who is a passionate local focused on creating a safe haven for Thailand’s mistreated elephants, and hopes to get support to rescue the burdened creatures....
Phuket mini-van driver, passenger injured when driver rear-ends parked bus | Phuket News
PHUKET: The driver of a mini-van and one of his passengers sustained serious injuries today when the driver rear-ended a parked tour bus in Koh Kaew....
TAT launches national community tourism and outdoor education project | Phuket News
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) today announced it’s new “Village Explorer” project aimed at developing community tourism opportunities in seven comunities across Central and Northern Thailand....
Roaming Phuket crocodile caught | Phuket News
PHUKET - A three-metre crocodile believed to be the one filmed swimming in the sea off Bang Tao beach last week has been captured in a coastal marsh in Thalang district....
Meet Troika, the Chinese-speaking robot helping tourists at a South Korean airport | Phuket News
Robots will start roaming South Korea’s largest airport this summer, helping travellers find their boarding gates and keep its floors clean as the country prepares for its first Winter Olympics game. Starting this month, Troika, a self-driving robot made by LG Electronics, will rove the Incheon International Airport, telling travellers how long it takes to get to boarding gates and escorting them to their flights. A jumbo cleaning robot will help cleaning staff swab the wide expanses of......
Test launch a ‘success’ after missile enters Japanese waters – North Korea | Phuket News
NORTH KOREA said on Tuesday it successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which flew a trajectory an expert said could allow a weapon to hit the US state of Alaska. The launch comes days before leaders from the Group of 20 nations are due to discuss steps to rein in Pyongyang’s weapons programmes, which North Korea has pursued in defiance of United Nations Security Council sanctions. The launch, which North Korea‘s state media said was ordered and supervised by leader Kim Jong Un, sent the rocket 933km reaching an altitude of 2,802km over a flight time of 39 minutes. Officials from South Korea, Japan and the United States said the missile landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) after being launched near an airfield in Panghyon, about 100km northwest of Pyongyang. North Korea‘s state media said in a statement: “The test launch was conducted at the sharpest angle possible and did not have any negative...
North Korea Says Missile Tested Was ICBM | Phuket News
North Korea said Tuesday it successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. The country has long sought that capability as it works to develop the technology necessary to send a nuclear warhead to the continental United States. An announcement on state television said the missile flew for 39 minutes and reached an altitude of 2,800 kilometers. Those numbers are about the same as figures given by the South Korean and Japanese militaries shortly after the test that ended with the missile falling into the Sea of Japan. The U.S. military's Pacific Command described the missile involved as an intermediate range ballistic missile. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said his government assumed it to be a
South Korea's president told Obama that the North has 'last chance' for dialogue | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Moon briefed Obama on his White House meeting last week with President Donald Trump....
Trump wants China to get ‘heavy’ with North Korea after ballistic missile splashes down near Japanese waters | Phuket News
North Korea has test fired another missile, defying international pressure and earning a swift and angry rebuke from US President Donald Trump. The missile flew 930km, South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said, before it landed near Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The Japanese government said that it had strongly protested what was a clear violation of UN resolutions. The missile was launched around 8:40 am Hong Kong time from an airfield in Panghyon, about 100 km northwest of......
North Korea missile: Trump calls on China to ‘end this nonsense once and for all’ after latest launch | Phuket News
North Korea has test fired another missile, defying international pressure and earning a swift and angry rebuke from US President Donald Trump. The missile flew 930km, South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said, and its estimated flight time was about 40 minutes before it landed near Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The Japanese government said that it had strongly protested what was a clear violation of UN resolutions. The missile was launched around 8:40 am Hong Kong time from......
North Korean ballistic missile flies 930km before splashing into waters near Japan | Phuket News
North Korea launched a ballistic missile from its western region into the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, ahead of a summit of leaders from the Group of 20 countries in Germany later this week. The missile flew 930km, South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said, and its estimated flight time was about 40 minutes before it landed near Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The Japanese government said that it had strongly protested what was a clear......
Reports: North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile | Phuket News
South Korea's military says North Korea has launched another ballistic missile Tuesday morning. It wasn't immediately clear if this was a routine firing of a short-range missile or an attempt to perfect North Korea's longer-range missiles. North Korea has accelerated its weapons testing program in defiance of United Nations sanctions as it seeks to develop a device that can deliver a nuclear warhead to North America. It has said it is
North Korea ballistic missile flies 930 km before splashing into waters near Japan | Phuket News
North Korea launched a ballistic missile from its western region into the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, ahead of a summit of leaders from the Group of 20 countries in Germany later this week. The missile flew 930 km, South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said, and its estimated flight time was about 40 minutes before it landed near Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The Japanese government said that it had strongly protested what was a clear......
North Korea launches missile into waters near Japan | Phuket News
North Korea launched a missile on Tuesday morning that may have landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Japan’s NHK public television station said, quoting the defence ministry. The launch was also announced by South Korea’s military. The “unidentified ballistic missile” was fired from a site near Banghyon in North Phyongan province, the South’s military said in a statement, and came down in the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan. The launch......
Golf-Malaysian Fung celebrates Father's Day with maiden title | Phuket News
Malaysia's Nicholas Fung held his nerve to secure a narrow victory at the Queen's Cup in Thailand on Sunday and celebrated Father's Day by dedicating his maiden Asian Tour title to his dad....
Malaysia: Jailed opposition leader Anwar withdraws as PM candidate | Phuket News
JAILED Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Saturday he would not be a candidate for prime minister in elections due by mid-2018. Once a rising star in the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party, Anwar is seen as the greatest threat to Prime Minister Najib Razak and his coalition, after leading a three-party opposition alliance to stunning electoral gains in 2013. Anwar was convicted and jailed for sodomising a former aide, a charge he and his supporters describe as a politically motivated attempt to end his career. Government sources have told Reuters that a general election could be held later this year in a bid to prevent the opposition from gaining ground. An election has to be called by mid-2018. SEE ALSO: Najib or US DoJ – the Malaysian people must decide who to believe Anwar endorsed a political compact spearheaded by former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, as ruling...
Anwar Ibrahim, Jailed Malaysian Opposition Leader, Withdraws as PM Candidate | Phuket News
Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Saturday he would not be a candidate for prime minister in elections due by mid-2018. Once a rising star in the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party, Anwar is seen as the greatest threat to Prime Minister Najib Razak and his coalition, after leading a three-party opposition alliance to stunning electoral gains in 2013. Anwar was convicted and jailed for sodomizing a former aide, a charge he and his supporters describe as a politically motivated attempt to end his career. Government sources have told Reuters that a general election could be held later this year in a bid to prevent the opposition from gaining ground. An election has to be called by mid-2018. Anwar endorsed a political compact spearheaded by former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, as ruling party rebels and the opposition joined hands to fight against Najib, who is embroiled...
Najib or US DoJ – the Malaysian people must decide who to believe | Phuket News
It’s got it all – super models, mega yachts, diamond necklaces, Hollywood superstars, fine art, and political intrigue. While you could be forgiven for thinking I’m describing the latest extravagant and somewhat farfetched storyline of the latest James Bond outing, you would be wrong. For this story also involves a pudgy Malaysian businessman and the biggest theft in history from the coffers of the Malaysian tax payers. I am, of course, referring to the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal that has one again hit the headlines following the release of a 251-page court document issued Thursday by the US Department of Justice. The document details the crafty workings of Malaysian financier Jho Low – among others, including Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s stepson Riza Aziz – who is accused of going on a lavish spending spree that beggars-belief with money stolen from the Malaysian people via the fund established by Najib...
US to seize more assets 'stolen' from Malaysian fund | Phuket News
WASHINGTON -- The US Justice Department is seeking to recover US$540 million in assets, including penthouse apartments, paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and a yacht known as the Equanimity, that it says were stolen from Malaysia's troubled sovereign wealth fund....
US acts to seize assets allegedly stolen from Malaysia's 1MDB, including gifts to Leonardo DiCaprio | Phuket News
The DOJ sued on Thursday to recover about $540 million in assets allegedly stolen from Malaysia's 1MDB, established by Najib....
DiCaprio returns Marlon Brando’s Oscar amid 1MDB probe | Phuket News
REPRESENTATIVES of Leonardo DiCaprio says the Hollywood A-list actor had turned in the Oscar trophy won by Marlon Brando to investigators probing a massive scandal involving Malaysian sovereign fund 1MDB. In a statement, the representative said the Academy Award was among several unidentified gifts handed to the US Department of Justice (DoJ). DiCaprio had accepted the items for a charity auction which originated from people connected to 1MDB. The charity auction, the representatives said, was for the benefit of the actor’s eponymous foundation. They said the Oscar originally won by Marlon Brando, was a gift by Red Granite Pictures, the company that produced The Wolf Of Wall Street, in which DiCaprio played the leading role. After returning the Oscar, the representatives said: “DiCaprio is grateful for the support of the government in this effort, and continues to hope justice is done in this matter.” Reuters on Thursday reported the department took...
Malaysia: US acts to seize stolen assets, Picasso in 1MDB probe | Phuket News
THE Justice Department took legal action on Thursday to recover about $540 million in assets that authorities say were stolen by financiers associated with a sovereign wealth fund established by Malaysia‘s prime minister, including a Picasso painting that was given to actor Leonardo DiCaprio and the rights to two Hollywood films. The filing in US District Court in Los Angeles was the Justice Department’s latest step in a long-running case over an alleged conspiracy to launder money misappropriated from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund, known as 1MDB, which was set up by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in 2009 to promote economic development. In the complaints, which are all civil actions, the Justice Department alleged that more than $4.5 billion was taken from 1MDB by high-level fund officials and their associates. “We simply will not allow the United States to be a place where corrupt individuals can expect to hide...
U.S. interest rate hike : no significant impact on Asia Pacific (CBRE) | Phuket News
On Wednesday June 14 the U.S. Federal Reserve boosted its key short-term interest rate by 25 basis points to between 1.00% and 1.25%. The move, which marked the third hike since December last year, had been widely anticipated and is therefore not expected to have a significant impact on Asia Pacific. CBRE Research retains its view that Hong Kong and Singapore remain most exposed to higher interest rates and are highly likely to experience further increases over the remainder of the year. While other Asia Pacific markets are not expected to follow the U.S. in raising rates in the short term, they remain mindful of potential capital outflows as investors search for higher yields. Bank lending for property in Asia Pacific remains tight in spite of the lack of movement in interest rates. While CBRE Research sees little immediate pressure for yield expansion on commercial property, the yield spread over...
Strong shipments of electronic products help Singapore avoid larger decline in exports | Phuket News
Singapore's non-oil domestic exports contracted again in May, but the decline was less than expected as electronics shipments continued to be strong....
Lee Kuan Yew family feud: Singapore PM questions sister-in-law’s role in last will, suggesting father in dark about key details | Phuket News
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has unleashed a stunning broadside in response to his siblings’ attacks over his handling of their late father Lee Kuan Yew’s estate. In his last will, Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding premier, said he wanted the family bungalow demolished after his death. But in a lengthy statement released through his lawyers on Thursday evening, Lee Hsien Loong expressed “grave concerns about the events surrounding the making of the Last Will......
Lee Kuan Yew family feud deepens: grandsons weigh in as Singapore PM’s brother questions his pledge to stay out of home decision | Phuket News
A little known government committee working behind the scenes to evaluate the future of the century-old, spartan bungalow where Singapore’s late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew lived for seven decades has been thrust into the spotlight amid a bitter public squabble among his three children that erupted this week. Two of the political patriarch’s grandsons meanwhile used Facebook to weigh in on the saga a day after it broke into public view in dramatic fashion. The 59-year-old Lee Hsien......
Hong Kong and Singapore – separated at birth? | Phuket News
Singapore and Hong Kong are among Asia’s most built-up places, but do they look alike? Residents of the rival cities might insist “no”, but one teenage Singaporean photographer thinks the similarities between the two former British colonial outposts are almost uncanny. “I set out thinking, what if I made Singapore with all her high-rise buildings look something like Hong Kong, having the urban chic and all the aesthetics which we enjoy,” said 17-year-old student......
Lee Kuan Yew family feud deepens as Singapore PM’s brother questions his pledge to stay out of home decision | Phuket News
A little known government committee working behind the scenes to evaluate the future of the century-old, spartan bungalow where Singapore’s late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew lived for seven decades has been thrust into the spotlight amid a bitter public squabble among his three children that erupted this week. The political patriarch’s youngest child, the 59-year-old Lee Hsien Yang, on Wednesday shocked the country after revealing plans to go into self-exile, saying that he and his......
Singapore Airlines unveils new lounge in Bangkok | Phuket News
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has opened a new, bigger lounge for premium passengers at Suvarnabhumi airport....
Singapore's residential property market is sending mixed signals. This is what they mean | Phuket News
Singapore's residential market is sending mixed signals, but analysts point to some encouraging signs of a recovery....
Outcry in China as nursery abuse footage goes viral | Phuket News
Police are investigating after video emerged showing toddlers being physically abused by staff....
China's New Passenger Jet Finishes First Long-haul Flight | Phuket News
China's homegrown passenger jet touched down safely after its first long-haul test flight Friday, bringing the nation one step closer to competing directly with aircraft giants in Europe and America. China hopes to develop its C919 jet to compete with popular single-aisle jets such as the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. State media said the plane lifted off the tarmac in Shanghai on Friday and flew west about 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) to the city of Yanliang. The test flight comes on the heels of a state visit by U.S. President Donald Trump during which China signed on to buy 300 Boeing jetliners for $37 billion and $2.5 billion worth of General Electric jet engines, alongside energy and telecom deals worth a total of $253.4 billion. The C919 was originally due to begin flying in 2014 and be delivered to buyers in 2016, but has been beset by delays blamed...
Moriya one shot off lead in China | Phuket News
HAINAN, China: Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn is one shot behind leader Feng Shanshan of China heading into Saturday's final round of the Blue Bay LPGA tournament....
Trump, Xi Offer Asia Business Leaders Divergent Paths | Phuket News
The leaders of the United States and China offered starkly contrasting views of the direction for trade in Asia in separate speeches Friday to regional business leaders. U.S. President Donald Trump told the APEC CEO Summit that he is willing to make bilateral trade agreements with any country in the Indo-Pacific region, but he firmly rejected multinational deals such as the 12 nation Trans Pacific Partnership, which was quickly abandoned in the first days of his administration. “I will make bilateral trade agreements with any Indo-Pacific nation that wants to be our partner and that will abide by the principles of fair and reciprocal trade,” Trump said. “What we will no longer do is enter into large agreements that tie our hands, surrender our sovereignty, and make meaningful enforcement practically impossible.” The U.S. president said that in the past when his country “lowered market barriers, other countries didn’t open their...
Australia joins fight against Islamists in the Philippines by sending surveillance planes | Phuket News
Australia’s defence force said on Friday it will send two military surveillance aircraft to assist Philippine soldiers fighting Islamist militants, as the archipelago nation battles to regain control of its southern city of Marawi. “The Government of the Philippines has accepted an Australian offer of two Australian Defence Force AP-3C Orion aircraft to provide surveillance support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” said an emailed statement from Australian Defence......
The Philippines Economic Snapshot 2017 | Phuket News
After five straight years of robust macroeconomic expansion, the Philippines ranks as one of the best-performing economies in South-east Asia. With rapidly rising domestic consumption, soaring foreign direct investment and a growing services sector, the country is set to record world-leading growth rates in 2017. Although weakening global and regional demand have weighed on exports, and the agriculture sector remains subdued, prudential fiscal management, falling public debt and legal reforms aimed at improving the investment climate have left the country positioned to tap global debt markets and attract new investment. ...
Philippines: Islamist fighters trapped in besieged town | Phuket News
MARAWI CITY, Philippines -- Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippines town have been cornered and their firepower is flagging, the military said on Thursday, as the five-week battle for control of Marawi City raged on....
Philippines: Hundreds more displaced as new group attacks different part of Mindanao | Phuket News
AT LEAST 100 gunmen from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), another Islamic State (IS) offshoot in the Philippines, tried but failed to take control of villages in another part of Mindanao on Wednesday, amid the continuing crisis in Marawi. The fresh fighting in the town of Pigcawayan in North Cotabato province, 190 kilometers south of Marawi however displaced hundreds of families and affected classes in 14 primary and secondary schools, officials said Thursday. “Gun fires have subsided today but our displaced civilians remained in various evacuation centers pending clearance from the military and police for them to return home,” Jezler Garcesa, spokesperson of the crisis management committee of the Pigcawayan local government unit, told Asian Correspondent. “Their needs like food are being appropriately addressed by the local and provincial governments. Medical teams were deployed to the evacuation centers. It is unfortunate that our people have to suffer from another conflict,”...
Philippine school siege continues after dozens of hostages freed by gunmen | Phuket News
Muslim rebels freed dozens of hostages while other captives escaped yesterday from a school as army troops faced another security crisis in the southern Philippines, military officials said. Gunmen from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters manoeuvred to attack troop and militiamen outposts but were ­repelled by government forces early yesterday, prompting them to seize villagers as human shields in Malagakit village in North ­Cotabato province, military officials said. At least......
Philippine troops evict raiders; hostages freed | Phuket News
KIDAPAWAN, Philippines -- Muslim rebels fled a southern Philippine village Wednesday, freeing 31 hostages - including 12 children - after security forces moved rapidly to prevent another crisis amid a month-long militant siege in nearby Marawi city, officials said....
Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines to begin joint patrol | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines will start conducting a joint maritime patrol in waters off the southern Philippines next week to curb rampant cross-border kidnapping-for-ransom activities in the area, Indonesia's military chief said Monday....
Singapore Police Arrest Local Female Islamic State Suspect | Phuket News
Police in Singapore have detained a preschool assistant who shared pro-Islamic State materials online and intended to travel to Syria, their first arrest of a female Singaporean alleged to be a sympathizer of the radical group, the Home Affairs Ministry said Monday. The ministry issued a statement saying that 22-year-old Syaikhah Izzah Zahrah al-Ansari was arrested earlier this month under the country's Internal Security Act, which allows for indefinite detention without trial. Singaporean authorities have detained 14 male Singaporean suspected Islamic State sympathizers since 2015.   Singapore's immediate neighbors, Indonesia and Malaysia, have large Muslim populations and hundreds of Islamic State sympathizers are estimated to have traveled to Syria from the two countries to join the group.   The statement said Izzah had been
Indonesia May motorbike sales up 15.2% y-o-y | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Motorcycle sales in Indonesia rose 15.2% in May from a year earlier, data from an industry association showed on Monday....
First Singaporean woman suspected of Islamist radicalism detained | Phuket News
SINGAPORE said on Monday it has detained an assistant child-care worker suspected of trying to join Islamic State and to find a militant husband in Syria, and was holding her under a tough security law that allows for detention without trial. The detention of the first Singaporean woman for suspected Islamist radicalism comes as concern is growing about the spread of Islamic State in the region. Singapore and its neighbours recently began intelligence cooperation aimed at stemming the movement of militants across their borders. Singapore has reiterated over the past year that it is a target of Islamist groups and has urged the public to be alert. The suspect, Syaikhah Izzah Zahrah Al Ansari, 22, was detained this month for intending to make her way to Syria to join Islamic State of Iraq and Syria with her child, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement. “She supported ISIS’s...
Foreign Influence Prolonging Fight Against Militants in Philippines | Phuket News
Foreign influence is adding an unwelcome new mystery to the Philippine government's battle against a violent Muslim group that some suspect is not even fighting for a religious cause.  Armed Forces of the Philippines say they have cut the Maute Group, a suspected terrorist organization on the southern island Mindanao, to “remnants” after fighting it since May 23. They have killed scores and captured the parents of two brothers who started the group.  But now Philippine officials suspect people from Muslim nations as close as Indonesia are fighting alongside it in the battle-torn city of Marawi and may be sending money as well. Foreign military  “The Philippines has always been a weaker link in the war against terror,” said Antonio Contreras, a political scientist at De La Salle University in the Philippines. “We have a very porous border. We are an archipelago. We also have weak navy power. So it’s...
Militants plan to kill many Christians to establish a caliphate in Marawi City | Phuket News
The leaders of the Maute terror group, brothers Omar and Abdullah Maute, and Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon planned to kill many Christians in Marawi City in order to turn it into an Islamic caliphate on the first day of the Ramadan, The Manila Times Online reported on Monday. In a briefing on Sunday, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Eduardo Ano said the terrorists planned to kill many non-Muslims to prove that they have established an Islamic state in Asia. However, the military repulsed the Maute group’s attempt to take Marawi City, engaging the militants in fierce battles that had, so far, killed 191 terrorists and dozens of soldiers and civilians. Meanwhile, Rohan Gunaratna, a Singaporean analyst on security affairs, said the terror group’s expansion began in 2014 when ISIS decided to go beyond borders of Iraq, Iran, Syria and the Middle East and set its sight on Africa,...
Attempt to smuggle billions of rupiah worth of lobster eggs to Singapore foiled | Phuket News
The National Police’s Special Crimes Directorate has foiled an attempt to smuggle billions of rupiah worth of lobster eggs to Singapore by air, according to the report of The Jakarta Post Online on Sunday. Two men, identified only as AM and WHY, have been arrested by the police. Chief of the directorate Brig Gen Purwadi Arianto said AM was attempting to board a Garuda Indonesia flight to Singapore carrying 169,136 lobster eggs in six suitcases whereas WHY took Lion Air flight department from Lombok, carrying 39,620 lobster eggs to Soekarno-Hatta from where he intended to continue travelling to Singapore. Police suspected that AM ordered WHY to carry the lobster eggs and AM was named the prime suspect whereas WHY was kept as a witness. The seized lobster eggs were later released on Carita beach in Banten with only 256 being kept as evidence.   The post Attempt to smuggle billions...
Phuket croc successfully captured, but not without a struggle | Phuket News
PHUKET: Yesterday’s attempt by Fisheries Department officials to capture the Phuket crocodile first seen swimming off of Bang Tao Beach last week was a unsuccessful. However, a second attempt early this morning was a success....
Knife-wielding Phuket tuk-tuk driver fined B500, more charges may follow | Phuket News
PHUKET: Patong Police yesterday (Aug 31) arrested and fined a tuk-tuk driver who caught on video brandishing a large knife in front of a Patong Hotel....
Body of Phuket tourist found in Patong Bay after two days missing | Phuket News
PHUKET: Lifeguards at Patong Beach yesterday (Aug 31) recovered the body of a Chinese tourist who was reported as missing from heavy surf at Karon Beach two days ago....
Nigerian denies shooting Russian woman in Phuket break-in | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police have brought in a Nigerian man for questioning over the shooting of Russian expat Elena Kharenko, 52, at her home in Rawai early Wednesday morning (Aug 30)....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Croc Watch 2017! 'Game of Thrones' star is coming! Bike sharing || August 31 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - August 31 Game of Thrones star coming to Thailand! Croc Watch 2017! Bike-sharing in the Kingdom? QR codes to propel cashless Thailand? 7-year-old boy succumbs to injuries. Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com...
Officials hopeful of Phuket crocodile capture tonight | Phuket News
PHUKET: Officials from the Phuket Fisheries Department have said that they are hopeful of capturing the Phuket crocodile tonight after a failed attempt to capture the reptile early this morning....
Boy, 7, dies after rescue as real Phuket drownings toll revealed | Phuket News
PHUKET: The 7-year-old boy rescued and revived at Nai Harn Lake earlier this month has become the sixth person to die from a drowning incident at Phuket beaches this year, the chief of the island’s lifeguard service has confirmed....
U-turn collision leaves Phuket motorist seriously injured | Phuket News
PHUKET: The driver of a pickup truck sustained serious injuries last night after colliding with a van when making a U-turn on Thepkrassattri Rd in Srisoonthorn....
Phuket crocodile spotted, but evades capture | Phuket News
PHUKET: Fisheries Department officials on watch in Cherng Talay spotted a crocodile in a lagoon at the southern end of Bang Tao beach, on Phukets west coast, early this morning (Aug 31), but attempts to lure and catch the reptile failed....
Celebrate mid-Autumn Festival with Banyan Tree’s handcrafted Mooncakes | Phuket News
Banyan Tree Phuket will celebrate this year’s mid-Autumn festival by becoming the first and only hotel in Phuket to have an in-house pastry Chef producing traditional Chinese mooncakes. Residents of Phuket will finally be able to enjoy these delicious and iconic mooncakes....
Samsung to Sell Refurbished Note 7 Smartphone | Phuket News
Samsung Electronics said Sunday it will start selling refurbished versions of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone this week in South Korea. The Note 7 was recalled last year because its batteries would overheat and catch fire. The refurbished versions will use different batteries. The new Galaxy Note FE phone, built with unused components of the Note 7, will cost $611, a significant drop in price from the Note 7's price tag of nearly $1,000. Samsung recalled the Note 7 less than a month after its launch when reports of the phone's batteries catching fire emerged. The company released another Note 7 with replaced batteries, but those batteries also overheated and Samsung discontinued the Note 7. Earlier this year, the tech giant released the results of an investigation that determined the phone fires were the result of flaws in the design and production of batteries supplied by two battery makers. Close...
Samsung to launch refurbished Note 7 phones in South Korea | Phuket News
SEOUL - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Sunday it will start selling a refurbished version of the recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in South Korea on July 7, using batteries different from those that caused some handsets to catch fire last year....
Samsung to sell recycled Galaxy Note 7 phone in South Korea for US$611 as a ‘fan edition’ | Phuket News
Samsung Electronics said Sunday it would start selling a refurbished version of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone this week after an embarrassing recall over exploding batteries rocked the tech giant last year. The recall of millions of Galaxy Note 7 devices cost the world’s largest smartphone maker billions of dollars in lost profits and hammered its global reputation. The refurbished device, made of recalled, unsealed Note 7 handsets and unused components are outfitted with new batteries,......
Trump to call Japanese, Chinese leaders over North Korea | Phuket News
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump will speak by phone on Sunday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the White House said on Saturday. The White House, which announced the calls in a daily schedule, did not elaborate on the subject of the phone conversations, which were set to take place starting at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT Monday). Trump’s talks with the leaders come ahead of a meeting of G20 leaders in Hamburg, Germany, later in the week. Trump held a summit with Xi in April. The US president has been focused on trying to work with China to ratchet up pressure on North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, which are a threat to the United States and allies South Korea and Japan. SEE ALSO: ‘Bromance’ between Trump and Xi sours over North Korea, Taiwan He met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in...
Is it K-pop if Koreans aren’t singing it? | Phuket News
In the first season of K-Pop Star, which premiered in South Korea in 2011, an artist named Lee Michelle wowed judges and won third place in the first round. She then rose to second place in the fourth and fifth rounds, but was suddenly eliminated in the sixth. “Judging from the score and evaluations, as well as the crowd’s response,” wrote E. Kim at Soompi, a website covering K-pop culture, “it almost seemed like a no-brainer for Lee Michelle to advance to the next round......
US returns 'looted' royal seals to South Korea after 60 years | Phuket News
The two royal seals, dating from the 16th and 17th Centuries, were taken more than 60 years ago....
US, South Korea Leaders Agree to Respond Strongly to North Korean Provocations | Phuket News
How to respond to North Korea's development of weapons of mass destruction was the top agenda item when President Donald Trump hosted his South Korean counterpart. VOA White House Bureau Chief Correspondent Steve Herman reports that the trade relationship between Washington and Seoul was also discussed....
Class action lawsuit filed against distributor of “Korea King” frying pans | Phuket News
A 1.65-billion-baht class action lawsuit was on Friday (June 30) lodged with the Civil Court against Wizard Solution Company, distributor of Korea King frying pans in Thailand, by the Consumers Foundation and 74 customers of the frying pans from South Korea. The court set the first hearing of the case on September 25. Noting that the case amounts to a gross violation of consumers’ right, Consumers Foundation secretary-general Ms Saree Aongsomwang said that the class action suit was intended to set a precedent for the protection of consumers against over-exaggeration of the quality of the frying pan. She said that the 74 co-plaintiffs were part of 167 frying pan buyers who had lodged complaints with the foundation against the distributor. However, she estimated there were as many as half a million buyers of the frying pans as the distributor, Wizard Solution Co., reportedly imported at least 1.3 million Korea King...
Chaos erupts in the Oval Office | Phuket News
A media frenzy ensued as President Trump met President Moon of South Korea....
Israel Returns Ambassador to New Zealand, Ending Diplomatic Rift | Phuket News
Israel said on Tuesday its ambassador to New Zealand will return to his post, ending a six-month rift in relations over a United Nations resolution against Israeli settlements on occupied territory which Palestinians seek for a state. Israel recalled the ambassador in December after New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal sponsored a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement activity. New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the two leaders spoke on the phone earlier this week, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Michal Maayan said in a statement.
Businessman netted $300m of ‘stolen’ 1MDB money in energy deal – DOJ | Phuket News
CONTROVERSIAL Malaysian businessman Jho Taek Low, or Jho Low, netted over US$300 million in less than a week through the US$2.2 billion purchase of a US energy company with money stolen from Malaysia’s troubled sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the US Department of Justice (DOJ) alleged recently. Referring to the acquisition of US-based Coastal Energy Co by Abu Dhabi sovereign-wealth fund International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC), the DOJ provided detailed allegations of 1MDB funds being used to bankroll Coastal Energy’s acquisition in 2013 and 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The DOJ, in an asset seizure lawsuit dated last Wednesday, alleged the deal arranged by Goldman Sachs Group Inc, involved money stolen from 1MDB. The money, it alleged, was funnelled via numerous shell companies and bank accounts to purchase the US energy company controlled by Texas oil tycoon Oscar Wyatt Jr. As part of the alleged scheme to defraud 1MDB,...
Asian Attractions Expo 2017 Show Floor Showcases 350+ Exhibitors from 30 Countries | Phuket News
Jun 14, 2017 Picture:  Singapore, 14 June 2017 --(ASIA TODAY)-- Organized by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the largest international trade association for the global attractions industry, Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) 2017 opens today at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The Expo – which runs until 16 June – is officiated by Mr. Greg Hale, 2017 IAAPA Chairman of the Board; Mr. Paul Noland, IAAPA President and CEO; and Ms. June Ko, Vice President, IAAPA Asia Pacific Operations. This year’s show is again on a highly impressive scale. More than 350 exhibiting companies from 30 countries are taking up nearly 10,000 net square meters of show floor space – almost 50% more space than when the show was last held in Singapore in 2013. Sixty three (63) new exhibitors join many well-known brands to make AAE 2017 the ideal marketplace for one-stop solutions for...
Singapore prime minister in row with siblings | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's younger brother and sister said on Wednesday that they have lost confidence in the nation's leader and fear
Singaporean PM Lee’s siblings say they have ‘lost confidence’ in him | Phuket News
SINGAPORE Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s younger brother and sister said on Wednesday that they have lost confidence in the nation’s leader and fear “the use of the organs of the state against us.” “We are concerned that the system has few checks and balances to prevent the abuse of government. We feel big brother omnipresent,” Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang said in a joint news release and an accompanying longer statement issued at 2 am Singapore time on Wednesday. As a result, Lee Hsien Yang, and his wife Suet Fern, would be leaving Singapore. “I have no desire to leave. Hsien Loong is the only reason for my departure,” he said. Lee Hsien Yang told Reuters he still remained in Singapore as of early Wednesday morning but said he was planning to leave “for the foreseeable future.” He is a businessman and is currently the chairman of the...
Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong family feud erupts again | Phuket News
Lee Hsien Loong denies allegations made by his siblings in a dispute over their late father's house....
In rare feud, Singapore PM Lee under attack by his siblings | Phuket News
A rare feud between Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings has shined fresh light on the deep divides weighing on the island-nation's first family....
How Singapore's Changi Airport became the best in the world | Phuket News
CNBC explores how Singapore's Changi Airport has become the best-ranked airport in the world....
Siblings of Singapore PM fear for their safety, accusing him of harassment and trashing Lee Kuan Yew’s values | Phuket News
An open feud among the family of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong deepened on Wednesday after the premier’s two younger siblings said they feared for their safety because they felt their elder brother was using state organs to harass them. The premier immediately fired back, slamming his siblings for issuing a statement “publicising private family matters”. The Lees are the children of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s revered founding prime minister who died aged 91 in......
Wealth growth in Asia puts it on track as world's richest region in two years: Boston Consulting | Phuket News
Financial centers Singapore and Hong Kong will attract more wealth in the coming years, helping to propel Asia Pacific to become wealthiest region by 2019....
China to ease curbs on foreign business in finance, autos | Phuket News
BEIJING: China will ease restrictions on foreign ownership stakes in the financial sector and reduce tariffs on automotive imports, a senior Chinese official said Friday, following criticism from the US and other trading partners....
Japan lauds latest TPP ‘agreement’, but rift with Canada, New Zealand raises doubts | Phuket News
JAPAN said countries negotiating the revival of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal have “agreed in principle” to a way forward, but Canada and New Zealand have denied reaching any consensus on the pact. The spat highlighted the continuing challenge to reviving a pact whose survival was thrown into doubt when President Donald Trump ditched it, in one of his first acts in office, in favour of bilateral dealmaking. Japan had lobbied hard to proceed with a pact that could also help to contain China’s growing regional dominance, ahead of talks in the Vietnamese resort of Danang this week alongside Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings. Some other members have not shown a readiness to move so fast. SEE ALSO: Asia-Pacific nations agree in principle to proceed with TPP  Asked by reporters about the results of a meeting of TPP ministers, Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said “(they) agree in...
Gunmen in Philippines use civilians as human shields, plant explosives around primary school | Phuket News
Islamic militants occupied a primary school and took hostages in a southern Philippine village on Wednesday, a few hours drive from a city where other jihadists were fighting a month-long war, authorities said. Hundreds of gunmen initially attacked a lightly guarded military outpost at dawn, with about 30 then taking over the school and using civilians as human shields, the military said. “As of now they are in the school holding the civilians. They are using them as human shields,......
Philippine troops evict Muslim raiders from village | Phuket News
KIDAPAWAN, Philippines -- Muslim rebels withdrew from a southern Philippine village Wednesday after security forces moved rapidly to prevent another crisis amid a month-long militant siege in nearby Marawi city, officials said....
Militants storm Philippine village, take hostages | Phuket News
MANILA -- Armed militants claiming to be allied to the Islamic State stormed a village on Mindanao island in the southern Philippines early Wednesday and took hostage at least five civilians as they retreated, authorities said....
Rebels storm Philippine village, take over school as battle for war-torn Marawi rages | Phuket News
Armed militants stormed a village on the southern Philippines’ restive Mindanao Island early Wednesday and are believed to have taken over a school, trapping a number of people, local police said. A police report said about 300 armed men, among them members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), stormed a school in Pigcawayan town in North Cotabato province on Mindanao island and were holding some students captive. Members of the BIFF were engaged in a gunbattle with the......
Pro-Islamic state militants storm school in southern Philippines, hold students as hostages | Phuket News
Pro-Islamic State militants storm school in southern Philippines and took some students as hostages, local police say....
Manila vows to liberate Marawi for weekend festival | Phuket News
MARAWI CITY, PHILIPPINES - Philippine aircraft and troops launched a renewed push against Islamist militants in southern Marawi City on Tuesday, and a military spokesman said the aim was to clear the area by the weekend's Eid....
How Indonesian bars can keep serving in Ramadan | Phuket News
Straining to make herself heard over an Oasis cover band, Maggie, who didn’t want to give her full name, explains her bar’s strategy during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. “You don’t want to be too obvious,” she says, also asking that the name of her sprawling venue in the heart of the Kemang entertainment district in Jakarta be withheld – after all, she doesn’t want to attract attention. Every Ramadan during the past 10 years, Maggie has shut......
Indonesia Urges UN to Declare Fish Theft a Transnational Crime | Phuket News
Susi Pudjiastuti, Indonesia's minister of marine affairs, who is known for blowing up foreign fishing ships that trespass into her nation's waters, has urged the United Nations to declare illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUUF) an organized crime. IUUF is not a new entry in the annals of international crimes. But as more nations are working to manage their resources to prevent overfishing in their offshore and coastal waters, IUUF is a growing concern, according to the U.N. Although hard numbers are difficult to gather, the world's fisheries in 2012 produced roughly 160 million tons of fish and generated over $129 billion in exports while providing nutrition for billions of people, according to World Bank data. Speaking at the U.N. Ocean Conference this week in New York City, Pudjiastuti said fishing boat crews involved in IUUF
JD.com ready to enter Thailand | Phuket News
HONG KONG: JD.com, China's second-largest e-commerce company, plans to enter the Thai market later this year in a move to expand its overseas business beyond Indonesia, according to chief executive Richard Liu....
Prosecutors withdraw appeal against Ahok’s conviction | Phuket News
Prosecutors have officially withdrawn the appeal against the North Jakarta District Court’s two-year verdict imposed on non-active Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama for blasphemy, The Jakarta Post Online reported on Thursday. North Jakarta District Court spokesman said that the court had received the prosecutors’ withdrawal request on June 6. A source from Ahok’s legal team said that the lawyers had received a written notice about the withdrawal on Thursday morning. Previously, Attorney-General HM Prasetyo said that the prosecutors would withdraw the appeal because Ahok had decided not to take further legal process to challenge the verdict. “Ahok has accepted the verdict. Let’s not only focus on one case. There are a lot of cases that we need to pay attention to,” Prasetyo reportedly said on Wednesday.   The post Prosecutors withdraw appeal against Ahok’s conviction appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Indonesia Urges UN to Criminalize Unregulated Fishing | Phuket News
Indonesia, the world’s biggest archipelago has called for the United Nations to establish illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, known under its acronym of IUUF, as a transnational crime. The proposal has the support of the president of the U.N. General Assembly but there’s still a long way to go before member countries adopt it. Patsy Widakuswara reports from the U.N. headquarters in New York....
Indonesia, Philippines make arrests linked to city siege | Phuket News
JAKARTA - Indonesian and Philippine authorities have arrested several people suspected of links to Islamic militants who overran a city in the southern Philippines and two others who allegedly helped inspire a double suicide bombing in Jakarta, officials said Thursday....
Hard-line Islamist Groups Meet Official, Popular Roadblocks in Indonesia | Phuket News
After playing a major role in Indonesian politics by influencing the Jakarta election, hard-line Islamist groups may have hit an impasse. Although they were allowed broad leverage to organize and demonstrate across Indonesia in the past year, an effort to replicate their success outside Jakarta fell flat, and the government has taken measures to hamper two major hard-line groups. And a new survey suggests most Indonesians don’t know about some major Islamist groups, much less support them, both domestic ones and global organizations like the so-called Islamic State (IS). ​Federal crackdown Indonesia’s government has taken a pointed stand against the Islamic Defenders’ Front (FPI), the hard-line group that organized last year’s anti-Ahok rallies and acts as Indonesia’s unofficial moral police by helping activities like recent anti-gay raids. Jakarta police issued a warrant for the arrest of FPI leader Habib Rizieq Shihab, who is in Saudi Arabia, on a pornography charge...
Crocodile on the loose in the sea off Phuket’s Bang Tao beach | Phuket News
A hunt has been launched for a huge crocodile on the loose in the sea off Bang Tao beach in Phuket for fear that the reptile may harm tourists and locals. Phuket governor Norapat Plodthong and fishery officials on Wednesday (Aug 30) made an inspection trip to Lepang beach which is located between Bang Tao and Layan beaches where a three-metre long crocodile was sighted swimming in the sea. Phuket Gazette reported on Aug 28 that a group of foreigners spotted the crocodile last Friday (Aug 25) and a Phuket expat named “Mike” took a video clip of the croc with his son’s drone camera. A crocodile was also sighted by hotel staff and tourists during the same period and it was assumed that it was the same crocodile. Governor Norapat said he had ordered fishery officials to try to locate and capture the crocodile which he believes to be a...
Large crocodile seen off Phuket beach | Phuket News
PHUKET- A close watch is being kept for a 3-metre-long crocodile spotted recently off Bang Tao beach in Thalang district of this resort province....
The search for the Phuket ‘beach croc’ is on | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong has ordered officials to keep a 24-hour watch out for a crocodile that was spotted off Bang Tao Beach last week....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Woman shot twice! Pattaya's honest man? Doraemon ambulance! || August 30 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - August 30 Rawai woman shot twice and tells the tale! Doraemon ambulance? Chao Fa West Bridge! Broken leg fleeing cops! Pattayas honest man and UKs NCA illegal meddling on Koh Tao homicide investigation. Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
DSI launches massive land probe in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: A team from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) have arrived in Phuket to launch an investigative review of 627 SorKor 1 land-use documents being used to occupy protected public land, and especially land within Sirinath National Park....
Phuket arrest escapee breaks leg in building fall | Phuket News
PHUKET: A suspected drug dealer sustained a broken leg yesterday after falling from a balcony on the third-floor of a building in Thalang while trying to escape arrest for kratom possession....
Marine activist adds opinion to Phuket crocodile sighting | Phuket News
PHUKET: A marine activist who is also an adviser to Thailand’s National Reform Council (NRC) today gave his opinion regarding the sighting of a crocodile off the coast of Bang Tao Beach last week with a post of his Facebook page....
Russian woman shot in bungled Phuket break-in | Phuket News
PHUKET: A Russian woman is in hospital after being shot during a bungled break-in at her home in the southern Phuket area of Rawai Beach early this morning (Aug 30)....
Patong raid nets officials B5mn in counterfeit brand name goods | Phuket News
PHUKET: Officials who carried out a series of raids in the popular tourist town of Patong Beach say they have seized counterfeit trademarked goods with an estimated street value of more than B5 million....
Keemala’s Mala Spa wins World Luxury Spa Awards | Phuket News
Keemala’s Mala Spa has announced its latest win in the prestigious World Luxury Spa Awards 2017. Through a vote of confidence from thousands of guests and visitors worldwide, Mala Spa is named Best Luxury Boutique Spa in Southeast Asia Re......
Trump, Moon Present Unified Front Against North Korea | Phuket News
President Donald Trump on Friday declared the U.S. has run out of patience with North Korea, as he met with his South Korean counterpart at the White House. Speaking in the Rose Garden alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump vowed a
Trump Working on 'Equitable' Trade Deal, Welcomes South Korea's Moon | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump, who is hosting South Korean President Moon Jae-in, says he hopes to renegotiate an
Trump, Moon to Have 'Friendly, Frank' Discussion | Phuket News
South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, is in Washington for talks with President Donald Trump. The meeting could reveal disagreements over issues including trade, defense ties, and how to handle North Korea. During the campaign, Trump regularly accused Seoul of ripping off the U.S. on trade and threatened to withdraw U.S. troops from South Korea.
Trump to press South Korea leader on trade as North Korea looms | Phuket News
Trump to press Moon to solve trade differences over cars and steel in meetings on North Korea's nuclear threat....
Free exchange: What Asia learned from its financial crisis 20 years ago | Phuket News
Print section Print Rubric:  Did Asia learn the lessons of its financial crisis? Print Headline:  Hot and sour Print Fly Title:  Free exchange UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Trump’s Washington is paralysed Fly Title:  Free exchange MUSEUM SIAM in Bangkok is dedicated to exploring all things Thai. Until July 2nd, that includes an exhibition on the Asian financial crisis, which began on that date 20 years ago, when the Thai baht lost its peg with the dollar. The exhibition features two seesaws, showing how many baht were required to balance one dollar, both before the crisis (25) and after (over 50 at one point). Visitors can also read the testimony of some of the victims, including a high-flying stockbroker who was reduced to selling sandwiches, and a businesswoman whose boss told her to “take care of the work for me” before hanging himself. (In Hong Kong, Japan and South...
On Trump-Moon Agenda: What to Do About Kim Jong Un | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday evening hosts South Korean President Moon Jae-in for cocktails and dinner, a prelude to talks the next day on the “very urgent threat posed by North Korea,” according to a senior White House official. It’ll be the first time the two leaders meet. Moon, a liberal, took office early last month, succeeding the impeached Park Geun-hye, known for her tough stance toward North Korea. “It’s going to be a meeting with a lot of uncertainty about whether the two presidents can agree on a common policy toward North Korea in terms of the specific tactics,” said Gary Samore, research executive director at Harvard’s Belfer Center. For the Trump-Moon meeting, “building a rapport” will be as important as anything else, considering how closely they will be working together, the senior U.S. official told reporters at a background briefing. “My biggest concern is that President Moon...
South Korea President Praises U.S. Trade Deal that Trump Denounced  | Phuket News
South Korean President Moon Jae-in Wednesday defended his country’s free trade agreement with the United States, which U.S. President Donald Trump denounced in the past as a “job killing deal.” Moon addressed a pro-free trade audience of business leaders and lawmakers at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the first day of his presidential visit to Washington. He will meet with Trump at the White House Thursday and Friday. The South Korean president stressed the 5-year-old U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement (KORUS) has been good for both countries, especially in the auto industry, where now half of all Hyundai and Kia cars are built in the United States. “South Korea’s carmakers are creating investment and employment in production factories in the U.S. Outstanding U.S. companies are also creating jobs in South Korea in industrial innovation and research and development,” Moon said. In the last three years, Korean direct foreign investment...
Moon in US: THAAD, China, Kim Jong-un on agenda as South Korean president meets Trump | Phuket News
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has arrived in Washington on his first overseas trip since taking office, for planned talks with his US counterpart Donald Trump. Moon, who backs engagement with nuclear-armed North Korea, was to meet Thursday (Friday morning Hong Kong time) with Trump during his first foreign outing since being sworn in last month after a landslide election win. The talks between Moon and Trump, which begin with dinner and then formal talks, come amid intense wrangling......
Fitness members urged to file complaints with Consumers Protection Committee | Phuket News
Members of True Fitness Club who feel they were cheated by the fitness company were urged to lodge their complaints with the Consumers Protection Committee together with their membership contracts and payment receipts. About 30 members lodged complaints with the Crime Suppression Division on Sunday to demand the police to take legal actions against True Fitness Company and its management. One of the complainants said applied for membership at the company’s fitness club at Exchange Tower Asoke and paid 40,000 baht for one fitness course. He said he didn’t finish the course yet, but the club was closed without any advance notification to its members. The company provided two kinds of services – fitness and exercises and health spa. The company was founded in Singapore and has branch offices in China, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand. In Thailand, there are three branches namely the one at Central World, at Esplanade Kaerai...
Alibaba launches sales channels in Malaysia, Singapore | Phuket News
BEIJING - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd on Monday said it is launching new sales channels in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan as China's deep-pocketed e-commerce firms vie for new users in the region....
Survey shows inequalities in women, children’s health by socioeconomic status, location, ethnicity | Phuket News
John Draper The Fifth Wave of the Unicef Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) on women and children’s health was administered by the Thai National Statistical Office (NSO) in 2015-2016, with the main report being published earlier this year. The survey illustrates how children and young people living in remote and rural areas, children from poor households, and children whose parents have low levels of education are falling behind in health, education, and overall development. The findings of the report therefore support retaining the universal health coverage embodied in the National Health Security Act and further developing of the Thai health service in a clearly structured, programmatic way. MICS 5 collected data on health, together with the development and protection of children and women, in over 28,000 households across Thailand from November 2015 to March 2016, with cohorts from each of the four regions of Thailand as well as Bangkok,...
HDD producers to expand investment in Thailand | Phuket News
Malaysia is likely to experience job cuts in the wake of a move by two American investors who are pulling out a major portion of their operations here to move them to Thailand. Penang is set to be the largest casualty as hard disk maker Seagate Technology Plc and computer data storage firm Western Digital Corp (WD), said to be relocating the bulk of their operations to Thailand. Business Times has learnt that Seagate will exit from Penang and Negri Sembilan. The Penang facility is said to have over 3,000 Malaysian staff. The company is also said to be putting up its Bayan Lepas facility for sale, along with a 16.4ha land in Batu Kawan on mainland Penang where it had announced two years, of its expansion . WD meanwhile, is expected to lay off 400 Malaysian staff and 800 foreign workers from its Penang manufacturing site. Two global manufacturers...
When Malaysians are apathetic to racism | Phuket News
I HAVE a problem with those who didn’t find the recent advertising campaign by pharmacy chain Watsons racist. The company’s now-infamous “blackface” advertisement blew up the Internet in Malaysia last week, and not in a positive way. In conjunction with the coming Aidilfitri celebration, Watsons produced and released a short film on their Facebook page called Legenda Cun Raya Watsons. It was based on the old Malay folklore known as Dayang Senandong. The video shows a nobleman who dreams of a woman with a beautiful voice. Upon waking up from the dream, he decides to organise an audition to track down the woman. Beautiful women from across the land appear at his palace but not one seems to possess the woman’s voice. Suddenly, he hears it… that familiar lilting tone of the woman in his dreams. But to his horror, the woman unveils herself to show a face as black as night. He makes a...
Kim Jong-nam had $120,000 in cash - report | Phuket News
TOKYO -- The half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was in possession of US$120,000 when he was killed at a Kuala Lumpur airport in February, the Asahi newspaper reported, adding that he met with an American suspected of connections with a US intelligence agency four days before his death....
Siblings of Singapore PM ‘fear for their safety’, accusing him of harassment and trashing Lee Kuan Yew’s values | Phuket News
An open feud among the family of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong deepened Wednesday after the premier’s two younger siblings said they feared for their safety because they felt their elder brother was using state organs to harass them. The premier immediately fired back, slamming his siblings for issuing a statement “publicising private family matters”. The Lees are the children of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s revered founding prime minister who died aged 91 in......
Singapore's first quarter jobless rate at 2.2%, lower than expected | Phuket News
Singapore's unemployment rate in the first quarter was 2.2 percent, lower than the Manpower Ministry's preliminary estimate of 2.3 percent....
African, Asian Investigators Break Up Ivory-smuggling Syndicate | Phuket News
Seven smugglers involved in the illegal ivory trade from Uganda to Singapore have been arrested following an 18-month investigation by African and Asian law enforcement officials, a counter-trafficking organization said. The operation netted a top Kenyan customs officer and shipping agents who facilitated the covert ivory pipeline, highlighting progress in Africa on cross-border collaboration by law enforcement agencies, according to Freeland, the anti-trafficking organization that supported the operation. Tens of thousands of African elephants are killed for their tusks every year, leading to a drop of 20 to 30 percent in their numbers on the continent over the last decade. However, environmentalists say law enforcement agencies are increasingly disrupting smuggling networks.
Self Study, the Trend to Watch | Phuket News
Jun 12, 2017 Picture:  The stories of three multitalented people engaged in lifetime learning and leveling up their skills runs contrary to the conventional university education and on-the-job vocational training. Dusk settles in as people getting off work spill into the streets. Staff from Airbnb’s headquarters on the south side of downtown San Francisco stream out from the building’s first-floor lobby. Mostly around 30 years old, they dress in hoodies, jeans, polo shirts, and tees, typical attire among the startup crowd. The white, four-story building is nowhere near new, looking more like a big warehouse. But such minutia has not hindered Airbnb’s rise to become a unicorn - one of the fastest-growing startups in the world, with over 1,500 employees. Robert Chang, a data scientist from Taiwan, is one of them. Each day after getting off work, he commutes back to his residence in the Silicon Valley town of...
Singapore detains 'Syria-bound radicalised woman' | Phuket News
The child care worker planned to marry a fighter from so-called Islamic State, the government says....
Singapore detains first woman suspected of radicalism | Phuket News
SINGAPORE - Singapore said on Monday it has detained an assistant child-care worker suspected of trying to join Islamic State and to find a militant husband in Syria, and was holding her under a tough security law that allows for detention without trial....
China announces major steps to open its financial sector | Phuket News
China on Friday unveiled major plans to open its financial sector for foreign investment....
China signs on to Alaska gas pipeline, but far from set | Phuket News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska: The latest push in a decades-long effort to commercialise vast stores of Alaska's natural gas received a boost when the state announced a deal with three Chinese companies. But the $43 billion project is far from reality....
Beijing has a new ship that can build artificial islands. That's worrying some neighbors | Phuket News
Beijing has begun testing a powerful new dredger ship capable of creating artificial islands, which many fear could be used in the South China Sea....
China to expand lower tax rates for high-tech service companies nationwide | Phuket News
China says a 15 percent tax rate for high-tech service firms will be expanded from the start of 2018....
China: President Trump v candidate Trump | Phuket News
Once Donald Trump spoke of China
Video Games Could Be Next for Snapchat, China's Tencent Says | Phuket News
Chinese gaming and social media company Tencent Holdings Ltd. on Thursday flagged video games and ad sales as areas where it thinks it could help Snapchat owner Snap after acquiring a 12 percent stake in the U.S. firm. Snap disclosed in a U.S. regulatory filing on Wednesday that Tencent recently bought 145.8 million of its shares on the open market, fueling investor speculation about how the two companies might work together. The U.S. social media company has struggled since its March initial public offering to meet analyst expectations for user growth, and it is locked in fierce competition for users and ad dollars with Facebook Inc. In describing its stake, Tencent, the world's largest gaming company by revenue, implied a close relationship with Snap that could go beyond passive investing and involve assisting the U.S. company with strategy. Investors treated Tencent's new stake as an investment rather than a step...
There are a bunch of signs that China's banks will grow even stronger | Phuket News
Shares of China's big four banks rallied this year as investors anticipated improvements in asset quality and margins....
Philippines: Govt troops aim to ‘clear’ Marawi by end of Ramadan | Phuket News
PHILIPPINE aircraft and troops launched a renewed push against Islamist militants in a southern city on Tuesday. A military spokesman said the aim was to clear the area by the weekend Eid festival, although there was no deadline. The offensive came amid worry rebel reinforcements could arrive in the city after Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Fighting in Marawi City has entered the fifth week, and nearly 350 people have been killed, according to an official count. Fleeing residents have said they have seen scores of bodies in the debris of homes destroyed in bombing and crossfire. “We are aiming to clear Marawi by the end of Ramadan,” military spokesman Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla said, as army and police commanders met in nearby Cagayan de Oro city to reassess strategy and operations against the militants, who claim allegiance to Islamic State. But he...
Philippine army accuses Moro rebels of supplying firearms to Maute group | Phuket News
The Philippine military has found strong connections between the Maute militants and insurgents in Mindanao, according to report of The Manila Times Online on Tuesday. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Brig Gen Restituto Padilla Jr. told a press conference at the Malacanang on Monday that the Maute terror group could have obtained their weapons from relatives who were members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front. He said that there are many armed groups in Mindanao that could potentially be a source of weapons for the Maute militants. The military has seized 250 firearms from the Maute terrorists in Marawi City. Lt-Col Jo-ar Herrera, spokesman of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said the Maute terrorists could be copying the tactics initiated by the Islamic State given their significant firepower. “Just look at how they use anti-tank weapons against a tank or (armored army...
Philippines military: Drugs found in Marawi | Phuket News
MARAWI CITY, PHILIPPINES - The military found methamphetamine worth between $2 million to $5 million while clearing rebel positions in besieged Marawi City, officials said on Monday, boosting suspicions Islamist militants are being funded by the narcotics trade....
Philippines: Tent city for displaced locals to rise in Marawi as crisis wears on | Phuket News
A TENT city will rise in embattled Marawi City on Mindanao island to give decent shelter to residents whose houses were destroyed by the clashes between government forces and local terrorist groups, officials said Monday, Day 28 of the crisis. The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), where Marawi City belongs, will spearhead the establishment of the tent city once the situation in the area returns to normal, said ARMM executive secretary Laisa Alamia. “Given the need for decent, temporary housing, a tent city will be established in Marawi City in coordination with local government units, national line agencies, and international aid organisations. The regional government has been working to meet the needs of the people of Marawi City and nearby areas,” she said. “We are saving lives and livelihoods together as Bangsamoros (Muslim people in Mindanao), and we encourage everyone to take part in this painstaking process of healing...
Peru, Indonesia to Make Fishing Boat Tracking Data Public | Phuket News
Peru joined Indonesia Wednesday as the only two countries worldwide to make their fishing boat tracking data available to the public. Such access will give conservationists, along with those who buy, sell and eat seafood, a clearer picture where their favorite dishes come from. Officials from both countries made their announcements Wednesday at the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York. Indonesia said its data is available now, while Peru promised to follow suit.
Asian nations make plastic oceans promise | Phuket News
China, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines say they will act to stop plastic polluting the oceans....
Underground Hidden Passage Discovered at a Koh Samui Resort – Poppies | Phuket News
On the popular holiday island destination of Samui, a hidden passage was recently discovered at a boutique resort on Chaweng beach, and will soon be unveiled to the public. The passage will provide a unique experience for visitors arriving for dinner at Poppies Restaurant. Until now, the 50-meter long underground passage (built 22 years ago in order to hide resort deliveries) has remained a secret. The tunnel was designed to maintain a peaceful environment for the cottage guests above ground. “The Poppies experience is all about the details,” said James Mc Manaman, General Manager at Poppies Samui. “The Hidden Passage demonstrates the commitment of the owners to the guest experience, and I believe it is time to share this secret with the world.” The Hidden Passage will be the main entrance for arriving dinner guests at Poppies.  While being escorted through the passage, guests will be introduced to the history of Poppies...
Indonesia boosts chicken checks to keep bird flu at bay | Phuket News
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia -- It's not yet seven in the morning, but the slaughterhouses at the back of Terban market in Yogyakarta city are in full swing. Wholesalers, housewives and businessmen arrive on motorcycles, weaving their way through blood and feathers to pick up freshly killed chickens....
Philippines: Maute militants planned for bigger attacks – army | Phuket News
PHILIPPINES troops thwarted an original plan drawn up by the Islamist militants now holed up in Marawi City to “spread terror” in a rampage of violence that would have given them full control of the southern town, the military said on Wednesday. “There was indeed a bigger plan and it was supposed to wreak more havoc,” military spokesman Restituto Padilla told a news conference as aerial bombing resumed against fighters who have sworn allegiance to the ultra-radical Islamic State. Philippine senators said members of the upper house were last week shown a video of the militants, led by a group known as Maute, plotting a far more sophisticated siege of Marawi City than the attack they launched there on May 23. “It was clear that these terrorists, the Maute group, their end goal is to make Marawi … independent, or to separate from the republic,” Senator JV Ejercito told Reuters. “With...
Indonesia counts its islands to protect territory and resources | Phuket News
The world's largest archipelago hopes identifying all its islands will help protect its resources....
Philippines govt bans deployment of workers to Qatar | Phuket News
THE Philippine government has imposed a temporary ban on the deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to Qatar as the kingdom faces a diplomatic crisis with its Arab neighbours. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced the ban Tuesday, a day after seven Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, severed ties with Qatar over allegations the kingdom supported terrorism. “We have ordered a suspension of deployment of OFWs in the country of Qatar. This is for us to assess the situation because there are so many wild rumors going around and the things are not going well in Qatar,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said, as quoted by ABS-CBN News. Bello said the temporary suspension will apply indefinitely and could be lifted only after an assessment of the situation is carried out. He added Qatar faces a potential problem in terms of food supplies as the kingdom imports...
Indonesia may see up to $200 billion in investment after S&P upgrade: Minister | Phuket News
Southeast Asia's largest economy could enjoy as much as $200 billion in future investment following a credit ratings upgrade by S&P Global Ratings....
Survey Finds Sentiment Against Islamic State Rising in Indonesia | Phuket News
Opposition to Islamic State is growing in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, according to a new opinion poll. While an overwhelming majority of Indonesians hold negative views of the Islamic State group, a significant portion of the population said it was not a threat to the country, a new survey finds. Ninety percent of the 1,350 adults polled nationwide viewed IS as a threat to the country and even more, 92.9 percent, favored banning the group in Indonesia, according to the May 14-20 survey by the Jakarta-based Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting. Two years ago, a Pew Research Center poll found 79 percent of Indonesians had unfavorable opinions of IS, and only 4 percent favored the group. That survey was conducted in 11 countries with significant Muslim populations, including several in the Middle East and Africa. The new survey, however, showed that 10 percent of those surveyed do...
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Crocodile swims Phuket! Bangkok Skytrain changes? Interpol's 'red notice'|| August 29 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - August 29 Crocodile swimming in Bang Tao Beach! Widening Phuket town canal! Paying millions for a license plate? Interpol red notices Boss Red Bull! Changes with the BTS Skytrain! Murder suspect out on bail. Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com...
Croc off Phuket coast likely farm escapee, says official | Phuket News
PHUKET: An official from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) has today told The Phuket News that he believes that a crocodile caught on drone video footage swimming off the coast of Bang Tao Beach on Phuket’s west coast is likely to have escaped from a crocodile farm....
Phuket Fisheries Department to survey crocodile location on Bang Tao | Phuket News
Thalang Fisheries Officers commented on the incident when two locals spotted a crocodile in the Bang Tao beach area, off the Movenpick Resort. He said the reptile are likely to have come from the neighbouring provinces as Phuket was never a natural breeding ground for crocodiles. Another similar reptile was spotted last year. “There was a report from a local who spotted something that looked like a crocodile submerged in the sea off the Tha Chat Chai area but it was not clear whether it was a crocodile or not,”  said the officer. “Phuket does not offer a natural breeding ground for crocodiles, such as peat swamp forest. We have locations that allow crocodiles to breed and lay eggs such as Pru Je Son but we’ve had no reports about crocodiles at all.” “Crocodiles are a preserved marine life which requires a certificate to possess. However, there are no crocodile...
Fixing Phuket’s coral. Restoration projects around Phuket | Phuket News
For the past few years the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources – Phuket Office has been working on the construction and installation of artificial reefs around the island. Two main areas have been selected, Koh Racha Yai (Bay3) and Koh Mai Thon. The project consists of placing construction blocks on the seabed in order to provide ‘pads’ on which broken living corals are planted. This year the DCMR invited some volunteers to join the project. Volunteers were required to be experienced divers and able to carry heavy materials underwater. All air, weights, work related equipment and training, breakfast, lunch, fruit, hot and cold drinks, oxygen and First Aid kit were provided by DCMR. Briefings were conducted in both Thai and English. There were 3 foreign volunteers who started with the project, then 6 and finally 12 on the final date (August 20). These are the dates and locations where...
THAIGER TODAY Tuesday, August 29 | Phuket News
Interpol been alerted over arrest of Yingluck Shinawatra | Two tech colleges in Bangkok closed because of student attacks | Thailand’s cleanest beaches. Is Phuket on the list? | Interpol looking out for Boss, the Red Bull heir | Thepa power plant gets EIS go-ahead. The post THAIGER TODAY Tuesday, August 29 appeared first on Phuket Gazette....
Robber caught with a long list of items worth 400,000 Baht | Phuket News
This morning (August 29), a Ratchaburi man, Pinit ‘Nit’ Tuihun was arrested by Phuket police after robbing several houses in Thalang and the Phuket Town area. He was also found in possession of drugs. 52 items, worth about 400,000 Baht, stolen from houses across Phuket, were found inside Pinit’s house in Srisunthorn subdistrict, in Thalang, including 8 televisions, 5 notebook computers, 8 DVD players, 5 amplifier sets, 3 amplifiers, 2 CCTV camera, a combination set of stove and hood, an electronic stove, a CD player, a fibre-cement cutting blade, a desktop computer, an underwater camera, a luggage, two fans, a plastic tool box, a handbag, a french fries fryer and a number of foreign bank notes. On top of that, police found 0.06 gram of meth at the scene. All the items in dispute are waiting at Thalang Police station to be re-united with their owners after Pinit has...
3 metre crocodile spotted off Laguna | Phuket News
So this is how it happened… Phuket expat ‘Mike’, along with his wife, were walking their dogs along Bang Tao beach last Friday. They say they normally start their walk around 2 kilometres south of the small island adjacent to the beach near Layan. On this particular morning they decided to walk in the opposite direction to the south instead of north. Upon returning to their starting point around 8 am they met up with an Australian they often see who also has a few dogs. He asked the couple if they’d seen the “Croc” and pointed just beyond the break. Mike made a comment at the time… “it surely must be a log” as he was surprised at the description of the size (around 3 metres!). The Australian pointed out that the ‘log’ was actually “swimming against the drift” and Mike was able to confirm that. Mike and his...
Phuket serial thief arrested | Phuket News
PHUKET: Thalang Police have contacted other police stations across Phuket to call for victims to come forward and reclaim property stolen from them recently after they arrested a man wanted for a spate of serial thefts across the island....
Phuket Governor orders widening of Bang Yai Canal to aid flood relief | Phuket News
PHUKET: After help was provided by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) the floods that had affected several parts of Phuket started to subside. However, Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong has now ordered that Bang Yai Canal in Phuket Town be reconstructed to allow a higher volume of water to flow....
Immediate attention to Phuket’s worst flood areas | Phuket News
Patong’s Mayor has announced, what she hopes are, solutions to the recurrent floods and set a budget to solve the problems in the long term. As Patong is one of the areas that always suffers from the flood on the island, the Mayor, Chalermluck Kebsup, said that she has surveyed several spots in Patong and can now specify the actual problems around the tourist town. “I found that the drain-ways like canals, ditches and sewers are clogged by many items including some furniture, big pieces of cement and even refrigerators. We have already unclogged and dredged the drains which will improve their efficiency,” said the Mayor. She explained that the Municipality found out specific areas in Patong that are hit by floods following a survey. They are; in front of Prig Thai Hom restaurant and the Arunpat Village on Nanai Rd., Sai Nam Yen Intersection, Dolphin Intersection and in front...
Why Trump only has bad North Korea options | Phuket News
Steve Evans looks at the obstacles to the US and South Korea developing a strategy on the north....
North Korea Vows to Execute Former South Korean President | Phuket News
North Korea on Wednesday vowed to execute South Korea's former president and her spy director, accusing them of planning to assassinate its supreme leadership.   The official Korean Central News Agency said North Korea will impose a “death penalty” on ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye and former spy chief Lee Byoung Ho, and they could receive a “miserable dog's death any time, at any place and by whatever methods from this moment.”   It accused Park of pushing forward a secret operation to “replace the supreme leadership” of the North beginning in late 2015 in a plan spearheaded by the South's National Intelligence Service that included an assassination plot. It said the plan was automatically scrapped when lawmakers impeached Park last December over a corruption scandal.   The North's statement was issued under the name of the country's Ministry of State Security, the Ministry of People's Security and the...
Activists Question China’s Response to Missionaries' Murder in Pakistan | Phuket News
Religious rights activists are questioning Chinese authorities’ handling of the aftermath of two missionaries from China, who were recently abducted and killed by the Islamic State (IS) group in Pakistan. Instead of consoling the family and friends of the pair, activists said the Chinese government is using the tragedy as an excuse to suppress family churches and Christians in Wenzhou, a port city in China’s eastern province of Zhejiang. Jonathan Liu, a priest with the San Francisco-based Chinese Christian Fellowship of Righteousness, said police in Wenzhou have detained four church leaders who had assigned the pair to go to Pakistan. “They [China] should have had held the murderer [IS] responsible, but, instead, they have [now] arrested the victims’ family members, friends and fellow workers from their churches,” Liu said, citing updates from a Wenzhou priest. Other missionaries missing China claims a South Korean missionary organization recruited the two to preach...
THAAD Remains Contentious Issue for US-South Korea Summit | Phuket News
South Korean officials are voicing support for the controversial U.S. Terminal High Altitude Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in advance of President Moon Jae-in’s summit this week with U.S. President Donald Trump, but it remains a contentious issue as lawmakers in Washington voice concerns over deployment delays. THAAD is an advanced anti-missile battery that uses high-resolution radar, infrared seeking technology and interceptor missiles to basically shoot down incoming ballistic missiles. In 2016 Washington and Seoul agreed to deploy THAAD to help defend South Korea against North Korea’s increasing ballistic missile and nuclear capabilities. Protecting U.S. troops THAAD would also be used to protect the 28,000 American military personnel in South Korea. Republican Senator Cory Gardner from Colorado and Democratic Senator Bob Menendez from New Jersey recently sent a letter to President Trump urging him to prioritize the THAAD deployment in his talks this week with President Moon. “We ask you...
North Korea refuses Olympic offer from South | Phuket News
South Korea's new president supports proposals for a unified team at the Winter Olympics....
Nap cafes flourish in sleep-deprived South Korea | Phuket News
By Park Jin-hai  Kim Min-chul, an office worker with three years at his job, frequently skips his lunch and goes to a nearby “nap cafe.” With continued days of working overtime and drinking, he says a nap cafe is the place to recover quickly from his stress and fatigue.   “I visited the place out of curiosity then I’ve become a regular since,” he said. “Having a half-hour sleep in the cosiness of a dark and aroma-filled cafe refreshes me to......
Golf - Ryu to be world No.1 after Arkansas win | Phuket News
Ryu So-Yeon of South Korea shot a two-under-par 69 to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday at Rogers, Arkansas....
Politics of Death: The Bangladeshi professor defending nature with his life | Phuket News
VETERAN Bangladeshi academic-activist Anu Muhammad is no stranger to death threats, beatings, persecution and arrest so when the professor of economics received a chilling text message shortly after midnight, it barely registered. “Death keeps no calendar, and Ansatullah knows no time!” But a few hours later, on that same October morning last year, a second SMS pinged – one he could not ignore. “Say ‘yes’ to Rampal (a proposed coal-fured power plant) otherwise you will be hacked to death incredibly by us!” SEE ALSO: Bangladesh: World’s most vulnerable people now facing further calamity – NGO Reporting the threats to police, Anu learned that Ansatullah was probably a mistype and referred to Ansharulla or Ansar al Islam, an Islamic extremist group linked to al Quaeda. The group, implicated in a series of brutal attacks and murders against atheist and gay rights bloggers, had also claimed the murder of a Bangladeshi sociology...
Kim Jong Nam had $120,000 in cash - report | Phuket News
TOKYO -- The half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was in possession of $120,000 when he was killed at a Kuala Lumpur airport in February, the Asahi newspaper reported, adding that he met with an American suspected of connections with a US intelligence agency four days before his death....
Watsons ‘blackface’ debacle is reminder of the power of social media | Phuket News
AFTER the Watsons “blackface” debacle this week, businesses are once again reminded of the influence of social media and the immense authority of people power. After Coconuts KL pointed out the uber offensive and racially charged Raya advert released by Malaysian pharmacy Watsons, social media backlash ensued. The article highlighting the faux-pas had views in the millions and saw netizens take to social media in a storm of disgust, often confusion, and condemnation directed at the unsuspecting chemist. The 15-minute long advert showed a Malaysian folklore about a woman “cursed with black skin but born with a beautiful voice”, according to a statement released by the company following the video’s release. In the star-studded epic, the marketing people behind the popular chain decided it would be a wise move to make up an actress in full blackface, which she then washes off to reveal a ‘true beauty’. Watsons Malaysia, firmly...
Gender confusion: the video contest fiasco that got Malaysia all mixed up | Phuket News
Malaysia’s Health Ministry has bowed to pressure from rights activists who opposed a public health contest that asked young people to suggest ways to prevent “gender confusion”. The competition, themed “Value Yourself, Healthy Lifestyle Practice” had asked participants between 13 and 24 years old to produce videos focusing on the “prevention” and “control” of gender confusion, and “how to get help” for what it termed a “......
Entries into Golden Pin Design Award 2017 to date point to international design company prowess in huaren markets | Phuket News
Jun 09, 2017 Picture:  Friday, June 9, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - The clock is ticking as the 2017 call for entries deadline approaches for the Golden Pin Design Award. Companies and brands wishing to prove their prowess in the world’s largest market only have until June 30 to get their entries in! Award organizers the Taiwan Design Center are offering an alluring look-see into the kinds of projects designers will be up against if they enter. Dreams the Bread, a bakery in Hong Kong designed by Plotcreative Interior Design, allows patrons to sit and enjoy their just-purchased baked goods under a wall decorated with real loaves of tea-flavored bread. Duo Dots Design, a conceptually driven studio also from Hong Kong, submitted a kaleidoscope-like table and pendant lamp series called DeLight, which features hand-folded geometric shades that can be reshaped using button magnets. Working on naming, identity design, and...
Malaysian retailer Watsons’ ‘blackface’ video triggers outrage on social media | Phuket News
A viral video featuring a woman wearing “blackface” that caused an outcry on social media has been pulled by a popular retailer in Malaysia, with the firm apologising for causing offence. The 15-minute film removed from Watsons Malaysia’s Facebook page showed a nobleman holding an audition to track down a woman with an enchanting voice who had been in his dreams. A woman appears at the audition, singing beautifully but with her face covered. The nobleman recoils in disgust......
Malaysia April factory output up 4.2% YoY | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's industrial production in April rose 4.2% from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday, supported by strong growth in the manufacturing and food and beverage sectors....
Fly Los Angeles – Bangkok for USD1,222 nett | Phuket News
Fly from Los Angeles, USA, to Bangkok, Thailand, for just USD1,222 with Singapore Airlines. The quoted price is a round-trip economy class ticket inclusive of all taxes and airline surcharges. Departures are available from other American cities including New York, Houston, and San Francisco for a slightly higher fare. Promotional fares are available on select dates through December 9, 2012.read more...
First Singaporean woman detained for suspected Islamist radicalism | Phuket News
Singapore said on Monday it has detained an assistant childcare worker suspected of trying to join Islamic State and to find a militant husband in Syria, and was holding her under a tough security law that allows for detention without trial. The detention of the first Singaporean woman for suspected Islamist radicalism comes as concern is growing about the spread of Islamic State in the region. Singapore and its neighbours recently began intelligence cooperation aimed at stemming the movement......
The Maute brothers: Southeast Asia’s Islamist ‘time bomb’ | Phuket News
ON HIS Facebook profile page Omarkhayam Romato Maute describes himself as a “Walking Time-Bomb”. When a band of militants led by Omarkhayam and one of his brothers over-ran a town in the southern Philippines on May 23, festooning its alleyways with the black banners of Islamic State, the Facebook description seemed appropriate. Governments across Southeast Asia had been bracing for the time when Islamic State, on a back foot in Iraq and Syria, would look to establish a ‘caliphate’ in Southeast Asia and become a terrifying threat to the region. “The Middle East seems a long way away but it is not. This is a problem which is amidst us,” Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told Australian radio on Saturday as the battle to re-take Marawi neared the end of the third week, with a death toll of nearly 200. “It is a clear and present danger.” Omarkhayam and...
Why would a Singapore e-commerce company do its IPO in New York? | Phuket News
Sea Ltd, Southeast Asia’s most valuable start-up, is prepping for a US$1 billion initial public offering in the United States, a move that would be a major pivot for Southeast Asia’s rapidly expanding tech industry. The online gaming and e-commerce company, formerly known as Garena, has filed for a listing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a recent report by Bloomberg. The Singapore-based company has appointed Goldman Sachs to be its lead adviser and it......
Hong Kong, Singapore find this solid partner in war on terror | Phuket News
Asia’s leading cities, from Singapore to Hong Kong, are stepping up efforts to guard against attacks like last week’s assault on London Bridge, in which three terrorists drove a van into pedestrians before going on a knife rampage, but no amount of “terror-proofing” measures is fail-safe, experts say. After the attack near the British capital’s Borough Market, police quickly swung into action to install steel and concrete “protective barriers” to......
West Virginia Signs Investment Pact with China Energy | Phuket News
West Virginia officials announced an agreement on Thursday with China Energy Investment Corp. Ltd. for the company to invest $83.7 billion in shale gas development and chemical manufacturing in West Virginia over 20 years. State Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher and China Energy President Ling Wen signed the memorandum in Beijing as part of the U.S.-China trade mission and an overall $250 billion of planned Chinese investments in the U.S. It during President Trump's visit to Beijing.   West Virginia commerce officials said project planning is already underway and will focus on power generation, chemical manufacturing and underground storage of natural gas liquids and derivatives. The state was chosen for its position as an energy producer and its large underground shale gas reserves.  
Trump cites 'growing friendship' with Xi's China | Phuket News
BEIJING: President Donald Trump has saluted the
December 7th Golden Pin Design Award 2017 Forum — Dialogue & Design | Phuket News
Nov 09, 2017 Picture:  Thursday, November 9th, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan --( ASIA TODAY )-- On the morning of December 7th, the annual Golden Pin Design Award 2017 Forum takes place at the spectacular Eslite Spectrum Performance Hall in Taipei’s historic Songshan Cultural & Creative Park. The star-studded 2017 Forum features talks from five esteemed luminaries of the international design industry, hosted by the famous Taiwanese television anchor, Lulu Hsia, and executed by Taiwan Design Center on behalf of the Golden Pin Design Award Group. Founders and directors of multinational design agencies discuss their perspectives on the world of design; Kazuo Tanaka of GK Design Group, Martin Darbyshire of tangerine, Rossana Hu of Neri&Hu, Kristof Crolla of LEAD, and Keng-Ming Liu of Bito Studio. “The Golden Pin Design Award stands out is in the geographical area where it attracts most of its submissions from,” says Kristof Crolla. “It is...
Trump Cooperates With Chinese Effort to Control Image | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump was a cooperative partner for Beijing's sweeping efforts to control the message of his heavily choreographed visit to China. Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, took no questions at an event Thursday billed as a news briefing, a reduction of already minimal press interaction during previous visits by American leaders. During a 2014 visit by then President Barack Obama, Xi took a symbolic single question from a reporter for a Chinese state newspaper. He brushed off an American reporter's question about whether Beijing might ease restrictions on journalist visas, saying vaguely that media outlets had to obey China's laws. Trump, who has called the media the
Securing Employees’ Financial Futures in Asia | Phuket News
Financial pressures on employees are pervasive. The latest edition of Willis Towers Watson’s Global Benefits Attitudes Survey (GBAS) showed that 43 percent of employees in Asia worry about their future financial state; and one in four say financial problems negatively impact their lives. Developed economies such as Japan and South Korea are at the forefront of this challenge, although all countries are affected to some extent. Further, Asian economies are grappling with ageing populations, which place government finances under strain while putting pressure on individual savings as an additional source of income in retirement. The impact is felt more in developed countries, which are at a more advanced stage of the demographic transition. Across the region there is growing macroeconomic pressure brought on by volatility in global financial markets and the sluggish pace of economic growth. As a result, many employees in Asia look ahead and see trouble on the...
Battle in southern Philippines is related to Duterte's drug war, says finance chief | Phuket News
A battle between Philippine troops and militants in Marawi is related to President Duterte's war on drugs, according to the country's finance chief....
Philippines eyes truce with communist rebels amid siege | Phuket News
MANILA -- The Philippine government said Sunday that it would suspend offensives against communist guerrillas to reciprocate a similar plan by the insurgents and allow troops to focus on quelling a bloody siege by Islamic State group-aligned militants that has dragged on for nearly a month in a southern city....
Martial law across Philippines would bring abuses: retired general | Phuket News
If martial law is implemented across the country it will lead to military abuses and a divided nation, according to retired Philippine National Police director general Ramon Montaño. Montaño, 80, the lone general to write against military atrocities during martial law under former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, said the military had learnt its lesson about “turning abusive on the dictates of some politician”, but would still play along with the civilian government. However......
Questions on health of Duterte – and of Philippine democracy | Phuket News
As fierce fighting in Marawi City between government troops and Islamist militants enters its fourth week, President Rodrigo Duterte mysteriously dropped out of public view for a few days, adding fuel to the speculation long swirling in the Philippines about the possibility of nationwide martial law. Duterte failed to show up to Monday’s Independence Day celebrations and the traditional vin d’honneur at the Malacañang Palace was abruptly cancelled. Presidential spokesman......
Philippines: No clear time for lifting martial law- Palace | Phuket News
There is no clear timeline as yet for lifting the martial law in Mindanao amid the ongoing fighting in Marawi City in southern Philippines, the Malacañang Palace said on Saturday. According to Rappler, Philippines military troops continue to try to regain control of strategic vantage points in the besieged city. “We also take cognizance that enemy resistance continues to dwindle and enemy-held areas continue to grow smaller as the troops advance,” Rappler quoted Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella as saying. She added that civilians are being used as human shields while mosques are used as staging areas and safe havens. President Rodrigo Duterte imposed 60 days of martial law over Mindanao in May as a response to the Islamist militant attacks and warns the law could be dragged out for up to a year if necessary. SEE ALSO: Duterte’s martial law: A sign of creeping authoritarianism? Meanwhile, news network ABS-CNB says local authorities are still...
Philippines: Injured Vietnamese hostage rescued in Basilian | Phuket News
PHILIPPINE military troops have rescued a Vietnamese sailor who was held hostage for seven months by Abu Sayyaf militants in the country’s south. According to AFP (via Rappler), the 28-year-old man was rescued on Friday following an airstrike and artillery fire on the militant’s camp in Basilian which had disperse the kidnappers. Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) spokeswoman Captain Jo-Ann Petinglay confirmed the sailor was being treated for an unspecified wound on his back. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Notorious Abu Sayyaf leader killed – military However, AFP added there was no way to independently verify the military’s account of the rescue. Hoang Vo was one of six people captured last November when a vessel they were on was boarded by members of the militant group off Sibago Island. Wesmincom confirmed the Abu Sayyaf group are holding 26 hostages, including several foreigners, in Sulu and Basilian. The group kidnaps foreigners and locals holding them...
Maute militants may have infiltrated into Iligan and Cagayan de Oro | Phuket News
Some Maute militants may have infiltrated into Iligan and Cagayan de Oro cities in the guise of evacuees from Marawi City, The Manila Times Online reported on Saturday. Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr. said several Maute members have been captured by the AFP and the police outside Marawi City, including Maute elders Cayamora and Farhana and suspected bomb maker Mohammad Maute. He said the arrest of some Maute clan members did not mean Iligan and Cagayan de Oro were free of Maute men. “This is why ever since, we have heightened the security postures.. of not only in Marawi but in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro,” said Padilla. According to the latest death toll released by the AFP, 225 Maute militants have been killed after 26 days of fierce fighting in Marawi City while the military reported 59 troops killed. At least, 208 firearms...
CP Indonesia cancels plan to take over 7-Eleven stores in Indonesia | Phuket News
Charoen Pokphand Indonesia has scrapped its plan to acquire 7-Eleven convenience stores in Indonesia, The Jakarta Post Online reported on Tuesday. Retail operator Modern Internasional announced on Monday that CP Indonesia had cancelled the acquisition of 7-Eleven convenience store chain because both parties could not reach an agreement. “The deal was scrapped because related parties could not reach an agreement,” Modern Internasional director Chandra Wijaya said in a statement published on the Indonesia Stock Exchange. On April 19, Modern Internasional, under its subsidiary, Modern Sevel Indonesia, signed a business acquisition agreement with Charoen Pokphand Restu Indonesia worth Rp1 trillion. Modern Internasional was planning to sell its 7-Eleven stores amid intense competition from minimarkets Alfamart and Indomarer. The company’s sales have also dropped in the past few years due to a government regulation that bans stores from selling alcoholic beverages. 7-Eleven stores and mini restaurants are popular among young people as...
Philippines: Elder Maute, family intercepted at Davao checkpoint | Phuket News
SECURITY forces in the Philippines on Tuesday apprehended an elder member of the Islamic State-linked Maute group and his family as they tried to enter Davao City via the Sirawan checkpoint, District Police Office director Alexander Tagum confirmed. The elder, identified by police as “Casamora Maute”, is said to be the first Maute member and is a well-known leader, state organ Philippine News Agency reported. Casamora was arrested with his wife Ominta Romato Maute alias Farhana, as well as his son-in-law and daughter-in-law. They were in a black Toyota Grandia van driven by an unknown person who the authorities later released, the report said. The report further stated Casamora wore a face mask to conceal his identity, although this backfired because it also led to authorities flagging down the van. The family is currently being interrogated. An Inquirer report says the family had been heading into Davao to seek medical...
Philippines: Troops find cash stash worth US$1.6m abandoned by fleeing militants | Phuket News
PHILIPPINES troops found bundles of banknotes and cheques worth about US$1.6 million abandoned by Islamist militants holed up in Marawi City, a discovery the military said on Tuesday was evidence that the fighters were pulling back. Fighters linked to Islamic State have been cornered in a built-up sliver of the southern lakeside town after two weeks of intense combat. The military said that over the past 24 hours it had taken several buildings that had been defended by snipers. In one house they found a vault loaded with neat stacks of money worth PHP52.2 million (US$1.06 million) and cheques made out for cash worth PHP27 million (US$550,000). “The recovery of those millions of cash indicates that they are running because the government troops are pressing in and focusing on destroying them,” Marines Operations Officer Rowan Rimas told a news conference in the town as helicopters on machinegun runs buzzed overhead....
1 in 10 Indonesians supports an Islamic caliphate – survey | Phuket News
WHILE an overwhelming majority of Indonesians think the nation’s democracy is the best system, one in 10 supports the idea of imposing an Islamic caliphate in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. According to a survey on Indonesians’ attitudes to Islamic extremism released by Jakarta-based pollster Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SMRC) on Sunday, 9.2 percent of the population believes the democratic system should be changed to become a global caliphate. An overwhelming majority of 79.3 percent, however, said the current system based upon Indonesia’s 1945 Constitution and its pluralist state ideology of Pancasila should be kept intact. SEE ALSO: Indonesian security forces preparing against IS infiltration in wake of Marawi The survey consulted 1,500 randomly chosen participants from across the archipelago during May, the month in which religious and ethnic tensions were flaring around the jailing of Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama for blasphemy against Islam. Presenting the...
Trump's planned first resort in Asia may have political implications | Phuket News
CNBC went onsite to see what is expected to become Trump International Hotel at MNC Bali Resort....
Militants in besieged Philippine city dig in with weapons and food for protracted battle | Phuket News
Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippines town stocked weapons and food in mosques, tunnels and basements to prepare for a long siege, officials said on Monday as the battle for control of Marawi City came to the end of its second week. Their comments underlined the level of organisation among fighters linked to the Islamic State group, whose ranks of several hundred included foreigners from Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Saudi Arabia, Chechnya and Morocco. The battle for Marawi City......
Philippines: Islamists planned for long siege in Marawi attack – government | Phuket News
ISLAMIST militants holed up in a southern Philippines town stocked weapons and food in mosques, tunnels and basements to prepare for a long siege, officials said on Monday as the battle for control of Marawi City came to the end of its second week. Their comments underlined the level of organisation among fighters linked to the Islamic State group, whose ranks of several hundred included foreigners from Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Saudi Arabia, Chechnya and Morocco. The battle for Marawi City has raised concerns that the ultra-radical Islamic State is building a Southeast Asia base on the island of Mindanao at the southern end of the Philippines. Parrying questions on why the fighters had been able to resist an onslaught from the Philippines army for so long, senior officers said the main problem was that 500-600 civilians were still trapped in the urban heart of the town. SEE ALSO: 1,200 vs 400:...
Malaysia: Cancer-stricken Sumatran rhino put to sleep | Phuket News
A RARE Sumatran rhinoceros that touched the hearts of many Malaysians was euthanised on Sunday to end its suffering from skin cancer. The 25-year-old female rhinoceros named Puntung, one of three surviving Sumatran rhinos on the brink of extinction in the Southeast Asian country, has been put to sleep at Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Sabah, Malaysia. According to The Star, Puntung was having difficulty in breathing and was bleeding through her nostrils, forcing her keepers to euthanise her on Sunday, 10 days ahead of the planned date to end her suffering. Today is one of the saddest days we've ever faced. As of this morning, Puntung’s suffering has come to an end. — ZoologiMY (@ZoologiMY) June 4, 2017 Keepers said the rhino had been asleep for most of the past week at the forest paddock while under round-the-clock surveillance. Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga was quoted as saying the large...
BAC unveils Phuket catering facility | Phuket News
The landscape of the airline catering business at Phuket airport is undergoing a transformation with Bangkok Air Catering Co (BAC) breaking up a long-standing monopoly....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Soi dog smart vests! Taxi drivers pay up? Wet Phuket || August 28 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - August 28 Smart Vests for soi dogs! Patong taxi drivers pay up! Wet in Phuket! Thailands tourism soaring? And unfolding Yingluck drama. Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
Phuket number plate auction raises B26mn | Phuket News
PHUKET: The 12th lucky car number plate auction held by the Phuket Land Transportation Office (PLTO) at the Metropole Hotel in Phuket Town over the weekend raised a total of B26 million which will go to the Road Safety Fund....
THAIGER TODAY. Monday, August 28 | Phuket News
“She wasn’t here” – Cambodian officials | Thai Government under fire for ‘allowing’ Yingluck to escape | New sugary drink tax | Flow Ride 2017 win for Phuket locals | Gold Mine health-effects report | Big auction win for Land Traffic Office for special number plates. The post THAIGER TODAY. Monday, August 28 appeared first on Phuket Gazette....
Go Team Phuket! Blitzing the waves in Bangkok | Phuket News
The Phuket team blitzed the Asia Flow Tour 2017 in Bangkok over the weekend.   Asia Flow Tour is an annual surfing contest series around Asian countries and had its second stop in Bangkok last Saturday, August 26. The small but tightly knit Asian flow board riding community got together for the event to decide who gets to represent Asia against riders from America, Europe and Oceania. Locals Songkrod Jomboon, Isara Singto, and Annissa Flynn represented Phuket at the event and topped their respective divisions.   Annissa Flynn, Champion Pro Women’s Division (centre) Isara Singto, Champion Pro Men’s Division (left) Songkrod Jomboon, Champion Pro Bodyboard Open (right)   The trio are part of Surf House Boardriders’ team rider program where youth are hand-picked to represent Phuket in surfing. As part of their training regime team riders are required to surf up to 20 hours per week with performance reviews...
Phuket Town floods continue as sandbags deployed in Patong | Phuket News
PHUKET: A small barrier of sandbags placed on the road in front of Patong Hospital spared the immediate vicinity from flooding, report local officials, while heavy rain continues across the island....
Phuket Town pharmacy crash leaves man dead | Phuket News
PHUKET: A man died after his car slammed into a pharmacy in the heart of Phuket Town yesterday morning (Aug 27)....
Donations for 1,500 unprivileged locals during Por Tor festival | Phuket News
Kusoldharm Phuket Foundation has donated food to 1,500 underprivileged people for the Por Tor Festival. Yesterday (August 26), the foundation, with the help of Phuket’s Governor arranged a donation in front of the foundation building. The ceremony started with a worship to ancestral spirits, a rice donation for the lunch project for students then followed by donations for underprivileged people who received rice and dry food. “We have continued this donation every year for both students and underprivileged  people, both for Phuket locals and people living in the neighboring provinces,” said Benjawan Tumpanuwat, Kusoldharm Foundation President. Por Tor Festival is a local traditional ceremony when people make merit for the spirits and give away food to persons in need. The main locations for the ceremony in Phuket included the downtown market, Ranong Rd. and Por Tor Gong Shrine aka Bang Niew Shrine located in Sapanhin park. PHOTOS: Kritsada Mueanhawong The post...
Kims Yoga: The simple beauty of life | Phuket News
Hello and welcome to our August Yin Yoga asana. We have been doing so well so far and we are more than half way through the “Year of Yin”....
Kofi Annan and Aung San Suu Kyi condemn Rhakine violence | Phuket News
Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan and Myanmar’s State Minister Councillor, Aung San Suu Kyi have roundly condemned the new upsurge in violence in the Rhakine state, to the north-west of Myanmar. “I strongly condemn today’s brutal attacks by terrorists on security forces in Rakhine State. “The actions threatened efforts to bring peace to the embattled state”, Aung San Suu Kyi said in a statement response to the attacks by suspected Rohingya militants. “I would like to commend the members of the police and security forces who have acted with great courage in the face of many challenges. My thoughts are with the members of the police and security forces who have lost their lives, and their families, friends and colleagues.” The Myanmar government had been aware of the risk of attacks to coincide with the release of the UN Commission’s final report yesterday and had issued instruction to relevant Union Ministers. “It...
South Korea Urges North to Stop Weapons Development | Phuket News
On the anniversary of the beginning of the Korean war, the South's leader called on the North to stop its nuclear and ballistic missile development.
Taekwondo Team Opens Door to Inter-Korean Cooperation | Phuket News
A North Korean Taekwondo demonstration team visiting South Korea could present a way forward to reduce tensions by using sports to reestablish a channel of dialogue and cooperation.   South Korean President Moon Jae-in was on hand for the opening of the World Taekwondo Championship being held in Muju, South Korea where he welcomed the first inter-Korean taekwondo exchange in a decade. “I believe in power of sports which has been creating peace. I am pleased that the first sports exchange cooperation between two Koreas of this new government has been accomplished through this event,” said President Moon. The recently elected progressive South Korean leader advocates balancing international economic sanctions imposed on the Kim Jong Un government in the North for its continued nuclear and missile provocations, with non-political outreach, including sports diplomacy, to build trust and facilitate communication. Taekwondo divide The World Taekwondo championship being held over the next...
Will Moon’s South Korean charm offensive spread North? | Phuket News
South Korea’s new president has the sort of fanbase one usually associates with K-pop idols, film stars and athletes. After the largest demonstrations in Korean history led to the removal of his predecessor, Park Geun-hye, on charges of bribery and abuse of power, Moon Jae-in was elected on May 9 with the widest margin of any previous president – 5.57 million votes. His approval ratings have since soared to heights usually enjoyed by wartime leaders such as US presidents Harry......
North Korea Denies Torturing Warmbier, Says It's 'Biggest Victim' | Phuket News
The North’s official Korean Central News Agency on Friday denied that North Korea cruelly treated or tortured Otto Warmbier and accused the United States and South Korea of a smear campaign that insulted what it called its “humanitarian’’ treatment of him.  It also called itself the “biggest victim” in the death of an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma.   The article published by KCNA Friday was Pyongyang’s first reaction to the death of Warmbier. North Korea released him last week for what it described as humanitarian reasons and he died Monday in a U.S. hospital. His family and others have blamed North Korea for his condition. Doctors in the United States who examined Warmbier after his release said he had suffered a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause. Relatives say they were told the 22-year-old...
North Korea Denies it Tortured Detainee Warmbier | Phuket News
North Korea has denied it cruelly treated or tortured an American student who was detained for more than year and died days after being released in a coma.   The article published by the official Korean Central News Agency Friday was Pyongyang’s first reaction to the death of Otto Warmbier. North Korea released him last week for what it described as humanitarian reasons and he died Monday in a U.S. hospital. His family and others have blamed North Korea for his condition.   KCNA says the North dealt with Warmbier according to domestic law and international standards. He had been accused of stealing a propaganda poster and was serving a sentence of hard labor.   The article also criticized South Korea for using Warmbier’s case to seek the release of other detainees....
South Korea Tests-fires Its Own Midrange Missile | Phuket News
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has observed a test-firing of a new midrange missile the country is developing to cope with growing threats from North Korea.    Moon’s office quoted him as saying Friday that the launch was important for the South to maintain military capability that could dominate the North in order to maintain peace on the peninsula and for future engagement policies with the North to be effective.    South Korea’s military plans to deploy the Hyunmoo-2 missile after conducting two more test firings.    North Korea has tested several new missile systems this year in an accelerated effort to strengthen its nuclear weapons and missiles program. The tests present a difficult challenge to Moon as he has expressed a desire to reach out to Pyongyang.  ...
S. Korea: Ousted president’s friend Choi Soon-sil gets three years’ jail | Phuket News
THE friend of former South Korean leader Park Geun-hye, who was at the centre of an influence-peddling scandal that rocked the country’s business and political elite, has been sentenced to three years in jail, Yonhap News Agency reported on Friday. The court decision was the first ruling against Choi Soon-sil, a long-time confidante of the ousted South Korean president, who has been arrested and is being held in jail over the corruption scandal that ended her administration. Prosecutors had demanded a seven-year jail term for Choi on charges of obstruction of business and links to Park in order to force a university to give her daughter preferential treatment. In the sentencing ruling cited by Yonhap, the Seoul Central District Court said it “accepts the evidence that Choi conspired with school officials to give her daughter favours”. “Choi violated laws and proper procedures to benefit her daughter,” the court said. Reuters...
Friend of former South Korea leader jailed for three years: Yonhap | Phuket News
Choi Soon-sil, friend of former South Korean leader Park Geun-hye, has been sentenced to three years in jail....
Nine Filipinos to hang for role in 2013 Malaysia invasion | Phuket News
Nine Filipinos who were part of an armed group that invaded and occupied part of Malaysian Borneo in 2013, in an episode that left scores dead, have been sentenced to hang. The bloody incursion by some 200 Islamic militants from the southern Philippines was inspired by a self-proclaimed Filipino sultanate’s claims of historical dominion over the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo island. The assault, Malaysia’s most serious security crisis in years, led to a siege between the......
Malaysia drops gay 'prevention' category from video competition | Phuket News
Activists had warned the competition could increase hatred and violence against LGBT people....
Malaysia: 9 Filipino militants sentenced to death over incursion | Phuket News
A MALAYSIAN court on Thursday sentenced nine Filipino militants to death over their involvement in an incursion to reclaim the eastern state of Sabah. The Court of Appeal made the decision after allowing an appeal by prosecutors to replace the nine men’s natural life imprisonment sentence for waging war on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Malaysia’s king), the New Straits Times reported. Reading out the grounds for the judgment, the court’s judge Mohd Zawawi Salleh said the men had meticulously executed the planning of the incursion. Nine #Filipino #militants sentenced to death over #LahadDatu incursionhttps://t.co/Vo71CyFcP5 #2013 pic.twitter.com/xlyrLnoFEn — New Straits Times (@NST_Online) June 8, 2017 “The respondents were part of a conspiracy hatched across the border to wage war against the government of Malaysia and/or the King, to dictate its foreign relations with other countries, with intent to weaken the country from within so that they could reclaim Sabah,” he was...
5 Malaysian universities among the world’s 300 top universities for 2018 | Phuket News
Five Malaysian universities, including the University of Malaya, have been placed among the world’s top 300 best universities in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University rankings for 2018 released today, according to New Straits Times Online on Thursday. The latest results show almost double improvement of Malaysia’s share of the top 300 universities up from three in 2017. University of Malaya remains Malaysia’s top-ranking university and now ranks 114th – a rise by 19 places from last year’s . Two other universities that made it to the top 300 list are Universiti Kebangsaan which is placed at 230th from 302nd and Universiti Sains Malaysia which jumps to 264th from 330th in the world. Universiti Putra Malaysia rises from 270th to 229th and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia from 288th to 253rd. QS research director Ben Sowter said seven Malaysian universities improve their score for QS’s Academic Reputation metric while eight improve their...
Malaysia: Anti-graft officials conduct corruption probe at giant palm oil company | Phuket News
MALAYSIAN anti-graft investigators began collecting documents at the headquarters of Felda Global Ventures Holdings (FGV) on Thursday in their probe of corruption and abuse of power at the world’s third-largest palm oil company. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is looking into several FGV officials, following the suspension of the firm’s chief executive officer, chief financial officer and two other executives earlier this week. A MACC spokesman said the anti-graft agency was at FGV’s offices in Kuala Lumpur “to collect supporting documents” following a meeting with FGV chief executive Zakaria Arshad on Wednesday. The investigators could seize laptops and computers as well, he said, declining to give details on what was discussed with Zakaria. SEE ALSO: Are we really seeing an end to corruption in Malaysia? Far from it An FGV source, requesting anonymity, said MACC officials also want to meet chairman Mohd Isa Abdul Samad at the company’s offices. Speaking to...
Malaysia: Health Ministry agrees to remove ‘anti-gay’ term from video contest | Phuket News
MALAYSIA’s Health Ministry has promised to retract terms that purportedly promoted anti-gay attitudes after a video competition related to sexual health sparked furore among activists. Prominent Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) activist Nisha Ayub said the ministry had agreed to withdraw the “Gender Confusion” category from the contest. Nisha said the move came following an “awesome” meeting with ministry officials who discussed and agreed on the matter in a professional manner. “…I see the genuine interest of MOH (Ministry of Health) in regards of working with the community (sic),” Nisha said in a Facebook posting on Wednesday. The meeting, she said, led to the ministry removing the terms “Gender Confusion” and “LGBT” from the video competition, which was designed for youths. “I was so honoured to be a part of this meeting as they were genuinely asking for my inputs from the community perspective in each of the changes...
Bodies, Debris Found Off Myanmar in Search for Military Plane | Phuket News
A navy ship found bodies and aircraft parts in the seas off Myanmar while searching Thursday morning for a military transport plane carrying 120 people, a spokesman said.   The Chinese-made Y-8 turboprop aircraft carrying 120 people disappeared Wednesday afternoon about a half-hour after leaving Myeik, also known as Mergui, for Yangon on a route that would have taken it over the Andaman Sea.    Nine naval ships, five army aircraft and three helicopters were searching for the plane, military officials have said. Gen. Myat Min Oo said the ship found two life jackets, three bodies and a tire that was part of an aircraft wheel. The bodies were of a man, a woman and a child. The wreckage was found in the sea west of the town of Laung Lone.    The plane carried 106 passengers, mostly families of military personnel, and 14 crew members. It is not unusual...
Malaysia: Popular pharmacy chain receives shade over ‘blackface’ advert | Phuket News
A WELL-KNOWN pharmacy franchise in Malaysia has courted controversy after posting a “racist” advertisement on social media. Netizens railed against Watsons Malaysia’s star-studded Hari Raya (Eid al-Fitr) festive celebration video for featuring an actress whose face was painted black (known as “blackface”) and implying dark skin is related to ugliness. Th 15-minute long promotional video entitled Legenda Cun Raya Watsons (loosely translated as “The Legendary Beauty of Watsons”), which was set against the backdrop of a fictional Arabian kingdom, starts off with a single and wealthy prince seeking the woman of his dreams. He tells his messenger to seek a woman with a “beautiful” voice similar to the one who appeared in his dreams, sending out letters to the far reaches of the world. Soon, a group of women, seemingly from East and Central Asia, and Europe congregate at the Arabian palace to audition before the prince. Watsons #LegendaCun Raya Tiada...
Info on Thailand’s ranking as among 20 most dangerous ‘outdated’ – ministry | Phuket News
THAILAND’S foreign ministry on Saturday denounced a report World Economic Forum (WEF) report that listed the kingdom as one of the 20 most dangerous countries to visit. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Busadee Santipitaks said the WEF’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report was outdated and biased, and did not reflect the recently improved situation, The Nation reported. In response to a recent news report that highlighted WEF’s assessment, Busadee denied that Thailand was unsafe four visitors. The WEF report had placed Thailand at 118 out of 136 countries with a 4.0 score for tourist safety and security. SEE ALSO: Thailand tourism expected to bounce back after bomb attacks “The WEF admitted that some information was outdated, some information was biased as it was collected using questionnaires,” Busadee said. “The WEF promised to improve its ranking methodology by using more statistics from reliable international sources and reducing the use of questionnaire surveys.” The ministry...
Vitafoods Asia 2017: Spotlight on Finished Products | Phuket News
Jun 09, 2017 Picture:  Singapore, 8 Jun 2017 – At the upcoming edition of Vitafoods Asia in Singapore, Asia Pacific’s nutraceutical industry will gather at the annual event to do business, uncover the latest product innovations, and to learn more about the market and its best practices. Amongst the 200 exhibiting companies, a wide-range of businesses will be presenting their high-quality, innovative finished products comprising dietary supplements, vitamins and functional food and beverages to the industry. According to Zion Market Research, the global dietary supplements market is valued at USD 132.8 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach USD 220.3 billion in 2022, with a CAGR of 8.8% between 2017 and 2022[1]. In the same report, Asia Pacific was found to be the largest market for dietary supplements in 2016, accounting for more than 31% share of the total volume of dietary supplements market, and researchers expect this...
Thai baht hits new record high in two years | Phuket News
The Thai baht rose to 33.94 baht per USD, a record high in the past two years after the Bank of Thailand (BOT) decided not to take measures to stop the rise of the domestic currency. Previously, in April, BOT imposed measures to scale back short-dated bond sales in an effort to lower short-term fund inflows, which strengthen the baht. The measures are still in place. The Bank of Thailand remains worried about a strong baht and short-term capital inflows, the governor said to the Bangkok Post, as the currency traded near its highest against the dollar in more than 22 months. On Monday, the central bank relaxed foreign exchange rules, letting more Thais buy securities overseas and commercial banks lend baht to non-residents for investment in Thailand and the Greater Mekong sub-region. But the move failed to prevent the bath to continue on its rising trend. The baht edged...
E-commerce may be biting Singapore’s retail real-estate, but investors haven’t lost interest | Phuket News
Bricks-and-mortar retailers took a hit from e-commerce, but investors are still circling Singapore’s malls....
Skin cancer and deteriorating quality of life forces Singapore Zoo to put down rare white tiger | Phuket News
A rare white tiger involved in the 2008 killing of a zoo worker has been put down after suffering from skin cancer and joint issues, the Singapore Zoo said Thursday. Omar, who would have turned 18 in September, or the equivalent of 88 in human years, had been suffering from the cancer for the past three years, zoo operator Wildlife Reserves Singapore said. “Recent assessment had seen worsening of his health and the difficult decision was made to euthanise him to prevent further......
Basketball Players Suspected of Shoplifting in China Confined to Hotel | Phuket News
​Three UCLA men's basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting a day before U.S. President Donald Trump's visit have been confined to their hotel pending legal proceedings, sources with knowledge of the matter said. The three students — freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill —  were taken into police custody on Tuesday morning for questioning and released at around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, one of the sources said. Ball, the younger brother of National Basketball Association rookie Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers, declined to comment when reached by phone at his hotel on Wednesday. The others could not be reached. The University of California, Los Angeles, team is in China for its season-opener against Georgia Tech on Saturday in Shanghai. Ball, Riley and Hill were questioned about stealing from a Louis Vuitton store during the team's visit to Hangzhou, home of the game's sponsor,...
Defiant Hong Kong Soccer Fans Boo China Anthem at Match | Phuket News
Hong Kong soccer fans loudly booed China's national anthem at a match Thursday in the Chinese-controlled city, defying Beijing days after Communist leaders tightened penalties for disrespecting the song. Fans dressed in red in one section of the stadium jeered as the anthem,
Trump Touts Excellent Progress in Beijing During Talks with Xi | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday declared his government and China must work together to liberate the region and the world from what he called the very serious threat posed by the “murderous regime in North Korea.” VOA White House bureau chief Steve Herman, traveling with the president in Beijing, reports the topic of North Korea, along with the huge U.S.-China trade gap, dominated talks....
European politicians ‘need to be courageous’ to catch up with China on tech, investor says | Phuket News
Venture capitalist Klaus Hommels said that China's tech giants have benefited from a regulatory environment in a way that Europe's have not....
Trump claims $250 billion China trade 'miracle' — whether those deals live up to the lofty price tag is under question | Phuket News
President Donald Trump can return to the U.S. claiming to have snagged over $250 billion in deals from his maiden trip to Beijing....
UCLA basketball players suspected of shoplifting in China confined to hotel | Phuket News
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Three UCLA men's basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting a day before U.S. President Donald Trump's visit have been confined to their hotel pending legal proceedings, sources with knowledge of the matter said. ...
Goldman Sachs launches a $5 billion fund with China to give US companies better access there, says CEO Lloyd Blankfein | Phuket News
China's sovereign wealth fund and Goldman have pledged to split the investment, Blankfein says....
Philippines fires top advertising agency after being ridiculed for its ‘copycat’ tourism campaign | Phuket News
The Philippines has fired one of the world’s top advertising firms in a row over alleged plagiarism, adding more misery to its tourism industry already reeling from a war with Islamist militants and a deadly crackdown on drugs. The tourism department on Thursday cancelled its contract with McCann Worldgroup Philippines and demanded an apology, after deeming its just launched promotion for the Southeast Asian nation was too similar to a 2014 South African campaign. “It is not right......
Philippine forces close in on terrorists in south | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Philippine government troops on Thursday advanced toward the center of Marawi, in an operation aimed at dislodging local terrorists who had seized the city to establish an enclave in the Philippines of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Iraq and Syria....
What now for Duterte’s China pivot as Marawi cements US importance for Philippines? | Phuket News
What a difference a few months make. It was only October when Rodrigo Duterte announced his “separation” from treaty partner United States after months of an increasingly acrimonious marriage. “America has lost now,” the Philippine president pronounced at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. “I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to [President Vladimir] Putin and tell him that there are three of us......
Alleged Maute bomb expert nabbed | Phuket News
A member of the Maute clan who was believed to be a bomb expert was arrested on Thursday by the Philippine military and police in Cagayan de Oro City, The Manila Times Online reported on Friday. The suspect, Mohammad Noaim Maute, also known as “Abu Jihad”, a cousin of the Maute brothers, was nabbed at around 7 am on Thursday at Sitio, Cruz,Macasandig in Cagayan de Oro following a tipoff by a concerned citizen about his presence in the area. But he denied of being a bomb expert, telling the media in Cagayan de Oro that he had nothing to do with the Marawi City attack. “I know that my name is clean. I have friends and relatives who know who I am, here in Mindanao and in Manila,” he told reporters in Filipino while on board a police vehicle. To conceal his real identity, Abu Jihad used a fake...
Marawi: Journalist Adam Harvey hit in neck by stray bullet | Phuket News
The Australian journalist thought he had just been hit by shrapnel, as he covered Philippines fighting....
Indonesian companies hunt funds after S&P upgrade | Phuket News
JAKARTA /HONG KONG -- Indonesian companies are striving to utilise a window of opportunity to raise funds on better terms that has opened after Standard & Poor's long-awaited upgrade of the country's credit rating to investment grade....
Malaysia: Cancer-stricken Sumatran rhino put to sleep on Sunday | Phuket News
A RARE Sumatran rhinoceros that touched the hearts of many Malaysians was euthanised on Sunday to end its suffering from skin cancer. The 25-year-old female rhinoceros named Puntung, one of three surviving Sumatran rhinos on the brink of extinction in the Southeast Asian country, has been put to sleep at Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Sabah, Malaysia. According to The Star, Puntung was having difficulty in breathing and was bleeding through her nostrils, forcing her keepers to euthanise her on Sunday, 10 days ahead of the planned date to end her suffering. Today is one of the saddest days we've ever faced. As of this morning, Puntung’s suffering has come to an end. — ZoologiMY (@ZoologiMY) June 4, 2017 Keepers said the rhino had been asleep for most of the past week at the forest paddock while under round-the-clock surveillance. Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga was quoted as saying the large...
Indonesian minister claims there are 1,200 IS militants in the Philippines | Phuket News
Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu told an international security forum in Singapore on Sunday that there are about 1,200 Islamic State operatives in the Philippines with around 40 from Indonesia, according to a report of The Manila Times Online on Monday. Hundreds of Islamist militants rampaged through Marawi City in Mindanao on May 23 after government forces attempted to arrest their leader, Isnilon Hapilon. The fighting which has dragged on until today has claimed 188 deaths, including at least 30 civilians, 38 government troops and 120 militants. The Indonesian defence minister called the IS militants “killing machines” and urged full-scale regional cooperation against them. The threat of heightened terrorism, including the impending return of hundreds of Southeast Asian fighters who fought with IS in Syria and Iraq has been a hot-button issue at the three-day Singapore summit also attended by US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis. Speaking at the same forum,...
1,200 vs 400: Intel suggests Philippines underestimating Islamic State numbers | Phuket News
REGIONAL intelligence has revealed there are over 1,200 Islamic State (IS) fighters currently fighting in the Philippines, a number that far outstrips the government’s own estimate of 250 to 400. Indonesia’s Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu revealed this on Sunday during the Shangri-La Dialogue Security Summit and said he would relay the data to his counterparts in the region. “I was advised last night, 1,200 ISIS in the Philippines, around 40 from Indonesia,” he was quoted saying in an AFP report (via Channel News Asia). According to Rappler, the number “surprised” Undersecretary for Defence Policy Ricardo David of the Philippine Department of National Defence. David, said the report, claimed that 40 was the total number of foreign fighters believed to have joined the IS-linked Maute group responsible for the ongoing unrest in Marawi City, Mindanao – the number doesn’t refer to the Indonesians alone. “We need to cooperate,” he told the...
Indonesia: 1,200 IS militants in Philippines | Phuket News
SINGAPORE - There are about 1,200 Islamic State (IS) operatives in the Philippines, including foreigners, said Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu on Sunday (June 4) amid an ongoing siege in the southern Philippine city of Marawi....
Southeast Asia Joint Patrols Aimed at Islamic Militants | Phuket News
Joint patrols by three Southeast Asian countries in the Sulu Sea may be the start of a larger regional effort to keep Islamic militants at bay, officials said Sunday.    The patrols will be conducted by forces from Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia, starting with sea operations this month, with air and land patrols starting at a later date.   The initiative in the Sulu Sea, an area bounded by the Malaysian state of Sabah and the southern Philippines, is a “collective agreement that is followed by the operational level,” Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said. It will feature joint command posts and exercises between the trio’s ground forces. Islamic militants in region   Joint patrols are an attempt “to prevent and protect our border, to close the border so that militants don’t go to other areas,” Ryamizard said. “If the situation escalates and extends to other waters, we would...
Joint navy patrols between Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia to cut off Sulu Sea corridor to militants | Phuket News
Joint patrols by three Southeast Asian countries in the Sulu Sea may be the start of a larger regional effort to keep Islamic militants at bay, officials said Sunday. The patrols will be conducted by forces from Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia, starting with sea operations from June, with air and land patrols starting at a later date. The initiative in the Sulu Sea, an area bounded by the Malaysian state of Sabah and the southern Philippines, is a “collective agreement that is......
Chicago man gets 9 years for Indonesia slaying role | Phuket News
CHICAGO - An Illinois man who typed out emoji and other text messages to advise his cousin thousands of miles away on how to kill a wealthy Chicago woman vacationing in Indonesia was sentenced on Friday to nine years in prison....
Indonesia tightens noose on hackers with new cybersecurity agency | Phuket News
THREE years after its proposal, Indonesia finally established its National Cyber and Cipher Agency this week amid concerns over the country’s alarming vulnerability to cyberattacks. The new agency rolls together the Indonesia Security Incident Response Team on Internet Infrastructure (ID-SIRTII) and the long established State Cipher Agency into one body that reports directly to the president. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had initially raised doubts on whether Indonesia needed another agency to deal specifically with cyber-crimes, arguing that the responsibility should lie with existing ministerial agencies. But Indonesia’s fast-growing Internet penetration rate and drastic increase in cyberattacks in recent years have quickly changed the argument. Last month, two Jakarta hospitals Dharmais and Harapan Kita bore the brunt of the recent global ransomware attack. #Ransomware #WannaCry attacks #Indonesia's largest cancer hospital – Jakarta Post /ANN @ShareThis https://t.co/J5i5yX9Ce2 — Ann_nt (@annnation_nt) May 15, 2017 Following the attack, the republic’s Communication and Information Ministry moved quickly, broadcasting...
Mindanao, Manila and Duterte’s options | Phuket News
Terrorism, despite being a global spectre, tends to be a localised affair. Time and again, it bursts out in areas where the youth bulge and unemployment are the highest. Desperation is the oxygen of terrorism. In this respect, Middle Eastern terrorism isn’t so much due to the violent nature of Islam – a popular yet deeply misinformed narrative – as it is a product of the seemingly hopeless life in the secular realm. But the sudden spate of terrorism in Thailand, Indonesia, and......
Phuket Governor warns of Storm Pakhar’s heavy rains | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Nopparat Plodthong has said that the Department of Meteorology has issued a warning No.8 for Storm ‘Pakhar’ currently covering the upper South China Sea....
Perth to Bangkok flight aborted | Phuket News
Saturday’s Thai Airways flight TG484 from Perth to Bangkok was cancelled after an airport’s jet bridge accidentally hit the plane’s left engine cowling. Thai Airways announced in a press statement that the accident happened at 9.15am Perth time. It said after the plane’s doors were closed and it was ready to take off, the jet bridge hit the engine cowling, causing a 60cm scratch along the cowling. The pilot had to comply with safety standards and abort the flight. Thai said its management at Perth International Airport took immediate action to help stranded passengers to get accommodation at a hotel waiting for the next flight from the airline. Some passengers changed to other airlines, the statement added. It said that Flight TG484 had 235 passengers and 13 crew. It was scheduled to leave Perth airport at 9.20am local time and to arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport at 3.20pm Bangkok time....
Phuket History: The lost wilderness of Phuket | Phuket News
Until the late 19th century, a thick cloak of jungle, often quite impenetrable, almost universally covered Phuket and the whole region....
Phuket Opinion: Always a pleasant experience | Phuket News
PHUKET: With the Thai Immigration Bureau’s online 90-day reporting option being offline, not for the first time we should add, those of us who have to make these regular reports, have the lucky opportunity to visit the happy faces of the staff at immigration....
Phuket Meteorological Dept confirms rain to continue, no floods likely | Phuket News
PHUKET: Heavy rain is forecast throughout this weekend and into Monday (Aug 26-27), an official from the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) has confirmed, following periodic heavy rain today (Aug 26)....
Vachira Phuket Hospital to serve as Asean health centre | Phuket News
PHUKET: Vachira Phuket Hospital organised an academic seminar for yesterday which was aimed at improving the hospital’s management and will help transform the facility into an Asean health centre....
Would you pay One Million Baht for a number plate? | Phuket News
Phuket’s Land Transport Office released 301 new car license plate numbers for auction expecting 22 million Baht revenue. The Director-General of the LTO, Sanit Promwong, chaired an event alongside the Phuket Governor and local authorities. A large crowd attended the auction and the highest bid was a whopping 1 million Baht for the plate number กล9999 (Gor Gai Lor Ling 9999), Phuket. The auction takes place on today and tomorrow (August 26-27) at the Metropole Hotel offering license plates for private cars, minivan, and pickup trucks. “The auction this time is under the category กล which represents ‘wealthy progress and Andaman’s worthy estate’. There have been 11 auctions so far in Phuket reaping a total revenue of 214,022,331 Baht and this amount of money has been spent on road safety measures,” said Banyat Kanta, Chief of Phuket Land Transport Office. “This 12th auction expects an income of 22 million Baht...
All About Buddhism: Thou shalt not bend the rules | Phuket News
No, Buddhism does not have 10 commandments, in case you were wondering. I actually chose a Christian reference to open this month’s All About Buddhism column because I knew that it would be more familiar for many people....
Phuket Airport holds successful emergency disaster drill | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket International Airport held its sixth annual simulated oil spill and fire disaster drill at 10pm last night (Aug 25), at the Phuket International Airport parking bay 16....
North Korea warns South Korea against ‘following psychopath Trump’ | Phuket News
North Korea on Thursday called US President Donald Trump a “psychopath” as tensions soar following the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was evacuated in a coma from North Korean detention last week. Pyongyang’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said the US president was in a “tough situation” at home and claimed he was toying with the idea of a pre-emptive strike on North Korea to divert attention from a domestic political crisis. “South Korea must......
South Korea says this crashed drone took pictures of new US missile site | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - The crashed drone had apparently taken 551 photos over South Korean territory....
University academics urge sustainable transfer of Chinese high speed train technology | Phuket News
In order to enable the country to get technological know-how from the Chinese high speed train technology on a sustainable basis, Thai university academics yesterday asked the government to promote technology transfer on a systematic and effective way so that the country will get utmost benefit. The call was made by the Council of the Engineering Deans of Thailand (CEDT) which representing 61 university members. The movement by the CEDT came after Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha invoked Section 44 of the interim Constitution to unlock all the legal wrangle that has long delayed the Thai-Chinese joint venture in the construction of the 179-billion baht high speed train project from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima covering about 230 kilometres. With the invocation of the section, all legal problems will be terminated to enable the project to go ahead. CEDT president Komsan Maleesee said the council submitted six proposals to the government...
US Urges China to Step Up Pressure on North Korea | Phuket News
The United States pushed China during high-level security talks on Wednesday to step up diplomatic and economic pressure to rein in the Kim Jong Un regime in North Korea, but defense analysts said Washington may have to lower its expectations, due to Beijing’s strategic relationship with Pyongyang. “China understands that the United States regards North Korea as our top security threat,” said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
US-South Korea Summit Could Expose Strains in Alliance | Phuket News
When South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump meet for the first time next week (June 28), they will almost certainly emphasize the common threat posed by the repressive and nuclear Kim Jong Un regime, but increasing differences over security and trade could undermine the show of unity.  The summit will occur in the wake of the tragic death of Otto Warmbier, the U.S. student who had been held prisoner in North Korea while in a coma for over 15 months, and finally released last week with serious and ultimately terminal brain damage.  Both leaders have cited Warmbier’s brutal treatment by the North Korean government as further reason to halt Pyongyang’s rapidly advancing nuclear and ballistic missile program.  But the two allies seem at odds on how to make that happen.  Get tough approach The Trump administration has prioritized the short term - preventing North Korea from...
Baby elephant rescued by family at zoo | Phuket News
The calf's aunt also joined in when baby Hope fell into a pool at South Korea’s Seoul Grand Park....
North Korean drone a 'grave provocation' of war armistice, says South Korea | Phuket News
A North Korean drone that crashed near the Demilitarized Zone border is a
US Urges China to Change Calculus on N. Korea Ahead of Security Talks | Phuket News
The United States is urging China to play a more prominent role in combating global terrorism and help “change the calculus” on North Korea, ahead of high-level security talks with Beijing. The first round of the U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue kicks off in Washington Wednesday. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host a Chinese delegation led by State Councilor Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui, chief of the People's Liberation Army's Joint Staff Department. Senior U.S. officials say China has “taken a fairly limited profile” in counterterrorism efforts. It is not a member of the 68-nation global coalition countering the Islamic State militant group “We would like to see them step up and take more responsibility,” Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia Susan Thornton told VOA on Monday. Thornton said China has “a lot of interest in Iraq,” and the U.S....
River border crossings halted in Narathiwat | Phuket News
NARATHIWAT - Soldiers have closed most temporary border crossings along the Kolok River between the southernmost province and Malaysia, causing complaints from local ferry and taxi operators....
Malaysia: Popular pharmacy chain gets shade over ‘blackface’ advert | Phuket News
A WELL-KNOWN pharmacy franchise in Malaysia has courted controversy after posting a “racist” advertisement on social media. Netizens railed against Watsons Malaysia’s star-studded Hari Raya (Eid al-Fitr) festive celebration video for featuring an actress whose face was painted black (known as “blackface”) and implying dark skin is related to ugliness. Th 15-minute long promotional video entitled Legenda Cun Raya Watsons (loosely translated as “The Legendary Beauty of Watsons”), which was set against the backdrop of a fictional Arabian kingdom, starts off with a single and wealthy prince seeking the woman of his dreams. He tells his messenger to seek a woman with a “beautiful” voice similar to the one who appeared in his dreams, sending out letters to the far reaches of the world. Soon, a group of women, seemingly from East and Central Asia, and Europe congregate at the Arabian palace to audition before the prince. Watsons #LegendaCun Raya Tiada...
Homophobia in Malaysia – old story told anew | Phuket News
DISCRIMINATION against the LGBT, homophobia – these are accusations heard all too often in Malaysia, a country portrayed abroad by its leaders as a moderate, democratic Muslim nation. But with civil and religious laws that criminalise homosexual activity and cross-dressing, liberals, activists and members of the LGBT community disagree with this assessment of Malaysia. According to the Human Rights Watch in its World Report for Malaysia, “Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is pervasive in Malaysia.” Recent events in the nation of over 30 million appear to prove this assertion true. The latest uproar to make headlines is over a competition by the Health Ministry inviting Malaysia’s youths to submit videos in one of three categories: sexual reproduction, cybersex and “gender confusion”. The contest says each entry must introduce the issue and its consequences as well as suggest prevention methods and ways to control, resolve and seek help for the problem. Activists in...
Homophobia in Malaysia, an old story told anew | Phuket News
DISCRIMINATION against the LGBT, homophobia – these are accusations heard all too often in Malaysia, a country portrayed abroad by its leaders as a moderate, democratic Muslim nation. But with civil and religious laws that criminalise homosexual activity and cross-dressing, liberals, activists and members of the LGBT community disagree with this assessment of Malaysia. According to the Human Rights Watch in its World Report for Malaysia, “Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is pervasive in Malaysia.” Recent events in the nation of over 30 million appear to prove this assertion true. The latest uproar to make headlines is over a competition by the Health Ministry inviting Malaysia’s youths to submit videos in one of three categories: sexual reproduction, cybersex and “gender confusion”. The contest says each entry must introduce the issue and its consequences as well as suggest prevention methods and ways to control, resolve and seek help for the problem. Activists in...
Malaysian anti-graft body to probe corruption claims at Felda Global Ventures | Phuket News
A management crisis at Malaysia's Felda Global Ventures Holdings (FGV) deepened on Wednesday....
Thai Junta Chief to Visit White House in July | Phuket News
The leader of Thailand's military junta, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, will visit the White House in July following an invitation from U.S. President Donald Trump, a spokesman for the Thai government said on Monday. The United States suspended high-level strategic dialogue and downgraded joint military exercises after a coup, led by Prayuth, overthrew an elected civilian government in 2014. The invitation to the former army chief could signal a step by the United States toward re-establishing normal diplomatic relations with Thailand, its oldest ally in Asia. Washington has sought to rally cooperation among partners in Asia to pressure North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs, and to counter China's ambitions in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Thai government spokesman Weerachon Sukondhapatipak told reporters that the talks would cover
Qatar Crisis Poses Test for China's Belt & Road Project | Phuket News
The diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors is putting China’s political clout in the Middle East to the test as Beijing strives to flex its economic muscle there with its trillion-dollar Belt and Road trade Initiative (BRI). But analysts say many of China’s belt and road projects are often more aspirational than reality, including those involving Gulf nations, which gives the world’s second-largest economy less-than-expected leverage to play a bigger role in a region plagued by domestic unrest, intra-regional conflicts and superpower competition. On top of that, they add, China’s own diplomatic policy of “non-interference” also limits Beijing’s ability to engage with the region. Simmering Gulf crisis On Monday, Saudi Arabia and its allies including United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt led a regional effort to cut diplomatic ties and possibly air and sea traffic with Qatar, accusing it of funding terrorism – charges that Doha has denied....
Indonesians jailed for harboring Uighurs, cleared of rocket plot | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Six Indonesian militants were jailed Wednesday for harboring two Uighurs who entered the country to fight with extremists linked to the Islamic State (IS) group, but were cleared of plotting to fire a rocket at Singapore....
Huawei invests $15M in Bangkok OpenLab | Phuket News
Chinese IT manufacturing giant Huawei plans to invest $15 million to set up OpenLab Bangkok to provide one-stop support to enterprises’ information and communication technology infrastructure, the company told local media last week. This will be its seventh OpenLab after it launched in Suzhou, Mexico, Munich, Singapore, Johannesburg and Dubai. The new lab will be located at G Tower with total space of 2,000 square metres, which will be the largest lab outside China. David Sun, president and chief executive officer of Southeast Asia region at Huawei Technologies said that this investment will be in line with the Thai government’s policy to drive digital transformation in the country. OpenLab Bangkok will facilitate Huawei’s joint innovation and solution launches with its customers and partners in Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, including the development of smart cities, public safety, smart grids, finance, education, transport, and Internet service providers. The new lab...
Cultivate your "VIP" Relationships by Honing your Hospitality Skills | Phuket News
Jun 08, 2017 Picture:  While many traditions and etiquette rules have been lost over the years, being a “perfect” host has never gone out of style. With that tiny bit of planning and thoughtfulness, you can go from being just a person that put a roof over your friend's head to being an awesome host that makes their time at your place memorable. I was honoured and grateful to reveal, in an hour session organized by Expat Living Singapore, some useful tips on how to hone your hospitality skills and entertain with elegance and ease, whether in private or in business. This can also be a best way of cultivating your “VIP” relationships. You do not only prepare the tidying up, setting the table or menu plan but also prepare, to me the most important part, like getting information from your guests which I call “knowing your audience”. There...
Indonesians jailed for harbouring Uygurs, cleared of rocket plot on Singapore | Phuket News
Six Indonesian militants were jailed on Wednesday for harbouring two Uygurs who entered the country to fight with extremists linked to Islamic State (IS), but were cleared of plotting to fire a rocket at Singapore. The militants were detained last year after authorities foiled the alleged IS-linked plot to shoot a rocket at an upmarket waterfront district of Singapore from the nearby Indonesian island of Batam. This charge was not proven in court. Instead, the extremists were convicted of......
Indonesians jailed for harbouring Uighurs, cleared of rocket plot on Singapore | Phuket News
Six Indonesian militants were jailed on Wednesday for harbouring two Uighurs who entered the country to fight with extremists linked to Islamic State (IS), but were cleared of plotting to fire a rocket at Singapore. The militants were detained last year after authorities foiled the alleged IS-linked plot to shoot a rocket at an upmarket waterfront district of Singapore from the nearby Indonesian island of Batam. This charge was not proven in court. Instead, the extremists were convicted of......
EU to Screen Bangladeshi Goods for Explosives | Phuket News
The European Union has slapped new security screening on imports from Bangladesh, a move that is likely to make it costlier for businesses in the South Asian country to sell products to EU nations. Just over half of Bangladeshi exports go to the European bloc, accounting for $18.68 billion in revenues during the last fiscal year. Those shipments, by air or sea, will now have to be screened by bomb-detecting dogs and devices.   Bangladesh has none of these facilities, so cargo will have to be routed through a third country where security screening is possible.   The move makes Bangladesh the 13th country designated as
Singapore dad sues school principal for confiscating phone | Phuket News
A secondary school confiscated a student's iPhone after he used it during school hours....
Singapore Airlines becomes second Asian carrier to announce job cuts after cull of 600 roles at Cathay Pacific last month | Phuket News
Following a shake-up at Cathay Pacific that led to 600 job losses, the turbulent times for Asian airlines looks set to continue with Singapore Airlines indicated many jobs may become “irrelevant” as it embarks on a “radical review” of its business. The airlines, which pride themselves on offering quality, have lost money to intense competition from budget carriers in the region and international long-haul markets led by the Middle East carriers. The problems at Hong Kong......
China and US are both shooting for the moon – but don’t call it a space race | Phuket News
ON THE face of it, it looks like two of the world’s biggest powers are racing to get astronauts back on the lunar surface. China is aiming to land crew on the moon by 2036, while on the other side of the Pacific, US Vice-President Mike Pence has announced that the US will return there too. But declaring that a new space race is underway is probably the single quickest way to irritate space policy geeks – and for good reason. In practice, the situation is much more complex. While the American and Chinese programmes are clearly not unrelated, they have a lot more to do with domestic politics than foreign relations. China and the US are not in a space race, but they do have a fascinating relationship above the atmosphere. Both countries’ space policies are turning attention back to that great prize of the Cold War space race, the lunar surface,...
US has "frank" exchange on S.China Sea during Trump visit | Phuket News
BEIJING: The United States and China had a frank exchange of views on the disputed South China Sea during a visit to Beijing by US President Donald Trump on Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said....
Airbnb feels 'unencumbered' and is growing strongly in China, its co-founder says | Phuket News
Nathan Blecharczyk, co-founder of Airbnb, said China is its fastest growing country for domestic travelers....
Alaska Signs Deal to Advance Pipeline with Help from China | Phuket News
The state of Alaska took a major step toward realizing a long-sought pipeline to move natural gas from the North Slope to Asia, siding with interests from China after major oil companies stepped back from the project. The agreement Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed Thursday in Beijing with Sinopec, China Investment Corp. and the Bank of China does not guarantee a pipeline will be built, but it gives the lingering liquefied natural gas project a jolt of life. “Having the largest LNG buyer in the world participating in this project means the Alaska LNG project has favorable market engagement at the highest level,” Walker said in a release. The agreement was signed as both U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping watched. No financial terms were released, but it's been estimated that the project could cost $43 billion.  The agreement means all parties will work on various aspects...
Trump Skirts ‘Great Firewall’ to Tweet About Beijing Trip | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump went around and over the “Great Firewall” of China in a late-night tweet in Beijing as he thanked his hosts for a rare tour of the Forbidden City and a private dinner at the sprawling, centuries-old palace complex. Many Western social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook are banned in China. A sophisticated system has been built to deny online users within China access to blocked content. That was not an issue for Trump, known for tweeting to his 42.3 million followers at any hour of the day, Wednesday, the day he arrived in Beijing. “On behalf of @FLOTUS Melania and I, THANK YOU for an unforgettable afternoon and evening at the Forbidden City in Beijing, President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan. We are looking forward to rejoining you tomorrow morning!” Trump even changed his Twitter banner, uploading a photograph of himself and Melania with...
Tweet storm | Phuket News
Donald Trump has kept up his tweeting in China - even though Twitter is officially blocked there....
There are a bunch of signs that China's banks may grow even stronger | Phuket News
Shares of China's big four banks rallied this year as investors anticipated improvements in asset quality and margins....
China and the US are both shooting for the moon – but don’t call it a space race | Phuket News
ON THE face of it, it looks like two of the world’s biggest powers are racing to get astronauts back on the lunar surface. China is aiming to land crew on the moon by 2036, while on the other side of the Pacific, US vice president, Mike Pence, has announced that the US will return there too. But declaring that a new space race is underway is probably the single quickest way to irritate space policy geeks – and for good reason. In practice, the situation is much more complex. While the American and Chinese programmes are clearly not unrelated, they have a lot more to do with domestic politics than foreign relations. China and the US are not in a space race, but they do have a fascinating relationship above the atmosphere. Both countries’ space policies are turning attention back to that great prize of the Cold War space race, the lunar...
World’s most powerful men want ‘win-win cooperation’ over North Korea, trade | Phuket News
CHINESE President Xi Jinping has told his United States counterpart Donald Trump that he wants “win-win cooperation” over major issues concerning the relationship between the two superpowers: namely trade and North Korea. At the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday, Trump told Xi that he believes there is a solution to the situation on the Korean peninsula, while emphasising it was “too bad” that previous US administrations allowed trade to get out of kilter. In a show of the importance China puts on Trump’s first official visit, Thursday morning’s welcoming ceremony outside Beijing’s Great Hall of the People overlooking Tiananmen Square was broadcast live on state television – unprecedented treatment for a visiting leader. SEE ALSO: ‘Make nice’: Trump’s first visit to Asia to be a test in diplomacy Win-win cooperation the only right choice for China and the US that will lead to a brighter future,...
Philippines: Aussie reporter survives bullet to the neck in besieged Marawi | Phuket News
AN Australian journalist covering the conflict in Marawi City had a close brush with death when he was shot in the neck, Australian media reported on Thursday. According to broadcaster SBS, Adam Harvey, who is the Southeast Asia correspondent for the ABC was covering the Philippine military’s recovery operation in the besieged city when a bullet hit him. Over the last few days, Harvey had been reporting on the sweep up operations of Philippines’ military on positions held by Islamic State-linked Maute rebels. Philippine Scout Rangers celebrate after taking an enemy position in Marawi. Four soldiers KIA pic.twitter.com/4pI4Mdiwmv — Adam Harvey (@adharves) June 14, 2017 Lucky. pic.twitter.com/2ZPYZfidO9 — Adam Harvey (@adharves) June 15, 2017 “I’m fine, I’m just going to get an X-ray to get it checked out,” the SBS quoted him as saying. “I just felt like something (inaudible) in the side of the neck, a piece of shrapnel.”...
Philippines: Senior member of Maute group arrested | Phuket News
MARAWI CITY, Philippines -- The Philippines military said it arrested one of the Maute brothers on Thursday, a senior member of the Islamic State-backed militants it is fighting in a southern city....
Philippine security forces arrest Maute leader | Phuket News
PHILIPPINE security forces on Thursday arrested an alleged bomber and leader from the Maute militant group that has been battling local government troops in Marawi city the past three weeks. Regional Police spokesman Supt. Lemuel Gonda said the suspect was nabbed in Santa Cruz, Macasandig, and has been identified as Mohammad Noem Maute aka Abdul Jabid. The Philippine National News Agency quoted Gonda as saying a combined military and police intelligence taskforce called the Martial Law Special Action Group carried out the suspect’s arrest. Another suspect, Abdul Raman, is still at large. SEE ALSO: Philippines: US troops on ground near besieged Marawi City – army The Department of National Defence had earlier issued an arrest order on the two suspects who Gonda said were bomb experts from the Islamic State-linked Maute group. Gonda said the police regional command is currently interrogating the suspect. The suspect’s two brothers, Omarkhayam and Abdullah, are said...
Philippines armed forces to quell conflict, keep Dutertenomics on track, finance secretary says | Phuket News
The Philippines’ security forces will take military action over the next few weeks to eliminate the threat of armed militants in the nation’s southernmost province to maintain peace and stability, to keep President Rodrigo Duterte’s US$167 billion infrastructure programme on track, the finance secretary said. Duterte last month placed the whole of Mindanao, the country’s second-largest island, under martial law after members of the radical extremist faction known as the......
Philippines says arrests senior member of IS-backed Maute group | Phuket News
The Philippines military said it arrested one of the Maute brothers on Thursday, a senior member of the Islamic State-backed militants it is fighting in a southern city....
Philippines Says US Troops Are Near Besieged Marawi, but Not Fighting | Phuket News
U.S. troops are on the ground near Marawi City in the southern Philippines but are not involved in fighting Islamist militants who have held parts of the city for more than three weeks, a Philippines military spokesman said  Wednesday. The Philippines military had previously said the United States was providing technical assistance to end the occupation of parts of Marawi City by fighters allied to the Islamic State group but had no boots on the ground.
UN Report: Migrants Sending Billions More Home Than in 2007 | Phuket News
Migrants are sending home billions of dollars more than they did a decade ago - and the rate of growth in remittances is almost double the increase in migration, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday. The report commissioned by the International Fund for Agricultural Development says that  remittances increased by 51 percent during the decade from 2007 to 2016 while migration rose by 28 percent and population in the home countries of migrants grew by 13 percent. The Rome-based U.N. agency which fights poverty in rural areas said the report is the first to examine a 10-year trend in migration and remittance flows. It said the findings are based on a series of studies and surveys commissioned by the fund, known as IFAD, and on its analyses of World Bank data. According to the report, remittances increased in almost all regions of the world, but the sharp rise between 2007...
Parents of Filipina on UAE death row hope for acquittal | Phuket News
THEIR dreams for a good life dashed, the parents of Jennifer Dalquez, the Filipina on death row in the United Arab Emirates, are just hoping their daughter returns alive and able to start life anew at their impoverished community in General Santos City, Philippines. “All she really wants now is to  go back home to be with her children and us her parents,” Rajima, Dalquez’s mother, told Asian Correspondent at their house, located just a stone’s throw away from a mosque where family members and friends often offer prayers for her freedom. Dalquez left her two children — Mohajid, 8, and Abdurahim, 5 – to seek greener pastures for her family in the Gulf country when they were just two-years-old and seven-months-old, respectively. She hasn’t come home since and the two children were left to the care of her parents. Her father drives a passenger tricycle (motorcycle with a cab)...
Mindanao conflict won’t disrupt Philippines’ infrastructure programmes, says finance secretary | Phuket News
The Philippine government on Wednesday assured the international business community that its massive infrastructure programmes are proceeding on track, despite the armed conflict in Marawi City on the island of Mindanao. “The fighting in Marawi, which is very sad, has been contained in certain areas. It has not spread,” Carlos Dominguez III, the Philippines’ Secretary of Finance, told the South China Morning Post. Dominguez said the country’s general economic......
Maute militants still control four villages in Marawi City | Phuket News
The IS-linked Maute terror group still control 4 of the 12 villages ravaged by fighting in Marawi City which has continued for more than three weeks now. The Manila Times Online report on Wednesday quoted Lt-Gen Carlito Galvez, commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command, as saying that about 200 militants are still in the four villages together with about 1,000 civilians held captive as orderlies and cooks. He, however, noted that the four villages have been in the hands of the militants since the Maute family first established their presence there. The militants are now holding less than 10 percent of Marawi City, a Muslim majority city of 200,000 people that serves as the capital of Lanao del Sur province. The Maute group is killing civilians who try to escape while using them as orderlies and cooks. The death toll from the 3-week fierce fighting...
Cold War-era Asian defence pact gets makeover to face new threats | Phuket News
A DEFENCE pact formed in 1971 at the height of the Cold War to protect Singapore and Malaysia will be upgraded to deal with terrorism threats and new security concerns, leaders of the five Asia-Pacific countries in the pact said on Friday. Ministers from the Five Power Defence Arrangement (FPDA), which groups the two Southeast Asian nations with Britain, Australia and New Zealand, met in Singapore to talk about the changing security environment in the region. Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne said the meeting was an opportunity for the FPDA to “be responsive to current events, to be responsive to what is a very dynamic and quite challenging regional strategic environment.” While the ministers said potential threats from militants in Southeast Asia dominated talks, analysts said uncertainty over both the rise of China and US commitments to the region have renewed the importance of the pact. The FPDA was forged...
Singapore: Australia PM to focus on terrorism, North Korea at Asia Security summit | Phuket News
AUSTRALIA’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is expected to discuss terrorism, North Korea’s missile threat and the South China Sea in his keynote address to the annual Asia Security Summit at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore. In the wake of a string of deadly attacks in Southeast Asia, Turnbull warned on Friday morning of a growing threat from Islamic State fighters not “killed in the field” who might return home to launch attacks on Australian soil, reports The Australian. As the Philippines military continues to battle the IS-affiliated Maute group in Marawi spurring fears of a developing extremist hub in the region, Turnbull said the threat of extremists is no longer “far away.” Last week, around the same time as the Marawi siege, neighbouring Indonesia fell victim to a twin suicide bombing in the capital of Jakarta that was later claimed by the Islamic State. That and an earlier bomb attack...
Why are LGBT Indonesians under siege? | Phuket News
THREE policemen were killed last week in Jakarta by suicide bombers linked to the Islamic State terrorist group. The very next day, West Java police announced the establishment of an anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) taskforce. It was not until two days later did West Java police arrest three suspects linked to the bombings. Many questioned the admittedly bizarre priorities at a time when one watchdog declared Indonesian jihadis were declaring war on the nation’s security forces. Indonesia’s LGBT community has long been marginalised albeit tolerated, however since early last year has come increasingly under pressure from authorities – beginning with hateful comments by public officials and quickly evolving into concrete criminalisation of homosexual acts. Aceh implemented corporal punishment against two young men for being gay for the first time last month, as stipulated in the conservative, semi-autonomous province’s 2015 anti-homosexuality law. Elsewhere in the country, raids against gay...
In US and Abroad, a Worrisome Time for LGBT Activists | Phuket News
In the United States and many other parts of the world, this is a worrisome time for LGBT activists, as the pace of civil rights victories has grown uneven and reports of anti-LGBT violence and persecution surface relentlessly. In the past two months, there have been large-scale detentions of gay men in Nigeria and Bangladesh, and chilling accounts of roundups and torture of scores of gays in Chechnya. In Indonesia, a major police raid on a gay sauna was followed two days later by the public caning of two gay men.   More than 70 countries continue to criminalize gays' sexual activity.   Taiwan is now on track to become the first territory in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, due to a May 24 court ruling. Worldwide, gay and lesbian couples can marry in only 22 of the world's nearly 200 countries. No nation in Eastern Europe is among them,...
Indonesia tobacco bill would allow ads for kids - official | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- A proposed Indonesian tobacco law will roll back regulations to discourage smoking in a country that already has one of the highest smoking rates in the world and open the floodgates to advertising aimed at teenagers, a health ministry official said....
Indonesian security forces preparing against IS infiltration in wake of Marawi | Phuket News
INDONESIA’s security forces say they are anticipating and are prepared for possible Islamic State infiltration after extremist violence in neighbouring Philippines, where a number of its nationals are currently fighting alongside Filipino militants. As the so-called Maute group clashes with the Philippine army (AFP) in the Muslim-majority city of Marawi in restive Mindanao, Indonesian authorities have deployed hundreds of elite Mobile Brigade (Brimob) police units along the Philippine border. “The public might think that the army doesn’t care about the current situation, but, that is wrong,” said Indonesian Army (TNI) spokesman Brigadier General Alfret Denny Tuejeh, as quoted by Kompas. Aflret said authorities were boosting territorial defence in Ambon, Maluku and North Sulawesi. SEE ALSO: Malaysia to tighten border security after regional attacks – minister Islamic militants have been clashing with the AFP in Marawi for more than a week, leading to the deaths of more than 100 people and...
Army takes steps to prevent IS’s infiltration from Mindanao into Indonesia | Phuket News
The Indonesian army confirmed on Wednesday that it had taken precautionary measures to prevent possible infiltration and expansion of the Islamic State network into Indonesia, according to the Jakarta Post Online report on Wednesday. Army spokesman Col Alfret Denny Tuejeh said territorial defence in Ambon, Maluku and North Sulawesi had been beefed up following fighting in Marawi City of Mindanao between Philippine forces and Maute terro group. He said field army commander in Ambon had anticipated the possible infiltration of the IS jihadists into Indonesia via Maluku and North Sumatra from Marawi City. Meanwhile, it was reported that three terror suspects were apprehended by the National Police’s Densus 88 counter-terrorism squad in Jambi on Monday. Locals reported to the police that the activities of the three suspects were suspicious. Several laptops and CPUs were seized by police for inspection. Police later said that the three arrested suspects might be linked...
Crackdowns Have Indonesian Gay Community on Edge | Phuket News
A string of high-profile crackdowns on gay rights in Indonesia has the country’s LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community on edge. There were several high profile raids of saunas and
The Thai Economy and Stock Market: Where Have They Been and Where Are They Headed? | Phuket News
If a year is a long time in politics, it is an eternity in the financial markets. Less than 12 months ago, Thailand was celebrating its status as one of Asia’s best-performing stock markets. This was even allowing for military coup and geopolitical uncertainty that had driven such volatility within the country, as Thailand’s SET index rallied 19.32% and came second only to the Karachi 100 in Pakistan. This rally has dwindled considerably, however, with Thai stocks up by just 5.2% at the beginning of January. In fact, the first two financial quarters have seen the nation’s stock market plummet to become the second-worst performing in Asia, while this decline has also triggered an economic slump that may be hard to recover from. How Thailand’s Fortunes Have Changed in the Last Year Of course, some will argue that the seeds for such depreciation were sewn at the height of financial...
Phuket officials charge boat captain, crew member for dropping anchor on reefs | Phuket News
PHUKET: The captain and a crew member of a chartered fishing tour boat were brought in by Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) officials yesterday (Aug 25) to be notified of charges they would face after photos and videos of them dropping anchor and damaging coral reefs off Koh Racha Noi were circulated on social media....
Emergency simulation at Phuket International Airport | Phuket News
Last night (August 25), Phuket International Airport conducted an Emergency Plan Exercise: PEMEX – a yearly full course safety measure rehearsal. Phuket Vice Governor, Sanit Srivihok, chaired the activity. The aim of the exercise was to facilitate the coordination and communication between different bodies, such as government officials, airport and airline staff and business operators in the event of an emergency. The rehearsal focused on an accident scenario where an aircraft was involved in a ground incident with an aircraft’s wing catching fire because of an oil leak. This incident was created to follow the ICAO Doc 9137 Airport Service Manual and based on the advice of the International Civil Aviation Organization. The rehearsal took place at the parking bay number 16. PHOTOS: Kritsada Mueanhawong (All the ‘blood’ and wounds are simulated) The post Emergency simulation at Phuket International Airport appeared first on Phuket Gazette....
The long game: Trisara MD Anthony Lark says sustainable tourism is the future | Phuket News
Sitting on the gorgeous outdoor terrace of the luxurious Trisara Resort overlooking the Andaman Sea and enjoying their wonderful Sunday brunch, I feel that this is exactly what all of Phuket would be like if it existed on some exalted celestial plane....
Soi Dogs to transform street mutts into high-tech watchdogs | Phuket News
PHUKET: A team at the renowned animal welfare charity Soi Dog Foundation, based in the northern half of Phuket, is pushing ahead with a project to transform unwanted – and often brutally mistreated – street dogs into a valuable “high tech” watchdogs to protect communities....
Phuket Governor targets key tourism issues at consul meeting revival | Phuket News
PHUKET: Pollution, drownings and tourists’ safety on Phuket’s roads topped the agenda at the first meeting of the honorary consuls and envoys with the Governor of Phuket to be held in more than a year at Phuket Provincial Hall this afternoon (Aug 25)....
Army opens fire with fines on Patong tuk-tuk, taxi drivers | Phuket News
PHUKET: Soldiers from the Royal Thai Army began their campaign against tuk-tuk, taxi and van drivers occupying public parking spaces in Patong in earnest this week with more than 76 drivers fined since Monday (Aug 21)....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Where's Yingluck? Politicos imprisoned! Phuket Dog Shelter || August 25 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA + WHATS ON GUIDE! - August 25 Wheres Yingluck? Politicos get DECADES in jail! Phuket Car Fire! B1.3 million not enough for Phukets Dog Shelter and Thai economy keeps growing. Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
Maya Bay – The silence, the turquoise waters, the serenity. The crowds! | Phuket News
Imagine visiting the set of a famous Hollywood movie. In this case “the Beach’ with Leonardo DiCaprio. The pristine sands of Maya Beach at Koh Phi Phi. The silence, the turquoise waters, the serenity. For Sarah Buthmann, her child-hood memories were about to be shattered with this raucous and probably rather sad visit to her dream beach movie set – Maya Bay. “When we finally managed to park the speedboat in-between about 10,000 more boats, Somporn yelled out, “40 minutes, you come back to boat.” He then blew a whistle and screamed, “Go!”. We stormed the beach while trying not to get trampled as we each prepared our individual selfie-sticks to capture this special and peaceful moment. I ended up in the middle of an awkward cluster of people, and had to employ the slickest, most creative poses I could think of in order to get a picture of myself without a hundred other...
Friday’s ‘THAIGER TODAY’ | Phuket News
THAIGER TODAY Friday, August 25 Yingluck a no-show at the Supreme Court | Phuket Court case dropped against BBC’s Jonathan Head | World Bank upgrades Thai economy outlook | Patong hotel elevator accident was a ‘tragic mistake. The post Friday’s ‘THAIGER TODAY’ appeared first on Phuket Gazette....
Trump Calls North Korea's Treatment of Warmbier 'a Disgrace' | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that North Korea's treatment of American college student Otto Warmbier was
South Korean deaf and mute man puts down 500,000 baht dowry to wed his similarly handicapped Thai sweetheart | Phuket News
A deaf and mute South Korean man has married his similarly handicapped Thai sweetheart after love blossomed following many video calls between the pair. Sanook reported that it was a very happy occasion on Sunday in Nong Nam Yai sub district of Ayuthaya at the nuptials of Darat Sukeebot, 43, and Lee Han Yang, 58. The couple met online and fell in love after using video every day for six months. Lee brought with him 16,500,000 won for the dowry and Darat said she would hopefully give him two children – either boys or girls would be fine. The couple plan to go and live in South Korea though the bride hopes to come back and visit her folks several times a year. Sanook The post South Korean deaf and mute man puts down 500,000 baht dowry to wed his similarly handicapped Thai sweetheart appeared first on Samui Times....
Parents: Otto Warmbier 'At Peace' Before Passing Away | Phuket News
The parents of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who died Monday after being detained in North Korea for nearly a year and a-half, said in a statement he had
Otto Warmbier's Death Sparks Outrage in US | Phuket News
The parents of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who died Monday after being detained in North Korea for nearly a year and a-half, said in a statement he had
Warmbier’s Death Puts Focus on North Korean Human Rights Violations | Phuket News
U.S. student Otto Warmbier’s tragic death Monday, after being released from a North Korean prison in a coma, has again put an international focus on the widespread human rights violations allegedly being committed by the Kim Jong Un government. “This is a government that frankly is a human rights abomination. It is a human rights black hole,” said Phil Robertson, the Deputy Asia Director at Human Rights Watch. In January of 2016, Warmbier was arrested in Pyongyang for allegedly attempting to steal a propaganda poster at a hotel. He was sentenced to 15 years hard labor, then fell into a coma 15 months ago from which he never awoke. North Korean officials said the 22-year-old American university student contracted botulism while in custody and was given a sleeping pill that put him into a comatose state. Doctors at the hospital in Cincinnati, where he was being treated after being released,...
Nong Min dies from lung infection at Rajavithi hospital | Phuket News
The 25-year-old Thai girl, Ms Rapeeporn “Min” Nasa-an, who made a miracle recovery from a near fatal heart attack while in South Korea in March this year and declared out of danger and returned in stable condition to Bangkok for treatment at Rajavithi Hospital in April, died yesterday morning from lung infection. Dr Sakarn Bunnag, a doctor of Internal Medicine at the hospital, said she was under a respirator at all times and sadly had contracted a lung infection. This was worsened when she succumbed to septicemia and tragically died, he said. Nong Min had made a miraculous recovery from a heart attack which occurred when she was travelling in South Korea and later returned home to Thailand. Doctors stated that when Nong Min had heart attack, she had suffered an extended period of loss of oxygen to the brain which led to a coma. When she returned to Thailand...
As South Korea Seeks Reconciliation With the North, What’s in it for the US? | Phuket News
As South Korea’s new leadership works toward easing long strained inter-Korean relations, U.S. experts are eyeing the country’s conciliatory overtures to the Kim Jong Un regime, worried that a possible resumption of the Kaesong Industrial Complex could provoke discord with the Trump administration. Shortly after South Korean President Moon Jae-in named Cho Myoung-gyun to be his North Korea point man on June 13, Cho, who played a key role in launching the now-stalled economic cooperation project, told reporters, “Operations at the Kaesong Industrial Complex should be restored. I will speak after thoroughly looking into the details.”  That statement caused a flurry of criticism in Washington, with many analysts saying reviving activities at the complex possibly could hurt Washington-Seoul relations and diminish their alliance coordination. Seoul closed the complex in February 2016 as punishment for the regime’s nuclear test and long-range rocket launch. “Reopening the Kaesong Industrial Complex is very problematic...
South Korea to Scrap Plans for New Nuclear Power Plants | Phuket News
South Korea, one of the world's largest nuclear electricity producers, will scrap plans to build new nuclear power plants. President Moon Jae-in said Monday that South Korea will move away from the nuclear energy and will not seek to extend the life of existing nuclear plants. Moon's speech was made at a ceremony marking the shutdown of the country's oldest nuclear power plant, Kori 1, nearly 40 years after it went online. Last year a third of electricity in South Korea was produced from nuclear power plants. Its nuclear electricity production was the fifth-largest in the world, according to the World Nuclear Association. Moon promised to cut coal and nuclear power during his presidential campaigns. He also pledged to shut old coal power plants and stop building new coal plants....
US$422,000 in drugs thrown into the sea in Malaysia | Phuket News
The smugglers thought it was a raid by the authorities when a speedboat approached their vessel south-west of Pulau Cupu. In their panic, the crew dump­ed 629 kilos of cannabis worth about RM1.8mil (US$422,193) into the sea. They later found out it was only a passing boat. The Malaysian Maritime En­­force­ment Agency (MMEA) was tipped off about the incident. “Our vessel Petir 81, which happened to be conducting Ops Satria Utara nearby, rushed to the area.......
Malaysia's April exports surge 20.6% y-o-y | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's export growth surged again in April, though at a slightly slower pace compared to the previous month, government data showed on Monday....
Singapore Airlines CEO signals job cuts loom | Phuket News
CANCUN, Mexico -- Singapore Airlines Ltd is looking at staff reductions as part of a business review Southeast Asia’s biggest carrier has kicked off to revive earnings following a surprise quarterly loss....
Uber rival Grab to seek funds, eyes financial services | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- Grab, Uber Technologies Inc's biggest ride-hailing competitor in Southeast Asia, is likely to kick off a fresh round of fundraising
Wanted Singapore bank robber gets jail in Bangkok | Phuket News
The Criminal Court has sentenced a Canadian wanted in Singapore for robbing a bank to 14 months imprisonment on currency and money laundering charges....
Telemedicine Gaining in Popularity in Asia according to Report | Phuket News
Jun 05, 2017 Picture:  Telemedicine has been expanding in the rural parts of the United States rapidly due to the difficulty of finding medical professionals with an online HIM degree willing to live there and the cost savings that it brings when transportation isn’t required for homebound patients to be checked. Telemedicine is also gaining in popularity in Asia according to reports. Let’s look at the reasons why. Rural Service in China China has been rolling out telemedicine to bring skilled medical expertise to rural areas without having to transport them professionals across the wide, often mountainous country. China’s National health and Family Planning Commission started setting up a telemedicine network in 2013 to connect local health workers to remote experts with a bachelors in health information management. When the network is fully deployed and functional, it will be the largest telemedicine system on the planet. China is also...
Asian Pacific Leaders Call for Cooperation in Fighting Terrorism | Phuket News
The terrorist attacks on and near London Bridge sent shockwaves across the globe this weekend. At a security forum in Singapore, which was wrapping up Sunday just as the attacks were unfolding, Asian Pacific defense officials talked about the need for more cooperation in the fight against religious extremism. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Singapore....
China state-controlled media sides with Trump over American 'fake' media | Phuket News
Chinese propaganda outlet Global Times criticized U.S. media for
Trump China visit: US leader strikes warmer tone with Xi Jinping | Phuket News
The US president praised China for its handling of Pyongyang's nuclear threat, but also urged more action....
Dr Lui Che-woo Donates RMB120 Million to The School of Life Sciences of Peking University | Phuket News
Nov 09, 2017 Picture:  To Build a Major Scientific Research and Teaching Base for China Peking University Names The School of Life Sciences Research Building the
World’s most powerful men want ‘win-win cooperation’ re North Korea, trade | Phuket News
CHINESE President Xi Jinping has told his United States counterpart Donald Trump that he wants “win-win cooperation” over major issues concerning the relationship between the two superpowers: namely trade and North Korea. At the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday, Trump told Xi that he believes there is a solution to the situation on the Korean peninsula, while emphasising it was “too bad” that previous US administrations allowed trade to get out of kilter. In a show of the importance China puts on Trump’s first official visit, Thursday morning’s welcoming ceremony outside Beijing’s Great Hall of the People overlooking Tiananmen Square was broadcast live on state television – unprecedented treatment for a visiting leader. SEE ALSO: ‘Make nice’: Trump’s first visit to Asia to be a test in diplomacy Win-win cooperation the only right choice for China and the US that will lead to a brighter future,...
Trump's presidency is a big win for China, Ian Bremmer says | Phuket News
Trump's policies have placed China as a leader on the international stage, Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer says....
Trump: 'I give China great credit' for taking advantage of the US — but that must change | Phuket News
President Donald Trump said he will work to address what he described as unfair practices from the Chinese....
Philippines: US troops on ground near besieged Marawi City – army | Phuket News
Armed United States troops are on the ground near the besieged Marawi City in the Philippines, but they are in a support role and not participating in fighting Islamic State militants, a Philippines military spokesman said on Wednesday. “There are some US personnel who are operating equipment to provide information on situation awareness to our troops,” Brigadier General Restituto Padilla told a news conference. “I do not know the exact number and the specific mission. They are allowed to carry rifles for self-defence. But they are not allowed to fight, they only provide support,” he said.– Reuters The post Philippines: US troops on ground near besieged Marawi City – army appeared first on Asian Correspondent....
Philippines: Muslim leaders to fight terrorism with education, spiritual intervention | Phuket News
MUSLIM religious leaders, or the “ulama,” in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Tuesday pledged to actively fight the spread of Islamic extremism in the Philippines through “stakeholder engagements and spiritual education.” They issued the pronouncement as fighting continues to rage in Marawi City between government troops and the Islamic State-inspired Maute group. The Marawi crisis enters its 23rd day today. “We are engaging all sectors to address the spread of religious extremism and radicalism in the country,” Abdulmuhmin Alyakanie Mujahid, executive director of the Darul Ifta, or the Fatwa Council of the ARMM, said in a statement. The religious leaders’ pledge to combat Islamic radicalism was a result of an Ulama summit last month against terrorism. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Militants cling on to 20pc of Marawi after three-week siege During the summit, the Ulama issued a declaration against terrorism, saying : “It is haram (forbidden and unlawful) to...
Philippines: It Learned of City Siege Plans in Advance | Phuket News
Philippine officials say the government learned in advance of plans for a siege by Islamic State group-aligned militants in a southern city, and staged an army raid that prevented a bigger and deadlier attack. Solicitor General Jose Calida said in a report that the government received intelligence information at least five days before the militants prematurely launched their bloody siege on Marawi city on May 23 after government forces raided the hideout of militant leaders led by Isnilon Hapilon.   Presidential spokesman Ernie Abella said Tuesday the army raid stopped
Heavy Fighting in Southern Philippines on National Day | Phuket News
Filipino soldiers are conducting house-to-house fighting against Islamist militants in the street of Marawi....
Propaganda war clouds reality as militants claim Philippine troops have failed to regain control of besieged Marawi | Phuket News
Islamist militants control about 20 per cent of Marawi City in the Philippines, a top general said on Tuesday, refuting a claim by Islamic State (IS) that its fighters were still “spread in more than two-thirds” of the town after three weeks of fighting. Last week a military spokesman said the militants, who tried to seize and seal off Marawi on May 23, had been beaten back into less than 10 per cent of the Muslim-majority town on the island of Mindanao. IS’s news agency, Amaq......
Philippine city bags Guinness records for simultaneous motorcycle honking, engine starting | Phuket News
A CITY in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao has broken two Guinness World records, officials confirmed Tuesday. Peter Miguel, mayor of Koronadal City in South Cotabato province, informed his constituents the city is now officially recognised as a Guinness World record holder for the most number of motorcycle engines started simultaneously and most motorcycle horns sounded simultaneously. Koronadal City attempted the two Guinness world records last April 29. “This is a great achievement for the people of Koronadal,” he said, thanking the motorcycle enthusiasts who joined the event. These achievements put not just Koronadal City but the entire Mindanao region in the world map, Miguel added. SEE ALSO: Philippines tuna display nets Guinness world record Koronadal, the administrative seat of government in central Mindanao, is a thriving city endowed with rich agricultural lands populated by Christians, Muslim and indigenous peoples. Central Mindanao or Region 12, also known as the Soccsksargen region,...
Philippines: Militants cling on to 20pc of Marawi after three-week siege | Phuket News
ISLAMIST militants control about 20 percent of the southern Philippines town of Marawi, a top general said on Tuesday, more than twice the area the military cited last week, suggesting that an end to the bloody three-week siege is not at hand. Islamic State’s news agency, Amaq, said the Philippines military had “completely failed” to regain the Muslim-majority city, which hundreds of fighters allied to the ultra-radical group tried to seize and seal off on May 23. “Islamic State fighters are spread in more than two-thirds of Marawi and tighten the chokehold on the Philippine army that is incapable of maintaining control of the situation,” it said. Military spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla branded the Amaq report “pure propaganda”. “Should we take their word that they control two-thirds of Marawi? With 202 confirmed terrorists killed why should we even give them the chance of airing their lies?” he said. Asked...
US and China vow support for Manila in its fight against militants | Phuket News
China vows support for the Philippine government’s operations against the Islamist militants as the United States announces continued backing President Rodrigo Duterte’s offensive against the IS-Maute militants in Mindanao, The Manila Times Online reported on Tuesday. “Terrorism is the common enemy of mankind. China understands and firmly supports Duterte’s leadership and its government in fighting terrorism, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular press briefing. The US on Monday sent its strongest statement of support to the Philippine government’s offensive against the Islamist militants, saying the US “proudly stands” with the Philippines, its long-standing ally. “We admire the resilience and strength of the Filipino people in battling adversity and building a more prosperous and secure future,” said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a message congratulating the Philippines on the 119th anniversary of the proclamation of its independence from Spain. “On this special day, we honor the...
Singapore, Indonesia stocks lead SE Asia markets | Phuket News
Singapore's shares edged up on Wednesday, clocking their fifth straight winning month, while Indonesian stocks also rose in the session, extending their gains to the fourth consecutive month....
Indonesia mulls banning more Islamist groups | Phuket News
Indonesian President Joko
Indonesian Islamist leader named suspect in porn case | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - An Indonesian Islamist leader who helped organize mass protests against Jakarta's Christian governor has been named a suspect in a pornography case, police said Tuesday, as authorities seek to rein in hardliners....
Indonesia: Anti-Ahok radical preacher in legal hot water over porn charges | Phuket News
INDONESIAN police have officially named the leader of the notorious Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) Habib Rizieq a suspect and issued an arrest warrant for charges under the country’s strict anti-pornography laws. Rizieq, a key protagonist in the campaign against former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, now stands accused of exchanging explicit messages with a woman named Firza Husein, who is not his wife. Screenshots of their chat have gone viral on social media. Police announced on Tuesday that they had issued an arrest warrant to his home in Central Jakarta, as reported by Tempo. Given Rizieq is overseas, allegedly in Saudi Arabia, police have also signalled their intention to issue an Interpol ‘red notice’ to have him deported and face the law in Indonesia. Under the Indonesian anti-pornography bill, it is “forbidden to spread pornographic content”, with prosecutors able to hand down prison time of four years for possessing pornographic...
PM refuses to talk with the media, but responds questions in writing | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha gave a press conference on Tuesday by means of writing in response to 11 questions raised by reporters instead of meeting them face-to-face and taking their questions. Reporters at the Government House said this was not the first time that the prime minister behaved in this way. They assumed that the prime minister might still feel upset with reporters keeping pestering him with the question about his four questions he raised last Friday about the election and the future government. This time, the 11 questions were sent to the prime minister through his aides before he chaired the weekly cabinet meeting. They were all answered in in his own handwriting. Before returning to his office to work, a reporter asked the prime minister whether his refusal to meet with the media stemmed from the four questions which he curtly responded: “I am not a kid!”. Of...
Australia moves to ban paedophiles from travelling overseas | Phuket News
PEOPLE convicted of paedophilia may no longer be able to travel abroad under what the Australian government has called “world first” legislation, in a bid to prevent the sexual abuse of children in developing countries. Under laws to be introduced next month it will be illegal for convicted sex offenders to leave or attempt to leave Australia. Foreign minister Julie Bishop said that almost 800 sex offenders travelled overseas, with around half heading to Southeast Asian nations with poor child protection laws. “There has been increasing community concern about sexual exploitation of vulnerable children and community concern is justified,” said Bishop, as quoted by the ABC. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: 70-year-old Aussie paedophile jailed 15 years for sexually abusing girls “No country has even taken such decisive and strong action to stop its citizens from going overseas, often to vulnerable countries, to abuse kids,” said justice minister Michael Keenan, saying it...
Firebrand cleric Rizieq named a suspect in a pornography case | Phuket News
Indonesia’s Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader and firebrand cleric Rizieq Shihab has been named by Jakarta police as a suspect in a pornography case on Monday, according to The Jakarta Post on Monday. Rizieq was named as a suspect without having to go through police questioning under his previous capacity as a witness as he had failed to answer police summons twice in April and May. Jakarta police spokesman Sr. Commr. Argo Yuwono said investigators had gathered adequate evidence to name Rizieq a suspect and he would be charged under articles 4, 6 and 8 of the 2008 Pornography Law. Rizieq’s lawyer, Sugito Atmo Pawito said he had received the update on his client from the police and vowed to fight back. Sugito complained that the police did not make an effort to pursue the uploader of the steamy chats that allegedly took place between Rizieq and Firza Husein who...
Strong Indonesia earthquake causes damage, injuries | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- A strong, shallow earthquake rocked Indonesia's central Sulawesi province Monday evening, injuring at least three people and damaging some buildings and houses....
Sulawesi province in Indonesia rocked by strong quake | Phuket News
A strong, shallow earthquake rocked Indonesia’s central Sulawesi province Monday evening. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties, and no tsunami warning. The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 6.8 and was centred 79 kilometers (49 miles) southeast of the provincial capital, Palu, at a depth of 9.4 kilometres (6 miles). Imam Faturrachman, a scientist with Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency, said the land-based quake did not......
Indonesia arrests 3 suspected militants | Phuket News
JAKARTA - Indonesian police said they arrested more suspected militants on Monday following suicide bombings in Jakarta last week that killed three policemen....
Krabi – Number One for growth on Trip Advisor | Phuket News
Krabi Town has ranked Number One for growth in year-on-year search results for Thai holiday destinations on TripAdvisor. According to TripAdvisor, searches rose 41% compared to the same time last year. The rising number of flights heading to the coastal town is being attributed as the main reason the growth has been so high over the past 12 months. To read C9 Hotelworks recent Krabi Hotel Market Update click HERE PHOTO: orientallandscape.com     The post Krabi – Number One for growth on Trip Advisor appeared first on Phuket Gazette....
Back in Bangkok after Phuket court case dropped | Phuket News
Jonathan Head is back in Bangkok following his two day visit to Phuket. His case came to an abrupt conclusion when the man suing him, Phuket lawyer Pratuan Thanarak withdrew the charges. He was suing Mr Head over a story that appeared on the BBC in 2015 where the lawyer claimed he was defamed. Jonathan Head investigated foreigners being scammed of their retirement homes in Phuket in a 2015 BBC report. The BBC says “the plaintiff has withdrawn his case against BBC journalist Jonathan Head, but as the trial of his co-defendant is continuing we cannot comment further at present.” Leaving Phuket Provincial Court, Jonathan told Phuket Gazette, “I was confident we would win. We felt the case against us was not strong. I had faith in the Thai justice system not to put us in jail. “But the case does illustrate how easy it is for people in Thailand...
All safe as pickup catches fire on Phuket school run | Phuket News
PHUKET: A mum making a school run before heading to work in Phuket Town was caught out by her pickup truck catching fire in peak-hour traffic this morning (Aug 25)....
Yingluck is now a fugitive following non-appearance at Court | Phuket News
Thailand’s Supreme Court has issued an arrest warrant against former PM Yingluck Shinawatra after she was a no-show at today’s verdict announcement in the negligence trial involving her Government’s rice-pledging scheme. The verdict has now been postponed to September 27. The Court has also ordered the seizure of the 30 million Baht bail. If Khun Yingluck doesn’t show up on September 27, the Court can read the verdict without her appearance. Yingluck’s lawyer told the Court that she was sick from Meniere’s disease and asked to delay the ruling without a medical certificate confirming her illness. The court considered Yingluck lawyer’s request then threw out the claim that she would be unable to attend today’s hearing. The presiding Judge went further, convinced Yingluck had absconded, and ordered an arrest warrant plus the seizure of the the 30 million Baht bail money. The drama continued outside the Court room when Yingluck’s...
Phuket checkpoint snares 12kg of kratom | Phuket News
PHUKET: Officers at the Phuket Checkpoint arrested a Thai man attempting to smuggle 12kg of kratom leaves onto the island early this morning (Aug 25)....
High drama in Bangkok with no-show from Yingluck | Phuket News
Yingluck did not show up a the Supreme Court today to hear the verdict over the Rice Pledging Scheme case. Deputy PM Gen Prawit Wongsuwan confirms that he has been informed about Yingluck’s no-show in the court on a claim that she suffered from a disorder in the inner ear. He says the court has issued an arrest warrant against her. The court postponed the verdict reading to September 27. Yingluck’s lawyers told the court at 9:37 am that Yingluck is not well with Ménière disease, a disorder of the inner ear, so she cannot come to the court. But the court does not believe the claim as it is not backed by a medical certificate. The court has ordered the seizure of the bail guarantee of Bt30 million. Norawich Larlang, Yingluck’s lawyer, says he was informed by a source at 8 am this morning that Yingluck is not unwell. Norawich says...
Phuket dog shelter budget ‘nowhere near enough’, says Livestock Chief | Phuket News
PHUKET: The B1.3 million budget announced for the Phuket Stray Dog Shelter in Thalang during the “Big Cleaning Day” improvements this past week is “nowhere near enough”, says the Phuket Livestock Chief, who is responsible for the operations and upkeep of the facility....
Thai lawyer drops defamation suit against BBC reporter | Phuket News
A Thai lawyer has dropped his criminal defamation suit against a BBC correspondent following his investigation into foreigners being scammed of their retirement homes in the country, the broadcaster said Thursday. Jonathan Head, the BBC’s Southeast Asia correspondent, faced up to five years in jail after his report exposed how two foreign retirees had Phuket properties stolen from them by a network of criminals and corrupt officials. Rights groups said the case highlighted how Thailand’s broad defamation and computer crime laws scupper investigative journalism and make it difficult to uncover wrongdoing in an endemically corrupt country. The lawyer who brought the suit — Pratuan Thanarak — decided to drop the charges against Head on the first day of the trial on Wednesday. “The plaintiff has withdrawn his case against BBC journalist Jonathan Head, but as the trial of his co-defendant is continuing, we cannot comment further at present,” the BBC...
Defamation case against BBC’s Jonathan Head has been dropped | Phuket News
The Phuket lawyer, Pratuan Thanarak, who brought defamation charges against BBC broadcaster Jonathan Head, has dropped his criminal defamation suit. Head investigated foreigners being scammed of their retirement homes in Phuket in a 2015 BBC report. Jonathan faced up to five years in jail over the charges. His report detailed how two foreign retirees had their properties ‘stolen’ from them by the alleged collaboration of lawyers and Phuket money-lenders. Pratuan Thanarak decided to drop the charges against Head during the first day of the trial. In a short statement the BBC says “the plaintiff has withdrawn his case against BBC journalist Jonathan Head, but as the trial of his co-defendant is continuing we cannot comment further at present.” As foreigners cannot own land in Thailand they have the option to get around the ownership laws by putting their interests under the trust of a Thai, often a partner or wife. The...
UN veteran becomes South Korea’s first female foreign minister | Phuket News
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday appointed a veteran diplomat as the country’s first female foreign minister, tasked with easing tensions over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. Kang Kyung-hwa, 62, served as Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights and Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs before becoming a senior policy advisor to UN chief Antonio Guterres this year. Her appointment comes less than two weeks before Moon’s first trip to the US for a......
Scandal-hit South Korea justice minister nominee bows out over controversial views on women | Phuket News
A scandal-hit law professor bowed out of the running to become South Korea’s justice minister Saturday over his controversial views on women and admissions of drink driving and other transgressions. Ahn Kyong-hwan withdrew his candidacy in the wake of a public outcry centred on his 2016 book What is Man? and past behaviour including the revelation that he had once forged a marriage registration with an ex-girlfriend without her knowledge. The move is widely seen as a serious blow to South......
South Korean Grandmothers Want Lives Back, THAAD Gone | Phuket News
In Soseong-ri, a small farming village of about 80 residents in southern South Korea, a band of elderly women is at the forefront of protests against the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system next to their neighborhood. A dozen or so women, in their 60s to 80s, stand watch each day around the clock to make sure no military vehicles enter the deployment site through the only road to it — a former golf course owned by a leading conglomerate, the Lotte Group. The vigil has forced the U.S. military to use helicopters instead to shuttle fuel and supplies to the site hosting the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. Deployment under review South Korea’s former conservative government agreed with the United States to deploy the battery to counter growing threats from North Korean missiles. New liberal President Moon Jae-in promised to review the controversial decision during his successful...
Mines and snipers | Phuket News
The Demilitarised Zone between North and South Korea is one of the best guarded areas in the world....
Korean chicken farms to boycott fried chicken chains | Phuket News
By Lee Hyo-sik Chicken farmers in South Korea are threatening to boycott fried chicken franchises, blaming BBQ, Kyochon and other chains for dampening poultry consumption by raising the prices of one of Korea’s favourite foods. The Korea Poultry Association (KPA), which represents the interests of chicken farmers, said Tuesday that its members will begin a nationwide boycott against fried chicken chains unless they stop charging consumers more. “The prices of raw chicken......
Suspected N.Korea drone photographed US missile defense site | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - A suspected North Korean drone photographed a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea before it crashed near the border where it was found last week, Seoul's Defense Ministry said Tuesday....
Is it wrong to engage with the LGBT community? | Phuket News
SOCIAL stigma is something that can be very influential even if it is not the rule of law, because it is how society treats any particular issue, and usually it is with scorn, ridicule, and even abuse. For example, the stigmatisation of HIV/AIDS, the victims of abuse and rape, and even divorce and illegitimate children has a negative impact on the affected communities, as well as society overall. Recently, Malaysia’s ministry of health has been seen actively trying to demonise the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual (LGBT) community by organising a video competition to see who can come up with the best way to prevent homosexuality and ‘gender confusion’. The government is offering cash prizes of up to RM4000 to participants who can produce videos that will aid in the prevention of people becoming homosexuals, or just being ‘confused’ by their gender’. ‘Gender confusion’ is one of three different themes...
London bridge attack: World leaders express outrage, call for solidarity | Phuket News
MESSAGES of outrage and condemnation are pouring in from around the world as news reports confirm at least six deaths from the latest terror attack on central London. Militants drove a van at high speed into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing Saturday night revellers on the street and in nearby bars, killing at least six and wounding more than 30. Armed police rushed to the scene and shot dead the three male attackers in the Borough Market area near the bridge, as authorities urged Londoners on Twitter to “run, hide, tell” if they were caught up in the violence. As events unfolded, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the attack was “a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitor to our city enjoying their Saturday night.” “There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts,” he added, according to the AFP (via Rappler). He also issued a statement...
Malaysian ministry offers youth cash prizes for best video on how to not be gay | Phuket News
A PUBLIC contest by Malaysia’s Health Ministry has been making headlines this week for promoting anti-gay attitudes in the Muslim-majority country, where the LGBT are already stigmatized and homosexual activity outlawed. The contest, advertised on the ministry’s website and its Facebook page, offers cash prizes of up to RM4,000 (US$940) to contestants aged between 13 and 24 with the most creative video submissions on sexual health and ways to prevent homosexuality. The contest, themed Value Yourself, Practice Healthy Lifestyle, runs from June 1 to Aug 31 and invites participants to submit as many three-minute video entries as possible, choosing from one of three categories: sexual reproduction, cybersex and gender confusion. Activists in the country are enraged by the third category, which the contest describes further as issues involving the LGBT. The contest says each entry must introduce the issue and its consequences as well as suggest prevention methods and ways...
Wild, weird, and weighty: Sneak peek at Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2017 crazy design entries to date | Phuket News
Jun 03, 2017 Picture:  Projects from Lithuania, Turkey, and Taiwan subvert traditional craft and design practices to create products for a modern age Taipei, Taiwan --(ASIA TODAY)-- With less than one month to go until the close of the 2017 call for entries period for Taiwan’s international Golden Pin Concept Design Award on June 28, executive organizers, the Taiwan Design Center, are offering a sneak peek at some of the wildest, weirdest, and weightiest designs submitted into the competition so far. Inspired by a nostalgic revival in the popularity of older methods of music recording like vinyl and cassette tapes, Lithuanian designers Andrius Žemaitis and Marius Paulikas of audiovisual art and design organization, BrainMonk, have created a portable cassette player for the digital age. Unlike traditional players, Elbow Cassette Player uses a single pulley to drive the tape coupled with a sensor to maintain consistent playback. A biaxial arm...
Malaysia gay 'prevention' competition seeks videos | Phuket News
Young people are being offered cash prizes for the best videos tackling
Mixing Islam and terrorism: a blunder too far for Malaysia’s Star? | Phuket News
The Malaysian government’s threat to suspend a leading newspaper unless it explains a controversial front page that juxtaposed a headline about a terrorist leader with a picture of Muslims praying is the latest sign Prime Minister Najib Razak is unafraid of taking on the media, observers say. The interior ministry issued a “show cause” order to The Star after the English daily’s front page on May 27 caused uproar on social media. The top half of the page had featured the......
Gold expected to rise with Fed 'gentle' on rates | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- Gold may extend gains after climbing to the highest level in six weeks following disappointing monthly reports on US employment and wages, according to two analysts attending a conference in Singapore this week....
Singapore: Police investigating MRT ‘silent’ protest – reports | Phuket News
SINGAPOREAN police are investigating a “silent” protest which reportedly took place on a Mass Rail Transit (MRT) train on Saturday, local reports said. According to Channel News Asia, the authorities confirmed they were looking into the case after a police report was lodged on the matter. On Saturday, a group of demonstrators reportedly gathered in an MRT train to protest against a series of arrests and detentions that took place 30 years ago under the Internal Security Act. The group was commemorating the events of Operation Spectrum, launched in May 1987, which saw the arrests of 22 people accused of a communist plot to overthrow the government. The protest came in light of the launch of a book written by ex-detainees to mark the anniversary of their arrests, according to CNA. Wearing blindfolds and holding up the book entitled 1987: Singapore’s Marxist Conspiracy 30 years on, the activists held the...
Trump's abandonment of Paris climate accords won't deter big money investors | Phuket News
Investing in green projects remains a good business bet, Robin Hu, head of the sustainability and stewardship group at Singapore's Temasek, told CNBC's
Mattis Offers Assurances of US 'Enduring Commitment' to Asia | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis used a top regional security forum in Singapore this weekend to try and reassure Asia that the United States is not backing away from its enduring commitment to the region. How convinced Washington’s allies and partners in the region will be, remains to be seen, analysts say.   Mattis did not say much on the sidelines of the meetings, noting that he was largely at the Shangri-La Dialogue to listen. He met with regional allies and partners in between sessions at the forum, including holding a tri-lateral with Japan and South Korea. Early Sunday, he had a unique get-together with all 10 defense chiefs from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Enduring commitment   In his speech, however, the Trump administration’s first real address to the region as a whole, he talked at length about the importance of rules-based international order and how every...
Russia Calls North Korean Nuclear Ambitions 'Direct Threat' | Phuket News
North Korea's nuclear ambitions are threatening to Russia, a Russian official said Sunday.
US to Asean: 'We're here for you' | Phuket News
SINGAPORE - In his talks with defence ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, US Defence Secretary Jim
Mattis Gives Assurances of US 'Enduring Commitment' to Asia | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis used a top regional security forum in Singapore this weekend to try and reassure Asia that the United States is not backing away from its enduring commitment to the region. How convinced Washington’s allies and partners in the region will be, remains to be seen, analysts say.   Mattis did not say much on the sidelines of the meetings, noting that he was largely at the Shangri-La Dialogue to listen. He met with regional allies and partners in between sessions at the forum, including holding a tri-lateral with Japan and South Korea. Early Sunday, he had a unique get-together with all 10 defense chiefs from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Enduring commitment   In his speech, however, the Trump administration’s first real address to the region as a whole, he talked at length about the importance of rules-based international order and how every...
Russia says North Korea Nukes Are a 'Direct Threat' | Phuket News
North Korea's nuclear ambitions are threatening to Russia, a Russian official said Sunday.
ESPN: UCLA Basketball Players Arrested in China Could Stay for Months | Phuket News
The three UCLA men's basketball players arrested in China for allegedly shoplifting a day before U.S. President Donald Trump's visit cannot leave their hotel until the end of the legal process, which could last months, ESPN reported Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. The three University of California-Los Angeles players, freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were arrested Tuesday, according to several media reports. Ball is the younger brother of National Basketball Association rookie Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers. The U.S. State Department and UCLA athletics officials declined to address how long legal proceedings might take. A State Department official said the department was aware of reports of three American citizens arrested in China and stood ready to provide assistance but had no further comment because of privacy considerations. The Chinese government reported the incident to U.S. officials, Chinese Foreign Ministry officials previously said. Chinese authorities have up...
Trump and Xi begin talks after lavish welcome in China | Phuket News
The leaders of the two global superpowers are expected to discuss North Korea and the trade deficit....
Chinese inflation tops expectations for October | Phuket News
China's consumer inflation rate accelerated to 1.9 percent in October on-year, beating market expectations....
Japan leads gains in Asia markets ahead of China inflation data | Phuket News
Asian stocks climbed in early Thursday trade as investors awaited the release of Chinese inflation data....
Asia traders look to Wall Street gains ahead of China inflation data | Phuket News
U.S. stocks closed slightly higher despite a fall in financials ahead of Asia's Thursday trading day....
ILO: Children Risk Exploitation Most in Asia, Africa | Phuket News
The International Labor Organization (ILO) reports children caught in conflict and natural disasters are most at risk of child labor and of falling prey to trafficking, sexual exploitation and abuse. To mark the World Day Against Child Labor, the ILO is calling on governments to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The world is facing its greatest refugee and displacement crisis, with more than 65 million people forcibly displaced by war and persecution. Children are among those most at risk of exploitation from the breakdown of family and social systems, the loss of homes, schools, and livelihoods. The ILO reports an estimated 168 million children are in child labor globally, including 85 million engaged in the worst forms of child labor. This includes the use of children who work in slave-like conditions, in hazardous work, such as mining and agriculture, and in the use of children in combat or...
13 Philippine marines killed in fighting with militants | Phuket News
ILIGAN, Philippines -- Thirteen Philippine marines were killed in fierce fighting with Muslim militants who have laid siege to a southern city for nearly a month in the biggest single-day loss for government forces, the military said Saturday....
Through prayer, kin of abducted Filipino priest seek end to Marawi nightmare | Phuket News
PRAY – it’s all the family members of Fr. Teresito “Chito” Suganob can do at this point as they continue the long wait for news of his capture amid fighting in Marawi, the Philippine city that’s now become synonymous with Islamic State (IS) terrorism. It’s been nearly three weeks but Chito and several other captives remain in the clutches of the IS-inspired Maute group who are holding them as human shields until the Philippine government agrees to withdraw its troops. His family learned he was abducted on May 24, a day after the Maute gunmen attacked Marawi, a predominantly Muslim city on Mindanao island. Since then, they have been lighting candles and offering prayers daily at their ancestral house in the Norala township in South Cotabato province, where the priest grew up. “Dear God, please release them safely from the hands of their captors,” said Roqueto, the third of the Suganob siblings. Chito, known as “Tisoy” to...
Japan Seeks to Expand Arms Deals With Southeast Asia | Phuket News
A Japanese defense official said Monday that Japan is seeking to increase its sales of military equipment to Southeast Asian nations amid growing tensions with China and North Korea. The move is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to bolster Japan's military role and its sales of defense equipment, especially in Southeast Asia, where China has expanded its own arms sales. Hideaki Watanabe, head of the Defense Ministry's Acquisition Technology and Logistics Agency, said Japan will host a meeting Thursday with defense officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to discuss the sharing of equipment and technology. He spoke Monday at an international arms exhibit near Tokyo that was attended by hundreds of defense officials and industry leaders from around the world. Watanabe said there have been aggressive attempts by nations in recent years to change the status quo, in an apparent reference to China's building of artificial...
Flags to fly half-mast on Tuesday after Philippines marks independence | Phuket News
THE PHILIPPINES Armed Forces (AFP) have requested all government agencies to fly their flags at half-mast on Tuesday, as fighting with Islamic militants enters its fourth week in the city of Marawi. The nation’s 119th year of independence was marked solemnly on Monday as security forces continue to try and contain Islamic State-affiliated Maute group militants. Some 58 members of its police and military have lost their lives and another 120 have been wounded in the fighting to date. Government buildings are being urged to fly their flags at half-mast on Tuesday “in honour of the fallen troops who gave their all to free Marawi City from the clutches of the remaining Maute Group terrorists and the civilians who died from atrocities committed by the lawless elements,” says the state Philippine News Agency. Independence Day ceremony at the Capitol in Marawi City has started in the middle of an airstrike...
Blasts rock city as Philippines marks independence day | Phuket News
MARAWI CITY, Philippines -- Bomb blasts rocked Marawi City in the southern Philippines on Monday as the national flag was raised to mark independence day, almost three weeks after hundreds of Islamist militants overran the town and hunkered down with civilians as human shields....
Indonesia Names Islamist Leader a Suspect in Pornography Case | Phuket News
Indonesian police on Monday named an Islamist leader as a suspect in the exchange of pornographic messages and photos, a new legal threat to a cleric who helped organize mass Muslim rallies against Jakarta's former Christian governor. Habib Rizieq, a firebrand cleric who heads the hardline Islamic Defenders Forum (FPI), has also been made a suspect in a separate investigation over allegations he insulted the secular state ideology in the Muslim-majority nation. President Joko Widodo appears to be taking a tougher stance against fundamentalism and has said he would not tolerate any individuals or organizations that undermine the secular state ideology
Indonesia police say Islamist leader who led protests against Jakarta’s jailed Christian governor swapped nude photos with woman | Phuket News
Indonesian police yesterday named an Islamist leader as a suspect in the exchange of pornographic messages and photos, a new legal threat to a cleric who helped organise mass Muslim rallies against Jakarta’s former Christian governor. Habib Rizieq, a firebrand cleric who heads the hardline Islamic Defenders Forum (FPI), has also been made a suspect in a separate investigation over allegations he insulted the secular state ideology in the Muslim-majority nation. President Joko Widodo......
Indonesia names Islamist leader in porn case | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesian police on Monday named an Islamist leader as a suspect in the exchange of pornographic messages and photos, a new legal threat to a cleric who helped organise mass Muslim rallies against Jakarta's former Christian governor....
Philippines: City in lockdown over fears evacuees infiltrated by militants | Phuket News
THE PHILIPPINE city of Iligan was overflowing with evacuees and on lockdown on Monday over fears Islamist militants had sneaked out of nearby Marawi, where troops were battling to drive out gunmen holed up in buildings for a seventh day. The fighting in the city of Marawi with pro-Islamic State militants of the Maute group is the biggest security challenges of Rodrigo Duterte’s 11-month presidency, with gunmen still holding parts of the city and fending off helicopter air strikes and ground attacks by commandos. Most of Marawi‘s 200,000 people have left, many pouring into Iligan, some 38 km (24 miles) away, where authorities said they were stretched to the limit and worried that Maute fighters were blending in with the displaced and could launch attacks. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Duterte says won’t listen to Supreme Court, Congress on martial law “We don’t want what’s happening in Marawi to spill over in Iligan,”...
Rp 1 million incentive offered for men to undergo vasectomy in Yorkyakarta | Phuket News
The Yogyakarta administration has offered Rp 1 million as an incentive for any man who is willing to undergo vasectomy operation as part of a family planning programme, The Jakarta Post Online reported on Monday. Eny Rosmawati, acting head of population control and family planning agency of Yogyakarta, said on Sunday that the incentive was intended to increase men’s participation in family planning. Men who have undergone vasectomy operation in the province represent only 0.69 percent of the total number of participants in all family planning programmes. 32.46 percent of women involved in the programmes use IUD contraceptives. Eny said, besides giving an incentive, the administration also raised public awareness about family planning. In Yogyakarta, only 71 percent of 43,749 married couples of reproductive age have participated in family planning.   The post Rp 1 million incentive offered for men to undergo vasectomy in Yorkyakarta appeared first on Thai PBS...
Philippine Police Find Executed Civilians, Blame Rebels | Phuket News
Bodies of what appeared to be executed civilians were found in a ravine outside a besieged Philippine city Sunday as a six-day occupation by Islamist rebels resisting a military onslaught took a more sinister turn. The eight dead men, most of them shot in the head and some with hands tied behind their backs, were laborers who were stopped by Islamic State-linked militants on the outskirts of Marawi City while trying to flee clashes, according to police. Nine spent bullet casings were found on a blood-stained patch of road at the top of the ravine. Attached to one of the bodies was a sign that said “Munafik” (traitor). Rebels suspected  The discovery confirms days of speculation that Maute rebels had killed civilians during a bloody takeover of Marawi City, that the military believes is aimed at winning the Maute recognition from the Islamic State group in the Middle East as...
Philippines: Bodies of civilians dumped near city besieged by Islamists (graphic) | Phuket News
BODIES of what appeared to be executed civilians were found in a ravine outside a besieged Philippine city on Sunday as a six-day occupation by Islamist rebels resisting a military onslaught took a more sinister turn. The eight dead men, most of them shot in the head and some with hands tied behind their backs, were labourers who were stopped by Islamic State-linked militants on the outskirts of Marawi City while trying to flee clashes, according to police. Nine spent bullet casings were found on a blood-stained patch of road at the top of the ravine. Attached to one of the bodies was a sign that said “Munafik” (traitor). The discovery confirms days of speculation that Maute rebels had killed civilians during a bloody takeover of Marawi City, that the military believes is aimed at winning the Maute recognition from the Islamic State group in the Middle East as a...
Media frenzy greets convicted drug trafficker Schapelle Corby on her return to Australia after 13 years in Indonesia | Phuket News
Australian Schapelle Corby battled a media storm as she returned home from Bali on Sunday 12 years after her conviction for drug trafficking, in a dramatic end to a saga that captivated her homeland. The beauty school dropout hit Australian headlines when she was arrested in 2004 at Bali airport aged 27 with several kilograms of hashish stashed in her surfing gear, and was jailed the following year for 20 years. Her sentence was cut due to regular remissions and after an appeal to the president......
Where will Indonesia’s anti-gay hysteria end? | Phuket News
At about 9pm on Sunday, four mini buses, the kind commonly used for public transport in Jakarta, slunk into the Ruko Kokan Permata Complex in Kelapa Gading, in the north of the city. The convoy then wound its way past the Playboy Sensation Funtasty massage parlour and trundled by the blacked out windows of the Delta Massage Health Club – both, in effect, brothels for “straight” men – before making two right turns to stop at Block B, units 15-16. There, a dozen or so......
Malaysia to tighten border security after regional attacks – minister | Phuket News
MALAYSIA will tighten security at its borders following the recent spate of militant and terrorist attacks in neighbouring countries and deploy more assets to these areas. According to The Star, the string of attacks in the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand are what prompted Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein to order the armed forces to beef up patrols across the entire border. A view of the site of an explosion at a bus stop in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta, Indonesia May 24, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Source: Antara Foto/Galih Pradipta/via Reuters “This is because of the incidents that have taken place in three of our neighbours – the bombing at a hospital in Bangkok, bombing in Kam­pung Melayu, Jakarta, and the worsening conflict between Filipino forces and militants in Marawi City, Mindanao,” Hussein said in a statement released yesterday. “In Sabah, the armed forces will deploy more assets,...
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Patong tunnel! Temple murder? Yingluck's supporters || August 24 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA – August 24 Patong Tunnel projects 1st step! Did monk kill teen? Defamation charge DROPPED for BBC journo! Not guilty plea in dismemberment case and Yingluck to supporters: stay home. Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
Thais, Chinese arrested for removing marine life from Phuket coral reefs | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket office of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) has reported the arrests of two Thais and a Chinese tourist for fishing and removing marine life from a protected coral reef in two separate incidents yesterday (Aug 23)....
Defamation Case Dropped Against BBC Reporter in Thailand  | Phuket News
A Thai lawyer has withdrawn a criminal defamation case against a British BBC journalist involving a report on foreigners being defrauded of property, the BBC says.   The case against Jonathan Head, BBC's Southeast Asia correspondent, had begun Wednesday and has been criticized as an example of how Thailand's harsh criminal defamation laws can be used to intimidate journalists.    The BBC said in a statement Wednesday that the plaintiff had withdrawn the case against Head, who said via Twitter Thursday that the charges against his co-defendant were also withdrawn.   “Charges against my co-defendant Ian Rance now also withdrawn,” Head said in the post. “Relief for me but Ian's fight 4 justice & restoration of stolen assets goes on.”   Head had reported about Rance, a British expatriate whose Thai wife allegedly defrauded him of properties on the southern resort island of Phuket by forging his signature on multiple...
The Ripple Effect – becoming the hero of your own story | Phuket News
We all love a great story. The story that captures our imagination with; a tale of a hero, adversity or our hero triumphing over adversity. It sparks hope; that one day we can be courageous and heroic and become the hero of our own story. Hope is the spark for something better and a catalyst for a massive bleep on your EKG. Without the hope of something better we would simply shrug our shoulders and proclaim “IT’S GOOD ENOUGH“ Stale and uninspired are synonymous with being a bystander in life. Watching the same old predictable movie again and again. We are talking about the Hero’s Story and for that we need to resuscitate the belief that we all have the capacity to be passionate about life. Never forget that Passion and Conviction is a FORCE MULTIPLIER. Hero’s are compassionate and care. Hero’s create a ripple effect with those they come...
World Bank upgrades Thailand’s growth projections | Phuket News
The World Bank on Thursday upgraded its economic growth projections for Thailand to 3.5 per cent from the 3.2 per cent estimated previously. The Bank said that economic growth in Thailand is gaining momentum, with global growth and recovery from severe droughts buoying an expansion of GDP by 3.3 per cent in the first quarter and 3.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2017, exceeding market expectations. Exports is a big factor, as are recovery of the agricultural sector and government spending, said Ulrich Zachau, director of regional partnerships at the World Bank. The Bank predicts the world economy would expand 2.7 per cent this year and 2.9 per for each of the next couple of years, he added. SOURCE: The Nation http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30324780 The post World Bank upgrades Thailand’s growth projections appeared first on Phuket Gazette....
Sneaky snake slips into Krabi house | Phuket News
Another python has been found in the bedroom of a Krabi house. Early today (August 24), 72 year old Subin Kongban found a 15 kilogram python crawling in the house after eating his chicken at the back of the house. “I was going to the toilet and found it crawling in the house, almost by my bed, so I called the rescue team for help,” said Subin. “There have been 3 pythons getting in my house in the last few months. All of them were about 3-4 meters long. I think it happened because I made the chicken coop more secured so the python changed its course to go to the house instead.” Klong Nuea Rescue Team took about 10 minutes to catch the python and release it back to the jungle. The rescue team also suggests all households located nearby snake populated areas such as forests and dense grass...
French tourists rescued at Phuket beach | Phuket News
PHUKET: Lifeguards rescued four French women at Surin Beach, Phuket’s west coast, after they were swept away by a flash rip current in a red-flag “no swimming” zone yesterday afternoon (Aug 23)....
No charges for Phuket hotel after staffer crushed in elevator shaft | Phuket News
PHUKET: The hotel in Patong where an employee was crushed by an elevator counterweight in the elevator shaft on Aug 11 will not face charges, confirmed Lt Col Jongserm Preecha of the Patong Police today (Aug 24)....
Tech school student shot dead by rival-school students in Pak Kret | Phuket News
A vocational school student was fatally shot by a group of students from a rival school in Nonthaburi province on Wednesday evening, police said. The shooting incident happened at 5.30pm on Tiwanon Road in Tambon Bang Phood in Pak Kret district, said Pol Captain Supachoke Phorkhathai, deputy inspector of Pak Kret Police Station. Mongkol Khampradit, 20, a student of Pathum Thani Technology school was shot once in his left armpit. He died later at Krungthai Hospital. His friends told police that they were riding their motorcycles toward the Pak Kret intersection when a group of some 10 students from a rival school opened fire at them. The rival students fled the scene after the shooting. SOURCE: The Nation http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30324749 The post Tech school student shot dead by rival-school students in Pak Kret appeared first on Phuket Gazette....
BBC correspondent Jonathan Head has criminal defamation suit dropped in Thailand | Phuket News
Lawyer drops charges agains Head, the broadcaster’s south-east Asia reporter, but another Briton still faces prosecutionA Thai lawyer has dropped his criminal defamation suit against a BBC correspondent who investigated foreigners being scammed of their retirement homes in the country, the broadcaster has said.Jonathan Head, the BBC’s south-east Asia correspondent, faced up to five years in jail after his report exposed how two foreign retirees had Phuket properties stolen from them by a network of criminals and corrupt officials. Continue reading......
Trump to Host South Korean Counterpart | Phuket News
 President Donald Trump will host his newly-elected South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in in Washington later this month, the White House announced Tuesday. The two leaders are expected to discuss strengthening their alliance and advancing cooperation on global and economic issues, as well as coordinating to counter North Korean nuclear and missile threats. North Korea has tested as many as four missiles just in the last month. South Korea, however, has said it will suspend any further deployment of the controversial U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system until an environmental impact assessment ordered by new President Moon Jae-In is finished. Seoul agreed under Moon's ousted predecessor Park Geun-Hye last year to deploy the missile intercept system to guard against threats from nuclear-armed North Korea, despite angry opposition from Beijing, which views the north as a threat to its own military capabilities....
China, the emerging global leader | Phuket News
DONALD Trump’s buffoonery and political naiveté has provided plenty of entertainment for much of the world in recent months. But while the US president and former reality TV show host was navigating diplomatic landmines and setting off a few of his own, his counterpart over in Beijing, Xi Jinping, was busy cementing China’s role as potential global superpower and leader of the emerging world. Taking advantage of Trump’s isolationist “America First” agenda, China has been making new friends. Last week in Astana, China continued its purposeful march towards a new geopolitical world order when Pakistan and India were signed on as members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The inclusion of the two warring nuclear powers effectively made the SCO the largest international grouping in the world in terms of its coverage of the global population. SEE ALSO: Hope for India-Pakistan ties as Shanghai pact spreads to South Asia Trump plans to meet with India’s Prime Minister...
Twenty-seven elderly people go missing a day in South Korea | Phuket News
By Jung Min-ho An increasing number of elderly people are going missing in Korea a worrying trend for the fast-aging society. According to the National Police Agency, Monday, 9,869 dementia sufferers went missing in 2016. In other words, 27 people now go missing every day. Some turn up dead, or not at all. The number of missing elderly people has been increasing at an alarming pace over the past few years. From 7,650 in 2012, it jumped by nearly 30 per cent in just five years. An......
Suspected North Korean drone photographed US THAAD missile site before crash | Phuket News
A drone suspected to be from North Korea had taken aerial photos of the US THAAD anti-missile defence site in South Korea before it crashed on its way back. Seoul’s Defence Ministry said Tuesday investigators discovered hundreds of photos from the drone’s Sony-made in-built camera. The ministry said they include 10 photos of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence missile launchers and a radar system installed in the southeastern town of Seongju earlier this year. It says the rest......
South Korea: One hurt as package explodes in university | Phuket News
A PACKAGE exploded at South Korea‘s Yonsei University in central Seoul on Tuesday injuring a staff member who opened it in his office, a fire official said. Yonhap news agency said the blast sent small bolt nails flying from the package. It said the engineering faculty member was not seriously injured, suffering burns to his arm, and was being treated at the university hospital. The injured staffer was the only person in the office at the time of the blast and no other faculty members or students are believed to be injured, a fire official said. – Reuters The post South Korea: One hurt as package explodes in university appeared first on Asian Correspondent....
Ex-US Democratic presidential hopeful applauds Trump’s North Korea strategy | Phuket News
Former US Democratic presidential candidate and senior diplomat Bill Richardson lauded US President Donald Trump’s approach to North Korea. Richardson also appealed to the president to come to an agreement that will keep a US missile defence system deployed in South Korea and leave Washington’s trade agreement with Seoul intact. In a keynote address delivered in New York, Richardson said Trump and his aides were correct to stop threatening North Korea with pre-emptive military......
North Korea Sees Humanitarian Aid as Leverage | Phuket News
So far North Korea has rejected South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s offers of unconditional humanitarian aid and cooperation.  Since he took office in early May, the new liberal South Korean leader has tried to balance strong support for military deterrence and international sanctions against Pyongyang’s continued nuclear and ballistic missiles provocations with increased engagement to restart inter-Korean dialogue and cooperation.  Humanitarian assistance  The government in Seoul has approved numerous requests from private charities to offer assistance to help alleviate the rampant poverty and poor health conditions in North Korea, where 84 percent of households have “borderline or poor food consumption,” one-third of children suffer from malnutrition, and the infant mortality rate is 33 percent, according to the United Nations.  But the Kim Jong Un government in Pyongyang has not permitted these overtures, citing Seoul's support for U.N. Security Council sanctions adopted to punish Pyongyang's recent missile provocations.  Last week, North...
Two Thai women still 'missing' in South Korea | Phuket News
Thai authorities are still trying to locate two Thai women who left a tour group in South Korea, Udon Thani governor Chayawut Chanthon said on Monday....
Duterte says Didn't Seek US Support in Marawi | Phuket News
President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he did not seek support from Washington to end the siege of a southern Philippines town by Islamist militants, a day after the United States said it was providing assistance at the request of the government. Duterte told a news conference in Cagayan de Oro City, about 100 km (62 miles) from the besieged town of Marawi, that he had
South Korea names new defence minister days after North tests new anti-ship cruise missile | Phuket News
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Sunday nominated a former navy chief as his defence minister, the president’s office said, as the government faces challenges tackling North Korea’s rapidly developing weapons programme. The nominee, Song Young-moo, was well suited to deal with North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat, the presidential Blue House office said. Under third-generation leader Kim Jong-un, North Korea has been conducting missile tests at an unprecedented......
Fear of added discrimination and violence as Malaysia holds contest on how to ‘prevent' homosexuality | Phuket News
Malaysian health authorities are holding a contest on how to “prevent” homosexuality and transgenderism, drawing criticism from campaigners that it was fanning hatred and violence towards LGBT people. Activists say intolerance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people has spiked in recent years in Malaysia, a multi-ethnic Southeast Asian country that is majority Muslim. In the latest controversy, the health ministry’s contest invites participants to submit video......
More Businesses Eyeing the Philippines for Ecommerce Opportunities | Phuket News
Southeast Asia’s first market research portal dedicated to online retail, ecommerceIQ, and Google Philippines held a closed-door executive workshop to accelerate the growth of digital in the Philippines on May 25th. The event covered an overview of the overall Philippines landscape, how to setup ecommerce operations and digital marketing techniques to help grow online sales. It was attended by the country’s most promising companies that are taking the first steps to appease the young Filipino population with a growing appetite for ecommerce. Ecommerce in the Philippines  Google and Temasek predicted that the country’s e-market is poised to reach $19 billion (P918 billion) by 2025, out sizing both Malaysia and Singapore, and experience 34% annual growth over the next 10 years. In an interview with CNN Philippines last year, Google Philippines Country Head Kenneth Lingan believes in the next 10 years, 5% of all purchases in the country will be bought online....
Man accused of Malaysia Airlines threat does not appear in court | Phuket News
A man charged over a false bomb threat on a Malaysia Airlines flight elects not to appear in court....
Size is not everything you need to get ahead in the wired world | Phuket News
Last week, when I was travelling through Singapore and Malaysia, I was using Uber everywhere. My local friends were using something else; they were all on Grab. Outside Southeast Asia, very few might have heard of Grab. But a lot of ink has been spilled in the region about the fight between the two car-hailing companies and how they have been able to prosper simultaneously. The world’s most valuable start-up and valued at US$68 billion, Uber has a war chest dwarfing that of Singapore-......
RHB Bank, AMMB said to seek nod for merger talk | Phuket News
KULA LUMPUR - RHB Bank Bhd, Malaysia's fourth-largest lender by assets, and AMMB Holdings Bhd are planning to pursue talks to merge, people with knowledge of the matter said....
Passenger with hoax bomb tries to enter cockpit of Malaysia Airlines plane with wireless speaker | Phuket News
A Sri Lankan student who tried to enter an airline cockpit with what he said was a bomb before terrified passengers overpowered him, had been released from psychiatric care just before boarding the plane, Australian police said Thursday. Passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight MH128 from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur said they feared for their lives when the 25-year-old rushed towards the cockpit shouting that he wanted to “blow the plane up”. “He had been released from psychiatric......
Passenger with hoax bomb tries to enter cockpit of Malaysia Airlines plane with bluetooth speaker | Phuket News
A Sri Lankan student who tried to enter an airline cockpit with what he said was a bomb before terrified passengers overpowered him, had been released from psychiatric care just before boarding the plane, Australian police said Thursday. Passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH128 from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur said they feared for their lives when the 25-year-old rushed towards the cockpit shouting that he wanted to “blow the plane up”. “He had been released from......
A passenger subdued after trying to rush into cockpit of Malaysian Airlines’ flight | Phuket News
A Malaysian Airlines flight bound for Kuala Lumpur was forced to return to Melbourne late Wednesday night after a passenger tried to rush into the cockpit and issued threats, Straits Times Online reported on Thursday. It was reported that passengers managed to overpower the passenger and brought him under control. Reports said that the passenger was holding an electronic frequency device which was later proven to be a power bank. Australian federal police had responded to the captain’s call and several vehicles were seen surrounding the Flight MH128 aircraft after it touched down in Melbourne airport. It was reported that, after the incident, several flights had been diverted and the airport temporarily closed. The passenger is now in police custody for questioning.   The post A passenger subdued after trying to rush into cockpit of Malaysian Airlines’ flight appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
US looking forward to closer Thai military ties | Phuket News
SINGAPORE - US Defense Secretary James Mattis has said he looks forward to Thailand's return to democracy and to expand military cooperation with the country....
Mattis to Asia: 'We're still with you' | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: US Defence Secretary James Mattis sought patience from Asian nations reeling from President Donald Trump’s “American First” policy moves, insisting that the US would continue to expand its engagement in the region....
Mattis Says China’s Militarization of Man-Made Islands Unacceptable | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis applauded China’s efforts to work with the international community on North Korea at an annual security forum in Singapore Saturday. But when it came to the South China Sea, he called China’s ongoing militarization of man-made islands there and its disregard for international order, unacceptable. “We cannot accept Chinese actions that impinge on the interests of the international community, undermining the rules-based order that has benefited all countries here today (at the forum), including, and especially China,” Mattis said, in a speech to delegates and the media at the Shangri-La Dialogue.   Watch: US Security Policy in Spotlight at Annual Asia Defense Summit He said that while competition between the world’s two largest economies was bound to occur, conflict is not inevitable. “Artificial island construction and indisputable militarization of facilities on features in international waters undermines regional stability,” he said, noting that China’s military...
Indian actor’s accent sparks debate on Singaporeans’ attitude to race | Phuket News
For all the talk of Singapore’s no-nonsense approach to managing ethnic peace, the Lion City is unabashed about its fondness for racially tinged humour. Local comedians draw the loudest guffaws when they spoof stereotypes of the country’s major races – the Chinese is always a money grubber, the Malay is work-shy, and the Indian a recalcitrant alcoholic. Few bat their eyelids when television sitcoms and big-screen local comedies feature minority actors putting on exaggerated......
Australia, Japan, US defence chiefs meet over N. Korea | Phuket News
SINGAPORE - The defense ministers of Australia, Japan and the United States met Saturday, at a time when the international community is struggling to find effective ways to tackle North Korea's growing nuclear-missile threat....
US Security Policy in Spotlight at Annual Asia Defense Summit | Phuket News
Questions about the U.S. commitment to the Asian region will be a key focus as Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis attends the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore this weekend. In recent years, the annual meeting has typically been an opportunity for countries in the region to voice frustrations and concerns about China — be it Beijing’s artificial island building in the South China Sea or territorial claims. This year, however, Washington may be getting most of the attention, analysts said. President Donald Trump’s announcement this week that the U.S. would exit the Paris climate change agreement, along with other campaign trail and policy follow-throughs, are not only raising concerns about the environment and free trade agreements, but also spilling over into the security arena as well. Mattis seems well-prepared to assure allies and others in the region that Washington will not turn its back on Asia. He is leading a robust...
Singapore: New rules to suppress activism? Group demands answers as Pink Dot nears | Phuket News
RIGHTS advocates are questioning the intent of recent revisions to Singapore’s Public Order Act, which Pink Dot organisers say have resulted in their having to set up barricades and conduct identity checks during the July 1 gathering. Amnesty International (AI) in a statement asked if the law tweaks were meant to suppress activism in Singapore, a country that criminalises sexual relations between men and that is often accused of discriminating against the LGBT. “The amendment… increases the risk of criminalisation of peaceful assembly in Singapore and will stigmatise those who participate in these rallies, including LGBT people, instead of ensuring they are able to enjoy their human rights without discrimination,” the group said. Pink Dot is an annual gathering for the LGBT that began in 2009, held in the so-called Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park – the only location in the city-state that citizens may stage a public protest. Since 2011...
Tencent Buys 10 Percent Stake in Snap | Phuket News
The Chinese internet company Tencent has acquired a 10 percent stake in Snap, with the social media company struggling to boost user growth. Tencent runs the WeChat messaging app, as well as online payment platforms and games. Earlier this year, it bought a 5 percent stake in Tesla Inc.   Snap Inc. is the parent company of Snapchat, a camera app that lets people send short videos and images. The company, based in Venice, California, said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that Tencent bought 145.8 million shares.   Snap revealed Tuesday that its loss tripled to $443.2 million during the third quarter on weak user growth and revenue. The app is getting a redesign to make it easier to use.   Snap faces intense competition from Apple, Facebook's Instagram and WhatsApp, and Google's YouTube.   Shares, which had fallen 20 percent before the opening bell, cut those losses in half...
FRAM - Toulouse-Blagnac Airport management team visits FPAM headquarters in Hong Kong Sino-French collaborations in creating a 'customer-friendly' airport | Phuket News
Nov 08, 2017 Picture:  Hong Kong - 8 November 2017 - To promote friendly interchange between the Chinese and French teams of Toulouse-Blagnac Airport of France (
China butterfly smugglers jailed and fined by Jinan court | Phuket News
The trio bought 2,800 specimens online and had them mailed them to China to be framed and sold....
Trump in China for talks with Xi amid N Korea tensions | Phuket News
Beijing gives a lavish welcome to the US leader, but potentially fraught talks lie ahead....
Reports: 3 US College Basketball Players Arrested in China | Phuket News
U.S. media reports say three American college basketball players were arrested in China for allegedly shoplifting from a store in Hangzhou, China. ESPN reported Wednesday three players from UCLA -- LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill -- had been released on bail, but were required to remain in Hangzhou until the legal process was completed, according to a source. UCLA is scheduled to play Georgia Tech in a game Saturday in Beijing. UCLA coach Steve Alford told reporters Wednesday that he would not comment except to say that Ball, Riley and Hill will not be playing Saturday. The university issued a statement saying it is aware of the situation and cooperating fully with authorities in China. Larry Scott, head of the Pac-12 Conference in which UCLA plays, expressed disappointment at any situation that takes away from what is supposed to be a positive educational and cultural experience.
In China, showtime for Trump on trade, N. Korea | Phuket News
HONG KONG: President Donald Trump toured parts of Beijing on Wednesday after arriving for a high-stakes state visit where he’ll look for wins from Xi Jinping on everything from the US’s massive trade deficit to reining in North Korea....
Philippines: Duterte focused on drugs, ignored rise of IS – analyst | Phuket News
PHILIPPINES President Rodrigo Duterte’s focus on the controversial war on drugs left the country exposed to the rising influence of Islamic State (IS) militants in the semi-autonomous southern provinces, says a security expert. Duterte’s administration, it appears, had focused on the anti-drug campaign claiming the lives of thousands of Filipinos that rendered the government unprepared for a militant threat festering in the restive south for years. An analyst and professor at the National War College in Washington, who specialises in Southeast Asian security issues, Zachary M. Abuza, was quoted by the New York Times, as saying the government has largely been in denial about the growth of IS and its affiliated groups. “Duterte has been preoccupied with his campaign of gutting the rule of law by using police and other security forces for the extrajudicial killing of drug pushers,” he said. Fighting in Marawi City between the Maute militants and...
Philippines' Duterte says didn't seek U.S. support in city siege | Phuket News
President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he did not seek support from Washington to end the siege of a southern Philippines town by Islamist militants....
Emotional case of a Filipino family who tries to save their baby in Thailand | Phuket News
Rejected by every hospital, this young Filipino family had to come in Thailand to seek some help to save their 9 months old baby girl who needs several heart surgeries. Both parents, originally from Philippines, are currently residing in Thailand where they came to find a treatment for Leanne, their daughter, who was diagnosed trisomy 13 and congenital heart disease. Masha Zhigunova, regional division manager at Vejthani hospital in Bangkok, set up a fundraiser to support the family. Meanwhile the mum addressed an open letter to the community : “Leanne is our little princess. Two months after she was born, doctors said she will only have days and maybe weeks to live. Every time she cries, she will turn purple and then stops breathing which once lead her to have her heart completely stopped. If she has another cardiac arrest she may not survive. So that day, the nurses put...
Duterte says he didn’t ask US for help to rid city of militants | Phuket News
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he did not seek support from Washington to end the siege of a southern Philippines town by Islamist militants, a day after the United States said it was providing assistance at the request of the government. Duterte told a news conference in Cagayan de Oro, about 100km from the besieged town of Marawi, that he had “never approached America” for help. When asked about US support to fight the pro-Islamic State militants in Marawi......
Philippine Leader, focused on drugs, ignored IS | Phuket News
MANILA -- It was classic bravado from the Philippines’ tough-guy president, Rodrigo Duterte. The Maute Group, a militant Islamic band fighting government troops near the southern Philippines city of Marawi last year, had asked for a cease-fire....
Hong Kong-backed food truck scheme to feed needy children in the Philippines | Phuket News
A group that feeds 200 children each day in the Philippines is raising funds for mobile kitchens to reach more hungry youngsters. The Simply Share Foundation has just finished collecting donations in Hong Kong and southern China for its first such vehicle, which will be on the road before the end of the year, co-founder Brian To said. The aim of the non-governmental organisation is to have three mobile kitchens distributing food for more than 2,000 children in the coming year. Meet the Italian......
US joins battle as Philippines takes losses in besieged city | Phuket News
U.S. special forces are aiding troops from the Philippines in attempting to break a now three-week-old siege of the town of Marawi on Mindanao island, a military spokesman for the Southeast Asian country said....
Military vows to liberate Marawi City on Independence Day June 12 | Phuket News
The Armed Forces of the Philippines vowed on Friday to “liberate” Marawi City from ramnants of the IS-affiliated Maute terror group ahead of the country’s commemoration of Independence Day on Monday, The Manila Times Online reported on Saturday. AFP spokesman Brig-Gen Restituto Padilla Jr told a news conference in the Malacdanang that the military was hoping to raise the Philippine flag on every corner of Marawi City on June 12 Independence Day to symbolize the unified stand against the IS-linked militants. The AFP earlier missed deadlines it had set to clear the city of the militants, citing several challenges that have prevented the security forces from reclaiming the once vibrant Islamic city. Among the difficulties troops face was the use of human shield by the militants. The military on Friday asked Facebook to close dozens of accounts linked to the Islamist terrorists, saying they were being used for propaganda. Military...
Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby switches Bali flight to dodge media for dramatic homecoming | Phuket News
Australian Schapelle Corby returned home Sunday following her deportation from Bali 12 years after her conviction for drug trafficking, as she battled through a media storm in a dramatic end to a saga that captivated her homeland. Corby and her sister Mercedes avoided cameras when she touched down in the eastern city of Brisbane early on Sunday morning, with live television broadcasts showing a convoy of vehicles believed to be carrying them leaving the airport. “It is with gratefulness......
Australian drug convict Schapelle Corby returns home from Bali | Phuket News
CONVICTED drug smuggler Schapelle Corby arrived in Australia on Sunday after completing a twelve-and-a-half-year sentence for smuggling marijuana to Indonesia, a case which received huge media attention and soured ties between the two countries. Corby landed at Brisbane International Airport with her sister Mercedes Corby and a bodyguard just after 5 a.m., Australian media reported. She did not leave the airport through the usual exit, evading a large media contingent waiting for her, before being whisked away in a black van with tinted windows. Family spokeswoman Eleanor Whitney thanked Corby’s supporters and asked for privacy. “It is with gratefulness and relief we mark Schapelle Corby’s return to Australia,” she said, reading from a statement. SEE ALSO: Australia: No deal with Indonesia in Schapelle Corby drug case Corby has always maintained her innocence, saying she was unaware she was carrying more than 4 kg (8.8 lb) of marijuana in a boogie board...
Schapelle Corby: 'Ganja Queen' trafficker deported from Bali | Phuket News
Schapelle Corby was jailed for marijuana smuggling in a case which caused outrage in Australia....
Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby leaves Bali to return home after 13 years | Phuket News
Australian Schapelle Corby battled through a media scrum on Saturday as she left a Bali villa to head home 12 years after being convicted of drug trafficking on the holiday island, a long-awaited return that has captivated public attention. The beauty school dropout covered her face with a scarf as she was bustled out of her home on the Indonesian resort island, amid heavy security as a huge pack of Australian and international journalists jostled to get a shot of her. The 39-year-old, who was......
Drug convict Corby deported to Australia | Phuket News
DENPASAR, INDONESIA: Indonesia on Saturday deported Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby, whose trial and imprisonment on the tourist island of Bali mesmerised her homeland for more than a decade....
In Indonesia and Philippines, militants find a common bond | Phuket News
An eruption of violence in the southern Philippines and suicide bombings in Indonesia this week highlight the growing threat posed by militant backers of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia....
Indonesia arrests 3 suspects in bombings that killed police | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Indonesian police arrested three suspected militants Friday for their alleged involvement in twin suicide bombings that killed three people in Jakarta, while the Islamic State group claimed it was responsible for the attack....
Asia in 3 minutes: Gay sauna arrests in Indonesia, Philippines bans religious icons in cars | Phuket News
Philippines bans ‘distractions’ – including rosaries – while driving Philippine authorities have banned hanging rosaries and religious icons on car dashboards because of safety concerns, prompting an outcry from the Catholic Church, which insists they offer divine intervention. The ban is part of a wide-ranging new law aimed at eliminating distractions for drivers. These include talking or sending messages on mobile phones, putting on make-up and eating or drinking......
Three arrested in Jakarta bombings | Phuket News
JAKARTA - Indonesian police arrested three suspected militants Friday for their alleged involvement in twin suicide bombings that killed three people in Jakarta, while the Islamic State group claimed it was responsible for the attack....
IS claims its fighter launched bomb attack in Jakarta | Phuket News
Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the twin bomb attack in Jakarta which killed three policemen and injured 12 others on Wednesday night, The Jakarta Post Online reported on Friday. “The executor of the attack on the Indonesian police gathering in Jakarta was an Islamic State fighter,” the group’s news agency, Amaq, was quoted as saying by Reuters. The attack was the second IS-claimed attack on Indonesian soil. A series of bomb and gun attacks in front of the Sarinah shopping centre in Central Jakarta in January 2016 resulted in the deaths of eight people, including four attackers. Security officials have been put on alert to remain vigilant in anticipation of further attacks. Analysts have called on the public to stay alert following reports that hundreds of Indonesians have flocked abroad to join the fight with the militant group and could pose as threats upon their return.   The...
Illegal sections of controversial Phuket property being demolished | Phuket News
PHUKET: It has been confirmed today that sections of the controversial Krathing Cape property which have deemed to be illegal by officials are now in the process of being demolished....
The new, non-flammable, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | Phuket News
It’s impossible to appraise the sleek new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 without recalling it’s fiery predecessor, the Note 7. It got somewhat of a reputation for with catching fire or even exploding, being banned on aeroplanes and eventually just about everywhere else. It was a costly and embarrassing gaff for the South Korean electronics giant. The Galaxy Note 8 phablet was going to have to be good, particularly with the new iPhone 10th anniversary launch coming up next month. It’s not cheap at US$930 – will surely be over 305,000 Bt by the time it comes to Thailand – but the Note 8 kicks off a list of upcoming premium-priced handsets just five months after the release of the Galaxy S8 smartphone. Last October’s recall of the Note 7 cost Samsung billions of dollars along with their reputation as a steady, conservative and reliable designer and builder of premium phones....
Nominations open for Phuket HIV and LGBT heroes in new Asia-Pacific community service awards | Phuket News
The work of HIV and LGBT community heroes from across Asia and the Pacific is set to be honoured at a special event in Bangkok in November, with organisers of the first ever HERO Awards currently seeking nominations from community members in Phuket and across the region....
Defamation case against BBC reporter withdrawn | Phuket News
A Phuket lawyer has withdrawn a criminal defamation case against a British BBC journalist involving a report on foreigners being defrauded of property, the BBC reports....
Suspected murderer continues to deny charge, say Phuket police | Phuket News
PHUKET: A former monk who is suspected of murdering a 17-year old monk assistant at a temple in Thalang on August 5 is continuing to deny the murder charge brought against him by Phuket Police....
Phuket police find no leads on tourist who fell out of speeding tuk-tuk | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police have found no leads in the search for the tourist who fell out of a moving tuk-tuk in the early hours of Sunday (Aug 20), and have been unable to bring in the tuk-tuk driver to face charges for leaving the scene....
Defamation charges dropped against BBC reporter Jonathan Head | Phuket News
PHUKET: The criminal defamation charge in Phuket against British BBC journalist Jonathan Head has been withdrawn, reports the BBC....
BBC Reporter's Criminal Defamation Trial Begins in Thailand | Phuket News
A British BBC correspondent's trial began in Thailand on Wednesday in a criminal defamation case involving a report on foreigners being defrauded of property. The case against Jonathan Head, BBC's Southeast Asia correspondent, has been criticized as an example of how Thailand's harsh criminal defamation laws can be used to intimidate journalists. Head had reported about a British expatriate whose Thai wife allegedly defrauded him of properties on the southern resort island of Phuket by forging his signature on multiple occasions. The criminal complaint against Head and the expatriate, Ian Rance, was brought by a Thai lawyer, Pratuan Thanarak, who says he was defamed by an allegation in the report that he had notarized Rance's forged signature, allowing the wife to transfer properties. If found guilty, Head could face up to two years in prison for online criminal defamation and five years under a law regulating online content. Rance was...
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Underpass almost done? Gates of hell! BBC Phuket || August 23 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - August 23 Underpass almost done? Phuket trial for BBC journalist! Gates of hell open? Justice for murdered/dismembered woman! Gambling raid and baby formula marketing gets the boots. Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com...
Patong residents plea against forced evictions for B6bn tunnel | Phuket News
PHUKET: Hundreds of residents from Patong and from Kathu have called for the right to keep their homes instead of having their lands expropriated by law to make way for the decades-in-coming Patong Tunnel, which at last report was estimated to cost taxpayers B6 billion....
Japan is scouring world for references to ‘East Sea’ to wipe the name off maps | Phuket News
The Japanese government is calling on its citizens abroad to contact its diplomatic missions if they find a map showing the Sea of Japan inscribed as the East Sea, the name used by South Korea for the body of water lying between the two countries. The move, coming amid a dispute between Tokyo and Seoul over the area’s name, is aimed at having publishers of such maps “correct” the labelling to Japan’s preference. But it remains unclear whether any publisher would comply......
South Korea: No Change in THAAD Deal | Phuket News
South Korea does not aim to change its agreement on the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system to protect against North Korea, despite a decision to delay its full installation, Seoul’s top national security adviser said Friday. Chung Eui-yong called the decision to delay installation of remaining launchers of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, pending a review of its environmental impact, a domestic measure to ensure a democratic process. “The decision to introduce THAAD was made to protect South Korea and the U.S. forces in South Korea from a growing threat from the North. We won’t take this decision lightly,” Chung told a news briefing. He said South Korea would discuss ways to strengthen the joint defense against North Korea’s weapons programs during a summit between new South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump in late June. P​artially installed Two launchers of a full...
As China withdraws, Russia advances: what’s up with North Korea? | Phuket News
A new East Asian power alignment is shaping up on the Korean Peninsula as South Korea begins to distance itself from the United States to establish better relations with the North and Russia enters the mix. Last week a senior aide to South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced that the deployment of the US antiballistic missile system known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) would be halted. THAAD has already been partly deployed in Seongju, South Gyeongsang, to guard against......
White House Official Confirms Discussions on S. Korean Missile Defense | Phuket News
A White House official has confirmed to VOA that President Donald Trump, the secretary of state and the secretary of defense discussed South Korea's suspension of deployment of a U.S. anti-ballistic-missile defense system in South Korea. South Korea announced Wednesday that it would delay the installation of the remaining components of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system while it was assessing the system's environmental impact. The official said U.S. officials had been
S. Korea's ex-health minister guilty of swaying Samsung vote | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - South Korea's former health minister was convicted on Thursday of pressuring the country's pension fund to support a controversial Samsung merger, in one of the first rulings on key players in the corruption scandals that ensnared the country's ousted president and Samsung's heir....
Report: North Korea Has Successful 'Ground-to-sea Cruise Rocket' Launch | Phuket News
North Korea successfully tested a new
Former health minister’s conviction ‘bad news’ for Samsung heir on trial over corruption scandal | Phuket News
South Korea’s former health minister was convicted Thursday of abuse of power over a controversial Samsung merger, a verdict analysts warned could deepen the legal woes of impeached ex-president Park Geun-hye. Park was sacked by the country’s top court in March and is currently in prison and on trial over a wide-ranging corruption scandal involving bribes from top businesses like Samsung in exchange for policy favours. The Seoul Central District Court sentenced Moon Hyung-pyo to two......
North Korea launches warship-killing cruise missiles after US aircraft carrier drills with Japanese navy | Phuket News
North Korea fired what appeared to be several land-to-ship missiles off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea’s military said, the latest in a fast-paced series of missile tests defying world pressure to rein in its weapons programme. The launches come less than a week after the United Nations Security Council passed fresh sanctions on the reclusive state, which said it would continued to pursue its nuclear and missile programme without delay. It also comes a day after South Korea said......
North Korea Tests Missiles After South Suspends Anti-Missile System | Phuket News
North Korea test fired another missile, just one day after South Korea suspended the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system. The early morning launch occurred Thursday from the coastal city of Wonsan.  “Multiple projectiles that appear to be short-range, land-to-ship cruise missiles” were fired and flew about 200 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan or East Sea as it is called in Korea, according to South Korea’s Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). ​Targeting enemy vessels North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month ordered his military to develop the missile capability to precisely target enemy vessels at sea, according to North Korean state media. During the first week of June, two U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups, the USS Carl Vinson and the USS Ronald Reagan, conducted military exercises in international waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. The South Korean...
South Korea: Ex-minister jailed over role in Samsung merger | Phuket News
A SEOUL court on Thursday sentenced a former South Korean health minister to two and a half years jail for his role in a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment and arrest of former president Park Geun-hye, reports Yonhap. The ruling is one of the first from several ongoing trials that emerged from the scandal, including that of Park herself and Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee. Moon Hyung-pyo, a former minister of health and welfare during the Park administration and subsequent chairman of South Korea’s National Pension Service (NPS), had been indicted and arrested last December. He was accused of abusing his authority as minister to pressure the NPS to cast a key vote in favour of the US$8 billion merger of two Samsung Group affiliates, Samsung C&T Corp and Cheil Industries Inc in 2015. The Health Ministry supervises the NPS, which held a substantial stake in both...
Malaysia Airlines plane threat foiled by 'heroes', witness says | Phuket News
A witness tells how passengers tackled a man who allegedly made threats on a Malaysia Airlines jet....
Malaysia Airlines jet diverted over bomb scare | Phuket News
CANBERRA -- A Malaysia Airlines plane returned to an Australian airport after a mentally ill passenger threatened to detonate a bomb and attempted to enter the cockpit before he was tackled and tied up by passengers, police said Thursday....
Malaysia Airlines flight MH128 disrupted by unstable passenger, not terrorism – Aussie cops | Phuket News
A MALAYSIA Airlines flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur returned to the Australian airport shortly after take off late on Wednesday after a passenger attempted to enter the cockpit, authorities said. Passengers and crew on Flight MH128 tackled the man and tied him up with seat belts until the flight landed, one witness told Reuters. The plane landed safely and the man was apprehended by airport security, said Malaysia Airlines, which is still recovering from two major airline disasters in recent years. Police said the incident was not terrorism-related and a 25-year old man, understood to be an Australian citizen, had been taken into custody. “It was an isolated incident and we do believe he suffers from a mental illness,” Superintendent Michael Goode of the Australian Federal Police told a media conference on Thursday. #MH128 guy drunk. In plastic cuffs. Looks like the SWAT team was despatched to the flight @MAS...
Passenger with hoax bomb tries to enter cockpit of Malaysia Airlines plane, forcing return to Melbourne | Phuket News
A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to return to Melbourne to land late Wednesday after a “disruptive” passenger on board the Kuala Lumpur bound flight claimed he was carrying a bomb, Malaysia’s deputy transport minister said. “It is not a hijack. One disruptive passenger tried to enter the plane’s cockpit,” said Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi. The passenger, a Sri Lankan national who was apparently drunk, was overpowered by the plane’s......
Disruptive Passenger Tries to Enter Cockpit of Malaysia Airlines Flight | Phuket News
A Malaysia Airlines flight to Kuala Lumpur safely landed back in Melbourne, where it had taken off, after a passenger attempted to enter the cockpit late Wednesday. In air traffic control audio posted online, a male voice can be heard saying a passenger
Malaysia Airlines plane turns back after cockpit entry bid | Phuket News
The Malaysia Airlines jet returned to Melbourne after a passenger tried to get into the cockpit....
Passenger with hoax bomb tries to enter cockpit forcing Malaysia Airlines flight to return to Melbourne airport | Phuket News
Malaysia Airlines said flight MH128 was forced to turn back to Melbourne airport after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit. The flight, bound for Kuala Lumpur, has landed safely and awaiting security assistance. The“disruptive” passenger on board claimed he was carrying a bomb, said Malaysia’s deputy transport minister said. “It is not a hijack. One disruptive passenger tried to enter the plane’s cockpit,” said Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz bin......
Pirates of the Caribbean avoids censorship, becomes a hit in China | Phuket News
DISNEY’s new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales film grossed US$66 million over its three-day weekend opening in China, making it one of the most successful releases in the country’s film history. This came despite concerns over censorship due to the film’s featuring of a “ghost ship” – China’s communist party’s censorship guidelines prohibit “promoting cults or superstition.” Pirates was released simultaneously on May 23 in both the US and China. Local data from Ent Group shows that the film grossed US$25.3 million on Sunday alone across the mainland, the first day of the Dragon Boat Festival public holiday, reported Variety. It is in the Top 20 of all time highest grossing films for first weekend release in China, however is still significantly behind Furious 8, which was released in April. Pirates performed better than the past two editions of the franchise combined. SEE ALSO: Malaysia rejects...
Nothing Done To Extradite ‘Boss Red Bull’ | Phuket News
As media attention again wanes, the public prosecutor said his office has yet to take action to seek the extradition of the ultra-wealthy heir to an energy drink fortune wanted for fatal hit-and-run charges. Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, grandson of a business now spanning the globe, remains on the run overseas a month after the latest deadline for him to turn himself in expired. Although the authorities pledged to bring the 32-year-old back to Thailand to face justice, that effort seemed to end when the spotlight moved on. Once again procedural matters are being cited for the hold-up, much as they have been for five years since Vorayuth crashed his Ferrari into a motorcycle driven by Sgt. Maj. Wichian Klanprasert, killing him. The Attorney General’s foreign affairs office said it cannot yet start the extradition process because police have not forwarded the necessary documents. “We have not yet received letters from...
Allies seek clarity as US defence secretary reaffirms commitment to Asia-Pacific ‘pivot’ | Phuket News
US Defence Secretary James Mattis has reaffirmed the country’s commitment to its Asia-Pacific allies as he arrived in Singapore for the region’s premier security forum. Mattis, who made his second visit to the region this week since taking charge of the Pentagon in January, said he hoped to reassure regional allies and articulate a clear US policy during the annual Shangri-La Dialogue. US President Donald Trump has courted Chinese support on North Korea, raising concerns among some......
Nikkei tops 20,000 but investors doubt sustainability | Phuket News
TOKYO/SINGAPORE - A 10% surge over six weeks swept Japan's Nikkei stock index above the 20,000-point barrier for the first time since late 2015 on Friday, without dispelling doubts about the rally's shelf life given the outlook for automakers, banks and the yen....
Burwill (24) Introduces GSR Capital as Investor and Raises Funds of HKD158 Million | Phuket News
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Singapore: Woman tricked elderly man out of $150k ‘for Lee Kwan Yew’ | Phuket News
A 67-year-old Singaporean woman has been charged with cheating an elderly man out of more than SG$200,000 (US$145,000) by implying the money was going to the nation’s founding father, the late Lee Kuan Yew. Tan Hwee Ngo faces 169 charges of duping Tan Soy Kiang, 72, out of a huge sum of money over 14 years from 1999 until 2013. Tan had told him the money was “for Mr Lee Kwan Yew”, leading the petrol station attendant to on one occasion withdrawing more than SG$53,000 (US$38,000) to hand over. Lee Kwan Yew passed away in 2015 and is credited with bringing Singapore from “third world to first world in a single generation.” ...
UCLA basketball players arrested in China ahead of Trump's visit - reports | Phuket News
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Three UCLA men's basketball players were arrested in China for shoplifting on Tuesday, media reports said, a day before U.S. President Donald Trump landed there on his first official visit. ...
Trump lands in China for talks with Xi amid N Korea tensions | Phuket News
A lavish reception greets the US leader as he arrives, but potentially fraught talks lie ahead....
Asian indexes close mixed as investors digest Chinese trade data; China Literature pops | Phuket News
Asian markets finished mixed on Wednesday, taking the lead from Wall Street's narrowly mixed close in the last session....
China is buttering up Trump in the hope he'll 'back off' on his criticism of Beijing | Phuket News
The Chinese are hoping to steer Trump away from issues like trade with a
Trump Praises China’s Xi for Help on North Korea | Phuket News
Before his scheduled arrival in China Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping for the help he says the head of the world’s second largest economy has provided in response to threats from North Korea. The American leader also hinted that perhaps more help is on the horizon. VOA’s Bill Ide reports from Beijing....
UCLA basketball players arrested in China a day before Trump's visit - reports | Phuket News
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Three UCLA men's basketball players were arrested in China for shoplifting on Tuesday, a day ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's first official visit there, according to several media reports. ...
Philippines rights commission calls for end to airstrikes in Marawi | Phuket News
THE Philippines Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Saturday called on the government to cease employing airstrikes in the besieged southern city of Marawi. The commission said while it supported the government’s efforts to impose peace and order in Marawi, the military must take every precaution to avoid harming civilians and civilian objects. “The airstrikes have not only caused the destruction of buildings and civilian property, but, worse, have resulted in the killing of innocent civilians, including children, and even our own troops,” CHR said in a statement. SEE ALSO: Philippines: US Special Forces providing ‘technical assistance’ to end Marawi siege It added the airstrikes were a major factor in the internal displacement of civilians within the area. Local residents, according to the commission are reporting that members of the criminal Maute militant group are now engaged in the ransacking of their abandoned homes. CHR said the call is in consonance...
US forces supporting Manila in fight against IS | Phuket News
MARAWI CITY, PHILIPPINES: US special forces have joined the battle to crush Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippines town, officials said on Saturday, as government forces struggled to make headway and 13 marines were killed in intense urban fighting....
13 Philippine Marines Killed in Fight With Militants | Phuket News
Thirteen Philippine marines were killed in fierce fighting with Muslim militants who have laid siege to southern Marawi city for nearly a month in the biggest single-day loss for government forces, the military said Saturday.    The marines were conducting a house-to-house search for militants allied with the Islamic State group who are still occupying parts of Marawi when the battle erupted Friday, said Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, spokesman for the Philippine army’s 1st Infantry Division.    He said about 30-40 militants used civilians as human shields, making it hard for troops to operate, and also positioned themselves in the city’s many mosques.    Forty other marines were wounded, he said.    The government had earlier said that the unrest had left 20 civilians, 134 militants and 39 government troops dead. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled the city, parts of which were reduced to rubble by fighting and...
Air strike on jihadist targets in Marawi, Philippines | Phuket News
Fighting continues after militants linked to IS, seized parts of Marawi last month...
13 Philippine marines killed in Marawi | Phuket News
ILIGAN, PHILIPPINES: The Philippine military said on Saturday that 13 marines have been killed in fierce fighting with Islamist militants who have laid siege to the city of Marawi....
US Special Forces Helping Philippines Fight Militants in Marawi | Phuket News
U.S. special forces are helping the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to end a siege of the southern town of Marawi by militants allied to Islamic State, a U.S. embassy spokesperson in Manila told Reuters Saturday. The seizure of Marawi by hundreds of fighters who have sworn allegiance to Islamic State, including dozens from neighboring countries and the Middle East, has fueled concern that the ultra-radical group is gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia. “At the request of the government of the Philippines, U.S. special operations forces are assisting the AFP with ongoing operations in Marawi that help AFP commanders on the ground in their fight against Maute and ASG militants,” the spokesperson said. ASG stands for the Abu Sayyaf militant group. The Philippine military Saturday confirmed that U.S special forces were assisting local troops to end a siege of the southern town of Marawi by militants allied to...
Philippines: US Special Forces providing ‘technical assistance’ to end Marawi siege | Phuket News
US special forces are helping the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to end a siege of the southern town of Marawi by militants allied to Islamic State, a US embassy spokesperson in Manila told Reuters on Saturday. The seizure of Marawi by hundreds of fighters who have sworn allegiance to Islamic State, including dozens from neighbouring countries and the Middle East, has fuelled concern that the ultra-radical group is gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia. “At the request of the government of the Philippines, US special operations forces are assisting the AFP with ongoing operations in Marawi that help AFP commanders on the ground in their fight against Maute and ASG militants,” the spokesperson said. ASG stands for the Abu Sayyaf militant group. Until now there had been no confirmation that the Philippines had sought US assistance in the battle for Marawi City on the island of Mindanao, which is...
US special forces help Philippine troops in mission to end militant siege in Marawi city | Phuket News
US special forces are helping Philippine troops to end a siege of the southern town of Marawi by militants allied to Islamic State. The seizure of Marawi by hundreds of fighters who have sworn allegiance to Islamic State, including dozens from neighbouring countries and the Middle East, has fuelled concern that the ultra-radical group is gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia. “At the request of the government of the Philippines, US special operations forces are assisting the AFP with......
Philippine military confirms US forces providing support against militants allied to Islamic State | Phuket News
U.S. special forces are aiding troops from the Philippines in attempting to break a now three-week-old siege of the town of Marawi on Mindanao island, a military spokesman for the Southeast Asian country said....
Indonesia: Police arrest three over Jakarta terrorist attacks | Phuket News
INDONESIAN police arrested three people on Friday suspected of being linked to suicide bombings in Jakarta, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks that killed three police officers at a bus station and wounded 12 others. The attack was the deadliest in Indonesia since January 2016, when eight people were killed, four of them attackers, after bombers and gunmen attacked the capital Jakarta. After visiting the site of Wednesday’s attacks, President Joko Widodo said Indonesia needed to accelerate plans to strengthen anti-terrorism laws to prevent new attacks. SEE ALSO: Islamic State claims responsibility for Jakarta attack “If we make a comparison with other countries, they already have regulations to allow authorities to prevent (attacks) before they happen,” Widodo told a news conference. The president said he had ordered the chief security minister to get the revisions done as soon as possible. Long-standing plans to reform Indonesia‘s 2003 anti-terrorism...
Indonesia: National mosque imam calls for interfaith dialogue, tolerance | Phuket News
NASARUDDIN UMAR, the Grand Imam of Jakarta’s Masjid Istiqlal independence mosque, has said that interfaith dialogue is the best way to promote tolerance and prevent the spread of terrorism in Indonesia. Speaking at an interfaith meeting about preventing radicalism and terrorism in Solo, Central Java, Nasaruddin called on Indonesians to develop deeper understanding of each other’s religions, to bolster the national mantra of Bhinneka Tunggal Ika or ‘unity in diversity,’ reported Republika. The call came as the nation’s capital was struck by a twin suicide bombing on Wednesday night in an attack that killed three police officers and injured at least 12 people. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. SEE ALSO: Death penalty, religious intolerance focus at Indonesia’s UN rights review “Jihad is to increase the dignity of humanity and to strengthen society and the economy, not to create trouble and misery,” said Nasaruddin, adding that those who...
Is this a time of living dangerously for netizens in Indonesia? | Phuket News
WEDNESDAY morning. It was just like any other ordinary working day… until I flipped open my laptop and got online. “Someone” showed me an old photograph from when I was still doing my graduate study about media and journalism. It was a picture of me during a presentation about the case of Alexander Aan, the 33 year-old former civil servant who went to jail because he had done something very dangerous: sharing his thoughts through social media. Aan was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison on June 2012. He was released from prison in January 2014 after serving more than 19 months. But what exactly was that “very dangerous thing” Aan had done? He had posted a status update on his Facebook page questioning the existence of God. “God does not exist,” he had written. “If God exist why do bad things happen?” Aan continued, according to The Daily Telegraph. “There...
Terror attacks in Midanao, Bangkok and Jakarta are linked: Malaysia DPM | Phuket News
Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Thursday that the recent terror attacks in Mindanao, Bangkok and Jakarta are linked to the killing of Malaysian Islamic State terrorist Muhammad Wanndy Jedi, New Straits Times Online reported on Thursday. The public, he said, should not take the incidents overseas lightly since they could easily occur in Malaysia if authorities are not cautious and if preventive measures are not in place. Zahid said police and counterterrorism department are on high alert following the attacks in Machester and Jakarta. Plainclothes officers are patrolling several hotspots. He noted that Malaysia’s intelligence unit has identified Katibah Nusantara, a Malay archipelago unit linked to the IS operating in the region. The deputy prime minister added that Malaysia is working closely with neighbouring countries in information sharing and is cooperating with Interpol and Aseanpol to combat terrorism.   The post Terror attacks in Midanao,...
Amid Rising Islamist Politics, Indonesia Prepares for More Stringent Ramadan | Phuket News
Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting that starts Friday, has typically been a relaxed affair in the world’s most populous Muslim country, Indonesia. But in the last few years there has been rising intolerance against activities like selling food during daylight hours. This year, after a divisive election cycle that marked the first true emergence of Islamist politics in modern Indonesia, many are preparing for the most austere Ramadan in recent memory. There has also been a spate of disturbing crackdowns on gay Indonesians and a suicide bombing attack Wednesday in an East Jakarta train station. Experts have speculated that at least one factor behind the former is a desire for high-profile value signaling before the holy month. Moral police For at least the last five years, hard-line groups like the Islamic Defenders’ Front (FPI) have staged unofficial sweeps of restaurants, bars and clubs they claim disrespect Ramadan, during...
Deadly bombings in Jakarta before Ramadan | Phuket News
Twin bomb attack struck the Kampung Melayu Transjakarta bus terminal in Jakarta Wednesday night hours before Jakartans looked forward to enjoying the Ascension of Jesus Christ public holiday, according to the Jakarta Post Online report on Thursday. Two suspected suicide bombers were killed instantly and at least five policemen who were escorting a traditional parade to welcome the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan also fell victim, three of whom have died. At least five civilians were injured. The busy Transjakarta bus rapid transit hub in East Jakarta and its surrounding area descended into chaos as people panicking, screaming and running away from the terminal. Traffic around the scene was blocked and rerouted. National Police spokesman Insp Gen Setyo Wasisto said one explosion occurred at a motorcycle parking lot. He urged members of the public to immediately report any suspicious activities. Setyo said he was optimistic the police would be able...
Indonesia: Police say ‘large possibility’ Jakarta attack linked to Islamic State | Phuket News
INDONESIA’s National Police have confirmed there is a “large possibility” that a twin suicide bomb attacks in Jakarta on Wednesday night was carried out by people with links to the Islamic State. “If you’re asking if there’s a link with ISIS, there’s a large possibility there’s a connection,” said police spokesman Awi Setiyonoas on Thursday afternoon as reported by Detik. He said the two people responsible had links to terror networks overseas. “Because [IS] is an international network, there could be a relationship,” he said. Two suicide bombers killed three police officers and injured at least 10 people at a bus station in the Kampung Melayu area of Jakarta last night, in an attack condemned by the country’s president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. SEE ALSO: Malaysia: Deputy PM warns Manchester bombing could happen in the region Zaki Mubarak, a terrorism expert from a state Islamic university in Jakarta, said the attackers were likely...
Phuket Town gambling raids – 4 dens and 30 gamblers | Phuket News
Last night (Tuesday), police arrested 30 gamblers in 4 football gambling dens in the Phuket Town area. They started with a bistro calleded Lucky on Takuapa Road where police received complaints from locals that there was football gambling going on inside. The front of the shop looked like a normal bistro selling food and beverages but walking further into the back of the restaurant revealed a big room with a group of people sitting on a long row of tables watching a football match with their betting sheets in hand. There was also a staff counter with a computer for each staff to receive bets from the gamblers. Another police squad raided a bistro named Ko Cha on the same street and found the same type of room built at the back of the shop, also full of gamblers and staff. The third den was located next to a shop...
[VIDEO] Mont Azures Kids Water Safety Training Program! | Phuket News
Local kids learning important life skills through MontAzures Kids Water Safety Training Program in conjunction with Phuket Lifeguard Club and Surf Life Saving Australia!...
Saphan Hin green upgrades and Old Phuket Town cabling goes underground | Phuket News
Phuket’s Mayor plans to make Saphan Hin Park the ‘lungs of Phuket’ and to put all the electric cables for the whole Phuket Old Town area underground. “Saphan Hin Park is a seaside public park that now needs renovation as it has been decayed because of the content exposure to salt water and the sea air damaging the stone retaining wall,” said Phuket Mayor, Somjai Suwansupana. “The walk way along the sea of Saphan Hin is also affected by the erosion and could be possible dangerous to people walking in the area.” After receiving a 166 million Baht budget previously from the Phuket Public Works and Town & Country Planning, Phuket’s Mayor is planning to renovate the dam perimeter and improve approximately 900 metres of landscaping. The work started in April this year and will be completed in April, 2018. The works have been separated into three different 300 metre...
BBC journalist Jonathan Head in Phuket court for defamation trial | Phuket News
PHUKET: British BBC journalist Jonathan Head appeared in Phuket Provincial Court today (Aug 23) for the start of a criminal defamation trial brought by a lawyer who featured in an investigation about foreigners being scammed of their retirement homes....
BBC journalist Jonathan Head on trial after report about Phuket property scam that targeted foreigners | Phuket News
A British BBC journalist appeared in a Thai court on Wednesday for the start of a criminal defamation trial brought by a lawyer who featured in an investigation about foreigners being scammed of their retirement homes. Jonathan Head, the BBC’s Southeast Asia correspondent, faces up to five years in jail at the private prosecution on the popular tourist island of Phuket. Rights groups have said the case exposes how Thailand’s broad defamation and computer crime laws scupper......
Chinese tourists rescued from dangerous Phuket surf | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket lifeguards have repeated their warning for swimmers to beware dangerous surf along Phuket’s west coast after two Chinese tourists were rescued from drowning at Nai Harn Beach yesterday evening (Aug 22)....
Bus and truck curfew in place for Patong Hill | Phuket News
Following the sucession of accidents involving buses and trucks in recent months, Traffic Police have placed official restrictions on access to Patong over the notorious Patong Hill for during certain hours of the day. Buses carrying 21 passengers or more, 10-wheel trucks, as well as trailers, won’t be allowed on Patong hill (Phra Baramee Road) from 6 am to 9 am and from 4 pm to 11 pm. This includes the route from Wichtsongkram Road in Kathu, across the hill and down to the base of the road in Patong. The curfew was integrated into local traffic law on August 17. Authorities suggest that prohibited vehicles avoid the Patong Hill by using roads through Kata/Karon or through Surin and Kamala (we’re sure the residents in these towns will be delighted). If the number of accidents aren’t reduced by creating these new routes, the provincial authorities are planning for passengers from buses...
Commuters using Purple Line train soar | Phuket News
The number of commuters using the Purple Line elevated train service has increased from an average of 33,000 passengers a day to about 47,000 passengers/day since the opening of the extension from Bang Sue to Tao Poon on Aug 11. The maximum number of passengers has increased to about 50,000 a day and during weekend, the number of passengers has soared about 32 percent from an average of 22,000/day to 29,000/day. The long-awaited 1.2 kilometre missing rail service between the Blue Line and the Purple Line was officially opened on Aug 11 by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at Taopoon station. The Purple Line which is an elevated line was opened to service in August 2016 but it attracted just 20,000 commuters a day from its target of 60,000-70,000 due to the missing 1.2km link. Long-awaited 1.2km missing rail link from Bang Sue to Tao Poon officially opens. Read more: http://bit.ly/2wNuFpb...
Severe Typhoon Hato bears down on Hong Kong and the Pearl Delta | Phuket News
Yesterday we were reporting about the threat of heavy rains in the Central and North-east of Thailand later this week. Today, the tropical storm Hato has been being renamed ‘Severe Typhoon Hato’ as it batters Hong Kong and communities in the Pearl Delata. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and the stock market has been closed as heavy rain and winds pummelled the territory. Hong Kong raised its highest storm warning Wednesday as Severe Typhoon Hato brought the city to a standstill, shutting down the stock market and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights as heavy rain and winds pummelled the territory. The Nation is reporting that the weather observatory raised the storm warning to the city’s maximum Typhoon 10 signal — meaning hurricane force winds are expected — at 9:10 am (0110 GMT). It was the first such alert in five years and only the the third time...
NIDA poll shows 81 percent of Thais admire Prayut | Phuket News
The majority of respondents in a NIDA poll are giving PM Prayut Chan-o-cha good poll numbers for his administration’s performance over the past three years following the 2014 coup. Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan was also named the most impressive Cabinet member in the same survey. The poll by the National Institute of Development Administration says that 49 per cent of the 1,250 people surveyed approved of the Prayut government’s performance. Prayut, personally, received a high approval rating of 81 per cent for his leadership and ideology while 82 per cent of respondents were impressed by his decisiveness. In terms of solving the country’s problems, 74 per cent of respondents said the Prayut government’s policies and measures had been effective, while 64 per cent of respondents said the government was transparent. With the announcement of a full national election expected sometime after the Funeral for King Bhumibol Adulyadej this October, the good...
‘Let’s just meet’: US ready for talks with North Korea, no pre-conditions | Phuket News
IN a change in tack from the United States, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin talks with North Korea without any pre-conditions. This includes backing away from previous demands that Pyongyang give up its nuclear arsenal. “Let’s just meet,” Tillerson said in a speech to Washington’s Atlantic Council think tank, signalling a possible shift in US foreign policy. The United States was “ready to talk any time they’re ready to talk,” he said, adding there would have to be a “period of quiet” without nuclear and missile tests to have productive discussions. SEE ALSO: North Korea says war is inevitable after US ‘warmongering’ “We’re ready to have the first meeting without pre-conditions,” Tillerson said. “It’s not realistic to say we’re only going to talk if you come to the table ready to give up your programme,” he said. “They have too much invested in it. The president...
Asia markets tread water ahead of Fed decision; Westfield pops 14% | Phuket News
Asian markets were mixed as investors awaited the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting....
Ex-Health Minister Guilty in South Korea Corruption Scandal | Phuket News
A court has convicted South Korea’s former health minister of pressuring the country’s pension fund to support a merger of two Samsung companies.    The merger was crucial in Samsung’s father-to-son leadership succession but faced opposition from U.S. hedge fund Elliott Associates and other minority shareholders. Support from the National Pension Service was crucial to ensure shareholder approval.    The Seoul Central District Court said Thursday that Moon Hyung-pyo, the former health chief who oversaw the National Pension Service, was sentenced to 2½ years in prison. He was found guilty of abusing power to sway the pension fund’s vote on the 2015 merger of Samsung C&T and Cheil Industries.  Ruling on key players The ruling is among the first on key players in the corruption scandals that ensnared the country’s ousted president and Samsung’s heir. A former executive at the pension fund was also found guilty of causing damages to...
N. Korea launches land-to-ship missiles a day after South postpones THAAD | Phuket News
NORTH KOREA fired what appeared to be several land-to-ship missiles off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea’s military said, a day after the South postponed full deployment of a controversial U.S. anti-missile system designed to deter a North Korean attack. The launches, the latest in a fast-paced series of missile tests defying world pressure to rein in its weapons programme, come less than a week after the United Nations Security Council passed fresh sanctions on the reclusive state. South Korea on Wednesday said it will hold off on installing remaining components of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system that has angered North Korea’s main ally, China, amid early signs of easing tensions between the two countries. SEE ALSO: Japan holds evacuation rehearsals as North Korea insists on testing missiles The missiles were launched Thursday morning from the North Korean coastal city of Wonsan and flew about 200...
North Korea fires suspected cruise missiles | Phuket News
SEOUL -- North Korea fired several suspected short-range anti-ship missiles Thursday, South Korea's military said, in a continuation of defiant launches as it seeks to build a nuclear missile capable of reaching the continental United States....
S. Korea to freeze new THAAD deployment pending probe | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - South Korea will suspend any further deployment of a controversial U.S. missile defense system until an environmental impact assessment ordered by new President Moon Jae-in is finished, his office said Wednesday....
North Korea fires several short-range missiles: South Korea | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - North Korea fired several projectiles believed to be short-range surface-to-ship cruise missiles off its east coast Thursday, South Korea's military said, a continuation of weapons tests that have rattled Washington and the North's neighbors as Pyongyang seeks to build a nuclear missile capable of reaching the continental United States....
North Korea launches warship-killing cruise missiles after US aircraft carriers stage joint drills with Japanese navy | Phuket News
North Korea fired what appeared to be several land-to-ship missiles off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea’s military said, the latest in a fast-paced series of missile tests defying world pressure to rein in its weapons programme. The launches come less than a week after the United Nations Security Council passed fresh sanctions on the reclusive state, which said it would continued to pursue its nuclear and missile programme without delay. It also comes a day after South Korea said......
Owner plans to sue South Korean vet clinic that euthanised the wrong dog | Phuket News
By Lee Han-soo A veterinary clinic in South Korea euthanised the wrong dog and then tried to hide the mistake by handing over a different animal. The distressed pet owner, surnamed Kim, left the dog at the clinic on May 31 while she and her family vacationed on Jeju Island, according to TV network MBC. When she returned, she was given a different dog. “The veterinarian handed me the puppy, but it was a male puppy,” Kim said. “Then the veterinarian told me that my......
North Korea fires anti-ship missiles, says South Korea | Phuket News
It happened off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, according to South Korea's military....
North Korea launches warship-killing cruise missiles in latest provocation: Seoul | Phuket News
North Korea fired what appeared to be multiple land-to-ship missiles off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea's military said....
North Korea Apparently Test Fires Land-to-Ship Missiles, South Korea Says | Phuket News
North Korea apparently has test launched several land-to-ship missiles, South Korea says. Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said several projectiles were fired early Thursday from the North's eastern coast town of Wosan. It gave no other details. This would be the fourth North Korean missile test in a month, coming after the U.N. Security Council imposed more sanctions on Pyongyang last week. The three most recent previous tests were of ballistic missiles. North Korea appears to be determined to develop a missile capable of carrying nuclear weapons and able to reach the U.S. mainland. The Trump administration has been leaning on China, North Korea's chief ally, to get it to rein in its nuclear ambitions. Meanwhile, South Korea has said it will suspend any further deployment of a controversial U.S. missile defense system until an environmental impact assessment ordered by new President Moon Jae-In is finished. Seoul agreed under Moon's...
Kim Jong Nam murder suspects appear in court | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- The two women who are the only suspects arrested in the assassination of an outcast from North Korea's ruling family have appeared in court in Malaysia....
So what if Michelle Yeoh kept her Malaysian accent? | Phuket News
MICHELLE Yeoh is one of few Malaysians who’s gone on to make a name for herself in the international film industry. She’s starred in many mainstream films from Hong Kong to Hollywood such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and even in the James Bond series Tomorrow Never Dies. She’s not really an A-list Hollywood celebrity, but she’s okay. Many Malaysians are very proud of her and she’s always been proud of her heritage, never once hiding the fact that she’s an Ipoh-born Malaysian. Unlike some of the other stars, who prefer to say they’re from Hong Kong or Taiwan. So recently, Yeoh started making headlines. It was about her starring in the new Star Trek: Discovery series that will be coming out on Netflix soon. In the series, Yeoh plays Captain Philippa Georgiou of the USS Shenzhou. A teaser on the series released by Netflix features a scene of Yeoh commanding her...
Bank Negara Malaysia's Azleena Idris Joins Shape® Knowledge Services as Managing Director and Head of ASEAN | Phuket News
May 28, 2017 Picture:  May 2017 - Former Bank Negara Malaysia's senior official, Azleena Idris has joined SHAPE® Knowledge Services as Managing Director and Head of ASEAN earlier this month after almost 12 years with the central bank. US-Kuwait based SHAPE® Knowledge Services, a boutique Islamic finance knowledge and advisory firm confirmed the appointment. This is part of SHAPE’s expansion plans into Malaysia and the ASEAN region. Naseem Alshaya, Managing Director of the SHAPE Group of Companies, said, “We welcome Azleena and look forward to her innovative ideas and experience leading our business in the ASEAN region and globally.” Azleena is a known figure in the Islamic finance space, having been instrumental in several key initiatives like the design of the Islamic Financial Services Act 2013, the set-up of International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation sukuk programme, and leading various Islamic finance strategic thrusts under the Financial Sector Master Plan...
China's world tech domination begins in SE Asia | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- Isaac Ho and several investors were watching a pitch from a cancer-detection start-up in Singapore when one of the Chinese billionaires present got up and -- without a word -- scrawled “Speed x Market Share” in Chinese characters on a whiteboard. It was a simple formula that meant: be first and be largest, no matter the cost. But that’s when Mr Ho understood how the Southeast......
Singapore's central bank chief Ravi Menon re-appointed for another two years | Phuket News
Singapore's central bank said Ravi Menon has been re-appointed as its managing director and a board member for another two years....
Total wealth of Thailand's 50 richest soars 16% | Phuket News
SINGAPORE – The collective net worth of Thailand’s 50 richest on the 2017 Forbes List has reached US$123.5 billion, an increase of 16% on the ranking in 2016....
Singapore Exchange goes after tech start-ups to boost appeal as a listing destination | Phuket News
Singapore Exchange is gunning for more tech IPOs to alter perception that it is an attractive listing destination only for REITs....
Singapore's central bank re-appoints chief Ravi Menon for another two years | Phuket News
Singapore's central bank said Wednesday it has re-appointed Ravi Menon as its managing director for another two years starting June 1, 2017....
COMPUTEX 2017 Welcomes Global Media | Phuket News
May 30, 2017 Picture:  Press conference highlights 5 themes, 4 featured exhibition areas, 3 gaming competitions, more than 100 keynotes and forums; U.S. companies are d&i winners COMPUTEX 2017, co-organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and the Taipei Computer Association (TCA), officially opens in Taipei on May 30 and will run through June 3 (the InnoVEX exhibit, exclusively for global startups, closes on June 1). In a pre-show press conference with 300 local and international reporters present, organizers announced 1,600 exhibitors will host a total of 5,010 booths this year. And as of May 26, pre-registered international buyers and visitors increased 10.5 percent year over year. The positioning of COMPUTEX 2017, “Building Global Technology Ecosystems,” aligns with the dynamics in the global high-tech industry. The event will focus on five themes: AI & Robotics, IoT Applications, Innovations & Startups, Business Solutions, and Gaming & VR. Four...
Moody's raises outlook for Singapore banks to stable, as drag from oil and gas exposure eases | Phuket News
Moody’s raised the outlook for Singapore banks to stable from negative on Wednesday, citing stabilizing commodity prices and improving growth conditions....
Moody's raises Singapore banks' outlook to stable from negative | Phuket News
Moody’s raised Singapore banks’ outlook to stable on Wednesday, citing stabilizing commodity prices and improving growth....
Self-proclaimed Peacemongers Push India, Pakistan to Talk | Phuket News
More than 900 people, most of them from India and Pakistan, have signed a resolution calling on the two governments to decrease hostilities and resolve their differences through dialogue. Drafted by Boston-based Pakistani journalist Beena Sarwar and Indian academic Anish Mishra, who is based in Singapore, the resolution aims to reduce the increased tensions between the two South Asian nuclear-armed rivals that have already fought five wars since their independence from the British in 1947. Signatories include well-known artists, authors, journalists, politicians, activists and even retired armed forces personnel. Names like internationally renowned linguist and activist Noam Chomsky, Bollywood stars Naseeruddin Shah and Nandita Das, famous Indian film producer Mahesh Bhatt, poets such as Gulzar and Kishwar Naheed, and historians like Ayesha Jalal and Romila Thapar join the ranks of retired generals Mahmud Durrani and Talat Masood and admiral L. Ramdas as
UCLA basketball players 'arrested in China for shoplifting' | Phuket News
The three UCLA college players are being held for shoplifting at a luxury store, US media say....
China's trade surplus with the US narrows in October | Phuket News
China's trade surplus with the U.S. fell to $26.62 billion in October from $28.08 billion in September, China said....
Asian indexes mixed as investors digest Chinese trade data; China Literature pops | Phuket News
Asian markets were mixed, taking the lead from Wall Street's narrowly mixed close in the last session....
US Senate Panel Targets Chinese Banks with North Korea Sanctions | Phuket News
The U.S. Senate Banking Committee unanimously backed new sanctions targeting Chinese banks that do business with North Korea on Tuesday, just before President Donald Trump visits Beijing for the first time since taking office. As well as strengthening existing sanctions and congressional oversight, the measure will target foreign financial institutions — in China and elsewhere — that provide services to those subject to North Korea-related sanctions by the U.S. Congress, a presidential order or U.N. Security Council resolution. All 12 Republicans and 11 Democrats on the panel voted for the
Most Asian indexes slide as investors await China trade data | Phuket News
Asian markets were pressured following Wall Street's narrowly mixed close in the last session....
UCLA basketball players arrested in China a day before Trump visit - reports | Phuket News
(Reuters) - Three UCLA men's basketball players were arrested in China for shoplifting on Tuesday, a day ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's first official visit there, according to several media reports. ...
Thai AirAsia extends reach with more China services | Phuket News
Thai AirAsia (TAA) is strengthening its footprint in China with an expanded network and more frequent flights....
Trump in China: Chinese citizens describe America in one phrase | Phuket News
Asian indexes slide as investors await China trade data | Phuket News
Asian markets were pressured following Wall Street's narrowly mixed close in the last session....
Philippines: US Special Forces join fight to end Marawi siege | Phuket News
US special forces are helping the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to end a siege of the southern town of Marawi by militants allied to Islamic State, a US embassy spokesperson in Manila told Reuters on Saturday. The seizure of Marawi by hundreds of fighters who have sworn allegiance to Islamic State, including dozens from neighbouring countries and the Middle East, has fuelled concern that the ultra-radical group is gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia. “At the request of the government of the Philippines, US special operations forces are assisting the AFP with ongoing operations in Marawi that help AFP commanders on the ground in their fight against Maute and ASG militants,” the spokesperson said. ASG stands for the Abu Sayyaf militant group. Until now there had been no confirmation that the Philippines had sought US assistance in the battle for Marawi City on the island of Mindanao, which is...
U.S. special forces helping Philippines troops in battle against militants allied to Islamic State | Phuket News
U.S. special forces are aiding troops from the Philippines in attempting to break a now three-week-old siege of the town of Marawi on Mindanao island....
Philippines: Muslim man lauded as hero for saving 64 Christians from militants | Phuket News
A MUSLIM man in the Philippines has been celebrated as a hero for saving the lives of dozens of Christians who sought refuge in his house to evade execution by Islamic State-linked militants during the height of a siege in Marawi. According to Kicker Daily, Norodin Alonto Lucman, a well-known former politician and traditional clan leader, recounted how he hid Christian workers when the militants went on a rampage in the majority-Muslim southern city. Norodin, who spoke to foreign journalists on Friday said some of the Christians had worked at a tower near his residence and the number ballooned to 64 when militants launched a manhunt for Christians to kill or take as hostages. “I had an ordeal because one day before the attack, there were some Christian workers who were in the house, fixing the small tower,” he said in an interview. He said the siege had prevented people...
Philippines: Several politicians support Maute militants – army | Phuket News
THE Philippines Armed Forces on Thursday said the Maute Islamist militants who took over Marawi city in the country’s restive south received support from some politicians following the arrest of a local leader. Military chief of staff General Eduardo Ano said authorities were now looking to arrest several other politicians for supporting the militant group who went on a rampage in the predominantly Muslim city late last month. “It’s a combination of names of politicians, private citizens and Maute members, the leaders,” Ano said, as quoted by the AFP (via ABS-CBN News). Ano said the authorities had listed down 200 men wanted for helping the gunmen involved in the clash with government security forces, which had led to the deaths of nearly 200 people. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Maute militants planned for bigger attacks – army Fighting in Marawi City between the Maute militants and Philippine troops has been raging on for...
ADB Supports Energy Reform, Clean and Renewable Energy in Pacific | Phuket News
Jun 08, 2017 Picture:  MANILA, PHILIPPINES (5 June 2017) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is partnering with governments, communities, and the private sector to help improve the availability and quality of clean and affordable sustainable power in the Pacific region, says a new ADB report. The Pacific Energy Update 2017 provides a comprehensive overview of ADB’s energy-focused work in the Pacific. The publication highlights the impacts of ADB-supported energy initiatives completed in 2016 and ongoing in 2017, while providing details of what ADB hopes to achieve in the energy sector in the future. “In its capacity as the largest investor in renewable energy in the Pacific, ADB is improving efficiency and scaling up the use of renewable energy to drive resilient, low-carbon economic growth for a more prosperous Pacific,” says Michael Trainor, Energy Specialist from ADB’s Pacific Department and co-author of the report. The Pacific Energy Update 2017...
Guns, Bombs and Pleas for Peace: The Drawings of Marawi Children | Phuket News
Children evacuated from the Philippines town of Marawi, where fighting has raged since Islamist militants seized it two weeks ago, are drawing pictures of their harrowing experiences as a form of therapy. Some 300 children were taken to the village of Pantar, just to the north of Marawi where government forces have used ground assaults and airstrikes against the fighters linked to Islamic State. Teachers at Pantar's elementary school said they were providing counseling to the Marawi children and encouraging them to express themselves through art.
Indonesian president pleads for calm as police link Islamic State to Jakarta bombings | Phuket News
Indonesia’s president urged people to remain calm on Thursday, a day after suspected suicide bombers killed three police officers on duty at a Jakarta bus terminal in an attack authorities said bore the hallmarks of globally inspired Islamist militants. Ten people, including five police officers and five civilians, were also wounded in the twin blasts that were detonated five minutes apart by the two suspected attackers in the Indonesia capital late on Wednesday evening, police said. The......
President orders probe of Indonesia suicide attacks | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesia's president ordered a thorough investigation Thursday of twin suicide bombings that targetted police, killing three officers, in the deadliest attack by suspected militants in the capital in a year....
N. Korea Unwilling to Act on Seoul's Conciliatory Moves, Experts Say | Phuket News
North Korea appears determined to make headway in its nuclear and missile programs, despite South Korea's diplomatic overture aimed at restoring peace on the divided peninsula, U.S. experts say. Since taking office this month, President Moon Jae-in, of the Democratic Party of Korea, is taking a more moderate approach to the North compared with those of two previous presidents, expressing his willingness to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under the right conditions and making conciliatory gestures. A spokesman for South Korea's Unification Ministry said Monday that it would consider allowing nongovernmental exchanges with the North, but only within the scope of international sanctions against Pyongyang. In 2010, Seoul imposed the
Malaysia: Deputy PM warns Manchester bombing could happen in the region | Phuket News
MALAYSIA’s Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Thursday that a bombing on the scale of that in Manchester, UK could happen in Southeast Asia. Ahmad pointed to recent attacks by violent extremists in Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia, which he said were motivated by the reported death of Malaysian Islamic State militant leader Muhammad Wanndy Jedi in Syria. “The recent bombing in Manchester could happen in this region,” said Ahmad as quoted by New Straits Times. “The police and [the] counter terrorism department are on high alert following the attacks in Manchester and Jakarta. Plainclothes officers are patrolling several hotspots.” Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Source: Twitter @Zahid_Hamidi SEE ALSO: Jokowi, home affairs minister call for calm and unity in wake of Jakarta attack On Monday, a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 64 when he detonated explosives at an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester...
President orders thorough probe of Indonesia suicide attacks | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesia's president ordered a thorough investigation Thursday of twin suicide bombings that targetted police, killing three officers, in the deadliest attack by suspected militants in the capital in a year....
Jokowi, home affairs minister call for calm and unity in wake of Jakarta attack | Phuket News
INDONESIAN President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and the country’s Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo have both called for unity in the wake of the suicide bombing in Jakarta that left three police officers dead. “I’m calling on all Indonesians to stay calm and maintain unity. We have to continue to keep the peace,” said Jokowi on Thursday, as quoted by Tempo. Two suicide bombs ripped through a bus station in Jakarta’s Kampung Melayu neighbourhood late on Wednesday, killing the perpetrators and police officers set to accompany a pre-Ramadan parade. At least 10 more were injured. ...
Indonesian police to form special taskforce targeting LGBT | Phuket News
POLICE in Indonesia‘s most populous province plan to deploy a taskforce to investigate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activity, a move likely to fuel concerns of a widening crackdown on the community in the Muslim-majority country. West Java police chief Anton Charliyan disclosed the plan on Tuesday as two gay men in the province of Aceh were publicly flogged, and days after police raided a gay club in Jakarta and distributed photos of suspects to the media. With the exception of Aceh, homosexuality is legal in Indonesia. Activists say, however, that police targeting of consensual gay sex has shone a light on discrimination and harassment in the world’s third-largest democracy. Indonesia‘s reputation for tolerance is already under scrutiny after Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian, was sentenced this month to two years in prison for blasphemy. Responding to Sunday’s Jakarta raid, Charliyan told reporters in Bandung, the capital...
Suicide attackers used pressure cooker bombs in Jakarta blasts | Phuket News
Indonesian police said Thursday that the two suspected suicide bombers in the previous night’s bombing attacks at a major bus terminal in East Jakarta had used pressure cooker bombs. A source at the counterterror police unit Detachment 88 said that the suspected perpetrators have been identified and that “their names have been on our database” of wanted terrorist suspects. The two explosions at the Kampung Melayu bus terminal in East Jakarta on Wednesday night killed the two......
Unequal rights for indigenous, rural women endanger forest lands – researchers | Phuket News
INADEQUATE rights for indigenous and rural women are jeopardising forests and common lands across the globe as demand for land and resources grows, underlining the urgent need for legal reforms, researchers said on Thursday. Indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ lands cover more than half the global land mass, and women make up more than half the 2.5 billion people who customarily own and use these lands. Yet, governments are not ensuring equal rights and protections to these women, and are failing to meet their international commitments to do so, according to Washington DC-based advocacy group Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). Legal protections for indigenous and rural women to own and manage property are missing in 30 low- and middle-income countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, the report said. “Without legal protections for women, community lands are vulnerable to theft and exploitation, which threatens the world’s tropical forests — a...
Indonesia: 3 policemen killed, 10 wounded in suspected suicide attack in Jakarta | Phuket News
TWO suspected suicide bombers killed three Indonesian police officers and injured 10 people on Wednesday night in twin blasts near a bus station in the eastern part of the capital, police said. The blasts went off five minutes apart at Jakarta’s Kampung Melayu terminal, police said. National Police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said three officers had been killed, and that examination of the scene had shown that there appeared to have been two suicide bombers, not one as originally thought. Five officers and five civilians were wounded, he said. Indonesia has suffered a series of mostly low-level attacks by Islamic State sympathisers in the last 17 months, but Wasisto said police had not confirmed any Islamist motive for Wednesday’s bombing. “The police officers were on duty to guard a group of people who were holding a parade. The parade hadn’t passed yet when the blast happened,” Wasisto told a news conference....
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IT Manager (Indonesian, Sri Lankan, Nepali) for a 5* Hotel in Qatar | Asia Job Ads
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we are an english training school and we have several primary students,and one of our foreign teacher will go back to her country one week later,so we need another foreign teacher,the teaching time is every friday from 6:30 to 8:30,the working place is 呈贡大学城雨花毓秀,we only need native english sperker,contack with me if you are interested my wechat:15198915430...
School needs a Part-time English Teacher by SaintPaul | Asia Job Ads
We are an international school looking for a qualified foreign English teacher. As an English teacher, you need to get familiar with all the BJU teaching materials as well as having time to prepare the lessons with the teacher's edition book. You may choose your favorite subjects to teach. We encourage you to try the main courses like Math, English Language, Reading and American Heritage. Your schedule should fit in our school's arrangements. You will have time to correct students' homework, to talk with your students individually, to prepare the...
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