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North Korea: Urgent need to open channels, UN says after visit | Phuket News
After the visit, North Korea said it has agreed to better communication with the UN in future...
North Korea, UN Agree to Communicate Regularly  | Phuket News
North Korea and the United Nations have agreed to communicate regularly. KCNA, North Korea’s state run news service, said Saturday this latest development is a result of a senior U.N. official’s recent visit to the isolated nation. Jeffrey Feltman, the U.N.’s under-secretary-general for political affairs, visited North Korea this week, holding meetings with Foreign Minister Ri Yoing Ho and Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk. State media said Feltman’s visit “contributed to deepening the understanding between the DPRK and the U.N. Secretariat.” DPRK is the abbreviation for North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. ​Feltman’s visit came right after the U.S. and South Korea launched their biggest-ever, annual joint air exercises. KCNA said Pyongyang considers the joint drills part of a U.S. “scheme to make a surprisingly preemptive nuclear strike” on North Korea. The U.S. and South Korean exercises, however, came a week after North Korea test-fired...
U.N. Official Begins Rare Diplomatic Mission to North Korea | Phuket News
A high-ranking United Nations official is on his way to North Korea to help lower tensions over the secretive regime's nuclear and ballistic missile testing programs. Jeffrey Feltman, the world body's undersecretary-general for political affairs, left for Pyongyang Tuesday after a stopover in Beijing the day before. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that Feltman will discuss
North Korea: UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman visits Pyongyang | Phuket News
The United Nation’s political affairs chief was flying into Pyongyang on Tuesday for a rare, four-day visit to North Korea. Undersecretary-General Jeffrey Feltman’s trip will be the highest-level UN visit to the nation in more than six years as tensions with the US ratcheted even higher. Feltman will discuss “issues of mutual concern” and meet […]...
Sri Lanka hands port formally to Chinese firm, receives $292 million | Phuket News
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka formally handed over commercial activities in its main southern port to a Chinese company on Saturday and received $292 million out of a $1.12 billion deal, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. ...
Sri Lanka approves 2018 budget, aims for more investment | Phuket News
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's coalition government on Saturday won the final vote on its 2018 budget which aims to boost investments and small businesses and cut the fiscal deficit to 4.8 percent of GDP from this year's 5.2 percent. ...
Sri Lanka to hand port to Chinese firm, receive $300 million | Phuket News
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka will hand over commercial activities in its main southern port to a Chinese company on Saturday and receive around $300 million out of a $1.1 billion deal soon after, Ports Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said. ...
India v Sri Lanka Test match halted by smog in Delhi | Phuket News
Sri Lanka's players take to wearing masks to combat the smog pollution disrupting the third Test against India in Delhi....
Aid Groups Vowing to Boycott New Myanmar Camps for Rohingya | Phuket News
Humanitarian organizations are urging the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh to ensure Rohingya refugees return to their home country in safety and on a voluntary basis. They also say they would boycott any new camps for Rohingya returnees to Rakhine state in Myanmar if the Rohingya refugees are not allowed to safely establish themselves in their existing homes. In a joint statement issued Friday, groups aids such as Care International, Save the Children, Consortium Dutch NGOs and Solidarites International, say they are “concerned” about the announcement made this past week Bangladesh and Myanmar to “commence returns of refugees” within two months. Though nonprofits praised the commitment of both countries to facilitate the returning process, they urged that it take place “in line with international standards and we uphold the fundamental right of refugees to voluntarily return to their place of origin. However, we urge that the rights, safety and protection...
UN: Conditions Not Ripe for Return of Rohingya Refugees to Myanmar | Phuket News
The United Nations refugee agency says conditions are not ripe for the safe and stable return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar, a country they recently fled to escape violence and persecution. Some 645,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, since the end of August, the United Nations reports. Although the number of new arrivals has slowed, aid officials say this does not indicate the situation in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state has improved. Two weeks ago, Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement on the voluntary repatriation of Rohingya refugees. The U.N. refugee agency, which was not party to the agreement, says it is prepared to discuss arrangements for the free, safe, voluntary and dignified return of the refugees. But UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards says it is premature to repatriate the refugees, as the conditions for a stable and sustainable return do not exist.  ...
Rohingya refugees still fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh - UNHCR | Phuket News
DHAKA (Reuters) - Rohingya refugees continue to flee Myanmar for Bangladesh even though both countries set up a timetable last month to allow them to start to return home, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR)said on Thursday. ...
Pope, Translator Cite 'Rohingya' Repeatedly After Silence | Phuket News
Pope Francis is making up for his silence about the Rohingya refugee crisis while in Myanmar: During his general audience Wednesday, Francis or his translator cited the
Ch Display Opt Acquires HannStar Display (Nanjing) to Expand into Automotive Display Module Market | Phuket News
Dec 09, 2017 Picture:  Enters into MOU with Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Prominent Taiwan-based Corporation, HannStar (4 December 2017, Hong Kong) China Display Optoelectronics Technology Holdings Limited (
Meeting set on proposal to move Dusit Zoo | Phuket News
The Zoological Park Organisation will next Tuesday (December 12) consider relocating Dusit Zoo – Thailand’s oldest – from downtown Bangkok to a 300-rai property in Khlong Hok, Pathum Thani. Park Organisation deputy director Suriya Saenpong said on Friday details of the proposed move would become clearer at the meeting. An initial survey had been conducted at the site in Pathum Thani’s Thanyaburi district, deeded to the agency last week by His Majesty the King, Suriya said. It was the first step in the process of moving an established zoo – an undertaking that generally takes about three years. The organisation needs to consider landscape architecture for display zones appropriate to each type of animal, Suriya said. Dusit Zoo, also known as Khao Din, holds around 1,000 animals and attracts two million visitors a year, generating Bt130 million in annual income. The Nation The post Meeting set on proposal to move...
China has one big advantage in the race to build the car of the future | Phuket News
Michael Dunne, president at Dunne Automotive, said China could set up an autonomous driving market quicker than the U.S....
Thailand and Vietnam driving growth for Bosch in Southeast Asia | Phuket News
Thailand’s automotive market is booming: in 2016, nearly two million cars were manufactured there, significantly more than in the U.K. or Italy. Bosch is responding to this rising demand. “We continue to focus on sustainable growth in Southeast Asia”  said Peter Tyroller, the member of the Bosch board of management responsible for Asia Pacific A booming automotive market Following a one-and-a-half-year construction phase, the company is opening a new plant for injection technology in Hemaraj, 130 kilometers east of Thailand’s capital Bangkok. It is the first smart factory in Thailand, and the second Bosch Mobility Solutions plant there. Expansion of the company’s manufacturing expertise in Southeast Asia 80 million euros invested in a second Bosch Mobility Solutions plant in Thailand 60 million euros to be spent on expanding pushbelt manufacturing in Vietnam Peter Tyroller, the member of the Bosch board of management responsible for Asia Pacific: “We continue to focus...
Weifang, Capital of Kites, Strives to be City of Industry, Culture, Dynamics and Quality | Phuket News
Dec 08, 2017 Picture:  WEIFANG, China, Dec. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/-- On November 26, a dozen or more mainstream journalists, including Xinhua News Agency, The People's Daily, Guangming Daily and China News Service, reported extensively on the development of Weifang city. As an agricultural and cultural center in East China's Shandong province with some 2,000 years of history, the city of Weifang strives to become an industrial, culturally famous, dynamic and habitable city. To realize these objectives, Weifang attaches great importance to forming a modern industrial system, coordinating rural and urban development, seeking new driving forces for development, strengthening cultural soft power, reforms, improving people's livelihoods, and enhancing social governance. As the birthplace of kites, Weifang hosted the world's first international kite festival in 1984 and enjoys the reputation of Capital of Kites. In addition to being home to numerous natural and historic sites, Weifang is home to Weichai, China's...
SCN-CHO joint venture likely to clinch Bangkok Mass Transit Authority’s NGV bus project | Phuket News
The only bidder for the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority’s NGV bus project, the SCN-CHO joint venture, is mostly likely to be awarded with the contract to supply 489 NGV buses to the city bus operator at a cost of 4,020 million baht BMTA president Nuttachat Charuchinda said Thursday (Dec 7) that negotiation between BMTA and the bidder would be accelerated so that the bid could be concluded and ready for the board’s approval on Dec 20 and a contract could be signed by year-end. Once the contract was signed this month, he was confident that the bus fleet would be delivered within 150 days in time for the opening of a new school semester in June, said Mr Nutthachat, adding that a clause in the bidding term requiring the successful bidder to deliver the first lot of buses earlier has been deleted. Karin Chayavisut, project manager of Cho Thavee Public...
As 10 firms bail, JV last man standing in Bangkok bus bid | Phuket News
SCN-CHO, a joint venture, is the sole remaining bidder to supply 489 natural gas-powered buses for Bangkok after 10 firms pulled out of the race for the 4.02-billion-baht city bus project....
SCN-CHO joint venture likely to clinch bus deal with BMTA | Phuket News
The only bidder for the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority’s NGV bus project, the SCN-CHO joint venture, is mostly likely to be awarded with the contract to supply 489 NGV buses to the city bus operator at a cost of 4,020 million baht. BMTA president Nuttachat Charuchinda said Thursday (Dec 7) that negotiation between BMTA and the bidder would be accelerated so that the bid could be concluded and ready for the board’s approval on Dec 20 and a contract could be signed by year-end. Once the contract was signed this month, he was confident that the bus fleet would be delivered within 150 days in time for the opening of a new school semester in June, said Mr Nutthachat, adding that a clause in the bidding term requiring the successful bidder to deliver the first lot of buses earlier has been deleted. Karin Chayavisut, project manager of Cho Thavee Public...
BMTA mulls direct deal with firms for NGV buses | Phuket News
New price negotiations for the procurement of 489 NGV buses could be made between private companies and the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) if there are still no new bidders by Thursday, Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith says....
New thinking on productive space and Reconsidering open‑plan | Phuket News
Open-plan offices have become the norm for many companies wishing to optimise their space, encourage collaboration between staff and break down traditional hierarchies. However, recent research challenges the idea that open-plan working is a surefire route to productivity. Far from an antidote to the inefficiency of closed-off offices, open-plan working can mean staff are beleaguered with distractions and stifled by lack of personal space. Gensler’s 2016 Workplace Survey found that 67 per cent of the UK workforce feel drained at the end of each working day due to their office environment. In addition, badly designed offices are suppressing innovation in businesses: although over eight million UK employees work in open-plan environments, many of these do not offer variety or choice, nor are they tailored to specific tasks and practices. “Enclosed office space is not the enemy,” says Philip Tidd at Gensler. “Moving to a simplistic open-plan may not be the most effective...
The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) is now listing “Thonburi Healthcare Group” | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) will list Thonburi Healthcare Group pcl, Thonburi Hospital Group with network of healthcare providers, on December 7, under the ticker symbol “THG”. The company has a market capitalization at its initial public offering (IPO) of THB 32.27 billion (approx. USD 977.73 million). SET Senior Executive Vice President Santi Kiranand said that THG would list on SET in the Services industry group, Health Care Services sector. With more than 40 years of experience, THG has provided one-stop medical and healthcare services using modern medical equipment. THG’s businesses consist of 1) Medical service business, including private hospitals in Thailand and a private hospital in China named Welly Hospital, with a total numbers of 1,066 beds, as well as hospital management and excellent center management services; 2) Healthcare solution business providing integrated home healthcare services, holistic residential care for the elderly as well as being medical supply...
SET closes up 3.15 to 1,706.52 | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index rose 0.18%, or 3.15 points, to 1,706.52 on Friday....
SET rises 5.24 to 1,708.61 at midday | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went up 5.24 points or 0.31% to close at 1,708.61 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 28.48 billion baht, with 5.7 billion shares traded....
Asia Plus envisions SET reaching 2,000 in 2018 | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) is expected to skyrocket to 2,000 points next year, propelled by strong economic growth momentum led by the banking and telecommunications sectors, says securities analysts....
US Envoy Heads to Japan, Thailand to Discuss North Korea | Phuket News
The U.S. envoy for North Korea will travel to Japan and Thailand next week to discuss how to increase pressure on Pyongyang after its latest ballistic missile test, the U.S. State Department said Friday. North Korea, formally called the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), last week tested its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), saying the device could reach all of the United States. Joseph Yun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, will travel to Japan and Thailand, Dec. 11-15, and meet government officials “to discuss ways to strengthen the pressure campaign following the DPRK’s latest ballistic missile test,” the State Department said in a brief written statement. “The United States looks forward to continuing its partnership with both these nations so that the DPRK will return to credible talks on denuclearization,” it added. Tensions have risen markedly in recent months over North Korea’s development, in defiance...
Purity, rebirth and eternity: The Lotus flower has deep symbolic meaning | Phuket News
Once I had a vivid dream about a beautifully lit mansion with a pool of white lotus flowers in front. I had the feeling that this place was somewhere in Thailand....
Americans 'happiest' tourists in Thailand | Phuket News
US tourists led visitors from other countries in terms of happiness during their visits to Thailand, according to an opinion survey....
PM leads in declaring intention to resist corruption | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha led representatives of the government and private sectors, anti-corruption network and civil society in the declaration of intention to resist and reject corruption on the occasion of the International Anti- Corruption Day on Saturday. He pointed out that corruption problem has been prevalent in the Thai society for time immemorable that corruption has become an acceptable culture such as bribery, the sale of official positions and the public are unable to distinguish public interest from private interest. To address the problem effectively, he said that all stakeholders in the society must join force to keep watch and to mete out measures to prevent corruption and to impose penalties on those who corrupt. Representative of the United Nations Jeremy Douglas who joined the event pledged support for the efforts to address corruption in Thailand. Citing the assessment of a network responsible for data regarding honest business practice...
US envoy for Pyongyang affairs travels to Thailand, Japan | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: The US envoy for North Korea will travel to Japan and Thailand next week to discuss how to increase pressure on Pyongyang after its latest ballistic missile test, the US State Department said on Friday....
People advised to delay getting dengue vaccination | Phuket News
People are advised to delay getting a dengue vaccination during this time, pending a decision by a subcommittee on building of the immune system on Dec 14, according to Dr Tawee Chotepittayasunon, president of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of Thailland (PIDST). Dr Tawee said doctors and experts held a meeting on Dec 7 to analyse information about dengue vaccination. The information says the dengue vaccine works well with people who used to contracted the disease.  But, those who have never had the disease before and received the dengue vaccine are found to have a chance of contracting the disease at the rate of 1.4 times more than those who have never contracted the disease and never received the vaccine. However, no case of death as a result of this has been reported. The subcommittee on the building of the immune system will consider this information on Dec 14 and is expected to...
Thai hopes for piracy list upgrade | Phuket News
After more than a decade, Thailand may exit the US Trade Representative's Priority Watch List (PWL) and enter the Watch List (WL) category as a result of the country's decade-long effort to strengthen its intellectual property regime, says the Economic Crime Suppression Division....
PM vows to lift transparency score above 50 | Phuket News
Thailand must improve its Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index (CPI) to above 50 as soon as possible, the prime minister has declared....
Alimentaria 2018 Will Enhance the Participation of Asian Visitors and Exhibitors | Phuket News
Dec 08, 2017 Picture:  BARCELONA, Spain, Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alimentaria Barcelona one of the main food, drink and foodservice trade shows worldwide is readying its biggest edition in years to offer the food industry a major platform for internationalisation and business and a high level of innovation, making gastronomy its differentiating factor. The event, that will take place from 16 to 19 April next year at Fira de Barcelona (Spain) expects to attract an increasing number of exhibiting companies from Asian countries. With a net exhibition space of over 100,000 sq. m, the joint organisation of the show with Hostelco, the International Exhibition of Equipment for Restaurants, Hotels and Mass Catering, offers both the retail and HoReCa sectors the most comprehensive offering to date. Some 4,500 exhibiting firms - some 300 coming from Asia- and more than 150,000 professional visitors are expected. Performing a strong growth, China...
The Phuket Elephant Sanctuary provides an ethical home for ex-working elephants | Phuket News
The Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is a fantastic initiative brought to Phuket in partnership with Elephant Nature Park, which is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation centre in the northern province of Chiang Mai....
Reports: UN Envoy Expressed Willingness to Ease Tensions in N. Korea | Phuket News
U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman, who visited North Korea this week, expressed willingness to ease tension on the Korean Peninsula, state media said Saturday, amid a rising war of words over the North's missile and nuclear programs. North Korea also said in a statement carried by its official KCNA news agency that the U.N. envoy acknowledged the negative impact of sanctions on humanitarian aid to North Korea. Feltman, the highest-level U.N. official to visit North Korea since 2012, was not immediately available for comment. 
North Korea says war is inevitable after US ‘warmongering’ | Phuket News
US-South Korea military drills and “confrontational warmongering” from US officials has made war inevitable, a spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry said on Thursday. “The remaining question now is: when will the war break out?” the spokesman said in a statement carried by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency. “We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it.” The official added that the outbreak of war was an “established fact” due to the joint exercises and threats from the United States. SEE ALSO: Trump to ‘take care’ of North Korea as US launches largest ever drills with South The US and South Korea have been conducting their largest ever combat drills as part of the annual “Vigilant Ace” exercises. A total of 230 aircraft, including a range of the US military’s most advanced stealth warplanes, are featured in the exercises. Tensions have once again escalated on the...
UN Envoy Meets North Korean Foreign Minister | Phuket News
A senior United Nations official on a rare high-level visit to North Korea held talks with the North’s foreign minister Thursday. Jeffrey Feltman, the U.N. undersecretary-general for political affairs, met with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on the second full day of the highest-level U.N. visit to the North since 2010. He arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday for a stay expected to last four or five days. It’s not immediately known what the two discussed. Matters of mutual concern According to North Korea’s state-run media, Feltman discussed U.N. assistance and operations in North Korea along with “other matters of mutual concern” during a meeting with the vice foreign minister on Wednesday. Six U.N. agencies, with about 50 international staff, are represented in the North. The visit by Feltman, an American citizen and former State Department official, comes amid high tensions on the peninsula fanned by tough talk and posturing by...
Dozens of countries have violated UN North Korea sanctions | Phuket News
DOZENS of countries, spread across almost every continent, have violated international sanctions imposed on North Korea, a Washington-based think tank said this week. Institute for Science and International Security found that a total of 49 countries were in violation of the United Nations Security Council instruction between March 2014 and September 2017. The report was released on Tuesday, months ahead of its scheduled release date, in response to Pyongyang’s latest missile test and subsequent comments from US Ambassador Nikki Haley calling for full implementation of the sanctions. The findings indicate that North Korea “seeks to undermine international sanctions and the export control laws of other countries,” often exploiting countries with “weak or nonexistent export controls.” SEE ALSO: Are regional powers actually willing or able to stop North Korea? Thirteen governments were found to be involved in military related cases of North Korean sanctions violations, including Angola, Cuba, Iran, Mozambique, Burma, Sri...
North Korea: Likelihood of War With US 'Established Fact' | Phuket News
North Korea says a large joint military drill between South Korea and the United States has made
Carabao and Red Bull lock horns in China | Phuket News
Tycoon Sathien Setthasit plans to pour $300 million into helping his energy-drink company Carabao Group Pcl take on Red Bull in China. A recent slide in the firm’s shares signals investors see a tough fight ahead....
India to Phase out 'Petcoke' Imports After AP Investigation | Phuket News
India's government says it plans to phase out imports of a dirty fuel known as petroleum coke, or
U.N. warns against any hasty returns of Rohingya to Myanmar | Phuket News
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday that peace and stability must be restored in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state before any Rohingyas can return from Bangladesh, under international standards on voluntary repatriation. ...
Rohingya Refugee Starts New Life in Upstate New York | Phuket News
According to the United Nations, more than half a million Muslim Rohingya have fled persecution in Myanmar, also known as Burma, in the past few months. Many of the refugees are living under difficult circumstances. VOA's Saba Shah Khan visited Syracuse, New York, to meet a man who is putting together his life from scratch....
Pope 'cried on the inside' for Rohingya | Phuket News
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE: Pope Francis has defended his strategy of avoiding the term
Pope says his defence of Rohingya got through in Myanmar | Phuket News
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE: Pope Francis on Saturday defended his strategy of avoiding the term
Pope Francis defends Rohingya silence after Asia trip | Phuket News
Pope Francis has told reporters he believes he got his message across to Myanmar’s leaders despite not using the term “Rohingya”  during a four-day trip to the fledgling democratic Asian state. Speaking on his return to the Vatican on Saturday, the pontiff insisted he had been firm with the country’s military and civilian leaders in […]...
Rohingya Refugees, Host Communities Face Dire Conditions | Phuket News
More than 100 days have passed since an upsurge in violence in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state forced nearly 626,000 Rohingya to flee for safety to Bangladesh. The International Organization for Migration reports this refugee population is crammed into congested, unhygienic settlements, which are susceptible to outbreaks of diseases. While conditions for the Rohingya are dreadful, IOM spokesman Joel Millman says this huge refugee influx into Cox's Bazar is having a severe impact on the impoverished host communities in the region.
UN Official: Treatment of Rohingya May Contain Elements of Genocide | Phuket News
The top U.N. human rights official is condemning the persecution, and widespread and systematic brutal attacks against the Rohingya in Myanmar, suggesting this treatment might verge on genocide.  Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from Geneva, the site of a special session on Myanmar at the U.N. Human Rights Council. Speaking in Geneva at a special session on Myanmar at the U.N. Human Rights Council, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein says genocide is a legal concept and only a competent court can determine whether the actions of the government of Myanmar against the Rohingya qualify as genocide. But he says the many decades of violations against the Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the deliberate efforts to erase its ethnic identity are very troubling. “Considering the decades of statelessness as well as systematic and systemic discrimination against the Rohingya.... Considering also that Rohingyas self-identify as a distinct...
Future of Dusit Zoo to be considered next week | Phuket News
The Board of Zoological Park Organisation will meet next Tuesday to consider if the 79-year-old Dusit Zoo should be relocated from its present site opposite the parliament in Bangkok....
Russian tourists survive serious motorbike accident | Phuket News
PHUKET: Officials today (Jan 1) paid a visit to two Russian tourists still recovering in hospital, one stil in intensive care with spinal injuries, after a motorbike accident on Saturday (Dec 30)....
Thousands join Phuket New Year Countdown | Phuket News
PHUKET: More than 10,000 people joined the Amazing Thailand Countdown 2018 in the heart of Phuket Town last night to usher in the New Year....
British tourists celebrate New Year countdown at remote train station in Chumphon | Phuket News
As several hundred thousands of people, both Thais  and foreign tourists, were drawn to downtown Bangkok for countdown celebrations at Ratchaprasong to ring in New Year 2018  on Sunday night, a small group of British businessmen and their spouses chose to celebrate the event at a small railway station in Chumphon province. The group arrived at Khlong Khanan railway station in Chumphon’s Lang Suan district at 11.19pm Sunday night (Dec 31) on a special trip on board the luxurious tourist-orientated Eastern & Oriental Express train from Singapore to Bangkok. Preparation has been arranged for the special group to celebrate the New Year countdown by the Eastern & Oriental Express Co Ltd. Khlong Khanan train station is about 10 kilometres away from Lang Suan district in Chumphon and is far from noisy reveling, fireworks, or countdown parties. Only two trains pass the station in a day. The classic station building as well as its tranquility...
Countdown to New Year's gridlock begins | Phuket News
Traffic jams mushroomed on Thursday as people began travelling for their New Year holidays, with kilometres-long snarl-ups clogging bottlenecks and intersections on the major highways to the North and Northeast....
Phuket's New Year road accident tally climbs to two dead, 17 injured | Phuket News
PHUKET: The death and injury toll in Phuket recorded during the “Seven Days of Danger” road-safety campaign for the New Year has climbed to two dead and 17 injured, Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong heard at his daily briefing this morning (Dec 31)....
New Year’s road accident death toll rises to 239 in four days | Phuket News
The New Year’s road accident death toll rose to 239 and 2,500 injuries on the fourth day of the seven-day safety driving campaign. Only in a single day yesterday (Dec 31), 65 people were killed and 714 were injured in 678 traffic incidents, according to the Road Safety Centre. The “7 Dangerous Day” road safety campaign was launched from Dec 28 until Jan 3. As of yesterday, a total of 2,380 traffic cases throughout the country were reported with 239 deaths and 2,500 injuries. Drink driving is still the main cause of fatal accidents, following by speeding, mostly on secondary roads around New Year countdown celebration venues. The centre said authorities have tightened control on celebration venues to ban selling alcohol to youths 20 years old. Violator will be arrested and prosecuted if they sell alcohol underaged youths. The post New Year’s road accident death toll rises to 239 in four days...
Six rescued from Phuket fishing tour boat after two days adrift | Phuket News
PHUKET: A Royal Thai Navy search helicopter has located and coordinated the safe recovery of six people on board a fishing tour boat found adrift some 20 nautical miles off Promthep Cape, Phuket’s southernmost point, after two days missing at sea....
At Least 8 Dead as Speedboat Capsizes Off Indonesia's Borneo | Phuket News
A speedboat carrying 51 people capsized off Indonesia's part of Borneo island on Monday, killing at least eight passengers, an official said. The accident happened when the boat, called the Anugrah Express, was traveling from Tanjung Selor, the capital of North Kalimantan province, to Tarakan in the same province. Manangap Djumala, a search and rescue official in Tarakan, said that in addition to the deaths, several other people were believed to be missing. Unconfirmed reports said 40 people were rescued. According to the boat's manifest, the boat was carrying 48 passengers, including five children, and three crew members, Djumala said, adding that infants were usually not listed in the manifest. Police are investigating the cause of the accident. Boat accidents are common in Indonesia because of poorly enforced safety regulations in the world's largest archipelago nation, where ships are a popular and relatively cheap form of transportation....
N. Korea Boat Captain Charged in Theft from Tiny Japan Island | Phuket News
Japanese authorities on Thursday indicted the North Korean captain of a boat that drifted to its coast on charges of stealing a generator, appliances and other equipment from an uninhabited island, officials and media reports said.   The captain and his nine crewmembers on the dilapidated boat were rescued near a tiny island off of Hokkaido, northern Japan, in late November. Japanese police said they arrested the captain and two crewmembers earlier this month on suspicion they stole a generator and appliances from a barn on the island.   Prosecutors on Thursday charged the captain with theft, meaning he will stand trial in Japan, according to reports from Japanese media, including NHK public television. The prosecutor's office declined to comment on the case when contacted by telephone.   NHK reported that the captain played a leading role and also stole nearly 40 items including a television, appliances, as well as...
Phuket to Bangkok bus crashes, one monk dead, 20 injured | Phuket News
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: A bus travelling from Phuket to Bangkok crashed in the early hours of this morning (Dec 31), killing one monk and leaving 20 injured....
Sydney seaplane: Six dead as aircraft crashes in river | Phuket News
The aircraft is said to be lying in 13 metres of water and police divers are at the scene....
Phuket schoolgirl, 11, dies after struck by Mercedes | Phuket News
PHUKET: An 11-year-old girl has died after being struck by a car while crossing the road in Pa Khlok, becoming the island’s second death during the Seven Days of Danger New Year road-safety campaign....
Delve into the delicious world of Thai cuisine at Kantok | Phuket News
Kantok restaurant at Burasari Boutique Hotel in Patong is a fantastic place to sample the authentic traditions of Thai cuisine....
Phuket Opinion: Heading for self-destruction | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Airports of Thailand (AoT) recently reported that it expects more than 60,000 passengers a day to pass through Phuket International Airport over the New Year period. These AoT projections are based on an expected 360 flights arriving and disgorging a total 60,760 passengers every day – an increase of between 12-16% on last year’s figures....
Indonesia boat carrying dozens of people capsizes, killing eight | Phuket News
Several others are missing after the vessel, whose passengers included children, sank near Borneo....
Eight dead, 13 missing after boat capsizes in Indonesia | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Eight people were killed after a boat carrying 48 passengers including children sank off Indonesia’s Kalimantan island on Monday, rescue officials said....
At least 8 die after boat capsizes in Indonesia | Phuket News
JAKARTA: At least eight people were reported killed after a speedboat carrying nearly 50 people sank off Indonesia’s Kalimantan island on Monday, rescue officials said....
China's 2017 Movie Ticket Sales Rise 13.5 Percent | Phuket News
China's total domestic movie ticket sales rose 13.5 percent in 2017 to 55.9 billion yuan ($8.6 billion), a state news agency said Monday. The top-grossing title was the mainland-made action picture
South Korea seizes second ship suspected of providing oil to North Korea | Phuket News
The seizure was the second to be revealed by South Korea within a few days....
North Korea: South seizes second ship in oil supply row | Phuket News
South Korea says 5,100-tonne tanker may have been heading to the North in violation of UN sanctions....
S.Korea seizes another ship 'for transferring oil to N.Korea' | Phuket News
SEOUL: South Korean authorities have seized a Panama-flagged vessel suspected of transferring oil products to North Korea in violation of international sanctions, a customs official said on Sunday....
South Korea Seizes 2nd Ship Suspected of Carrying Oil to North Korea | Phuket News
South Korean authorities have seized a Panama-flagged vessel suspected of transferring oil products to North Korea in violation of international sanctions, a customs official said Sunday. The ship can carry 5,100 tons of oil and has a crew mostly from China and Myanmar, Yonhap News Agency reported, adding that South Korea’s intelligence and customs officials are conducting a joint probe into the vessel. The official did not say when authorities moved in, but the seizure was the second to be revealed within just a few days. The KOTI is being held in the western port of Pyeongtaek-Dangjin, Gyeonggi Province, Yonhap reported.  South Korea said Friday that in late November it had seized the Hong Kong-flagged Lighthouse Winmore, which is suspected of transferring as much as 600 tons of oil to the North Korea-flagged Sam Jong 2. The U.N. Security Council last month unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea for...
Made in Indonesia : Overseas firms are keen to carve out a share of Indonesia’s rising manufacturing sector | Phuket News
Dec 27, 2017 Picture:  The rapid growth of Indonesia's manufacturing sector – a development buoyed partly by the arrival of several big-name mobile-phone manufacturers and partly by highly supportive central government legislation – has attracted electronics companies across the wider Asia-Pacific region. Indonesia's manufacturing industry grew 5.04 per cent in 2015 – higher than the national economic growth rate of 4.79 per cent. Nowhere was this more apparent than at the May Inatronics event in Jakarta, Indonesia's only trade show dedicated to the electronics and components industries. Overall, many exhibitors – with the majority of them first-time participants – were keen to expand their operations in the country and find local partners and distributors. Among this year's first-time exhibitors was AiT Semiconductor, a Taipei-based manufacturer of analogue and mixed-signal integrated circuits.
Ice and Snow Art, a Lifelike Fairytale World | Phuket News
Dec 27, 2017 BEIJING, Dec. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The temperature difference between 30 degrees C and -30 degrees C, the sunlight and sea versus the winter chill, ice and snow, these are some of the major contrasts in climate and landscape between Malaysia and China's northeast. As the winter season arrives, tourists from northeast China plan their travels to southern tropical islands for warmth and sunshine, while Malaysians look to experience the fairytale world of ice and snow sculptures in the north. Ice and Snow Sculptures Brought to Life As the world's largest ice and snow park where master crafters show off their lifelong devotion, Harbin Ice and Snow World creates a true winter wonderland experience for all. This winter, the Harbin Ice and Snow World will feature more than 2,000 ice & snow landscapes and over 30 pieces of entertainment to create a
ANTA Unveils PyeongChang 2018 Award Ceremony Outfit for the China Winter Olympic Team | Phuket News
Dec 25, 2017 Picture:  BEIJING, Dec. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ANTA Sports Products Limited (
Australian granny skirts death row for drug trafficking in Malaysia | Phuket News
AN Australian grandmother escaped the death penalty on Wednesday after a Malaysian court found her not guilty of drug trafficking. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, 54, was found with more than 1 kg of methamphetamine in her backpack while in transit in Kuala Lumpur enroute to Melbourne from Shanghai in December 2014. Under Malaysian law, anyone found guilty of possessing more than 50 grams of illegal drugs is considered a trafficker and faces a mandatory death penalty. The law was amended last month to do away with the mandatory death sentence, allowing judges to use their own discretion. But the changes have not yet come into effect. SEE ALSO: Malaysia to remove mandatory death penalty for drugs  Exposto’s lawyers said she was the victim of an internet romance scam and was lured into carrying a bag containing drugs unknowingly by a friend of her online boyfriend. “I agreed with the defence’s argument...
Australian Woman Acquitted of Drug Trafficking Charges in Malaysia | Phuket News
An Australian woman has been acquitted by a Malaysian court of charges of illicit drug trafficking. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was arrested three years ago this month at Kuala Lumpur's International Airport after police found more than one kilogram of methamphetamine in her backpack. Lawyers for Exposto, a 54-year-old mother of three from Sydney, say she was tricked into carrying the bag by an online boyfriend who claimed to be a U.S. soldier serving in Afghanistan. Judge Ghazali Cha agreed with the defense's arguments when he handed down his ruling Wednesday. Exposto faced a mandatory death sentence for possessing more than 50 grams of a prohibited drug if she had been convicted. Three Australians have been hanged for drug offenses in Malaysia since 1986....
Malaysia court clears 'drug mule' grandmother who faced hanging | Phuket News
The 54-year-old Australian argued drugs were planted on her after she fell for an online dating scam....
Australian woman acquitted of drug trafficking in Malaysia | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: An Australian woman has been found not guilty of trafficking 1.5 kilogrammes of crystal meth at Kuala Lumpur's airport three years ago, avoiding a possible death sentence....
Burma: Police to drop pending charges against Malaysian, Singaporean journalists | Phuket News
THE two journalists working for Turkey’s state broadcaster, their interpreter and driver, who were jailed in Burma (Myanmar) in November for violating an aircraft law by filming with a drone, will have their additional charges dropped, police said. Cameraman Lau Hon Meng from Singapore, reporter Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia, Aung Naing Soe – a local journalist who was interpreting for the pair – and driver Hla Tin were detained by police on Oct. 27 near Burma’s parliament building in the capital Naypyitaw. They are currently each serving a two-month prison sentence under a colonial-era aircraft law, but all four still face further charges for importing the drone. The two foreign nationals have also been charged with an immigration offence. SEE ALSO: Burma arrests two Reuters journalists covering Rohingya crisis  Police Lieutenant Tun Tun Win and an immigration officer – the complainants – appeared in a Naypyitaw courtroom on Tuesday and asked...
Pultizer Prize winners demand release of two Reuters reporters | Phuket News
About 50 Pulitzer Prize winners have urged Myanmar to immediately release two Reuters reporters arrested earlier this month in Yangon and to drop charges against them, The Irrawaddy Online reported on Thursday (Dec 28). The group said in a statement issued on Wednesday: “Their arrest is an outrageous attack on the media freedom. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are brave, principled and professional journalists who were working in the public interest and were jailed simply for doing their jobs.” “We call on the Myanmar government to immediately release Wa Lone and Kyaw Soi Oo, reunite them with their families, and drop all charges against them,” said the group in the statement. The two Reuters reporters were arrested on Dec 12 after accepting an invitation from police to have dinner on Yangon’s outskirts. They had been covering crisis in Rakhine state and were charged under the colonial-era Secrets Act for...
Myanmar drops illegal drone charges against journalists | Phuket News
A Myanmar court on Thursday dropped additional charges against two foreign journalists and their local staff who were arrested in October for allegedly flying a drone over the parliament....
Burma’s police to drop pending charges against Malaysian, Singaporean journalists | Phuket News
THE two journalists working for Turkey’s state broadcaster, their interpreter and driver, who were jailed in Burma (Myanmar) in November for violating an aircraft law by filming with a drone, will have their additional charges dropped, police said. Cameraman Lau Hon Meng from Singapore, reporter Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia, Aung Naing Soe – a local journalist who was interpreting for the pair – and driver Hla Tin were detained by police on Oct. 27 near Burma’s parliament building in the capital Naypyitaw. They are currently each serving a two-month prison sentence under a colonial-era aircraft law, but all four still face further charges for importing the drone. The two foreign nationals have also been charged with an immigration offence. SEE ALSO: Burma arrests two Reuters journalists covering Rohingya crisis  Police Lieutenant Tun Tun Win and an immigration officer – the complainants – appeared in a Naypyitaw courtroom on Tuesday and asked...
US 'Maximum Pressure' N. Korea Policy Yielded Mixed Results in 2017 | Phuket News
With a tweet in early January saying,
Laem Bali Hai in Pattaya gets a facelift | Phuket News
Pattaya City Administration will make Laem Bali Hai a new tourist landmark of Pattaya after having reclaimed the area from boat rental operators and street hawkers. The New Year countdown last night was the first public event held at the site after the renovation works completed earlier this month. Pattaya City Mayor Pol Maj Gen Anan Charoenchasri presided over the New Year countdown celebration at Laem Bali Hai in Pattaya South. He said the countdown at the Laem Bali Hai was made possible after Pattaya City authorities successfully reclaimed the area under the National Council for Peace and Order’s policy to regulate public areas occupied by private operators or street hawkers for years. The mayor said Laem Bali Hai had long been occupied by speed boat rental operators with several hundreds boat anchored in the sea. Tourists also complained that they were always disturbed by hawkers at the site. The cape was...
Philippines Preps Economy for Bumper Year in 2018  | Phuket News
Officials in the Philippines, one of Asia’s fastest growing economies, are planning a series of economic stimulus measures in 2018 to ease poverty and compensate for a lag in foreign investment. Manila is building $169 billion in infrastructure, such as railways and an airport terminal, while toying with legal changes that would let foreigners own larger shares of localized businesses. ​Tax reform In another major step, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law this month the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion act. Tax revenue would pay for infrastructure and social services. The idea is to create jobs and bring in foreign investment. Those outcomes would help sustain economic growth while giving the government funds to ease poverty that afflicts about a quarter of the population of 102 million. “As the country builds for the future, there is the developing (of) social capital,” said Jonathan Ravelas, chief market strategist with Banco...
Singapore court rejects gay man's bid to adopt biological son | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: A Singapore court has rejected a gay Singaporean doctor's bid to adopt his biological child because he was born by a surrogate mother in the United States through a procedure not available for unmarried couples in the island state....
Insight: In Pakistan, questions raised over GE's flagship power turbines | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - General Electric's flagship gas turbines ran into problems in Pakistan earlier this year, leading to delays and lengthy outages at three newly built power stations, according to several senior Pakistani officials and power executives. ...
CORRECTED - In Pakistan, questions raised over GE's flagship power turbines | Phuket News
(Corrects paragraph 24 to show GE airlifted parts of the turbine units to France, not all of the units) ...
In Pakistan, questions raised over GE's flagship power turbines | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - General Electric's flagship gas turbines ran into problems in Pakistan earlier this year, leading to delays and lengthy outages at three newly built power stations, according to several senior Pakistani officials and power executives. ...
Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Buys Tokyo Offices as Japan Upgrades Growth Forecast | Phuket News
Singaporean sovereign wealth fund, is acquiring a 43 percent stake in Shinjuku MAYNDS Tower, a 97,978 square metre Grade-A office property in Tokyo for 62.5 billion yen ($558 million), according to a press release from the fund yesterday. The Shinjuku SWF deal came just one day after a real estate affiliate of Prudential Financial announced the acquisition of J Tower in Tokyo’s suburban neighborhood, as the latest in an $808 million dollar series of Japanese acquisitions by the company over the past 14 months. The deals come during the same week that the Japanese government upgraded its outlook for economic growth in the world’s third-largest economy. GIC, which manages over $100 billion in assets, in a statement called the Shinjuku MAYNDS Tower deal a unique opportunity for the fund to acquire a sizeable and stable income-producing asset GIC Buys into Shinjuku Lee Kok Sun of GIC The Singapore sovereign fund...
Vietnam’s economic growth exceeds set target at 6.8% | Phuket News
General Director of the General Statistics Office (GSO) Nguyen Bich Lam revealed the information at a press conference in Hanoi on December 27 to announce socio-economic indexes in 2017. The agro-forestry-fishery sector is expected to increase by 2.9 percent, contributing 0.4 percentage points to the 6.81 percent GDP growth level The country’s GDP grew quarterly, with 5.15 percent in Q1, 6.28 percent in Q2, 7.46 percent in Q3, and 7.65 percent in Q4. The agro-forestry-fishery sector is expected to increase by 2.9 percent, contributing 0.4 percentage points to the 6.81 percent GDP growth level. The industrial and construction sector posted an 8 percent growth rate, contributing 2.77 percentage points whilst the service industry climbed by 7.44 percent, contributing 2.87 percentage points. Lam said Vietnam’s socio-economic affairs 2017 took place in the context of steady recovery and growth of major economies such as China, the US, Japan, the Republic of Korea...
2017 in review: Top real estate trends | Phuket News
As we approach the end of 2017, here’s a look back at the most significant real estate trends that have shaped the real estate landscape – and are likely to flow through to 2018. 1. Proptech A convergence of property and technology: proptech has changed the way we use real estate. From data analytics to artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, virtual reality and blockchain; proptech’s influence has been so pervasive that it’s virtually what we breathe here in JLL. As part of JLL’s Power Up: Proptech drive, we held our first hackathon in Singapore in October where the firm selected innovators from across Asia Pacific to build new apps and technologies. Following that, we streamed our first learning session: “Will I have a job in five years?” which saw thousands of colleagues logging in and watching. JLL kickstarted its proptech journey with the sponsorship of Southeast Asia’s first proptech...
Condo developers diversifying investments | Phuket News
Developing condominiums is one of the most profitable real estate investments with the fastest return. However, it comes with a higher risk, especially in a challenging market....
2018 Starts With a Bang as Fireworks Around the World Greet New Year | Phuket News
Thousands braved a frigid New York night to celebrate the start of 2018 in Times Square, an annual celebration that dates back to 1904. Tarana Burke, a social activist who started the #MeToo movement to draw attention to sexual abuse, pushed the button that started the famed ball drop – a hallmark of the New York celebration for 110 years.2017 saw a sea change in attitudes and awareness of sexual assault and sexual harassment, as millions of people used the hashtag to show how pervasive abuse is in the wake of accusations made against dozens of high profile men, including celebrities, members of Congress and business leaders. “We need to go into the new year as a new beginning, with a new set of commitments to a better world,” Burke told the New York Daily News. As they do each year, the crowd counted down as the crystal ball slid...
New Year's 2018: Thousands flee fireworks barge explosion | Phuket News
Thousands of people were evacuated by police after an Australian New Year's celebration went wrong....
Glittering crystal ball drops in frigid New York City | Phuket News
NEW YORK: With a burst of confetti and fireworks, throngs of revellers ushered in 2018 in a frigid Times Square as the glittering crystal ball dropped....
Thousands flee fireworks explosion at Australia beach | Phuket News
Two people are injured and thousands flee a beach after a barge carrying fireworks explodes....
China's ban on ivory trade comes into force | Phuket News
The ban on all trade in ivory is being hailed as a major step towards protecting elephant populations....
One man's trash... | Phuket News
China has introduced new restrictions on the import of foreign waste, in an effort to reduce pollution....
Why China doesn't want your waste anymore | Phuket News
China has introduced new restrictions on the import of foreign waste, in an effort to reduce pollution....
New Year Festivities Begin Around the World | Phuket News
Residents and visitors across East Asia welcomed 2018 with fireworks and parties Sunday. Thousands gathered around Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor to watch a 10-minute musical firework display, which included
New Year Celebrations around the World | Phuket News
New Zealand, Australia, and surrounding Pacific Islands were among the first places to ring in 2018 with fireworks displays, parties, and other festivities. Nearly 1.5 million people gathered to watch a rainbow fireworks display above Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and opera house....
Palace rejects Duterte’s “Person of the Year” award | Phuket News
The non-profit group Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has named President Rodrigo Duterte its Person of the Year for 2017 for being an individual who has done the most in the world in advancing organized criminal activity and corruption, according to the Philippine Inquirer Online on Sunday (Dec 31). But it was rejected by the Malacanang Palace with the presidential communications secretary Martin Andanar disputing the contention and insisting that the president had done just the opposite – which is to fight crime by moving to eliminate the illegal drug scourge. He also defended that Duterte worked to stop drug trafficking and to stop the Philippines from becoming a transshipment point for illegal narcotics. Andanar said the president fought corruption by firing people in the government who had been linked to corruption and other questionable activities. Not even those close to him were spared, he added. OCCRP editor...
Top 5: What our readers loved most in 2017 | Phuket News
AS we look back to the year 2017, it’s safe to say that it was one filled with interesting developments and turn of events in the Asia Pacific’s political, social, and economic landscape. The year kicked off with US President Donald Trump’s inauguration which saw a recalibration of the global superpower’s policy on the region and a slew uncertainties regarding its role in the months that followed. Less than a month after Trump marked his presidency, the estranged brother of North Korea’s leader was killed in a cloak-and-dagger-styled murder in what has arguably become the most high-profile assassination of the year. In the Philippines, war broke out between government forces and Islamic-state inspired militants in the country’s southern region in a conflict which stretched on for more than six months, while the Rohingya crisis in Burma continued to deteriorate with hundreds of thousands of stateless Muslims fleeing the country. Meanwhile,...
Here are our most read stories of 2017 | Phuket News
AS we look back to the year 2017, it’s safe to say that it was one filled with interesting developments and turn of events in the Asia Pacific’s political, social, and economic landscape. The year kicked off with US President Donald Trump’s inauguration which saw a recalibration of the global superpower’s policy on the region and a slew uncertainties regarding its role in the months that followed. Less than a month after Trump marked his presidency, the estranged brother of North Korea’s leader was killed in a cloak-and-dagger-styled murder in what has arguably become the most high-profile assassination of the year. In the Philippines, war broke out between government forces and Islamic-state inspired militants in the country’s southern region in a conflict which stretched on for more than six months, while the Rohingya crisis in Burma continued to deteriorate with hundreds of thousands of stateless Muslims fleeing the country. Meanwhile,...
Martial law in southern Philippines could intensify ‘massive’ rights abuses – UN | Phuket News
UNITED NATIONS-appointed experts said a Muslim indigenous community in the southern Philippines has suffered widespread human right abuses that could intensify with President Rodrigo Duterte’s extension of martial law there. Duterte has called the huge island of Mindanao a “flashpoint for trouble” and atrocities by Islamist and communist rebels. He placed it under martial law in May after Islamist militants took over the city of Marawi. The five-month siege was the majority-Roman Catholic Philippines’ biggest security crisis in decades, killing more than 1,100 people, mostly militants. Lawmakers this month overwhelmingly backed his plan to extend martial law there through 2018, which would be the country’s longest period of emergency rule since the 1970s era of strongman Ferdinand Marcos. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Communist rebels vow fierce resistance to martial law in Mindanao   The militarisation had displaced thousands of the indigenous Lumad people and some had been killed, said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and...
Marshal law in southern Philippines could intensify ‘massive’ rights abuses – UN | Phuket News
UN-appointed experts said a Muslim indigenous community in the southern Philippines has suffered widespread human right abuses that could intensify with President Rodrigo Duterte’s extension of martial law there. Duterte has called the huge island of Mindanao a “flashpoint for trouble” and atrocities by Islamist and communist rebels. He placed it under martial law in May after Islamist militants took over the city of Marawi. The five-month siege was the majority-Roman Catholic Philippines’ biggest security crisis in decades, killing more than 1,100 people, mostly militants. Lawmakers this month overwhelmingly backed his plan to extend martial law there through 2018, which would be the country’s longest period of emergency rule since the 1970s era of strongman Ferdinand Marcos. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Communist rebels vow fierce resistance to martial law in Mindanao   The militarisation had displaced thousands of the indigenous Lumad people and some had been killed, said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and Cecilia...
Philippines relieves 11 officers in mistaken-identity shooting | Phuket News
MANILA: Ten Philippine police officers who mistakenly shot at a vehicle and killed two of its passengers late Thursday have been relieved of their duties, the capital's police chief said as he ordered an investigation into the incident....
Philippines accidentally leaves former president's face off a batch of currency | Phuket News
The 100-peso notes left out the portrait of Manuel Roxas and omitted two words from the country's official name....
Golden Triangle today | Phuket News
The land along the Mekong River where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet is a popular place for tourists visiting Chiang Saen district in Chiang Rai. — Jetjaras Na Ranong...
Another round of cold weather during Dec 31-Jan 2 | Phuket News
Thai people in most parts of the country except the southern region will experience another round of cold weather from Sunday until Tuesday due to strong cold front from China which is now covering Vietnam and Laos. The Thai Meteorological Department predicted that the mercury in the upper part of Thailand would drop 2-4 degrees Celsius, beginning on Sunday, starting with the northern region which will be hit with the cold weather followed by the northern, central and eastern regions. Meanwhile, the northeastern monsoon which is looming over the Gulf and southern region has gained strength which will result in more rains in the South with heavy rains in some parts of the region. The sea is rough with waves about 2-3 metres high. Low temperatures in northeastern provinces were predicted to between 15-19 degrees Celsius and high temperatures range between 26-32 degrees Celsius, but mountain-top temperature may vary between...
Police advise New Year holidaymakers to avoid gridlock | Phuket News
People who intend to leave the capital city for a home visit during the New Year holiday are advised to leave Bangkok on Dec 27 or Dec 28 to avoid gridlock, Metropolitan Police commissioner Pol Lt Gen Chanthep Sesavej said on Wednesday. The actual New Year holiday is between Dec 30-Jan 2. Pol Lt Gen Chanthep said he expected a large number of people to leave the capital city on Friday (Dec 29). All 88 metropolitan police stations have been instructed to take measures to protect the people’s lives and property during the New Year by strictly enforcing the law. Under these measures, motorcyclists and pillion riders are required to wear safety helmets; drivers of all kinds of vehicles are prohibited from drink-driving; and, security and safety must be provided for venues for New Year celebrations. The city police chief said that the operating hours of the entertaining venues on...
Tourism rebates tipped to spread wealth | Phuket News
Tax breaks for tourism spending in secondary provinces from Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2018 will go before the cabinet today. The move is intended to distribute income to these provinces and make the recovery more broad-based....
PM to North for mobile cabinet meeting | Phuket News
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is in Phitsanulok province on Monday on a two-day mobile cabinet meeting during December 25-26. He arrived at Ban Somsa village to visit a small scale community enterprise which operates a health spa production business to generate income for its members and community. He was given spa message on the shoulder by an elderly member of the community. The prime minister also visited a fighting cock farm which breeds fighting cocks for sale and has received high demand from buyers in Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos and Brunei. He also visited a dog farm where he bought three native Thai “Bang Kaew” breed for 6,000 baht each. The prime minister said he himself would keep one dog, while two others would be given to his deputy Gen Chatchai Salikulya and Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda. He paid 25,000 baht to the farm owner and told him to...
Fully loaded tanker overturns, burns, driver killed | Phuket News
PHRAE: A tanker loaded with 42,000 litres of petrol overturned and burst into flames on a hill road while making a delivery to Laos, killing the driver, on Monday morning....
Oil truck driver dies in flame  | Phuket News
An oil truck driver was killed after his vehicle skidded and overturned on the highway from Phrae to Nan in Rong Kwang district of Phrae province early Monday morning (Dec 25). The oil truck with 42,000 litres of Gasohol 91 fuel in its tank caught fire after the vehicle veered off the road and flipped over after arriving at a curve on the highway. The driver identified as Chauchana Praphand, 45, died in the flame, police said. Highway authorities closed the highway as firemen sought help from Phrae airport for fire extinguishing foam to put out the oil truck fire. Firefighters spend more than 2 hours to extinguish the fire. According to police questioning, the driver was taking the oil supply of Thong Natee Co to Laos. It was not immediately known the exact cause of the accident but police said they suspected that the driver might encounter a sharp...
Trailer truck driver faces legal actions | Phuket News
The driver of the trailer truck from which a container fell on a car, injuring its driver, will face both civil and criminal actions, said Kamol Buranapong, deputy director-general of the Department of Land Transport. Mr Kamol said Viset Nakornchai, 61, the truck driver, had been invited for interrogation. As for the civil action, he is liable to compensate for the damage made to the car and the injury to the driver. In the criminal action, Mr Viset stands to be charged with violating Section 71 of the Land Transport Act of 1989 regarding transport safety.  According to the law, a truck for transport work must be of a good condition with proper equipment and accessories. From initial checks, the container was found to have not been properly affixed to the body of the truck, causing it to fall onto a car which was driven by Sermpong Piriyanupong, a 59-year...
Container fell from a trailer truck onto a car, injuring the driver | Phuket News
A bank employee miraculously escaped death with just a fractured left wrist after a container fell from a trailer truck onto his car on a road in Nontha Buri Wednesday afternoon. Truck driver Mr Viset Nakornchai The truck driver, 61-year old Mr Viset Nakornchai, told Plaibang police that he drove the trailer truck to deliver the container from Klong Toey to a customer in Sai Noi area. He said it was raining when the accident happened on Nakhon In road, adding that he heard the sound of what appeared to be something broken and then the container fell out of the trailer truck onto a following car. After the accident, Viset did not escape but waited for the arrival of the police at the scene of the accident. The injured, Mr Sermpong Piriyanupong, a 59-year employee of Ayudhya Bank, was taken to Kasemrath Rattanatibet hospital for medical treatment. The rooftop...
Falling container flattens car, driver survives | Phuket News
The driver of a Honda sedan had a lucky escape when a large shipping container fell off a truck on an expressway and landed squarely on top of a car below on Nakhon In Road in Nonthaburi around noon on Wednesday....
Are You Qualified to Work in Southeast Asia | Phuket News
Dec 23, 2017 Picture:  Southeast Asia, especially Thailand with its openness and thriving economy, is an attractive destination for living and working abroad. But competing in the job market is easier said than done as top talent flocks to the country. Working abroad has always been a popular career planning option. Whether a childhood dream, necessity forced by circumstances, or a chance for a better future, going abroad is something on the minds among a certain element of each age group in every generation of Taiwanese. This is not a matter of right or wrong, or an issue of whether one should stay and contribute to Taiwan or head off and take on the world, as every individual’s aspirations and choices in life and career determine the path they take each step of the way. And ultimately every individual is only responsible for their own life. The development of...
AP Exclusive: Anger with China Drives Uighurs to Syria Fight | Phuket News
It was mid-afternoon when the Chinese police officers barged into Ali's house set against cotton fields outside the ancient Silk Road trading post of Kashgar. The Uighur farmer and his cowering parents watched them rummage through the house until they found two books in his bedroom — a Quran and a handbook on dealing with interrogations. Ali knew he was in trouble. By nightfall the next day, Ali had been tied against a tree and beaten by interrogators trying to force him to say he took part in an ethnic riot that killed dozens in western China. They held burning cigarette tips to Ali's face, deprived him of sleep and offered him only salt water. When he asked for fresh water, they gave it to him — in buckets poured over his head. That winter night in 2009, Ali recalled years later, would set him on a path that ended...
Burma ‘feels sad’ over fresh US sanctions amid Rohingya crisis | Phuket News
THE BURMESE (Myanmar) government said it “feels sad” over the United States’s decision to impose sanctions on a military general who was said to be linked to abuses against the Rohingya Muslim minority. “This targeted sanction is based on unreliable accusations without evidence, as we have repeatedly said, so we feel sad for that,” Zaw Htay, spokesman for Burma’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, told Reuters by phone late on Tuesday. The Trump administration announced on Dec 21 that it was sanctioning Major General Maung Maung Soe, who was in charge of a crackdown on the Rohingya minority in the western state of Rakhine. SEE ALSO: China offers 3-step solution to end Burma’s Rohingya crisis The United States, as well as the United Nations, have called the crackdown “ethnic cleansing”. About 655,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine state and sought shelter over the border in Bangladesh, according to the United Nations....
Chinese 'ran tour firm with Thai ID cards' | Phuket News
SAMUT PRAKAN: Police have arrested 20 Chinese people for illegally holding Thai identity cards and operating a tour firm, as well as a Thai municipal employee who allegedly made the cards for them....
Rohingya refugees: Choosing what to save and what to leave | Phuket News
In the rush to flee violence in Myanmar, Rohingya Muslims had to decide what to bring and what to leave....
Diphtheria hits Rohingya camps amid rising evidence of genocide | Phuket News
THOUSANDS of children are at risk of contracting diphtheria in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, say humanitarian agencies, as the UN Rights Chief has again warned that “shockingly brutal attacks” against Rohingya Muslims in Burma (Myanmar) could amount to genocide. Since the first cases of diphtheria were detected on 8 Nov, some 1,326 cases suspected cases have been detected in the refugee camps. This number is significant, given only 4,500 cases were reported globally by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2015. Diphtheria is a potentially deadly, airborne disease which causes glandular swelling and severe respiratory problems. It is significantly more likely to affect children than adults. In Cox’s Bazar, 76 percent of cases are under 15 years old. At least 19 people have died. SEE ALSO: United States says it is ‘clear’ that Rohingya crisis is ethnic cleansing UNICEF and the WHO last week launched a major vaccination...
Conditions are Severe for Rohingya Women in Refugee Camps in Bangladesh | Phuket News
Rohingya women fleeing the military attacks in Myanmar have told countless tales of horror at the hands of soldiers. Now, living in massive refugee camps, they must deal with the past traumas as well as face new risks. Steve Sandford speaks with experts in the camps on what's being done to aid those most at risk....
Rohingya at risk of deadly diphtheria face shortage of medics, antitoxins | Phuket News
(Reuters) - Health workers in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh are struggling with a shortage of medics able to administer antitoxins to patients infected with diphtheria that has killed nearly two dozen people, aid officials said. ...
Myanmar Rohingya crisis: UK medics to help tackle diphtheria | Phuket News
British medical staff are travelling to Bangladesh where diphtheria is affecting refugee camps....
Foreign parliaments are not powerless to help the Rohingya | Phuket News
AS the pope made a high profile visit to Myanmar in late November, attention turned to how to help the thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled their homes to Bangladesh following violence and what UN officials have described as ethnic cleansing. A deal struck between the two countries to start returning the refugees, has been criticised for going against international refugee law. Western politicians have also travelled to Burma (Myanmar) and Bangladesh to witness the crisis in recent months. In September, the British Foreign Office Minister Mark Field travelled to Rakhine state, the centre of the violence. Members of the US Senate also travelled there in November. The British Labour MP Rosena Allin-Khan, a doctor, then travelled to Bangladesh to work in a refugee camp there. We believe that parliaments in foreign countries, such as those in Europe, can contribute to a resolution of the Rohingya crisis. Many parliaments have the authority and power to shape government policy. Governments such as Burma’s...
HRW: New Rohingya Villages Destroyed in Myanmar | Phuket News
International watchdog Human Rights Watch says it has discovered new destruction of Rohingya villages during October and November in northern Myanmar. The group identified 40 new villages with building destruction, increasing their previous estimate to a total of 354 Rohingya villages that have been partially or completely destroyed since August 25, 2017.   More than half a million Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape violence since that date. The group also confirmed Monday
White Sunday campaign launched for release of political prisoners in Cambodia | Phuket News
Three Cambodian activists on Sunday launched the so-called “White Sunday” campaign calling for the release of 24 political prisoners in Cambodia, including  former CNRP leader Kem Sokha and ex-Khmer National United Party leader Nhek Bun Chhay, according to The Phnom Penh Post Online on Monday (Jan1 ). The trio – two former CNRP members and the director of Cambodian Centre for Independent Media Pa Nguon Teang – showed themselves dressed in white in a group photo posted in the social media. The campaign is similar to the Black Monday protests launched in May 2016 calling for the release of four staffers from rights NGO Adhoc and one election official who were held in pre-trial detention for over a year in relation to an alleged sex scandal involving Sokha and a hairdresser. However, Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak warned that the participating CNRP members had been banned from political activity following...
Cambodian opposition leader calls for free and fair vote | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: Cambodia's detained opposition leader Kem Sokha called for free and fair elections in the Southeast Asian country in a New Year's message on Monday....
Cambodians Angered by ‘Impunity’ of Killing Fighting Roosters | Phuket News
A court order to kill several dozen gamecocks found at an illegal fighting ring is causing an uproar on Cambodian social media after a judge ruled the birds should be put down but delayed punishment for the human organizers. A video clip posted to Facebook showed police officers, following a raid on the operation, apparently beheading the fighting roosters; the birds’ blood was poured into three bowls. Preap Kol, executive director of Transparency International of Cambodia (TIC), posted on Facebook Thursday, saying, “Another historical ruling of the Cambodia’s justice system for this 2017, was the execution of 92 cocks. So far, the people, who were involved with or colluded in the operation of cockfighting game, were not tried yet. ... But it’s a pity for the cocks that were sentenced to death.” He also asked, “Where will their corpses go after execution by beheading?” An official told AFP that the authorities...
New UN agency projects to boost farming practices, improve farm animal health | Phuket News
Dec 31, 2017 Picture:  29 December 2017 – People around the world, especially poor farmers in developing Asian countries, will benefit through the use of nuclear techniques in combatting diseases affecting farm animals and improve water management practices, the United Nations atomic energy agency has said. “Improved farming practices, healthier animals and – ultimately – increased food security will be the outcomes,” the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Thursday. Supported by a $600,000 grant by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund for International Development (OFID), the IAEA initiative aims to contribute to strengthen the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 2 on ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture. Producing more rice About two-thirds of the grant will be used to help rice farmers better cope with the effects of climate change in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, and Nepal. Countries...
Cambodia Filmmakers Face 'Taxing' Times | Phuket News
The launch of Angelina's Jolie's Khmer language feature
Government to seek ban on individuals from hurting Cambodia’s interests | Phuket News
Cambodian Interior Ministry will seek amendments to the Constitution to ban individuals from doing “anything which will impact national interests”, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Friday. Speaking at an annual review of the Ministry of Land Management in place of Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said that amendment covering national interest could relate to opposite leader Kem Sokha’s daughter, Kem Monovithya, who, according to Kheng, likened Cambodia to Afghanistan, Iraq , Libya, Egypt and Syria. He also said that Monovithya suggested that the United Nations suspended Cambodia’s seat at the UN. “How can she do that?” he asked, adding that the UN allowed the Khmer Rouge to retain its seat despite the fact that the group killed almost two million people. Kheng also chastised Monovithya for seeking sanctions against Cambodia. But Monovithya accused the government of openly targeting her in recent weeks. “Despite...
China to support Cambodia election after EU, US withdraw | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: China will provide equipment for Cambodia's 2018 election, including ballot boxes and booths, an official said on Thursday, the first such pledge from abroad since the European Union and the United States withdrew their support....
Thailand tops best potential Locations for Tourism investment | Phuket News
Thailand has topped fDi’s inaugural ranking of global tourism locations with the best potential for investment. The balmy Maldives is second, while Asian business hub Hong Kong has placed third. Thailand’s food, beaches and sunshine make it a popular holiday destination for millions of tourists every year. But its popularity does not stop there. Investors are seeing great potential in the south-east Asian country’s increasingly important tourism sector. As a result, Thailand has topped fDi‘s first ever ranking of locations for the attractiveness and investment potential of their tourism sectors. Visitor exports, investment and employment in the sector, as well as total and direct contributions of tourism to national GDP, are forecast to increase, according to a report from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Thailand’s tourism surge In the five years to 2016, job creation from foreign investment in Thailand’s tourism sector increased by more than 200%, from just below...
Vietnam's economic growth quickens to 6.81% in 2017 | Phuket News
HANOI: Vietnam's economic growth quickened to 6.81% this year from 6.21% in 2016, according to preliminary government estimates released on Wednesday....
Coffee, tea or bikini? VietJet stands by racy calendar in face of criticism | Phuket News
Vietnam's VietJet Aviation said on Thursday it was standing by its controversial
Dozens Sentenced in Vietnam Bombing, Subversion Trials | Phuket News
Vietnamese courts have handed down harsh prison sentences to two dozen people after finding them guilty of terrorism and subversion, including in a bombing linked to an exiled group, state media reported Thursday. Terrorism trial A court in Ho Chi Minh City convicted 14 people on a charge of terrorism aimed at opposing the people’s administration for a petrol bomb attack at the city’s international airport in April and sentenced them to between five and 16 years in prison. Dang Hoang Thien, who was accused of making two petrol bombs, only one of which exploded, was given 16 years while 13 others received from five to 14 years in prison at the end of the two-day trial Wednesday, state-run Thanh Nien newspaper said. The bomb caused a scare but no casualties. The perpetrators were linked to the Provisional Central Government of Vietnam, an exiled California-based group of the defeated U.S-backed...
Vietnam jails 23 on charges of terrorism, subversion | Phuket News
HANOI: Vietnamese courts have handed down harsh prison sentences to 23 people after finding them guilty of terrorism and subversion, including in a bombing linked to an exiled group, state media reported on Thursday....
Vietnam army hires censors to fight 'internet chaos' | Phuket News
Local media reports the People's Army has hired more than 10,000 people to tackle
Vietnam unleashes 10,000 cyber troopers to combat ‘wrong views’ | Phuket News
A NEW, 10,000-strong military cyber warfare unit in Vietnam will be countering “wrong” views on the Internet amid a widening crackdown on critics of the one-party state. The cyber unit, named Force 47, is already in operation in several sectors, Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia, deputy head of the military’s political department, as saying at a conference of the Central Propaganda Department on Monday in the commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City. “In every hour, minute, and second we must be ready to fight proactively against the wrong views,” the paper quoted the general as saying. Communist-ruled Vietnam has stepped up attempts to tame the internet, calling for closer watch over social networks and for the removal of content that it deems offensive, but there has been little sign of it silencing criticism when the companies providing the platforms are global. SEE ALSO: Citizen journalist jailed...
Vietnam unleashes 10,000-strong cyber trooper unit to combat ‘wrong views’ | Phuket News
A NEW, 10,000-strong military cyber warfare unit in Vietnam will be countering “wrong” views on the Internet amid a widening crackdown on critics of the one-party state. The cyber unit, named Force 47, is already in operation in several sectors, Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia, deputy head of the military’s political department, as saying at a conference of the Central Propaganda Department on Monday in the commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City. “In every hour, minute, and second we must be ready to fight proactively against the wrong views,” the paper quoted the general as saying. Communist-ruled Vietnam has stepped up attempts to tame the internet, calling for closer watch over social networks and for the removal of content that it deems offensive, but there has been little sign of it silencing criticism when the companies providing the platforms are global. SEE ALSO: Citizen journalist jailed...
‘Made in Vietnam' export boom defies Trump's trade threats | Phuket News
HANOI: From mobile phones to furniture, Vietnam’s export boom shows no signs of losing steam, defying a gloomy outlook at the beginning of the year when US President Donald Trump persisted with his trade threats....
Typhoon Tembin Weakens After Pummeling Philippines | Phuket News
Typhoon Tembin slammed into the Philippines on Saturday. In the wake of the storm, more than 200 people are reported dead and hundreds are still missing. The storm is now back out to sea after brushing past Vietnam. VOA’s Kevin Enochs reports....
Japanese chef nabbed for sex with underage girls in Jakarta | Phuket News
A 49-year-old Japanese chef in the Indonesian capital has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with two underage girls, local media reported Sunday....
Japanese Enter E-Cash And Online Lending Market In Indonesia | Phuket News
Dec 30, 2017 Picture:  Indonesia, a country where millions of people don’t have bank accounts and therefore cannot pay with other means than cash, is stepping up its e-money ambitions. In a latest move, a Japanese lease and finance company, Tokyo Century, entered the market through a partnership with local retail conglomerate Lotte Group in order to develop a digital payment and lending business for the country. The Japanese invested about 13 billion yen ($115 million) for a roughly 20-per cent stake in an e-cash unit of Lippo Group, whose operations comprise department stores, shopping malls, hospitals and various other businesses. Lotte Group already made a full-scale entry into the e-cash business in summer his year by launching a smartphone-based service that lets users shop with e-cash and accumulate shopping points. The service, called OVO, is expected to attract 8.5 million users by the end of next year, which...
SET rises 9.25 to 1,752.54 at midday | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went up 9.25 points or 0.53% to close at 1,752.54 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 18.28 billion baht, with 3.23 billion shares traded....
Stocks sniff record as buying blitz goes on | Phuket News
The continued buying spree in domestic mutual funds by institutional investors yesterday drove the Stock Exchange of Thailand index to finish the session at 1,752.89 points, edging nearer to the highest close since 1994....
One killed as van hits cliff in Chiang Mai | Phuket News
CHIANG MAI: A woman was killed and four others, including the driver, seriously hurt when the van they were travelling in crashed into a cliff and overturned in Hot district on Saturday....
Jessica Falkholt: Home and Away actress critical after crash | Phuket News
Jessica Falkholt, who starred as Hope, and her sister were injured in a crash which killed their parents....
Mentally-ill man kills two wives, one of them pregnant | Phuket News
CHIANG MAI: A man being treated for mental illness killed his two wives - one of them pregnant - and threatened to cut up their bodies in in Mae Ai district late on Saturday night....
167 people killed in road accidents for the first three days | Phuket News
Casualties from road accidents for the first three days of the “Seven Dangerous Days” of safety driving campaign have risen to 167 killed and 1,793 injured, with drunk driving being the main culprit of the road carnage. According to the Centre for the Prevention and Reduction of Road Accidents during the New Year’s festival, the updated report showed that, on December 30, there were altogether 649 road accidents, resulting to 73 deaths and 688 people injured, with drunk driving accounting for 47.92 percent of the accidents followed by speeding, which accounted for 21.88 percent of the accidents. Motorcycles accounted for 78.77 percent of the accidents on December 30, followed by 8.07 percent from pickup trucks. 65.95 percent of the incidents took place on straight roads under the jurisdiction of the Highways Department, with 26.66 percent of the incidents occurring during 4 pm-8 pm. Chiang Mai and Buri Ram registered the...
Jessica Falkholt: Home and Away star's sister dies in crash | Phuket News
The sister of Jessica Falkholt, who starred as Hope, has died in hospital following a horror crash....
Jessica Falkholt: Home and Away actor critical after crash | Phuket News
Home and Away actor Jessica Falkholt and her sister survived the crash which killed their parents....
Kenya truck-bus crash kills 36 | Phuket News
NAIROBI, Kenya: A police official says a collision between a truck and a bus in western Kenya has killed at least 36 people....
Crash between truck and bus in Kenya kills at least 36 | Phuket News
NAIROBI, Kenya: A police official says a collision between a truck and a bus in western Kenya has killed at least 36 people....
Pope on 2018: forget life's useless baggage, work for peace | Phuket News
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Monday recommended jettisoning life's “useless baggage” in 2018, including what he called “empty chatter” and banal consumerism, and focusing instead on building a peaceful and welcoming world, particularly for refugees and migrants....
Ex-Marine crushed to death by a wild elephant in his longan orchard | Phuket News
An ex-Marine was crushed to death by a wild elephant in his longan orchard in Chanthaburi’s Pong Nam Ron district on Sunday night (Dec 31). District officials said that the former Marine officer, 59-year old Prapas Pannarat, heard his dogs barking in the orchard late Sunday night and alerted his son, Mr Akkarawat, to find out if there were any thieves trying to steal their fruits. Instead of thieves, the two men found themselves in confrontation with a wild elephant which charged into them. Prapas failed to escape and was crushed by the animal while Mr Akkarawat was slightly injured when he tried to help his father. After the elephant ran away, he rushed his father to Pong Nam Ron district hospital, but he was already dead upon arrival. Forest officials who arrived at the orchard launched a hunt for the marauding elephant and, at the same time, warned people...
Villager killed driving elephant away from community | Phuket News
SA KAEO: A citizen policeman who tried to drive a wild elephant away from his community single-handed at night was later found trampled to death in a sugarcane field in Khlong Hat district....
Elephant Camp Operator Charged Over Tourist’s Death | Phuket News
An elephant camp owner and a mahout were charged with recklessness causing death and injuries on Friday after an elephant killed a Chinese tour guide and injured two tourists there, near Pattaya, on Thursday evening. The post Elephant Camp Operator Charged Over Tourist’s Death appeared first on Pattaya Daily News....
Over 4 million people visited Royal Crematorium  | Phuket News
Over four million people have visited the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang during the two-month-long exhibition on the Royal Cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The subcommittee in charge of the Royal Cremation exhibition reported that until the last day of the exhibition on Dec 31, a total of 4,000,086 people have visited the Royal Crematorium when it opened to the public for 60 days from Nov 2 to Dec 31. According to the Ministry of Culture, the  Royal Crematorium of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be relocated to Pathum Thani to become part of a permanent exhibition hall to honour the late monarch. Some of the structures will be relocated from Sanam Luang to Pathum Thani for the construction of a permanent exhibition hall to commemorate the late King which will take about two years to complete. The post Over 4 million people visited Royal Crematorium  appeared...
Sanam Luang thronged on final day to view royal crematorium | Phuket News
Large crowds of people are visiting the royal crematorium of King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Sanam Luang on the final day it is open to the public....
Dusit Zoo quashes closure rumours | Phuket News
Dusit Zoo has quashed rumours it has immediate plans to close amid claims it will relocate to Pathum Thani....
Khao Din zoo is still open as usual | Phuket News
Bangkok’s only decades-old zoo, Khao Din or Suan Dusit zoo, still remains open to the public until there is a formal announcement about when exactly it will be closed down, according to the zoo’s public relations office. The PR office said that it was flooded with hundreds of phone calls from members of the public asking whether the zoo was already closed or still open to visitors after it was reported that the zoo would move out to a new location in Pathum Thani province. The board of the zoo may meet next week to consider when to close down the zoo, but, for the time being, it is still business as usual, said the PR office. Thai PBS Online reporters who went to the zoo on Sunday found out that there were still many family visitors to the zoo and the star attractions for children appeared to be Mae...
E-Commerce in Southeast Asia : Thailand VS Vietnam VS Malaysia Who is leading the market? | Phuket News
The e-commerce market grows rapidly in Southeast Asia. It is expected to reach up to $88 Billion in value in 2025, when they will make up 6% of total retail sales. The two critical factors behind the growth are a growing middle class and rapidly expanding internet access. iPrice, an affiliate e-commerce operating in 7 countries in Southeast Asia, spotted this trend and conducted a study on e-commerce markets in three big countries in the region: Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam. The study only focuses on the three countries, which have been competing intensively not only in the e-commerce market but also the economy in general. iPrice conducted this study based on iPrice’s proprietary data, collaboration with Socialbakers, and other open source data such as consumer barometer, e-conomy study. Here are some interesting insights.   Thailand is expected to be the second biggest e-commerce market in Southeast Asia in 2025 According to...
JPMorgan explains what's driving China's growth | Phuket News
Consumption and innovation will be the two major growth drivers in China in the years ahead, JPMorgan Chase said....
Data-friendly YouTube Go comes out in beta in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines | Phuket News
Google has released its data-friendly YouTube Go app in some of Southeast Asia, and Africa’s new markets. Available now in beta for Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, the app is a way to get video to users in countries where data availability might not be as complete as it is in other countries. One of the app’s key features tackling the data issue is an offline viewing mode, allowing users to first download video over Wi-Fi before hitting the road. Users can also choose to stream video in lower resolutions or high quality, controlling their data spend. The ability to download in high quality is an update from the earlier beta, which only allowed up to standard resolutions. Choose which size you want to download. Image: youtube   YouTube Go was first announced about a year ago, and has since hit India, Indonesia, and Nigeria, three vast markets that...
'Mask Singer' song top YouTube video in Thailand | Phuket News
A song from the Mask Singer Season 2 singing contest was the biggest-hit video on YouTube in Thailand this year....
SET rises 1.54 to 1,701.19 at midday | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went up 1.54 points or 0.09% to close at 1,701.19 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 17.9 billion baht, with 3.9 billion shares traded....
Japan to purchase offensive missiles capable of striking North Korea | Phuket News
Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Friday announced plans to buy offensive air-to-surface missiles, in a move likely to cause controversy considering the country’s decades-long pacifist history. Although Onodera did not refer to North Korea in the announcement, the decision comes after North Korea recently tested ballistic missiles over Japan and last week tested a new […]...
Japan seeks longer-range cruise missiles amid North Korea threat | Phuket News
A plan to purchase new cruise missiles is likely to anger supporters of Japan's pacifist constitution....
Philippine government to sue Sanofi over dengue vaccine fiasco | Phuket News
The Department of Health of the Philippines will file charges against and demand refund from French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur, the maker of the world’s first dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, The Manila Times Online reported on Friday (Dec 8). Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd said on Thursday they will sue Sanofi over the deaths and illness allegedly caused to mostly children who were inoculated with the vaccine against dengue fever. The company earlier warned that the vaccine might cause severe dengue on those without prior infection. The Health Department may also ask for an indemnity fund from the French company in case the government will later uncover cases of severe dengue in previously vaccinated children. Duque said the French company might also be held liable if it was found to have withheld crucial information “that would have changed the outcome of all of these problems and the decision-makers in the Department...
Dept speeds up dengue jab review | Phuket News
Public health authorities said Wednesday they were accelerating a review of the controversial Dengvaxia dengue vaccine's efficiency after its use was halted in the Philippines last week....
Philippines halts sale of 'risky' Sanofi dengue vaccine | Phuket News
MANILA: The Philippines has ordered French drugmaker Sanofi to stop the sale, distribution and marketing of its Dengvaxia dengue vaccine in the country after the company last week warned it could worsen the disease in some cases....
Maldives rushes through trade pact with China despite opposition | Phuket News
MALE (Reuters) - The Maldives government signed a free trade agreement with China during a visit to Beijing by its leader, Abdulla Yameen, it said on Friday, despite criticism from the opposition over the speed at which the deal was concluded. ...
EU, Japan seal free trade pact | Phuket News
BRUSSELS: The European Union and Japan have concluded negotiations on a free trade deal to create the world's largest open economic area, signalling their rejection of the more protectionist stance of US President Donald Trump....
Maldives defends trade deal with China against opposition criticism | Phuket News
COLOMBO (Reuters) - The Maldives government on Monday defended its free trade agreement (FTA) with China against criticism from the opposition that it was signed in haste and with insufficient parliamentary scrutiny. ...
US Navy Sends Deep Water Experts to Find Plane, Sailors | Phuket News
The U.S. Navy is sending a team of deep-water salvage experts to search for the transport plane that crashed into the western Pacific Ocean in November. The Navy said is a statement that while “the aircraft’s last position on the surface of the water is known, the depth of water in that area exceeds 16,000 feet, beyond the capabilities of salvage assets in theater.” Eight people were rescued about 40 minutes after the crash, but three sailors were lost at sea. The Navy statement said “every effort will be made to recover the fallen sailors.” The salvage experts deployed from Washington will be led by the Navy’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving. The team will board a salvage vessel in Japan and then proceed to the crash site where the group will search for the aircraft’s emergency relocation pinger. “If the search is successful, additional deep water salvage assets will...
Navy Sends Deep Water Experts to Find Plane, Sailors | Phuket News
The U.S. Navy is sending a team of deep-water salvage experts to search for the transport plane that crashed into the western Pacific Ocean in November. The Navy said is a statement that while “the aircraft’s last position on the surface of the water is known, the depth of water in that area exceeds 16,000 feet, beyond the capabilities of salvage assets in theater.” Eight people were rescued about 40 minutes after the crash, but three sailors were lost at sea. The Navy statement said “every effort will be made to recover the fallen sailors.” The salvage experts deployed from Washington will be led by the Navy’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving. The team will board a salvage vessel in Japan and then proceed to the crash site where the group will search for the aircraft’s emergency relocation pinger. “If the search is successful, additional deep water salvage assets will...
Opponents Vanquished, Cambodia PM Hun Sen Eyes Peace | Phuket News
In front of the largest religious monument on Earth, the world's longest-ruling prime minister — Cambodia's Hun Sen — prayed for peace and happiness in front of 5,000 monks Sunday. As loudspeakers invoked the kings of Cambodia's once glorious empire, a grandiose spectacle full of royal symbolism unfolded in front of Angkor Wat to mark a new chapter in the country's political history. With his opponents from the now dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party vanquished, Hun Sen basked in the glory of this spectacular extravaganza — captured by a team of drones broadcasting live onto giant screens. It was a scene that marked something of a departure from the cult of personality Hun Sen traditionally has cultivated as a self-made rebel rather than an entitled member of the ruling class, observers told VOA. Political scientist Astrid Noren-Nilsson, who authored Cambodia's Second Kingdom: Nation, Imagination, and Democracy, said in an email...
Opposition Vanquished, Camobodia's Hun Sen Turns Attention to Legacy | Phuket News
Following the dissolution of Cambodia's only credible opposition party, the country's Prime Minister Hun Sen held a ceremony at Angkor Wat to pray for happiness and peace. Observers say Hun Sen is seeking to consolidate his legacy with divine symbology intended to elevate his status beyond mere politician. David Boyle has this report....
‘It affects our feelings’: Cambodia asks US to reconsider visa restrictions | Phuket News
CAMBODIA’S government on Thursday called on the United States to reconsider visa restrictions imposed in response to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ongoing crackdown against political opponents and freedom of expression. As reported by Radio Free Asia, ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesperson Sok Ey San called on the US to rethink the restrictions, accusing the State Department of “having double standards” by contradicting what he called US President Donald Trump’s “policy of non-interference” in the affairs of sovereign states. SEE ALSO: US imposes travel restrictions for those ‘undermining democracy’ in Cambodia “It affects our feelings, and the US [government] should reconsider this issue, because Cambodia is a tiny country that doesn’t possess even tiny missiles, let alone nuclear weapons,” he said. “Therefore, we request this superpower country to kindly permit tiny Cambodia to live in peace.” His remarks follow a statement Wednesday from the US State Department announcing visa restrictions on...
Cambodia Offers Largely Muted Response to US Travel Ban | Phuket News
The Cambodian government has so far offered a largely muted response to travel restrictions the U.S. has said it will impose on senior officials in direct response to what the U.S. says are anti-democratic actions taken by the government in Phnom Penh. Certain Cambodian government officials, and in some cases their family members, will be banned from traveling to the United States in the strongest reaction yet to what critics say is a backslide toward outright dictatorship in the nominally democratic country.   Outside of the National Assembly, Cambodian Interior Minister Sar Kheng said Thursday the U.S. government had the right to act as it pleased.   “That is the right of the United States. [We] don’t know what to do and I don’t know what to say,” he said.   The State Department said the travel restrictions were “In direct response” to the Cambodian government’s “series of anti-democratic actions”...
Russian General Identified as 'Figure of Interest' in MH17 Downing | Phuket News
A respected international investigative group says it has identified a senior Russian general as a figure of interest in the downing of a civilian airliner over eastern Ukraine in 2014. The Bellingcat investigative group — which uses sophisticated digital techniques to analyze open-source audio and visual data — issued a report on December 8 alleging that a man identified on intercepted communications as
China Warns Citizens in Pakistan of Possible Terror Attacks  | Phuket News
China has warned its citizens in Pakistan to keep a low profile, saying it has received intelligence reports of plans for
China warns of imminent attacks by "terrorists" in Pakistan | Phuket News
BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Friday warned its nationals in Pakistan of plans for a series of imminent
Activists Urge US to Impose Sanctions on Human Rights Abusers | Phuket News
As the world marks International Human Rights Day this Sunday, Chinese advocacy groups will be watching to see if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through on a pledge earlier this year to sanction individuals accused of human rights violations under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. In September, a coalition of 23 rights groups submitted a list of 17 police chiefs, public prosecutors and heads of security services to the State Department for review. The individuals, described as
Pakistan central bank says weaker rupee will help economy after apparent devaluation | Phuket News
KARACHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The Pakistani rupee tumbled on Friday after what appeared to be an effective devaluation by the central bank, which later said a weaker local currency would help the economy grow and contain balance of payments pressures. ...
Exclusive: Bangladesh Bank, NY Fed discuss suing Manila bank for heist damages | Phuket News
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's central bank has asked the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to join a lawsuit it plans to file against a Philippines bank for its role in one of the world's biggest cyber-heists, several sources said. ...
US imposes travel restrictions for those ‘undermining democracy’ in Cambodia | Phuket News
THE UNITED STATES on Wednesday announced new visa restrictions upon individuals it said were involved in “undermining democracy” and violating human rights in Cambodia. The US State Department said in a statement that it was taking “concrete steps” to respond to actions taken by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government in Cambodia, which it said “run counter to the Paris Peace Agreements of 1991 that … afforded the Cambodian people democratic rights”. Hun Sen – who has ruled the Kingdom for more than 30 years – is presiding over what many have claimed is a crackdown against political opposition ahead of elections in 2018. SEE ALSO: China boosts investment in Cambodia amid crackdown on democracy Buddhist monks walk past a banner of opposition leader and President of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Kem Sokha at the party’s headquarters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 17, 2017. Source: Reuters/Samrang Pring SEE ALSO:...
Pakistan Will Allow Convicted Indian Spy's Family to Meet Him Dec. 25 | Phuket News
Pakistan granted permission Friday for the wife and mother of a convicted Indian death row prisoner to visit him later this month. Former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested in March 2016 in the southwestern province of Baluchistan for entering Pakistan on fake identity documents to plot subversive acts. A military court tried and sentenced him to death in April, ruling
Whistle-blowing Thais return from phone scamming jobs | Phuket News
SAMUT PRAKAN: Nine Thais who say they were lured to Cambodia with a promise of well-paid jobs and then found themselves working at a call centre have been returned to Thailand after the place was raided by police....
All fights to Nakhon Si Thammarat for Friday cancelled | Phuket News
All fights from Don Meuang airport to Nakhon Si Thammarat for Friday (Dec 8) have been cancelled as flood situation in this southern province remains serious. Passengers who have advance bookings with Nok Air, Thai Lion Air and Air Asia which operate flights to Nakhon Si Thammarat can contact the companies to change flights or switch routes to nearby provinces, according to Airports of Thailand Company. Regarding the flood situation in the province, it was reported that floodwater level in the municipal area remained stable at 60-100 cm deep on Thursday (Dec 7) and roads were impassable to most vehicles as residents resorted to boats as a means of travelling. Efforts to pump water out of the municipal area were hampered by shortage of water pumps and the fact that water from the outer areas continued to flow into the municipality. Transport Company’s bus terminal remains closed with the parking...
Watch out for shooting stars on the night of Dec 14 | Phuket News
Thai people will have a chance to view a large number of shooting stars on the night of Thursday, Dec 14, until the next morning, said Saran Poshyachinda, director of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Narit). Although the Geminid meteor shower can be seen during Dec 4-17 this year, Mr Saran said the meteor shower will be most prolific on the night of Dec 14 starting from 8.30 pm until the next morning, with an average of 120 shooting stars in an hour. The centre of the Geminid meteor shower is on the northeastern direction of the sky and can be seen with plain eyes in every part of the country, said Mr Saran, adding that, thanks to the waning moon, Thai people have a good chance to see the shooting stars for the whole night until 3.55 am of the following day. Besides the Geminid meteor shower,...
World Bank hails Thai development | Phuket News
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PM claims success in arousing public awareness to reject corruption | Phuket News
The government has succeeded in arousing public awareness in rejecting and not tolerating corruption, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in his nation-wide weekly address Friday night (Dec 8). He pointed out at the Corruption Situation Index of the Thai Chamber of Commerce University in June this year which showed that 86 percent of the respondents were willing and wanted to be a part of the efforts to fight and prevent corruption. This, said the prime minister, reflected the success of the government, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the National Anti-Corruption Commission as well as independent organizations in arousing public awareness to reject and not to tolerate corruption. “Thai people no longer tolerate corruption.  It is time for Thai people to rise up to protect their rights and those of the country by means of not tolerating corruption and are mindful of the duty to adhere to the...
EU agrees biggest free trade deal with Japan | Phuket News
The agreement is a challenge to the protectionism championed by US President Donald Trump....
Canada has an 'urgent' need for a China trade deal — Trudeau's chances are slim | Phuket News
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in China to discuss trade, but big hurdles stand in the way of progress....
US to impose visa restrictions on Cambodians who undermine democracy | Phuket News
The US State Department will issue visa restrictions on Cambodians “involved in undermining democracy in Cambodia” in direct response to the Cambodian government’s series of anti-democratic actions. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in the statement issued on Dec 6 that the United States is taking concrete steps to respond to the Cambodian government’s actions that have undermined the country’s progress in advancing democracy and respect for human rights. These actions include the dissolution of the main opposition political party and banning of its leaders from electoral politics; imprisonment of opposition leader Kem Sokha; restriction of civil society; and suppression of independent media. “In direct response to the Cambodian government’s series of anti-democratic actions, we announce the Secretary of State will restrict entry into the United States of those individuals involved in undermining democracy in Cambodia. In certain circumstances, family members of those individuals will also be subject to visa restrictions,”...
US Restricts Visas for Cambodians ‘Undermining Democracy' | Phuket News
The Trump administration announced Wednesday it will restrict visas for Cambodians “undermining democracy” in the Southeast Asian nation following the dissolution of the main opposition party and a crackdown on independent media. The State Department said it was a direct response to “anti-democratic actions” by the Cambodian government but did not disclose which individuals would be affected. It said visa records are confidential under U.S. law. Spokeswoman Heather Nauert called on the Cambodian government to reinstate the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, which was dissolved by Supreme Court order last month, and free its leader Kem Sokha, imprisoned since September. She also urged Cambodia to allow civil society and media to operate freely. Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has held power for more than three decades, has sought to neutralize political opponents and silence critics ahead of national elections next year. Kem Sokha has been charged with trying to topple...
Tourists not happy with beach smoking ban in Pattaya | Phuket News
PATTAYA - Designated smoking zones at Dongtan beach are unpopular with tourists, who are said to be largely ignoring them and unhappy with the ban on lighting up....
US Supreme Court allows enforcement of Trump travel ban | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries....
US restricts visas for Cambodians 'undermining democracy' | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: The Trump administration announced on Wednesday it will restrict visas for Cambodians
NACC to seek Supreme Court’s revival of three cases | Phuket News
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has passed a resolution to submit a petition for the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions to revive three cases, two of them involving former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, after the passage into law of an organic bill which allows for trials of fugitive politicians to be held in absentia. Warawit Sukboon, NACC deputy secretary-general and NACC spokesman, revealed on Dec 7 that the decision to revive the cases follows the enforcement on Sept 29 of the organic law on criminal procedures against holders of political positions. The new law allows for the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions to revive cases — which have been shelved because the defendants failed to appear for trial as ordered by the court — and renew the trials in absentia. Mr Warawit said the NACC will ask the Supreme Court to revive three cases...
High court chief justice told to attend impeachment hearing or else.. | Phuket News
Embattled Supreme Court chief justice Lourdes Sereno has been urged to show up at the hearing of the House Committee on Justice in connection with the impeachment compliant filed against her or face violation of the Constitution, according to The Manila Times Online on Monday. Supreme Court associate justice Noel Tijam said on Sunday that Sereno, being the head of the third branch of government, must respect the rule of law and the constitutional process. In an interview with The Manila Times, he warned that if Sereno remains defiant to recognize the impeachment process, she would be violating the Constitution, which Supreme Court justices are mandated to uphold and defend. He said he wanted the chief justice to show up at the Congress hearings “to respect and participate in the impeachment process and to defend herself and protect the institution. “Sereno should be a role model when it comes to...
Pakistan Ambassador Urges Cooperation with Afghanistan on Border Security | Phuket News
The Pakistan-Afghanistan border must be secured to keep terrorists from crossing
Bomb blast kills nine people in Pakistan, near Afghan border | Phuket News
MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - A bomb rigged to a motorcycle exploded in a militant-plagued part of northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, killing nine people, officials said on Wednesday, the latest violence in a recent rise in attacks in the nuclear-armed country. ...
US defence chief urges Pakistan to redouble efforts against militants | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday met Pakistan's civilian and military leaders and urged them
Bangladesh Asks NY Fed to Help it Recover Stolen Millions | Phuket News
Bangladesh’s central bank has asked the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to join a lawsuit it plans to file against a Philippines bank for its role in one of the world’s biggest cyber-heists, several sources said. The Fed has yet to respond formally, but there is no indication it would join the suit. Unidentified hackers stole $81 million from Bangladesh Bank’s account at the New York Fed in February last year, using fraudulent orders on the SWIFT payments system. The money was sent to accounts at Manila-based Rizal Commercial Banking Corp and then disappeared into the casino industry in the Philippines. Nearly two years later, there is no word on who was responsible, and Bangladesh Bank has been able to retrieve only about $15 million, mostly from a Manila junket operator. ​Legal action discussed Officials from Bangladesh Bank and the New York Fed spoke about legal action against RCBC...
Floods close Nakhon Si Thammarat airport | Phuket News
Floodwaters shut down Nakhon Si Thammarat International Airport on Thursday. Airports Department chief Darun Saengchai told reporters via Line app messages that the airport had to be closed at 1.50am and would remained so until midnight. Floodwaters were being drained off as quickly as possible and his department was monitoring the situation closely to determine when the airport could reopen, he said. Airport officials separately announced they would evaluate the situation day by day before deciding whether the facility would reopen. Travellers are advised to contact their airlines regarding flight cancellations or postponements. Nok Air is at 083-5408538-9, Air Asia at 075-450505, and Thai Lion Air at 02-529-9999. The Nation   The post Floods close Nakhon Si Thammarat airport appeared first on Samui Times....
All fights to Nakhohn Si Thammarat for Friday cancelled | Phuket News
All fights from Don Meuang airport to Nakhon Si Thammarat for Friday (Dec 8) have been cancelled as flood situation in this southern province remains serious. Passengers who have advance bookings with Nok Air, Thai Lion Air and Air Asia which operate flights to Nakhon Si Thammarat can contact the companies to change flights or switch routes to nearby provinces, according to Airports of Thailand Company. Regarding the flood situation in the province, it was reported that floodwater level in the municipal area remained stable at 60-100 cm deep on Thursday (Dec 7) and roads were impassable to most vehicles as residents resorted to boats as a means of travelling. Efforts to pump water out of the municipal area were hampered by shortage of water pumps and the fact that water from the outer areas continued to flow into the municipality. Transport Company’s bus terminal remains closed with the parking...
Nakhon Sri Thammarat airport closed by flooding | Phuket News
Nakhon Sri Thammarat airport will be closed on Thursday and Friday for safety reasons because of flooding caused by heavy rain....
Nakhon Sri Thammarat airport closes | Phuket News
Nakhon Sri Thammarat airport closes on Thursday and Friday as floods hit the province....
Fierce clash leaves four suspected drug traffickers dead in Chiang Mai | Phuket News
Four suspected drug traffickers were shot dead and a huge cache of methamphetamine was seized after soldiers tried to intercept a drug caravan crossing from Myanmar into Mae Ai district of Chiang Mai last night (Dec 5). A group of soldiers from Pha MuangTask Force was patrolling along the border jungle in Mae Ai after receiving a tip-off that a huge amount of drug would be smuggled into the country. At about 9pm, a heavily guarded drug caravan of 20 men was spotted crossing into the Thai border. The authorities tried to stop them for a search, but gun men in the group allegedly fired shots at authorities, leading to an exchange of gunfire. The shooting went for 15 minutes and ended with the armed traffickers escaping in darkness. Authorities inspected the clash site earlier this morning (Dec 6) and found four bodies of suspected drug traffickers and over 600,000...
'Samurai sword' attack leaves three dead at Tokyo shrine | Phuket News
The suspect is thought to have killed his sister, who is the chief priestess, another woman and himself....
'Samurai sword' homicide leaves three dead at Tokyo shrine | Phuket News
The suspect is thought to have killed his sister the chief priestess, another woman and then himself....
Ex-cop held for selling drug cocktail | Phuket News
SONGKHLA: A former policeman was held and about 2,500 bottles of cough syrup and 180kg of fresh kratom leaves - frequently mixed to make a drug cocktail - seized from his house in Hat Yai district on Thursday....
Prawit says he is ready to answer questions about luxurious watch and diamond ring | Phuket News
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said today (Dec 6) that he was ready to answer questions about his Richard Mille watch and a diamond platinum ring if asked by the National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC). Gen Prawit is responding to reporters’ questions about calls for the NACC to investigate the possession of the luxurious watch and the ring. “If they (NACC) ask, I will answer,” he said. The picture of Gen Prawit wearing the luxurious watch and diamond ring was snapped on Monday (Dec 4) when the cabinet ministers took group photos at the Government House. The picture later went viral among the Thai social media users and led to calls by the Pheu Thai Party and the association for the NACC to investigate if the Deputy Prime Minister has declared the assets or not. Srisuwan Janya, secretary-general of the Association for the Protection of the Constitution, said he would...
NACC demands clarification from Gen Prawit for his wristwatch and diamond ring | Phuket News
The National Anti-Corruption Commission has asked Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon to explain his two items of accessory–a diamond ring and an expensive wristwatch–that he was seen wearing during a photo shoot of new cabinet lineup at the Government House on Dec 4. NACC deputy secretary-general Worawit Sukboon said after a meeting of the NACC to discuss Gen Prawit’s asset declaration that the deputy prime minister could explain in person to the NACC or in writing within 30 days of receiving a notification from the graft-busting body today (Dec 7). The two luxury items were not declared when he assumed the office three years ago. After Gen Prawit’s clarification of how he acquired the two items with the backup of evidence, Mr Worawit said the matter would be referred to the NACC board for consideration. He assured that it would not take much time for the NACC board to finalize...
Prawit to be asked to explain, says anti-graft body chief | Phuket News
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) will ask Gen Prawit Wongsuwon to explain how he got the diamond ring and luxury watch he wore during a new-cabinet group photo session on Monday....
'Ultra Violet' named colour of the year | Phuket News
NEW YORK: What we have here in 2017 is a heap of chaos and disruption. What we need in 2018? The Pantone Color Institute thinks whatever that might be will come in the deep purple hue of
Indonesia Slams American Jerusalem Plan | Phuket News
Indonesia strongly criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a symbolic and controversial move that is seen as showing partisan bias for Israel since both Israel and the Palestinians claim the holy city as their capital.  Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi showed up at a democracy conference in Jakarta Thursday morning in a black-and-white keffiyeh scarf, a symbol of solidarity with Palestine, and did not mince words. “We condemn this recognition,” she said, in her opening speech to the Bali Democracy Forum. “I stand here… wearing the Palestinian scarf to show the strong commitment of Indonesia, of the people of Indonesia, to always be with the Palestinian people, for their rights, Indonesia will always stand with Palestine.”  President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo also addressed the press from Bogor Palace on Thursday.
Hamas calls for uprising over Jerusalem | Phuket News
JERUSALEM/GAZA: The Iran-backed Islamist group Hamas urged Palestinians on Thursday to abandon peace efforts and launch a new uprising against Israel in response to US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as its capital....
Indonesia Slams American Embassy Move to Jerusalem | Phuket News
Indonesia strongly criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a symbolic and controversial move that is seen as showing partisan bias for Israel since both Israel and the Palestinians claim the holy city as their capital.  Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi showed up at a democracy conference in Jakarta Thursday morning in a black-and-white keffiyeh scarf, a symbol of solidarity with Palestine, and did not mince words. “We condemn this recognition,” she said, in her opening speech to the Bali Democracy Forum. “I stand here… wearing the Palestinian scarf to show the strong commitment of Indonesia, of the people of Indonesia, to always be with the Palestinian people, for their rights, Indonesia will always stand with Palestine.”  President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo also addressed the press from Bogor Palace on Thursday.
Malaysia: Muslims must oppose Jerusalem as Israel's capital | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called on Muslims everywhere to strongly oppose any recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital....
Ronaldo pips Messi to win fifth Ballon d'Or | Phuket News
PARIS: Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Ballon d'Or for world player of the year on Thursday for a joint-record fifth time, going level with eternal rival and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi as the player to have won the prize the most times....
Nakhon Si Thammarat airport closes after runway submerged | Phuket News
Nakhon Si Thammarat airport was ordered closed for two days, beginning today after its runway is flooded. Airport director Suksawat Sukawanno said authorities found the power supply and air navigation system on Runway 19 could not function after it is submerged by flood water. Authorities then decided to close the airport for safety reason for two days, beginning today (December 7) until midnight of December 8. For further information, passengers can inquire from its PR office at 0-7545-0545 around the clock. The post Nakhon Si Thammarat airport closes after runway submerged appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Government pledges great effort on road safety | Phuket News
With road accidents blamed for 20,000 deaths and Bt500 billion in financial losses every year, the government has vowed to invest in safety measures. “We will revise the budget laws to ensure that local administrative bodies can make the utmost use of their financial resources in accident prevention,” Deputy Interior Minister Sutee Makboon announced at Bangkok a seminar on Wednesday. The Road Safety Policy Foundation and the Road Safety Thailand Centre organised the two-day seminar in collaboration with other agencies. The “Invest for Sustainable Road Safety” seminar, ending today, drew more than 1,500 participants. Sutee emphasised that the government had made it a mission to reduce road accidents. It has banned speeding, driving while drunk or drowsy and use of mobile phones while driving and encouraged the use of crash helmets and safety belts. “We will increase our investments in road safety,” Sutee pledged. He said Road Safety Thailand Centre...
Phuket leads way in road safety blitz | Phuket News
Bangkok should look to Phuket as an example for curbing road injury rates, Public Health Minister Dr Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said on Friday at a regional conference on road safety....
“777” road safety measure introduced for New Year | Phuket News
The Department of Land Transport has come up with a new road safety measure to be implemented during the New Year holidays. The Director-General of the Department of Land Transport, Sanit Phromwong, said the Ministry of Transport has launched the “777” measure to reduce road accidents and accommodate commuters during the upcoming New Year festivities. The term “777” is referred to seven days before the holidays (between December 21st and 27th), another seven days during the festival (between December 28th and January 3rd), and seven more days later (between January 4th and 10th). Mr. Sanit said the measure is aimed at reducing road accidents, casualties and fatalities, while facilitating commuters so that they will arrive home safely. The department has ordered all provincial offices of land transport to prepare enough buses in response to the needs of passengers and ensure that there will be no stranded passengers at bus terminals....
‘Phuket a model province for road safety,’ say experts | Phuket News
PHUKET: Leading road-safety experts have unveiled the extent of carnage on Thailand’s roads, but maintained that Phuket’s death and injury in traffic accidents is improving, warranting and hailing Phuket as a model province for road safety in the country....
US senator resigns over sex-abuse allegations | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: Minnesota Senator Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign from Congress in the coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and the collapse of support from his Democratic Party colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star....
Trump: Jerusalem is Israel's capital | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: Defying dire, worldwide warnings, President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a move upending decades of US policy and carrying unclear consequences for Mideast peace efforts....
Trump decision on Jerusalem could have deep repercussions | Phuket News
JERUSALEM: President Donald Trump’s move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday could have deep repercussions across the region....
Priyanka Chopra sparks Twitter search for most unread emails | Phuket News
A photo of Bollywood star's 250,000-plus unread emails sparks a search for the most bloated inbox online....
Australian PM searches for crochet bike creator | Phuket News
Malcolm Turnbull asks social media to find whoever left a multi-coloured fabric bicycle outside his house....
Bitcoin Worth Millions Stolen Days Before US Exchange Opens | Phuket News
A bitcoin mining company in Slovenia has been hacked for the possible theft of tens of millions of dollars, just days before the virtual currency, which hit a record above $15,000 on Thursday, is due to start trading on major U.S. exchanges. NiceHash, a company that mines bitcoins on behalf of customers, said it is investigating a security breach and will stop operating for 24 hours while it verifies how many bitcoins were taken. Research company Coindesk said that a wallet address referred to by NiceHash users indicates that about 4,700 bitcoins had been stolen. At Thursday's record price of about $15,000, that puts the value at over $70 million. There was no immediate response from NiceHash to an emailed request for more details. “The incident has been reported to the relevant authorities and law enforcement and we are cooperating with them as a matter of urgency,” it said. The...
Bitcoin shakes off bubble warnings in race past $15,000 | Phuket News
SYDNEY/MOSCOW: Bitcoin touched $15,000 for the first time on Thursday, extending its advance this month to more than 50% as concerns mounted the cryptocurrency’s rapid rise masks risks....
Bitcoin nears B500,000 as miner NiceHash reports hack | Phuket News
TOKYO: The Slovenian-based bitcoin miner NiceHash says it is investigating a security breach and the possible theft of tens of millions of dollars' worth of bitcoins, as the value of the virtual currency has soared to a new record high....
Bitcoin now bigger than Buffett, Boeing and New Zealand | Phuket News
HONG KONG: Bitcoin’s extraordinary price surge means its market capitalisation now exceeds the annual output of whole economies, and the estimated worth of some of the world’s top billionaires....
Climate 'Refugees,' Sidelined From Global Deal, Ask: 'Where Is the Justice?' | Phuket News
Vulnerable communities uprooted by climate change are being left out of a voluntary pact to deal with migration, campaigners said, after the United States pulled out of the global deal. Although people within low-lying states are being forced to relocate because of worsening storms and rising seas, they will not be recognized in U.N. migration pact talks next year, putting lives at risk, campaigners said.
Bangkok Street Food Vendor Gets Michelin Star | Phuket News
Dec 07, 2017 Picture:  A street food vendor in Bangkok’s old town received a Michelin star in the inaugural edition of the Michelin guide for the Thai capital, along with 16 high-class restaurants. Seventy-year-old Jay Fai, or Auntie Fai, makes wok-fired dishes from a street shop called Raan Jay Fai in a small side-soi at 327 Maha Chai Road. She is known for her delicious noodles with prawns and crab cooked over charcoal fires, and particularly her crab omelet. She can be easily spotted as she always wears ski goggles to protect her eyes from the hot oil sloshing around giant woks in her tiny shop house. Jay Fai said she was “exited” when she accepted the award on December 4 at the five-star Grand Hyatt Bangkok hotel, dressed in a white chef’s outfit. Her humble shop house started selling street food some 40 years ago, event guests learned....
China's property market will see smaller price gains ahead, major developer says | Phuket News
Property price gains in China are likely to slow on official efforts to rein in the market, an industry executive said....
Gold prices down 50 baht | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association on Thursday morning announced buying prices at 19,147.08 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,500.00 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
Thai cops bust notorious Hells Angels gang members, seize guns, sports cars | Phuket News
FOUR members of the notorious Hells Angels biker gang have been arrested in Thailand, Tourist Police said on Thursday, bringing the authorities closer to solving the murder and secret burial of an Australian citizen in the kingdom two years ago. Thai police said the three Australians and a Canadian are accused of drug crimes, violence and posing a threat to society. The four were arrested on Wednesday in Pattaya, a major tourist resort with a reputation as a hub for foreign gangs, drug dealing and the sex industry. Piyapong Ensarn of the Pattaya Tourist Police told Reuters that two of the accused gang members would be deported and the two others would be charged with drug offences. SEE ALSO: Koh Tao no ‘death island’, not ruled by mafia gangs – Thai police  “Traces of cocaine were found on them,” he said. Reuters was unable to contact either the accused or their...
Stronger baht hits a 31-month high | Phuket News
The private sector has voiced concerns about the stronger baht, which recently hit a 31-month high, saying it could hurt exports and tourism as well as the overall Thai economy. The baht has risen 9.9% this year to 32.50 baht per US dollar, hitting a 31-month high. Mr Kalin said the JSCCIB predicts exports this year to grow 6.5-7.0%, up from a previous forecast of 3.7-4.0%. The Commerce Ministry forecasts export growth approaching 10% this year. Exports totalled US$20.1 billion (658 billion baht) in October, up 13.1% year-on-year, while the 10-month figure reached 95.5 billion, up 9.7% year-on-year, according to the Commerce Ministry’s data. But the private sector and the Commerce Ministry believe that while exports will continue growing next year, such growth could be muted by the high-base effect, Mr Kalin said. Some businesses have demanded new measures from the Bank of Thailand to curb the baht’s rise. The...
SET up 4.70 points to 1,699.09 at midday | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand's main index went up 4.70 points, or 0.28%, to close at 1,699.09 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 21.85 billion baht with 4.62 billion shares traded....
Police nab 21 suspects in a major call centre scam bust | Phuket News
Police have rounded up 21 members of a call centre scam in 24 coordinated raids in Bangkok and upcountry provinces. Addressing a press conference on Thursday (Dec 7), Pol Lt-Gen Thanitsak Thiraswadi, acting special advisor to the Royal Thai Police, said the call centre gang had moved into Thailand from Malaysia, with other members of the same gang moving to Cambodia. All the call centre networks were inter-connected with the masterminds residing abroad, but hiring Thais as their operators to operate the scam to cheat Thai nationals, targeting elderly people who are more vulnerable to being duped. He said that the scam which was recently busted was allegedly operated by  Mr Apichart Kantavisit, with two supervisors and 15 staff members.  He added that there were three Taiwanese among the 21 people nabbed. All the suspects were charged with public fraud whereas the three Taiwanese were slapped with additional charges of...
SET bounces back above 1,700 | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand climbed 0.53%, or 8.98 points, to 1,703.37 on Thursday....
China State Media: Sweeping Backlash to Trump's Jerusalem Decision | Phuket News
Chinese state media predict a sweeping backlash to President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital in what is being characterized in Beijing as a risky and unwise decision. Some editorials even warn the decision could lead to more terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, hurt the American economy and fray relations between Washington and its allies in the Middle East.                   The story was a lead item on state broadcaster CCTV throughout the day as lengthy reports highlighted Palestinian objection to the move and how few support the decision, including U.S. allies in Europe. Reports also highlighted the instability and uncertainty the decision is expected to bring to the Middle East. China editorial A scathing editorial in China’s Global Times entitled “Trump Kicks the Hornets Nest, Again” predicted that “as Arabic and Islamic nations rebuild, the outcomes (from the decision) will be drastic” adding that it would provide...
Analysis: Jerusalem Decision Could Boost Extremist Islamist Parties | Phuket News
Islamist parties are using the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as a rallying cry that likely will resound in upcoming election campaigns in Muslim-dominated countries. U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday sparked protests in a number of countries, with clashes breaking out with security forces in Palestinian territories. More crowds are expected from Indonesia to Turkey after Friday prayers. It’s unclear how deep and lasting the outbreak of anti-American sentiment will be, and whether it may include terror attacks or other violence as some world leaders predicted. Trump’s earlier actions this year, including a ban on visas from several Muslim-majority countries, have fueled suspicions that America is becoming increasingly hostile to Muslims. One key country to watch is Pakistan, which has seen growing religious conservatism and has bristled at U.S. pressure to oust extremist groups that have been blamed for attacks in neighboring Afghanistan. Islamabad, which...
‘Irresponsible and unwarranted’: The world reacts to Trump’s Jerusalem recognition | Phuket News
US President Donald Trump’s decision to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday has been met with widespread condemnation from many world leaders, including staunch allies of the United States and the United Nations. Protests erupted outside US embassies in a number of Arab states, as well as in the Gaza Strip, after Trump’s declaration, which included his intention to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the religious city – making the US the only country in the world to do so. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu applauded Trump’s move, calling it an “historic day.” He also thanked the president for his “courageous and just decision.” He added that any peace accord with the Palestinians would have to include Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – a sticking point that has been declared non-negotiable by both sides – and he urged other countries to follow Trump’s example. This is...
Flooding in the South remains critical | Phuket News
Massive flooding remains critical in several provinces as monsoon rains continue causing runoff from mountainous areas flowing down to inundate several urban communities. Hard hit areas are in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Surat Thani, Chumphon, Phatthalung, and Songkhla. In Nakhon Si Thammarat, one villager was reported drowned in Chalerm Phrakiat district. To date, 15 people have died in the southern floods, according to Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chayaphon Thitisak. Villagers in Tha Sala district have moved their belongings out of their houses to higher grounds on the road after the forest runoff has flooded their villages At Tha Sala Hospital, the floodwater flows into the first floor for 30-50 centimetres high, causing the difficulty for both patients and hospital staff. But the hospital remains open. Meanwhile continuous rainfall in Chumphon has caused the inundation in the provincial seat, Lang Suan, Lamae, Thung Tako, Sawi, Tha Sae, Pathiew, Phato districts....
Warning of more rain, flooding in the South | Phuket News
Continuous rain, with the danger of landslides and even more flooding, is forecast for 10 southern provinces, continuing until next Monday, with large areas of nine of them already awash on Thursday....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Hells Angels busted? Patong's Deputy PM's BLING! High season sewage? || Dec. 7 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - December 7 Hells Angels busted! Deputy PMs BLING? Patongs sewage treatment good to the last drop? Separatist land to be resold! Road safety brainstorming! Toons runs through the ancient province! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: MORE lifeguard problems! 95 'rogue monks'? Carrying 150kg woman? || December 4 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - December 4 MORE lifeguard problems in Phuket? 95 rogue monks! Cutting door for 150kg woman? When Toon met Prayut! Hailing Phuket for road safety? Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
Inquest hears how Hells Angel was murdered in Pattaya | Phuket News
An inquest in Sydney has heard how a former Hells Angel died after being tied to a chair and beaten to death in Pattaya. Notorious underworld figure and Pattaya expat Wayne Schneider was abducted by masked men from his house in the resort town on November 30th 2015. His naked body was found a few days later buried in a shallow grave in jungle in Sattahip province. In February, Pattaya Provincial Court sentenced Antonio Bagnato, 28, to death for the murder of Schneider. Today, an inquest held at Glebe Coroner’s Court in Sydney revealed details about Schneider’s murder. Acting state coroner Teresa O’Sullivan said Schneider was murdered and that he died from a blunt force injury to the head. Ligature marks were also found on Schneider’s body. The inquest heard how Bagnato, along with three other men, had abducted Schneider due a long standing debt. Thai police told their Australian...
Wildlife officials to check Phuket beach over slow loris tout photos | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Chief of the Phuket Khao Phra Thaew Non-Hunting Area Conservation Centre in Thalang, Piyawat Sukon, has confirmed today (Dec 7) that they will check Kata Beach after a photo of a slow loris tout that was sent to The Phuket News on Monday (Dec 4) was forwarded to his office....
Phuket pickup truck driver charged after rear-ending woman stopped at red light | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket City police have today (Dec 6) confirmed that an unnamed pickup truck driver has been charged with reckless driving following a video clip of the man slamming his pickup into the back of motorbike stopped at red lights and leaving a female driver seriously injured was posted to Facebook by ‘Tal Pro Medic Phuket’ at about 11am yesterday (Dec 5)....
Pregnant woman, 20, dies in Phuket motorbike accident | Phuket News
PHUKET: A woman who was three months pregnant died yesterday evening (Dec 5) when a pickup truck collided with the motorbike on which she was riding pillion....
Michelin stars awarded to 17 Bangkok restaurants | Phuket News
Fine-dining venues dominate the debut of Michelin Guide Bangkok, with 14 restaurants receiving one star and three receiving two stars....
'Queen of Thai street food' wins Michelin star in Bangkok guide | Phuket News
Jay Fai’s shophouse, known for her crab omelette, is one of 17 restaurants awarded prestigious stars in listing for Thai capitalA 70-year-old Thai street food seller who makes wok-fired dishes has been awarded a Michelin star at the launch of Bangkok’s first guide.Jay Fai, or Auntie Fai, is known for her scorching portions of noodles with prawns and crab, cooked over charcoal fires. The eccentric chef wears ski goggles to protect her eyes from the hot oil sloshing around giant woks in her tiny shophouse. Continue reading......
Michelin stars for 17 Bangkok restaurants | Phuket News
Fine-dining venues dominate the debut of Michelin Guide Bangkok, with 14 restaurants receiving one star and three receiving two stars....
Phuket van driver pulls gun in traffic, gets arrested | Phuket News
PHUKET: Patong police yesterday (Dec 29) charged a van driver for illegal possession of a firearm after he threatened another driver during a road rage incident on Dec 28....
Dining ‘al fresco’ at Rim Talay is the perfect way to savour some fresh seafood | Phuket News
Sitting within earshot of the susurrating waves in the elegant sala of the Amari Phuket’s Rim Talay restaurant overlooking the dancing lights across Patong Bay, I had a startling insight....
Visa on arrival strands tourists for several hours at Thai airports | Phuket News
ATTA says the time waste could affect the country’s image and tourism and demands relevant state agencies to resolve the problem. It said as the country is now entering the tourism season, the problem needed to be resolved urgently. According to ATTA president  Prakobgosol, issuance of VOA by immigration officials at the airports, notably Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi, are slow. He said during the high season, a large number of tourists will arrive in Thailand and the issuance of VOA takes as long as 1-2 hours. But on some occassion, it takes up to 3-4 hours. Mr Vichit said affected tourists are mostly Chinese and Indians although application for VOA has higher cost than normal visa application. He suggested that immigration officials handling visa issuance should be increased to cope with large number of passengers during this coming high season. In response to ATTA’s complaint and call,...
Air passengers advised to leave 2-3 hours earlier for Don Mueang | Phuket News
As a large number of people are leaving Bangkok for home provinces for the New Year, domestic air passengers are advised to leave for Don Mueang airport two to three hours earlier than normal to make sure they will not miss the planes. Wing Commander Sutheewat Suwanwat, the director of Don Mueang airport, said the people have begun to leave Bangkok for their home provinces for the New Year festival since Dec 27. On Dec 31 alone, about 113,000 air passengers are expected to fly from Don Mueang.  After that they will fly back at the average of 110,000 per day and the air travels will return to normal on Jan 4. Therefore, air passengers should leave their homes for the airport two to three hours earlier than normal to make sure that they don’t miss the planes since the road traffic in front of the airport is expected to be heavy as...
ATTA says visa on arrival strands tourists 1-4 hours at airports  | Phuket News
The Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) has complained of unnecessary waste of time for tourists applying for visas on arrival (VOA) at the airports saying the process take 1-4 hours. ATTA says the time waste could affect the country’s image and tourism and demands relevant state agencies to resolve the problem. It said as the country is now entering the tourism season, the problem needed to be resolved urgently. According to ATTA president  Prakobgosol, issuance of VOA by immigration officials at the airports, notably Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi, are slow. He said during the high season, a large number of tourists will arrive in Thailand and the issuance of VOA takes as long as 1-2 hours. But on some occassion, it takes up to 3-4 hours. Mr Vichit said affected tourists are mostly Chinese and Indians although application for VOA has higher cost than normal visa...
Woman with 1kg of cocaine in her stomach caught at Phuket airport | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 27-year-old woman from the Ivory Coast has been arrested at Phuket International Airport after an airport X-ray found more than 1kg of cocaine in her stomach wrapped in scores of small packets....
First day of the “7 dangerous day” road safety campaign claims 41 deaths  | Phuket News
Road accidents claimed 41  deaths on the first day of the seven-day road safety campaign from Dec 28-Jan 3. Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said on Friday (Dec 29) that on Dec 28, the first day of the campaign, a total of 477 cases of traffic accidents were reported with 41 people killed and over 500 injured. He said drink driving accounted for 42.77% of total cases, followed by speeding 26%. Motorcycle is the vehicle that involved in most fatal cases, he said. He said Chiang Mai recorded the highest road accident cases (23 cases) and highest injuries (26), while Si Sa Ket had the highest fatal cases with six killed on the first day. Mr Arkhom said on Dec 28 about 2.5 million people left Bangkok for the provinces on 750,000 vehicles, 10% lower than last year’s figures. He said 65% of people leaving the capital on roads. Transport officials...
Rare Couple Finds Love in a Time of Hate in Myanmar | Phuket News
In her dreams, Setara walks hand in hand with her Muslim husband through the streets of the seaside Myanmar town they grew up in. They visit old friends, share a meal with family, dip their toes into the warm surf of the Bay of Bengal. But in the hate-filled reality of the world they live in, Setara can only do these things alone — when she takes off her Islamic veil and crosses through a pair of checkpoints into the predominantly Buddhist state capital, where her government will not allow the love of her life to set foot. That’s because Setara’s husband is an ethnic Rohingya Muslim, a group the United Nations has called one of the most persecuted on the planet. Setara, meanwhile, was born a Buddhist and part of the ethnic Rakhine, who despise the Rohingya and see them as foreign invaders from Bangladesh. Rare, risky marriage Marriage...
Five cybersecurity solutions to protect your business from hackers | Phuket News
“It’s not a question of if you’re going to get hacked, but when you are going to get hacked.” Those are the words of Verizon CEO Lowell C Macadam, and no one knows this better than he does. Just four months after his company acquired Yahoo!, it was discovered the security of all three billion of its user accounts was breached during a single attack back in 2013. Despite disconcerting incidents like these occurring more regularly, research shows that many businesses remain woefully unprepared for cyberattacks. A UK government survey found that 68 per cent of company boards had received no training in how to deal with a security breach. One issue may be that executives are reluctant to invest in expensive technology without knowing with certainty that it will be an effective defence. After all, if tech giants like Yahoo! can’t keep hackers out, what chance does the average...
Shooting star | Phuket News
Chronicling the life and times of India's first woman photojournalist Homai Vyarawalla....
S. Korea Seizes HK-flagged Vessel Suspected of Shipping Oil to N. Korea | Phuket News
South Korea’s foreign ministry says the country has seized a Hong Kong-flagged ship that transferred oil to a North Korean vessel in international waters despite United Nations Security Council sanctions. Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, reports South Korean custom officials say the Lighthouse Winmore vessel transferred “600 tons of refined petroleum” to a North Korean ship October 19. South Korea seized the Lighthouse Winmore on November 24 when it sailed into South Korea’s Yeosu Port, the news agency says. Yonhap reports the Lighthouse Winmore was chartered by the Billions Bunker Group, a Taiwanese company. The news agency said the ship’s “claimed destination” was in Taiwan, but instead the ship “transferred oil to a North Korean ship, Sam Jong 2, and three other non-North Korean vessels in international waters in the East China Sea.” The Lighthouse Winmore is reportedly on the list of ships the U.S. has proposed blacklisting for...
S.Korea Seizes Hong Kong-flagged Ship Suspected of Sending Oil to N.Korea | Phuket News
South Korea’s foreign ministry says the country has seized a Hong Kong-flagged ship that transferred oil to a North Korean vessel in international waters despite United Nations Security Council sanctions. Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, reports South Korean custom officials say the Lighthouse Winmore vessel transferred “600 tons of refined petroleum” to a North Korean ship October 19. South Korea seized the Lighthouse Winmore on November 24 when it sailed into South Korea’s Yeosu Port, the news agency says. Yonhap reports the Lighthouse Winmore was chartered by the Billions Bunker Group, a Taiwanese company. The news agency said the ship’s “claimed destination” was in Taiwan, but instead the ship “transferred oil to a North Korean ship, Sam Jong 2, and three other non-North Korean vessels in international waters in the East China Sea.” The Lighthouse Winmore is reportedly on the list of ships the U.S. has proposed blacklisting for...
North Korea: South seizes ship amid row over illegal oil transfer | Phuket News
South Korea's revelations come after China denied US claims of allowing oil shipments to the North....
S.Korea Seizes Hong Kong-flagged Ship, Says it Transferred Oil to N.Korea | Phuket News
South Korea’s foreign ministry says the country has seized a Hong Kong-flagged ship that transferred oil to a North Korean vessel in international waters despite United Nations Security Council sanctions. Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, reports South Korean custom officials say the Lighthouse Winmore vessel transferred “600 tons of refined petroleum” to a North Korean ship October 19. South Korea seized the Lighthouse Winmore on November 24 when it sailed into South Korea’s Yeosu Port, the news agency says. Yonhap reports the Lighthouse Winmore was chartered by the Billions Bunker Group, a Taiwanese company. The news agency said the ship’s “claimed destination” was in Taiwan, but instead the ship “transferred oil to a North Korean ship, Sam Jong 2, and three other non-North Korean vessels in international waters in the East China Sea.” The Lighthouse Winmore is reportedly on the list of ships the U.S. has proposed blacklisting for...
Trump Accuses China of Allowing Oil Into North Korea | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump accused China Thursday of facilitating oil shipments into North Korea, despite China's insistence it has not violated United Nations sanctions limiting oil shipments to the rogue nation. Writing on Twitter, he said he is
Asia’s Best and Worst Countries for Doing Business | Phuket News
Thailand now stands third in Asean in terms of Ease of Doing Business, behind Singapore, which remains second, and Malaysia, which moves down one notch overall to 24th globally. ...
US Diplomatic Hopes for North Korea: Hope to Talk of War | Phuket News
In the first month of Donald Trump’s presidency, an American scholar quietly met with North Korean officials and relayed a message: The new administration in Washington appreciated an extended halt in the North’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests. It might just offer a ray of hope. North Korean officials responded defiantly. The nearly four-month period of quiet wasn’t a sign of conciliation, they retorted, insisting supreme leader Kim Jong Un would order tests whenever he wanted. As if to ram the point home, North Korea only two days later launched a new type of medium-range missile that ended Trump’s brief honeymoon.   The February launch heralded a year of escalating tensions that have left the U.S. and North Korea closer to hostilities than at any time since the Korean War ended in 1953. The North is now at the brink of realizing its decades-old goal of being able to strike...
North Korea slams latest UN sanctions as ‘act of war’ | Phuket News
North Korea slammed the latest set of UN sanctions imposed on the hermit kingdom as an “act of war.” The measures were taken earlier in the week in reaction to the country’s repeated intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests. “We fully reject the latest UN sanctions … as a violent breach of our republic’s sovereignty and an act […]...
Visa approval slow in India, China | Phuket News
Visa approvals in India and China for travel to Thailand have become more time-consuming but for different reasons, the Foreign Ministry has acknowledged....
Beijing May Be Starting to Win its Battle Against Smog | Phuket News
Beijing may have turned a corner in its battle against the city's notorious smog, according to Reuters calculations, and environmental consultants say the Chinese government deserves much of the credit for introducing tough anti-pollution measures. The Chinese capital is set to record its biggest improvement in air quality in at least nine years, with a nearly 20 percent change for the better this year, based on average concentration levels of hazardous breathable particles known as PM2.5. The dramatic change, which has occurred across North China, is partly because of favorable weather conditions in the past three months but it also shows that the government's strong-arm tactics have had an impact. The Reuters' estimates show that average levels of the pollutants in the capital have fallen by about 35 percent from 2012 numbers, with nearly half the improvement this year.
Gun-loving teacher arrested with 'small arsenal' | Phuket News
KHON KAEN: A 53-year-old teacher has been arrested and about 10 unregistered guns and 230 bullets he allegedly bought from Laos or seized from his students over the past five years confiscated....
Hun Sen wants cabinet to be downsized but with more power | Phuket News
Prime Minister Hun Sen announced a vision to downsize the cabinet which will be empowered to appoint secretaries and undersecretaries of state directly without going through the National Assembly, the Phnom Penh Online reported on Thursday. Government spokesman Siphan said Hun Sen felt that the government was too big and he wanted the cabinet to be “exclusive for ministers only”. Cambodia’s executive branch currently has nearly 240 members, including the prime minister, deputy prime ministers, senior ministers, ministers and secretaries of state. However, the Constitution needs to be amended in order to reduce the size of the cabinet and to give it more power. Under the proposed changes, secretaries of state and undersecretaries of state will no longer be considered as members of the cabinet and they will be handpicked by the prime minister in a royal decree. Prep Kol, executive director of Transparency International in Cambodia, said the proposed...
Hun Sen: I'll stay in power for another 10 years | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen vowed to extend his more than 30 years in power by at least another decade on Wednesday, weeks after the highest court dissolved the main opposition party ahead of a 2018 general election....
Anti-Corruption boss admits officials can do nothing to stop Hun Sen’s in-law’s cockfighting operations | Phuket News
Cambodia’s Anti-Corruption Unit is unable to investigate alleged widespread bribe-taking among officials regarding two big cockfighting rings said to be owned by a relative of Prime Minister Hun Sen because there are no grounds for an inquiry, according to The Phnom Penh Post Online on Tuesday. Om Yentieng, the head of the unit, told hundreds of journalists at a work shop in Phnom Penh on Monday that the owner of the cockfighting rings was not afraid of anyone except Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Do you see? He is not afraid of the police chief, he is not afraid of anyone – including the provincial governor and the minister of interior,” said Om Yentieng. When asked why the Kindal provincial officials allowed to rings to operate for so long, Yentieng replied: “It doesn’t mean they didn’t want to, but they couldn’t.” The two rings in Kandal and Takeo were raided earlier...
Junta suppresses corruptions with vague law | Phuket News
A vague anti-corruption bill and a takeover of the National Anti-Corruption Commission make up the latest in the junta’s efforts to ‘cleanse’ Thai politics. But with corruption scandals plaguing the NCPO itself, how pure are its intentions?    The Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand (ACT), a network of Thai elites against corruption, has released a list of the ten most egregious corruption cases of 2017. While the cases cover malfeasance by Buddhist institutions, state enterprises and the police, the junta’s corruption scandals topped the list.    Throughout 2017, the junta’s leaders have faced repeated criticism over corruption allegations. Questions were raised over lavish watches adorning Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan’s wrist, and Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paojinda’s controversial transfer of ownership over land occupied by villagers to the Red Bull empire.   Junta dips its fingers into the National Anti-Corruption Commission   Late this year, Gen Prawit faced harsh criticism over his...
Corruption is worse in US, says Cambodian graft buster | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: The chairman of the Anti-Corruption Unit declared yesterday that corruption was present in every country, and was worse in the United States than in Cambodia....
Vietnam's 2017 FDI inflow rises 10.8% | Phuket News
HANOI: Vietnam received an estimated $17.5 billion (573 million baht) in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2017, up 10.8% from the previous year, the government's ministry of planning and investment said....
Vietnam's 2017 FDI inflow rises 10.8% -govt | Phuket News
HANOI: Vietnam received an estimated $17.5 billion (573 million baht) in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2017, up 10.8% from the previous year, the government's ministry of planning and investment said....
Christmas Largely Peaceful in Muslim-majority Indonesia | Phuket News
The former Chinese Christian governor of Jakarta got an unusual Christmas present: a 15-day reduction on his two-year prison term. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama was imprisoned in May for blasphemy for allegedly insulting the Quran while campaigning in Jakarta’s gubernatorial election. He lost the election in April and was sentenced shortly afterward. His sentence was slightly commuted, along with 9,000 other Christian prisoners in Indonesia, as part of a policy that rewards inmates for good conduct on Indonesian independence day and major religious holidays. Those who have served at least six months in jail are eligible for sentence reductions. It’s reportedly a cost-saving measure for the country’s overcrowded jails. Ahok’s Christmas present was the biggest piece of news from the holiday week in the world’s largest Muslim country, which was peaceful overall despite some unrest in the days leading up to the Christian holiday.  Indonesia typically increases security measures in...
Tourism is helping Indonesian communities climb out of poverty | Phuket News
WHEN a country relies heavily on tourism, it is essential the residents do what they can to make destinations as appealing as possible – and that has been happening in Gunungkidul, Indonesia. The involvement the locals have had in developing their region to appeal to more tourists has had a hugely positive effect on reducing poverty in the area. “With more tourist attractions being managed by the locals, it creates a multiple effect for the economy as the locals earn direct income from the tourism sector,” said Gunungkidul Central Statistics Agency (BPS). According to BPS data, the poverty rate in Gunungkidul in 2016 was recorded at 19.34 percent which is a decrease from a critical recording of 21.73 percent in 2015. SEE ALSO: 90 percent of Southeast Asia’s poor live in Indonesia and the Philippines Kapan ke pantai guys,lihatlah betapa cantiknya pemandangannya,hhhmm….semilir angin sepoi-sepoi Sepoi,penghilang penat dan pasti betah untuk berlama-lama ….yuk ke pantai...
Homelessness to Digital IDs: Five Property Rights Hotspots in 2018 | Phuket News
The global fight over land and resources is getting increasingly bloody and the race for control of valuable assets is expanding from forests and indigenous territories to the seas, space and databanks. Here are five hotspots for property rights in 2018: 1. Rising violence: From Peru to the Philippines, land rights defenders are under increasing threat of harassment and attack from governments and corporations. At least 208 people have been killed so far this year defending their homes, lands and forests from mining, dams and agricultural projects, advocacy group Frontline Defenders says. The tally has exceeded that of 2016, which was already the deadliest year on record, and
Shares in Indonesian bank soar after MUFG deal | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Shares in PT Bank Danamon Indonesia soared to their highest in 17 years after Japan's Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) said it planned to buy a majority stake in the country's fifth-largest lender....
20 miles NW of Atka Village, Alaska | Phuket News
Category: InformationBulletin Issue Time: 2017.12.28 15:04:44 UTC Preliminary Magnitude: 5.1(mb)Lat/Lon: 52.435 / -174.484Affected Region: 20 miles NW of Atka Village, AlaskaNote: * There is NO tsunami danger from this earthquake.Definition: An information statement indicates that an earthquake has occurred, but does not pose a tsunami threat, or that a tsunami warning, advisory, or watch has been issued for another section of the ocean. View bulletin...
Phuket Town roads to close for New Year countdown | Phuket News
PHUKET: Several roads in heart of Phuket Town will be closed for the “Amazing Thailand Countdown Phuket 2018” New Year celebrations to be held this weekend....
Holiday road deaths down 20% from 2016 so far | Phuket News
The first two days of the
7-Eleven To Sell Cans Of Thai Craft Beer | Phuket News
For the first time, the shelves of the realm’s top convenience stores will be stocked with cans of Thai craft beer. Starting Thursday, Bannok Beer will be sold at 7-Eleven stores in Bangkok and a number of other provinces. It’s billed as the convenience chain’s first Thai craft beer for sale. Beers will sell in two low-alcohol content varieties: a wheat beer called Kiss Me Deadly and IPA Honey Bomb. Each is 4 percent alcohol by volume and costs 99 baht. It wasn’t clear which 7-Eleven branches would be selling the beer. The admin of Bannok Beer’s Facebook page encouraged customers to ask 7-Eleven staff about the beer to speed its arrival onto shelves. Bannok Beer was founded by Panitan Tongsiri, a Sakon Nakhon native who also founded Thai craft beer brands Stone Head and Lamzing. The new beer offering comes a few months after 7-Eleven stores aborted an October...
Zimbabwean family stranded in Bangkok airport for months | Phuket News
The family of eight, including small children, are refusing to go home but can't travel elsewhere....
Work is under way with the UNHCR to help stranded Zimbabwean family | Phuket News
The Thai Foreign Ministry has coordinated with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ regional office in Thailand to find a solution to a Zimbabwean family of eight who have been stuck at Suvarnabhumi international airport for about three months. Ms Busadee Santipitaks, director-general of Information Department of the Foreign Ministry, said Thursday (Dec 28) that the family of Mr Muvadi Rodrick was now classified as Person of Concern and the UNHCR was working on the asylum-seeking process because they could not return to their home country for fear of their own safety while, at the same time, they could not leave Thailand because they have over-stayed their visas and no countries have agreed to accept them. A UNHCR official told Thai PBS reporters that the Zimbabwean family must formally applied for asylum first before the UNHCR could proceed to help them.   The UNHCR would trying their best to...
Indian man nabbed for stealing at Suvarnabhumi airport | Phuket News
An Indian man was arrested on Thursday (Dec 28) at a passenger’s terminal in Suvarnabhumi international airport on theft charge by immigration officials and airport police. The suspect, Agawal Prashant, was accused of stealing a wallet of a Thai passenger with 25,000 baht in cash at the passenger’s terminal on Dec 25. Police and immigration officials checked the CCTV footage at the terminal and was able to pinpoint the suspect. Police then sought an arrest warrant for him. #Indian man nabbed for stealing at #Suvarnabhumi airport. #ThailandRead more: https://t.co/WqjrsxBcQk pic.twitter.com/rP4YxWj0mH — ThaiPBS English (@ThaiPBSEnglish) December 28, 2017 Three days afterward on Thursday, the suspect returned to the airport, prompting the authorities to arrest him. Mr Prashant, however, denied he stole the Thai passenger’s wallet, claiming that he picked the wrong wallet, believing that it belongs to him. He also claimed that he didn’t know how to contact the wallet’s owner...
Over 20 Chinese arrested for having forged Thai ID cards | Phuket News
A team of police and local administration officials rounded up over 20 Chinese nationals in Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakarn province for having forged Thai national identification cards. The arrest of these Chinese men and women followed the arrest of a Thai state employee of the Ladluang Municipality in Phra Pradaeng, Ms Pilaiporn Phoothong, for preparing fake documents to apply ID cards for these Chinese people. She could help to issue Thai ID cards with Thai names and family names for 29 Chinese, thus enabling them to work as guides and to operate tourism business in Thailand. Tourism Police Division commander Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakparn said the police began investigating after Phra Pradaeng recorded unusually high cases of nationalisation of Chinese people. The probe discovered forgery of documents and Ms Pilaiporn was suspected and responsible for the nationalisation process for the Chinese, he added. She would face several...
Preparations made to accommodate holiday makers | Phuket News
Various agencies have been making preparations for holiday-makers during the upcoming New Year holidays. The emergency response team of Bueng Kan Hospital has joined the military in the inspection of all vehicles, and medical devices and rescue equipment carried by rescue and medical teams across the province in a bid to prepare for any accidents that may occur during the New Year holidays. In addition, a training session has been offered to members of all emergency teams to ensure that they are ready when needed. In Khon Kaen, local people have been visiting the Blood Donation Center to donate blood as an act of merit-making and in a bid to help ensure sufficient blood supply for the holiday period. While an average of 30 donors has visited the center each day, the mobile blood donation unit has also been going out to collect donations in the province. Meanwhile, in Sing...
Road safety measures now strictly enforced to curb road fatalities by 5% | Phuket News
As up to 8.4 million automobiles are expected to be leaving and passing Bangkok for upcountry on four major highways during this long New Year holidays, starting today, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Public Health have jointly rolled out several road safety measures in their bids to lower road fatalities and accidents. They aimed to cut death toll from road accidents by 5% from last year’s 478 deaths to 463 deaths during the 7-day period described as dangerous week from December 28 to January 3 next year. According to the Road Safety Centre, 3,919 accidents occurred during the 7-day dangerous week from December 29, 2016 and January 4, 2017. Among several safety measures is the implementation of alcohol blood level testing to help verify drink driving cases. Public Health Minister Dr Piyasakon Sakonladtayatorn Public Health Minister Dr Piyasakon Sakonladtayatorn said the ministry would implement several measures to...
41 die on first 'dangerous day' | Phuket News
Forty-one people were killed and 500 injured on the first of the
Stranded Zimbabweans at Suvarnabhumi airport is seeking resettlement in third country | Phuket News
The Zimbabwean family of eight people stranded at the departure lounge of Suvarnabhumi International Airport since October is awaiting resettlement in a third country by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This was revealed yesterday by Pol Col Cherngron Rimpadee, spokesman of the Royal Thai Police’s Immigration Bureau. The spokesman’s statement came after a Facebook user, Kanaruj “Artt” Pornspolt posted a picture of a Zimbabwe child saying “The little girl Mashia from Zimbabwe has been stuck at the airport with her older brother and family for almost three months now because of instability in their home. His post on Tuesday went viral on the social media and won sympathy on line for her family’s plight. Many comments compared her situation to the 2004 Hollywood film “The Terminal” in which Tom Hanks plays an eastern European man stuck inside New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. After the post,...
Zimbabwean family stranded at airport for months | Phuket News
The Immigration Bureau confirms that a Zimbabwean family of eight - including four young children - has been living at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan for several months pending an asylum process with the United Nations....
Man, nephew nabbed with 80,000 meth pills | Phuket News
PHETCHABUN: A man and his nephew were caught with 80,000 methamphetamine pills in a police sting operation on Friday, police said....
At least 40 killed, 30 wounded in Afghanistan blast | Phuket News
KABUL: At least 40 people were killed and 30 wounded in a bomb attack on the Afghan Voice news agency in the capital, Kabul, on Thursday, an Interior Ministry spokesman said....
Religious Scholars Urge Afghan Taliban to Sever Ties With Terror Groups | Phuket News
Afghan religious leaders Wednesday called on the Afghan Taliban to sever ties with terror groups and join the Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process. The High Peace Council (HPC), a government-funded body tasked with bringing insurgents to negotiations, invited more than 700 religious scholars from all 34 provinces of Afghanistan for a two-day conference in the capital, Kabul, to discuss peace efforts to help end the country's 16-year bloody insurgency.
Suicide bombers kill dozens at Shi'ite centre in Afghan capital | Phuket News
KABUL (Reuters) - Suicide bombers stormed a Shi'ite cultural centre and news agency in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing more than 40 people and wounding scores, many of them students attending a conference. ...
Islamic State claims blasts at Afghan Shi'ite centre, news agency that kill dozens | Phuket News
KABUL (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a Shi'ite cultural centre and news agency on Thursday in the Afghan capital that killed dozens of people attending a conference. ...
Vans cause of most accidents among public transport | Phuket News
Most of the road accidents involving public transport which occurred between Jan-Nov 2017 were caused by vans, said Kongsak Chuenkrailat, chairman of the project for safety passengers of the Foundation for Consumers. Mr Kongsak said according to statistics on accidents involving public transport compiled by several work units, passenger vans had 236 accidents during Jan-Nov this year or 21.5 times per month, injuring 906 people or 82.4 per month, and causing 113 deaths or 10.3 per month. During the same period, regular public buses had 102 accidents with 332 people injured and 26 killed while irregular passenger buses had 57 accidents with 353 people injured and 14 killed. “After the passenger van fire in Chanthaburi province on Jan 2 that killed 25 people, the Land Transport Department has issued more safety measures for public transport.  Public passenger vehicles are required to be equipped with the GPS system to control the drivers’ behaviour. ...
Islamic State Claims Deadly Afghanistan Blast | Phuket News
A suicide attack on a building in Kabul that houses a Shi’ite Muslim cultural center with ties to Iran, has killed and wounded dozens of people. Nusrat Rahimi, a deputy spokesman at Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry, confirmed to VOA that 40 people were killed and 30 more wounded and he expects the casualty toll will increase. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. An online statement said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber and that three other bombs were also used. Previous attacks on Shi’ite worship places and processions in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan were also claimed by Islamic State. The bomber, witnesses reported, blew himself up near a big meeting in the basement of the Tebyan Social and Cultural Center building shortly before other devices went off. Mohammad Sabir Nasib, director at a Kabul hospital, told VOA they have received at least 11 bodies and 18...
Suicide Attack on Shi'ite Muslim Center in Kabul Kills at Least 40 | Phuket News
A suicide attack on a building in the Afghan capital housing a Shi’ite Muslim cultural center with ties to Iran, has killed and wounded dozens of people. Nusrat Rahimi, a deputy spokesman at the interior ministry, confirmed to VOA that 40 people were killed and 30 more wounded and he expects the casualty toll will increase.  The bomber, witnesses reported, blew himself up near a big meeting in the basement of the Tebyan Social and Cultural Center building shortly before two planted devices went off back-to-back.  Mohammad Sabir Nasib, director at a Kabul hospital, told VOA they have received at least 11 bodies and 18 “critically” injured people, saying the death toll was likely to increase. Women were also among the victims, he added. The Afghan Voice Agency (AVA), a news organization, is also housed at the cultural center. Reuters reports that at least one AVA journalist is among those...
Afghanistan explosion: Shia organisation hit in Kabul | Phuket News
At least four people are killed and a number wounded in the explosion in the Afghan capital....
Taliban Suicide Bombers Attack Afghan Army Base | Phuket News
A suicide car bombing at a military base in southern Afghanistan Wednesday killed at least two soldiers and wounded 15 others. The attack happened in Lashkargah, capital of restive Helmand province, and targeted a contingent of Afghan National Army soldiers who were about to leave the base for a counter-Taliban operation in a nearby district. A provincial government spokesman, Omar Zwak, told VOA two suicide bombers were on board an explosive-packed car but security forces intercepted them before they could enter the ANA base, prompting them to detonate the explosives. A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, claimed its suicide bombers assaulted the base, killing a large number of Afghan soldiers. The insurgent group often issues inflated casualty tolls for such attacks. Wednesday’s attack is the third suicide bombing in Helmand in recent days, killing dozens of people. The largest Afghan province is known for being one of the world's largest poppy producing...
iPhone battery replacement cut to B1,000 | Phuket News
Apple Inc will replace batteries in some older iPhones facing slower performance for 1,000 baht, down from the regular price of 2,900 baht, according to Blognone, a community for IT professionals in Thailand....
Apple faces lawsuits and lukewarm sales forecasts for 2018 | Phuket News
Apple is facing a string of lawsuits after it was revealed that Apple deliberately slowed down iPhones with aging batteries and kept mum about it until independent investigations were conducted. At least nine lawsuits — eight in the US and one in Israel — were filed against company regarding this matter. Apple has overestimated the appeal of its new flagship phone, iPhone X One lawsuits alleged that the batteries’ inability to cope with processing speeds without a software patch was a defect, and that Apple should provide free battery replacements. Others say that Apple led many users to misdiagnose the cause of their phone’s slowdown, forcing them to change a newer model instead of replacing the battery at a fraction of the cost. The Cupertino-based company had released a statement last week clarifying that the lithium-ion batteries’ ability to handle intensive tasks under strenuous conditions — such as extreme cold weather — becomes...
Chiang Mai airport expansion returns to fore | Phuket News
The future of Chiang Mai airport, long blurred by unclear state policy directives and relative inaction, appears to be getting revived attention....
Second Chiang Mai airport endorsed | Phuket News
The cabinet has given a go-ahead for the construction of the second Chiang Mai international airport, either in San Kamphaeng district of Chiang Mai or in Ban Thi district of Lamphun, said government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd on Wednesday(Dec 27). Also, the cabinet, at its mobile meeting at the Physical Education Institute of Sukhothai College in sukhothai on Tuesday, endorsed the Transport Ministry’s proposal to expand the current passenger’s terminal at Chiang Mai airport so that it will be able to accommodate up to 20 million passengers a year from 10 million passengers as it is now. The expanded terminal will also have the capacity to accommodate 34 flights per week from today’s 24 flights a week. Lt-Gen Sansern said that new passenger’s terminal would also be built at Mae Sod, Phrae and Phetchabun airports whereas their runways would also be extended. However, he added that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha...
Nepal bans solo climbers from Mount Everest under new rules | Phuket News
New regulations also prohibit double amputee and blind climbers from scaling the world's highest peak....
Iran hard-liners flex muscle | Phuket News
TEHERAN: Iranian hard-liners rallied on Saturday to support the country's supreme leader and clerically overseen government as spontaneous protests sparked by anger over the ailing economy rattled major cities....
Thai property developer Habitat plans to mobilise funds via IPO in 2019 | Phuket News
Habitat Group, a Thai developer of premium property, plans to raise up to 1.5 billion baht ($46 million) in its initial public offering (IPO) scheduled for the second half of 2019. The company will use most of the IPO proceeds to acquire more lands for new developments and nearly 20-30 per cent as working capital, Chanin Vanijwongse, CEO of Habitat Group, told DEALSTREETASIA. Habitat Group has a registered capital of 181 million baht currently, which would be enhanced before the company looks to see nearly 20 to 25 per cent in the upcoming IPO, he added. Vanijwongse stepped into real estate in 2004 as a personal investor before turning into a property developer by establishing Habitat Group in 2012. Currently, Habitat has six ready-to-move and ongoing projects in Pattaya, which are designed for investments and managed for rental by professional hotel chains including X2 and Best Western. “I chose to...
US Formally Opposes China Market Economy Status at WTO | Phuket News
The United States has formally told the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it opposes granting China market economy status, a position that if upheld would allow Washington to maintain high anti-dumping duties on Chinese goods. The statement of opposition, made public on Thursday, was submitted as a third-party brief in support of the European Union in a dispute with China that could have major repercussions for the trade body’s future. China is fighting the EU for recognition as a market economy, a designation that would lead to dramatically lower anti-dumping duties on Chinese goods by prohibiting the use of third-country price comparisons. The U.S. and EU argue that the state’s pervasive role in the Chinese economy, including rampant granting of subsidies, mean that domestic prices are deeply distorted and not market-determined. A victory for China before the WTO would weaken many countries’ trade defenses against a flood of cheap Chinese...
Sugar industry bows to WTO pressure | Phuket News
The cabinet has agreed in principle on four sugar-related regulatory announcements which pave the way for the revocation of the fixed retail price so as to meet World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules....
Gold prices down B150 to B19,600 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,147.08 baht per- baht weight for gold ornaments and 19,500 baht per baht weight for gold bar....
Gold prices stable at B19,750 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,298.68 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,650 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
Gold prices down B50 to 19,800 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,344.16 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,700 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
Gold shops told to join single-account scheme or face probe | Phuket News
The Revenue Department has asked defiant gold shops to enter single account system or else they could face money laundering probe. According to the department, some 1,000 gold shops still refuse to register as legal entities, or enter the proper single-entry accounting system despite that the majority of 7,000 gold shops have registered. Prasong Poontaneat, director-general of the department said this week that the department will submit information of these defiant gold shops to the Anti Money Laundering Office (AMLO) to handle. He said gold shops which refused to adopt the single account system will face punishment under the anti money laundering law, which is severer than the revenue tax law. Revenue Department chief Prasong Poontaneat The department earlier said gold shops which have revenues over 10 million baht a year and do not have proper accounting books will face money laundering charge and have their assets frozen under a...
Hells Angels members busted in Pattaya | Phuket News
PATTAYA: Police on Wednesday arrested four foreigners - believed to be members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang - for several alleged criminal offences, and plan to deport and blacklist them from the country....
Call-centre scammers bought into bitcoins | Phuket News
An Indonesian and two Thais have been arrested for operating a call centre scam, allegedly impersonating government officials and tricking people into transferring money to the gang....
SET closes up 2.26 to 1,699.65 | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand climbed 0.13%, or 2.26 points, to 1,699.65 on Friday....
SET up 6.72 points at open | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index opened at 1,704.11 points, up 6.72 points from Thursday’s close. The trade value was 6.97 billion baht, with 1.50 billion shares traded....
Asia set for a cautious open as investors digest news out of Washington | Phuket News
Asia markets were set to open lower on Monday, following a decline in U.S. stocks in the Friday session....
Govt to resell separatists' seized property | Phuket News
The government is helping low income earners in the restive far South afford homes by encouraging them to shop from a list of land and buildings impounded from owners who were found guilty of committing crimes....
Activists urge ban on 'hazardous' farm chemicals | Phuket News
Thai Pesticide Alert Network (Thai-PAN) will today submit a petition to the Ministry of Industry, asking it to ban the herbicide paraquat and the pesticide chlorpyrifos, while restricting the use of glyphosate....
Sanofi: No reported deaths in Philippines from dengue vaccine | Phuket News
MANILA: There have been no reported deaths in the Philippines related to a suspended dengue vaccine made by Sanofi, an official from the pharmaceutical company said on Monday....
Duterte vows to uncover dengue vaccine 'health scam' | Phuket News
MANILA: The office of the Philippine president on Sunday vowed to hold accountable those responsible for a suspended dengue immunisation programme, which it said placed thousands of lives at risk....
Jidanan's short stories win SEA Write prize | Phuket News
Jidanan Luengpiangsamut has won the SEA Write Award for a collection of short stories, the second woman in 10 years to be honoured with Southeast Asia's prestigious literary prize....
BMA tampers with rules on hampers | Phuket News
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) officials will examine New Year hampers being sold during the festive period to make sure they do not contain products that have expired or alcoholic beverages....
CDC happy to keep judges in power | Phuket News
The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) does not object to an organic law that allows Constitutional Court judges to retain their positions, CDC spokesman Udom Rathamarit said Wednesday....
Memoir by Japanese WW2 emperor Hirohito sold in New York auction | Phuket News
It is though to be the only original copy of notes he dictated after Japan's defeat in WW2....
Japan Emperor Akihito abdication set for April 2019 | Phuket News
Emperor Akihito is scheduled to abdicate what is typically a job for life on April 30, 2019, the Kyodo News agency reported, citing unnamed sources. Abe announced the date after a special panel he chaired on Friday. Emperor Akihito expressed his wish to abdicate from the Chrysanthemum throne in 2016 and the upper house of parliament […]...
Japan's emperor to abdicate on April 30, 2019 | Phuket News
TOKYO: A special panel to discuss key issues regarding the Japanese imperial family decided Friday to set the date for Emperor Akihito's abdication as April 30, 2019, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, paving the way for the nation's first imperial succession from a living emperor in about 200 years....
Italian tourist, 59, dies in motorbike fall at Big Buddha viewpoint | Phuket News
PHUKET: Italian tourist Giovanni Spatafora, 59, has died from severe head injuries after falling off a motorbike he was a passenger on while descending the steep hill from the Big Buddha viewpoint on Sunday (Dec 24), Chalong Police have confirmed....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Disabled man's killers? New bridge opens! Tsunami candlelight memorial! || December 27 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - December 27 Prison for killers of disabled man! New bridge opens in Phuket! Tsunami memorial in Patong! 4-hour immigration wait? A not-so-speedy train? Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
Phuket’s new ‘Chao Fah Mine Bridge’ officially opens | Phuket News
PHUKET: After three years in the making and costing B55 million to complete, the “Chao Fah Mine Bridge” on Chao Fa West Rd in Wichit officially opened yesterday (Dec 26)....
Super Cheap, Chillva Market caught in Phuket alcohol sales, promotion crackdown | Phuket News
PHUKET: A Super Cheap store south of Phuket Town and the bars at the popular Chillva Market in Samkong are the first to be hit in a campaign by Phuket health officials to crack down on the laws regulating the sale and promotion of alcohol ahead of the New Year celebrations....
Super Cheap, Chilva Market caught in Phuket alcohol sales, promotion crackdown | Phuket News
PHUKET: A Super Cheap store south of Phuket Town and the bars at the popular Chilva Market in Samkong are the first to be hit in a campaign by Phuket health officials to crack down on the laws regulating the sale and promotion of alcohol ahead of the New Year celebrations....
Local administrations told to impose strict control on beer bars | Phuket News
Local administrations throughout the country are advised to impose strict control on businesses involving sales of foods, alcoholic drinks especially draught beer according to the Health Act of 1992, said Health Department deputy director-general Danai Theewanda on Dec 25. Dr Danai said beer bars, which are usually opened during the cold season, particularly the New Year, are hazardous to health according to the law and subject to control. Local adminstrations are responsible for imposing the control as required by the Health Act of 1992. People who want to open beer bars or similar shops for alcoholic drinks are required by the law to submit a request with local administrations. They are also required to follow regulations regarding hygiene and not to make loud noises which may cause annoyance to other people. Those found operating such venues without permission are liable to up to six months in jail and/or a fine of...
Phuket touts new centres for visitors | Phuket News
Phuket: With more than 15 million visitors per year, this resort island plans to open 10 tourist service centres at its main beaches to offer assistance to visitors around the clock....
Officials launch 10 tourist service centres in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: Local government officials yesterday held an event to mark the launch of 10 tourist service centres across the island aimed at increasing the confidence in safety for tourists....
Huawei's China smartphone sales chief detained for alleged bribe-taking | Phuket News
Huawei Technologies, the world's third-largest smartphone maker, said on Wednesday that Chinese police are conducting an investigation....
How the average Joe in Asia is driving the crypto boom | Phuket News
With almost daily news coverage on mainstream media and heavyweight financial institutions now paying attention to virtual currencies, the question arises of where the impetus is coming from. And according to a Wall Street Journal report, the answer is millions of individual investors in Asia. Recent attention has been focused in the US on three major exchanges, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, CME Group, and TD Ameritrade. They have been offering Bitcoin futures contracts for the first time. But the real stimulus behind cryptocurrency trading, which is measured by volumes, originates in the East. Previous bubble-like buying fevers such as the dot.com boom in the late 1990s attracted large institutional investors, with retail traders entering at the later stages. This time around it is individuals that are getting in early and the financial titans are remaining guarded. Chief market strategist at online trade platform IG Group, Chris Weston, told the WSJ: “Bitcoin...
Septuagenarian sits China’s national postgraduate entrance exam | Phuket News
AN 76-year-old man sat for China’s Kaoyan, i.e. National Postgraduate Entrance Examination (NPEE) which kicked off last weekend. It was Zou Weimin’s fifth time to do so in an admirable bid to get a postgraduate qualification, according to CGTN. Zou took the exam at the test center of Jiaxing Technician College in east China’s Zhejiang Province – after a lifetime of different jobs such as sales, warehouse management and teaching. Growing up poor, he had to forego his love for reading and chosen to work instead. But he kept his dream of going to college. “If you stop reading, you will feel empty,” Zou said. “People must have ambition. It is never too old to learn.” Zou sat for the gruelling Gaokao, China’s national entrance exam to join undergraduate courses in its universities when he was 63 years old. He was then enrolled in the Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences and became the country’s oldest...
South Korea prosecutors seek 12 years jail for Samsung heir Lee in corruption case | Phuket News
South Korean prosecutors sought a 12-year jail term on Wednesday for Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee....
Prosecutors demand 12-year prison term for Samsung heir Lee | Phuket News
SEOUL: Prosecutors on Wednesday demanded a 12-year prison term for Samsung's jailed billionaire heir Lee Jae-yong, who reportedly maintained his innocence during an appeal of his conviction on bribery and other charges....
Jailed Reuters Journalists in Myanmar to Remain in Custody | Phuket News
Two Reuters journalists in Myanmar who were arrested earlier this month will spend another two weeks in jail. A court agreed with prosecutors' request Wednesday to impose a second 14-day detention on Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. Wednesday's court date was the first public appearance of the two men since their arrest on December 12. The courtroom was filled with reporters and family members of the reporters, who have been barred from seeing them during their detention.  Wa Lone maintained he and his partner violated no laws, and assured their relatives they have not been mistreated. The 31-year-old Wa Lone and 27-year-old Kyaw Soe Oo are being investigated for violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act. The pair were covering the military's brutal campaign against ethnic Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. An estimated 655,000 Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh to avoid the violence, which the United Nations has...
Vietnam charges businessman ‘kidnapped’ in Berlin with corruption | Phuket News
State prosecutors in Vietnam announced on Tuesday that several high-ranking oil executives had been charged with corruption and wrongdoing in economic management — including a businessman at the center of a diplomatic spat between Berlin and Hanoi. Trinh Xuan Thanh, who was allegedly kidnapped in Berlin by Vietnamese security forces in July, was charged along […]...
S. Korea Says 2015 Deal with Japan Over 'Comfort Women' Faulty | Phuket News
A 2015 deal reached between South Korea and Japan to resolve the issue of Korean women forced into sexual slavery by Japanese colonial forces was insufficient, a special South Korean task force announced Wednesday. The deal was reached between Seoul and Tokyo under the administration of ousted President Park Geun-hye. Japan agreed to apologize for the actions of its troops during its brutal rule of the Korean peninsula between 1910 and 1945, and to pay $8 million into a fund established to support the victims. But the task force issued a report saying South Korean negotiators failed to seek the opinions of the so-called
Comfort women deal with Japan ignored victims, says S Korea | Phuket News
South Korea says the deal with Japan over so-called comfort women failed to meet the needs of victims....
UN Security Council Imposes New Sanctions on North Korea | Phuket News
The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea following its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test, a move that analysts said could have a significant impact on the isolated country's struggling economy. The resolution seeks to ban nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum product exports to North Korea by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year and, in what diplomats said was a last-minute change, demands the repatriation of North Koreans working abroad within 24 months, instead of 12 months as first proposed. The U.S.-drafted resolution would also cap crude oil supplies to North Korea at 4 million barrels a year. The United States has been calling on China to limit its oil supply to its neighbor and ally. The resolution passed by a vote of 15 to 0, said Japan's ambassador to the United Nations. Japan holds the presidency of the Security Council this month....
South Korea's Lotte Group founder jailed for embezzlement | Phuket News
The founder of Lotte Group, Shin Kyuk-ho, is sentenced to four years in prison for embezzlement....
Lotte chairman gets suspended jail for embezzlement | Phuket News
SEOUL: A South Korean court handed Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin a suspended prison term after a year-long trial in which prosecutors charged top executives at the South Korean conglomerate with embezzlement and breach of fiduciary duty....
Three police officers facing human trafficking charges | Phuket News
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will send its investigation report to the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) recommending action against three police officers who colluded with offenders in the ‘Chom Dao Karaoke’ human trafficking case in Kanchanaburi province....
Myanmar drops charges against TRT World journalists who used drone | Phuket News
Myanmar will drop pending charges for two foreign journalists and their local fixers, local police announced on Tuesday. Singaporean cameraman Lau Hon Meng, Malaysian reporter Mok Choy Lin, local journalist and interpreter Aung Naing Soe and local driver Hla Tin were all arrested on October 27 for flying a drone near Myanmar’s parliament building in […]...
Prawit: Malaysian man caught in Pakistan unlikely preparing to hijack THAI plane | Phuket News
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, who is in charge of security affairs, said on Tuesday (Dec 26) it was unlikely for a Malaysian man arrested at an airport in Pakistan with weapons and ammunition in his possession to be preparing to hijack a Thai Airways flight or stage a terrorist activity. Gen Prawit was referring to a news report that a Malaysian, Al Muhd Alfie Kqhyriel, suspected to be an Islamic State member, was arrested at the Jinnah International Airport in Pakistan on Saturday (Dec 23) while he was broading Thai Airways flight TG 342 bound for Kuala Lumpur. The Pakistani authorities reportedly seized from him four pistols, eight ammunition magazines and 70 bullets hidden in his bag and shoes. Gen Prawit said the man was caught only for illegally delivering weapons and ammunition.  He was not involved in terrorism or attempting to hijack the THAI flight or having anything to do with Thailand,...
A Christian-Muslim Christmas in Malaysia | Phuket News
EVERY Christmas, I am reminded of a trip I made several years ago to Keningau in Sabah. It was to shoot a documentary about life in Malaysia and what I discovered in that small East Malaysian town was very inspiring. I met a pair of siblings, a brother and sister, who are from the indigenous Dusun tribe. The brother’s name is Father Francis Dakun while the sister is known Ustazah Nooraidah Hidayah Dakun. From their names, you can probably tell that they are of different faiths. Father Francis is a Catholic Christian priest while Ustazah Nooraidah is an Islamic religious teacher. Both of them were not born into their faiths and are converts. Historically, the Dusun are considered pagans and animists. In fact, their parents were of indigenous faiths. What is inspiring to me is that the whole Dakun family is separated in their beliefs of Christianity and Islam. Yet,...
10 Trends That Will Shape Southeast Asian Ecommerce in 2018 | Phuket News
Alibaba’s entry into Southeast Asia served as social proof for many entrepreneurs and businesses that they were onto something big, which led to a year of exuberance for ecommerce in the region.   Even as we get closer to 2018, there are already numerous casualties in one of the most promising ecommerce growth markets in the world. Alibaba doubled down on its Lazada investment by upping its share from 51 percent to 83 percent and in a push to monopolize the market, put grips on Tokopedia, arguably one of Lazada’s biggest competitors in Indonesia. Tencent, through JD or directly, also began executing its China playbook by investing in companies like Sea, Go-Jek, Traveloka, Pomelo Fashion and Tiki.vn. “We’re just at the beginning, [the Alibaba-Lazada deal] will kickstart the whole cycle. It will attract more global investments into the region, and attract more entrepreneurs who now see this region as a...
Political space shrinking in Singapore through ‘creative repression’ of activists | Phuket News
“KILL the chicken to scare the monkeys” is a Chinese idiom, referring to punish one person as an example to others. It is a phrase commonly used as an analogy for the authoritarian rule of the Chinese Communist Party. It is also, ironically, the title of a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report about “severe” political repression in Singapore – an ethnically Chinese-majority city-state which has long styled itself as a liberal anti-Beijing. Released at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last week – because it would have violated Singaporean legislation that prohibits foreigners participating in “cause-related gatherings” without a police permit – the report details comprehensive restrictions on what Singaporeans are allowed to say, perform, read or watch. Amendments to Singapore’s Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) enforcement powers. Source: Supplied Culture of fear Deputy director of the watchdog’s Asia Division, Phil Robertson, said that Singapore’s ruling People’s Action...
CNIT Receives $1 Million Cloud-based Ad Terminal Order for Qingdao | Phuket News
Dec 27, 2017 Picture:  SHENZHEN, China, December 27, 2017 - China Information Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNIT), a provider of internet-based ad distribution and ad display terminal sharing systems in China, announced that it has entered into a contract for the sale of 3,000 CNIT cloud-based ad terminals to be installed in office buildings, residential communities, shopping malls and various outdoor locations throughout Qingdao, the economic hub of Shandong province. Signed with advertising agency Qingdao Taoping IoT Limited, the contract is expected to generate sales and service revenue to CNIT of about $1 million. Today's news is the seventeenth in a series of announcements since May of 2017 on CNIT's sales of its cloud-based ad terminals. Each of the contracts - which range in value from $0.5 to $3 million - is also expected to generate revenue from customers' use of the company's Yunfa advertising distribution system and Taoping ad...
Goldpac Has Been Named as a Model Enterprise for the '2017 Mass Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Guangdong Province' and '2017 Innovative Pilot Enterprise in Guangdong Province' | Phuket News
Dec 27, 2017 Goldpac Group Limited (
HBO names Srisaket Fighter of the Year 2017 | Phuket News
Home Box Office (HBO), an American cable and satellite television network, has named Thai boxer Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, the current WBC super flyweight champion, Fighter of the Year 2017. Srisaket, also known as Srisaket Nakkornloung Promotion, is currently World Boxing Council (WBC) super flyweight reigning champion, who knocked out Roman Gonzalez on Sept 10 in a rematch. He was given a score of 6 by the HBO, beating Andre Ward, who was scored 4. Other HBO boxing stars who each got a score of 1 are Danny Jacobs, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Anthony Joshua. Srisaket is the first Thai boxer who has been honoured by the HBO, which broadcast live matches of only world-class boxers such as Muhamad Ali, George Foreman, Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Srisaket was earlier named by RealSport, a well-known sports website, as Fighter of the Year 2017. He also...
Chinese woman arrested in Pattaya over alleged theft | Phuket News
Pattaya police have arrested a Chinese woman for allegedly stealing cash and a smartphone from a Hong Kong tourist in his Pattaya hotel room. The post Chinese woman arrested in Pattaya over alleged theft appeared first on Pattaya Daily News....
China to discuss changing constitution for first time since 2004 | Phuket News
HONG KONG: China’s top policy makers plan to discuss next month a proposal to amend the national constitution for the first time since 2004, the official Xinhua News Agency said....
Septuagenarian sits for China’s national postgraduate entrance exam | Phuket News
A 76-year-old man sat for China’s Kaoyan, i.e. National Postgraduate Entrance Examination (NPEE) which kicked off last weekend. It was Zou Weimin’s fifth time to do so in an admirable bid to get a postgraduate qualification, according to CGTN. Zou took the exam at the test centre of Jiaxing Technician College in east China’s Zhejiang Province – after a lifetime of different jobs such as sales, warehouse management and teaching. Growing up poor, he had to forego his love for reading and chosen to work instead. But he kept his dream of going to college. “If you stop reading, you will feel empty,” Zou said. “People must have ambition. It is never too old to learn.” Zou sat for the gruelling Gaokao, China’s national entrance exam to join undergraduate courses in its universities when he was 63 years old. He was then enrolled in the Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences and became the country’s oldest...
Asia closes mixed after oil cracks $60; China underperforms | Phuket News
Asian markets closed mixed as Australian and Japanese energy plays rose after oil touched a more than two year high overnight....
Crime Eases in the Philippines, a Laurel for Embattled President Duterte | Phuket News
Crime fell more than one-fifth in the Philippines this year, delighting the public and indicating that perhaps President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly anti-drug campaign - which stirred international outrage over human rights issues - is deterring crime. Illegal acts against people and property declined 21.8 percent from January through November this year, compared to the same period of 2016, according to Philippine National Police figures cited by domestic media.  That figure points to progress in Duterte's controversial anti-drug campaign as well as
Duterte’s son resigns as Davao vice-mayor following drug case, failed marriage | Phuket News
AFTER being linked to a drug smuggling case, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s eldest son quit as vice-mayor of the southern city of Davao on Monday, citing personal problems from a failed marriage as among reasons for the move. Paolo Duterte announced his resignation during a special session of the Davao City Council. Davao is President Duterte’s hometown and its mayor is Paolo’s younger sister, Sara Duterte-Carpio. “There are recent unfortunate events in my life that are closely tied to my failed first marriage,” Paolo said, in a statement made available to media. “These, among others, include the maligning of my reputation in the recent name-dropping incident in the Bureau of Customs’ smuggling case and the very public squabble with my daughter.” SEE ALSO: Philippines: Duterte’s eldest son denies links to $125 million drug shipment In September, Paolo refuted allegations he was personally linked to a shipment of US$125 million worth of...
Duterte’s son resigns as Davao vice mayor after drug case, failed marriage | Phuket News
AFTER being linked to a drug smuggling case, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s eldest son quit as vice mayor of the southern city of Davao on Monday, citing personal problems from a failed marriage as among reasons for the move. Paolo Duterte announced his resignation during a special session of the Davao City Council. Davao is President Duterte’s hometown and its mayor is Paolo’s younger sister, Sara Duterte-Carpio. “There are recent unfortunate events in my life that are closely tied to my failed first marriage,” the vice mayor said, in a statement made available to media. “These, among others, include the maligning of my reputation in the recent name dropping incident in the Bureau of Customs’ smuggling case and the very public squabble with my daughter.” SEE ALSO: Philippines: Duterte’s eldest son denies links to $125 million drug shipment In September, Paolo refuted allegations he was personally linked to a shipment of...
Philippines' Duterte's son quits as vice mayor of Davao | Phuket News
MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest son quit as vice mayor of the southern city of Davao on Monday, citing his being linked to a drug smuggling case by opponents and personal problems from a failed marriage as reasons for the move....
Condo prices seen gaining 8% | Phuket News
The average price of condominiums could grow at least 8% in 2018, despite the looming land and buildings tax, says property consultant Nexus Property Marketing Co....
Philippine army on full alert for possible communists’ attacks | Phuket News
The Philippine army went on full alert for possible attacks by communist rebels as the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) celebrated its 49th founding anniversary, The Manila Times Online reported on Wednesday (Dec 27). Spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Colonel Edgard Arevalo said that the celebration of the CPP’s anniversary was usually accompanied by armed attacks of government forces by its armed wing, the New People’s Army which he described as the “true colour of the CPP and NPA” as a criminal organization despite their unilateral ceasefire declaration. In a statement posted on the group’s website last week, NPA spokesman Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos said all NPA units would observe a ceasefire from 6 pm on Dec 23 to 6 pm Dec 26 and from 6 pm on Dec 30 to 6 pm Jan 2. The government also declared its unilateral ceasefire during the festive...
Why do people join violent extremist groups? | Phuket News
MOST people don’t join violent extremist groups for ideological reasons. Instead, they join for social reasons – with someone they know, to connect with other people or to find a sense of purpose. Questions continue to be raised as to why Australians are joining violent extremist organisations to fight overseas or threaten peace and order at home. Lots of people assume that things like poverty, poor education or mental illness cause terrorism, but research shows it’s more about identity, injustice and finding a sense of belonging. It isn’t what you think According to clinical and forensic psychologist Dr Kate Barrelle MAPS*, there are very few clear patterns that predict who will be drawn to violent extremism. Importantly, she says socioeconomic background, intellect or education level, mental illness and even psychopathology aren’t correlated with a person’s likelihood of joining an extremist group. SEE ALSO: Philippines most affected by terrorism in Asia...
Teacher arrested for possessing M16 assault refile and several handguns | Phuket News
Police and soldiers yesterday (Dec 21) arrested a secondary education school teacher in Bung Kan province after several firearms and ammunition were found in his home in So Phisai district. The teacher was identified as Uthis Meetaowal, 53, a teacher on military education and training at Ponthong Prachasan school at Tambon Nong Panta in So Phisai district. The search of his home followed complaints by neighbours that they heard gunshot sounds daily at the compound of his home in the rubber plantation. He was found at home in green fatigue when soldiers and police arrived at his rubber plantation. A search in his home produced one M16 assault rifle and ammunition, a .223 rifle, a .45 Colt pistol,a .357 Smith&Wesson revolver, a 9mm CZ pistol, a .32 Llama revolver, a sawn-off shot gun, two home-made handguns, smoke grenade and several sizes of handgun cartridges. Investigation by police showed some of...
Indonesian Health Officials Launch Diphtheria Vaccination Campaign | Phuket News
In the face of a diphtheria outbreak in parts of Indonesia, authorities have embarked on an immunization drive to slow the advance of the dangerous respiratory disease. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports. Faith Lapidus narrates....
US Officials Concerned About 2 Reporters Detained in Myanmar | Phuket News
The U.S. Embassy in Myanmar has said it is concerned about two Reuters journalists who were arrested three days ago in the country, which is also known as Burma. The embassy said in a statement Friday that there has been no word from Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, since their arrest, and authorities have not allowed their families to visit. U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told reporters Friday that the U.S. is concerned anytime reporters are arrested for doing their jobs.  Reuters President Stephen Adler released a statement Wednesday saying Reuters is “outraged” by a “blatant attack on press freedom.”  United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday that the arrests are a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar. He said the international community must do all it can to get them released. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were working on stories about a...
Myanmar: Families can see detained reporters | Phuket News
YANGON: Two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar will be allowed to meet their families once their first 14-day remand period expires, according to local media reports....
Burma arrests two Reuters journalists covering Rohingya crisis | Phuket News
TWO JOURNALISTS who have been covering the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine State of Burma (Myanmar) have been arrested and face up to 14 years imprisonment under the country’s Colonial-era Official Secrets Act. Burmese authorities on Wednesday night confirmed the arrest of Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who had been missing since Tuesday night. They are being detained at a police station on the outskirts of Burma’s largest city Yangon. Local publication Frontier first broke the story, reporting that police had accepted criminal charges filed by a military officer under the 1923 Official Secrets Act. They could face 14 years jailtime for “unlawful possession of military documents”, reported Frontier. SEE ALSO: Genocide against Rohingya ‘may be present’ in Rakhine, says UN rights chief Both journalists have been covering the military’s so-called “clearing operations” in Rakhine State, which has seen the exodus of almost 650,000 Rohingya Muslims flee into...
Myanmar Rohingya crisis: Reuters reporters stay jailed | Phuket News
The two correspondents are accused of illegally obtaining information....
Myanmar judge extends detention of two Reuters journalists over Rohingya reporting | Phuket News
A court in Myanmar on Wednesday extended the detention of two Reuters journalists accused of violating the state secrets act. Judge Ohn Myint extended the remand period for Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, until January 10, telling the court “the interrogation is still ongoing.” The two were first arrested December 12 and ordered […]...
Yangon court detains Reuters journalists another 2 weeks | Phuket News
YANGON: Two Reuters journalists who have been detained in Myanmar for the past two weeks were remanded in custody for a further two weeks on Wednesday as a probe into allegations they breached the nation's Official Secrets Act continues....
Reuters Reporters Jailed in Myanmar Over Alleged Secret Documents | Phuket News
Two reporters for the Reuters news agency have been arrested in Myanmar on suspicion of possessing
Indonesia is brightest hope for democracy in Asean say parliamentarians, experts | Phuket News
THE OUTLOOK for democracy and human rights in Southeast Asia is “bleak” with the world’s largest Muslim-majority country Indonesia offering the best hope for democratic progress in the region, parliamentarians, academics and rights activists from across the region have warned. Convening at an event gloomily titled “Our Race to the Bottom?” hosted by the Jakarta-based TIFA Foundation last Friday, panelists lined up to lament the rapid decline of democratic values and institutions across member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) bloc. Cambodia’s Mu Sochua – Vice-President of the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) which was dissolved by the government in November – declared that the Kingdom’s democracy had “died” because Prime Minister “Hun Sen wants to hold on to his power for 10 more years”. A man rides a motorcycle past the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) headquarters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 17, 2017. Source:...
Uber’s stalling in Asia is its own fault | Phuket News
WHILE it’s difficult to make statements regarding the prospects of companies with global reach, the last year has seen the US-based ride-hailing giant Uber stumbling from disaster to disaster. Local issues have a habit of becoming global PR shitstorms, not only because it’s the Internet’s nature to spread bad news quickly, but also because most of Uber’s particular malfeasances have struck a chord with people wherever they might happen to live. Companies in some market segments seem to largely escape widespread public vitriol simply by dint of what they do being less understood by the public (or being generally less interesting) than the act of ride-hailing: everyone uses cabs, very few invest in Felda. SEE ALSO: India: Woman sues Uber for breach of privacy in 2014 rape case Sun Chanthol (R), Cambodia’s Minister of Public Workers and Transport, greets near a Grab car during a launch ceremony in Phnom Penh,...
Khmer Rouge Survivors Create ‘Bangsokol’ to Offer Hope, Warning | Phuket News
Quietly, Bonna Neang Weinstein wept. Her husband, Howard Weinstein, sitting next to her, held her hand, comforting her. “It reminded me of everything and myself,” she said of a December 15 performance of “Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia” at the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). The first major symphonic work to remember the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians under the rule of the Khmer Rouge regime undid Weinstein, a survivor, who arrived in the U.S. in 1984. “I could not believe that I lived through that,” she said, her eyes filling with tears. The production is the first collaboration between composer Him Sophy and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rithy Panh, who directed and designed the production. Both artists survived the Khmer Rouge, which by some estimates killed 90 percent of Cambodia’s artists. The two are in the forefront of Cambodia’s cultural renaissance, a movement to revive...
Chinese Court Convicts 44 Taiwanese Nationals in Telecom Fraud Scheme | Phuket News
A Beijing court has handed down prison sentences to 44 Taiwanese nationals in connection with a fraudulent telecom operation based in Kenya, a decision that is likely to increase tensions between China and self-ruled Taiwan. The Taiwanese nationals were among 85 suspects who received various jail terms during Thursday's court session.Two of the Taiwanese nationals were sentenced to 15 years in prison for their part in the scheme. China has secured the extradition of 288 Taiwanese nationals over the past year from various countries, including Kenya, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia, who have been accused of defrauding Chinese citizens of millions of dollars. Chinese state media have said at least some of the fraud suspects allegedly called Chinese citizens and pretended to be prosecutors demanding payment for crimes or infractions, with the threat of jail for those who did not pay up. The victims were allegedly told to wire money...
China jails 22 Taiwanese for telecoms fraud | Phuket News
BEIJING: A court in Beijing on Thursday handed down sentences of up to 15 years in jail to 50 people deported from Kenya for telecoms fraud, including 22 from self-ruled Taiwan, a case that infuriated Taiwan's government....
Terrorism risks rising in Malaysia as Islamic State militants return | Phuket News
With the demise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and the fall of Marawi in the Philippines, how will Malaysia handle the prospect of returning fighters? Malaysia’s Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed recently expressed concerns over the threat of returning militants from the Middle East and the Philippines. The fall of Marawi, following the deaths of the insurgency’s two most senior commanders, came days after the Syrian city of Raqqa was recaptured by a US-backed coalition of Arab and Kurdish fighters. Several hundred Malaysians have travelled to the Islamic State since 2013. In a new development, around thirty joined forces with the pro-IS Maute group in Marawi earlier this year. This article examines Malaysia’s capacity to handle the return of some of its fighters. Although coordinated IS-led attacks remain unlikely, the government will take a tough stance in order to mitigate the threat of localised terror cells...
Malaysia Arrests 20 Over Suspected Terror Links | Phuket News
Malaysia has arrested 20 suspected militants, including 13 foreigners, police said Friday, adding to a list of hundreds detained in recent years accused of having links to terror groups. The Muslim-majority Southeast Asian country has been on high alert since gunmen linked to Islamic State launched multiple attacks in Jakarta, the capital of neighboring Indonesia, in January 2016. The suspects were arrested in a counterterror operation carried out in four states between Nov. 30 and Dec. 15, Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said in a statement. They include a 50-year-old Filipino suspected of recruiting his countrymen in Malaysia to join up with the Abu Sayyaf, a militant group notorious for kidnappings and beheadings in the southern Philippines. The man, who has been living in Malaysia since 2016, was believed to be a cousin of late Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, a Malaysian intelligence source told Reuters. Hapilon, the Islamic...
The common and not so common injuries sustained at Christmas | Phuket News
THE festive period is a time for family, friends and happiness. The worst thing most people face is a bit of digestive discomfort from overeating. But for a few unfortunate individuals, Christmas is like a scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. To avoid having a Christmas like the Griswolds’, try and learn some lessons from these unfortunate folk. Most people illuminate their Christmas tree with electric lights, but people in some countries, like Switzerland, still prefer to use candles. Between 1971 and 2012, 28 Swiss people sustained significant burns from doing this, and four died as a result of their burns. Although less common than household fires, fires associated with candles and Christmas decorations usually lead to much more severe injuries. SEE ALSO: Mt Agung eruption spells disaster for Christmas tourism in Bali National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation poster. Source: Wiki Commons However, Christmas lights aren’t much safer. A study from Canada found that people...
This Christmas, look out for these common and not-so-common injuries | Phuket News
THE festive period is a time for family, friends and happiness. The worst thing most people face is a bit of digestive discomfort from overeating. But for a few unfortunate individuals, Christmas is like a scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. To avoid having a Christmas like the Griswolds’, try and learn some lessons from these unfortunate folk. Most people illuminate their Christmas tree with electric lights, but people in some countries, like Switzerland, still prefer to use candles. Between 1971 and 2012, 28 Swiss people sustained significant burns from doing this, and four died as a result of their burns. Although less common than household fires, fires associated with candles and Christmas decorations usually lead to much more severe injuries. SEE ALSO: Mt Agung eruption spells disaster for Christmas tourism in Bali National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation poster. Source: Wiki Commons However, Christmas lights aren’t much safer. A study from Canada found that people...
Fire sweeps through Filipino mall ahead of Christmas, killing 37 | Phuket News
AT least 37 people were killed when a fire swept through a shopping mall in the Philippines on Sunday, government officials said. The vice-mayor of the southern city of Davao, Paolo Duterte, said the chance of survival for any of the 37 people missing, most of them workers at a call centre at the NCC Mall, was “zero”. “Let us pray for them,” said Duterte, the eldest son of President Rodrigo Duterte. The fire broke out on Saturday at a furniture store on the mall’s third level and quickly engulfed an outsourcing business on the upper floor, said a spokeswoman for the city government, Ma. Teresita Gaspan. The cause was not known but an investigation was being launched, she said. SEE ALSO: Five years after deadly factory fire, Bangladesh’s garment workers are still vulnerable Duterte and his daughter, Sara, who is mayor of the city, visited the scene late on Saturday...
Public Health Ministry to name “Toon Bodyslam” its brand ambassador | Phuket News
The Public Health Ministry will invite Toon Bodyslam or Mr Artiwara Kongmalai as its brand ambassador to promote exercise among Thai people. While praising the rock star for his super marathon charity run to raise fund for 11 needy hospitals, public health permanent secretary Dr Jesada Chokedamrongsuk said that the ministry would like to recruit Toon to become its brand ambassador to inspire Thai people to start exercising for their good health. Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Dr Piyasakul Sakolsatayathorn admitted that Toon’s marathon run was instrumental in inspiring many Thais to start exercising. With this phenomenon, he said that the awakened awareness of exercise must be sustained. Toon and his running mates were due to be flown back to Bangkok from Chiang Rai in a military plane made available by the armed forces. But the rock start has postponed his flight back to Bangkok after doctors advised him to take...
North-South runner plans his final marathon | Phuket News
On the heels of Toon Bodyslam’s long charity run for healthcare, a veteran runner for peace in the far South is planning his final campaign marathon - but in the opposite direction, from Mae Sai in Chiang Rai to Betong in Yala....
Does this croc found in Australian suburb belong to you? | Phuket News
Australian police found a crocodile strolling the streets of a Melbourne suburb on Christmas Day....
Beach bystanders criticised in Christmas Day drowning | Phuket News
Surfers who say they tried to help prevent a fatal drowning accuse others of
Crocodile found walking Melbourne street on Christmas Day | Phuket News
Police think a 1m (3.2ft) freshwater crocodile found wandering the streets is likely an escaped pet....
Tropical Storm Tembin: Philippines rescuers seek victims | Phuket News
Nearly 200 people have been killed after Tropical Storm Tembin brought flash floods and mudslides....
Khon Kaen activist detained for peaceful protest against junta | Phuket News
A student activist has been arrested in Khon Kaen for peaceful, symbolic protest against the junta.   On 21 December 2017, a military prosecutor in Khon Kaen detained Phanuphong Sithananuwat, 22, a student activist from the pro-democracy Dao Din group. Authorities arrested Phanuphong while he was attending a trial for another lawsuit, in which he stands accused of criticising the junta’s charter in July 2016.   According to a local source, the court has granted him bail. Phanuphong’s friends collected money and offered the court 10,000 baht as surety.   Phanuphong is one of seven student activists wanted for organising a peaceful demonstration against the military government in Khon Kaen in May 2015. Jatupat ‘Pai’ Boonpattaraksa is also one of the seven. The other five suspects have not reported to the police.    Phanuphong told Prachatai that the group has decided to defy their arrest warrants as an act of...
A Pattaya hotel cashier nabbed for stealing a guest’s debit card | Phuket News
A Pattaya hotel cashier was arrested by police at her apartment room in Pattaya on theft charges after she allegedly stole a hotel guest’s debit card and spent almost 500,000 baht in shopping spree. Police found a Honda car, a motorcycle, gold ornaments and a contract to buy land in her apartment room and in the apartment. The arrest of the suspect, Ms Sukanya Deecharoen, 36, a native of Nong Khai, followed a complaint filed with Pattaya police on Dec 17 by Mrs Jidapa Thongchan, 47, and her Caucasian husband that their debit card and bank passbook went missing from their hotel room.  They found out later on that their bank account was 478,959 baht short. Mrs Jidapa told the police that they usually stayed in the same hotel when her husband came to Thailand and there had not been a problem before.  This time however, she said they deposited...
13 beaches with good environmental condition named | Phuket News
Thirteen beaches in six provinces have been found to be of a very good environmental condition in an assessment by the Pollution Control Department of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry. The assessment was carried out under the “beaches with stars” project for the year 2017. The project has been carried out since 2002 as a tool to know the environmental quality of sea beaches for better prevention of and solution to environmental problems at all beaches. The assessment is made in four aspects: pollution control; natural conditions; environmental management; and, tourism management. For the year 2017, the following 13 beaches have been assessed to have a very good environmental condition, each with five stars attached: 1. Toey Ngam beach, Chon Buri, in an area under the supervision of the navy’s Sattahip Marine Command. 2. Laem Sala beach, Khao Sam Roy Yot National Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan. 3. Ao Manao...
Hospital thief caught red handed with million baht loot in Suphanburi | Phuket News
Police in Suphanburi have announced the arrest of a cat burglar preying on hospitals in the central Thai town. Dan Chang cops caught 51 year old Wattana “Wat” Cheendee with the tools of the trade, cash,a watch, amulets, old Thai banknotes and gold necklaces. He had been stealing from doctors and nurses at two area hospitals and was caught in the process of stealing from one nurse at Derm Bang Nang Buat Hospital. Police described him as an experienced career criminal just released from his latest spell in prison. The property stolen amounted to a million baht. Thai Visa /  Daily News The post Hospital thief caught red handed with million baht loot in Suphanburi appeared first on Samui Times....
Catch this foreign scumbag pretending to be a Thai cop preying on tourists! | Phuket News
The head of Pattaya police has said that a foreign man is riding around Pattaya on a motorcycle posing as a Thai policeman. He targets tourists on motorcycles and orders them to stop before looking in their bags and stealing cash and valuables. There have been many cases in the Na Jomtien area according to a police appeal for help. And he seems to have an accomplice. Chief Apichai Krobpetch confirmed Monday that the police were looking for the foreign man who speaks English well. He said that an arrest warrant was now out and he would not be able to flee the country. In an interview with Siam Chon news he said that he was a pillion on a bike driven by another man. “We will have him in a couple of days,” predicted the chief. “We are on his tail thanks to CCTV”. The chief warned the public...
Foreign suspect 'poses as Pattaya cop' to prey on tourists | Phuket News
CHON BURI: A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a foreign suspect who has allegedly claimed to be a police officer to extort or steal money from tourists holidaying in the resort city of Pattaya....
Sexy naked kindergarten teacher pics anger school director | Phuket News
A school director has gone to Chainat police after pictures of a naked woman appeared on a Twitter user’s account. The user claimed that the pictures were of a teacher at Chainat Kindergarten. Director Somsak Jitra-euatrakoon went with an education department representative to see the cops to ask them to take action after his school’s reputation has suffered. The cops referred the case to national police to identify the Twitter user. Thai Rath said that the pictures revealed the “top and bottom of a woman”. Thai Visa /  Thai Rath The post Sexy naked kindergarten teacher pics anger school director appeared first on Samui Times....
Man who killed three people was given life imprisonment | Phuket News
The Pattaya provincial court on Wednesday (Dec 27) handed down life imprisonment on 19-year old man for killing two children and their nanny at a house in Bang Lamung district, Chon Buri, three years ago. The convict was identified as Prachak Masawaeng, 19 and the tragedy took place on January 11, 2014. According to police account, Prachak was drinking at a food shop in front of the house of Mrs Wilaiwan Liberman in Bang Lamung district as he was waiting for his girlfriend. When his girlfriend didn’t show up after a long wait, he arbitrarily walked into Mrs Wilaiwan’s house which was unlocked and demanded the nanny, Ms Vipavee Kamsai, 19, to call his girlfriend. But Ms Vipavee felt offended by Prachak’s intrusion into the house and rejected his demand, infuriating the man who then attacked her and tried to rape her. A seven-year old, Joseph Liberman, who was in...
Man who killed three people were given life imprisonment | Phuket News
The Pattaya provincial court on Wednesday (Dec 27) handed down life imprisonment on 19-year old man for killing two children and their nanny at a house in Bang Lamung district, Chon Buri, three years ago. The convict was identified as Prachak Masawaeng, 19 and the tragedy took place on January 11, 2014. According to police account, Prachak was drinking at a food shop in front of the house of Mrs Wilaiwan Liberman in Bang Lamung district as he was waiting for his girlfriend. When his girlfriend didn’t show up after a long wait, he arbitrarily walked into Mrs Wilaiwan’s house which was unlocked and demanded the nanny, Ms Vipavee Kamsai, 19, to call his girlfriend. But Ms Vipavee felt offended by Prachak’s intrusion into the house and rejected his demand, infuriating the man who then attacked her and tried to rape her. A seven-year old, Joseph Liberman, who was in...
Life sentence for murderer of 2 children, minder | Phuket News
PATTAYA: A local court on Wednesday sentenced a man, 22, to life imprisonment for murdering two Thai-American boys and a female relative in their home three years ago....
Repair work causes road to Doi Suthep accident-prone  | Phuket News
The company contracted to repair the uphill road to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep in Muang district of Chiang Mai province has been instructed to make corrections following complaints that gravels, pebbles and other materials left on the road surface have often caused accidents to motorcycles and bicycles, making the trips dangerous. Rangsan Sukchai, director of the 2nd Highway Office in Chiang Mai gave this instruction to the contractor after images were posted online showing more than 20 tourists on motorcycles and bicycles had an accident because the surface of the road under repair is full of gravels, pebbles and other materials. The road to Doi Suthep now being repaired with a budget of 14 million baht on a 11-kilometre stretch between Huay Kaew and Phu Phing Palace. A rescue worker told ThaiPBS that at least five accidents happened per day during the past week because the vehicles, particularly motorcycles and...
Bangkok-Chiang Mai train to wait on Japanese input | Phuket News
The government expects the 420-billion-baht Bangkok-Chiang Mai bullet train to take a year to begin construction as Japan, which is keen to invest in the project, is likely to demand close engagement in every step of the process....
Impiana Resort Chaweng Noi, Koh Samui is proud to present New Year Eve Party 2017 | Phuket News
Make New Year’s Eve a night to remember; “Kick out 2017 Kick off 2018” in Koh Samui. Join friends and loved ones for an amazing celebration with our special theme – “Muay Thai” or Thai Boxing. Enjoy buffet dinner and seafood, special guest DJ mixing top tracks to keep you on the dance floor and LIVE music, fire show and much more! Be a winner of costume content in Muay Thai Theme and let’s count down together! Date:                                     Sunday, 31 December 2017 Time:                                     6.30 p.m. onwards Place:                                    Impiana Resort Chaweng Noi, Koh Samui Entertainments:               DJ/Live Guitarist/Lucky Draws Dress code:                        Muay Thai Price:                                     THB 5,500 per adult | THB 4,500 per child | Free for kids under 12 yrs. Contact:                               077-448-995 | [email protected] or [email protected] View more:                        http://samuihotels.impiana.com.my/offers/events-promotion/   The post Impiana Resort Chaweng Noi, Koh Samui is proud to present New Year Eve Party 2017 appeared first...
Man rams car into party HQ in Berlin, no one else hurt | Phuket News
FRANKFURT, Germany: Police in Berlin say a man crashed a car into the entrance area of the country's Social Democratic Party at midnight on Christmas Eve....
DNA tests for two claimants of First Prize lottery tickets and for two lottery vendors | Phuket News
The two rival parties who claimed ownership to five First Prize lottery tickets for November 1 draw were subjected to DNA tests at the Central Forensic Science Institute of the Justice Ministry on Wednesday. The two men, retired police officer Pol Lt Charoon Wimon and schoolteacher Preecha Kraikruan, underwent DNA tests in separate rooms at the request of 7th Region Provincial Police Bureau to determine who was the real owner of the lottery tickets. Charoon told the media that he had confidence in the impartiality of the Central Forensic Science Institute, adding that he agreed to the DNA test because he didn’t trust the police at the 7th Region Provincial Police Bureau. Charoon’s lawyer, Mr Sithra Baibungkerd, said that he had all the necessary evidence to prove the retired police officer’s real ownership to the five lottery tickets and he had no objection to the DNA test for his client....
Charoon gives testimonies on First Prize lottery tickets conflict | Phuket News
One of the two claimants of five First Prize lottery tickets gave additional testimonies to the police fact-finding committee at Nong Khao police station in Kanchanaburi’s Tha Muang district on Tuesday (Dec 26). The retired police officer, Pol Lt Charoon Wimon, told the committee headed by Pol Maj-Gen Somkiart Saengsinsorn, deputy commissioner of the Provincial Police Region 7, about his complaint against two Kanchanaburi police officers whom he accused of being biased in their handling of the lottery ownership conflict between him and Preecha Kraikruan, a schoolteacher. In his complaint to the national police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, Pol Lt Charoon also accused one of the two officers of asking his bank to freeze the 30 million baht lottery prize in his bank account without authorization and with the case still pending with the police.   After the questioning session, Pol Maj-Gen Somkiart said that his committee have to question...
Lottery-winning farmer donates B1m to hospital treating wife | Phuket News
BURI RAM: An indebted rice farmer and cattle rearer donated 1 million baht to the local hospital that has been treating his wife, after winning the first prize of 12 million baht in the government lottery earlier this month....
England's women set for India T20 tri-series involving Australia | Phuket News
England's women will head to India in March to play a Twenty20 international tri-series also involving Australia, then three ODIs....
Ashes: Darren Lehmann to step down as Australia coach after 2019 Ashes in England | Phuket News
Australia coach Darren Lehmann confirms his plans to step down from the role after the 2019 Ashes series in England....
Japan panel sets April 30, 2019 for Emperor Akihito’s abdication | Phuket News
JAPAN’S Emperor Akihito is set to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne on April 30, 2019 in the country’s first abdication by a monarch in about two centuries. A 10-member Imperial Household Council chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and including lawmakers, royals and supreme court justices agreed on the timing in a meeting on Friday. The government was required by law to hear the council’s views before formally deciding the date, most likely next week. The octogenarian Akihito will be succeeded by his heir, 57-year-old Crown Prince Naruhito. “This is the first abdication by an emperor in 200 years and the first under the (post-war) constitution,” Abe told reporters after announcing the panel’s recommendation. “I feel deep emotion that today, the opinion of the Imperial Household Council was smoothly decided and a big step was taken toward the imperial succession.” SEE ALSO: Japan: Parliament passes Bill allowing emperor’s abdication Once...
If it has a bill like a duck and walks like an ostrich — it’s a dinosaur | Phuket News
Scientists have uncovered a bizarre new dinosaur fossil they say looks like it was part duck, part crocodile part ostrich and part swan. They said it walked like an ostrich but had flippers that allowed it to swim like a penguin. In addition, it had a duck-like bill but with razor sharp teeth and the claws […]...
Indian start-ups beg the government for 'preferential treatment' as global giants eat their lunch | Phuket News
The arrivals of Amazon and Uber and the expansion of Facebook and Google have changed the dynamics of the Indian market....
CL roundup: Man City beaten, Liverpool romp | Phuket News
KHARKIV, Ukraine: Shakhtar Donetsk advanced to the knockout stage of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Wednesday, ending the English club's unbeaten record in all competitions this season....
Malaysian PM urged to act against US over ‘kleptocracy’ remark | Phuket News
A MEMBER of Malaysia’s opposition has urged Prime Minister Najib Razak use a démarche to protest against the US chief prosecutor’s “disparaging” remarks about the country’s sovereign wealth fund. Petaling Jaya Utara parliamentarian Tony Pua’s call came after US attorney-general Jeff Sessions said the alleged corruption scandal involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was “kleptocracy at its worst”. “Najib must summon the US ambassador and file an official protest to his golf buddy, US President Donald Trump, against Sessions for disparaging and destroying Malaysia’s international reputation,” Pua said in a statement, as quoted by MalaysiaKini. “In fact, he should immediately file an official complaint to Trump and demand an apology from the US government.” Sessions said on Monday the 1MDB-linked assets accounted for nearly half of some US$3.5 billion in total proceeds seized or restrained by the Department of Justice, tied to money-laundering offences. “This is kleptocracy at its worst,” Sessions...
South Korean Media: US B-1B Bombers Fly Over Peninsula | Phuket News
American B-1B Lancer bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula Wednesday as part of combined air force exercise with South Korea, the South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported Wednesday. Yonhap quoted South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff saying the drills indicate the
Malaysia: PM Najib urged to take action against US over ‘kleptocracy’ remark | Phuket News
A MEMBER of Malaysia’s opposition has urged Prime Minister Najib Razak use a démarche to protest against the US chief prosecutor’s “disparaging” remarks about the country’s sovereign wealth fund. Petaling Jaya Utara parliamentarian Tony Pua’s call came after US attorney-general Jeff Sessions said the alleged corruption scandal involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was “kleptocracy at its worst”. “Najib must summon the US ambassador and file an official protest to his golf buddy, US President Donald Trump, against Sessions for disparaging and destroying Malaysia’s international reputation,” Pua said in a statement, as quoted by MalaysiaKini. “In fact, he should immediately file an official complaint to Trump and demand an apology from the US government.” Sessions said on Monday the 1MDB-linked assets accounted for nearly half of some US$3.5 billion in total proceeds seized or restrained by the Department of Justice, tied to money-laundering offences. “This is kleptocracy at its worst,” Sessions...
Governor checks progress of Phuket Stray Dog Shelter renovations | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong paid a visit to the Phuket Stray Dog Shelter at the Bang Kanun Forest Park in Thalang yesterday (Dec 5) to check on the progress being made on renovations being made to the facility....
Two Singapore 'Airbnb hosts' charged for illegal home stays | Phuket News
The case is the first of its kind since Singapore introduced new laws regulating home sharing in June....
Farangs selling Thai flags in Bangkok may be new breed of begpacker | Phuket News
A week ago, this photo of a foreign man on a roadside with Thai flags appeared on Twitter with the caption, “This farang at Sri Ayutthaya junction hands out flags to the cars stuck in traffic with a small piece of paper. Every car would return the flags to him. I’m not sure if he’s trying to sell the flags,” wrote Twitter user Mali-Mali. Well, if every car gives them back, it’s probably a safe bet that he’s trying to sell them. Today, a similar photo of a young, attractive, smiling, white blond woman appeared in the Bangkok Post with the caption, “A Western woman sells miniature national and royal flags at an intersection near the Customs Department in Klong Toey district. She hands potential buyers a note saying she is deaf and trying to raise money to buy a hearing aid. Concerns have been raised over whether she is...
Prominent Scholar Faces 15-Year Term: Human Rights Watch | Phuket News
Sulak Sivaraksa Accused of ‘Insulting Monarchy’ in Historical Analysis.   Thailand’s military prosecutor should drop the case against a leading scholar for “insulting the monarchy” for his analysis of a 16th-century battle, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 7, 2017, the military prosecutor will determine whether to proceed with the indictment of Sulak Sivaraksa, 85, for violating the Penal Code article 112 on lese majeste, which carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.   The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) junta initiated legal actions against Sulak in response to his remarks on October 5, 2014, at Thammasat University in Bangkok. Sulak questioned the historical accuracy of a 16th-century elephant battle between the Thai King Naresuan and the Burmese Crown Prince Mingyi Swa, which is commemorated annually as the Thai Armed Forces Day. Sulak reportedly told a seminar “not to easily believe in anything, otherwise...
Ex-engineer gets 27 years in jail for Phramongkutklao Hospital bombing | Phuket News
The Criminal Court on Wednesday (Dec 6) sentenced Wattana Pumret, a former engineer of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat), to 27 years in jail and a fine of 500 baht for laying a home-made bomb at a dispensary waiting room of Phramongkutklao Hospital on May 22 and the explosion wounded 21 people, some of them seriously.   On Sept 22, the prosecutors filed a lawsuit against Wattana, 62, with the court.  The lawsuit stated that before May 22 Wattana assembled a pipe bomb with a blue PVC pipe and other explosive materials. The pipe bomb, if exploded, could kill or wounded people and cause damage to property within a 5-10 metres radius.   On May 22, Wattana, who covered his face with a face mask, walked with a vase containing the pipe bomb into the hospital and placed on the wall of Wongsuwon Room, a dispensary waiting room in the Chalermphrakiat Building.  The bomb was set...
Epilepsy among 5 diseases to be added to list of sick people subject to driving ban | Phuket News
The Department of Land Transport (DLT) is preparing to amend a ministerial regulation to add five more sicknesses, including epilepsy, into the list of sick people ineligible to get a driving licence, said DLT director-general Sanit Promwong. Mr Sanit said the move is proved necessary after a driver rammed a pick-up truck into vehicles running in an opposite direction in Pattaya, killing two people and wounding 15 others on Dec 4. Akaradet Udomrat, the 44-year-old driver, who was holding a life driving licence, claimed he was suffering from an epileptic seizure. Mr Sanit said that if in a medical examination the man was found to be actually suffering from an epileptic seizure, his driving licence would be revoked. Pattaya accident Drug abuse charge slapped against Pattaya pick-up truck driver. http://bit.ly/2jiU9GL #Thailand #Pattaya #accident #clip #CCTV Posted by Thai PBS English News on Tuesday, 5 December 2017   Kamol Buranaong, the...
SET closes down 3.22 to 1,694.39 | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand closed 0.19% lower, or 3.22 points, to 1,694.39 on Wednesday....
Philippine NGO claims dengue fever vaccine killed multiple children | Phuket News
AN NGO in the Philippines has called for the bodies of three children to be exhumed and examined over suspicions that their deaths were caused by an anti-Dengue vaccine that was recently suspended from a nationwide immunisation programme. The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) on Monday called for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to exhume and examine the bodies of three children believed to have died because of Dengvaxia, The Inquirer reported. VACC chair Dante Jimenez was quoted as saying the three from Bataan were given the vaccine in April 2016. “We are now here to request the Secretary [of Justice] to ask the NBI to conduct an exhumation [because] this is really serious,” Jimenez told reporters. SEE ALSO: Sri Lanka’s flood survivors at risk of dengue, disease – aid workers Jimenez said the VACC was cooperating with health authorities to retrieve the names of those who received the vaccines,...
Three Filipino children may have died from Dengue vaccine – NGO | Phuket News
AN NGO in the Philippines has called for the bodies of three children to be exhumed and examined over suspicions that their deaths were caused by an anti-Dengue vaccine that was recently suspended from a nationwide immunisation programme. The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) on Monday called for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to exhume and examine the bodies of three children believed to have died because of Dengvaxia, The Inquirer reported. VACC chair Dante Jimenez was quoted as saying the three from Bataan were given the vaccine in April 2016 “We are now here to request the Secretary [of Justice] to ask the NBI to conduct an exhumation [because] this is really serious,” Jimenez told reporters. SEE ALSO: Sri Lanka’s flood survivors at risk of dengue, disease – aid workers Jimenez said the VACC was cooperating with health authorities to retrieve the names of those who received the vaccines,...
US calls Malaysia’s 1MDB corruption scandal ‘kleptocracy at its worst’ | Phuket News
THE US Chief Prosecutor has called the graft case involving Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund “kleptocracy at its worst” as almost half of the corruption proceeds seized by the US government since 2004 came from the Southeast Asian nation. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said nearly half of the US$3.5 billion in corruption proceeds the US Department of Justice has restrained is related to only one enforcement action. During his speech at the Global Forum on Asset Recovery in Washington DC on Monday, Sessions said that action was related to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad sovereign wealth fund. SEE ALSO: 1MDB: Justice Dept probes US rap star over political donations linked to Jho Low https://youtu.be/xQH7chCg5TcVideo can’t be loaded: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Speaks at the Global Forum on Asset Recovery (https://youtu.be/xQH7chCg5Tc) In reiterating allegations made by the Department of Justice (DoJ) over the past several years, Sessions said corrupt officials and their associates...
US B-1B Bombers Flies Over Korean Peninsula | Phuket News
A U.S. B-1B bomber flew over South Korea on Wednesday as part of a joint military exercise that comes a week after North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States. The bomber was joined by F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters for what South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said were simulated strikes at a military field. A South Korean military statement said the two allies showed in the drill their
US B-1 bomber flies over Korea in show of force | Phuket News
SEOUL: The United States flew a B-1B bomber over the Korean Peninsula on Wednesday amidst a combined air combat exercise being held this week with South Korea, the latter's Joint Chiefs of Staff said....
South Korean Media: US B-1B Bombers to Fly Over Peninsula | Phuket News
American B-1B Lancer bombers will fly over the Korean Peninsula Wednesday in the combined air force exercise with South Korea, South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday citing an unidentified military source. The U.S. and South Korea began a five-day drill, called Vigilant Ace, on Monday amid increased tensions with North Korea over its nuclear program and recent ballistic missile tests. The annual exercise, which will include an unusually large number of the latest generations of American stealth fighter jets, comes a week after North Korea test-fired its most powerful missile, an ICBM possibly capable of reaching the U.S. East Coast. Around 12,000 U.S. service members, including from the Marines and Navy, will join South Korean troops. The U.S. Seventh Air Force has said the exercise is not in response to any incident or provocation. But earlier, the North Korean state media said the drill pushes the Korean Peninsula “to...
S. Korea, US Kick Off Largest Air Exercise Amid N. Korean Warnings | Phuket News
South Korea and the United States launched their largest-ever joint aerial drills on Monday, officials said, a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced missile as part of a weapons program that has raised global tensions. The annual U.S.-South Korean drill, called Vigilant Ace, will run until Friday, with six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters to be deployed among the more than 230 aircraft taking part. The exercises have been condemned as a provocation by the isolated North. F-35 fighters will also join the drill, which will also include the largest number of 5th generation fighters to take part, according to a South Korea-based U.S. Air Force spokesman. Around 12,000 U.S. service members, including from the Marines and Navy, will join South Korean troops. Aircraft taking part will be flown from eight U.S. and South Korean military installations. South Korean media reports said B-1B Lancer bombers could...
1MDB: Justice Dept probes US rap star over political donations linked to Jho Low | Phuket News
THE US Department of Justice is investigating political donations by rap star Pras Michel to the 2012 Obama re-election campaign, after evidence emerged that he received US$20 million in gifts from Malaysian financier Jho Low, who is linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fraud scandal. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), reported that people connected to the investigation wanted to know if an agreement existed between Michel, a former member of The Fugees group, and Jho Low to get President Barack Obama re-elected. Donating funds to a candidate on behalf of another person or company is a violation of federal campaign finance laws and may be punishable by fines and/or jail time. The investigation is ongoing. SEE ALSO: Malaysia’s Jho Low claims Singapore ‘politically motivated’ in 1MDB scandal Kit Pearson, lawyer for Michel, told the WSJ a “false narrative” about his client was being spread, telling reporters that to draw any...
Officials welcome inaugural Nakhon Ratchasima-Phuket flight | Phuket News
PHUKET: At 2.45pm yesterday (Dec 3), Phuket Vice Governor Prakob Wongmaneerung welcomed the Governor of Nakhon Ratchasima Wichian Janthorn-otai and other passengers who were on board Phuket’s first direct flight from Nakhon Ratchasima by New Gen Airways....
Hospital Bomber Sentenced To 27 Years | Phuket News
The man who set a bomb injuring 21 at an army-run hospital was sentenced Wednesday to 27 years in prison for crimes including attempted murder. Wattana Poomarej, 62, an engineer at a state-owned utility, was found guilty of premeditated and attempted murder by setting off a pipe bomb disguised inside a flower vase in a waiting room of the Phramongkutklao Hospital. The sentence was reduced from life for his confession. The other crimes, which altogether added up to the 27-year sentence, included assembling an explosive device, for which Wattana was sentenced to three years. His loathing of the military junta which staged the 2014 coup was reportedly Wattana’s raison d’ etre for the indiscriminate attack. Forty-people were injured in the attack, which took place on May 22, the third anniversary of the coup. No one was killed. The waiting room where the bomb exploded at the Bangkok hospital was also...
Hospital bomber Watana sentenced to 27 years in prison | Phuket News
The Criminal Court has found Watana Pumret, a retired engineer, guilty of planting the bomb that exploded at Phramongkutklao Hospital in May and sentenced him to another 27 years in prison....
Uzbekistan Seeks Eventual Sea Access With Afghan Railway Deal | Phuket News
Uzbekistan and Afghanistan signed an agreement Tuesday to extend a railroad connecting the two countries in a move that may eventually give Uzbekistan a direct link to seaports. Landlocked Uzbekistan's access to marine shipping is very limited. In 2011, the Uzbek state railway company, Ozbekiston Temir Yollari, built a short link between Hairatan, a town on the Uzbek-Afghan border, and Mazar-i-Sharif, a major city in northern Afghanistan. Tashkent has since expressed interest in extending that line to Herat, another Afghan city in the northwest, and a gateway to Iran.  Another link, already under construction, will connect Herat to Iran, which may eventually enable Uzbekistan to send cargoes to and from its Persian Gulf ports. Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev's office said in a statement that he and visiting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had signed an agreement on the construction of the Mazar-i-Sharif-Herat railroad. It provided no details, such as cost and funding....
Uzbekistan seeks sea access with Afghan railway deal | Phuket News
TASHKENT (Reuters) - Uzbekistan and Afghanistan signed an agreement on Tuesday to extend a railroad connecting the two countries in a move which may eventually give Uzbekistan a direct link to sea ports. ...
Afghan suspect arrested in Germany over migrant deaths at sea | Phuket News
BERLIN (Reuters) - German police on Tuesday arrested an Afghan citizen on suspicion of smuggling migrants by sea from Turkey to Greece resulting in the death of several dozen people when the boat sank, federal police and prosecutors said. ...
CL roundup: Chelsea knocked from top spot | Phuket News
Basel advanced to the Champions League knockout rounds by beating Benfica 2-0 with another perfect start in their last group game on Tuesday....
Hazard paces Chelsea to 3-1 win | Phuket News
LONDON: Eden Hazard struck twice as Chelsea came from behind to beat Newcastle United 3-1 in their Premier League match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday....
Trump Nomination for Singapore Envoy Stalled Over Russia Concerns | Phuket News
The nomination to be ambassador to Singapore of K.T. McFarland, a former security adviser to President Donald Trump, has been delayed due to concerns about her testimony to Congress over communications with Russia, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Tuesday.
8IH China (Shanghai) Co. Ltd Successfully Concludes the Inaugural Sinology & Value Investing Summit in China | Phuket News
Dec 05, 2017 Picture:  5 December 2017, SINGAPORE - 8I Holdings Limited (ASX: 8IH) (
Russia banned from 2018 Olympics | Phuket News
LAUSANNE, Switzerland: Russia has been banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after evidence emerged of widespread doping but some of its athletes will be allowed to compete under the tag of
Russia Banned from 2018 Winter Olympics | Phuket News
The International Olympic Committee banned Russia on Tuesday from competing as a country in the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but said that individual Russians could compete as an
IOC Bans Russia From Pyeongchang Games | Phuket News
The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia from competing in the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The announcement came after an IOC executive board meeting in Switzerland on allegations that Russian athletes took part in a state-sponsored doping campaign at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Russia has repeatedly denied it carried out a doping operation. The IOC has already stripped Russia of 11 medals from the Sochi Olympics and banned more than 20 Russian athletes for life....
IOC Deciding Whether to Ban Russia From Pyeongchang Games | Phuket News
The International Olympic Committee is expected to announce Tuesday whether it will ban Russia from the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The IOC executive board is meeting in Switzerland to consider allegations that Russian athletes took part in a state-sponsored doping scheme at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Russia has repeatedly denied it carried out a doping operation. The IOC has already stripped Russia of 11 medals from the Sochi Olympics and banned more than 20 Russian athletes for life....
Rise of the robots gets green light across 28 regional airports | Phuket News
The Department of Airports (DOA) will introduce cleaning robots as well as provide Wi-Fi services from April next year under plans for a technology upgrade to regional airports....
Pick-up rams into vehicles waiting for green light; 2 killed, 15 injured | Phuket News
Two people were killed and 15 others injured after a pick-up truck ran counter the traffic flow and crashed into a number of cars and motorcycles waiting for the green light at an intersection on Pattaya Tai road in Tambon Nong Prue of Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district on Monday morning (Dec 4), police said. Most of the killed and wounded were students. The wounded were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment. Eyewitnesses said they saw the black pick-up truck run counter the traffic flow at a high speed and ram into the vehicles which stopped, waiting for the green light, at the intersection. The pick-up truck was badly damaged, so were many other vehicles hit by it. Police arrested Akradet Udomrat, 44, the driver of the pick-up truck. Akradet said he went unconscious after sufferring an epileptic seizure and did not know what happened. In a search of his...
Smart airports take wing | Phuket News
Six major airports have been selected for a project to develop so-called
Arkhom backs AoT growth to ease city airport woes | Phuket News
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith supports calls for the Airports of Thailand (AoT) to run the two state-owned airports in Udon Thani and Tak, to relieve overcrowding at its Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports....
South Korea on EU tax haven blacklist | Phuket News
Saint Lucia, Barbados and South Korea are among 17 territories labelled as tax havens by Brussels....
NLA to propose gradual land tax | Phuket News
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) standing committee on the land and buildings tax will propose gradual collection of the additional tax bill to be incurred from the implementation of the tax over the course of four years as a relief measure for tax-affected business sectors....
2nd International Furnishings Innovation Fair (Chengdu) opens: a showcase for the first IoT expo in the furniture industry | Phuket News
Dec 05, 2017 Picture:  CHENGDU, China, Dec. 5, 2017 - The 2nd International Furnishings Innovation Fair (Chengdu) (
Key players at CABSAT to tap into one of the fastest growing global markets | Phuket News
Dec 05, 2017 Picture:  Dubai, UAE – 4 December, 2017 – The TV market outlook for Africa & the Middle East published by IDATE Digiworld has forecasted that the television market in Africa and the Middle East is set to grow by 30% from 2016 to 2021, an increase of almost US$3.5 billion, making the MEA region one of the fastest growing global markets. According to the IDATE Digiworld report, a fast-growing young population and a promising economic outlook are both cited as contributing factors for the growth.[1] Key players within the cable and satellite industry are eager to showcase their latest products and solutions during the 24th edition of CABSAT, taking place from 14-16 January 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The Content Congress, the Middle East and Africa’s leading broadcast conference, and the co-located SATEXPO, delivering all satellite communication solutions and technologies to the MENA...
Discovering the colours of Doi Tung during this festive season | Phuket News
Bid goodbye to the old year, and embrace in the new with the annual Colours of Doi Tung celebration, which starts today and takes place every Saturday and Sunday until 28 January, next year. The Colours of Doi Tung festival takes place at the Doi Tung Development Project, initiated by the late Princess Mother. The event boasts myriad activities and opportunities to enjoy the colourful sights of many beautiful and meaningful landmarks, as well as plenty of shopping opportunities at the Doi Tung Market, created in a walking-street style (the highest in Thailand). There are 50 stalls selling fresh fruits and vegetables from fields and forests, ethic food and handmade arts and crafts by six ethic groups – Akha, Lahu, Tai Yai, Leu, Lawa and Chinese. Visitors can shop ‘til they drop, and take a rest under the shades of trees and enjoy cold drinks, made from fresh fruits and...
Enjoy seafood and Jazz at Samui Coco Fest 2017 – postponed by one day | Phuket News
DUE TO THE STORM THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED BY ONE DAY! The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in cooperation with Ko Samui’s public and private organisations, is inviting local and international tourists to enjoy seafood, Jazz and many more at the Samui Coco Fest 2017, from 5 to 6 December, from 17.00- 22.00 Hrs. The event is held as part of the Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018, and in line with the TAT’s latest marketing concept of ‘Open to the New Shades of Thailand’ or the new shades of Ko Samui to be exact. The two-day event takes place at the Seaside Park, Hua Thanon Village. As well as fresh seafood cooked to order by famous restaurants from all over the island, there’s a live Jazz music in the park concerts by Thai and international performers. TAT News The post Enjoy seafood and Jazz at Samui Coco Fest 2017...
State affiliate bonus criteria revamped | Phuket News
The cabinet yesterday approved new criteria for bonus payments for affiliates of state-owned enterprises that are not listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), a move intended to standardise the government's bonus payment rate....
Britons died after Thai boat captain ignored warning, inquest hears | Phuket News
Coroner says captain’s decision to sail despite bad weather contributed to deaths of Monica O’Connor and Jason ParnellA boat captain’s decision to ignore warnings of a monsoon rainstorm contributed to the deaths of two Britons who drowned after a speedboat accident in Thailand, a coroner has ruled. Monica O’Connor, 28, from Sale in Greater Manchester, was on her honeymoon in Koh Samui with her husband Tim when she was killed after a wave capsized their tour boat in May last year. Continue reading......
Tillerson looks forward to Thailand holding elections next year | Phuket News
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a statement on Thailand National Day today (Dec 5), saying the US government looks forward to nurturing friendship with Thailand under the leadership of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn and expects the country to hold elections next year. “On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer my heartfelt greetings to the people of the Kingdom of Thailand on your National Day, December 5th. We remember the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s deep and enduring friendship with the United States and we look forward to further nurturing that friendship under the leadership of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn,” he said in the statement posted on the US embassy’s website. He noted that next year marks the 200-year anniversary of the US-Thai relationship that has brought many benefits over time to the two nations and to the region. “Additionally, we look...
Drug abuse charge slapped against Pattaya pick-up truck driver | Phuket News
Pattaya police have filed an additional charge of drug abuse against the driver of a pick-up truck who rammed his vehicle into a group of motorcyclists and pillion riders, resulting in two deaths and 15 injured in South Pattaya on Monday (Dec 4). Pol Col Apichai Krobpetch, superintendent of Pattaya City police, said Tuesday that urine test of the 44-year-old driver, Mr Akaradet Udomrat, conducted by Banglamung hospital showed positive for methamphetamine use. As such, drug abuse charge was filed against the driver, he said, adding however that additional test was required to determine whether the meth found in the urine came from drug abuse or from the medicines the driver took to treat his epileptic seizure. Mr Akaradet’s urine sample will on Wednesday (Dec 6) be sent to the Royal Thai Police’s laboratory for further tests. CCTV camera record showed that Mr Akaradet drove in the opposite direction of...
ASEAN Middle-Class Consumer Survey Preferences | Phuket News
The ASEAN countries, with a total population of about 640 million, are attracting increased attention as promising consumer markets. Notably, the middle-class population in the ASEAN community – people with disposable income of US$16-US$100 per day – is projected to reach 400 million by 2020, according to Nielsen.[1] With a median age of 29, the ASEAN population is young compared to not only developed markets, but also the emerging markets in Asia. To better understand consumer behaviour and purchasing attitudes of the ASEAN middle class, a targeted, face-to-face consumer survey (the Survey) was carried out by HKTDC Research in the second quarter of 2017. More than 1,400 consumers with a minimum monthly household income of US$1,000 were interviewed in five ASEAN countries (Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam), covering seven cities, namely Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta, Surabaya, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Hanoi. All of the respondents...
Mercer: 5% pay rise in Thailand as region leads growth revival | Phuket News
Salaries in Thailand will increase 5%, driven by strong economic performance in Asia-Pacific, says human resources consulting firm Mercer....
How can we cure the “white elephant” syndrome in Thailand? | Phuket News
Most people in Thailand, be they business people, foreign investors or the public, would agree the country urgently needs to invest in building, extending and upgrading its public infrastructure. At the same time, they would also cast doubt over the administrative transparency of infrastructure projects. For many years, political instability resulted in many large-scale public infrastructure projects being delayed. That changed when the military government came into power in 2014. According to the latest transportation infrastructure development plan, Thailand is expected to spend at least 1.8 trillion baht on megaprojects during 2015-2022. The megaprojects cover all three modes of transport: land, sea and air. More than 80% of the budget will be managed by state enterprises. For example, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will be in charge of highspeed rail projects. Taxpayers may question the value for money of some of these projects. This is because Thailand had previously...
Pick-up truck driver charged in crash that killed 2, injured 15 in Pattaya | Phuket News
One man and a woman were killed and about 15 others were injured when a pick- up truck rammed into about 10 motorcycles after the driver who has a record of seizure disorder passed out behind the wheel. The tragic incident occurred on the busy South Pattaya road in Tambon Nong Prue, Bang Lamung district, Monday morning. Rescue workers who rushed to the scene after being alerted of the accident found two motorcycles stuck under the black Isuzu pick-up truck and about ten other motorcycles scattering on the road strewn with broken parts of the motorcycles. The male dead victim was identified as Wutthichai Laokam, 23 whereas the dead woman was not identified. Most of the 15 injured were students of Muang Pattaya 8 school. The pick-up driver, identified as Akkradet Udomrat, 44, was captured by people at the scene and handed over to Pattaya police. During the interrogation, Akkradet...
Two injured in Narathiwat bomb explosion | Phuket News
A defence volunteer and a female villager were slightly injured after a bomb, which targeted two army armoured vehicles, exploded on a road in Cho Ai Rong district of Narathiwat province on Thursday morning (Nov 30), police said. The incident occurred at about 8.45am on Cho Ai Rong-Ban Yaning road in Tambon Chuap of Cho Ai Rong district. A police investigation revealed that after two armoured vehicles, taking eight soldiers of the 4th Special Warfare Unit, departed from their base at Wat Cho Ai Rong Thammaram and heading for Ban Bango Dudung School, a bomb which was buried in a drainage pipe laid under the road was detonated remotedly with a communication radio. The explosion did not hurt anyone in the two vehicles. However, Ek Mahama, a defence voluntee, and Noriya Madure, a female villager selling petrol in bottles on one side of the road, were slightly injured by the...
New Don Mueang crowd plan | Phuket News
Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) is adopting a new approach for the delayed upgrade of Don Mueang airport to address the worsening overcrowding problem....
Surge in arrivals, traffic lifts AoT profit | Phuket News
SET-listed Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) posted a 7.1% increase in net profit for the year to Sept 30, buoyed by a surge in air traffic....
Man admits of being drunk after a fatal road accident | Phuket News
A man reportedly admitted that he was drunk after he crushed to death two pedestrians with his pick-up truck on a road in Ban Bung district of Chon Buri on Tuesday (Dec 5). The man, identified as Tassanaphol Inthep, 33, was unable to stand steadily and talk incoherently when he was dragged out of the Mitsubishi Triton pick-up truck by rescue workers and residents in the neighbourhood of the accident scene on Ban Bung road, Tambon Nong Bon Daeng after the vehicle rammed into two construction workers who were crossing the road. Mr Tassanaphol told the rescue workers that he had liquor with some friends before he drove the vehicle and he didn’t see the two victims while they were crossing the road toward a sugarcane plantation. One of the witnesses, Ms Nanthapat Srila-ong said as she was riding her motorbike with two friends she saw the pick-up truck running...
Floods recede in Narathiwat, elsewhere still flooded | Phuket News
Floodwater levels were dropping in several areas of Narathiwat on Monday after two days without rain, but the situation remained unchanged in other southern provinces....
Volunteer, woman hurt by bomb, soldiers unscathed | Phuket News
NARATHIWAT: A defence volunteer and a woman civilian received minor injuries when a buried bomb targeting special warfare soldiers on two armoured vehicles exploded on a road in Cho Airong district on Thursday morning....
Landowners pressed to offload plots | Phuket News
The new land and buildings tax, which is expected to come into force in January 2019, is pushing landowners to either divest of vacant plots, seek partners to develop their land or hire property consultants to manage their land....
Fast track urged for fintech measures | Phuket News
A financial technology (fintech) committee under the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will propose that three measures in the Fintech Act be ready for use 90 days after the regulations are implemented....
NLA pressed on SOE bill | Phuket News
NLA pressed on SOE bill (SOEs) does not receive approval from the National Legislative Assembly, says former Bank of Thailand governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul....
Retail Trading Ripe for Fintech Disruption | Phuket News
Start-ups in the capital market space are a small part of the fintech world but find multiple opportunities to disrupt retail trading. There are currently around 8,000 fintech start-ups globally, revolutionising lending, retail banking and banking processes. But less than 10 percent are in the capital markets space and an even smaller segment in retail trading. They also receive a disproportionately small amount of funding, roughly 4 percent of the US$96 billion of venture capital funding. Although they are currently a small segment, retail trading fintech firms are rising fast and are likely to accelerate a rush of entrants into the space, according to our report, Fintech and The Disruption of Retail Trading: Trends and Case Studies. Based on an analysis of disruptive fintech firms and interviews with more than 20 fintech start-ups and subject matter experts, we found multiple drivers that present huge opportunities for these players. Firstly, the...
MRTA pushes to fast-track launch of South Green Line | Phuket News
The Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA) has fast-tracked its efforts to launch the South Green Line linking Bearing to Samut Prakan next year....
Enjoy seafood and Jazz at Samui Coco Fest 2017 | Phuket News
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in cooperation with Ko Samui’s public and private organisations, is inviting local and international tourists to enjoy seafood, Jazz and many more at the Samui Coco Fest 2017, from 5 to 6 December, from 17.00- 22.00 Hrs. The event is held as part of the Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018, and in line with the TAT’s latest marketing concept of ‘Open to the New Shades of Thailand’ or the new shades of Ko Samui to be exact. The two-day event takes place at the Seaside Park, Hua Thanon Village. As well as fresh seafood cooked to order by famous restaurants from all over the island, there’s a live Jazz music in the park concerts by Thai and international performers. TAT News The post Enjoy seafood and Jazz at Samui Coco Fest 2017 appeared first on Samui Times....
Middle Class Consumer Markets in ASEAN to double between 2015 and 2020 | Phuket News
With a combined GDP of about US$2.6 trillion and robust growth, ASEAN is seen as a rising star among the world’s growth markets in terms of both trade and investment. Home to 640 million people, ASEAN is the world’s third largest consumer market in population terms, behind only China and India. More importantly, the populations in the ASEAN countries tend to be young, with some 60% of the community’s residents aged 35 or younger, along with a low dependency ratio. While ASEAN celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017, also marking the third year of formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the trade alliance is pursuing further integration to achieve free flow of goods, services, investment and labour under the vision and guiding principles of ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together. All this suggests that more resources will be available for consumption and investment, providing a boost to economic growth over...
BoT optimistic 4% growth obtainable | Phuket News
The Bank of Thailand has painted a rosy picture of the country's economy, saying it is quite possible for fourth-quarter growth to exceed the 4.3% registered in the third quarter, adding full-year growth of 4% is obtainable if exports continue to rise at a double-digit pace....
Villager stomped to death by wild elephant | Phuket News
TAK: A local man was killed by a wild elephant while he and a friend were foraging for food near their village in Tha Song Yang district on Wednesday....
Mattis Tells Pakistan to 'Redouble' Efforts to Confront Militants, Terrorists | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis urged Pakistan on Monday to redouble its efforts to confront militants and terrorists operating within the country, emphasizing
Mattis Tells Pakistan to ‘Redouble’ Efforts to Confront Militants, Terrorists | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis urged Pakistan on Monday to redouble its efforts to confront militants and terrorists operating within the country, emphasizing “the vital role” Islamabad can play to work with Washington to facilitate a peace process in Afghanistan. Mattis arrived in Pakistan on a day trip and went into meetings with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and the military chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, where top Cabinet members and head of the country's spy chief as well as national security advisor were also in attendance. A U.S. statement issued after the talks said Mattis recognized Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terrorism and called for increased efforts toward regional stability and security. “The Secretary emphasized the vital role that Pakistan can play in working with the United States and others to facilitate a peace process in Afghanistan that brings stability and security to the region,” it said....
Pakistan PM: 'Nobody Wants Peace in Afghanistan More Than Pakistan' | Phuket News
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Monday at the start of talks with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that Pakistan is committed to the war against terror.
Top UN Official to Visit North Korea This Week | Phuket News
For the first time since 2011, a United Nations official is slated to visit North Korea, which has ramped up its nuclear and ballistic missiles tests this year. The U.N. said that Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman is expected to visit Pyongyang from December 5 to 8. “The visit is a response to a long-standing invitation from the authorities in Pyongyang for policy dialogue with the U.N.,
Bangkok taxi driver masturbates while three girls are on their way to school | Phuket News
Sanook reported that a man went on Facebook to post a picture of a Bangkok cabby masturbating while there were three schoolgirls in his taxi. Potcharadech Phongphian said that one of the girls was his younger sister and she was going to school in Pak Nam with two female friends. He asked the public to share the story about the incident that happened a few days ago. He said there were mostly good taxi drivers but sex pests like this caused alarm among the public. It was bad enough when this happened at night but this was during the day with young people, he said. He posted that one of the girls managed to take a picture secretly before they all fled the cab. Netizens expressed their concern saying it could have been worse if there had not been three occupants. Just one may have been subjected to serious trouble....
Taxi operators call for scrapping of regulation on mandatory devices | Phuket News
After the Department of Land Transport (DLT) launched the “Taxi OK” and “Taxi VIP” schemes from Nov 9 under a ministerial regulation, taxi operators have called for the department to scrap the regulation, reasoning that they do not have enough money to install all the required devices. Under the regulation, all newly-registered taxis for up to seven passengers are required to be equipped with devices for GPS tracking, taxi trip recording, driver’s identification, a snap-shot security camera, a fare meter and an emergency button — all for passenger’s safety and behavioural control of taxi drivers. After less than a month of the regulation taking effect, representatives of taxi associations submitted a letter to the DLT, seeking the revocation of it. They said they could not bring about 10,000 new taxis for registration as they did not have enough money to install all of the required devices, which cost altogether about...
How do you change a child bride culture? | Phuket News
Indian organisation Educate Girls has helped enroll 150,000 girls at school....
Call center gangs beware – tourism cop Surachet is coming for you! | Phuket News
The head of the tourism police has been put in charge of operations to rid the country of the scourge of call centers. Thai media said that call centers operating in Thailand were causing damage to the image of Thailand. In what amounts to an “epidemic” of cases the police are forever busting and investigating criminals in the business of conning both Thais and foreigners living here and around the world. The criminals are using tourist areas in particular to act as cover for their activities. Now Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha and his main man deputy Prawit Wongsuwan have told chief of police Jakthip Chaijinda that enough is enough. Surachet Hakpan, the head of the tourism police has been put in charge of a task force that includes 191 special branch, of which he was formerly head, and crime suppression police. Their job will be to rid the country of...
Familiar face sets tourism agenda | Phuket News
Weerasak Kowsurat, the newly appointed tourism and sports minister, has mapped out new focus areas for tourism aimed at expanding tourism and revenue into local communities....
“Sneaky” Swiss thieves set to spend Christmas in Thai jail after airport theft | Phuket News
A Swiss couple who stole a notebook computer from a Thai passenger at Suvarnabhumi airport are set to spend Christmas in jail. The couple identified only as Anna, 56, and Romano 61, were arrested over a week ago in connection with the theft of the notebook, reportedly worth 40,000 baht. The couple stole the notebook when they arrived in Thailand in October and police arrested them when they tried to board a plane home on November 24th after being recognised by airport security staff. Initially the pair said they were innocent and denied involvement in the theft, but later confessed after police searched their luggage and found the notebook inside one of their bags. Officers also showed the couple CCTV footage of the incident. The footage shows the woman sitting next to the notebook which had been left unattended by its Thai owner. The woman can then be seen appearing...
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: No bids for lifeguards contracts! Thai coach in hot water? Chalong Underpass! || November 30 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 30 Thai coachs sneaky play? No bids for Phuket lifeguard contract! Chalong Underpass delayed, again! Getting serious at national parks? Monk in hot water for child indecency? Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
Santa Claus arrives in Japan ahead of Christmas | Phuket News
NARITA, Japan: Santa Claus has arrived from Finland at Narita airport, east of Tokyo, to meet local children and boost festive atmosphere ahead of Christmas....
Record stock runs continue on Trump tax cuts | Phuket News
NEW YORK: Global stock markets rose on Monday, along with the dollar and Treasury yields, after a major US tax overhaul cleared an important hurdle....
Report: Ongoing Labor Abuse Found in Pepsi’s Indonesian Palm Oil Plantations | Phuket News
Workers at several Indonesian palm oil plantations that supply Pepsi and Nestle suffer from a variety of labor abuses, including lower-than-minimum wages, child labor, exposure to pesticides, and union busting, according to a new report from the Rainforest Action Network (RAN). The report covers three palm oil plantations operated by Indofood, the biggest food company in Indonesia and the country’s only producer of PepsiCo-branded snacks, and follows up on previous reports from the same groups of plantation workers. Indofood remains certified as “sustainable” by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) despite ongoing labor abuses, which activists say raises the question of what possible incentives there are for a mega-corporation to reform its labor practices. “Since our first report in June 2016, which broke the scandal, to this one nearly one and a half years later, hardly anything has changed,” said Emma Lierley, RAN’s Communications Manager. “Pepsi hasn't even issued...
Ongoing Labor Abuse Found in Pepsi’s Indonesian Palm Oil Plantations | Phuket News
Workers at several Indonesian palm oil plantations that supply Pepsi and Nestle suffer from a variety of labor abuses, including lower-than-minimum wages, child labor, exposure to pesticides, and union busting, according to a new report from the Rainforest Action Network (RAN). The report covers three palm oil plantations operated by Indofood, the biggest food company in Indonesia and the country’s only producer of PepsiCo-branded snacks, and follows up on previous reports from the same groups of plantation workers. Indofood remains certified as “sustainable” by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) despite ongoing labor abuses, which activists say raises the question of what possible incentives there are for a mega-corporation to reform its labor practices. “Since our first report in June 2016, which broke the scandal, to this one nearly one and a half years later, hardly anything has changed,” said Emma Lierley, RAN’s Communications Manager. “Pepsi hasn't even issued...
Officials ramp up Phuket boat safety for New Year | Phuket News
PHUKET: Deputy Director-General of the Marine Department today (Dec 26) inspected Rassada Pier, on the east side of Phuket Town, as part of the department’s efforts to ramp up boat safety for the upcoming New Year holidays....
Ready for a RendezVous? Thailand’s definitive marine and luxury lifestyle showcase | Phuket News
The inaugural Phuket RendezVous is on course to becoming the biggest and most entertaining marine and luxury lifestyle event ever held on Phuket. Hosted by the award-winning Royal Phuket Marina from January 4 – 7, 2018, the Phuket RendezVous will showcase a wide range of lifestyle products and services whilst delivering an experience to visitors that goes beyond just a boat show....
Phuket officials promise serious action against illegal tour guides | Phuket News
PHUKET: Local government officials have promised to take serious action against any illegal tour guides found working in Phuket and have asked all legal tour guides to file reports with them should they find anyone working the job illegally....
Police arrest suspect in shooting murder of 17-year-old Phuket girl | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police yesterday (Dec 24) arrested a man alleged to be responsible for the shooting death of a 17-year-old girl in Phuket while she was riding on a motorcycle with her boyfriend who suffered serious injuries....
Norwegian man, 70, dies during Patong mosque prayers | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 70-year-old Norwegian man has died at Patong Hospital after collapsing during prayers at the Masjid Nurul Islam mosque on Phra Baramee Rd, Patong....
Fire Kills 29 People in South Korean City of Jecheon | Phuket News
South Korea launched an investigation Friday into a fire that killed 29 people in the central city of Jecheon. The National Fire Agency said most of the victims were killed in a sauna Thursday after the fire started in a vehicle and swept throughout the eight story building, trapping many people inside. One investigator told Reuters,
Building owner, manager arrested in deadly S.Korean fire | Phuket News
SEOUL: South Korean police have arrested the owner and the manager of a building where 29 people died in a fire last week, accusing the pair of multiple safety lapses, including blocked exits and malfunctioning sprinkler systems....
Building owner, manager arrested in S.Korean fire that killed 29 | Phuket News
SEOUL: South Korean police have arrested the owner and the manager of a building where 29 people died in a fire last week, accusing the pair of multiple safety lapses, including blocked exits and malfunctioning sprinkler systems....
No hate; Malaysian Muslim fans pay tribute to K-pop idol Jonghyun | Phuket News
NEARLY 200 devoted fans gathered in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur on Thursday night to pay tribute to Kim Jonghyun, the lead singer of top South Korean boy band SHINee who died this Monday in a possible suicide. Fans, mostly young teens of Chinese ancestry, gave speeches, lighted candles and sang the group’s hit song Replay near the river close to tourist spot Masjid Jamek. “It’s a chance and effort to let the fans find closure and provide at least a small amount of comfort. Telling them that they are not alone. And if they need help there is a community with like-minded people,” University of London economics student Catherine Tan, 21, who co-organised the event, told Asian Correspondent. Malaysian tribute to @SHINee's Jonghyun at the Blue Pool, Dataran Merdeka tonight.
Super Poll names Toon Bodyslam Man of the Year and Public Idol for 2017 | Phuket News
Toon Bodyslam was named Man of the Year and Public Idol for 2017 whereas Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was named the year’s Political Idol, according to the opinion poll conducted by Super Poll on Saturday (Dec 23). Super Poll research institute surveyed the opinions of 1,116 people of various occupations and professions during December 10-22 of their idols in different fields, ranging from sports, entertainment, to politics. The poll showed that 53.4 percent of the respondents voted Toon Bodyslam or Artiwara Kongmalai as their Man of the Year and Public Idol for the year 2017; followed by 7.5 percent for wellknown actress Patcharapa “Aum” Chaichua in the same category. In sports, 26.4 percent voted for national soccer player Chanatip “J” Songkrasin and 22.0 percent for Ratchanok “May” Inthanon. In politics, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha came top with 54.3 percent for being the idol, followed by Chuwit Kamolvisit’s 27.3 percent and...
France couple in China unreachable after Liu Xiaobo tribute | Phuket News
Two French artists were reportedly taken away after painting a tribute to Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo....
China France: Couple unreachable after Liu Xiaobo tribute | Phuket News
Two French artists were reportedly taken away after painting a tribute to Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo....
Malaysian Muslim fans pay tribute to K-pop idol Jonghyun | Phuket News
NEARLY 200 devoted fans gathered in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur on Thursday night to pay tribute to Kim Jonghyun, the lead singer of top South Korean boy band SHINee who died this Monday in a possible suicide. Fans, mostly young teens of Chinese ancestry, gave speeches, lighted candles and sang the group’s hit song Replay near the river close to tourist spot Masjid Jamek. “It’s a chance and effort to let the fans find closure and provide at least a small amount of comfort. Telling them that they are not alone. And if they need help there is a community with like-minded people,” University of London economics student Catherine Tan, 21, who co-organised the event, told Asian Correspondent. Malaysian tribute to @SHINee's Jonghyun at the Blue Pool, Dataran Merdeka tonight.
No hate: Malaysian Muslim fans pay tribute to K-pop idol | Phuket News
Nearly 200 devoted fans gathered in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur on Thursday night to pay tribute to Kim Jong-hyun, the lead singer of top South Korean boy band SHINee who died this Monday in a possible suicide. Fans, mostly young teens of Chinese ancestry, gave speeches, lighted candles and sang the group’s hit song Replay near the river close to tourist spot Masjid Jamek. “It’s a chance and effort to let the fans find closure and provide at least a small amount of comfort. Telling them that they are not alone. And if they need help there is a community with like-minded people,” University of London economics student Catherine Tan, 21, who co-organised the event, told Asian Correspondent. Malaysian tribute to @SHINee's Jonghyun at the Blue Pool, Dataran Merdeka tonight.
Asia Trade in the New Global Order | Phuket News
As the “spiritual home of borderless trade,” it was fitting that Hong Kong was chosen as Asia House’s first overseas signature event outside London, according to Asia House Chairman Lord Stephen Green, the former HSBC Group Chairman. The respected policy, advisory and research organisation, which aims to drive political and economic engagement between Europe and Asia, held the inaugural Hong Kong event on 27 November, attracting some 280 top corporate delegates to hear speakers discuss ASEAN’s growing trade clout, the Chinese mainland’s developing stature, and Hong Kong’s “connecting” role. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, in her keynote speech, noted the event’s timing. “I am pleased to say that Hong Kong signed [the] milestone free trade agreement (FTA) with the 10-member nations of ASEAN on 12 November – only two weeks ago, just in time for this important conference.” Mrs Lam said 2017 is a special year for Hong Kong...
Study: China to Boost Military Muscle at Sea to Deter Foreign Powers | Phuket News
China is widely forecast to bolster its military power next year in the South China Sea to resist Japan, India and the United States, as well as the Asian states that dispute Beijing's maritime claims. Scholars believe China will eventually enhance radar surveillance and let fighter jets use tiny islets for stopovers. Beijing might declare an air defense identification zone or other means of maritime control, too, they suggest. It probably hopes the United States, along with militarily powerful allies such as Japan and India, will stay out after they jumped into the dispute this year, according to Oh Ei Sun, international studies instructor at Singapore Nanyang University.
Evidence is clear on the benefits of legalising same-sex marriage | Phuket News
EMOTIVE arguments and questionable rhetoric often characterise debates over same-sex marriage. But few attempts have been made to dispassionately dissect the issue from an academic, science-based perspective. Regardless of which side of the fence you fall on, the more robust, rigorous and reliable information that is publicly available, the better. There are considerable mental health and wellbeing benefits conferred on those in the fortunate position of being able to marry legally. And there are associated deleterious impacts of being denied this opportunity. SEE ALSO: Calls for updated sex education after Australia legalises gay marriage Although it would be irresponsible to suggest the research is unanimous, the majority is either noncommittal (unclear conclusions) or demonstrates the benefits of same-sex marriage. A woman wrapped in the rainbow flag is seen at the Pink Dot rally, Singapore’s annual gay pride rally, at a park in Singapore July 1, 2017. Source: Reuters/Darren Whiteside The authors concluded...
Is China trying to influence Australian politics? | Phuket News
Is China encouraging its students in Australia to complain about how the country is portrayed by tutors?...
China power tower flattened in demolition | Phuket News
Footage from state TV shows a power grid tower brought down in Hubei Province....
Annual Winter Fishing Festival Under a Frozen Lake in China | Phuket News
Atop a lake covered by thick ice, fishermen in Northeast China cast out the first net for this year's winter fishing festival. It’s an ancient yearly tradition that these days is as much an international spectator sport as it is a source of food. Arash Arabasadi reports....
TBA is mulling to bring back boxing coach Juan Fontanils | Phuket News
Thailand Boxing Association (TBA) is considering to bring back Cuban coach Juan Fontanils to train Thai boxers for the Olympic Games in 2020. TBA’s president for technical development affairs Somchai Poonsawat said Thursday (Dec 21) that it was very likely that Mr Fontanils would join the Thai team to work with another Cuban boxing coach, Julian Ricardo Gonzales Cedeno, who is now working with the Thai boxing squad. “The TBA has always eyed for Fontanils who is now committed with Mexico, but his contract will soon expire and he has shown interest to return to Thailand,” said Mr Somchai, adding that he was happy to welcome back the Cuban coach. If Fontanils is definitely back to Thailand, he added that TBA would divide the coaching responsibility between the two Cubans with one of them coaching the female pugilists and the other the male boxers. Fontanils’s outstanding coaching performances were evident...
China’s new ‘Silk Road’ goes straight through the Caucasus | Phuket News
When it comes to the economy, the Chinese government thinks and acts quickly. And the same it true of exports. Currently most products are transported by sea to Europe, but Beijing is looking for alternatives and have their eyes set on new land routes. Four years ago, the Chinese President Xi Jingping announced the mega-initiative the […]...
Philippine blaze: Call-center workers ‘trapped’ in inferno | Phuket News
Dozens of call center workers were feared dead in a major fire in the southern Philippines city of Davao on Sunday. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who served as mayor of Davao for two decades, told relatives of at least 25 missing persons, including market research call-center workers, there was “zero” chance their loved ones had survived. Davao’s current […]...
Former Democrat party-list MP candidate dies in car crash | Phuket News
Former party-list MP candidate of the Democrat Party was killed and his wife seriously injured after his car rammed into a truck near Lat Lum Kaeo intersection in Pathum Thani’s Muang district before dawn on Friday (Dec 22). The former MP candidate Apinun Chuaybumrung, 56, died at wheel inside his brand new Toyota Fortuner van with his wife Siriwan on the left seat seriously injured. The incident happened at 5.30am. According to Lat Lum Kaeo police, the truck loaded with power poles was making a U-turn at the intersection on the Western Ring road to enter a construction site when the Fortuner driver coming in speed not noticing of the truck carrying the long power poles on its trailer. The car rammed into the concrete poles on the truck, breaking open the roof of the vehicle and throwing it into the roadside ditch. Rescuers later came to help bringing the injured to...
Amid outcry, Myanmar says trial awaits jailed journalists | Phuket News
YANGON: A spokesman for Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Wednesday he had been informed that the police had almost completed their investigation of two arrested Reuters journalists, after which a court case against them would begin....
Life in the slow lane starts to speed up | Phuket News
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will oppose a court order to rename a section of Sutthisan Road to Inthamara, as it was once called....
Uber dealt blow by EU court ruling | Phuket News
LUXEMBOURG: Ride-hailing app Uber provides a transport service and can be regulated like traditional taxis, the European Union's top court said on Wednesday in a landmark ruling that will determine the rules Uber and its rivals have to respect in Europe....
South Korea to create special 'dronebot combat' team in 2018 that could target Kim Jong Un | Phuket News
South Korea's military plans to launch a special
White House: US Will Lead Effort to Prevent Cyber Attacks | Phuket News
U.S. officials said Tuesday that North Korea has been identified as the originator of cyber attacks that caused significant damage to organizations in Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan in the past year. Cyber experts agree that North Korea used ransomware
Generating Belt and Road Investments in Vietnam | Phuket News
To head off looming power supply problems in the north of the country, the Vietnamese government has given the go-ahead for work to begin on the Vung Ang 2 coal-fired electricity generation plant. Designated as a priority under the terms of the Belt and Road Initiative, the project, based in the north central coastal province of Ha Tinh, has already attracted substantial backing from both Chinese mainland and Hong Kong companies. While the project was first mooted in 2007, it wasn’t until January this year that the 1,200-megawatt plant was formally commissioned. Scheduled to begin construction next year, the project is a joint venture between CLP Power Hong Kong and Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation. Three other contractors – the China Energy Engineering Group, Guangdong Power Engineering, and the Vietnam Vung Ang II Power Company – have also signed up to the project. Assuming the development of the site keeps to the...
The common and not-so-common injuries sustained at Christmas | Phuket News
THE festive period is a time for family, friends and happiness. The worst thing most people face is a bit of digestive discomfort from overeating. But for a few unfortunate individuals, Christmas is like a scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. To avoid having a Christmas like the Griswolds’, try and learn some lessons from these unfortunate folk. Most people illuminate their Christmas tree with electric lights, but people in some countries, like Switzerland, still prefer to use candles. Between 1971 and 2012, 28 Swiss people sustained significant burns from doing this, and four died as a result of their burns. Although less common than household fires, fires associated with candles and Christmas decorations usually lead to much more severe injuries. SEE ALSO: Mt Agung eruption spells disaster for Christmas tourism in Bali National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation poster. Source: Wiki Commons However, Christmas lights aren’t much safer. A study from Canada found that people...
Toon completes marathon charity run | Phuket News
Rock star Artiwara aka
Bangtao Sports Bar – Restaurant | Phuket News
Phuket Travel Tips And Advise - The Bangtao Sports Bar and restaurant is for sale. My name is Nang and I am the owner of Bang Tao Sports Bar and restaurants. Due to relocation reasons I would like to put my bar on the market for sale. Facilities: Full bar – Tables: 10 (Seating 20) – Pool table – 3 TV’s […] Bangtao Sports Bar – Restaurant - Phuket Travel Tips And Advise....
Patong flood drains to be finished tomorrow | Phuket News
PHUKET: The man who has led construction of the new drainage system on Nanai Rd in Patong, Piya Pikunkaew, has today confirmed that all works will be complete by tomorrow morning....
North Korea rejects US invitation to meet without preconditions | Phuket News
PYONGYANG has openly snubbed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s proposal for dialogue with Washington, stating that it will not give up its nuclear weapons programme. A commentary piece published by the ruling Worker’s Party of Korea’s mouthpiece Rodong Sinmun on Tuesday read: “there is no change in our stance that we will not budge an inch in our march toward strengthening our nuclear force.” Last week, Tillerson said “we’re ready to have the first meeting without preconditions.” SEE ALSO: ‘Let’s just meet’: US ready for talks with North Korea, no pre-conditions United States and South Korean troops utilizing the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and South Korea’s Hyunmoo Missile II, fire missiles into the waters of the East Sea, off South Korea, July 5, 2017. Source: 8th United States Army/Handout via Reuters SEE ALSO: No war: Kim Jong Un and Trump just ‘love control’, says Dennis Rodman Tensions have...
North Korea fan club: "We had lots of hate messages" | Phuket News
Meet Japan's all-female North Korean fan club. Its leader says they love the communist state's art and music, but don't support Kim Jong-un's politics....
UN tightens sanctions on Pyongyang | Phuket News
NEW YORK: The United Nations Security Council has unanimously approved new sanctions targeting North Korea’s economy following the launch of a ballistic missile last month that Kim Jong Un’s regime said shows it can now target the entire continental United States....
Family of Convicted Indian Spy Arrives in Pakistan to See Him | Phuket News
The wife and mother of convicted Indian spy, Kulbhushan Jadhav, arrived in Pakistan on Monday to meet him. Pakistani officials say the meeting has been allowed “purely on humanitarian grounds” and special arrangements have been put in place at the foreign ministry where the interaction will take place. Jadhav’s family plans to return home soon after the meeting, which is expected last an hour, according to Pakistani foreign ministry officials. A military court sentenced Jadhav to death in April for espionage and terrorism against Pakistan. “There would be a partition for security reasons,” a Pakistan foreign ministry official said when asked whether the family members would be allowed to meet Jadhav personally. The official spoke on condition of anonymity. He added that media crews will be able to cover the arrival and departure of Jadhav’s wife and mother at the ministry and Pakistan has agreed to honor India’s request not...
Chinese ‘Ultra Vulgar’ Butcher’ activist jailed for 8 years | Phuket News
A court in northeast China on Tuesday handed down an eight year sentence for subversion to the well-known activist Wu Gan, his lawyer said. The self-proclaimed Ultra Vulgar Butcher was found guilty by the Tianjin No 2 Intermediate Court of subverting state power after he was arrested in 2015 for posting attention-grabbing activism campaigns online. […]...
Si Khiu court sentences 12 land reform officials to 10 years each | Phuket News
Twelve officials of the Agricultural Land Reform Office (ALRO) based in Nakhon Ratchasima were each given 10-year imprisonment for malfeasance in connection with the issuance of land title deeds for 150-rai land plots near Khao Yai national park. The Sikhiu Provincial Court conviction against the 12 ALRO officials was disclosed by Lt-Col Kornthip Darote, acting secretary-general of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC). The 12 ex-officials were accused by the PACC of conspiring to issue land title deeds for nine land plots totaling 150 rai in excess of the amount of land shown in the Sor Kor 1 land certificate. The land plots in question are located along the road toward Khao Yai national park in Village 3, Tambon Mu See, Pak Chong district. According to the PACC, the land plots were divided up into smaller plots of one rai each and sold to officials and other buyers at 10...
'Stressed' love triangle murder suspects held on remand | Phuket News
The man and his lover charged in connection with the killing of the man's bride-to-be have been remanded in Chumphon Prison's custody and appear to be under stress, according to the prison commander....
3 sentenced over deadly SCB office chemical accident | Phuket News
The Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced two company executives and an engineer to two years in prison each, suspended for two years, in a case involving the deadly chemical accident which killed eight people at Siam Commercial Bank's (SCB) head office in March 2016....
Land reform officials jailed for Khao Yai land sale | Phuket News
A court in Nakhon Ratchasima on Tuesday sentenced 12 officials of the Agricultural Land Reform Office (Alro) to 10 years in jail each for illegally issuing title deeds on reserved agricultural land covering 150 rai near the Khao Yai National Park in the province and selling them for 1.5 billion baht....
Both suspects in Nontiya’s murder sent to prison | Phuket News
There are two suspects in the murder of Nontiya Krowjatturat, a dental official at Tambon Salui Hospital in Chumphon’s Tha Sae district, and both have been arrested and detained in prison pending further legal proceedings, police said. The two are Ronnachai Panchart, Nontiya’s groom-to-be, and Narumon Chueysombat, Mr Ronnachai’s girlfriend.  Both have been arrested under court warrants and detained in connection with the murder of Nontiya on Dec 18, five days before the planned wedding. Nontiya, 25, found dead with gun shot wound to her chest at the hospital’s living quarters for staff. Mr Ronnachai was arrested afterward. Ronnachai, Nontiya’s groom-to-be. Damrong Buarit, the warden of Chumphon prison, said Mr Ronnachai has been detained since Dec 22.  Although strong and healthy without chronic disease, he is under stress and a good-grade inmate has been assigned to look after him. Ms Narumon also appeared stressful when police brought to the court...
Accused groom's lover also charged with murder | Phuket News
CHUMPHON: The lover of a Provincial Electricity Authority employee held for the murder of his bride-to-be has also been charged with premeditated murder....
Three get suspended jail term in fatal chemical accident at SCB | Phuket News
The Criminal Court on Thursday (Dec 21) sentenced three people to two years each in jail, suspended for three years, and a fine of 20,000 baht each, and a company to a fine of 20,000 baht for carelessness causing a chemical accident that killed eight people and injured seven others at Siam Commercial Bank’s (SCB) head office on March 13, 2016. In this case, the public prosecutors indicted eight people and two companies. The eight people are Napong Suksanugan, 44, managing director of Mega Planet; Adisorn Foda, 50, a company director; Jirawat Prempri, 29, the company’s engineer supervising SCB’s fire protection system; Somkid Tan-ngam, 58, an executive of Jones Lang LaSalle Management; Somkid Chanhom, 35; Treephob Youngprasertkul, 36; Kajornjit Promdeeratch, 44; and Boonserm Krajard, 35. The two companies are Mega Planet, which was contracted to improve SCB’s fire protection system, and Jones Lang LaSalle Management Co, which managed the buildings at the...
Pakistan closes 27 NGOs in what activists see as widening crackdown | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has ordered 27 international aid groups to shut down for working in unauthorised areas, spurring human rights campaigners to denounce swelling constraints on free speech and humanitarian work. ...
Police suspect business conflict in woman’s fatal knife attack in Udon Thani | Phuket News
Udon Thani police suspect that the fatal stabbing of the wife of a retired police officer on a road in Muang district was motivated by her business in money lending. Two assailants, riding on a motorcycle, approached the victim, Mrs Prayoon Thongmo, also riding on a motorbike at about 8pm on Monday (Dec 25). The pillion rider then kicked her motorbike, making her lose control and fell on the road. Then one of them ran toward her and stabbed her several times with a knife before escaping. The severely-injured Prayoon managed to limp her way for a short distance to ask for help from people in the neighbourhood before she collapsed. The victim was rushed to the nearest hospital, but she was already dead upon arrival. Police said that the two assailants did not touch the victim’s 10,000 baht in cash in her wallet, her gold ring and bracelet. Police...
Two killed, one wounded in Buri Ram gangland attack | Phuket News
BURI RAM: Police are hunting for a group of gangsters on about 20 motorcycles for alleged involvement in a gun attack that killed two young men and a young woman in Prakhon Chai district early on Sunday....
Woman held for selling drugs online | Phuket News
Udon Thani: A pharmacist in this upper northeastern province has been nabbed in a police sting operation which found her illegally selling prescription medicines that can be abused to sexually assault women....
U.S. drops charges that U.N. economist underpaid Bangladeshi worker | Phuket News
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have dropped charges accusing a United Nations economist in New York of committing visa fraud by bringing into the country a domestic worker from Bangladesh and then failing to pay her a lawful wage, his lawyers announced on Friday. ...
Myanmar's drastic move | Phuket News
What information did two journalists have about the Rakhine crisis that caused Myanmar to arrest them?...
Apple, Google at China Internet Fest Shows Lure of Market | Phuket News
The high-profile attendance of the leaders of Apple and Google at a Chinese conference promoting Beijing's vision of a censored internet highlights the dilemma for Western tech companies trying to expand in an increasingly lucrative but restricted market.   The event in Wuzhen, a historic canal town outside Shanghai, marked the first time chiefs of two of the world's biggest tech companies have attended the annual state-run World Internet Conference.   Apple CEO Tim Cook told the gathering as the conference opened Sunday that his company was proud to work with Chinese partners to build a “common future in cyberspace.”   His and Google CEO Sundar Pichai's presence along with other business leaders, diplomats and other experts, some analysts say, helped bestow credibility on Beijing's preferred version of an internet sharply at odds with Silicon Valley's dedication to unfettered access.   Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed, in remarks to the...
China’s Xi Jinping urges respect for ‘cyberspace sovereignty’ at internet summit | Phuket News
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday urged executives in the tech industry to “respect cyberspace sovereignty” during the keynote speech of the three-day World Internet Conference in the city of Wuzhen. Digital rights groups have accused China of implementing a policy of censorship on the internet in the country by blocking access, saying it masks […]...
Apple removes Philippines leader Duterte execution games | Phuket News
Games which involve killing criminals as the Philippine president have vanished from Apple's store....
Flooding submerges communities in South | Phuket News
Flooding has continued to afflict several southern provinces, with floodwaters measuring more than two metres deep in many areas. In Songkhla’s Saba Yoi district, Ban Baeng village has been swamped for more than five days. As of yesterday, floodwaters were more than two metres deep. Saba Yoi is one of 16 districts declared disaster zones in Songkhla, where at least three flood-related deaths have been reported. Officials have also expressed worries about people being marooned by floods near Songkhla Lake. In some areas, floodwaters were so high that people were forced to use boats as their only mode of transport. Songkhla’s disaster prevention and mitigation department and the provincial irrigation office were using about 18 water pumps to drain water out of the heavily flooded Ranot district into the Gulf of Thailand. In Ban Noen Dhammang village in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Chian Yai district, floodwaters rose to more than 1.5...
Southern flooding continues, has taken 6 lives | Phuket News
Large areas of eight provinces remained flooded in the South on Thursday, with six lost lives attributed to flooding since Saturday and more heavy rain on the way....
Flooding situation in South deteriorates as more heavy rains are expected throughout the week | Phuket News
As flood situation in the South deteriorates, the Meteorological Department today forecasts more heavy to very heavy rains to hit 12 southern provinces from today until Friday. The heavy rains and high waves are expected from the approach of the low pressure system in the South China Sea passing through the Lower South and the Andaman Sea during November 28-December 1. The low pressure wind will cause heavy to very heavy rains in vast areas in the Lower South. Flash flood, surface flood and flooding in enclosed areas. Affected provinces are Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun. It also said 2-3 metres high waves are expected in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. It warned people living near the eastern shores to brace for strong and high waves hitting the shores during the period. Meanwhile the Disaster Prevention...
Can Cambodia meet its target to remove landmines by 2025? | Phuket News
TWO decades after signing the Ottawa Treaty – otherwise known as the Mine Ban Convention – and making an ambitious pledge to clear all anti-personnel landmines from its territory within ten years, Cambodia’s north-west border region remains littered with explosive relics left behind from thirty years of internal strife. After missing the initial deadline to rid itself of landmines, Cambodia secured an extension until 2020, but this target has already been pushed back to 2025. Cambodia’s government is due to release its long-delayed National Mine Action Strategy (NMAS) for 2018-2025 by the end of the year, setting out how this goal will be reached. Yet after 20 years of removal work carried out by state-run bodies and international NGOs, only half of the affected land area has been cleared and the most densely-contaminated districts remain to be tackled, leading many to question whether the 2025 target is realistic. Progress has...
Suvarnabhumi: Don't worship the ogres | Phuket News
Suvarnabhumi has called on airport users not to place anything by way of respect to ogres, which are among the well-known sculptures at Thailand's international gateway....
Thailand-Bhutan agreed to increase trade volume by two-fold in 5 years | Phuket News
Thailand and Bhutan have agreed to increase trade volume by two-fold from the current USD24.3 million within five years and to encourage Thai investment in Bhutan’s infrastructure development. The agreements were reached at the 3rd  Thailand-Bhutan Annual Bilateral Dialogue at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Dec 1. The bilateral dialogue was co-chaired by Mrs Busaya Mathelin, permanent-secretary for Foreign Affairs, while H.E. Mr Sonam Tshong, Foreign Secretary of the Kingdom of Bhutan. The two sides discussed various key aspects of the cooperation between Thailand and Bhutan, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s press release. In the area of trade, they agreed to increase current trade volume by twofold within 5 years’ time from the current USD 24.3 million. They also agreed to encourage Thai investment in Bhutan’s construction in infrastructure and tourism sectors. The Thai side reaffirmed its intention to continue to act as Bhutan’s development partner. The two countries...
Facebook and Google targeted in Australian media probe | Phuket News
The inquiry will examine whether the disruption by digital platforms has harmed media consumers....
SET closes down 2.04 to 1,697.61 | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index dropped 0.12%, or 2.04 points, to 1,697.61 on Monday....
Thailand confident of improved ranking in corruption perception index | Phuket News
Thailand believes its corruption ranking in international communities will improve this year after the country has shown strong determination to curb and suppress corruption by setting a four-year national stratagy to tackle the problem drastically. This was voiced by a member of the powerful National Anti- Corruption Commission (NACC) today while the graft buster is going to hold an exhibition to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9. Mrs Suwanna Suwanjuta, a member of the 9-member NACC, said of the country’s ranking as the Transparency International is scheduled to release corruption perception index (CPI) at the end of this month. She was hopeful of Thailand’s improvement in CPI after the governnent has shown enthusiasm by setting a four-year strategic plan from 2017-2021 to tackle corruption, while the NACC aims to achieve 50% scores from previous rating. Last year Thailand scored 35 from a scale 0-100 points earning it the...
Thai economy continued to expand in October | Phuket News
Thai economy for the month of October continued to grow in correspondence with expansion in exports, tourism and spending of the government sector, said Mr Don Nakornthab, senior director of the Bank of Thailand’s Economic and Policy Department. Exports expanded 13.4 percent while tourism expanded 20.9 percent for the month of October compared to the same period last year when tourism dropped as a result of the government’s crackdown on the zero-dollar tour, said Mr Don on Thursday (Nov 30), adding that spending of the government sector upped 4.7 percent, excluding overseas money transfers, with investment spending expanding 15.1 percent. Production of the industrial sector remained stable due to the fact that there were several holidays in October and the fact that it was the month of national mourning over the Royal Cremation of the late King Bhumibol. Overall industrial production index dropped 0.1 percent with substantial drop in the...
U.S. defence chief arrives in Pakistan but few signs of progress for Trump strategy | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Islamabad on Monday to ask Pakistan's civilian and military leadership to do more to rein in militants accused of using the country as a base to carry out attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan. ...
Malaysia scraps mandatory death sentence for drugs | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's lower house of Parliament on Thursday passed an amendment to end the country's mandatory death sentencing of drug traffickers....
Israeli gets death sentence for Nonthaburi killing | Phuket News
An Israeli man has been sentenced to death for murdering and dismembering a countryman in a fit of jealousy in Nonthaburi last year....
Malaysia to abolish mandatory death sentence for drug-related cases | Phuket News
A bill to amend the Dangerous Drugs Act, which will abolish the mandatory death sentence for drug-related offences, was passed in Dewan Rakyat on Thursday, according to a report in the New Straits Times Online. It took 34 years for the mandatory death penalty to be abolished and this amendment is good for Malaysia, Prime Minister’s Department minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said this week. “The government had taken into consideration the views and suggestions of 30 million Malaysians in drafting the amendment which will add an element of mercy in a certain situation where the judge sees it,” said the minister. Azalina said the amendment did not mean that judges will be tied by the government. Rather, she noted that the amendment would give the judges two options – either hanging or imprisonment for life. She said that those accused could end up being acquitted while those convicted could...
Bangladesh confirms death sentence for 139 soldiers over mutiny | Phuket News
 The Bangladeshi High Court in the capital, Dhaka, (above photo) on Monday upheld a death sentence handed down to 139 soldiers in 2013 for killing their commanders during a mutiny eight years ago. “The verdict has upheld the death sentence for 139 people,” Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told reporters after a three-member panel of judges […]...
Two Phuket municipalities offices to hire their own lifeguards | Phuket News
PHUKET: The mayors of Patong and Rawai municipalities are now in the process of finding budgets to hire their own lifeguards for beaches under their jurisdiction following last Friday’s announcement that lifeguards would no longer be working at a number of the island’s west coast beaches....
New contract tensions leave several Phuket beaches without lifeguards | Phuket News
PHUKET: Several of Phuket’s popular beaches are to be left unprotected as from today (Dec 1) as lifeguards have rejected the contract for this month offered by Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO, or OrBorJor)....
CentralWorld Bangkok lights up for the holiday season | Phuket News
CentralWorld Shopping Complex in the heart of Bangkok is putting on its much-anticipated annual light displays for the holiday season, from now until 7 January, 2018. Highlights for this year are more than 400 Christmas decorations, cartoon characters and art pieces, including the five-metre-tall sculptures of Santa Claus and friends, created by the famous Argentinian illustrator, Javier González Burgos, under the theme of “The Dazzling Celebration.” From 21 to 26 November, there’re daily light-and-sound shows at 19.00, 20.00 and 21.00 Hrs. All photos are courtesy of Richard Barrow, a travel blogger based in Thailand. The post CentralWorld Bangkok lights up for the holiday season appeared first on TAT Newsroom. Read More here ...
Phuket Surf Lifesaving carnival to begin next week | Phuket News
PHUKET: A four-day long Phuket Surf Lifesaving carnival will kick-off next Wednesday (Dec 6) with a huge line-up of educational, training and sporting activities to promote the importance of water safety and strengthen the skills of the lifeguards tasked with keeping the island’s beaches and swimming areas safe....
Phuket’s main offices to close for King Bhumibol Day | Phuket News
PHUKET: Government offices across Phuket will close on Tuesday (Dec 5) as the nation commemorates the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away on Oct 13, 2016. Long celebrated as King Bhumibol’s birthday during his hi......
New monks face stricter vetting | Phuket News
The Sangha Supreme Council has ordered senior monks to toughen the screening procedures for men wishing to enter the monkhood....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Boy does good! 'Open season' on Maya Bay? Airport tortoises! || December 1 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - December 1 Tortoises left at the airport! Boys good deed! Meth pill bust? Open season on Maya Bay! Taxes for online businesses? Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
[VIDEO] Whats On Guide || Dec. 1 - Dec. 8 | Phuket News
|:| WHATS ON GUIDE |:| Shela lets you in on events happening around #Phuket this week, from December 1st - December 9th and more! For more Phuket Events, click EVENTS at the top!...
New contract tensions leave four Phuket beaches without lifeguards | Phuket News
PHUKET: Four of Phuket’s beaches; Kamala, Surin, Bang Tao, Nai Thon and Mai Khao beaches are to be left unprotected as from today (Dec 1) as lifeguards have rejected the contract for this month offered by Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO, or OrBorJor)....
China's Xi says country will not close door to global internet | Phuket News
Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday the country will not close its door to the global internet....
Nine southern provinces still flooded | Phuket News
Flooding persists in nine southern provinces, affecting 800,000 people, with Songkhla the worst hit, officials said on Saturday....
Flooding affects some southern trains | Phuket News
Flooding on Friday blocked southern trains on two sections of track in Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Trang but services on the main southern route continued as usual....
All of Songkhla declared flood disaster area | Phuket News
All 16 districts of Songkhla have been declared flood disaster zones as heavy rain and flash flooding continues to pummel the southern provinces....
Southern provinces continue to be battered by heavy rains | Phuket News
The Meteorological Department on Thursday warned residents in southern provinces to remain on the alert for heavy downpours and possible flash flooding for the next two days. Warning No 31 was issued at 5am with the department saying a low-pressure cell would move slowly across the lower South on Thursday and into the Andaman Sea on Friday. The low pressure cell is expected to unleash torrential rains in many parts of the South. The warning said Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi, Tang and Satun would be affected on Thursday. On Friday, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ronong, Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun will be affected. Winds in the Gulf and Andaman Sea will cause rough seas, with waves in the Gulf two to three metres high and two metres high in the Andaman Sea. Ships should proceed with caution...
Torrential monsoon rains wreaking havoc across the South | Phuket News
As torrential monsoon rains and floodings are wreaking havoc across the country’s southern region, local authorities now have declared many areas disaster hit so relief assistance could be managed instantly to reach the affected people. Lanslides, road collapse, river bank erosion were reported in many provinces as more torrential rains are forecasted for the next several days. In Trang province, a 200-metre section of the Trang river collapsed, forcing authorities to hastily fix the collpase for fear that it could threaten the town. Seven districts in Trang are now submerged due to overnight rainfall. Trang River has overflowed its banks and flooded a by-pass road in Muang district. About one kilometer of both inbound and outbound lanes has been inundated. In Phatthalung, the flood situation remains critical as all 11 districts are submerged. The floodwater is more than one metre high and 22 schools are forced to close. In Songkhla,...
Troops deployed to help southern flood victims | Phuket News
The three armed forces have deployed men and equipment to flood-ravaged southern provinces to help flood victims, defence spokesman Lt-Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich said on Sunday. He said that Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan was concerned with the flood situation in southern provinces and instructed the three armed forces to keep abreast with weather conditions and to carry out relief operations to help flood victims. He disclosed that troops had been distributing food and water, evacuating the elderly and children to safety, deploying food and water trucks to prepare fresh food and provide drinking water to flood victims and to repair damaged houses, among others. The spokesman assured that troops would remain in the flooded provinces until the situation returns to normal and the completion of rehabilitation operations to restore normal life. The post Troops deployed to help southern flood victims appeared first on Thai PBS English...
editing ...Entire Songkhla flooded, runoff ravages South | Phuket News
All 16 districts of Songkhla have been hit by flash floods that continued to ravage several southern provinces....
Crocodile captured in flood-hit Songkhla | Phuket News
Villagers in Songkhla’s Chana district captured a two-metre-long crocodile on Saturday, leading to fears among residents that there may be others in the area. Residents of the Ban Thalor village in Tambon Saphan Mai Kaen believe the captured crocodile fled from a flood-hit crocodile farm. Officials in the district have installed water pumps to try to drain the floodwaters as soon as possible. The Nation The post Crocodile captured in flood-hit Songkhla appeared first on Samui Times....
Nine southern provinces ravaged by floods; 5 killed | Phuket News
Widespread flooding is still ravaging nine provinces in the South, affecting 255,519 households, and five people have died in flood-related incidents, said Chayapol Thitisak, director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department on Saturday (Dec 2). Mr Chayapol said that during the period between Nov 25-Dec 2 the northeast monsoon has brought heavy and caused widespread flooding in 10 southern provinces: Pattani, Yala, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Trang, Satun, Narathiwat, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani and Krabi, affecting 4,338 villages with 805,220 people in 101 districts. However, the situation has eased off in Krabi, but nine provinces are still hit by inundation. Areas where flooding still prevails are: 12 districts in Pattani; eight in Yala; 16 in Songkhla; 11 in Phatthalung; eight in Trang; two in Satun; 13 in Narathiwat; 18 in Nakhon Si Thammarat; and, eight in Surat Thani. A total of 800,432 people of 255,519 households are being affected. The...
Strong Cyclone Kills at Least 12 in Southern India | Phuket News
A strong cyclone over the southeast Arabian Sea triggered heavy rains and strong winds in southern India, damaging hundreds of huts, power lines and trees and killing at least 12 people, officials said Saturday. More than 2,000 people have taken shelter in relief centers in Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts in Tamil Nadu state and in Lakshadweep, a group of 36 islands, officials said. The India Meteorological Department said heavy rains and strong winds lashed Lakshadweep on Saturday. At least 12 people have been killed in Tamil Nadu and Kerala states since Friday, state-run All India Radio reported. Krishan Kumar, a relief agency spokesman, said the casualties were mainly caused by falling trees and power lines. The cyclone, with gusts of up to 175 kilometers (110 miles) per hour, is expected to weaken on Monday after recurving in the Arabian Sea, according to the Meteorological Department. Television images showed parts of...
Flooding situation in South deteriorates : One man missing | Phuket News
Monsoon rains cause havoc to many southern provinces from Phetchaburi to Narathiwat as the Thai Meteorological Department warned of severe rain and strong winds in the South until Dec 1. A 60-year-old man was reported to be swept away by floods and went missing in Saba You district of Songkhla yesterday (Nov 26) as he was walking on a flooded village road. As flood situation in the South deteriorates, the Meteorological Department today forecasts more heavy to very heavy rains to hit 12 southern provinces from today until Friday. The heavy rains and high waves are expected from the approach of the low pressure system in the South China Sea passing through the Lower South and the Andaman Sea during November 28-December 1. The low pressure wind will cause heavy to very heavy rains in vast areas in the Lower South. Flash flood, surface flood and flooding in enclosed areas. Affected...
Australia to probe Facebook, Google | Phuket News
A regulator will investigate whether Facebook and Google had disrupted the news media to the detriment of others....
SET closes down 7.94 to 1,697.39 | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index dropped 0.47%, or 7.94 points, to 1,697.39 on Thursday....
SET opens up 1.59 to 1,697.26 | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened up 0.09% at the start of trade this morning....
Thai economy continued to expand in October: BoT | Phuket News
Thai economy for the month of October continued to grow in correspondence with expansion in exports, tourism and spending of the government sector, said Mr Don Nakornthab, senior director of the Bank of Thailand’s Economic and Policy Department. Exports expanded 13.4 percent while tourism expanded 20.9 percent for the month of October compared to the same period last year when tourism dropped as a result of the government’s crackdown on the zero-dollar tour, said Mr Don on Thursday (Nov 30), adding that spending of the government sector upped 4.7 percent, excluding overseas money transfers, with investment spending expanding 15.1 percent. Production of the industrial sector remained stable due to the fact that there were several holidays in October and the fact that it was the month of national mourning over the Royal Cremation of the late King Bhumibol.  Overall industrial production index dropped 0.1 percent with substantial drop in the...
Thailand’s economic growth likely to come close to 4% | Phuket News
Thailand’s economic growth is likely to come close to 4% this year after robust momentum continued in October, despite low activity in the month as the country mourned the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, says a key finance official. The economy in October avoided a slowdown, and whether GDP growth can reach 4% for all of 2017 will depend on exports in the final two months, said Soraphol Tulayasathien, director of the Macroeconomic Policy Bureau at the Fiscal Policy Office (FPO). The National Economics and Social Development Board (NESDB) says gross domestic growth (GDP) for the third quarter of this year rose to 4.3%, prompting it to adjust growth forecast for the whole year higher. THAILAND’s GDP growth 2008-2018 Infogram It says the 4.3% GDP growth is the highest growth in the past 18 months. Contributing factors were attributed to higher exports and consumer consumption in the private sector, and state...
FPO official: GDP rise of 4% in reach | Phuket News
Thailand's economic growth is likely to come close to 4% this year after robust momentum continued in October, despite low activity in the month as the country mourned the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, says a key finance official....
Election faces delay to 2019 | Phuket News
The regime's possible delay of lifting the political ban could cause a general election to be postponed to 2019, critics say....
TOT pleads for approval of DTAC deal | Phuket News
TOT is crying foul over the delay in approval of its partnership deal with Total Access Communication (DTAC) on the 2300-megahertz spectrum, with TOT's 2019 profit target now at risk....
No toasting New Year at Thai parks | Phuket News
The National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department has vowed to strictly prohibit alcohol drinking at its national parks and threatened to take tough legal action against violators....
Days After Release, Alleged Terror Mastermind Announces His Party’s Election Bid in Pakistan | Phuket News
A Pakistani Islamist leader who has been accused of masterminding terrorist attacks in India says his group will take part in national and provincial elections in 2018. Hafiz Saeed, leader of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD) group, spoke to reporters in Lahore on Sunday. JUD has been designated a terrorist group by the U.S.   He was recently released from a year-long house arrest and denounced electoral politics for many years.   But now Saeed says “This is the right time to enter the country’s politics
Pakistan releases alleged ‘mastermind’ behind 2008 Mumbai attacks | Phuket News
Radical cleric Hafiz Saeed was released on Friday after less than a year under house arrest. A decision to release Saeed came from the Lahore High Court, which rejected a government plea seeking to extend his detention for another three months. The court said the government had failed to provide sufficient evidence to justify the extension on the […]...
Study finds high pesticide levels in local food | Phuket News
NGOs call for law forcing industry to declare discharge of toxic substances. Recent research has disclosed that serious contamination from persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and herbicides in food and the environment poses health threats to the Thai public. The research, from Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand (EARTH) and Thailand Pesticide Alert Network (Thai-PAN), found that Samut Sakhon had the highest levels of dioxin contamination. The level of contaminants known as polybrominated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans (PBDD/Fs) was 33 times higher than European Union standards, Meanwhile, 46 per cent and 55 per cent respectively of fruit and vegetables were found to contain pesticides and herbicides. The organisations said that toxic substances posed serious health threats and the authorities had not put enough measures and regulations in place to protect the public. Jindrich Petrlik , the executive director of the NGO, Arnika – Toxics and Waste Programme, said studies on POPs contamination...
Burning Chilies Drive Elephants Away from African Farmers' Crops | Phuket News
Burning bricks made of dry chili, dung and water could stop endangered elephants raiding crops in Africa and Asia, reducing conflicts with farmers trying to secure harvests to feed their families, experts said Wednesday. Resin from crushed dry chilies irritates elephants' trunks, acting as a repellent, said a study in northern Botswana, published in the journal Oryx.
River departed 'before Indus civilisation emergence' | Phuket News
One of the world's earliest urban civilisations thrived in the absence of a big Himalayan river, a new study finds....
Over 250,000 families affected by floods in South | Phuket News
Massive floods from Monday to Saturday have affected more than 256,000 families in 10 Southern provinces, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department announced. Chayapol Thitisak, director general of the department, told a press conference that over 805,000 people from 256,447 families in 4,338 villages from 101 districts of 10 Southern provinces were affected during the period. Thitisak said floodwaters in Krabi had receded, but 4,289 villages in 637 tambons of 96 districts in nine other provinces were still under water. He said his department was coordinating with local administrations, military units and other government agencies concerned to get help to the affected people. According to Chayapol, Pattani’s 12 districts were still affected by floodwaters, causing hardship to 55,662 people from 18,512 families from 571 villages and 20 communities. So far, the floods have claimed two lives in the province. In Yala, nine districts have been flooded, affecting 111,301 people from...
‘Hello English!’ completes roadshow to 10 schools | Phuket News
The “Hello English! On Stage” programme was created and performed by NJ Digital which, like The Nation, is under the Nation Multimedia Group umbrella. The programme, aimed at delivering English knowledge in an entertaining style for high-school students, has proven very popular and there is demand for more of the same. “Hello English!” is an educational show on the NOW26 channel hosted by Roseanna Marshman from the United Kingdom and “Taq” (Nattapon Kanokwanich). As well as appearing on TV, they have embarked on a mission to teach English to high-school students in four regions of the country. The programme started in the North on August 4 at Montfort and Kavila school in Chiang Mai. Next, the performers went South, on August 18, to Hat Yai Ratprachasan and Tidanukroh School in Songkhla. For the Northeastern region, the event was held on September 1 at Kalayanawat and Kaen Nakorn school in Khon...
Russian tourist in Pattaya dies after falling from condo balcony onto metal spikes | Phuket News
A Russian man has died after falling from the balcony of his condo and landing on metal spikes. The unnamed man reportedly returned to his room at 4am on Friday morning at a condo on Soi Thap Phraya in Nong Prue only to realise he had lost his key. He then woke guests staying in a neighbouring room and asked them if he could climb across from their balcony to his room, TNews reported. As he began to make the climb he slipped and fell on to some metal railings which had been put in place to try and stop people gaining access to rooms. One of the man’s legs was impaled on the spikes and witnesses reported hearing him scream out in pain. Rescue workers from Sawang Boromtham Foundation eventually managed to cut the man free and he was taken to Pattaya City Memorial Hospital but was pronounced dead...
Norwegian caught for false claim about Pattaya robbery | Phuket News
CHON BURI: A Norwegian tourist has confessed to making up a story about being robbed of cash and valuables worth 30,000 baht by two teenagers in Pattaya to get an insurance claim....
Trump attacks FBI over Russia probe | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump launched a fresh attack Sunday on the credibility of his own FBI, responding to revelations that an FBI agent was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russian election meddling because of anti-Trump text messages....
Malaysia earns RM1.97 billion from durian last year | Phuket News
Durian has generated RM1.97 billion in sales volume for Malaysia last year from 66,038 ha of land planted with the Fruit, the New Straits Times Online reported on Sunday. According to the Agriculture Department, durian growers produced 302,000 tonnes of durian at the rate of its popularity, along with the high prices it fetches and strong demand. The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) had contributed to the growing importance of the durian crop by producing three notable durian species – MDUR 78, MDUR 79 and MDUR 88. Mardi is introducing new species with better aroma, taste and texture. Director of Horticulture Research Centre at Mardi, Pauziah Muda said the new species would be more resistant to disease, such as the stem canker caused by the fungus phytophthora palmivora. She added that the new species had also been designed to produce fruit at different times of the year to...
Sisters Ariya, Moriya set sights on Honda LPGA Thailand crown | Phuket News
Despite all the ups and downs, 2017 has been a year to savour for Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn for many reasons....
Thais urged to back 'Not Just for Kicks' initiative | Phuket News
English Premier League club Manchester City have announced the return of their flagship global charity initiative, Cityzens Giving, and are calling on fans in Thailand to back their own project....
Phuket Opinion: Going all-out on “all inclusive” tourism | Phuket News
The arrest of an Chinese “zero-dollar” tour company owner in Bangkok, who police say brought a large number of Chinese tourists to Phuket, earlier this week is the latest action in an ongoing effort by Thai authorities to crush low-budget Chinese tour companies operating in Thailand....
PM to present donations to Toon at Government House on Monday | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is to present an unspecified amount of donations to Toon Bodyslam at the Government House on Monday morning. The runner arrived at the rest stop at a PTT petrol station in Thawiwattana district of Bangkok Metropolis where he was welcomed by Bangkok Governor Pol Gen Aswin Kwangmuang and the city executives as well as many of his fans. Altogether about three million baht in public donations, including 1,119,111 baht donations from city officials, were presented to Toon and his running team. Total donations until Sunday exceeded 400 million baht and the rocker still has to cover the other half of the distance to the destination in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai. Toon told the media that he was uncomfortable to be called a hero, saying that he was not a hero and the real heroes and heroines were the doctors and nurses in white gown...
McMaster: 'Increasing' Possibility of War with North Korea | Phuket News
The White House national security advisor says the  possibility of war with impoverished, but nuclear-armed North Korea is
Commander of Taliban 'special forces' killed in Afghanistan: officials | Phuket News
KABUL (Reuters) - The commander of the Taliban's
Flood continues to wreck havoc in 3 southernmost provinces | Phuket News
The three southernmost provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani are hard-hit by flooding today (Dec 1) with water level steadily increasing from swollen rivers due to continuing heavy rain. Situation in Pattani appears to be the worst as the province is at the receiving end of water mass from Yala and Narathiwat flowing into the Pattani and Sai Buri rivers in Pattani. The Pakaharang community in Pattani’s Muang district, for an example is under 1.5 metre of water and an evacuation centre has been set up on the high ground to accommodate evacuees from the community. The flood-prone Jabangtikor community in the municipal area is under 60-cm deep of water, but the residents still stay put in their houses. Almost every road in the municipal area is flooded in 50-cm deep of water as residents are stocking up food, drinking water and other necessities for fear that they may be...
Malaysia seeks bite of China's booming durian market | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: China’s love of a pungent, football-sized thorny fruit is skyrocketing, and Malaysia wants a piece of it....
Everton hold Chelsea in 0-0 draw | Phuket News
LIVERPOOL: Everton turned in a brilliant defensive performance to hold Chelsea to a 0-0 draw in their Premier League match at Goodison Park on Saturday....
Phuket girl, 17, shot dead in motorbike attack | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 17-year old girl has died and her boyfriend, also 17, remains injured after an unknown assailant shot them while they were riding their motorbike in Thalang, central Phuket, late last night (Dec 22)....
A look at Christmas feasting around the world | Phuket News
Christmas dinner is not a tradition exclusive to the likes of North America, Australia and the UK – it’s a meal enjoyed meal by Christian families all over the globe....
Phuket officials hold ceremony before deconstruction of Royal Crematorium replica | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket held a ceremony on Friday (Dec 22) before beginning to deconstruct the Royal Crematorium replica at Saphan Hin that was used as part of the nationwide ceremonies for the Royal Funeral of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej....
Phuket’s Royal Crematorium Replica to be removed, people called to lend a hand | Phuket News
PHUKET: People across Phuket are being called to lend a hand in deconstructing the Royal Crematorium replica at Saphan Hin that was used as part of the nationwide ceremonies to honour the Royal Funeral of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej held on Oct 26 this year....
Royal Phuket Marina Office Rent Share Offer | Phuket News
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Metal thief caught in Chalong | Phuket News
PHUKET: A Rawai man was arrested and charged with theft in Chalong yesterday (Dec 24)....
Merry Christmas Phuket – but just who is Santa Claus? | Phuket News
First, a word of caution. Do not let your children read this. It’ll ruin Christmas for them. Ready? Then I’ll begin....
Afghanistan political turmoil deepens as regional leader ousted | Phuket News
KABUL (Reuters) - One of the main parties behind Afghanistan's Western-backed government warned President Ashraf Ghani that it could withdraw its support unless he reversed the dismissal of one of its most powerful regional governors this week. ...
Powerful Afghan Regional Leader Ousted as Political Picture Clouds | Phuket News
One of Afghanistan's most powerful regional politicians was ousted as governor of the northern province of Balkh on Monday, setting up a confrontation that adds to the uncertainty around President Ashraf Ghani's Western-backed government. Atta Mohammad Noor is one of the leading figures in Jamiat-e-Islami, a party which mainly represents Afghanistan's Tajik ethnic group, and has used his position in Balkh, on the northern border of the country, as a powerbase to push for a major role on the national stage. His removal, at a time when tensions between Tajiks and Pashtuns, Afghanistan's two biggest ethnic groups, have been rising, injects extra uncertainty to the already fractured political landscape ahead of presidential elections in 2019.
Asia markets finish mixed in Christmas day trading | Phuket News
Markets in Japan and China finished mixed in light holiday trading....
Thailand to cut rubber exports next month  | Phuket News
Thailand will begin to curb exports of natural rubber next month in a bid to address declining global prices. The cut is in response to the decision of  the International Tripartite Rubber Council (ITRC)–consisting of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia–at the meeting in Thailand’s northern capital of Chiang Mai to restrict exports of natural rubber for a specific timeframe with the objective of addressing the current declining trend on natural rubber prices. Deputy Agriculture Minister Luck Wajananawat said ITRC discussed concerns over falling prices and agreed to restrict their rubber exports by 350,000 tonnes in the first three months of next year. He said beginning January next year, Thailand will lower export of natural rubber by 230,000 tonnes, Indonesia 95,000 tonnes and Malaysia 20,000 tonnes. Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia produce nearly 70 percent of the world’s natural rubber. Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Luck Wajananawat Besides, the Rubber Authority of Thailand (RAOT)...
Exports in November grow to record high in six years | Phuket News
Thai exports continued to grow strongly with a two-digit growth of 13.4% registered last month, making it the highest in six years time. According to the director of the Commerce Ministry’s General Trade Policy and Strategy Office, Ms Pimchanok Vonkorpon, the growth for November was the ninth consecutive month. It rose to 13.4%, the record high in six years. She attributed the export growth to the global economic recovery, particularly in the European Union, US, China, and South Asia which saw the growth of 5.3, 20.7, 16.9 and 41.8 % respectively. Major Thai exports to these markets are para rubber, tapioca products, fresh and frozen chicken, and rice. For rice, she said, rice exports are likely to exceed 11 million tons this year after the shipments reached a record high of 1.5 million tons last month. For 11 months, from January to Nov 30, the country’s exports grew 10.1%, she said. She believed...
Christians Gather for Christmas Under Stepped Up Security | Phuket News
Christmas church services and other celebrations are being held this weekend under the gaze of armed guards and security cameras in many countries after Islamic State gunmen attacked a Methodist church in Pakistan as a Sunday service began. Majority-Muslim countries in Asia and the Middle East were particularly nervous after U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent announcement he intends to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a decision that has outraged many Muslims. In Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, police said they stepped up security around churches and tourist sites, mindful of near-simultaneous attacks on churches there at Christmas in 2000 that killed about 20 people. ​Volunteers ready to add security Muslim volunteers in Indonesia are also on standby to provide additional security if requested. “If our brother and sisters who celebrate Christmas need ... to maintain their security to worship, we will help,” said Yaqut Chiolil Qoumas,...
China’s Military Flybys Raise Alarm in Taiwan | Phuket News
Taiwan is facing a new source of pressure from rival China as the communist government increasingly often sends military aircraft to skirt the island, a challenge to the local armed forces. Planes from China flew near Taiwan in November and December, raising concern last week at the presidential office in Taipei. Over the past two years, Chinese military units have sent planes 10 times just outside the Taiwanese air defense zone, former Taiwan defense minister Andrew Yang estimates. China considers self-ruled Taiwan as part of its territory that must eventually be unified. Officials in Beijing resent Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen for not accepting their “one-China” principle, which would bind the two sides under one flag, as a condition for any talks. China is conducting the long-range flights in part to warn Taiwan against moving toward formal independence at the risk of a military strike, analysts say. “They will try to...
Asia markets are mixed in Christmas day trading | Phuket News
Markets in Japan and China were mixed on Christmas Day, with light trading expected on the heels of another record week for Wall Street....
Tibetan President-in-Exile Calls on China to Address Grievances  | Phuket News
Tibet’s president-in-exile has called on the Chinese government to address the grievances of Tibetans in Tibet after a young man set himself on fire last week. According to several sources, 30-year-old Konpe set himself ablaze in the infamous “Martyr’s Lane” in Ngaba town in Ngaba County, Sichuan Province, Dec. 23. Many Tibetans have self-immolated in Ngaba town, in eastern Tibet since 2009. Expressing deep concern at the self-immolation, President Dr. Lobsang Sangay said: “Despite repeated appeals from the Central Tibetan Administration, at least 151 Tibetans have set themselves on fire inside Tibet since 2009. The Chinese government should realize that the cause as well as the solution to this wave of fiery protests lie with the Chinese government itself.” “The Chinese government should address the legitimate grievances of the Tibetan people and review the failed policies that have engendered the grim situation and Tibetans resorting to self immolation to protest...
Asia markets stay mixed but Japan goes positive in Christmas day trading | Phuket News
Markets in Japan and China were mixed on Christmas Day, with light trading expected on the heels of another record week for Wall Street....
Asia markets stay mixed but Japan goes positive in light, Christmas day trading | Phuket News
Markets in Japan and China were mixed on Christmas Day, with light trading expected on the heels of another record week for Wall Street....
Christmas is banned at this Chinese university | Phuket News
SHENYANG Pharmaceutical University, in northwestern China has banned student organisations from organising any Western religious festivals, for fear of the “corrosive” influence of Western culture. Yup, that includes Christmas. The university’s Communist Youth League had allegedly put up an online notice of the ban on students’ union, student associations, and youth league branches from holding any activities centered around Western religious holidays. “[The ban] is in order to guide the youth league members in building cultural confidence and resist the corrosion caused by Western religious culture,” it said. #News| China university bans Christmas to resist 'corrosion' of Western culture https://t.co/Jt7qDToIdM pic.twitter.com/GXGhFQZHG5 — European News (@Euro_Newsweek) December 15, 2017 The notice condemned students who had been “blindly excited” about Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and the businesses capitalising on the holidays to promote and market themselves. While it’s true that previous Communist rule had suppressed Christianity, things have since changed a lot since the economic...
US State Department Calls on Myanmar to Free Reporters | Phuket News
The U.S. State Department is calling for the release of two Reuters journalists arrested last week in Myanmar.
Tropical Storm Leaves Dozens Dead, Missing in Southern Philippines | Phuket News
A tropical storm unleashed flash floods and set off landslides in the southern Philippines at a peak time for travel and Christmas preparations, leaving at least 53 dead and several missing, officials said Saturday. Multiple deaths were reported Friday on Mindanao in the town of Tubod. “The river rose and most of the homes were swept away. The village is no longer there,” according to a Tubod police officer. Boulders in the town of Piagapo that were loosened by flash floods buried 40 houses. Police say 12,000 people have left their homes for higher ground. Mayor Bong Edding of Zamboanga del Norte province's Sibuco town told The Associated Press by telephone that search and rescue was underway for more than 30 people swept away by flash floods in the fishing village of Anungan. Five bodies have been recovered in the village.   “The floodwaters from the mountain came down so...
Tropical Storm Kills Dozens in Southern Philippines | Phuket News
A tropical storm unleashed flash floods and set off landslides in the southern Philippines at a peak time for travel and Christmas preparations, leaving at least 53 dead and several missing, officials said Saturday. Mayor Bong Edding of Zamboanga del Norte province's Sibuco town told The Associated Press by telephone that search and rescue was underway for more than 30 people swept away by flash floods in the fishing village of Anungan. Five bodies have been recovered in the village.   “The floodwaters from the mountain came down so fast and swept away people and houses,” Edding said. “It's really sad because Christmas is just a few days away but these things happen beyond our control.”   Edding blamed years of logging in the mountain near Anungan for the tragedy that unfolded Friday, adding he and other officials would move to halt the logging operations.   At least 48 others...
Hidden camera captures rare pig thought extinct | Phuket News
Scientists have filmed one of the world's rarest, and 'ugliest', pigs in a forest in Indonesia....
CSD to conclude 30-million baht lottery ownership fight case this week | Phuket News
Crime Suppression Division police are expected to conclude its investigation into the ownership conflict over five First Prize lottery tickets worth 30 million baht between a retired police officer and a schoolteacher this week. CSD commander Pol Maj-Gen Maitree Chimcherd said Tuesday (Dec 19) that police in charge of the case had gathered enough circumstantial and forensic evidence to prove whose ownership claims between the two were more credible. Pol Maj-Gen Maitree Chimcherd He said there is no need to for the CSD men to go to Kanchanaburi province for more evidence. Pol Maj-Gen Maitree said he would chair a meeting of CSD police handling the case to prepare the complete investigation report to be sent to the Central Investigation Bureau commissioner for consideration. The conflict flared up on Nov 28 when Pol Lt Charoon Wimon, a retired police officer, was invited to Kanchanaburi police station and was informed that...
Deadly Suicide Bombing Hits near Afghan Intelligence Compound | Phuket News
Afghanistan’s interior ministry says a suicide bombing Monday on a busy road in Kabul killed at least five civilians and wounded two others. The blast happened near a compound used by the country’s intelligence agency. The bombing comes a week after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for an attack on a National Directorate of Security training facility in Kabul. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday’s attack....
IS claims attack in Egypt's north Sinai, provides no evidence | Phuket News
CAIRO: Islamic State has claimed an attack on an Egyptian military airport that killed one officer and wounded two others in the town of Arish in the North Sinai region on Tuesday, the group's Amaq agency said, but provided no evidence....
Silom tops the country’s most expensive land prices | Phuket News
Land price on Silom road remains the country’s most expensive with the latest survey says it is valued at one million baht per square wa. The cheapest land is in Bangkok’s Bang Khunthien district which is valued at 500 baht per square wa. According to the Treasury Department’s director-general Pachorn Ananta-Silpa, the latest land price assessment throughout the kingdom will become official early next year or January 1, 2018. He said the most expensive price are lands on Silom road in Bang Rak district which is valued at one million baht per square wa(4 square meters). The cheapest price are lands close to or within Bangkok that are isolated without entry and exit points such as those in Bang Khunthien district located next to the Klong Luang canal fronting the sea shore. It is valued at 500 baht per square wa. He said the survey was conducted on altogether 32...
Phuket New Year road-safety campaign to target drunk drivers, helmetless motorbike riders | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket Governor has ordered police to strictly enforce the law against drunk drivers and motorcyclists not wearing helmets during the upcoming New Year “Seven Days of Danger” road safety campaign, this year to be held from Dec 28 to Jan 3....
Silom land price most expensive in Thailand – a million baht per square wah | Phuket News
The Treasury Department has announced its estimated prices on land throughout the kingdom. The most expensive place is the Silom area of Bangkok where the price for a square wah of land – four square meters – is one million baht. The cheapest land in the Bangkok metro area is in the seaside area of Klong Long, Bang Khun Thian where a square wah goes for just 500 baht. Outside the capital the most expensive place is Hat Yai, in Songkhla where the value is 400,000 baht. While in Khok Charoen, Lopburi Thais can pick up a square wah for just 20 baht. Treasury Director Pachorn Ananta-silpa said that the prices reflect estimates that are as near as possible to actual market values. Some 32 million plots were surveyed for the annual figures. The department also announced plans in seven or eight provinces to help poor people buy property. The...
Phuket in high season | Phuket News
Phuket has well entered into a high season. Not only the beaches are packed, but there are a number of property developments that are driving the interest in the island, according Dexter Norville, a director at property consultancy JLL....
Public bus drivers to undergo urine tests | Phuket News
In a bid to reduce road accidents, authorities will conduct random urine tests on public transport drivers and staff at Mor Chit, Ekamai and the Southern bus stations in Bangkok....
NLA panel scraps wiretap clauses | Phuket News
The panel vetting the corruption bill has agreed to scrap the clauses allowing the anti-graft body to wiretap in its investigations, ending the lengthy debate in and out of Parliament on whether the measure will do more harm than good....
US third-quarter growth lowered to 3.2% | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: The US economy grew at its fastest pace in more than two years in the third quarter, powered by robust business spending, and is poised for what could be a modest lift next year from sweeping tax cuts passed by Congress this week....
Pope laments 'winds of war' blowing around the world | Phuket News
VATICAN CITY: Lamenting
Pope Calls for 'Peace for Jerusalem' and 'Mutual Trust' on Korean Peninsula | Phuket News
Pope Francis called for
Man kills self after shooting ex-wife in Nonthaburi | Phuket News
A shop manager at a department store in Lat Phrao area killed himself after shooting his former wife and seriously wounding her in front of a school in Muang district of Nonthaburi on Dec 25. The incident occurred near the front gate of the school at Wat Thai Muang in Tambon Bang Kraso. Police who rushed to the scene found Pitsanu Saengkaew, 37, a shop manager of Oishi Company at a department store in Lat Phrao area, lying dead in front of the school. He was shot in the head. Found near him was a .38 revolver with three bullets remaining in the ammunition chamber. Twelve other rounds of ammunition were also found in his trouser’s pocket. Sukanya Chandet, 32, his ex-wife, was shot twice in the abdomen and seriously injured. She was rushed to hospital and treated in an intensive care unit. Mrs Uthissa Khamdeenok, an elder sister of...
Man shoots ex-wife, then himself at their kids' school | Phuket News
A jealous father shot his estranged wife as she arrived at school with their two children, and then took his own life, in Nonthaburi on Monday morning....
Bangkok man shoots himself dead after loaning money to wife for failed restaurant | Phuket News
Police were called to a house in Lat Prao Soi 90 yesterday after a man apparently shot himself in the head in the dining room. A suicide note was found on the table citing family and financial problems. On the floor in a pool of blood was a 62 year old man named by Daily News as “Saen” (an assumed name). He had been shot through the left side of the head exiting through the right. The corpse was lying by a dining table and on top of a .380 Smith and Wesson gun that had been fired once. Neighbors said that Saen was a likable guy who was quite wealthy from stock trading. He had lived at the house with his wife and children but three years ago he lent his wife millions of baht to open a restaurant that failed, they said. This caused the couple to have...
Tax break for second child proposed | Phuket News
Taxpayers will likely be able to deduct more expenses if they have a second child born next year, according to the Revenue Department....
Guatemala to move embassy in Israel to Jerusalem | Phuket News
GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemala's president announced on Christmas Eve that the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first nation to follow the lead of US President Donald Trump in ordering the change....
Public scrutiny force for good | Phuket News
Controversy over the luxury wristwatches of deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon is discouraging other cabinet members and military top brass from displaying the trappings of their elite lifestyle, not to mention its alleged link with moves to keep Gen Prawit out of a military-engineered government....
Kata Rocks cements Superyacht Rendezvous as a world-class yachting event | Phuket News
The second annual Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous (KRSR), hosted by luxury Thai resort Kata Rocks, last week welcomed important players of the global yachting industry to the island of Phuket....
Mercury plummets to -2C on Doi Inthanon | Phuket News
The temperature in Chiang Mai has dropped to minus two degrees Celsius on Doi Inthanon Wednesday morning as the cold spell continues to cover most parts of Thailand, including the normally hot and humid Bangkok....
Strict speed limits in national parks to prevent wild animals from road accidents | Phuket News
Motorists have been warned to keep their speed within 60 kph while driving through five national parks to prevent wild animals in the parks being accidentally killed or injured. Mr Tunya Neththammakul, director-general of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation Department, said over the weekend that he had instructed officials of the five national parks to warn motorists of speed control while driving in or through the parks and to set up checkpoints to ensure speed limits for the sake of the safety of wild animals, especially during the Christmas and New Year holidays. Recently, one extremely rare leopard cat was crushed to death by an unidentified car in Khao Yai national park. The five national parks where speed limits are strictly enforced are: Khao Yai national park in Nakhon Ratchasima, Kui Buri national park in Prachuab Khiri Khan, Kaeng Krachan national park in Phetchaburi, Khao Ang Runai national...
Cambodians arrested cooking up their doggy for dinner | Phuket News
Daily News reported that a Thai “good Samaritan” and dog lover filmed a pair of Cambodian construction workers cutting up a dog. The clip was then sent to the Pluak Daeng, Rayong police who went with vets to some worker’s accommodation in the area. There they found Kee Kuang, 20, and Ten Thon, 34, steaming some meat on a makeshift stove. The vets confirmed it was the head of a dog. The Cambodians said they reared the animal themselves then bashed it over the head, skinned it and cut it up. Other dog remains were found in their room in a bucket. They said they had no idea it was illegal in Thailand – Cambodians love dogs, they said…for dinner. They were cooking the meat to stave off the cold. Both men were found to be legally in Thailand. But they were taken away on a charge of animal cruelty....
Wild elephant and gaur population increases | Phuket News
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation says the population of wild elephants and gaurs is increasing amid growing elephant-human conflict. Deputy director general of the department Mr Pinsak Suraswadi said the latest survey of animal population showed wild elephants and gaurs are increasing in number. He said the population growth is now causing a problem between animals and humans in some areas. Habitat loss and insufficient food prompted these wild animals to wander for food outside the forest and raid crop plantations. Pinsak Suraswadi Mr Pinsak said the department has now set up a special forces to push these elephants and gaurs back to the forests and also create water and food sources for them in the forests. Meanwhile, he said, as the animal population grows, poaching is also increasing with forestry and park authorities were able to seize a large number of live wild animals and...
Elephant camp operator charged over tourist's death | Phuket News
CHON BURI: An elephant camp owner and a mahout were charged with recklessness causing death and injuries on Friday after an elephant killed a Chinese tour guide and injured two tourists there, near Pattaya, on Thursday evening....
Chinese guide killed by rampaging elephant | Phuket News
A Chinese guide was killed and two other tourists injured by a rampaging elephant while they were visiting a fruit orchard in Bang Lamung district  of Chonburi yesterday (Dec 21). The victim is a 34-year-old Chinese man who works as a tour guide. U yungram, 37, mahout told police that he was riding Plai Utane, a 17-year-old male elephant, to take a tour around the orchard with two Chinese tourists on its back. As the elephant was walking pass a place where many tourists were gathering, one tourist pulled its tail, causing the animal to get angry. It then went rampage chasing other tourists who were walking around. One tourist riding on its back fell to the ground while another managed to cling to the seat. Mr U said as he was trying to calm the elephant down, the running Plai Utane kicked one tourist on its way. The...
Krabi, 2 more airports to get B13bn update | Phuket News
The Department of Airports (DOA) will spend 13 billion baht on new baggage-screening and automated check-in systems at Krabi, Udon Thani and Surat Thani airports, said DOA director-general Darun Sangchai....
Pop-up penguins shock China zoo visitors | Phuket News
Visitors expecting an array of exotic animals at a zoo in southern China were left a little deflated....
Toon run reaches Bangkok | Phuket News
After 27 days and more than 230 hours on the road, Toon Bodyslam arrived in Bangkok on Sunday after well-wishers greeted him along the way from Ratchaburi....
Toon's tunes, stamina and caring nature win over masses | Phuket News
More than 90% of Thai respondents in four regions praised Bodyslam pop-rock band frontman Artiwara
Toon donations top B400m on eve of Bangkok arrival | Phuket News
Donations topped 400 million baht on Saturday as rock star Toon Bodyslam cruised through Ratchaburi on a hospital fund-raising marathon that will bring him into Bangkok on Sunday....
Bangkok ready for Toon run | Phuket News
Police have prepared for the arrival of Toon Bodyslam as the runner is inching towards the capital on his charity campaign....
US Senator: Time to Move US Military Families Out of South Korea | Phuket News
Senior Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Sunday that time has come to start moving dependents of U.S. military personnel out of South Korea.
North Korea fires new version of ballistic missile | Phuket News
North Korea conducted its first ballistic missile launch test in more than two months early on Wednesday morning local time, South Korean and US officials said. According to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, the missile was launched from Sain Ni in the South Pyongyang Province and flew eastwards towards Japan. Those reports were quickly confirmed […]...
North Korea fires ballistic missile | Phuket News
North Korea conducted its first ballistic missile launch test in more than two months early on Wednesday morning local time. According to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, the missile was launched from South Pyongyang Province and flew eastwards towards Japan. Those reports were quickly confirmed by South Korea’s military and US government officials — on condition of anonymity […]...
North Korea denounces US 'nuclear war mania' | Phuket News
In a foreign ministry statement read out on state TV, North Korea blames the US for escalating tensions....
Thailand denounces North Korea missile test | Phuket News
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement denouncing the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile test by North Korea on Nov 29. In a statement issued on Friday (Dec 1), the ministry said North Korea missile test “has once again heightened tension in the region and threatened international peace and security.” This test was a clear violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions and will only result in further isolation of North Korea, it said. “Thailand strongly urges the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to cease all provocative actions and respect the relevant UNSC Resolutions, and return to dialogue. Thailand calls on all parties to exercise restraint and work towards finding a peaceful solution to the situation in the Korean Peninsula,” the statement reads. According to North Korea’s state-owned broadcaster Korean Central Television, a test-fire of the inter-continental ballistic rocket Hwasong-15 was successfully conducted on Nov 29 under the guidance...
North Korea: US in race to address threat, says HR McMaster | Phuket News
National security adviser HR McMaster says North Korea is the
Suicide Bomber Kills Six Afghan Civilians | Phuket News
A suicide blast killed at least six civilians in eastern Afghanistan Sunday and wounded 13 others. The bomber was on a motorcycle and apparently wanted to reach the venue of a massive pro-government rally in Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar province. But Afghan security forces intercepted him far away from the event, prompting him to donate explosives strapped to his body. A provincial government spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, while confirming the casualties, told VOA one woman and a child were among the dead. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the violence. The attack occurred a day after a suicide bomber killed two members of Afghan security forces in Jalalabad and wounded 10 more. Islamic State claimed responsibility for that violence. The Middle East-based terrorist group calls its Afghan operations IS-Khorasan Province (IS-KP) and has lately increased attacks in the country, killing scores of people. The group is mainly active in...
Crime, casualties undermine U.S. gains on Afghan battlefield | Phuket News
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Since U.S. forces began stepping up air strikes against the Taliban, Kunduz shopkeeper Najibullah no longer fears another insurgent takeover of the northern Afghan city. But he does fear robbery or kidnap by militia gangs. ...
US General: $50 Million Worth of Taliban Narcotics Destroyed in Afghanistan | Phuket News
The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said Saturday recently launched joint strikes against Taliban sources of revenue have destroyed more than $50 million worth of narcotics in southern Helmand province. Afghanistan produces about 85 percent of the world’s illicit narcotics. Income generated from drugs is providing 60 percent of the Taliban's funding, according to U.S. military estimates. “Together in the last few weeks alone, we have destroyed over 50 million dollars worth of narcotics in Helmand. This is the Taliban’s financial engine and the Taliban drug cartels are now on notice that they are in our sights and we are coming after them,” said General John Nicholson. The general commands American troops and NATO’s Resolute Support mission in the country. The counternarcotics combined air and ground strikes began on November 19 and have since destroyed a number of factories and heroin processing labs. Nicholson said at the time authorities granted by President...
Rice-husk blaze destroys six coaches | Phuket News
UDON THANI: Fire from burning rise husks destroyed six decommissioned tour coaches in Muang district on Saturday, causing about 2 million baht worth of damage....
Islamic State seizes new Afghan foothold after luring Taliban defectors | Phuket News
JAWZJAN, Afghanistan/KABUL (Reuters) - When a Taliban commander defected to Islamic State in northern Afghanistan a few months ago, his men and the foreign fighters he invited in started to enslave local women and set up a bomb-making school for 300 children, officials and residents said. ...
Mindlogicx Singapore Debuts World's First Intelligent Device-Based Ecosystem to Fight Exam Fraud | Phuket News
Dec 02, 2017 Picture:  SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - Mindlogicx Singapore Pte Ltd (
Afghan Taliban Says IS Deputy Leader Has Joined Its Ranks | Phuket News
The Afghan Taliban on Thursday claimed that the deputy head of the Islamic State terrorist group in Afghanistan had joined Taliban ranks. Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesperson, said in a statement sent to media that Abdulrazaq Mehdi, deputy chief of the so-called Islamic State in Khorasan province (IS-K) in Afghanistan, had parted ways with IS and joined the Taliban. The Taliban spokesperson also shared a recording of a taped interview with Mehdi in which he denounces IS's
Panthongtae says he only wants his family back, no more politics | Phuket News
Panthongtae, the only son of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, posted on his Instagram @oak_ptt on the occasion of his 38th birthday on Saturday (Dec 2) that all members of the Shinawatra family want a happy family back, not politics. He posted an image of him paying respects to his mother, Khunying Potjaman Na Pompejra. In his IG posting, Panthongtae wrote: “Traditionally, on the occasion of my birthday I usually kraab (paid respects) to my father and mother.  But, for the past 10 years I cannot do this to my father exactly on my birthday. But will do so once I have a chance to travel. “For the past 10 years until today, I and everybody in my family stand by our words that we only want to get our happy family back.  None of us wants to get involved in politics again not anymore.  If this is possible, it...
23 more animals and plants added into list of “invasive alien species” | Phuket News
The Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) has added into the list of invasive alien species another 11 kinds of plants and 12 kinds of animals as proposed by the committee for the conservation and utilisation of bio-diversity, according to ONEP secretary-general Raviwan Puridet. The 11 plants are: giant sensitive plant-ไมยราบยักษ์ (Mimosa pigra); desho grass-หญ้าขจรจบดอกเล็ก (Pennisetum pedicellatum); desho grass-หญ้าขจรจบดอกใหญ่ (Pennisetum pedicellatum Trin.); West Indies pennisetum- หญ้าขจรจบดอกเหลือง (Penniseturn setosum);  water-hyacinth-ผักตบชวา (Eichornia Crassipes); water fern salvinia-จอกหูหนูยักษ์ (Salvinia molesta); กระถินหางกระรอก (Dichrostachys cinere); ขี้ไก่ย่าน (Mikania cordata); ต้นสาบหมา (Ageratina adenophora); กกช้าง, ธูปฤาษี (Typha angustifolia). Blackchin tilapia (ปลาหมอสีคางดำ) The 12 animals are: ไส้เดือนฝอยรากปม (Meloidogyne incognita); brown widow spider-แมงมุมแม่หม้ายสีน้ำตาล (Latrodectus hesperus); giant African snail-หอยทากยักษ์แอฟริกา (Lissachatina fulica);  golden apple snail-หอยเชอรี่ (Pomacea canaliculata); giant snail-หอยเชอรี่ยักษ์ (Achatina fulica); sucker mouth catfish (Hypostomus); sucker mouth catfish (Liposasrcus); sucker mouth catfish (Pterygoplichthys); blackchin tilapia-ปลาหมอสีคางดำ (Sarotherodon melanotheron); ปลาหมอมายัน ( (ExCichlasoma urophthalmus); red-eared slider-เต่าแก้มแดง (Trachemys scripta elegans); and, brown rat-หนูท่อ  (Rattus...
Australian MP Joyce wins seat back after dual citizenship row | Phuket News
Australian ex-deputy PM Barnaby Joyce wins a by-election a month after he was forced to resign....
Australian MP Joyce wins back seat after dual citizenship row | Phuket News
Australian ex-deputy PM Barnaby Joyce wins a by-election a month after he was forced to resign....
Australian MP Barnaby Joyce wins back seat after dual citizenship row | Phuket News
Barnaby Joyce, forced to step aside over dual citizenship, wins his seat back in a fresh election....
Flood embankments burst in Trang | Phuket News
TRANG: Flood embankments along the rising Trang River burst at two locations in Muang district on Saturday evening, causing water to overflow into hundreds of properties....
Pope Francis Warns About 'Terrorism of Gossip' | Phuket News
Pope Francis talked to a group of Bangladeshi priests and nuns about the
Pope condemns 'terrorism of gossip' | Phuket News
DHAKA: Pope Francis urged Bangladeshi priests and nuns to resist the
Pope ends sensitive trip to Asia after seeking Rohingya forgiveness | Phuket News
DHAKA (Reuters) - Pope Francis ended a diplomatically tricky trip to Asia on Saturday, seeking the forgiveness of Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh after his controversial decision to not directly refer to their plight when he visited their homeland, Myanmar. ...
Pope Ends Bangladesh Visit with Praise, Humor | Phuket News
Pope Francis visited a home in Dhaka founded by Mother Teresa for orphans, unwed mothers and destitute elderly on Saturday as he wrapped up his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. The pope, who leaves for Rome later Saturday, was surrounded by children and nuns wearing the traditional blue-and-white habit of the woman who died in 1997 and became a saint in 2016. Mother Teresa, who started the Missionaries of Charity to serve “the poorest of the poor,” opened the home in the early1970s to look after Bengali women who became pregnant as a result of rape by Pakistani soldiers during the war of independence. Today the home, in one of the world’s poorest cities, looks after orphaned and abandoned children, unwed mothers and sick elderly people. Francis, who has made outreach to the poor and other people on the margins of society a priority, visited some of the bed-ridden sick....
Airlines' foreign holdings face scrutiny | Phuket News
All airlines holding air operating licences must submit shareholding details to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) by Jan 20 or face licence revocation....
New energy minister vows quick auctions | Phuket News
Newly appointed Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan has vowed to rev up the bidding process for the Bongkot and Erawan offshore gas blocks in the Gulf of Thailand....
Nakhon Si Thammarat people worrying about wastewater from garbage dump | Phuket News
People living around a garbage dump of the Nakhon Si Thammarat Municipality is worrying wastewater from it will flow into their communities and farmland following heavy rain. Images taken from a high angle by Thai PBS news team on Friday (Dec 1) show that the garbage dump has been flooded with rainwater. The residents are afraid that if the water is not properly drained out from the site, wastewater would overflow an earth dyke and then flow into public waterways, their communities and land for agriculture. The dump now has about 1.2 million tonnes of accumulated garbage, causing a longstanding problem to nearby communities for over 10 years, especially when there is heavy rain. The wastewater from the dump site looks likely to flow into Tha Sak canal on the east and then to Tha Phae canal and several communities before flowing into the Gulf of Thailand. Vachara Chumtham, the kamnan of...
16 HIV/Aids cases a day in Thailand | Phuket News
Every day 16 people test positive for HIV/Aids in Thailand, according to statistics supplied by the Ministry of Public Health's Bureau of Epidemiology on Friday to mark World Aids Day....
PM invites Thai people to pay tribute to late King Bhumibol on December 5 | Phuket News
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has invited all Thai people to pay tribute to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Dec 5. In weekly televised address on Friday (Dec 1), Gen Prayut said that Dec 5 marks not only the birthday anniversary of the late King, but also Thailand’s National Day, the Father’s Day, and the World Soil Day. Gen Prayut said the United Nations has declared Dec 5 the World Soil Day to honor King Bhumibol whose contributions to soil development and environmental protection were incomparable. He said the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) has also awarded the late King the first recipient of the Humanitarian Soil Scientist award, which validates the significance of his role in conservation of soil resources and on global food security. Gen Prayut called on all Thais to commemorate this significant day and encouraged the people to take this opportunity to...
Passenger boats moored as Sungai Kolok River rises | Phuket News
NARATHIWAT: Passenger boat service on the Sungai Kolok River between Thailand and Malaysia has been severely curtailed, with most craft moored because of rising water levels and strong currents fed by storms....
Bid to crack down on foreign interests | Phuket News
All airlines holding air operating licences (AOLs) are required to submit shareholding details to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) by Jan 20 next year or face their revocation....
Phukets Two Chefs restaurants have the magic touch of fun, friendliness and value | Phuket News
Two Chefs restaurants and catering services operate all over Phuket and indeed southern Thailand, where they’re famous for unrivalled food, great value, music, laughter and all-round good fun....
Fighting Between Taliban, IS Expands to New Afghan Territory | Phuket News
Days of fierce clashes between the Taliban and Islamic State terrorists in eastern Afghanistan are reported to have spilled over to adjoining areas, with both sides suffering heavy casualties. The fighting erupted earlier this week in the Khogyani district of Nangarhar province after IS militants assaulted Taliban-held areas. The clashes forced hundreds of civilians to flee their homes to avoid being caught in the crossfire between the militant groups. A regional Afghan military spokesman confirmed to VOA the battlefield gains encouraged IS militants to stage overnight assaults against Taliban positions in the adjoining Alingar district of Laghman province, sparking heavy clashes there. “The fighting has left two key Taliban commanders dead, but we do not have immediate information about IS losses,” he said Thursday. Provincial officials reported the Taliban is trying to bring in reinforcements from nearby districts in Laghman, while Daesh (IS) militants are also trying to reach the...
Songkhla, Phatthalung hit by floods | Phuket News
Numerous districts of Songkhla and Phatthalung provinces have been flooded after two days of heavy rain, according to the disaster prevention and mitigation office of Songkhla....
Pope Calls on World to Tackle Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh | Phuket News
Pope Francis is in Bangladesh through Saturday after four days in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. He is expected to meet with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, but will not travel to the border where more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees are trying to survive. Scheduled well before the August violence against the Rohingya, the pope's seeming effectiveness is being called into question because of one word. VOA's Steve Redisch explains:...
Myanmar: Pope urges Buddhist monks to fight ‘prejudice’ | Phuket News
Pope Francis called on the Supreme Sangha Council of Buddhist monks in Yangon on Wednesday to conquer “prejudice and hatred.” Speaking in an ornate room decorated with wood and gold carvings, the pope lamented that the “wounds of conflict, poverty and oppression persist” in many parts of the country as it emerges from nearly half a […]...
Pope Francis wraps up diplomatically charged Asia trip with upbeat speech | Phuket News
Pope Francis delivered a humor-filled speech before a congress of Bangladeshi priests and nuns in Dhaka on Saturday, capping off what was otherwise a diplomatically fraught Asian tour. Speaking to the congregation at the Chittagong’s Holy Rosary Church, Francis said he was ditching the eight-page speech he had prepared and would speak to them from the […]...
Pope visits Bangladesh orphans on last day of trip headlined by Rohingya crisis | Phuket News
DHAKA (Reuters) - Pope Francis visited a home in Dhaka founded by Mother Teresa for orphans, unwed mothers and destitute elderly on Saturday as he wrapped up his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. ...
Russia wasn't surprised by US shale spike, energy minister says | Phuket News
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak talks about the anticipated rise in shale output, and the pact with OPEC....
Opec and Russia extend output cuts, boosting Oil alliance | Phuket News
Opec and its allies outside the group agreed on Thursday to maintain oil production cuts until the end of 2018, extending their campaign to wrest back control of the global market from America’s shale industry....
Khao Luang runoffs are gushing toward Nakhon Si Thammarat townships | Phuket News
Residents in Muang and Tha Sala districts of Nakhon Si Thammarat have been told by officials to brace for flooding after almost 400mm of rainfalls were dumped into the province, particularly in the mountainous Khao Luang area. Runoffs from Khao Luang have been gushing downhill with force toward the two districts and the airport. The level of water in Klong Thadee in Lan Saka district has been rising quickly and steadily that it almost breaks its banks. In Tambon Thungloong of Hat Yai district, the overflowing Klong U-tapao has inundated the market, over 100 households and many shophouses.  Flood water was measured at about one metre deep. Irrigation officials opened the sluice gate at Ban Na Kuan and cut a ditch across the bypass road to facilitate the flow of excess water from Klong U-tapao into the Gulf to spare Hat Yai from flooding. In Pattani, many residents were trapped...
Khao Luang runoffs threaten to flood Muang and Tha Sala districts of Nakhon Si Thammarat | Phuket News
Residents in Tha Sala and the northern side of Muang districts of Nakhon Si Thammarat were told to brace for possible flooding as a result of runoffs from Khao Luang after five hours of heavy rain Wednesday (Nov 29). Mr Virat Thongnoi, chief of Namtok Promloke national park, said Wednesday that accumulated rainfall during the five hours of heavy rain was estimated at 110 mm which was regarded as rather high. He said he had ordered a shutdown of the waterfall and banned tourists from visiting for fear of their safety whereas officials were closely monitoring the water level at the waterfall. Runoffs from Khao Luang which were rushing down the Promlok waterfall are flowing downstream toward the Gulf through Tha Sala and the northern part of Muang districts Until now, four districts have been declared disaster zones by the governor. They are Chulabhorn, Bang Khan, Cha-uad and Thung Sung....
Volcano gushing ash over Bali closes airport for 2nd day | Phuket News
KARANGASEM, Indonesia: A volcano gushing towering columns of ash closed the airport on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali for a second day Tuesday, disrupting travel for tens of thousands, as authorities renewed their warnings for villagers to evacuate....
Prince Harry, fiancee Markle set for first joint royal trip | Phuket News
NOTTINGHAM, England: Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle perform their first official engagements together on Friday since they publicly announced they were getting married, to raise awareness of HIV/Aids and youth crime....
Australia makes pitch for Prince Harry's stag party | Phuket News
The nation's tourism minister suggests an outback
British monarchy 'moved on from scandals of past' | Phuket News
LONDON: King Edward VIII sacrificed his throne and Queen Elizabeth's sister Margaret gave up her one true love, but for Prince Harry marrying a divorcee is no longer a bar to being a royal or following his heart....
Prince Harry to marry US actress Meghan Markle | Phuket News
LONDON: Britain's Prince Harry is engaged to his US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle with the marriage due to take place in the spring of 2018, his father Prince Charles announced in a statement on Monday....
Hopes for HIV vaccine buoyed by start of second big trial | Phuket News
LONDON: Scientists announced the launch of another large HIV vaccine efficacy study on Thursday, fuelling hopes for a protective shot against the virus that causes Aids, despite past disappointments....
Dengue vaccine could worsen disease in some people | Phuket News
LONDON: Drugmaker Sanofi says that its dengue vaccine, the world's first, should only be given to people who have previously been sickened by the virus, according to new long-term data....
King grants audience to PM and his new ministers | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha led his 18 new ministers to have an audience with His Majesty the King and to take their oaths of allegiance before the King at Amphorn Sathan Villa in Dusit Palace. Also granted an audience by the King were General Vilas Arunsri, the secretary-general of the prime minister, and Mr Thirapong Wongsivavilas, the secretary-general of the cabinet. HM the King told the cabinet that in working it was normal to have problems and mistakes, but these can be overcome if they use wisdom and are determined. The King said that the cabinet is duty-bound to steer the country forward, defend the country and take care of the people and to attach importance to national security. He also suggested the cabinet to follow the advice and wishes of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The new cabinet line-up got royal endorsement on Nov 23. The post King grants audience...
King sends royal wreath and soil to Surin’s funeral  | Phuket News
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn and members of the royal family have sent floral wreaths to the funeral of Surin Pitsuwan, former secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). His Majesty also sent royal soil for the burial ceremony of the late Surin. The royal wreaths were placed at the funeral rite venue at Surin’s home in Nonthaburi where a large number of people came to pay respect to his body. Surin died from heart failure at 3.07pm on the way to Ramkhamhaeng hospital in Bangkok yesterday. His body was then transport to his home in Pak Kret district, Nonthaburi where muslim religious rite was held throughout the night and in the morning. Diplomats, politicians, government authorities, and friends gathered gathered at his house since early today morning (Dec 1) and attended the burial ceremony at Tha-it mosque at 2.45pm. As news about his death spread over, prominent local...
HM the King sends royal soil for late Surin | Phuket News
His Majesty the King on Friday sent a gift of royal soil and a wreath to the funeral of Surin Pitsuwan....
US mourns death of Surin Pitsuwan | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: The United States mourned the death on Thursday of former foreign minister and Asean secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan, praising him as a
New cabinet members to take oath before King on Thursday | Phuket News
Members of the new cabinet, including both newcomers and ministers reshuffled to new posts, are set to take an oath to His Majesty the King on Thursday....
Hawaii reinstates Cold War attack warning system | Phuket News
Hawaii started monthly trials of an attack warning system Friday, in the first such test in the state since the end of the Cold War, days after North Korea's latest missile launch....
Phuket History: In the 15th Century Buddhism became the island’s dominant religion | Phuket News
The Thai dominance over the local population of Phuket from the 15th Century onwards meant Theravada Buddhism was imposed over, or at times merged with, the islanders’ previously more animistic beliefs which held in veneration spirits of the forest, trees, sea and sky and so on....
Plan to build B1.2bn Phuket bridge gains momentum | Phuket News
PHUKET: Plans to build a bridge costing B1.2 billion linking Phuket with Koh Maphrao, also just called “Coconut Island”, are gaining momentum with Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong expected to inspect the island today (Dec 22) to assess whether or not to pledge his support for the project....
Phuket introduces ‘White Temple’ project | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) and the Phuket office of the National Office of Buddhism yesterday introduced a ‘White Temple’ project aimed at ridding the island’s temples of drugs....
Phuket Gardening: Flower power – Top of the pops | Phuket News
Years ago I offered my tentative opinions about the best plants to cultivate in your Phuket garden. Now older and I hope a little wiser, I am trying again....
Dental official shot dead in hospital’s lodging in Chumphon | Phuket News
A female official working at a dental unit of Tambon Chalui hospital in Tha Sae district of Chumphon who was due to get married on Christmas Eve was shot dead in the hospital’s lodging Monday night (Dec 18) by an unknown gunman. Nonthiya Kruacharas, 25, was found dead with gun shot wound to her chest inside the hospital’s staff accommodation this morning (Dec 19). Tambon Chalui hospital officials told police that they heard a thud which sounded like a firecracker shortly after midnight from the direction of the victim’s lodging, but did not pay any special attention to it. Some co-workers became suspicious when the victim did not show up for work in the morning and went to the lodging to find out.  They found the door of the lodging locked from inside, but there were traces of the window being burgled. One of them peeped through a gap in...
Phuket’s Chinese-speaking guides in mass protest | Phuket News
PHUKET: More than 30 Phuket tour guides who are members of the Professional Tourist Guide Association of Thailand (PGA) protested at Promthep Cape yesterday afternoon (Dec 21), furious at the rapidly increasing numbers of illegal Chinese tour guides on the island....
MindChamps Inks 2nd Master Franchise After IPO Taking Singapore’s No. 1 Premium PreSchool to Vietnam | Phuket News
Dec 19, 2017 Singapore, 19 December 2017 – “We brought Singapore's number one premium preschool brand to our country to take the number one position in Vietnam.” “We have always believed that our children’s future is our country’s future. That’s the reason why we have been searching for the best in children’s early learning education for our beloved country,” said Mr. Pham Tuan Son, Chairman and CEO of Evergrande Group Joint Stock Company (Evergrande Group). Evergrande Group in Vietnam has signed a Master Franchise Agreement with MindChamps PreSchool Limited, with plans to open 20 PreSchool and Reading centres in Vietnam. According to Mr. David Chiem, Founder CEO and Executive Chairman of MindChamps, “Being able to bring the MindChamps model of education to Vietnam is extremely rewarding. There is nothing more meaningful than to able to contribute to the young minds who will be the future leaders of Vietnam.” MindChamps...
Manila Signals Focus on Economic Buildup, Downplays Tensions on Sea | Phuket News
In his newly unveiled National Security Strategy, U.S. President Donald Trump vows to “ensure the balance of power remains in America’s favor in key regions of the world.”  The Indo-Pacific led the list of “key regions” identified by the White House, followed by Europe and the Middle East. How Washington will accomplish this strategic goal is being closely watched, as China, identified as a rival, shows no sign of lessening its interest in a region that is witnessing dramatic power shifts. “The Trump administration’s new National Security Strategy is remarkably critical of China,” but “they have yet to explain how this approach will apply to and be implemented in the South China Sea,” two American scholars recently wrote, referring to a contentious issue considered reflective of American and Chinese strategic intentions. While power politics unfolds, at least one country in the region appears willing to downplay territorial disputes, for now,...
China closes more than 13,000 websites in past 3 years | Phuket News
BEIJING: China has closed more than 13,000 websites since the beginning of 2015 for breaking the law or other rules and the vast majority of people support government efforts to clean up cyberspace, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday....
Rescuers search for Philippine storm victims as toll rises to 200 | Phuket News
MANILA: Rescuers in the Philippines search for survivors of a storm that triggered floods and landslides and killed about 200 people, left scores missing and thousands homeless, most of whom apparently ignored warnings to move to safety....
Fire hits Philippine mall; 2 dozen employees feared trapped | Phuket News
DAVAO, Philippines: Firefighters battled a blaze for the second day Sunday at a southern Philippine shopping mall where some two dozen employees are feared to have been trapped in the four-story building, an official said....
Asia Foundation Announces YBM Support to Expand Let’s Read! in Asia | Phuket News
Dec 19, 2017 Picture:  Seoul, December 19, 2017 — The Asia Foundation today announced a donation from one of Korea’s largest publishing and education companies, YBM, Inc., to expand the Foundation’s Let’s Read! digital libraries initiative. The regional platform brings open-sourced books in local languages to children in underserved communities in Asian countries, helping to improve access to books and literacy to families impacted by poverty, conflict, or gender discrimination. The Let’s Read! platform currently includes a digital library web app, pioneering translation tool, and free Android e-reader app available on Google Play. Across Asia, the children’s book genre is severely underdeveloped and the situation is unlikely to change unless a larger pool of writers, illustrators, and particularly editors are provided the professional development to produce high quality, local content. The contribution from YBM will help initially scale the Let’s Read! Editor Training Modules in five Asian countries—Cambodia, Nepal,...
Delay eyed for migrant registration | Phuket News
Labour Minister Adul Sangsingkeo is preparing to ask the cabinet to extend until the end of June next year the deadline for undocumented migrant workers to have their nationalities checked after discovering many have failed to complete nationality verification in time....
Labourers call for 360THB minimum wage nationwide | Phuket News
Due to skyrocketing costs of living, a nationwide network of Thai labourers has urged the Labour Ministry to increase the national minimum wage to 360 baht per day. The rate has remained almost unchanged for five years.   On 20 December, more than 20 labourers from the Thai Labour Reconciliation Committee (TLRC) gathered at the Ministry of Labour to read a statement demanding an increase in the national minimum wage from 300 to 360 baht per day by next year. The group also urged the ministry to apply the same minimum wage across the country.    Currently, the minimum wage in each province differs depending on the rate set by the Ministry’s Provincial Minimum Wage Subcommittee (PMWS) (though these standards must be at least 300 baht per day). The TLRC also urged the ministry to abolish this agency.    The TLRC stated that a Thai worker must pay approximately 225...
Activists Pressure Lao Government on Missing Civil Society Leader | Phuket News
Five years ago, Shui-Meng Ng and her husband, Sombath Somphone, were driving their car through Vientiane. It was on that day that he disappeared. Security camera footage at a checkpoint showed police officers stopping his Jeep. Sombath, a well-known civil society leader, is shown getting out of his vehicle. Moments later, a lone motorcyclist arrives, parks his bike, and drives away in the Jeep. Then an unmarked white pickup pulls up and Sombath gets in the truck, which drives away. Activists say the police closed-circuit television shows Sombath being arrested at the police checkpoint. Shui-Meng has not heard from her husband since. “Today, Sombath is still missing,” she told VOA's Lao Service. “I have no choice, I cannot remain silent. I cannot let the … work of Sombath and his dreams and hope for building a better society in Laos” be forgotten. “Can the world allow Sombath Somphone to disappear?...
Thailand might get to pocket smuggled money | Phuket News
Almost all of the Bt98 million in undeclared Thai banknotes halted at the Lao border on Tuesday appears to be headed for state coffers. The two Lao brothers arrested trying to carry the money into Laos from Nong Khai agreed to pay a Bt40,000 fine and let Thailand keep Bt94 million, thus avoiding further prosecution, after the money was deemed to have been illegally acquired. If the Customs Department agrees to the arrangement proposed by its Nong Khai office, Suebanh Tiasili, 30, and Khumborn Tiasyly, 24, would walk away with Bt4 million, Nong Khai Customs chief Nimit Saeng-ampai said on Wednesday evening. For now, the Bt98 million is sitting in a bank. The brothers maintain that they’d collected the cash for their currency-exchange business in Laos. But they allegedly failed to declare to their own government the exchange of a substantial amount of US dollars for baht, as required by...
HRW: Myanmar continues to destroy Rohingya villages | Phuket News
As officials from Myanmar were signing a repatriation agreement in late Novemberwith Bangladesh for the return of 600,000 Rohingya refugees, the country’s military continued to burn down the refugees’ villages, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW said buildings were destroyed in 40 villages in northern Rakhine state in October and November, raising the total […]...
Rights group reports more destruction of Rohingya villages | Phuket News
BANGKOK: Satellite imagery shows that Rohingya villages in Myanmar continued to be destroyed even as Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement last month to return refugees from the ethnic Muslim minority who had fled their country amid violence, Human Rights Watch said Monday....
Myanmar govt says case against journalists can proceed | Phuket News
YANGON: Myanmar's civilian President Htin Kyaw, a close ally of government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has authorised the police to proceed with a case against two detained Reuters reporters accused of violating the country's colonial-era Official Secrets Act, a senior government spokesman said....
Cambodia’s government is pondering Thai-style lese majeste laws | Phuket News
CAMBODIA’s government is considering the implementation of strict lese majeste laws such as exist in neighbouring Thailand, which would criminalise perceived criticism of the Southeast Asian nation’s monarchy. The Kingdom’s Minister of Interior Sar Kheng held a discussion on the issue on Wednesday and how to better “protect” its royal family by altering parts of the criminal code, reported the Phnom Penh Post. “Some other countries already have such a law, like Thailand, Japan and the Netherlands. We are also a monarchy, but there is no article for that,” said a spokesperson for the Interior Ministry. SEE ALSO: ‘Destruction of democracy’ in Cambodia as opposition party dissolved ...
Cambodia mulls the introduction of a law similar to lese majeste | Phuket News
The Cambodian government is mulling an amendment to the criminal law to make insults to the King a criminal offence similar to Thailand’s lese majeste law, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Thursday. Interior Minister Sar Kheng held a meeting with top ministry officials on Wednesday to discuss introducing the legal amendment to ban insults to the King and to protect the King, according to a statement on the Interior Ministry’s website. “Somdech Kralahom Sar Kheng decided to request the government to amend some points in the Criminal Code…In the Criminal Code there is no part that states how long an individual should be sentenced, said Khieu Sopheak, spokesman of the Interior Ministry. The Constitution only says the King is inviolable, but it does not forbid disparaging him and insulting the King is not specifically outlawed in Criminal Code. Sopheak said several countries already have such law such as...
Authorities force cancellation of red-shirt events | Phuket News
Three social events organised by anti-junta groups have been forced to cancel after the authorities repeatedly intimidated the owners of the venues.    The three events are a new year party in Samut Songkhram, a friendly football match in Bangkok, and a folk music concert in Bangkok. The three events, apart from being social gatherings, aimed to raise funds for political prisoners.    Suwanna Tallek, a coordinator of the new year party scheduled for 17 Dec, revealed that the event was organized for red-shirt supporters in Central and Western regions to get together and celebrate the holiday season. Several famous luk thung singers were to sing at the event. Tickets cost 350 baht. She added that the organisers would contribute some of the revenue to red-shirt prisoners, especially those facing terrorism and lèse majesté charges.    Suwanna told Prachatai that the authorities did not contact the event organisers but...
Lawyer: Vietnamese Court Upholds Jail Term for Prominent Activist | Phuket News
A court in Vietnam on Friday upheld a nine-year jail sentence for a prominent activist convicted of spreading propaganda against the state, her lawyer said. Blogger Tran Thi Nga, 40, was initially found guilty at a trial in July, six months after she was arrested in a widening crackdown on critics of the Communist government. Despite sweeping economic reform and increasing openness towards social change, the ruling party retains tight media censorship and does not tolerate criticism. Nga's sentence of nine years in prison and five years probation was upheld by a court in the central city of Nha Trang, one of her lawyers said.
Chief public prosecutor accuses senior health officials of cover-up | Phuket News
Philippine chief public attorney has accused health officials who claimed the government’s anti-dengue immunization program did not cause deaths among vaccinated children of being “liars”, The Manila Times Online reported on Wednesday (Dec 20). Chief Public Attorney Persida Rueda-Acosta and Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) on Tuesday presented to the media the parents of children who died because of severe dengue after being inoculated with the vaccine and vowed to bring those responsible to justice. VACC lawyer Ferdinand Topacio told the media that there was an ongoing wide-scale cover-up of senior Department of Health officials and he would urge the National Bureau of Investigation to earnestly investigate DoH officials. The government suspended the vaccination program this month after its French manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, warned that the vaccine, Dengvaxia, might worsen the disease in those who have not been exposed by dengue previously. Over 830,000 children from public schools in...
Hard-line Islamist Group in Indonesia to Boycott Facebook | Phuket News
Indonesia's foremost hard-line Islamist group, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), has announced a Christmas Day boycott of Facebook and the Whatsapp instant messaging service, as well as a live protest at Facebook's Indonesia office in the near future. They say Facebook — like other major social media outlets such as Twitter and Instagram — has blocked several FPI accounts, and that Facebook allows pro-LGBT and anti-Sharia pages to stay on its site. The group also plans to protest at Indonesia's Ministry of Communications and Information in the new year. While the boycott is unlikely to make a major impact on Facebook, it underscores that FPI's official accounts are blocked on many major platforms, leading some to speculate the move was at the national government's request. That's unlikely, said Ross Tapsell, who researches media in Southeast Asia at Australian National University.
Indonesia stocks close at record high on rating upgrade | Phuket News
Indonesian shares closed at a record high on Thursday, bouncing back from a drop in the previous session, after Fitch raised the country's credit ratings to their second lowest investment grade....
Indonesia stcoks close at record high on rating upgrade | Phuket News
Indonesian shares closed at a record high on Thursday, bouncing back from a drop in the previous session, after Fitch raised the country's credit ratings to their second lowest investment grade....
Fitch upgrades Indonesia's credit rating to BBB | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Fitch Ratings has upgraded Indonesia's credit ratings by a notch to their second lowest investment grade, saying the direction of macroeconomic and monetary policies has made Southeast Asia's largest economy resilient to external shocks....
US citizen recaptured after Bali jail break | Phuket News
DENPASAR, Indonesia: Indonesian police have recaptured a US citizen who escaped a week ago from an overcrowded prison on the holiday island of Bali, the jail's second breakout of foreign inmates this year....
Indonesia recaptures US citizen after Bali prison break | Phuket News
Held on drugs charges, he escaped a Bali prison but was caught on the neighbouring island of Lombok....
Toon is people's Person of the Year 2017: Nida Poll | Phuket News
A majority of people say rocker Artiwara Kongmalai, better known as Toon Bodyslam, is the most admirable person and should be named Person of the Year 2017, surpassing Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and former prime ministers Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra, according to the result of an opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll....
Toon is people's Person of the Year 2017: Poll | Phuket News
A majority of people say rocker Artiwara Kongmalai, better known as Toon Bodyslam, is the most admirable person and should be named Person of the Year 2017, surpassing Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and former prime ministers Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra, according to the result of an opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll....
Paiboon proposes prolonging NCPO term | Phuket News
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) should continue to run the country until all the results of the next election are endorsed, says Paiboon Nititawan, chairman of the People’s Network for Reform....
Groups seek court ruling on constitutionality of NCPO order | Phuket News
Representatives of seven groups of people submitted a petition to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday (Dec 19) asking it to rule whether an order issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) in 2015 is in violation of the constitution regarding the people’s rights and liberties. The petition is about two items number 6  and 12 of NCPO Order 3/2015. Item No 6 empowers the authorities to detain people for a period of up to seven days without a court warrant.  Item No 12 prohibits the gathering of more than five people at a time for political activities. The people’s representatives, led by Rangsiman Rome, a student activist, want the Constitutional Court to rule whether the NCPO order violates Sections 26 and 44 of the constitution regarding the rights and liberties of people under the constitution. The seven groups of people include a group of students and activists who were...
PM invokes Section 44 to amend Political Party Act | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Dec 22) that he has invoked Section 44 of the interim charter to amend the Political Party Act to give parties more time to prepare for the general election. Gen Prayut, also head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) did not elaborate about the order, saying that the detail of the order would be made public once it is officially announced. The NCPO earlier this week approved the use of Section 44 to amend some sections of the Political Party Act to enable political parties to proceed with administrative tasks, such as recruiting party members, updating party membership database, and elect party executives. Under the Political Parties Act, political parties have 180 days from Oct 8, when the law took effect, to prepare for the election. However, political parties said the current ban on political parties make it impossible for them to...
Prawit, Somkid deny NCPO-backed party being set up | Phuket News
Deputy prime ministers Prawit Wongsuwon and Somkid Jatusripitak have denied a report that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) may set up a nominee party to push for Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to be prime minister after the next general election. Their denial came on Monday (Dec 18) after Vachara Phetthong, a former Democrat Party MP, said that the NCPO would set up a nominee party in the name of Pracharat, with Mr Somkid as the leader. Mr Vachara made this remarks amid speculations that the nominee party, with support from the NCPO, would push Gen Prayut for the prime minister’s post after the general election. In a separate issue, Pornpetch Wichitcholachai, president of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), said the NLA was still undecided whether to amend Sections 140-141 of the Political Party Act regarding members of political parties as proposed by Paiboon Nititawan, core member of the...
Attack siren blares in Hawaii for first time since Cold War | Phuket News
If a missile is launched, residents and tourists would have less than 20 minutes to take shelter, officials said....
South says North Korea’s latest missile test is bigger threat | Phuket News
The new missile appears to be significantly bigger than the Hwasong-14 ICBM the North tested twice in July, the South Korean Defense Ministry said on Friday in a report carried by the South’s Yonhap news agency. On Wednesday the North launched a test launch and on Thursday released dozens of photos of the missile in the paper and […]...
Foreign Ministers to Discuss North Korea at UN | Phuket News
Japan's foreign minister is to preside over a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on December 15, to discuss North Korea's nuclear program, his nation's U.N. ambassador said Friday.
Stability and strategy: Why is China so easy on North Korea? | Phuket News
While the world watches with concern as North Korea tests yet another missile, China continues to be a friend to Kim Jong Un's regime....
North Korea: Unwanted war ‘closer,’ US warns | Phuket News
The North Korean regime would be “utterly destroyed” if it came to war, Haley told the council while demanding that China cut off oil deliveries to Pyongyang. At the council’s meeting, China’ and Russia’s ambassadors reiterated their nations’ proposal that the North suspend all nuclear and missile tests while the US and South Korea suspend military […]...
China has 'grave concerns' about North Korea's latest missile test | Phuket News
China's Foreign Ministry has expressed what it called
Mattis to Pressure Pakistan 'One More Time' on Militant Groups | Phuket News
Pentagon chief Jim Mattis is expected to pressure Pakistan to end its alleged ties to militant groups when he visits the country as part of a four-nation tour that began Friday. Terrorism also will be a main focus of the U.S. defense secretary's stop in Egypt, which last week suffered what officials called the deadliest terror attack in the country's modern history. Mattis' trip, which will also include stops in Kuwait and Jordan, comes as the U.S. military shifts its focus in the Middle East, after having largely driven out the Islamic State militant group from its self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Another major priority is Afghanistan, where U.S. generals acknowledge the NATO coalition remains in a stalemate with Taliban insurgents after 16 years of war. Thousands more U.S. troops are headed to Afghanistan, along with an increase in U.S. airpower, as part of a new White House strategy...
Suspected U.S. drone targets Haqqani militants in Pakistan, killing four | Phuket News
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - A suspected U.S. drone strike on Thursday targeted a hideout of the Haqqani militant network along Pakistan's mountainous border with Afghanistan, killing four people, officials said. ...
Haqqani Network Remains Primary Source of Pakistan-US Tensions | Phuket News
Just days before U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is scheduled to visit Pakistan for crucial talks, the top American general in Afghanistan has alleged the Pakistani spy agency continues to maintain ties with the Haqqani terrorist network and allows Taliban leaders to operate out of havens in the country. Pakistani officials have promptly rejected as
U.S. warns of repercussions for Pakistan over freed militant Hafiz Saeed | Phuket News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Saturday there would be repercussions for U.S.-Pakistan relations unless Islamabad took action to detain and charge a freed Islamist militant accused of masterminding a 2008 assault in Mumbai. ...
US Envoy: Economic Support for Cambodia to Continue | Phuket News
Despite criticism from Washington over Cambodia's crackdown on the opposition and accusations that the U.S. helped plot Prime Minister Hun Sen's downfall, U.S. Ambassador William Heidt has said that America's support for Cambodia's economy will not be negatively impacted. Heidt told VOA's Khmer service on Wednesday that the embassy's mission to strengthen the bilateral relationship with Cambodia remained of paramount importance.
Cambodia does not want positive ties with US: US envoy | Phuket News
US ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt said he doubted the Hun Sen administration has “an honest desire” to form a positive relationship” with the United States, reported The Phnom Penh Post Online on Wednesday. In an unusually candid interview with VOA Khmer on Wednesday Heidt said the kingdom has given the US “clear signals” over the last two years that they are “not interested in a positive relationship”. “Since I came, let’s be honest, the Khmer government has taken a lot of steps against the US,” said the ambassador, citing the suspension of joint military exercises and cancellation of a longstanding Navy Seebees humanitarian programme earlier this year as examples. The comments are the strongest ever to come from the US embassy in Phnom Penh since a September press conference where Heidt denied accusations that the US had colluded with the opposition CNRP leaders to overthrow the Hun Sen regime....
Japanese man sought in rape and murder of tourist 10 years ago | Phuket News
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) plans to seek help from Japanese authorities to hunt down a Japanese man in regards to the rape and murder of a Japanese tourist in Sukhothai 10 years ago. Although the DSI had checked the DNA of 300 people living near Sukhothai Historical Park, no one matched a DNA sample extracted from semen found on the body of the victim, Tomoko Kawashita, 25. Her body was found inside Wat Saphan Hin in the park compound on November 25, 2007. There was physical evidence indicating that she had been raped. Although investigators collected DNA samples at the time, no progress was made and the DSI took up the case six years ago. DSI chief Pol Lt-Colonel Paisit Wongmueng said the DSI had recently received a tip-off that a Japanese man had been in the area 10 years ago, which made him a person of interest...
Japanese family returns after murder probe has no progress  | Phuket News
The family of a 25-year-old Japanese woman murdered at the Sukhothai historical park 10 years ago returned to Thailand this week to follow up the progress of case. The parents of Miss Tomoko Kawashita from Osaka yesterday (Nov 30) met the director-general of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang to inquire about the botched murder probe after there was no significant progress in the probe. The DSI took over the probe from local police in Sukhothai province in 2013 after her family complained of no progress in the investigation. Tomoko was found dead with her throat slashed at the historical park on Nov 25, 2007. Some of her belongings went missing. Yasuaki Kawashita, Tomoko’s father Pol Col Paisit said DSI detectives have collected more than 300 DNA samples from all relevant people but none of them have matched the DNA found on the clothes of the...
Filipino mysteriously falls two stories from Suvarnabhumi Airport’s departures hall | Phuket News
A Filipino passenger fell two stories from Suvarnabhumi Airport’s departures hall on the fourth floor onto the area near Gate D5 on the second floor yesterday evening. The passenger was identified as Bobbie Silmalon Bayron, 33. He was seriously injured from the fall and sent to Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital. Police have not determined how he fell and are investigating, Morning News reported. Bayron reportedly arrived at the Bangkok airport on flight KQ886 from Nairobi, Kenya and was meant to catch a connecting flight to the Philippines. Coconuts The post Filipino mysteriously falls two stories from Suvarnabhumi Airport’s departures hall appeared first on Samui Times....
THAI resumes regular Bangkok-Denpasar operations | Phuket News
Thai Airways International (THAI) has now resumed its regular services between Bangkok and Denpasar in Indonesia, after the volcanic ash shifted its direction from Ngurah Rai International Airport. THAI Vice President on Aviation Safety, Security and Standards Department, Capt. Pratana Patanasiri, said THAI has received clearances from relevant authorities to resume its scheduled flights between Bangkok and Denpasar Airport in Bali, Indonesia, as the situation of the erupted Mount Agung volcano has deescalated. The eruption of the Bali volcano has spewed volcanic ashes into the air affecting aviation safety and caused Denpasar Airport to be closed on 27-30 November 2017. The airport then re-opened today as the situation begins to deescalate to a level safe for aviation. THAI Airways’ daily services on flight TG431 departing Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport at 8:50, arriving at Denpasar Airport at 14:15 local time, and flight TG432 departing Denpasar Airport at 16:10 arriving at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi...
330 Indian star tortoises seized at airport | Phuket News
A total of 330 Indian star tortoises hidden in three suitcases left at Suvarnabhumi airport were seized on Thursday....
Filipino badly hurt in fall at airport | Phuket News
A Filipino tourist was severely injured in a fall from the fourth floor of the departure hall to the second floor of the hall at Suvarnabhumi airport on Wednesday evening....
Bangkok police report three cases cleared up – taxi drivers, frauds and foreign romance scammers arrested | Phuket News
Police gathered at an open air press conference at the national Stadium yesterday to report on the resolution of several high profile cases in recent days. First up was the arrest of two taxi drivers in connection with the robbing of a Lebanese tourist who was taken to Suvanabhumi airport by two men in a cab from Don Meuang. These were Sunthorn Rortsap, 45, and Watcharit Janyu, 42. The latter has denied the charges. Tourist police and 191 cops announced the arrest of seven romance scammers preying on gullible Thai women through social media. One was Nigerian and the rest were Thai. The gang posed as eligible and good looking foreign men and when they had gained the trust of the victims endeavoured to fleece them of money. In a third case involving tourist police, 191 and the Huay Khwang station a 41 year old man called Patrawit Khateu was...
Govt set to charge foreign drivers for using Thai roads | Phuket News
Thailand plans to collect so-called
Pattaya to host Jet Ski World cup 2017 | Phuket News
An adviser to the Thai Jet Sports Boating Association under Royal Patronage has announced that Thailand will be hosting the Jet Ski World Cup in Pattaya this December 7-10. Thai Jet Sports Boating Association Adviser, Pariket Sibusahakarn advised on “Thailand Moves Forward” that Jet Ski World Cup 2017 will be held on Jomtien Beach in Pattaya, beginning on December 7th. The event is to promote Thailand towards being a world recognized venue for global sporting tournaments. Pariket explained Thailand previously held a range of smaller Jet Ski events with participants from no more than three countries but was noted for the fairness of its judges and was chosen to host the upcoming World Cup. He said that if Thailand continues to build confidence in its sports event organization abilities, it could become a leader in the sector. Governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand Sakol Wannapong later remarked that sports...
Fifa, Russia prepare for 2018 World Cup final draw | Phuket News
With 32 teams qualified for the 2018 World Cup, Fifa officials in Russia are preparing to assign each nation its position for the tournament's group stage with the final draw on Friday. — Reuters...
THAI cancels Bangkok-Denpasar flights on Nov 27-30 | Phuket News
Thai Airways International, the national flag carrier, has cancelled its flights on Bangkok-Denpasar route between Nov 28-30 after Mount Agung on the resort island of Bali erupted. The volcano on Bali is 75 kilometres from Denpasar airport. The eruption has sent volcanic ash into the sky and to cover surrounding areas. Denpasar airport has been ordered closed to take-off and landing of all airlines from 7am (local time) on Nov 27 to 7am on Nov 30. This forces THAI to cancel Flight TG 431 (Bangkok-Denpasar) and Flight TG 432 (Denpasar-Bangkok) on Nov 27-30. THAI Flight TG 431 usually departs from Suvarnabhumi airport at 8.50am and arrived at Denpasar at 2.15pm, while Flight TG 432 departs from Denpasar at 4.10pm and arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport at 7.25pm. Passengers who plan to fly to and from Bali on the two flights are advised to check the flight schedule on website
Asia Foundation Partners with Starbucks Cambodia on Give Good Storybook Campaign | Phuket News
Nov 30, 2017 Phnom Penh, November 29, 2017 — The Asia Foundation is partnering with Starbucks in Cambodia to launch the “Give Good” Charity Campaign, an initiative that supports the “Let’s Read!” project this holiday season. “‘Let’s Read!’ is a regional project that gathers local talent for open-sourced storybook creation, with an aim of promoting the love of reading among young children,” said Meloney Lindberg, country representative of The Asia Foundation in Cambodia. “In partnership with Starbucks Cambodia, we hope to extend access of storybooks in local language and cultural context to the underserved communities in the country.” “This holiday season, we want to inspire our customers to do good through small acts of kindness. We are honored to team up with The Asia Foundation to ‘Give Good’ and make a difference in our neighborhood,” said Mr. Por Lim, general manager of Starbucks Cambodia. “Whether they are looking for...
26 Thais nabbed in Japan for selling sex | Phuket News
Twenty-five sex workers from Thailand have been arrested along with another Thai female suspected of acting as their pimp in connection with a flesh trade ring in Japan....
SET up 1.49 to 1,698.88 at noon | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand climbed 0.09%, or 1.49 points, to 1,698.88 on Friday....
Big Tobacco is still king in Indonesia – report | Phuket News
The powerful lobby still holds the most clout in Indonesia – from interfering with the development of tobacco control policies to having unnecessary interactions with the government – compared to other Asean nations, leading to the country occupying the bottom spot in the 2017 Tobacco Industry Interference Index. Indonesia’s progress in implementing Article 5.3 of the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) – which guides countries to protect their tobacco control policies from vested interests of the tobacco industry – may be the worst in the region, but it’s not the only one moving slowly. The entire region is moving at “snail pace”, according to the report by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). “Article 5.3 guidelines provide recommendations on the action governments can take to protect their health policies. Governments need to be more proactive and act fast to implement these measures,” Mary Assunta Kolandai, senior...
Asian investor holdings sky-high on SET | Phuket News
Total securities held by Asian investors reached an all-time high in May with a value of 1.68 trillion baht, driven mainly by a significant increase in securities prices after rallies in the stock market, says the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET)....
Militant Attack on Pakistan University Kills 9 | Phuket News
A group of four heavily armed suicide assailants stormed a university campus in northwestern Pakistan Friday, killing at least nine people and wounding more than 35 others. Pakistani police and troops swiftly surrounded the agricultural university in Peshawar and began a rescue operation. The gunfight with terrorists lasted several hours and killed all the militants, according to a military statement, which added that two of its personnel were also injured. Most of the victims were students who received bullet wounds, doctors at the city hospital said. The outlawed Pakistani Taliban took credit for ordering the deadly assault. The anti-state group said they targeted a facility linked to the Pakistani spy agency, ISI, and killed a number of its officers. Witnesses and officials said the attackers, all men, arrived at the university in the early morning wearing traditional female burqas for hiding their weapons and bombs. The militants lobbed grenades through...
Pakistani Officials Say Four People Killed in Suspected US Drone Strike | Phuket News
A suspected U.S. drone strike on Thursday targeted a hideout of the Haqqani militant network along Pakistan’s mountainous border with Afghanistan, killing four people, officials said. If confirmed, it would be the fourth such U.S. strike inside Pakistan since President Donald Trump took office in January. Two Pakistani intelligence officials and a local government officer said an unmanned aerial vehicle dropped two missiles on a compound housing militants under the command of a senior network commander, Abdur Rasheed Haqqani. Villagers initially reported a blast in the Upper Kurram area to authorities, said one of the officials, adding, “We got it from our informant later that it was a U.S. drone strike that targeted Haqqanis.” It was not clear if the commander was among those killed, added the officials, who sought anonymity as the issue is a sensitive one. Trump’s new strategy for the Afghanistan war calls for a tougher stance...
Pakistan: Talks Under Way With US to Bridge Differences on Afghan War | Phuket News
Pakistan says high-level discussions “away from public glare” are under way with the United States to bridge differences stemming from the new Afghan strategy U.S. President Donald Trump announced in August. Pakistan did not agree with the U.S. policy because “there was a difference in understanding and perceptions on both sides,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal Thursday, while discussing the dialogue process at his weekly news conference in Islamabad. The policy focused on Pakistan’s alleged duplicity; receiving billions of dollars in U.S. assistance as a non-NATO ally for combating regional terrorism and covertly supporting the Taliban and the Haqqani terrorist network waging deadly attacks on Afghan and U.S.-led allied forces in Afghanistan. Islamabad promptly rejected the accusations, saying the country is being scapegoated for U.S. military failures in stabilizing Afghanistan and defeating the Taliban. “Pakistan and the U.S. are actively engaged in discussing the situation in Afghanistan with a view...
Analysts Not Surprised by Release of Suspected 2008 Mumbai Attacks Mastermind | Phuket News
Anti-terrorism analysts in Washington and New Delhi are critical of Pakistan's decision to release a man accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that killed 160, but some say they are not surprised by the move.  U.S. officials say Hafiz Saeed is a terrorist. He was set free by Pakistani authorities after 11 months of house arrest in the eastern city of Lahore on Friday.  Earlier last week, a judicial panel of Lahore High Court said there was not enough evidence to continue Saeed’s detention. While the news of Saeed’s release has caught worldwide attention, some experts on South Asian affairs say Pakistan's move was bound to happen - sooner or later.  “I see Saeed's release as totally unsurprising. This is a story that's played out multiple times in recent history: He is put under house arrest only to be released,” Michael Kugelman, a Washington-based South Asian analyst associated...
Taliban, disguised in burqas, attack agriculture college in Pakistan | Phuket News
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani Taliban gunmen disguised in all-enveloping burquas stormed the campus of an agriculture university in Pakistan on Friday, wounding at least five people, police said. ...
Nearly Dozen Students Wounded in Terrorist Attack on Pakistani University | Phuket News
Pakistan Security officials say four heavily armed, burqa-clad terrorists stormed an agriculture university in northwestern Pakistan early Friday. The army said in a statement that security forces engaged the assailants in a gunfight on the campus in Peshawar, killing all four terrorists. Doctors at the city hospital say they have received 11 wounded students.  A police officer and a journalist were also wounded. There were at least 70 students in the building at the time of the attack, witnesses said. Quick claim of responsibility The Pakistani Taliban quickly claimed the attack, saying in message from spokesman Mohammad Khorasani that they had targeted a safe house of the military Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. The gunmen arrived at the school's campus in a rickshaw and disguised in the burqas worn by many women in the region, Khan said. They shot and wounded a guard before entering the campus, he said. Bloody 2014...
Taliban, disguised in burqas, attack agriculture college in NW Pakistan | Phuket News
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani Taliban gunmen, using the disguise of all-enveloping burquas, stormed the campus of an agriculture university in Pakistan on Friday, wounding at least five people, police said. ...
Nine killed as burqa-clad Taliban attack Pakistani college | Phuket News
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani Taliban gunmen disguised in all-enveloping burqas stormed the campus of an agricultural college in Pakistan on Friday, killing at least nine people and wounding 35, police and hospital officials said. ...
Taliban kill 9 at Pakistani college | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD: Nine people were killed and 35 wounded when Taliban gunmen attacked an agriculture college in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday, according to police and local media reports....
Nine killed as Taliban disguised in burqas attack Pakistani college | Phuket News
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani Taliban gunmen disguised in all-enveloping burqas stormed the campus of an agriculture college in Pakistan on Friday, killing at least nine people and wounding 35, police and hospital officials said. ...
US Warns of Repercussions for Pakistan Over Release of Alleged Terror Mastermind | Phuket News
The United States warned Pakistan on Saturday that there would be “repercussions” in bilateral relations unless Islamabad immediately re-arrested and prosecuted an Islamist leader accused of masterminding the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India. The warning came after Pakistani authorities on Friday acted on a court order and freed Hafiz Saeed, a U.S.-designated global terrorist, from months of house arrest for a lack of evidence. Detention of the firebrand cleric had stemmed from allegations of terrorism. Washington has been offering a $10 million reward since 2012 for information that would lead to bringing Saeed to justice for plotting the Mumbai bloodshed through his outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) global terrorist organization. The White House on Saturday condemned Saeed’s release, saying it “sends a deeply troubling message” about Pakistan’s international counterterrorism commitment and “belies” claims the country will not provide sanctuary for terrorists on its soil. “If Pakistan does not take action to lawfully...
U.S. warns of repercussions for Pakistan over freed militant | Phuket News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Saturday there would be repercussions for U.S.-Pakistan relations unless Islamabad took action to detain and charge a newly freed Islamist accused of masterminding a 2008 assault in Mumbai, India. ...
North Korea: US urges all nations to cut ties | Phuket News
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North Korea: US urges all nations to cut ties with Pyongyang | Phuket News
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Germany to continue diplomatic ties with North Korea, CDU’s Jürgen Hardt tells DW | Phuket News
Germany is likely to continue its diplomatic presence in North Korea after the US called on Berlin to reconsider its ties with the communist nation, Jürgen Hardt, a member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats and the government’s coordinator for transatlantic cooperation, told DW. “At the end of the day … a diplomatic […]...
Trump Administration Stops Short of Calling for Regime Change in North Korea | Phuket News
The Trump administration, after calling for all countries to cut ties with North Korea following its latest ballistic missile test, stopped short Thursday of advocating regime change in Pyongyang.
Filipino injured after falling from Suvarnabhumi airport’s fourth floor terminal | Phuket News
A foreigner holding a Filipino passport was seriously injured after he fell from the fourth floor of the Suvarnabhumi airport yesterday evening. According to airport security officials, the man fell from the fourth floor of the airport terminal onto the second floor of the departure terminal. Airport rescue officials arrived at the scene immediately and have him primary life assistance before rushing him to Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital. Airport police said the man arrived on a KQ886 flight from Kenya to Suvarnabhumi at 1.30pm yesterday on transit to Manila on the Phillipine Airline’s Flight PR727. The cause of his fall was unknown as security officials were looking into video footages on CCTV cameras. He is in critical condition. The post Filipino injured after falling from Suvarnabhumi airport’s fourth floor terminal appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Bali volcano alert raised to highest level, thousands of tourists stranded | Phuket News
ALMOST all flights to and from Bali, Indonesia have been cancelled on Monday following an eruption on Mount Agung, leaving thousands of tourists stranded on the popular resort island and airlines scrambling to provide latest updates. The flights were diverted away from the island’s airport due to the warning and the presence of volcanic ash from the erupting Agung. In a statement, the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar said a total of 445 flights – 196 international and 249 domestic – were cancelled. The closure of the airport affected over 59,000 passengers. Current Notam closes Denpasar airport through 2300 UTC 27 Nov (estimated) due to ash from #MtAgung.https://t.co/cdS4Qf61oO A4242/17 NOTAMNQ)WAAF/QFALC/IV/NBO/A/000/999/0845S11510E005A) WADD B) 1711262315 C) 1711272300 ESTE) AD CLSD DUE TO AGUNG VOLCANIC ASH pic.twitter.com/FzEU33snDM — Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) November 27, 2017 Australian carriers Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas advised passengers between 10am and 11am on Monday that all flights were...
Thais in Bali advised to register, flights cancelled | Phuket News
All Thai visitors in Bali have been advised to register with the Thai embassy in Jakarta, as flights from Bangkok to the Indonesian resort island were cancelled following the eruption of Mount Agung....
Last ‘open season’ for tourists visiting Phi Phi’s Maya Bay | Phuket News
PHUKET: There will be no limit on the number of tourists allowed to visit the famed Maya Bay near Phi Phi Island during the upcoming tourism high season, the Chief of the Hat Nopparat- Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, Worapoj Lomlim, has confirmed....
Thailand to collect tolls and use GPS to track foreign drivers | Phuket News
In anticipation of increasing and heavy automobile traffic into the country when ASEAN becomes a full single market, the Ministry of Transport is considering to collect tolls on all foreign automobiles entering the country at all border crossings. The proposal is now being considered by the ministry’s Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning at its recent meeting. The deputy director of the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning Mrs Wilairat Sirisophon-Silpa revealed that a recent Asean Economic Cooperation or AEC conference concluded that greater immigration freedom among its member countries will see higher traffic volume on their respective highway networks. With Thailand being the popular destination among the AEC, she said the office concluded that the country’s highways will become overburdened due to higher vehicular traffic. Projections are that local and foreign vehicle traffic will exceed 14 million/year which will result in high maintenance and repair...
Myanmar adds charge against 2 foreign journalists | Phuket News
A court in Myanmar filed an additional charge Monday against two foreign journalists who already have been sentenced to jail for illegally flying a drone over parliament....
Thailand may collect tolls on foreign automobiles entering the country when the region become a single market | Phuket News
In anticipation of increasing and heavy automobile traffic into the country when ASEAN becomes a full single market, the Ministry of Transport is considering to collect tolls on all foreign automobiles entering the country at all border crossings. The proposal is now being considered by the ministry’s Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning at its recent meeting. The deputy director of the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning Mrs Wilairat Sirisophon-Silpa revealed that a recent Asean Economic Cooperation or AEC conference concluded that greater immigration freedom among its member countries will see higher traffic volume on their respective highway networks. With Thailand being the popular destination among the AEC, she said the office concluded that the country’s highways will become overburdened due to higher vehicular traffic. Projections are that local and foreign vehicle traffic will exceed 14 million/year which will result in high maintenance and repair...
Russia to kick off World Cup against Saudis, Germany face Mexico | Phuket News
Five-times winners Brazil will face Switzerland in their first Group E match with Costa Rica and Serbia making up one of the tougher-looking of the eight groups....
Thousands Flee Bali Volcano but Some Stay Put or Run to It | Phuket News
When an enormous volcano belches ash and the people who live around it flee, you get out too, right? Probably. But apparently not always. The compelling impulse to see an aggressive and majestic show of nature, and to record an uncontrollable force, is motivating some visitors to the tropical island of Bali to stick around for a while rather than just head for the nearest airport. Take Mark Levitin. He's not going anywhere. The activity inside Mount Agung is the 12th volcanic eruption he's witnessed up close.
As Bali Volcano Glows, Thousands of Villagers Refuse to Leave | Phuket News
Tens of thousands of villagers on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali are refusing to evacuate from a 10-kilometer (six-mile) danger zone around an erupting volcano, putting their fate in the hands of the gods or staying put to protect homes and livestock. The glowing, 3,000-meter Mount Agung, considered sacred by many on the Hindu-majority island, started spewing huge columns of ash over the weekend and there have been constant tremors and volcanic mud flows since. Search and rescue teams making daily forays into the zone say some are refusing to leave their cattle unattended, while others have spiritual reasons. Evacuation orders clear “The government has been clear about evacuation orders, but some people are slow to act or want to stay,” said Gede Ardana, head of Bali’s search and rescue agency. “We cannot force them — but we will be held responsible, so we need to convince them.” For...
Bali flights resume, but volcanic ash still disrupts travel | Phuket News
KARANGASEM, Indonesia: Flights trickled out of Bali a day after its airport reopened but the erupting volcano there shut down air travel to a neighbouring Indonesian island Thursday, showing the continued risk to aircraft from the towering ash clouds....
Bali airport to reopen as Mount Agung ash cloud shifts | Phuket News
Officials will reopen the Bali international airport on Wednesday, the airport spokesman said, as the ash cloud moves away from the transport hub. The news comes as a relief for almost 120,000 tourists stranded on the popular Indonesian island. However, airport officials warned that flights might be halted again if winds change direction, as engines […]...
How a former New Zealand MP became a gay icon in Japan | Phuket News
An ex-NZ MP develops a following after his same-sex marriage speech is shared online in Japan...
SET down 6.75 points to 1,698.58 at midday | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand's main index went down 6.75 points, or 0.40%, to close at 1,698.58 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 25.63 billion baht, with 4.77 billion shares traded....
SET down 1.19 to 1,705.33 points | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand's main index was down 1.19 points or 0.07% to close at 1,705.33 points today. Total trading value was 61.88 billion baht with 9.06 billion shares changing hands....
SET down 1.85 points to 1,693.99 at midday | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand's main index went down 1.85 points, or 0.11%, to close at 1,693.99 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 25.30 billion baht, with 5.60 billion shares traded....
TTM cries foul over unfair excise tax on local cigarettes | Phuket News
Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (TTM) is asking the government to revise its excise tax on local tobacco saying it could lead to the dominance of foreign brands in the local market. It claimed that within a month after the new excise tax law put into force on Sept 16, it has lost substantial market share to foreign tobacco. The call was revealed at a press conference on Nov 27 held by the management of the TTM, a state enterprise under the supervision of the Ministry of Finance, which operates in the cigarette production and distribution business, to address impact on local tobacco by the recent taxation. The state enterprise also released a report on a 40-page report on the impact of the 2017 excise tax law, detailing how the new law will affect local tobacco business and the state’s coffer in the long run. TTM’s report on the impacts of the 2017...
E-commerce tax aims to create level playing field | Phuket News
The Revenue Department is gearing up to amend a tax law to include e-commerce, aiming to create fair competition among foreigners and local e-business operators, as well as save billions of baht in forgone tax revenue....
Asia set to open higher after US stocks rally on tax reform hopes | Phuket News
Markets in Australia and Japan to open higher while the dollar rose against a basket of currencies in morning trade....
Futures point to higher open for Japan as investors eye firmer Wall Street lead | Phuket News
U.S. equities finished higher on Friday while European and Asian stocks ended mixed with lighter-than-normal volumes....
Singapore stocks outperform SE Asian peers | Phuket News
Singapore shares touched a two-and-half-year closing high on Friday, as industrial output in October climbed for a fifteenth straight month, while Philippine and Vietnam stocks reversed losses from earlier in the day to end higher....
Tobacco Monopoly employees rally over excise tax rate | Phuket News
Members of the state-owned Thailand Tobacco Monopoly's labour union rallied outside the Finance Ministry on Friday, seeking justice over the new excise tax structure they say caused a 41% drop in TTM's cigarette sales, but opened a legal loophole for foreign tobacco companies to boost their share of the market....
Speed cams delayed for a month | Phuket News
New surveillance cameras designated for 15 busy traffic spots in Bangkok to catch motorists who flout the rules when changing lanes will be postponed by one month because of installation glitches, officials said....
10 miles NE of Dover, Delaware | Phuket News
Category: InformationBulletin Issue Time: 2017.11.30 21:50:54 UTC Preliminary Magnitude: 4.4(Ml)Lat/Lon: 39.184 / -75.378Affected Region: 10 miles NE of Dover, DelawareNote: * There is NO tsunami danger from this earthquake.Definition: An information statement indicates that an earthquake has occurred, but does not pose a tsunami threat, or that a tsunami warning, advisory, or watch has been issued for another section of the ocean. View bulletin...
Frenchman with broken ankle safe after three hour rescue at Krabi island | Phuket News
Medics and nurses from the Koh Lanta First Standard clinic rescued a 60 year old French national who fell while walking on the island of Koh Ngai. Eric Gabriel Briant suffered a fracture of his left ankle after he went for a walk on a mountain path yesterday evening. He slipped and fell after stepping on a loose rock. It took three hours to get the tourist safely to the beach and he was then taken by speedboat to Koh Lanta then transferred to hospital in Phuket. Dr Yingyong Temsinsakul led the team in the successful rescue after the tourist managed to place a call to the clinic to say he was in trouble, reported Thai Rath. Thai Visa /  Thai Rath The post Frenchman with broken ankle safe after three hour rescue at Krabi island appeared first on Samui Times....
Running Toon suffers ankle injury, to rest for 3 days | Phuket News
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Singer Toon Bodyslam will suspend his charity marathon for three days after suffering a severe pain on his left ankle shortly before reaching Hua Hin district on Tuesday night....
Police could lower city speed limits to “halve road accidents by 2020” | Phuket News
The metropolitan police were told something they already knew at a meeting on Monday – speed kills! The Bloomberg Foundation that works on public safety issues had done some surveys with the academics at Chulongkorn University and worked out that the faster people go the more accidents there are. So now the Bangkok cops – faced with the new evidence – are thinking about lowering the speed limit generally in built up areas from 80 km per hour to 50 kmph. The move could be seen in other cities around Thailand later if successful in the capital. The meeting was told that 76% of road accidents happen because drivers go too fast. This is hampering efforts to halve the death toll from road accidents. The meeting was told that the stated aim of the authorities was to cut the road accident death toll from 2011 figures by 50% by 2020....
Chiang Mai cops’ cunning Christmas plan – breath tests in the pubs! | Phuket News
The Chiang Mai cops have announced their latest brainwave to stop the carnage on the Thai roads. They will breath test drinkers before they have even left the pubs. If found over the limit the boozers will be advised to take the bus home. And if they don’t follow suit – they have promised lots of festive season checkpoints to nab drink drivers. Thaponphong Chairansee – the top traffic cop in the northern Thai tourist mecca – said that this will be a great way to bring accidents down and save lives. Thaponphong was speaking at a meeting of police and other agencies who met with representatives from the entertainment sector and bars to ask for their cooperation. The campaign is called: “Chiang Mai – Drink Don’t Drive, Get Home Safely”. Following a Bangkok police campaign earlier in the week that concentrated on lowering speed limits, the Chiang Mai force...
Cops to use cameras to catch traffic violators at 15 spots | Phuket News
Police will use new surveillance cameras at 15 busy traffic spots in Bangkok from Thursday to catch motorists who switch lanes suddenly, as it violates road rules and is a cause of frequent road accidents....
Thailand dangers – add monkeys to the list! | Phuket News
BEC Tero TV reported that monkeys at a Krabi temple had attacked a Russian tourist. But the tourist seemed to be more than a little responsible after annoying the creatures. As the monkeys circled Natalie Woloshina, 52, trying to get food she tipped water on their heads for a laugh. The animals responded by sinking their teeth into her upper arm – a wound that required a trip to Krabi Hospital after first aid from foundation medics at the scene. The TV presenters reminded tourists not to annoy or mess with the monkeys at the temple of Wat Tham Seua – or anywhere else for that matter. Thai Visa /  BEC Tero TV The post Thailand dangers – add monkeys to the list! appeared first on Samui Times....
Dining Card newsletter of December 2017 | Phuket News
Dining Card newsletter of December 2017 The post Dining Card newsletter of December 2017 appeared first on Samui Times....
Isaan Love Triangle: Thai Men Found Lacking By Farang-Loving Women | Phuket News
Sure, there’s a Robert and a Gerhardt living down that dusty Khon Kaen road with their Phim and Tukta. But how does the local Somchai – possily Tukta’s ex – feel about their union? While men in Isaan assume women there marry foreigners for their money, the women say they are motivated by how farang men care for their families. Either way, while there are relatively few such marriages, they are challenging assumptions about masculinity in the Thai northeast and diminishing men’s marital prospects. That’s according to a sociologist who has conducted a census and multiple studies in two Isaan communities to examine how men there are challenged by women marrying foreigners. While most academic studies of such marriages have focused on the spouses and their cultural or linguistic differences, Patcharin Lapanun of Khon Kaen University looked at the effects such relationships had on other men in in the communities,...
Frenchman with no money and Thai wife in apparent suicide pact in Uthai Thani | Phuket News
A 46 year old Frenchman and his 26 year old Thai wife were found together having apparently died from a drug overdose, said police. Both had left suicide notes. David Guffroy’s began: “My father has not sent money to Thailand for a long time – I have no money”. His wife of eight years Saifon Guffroy spoke of undying love for her husband. She said they had faced life’s struggles together and she would always love him in this life and the next. They would always be soul mates. Police in Ban Rai district said that the clothed bodies had been dead for about five days. It was their house. They found a quantity of anti-depressants at the scene and an appointment card for Saifon to see a doctor regarding mental health issues. There was no sign of a struggle. The first two lines of the French man’s note was...
Sickening kindergarten violence – more child abuse hushed up by the authorities | Phuket News
Thai media is increasingly asking the question: “When is the violence perpetrated against children in Thai schools going to stop?” Thai Rath reported on a latest CCTV video saying that the violence is a “common occurrence” in Thai schools. Their headline said: Here we go again. Netizens are again quoted as being outraged by the violence. While the education authorities predictably try to hush it up. Abusers are let off and given ample opportunity to continue assaulting children at will. The latest six minute video features over the top violence against a number of defenseless three and four year old children by a teaching assistant or nanny. She is referred to as a “phi liang”. Taken from a day in August it has been uploaded to the Mem Pho Dam site. It shows a woman repeatedly pull, drag, punch and violently shake a number of children. One boy is repeatedly...
School marks | Phuket News
People question the speedy closure of an inquiry into child abuse at a Beijing nursery....
Dog and Cat Rescue Samui Foundation November Newsletter 2018 | Phuket News
With a heavy heart we had to inform you last month that Brigittes´ husband Werner had passed away and she had to go back to Germany. She is still there and is hoping to be back at the end of this year. Things have been hard on all of us and since we are such a small team we are happy that at least our wonderful volunteer Sven has returned to the island and is staying every day at our office in Chaweng – taking a big stone off Jay’s shoulder too since she has been left alone with the office work in the past few weeks. Thankfully our manager Wit is still going absolutely strong every single day, our long term volunteers Linda and Tom are also back. in full force and our helpers and especially Dr. Sith are giving their best to keep things going as good as...
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: B15,000 pineapple? Ice crusher vs hand! Heart failue at 18? || December 15 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - December 15 A B15,000 pineapple? Ice crusher vs hand! Untangling these cables! Incentives for banks to merge? Army: cadet died of heart failure! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
Phuket Property Developers – Owners | Phuket News
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Phuket Home Inspections – Property And Building Inspectors | Phuket News
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Strong winds fell tree in Phuket, damages property | Phuket News
PHUKET: Strong winds brought down a large tree in Chalong last night causing damage to a nearby property....
Karon Resort For Sale | Phuket News
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Karon Hotel Sale | Phuket News
Phuket Travel Tips And Advise - Karon Hotel Sale: (Reduced and limited price offer) Sale: 279.750.000 THB 60 Bedrooms – Title: Chanote – Over 6,000 Sq.M Of Land One, two and three bedroom Karon Hotel for sale ideally located near Karon. This Hotel offers modern style, an array of choices from standard suites to 3-bedroom suite, restaurants, wellness and leisure activities, […] Karon Hotel Sale - Phuket Travel Tips And Advise....
Thailand Battles Drug-Resistant Malaria Strains | Phuket News
While progress has been made against malaria, the mosquito-borne disease kills more than 420,000 people each year, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. Now, drug-resistant malaria strains in Southeast Asia could threaten the global fight against the disease. VOA's Faith Lapidus reports....
CPT Drives and Power (SET:CPT) Expanding Internationally to Boost Growth | Phuket News
Dec 20, 2017 Picture:  - Acquiring land for plant construction, expand product line, local, overseas client bases to boost growth BANGKOK - (ACN Newswire) - CPT Drives and Power PCL (SET:CPT), a provider of competitiveness-enhancing electrical power solutions for machinery control, including electrical power control equipment and systems for industrial plants and power substation erection and construction services, commenced trading on the SET on 20 December, 2017. CPT is confident of firing investors' enthusiasm, given its planned expansion of product lines and industrial client bases both locally and internationally, which is expected to contribute to an annualised growth rate of 10%. Mr Somsak Limprasert, chief executive of CPT, expressed his confidence in the company's shares (ticker symbol: CPT) which were floated on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) on 20 Dec, following the initial public offering (IPO) of 270m shares (par value: THB 0.50 each) for THB 2.30 each...
Hong Kong Property Prices on the Rise, Families Look for Affordable Homes | Phuket News
Hong Kong’s soaring property prices have pushed tens of thousands of families into tiny, partitioned apartments, sparking calls for creative solutions, including converting shipping containers and even water pipes into temporary homes. The former British colony, one of the most densely populated places on Earth where individual, caged beds offer the only living space for some of the very poor, has seen home prices shatter historic records for 12 straight months. In November, an apartment sold for HK$132,060 ($16,915) per square foot, making it the most expensive apartment per square foot in Asia. This has forced some 200,000 individuals into tiny partitioned flats, averaging a mere 62 square feet (six square metres). Government figures released on Wednesday show the number of households living in
North Korean soldier defects to South | Phuket News
ANOTHER North Korean soldier successfully fled across the border into South Korea followed by gun shots from both sides, defence officials in Seoul said on Thursday. The South’s news agency Yonhap reported that a “low-ranking” North Korean soldier appeared at a South Korean guard post at 8.04am amid thick fog. It follows the dramatic escape of a soldier who crossed through the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) last month. South Korea’s military said on Thursday that after the soldier defected, border guards from the North approached the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), seemingly searching for the soldier. At line 9.30am, the South’s border guards fired 20 warning shots. SEE ALSO: Watch: Dramatic footage shows escape of North Korean defector North Korean troops responded 40 minutes later with several gun shots. “Today a North Korean soldier defected through our military’s general outpost in the centre-western region,” said South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman...
South Korean troops fire warning shots as North Korean soldiers hunt for defector | Phuket News
South Korean news agency Yonhap says the incident took place as a North Korea defector tried to cross a ceasefire line....
S. Korea fires warning shots after North soldier defects | Phuket News
SEOUL: South Korean soldiers fired 20 warning machine gun rounds Thursday, turning back North Korean soldiers apparently pursuing a comrade who had earlier dashed across the rivals' shared border, officials said. It is the fourth time this year a North Korean soldier has defected across the world's most heavily armed border....
Seoul: Another North Korean Soldier Defects to South | Phuket News
A North Korean soldier has defected to South Korea, crossing the Demilitarized Zone, Seoul’s defense ministry said. Emerging from a thick fog, the “low-ranking” soldier appeared in front of a guard post around 8 a.m. Thursday, the South Korean Yonhap news agency reported. The defense ministry said there was no gunfire from soldiers in the North in the latest incident, unlike one a month ago when a North Korean soldier drove a jeep down a tree-lined road and then ran across the DMZ under a hail of at least 40 bullets from his ex-comrades. He suffered at least five gunshot wounds. The defector in November managed to reach the Joint Security Area within the DMZ, which forms the de facto border between the Koreas since the Korean War, and took cover behind a building. He was later rescued by South Korean soldiers and airlifted by a U.S. forces helicopter to...
Fire in Korean fitness centre kills at least 16 | Phuket News
SEOUL: A fire broke out in an eight-storey fitness centre in the scenic South Korean city of Jecheon on Thursday, killing at least 16 people, most of them as they were taking a sauna, a fire station official said....
South Korea Wants to Postpone US Military Drills Until After Olympics | Phuket News
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday that next year’s joint military exercises with the United States may be postponed until after the Olympics. The South Korean leader, in an interview with NBC News, said he had made the “suggestion to the U.S., and the U.S is currently reviewing.” A Blue House presidential official in Seoul clarified on Wednesday that delaying the joint drills would be contingent upon North Korea restraining from carrying out any provocations during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics that are to be held in South Korea in February. President Moon said a pause in provocations would help create a “conducive atmosphere towards inter-Korean as well as U.S.-North Korean dialogue.
N. Korea unmoved as world unites against nuke ambitions | Phuket News
UNITED NATIONS: North Korea's friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognised as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, but the North gave no sign of budging on its nuclear ambitions....
Robots to volunteer at South Korea’s Winter Olympics | Phuket News
SOUTH KOREA recently announced that 85 robot helpers will be available to assist visitors at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang county. The robot volunteers, will be assigned to various venues from February 9-25, during the Winter Olympic Games. The bots will be available in stadiums and airports, where they will give travellers directions, tourist information and boarding advice in Korean, English, Mandarin and Japanese. The LG designed ‘Airport Guide Robot’ is part of an initiative by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy to use the Winter Olympics as a platform to showcase the country’s recent technological developments. SEE ALSO: South Korea downplays security fears over Pyeongchang Winter Olympics A total of 11 types of robots will feature in the international sporting event, which is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the global. The most notable of these is HUBO – a walking humanoid...
Woman ejected from Starbucks over racial abuse of Koreans | Phuket News
A VIDEO of a Caucasian woman hurling racial slurs towards a pair of international South Korean students at a Starbucks outlet in California, United States has gone viral, enraging many online for its outrageous content. An unnamed woman was shown asking the students not to speak their native language, saying she hated the language. Starbucks employees had to escort the woman out of the outlet, according to Newsweek. Sean Lee, a South Korean native and UC Berkeley student was in a tutoring session with Annie An, an international student from South Korea when an unnamed woman sitting nearby with a laptop started telling them to stop using their language. KRON reported An filmed the woman while she made those racist remarks. SEE ALSO: China: Racist museum exhibit shows black people alongside animals  This is what she had to say: “I don’t want to hear your language.” “This is America. Use English only.” “I hate it.”...
Viral: Woman ejected from Starbucks over racial abuse of Koreans | Phuket News
A VIDEO of a Caucasian woman hurling racial slurs towards a pair of international students from Korea at a Starbucks outlet in the US state of California has gone viral, enraging many online for its outrageous content. An unnamed woman was shown asking the students to not speak their native language, saying she hated the language. Starbucks employees had to escort the woman out of the outlet, according to Newsweek. Sean Lee, a South Korean native and UC Berkeley student was in a tutoring session with Annie An, an international student from South Korea when an unnamed woman sitting nearby with a laptop started telling them to stop using their language. KRON reported that An filmed the woman while she made those racist remarks. SEE ALSO: China: Racist museum exhibit shows black people alongside animals  This is what she had to say: “I don’t want to hear your language.” “This is America. Use English only.”...
DSI arrests 2 suspected pyramid scheme operators | Phuket News
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has arrested two Thai nationals, a man and a woman, suspected of being opertors of a transnational pyramid scheme syndicate. Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang, the DSI chief, said DSI officials, with support from the Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) and the Anti-Money Laundering Office (GLO), arrested Mr Rathakhet Chayarat, alias Kru Kob, and Mrs Kanokkul Pornapichote on Dec 12 and Dec 14. Mr Rathakhet and Mrs Kanokkul are among a group of 10 suspects wanted under warrants issued by the Criminal Court in connection with a pyramid scheme operated by Eagle Gates Group, which has been suspected to be a transnational criminal organisation luring people, both in Thailand and other countries, to invest in foreign stock markets, promising a return of more than 100%. In the search of eight locations, the authorities managed to seize a quantity of valuables. Of the 10 suspects...
Thailand, Malaysia top job destinations | Phuket News
Thailand and Malaysia are prime destinations for millions of migrant workers from mainland Asean countries, as job opportunities and a stronger economy provide a better quality of life, according to report released yesterday by the International Labour Organisation (ILO)...
Tropical storm Kaitak to bring more rain to lower South | Phuket News
There will be an increase of rainfall with torrential downpours especially in Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Trang and Satun during this period and residents should be cautious against possible inshore surges and flash floods, the Thai Meteorological Department said in its 11am broadcast on Wednesday (Dec 20). The increase of rain is a result of tropical storm Kaitak, which as of 10am on Dec 20 was moving toward Malaysia and the lower South of Thailand with maximum sustained wind of 65 kilometres per hour. It was moving in the west-southwest direction at a speed of 15km/hour. It is forecast to weaken into a tropical storm on making a landfall. People are advised to watch for possible inshore surges and flash floods. Rough seas will be 2-4 metres high in the lower Gulf of Thailand. All vessels should proceed with caution, while small boats should remain ashore. In upper Thailand,...
Tropical storm Kai Tak kills at least 30 in Visayas | Phuket News
Over 30 people were killed in landslides and floods triggered by tropical storm Kai Tak or Urduja as it pummeled eastern Visayas on Sunday (Dec 17), according to a report in The Manila Times Online on Monday. Police and local officials said that official figures of deaths have yet to be confirmed by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). According to police and local government reports, 14 people died in Caibiran, Biliran; six died in Leyte; four in Almeria, Biliran; four in Naval, Biliran; two in San Fernando, Romblon; and one each in Palanas municipality of Masbate, Biliran town and Labo municipality in Camarines Norte. Packed with gusts of up to 90 kph, the storm cut off power in areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda four years ago.  Power lines in 39 towns and cities were toppled and roads and bridges were damaged by the storm. In...
Tropical storm Kai-tak floods central Philippines | Phuket News
MANILA: Moderate to heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in central Philippines as tropical storm Kai-tak made landfall on Saturday afternoon, and may hit more areas while moving westward, the weather bureau said on Saturday....
Tropical Storm Brings Flooding to Philippines | Phuket News
Moderate to heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in central Philippines as tropical storm Kai-tak made landfall Saturday afternoon, and may hit more areas while moving westward, the weather bureau said Saturday. Locally known as Urduja, Kai-tak was barreling through the eastern region of Visayas, hitting islands and coastal towns such as Tacloban City where Supertyphoon Haiyan claimed 8,000 lives in 2013. Heavy rains and large waves have stranded at least 11,000 people in various ports in the region, according to the Philippine Coast Guard. More than 10,000 people have fled to evacuation centers, local media reported. Disaster officials were verifying reports that three people, including a 2-year-old boy, had been killed during the storm.  Several provinces were placed under storm warning signals, where heavy rains may persist, the weather bureau said. Kai-tak was packing maximum sustained winds of 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour, with gustiness of up to...
Amnesty: Failed and Exploited, Nepal Migrant Workers Trapped in Debt Cycle | Phuket News
Nepali migrant workers are trapped in a vicious cycle of debt and exploitation due to a failure by authorities to crack down on recruitment firms that charge illegally high fees for jobs abroad, human rights group Amnesty International said on Monday. Wages sent back by an estimated four million Nepalis - mainly employed working in construction or as domestic workers in the Middle East, Malaysia and South Korea - make up more than a quarter of the poor Himalayan nation's gross domestic product. Nepal permits recruitment agencies to charge 10,000 rupees ($100) from each migrant as a service charge for finding them work with foreign firms, who pay for workers' travel and visa. But a survey of over 400 Nepali migrants by Amnesty found workers are not only forced up to 12 times more the permitted amount to agencies, but also that most are forced to borrow the money from...
Singapore issues more financial bans related to 1MDB scandal | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: Singapore's central bank on Tuesday said it had permanently barred Yeo Jiawei, a former wealth manager of Swiss bank BSI involved in breaches related to Malaysia's 1MDB fund, from managing financial services firms and advisory activities....
52nd Supermarket Trade Show 2018 in February will host 2,025 companies and organizations exhibiting with 3,448 booths | Phuket News
Dec 18, 2017 Picture:  The New Supermarket Association of Japan [Head Office: Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, President: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)] will hold the 52nd SUPERMARKET TRADE SHOW 2018 from February 14 (Wed) to 16 (Fri), 2018, in Makuhari Messe and will be celebrating its 60th anniversary. The event provides a venue to disseminate the latest information on supermarkets and the distribution industry. With the environment surrounding supermarkets in a state of constant change, a diverse range of issue has drawn attention. Reaching the 52nd time of the holding Supermarket Trade Show has continued to play a key role in finding solutions to such varied issues. Setting
45th TaiSPO to kick off on March 8, 2018 | Phuket News
Dec 19, 2017 Picture:  The 2018 Taipei International Sporting Goods Show (TaiSPO) will be held at the TWTC Exhibition Halls 1 & 3 on March 8-10, 2018. It will be the 45th edition of the show, which is all about exhibiting the latest sporting innovations from Taiwan and around the world, and it will the first time since 2011 for the show to be held independently of Taipei Cycle. TaiSPO 2018 will feature the products of Taiwanese and international exhibitors in the fields of fitness and camping as well as indoors, outdoors and water sports. Over 300 exhibiting companies will be using 1,800 booths to showcase their latest offers. In 2017, more than 23,000 domestic and international visitors attended the event. The 2018 show will open on March 8 for industry professionals. Public admissions will start on March 9. For visitor pre-registrations to TaiSPO 2018, visit: https://www.taispo.com.tw/en_US/member/visitor/preregister.html Catherine Hung...
Does Malaysia even need to speak English anymore? | Phuket News
THE official language in Malaysia is the local variety of Malay, formally known as Bahasa Malaysia (BM). However, because of the multicultural society in the country, most Malaysians are bilingual. Everyone would speak BM and they would either also know how to speak a Chinese dialect or Tamil. English is another language that many Malaysians speak. This is due to the fact that Malaysia used to be part of the British empire and this legacy means that English is quite an important language. Many people, especially urban folks, are able to speak English. SEE ALSO: Which Asian country speaks the best English? Of late however, the English language proficiency has been dropping. But still, Malaysians in general still think that mastering English is an advantage. Many people blame the education system and want English to be emphasised again. I have to admit that I am one of them. I grew...
India Still Hopeful of Arresting Islamic Scholar Despite Interpol’s Rejection of its Request | Phuket News
Interpol has canceled the Red Corner Notice it issued on the request of the Indian government against controversial Islamic scholar Zakir Naik, citing insufficient evidence against Naik. But India’s National Investigative Agency (NIA) said it will file a fresh request. Naik has been accused of hate speech, promoting terrorism and money laundering, and investigations against him are underway in India. Naik, who is currently in Malaysia where he has permanent residence, denies these charges.  In a video message after the Interpol decision, Naik said he was relieved to hear that.  “But I would have been much more relieved if my own Indian government and Indian agencies, they gave me justice and cleared me of all the false charges.  I am sure, Inshah Allah (God willing) it will soon happen, for truth has a fantastic way of coming out.” In a statement, a spokesperson for Naik said that one of the reasons...
China's Response to US National Security Report: Cooperation | Phuket News
Beijing has rejected criticisms outlined in President Donald Trump’s national security strategy report, a document that lists China as a strategic competitor and challenge to American values.   The outline of the Trump administration’s national security concerns and plans, is critical of the ambitions of China’s Communist Party leaders, accusing them of seeking to spread the features of the country’s authoritarian system, stealing intellectual property and expanding the reach of its state-led economic model.   The report lists three sets of challengers to peace and American values. In addition to Iran, North Korea, and terrorist groups, China and Russia are listed as “revisionist powers” that want to shape the world with different values and interests.   “These are fundamentally political contests between those who favor repressive systems and those who favor free societies,” the report said.   The report also accuses China of challenging international norms, and expresses concern that decades...
ThaiBev to acquire 54% stake of Vietnam’s largest brewer | Phuket News
A Thai Beverage affiliate won the right to buy around 54% stake in Vietnam’s Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp. in what is to be the Vietnam government’s biggest divestment of a state-owned enterprise. Vietnam Beverage, ThaiBev’s domestic unit, took a 54% stake in Sabeco, as Vietnam’s largest brewer is known. An undisclosed individual domestic investor had registered to bid for 20,000 shares. In all, the ministry garnered bids for about 343.682 million shares in Sabeco. The Vietnamese government expects to collect about $4.8 billion from the deal. Vietnam Beverage was the only institutional bidder for the company better known as Sabeco. An individual investor who introduced himself as a fortune teller and spiritual dancer also participated in the auction, acquiring a negligible stake. Vietnam Beverage is wholly owned by F&B Alliance Vietnam, a local unit of the Fraser and Neave (F&N), a food and beverage conglomerate based in Singapore. The Thai...
Vietnam stocks lead SE Asian peers on Sabeco stake sale | Phuket News
Vietnam shares rose more than 2% on Monday, helped by a US$5 billion stake sale in state-owned Saigon Beer Corporation (Sabeco) in the country's biggest ever privatisation process, while Philippines rose on bargain-hunting after last week's losses....
ThaiBev wins B156bn stake in Vietnam's Sabeco | Phuket News
Thai Beverage Pcl on Monday took a majority stake in Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp valued at around 160 billion baht, after an auction for Vietnam’s larger brewer attracted no other major bidders....
ThaiBev poised for B156bn stake in Vietnam's Sabeco | Phuket News
Thai Beverage Pcl is poised to take a majority stake in Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp valued at 156 billion baht, after an auction for Vietnam’s larger brewer attracted no other major bidders....
Cyber attacks net North Korea ‘millions in virtual currencies’ | Phuket News
SINGAPORE/SEOUL: A series of recent cyber attacks has netted North Korean hackers millions of dollars in virtual currencies like bitcoin, with more attacks expected as international sanctions drive the country to seek new sources of cash, researchers say....
White House: North Korea Behind 'WannaCry' Malware Attack | Phuket News
The United States is determined to hold North Korea accountable for the “WannaCry” malware attack that struck more than 150 countries last May, crippling hospitals, banks and locking up files and databases, demanding ransom for their release.   “We’re going to shame them for it,” Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert told reporters during a White House briefing Tuesday, while admitting there is little that can be done to bring specific perpetrators to justice. “We do not make this allegation lightly, we do so with evidence and we do so with partners,” Bossert said, noting that many other governments and private companies agreed with the assessment.   “The United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan have seen our analysis and the join us in denouncing North Korea for WannaCry. Commercial partners have also acted. Microsoft traced the attack to the cyber affiliates of the North Korean government, and others in...
Cyber-attack: US and UK blame North Korea for WannaCry | Phuket News
The WannaCry malware hit hospitals, banks and businesses across the world last May....
Apple’s 2017 iPhone Models Give Taiwan’s Weary Tech Sector a Reprieve | Phuket News
A boom in production of Apple iPhones is helping lift the economy of Taiwan, an industrial center that still relies on high-tech manufacturing contracts despite increasing competition from offshore. Apple’s phone sales in the third quarter this year grew 5.7 percent over the same period of 2016, ahead of a cross-brand increase of 3 percent to 383 million units, market research firm Gartner says. Orders for older iPhones as well as the iPhone X, which is seen taking off next year, have solidified orders for parts supplied by tech firms in Taiwan, analysts say. Tech specialists say the Silicon Valley icon is looking this year to Taiwanese firms for chip production, camera modules, displays and final assembly. Taiwanese-owned Foxconn Technology often assembles Apple gear at sprawling factories in China, for example. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world’s biggest chipmaker, is building the A11 processor for the iPhone 8, local media...
India Pledges $25M for Myanmar's Rakhine to Help Refugees Return | Phuket News
India will provide Myanmar with $25 million for development projects including prefabricated houses in troubled Rakhine state to enable the return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled the area, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. More than 600,000 Rohingya have escaped to Bangladesh after attacks by insurgents on Myanmar security forces in August triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing. The international community demands the Rohingya be allowed to go home in safety, and Bangladesh and Myanmar have begun talks on repatriation, but huge doubts remain about the Rohingya ever being able to return in peace to rebuild homes and till fields. India, which is concerned about the influx of the refugees into its territory, has stressed economic development of the Rakhine region as a way to help lower tensions. Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar held talks with Myanmar leaders on Wednesday and signed a memorandum...
Myanmar Says Still Working with UN, Wants a Rights Investigator Who is Fair | Phuket News
Myanmar wants to continue working with the United Nations on human rights but its investigator must be fair, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, a day after special rapporteur Yanghee Lee was barred from visiting the country.
UN special rapporteur barred from visiting Myanmar | Phuket News
Myanmar has barred UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee from returning to Myanmar and announced that cooperation will be withdrawn during the duration of her tenure, The Irrawaddy Online reported on Wednesday (Dec 20) quoting a UN report. Ms Lee was due to visit Myanmar in January to assess the state of human rights countrywide, including reports of abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. Ms Lee was reported to be puzzled and disappointed by the Myanmar government’s decision to ban her visit. However, she said that the declaration of non-cooperation throughout her mandate could only be viewed as a strong indication that “there must be something terribly awful happening in Rakhine as well as in the rest of the country.” But she hoped that Myanmar would review the decision. U Zaw Htay, director of Myanmar President’s Office, said in a text message to The Irrawaddy that Ms Lee was not...
Myanmar bars UN probe as mass grave found in Rakhine | Phuket News
It comes as authorities say they found 10 bodies in a mass grave near a Rohingya village in Rakhine....
The Uber of China raised more than $4 billion to expand overseas | Phuket News
Didi Chuxing raised over $4 billion in funding, the company said on Thursday as the Chinese giant looks to venture overseas....
Love Hospital | Phuket News
Clients can spend tens of thousands of pounds to see off unwanted love rivals in China....
On social media, Islamic State uses fantastical propaganda to recruit members | Phuket News
ISIS has now lost much of the territory they occupied, including the onetime capital of the Islamic State, Raqqa. Some Indonesians who had travelled to Syria to join ISIS managed to flee from Raqqa when the city was attacked by anti-ISIS militias. In September, the Indonesian police said that around 600 Indonesians have joined ISIS. What pulled them to uproot their lives life and join ISIS? The stories of two Indonesian women, Leefa and Nur, who returned home after joining ISIS, can provide some clues. Both said they flew to Raqqa after they saw ISIS’s photos and videos about Islamic State on the internet. Leefa said that from the videos she imagined it to be a better place to live. Islamic State has been using fantastical propaganda on social media that describes the Islamic State as a land that is full of happiness to recruit supporters. SEE ALSO: Hong Kong: Migrant worker...
Four People Killed after Ferry Capsizes off Remote Philippine Island | Phuket News
Four people are confirmed dead and 81 others are missing after Thursday's capsizing of a ferry off a remote island in the Philippines. Philippine coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo says 166 individuals have been rescued by navy and coast guard rescue crews and a flotilla of fishing boats near Polilo island, located about 70 kilometers northeast of Manila.  Many of the rescued passengers were taken to the port village of Dinahican in Quezon province.   The Mercraft 3 ferry was carrying 251 people between the town of Real in Quezon to Polilo when it was hit by strong winds and high waves, and soon began taking on water.  Bad weather has hampered plans to dispatch of coast guard helicopter to the site of the sunken boat.   Sea accidents are a common occurrence in the Philippines, with vessels poorly maintained and overcrowded due to lax oversight in the 7,000 island...
Philippines ferry: Deaths as boat capsizes off Quezon | Phuket News
Several people have died and many more are missing as boat capsizes off Philippines coast....
Philippine ferry capsizes with 251 on board, 4 reported dead | Phuket News
MANILA: A Philippine ferry with 251 people on board capsized during bad weather on Thursday off an island near the capital, Manila, a coastguard spokesman said, and media reported four people had been killed and 140 rescued....
Philippine ferry capsizes with 251 on board, four reported dead | Phuket News
A Philippine ferry with 251 people on board capsized during bad weather on Thursday off an island near the capital, Manila, a coastguard spokesman said....
Report: Philippines Ferry Capsizes with 250 aboard | Phuket News
A Philippine ferry carrying 251 people capsized Thursday off an island south of Manila, the capital, a coast guard spokesman said, amid a storm bringing heavy downpours. Three people were killed in the accident, domestic radio said. Rescue operations were hampered by bad weather and huge waves caused by a typhoon in the south. Coast guard boats and army helicopters rushed to the vicinity of Polilio island in the province of Quezon to rescue passengers, taking advantage of daylight, spokesman Armand Balilo said on television. “We heard about casualties, but we are still trying to get a complete picture,” Balilo said, adding that the ferry, which had the capacity to carry 280 people, had not been overloaded. Boat accidents are common in the Philippines, which is frequently lashed by storms and typhoons.  ...
Philippines ferry carrying 251 capsizes | Phuket News
The passenger vessel capsized off the east coast and bad weather is hampering rescue efforts....
Duterte orders unilateral ceasefire with the Reds during Christmas holidays | Phuket News
Against the recommendation of his security officials, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday announced the suspension of military operations against the Communists from December 24 to January 2, 2018, The Manila Times Online reported on Thursday. Palace spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement the unilateral ceasefire would lessen the apprehension of the people during the Christmas season which holds a special place in the hearts of Filipinos. He said the government expected the communist rebels to respond in kind and make its own ceasefire announcement. Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana welcomed Duterte’s initiative. “We will follow the president’s directive,” he said, adding, however, that he did not recommend the ceasefire. On December 5, Lorenzana said he was not inclined to recommend the suspension of military operations with the communist rebels, citing information that the commanders of the New People’s Army have ordered their men to intensify offensives against government forces....
Duterte declares unilateral ceasefire for Christmas | Phuket News
MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a 10-day unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels to allow Filipinos to celebrate a
All About Buddhism: Its holiday season – So what do Buddhists do for Christmas? | Phuket News
So, it seems that the holidays are once again upon us. For many families, that means snow, turkey, Christmas ham, stuffed stockings, Cornish hens, Christmas trees, kids waiting for Santa Claus, and gifts wrapped with loving care… just like the lyrics of the Christmas classic “White Christmas”....
Philippines: Communist rebels vow fierce resistance to martial law in Mindanao | Phuket News
COMMUNIST rebels in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao vowed to fiercely resist the extension of martial law that rights advocates say will only worsen human rights violations by the state against dissenters and indigenous peoples. In a joint session, the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives approved on Dec 13 the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend martial law in Mindanao until Dec 31, 2018. “The imposition of a one-year martial law extension in Mindanao will heighten the people’s resistance to Duterte’s dictatorship. More and more, he is pushing people to resort to armed struggle as they suffer under his intensifying fascist rule,” the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said in a statement. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Martial law extended in Mindanao for another year Flame rises as damaged buildings including a mosque are seen inside a war-torn area in Marawi city, southern Philippines, Oct 23, 2017. Source:...
Communist rebels vow fierce resistance to martial law in Mindanao | Phuket News
COMMUNIST rebels in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao vowed to fiercely resist the extension of martial law that rights advocates say will only worsen human rights violations by the state against dissenters and indigenous peoples. In a joint session, the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives approved on December 13 the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2018. “The imposition of a one-year martial law extension in Mindanao will heighten the people’s resistance to Duterte’s dictatorship. More and more, he is pushing people to resort to armed struggle as they suffer under his intensifying fascist rule,” the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said in a statement. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Martial law extended in Mindanao for another year Flame rises as damaged buildings including a mosque are seen after government troops cleared the area from pro-Islamic State militant groups inside a...
Philippines: Rebels attacked soldiers on typhoon relief duty | Phuket News
MANILA: Maoist rebels attacked soldiers delivering relief aid to parts of the central Philippines where a typhoon killed at least 32 people, army and disaster officials said on Monday....
Labour groups demand a 360-baht uniform wage rate nationwide | Phuket News
The Thai Labour Reconciliation Committee, the Federation of State Enterprise Labour Relations and workers’ network have jointly declared their demand a 360-baht uniform daily minimum wage rate to be applicable throughout the country. Representatives of the labour groups made their joint declaration before they were due to meet with Labour Minister Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaeo to discuss the minimum wage issue. Currently, the highest minimum wage rate is 310 baht enforceable in seven provinces, including Bangkok Metropolis, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phuket, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon. Besides the 360-baht/day uniform minimum wage rate to be enforceable nationwide, the labour groups also demanded the dissolution of all provincial labour subcommittees; setting up a wage structure with the minimum wage to be adjusted annually; setting up a national-level wage committee comprising all stakeholders and not just the three parties of workers, employers and government officials; and measures to control prices...
KTB assures the money exchange transaction with two Laotians legitimate | Phuket News
State-run Krung Thai Bank clarified on Thursday (Dec 14) that its branch office in Nong Khai had fully complied with regulations regarding money exchange over a substantial portion of the 98 million baht in Thai currency that the office exchanged with two Laotian nationals. The two Laotian brothers, Subanh and Kamboun Tiasiri ,were arrested by customs officials at a border point on the Thai-Lao friendship bridge on charge of currency smuggling as they tried to bring the 98 million baht in cash into Laos on Dec 12. The bank said that its Nong Khai branch office has extensively engaged in transactions concerning cross-border trading and, therefore, has a substantial reserve of Thai currency. About 70 out of the 98 million baht seized by customs officials and now kept at the KTB’s Nong Khai branch were exchanged with the branch office. Also, it said that the two Laotians in question were customers...
Panthongtae sends loan-scandal statement countering charge | Phuket News
Panthongtae Shinawatra, one of four suspects charged by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) for money laundering in the infamous Krungthai Bank (KTB) loan scandal, on Thursday had his lawyer submit a counter-statement in his defence to the DSI....
Laos inquires more information on 98-million baht cash seizure in Nong Khai | Phuket News
Laos yesterday (Dec 13) sent two official representatives to Nong Khai to inquire more information from Thai authorities over the arrest of two Laotians trying to smuggle Thai currencies worth 98 million baht out of the country. The two Laotian officers Maj Ancherry Pontarangse, chief of Laos Immigration Office and Capt Suwannee Thammarat met Nong Khai immigration Office chief Nimit Sangamphai yesterday. The two officers just inquired information on the seizure but didn’t insist to meet the two Laotian people who said to be doing money exchange business in Laos. However they confirmed the two brothers are in the money exchange business in Vientiane. Both were explained by Thai authorities that the two brothers brought US dollars from Laos to exchange for Thai baht in preparation for high season when tourists will travel across the border from Laos to Thailand during the New Year festival. But they didn’t declare, which...
Laos pair held over cash stash | Phuket News
NONG KHAI: Two Lao nationals were arrested while they allegedly attempted to smuggle nearly 100 million baht in cash into Thailand through a border checkpoint in Muang district yesterday....
Myanmar journalists to don black over arrest of reporters | Phuket News
YANGON: A group of Myanmar journalists said they would begin wearing black T-shirts on Saturday in protest at the detention of two Reuters reporters accused of violating the country's Official Secrets Act, as pressure builds on Myanmar to release the pair....
UN Denies Arrested Reuters Reporters Had Given it Information | Phuket News
Two Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar had not passed any information to the United Nations, the world body said, rejecting a report published in domestic media which suggested that could be the reason for their detention. A report published online by the Irrawaddy magazine on Tuesday had cited an unnamed source
Myanmar holds journalists in secret detention | Phuket News
YANGON: Two Reuters journalists completed a week in detention in Myanmar on Tuesday, with no word on where they were being held as authorities proceeded with an investigation into whether they violated the country's colonial-era Official Secrets Act....
Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Unprotected from Cold Winter Ahead | Phuket News
The U.N. refugee agency is mounting a multi-million dollar operation aimed at keeping thousands of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh warm during the winter ahead. The U.N refugee agency reports on Sunday it will start distributing the first of nearly 200,000 items of warm clothing to help recently arrived Rohingya refugees weather the colder climate ahead. More than 646,000 Rohingya, fleeing persecution and violence in Myanmar, have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh since the end of August. The UNHCR says it is worried about their squalid living conditions and lack of protection from myriad risks, including their ability to survive the cooler temperatures in the weeks and months ahead. UNHCR spokesman, Babar Baloch, said winters in Bangladesh are milder than in other regions. But, he notes temperatures dip low at night and the Rohingya don’t have adequate clothing and shelter to protect themselves. “Children, who are 55 percent of...
US House Passes Resolution 'Condemning Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya' | Phuket News
The U.S. House of Representatives condemned the
Myanmar Bans Special UN Envoy from Visiting Country | Phuket News
The United Nation's special human rights envoy to Myanmar says the government is barring her from visiting the country to assess the current situation in the East Asian nation. Wednesday's announcement by Yanghee Lee coincides with Myanmar's military revealing the discovery of 10 bodies in a mass grave in northwestern Rakhine state, where more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims once called home before fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh to escape a brutal military offensive. The grave was discovered Monday in the village of Inn Din. The army says it is conducting an investigation. The South Korean-born Lee said she is
MRC predicts up to 70 percent cut of fisheries production across Mekong basin from hydropower production | Phuket News
Dam construction in the Mekong river will likely deal a serious economic blow to Cambodia, with dire outlooks for fisheries and rice production even under best case scenario, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Wednesday (Dec 20) referring to a study of the Mekong River Commission which is due to be published in January. The findings are part of a five-year study on the sustainable management of the Mekong River system, including impacts from hydropower development. The MRC said that the changes in the Mekong river’s flow due to dam construction will introduce “negative effects on the riparian ecosystems, sustainability and food security associated with fish production for Cambodia. According to scenario modelling full hydropower development, fisheries production in lake and floodplain in Cambodia is predicted to be cut by up to 70 percent across the Mekong basin while annual GDP loss is estimated to the tune of $3-5...
Treasury will seek Cabinet’s approval for the production of new baht coins | Phuket News
The Treasury Department will seek Cabinet’s approval at its meeting on Tuesday (Dec 19) for a new set of Thai currency coins featuring the portrait of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn on one side of the coins. The department’s deputy director-general  Nonglak Kwankaew said that the minting of the new coins had been permitted by HM the King and the new coins are expected to be distributed for circulation early next year to replace the existing coins which are to be phased out in 5-10 years. Simultaneously, new banknotes featuring the portrait of King Rama X will also be available for circulation. The new coins will be available in nine denominations from 10-baht to one-satang and all of them will be of the same design with one side showing the portrait of King Rama X and the other side featuring the King’s signature seal, Wor Por Ror, under the Maha...
Shrimp target in doubt after flood trouble | Phuket News
Thai shrimp production is expected to miss its target by 50,000 tonnes this year after heavy rains and flooding in many areas disrupted the sector, notably in the South, which accounts for 56% of production....
Nest of endangered giant softshell turtle found in Cambodia | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: Conservationists have found a nest of the endangered Asian giant softshell turtle on a Mekong River sandbar in northeastern Cambodia, while 115 new species of various other animal and plant life have been discovered in the greater Mekong region....
Mekong region: Lizard and turtle among 100 new species found | Phuket News
They include 11 amphibians, two fish species, 11 reptiles, 88 plants and three mammals....
Vietnam's 2017 exports, imports hit record US$400bn | Phuket News
HANOI, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Vietnam's 2017 exports and imports combined set a record, topping US$400 billion, the customs department said on Wednesday....
Exports rose 13.4% in Nov, to exceed 10% in 2017 | Phuket News
The value of exports rose by 13.4% to US$21.43 billion in November, this year's peak, boosted largely by increased sales to South and Southeast Asia, the Commerce Ministry reported....
Trolley dollies give passengers a treat on first Bangkok – Dalat flight | Phuket News
Passengers on the inaugural Suvarnabhumi to Dalat flight on Thai Vietjet got a mid-air surprise yesterday. The sexy stewardesses donned flowery bikinis for a parade as the aisle was turned into a catwalk in the sky. Tray tables were quickly stowed and seat belt signs were hurriedly ignored as many passengers got their mobile phones out to record the event. Footage ended up on Facebook on “The Clip” page. Manager reported that the new route – flying four times a week – now meant Thai Vietjet has six routes to Vietnam. Dalat, with its cool year round climate, is famous for flowers and vegetables, they said. The Thai news media added that passengers received special gifts on the flight. The normal uniform is a more traditional flying hat and red costume. Thai Visa /  Manager Online The post Trolley dollies give passengers a treat on first Bangkok – Dalat flight appeared...
Vietnam orders prosecution of oil firm official in corruption crackdown | Phuket News
HANOI: Vietnamese police have ordered the prosecution of an official at scandal-hit state energy firm PetroVietnam over financial losses, the Ministry of Public Security said on Tuesday....
Vietnam Widens Crackdown Amid Public Outcry Over Corruption | Phuket News
Vietnam's first move to prosecute a former politburo member widens the country's crackdown against graft to appease a restless public and protect fast economic growth. Police arrested former lawmaker and Communist Party official Dinh La Thang earlier this month over crimes he is suspected of committing as board chairman of the giant state-run oil firm PetroVietnam, Vietnamese news media say. The man who was voted out of the ruling Communist Party’s politburo in May joins a list of other officials in state firms who authorities are targeting in an extensive 2017 anti-graft campaign. The campaign is aimed at easing public criticism of corruption and protecting economic growth of about 6 percent per year since 2012, experts say. “In part, the campaign is intended to tackle rampant corruption, which is challenging the legitimacy of the ruling Communist Party among the public,” said Murray Hiebert, deputy director of the Southeast Asia Program...
Indonesian police warn Islamists against Santa hat raids | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesian police appealed on Thursday for tolerance and respect for other people's religious celebrations after an Islamist group threatened to raid businesses to check for Muslims being forced to wear Santa Claus hats or other Christmas garb....
Contraband cigarettes, whisky seized in Hat Yai | Phuket News
SONGKHLA: Smuggled cigarettes and liquor worth about 5 million baht was seized during overnight raids on three shops in Hat Yai district that have been searched for contraband three times previously this year, police said....
Pulp giant stirs new conflicts with Indonesian villagers | Phuket News
AIR MENDUYUNG: Less than five years after it pledged to end dozens of disputes over land and gain local consent for new plantations in Indonesia, one of the world's largest paper companies is backsliding on those vows. At issue: its dealings with a supplier that has been a butt of community opposition....
Indonesia pulp giant tied to firms accused of fires | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Despite its denials, one of the world's biggest paper producers has extensive behind-the-scenes ties and significant influence over wood suppliers linked to fires and deforestation that have degraded Indonesia's stunning natural environment, The Associated Press has found....
Indonesia handing lengthy prison terms to gay men | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Steven Handoko admits it was not his most dignified moment. Naked as the day he was born, the bookish 25-year-old had been invited on stage by one of the strippers hired for a party at the Atlantis Gym....
Gay Crackdown Continues in Indonesia Despite Court Ruling | Phuket News
Activists in Indonesia are warily celebrating the Constitutional Court's narrow rejection last week of a conservative group's petition to ban gay and extramarital sex. The surprising 5-4 verdict in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation came during a long anti-LGBT crackdown that began in January 2016. The ruling, while welcomed by the LGBT community, does not end their battle for acceptance. The Constitutional Court’s decision focused more on the fact that it was the wrong venue to consider such a ban than on the human rights implications. “I am relieved and feel so happy,” said Lini Zurlia, a gay rights activist in Jakarta after the Constitutional Court’s decision. “But I’m still worried about the next process at the legislative level,” she said. Parliament is expected to consider the ban. The same day the Constitutional Court ruled, a North Jakarta court sentenced eight gay men to more than two years in prison...
Indonesia sentences gay club workers to 2-3 years in prison | Phuket News
JAKARTA: An Indonesian court has sentenced 10 men arrested in a raid at a gay club and sauna to between two and three years in prison, an activist and a relative of one of the men said....
Japan's central bank leaves its monetary policy unchanged as inflation remains elusive | Phuket News
The Bank of Japan released its latest monetary policy statement on Thursday....
Japan's central bank leaves its monetary policy unchanged | Phuket News
The Bank of Japan releases its latest monetary policy statement on Thursday....
SET down 0.35 points to 1,737.81 at opening | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened down 0.02% at the start of trade this morning....
DSI and NOB officials raid Wat Dhammakaya to look for Dhammajayo | Phuket News
Officials from the Department of Special Investigation and the National Office of Buddhism conducted a night raid of Wat Dhammakaya Wednesday night (Dec 20) to look for Phra Dhammajayo, the former temple abbot, who has not been seen in public for several months now. DSI director-general Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang told the media on Thursday (Dec 21) that police had received a tip-off that the fugitive monk had returned to the temple. Phra Dhammajayo is wanted under a warrant for money-laundering and take stolen property in connection with the embezzlement scandal of the Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative. Post Today newspaper quoted an informed DSI source that the raiding party focused their search at the Daowadung building where Dhammajayo was reported to be hiding. However, the search failed to find the fugitive monk, but the officials had collected several pieces of evidence which would be used to compare with the circumstantial...
NACC: Buddhism office chiefs embezzled temple funds | Phuket News
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has found that two former heads of the National Office of Buddhism (NOB), its deputy chief and an alleged accomplice embezzled most of two budget funds allocated to Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan in Ayutthaya province....
SET up 3.59 points at opening | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened up 0.21% at the start of trade this morning....
Charges await DSI officials in Jomsap 'scapegoat' case | Phuket News
KHON KAEN: Police will charge 14 officials of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) with dereliction of duty in the perjury case against hit-and-run teacher Jomsap Saenmuangkhot....
DSI arrests 10 for securities investment fraud | Phuket News
DSI has arrested two Thais and eight foreigners for their roles in an alleged cross-border investment fraud in which clients in Thailand lost B1.7bn....
90,000 cops in drink-driving, drugs blitz | Phuket News
More than 90,000 police officers nationwide have been ordered to crack down on drink driving, narcotics and illegal entertainment venues during the Christmas and New Year celebrations....
Southeast Asia is the world’s third-largest Internet economy | Phuket News
Southeast Asia is the world’s third-largest Internet economy, according to a report by Google and Singapore’s state-backed investment company, Temasek Holdings Ltd. The Internet has taken Southeast Asia by storm, according to the first-of-its-kind study by the two firms, and digital will help drive what was once one of the most under-developed regions of the world into a US$200 billion economy by 2025. Rich with talent, customers and capital, the region is expected to reach US$50 billion driven largely by the e-commerce and online travel. The region is edging out mainstays of Asia’s Internet landscape, India and China, to emerge as an Internet-savvy hub where users spend an average 3.6 hours on the mobile Internet every single day. That’s higher than the averages in Japan (one hour), the US (two hours) and the United Kingdom (1.8 hours). Google and Temasek’s report – building on top of the success of their 2015 edition –...
UN's Lee: 'Something terribly awful' in Myanmar | Phuket News
GENEVA: The UN independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar called on Wednesday for stronger international pressure to be exerted on Myanmar's military commanders after being barred from visiting the country for the rest of her tenure....
Myanmar blocks UN rights investigator just before visit | Phuket News
GENEVA: Myanmar has told the UN independent investigator into human rights in the country that it will not cooperate with her or grant her access to the country for the rest of her tenure, she said in a statement on Wednesday....
Myanmar, Bangladesh Set Up Working Group for Rohingya Return | Phuket News
Myanmar and Bangladesh have formed a joint working group to oversee the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, but their return is likely to be delayed. The two countries agreed to set up a 30-member working group during a four-hour meeting Tuesday in Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital. More than 630,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since Myanmar's military launched a crackdown on them in August. Their repatriation was due to start around Jan. 21 under an agreement reached last month between the two countries, but a Bangladesh foreign ministry official who attended Tuesday's meeting said it would be delayed by a couple of weeks or so. Human rights groups warn that the Rohingya may face continued violence if they are sent back....
Agoda agrees to refund client for non-existence hotel | Phuket News
Agoda, a hotel booking website, has agreed to refund a customer of 160,000 baht in 10 days for non-existence hotel facilities. The agreement was reached after the Office of the Consumers Protection intervened and arranged a negotiation between Agoda representative and it’s damaged customer Ms Sulawal Rakcholtee. Ms Sulawal earlier lodged a complaint of fraud with the consumers protection officials that she has asked for the refund of her money, 140,000 baht, after she went to use service of the hotel she booked on the Agoda website, but found non existence of the hotel. She then asked for the refund from Agoda for non-existence facilities as shown on the Agoda’s hotel list. But Agoda ignored the refund for over three months, prompting her to lodge complaint. According to Sulawal, she booked the hotel rooms on error. She said she mistakenly pressed the confirm button after she wanted to cancel her...
Surprises Every Smoker Gets Once He Change to E-Cigs | Phuket News
Want to give up smoking? It’s your first step to healthy living, but you need to understand smoking is more than habits, it’s a lifestyle. Therefore, giving up on smoking will take a bit longer than you would like. The post Surprises Every Smoker Gets Once He Change to E-Cigs appeared first on Pattaya Daily News....
Human rights activists call for end to ban on public gatherings | Phuket News
Amid calls for more political freedom ahead of next year’s election, a group of human rights defenders has urged the authorities to terminate the ban on public assembly.   On 19 December, representatives from various civil society organisations submitted a petition to the Constitutional Court, calling for the termination of the Head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order 3/2015.   According to Article 6 of the order, military officers have the power to summon any individual and detain them for up to seven days without a court warrant. Article 12 also prohibits public gatherings of five people or more. Those who violate the order face up to six months in jail, a fine of up to 10,000 baht, or both.    Rangsiman Rome, an activist from the Democracy Restoration Group, stated that freedom of assembly is protected under both the 2017 Constitution and the junta’s...
Human rights activists call for end to junta’s public gathering ban | Phuket News
Amid calls for more political freedom ahead of next year’s election, a group of human rights defenders have urged the authorities to terminate the ban on public assembly.   On 19 December, representatives from various civil society organisations submitted a petition to the Constitutional Court, calling for the termination of the Head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order 3/2015.   According to Article 6 of the order, military officers have the power to summon any individual and detain them for up to seven days without a court warrant. Article 12 also prohibits public gatherings of five people or more. Those who violate the order face up to six months in jail, a fine of up to 10,000 baht, or both.    Rangsiman Rome, an activist from the Democracy Restoration Group, stated that freedom of assembly is protected under both the 2017 Constitution and the junta’s 2014...
Most Asian stocks gain after Wall Street climbs on US tax optimism | Phuket News
Most Asian indexes rose on Tuesday, tracking gains seen on Wall Street overnight as investors took bets on a tax plan....
Asian stocks gain after Wall Street climbs on tax optimism | Phuket News
Major Asian indexes rose on Tuesday, tracking gains seen on Wall Street overnight as investors took bets on a tax plan....
A Chinese startup is taking on Tesla with a car half the price of Model X | Phuket News
China's Nio launched sales of its debut mass model over the weekend, competing at home against Tesla....
Man declared dead returns to claim legal status as he’s still alive | Phuket News
A 44-year-old man returned to his home in Si Sa Ket province only to learn that he was officially declared dead and his family already held a funeral rite for him.  After two years of working in Bangkok and on fishing vessels, Sakorn Sachiwa, a resident of Non Khun district, returned home on Sunday (Dec 17) to the surprise of his family members. “You are dead. How could you come home?” Sakorn’s mother said when she first met him. According to his family members, a police officer from Nang Leong police station in Bangkok notified them in May this year that Mr Sakorn was dead and asked the family to come to Vajira Hospital to claim his body. Forensic autopsy by Vajira Hospital showed the man died from digestive infection. Upon seeing part of the dead man’s face, Mr Sakorn’s relatives were uncertain if the corpse belongs to Mr Sakorn...
Family stunned as long-dead man arrives home | Phuket News
A Si Sa Ket man who was believed dead and cremated in May has returned home very much alive, to his family's great astonishment, and is now seeking to correct the official record....
Family of man wrongly declared dead told to refund 250,000 baht they received | Phuket News
The family of a Si Sa Ket man who was wrongly declared dead and issued with a death certificate has been told to return all the 250,000 baht in cash they received to the Social Security Office and a company that the dead man worked for. However, the family of Sakorn Sachiwa who was wrongly issued a death certificate by the registrar’s office of Phra Nakhon district has claimed that they had spent all the money in the funeral ceremony. Of the 250,000 baht received by the Sachiwa family, 90,000 baht came from the Si Sa Ket social security office, 50,000 baht from the funeral fund and 110,000 baht from a company where the man who claimed to be Mr Sakorn worked as a security guard before he died. The family and Mr Sakorn are in the hot seat and don’t know what to do. Mintra Santavasi, an official of...
SET rises 4.06 to 1,721.75 at midday | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went up 4.06 points or 0.24% to close at 1,721.75 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 20.93 billion baht, with 3.77 billion shares traded....
China Kindergarten Sex Abuse and 'Needlemarks' Claims Prompt Police Probe | Phuket News
Police in China are investigating claims of sexual molestation and needlemarks on children at a Beijing kindergarten run by preschool operator RYB Education Inc, the latest case in a booming child care industry to spark outrage among parents. The official Xinhua news agency said in a news report late Thursday that police were checking allegations that some teachers and staff had abused children, who were
Children 'inherit' abuse, foundation warns | Phuket News
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Daily Mail executive killed in Bangkok | Phuket News
A Colombian woman was killed instantly after being hit by a car while crossing a street in Bangkok on November 25th. Manuela Ruiz, 31, who lived in New York, worked for the DailyMail.com and had been travelling in Thailand with her friend during Thanksgiving. The Daily Mail reports how Manuela’s family, described as devout Christians, have already forgiven the 24 year old driver. There are few details about the incident but speaking to the Daily Mail, Manuela’s sister Daniela said: “We didn’t want to press charges because we know that it’s an accident. “There was no alcohol involved, she’s just 24 and a student. But by local law, she’s going to jail.” “She was very sad,’ Daniela said added. ‘She went to the police station, met my aunt and she asked for the forgiveness of the family. “We spoke with her on the phone and we said, “We know it...
Flight growth falls short of 2017 target | Phuket News
An estimated 990,000 aircraft movements are likely in Thailand this year, as growth in air traffic is expected to reach 5%, short of the 9% target projected earlier, says the Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (Aerothai)....
Americans Arrested for Baring Buttocks at Thai Temple | Phuket News
Two Americans are being held in a prison in Thailand for taking a nude “butt selfie” in front of a renowned Buddhist temple. Joseph Dasilva, 38, and Travis Dasilva, 36, of San Diego, California, were arrested this week at an airport in the capital, Bangkok. “The two American citizens have admitted taking the picture,” district police chief Jaruphat Thongkomol said. The offending photo, taken at Bangkok’s Wat Arun, or Temple of the Dawn, was posted on the pair’s popular travel Instagram account,  which followed their adventures, and bare bottoms, at famous locales all over the globe. The account had more than 14,000 followers, but by Wednesday it had been deleted. Travis and Joseph Dasilva admitted to baring their behinds in front of the temple and were fined $154 each for public nudity, authorities said.
20 more to be arrested for joining power plant protest | Phuket News
The police are preparing to issue arrest warrants for 20 more protestors against the coal-fired power plant in Songkhla. On 30 November 2017, Thai PBS reported that police of Mueang District of Songkhla Province are preparing to issue arrest warrants for 20 people who joined 15 key leaders of the network from Songkhla and Pattani provinces in a protest against the planned coal-fired power plant and deep sea port in Songkhla. The 15 were released on 29 November after six lecturers from Prince of Songkla University and Thaksin University used their academic positions to guarantee bail for them. The 15 said that they will file a complaint against the police for violating their rights.   114 academics from Southern Thailand on 29 November issued a joint statement condemning the authorities for using force against the protesters and arresting the 15 activists. They stated that the plan to build the 2,200-megawatt coal-fired power plant...
Former Asean sec-gen Surin Pitsuwan dies of heart failure at 68 | Phuket News
Surin Pitsuwan, a former foreign minister and former secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), died of acute heart failure on Thursday (Nov 30) at Ramkhamhaeng Hospital.  He was 68. Surin’s body will be moved from the hospital to his house in Tha-ith area of Nonthaburi for a Muslim religious rite on Dec 1. Surin was born on Oct 28, 1949 in Nakhon Si Thammarat.  His father was an Islamic teacher.  He received his primary and secondary education in Nakhon Si Thammarat. Surin studied at Thammasat University. He graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College, California, in political science in 1972. He received a Master of Arts from Harvard University and did research at the American University in Cairo as a scholar of the Institute of Higher Council for Islamic Affairs of Egypt from 1975 until 1977 before returning to Harvard, where he received a Ph.D. in 1982. In politics, he...
20 more to be arrested for joining anti-coal power plant protest | Phuket News
The police are preparing to issue arrest warrants for 20 other participants of the anti-coal fired power plant protest in Songkhla. On 30 November 2017, the Thai PBS reported that the police of Mueang District of Songkhla Province are preparing to issue arrest warrants for 20 people who joined the 15 key leaders of of the network from Songkhla and Pattani provinces in protesting against the planned coal-fired power plant and deep sea port in Songkhla. The 15 were released on 29 November  after six lecturers from Prince of Songkla University and Thaksin University used their academic positions to guarantee as bail bonds for the 15. The 15 said that they will file a complaint against the police for violating their rights.   114 academics from Southern Thailand on 29 November issued a joint statement condemning the authorities for using force against the protesters and arresting the 15 activists. They...
Asia markets shrug off North Korea missile to follow Wall Street higher | Phuket News
Asian markets rose on Wednesday as investors shrugged off North Korea's latest missile launch....
Futures point to higher open for Asia despite North Korea missile launch | Phuket News
U.S. markets closed at record highs on Tuesday, shrugging off North Korea's latest missile launch....
Indonesia stocks lead Southeast Asia losses | Phuket News
Southeast Asian stock markets fell sharply on Thursday with Indonesia registering its biggest daily fall in over a year as financials and consumer staples slipped, while Singapore shares marked their lowest close in a week....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Cigarette sales plummet! Phuket temple investigated? 14 burn to death! || November 24 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 24 14 burn to death in van! Cigarette sales plummet so tobacco employees rally? Phuket temple investigated! Phuket Airports facelift! 7 suspected drug dealers behind bars! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
Opinion: North Korea is only looking out for itself | Phuket News
Four years ago, when Kim Jong Un announced that North Korea’s missile program would be successfully completed by the end of 2017, nobody listened. He was scoffed at as a “nut,” or “unpredictable.” Others discounted his ability to govern, wondering how long he would even be in power? And when Kim announced that North Korea […]...
North Korea's 'highest ever' missile launch televised | Phuket News
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North Korea Video Shows Kim Jong Un Watching Missile Launch | Phuket News
North Korea released video Thursday of leader Kim Jong Un observing the launch of the regime's new intercontinental ballistic missile.   The Hwasong-15 blasted off Wednesday morning from a test facility north of the capital, Pyongyang. The new missile reached an altitude of 4,500 kilometers — more than 10 times higher than the orbit of the International Space Station — and traveled about 1,000 kilometers before splashing down into Japan’s exclusive economic zone east of the Korean Peninsula. Kim Jong Un declared the launch a success, boasting the regime has
SE Asia stocks subdued on China crackdown fears | Phuket News
Most Southeast Asian stock markets ended lower on Monday amid concerns of a regulatory crackdown in China, while Vietnam shares closed near a decade high led by real estate and utility stocks....
Asia markets edge down as Korean stocks falls 1.3% on declines in tech | Phuket News
Asian indexes edged down on Monday despite the firmer lead from Wall Street last week....
Bungling Phuket restobar burglars make off with empty cash register | Phuket News
PHUKET: The owner of the Eat & Talk restobar in Chalong Ms Julia Baranova has confirmed to The Phuket News today (Nov 30) that the restaurant and bar was broken into at an unknown time last night, with the burglars oddly taking nothing but an empty cash register....
Phuket disaster officials urge caution amid weather warning | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket office (DDPM-Phuket) has urged residents across the island to beware floods and landslides as rain continues to soak the island....
Toon now raises over 365 million baht | Phuket News
Toon Bodyslam started his 30th day of charity run campaign today (November 30) from Hua Hin to Cha-am amid several hundreds of local people lining along the road giving him morale support and making donation to his 2,191 kms run from Betong to Mae Sai. He started his run along with his teammates at 3.45am today after taking one day rest due to pain on his legs. Today Toon or Artiwara Kongmalai was also joined by well-known Thai boxing fighter Buakaw Banchamek. Charnchai Baimongkol, a member of Toon’s “Kao Kon La Kao” charity run scheme, asked the people lining up on the road to give morale support not to surround him while he paused to receive their donations, or to talk to aged supporters and children. He said donors can drop cash donations in bags carried by other members of the running team instead of handing to his hands directly....
Toon to rest 3 days after injuries | Phuket News
Rocker Artiwara Kongmalai, alias Toon Bodyslam, has to take a rest for three days after suffering injuries. He will resume his charity run after the rest, Toon’s team announced on Wednesday (Nov 29). The announcement was made after Toon dropped to the ground while running past Wat Khao Din in Prachuap Khiri Khan province near Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakosin, Klai Kangwon campus. He was rushed in a vehicle to True Arena Hua Hin where he received a physical therapy from a team of doctors. At the time, well-known boxer Buakaw Banchamek, who was running along with Toon, took over Toon’s duty to take donations from a large number of people waiting for him at an army training school. The runner’s team announced that Toon will have to rest for three days for rehabilitation. After the rest, he would resume his run from the army training school. The team said Toon...
Toon arrives at Bang Saphan as donations hit B330m | Phuket News
Rocker Artiwara Kongmalai, better known as Toon Bodyslam, on Saturday (Nov 25) arrived at Bang Saphan district of Prachuap Khiri Khan province in the lower Central as donations for his charity run hit 330 million baht. As of 8.30pm on Saturday, Toon completed 900 kilometers at Bang Saphan district. Bang Saphan is a special district for Toon and his team as it was where they first launch the charity run to mobilize donations for Bang Saphan Hospital in December 2016. Toon ran 400km for 10 days from Suankularb Wittayalai School in Bangkok to Bang Saphan Hospital, taking 85 million baht in donations from the Thai people. Running along with him today included well-known Thai boxing star Buakaw Banchamek, actors, actresses and members of his support team. He was greeted on arrival by Sakarin Thunsen, the Bang Saphan district chief, Dr Surin Suebsung, chief of the provincial health office, and Pol Col...
Chiang Dao forest community champions eco-tourism | Phuket News
The nature trail in the community forest of Ban Hua Thung in Chiang Mai's Chiang Dao district was slippery and muddy. It rained a day before our visit. The clear Hu waterfall had turned red....
Lift plunges after Chinese tour group push and shove their way in | Phuket News
Thai media reported that several Chinese people were injured when an overloaded lift plunged after a tour group returned from a day out at a plush Chiang Mai hotel. Thai Rath said the tourists pushed and shoved their way into the lift overfilling it from the prescribed 10 persons. There were 15 in the lift. It fell but fortunately did not smash into the ground. Five people were injured mostly with cuts and were taken to Maharat Nakorn Hospital for treatment. The hotel was not named. The lift was shut down as the hotel ordered repairs to be made. A Chiang Mai police team led by Adul Somsuay and tourism cops were on the scene Monday. Thai Visa /  Daily News The post Lift plunges after Chinese tour group push and shove their way in appeared first on Samui Times....
Alleged Phuket ‘zero-dollar tour’ operator arrested with fake Thai ID card in Bangkok | Phuket News
PHUKET: An alleged Chinese ‘zero-dollar’ tour company owner, who police said brought a large number of Chinese tourists to Phuket, has been arrested and at least two others have fled overseas after arrest warrants were issued for the three men, who are accused of illegally obtaining Thai national ID cards to own companies in Thailand....
China childcare abuse claims shock the nation | Phuket News
China’s official Xinhua news agency joined a social media storm Friday, saying police were checking allegations that pre-school children had been “reportedly sexually molested, pierced by needles and given unidentified pills.” Reacting to the latest in a series of scandals over alleged supervisory lapses in China’s booming private childcare sector, the education ministry urged officials […]...
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