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Teacher detained in Beijing nursery 'needle abuse' probe | Phuket News
Police are investigating claims children were pricked with needles, fed pills and stripped naked....
Beijing nursery 'needle abuse' of children shocks China | Phuket News
Several children were allegedly given injections and fed drugs in a case that has sparked an outcry....
Nursery school teacher apologises for mistreating kid | Phuket News
A teacher of a nursery school in Lat Krabang district has apologised to the parents after a video clip which showed she was unreasonably mistreating a kid, about 3-4 years old, in her care was posted on Facebook. The 6.37-minute clip was posted on Nov 29 on a Facebook page of “Maen Pho Dam” by a user, who said the incident took place at a nursery school of Jittra community in Lat Krabang district. #เผยวงจรปิดแฉครูพี่เลี้ยงใจโหด #ทำร้ายเด็กรุนแรง #จิกหัวตบ #ดึงหูกระชากผมสวัสดีค่ะควีน เหตุเกิดที่สถานเตรียมอนุบาล หรือที่รู้จักกัน ในชื่อ ศูนย์เด็กเล็ก แถบชานเมือง ในคลิปคือเหตุการณ์ที่ครูพี่เลี้ยง (ซึ่งเป็นคนในชุมชน) ได้มีการทำร้ายร่างกายเด็กเล็ก อายุแค่ 3-4ปี ลักษณะการทำร้าย มีทั้งตบตี กระชากศีรษะ ดึงแขนขา กักขัง ซึ่งเป็นการทำร้ายเกินกว่าเหตุ ทางชุมชนได้ดำเนินการแจ้งทางสำนักงานเขตแล้ว แต่ได้รับคำตอบมาอย่างน่าผิดหวัง คือ ขอให้เรื่องจบแค่นี้ ซึ่งทางผู้ปกครองไม่กล้าส่งเด็กมาที่ศูนย์อีก เพราะมีอาการผวากลัวโดนทำร้าย ทางสำนักงานเขตยังบอกอีกว่า ให้โอกาสคนทำผิดถึง 3 ครั้ง ซึ่งถ้าเป็นลูกหลานของตัวท่าน ท่านจะทนได้หรือ? เด็กโดนทำร้ายจนร่างกายบอบช้ำ รวมไปถึงจิตใจ ในอนาคตเด็กโตมาจะมองการศึกษาเป็นอย่างไร? ในเมื่อเตรียมอนุบาลยังเจอขนาดนี้ ทุกวันนี้ คนทำผิดยังทำงานปกติ ไม่กลัวใคร รวมถึงผู้ปกครองของเด็กหรือแม้แต่ผู้ใหญ่ในชุมชน ขอความกรุณาควีนช่วยเด็กๆด้วยนะคะ Posted by แหม่มโพธิ์ดำ on Wednesday, 29 November 2017   In the clip, the teacher was doing harm to a kid, about 3-4 years old, by beating, pulling the kid’s head and limbs and confining the...
China Nursery Abuse Case Latest Challenge for Booming Industry | Phuket News
A high-profile case of alleged child abuse at a nursery in China's capital has triggered a nationwide inspection of early learning facilities and shocked parents across the country. The incident is not the first this year, but one in a growing number of cases to hit China’s booming early education industry. But how authorities respond to the case is key, as early education is seen as a crucial link – some argue the weakest link - in the authoritarian Communist Party’s aspirations to turn China into a global education powerhouse.   During the recently concluded 19th Party Congress, the Communist Party listed preschool education as a key link in its efforts to develop the country’s education system. Officials aim to boost enrollment to 85 percent by 2020, by which time analysts predict the industry could be worth as much $50 billion. However, since the Party Congress wrapped up, China has been wracked...
Ratchanok falls short in Hong Kong | Phuket News
HONG KONG: Ratchanok Intanon's quest for a fourth title in 2017 remains on hold following her semi-final loss to Pusarla V Sindhu of India at the US$400,000 BWF Hong Kong Open badminton tournament on Saturday evening....
China's regulator just moved to slow the flow of mainland cash into Hong Kong | Phuket News
New funds bearing the words Hong Kong have seen their approvals suspended by Chinese regulators, according to a report....
Hong Kong's booming economy is making the city flirt with building underground: Report | Phuket News
As Hong Kong struggles to meet real estate needs, its government has begun researching building underground....
Thai cops bust two US tourists for taking ‘butt selfies’ at famous temple | Phuket News
As the old saying goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. And in Thailand, no one would expose their butt cheeks before a Buddhist temple. Two American tourists learned this the hard way after they were arrested and fined for public indecency for posing for a “butt selfie” in front of a famous religious site, police said on Wednesday. The two, who police identified as Joseph Dasilva, 38, and Travis Dasilva, 36, were arrested late on Tuesday at an airport in the capital, Bangkok. They were each fined 5,000 baht (US$154) for baring their buttocks for a picture taken last week at Bangkok’s Wat Arun, or Temple of the Dawn. SEE ALSO: Tourists warned to be ‘respectful’ as Thailand prepares for late king’s cremation  “The two American citizens have admitted taking the picture,” district police chief Jaruphat Thongkomol told Reuters. While Thailand has a reputation for racy nightlife, the...
Monk faces child indecency rap | Phuket News
A senior monk in Phetchabun implicated in the temple fund embezzlement scandal was arrested Wednesday at his temple in Chon Daen district for alleged child indecency, according to the Crime Suppression Division (CSD)....
Serious charges await bare-butts Americans | Phuket News
Police on Wednesday prepared serious computer crime and religious insult charges with possible imprisonment for two American men arrested at Don Mueang airport Tuesday night for posting photos of their bare buttocks taken at the Temple of Dawn....
Americans arrested for bare buttocks at temple | Phuket News
Immigration police arrested two US citizens at Don Mueang airport Tuesday night on warrants that charged they posed for pictures showing their naked bottoms at Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)....
Court grants bail to 15 co-leaders of anti-power plant protest | Phuket News
Fifteen core members of protesters against the coal-fired power plant project in Thepa district of Songkhla were granted bail by the Songkhla provincial court Wednesday afternoon. Their guarantors – six university lecturers – used their teaching positions as collateral to seek bail for the 15 detainees from the court and the court did not object to this approach. The detainees are expected to be released from Songkhla prison this evening. The 15 core figures of the network of people mainly in Thepa district of Songkhla opposing the project were arrested by the police on Monday evening when the protesters, about 500 strong, tried to breach a police cordon to get into Kao Seng fishing community where Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his cabinet were to visit for a lunch break and to meet the local people. They were slapped with several charges, including obstruction traffic, resisting authorities in their performance...
UN Human Rights Office calls for the immediate release of all arrested during a coal plant protest | Phuket News
The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia has called on the Government of Thailand to release and drop charges against all those arrested during a peaceful demonstration against the construction of a 2200 MW coal powered plant in Songkla province, in southern Thailand. On Monday 27 November, around 100 villagers from Thepa district organised a rally to submit a petition to the Prime Minister who was visiting the region. The Royal Thai Police, with support from the local military officials, intervened in the demonstration and arrested 17 men, including a local journalist and a 16-year-old child.  Sixteen persons have been charged for obstructing traffic under the Road Traffic Act and for resisting officials in the exercise of their duty under Section 138 of the Criminal Code. If found guilty, the villagers could be jailed for up to two years. Fifteen persons still remain in detention while the 16-year-old child...
15 anti-coal fired power plant protest leaders sleep behind bars | Phuket News
15 of the southern environmental activists protesting against the controversial coal-fired power plant in Songkhla have spent the night behind bars as they failed to obtain 1.35 million baht bond for bail request. On 28 November 2017, the court granted to the police the custody permission to detain 15 key leaders of of the network from Songkhla and Pattani provinces protesting against the planned coal-fired power plant and deep sea port in Songkhla, according to Khaosod. Another detainee is still 16 years old. Therefore, he was sent to the Juvenile and Family Court of Songkhla Province. The Provincial Court of Songkhla demanded 90,000 baht bond as bail for each of the 15 detainees and they could not find enough bail money. They were later sent to Songkhla Central Prison. About 100 protesters who joined the protest with the 16 have now agreed to dispersed peacefully. One the same day, Mara...
Late Surin Pitsuwan praised for achievements | Phuket News
The country and Southeast Asia are in shock by the sudden death of former foreign minister and Asean secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan....
More processed wood found in Kanchanaburi temple | Phuket News
More processed wood have been uncovered on the compound of Wat Mettathampothiyarn in Kanchanaburi province as officials continued their search of the temple for the second day on Saturday. Over 50 park officials, police and military personnel searched an unlit building on the temple ground and found thousands of wood planks hidden in dark corners of the building. A container was found in front of the building, but it could not be opened because it was blocked by a huge log. A peep through a gap in the door revealed processed wood hidden inside so officials sealed the container with adhesive tape to prevent unauthorized people from opening it. Questions have been raised about how the temple could store a huge amount of processed wood and how a saw mill could operate on the compound without being detected by officials concerned. It was suspected that some provincial officials might have...
DSI to be asked to investigate Kanchanaburi temple with suspected illegal wood | Phuket News
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will be asked to accept as a special case and conduct an investigation into the large quantity of processed wood found at Wat Mettatham Phothiyan in Kanchanaburi province, according to Chaiwat Limlikit-aksorn, chief of the Phaya Sua Task Force of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Mr Chaiwat said his unit, which is responsible for the suppression of wildlife poaching and destruction of natural resources, will also submit a proposal for the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation to withdraw Wat Mettatham Phothiyan from the project on “Buddhist parks in protected forests.” Under the project, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation will allow the construction of monasteries and living quarters in forest areas to promote conservation of forests.  Monks joining the project must help preserve the surrounding forest and must not build large structures in the designated area....
Park task force seizes over 1,200 sawn wood planks | Phuket News
A special task force from the Department of National  Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation yesterday (Dec 7) seized over 1,200 sawn wood planks from a temple in Kanchanaburi province. The rough sawn planks were kept inside the temple’s godown and the value of the wood planks was estimated at over a billion baht. Phya Sua task force chief Chaiwat Limlikit-aksorn led the team of park officials, police, soldiers and local administration volunteers to search the Mettatham Photiyarn temple in Kanchanaburi’s Muang district after receiving at tip-off that large amount of wood planks are being kept there. The abbot of the temple Phra Yen Mong led the task force team to search the godown where large number of sawn wood planks are kept. However, the abbot claimed all the wood planks and logs were legitimately acquired to make furnitures and he produced documents to the task force as proof. But...
New Year’s gifts planned for farmers | Phuket News
Rice, rubber, palm oil, and livestock farmers will expect better livelihood next year as the government says it will be launching a plan that will provide comprehensive solution to problems afflicting the farming sector as New Year’s gifts to farmers. This was disclosed yesterday by deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak after a meeting with economic team comprising ministers from the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Interior and the head of the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives The plan provides farmers with greater access to marketing, production (growing) and distribution information relevant to the country’s main economic crops such as rice, rubber, palm and livestock. Deputy Prime Minister Somkid said that the meeting agreed to set up a “war room” team made up of specialists in each area to come up with a comprehensive solution for the country’s farming sector. They include production, marketing, community...
Metro Manila to become a “dead city” in 25 years | Phuket News
A wellknown urban planner architect has confirmed warning by President Rodrigo Duterte that Metro Manila will become a dead city in 25 years, The Manila Times Online reported on Saturday. “It is happening now,” said Felino “Jun” Palafox Jr on Friday, adding: “In 1976, what we said then, Metro Plan Manila is one of the best metro plans in the world. We said that time, with the do-nothing scenario, we will have catastrophic traffic, catastrophic flooding, lack of decent housing and what do we have now?” He complained that the country has failed to put up rail lines early, noting that eight lines of the Metro Rail Transit should have been done in 1992. “We should have done (that) about the same time as Singapore,” he quipped. To solve traffic congestion, Palafox said that toll zones should be put up like what is being done in Abu Dhabi. He added...
Ex-PM Chuan asks government to address declining household income in the South | Phuket News
Former prime minister and chief advisor of the Democrat Party Chuan Leekpai has urged the government to come up with a special measure or policy to address the problem of household income of the southerners. In an open letter addressed to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and received by Deputy Prime Minister Wisanu Kruea-ngarm, Mr Chuan said that although the average household income nationwide was increased from 25,194 baht to 26,915 baht in 2015, according to the National Statistics Office, the actual average household income in southern provinces has decreased. He noted that in Ranong, household income dropped from 32,292 baht in 2013 to 22,035 baht in 2015; from 33,270 baht to 23,309 baht in Trang; and from 22,483 baht to 15,584 baht in Yala province. For Ranong and Trang provinces, Chuan said that the household income had dropped by one-thirds of what the local families used to receive. The former...
France gives Johnny Hallyday epic send-off | Phuket News
PARIS: France bid adieu on Saturday to its biggest rock star, honouring Johnny Hallyday with an exceptional funeral procession down the Champs-Elysees, a presidential speech and a parade of motorcyclists -- all under intense security....
French singer Johnny Hallyday dies after battle with cancer | Phuket News
PARIS: Johnny Hallyday, a singer known as the
Call center scam goes wrong as con artists dial Phuket policeman's number | Phuket News
PHUKET: A call center scam attempt went wrong when scammers pretending to be police officers unknowingly called Chief of Region 8 Investigation Department Col Boonlert Onklang....
Locals gather en masse to call for help on Phuket land claims | Phuket News
PHUKET: More than 100 local residents from the Pracha Samakkee Community massed at the Phuket Provincial Hall this morning (Dec 6) to call for help after 77 of the residents, who were said to have lived on the land where the community stands for over 10 years, were expelled by ‘capitalists’ they say have reclaimed the land....
First kids water safety training deemed a success, will be held again | Phuket News
PHUKET: The first water safety training program for students of Sainamyen School today (Dec 9) at Loma Park, Patong was deemed a succes with 150 junior participants in an event aimed at developing an extensive list of water-based skills....
Messenger for kids launched | Phuket News
NEW YORK: Facebook is coming for your kids....
Facebook launches parent-controlled Messenger app for kids | Phuket News
NEW YORK: Facebook is coming for your kids....
Phuket water shut-offs announced for December 13 | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket Waterworks Authority (PWA) announced that the water supply will be shut-off on Wednesday (Dec 13) in central Phuket....
Phuket Police repeat fundraiser bullies warning | Phuket News
PHUKET: Chalong Police issued a second warning over a group of men who are presenting themselves as representatives of police and bully people into buying B2,000 tickets for a local concert, after some additional 30 dissatisfied ticket buyers filed complaints about the ticket-sellers....
Phuket soi dog gets hi-tech prosthetics legs | Phuket News
PHUKET: Cola the dog became the first street dog on the island to get hi-tech prosthetics legs similar to those used by Paralympic sprinters and now seems to be delighted with them as he enjoys the fun of running freely with Soi Dog Foundation stuff who carried out this amazing project....
Downed poles leave Phuket residents powerless, causes traffic delays | Phuket News
PHUKET: The downing of three electricity power poles about 500 metres from Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort on Soi Karon Nui this morning has left residents in parts of Karon without electricity....
Phuket Gardening: Lovely but lethal tropical plants | Phuket News
A reader recently wrote to me about the poisonous propensities of the nerium or oleander. I replied, noting how the goats tethered next door to my garden in Spain – and goats will eat almost anything – had always refused to touch my oleander hedge....
Van crash leaves driver dead, hotel staff injured | Phuket News
PHUKET: At 6am this morning (Dec 9), Lt Col Sakkarin Sangjaroen of Chalong Police was informed of a road accident on Wiset Rd in Rawai....
Japanese firm to use drone to force overtime staff to go home | Phuket News
The Japanese plan to force staff home by using a musical drone leaves experts unimpressed....
More protected marine life found on menus at Phuket restaurants | Phuket News
PHUKET: A team from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) Phuket office inspected a number of restaurants in Karon this week to check whether they had protected marine life on their menus....
Swiss tourist fined in Phuket for encroaching a National Park protected zone | Phuket News
PHUKET: A Swiss tourist was fined yesterday (Dec 6) for encroaching on a National Park protected zone after he drove a jet-ski from Naka Island to Ao Phang Nga National Park....
Leatherback sea turtles disappearing from Thai waters | Phuket News
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation has ordered authorities at marine national parks to tighten crackdown on illegal fishing activities to protect endangered marine species, particularly leatherback sea turtles. The order by the department’s director-general Tunya Netithammakul came as a survey by park authorities during the past four years from 2013-2017 showed  leatherback sea turtles didn’t come ashore on sandy beach to nest and lay eggs. This was very unusual as in the past, dozens of leatherback nests were found on Phuket and Phangnga beaches. Regular nesting grounds for the leatherback turtles are Khao Lampi – Hat Thai Mueang marine national park in Phangnga and Sirinat marine national park in Phuket. The latest sighting of the sea turtles coming ashore to lay eggs was in 2013 at Mai Khao beach in Phuket, he said this week. The disappearance of leatherback turtles indicates that their population in Thai...
Australia’s First Same Sex Weddings to Be Held Within Weeks | Phuket News
Queen Elizabeth’s representative in Australia has officially signed same sex marriage into law following a landmark vote in the federal parliament.  The first weddings can take place in a month's time (Jan 9). The passing of the historic same sex marriage bill Thursday prompted songs and celebrations in the Australian parliament.  The new law brings to an end more than a decade of bitter debate on the issue.  MPs voted to  change the Marriage Act and bring to an end a ban on gay and lesbian couples marrying. The landmark measure became official when Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, who represents Australia’s head of state, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, signed it into law. Gay couples will be allowed to marry in a month’s time because in Australia authorities must be given four weeks’ notice before any wedding takes place. Australia’s center-right Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says it is a momentous occasion. “What a...
Australia gay marriages to start in January | Phuket News
CANBERRA: Gay marriage in Australia has become a law as the prime minister gained a final signature on a bill hours after it was overwhelming endorsed by Parliament, and the nation started planning weddings that can take place in a month....
Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages | Phuket News
CANBERRA, Australia: The Australian Parliament voted on Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a much-criticized ballot survey that strongly endorsed change....
Gay marriage is now legal in Australia | Phuket News
AUSTRALIA’s parliament has voted to legalise same-sex marriage after a long campaign involving a public postal vote and hundreds of hours of parliamentary debate. The Australian House of Representatives on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favour of changing the country’s Marriage Act to allow for gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot. When the bill was passed the parliamentary chamber erupted in cheers and hugs. Only four MPs voted against the bill, reported the national broadcaster ABC News. Watch the moment the House of Representatives votes to legalise same-sex marriage. #auspol #SSM @abcnews pic.twitter.com/eUwMquXgNl — ABC Politics (@politicsabc) December 7, 2017 SEE ALSO: Asian couples expected to flock to Australia after same-sex marriage passed Parliament’s passing of the bill follows the result of a postal vote released last month in which 61.6 percent of Australians said they supported changing the law to allow for marriage equality. ...
Irrawaddy dolphin now classified as “endangered” species by IUCN | Phuket News
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has recently raised the status of Irrawaddy dolphin from “vulnerable” to “endangered” as its numbers have fallen by half over the past six decades, according to The Irrawaddy Online on Friday. Despite the change of the status, the Wildlife Conservation Society in Myanmar claimed that the population of the dolphins has risen slightly over the last three years. According to the WCS, there are currently at least 69 dolphins in the river between Bhamo and Mandalay cities, in addition to population of approximately 80-100 left in stretches of the Mekong river in Cambodia and Laos and in Mahakham in Indonesia. However, the IUCN estimated that there is an abundant population of about 5,800 of the species in Bangladesh and 77 in the Philippines. The IUCN said in its report that, in the Mekong River, the majority of the Irrawaddy dolphins in recent...
Deforestation in Sumatra carves up tiger habitats into ever smaller patches | Phuket News
EXTENSIVE deforestation in Sumatra has corralled the island’s native tigers into fragmented habitats, only two of which contain a sufficiently robust population of the nearly extinct big cat, a recent study suggests. The Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) has since the 1980s been driven to the brink of extinction by a combination of severe loss of habitat — to logging and oil palm plantations — and poaching for its body parts. The animal’s dwindling population of less than 600 individuals in the wild rates it “Critically Endangered” status, or a step away from extinction, under the IUCN. None of the few scattered tiger subpopulations that remain holds more than 50 individuals. SEE ALSO: Rising Sumatran tiger numbers show impact of protection efforts A Sumatran tiger in Gunung Leuser National Park. Source: Matthew Luskin / Mongabay “Conservationists must know population sizes of endangered species in order to estimate their chance of...
USOC Says All Systems Go for Pyeongchang Olympics  | Phuket News
The U.S. Olympic Committee on Friday said it would send a full team to compete at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in February despite mixed messages this week from the White House about whether the U.S. would participate. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley had said it was an
Pyeongchang in a Cold Sweat Over Freezing Olympics Opening Ceremony | Phuket News
South Korea's winter Olympics organizers have worries other than a ban on Russia competing, poor ticket sales and tensions over North Korea. They fear it may be too cold. The Pyeongchang Games in February may feel like the coldest Olympics in at least three decades because the main stadium lacks a roof, leaving an estimated 35,000 spectators, including world leaders, exposed to extreme cold for the opening ceremony. The organizing committee's concerns are contained in an internal document, seen by Reuters, which expects biting winds to make conditions inside the open-air stadium at the start of the Games seem like minus 14 degrees Celsius, or about 7 degrees Fahrenheit. That
US ambassador casts doubt on whether American athletes will attend Winter Olympics | Phuket News
A senior U.S. official has cast doubt over whether U.S. athletes will able to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea amid heightened tensions with the North....
N. Korea Misses Deadline for S. Korea Olympics Registration | Phuket News
North Korea has missed a deadline to register two of its figure skaters for the South Korea-hosted PyeongChang Winter Olympics - despite their qualifying - casting doubt over whether Pyongyang intends to send any athletes to the February games....
China, S. Korea Look to Sync Approach on Pyongyang | Phuket News
Analysts say issues surrounding North Korea and tensions on the peninsula will be a top priority when South Korean President Moon Jae-in visits China next week.   Pyongyang recently tested what is believed to be its largest and most powerful ballistic missile, an ICBM experts estimate is capable of reaching as far as the east coast of the United States. The threat of a possible nuclear war is casting a cloud over South Korea’s hosting of the Winter Olympics and the United Nations is debating a new round of sanctions.   For China and South Korea, the meetings between the two countries' leaders will also be an opportunity to give the relationship a fresh start.   Relations soured earlier this year after South Korea deployed a U.S.-made missile defense system to help shield itself from a possible attack from the North. China believes the system is a threat to its...
The Future of the 4th Industrial Revolution - The 2017 Seoul International Invention Fair Ends Successfully | Phuket News
Dec 07, 2017 Picture:  - 633 Inventions Exhibited from 30 Countries -- Special focus placed on safety-related inventions and self-protection IoT devices. SEOUL, South Korea, Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2017 Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF 2017) held in Seoul at COEX Hall A from November 30 to December 3 (Korean time) was a big success. SIIF 2017, which celebrates its 13th anniversary this year, is an international event supported by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Federation of Inventors' Associations (IFIA). This year, a total of 633 inventions were exhibited by 30 countries including the United States, China, and Germany. It experienced a great turnout with more than 50,000 visitors attended. 35 experts from different industries, academia, and research selected the winners on-site. A total of 10 inventions, such as FRESH2JOY, created by 3-member team including N. Muangsin, won the grand prize. FRESH2JOY is...
Seoul Climate-Energy Conference Seeks Global Sustainability | Phuket News
Dec 06, 2017 Picture:  Global leaders from both the private and public sectors discussed creative ways to seek inclusive green growth and sustainable development at the Seoul Climate-Energy Conference on November 24 in Seoul. The annual conference was co-hosted by KAIST and the Coalition for Our Common Future under the theme “Creating New Momentum for the Paris Agreement and a Sustainable Future.” More than 100 global leaders participated in the forum including the Director General Frank Rijsbermanof the Global Green Growth Institute and Executive Director Howard Bamsey of the Green Climate Fund. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who played a significant role in the signing of the Paris Agreement, was the keynote speaker. This year’s conference focused on Korea’s low carbon-energy transition and the Fourth Industrial Revolution to be aligned with green growth. At the conference, speakers and participants reviewed the progress of the decisions made by the UN...
North Korea says US threats make war unavoidable on Korean Peninsula | Phuket News
U.S. military drills and threats against Pyongyang have made war on the Korean Peninsula
US Winter Olympics trip an 'open question' | Phuket News
US participation in the next winter Games is far from certain, says the US ambassador to the UN....
Protests erupt in Indonesia, Malaysia over Trump’s Jerusalem plan | Phuket News
ANTI-AMERICAN protests have taken place in Muslim-majority Southeast Asian states of Indonesia and Malaysia against United States President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. Several thousand protesters marched to the US embassies in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur on Friday, following strong official condemnation of Trump’s decision from their respective governments earlier in the week. “We’re standing here in the name of justice and humanity. We’ve gathered to defend our Palestinian brothers and sisters,” said one rally leader in Jakarta as quoted by Reuters. Some wore checkered scarves and waved Palestinian flags, while others shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great). Water cannons were on standby at the site, but the rally was peaceful and the number of demonstrators appeared far lower than the 500 to 1,000 police had anticipated. A pro-Palestine protester holds a banner as he marches towards the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur,...
Thai Embassy issues travel warning for Jerusalem | Phuket News
The Thai embassy in Tel Aviv has advised Thais in Israel to avoid crowded areas in Jerusalem and closely monitor the situation in a wake of violent demonstrations against US President Donald Trump’s statement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The embassy’s warning was posted on its Facebook page on Dec 7. It said that beginning from the night of Dec 6, there were violent demonstrations at various Palestine communities in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Ramallah cities in the West Bank and Gaza. It said the violent demonstrations were expected to drag on until Friday. The embassy then warned Thai citizens in Israel, particularly in Jerusalem, and adjacent cities to monitor the protest situation closely and cooperate with authorities on security measures and follow the police advice. They are warned to avoid travelling to densely populated public places for their safety. The post Thai Embassy issues travel warning for Jerusalem appeared first...
Muslims in Asia protest against Jerusalem plan | Phuket News
JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR: Several thousand protesters in Muslim-majority Indonesia and Malaysia rallied on Friday to condemn the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, as authorities tightened security outside US embassies....
50 years of ASEAN : What we’ve achieved and the challenges ahead | Phuket News
As ASEAN marks its 50th Anniversary, the bloc’s economic achievements with regards to intra-regional trade and connectivity have been remarkable. Today Southeast Asia has a combined GDP of about $2.4 trillion. Overall trade has grown from $10 billion in 1967 to $2.3 trillion in 2015. The GDP per capita has increased by 63.2%, from 2007 to 2015. Movement of people within ASEAN has significantly increased since its inception. This year Thailand has had an influx of around two million people from Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam. Malaysia had three million estimated migrant workers from Indonesia, Philippines and Myanmar. Singapore frequently relies on professionals from Malaysia and Indonesia. Such movements have brought about closer cooperation and people-to-people connectivity among ASEAN countries, although issues with regards to legalizing migrant workers remain a challenge. A plan of action in transport and communications has also been implemented to further multi-modal transport, facilitate trade, achieve inter-connectivity...
The ‘illusion’ of meritocracy at Malaysian universities | Phuket News
THERE are five types of pre-university qualifications one can show when applying to join a Biomedical Science degree course at Malaysia’s flagship university, the University of Malaya –  the Malaysian Higher School Certificate (STPM), Matriculation/Foundation studies, Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology, A Levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB). For the two most common qualification used – STPM and Matriculation – applicants have to show either an A- or B+ in three Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Physics/Mathematics. On the face of it, students from both streams are asked to produce the same results, giving the impression of a level playing field. Not every A is created equal, however, a researcher argues in a soon to be published paper, and the impact of this is one that has hurt Malaysians badly. “The official meritocracy is illusory,” Hwok-Aun Lee, a Senior Fellow at the Iseas-Yusof Ishak Institute said in a seminar this...
Singapore to seek public views on rentals | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: The Singapore government, which has charged two men with unauthorised short-term letting of apartments, said on Friday it plans to seek public feedback soon on a regulatory framework for allowing such accommodation....
Singapore to seek public views on short-term rentals | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: The Singapore government, which has charged two men with unauthorised short-term letting of apartments, said on Friday it plans to seek public feedback soon on a regulatory framework for allowing such accommodation....
Christmas lights and festive delights in Singapore | Phuket News
The yuletide fair at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, is a magical experience. — Jetjaras Na Ranong and Arusa Pisuthipan...
Christmas Tree Lighting Charity 2017 Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya | Phuket News
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya held a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony of the year at the main lobby of hotel to welcome the festive season on Friday 8th December 2017. This is also for the great celebration of the hotel 8th anniversary. The post Christmas Tree Lighting Charity 2017 Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya appeared first on Pattaya Daily News....
Singapore stocks extend fall, other SE Asia shares end mixed | Phuket News
Singapore shares fell for a fourth straight session on Thursday, dragged down by industrials and financials, while Philippine stocks rose for a second time in three days....
Asian stocks recoup some losses as dollar gains | Phuket News
Asian markets traded mixed on Thursday after recording steep losses in the Wednesday session....
Most SE Asia stocks fall as risk sentiment sours | Phuket News
Most Southeast Asian stock markets declined on Wednesday as overnight losses on Wall Street coupled with monetary policy concerns in China hurt investor sentiment....
Asia markets mixed after RBA keeps its cash rate unchanged | Phuket News
Markets in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong tried for gains in a mixed trading session in Asia on Tuesday....
North Korea missile prompted Singapore Air plane re-route | Phuket News
Singapore Airlines said it re-routed Seoul-Los Angeles flights after Pyongyang's July launch....
Singapore Air re-routed flights after N Korea July missile | Phuket News
Singapore Airlines said it re-routed Seoul-Los Angeles flights after Pyongyang's July launch....
North Korean missile threat forced Singapore Airlines to reroute flights | Phuket News
Singapore Airlines has reportedly taken measures to reroute flights in response to North Korea's missile tests....
China calls for US restraint in Korean military drills after B-1B flyover | Phuket News
In a tit-for-tat show of military might, South Korea and the United states have this week held air combat drills — a week after Pyongyang tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that it claims puts the US within its reach. Read more: South says North Korea’s latest missile test is bigger threat Midway though the large-scale aerial […]...
Alliance of Communist Parties Leading Nepal Election Results | Phuket News
An alliance of two major communist parties is leading parliamentary election results in Nepal and could be forming the next government in the Himalayan nation. According to preliminary results by Nepal’s Election Commission on Saturday, the alliance of Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center) has won 19 seats in the National Assembly and is leading in 81 other constituencies. In the assembly, 165 seats are directly elected and 110 are allocated to parties based on proportional representation. The Nepal Congress, which was the largest party in the last election, has so far won only three seats. Promise of stability “This is a clear indication that the Left alliance will get more than majority votes needed to form a government,” said Sudheer Sharma, editor of the popular Kantipur newspaper. Sharma said the reason for the alliance doing so well was because their votes...
Communists lead Nepal vote count | Phuket News
KATHMANDU: An alliance of two communist parties is leading parliamentary election results in Nepal and could be forming the next government in the Himalayan nation....
Nepal leftist alliance appears heading for election victory | Phuket News
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A leftist alliance between Nepal’s former Maoist rebels and moderate communists appeared to be heading for a victory in elections aimed at completing a transition to democracy after the abolition of the monarchy and end to civil war. ...
Southern Nepal Votes in Second and Final Round of Elections | Phuket News
Millions of voters in Nepal are heading to the polls in a historic election that completes the troubled country's transition to full democracy. Thursday's vote is the second and final phase of elections that will formally establish seven provincial assemblies, as well as elect members to the 275-member parliament. About 12 million voters in southern Nepal will cast their ballots in Thursday's second round, with the North having voted on Nov. 26. The newly elected assemblies will name their provinces and draft provincial laws.  Thousands of police and soldiers have been deployed at voting centers to prevent a repeat of violence ahead of the first round, which left one person dead and dozens wounded.  Political analysts say the alliance between the main group of Maoist former rebels and the opposition Communist UML party is widely expected to emerge as the winner.  Nepal has been on a long road to democracy since...
Sieren’s China: Internet blockade only hurts China | Phuket News
They put on a brave face for a nasty game. Facebook’s Vice President of Corporate Development Vaughan Smith and Google CEO Sundar Pichai were two of many IT executives from the West who attended the fourth World Internet Conference in the Chinese town of Wuzhen, where they gave speeches and smiled to the cameras — […]...
Will tech firms challenge China's 'open' internet? | Phuket News
Big names like Apple and Facebook were talking about China's internet in Wuzhen this week....
German award for Ilham Tohti sheds light on China’s Uighur abuse | Phuket News
DW: Why is the Weimar Human Rights award important for shedding light on human rights issues in China and Tohti’s activism? Ulrich Delius: The award is very important for human rights because Tohti is one of China’s most prominent political prisoners. He was sentenced to life in prison and has been incarcerated for almost four years. Even […]...
Lego wins copyright case against Chinese imitators | Phuket News
COPENHAGEN: Lego has won a landmark case in China against two companies that manufactured and sold toys almost identical to its Lego Friends range but branded Bela, the Danish toymaker said....
Lego wins first copyright case against China copies | Phuket News
Toymaker Lego has won a landmark case in China against two companies that manufactured copies....
China November producer prices ease to 4-month low | Phuket News
BEIJING: China's producer price inflation slowed to a four-month low in November as factory activity softened due to the government's ongoing efforts to curb pollution, cooling demand from factories for raw materials....
China's Nov producer prices ease to 4-month low | Phuket News
BEIJING: China's producer price inflation slowed to a four-month low in November as factory activity softened due to the government's ongoing efforts to curb pollution, cooling demand from factories for raw materials....
November consumer confidence rises for 4th straight month -survey | Phuket News
The country’s consumer confidence rose for a fourth straight month in November, boosted by a stronger economic outlook as exports and tourism remained robust but low commodity prices were still a concern, a private survey showed on Thursday....
Thailand’s consumer price index (CPI) rises to the highest in 9 months | Phuket News
Thailand’s consumer price index (CPI) for November rose to the highest in nine months as rising fuel prices and new excise tax slapped on tobacco  were blamed on the inflation rise. According to the Ministry of Commerce, Thailand’s consumer price index (CPI) increased 0.99% for the fourth consecutive month in November, the highest jump in 9 months. It said higher fuel prices and new excise tax, which was put into force on Sept 16, have driven up the prices of tobacco products in the country. It said the tax caused a jump in inflation by 0.08% despite falling prices of dairy products. But for the inflation rate during the past 11 months, it was a 0.66% on average. However this was within the ministry’s earlier projection of 0.4-1%. For next year, it forecasts overall economic growth at 3.5-4% with assumption that global oil prices staying around US$50-60 per barrel while...
President Rodrigo Duterte orders police to rejoin Philippines’ war on drugs | Phuket News
Philippine police on Tuesday were ordered to rejoin the war on drugs, overturning President Duterte’s decision two months ago to leave the campaign in the hands of the government’s anti-drug agency. Duterte had removed police from anti-drug operations following criticism from human rights advocates, foreign governments and the United Nations after thousands of drug suspects […]...
Philippines: Duterte restores police role in deadly drug war | Phuket News
PHILIPPINES President Rodrigo Duterte has restored the role of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies in the deadly war against drugs, raising fears of resurgence in brutal killings that have victimised mostly poor Filipino drug users. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque announced on Tuesday that Duterte approved a memorandum order directing the PNP and other law enforcement agencies, including the National Bureau of Investigation, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Customs, Philippine Postal Corporation, to resume providing active support to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the conduct of anti-illegal drug operations. Back in October, Duterte had designated the PDEA as the sole agency to implement the government’s campaign to eradicate illegal drugs in the country. The decision came as pollster Social Weather Stations revealed its third-quarter report that showed that the popularity of Duterte’s illegal drugs campaign had declined since December 2016. SEE ALSO:...
Duterte restores police role in deadly Philippines drug war | Phuket News
PHILIPPINES President Rodrigo Duterte has restored the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies in the deadly war against drugs, raising fears of resurgence in brutal killings that have victimised mostly poor Filipino drug users. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced on Tuesday that Duterte approved a memorandum order directing the PNP and other law enforcement agencies, including the National Bureau of Investigation, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Customs, Philippine Postal Corporation, to resume providing active support to the PDEA in the conduct of anti-illegal drug operations. Back in October, Duterte had designated the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as the sole agency to implement the government’s campaign to eradicate illegal drugs in the country. The decision came as pollster Social Weather Stations revealed its third quarter report that showed that the popularity of Duterte’s illegal drugs campaign had declined since Dec 2016. SEE ALSO: Duterte changes...
CPP, NPA declared terrorist organizations by Duterte | Phuket News
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA) have been declared terrorist organizations in a proclamation signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, according to The Manila Times Online on Wednesday(Dec 6). Palace spokesman Harry Roque told the media at a news briefing on Tuesday that Duterte made the proclamation in accordance with the Republic Act 10168 or the Human Security Act due to the continued violent acts by the CPP-NPA. However, he explained that the proclamation did not automatically make the CPP-NPA terrorist organizations, but the Department of Justice must file a petition with the Manila Regional Trial Court to classify them as terrorist groups under the Human Security Act. “To take note, this is not just in relation to Philippine domestic law but also in relation to a UN Security resolution intended to curtail financing of terrorist organizations,” said Roque. The terrorist...
5th anniversary of Sombath Somphone disappearance | Phuket News
Five years after the abduction of the prominent, internationally acclaimed Lao development worker Sombath Somphone by Lao state agents, the Lao government has done very little to find the truth, experts said. Meanwhile, the enforced disappearance of Sombath has raised debates about the Lao government’s ambition to boost its economy through development projects, while it continues to suppress civil rights.   15 December 2017 marks five years since Sombath was last seen by his family. On 15 December 2012, CCTV at a police checkpoint in Vientiane recorded footage that shows that state agents abducted Sombath from the street. His jeep was stopped and then he was escorted into a truck. According to Shui Meng Ng, Sombath’s Singaporean wife, a witness later saw Sombath and his jeep in a police holding centre.    “Although five years have passed, every day I’m still haunted by the images of what happened to him,”...
Big Tobacco is still king in Indonesia | Phuket News
INDONESIA’s powerful lobby for tobacco still holds the most clout compared to comparable industry bodies in other Asean nations, a new report has shown.  From interfering with the development of tobacco control policies to having unnecessary interactions with the government –  Indonesia’s huge tobacco industry meant it occupied 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...
76kg heroin seized in Nong Khai  | Phuket News
A combined government force seized 76 kilogrammes of heroin with a street value of about 100 million baht following a brief shooting in Sang Khom district of Nong Khai province early on Friday (Dec 1), Provincial Police Region 4 deputy commissioner Pol Maj Gen Chalong Pakpinyo said. Pol Maj Gen Chalong said a team of provincial and narcotic suppression police and soldiers from Surasak Montree Force were deployed on the bank of the Mekong River near Ban Huay Luang Son in Tambon Ban Muang of Nong Khai’s Sang Khon district on receiving a tip-off from informants that a quantity of drug would be smuggled across the river to this spot. At about 3am, ten men were seen arriving on a boat and went ashore, each carrying a bag.  When the authorities showed up and told them to stop for a search, some of them opened fire briefly at them while fleeing.  The men...
Vietnam’s bomb clearance efforts take a hit under President Trump | Phuket News
DURING his landmark visit to Hanoi in November, US president Donald Trump spoke glowingly of Vietnam as ‘‘one of the great miracles of the world’’, citing the rapid economic growth America’s former adversary has enjoyed since the war ended in 1975. Yet more than four decades since the last American troops departed from Vietnamese soil, the earth remains littered with hundreds-of-thousands of bombs dropped from US warplanes which failed to explode on impact. The fall of Saigon in April 1975 was supposed to signal an end to twenty years of intractable armed conflict and almost unimaginable human suffering in Vietnam. Yet these deadly remnants of war – referred to collectively as unexploded ordnance (UXO) – have killed and maimed more than 105,000 Vietnamese civilians in the four decades since, inflicting further misery on a scarred population. SEE ALSO: Vietnam requires 100 years, US$10 billion to clear unexploded mines, bombs Clearance activities...
The ASEAN Foundation and SAP extend strategic collaboration to drive positive social impact in the Digital Economy | Phuket News
Nov 29, 2017 Picture:  -- Inaugural year of collaboration reported over 16,000 lives impacted across ASEAN -- Collaboration in 2018 to focus on pillars of education and entrepreneurship, with the aim of creating a sustainable future for ASEAN -- Singapore will host ASEAN Data Science Explorers regional finals in 2018 SINGAPORE, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The ASEAN Foundation and SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced the continuation of their strategic collaboration into 2018, following a successful collaboration in its first year to bring about social impact in ASEAN. Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the ASEAN Foundation and SAP, both organisations will jointly roll out initiatives under two strategic pillars next year, namely Education and Entrepreneurship. The ASEAN Foundation and SAP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to extend their collaboration in 2018. Present here are (L-R): His Excellency Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN for...
Khonkaen Airlines moves closer to take-off | Phuket News
KHON KAEN: A tri-partite team from Thailand, Laos and Singapore is to draw up an operational plan for a new provincial airline to serve travellers in the Northeast....
Thailand’s Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and new opportunity connected | Phuket News
With its strategic location in the center of ASEAN with emerging markets, including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia and southern China, on its border, Thailand is well position to connect investors to new opportunities arising from the increasing border trade and the region’s rapid economic growth. Growing border trade In the first nine months of 2017, statistics from Thailand’s Department of Foreign Trade showed that value of border trade (Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia) and goods crossing the borders (from Singapore-southern China and Vietnam) totaled 971.42 billion baht, an increase of 9.68% from 885.71 billion baht in the same period in the previous year. Out of this, border trade value was 800.52 billion baht while value of goods crossing the border was 170.90 billion baht, a significant increase of 25.5%. While cross border trade is growing, strong economic growth in those neighboring countries is also significant. World Bank’s East Asia and...
Congress Weighs Condemning Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing | Phuket News
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a resolution this week condemning the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Burma, also known as Myanmar. VOA’s Congressional reporter Katherine Gypson has more on the U.S. Congress’ efforts to stop the crisis, including a tough sanctions bill cracking down on the Burmese military responsible for the violence....
Genocide against Rohingya ‘may be present’ in Rakhine says UN rights chief | Phuket News
THE UNITED NATIONS’ most senior human rights official has said that there may be “elements of genocide” present in Burma (Myanmar) that have caused the exodus of more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims into neighbouring Bangladesh in recent months. Speaking at a special session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called for an international criminal investigation into perpetrators of alleged gross human rights abuses in Burma’s Rakhine State since Aug 25. Having previously stated that the situation appeared to be ethnic cleansing, Zeid said on Tuesday that decades of statelessness, persecution and violence against the Rohingya minority coupled with recent mass exodus resembled genocide. SEE ALSO: United States says it is ‘clear’ that Rohingya crisis is ethnic cleansing Mohamed Faisal, 13, a newly arrived Rohingya refugee, recovers at the Rohingya ward in Sadar Hospital in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, December 2,...
UN Human Rights Council condemns violations against Rohingya | Phuket News
The UN Human Rights Council has condemned systematic violations against Rohingya communities in Myanmar and called on the government to ensure justice for victims and access to Rakhine state for investigators and aid workers. The statement was endorsed by 33 member states in favor and three against – including China. There were nine abstentions. Speaking […]...
Pope Speaks of Need for 'Forgiveness' in 1st Myanmar Mass | Phuket News
Pope Francis spoke of the need for “forgiveness” and avoiding “revenge” at a mass attended by tens of thousands of people in Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon, on Wednesday. He skirted direct mention of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority for the second time in his four-day visit, after talking generally of religious tolerance at a meeting with diplomats Tuesday. Some 150,000 Catholics from across the country gathered at Kyaikkasan sports ground for the service, some arriving the night before to ensure their places. “Today I am very blessed — not only me but all of Myanmar,” said Sister Lucy, a 22-year-old nun from far-flung Chin state, who got to the area at 5 a.m. “We never dreamed that we would see his Excellency, but today we can see him,” she said. In his first public mass in the country, Francis spoke of the many people in Myanmar who “bear the wounds of...
Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Freedom of Oxford over Rohingya crisis | Phuket News
BURMA’S (Myanmar) State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of the Freedom of the City of Oxford honour after her failure to act in response to the Rohingya refugee crisis. According to the BBC, Oxford city council voted on Monday to permanently remove the honour that the de facto leader was granted in 1997 for her “long struggle for democracy.” “Today we have taken the unprecedented step of stripping her of the city’s highest honour because of her inaction in the face of oppression of the minority Rohingya population,” said city councillor Mary Clarkson who proposed the motion. SEE ALSO: Rohingya or not Rohingya? The Pope’s South Asia dilemma Clarkson said that as a “diverse and humane city,” Oxford could no longer honour those who “turn a blind eye to violence.” She added that she hoped the move would add to the chorus of voices calling for human rights...
Civil society organizations want greater say in Panglong peace conference | Phuket News
Civil society organizations (CSOs) specializing in conflict resolution have demanded that they be allowed to participate in the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference and in discussions on all topics related to peace, according to The Irrawaddy Online on Wednesday (Dec 6). The CSO’s demand was contained in an open letter to leaders of the peace process, including State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and military chief Gen Min Aung Hlaing. Some 145 representatives of the 92 CSOs took part in the 17th Civil Society Forum for Peace in Yangyon on Dec 4-5.  They discussed key developments and challenges facing the 21st Panglong peace conference, women’s and security affairs as well as current conditions faced by people in various states and regions. The CSOs made several recommendations concerning the peace conference in the open letter released on Wednesday. Kun Chan Non, a spokesperson for the Mon Women’s Organization said representatives...
Rohingya or not Rohingya? The Pope’s South Asia dilemma | Phuket News
AS Pope Francis boarded a plane on Sunday night to begin his trip to South Asia, he was no doubt weighing up a moral and political dilemma. On his first visit to Burma (Myanmar), the quandary that has the world guessing is whether he will choose to use the term ‘Rohingya’ to identify the persecuted Muslim minority in Rakhine State. It’s a loaded and politically charged term in the Buddhist-majority nation, so much so that the pope’s own cardinal has warned the Holy See from using it as it could stall the efforts of reconciliation before they have even begun. Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane for his pastoral visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh at Fiumicino international airport in Rome, Italy, November 26, 2017. REUTERS/Remo Casilli “It is a very contested term, and the military and government and the public would not like him to express it,” Cardinal...
Bird flu returns in Cambodia | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: Cambodia has discovered a new outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu in the eastern province of Kompong Cham, according to the government....
US Set to Deport 70 Cambodians | Phuket News
Cambodia’s immigration department has confirmed that about 70 Cambodians living in the U.S. are set to be deported in December, immigration advocates say. The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) in a statement Wednesday said the move is “likely” to happen in two “batches,” and the first group will be removed before the holidays.    “We condemn the deportation of refugees and the separation of families. This heartless move by both the U.S. and Cambodian governments to terrorize people right before the holidays is deplorable,” Quyen Dinh, SEARAC’s executive director, said.  As VOA has previously reported, many Cambodians who survived the Khmer Rouge regime suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. This has complicated their integration into American life. “War and genocide had caused so much damage to the families,” Chum Bun Rong, Cambodia’s ambassador to the United States, told VOA. “They continued to struggle on [U.S.] soil, and dealing with trauma...
Vietnam seeks arrest of ex-politburo member | Phuket News
HANOI: Vietnamese police on Friday issued an arrest order for a former top Communist Party official suspected of misconduct while he was chairman of the state energy firm, the first former politburo member to face prosecution in decades....
Corporate ageing wisdom: the world’s top 10 CEOs over 70 | Phuket News
Digital disruption may be crippling old business models. But it hasn’t stopped 2017 emerging as a banner year for the elder chieftain. Insurance giant AIG hired a 70-year-old CEO in May, and shareholders in CSX had no qualms about paying the American railroad operator’s new 72-year-old chief an eye-popping $84 million sign-up bonus. We’re all living longer due to improvements in medical technology and living standards, and a study by the Korn Ferry Institute found that CEOs are older than holders of other managerial roles. In the US, the average age of managerial roles currently stands at 58 But humans aren’t invincible yet. One study in the Journal of Empirical Finance states that an age-related decline in a leaders’ cognitive abilities, on average, ends up hurting their company’s share prices. Just try telling that to these 10 corporate sages, who are showing that youthful vigour and tech experience can be...
Agreement Aside, China Boosts Control over Disputed Asian Sea | Phuket News
Beijing’s new move to assert air control over the disputed South China Sea risks alarming countries that had agreed last month to work out differences diplomatically. State-run China Central Television and one English-language news outlet said last week the military had deployed domestically built J-11B jet fighters to Woody Island in the Paracel archipelago.  Hangars in the island chain would improve China’s overall control of the sea, the television network said, quoting a Chinese military expert. The country eventually could intercept foreign aircraft, it said. Five other governments, all militarily weaker than China, contest Beijing’s claims to about 90 percent of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea that’s prized for fisheries, marine shipping lanes and undersea fossil fuel reserves. China’s aircraft deployment will raise alerts among the other claimants as well as the United States, which has more fire power than China and insists the sea remain open to all, analysts believe. ...
Rohingya crisis: UN rights chief 'cannot rule out genocide' | Phuket News
The UN rights chief demands access following violence that has uprooted 600,000 in Myanmar....
Surin Pitsuwan dies at 68 | Phuket News
Former foreign minister and Asean secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan died of acute heart attack on Thursday. He was 68....
SEC warns over low investment in stocks | Phuket News
Investment in stocks through provident funds (PVDs) makes up 10-15% of the total asset class, generating low returns and causing fund members to have insufficient savings for retirement, says the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)....
Six waterfalls in Nakhon Si Thammarat closed | Phuket News
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: Six waterfalls in Khao Luang National Park have been closed for safety reasons following heavy rain, park chief Wikan Thuadao said on Sunday....
SET rises 7.14 to 1,713.66 at midday | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went up 7.14 points or 0.42% to close at 1,713.66 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 31.3 billion baht, with 4.9 billion shares traded....
SET rises 6.51 to 1,702.18 at midday | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went up 6.51 points or 0.38% to close at 1,702.18 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 26 billion baht, with 4.32 billion shares traded....
SET falls 4.91 to 1,702.47 at midday | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went down 4.91 points, or 0.29%, to close at 1,702.47 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 27.24 billion baht, with 5.22 billion shares traded....
Vatican defends pope on 'Rohingya' | Phuket News
YANGON: The Vatican on Wednesday defended Pope Francis after human rights groups expressed disappointment that he didn't publicly acknowledge the plight of Rohingya Muslims....
Revealing silence | Phuket News
Why didn't Pope Francis mention the Rohingya during his trip to Myanmar?...
EPL roundup: Rooney's half-line score is goal of the night | Phuket News
Wayne Rooney scored from his own half to haunt his former manager David Moyes with a first hat-trick for Everton in a 4-0 thrashing of West Ham United on Wednesday which lifted the Blues out of the Premier League drop zone....
EPL roundup: Man City squeeze by Huddersfield | Phuket News
Raheem Sterling scored a fortuitous late winner as Manchester City opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a hard-fought 2-1 victory against a spirited Huddersfield Town on Sunday....
Global Entrepreneurship Summit Addresses Gender Bias, Opportunities for Women | Phuket News
The question of how women can overcome gender bias within cultures and succeed in their own right is emerging as a talking point at this year's Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India. The focus this year is women, who still lag behind men when it comes to starting businesses and securing funding for them.
India's GES Conference Focuses on More Women Entrepreneurs | Phuket News
This week, more than 1,000 entrepreneurs, business executives and government officials are in Hyderabad India to discuss ways to empower people to start businesses and build networks. The focus of the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit is women, who still lag behind men when it comes to founding businesses and getting funding. Michelle Quinn reports from Hyderabad....
More Women Entrepreneurs is Focus of Global Conference in India | Phuket News
This week, more than 1,000 entrepreneurs, business executives and government officials are in Hyderabad India to discuss ways to empower people to start businesses and build networks. The focus of the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit is women, who still lag behind men when it comes to founding businesses and getting funding. Michelle Quinn reports from Hyderabad....
Ivanka Trump Urges India to Close Professional Gender Gap | Phuket News
Calling on India to close the gender gap in the job market, Ivanka Trump opened this year's Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad. Trump said Tuesday,
Pakistani Military's Mediation to End Protest Raises Questions About Political Interference | Phuket News
The Pakistan army’s mediation role in ending a disruptive and deadly 20-day protest in the capital has sparked allegations that the powerful military is again going beyond its limits at a time of tense relations with the country's civilian government. Supporters of the small Tehreek-i-Labaik party had been camped out for the last three weeks, demanding the resignation of a law minister over an omitted reference in a parliamentary bill that Prophet Muhammad is the last prophet in Islam. The minister, Zahid Hamid, apologized for the omission, saying it was a clerical error that was later corrected. Some say the deal Pakistan's government struck with the Islamist group Monday to end the protest represented a complete capitulation to all of the protesters’ demands – including the resignation of Hamid – and then some. The protest leader claimed the army had yielded on issues that hadn’t even been on the list...
Pakistan: Hardline Islamist group calls off major protests after minister resigns | Phuket News
THE Pakistani government has finally given in to the demands of the country’s influential hardline Islamist group to remove the Federal Law Minister accused of committing blasphemy, ending a weeks-long protest that claimed several lives. The Islamist group on Monday said it would call off nationwide protests following the resignation and a weekend clashes between its supporters and police that paralysed major cities. The government climbdown will be seen as an embarrassment for the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party ahead of elections likely in mid-2018, and underlines the power of religious groups in the nuclear-armed nation of 207 million. Seven people were killed and nearly 200 wounded after a police bid to disperse protesters in Islamabad failed on Saturday, spurring demonstrators wielding sticks and iron rods to block key roads and motorways in other cities. SEE ALSO: Students in Pakistan, India protest violence against Rohingya  “Our main demand has been...
Pakistan’s Islamists agree to end protest camp after government deal | Phuket News
An Islamist group in Pakistan said on Monday that it will end a weeks-long protest against a government minister after striking a deal with Islamabad that includes the minister’s resignation. “Our main demands have been accepted,” Tehreek-i-Labaik spokesman Ejaz Ashrafi told Reuters news agency. “The government will announce the law minister’s resignation and we will […]...
Pakistani Islamist group to call off protests in capital after government deal | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani Islamist group whose supporters clashed with the police over the weekend is to call off its weeks-long protest after the government agreed to its demands and the law minister resigned, its spokesman said on Monday. ...
US Imposing Yet More Sanctions on N. Korea in Response to Latest ICBM Test | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the United States would respond to North Korea’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test flight by slapping more sanctions on Pyongyang. Trump mentioned new “major sanctions” in a tweet and said they would be unveiled later in the day. Administration officials declined to provide details when asked by reporters. Later, however, a State Department spokeswoman said details on a
Trump vows 'more sanctions' on North Korea | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump threatened new sanctions on North Korea Wednesday after its most powerful missile test yet and urged China's leader
Trump Promises 'Major Sanctions' in Response to North Korea ICBM Test | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump says
Why North Korea’s latest ICBM launch is an opportunity | Phuket News
Wednesday’s missile launch was a mission accomplished for North Korea. In January, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he wanted to complete his country’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program by the end of year. Ten months later, the dictator appears to have achieved his goal. The new type of long-range ICBM, called Hwasong-15, rose to […]...
Trump's anti-Muslim retweets draw fire | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump retweeted inflammatory videos from a fringe British political group Wednesday that purported to show violence being committed by Muslims, drawing quick condemnation from civil rights groups as well as a spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May....
Yellen: World recovery 'increasingly broad based' | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: - The US economy has gathered steam this year and will warrant continued interest rate increases amid a strengthened global recovery, outgoing Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told Congressional leaders on Wednesday in her final scheduled testimony on Capitol Hill....
Shi’ite Mosque in Pakistani Capital Attacked | Phuket News
Suspected militants attacked worshipers outside a Shi’ite Muslim mosque, killing at least one person and wounding four others late Wednesday  in the Pakistani capital. Police said four gunmen arrived on motorbikes at the mosque in Islamabad’s I-8 residential sector and opened fire on worshipers as they were coming out after offering evening prayers. Members of the minority Shi’ite community swiftly took to the streets to protest the violence and denounce the government for failing to protect them. No one claimed responsibility for the violence.  Security cameras installed around the mosque captured shots of gunmen spraying bullets with automatic weapons before fleeing the scene. Militant groups from the majority Sunni Muslim population in Pakistan are blamed for being behind the sectarian violence.  The rivalry between the two Muslim sects in the country has claimed thousands of lives over the years.   Wednesday’s attack came amid an uptick in militant violence in...
Gunmen kill intelligence officer at Islamabad Shi'ite mosque | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on worshippers at the entrance of a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in Pakistan's capital Islamabad on Wednesday, killing an intelligence officer at the scene, police said. ...
Saudis Launch Counterterror Coalition | Phuket News
A Saudi-led Muslim military coalition, commanded by a celebrated former Pakistan army chief, was officially launched Sunday in Riyadh where defense ministers of the participating nations are holding their inaugural meeting. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also defense minister of Saudi Arabia, opened the meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition or IMCTC. An official statement explained that the “pan-Islamic coalition” of 41 predominantly Sunni Muslim countries will coordinate and multiply their individual efforts in the global fight against terrorism and violent extremism. “The meeting [in the Saudi capital marks the official launch of the IMCTC and strengthens the cooperation and integration of member countries in the coalition,” it reads. While supporters dubbed the Saudi-led coalition the “Muslim NATO,” skeptics, including those in Pakistan, continue to question its objectives and see it as a sectarian-based grouping against rivals - Shi’ite Iran, Syria and Iraq. Saudi officials...
Official Thanks Iran-Trained Afghan ‘Warriors’ for Syrian ‘Victory’ | Phuket News
A top official in Afghanistan has come under fire for seeming to confirm for the first time that neighboring Iran has recruited thousands of Shi’ite Afghans and “warriors” from other regional countries to fight in Syria. Deputy Afghan Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq made the controversial statement during a trip last week to Tehran. His remarks were recorded on video and aired and reported by Afghan media, prompting critics to take to social media to denounce him and call for his removal from office. While addressing an international summit of scholars from Iran and other Muslim nations, the Afghan deputy chief executive is shown praising Major General Qasem Soleimani, who commands foreign operations of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The gathering was convened to discuss ways to fight “the dark ideology” of IS terrorists from a unified Islamic front, according to Iranian media. The Iranian general is said to be one...
Tourists warned to respect Thai culture – two who showed their butts at Wat Arun arrested | Phuket News
The two gay US men who posted pictures of their butts at Wat Arun have been arrested at the airport. The pair – named only as Joseph and Travis aged about 38 – were caught apparently trying to flee Thailand at Don Meuang airport. They were taken to Bangkok Yai police station. Cops there had placed them on a “watch list” after their stunt at the iconic monument in their jurisdiction. Immigration spokesman Cherngron Rimphadee said that behavior like that was not appropriate and took the opportunity to warn others who might do the same that it will not be tolerated. Thai Rath reported that he said that tourists should show respect to the culture, traditions and religion of Thailand especially at sites like Wat Arun that are important to the Thai people. The news media said that the authorities were pleased that their procedures to stop those that had...
Toyota head aims to steer EV market | Phuket News
The government policy to promote the country's automotive industry as a hub for electric vehicles (EV) has Toyota Motor Thailand, the local unit of the Japanese car maker, optimistic about future hybrid car manufacturing here....
International hotel brands expand reach | Phuket News
Downtown Bangkok has always been a preferred option for hotel developments. In this area alone, hotel supply is growing so rapidly that CBRE Thailand expects the total number of rooms available to increase by 20% by 2021....
About 100 Cambodians arrested in two days for illegal logging | Phuket News
Officials of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation have rounded up about 100 illegal migrant workers from Cambodia allegedly hired by a Thai financier to poach the highly-priced Siamese rosewood or Payoong trees in Tap Larn national park in Korn Buri district of Nakhon Ratchasima. The first group of 39 Cambodian illegal migrants were arrested by forest rangers in cooperation with community leaders in the national park. Some of them told the officials that about 100 of them were brought into Thailand by Thai and Cambodian brokers to fell Payoong trees in the park for a Thai businessman. With the tipoff, officials and community leaders launched a manhunt throughout Tuesday night and finally located the remaining Cambodians in Ban Nong Bot, Tambon Kok Krachai, Korn Buri district. All the 84 Cambodians were then taken to Korn Buri district police station for interrogation and detention. Altogether 110 Cambodians...
Airport authority proposes long-term airports development plan | Phuket News
The Department of Airports (DOA) is prepared to propose its 20-year plan to develop Thailand’s airports to the cabinet for approval. The long-term plan emphasized on cooperation with local administration organizations in the development, as well as to resolve passenger congestion at the airports. According to DOA director-general Darun Sangchai, the plan aimed at adopting greater use of Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) agreements with the private sector. DOA chief Darun Sangchai The main impetus will be to create a more comprehensive link with other transport networks in order to complement the ever growing tourism sector. He said the department has talked with the Airports of Thailand (AOT) to work out plan for the  share use of airports as separate planning will not contribute to the country’s aviation industry and its aim to be a regional hub. To achieve the goal, the private sector will also be invited to participate in PPP...
Royal Cremation exhibition extended to Dec 31 | Phuket News
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has given permission for the exhibition of the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang to be extended to Dec 31, according to the Prime Minister’s Office announcement. The extension is to provide the opportunity for the people and youths in remote areas to see the valuable cultural craftsmanship of the Royal Crematorium of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The exhibition was originally scheduled to end on Nov 30. Official count of visitors to the Royal Crematorium until yesterday was more than 2.2 million since it was open to the public on Nov 2. The number of visitors sharply increase on Saturdays and Sundays when people have to queue up for several hours to enter the site. Today (Nov 29) a long line of people waited in queue since 5am in the morning. The line stretched to the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue. On Sunday, the line remained until...
'Distorted News' Deemed Health Issue in Junta-run Thailand | Phuket News
Thailand's military government says it is fighting a new threat to public health: distorted news reports.   The country's Health Ministry announced Tuesday it is launching a new smartphone application that will allow users to flag media content they find
Pope preaches forgiveness in first Mass in Myanmar | Phuket News
YANGON: Pope Francis urged Myanmar's long-suffering ethnic minorities to resist the temptation to exact revenge for the hurt they have endured, preaching a message of forgiveness Wednesday to a huge crowd in his first public Mass in the predominantly Buddhist nation....
EPL: Major wins for Leicester, Man United | Phuket News
Ashley Young struck twice against his old club as Manchester United put their recent travel sickness behind them with a 4-2 victory at Watford to close the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City to five points on Tuesday....
India's Hyderabad loves hosting Ivanka Trump | Phuket News
Ivanka Trump is visiting the south Indian city for a business summit....
Hyderabad makeover for Ivanka Trump visit | Phuket News
Sprucing up parts of Hyderabad leads to jokes that Ivanka Trump should visit regularly....
Pakistan Criticized for 'Surrendering' to Protesting Islamist Group | Phuket News
A controversial deal the government in Pakistan struck with an Islamist group Monday has forced the federal law minister out of office and eased angry demonstrations that claimed several lives and had for weeks paralyzed the national capital. Thousands of activists of the radical Tehreek-e-Labaik party led by Khadim Hussain Rizvi earlier this month had blocked the main entrance to Islamabad and refused to disperse unless the government ousted Law Minister Zahid Hamid for allegedly committing blasphemy. The government led by the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) party dismissed the demand and ordered a police crackdown on Saturday to clear the protest site in the face of growing public pressure against the siege. The action resulted in clashes with demonstrators, in which seven people died and nearly 200 others were wounded. In reaction, Rizvi’s supporters took to the streets in other major Pakistani cities, blocking roads and motorways, with some carrying...
Pakistani Islamists call off protests over blasphemy claim as government backs down | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A hardline Pakistani Islamist group called off nationwide protests on Monday after the government met its demand that a government minister accused of blasphemy resign, following weekend clashes with police that paralysed major cities. ...
Opinion: Pakistan’s ignominious surrender to Islamists | Phuket News
The resignation of Pakistan’s Law Minister Zahid Hamid didn’t come as a surprise. The government’s crackdown on Islamist protesters on Saturday was a disaster as violence broke out, not only in the capital Islamabad, but in many other parts of the country. Supporters of the Tehreek-i-Labaik Islamist party — a Barelvi sect outfit — and its firebrand […]...
Pakistan army's role in focus as Islamists end blasphemy blockade | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - When hardline Pakistani Islamists signed an agreement with the government on Monday to end a crippling blockade of the nation's capital, the text of their deal concluded by thanking the army chief who it said had
Pakistani Islamist group to call off nationwide protests after government backs down | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani hardline Islamist group on Monday said it would call off nationwide protests after the government agreed to its demands and the law minister resigned, following weekend clashes between its supporters and police that paralysed major cities. ...
Pakistan Islamists call off protests after minister resigns | Phuket News
The government backs down Law Minister Zahid Hamid is giving in to demands by hardline Islamists who accuse him of blasphemy....
North Korea successfully launches missile that can reach US mainland | Phuket News
NORTH KOREA has declared it has achieved its long-held goal of becoming a nuclear power after it successfully conducted a night test of a long-range missile capable of hitting the United States. The missile landed off the coast of Japan, triggering a South Korea test-launch in response and bringing a return to high tension to the region after a lull of more than two months. North Korea said the new powerful missile reached an altitude of around 4,475 km – more than 10 times the height of the international space station – and flew 950 km during its 53 minute flight, before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone. A presenter makes a special announcement on North Korea’s state-run television after the country launched a missile, in this still image taken from a video released by KRT, November 29, 2017. KRT/Handout via Reuters This would make it the most...
North Korea launches most powerful missile yet over Japan | Phuket News
NORTH KOREA has conducted a night test of a long-range missile which landed off the coast of Japan, triggering a South Korea test-launch in response and bringing a return to high tension to the region after a lull of more than two months. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the launch had been anticipated and that the government had been preparing for it. Moon said that there is no choice but for countries to keep applying pressure and sanctions against North Korea. A statement from the US Department of Defense said confirmed the missile was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea. It travelled about 1,000 km before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone. SEE ALSO: Trump administration lists North Korea as state sponsor of terrorism The missile was reported to have flown for 50 minutes, on a very high trajectory reaching...
What's New, What's Ahead, After North Korea's ICBM Test | Phuket News
Experts may debate trajectories, payload weights and re-entry shields, but North Korea's claim that the entire United States is within range of its rapidly improving missiles just got a lot more credible. Wednesday's launch of what the North called the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated a greater range than other missiles it's tested and showcased several capabilities the North must master if it were ever to actually try to unleash them at the United States. Here is a quick look at the advancements made, the developments still to come, and the implications for the United States and its Asian allies: THE MISSILE ITSELF According to North Korea's announcements about the launch, the Hwasong-15 can be tipped with a
North Koreans applaud latest missile test | Phuket News
North Korea says it has successfully tested a new type of missile that can reach every major city in the US....
Saudis lead new anti-terrorist alliance | Phuket News
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Sunday an attack on an Egyptian mosque that killed more than 300 worshippers would galvanise an Islamic military coalition that aimed to counter
Saudis Set to Launch Counterterror Coalition Commanded by Ex-Pakistan General Sharif | Phuket News
A Saudi-led Muslim military coalition, commanded by a celebrated former Pakistan army chief, will be officially launched on Sunday when Riyadh hosts defense ministers of the participating nations at its inaugural meeting. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia, will open the meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition or IMCTC, said an official statement issued on the eve of the event. The statement explains that the “pan-Islamic coalition” of 41 predominantly Sunni Muslim countries will coordinate and multiply their individual efforts in the global fight against terrorism and violent extremism. “The meeting [in the Saudi capital] marks the official launch of the IMCTC and strengthens the cooperation and integration of member countries in the coalition,” it reads. While supporters dubbed the Saudi-led coalition the “Muslim NATO,” skeptics, including those in Pakistan, continue to question its objectives and see it as a sectarian-based grouping against rival...
Freed accused terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed rails against India, Pakistan ex-PM Sharif | Phuket News
LAHORE/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A newly freed Pakistani Islamist accused of masterminding a bloody 2008 assault in the Indian city of Mumbai called ousted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a
Bangkok photo: US tourists held for baring buttocks at Thai temple | Phuket News
The pair posted a picture of their exposed buttocks at Bangkok's famous Wat Arun temple....
US gays on “World Butt Photo Tour” anger Thais | Phuket News
Two US gay lovers who like to post Instagram pictures of their butts at monuments around the world have outraged the Thais. “Joseph and Travis” – as they were named by Tsood.com – were picture baring their backsides in front of the Temple of Wat Arun. Thais went online in droves to condemn the gays for showing their rear ends in front of the iconic temple that was built by one of the Chakri Dynasty kings and is occasionally visited by Thai Royalty for the kathin robe ceremony during the Royal Boat Procession. Thais screamed that it was a sacred site and demanded the pictures were also….taken down. This eventually happened but not before the Thai contingent among the couple’s 14,600 followers had given them a good ear bashing. Joseph and Travis have previously posted derriere photography at the US Capitol in Washington and the Louvre museum in Paris. Now...
Flooding across lower South, more rain forecast | Phuket News
All 11 districts in flooded Phatthalung province were declared disaster zones on Tuesday with over 30,000 rai of farmland inundated, as the weather office forecast more heavy rain for the lower South....
Phuket Governor takes action over heavy rain, flash-flood warning | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodtong has cautioned people to beware torrential downpours this week as a low-pressure system in the South China Sea begins to move toward Southern Thailand, bringing with it heavy rain-laden clouds....
One man missing as floods cause havoc in the South | 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. In tambon Ko Hong of Hat Yai, the main business district of Songkhla province, local authorities have warned residents to move their belongings to higher ground and be ready for evacuation as Klong Wa canal is rising and may overflow if more rains fall today. Floods were also reported in some areas of Sating Phra, Thepa, and Na Mom districts of Songkhla, according to Songkhla disaster prevention office. In Narathiwat, governor Suraporn Prommoon ordered local authorities in 13 districts to stand by 24 hours and ready for assistance as...
PM delivers relief bags to flood victims in Trang | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha got on a punt to distribute relief bags to flood victims at Khlong Chang village, Nataluang community in provincial seat district of Trang where dozens of houses have been submerged by the three-meter-high floodwater. The floodwater has begun to subside due to no additional rain but local villagers still have to travel by boat. The Prime Minister also followed up on the well-being of people temporarily staying at a tent on the street. He delivered relief bags to the flood victims and provided them with moral support. He then visited Sirindhorn College of Public Health, Trang, to deliver 500 sets of relief supplies to flood victims in Kantang district. Gen Prayut said he sympathized with the flood victims and insisted that the government would try to do its best to solve the problem. NNT The post PM delivers relief bags to flood victims in Trang appeared...
Mobile medical units and medicines are rushed to help flood victims in the South | Phuket News
The Public Health Ministry has rushed 60,000 packs of medicines and 3,000 tubes of anti-Athlete’s Foot cream and dispatched mobile medical units to help flood victims in nine southern provinces hard-hit by flooding. Public health permanent secretary Dr Jesada Chokedamrongkul disclosed that almost all the 71 hospitals and health offices in the nine provinces are still operational although affected by flooding, with two small tambon hospitals in Raman district of Yala and Kongra district of Phatthalung being closed and their staff moved to higher grounds nearby to carry on with health services. He said health officials had been educating people in flooded areas about how to protect themselves from drowning and against water-borne diseases. In Nakhon Si Thammarat where 23 districts are being flooded, Dr Jesada said the hospital in Tha Sala district was flooded but still remains operational, with all the expensive medical equipments and patients being moved to...
Prayut to inspect flood-hit Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat on Dec 8 | Phuket News
As flooding still prevails in nine southern provinces, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to visit Trang and Nakhon Si Thammarat on Friday (Dec 8) for inspection, a government source said. Gen Prayut and his entourage will first travel to Muang and Kantang districts of Trang province to see the situation, before listening to a briefing on a water draining project for the Trang River from concerned officials. He will then visit the flood-hit people and distribute relief items and survival kits in Trang, before proceeding to Nakhon Si Thammarat. According to the latest summary of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, eleven provinces had been hit by massive flooding between Nov 25-Dec 6. The situation has eased in Krabi and Satun, leaving 88 districts of nine provinces partly inundated. The nine provinces are Pattani, Yala, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Trang, Chumphon, Narathiwat, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani. The department has...
Former actor among suspects in alleged bogus drug raid | Phuket News
Former actor Weerachaisriwanik Wanneukkul, 38, was among three men who surrendered to police early Friday morning to fight charges of posing as narcotic suppression officers in a raid on a Bangkok garage to “arrest” its owner over drug allegations. The 26-year-old owner, Nuttapong Jitsaguan, was allegedly handcuffed by the three men, who then fled after his relatives showed up and his father told them he was an officer in the Royal Thai Air Force. However, even as Weerachaisriwanik turned himself in, a new report implicated him in another similar crime after hotel van driver Kreingsak Sarawadee, 33, was brought to police on Friday and identified the three as conspiring with another man to “arrest” him over a bogus charge before fleeing with his gold necklace worth about Bt50,000, an I-phone 7 plus cell phone and Bt10,000 in cash on the morning of November 4. Weerachaisriwanik along with Siwat Lamsri, 36,...
Former actor, 2 others charged with posing as drugs police | Phuket News
A former bit part TV actor and two alleged accomplices have been arrested on charges of posing as drug suppression police and handcuffing the owner and illegally searching a shophouse in Bangkok’s Sai Mai district....
Former actor, 2 others charged with impersonating police | Phuket News
A bit part TV actor and two alleged accomplices have been arrested on charges of posing as drug suppression police and handcuffing the owner and illegally searching a shophouse in Bangkok’s Sai Mai district....
THAI awarded eighth Best Long-haul Airline by Telegraph travel website | Phuket News
Thai Airways International has won a Best Long-haul Airlines award from Telegraph in a website-based poll conducted with some 90,000 viewers. Acting THAI President Usanee Sangsingkeo revealed the Thai flag carrier was named the eighth Best Long-haul Airline for Telegraph Travel Awards 2017 by Telegraph.co.uk website following the survey conducted with some 90,000 website viewers during August – October 2017. She said the award would generate pride to the airline as it indicated excellent services for its passengers, adding that THAI will continue to improve them to maximize the passengers’ comfort and satisfaction. Telegraph is a UK-based travel website with 27 million viewers worldwide, and is the 10th most visited website in the world. The Telegraph Travel Awards 2017 was conferred on basis of surveys with UK viewers in search of the best travel experiences from hotels, airlines, tourist destinations, cruises, ferry boats, trains, and travel agencies. NNT The post...
Heartbreak possibly behind woman’s suspected Phuket suicide | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police are investigating whether heartbreak was the motive for the suspected suicide of a 39-year-old Phnag Nga woman found hanged at her home in Thalang early this morning (Dec 8)....
61-year-old Phuket monk found hanged in alleged suicide | Phuket News
PHUKET: Chalong Police are investigating the alleged suicide of a 61-year-old Thai monk who was found hanged in his room at Sawang Arom Temple in Rawai today (Dec 6)....
Officials to propose Andaman Sea zone becomes Unesco World Heritage Site | Phuket News
PHUKET: A revived effort is underway to have Phang Nga Bay and parts of the Andaman Sea and its coastlines surrounding Phuket, and possibly as far south as the Malaysian border, listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site....
Glass plate negatives and prints of historic events of Siamese kings win place in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Registry 2017 | Phuket News
Photographic negatives filming historic events dated back to over 160 years during the reigns of King Chulalongkorn and King Vajiravudh have now won place in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Registry 2017. UNESCO recognised these photographic glass plate negatives for inclusion in it’s international Memory of the World project after Thailand submitted its documentary heritage for inclusion in the Memory of the World Registry 2017. Photo: Culture Ministry According to Culture Minister Veera Rojpojanaratna, UNESCO has included 35,427 glass plate negatives and 50,000 prints in the Memory of the World Registry 2017. These royal collection of photographic glass plate negatives and prints are historical evidence which features social, cultural, political changes and foreign relations activities of Siam, and its relations with the world during a long continuous period from 1855-1935. Photo: Culture Ministry The Royal ollection depicts national and international important personalities, places, and events, from the age of western...
Traffic Police warn of Phuket road closures for Phukethon | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket City Traffic Police yesterday (Dec 7) announced for motorists to avoid certain roads and areas which will be closed off during this weekend’s Phukethon event whose first, short distance races will begin tomorrow (Dec 9) and long distance marathons on Sunday, Dec 10....
Repairs undertaken on leaking Phuket Airport Domestic Terminal roof | Phuket News
PHUKET: It has been confirmed today (Dec 8) that work on a leaking roof in the corridor that joins the recently renovated Domestic Terminal at Phuket International Airport to the Departure Gates within the terminal has been completed....
Passengers asked not to place anything in front of giant statues at Suvarnabhumi airport | Phuket News
The Suvarnabhumi international airport has urged passengers not to place anything as a gesture of worshipping in front of 12 giant statues in the departure terminal. The plea followed an incident on Sunday evening when an image of a bottle of red-colored soft drinks placed at the foundation of a giant statue was posted on the social media. The bottle was later removed by a cleaner. The airport’s public relations office said that there are 12 giant statues in the departure terminal to showcase Thai arts and identity to foreign visitors. It added that placing anything at the base of the giant statues as a gesture of worshiping is not allowed.   The post Passengers asked not to place anything in front of giant statues at Suvarnabhumi airport appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Global superyacht players converge on Phuket today for KRSR 2017 | Phuket News
The most exclusive yachting event in Asia, the Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous (KRSR), commenced today and will feature a multitude of glamorous parties and dinners, hosted by industry leaders from the world’s leading yachting brands, over its three-day schedule....
Heavy rain across Phuket overnight causes widespread flooding | Phuket News
PHUKET: Heavy rain across Phuket last night caused widespread flooding in several parts of the island....
Sixteen people fined during Phuket beach inspections | Phuket News
PHUKET: Army officers, police and municipality officials inspected beaches at Kata, Karon and Patong yesterday (Dec 5) fined a total of 16 beach management offenders under the orders of Col Santi Sakuntanark, Commander of the 25th Infantry Regiment and the highest-ranking army officer stationed in Phuket....
No vendors to be allowed on Phuket’s Surin Beach | Phuket News
PHUKET: It was decided at a meeting held at 2pm on Friday (Dec 1) at the Thalang District Office that no vendors are to be allowed on Phuket’ Surin Beach with immediate effect....
China’s transformations and Thailand’s opportunities | Phuket News
A rising tide of protectionism, following the Trump presidency, has prompted the world to turn its eyes toward China in the hope that it, alongside European countries, could help spread cooperation on trade and investment around the world In fact, China’s movement regarding its expansion on economic and political bounds is a part of transformations that it is currently going through. To sustain its economic growth, China needs both inward and outward transformations which will not only reshape its economy but also affect the world economy, with some impact on Thailand. The transformations in China come from the challenge from its old growth path. In the past, China’s growth was driven by public and private investments in manufacturing, which made the country the world’s factory. 600 million middleclass Chinese within 10 years However, the country now faces overcapacity in many traditional industries as well as a very high level of...
Russian doping: IOC bans Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics | Phuket News
The International Olympic Committee bans Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang....
North Korea says war with United States is ‘inevitable’ | Phuket News
North Korea lashed out again on Wednesday at large-scale military exercises – involving its southern neighbor and the United States – this time saying that war was “unavoidable.” The comments were attributed to an unnamed North Korea Foreign Ministry spokesman, who said “bellicose comments” from high-ranked US officials, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo, had confirmed Washington’s […]...
US B-1B bomber in attack drill show of force to North Korea | Phuket News
The move, part of a massive US-South Korea military exercise, is seen as a warning to Pyongyang....
Trump to ‘take care’ of North Korea as US launches largest ever drills with South | Phuket News
SOUTH KOREA and the United States launched their largest joint air force drills to date on Monday, a day after President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser asserted that they will “take care” of the North Korean regime. According to South Korea’s national news agency Yonhap, the two nations kicked off a “massive” aerial drill, involving more than 230 warplanes and 12,000 military personnel, just days after North Korea declared its nuclear statehood. “It’s aimed at enhancing the all-weather, day and night combined air power operation capabilities of South Korea and the US,” South Korea’s defense ministry said as quoted by Yonhap. The exercises will reportedly involve “simulated precision strikes” on mock North Korean nuclear and missile targets. SEE ALSO: North Korea successfully launches missile that can reach US mainland A view of celebrations at Kim Il-sung Square on December 1, in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News...
Pork vendor accused of B25m online fraud | Phuket News
BURI RAM – A group of residents have filed suit against a local pork vendor, accusing her of conning more than 800 people here and overseas out of more than 25 million baht in an online pyramid scam over the past six months....
Market pork vendor accused of B25m online fraud | Phuket News
BURI RAM – A group of residents have filed suit against a local pork vendor, accusing her of conning more than 800 people here and overseas out of more than 25 million baht in an online pyramid scam over the past six months....
Mum's fundraising for ill son draws sympathy in China | Phuket News
A video of Wu Xiue raising money for her mentally ill son warmed hearts and shocked online users in China...
Bill Targeting Authoritarian Ex-leader Will Distance Taiwan from China | Phuket News
Legislation in Taiwan that opens a probe into the heavy-handed rule of former strongman Chiang Kai-shek stands to distance Taiwanese people from their political rival China. Parliament on Tuesday passed a bill that obligates the government to dig up archives from the era of Chiang’s deadly suppression of dissent after he moved his Nationalist government from China to Taiwan in the 1940s. The Act on Promoting Transitional Justice calls further for restoring the reputations of those persecuted and advises the removal of tributes to China such as statues and street names, legislators said. Seeking clarity of the past Legislators were able to approve the transitional justice act because the ruling Democratic Progressive Party has controlled parliament as well as the presidency since May 2016, the first time ever that the Nationalist didn’t dominate one or both. Some downplay the Act’s power to let the government diminish Chiang’s image, saying instead...
Philippine Police Ordered Back to Front Lines of Bloody Anti-drug Crackdown | Phuket News
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the country's police force to resume their role in his sweeping crackdown on illicit drugs. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Tuesday Duterte signed an order mandating the police to support the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, citing a resurgence in illegal drugs in the Pacific archipelago.    The 72-year-old Duterte launched the campaign shortly after he took office in June 2016 on a pledge to wipe out illicit drugs within six months.  Between 4,000 and 7,000 people have been killed in the 18-month crackdown, drawing criticism from human rights groups, who have accused police of carrying out extra-judicial killings. Duterte has removed police forces from official activities twice during the 18-month crackdown, the first time back in February, after a South Korean businessman was kidnapped and killed by anti-narcotics officers, the second time coming as recently as October, after the brutal slayings of three teenagers...
UN Expert Calls on Laos to Boost Support for Child Sex Abuse Victims | Phuket News
A United Nations expert on child exploitation and trafficking is calling on the Laos Government to boost welfare support for child victims, and increase regional cooperation to combat child trafficking. Maud De Boer-Buquicchio, a U.N. special rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, made the calls after an official visit, as Laos takes legal steps and campaigns to address child abuse and trafficking. De Boer-Buquicchio backed steps by Laos' Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, with the support of the UN's Children’s' Fund (UNICEF) and non-government organizations (NGOs), to develop child protection networks in villages and districts. But she said these remained scattered and volunteer-based. She called for
Phitsanulok child abused in sex video on Line | Phuket News
PHITSANULOK: Authorities say video of a couple having sex with their three-year old son was posted to a Line chat group, and they're hunting for the person who hired the couple....
Australian parliament passes same-sex marriage bill | Phuket News
In the Canberra parliament’s final session of the year on Thursday, lawmakers engaged in a lengthy debate as several amendments put forward by opponents of the bill to legalize same-sex marriage were voted down. The Australian parliament voted 146 to 4 in support of same-sex marriage. “What a day for love, for equality, for respect! […]...
Cambodia's Sihanoukville morphs into 'Macau 2' | Phuket News
SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia: Between Sihanoukville's beaches and its multiplying casinos,
Insight: Cambodia goes all-in on China in casino port city | Phuket News
SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (Reuters) - Between Sihanoukville's beaches and its multiplying casinos,
Cambodia seizes nearly a ton of ivory hidden in hollow logs | Phuket News
Authorities discovered almost 280 pieces of ivory, including full and partial elephant tusks in Cambodia’s key port of Sihanoukville, an official said on Wednesday. The abandoned container held around 941 kilograms (2,075 pounds) of ivory; it’s owned by a company in Mozambique. Officials said it was transported to Cambodia’s southern port from the Ivory Coast […]...
Asian couples expected to flock to Australia after same-sex marriage passed | Phuket News
AUSTRALIA is tipped to develop a same-sex Asian wedding tourism industry now that marriage equality laws have been passed, according to global marketing consultancy Out Now. Australia’s upper house Senate last Wednesday passed a measure to legalise same-sex marriage, perhaps as soon as this week, after lawmakers dismissed a conservative push to allow religious objectors to refuse service to same-sex couples. Given Australia’s proximity to Asia, coupled with the fact that other destinations for same-sex weddings in the region are limited to Taiwan, Vietnam and New Zealand, the land down under will likely be a popular option for those couples looking to tie the knot. “Love is a human right. Regardless of race, language, religion, or sexual orientation.” Source: Pink Dot SG Facebook SEE ALSO: Hong Kong to host Asia’s first Gay Games as LGBT acceptance grows Beyond just the economic benefits, the approval of such legislation sends a clear...
From postal survey to parliament: how Australia legalised same-sex marriage | Phuket News
THE Australian parliament has passed legislation to permit same-sex marriage. The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill passed the Senate on November 28. It was then passed in the House of Representatives on Thursday by an overwhelming majority: around 130 MPs voted in favour, just four voted against, and a small number abstained. To confirm the new statute as law, it went to the governor-general for royal assent. This formality made the bill an act of parliament. Attorney-General George Brandis has said that same-sex marriages will be permitted from January 9, taking into account the one-month notice period required under the Marriage Act. Origins of the reform Thursday’s lower house vote followed a drawn-out debate in parliament. But prior to the bill being introduced to parliament, the government arranged for the Australian Bureau of Statistics to conduct the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. This voluntary, non-binding expression of opinion came at a cost of around A$100 million. The...
Same-sex marriage officially signed into law in Australia | Phuket News
The historic bill is officially approved by the governor-general, after a day of celebrations....
Russian strategic bombers fly mission from Indonesia | Phuket News
MOSCOW: The Russian military says its strategic bombers have flown a patrol mission over the Southern Pacific after taking off from Indonesia, part of Moscow's efforts to restore its Cold War-era military foothold around the world....
Mattis Urges Pakistan to Redouble Efforts Against Terrorists | Phuket News
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday insisted his country is
Mattis' Softer Approach Is Latest Effort to Foster Change in Pakistan | Phuket News
President Donald Trump’s policy of pressuring Islamabad to rout terrorists seems to have had little effect, adding to the need for U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis’ to mend badly frayed ties, analysts say. Mattis met Monday with Pakistan’s prime minister, defense minister and army chief of staff during his brief stop. The repeated theme was to find common ground to foster peace in neighboring Afghanistan to benefit the entire South Asian region. But the response from Pakistan was little changed: it would benefit most from stability in Afghanistan, it doesn’t harbor terror organizations, and it has sacrificed heavily supporting the U.S. war on terrorism. That leaves the question of whether Pakistan is willing to risk a break in its relationship with Washington and an end to the flow of the billions of dollars in U.S. aid. “I think the time-delaying tactics are still in play,” Dr. Ijaz Khattak, a professor...
Three dead in Tokyo shrine stabbings | Phuket News
TOKYO: The head priest of a prominent shrine in Tokyo was ambushed and killed with a samurai sword, apparently by her brother, who then took his own life, police said Friday....
General Prawit’s Richard Mille wristwatch becomes a talk of the town | Phuket News
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has, of late, become the talk of the town – not because of his unwavering position on political ban, but for the small decorative wristwatch which was unintentionally shown to the public in a group photo of new cabinet lineup taken on December 4. Eagle-eyed wristwatch veterans identified General Prawit’s wristwatch as a Richard Mille – the Swiss-made timepiece for the fabulous and super rich. Among the celebrities who were publicly seen wearing this super-expensive timepiece are tennis ace Rafael Nadal, Hong Kong super star Jackie Chan, Hollywood actress Natalie Portman and singer Ed Sheeran. It was not known how much General Prawit’s Richard Mille wristwatch costs. But the prices of this hand-made timepiece range from $80,000 up to $2 million for the limited edition of Tourbillion RM 56.02 model. Reporters said that General Prawit’s Richard Mille was not included in the list of assets...
Flooding eases in Phetchaburi | Phuket News
The flooding situation in Phetchaburi is easing after the Phetchaburi River burst its banks on Thursday, submerging much of the province, including its municipality....
Recaptured inmate blames escape on bonds of friendship | Phuket News
PHETCHABURI: One of two inmates who escaped from the provincial prison during flooding last week was arrested, and said he felt forced to string along with his friend's jailbreak plan....
One of two Phetchaburi jailbreakers recaptured | Phuket News
One of the two prisoners who escaped from Phetchaburi prison on Nov 24 has been arrested in Tha Yang district of Phetchaburi province, police said. A team of police and prison warders re-arrested Ekachai Kruakaew from a bush near Ban Khong Ta Bang in Tambon Tha Mai Ruak of Tha Yang district at about 12.30pm on Wednesday after being informed by villagers who saw the jailbreaker hide near their village. Ekachai, 36, a convict for motorcycle theft, and Tawatchai Maliyaem, 33, and drug convict, escaped from Phetchaburi prison while it was being hit by flooding on Nov 24 by scaling over the wall. Ekachai said he and Tawatchai fled separately after getting outside the prison. He went up to hide in the ceiling under the roof of a school and stayed there four days and four nights without food. On Nov 28, out of hunger, he went out from hiding...
Two prisoners escape from flood-hit Phetchaburi prison | Phuket News
A manhunt has been launched after two prisoners escaped on Friday (Nov 24) while Phetchaburi prison was hit by flooding, about 70 centimetres under water, said prison warden Bussaba Ketudom. Ms Bussaba identified the two as Ekachai Kruakaew, a convict and theft charge, and Tawatchai Maliyaem, a drug convict. She said the two prisoners took the opportunity while the prison was being flooded to scale over the northern wall and escape. The prison has issued an announcement, with pictures of the two inmates, for the people who happen to see them to call 191 or 032-425014. prison, jailbreak, Phetchaburi prison, convicts, prisoners, escape, picture, manhunt, Thailand, ThaiPBS, ThaiPBSenglish, The post Two prisoners escape from flood-hit Phetchaburi prison appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
International e-commerce tax unlikely to be applied soon | Phuket News
International e-commerce transactions are unlikely to be taxed anytime soon, at least not until agreements are reached with other countries, according to a Finance Ministry inspector-general....
Tobacco Monopoly seeks excise tax revision | Phuket News
The new excise tax structure has dealt a big blow to the state-owned cigarette producer, whose sales are estimated to plummet by 41% compared to last fiscal year....
MARA Patani warns government against “iron fist” response to power plant protest | Phuket News
MARA Patani has issued a statement warning the Thai government over the use of tough actions against protesters of coal-fired power plant in Songkhla’s Thepha district, saying this may cause “undesirable outcome.” MARA Patani, the umbrella organisation which has been engaging in a peace dialogue with the Thai government, said they are closely monitoring with concern the latest development in the Deep South whereby some 16  “No Coal” activists were being detained by the authorities on Nov 27 for allegedly arousing public disorder and obstruction of officials’ duties. “The government has again failed to demonstrate its openness to listen to the plight of its people . Thailand is a free country , a land of free people. As guaranteed by the constitution , the people has every right to determine what they want or do not want for themselves,” the group said the statement published on the group’s website marapatani.com today (Nov 28)....
PM: Power plant opponents arrested for attack | Phuket News
SONGKHLA: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday denied the government had violated human rights when they arrested 16 opponents to a coal-fired power plant project, saying they were taken because they attacked officials....
PM defends police’s handling of power plant protesters in Songkhla | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday (Nov 28) came to the defence of officials who broke up a protest by opponents of the coal-fired power plant project and arrested 16 protesters.  The prime minister’s defence of the officials’ action followed calls by 36 rights and civic groups for the unconditional release of the 16 detainees whom they claimed simply exercised their right of expression and merely wanted to submit their petition to the prime minister. Two commissioners of the National Human Rights Commission also called on the prime minister to instruct the police to review the charges against the 16 protesters. They also urged all parties concerned to resolve the conflict in a peaceful manner with respect to human rights. Gen Prayut claimed that the protesters used force against the officials and rejected officials’ offers for talk at a pre-arranged venue instead of marching to their destination to submit their...
16 Southern environmental activists arrested | Phuket News
The authorities have arrested 16 southern environmental activists after brief clash with the protesters. At 4:30 pm on 27 November 2017, military and police officers arrested 16 key leaders of the network from Songkhla and Pattani provinces protesting against the planned coal-fired power plant and deep sea port in Songkhla. Those detained include Direk Hemnakhon, Somboon Kamhaeng, and Ekachai Isarata. According to the Facebook page of Stop Coal Songkhla, the 16 were taken to Mueang Songkhla District Police Station. At press time, the police had not yet filed charges against them. Several protesters were injured during the clash as the security officers used force to arrest the protest leaders. On the same day, Panawat Pongprayoon, the leader of a group called Thepha Development, accompanied by about 20 supporters, handed a letter to the military at the 46th Military Circle in Pattani Province. The group stated that together with 67 associated...
Royal crematorium viewing extended to Dec 31 | Phuket News
Public viewing of the royal crematorium of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the associated exhibition at Sanam Luang is being extended for one month until Dec 31....
His Majesty thanks all for their parts in royal cremation | Phuket News
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn has conveyed his thanks to the people of all sectors for their paticipation in the royal cremation for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. His Majesty’s “thank you” message appears in a postcard with his drawings. The message says that the cremation of the late King between Oct 25-29 was successfully completed with the participation of all people, both in the government and private sectors. His Majesty also thanks those who worked, both as volunteers and non-volunteers, to assist work for the royal cremation as well as the people who lined up along the routes for royal processions. His thanks are also conveyed to peopole who gathered at replicas of the royal crematorium and pavilions for receiving sandalwood flower or dok mai chan throughout the country. His Majety is full of praise for all who have shown their loyalty to the late King, who will always...
Uzbekistan Opens the Door ... a Crack
 | Phuket News
Sensing change in his native Uzbekistan, Hikmat Abdurahmonov plans to build a 10-story office block and open a consultancy firm oriented towards foreign trade. In neighboring Kazakhstan, banker Umut Shayakhmetova is considering an Uzbek subsidiary. “There is hope in the air,” she says. Their plans, commonplace in many countries, are striking because Uzbekistan, as Shayakhmetova puts it, is “starting from zero.” Until the death last year of former president Islam Karimov, it was one of the world’s most isolated states. Karimov, who came to power in communist times, kept an iron grip on the economy and politics and mistrusted both Russia and the West. Since then, foreign delegations have been beating a path to the capital Tashkent, drawn by the potential of the Central Asian country’s oil and gas and vast cotton crop as well as areas such as car and food production, machinery and chemicals. They also have political...
Samui land rights row hits airport | Phuket News
An inquiry has confirmed public land encroachment by Samui airport, as the airport assures services will not be affected even if it has to return the land....
North Korea ends calm, fires ballistic missile | Phuket News
SEOUL/TOKYO: North Korea fired a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile early Wednesday, with the Japanese government saying it is likely to have landed in the country's exclusive economic zone....
North Korea latest missile launch a global threat - US | Phuket News
Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile higher than any other to date, the US defence chief says....
North Korean missile lands in Sea of Japan, Pentagon says | Phuket News
North Korea on Tuesday fired a missile that crashed into the Sea of Japan, the Pentagon said....
North Korea launches new ballistic missile | Phuket News
The launch is the latest in a series of tests that have increased tensions this year....
Rohingya Repatriation Raising Alarms for Human Rights Monitors | Phuket News
As plans to repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar move forward, rights groups and NGOs are raising alarms about security for those returning to the country that they had recently fled to escape violence. Steve Sandford speaks to human rights and migrant experts about the future that more than 600,000 refugees will be facing....
Pope Calls for Unity in Myanmar But Avoids Mentioning Rohingya | Phuket News
Pope Francis has called for religious
Pope Francis Speech in Myanmar Doesn't Mention Rohingya Crisis | Phuket News
Pope Francis called for
Pope demands rights for all, omits 'Rohingya' | Phuket News
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar: Pope Francis insisted Tuesday that Myanmar's future depends on respecting the rights of each ethnic group, an indirect show of support for Rohingya Muslims who have been subject to decades of discrimination and a recent military crackdown described by the UN as a textbook campaign of
US Has Tripled Number of Air-delivered Munitions in Afghanistan in 2017 | Phuket News
The United States has tripled the number of air-delivered munitions in Afghanistan this year and is training hundreds of soldiers who will soon start advising the Afghan army in combat areas outside of military bases. U.S. General John Nicholson, the top commander of international forces in the country, said via teleconference from Afghanistan Tuesday that the increased air power has allowed Afghans to more aggressively pursue the Taliban. The increased air power is made possible by new authorities granted to U.S. forces in Afghanistan under the administration of President Donald Trump.  Under former president Barack Obama's administration, U.S. airstrikes were limited to cases of self-defense when the Taliban were in close enough range to present a direct threat to American and Afghan forces. As of October of this year, the U.S. had conducted more than 2,700 airstrikes in Afghanistan, Resolute Support spokesman Army Lt. Col. Koné Faulkner told VOA. 1,000...
Serbia Starts Construction of Chinese-funded Railway to Budapest | Phuket News
Serbia began work on a China-funded railway line on Tuesday to try to improve the Balkan country's infrastructure, an effort also expected to strengthen Beijing's influence in Europe. In May Serbia borrowed $297.6 million from China's Exim Bank to modernize a stretch of the railway line between Belgrade and the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Beijing sees Serbia, an EU membership candidate and Hungary, an EU member, as part of its One Belt, One Road initiative, intended to open new foreign trade links for Chinese firms. The high-speed rail link between Belgrade and Budapest is expected to cost 3.2 billion euros ($3.80 billion) and is slated to become the main transport route for Chinese goods that arrive by sea at the Greek port of Piraeus to other parts of Europe. At the construction site in Belgrade's Zemun neighborhood, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said that the 30km-long (18.6 miles) stretch of the...
U.S. general sees no change in Pakistan behaviour despite Trump tough line | Phuket News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Tuesday that he had not seen a change in Pakistan's support for militants so far, despite President Donald Trump taking a tougher line against Islamabad. ...
U.S. general sees no change in Pakistan behavior despite Trump tough line | Phuket News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Tuesday that he had not seen a change in Pakistan's support for militants so far, despite President Donald Trump taking a tougher line against Islamabad. ...
Smoke alarm | Phuket News
Mount Agung holds a special place in the life of the Balinese, Rebecca Henschke reports....
Treading lightly | Phuket News
The Pope lets practical considerations prevail over expectations he speak out against the treatment of Rohingya....
Volcano Threatens Bali's Tourism Industry | Phuket News
Mount Agung, an active volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali, appears ready to erupt after months of ominous steaming. Indonesia's Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) upgraded the alert to the highest level on Monday when the volcano shifted into what geologists say is the magmatic phase before an eruption. A thick cloud of ash hangs above the volcano and Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport was completely shut for a second day. The last volcanic eruption occurred in 1963 and killed about 1,100 people. This year, the volcano has been taking its time, expelling smoke and rumbling steadily since September. Indonesian disaster officials had evacuated thousands of Balinese villagers but made most of them move back to their homes because the volcano was at such a slow boil. That has now changed. About 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate the volcano this week. Reddish magma is now visible and, it...
Maria flunks Miss Universe 'social' test | Phuket News
Thailand's Maria Poonlertlarp may have achieved a 29-year high with her top-five finish at this year's Miss Universe competition, but it was her answer to one of the judges' questions that whipped up an internet storm....
Asia Pacific banking systems still exposed to high private sector leverage | Phuket News
Moody’s Investors Services says that many banking systems in Asia Pacific (APAC) are still exposed to elevated levels of private sector leverage, although the buildup of such leverage has slowed. Moody’s explains that leverage levels are high in many markets in APAC because of the unusually long period of low interest rates in the region. Specifically, private sector credit as a percentage of GDP rose in 12 of the 14 major Asian systems over the past decade, led by China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea and Vietnam. “Elevated and rising private leverage represent a negative credit development for the banks, because this situation undermines the resilience of borrowers to economic shocks, and constitutes a structural banking system vulnerability,” says Christine Kuo, a Moody’s Senior Vice President. “The banks are not only exposed to direct default risks on their exposures, but also to an economy’s broader adjustments to a debt overhang, including the risk of an economic slowdown and deep asset price corrections,”...
Thai salaries set to rise 5-6% annually in short term | Phuket News
Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory firm, has forecast salaries in Thailand to rise by 5-6% annually in the short term, saying the country's economy and inflation are stable. However, there are no major positive factors to support sharp pay increases at the moment....
SET closes up 10.85 to 1,706.52 | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand climbed 0.64%, or 10.85 points, to 1,706.52 on Monday....
'Celebrity' elephant crushes owner to death in Thailand | Phuket News
Incident involving five-tonne elephant that has starred in films and commercials prompts fresh debate over use of animals in tourismAn elephant that has starred in feature films and commercials has crushed its owner to death in Thailand, zoo officials say, setting off fresh debate over the kingdom’s animal tourism industry. Related: The dark side of wildlife tourism: thousands of Asian elephants held in cruel conditions Related: Thai baby elephant receives water therapy – in pictures Continue reading......
Missile that North Korea launched can hit Washington, DC — and much of the rest of the US | Phuket News
An earlier missile tested by North Korea in July had a far shorter range than the ICBM fired on Tuesday....
'We Will Take Care of It,' Trump Says After N. Korea Fires Another Missile | Phuket News
President Donald Trump said
North Korea fires new ballistic missile, South Korea says | Phuket News
North Korea has fired a new ballistic missile, South Korean media say, quoting military officials....
Pope Francis pushes Catholic Church towards interfaith dialogue on travels | Phuket News
In his first official speech in Myanmar on Tuesday, the head of the Catholic Church refrained from using the word Rohingya. In the capital Naypyidaw, however, he cautioned that “every ethnic group” must be respected. Conflict, he said, must be resolved through dialogue, not violence. Prior to these remarks, Pope Francis met with various religious representatives […]...
Pope refuses to say 'Rohingya' | Phuket News
NAY PYI TAW: Pope Francis avoided directly mentioning the Rohingya ethnic minority as he addressed Myanmar Tuesday, instead issuing a non-specific appeal for equal rights....
In Pictures: Pope's Visit to Myanmar | Phuket News
During his visit to Myanmar Pope Francis calls for
Bali volcano: Inside the Mount Agung exclusion zone | Phuket News
Some residents flee to shelters, others risk staying, as Mount Agung spews out ash....
Feared and revered | Phuket News
Mount Agung holds a special place in the life of the Balinese, Rebecca Henschke reports....
Airlines scramble to minimise losses as Bali volcano costs grow | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: As a shutdown of Bali's airport is extended due to volcanic ash, airlines bracing for millions of dollars of lost revenue per day are scrambling to minimise damage by offering travel to other destinations and alternative transport off the island....
Airlines scramble to minimise losses | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: As a shutdown of Bali's airport is extended due to volcanic ash, airlines bracing for millions of dollars of lost revenue per day are scrambling to minimise damage by offering travel to other destinations and alternative transport off the island....
Volcano Gushing Ash Over Bali Closes Airport for a 2nd Day | Phuket News
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. Mount Agung has been hurling clouds of white and dark gray ash about 4,000 meters (13,123 feet) high and lava is welling in the crater. The local airport authority said closure for another 24 hours was required for safety reasons. Volcanic ash poses a deadly threat to aircraft, and ash from Agung is moving south-southwest toward the airport. Ash has reached a height of about 30,000 feet as it drifts across the island.
South African wins Miss Universe, Thailand in Top 5 | Phuket News
Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, was crowned Miss Universe after the elimination of Miss Thailand Mareeya Poonlertlarp in the best showing by a Thai contestant in 29 years....
Thailand’s Maria reaches top 5 as Miss South Africa crowned Miss Universe 2017 | Phuket News
Thailand’s Maria Poonlertlarp made it to the final five in Miss Universe 2017 in Las Vegas but failed to reach the top three. Maria was named the five finalists along with contestants from South Africa, Jamaica, Colombia, and Venezuela and it was Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa who won the Miss Universe crown for 2017. LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 26: Miss South Africa 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters reacts as she is crowned the new Miss Universe 2017 by Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere during the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez. The second runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett. In the question and answer round, Maria was asked: “What do you think has been the most important social movement of your generation, and why?” and her...
Miss Thailand a top favourite at Miss Universe | Phuket News
Miss Universe 2017 will be crowned Monday morning, Thailand time, and the hopes of the country are high....
Don’t miss watching Super Full Moon on the night of December 3, says astronomer | Phuket News
The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) invites the people to watch the Moon on the night of December 3 when it will be at the nearest to the Earth and becomes Super Full Moon. The Moon will be 357,973 kilometres from the Earth on this night and it will be slightly larger and brighter than normal, according to Dr Saran Posayachinda, executive director of the NARIT. He said the Super Full Moon will be visible in the east of the night sky of December 3 after the sun sets from 6.00pm. The phenomenon occurs when the moon comes nearest to the centre of the Earth on its orbit around the Earth in a month or call perigee. It will be about 357,973 kilometres away. At that distance, the Moon will be about 14% larger and 30% brighter than when it is at the farthest orbit from the Earth...
Asia-Pacific sees surge in air travellers | Phuket News
Airports in Asia-Pacific showed the second-highest growth in passenger traffic among the world's key geographical areas in the first nine months of the year....
Tourist Police vow crackdown on taxi drivers’ scams | Phuket News
Tourist Police acting deputy commissioner Pol Maj-General Surachet Hakpal on Wednesday vowed to step up its crackdown on taxi drivers who take advantage of foreign tourists. Surachet said the Tourist Police has been instructed by the Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, to cooperate with the Land Transport Department on the issue. Surachet said the prime minister wanted to get rid of unruly taxi drivers because their behaviour damages the kingdom’s image in the eyes of foreign tourists. “It’s an urgent agenda item to get rid of taxi drivers breaking the law and taking advantage of tourists,” Surachet said. He said the authorities received about 1,000 complaints from tourists about taxis each month. Many drivers were accused of refusing to use the meter, and some tourists complained that they were charged Bt800 for just a 300-metre ride. “The prime minister has given an instruction that the issue related to taxis is...
61 people killed EVERY DAY: More damning stats reveal the carnage on Thailand’s roads | Phuket News
New statistics released by the Don’t Drink Drive Foundation have revealed that the number of people killed on Thailand’s roads have soared in 2017. The Foundation says that almost 2,500 more people were killed on Thailand’s roads already this year, compared to 2016. On average, 61 people are killed every day on Thailand’s road, the Foundation said. In 2016, 9,666 people were found dead at the scene of a road accident. However in 2017, this figure jumps to 12,078 people killed. And that figure is likely to be considerably higher, with the latest stats only accounting for people who were pronounced dead at the scene of an accident, the Thai News Agency reported. The stats don’t take into account people who died on the way to or later in hospital having been involved in a road traffic accident. The Foundation said this is because those stats will not be available...
New flood warning for 12 provinces in South | Phuket News
More heavy rain is forecast in the South with new flood warnings issued for 12 provinces in the region, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said on Monday....
One-tusk elephant strays into village and plays in water in Bung Kan | Phuket News
Villagers at a village in Bung Konglong district of Bung Kan province panicked after a wild one-tusk elephant strayed into their village and played in water in the Nong Bua Daeng swamp. They immediately alerted local authorities and they’re instructed to keep off the elephant for safety precaution. According to the villagers, the elephant played in water in the swamp about 100 metres from the shore. Park officials from the Phu Wua wildlife sanctuary arrived in the village and said it is a bull elephant. It might stray from its herd in the wildlife sanctuary. After watching the elephant playing in water for almost an hour, it walked slowly back to shore passing the rice field and disappearing in the woods towards the wildlife sanctuary. Park officials said the sanctuary is home to about 50 wild elephants. The sanctuary has 110,000 rai covering Bung Kan, Bung Kla, Seka, and Bung...
Elephant kills owner, tries to hide him | Phuket News
A man was killed by his elephant in Krabi’s Khao Phanom district on Sunday. Police said relatives found the body of Amorn Morakot, 50, covered by tree branches near the spot where he had chained his 37-year-old female elephant in Moo 4 village in Tambon Na Khao. An autopsy showed that he had been kicked on his face and several parts of his body. Relatives said Amron had chained his elephant at the side of a rubber plantation after he had it been pulling up logs during the day. Relatives noticed that the man had been away from his house for several hours, so they went looking for him and found his body under the branches of a tree at 8.30pm. They believe the elephant killed him and then tried to conceal his body. They also said the elephant had once attacked and injured Amorn before. The Nation The post...
Hospital bomber sentenced to 27 years more in jail | Phuket News
The lone-wolf bomber was sentenced for blasting a hospital administered by the Army.   On 6 December 2017, the Criminal Court ruled Wattana Phumaret, 62, guilty of attempting of murder and sentenced him to 26 years and 12 months in jail. Wattana, a former electrical engineer, was accused of involving in the bombing at the Bangkok hospital.    The bomb went off on 22 May at the army-run Phramongkutklao Hospital and wounded over 20 people. Various media first questioned whether the incident was intended to protest the third anniversary of the junta’s coup because the suspect placed a blast at the room named “Wongsuwan,” the surname of the Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan.   The authorities arrested Wattana on 15 June from his house in Bangkok. The authorities also searched his house and found materials for producing low-cost blasts such as plastic tubes, wires, circuits, and nails.   The...
Indonesia: Jakarta’s ex-governor Ahok named global influencer of 2017 | Phuket News
IMPRISONED former governor of Jakarta, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, has been named a global influencer by publication Foreign Policy (FP) for his ability “not just to rethink our strange new world, but also to reshape it.” The annual list of Global Thinkers is compiled by the American magazine to highlight the work of the “doers who defined 2017.” Amongst the acknowledged people are politicians, advocates, comedians, entrepreneurs, and researchers who have made an impact in the last 12 months. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Ahok – Polarising as ever despite being voted out In May, Ahok was sentenced to two years in jail under Indonesia’s controversial blasphemy law. He was convicted of insulting the Quran when an edited video of him speaking at a rally surfaced on YouTube. The man responsible for the misleading editing was sentenced to 18 months’ jail in November for violating a section of the country’s cyber law. ...
The Palms Bar and Grill One Year Anniversary on Saturday 16th December | Phuket News
The Palms Bar and Grill is the first bar along soi green mango located right in the heart of Chaweng. By day it’s a chilled atmosphere serving drinks and a selection of food from Steaks, Mexican and Thai food and by night it turns into a lively, high spirited atmosphere. Every night we have live music that well and truly gets the audience going. From classic rock to reggae the crowd is always singing along and very cheerful. On Saturday the 16th of December they are celebrating our one year anniversary with  Sound Bound getting the party started at 8pm followed by Joker parade at 10pm and finally DJ Gecko keeping the energy until 3am Ice sculpture shots and drink and food offers throughout the night. If you haven’t checked this venue out yet then go along to see for yourselves why the regulars love it and holiday makers keep...
I witness | Phuket News
Hindu mobs tore down the 16th Century Babri mosque in the holy city of Ayodhya on 6 December 1992....
Myanmar asks Thailand for delay of migrant labour laws | Phuket News
The Myanmar Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population has asked Thailand to extend the suspension of the implementation of its new labour laws that impose harsh penalties on illegal workers, a senior ministry official said on Wednesday....
One man arrested in Phuket for illegal logging, two suspects escape | Phuket News
PHUKET: Acting Sub Lt Uthai Thongdee of the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command together with Chief of Bang Kanun Protected Forest Sorakrit Sangkam yesterday (Nov 30) led a raid on a protected forest area in Thalang and arrested one man for illegal logging of protected Agarwood wood....
Temporary plan set for Patong wastewater treatment during high season | Phuket News
PHUKET: Patong’s wastewater treatment plant will be able to handle the treatment of sewage in Patong during the tourist high season, Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup reassured The Phuket News yesterday (Dec 6)....
Banyan Tree Phuket launches new Japanese restaurant ‘Taihei’ featuring Master Chef Shiraishi | Phuket News
Banyan Tree Phuket resort has announced the opening of its newest restaurant “Taihei”, featuring Japanese gourmet cuisine and headed by Master Chef Shiraishi....
Asia shares to take cues from Wall Street's move higher; China trade data due | Phuket News
U.S. markets finished higher on Thursday ahead of Asia's Friday trade....
Asia markets decline across the board, following overnight losses on Wall Street | Phuket News
Major Asian markets struggled for gains while the dollar advanced against a basket of rival currencies....
Asia markets decline in early trade, Samsung Heavy shares plunge 27% | Phuket News
Major Asian markets struggled for gains while the dollar advanced against a basket of rival currencies....
Activist: ‘Bangladesh cannot ensure rule of law’ | Phuket News
Democracy and the values of civil society have been serious challenges facing Bangladesh for decades. Since 1994, the human rights organization Odhikar (Bengali for “rights”) has created a countrywide network of members to promote the values of democratic civil society in Bangladesh.  The group works on issues as varied as ensuring free elections to speaking […]...
South Korea and US stage 'largest' air drill | Phuket News
North Korea accuses them of
Thai Court Agrees to Hear Experts in Academic’s Case | Phuket News
A Thai military court on Thursday delayed a decision on whether to prosecute a prominent historian and social critic who suggested that a famed duel on elephant-back won by a Thai king against a Burmese prince 500 years ago may not actually have happened. The 84-year-old Sulak Sivaraksa was charged by police last October under the country’s draconian lese majeste law that protects the monarchy from libel and defamation. The military court on Thursday agreed with Sulak’s request to hear views from experts and historians and set a new hearing for Jan. 17. Case 'nonsensical' Sulak told reporters outside the court that “to live in this country you must have a sense of humor because my case is nonsensical.” He said it would be impossible for Thais to learn history if commenting on King Naraesuan, who led the famous 1593 battle that is celebrated as a national holiday, is considered...
US, South Korea kick off five days of stealth jet drills | Phuket News
South Korea and the US launched five days of air combat drills on Monday, in what has widely been seen as the two countries’ largest and most sophisticated joint military exercise to date. Hundreds of aircraft and two dozen stealth jets roared into the South Korean sky as the war games drills, called Vigilant Ace, practiced precision […]...
Asia markets decline across the board, with Japan's Nikkei falling nearly 2% | Phuket News
Markets in Australia, South Korea and Japan fell, while the dollar declined against a basket of rival currencies....
Asia markets decline across the board, Nikkei falls nearly 2% | Phuket News
Asia markets struggled for gains while the dollar declined against a basket of rival currencies....
Asia markets decline in morning trade | Phuket News
Major Asian markets struggled for gains while the dollar advanced against a basket of rival currencies....
Malaysian PM plays ethnic card as he gears for elections | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Thursday it would be a “nightmare” for ethnic Malays if the opposition wins elections next year....
Thai Airways increases fuel surcharge on 59 routes | Phuket News
Thai Airways International has announced the adjustment of fuel surcharges on an average 137-200% higher on 59 international routes. The increase is effective today. The adjustment in fuel surcharges for the second time this year will see an increase in ticket price fin the range of US$ 5 -33 per leg of travel. The national flag carrier did not give reason for the adjustment but continuing rises in jet fuel prices in the past were passed on partly to it’s passengers in the form of fuel surcharges. Air tickets for economy and business classes on 59 international routes will see 137-200% increase on surcharges for each leg of trip. Surcharges on route from Bangkok to Yangoon, Hanoi, Vientiane, Ho Chi Minh, Phnom Penh, and Luang Prabang on economy class will increase 168% or US$ 5, or 163.75 baht, while business class 200% or US$ 8 or 262 baht. For the...
Malaysia's October export growth at 18.9% y-o-y | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's October exports rose 18.9% from a year earlier, snapping a two-month streak of slowing annual growth on the back of higher demand for manufactured and mining goods....
Singaporean children are the most advanced readers on the planet | Phuket News
THEIR 15-year-olds top global tests in maths, reading and science and its universities consistently rank among the best in the world. Now, a new international reading literacy ranking has come out this week showing that its 10-year-olds aren’t too shabby in reading either. Singaporean schoolchildren are the world’s most advanced readers, according to the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLs) 2016, which tests fourth-graders in 50 countries and 11 entities on how well they interpreted, integrated, and evaluated story plots and information in relatively complex texts. Topics include the exploration of Mars or Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor. Close to 30 percent of Singaporean kids are advanced readers, more than twice the global average of 12 percent. Both Singapore and the Russian Federation have the highest reading achievement on average, with more than a quarter of their school kids reaching the PIRLS Advanced International Benchmark. SEE ALSO: Singapore: NTU trumps arch rival NUS...
Which Asian country’s children read best? | Phuket News
THEIR 15-year-olds top global tests in maths, reading and science and its universities consistently rank among the best in the world. Now, a new international reading literacy ranking has come out this week showing that its 10-year-olds aren’t too shabby in reading either. Singaporean schoolchildren are the world’s most advanced readers, according to the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLs) 2016, which tests fourth-graders in 50 countries and 11 entities on how well they interpreted, integrated, and evaluated story plots and information in relatively complex texts. Topics include the exploration of Mars or Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor. Close to 30 percent of Singaporean kids are advanced readers, more than twice the global average of 12 percent. Both Singapore and the Russian Federation have the highest reading achievement on average, with more than a quarter of their school kids reaching the PIRLS Advanced International Benchmark. SEE ALSO: Singapore: NTU trumps arch rival NUS...
Marathon nine-hour rainbow recorded in Taiwan | Phuket News
RAINBOWS are a lovely, rare sight. But even rarer are those that last for several hours – let alone nine hours. Professors from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Chinese Culture University (CCU) in Taipei, Taiwan have launched a campaign to have a marathon nine-hour rainbow they spotted to be recognised by the Guiness World Records as the longest-lasting rainbow ever recorded. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=Tyfrs0TAoKcVideo can’t be loaded: Observe the Record of the Longest Lasting Rainbow in the World (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=Tyfrs0TAoKc) A professor from CCU named Chou Kun-hsuan told Focus Taiwan that the department is trying to collate at least 36,000 photos from the public to document the rainbow’s existence – which spanned from 6.57am until 3.55pm on Nov 30. SEE ALSO: Taiwan, Singapore ranked among best places in the world for expats The photos will reportedly be used to create a so-called “rainbow clock” as evidence for the Guiness World Records committee. Is this the world's longest-lasting rainbow?...
Taiwan rainbow 'lasts record-breaking nine hours' | Phuket News
Taiwan's Chinese Culture University says the phenomenon breaks the record held by the UK....
Air New Zealand grounds flights after engine problems | Phuket News
Other airlines have previously reported problems with the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines....
Pakistan State Oil suspends fuel oil imports on LNG push | Phuket News
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has suspended imports of fuel oil after an abrupt drop in domestic demand as the country turns to liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel its power sector, two company officials told Reuters on Wednesday. ...
Pakistan's second LNG import terminal to restart on Dec. 8 - company | Phuket News
LONDON (Reuters) - Pakistan's second liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal expects to restart operations on Friday evening after suspending gas flows into the grid after a leak occurred, the company said on Thursday. ...
Pakistan's second LNG import terminal to restart on December 8 - company | Phuket News
LONDON (Reuters) - Pakistan GasPort, its second liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, expects to restart operations on Friday evening after suspending gas flows into the grid after a leak occurred, it said on Thursday. ...
Pakistan LNG terminal failure to take 10 days to fix, cargoes cancelled | Phuket News
LONDON (Reuters) - An infrastructure failure linked to Pakistan GasPort, the country's second liquefied natural gas (LNG) import project, is expected to take around 10 days to repair, prompting multiple shipments to be cancelled or diverted, trade sources said. ...
China coal-to-gas switch delayed to avert heating crisis | Phuket News
Millions have reportedly been left without proper heating as concerns deepen about a heating crisis....
China's drive for cleaner energy is causing a gas shortage for winter | Phuket News
China's push to clean up its environment may have had an unintended consequence: a shortage of heating fuel supply....
From Seattle to Shanghai, Starbucks Brews Success | Phuket News
Starbucks is a giant in the global coffee market, and it is getting even bigger with the world’s largest Starbucks store, which opened this week in Shanghai. Faith Lapidus reports....
China's budding coffee culture propels Starbucks | Phuket News
SHANGHAI/LOS ANGELES: In Wu Qiong's small cafe in downtown Shanghai, coffee beans nestle in glass jars on the bar while various brews bubble away behind the counter....
Alibaba to cooperate with Ford Motor for new retail opportunities | Phuket News
China's e-commerce giant Alibaba said on Thursday it signed an agreement with Ford Motor on strategic cooperation....
Ford betting 'very heavily' China will dominate the electric vehicle market | Phuket News
Ford believes China is poised to become the most favorable market for the development of electric vehicles....
Ford calls time on eco-car participation | Phuket News
US carmaker Ford Motor Co has finally decided to withdraw from the government's eco-car scheme, saying the incentive models do not have enough potential to be keen on eco-friendly models....
China's goal to become an innovation hub is good news for Germany's Merck | Phuket News
German company Merck's life science and performance materials units help Chinese companies become more competitive....
Digitalization powers up China’s economy and global competitiveness | Phuket News
China has taken the lead worldwide in digital technologies, which are set to transform and create 10 to 45 percent of industry revenues by 2030, according to the latest report released by the think tank McKinsey Global Institute (MGI). The report, titled Digital China Powering the Economy to Global Competitiveness, said China accounted for less than 1 percent of the global retail e-commerce transaction values in 2005 and the share is now 42.4 percent. The current value of China’s e-commerce transactions is estimated to exceed France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States combined. Mobile payment penetration rate has increased from 25 percent in 2013 to 68 percent in 2016. Individual consumption via mobile payments totaled $790 billion in 2016, 11 times that of the US. China’s venture capital industry is also focused on the digital world. The majority of investments are in digital technologies such as big...
AFP’s recommendation on martial law in Marawi City expected this week | Phuket News
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will submit its recommendation about whether the martial law should be lifted or not in Marawi City to President Rodrigo Duterte this week, according to The Manila Times Online on Tuesday (Dec 5). Malacanang spokesman Harry Roque said Monday that the military knew what was going on in Marawi City and should be allowed to make the decision whether martial law should not lifted or extended. “The AFP is mindful of the extension of martial law implementation ends on 31 December 2017.  It is currently in the process of assessment and deliberation as to the recommendation,” Roque told a press conference. Congress overwhelmingly voted to extend martial law in Mindanao until next year-end after the proclamation reached its 60-day constitutional limit in July, giving the military more time to stabilize the strife-torn region. Roque, on Saturday, hinted at another extension of martial law...
China considers the US its greatest national security threat | Phuket News
WITH every new North Korean missile – such as the one launched on Tuesday November 28 – or nuclear test, all eyes are on China. Like previous American presidents, Donald Trump believes that the road to a diplomatic solution on North Korea runs through Beijing. He holds the view that, of any country, China has the most leverage over North Korea and therefore could “quickly and easily” solve the problem with the Kim Jung-un regime – but is just not willing to do so. For Washington, North Korea has become a top national security priority, in particular because of Pyongyang’s unexpectedly fast progress in developing intercontinental nuclear capabilities that may be able to reach the US mainland. Since assuming office, Trump has made North Korea the main focus of US-China relations. His main strategy has been to use trade issues as a bargaining chip to pressure China on North Korea, convinced that exerting enough economic pressure...
For Beijing, the greatest threat to China’s national security is not the Kim regime: it is the US | Phuket News
WITH every new North Korean missile – such as the one launched on Tuesday November 28 – or nuclear test, all eyes are on China. Like previous American presidents, Donald Trump believes that the road to a diplomatic solution on North Korea runs through Beijing. He holds the view that, of any country, China has the most leverage over North Korea and therefore could “quickly and easily” solve the problem with the Kim Jung-un regime – but is just not willing to do so. For Washington, North Korea has become a top national security priority, in particular because of Pyongyang’s unexpectedly fast progress in developing intercontinental nuclear capabilities that may be able to reach the US mainland. Since assuming office, Trump has made North Korea the main focus of US-China relations. His main strategy has been to use trade issues as a bargaining chip to pressure China on North Korea, convinced that exerting enough economic pressure...
B100m in heroin seized after clash near Mekong | Phuket News
NONG KHAI: Police and soldiers seized 76.5kg of heroin worth almost 100 million baht following a brief clash with drug smugglers on the bank of the Mekong River in Sangkhom district in the early hours of Friday....
B100m heroin seized following clash near Mekong River | Phuket News
NONG KHAI: Police and soldiers seized 76.5kg of heroin worth almost 100 million baht following a brief clash with drug smugglers on the bank of the Mekong River in Sangkhom district in the early hours of Friday....
India sexual abuse: 'Four child victims every hour' | Phuket News
The National Crime Records Bureau reports a steady rise in offences against children....
Powering Investment in Laos | Phuket News
By the end of 2016, with US$5.4 billion worth of funding already in place, China was by far the largest overseas investor in Laos. ...
Philippines most affected by terrorism in Asia Pacific | Phuket News
TERRORISM activities and deaths have risen significantly since 2002 in Asia Pacific according to a new report, with the Philippines hardest hit by political violence in the region. The Global Terrorism Index (GTI) 2017 by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) ranked the Philippines number 12 worldwide, making it worse affected by terrorism than South Sudan, Bangladesh and Libya. Thailand was close behind, coming in at number 16. In the Asia-Pacific region – which the report categorises as separate from South Asia – the Philippines, Thailand and Burma (Myanmar) had seen the largest increases in terrorist activity over the period since 2002. The three countries accounted for 94 percent of attacks in 2016. SEE ALSO: Death of Islamic State militants not the end of terrorism in the Philippines Terrorist activity in the Philippines, 2002-2016. Source: Institute for Economics and Peace “Let’s just go to war,” said the President. “I...
Pope’s Role as Champion of Refugees Faces Test in Myanmar | Phuket News
Pope Francis heads to Myanmar and Bangladesh with the international community excoriating Myanmar’s crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as “ethnic cleansing,” but his own church resisting the label and defending Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi as the only hope for democracy. Francis will thus be walking a fraught diplomatic tightrope during the Nov. 27-Dec. 2 visit, which will include separate meetings with Aung San Suu Kyi, the powerful head of Myanmar’s military as well as a small group of Rohingya once Francis arrives in neighboring Bangladesh. Francis has defined his papacy by his frequent denunciations of injustices committed against refugees, and he would be expected to speak out strongly against the Rohingya plight. But he is also the guest of Myanmar’s government and must look out for the well-being of his own tiny flock, a minority of 659,000 Catholics in the majority Buddhist nation of 51 million. ‘Interesting diplomatically’...
Former Cambodia opposition leader sued over Facebook post | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: A lawyer for Cambodia's military has filed a lawsuit against former opposition leader Sam Rainsy a day after the prime minister said he should be charged with treason....
Cambodia's Sam Rainsy to be charged over "treasonous" call | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: Cambodia's exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy has committed treason by inciting soldiers to defy orders, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday, and he will face new legal action over the comments....
Cambodia: Call from MPs around the world to free Kem Sokha | Phuket News
PARLIAMENTARIANS from around the world on Monday sent an open letter to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen demanding that his government “immediately and unconditionally release” detained opposition leader Kem Sokha. Signed by more than 150 members of parliament from 23 countries including the United States, Malaysia, Canada, Indonesia, South Africa, Germany and the UK, the letter states that MPs are “extremely concerned” over treason charges laid against Kem Sokha after he was arrested and detained three months ago. The leader of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) – which was disbanded by the country’s Supreme Court last month at the request of Hun Sen’s government – was arrested in the middle of the night at his home on charges of conspiring with foreign actors to hurt Cambodia. SEE ALSO: Cambodia: Release Kem Sokha or face travel ban – US senator Police officers stand guard at the Supreme Court during a...
China boosts investment in Cambodia amid crackdown on democracy | Phuket News
CAMBODIA has in recent months come under sustained criticism from many governments and civil society organisations internationally for an authoritarian crackdown on political opposition, but its Prime Minister Hun Sen still has a friend in the People’s Republic of China. After Hun Sen visited Beijing last week to seek more aid, the Phnom Penh Post reported on Wednesday that Chinese companies have pledged to invest a further US$7 billion in the Kingdom. According to a statement from Cambodia’s government, the investment is expected to create some 20,000 new jobs and will take place prior to a visit to the country in January by the Prime Minister Li Keqiung. SEE ALSO: Duterte, Hun Sen nominated for 2017 Confucius Peace Prize Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen holds a ceremony at the Angkor Wat temple to pray for peace and stability in Cambodia, in Siem Reap province, Cambodia December 3, 2017. Source: Reuters/Samrang...
Japanese firm boosts, diversifies Cambodia investments | Phuket News
Minebea Cambodia, a subsidiary of Minebea Mitsumi and one of the country's largest manufacturers of electronics, is expanding its Cambodian portfolio with a US$24.63 million investment in the pharmaceutical and medical equipment industries, among other sectors....
Cheers and a sing-song: Australian MPs back gay marriage | Phuket News
Same-sex marriage will become legal in Australia after MPs passed a historic bill....
Citizen journalist jailed 7 years for reporting environmental disaster in Vietnam | Phuket News
A VIETNAMESE court has sentenced 22-year-old Nguyen Van Hoa, an independent journalist and blogger, to seven years in prison on November 27. His imprisonment will be followed by three years of house arrest for his coverage of a major environmental disaster last year. The sentence is the latest in an ongoing crackdown on alleged dissent following the notorious 2016 Formosa chemical spill, which devastated several of Vietnam’s north-central coastal provinces in the spring of that year. Formosa Plastics Group, a massive Taiwanese conglomerate, illegally discharged huge amounts of chemical waste into the sea from a multi-billion dollar steel plant it is building in Ha Tinh Province. The chemicals ravaged aquatic species in the region, wiping out the income of thousands of fishermen in what are some Vietnam’s poorest villages and leaving dozens of tons of dead fish on local beaches. The name Formosa is now synonymous with one of the...
Environmental journalist released on bail | Phuket News
The police on Friday released a freelance environmental journalist on bail after arresting him for trespassing a disputed gold mine in 2015.    Jamon Sonpednarin was released from Wang Saphung District Police Station of the northeastern province of Loei on Friday morning after a university lecturer offered her civic servant position as the bail.    The arrest warrant accuses Jamon of trespassing into a controversial gold mine in Wang Saphung District in 2015 which was operated by Tungkum Co Ltd before its closure. In 2015, a group of villagers entered the controversial mine to install anti-mine banners. Jamon followed them into the mine in a journalist capacity. Tungkum later filed a police report against two villagers and Jamon for trespassing into its land plot. However, the Loei police only arrested the two villagers who live in Loei and failed to find Jamon who is a resident of Bangkok. The Court...
New Study shows Drastic reduction in sediment flows in Mekong River | Phuket News
A new study shows that sediment transport and deposition in the Mekong River have been drastically altered due in part to infrastructure development, riverbed mining, land use change, and climate change. The Mekong region is experiencing rapid economic growth. Although the social and environmental effects of infrastructure development in recent decades have been heavily scrutinised, the long-term downstream impacts of changes in sediment flows are still poorly understood. The study, “Case study on sediment in the Mekong River Basin: Current state and future trends”, indicates that mainstream and tributary infrastructure development, riverbed mining, land use change and climate change are the main factors leading to a drastic reduction in sediment loads in the mainstream Mekong River. The degree of sediment load reduction is considered faster and larger than had been estimated in previous studies. “The potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of altered sediment flows in the Mekong River could have...
Blogger Sentence Shows Vietnam Fed up With Criticism over Graft, Inefficiency | Phuket News
Vietnam’s 10-year sentence for a blogger who questioned her government’s response to a toxic chemical flap joins a pack of actions that point to growing official impatience with online criticism of graft and perceived inefficiency. A Vietnamese appellate court Thursday upheld the sentence for blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who wrote under the name “Mother Mushroom.
Indonesia: Former governor Ahok named global influencer of 2017 | Phuket News
IMPRISONED former governor of Jakarta, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, has been named a global influencer by publication Foreign Policy (FP) for his ability “not just to rethink our strange new world, but also to reshape it.” The annual list of Global Thinkers is compiled by the American magazine to highlight the work of the “doers who defined 2017.” Amongst the acknowledged people are politicians, advocates, comedians, entrepreneurs, and researchers who have made an impact in the last 12 months. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Ahok – Polarising as ever despite being voted out In May, Ahok was sentenced to two years in jail under Indonesia’s controversial blasphemy law. He was convicted of insulting the Quran when an edited video of him speaking at a rally surfaced on YouTube. The man responsible for the misleading editing was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment in November for violating a section of the country’s cyber law. Several...
As Mount Agung spews lava, Instagram erupts with tourist photos | Phuket News
AUTHORITIES in Indonesia last week raised the state of alert to the highest level against an ‘imminent’ major eruption in Bali’s Mount Agung, and yet the threat has not deterred some tourists from snapping selfies in bikinis and doing handstands in front of the volcano. Airlines cancelled more flights departing the Indonesian holiday island of Bali on Saturday, citing forecasts of deteriorating flying conditions due to a risk of volcanic ash from the erupting Mount Agung volcano. Over 40,000 locals have fled townships and villages surrounding the mountain with another 60,000 ordered to evacuate immediately over fears cold lava sweeping into the areas, but a number of tourists are taking the opportunity to pose for “once-in-a-lifetime” photos for social media, Express.co.uk reported. SEE ALSO: As Mount Agung erupts, here’s what you need to know The vulcano… #bali #vulcano #twinfin #surf #search #trip #portrait #landscape @rossconceptsurfboards @rosswillliams A post shared by Víctor Crespo...
Hypnotising supermoon glows near Mount Agung | Phuket News
A supermoon lights up skies over the Indonesian island of Bali on Monday morning, putting a spotlight on a smouldering Mount Agung. — Reuters...
Bali volcano emits wispy plume of steam, flights resume | Phuket News
KARANGASEM, Indonesia: Gushing ash from Bali’s Mount Agung volcano has dissipated into a wispy plume of steam, and Australian airlines that cancelled some flights to the Indonesian resort island on the weekend have returned to near-normal schedules....
More Bali flights cancelled | Phuket News
DENPASAR: Airlines cancelled more flights departing the Bali on Saturday, citing forecasts for deteriorating flying conditions due to a risk of volcanic ash from the erupting Mount Agung volcano....
Protected but Stifled, a Pakistani Minority Feels Imprisoned in its Own Community | Phuket News
Ali Haris dreamed of getting a college degree and a well-paid job. Instead, he had to quit his education after high school. Going to Balochistan University, the only public university in the area that he could afford, would require him to travel through areas unsafe for him, putting his life at risk. “At that time, around 2013-14, there was no chance that if we went there we would come back alive,” he said. He wasn’t alone in giving up the prospects of a comfortable future. “Out of my class in school, almost 70-80 percent quit higher education,” he added. Some who could afford it migrated to other cities or other countries. The ones left behind were doing odd jobs in the area. The 21-year-old belonged to the Hazara community, a minority Shiite sect that primarily resides in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. For years, Sunni militant groups in Pakistan have targeted Shiites across the...
Red minibus slides downhill in Chiang Mai, 2 killed | Phuket News
A red minibus slid down from a parking lot in front of Phu Phing Ratchaniwet Palace in Tambon Suthep of Chiang Mai’s Muang district and rammed into a food stall below, killing two women and seriously wounding another, on Tuesday morning (Dec 5). Yongyuth Boonlert, 45, the minibus driver, told police that he took a number of tourists from Chiang Mai town to Phu Phing Ratchaniwet Palace.  On arriving at the palace, he parked the vehicle and the passengers went off for sightseeing. After the sightseeing, the passengers returned to the vehicle at about 11am. When he removed a stone which he used to block a rear wheel, the minibus, of which the engine had not been started, suddenly slid backward and moved quickly downhill, hitting a food stall about five to seven metres below. Two female passengers fell off and were killed after the minibus ran over them.  They were Mrs...
Pregnant woman 'has Zika' | Phuket News
A pregnant woman has tested positive for the Zika virus following a blood test at Srithanya Hospital, Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said Wednesday....
Turtle power on wane as trawlers take toll | Phuket News
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Phuket Marriott, Nai Yang Beach hosts winners of ‘Dream Wedding’ | Phuket News
Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach recently hosted “Dream Wedding” ceremonies for the three lucky couples who won the resort’s Facebook contest....
Chiang Mai songthaew brake failure kills 2 tourists | Phuket News
Two tourists from the southern province of Phangnga were killed after their parked
Asia trades mixed as investors digest news out of Washington | Phuket News
Asia markets opened mixed on Monday, following a decline in U.S. stocks in the Friday session....
Asia markets mixed in morning trade as investors await RBA policy decision | Phuket News
Markets in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong tried for gains in a mixed trading session in Asia on Tuesday....
Asia trades mixed as Dow futures spike above 200 after Senate passes tax plan | Phuket News
Asia markets traded mixed on Monday, following a decline in U.S. stocks in the Friday session....
Male elephant found dead in Hala-Bala wildlife sanctuary | Phuket News
A male elephant, about 12-15 years old, was found dead in the Hala Bala Wildlife Sanctuary in Chanae district of Narathiwat province on Thursday (Nov 23), Narongsak Pongdee, the sanctuary chief, said. Mr Narongrak said the elephant was found dead near Ban Chang Phuak in Tambon Chang Phuak of Chanae district on Nov 23, prompting officials from the Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary and community leaders to rush to the scene for examination. The elephant was found lying dead on a dirt track.  A piece of electrical wire was found in its mouth. The pachyderm, which had two protruding tusks, was about 12-15 years of age. Villagers said they believed it was the elephant which had often come out to damage their property but none of them had seen it, except some footprints and dung. The wildlife officials initially believed the elephant might have been electrocuted, judging from the electrical wire in its...
Star elephant beats mahout to death at Chiang Mai Zoo | Phuket News
A well-known male elephant at Chiang Mai Zoo, Phlai Ekasit,  that appeared in action movie “Ong Bak” starring Panom “Tony Jaa” Yeeram and other Thai and international films, hit a mahout with its trunk, killing him instantly, on Monday morning (Nov 27), police said. Eyewitnesses told police that the incident occurred while Somsak Riangngern, 55, the elephant’s handler for over 10 years, was giving him a banana tree in a kraal inside the zoo and trying to walk him to take a bath. The elephant suddenly turned to the mahout and hit him many times with his trunk, killing him in front of his wife, Mrs Jampa. Zoo officials were later able to keep the elephant under control. It was initially believed the 32-year-old pachyderm went wild because he was is in rut.  However, the actual cause of the incident has yet to be determined by veterinarians. Somsak’s body...
Grab motorcycle passenger tells of being attacked | Phuket News
A woman taking a Grab motorcycle taxi says her ride became a nightmare when she and the driver were attacked by two
DOA wants AOT to manage 2 airports | Phuket News
The Department of Airports (DOA) will propose handing over the rights to manage Tak and Udon Thani airports to the Airports of Thailand Pls (AOT) in a bid to step up efficiency, DOA director Darun Sangchai said yesterday....
55 miles SW of Valdez, Alaska | Phuket News
Category: InformationBulletin Issue Time: 2017.11.27 22:20:41 UTC Preliminary Magnitude: 5.1(Ml)Lat/Lon: 60.542 / -147.468Affected Region: 55 miles SW of Valdez, 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...
Volcano warning to Thais: Avoid Bali | Phuket News
Thai tourists are being advised to avoid Indonesia's Bali after the eruption of Mount Agung raised the volcano alert to its highest level and forced the island's international airport to close....
Bali volcano: Non-evacuees may be forced to leave area | Phuket News
Tens of thousands of people near Bali's Mount Agung have stayed put even after the alert was raised....
Prayut says South meeting is no PR stunt | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has insisted that his first mobile cabinet trip to the far South this week is not politically motivated, but is to discuss various high-value infrastructure projects....
Prayut in Pattani ahead of mobile cabinet meeting | Phuket News
PATTANI: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his delegation arrived in Pattani on Monday morning amid extra-tight security ahead of a mobile cabinet meeting in Songkhla on Tuesday....
Mobile cabinet meeting on Nov 28 in Songkhla | Phuket News
A mobile cabinet meeting will be held on Nov 28 in Songkhla province, assistant government spokeswoman Col Taksada Sangkhachan said after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday (Nov 21). Col Taksada said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is also chairman of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), and other members of the cabinet will leave for Pattani province on Nov 27. In Pattani, he will preside over the opening of a central livestock market in Nong Chik district before proceeding to visit a palm oil processing plant. During the lunch time, Gen Prayut will chair a security meeting at the 15th Infantry Division headquarters before meeting with local leaders from southern border provinces. On the evening of Nov 27, the prime minister will chair a meeting on economic and social development in southern border provinces at the BP Samila Beach Hotel and Resort in Muang district of Songkhla. On...
US Indicts 3 Chinese Nationals on Hacking Charges | Phuket News
Three Chinese nationals were accused of hacking computers in three corporations, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday. Wu Yingzhuo, Dong Hao and Xia Lei were indicted Monday by a grand jury
US court charges Chinese 'hackers' with attacks on three corporations | Phuket News
The three, who run a cyber security firm in China, are alleged to have targeted leading corporations....
Organ autopsy shows internal bleeding, Thai army pressured to explain cadet’s death | Phuket News
Thailand’s military faces mounting pressure to explain the murky death of a teenage army cadet, whose case has seized national attention after his parents discovered his organs were mysteriously removed from his body. An autopsy performed on the organs revealed haemorrhaging in the young man’s spleen and liver, which could mean the cadet was beaten before he died and could be linked to why the organs were removed, reported Bangkok Post. The army said first-year cadet, Pakapong Tanyakan, died of heart failure on Oct.17 at his army training school outside Bangkok. But his family was skeptical and ordered a second autopsy — only to find their son’s brain, heart, bladder, and stomach were missing. The shocking discovery sparked public outcry and accusations of a cover-up by a military trailed by allegations of beatings and other abuse against young recruits that can turn fatal. The army has continued to deny foul play in...
Monday review: cadets strike back | Phuket News
As the mysterious death of a freshman cadet continues to trigger public outrage, Thai cadets are taking to social media to defend brutal corporal punishment at military academies.   Thai social media last week was overwhelmed by the death of freshman cadet Phakhaphong Tanyakan, whose internal organs were inexplicably missing from his corpse when returned to his family. His parents claim that their son died from excessive punishment, while the death certificate issued by the military merely states that Phakhaphong died from “sudden cardiac arrest”.    According to Phakhapong’s diary, the cadet had been subjected to disciplinary punishments (called ‘repairing’) in the form of extreme amounts of physical activity such as push-ups, squats and long distance running. Each year these measures cause cadets and conscripts to suffer heat stroke and sudden cardiac arrest.   The death of cadets and conscripts during training is actually nothing new for Thai society. On...
Cadet's autopsy reveals internal bleeding | Phuket News
The family of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (Afaps) cadet who died last month says a haemorrhage in his spleen and liver has shown up in the autopsy's result, which could suggest the cadet was subjected to physical assault prior to his death....
Cadet’s family doubt what caused bleeding in liver and spleen of Pakapong | Phuket News
The Tanyakan family of the dead cadet on Sunday thanked Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan and Supreme Commander Tarnchaiyan Srisuwan for ensuring them justice for the death of Pakapong, but still doubt the cause of his death. The father, Mr Pichet, insisted that he had no intention whatsoever to engage in a quarrel with the army or the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, but merely wanted the officials at the school to be more concerned its students and not to make sure that the tragic incident involving his son would not be repeated. He said that he wished the prime minister, the defence minister and the supreme commander would make sure that perpetrator or perpetrators of the tragedy would be held accountable and punished in order to defend the honor of his son who was alleged to be weak because of his illness and was forced to...
Anthrax scare linked to goat meat in Tak | Phuket News
A team has been dispatched from Mae Sot Hospital in Tak to investigate a suspected anthrax infection after three villagers in Tambon Mahawan developed suspicious symptoms after eating goat meat reportedly brought in from a neighbouring country. Hospital director Dr Thawatchai Setthasupana said the team was sent to Ban Mae Kone Kane (Moo 9) following news that people had anthrax-like small blisters or bumps on their hands and arms after eating the meat. Tests on the hospitalised patients initially yielded a negative result for anthrax, but this might be because they had been given medicine at a tambon-level hospital, he said. It was reported that 30 villagers had consumed the meat in question, but most of them had already taken medicine and they could not be successfully tested for anthrax. Instead, the hospital team collected samples from animal carcasses for lab tests with the results expected soon. Thawatchai urged people...
Health Ministry issues an alert of Anthrax after a man was suspected to be infected in Mae Sot | Phuket News
The Public Health Ministry has warned people not to eat or sell meat from animals died of illness or from unknown causes after a man was admitted to a hospital in Mae Sot district under suspicion that he had contracted Antrax after eating meat from a dead goat from Myanmar. The patient, a Thai man whose identity was withheld, was admitted to the Mae Sot district hospital after he was suspected to having contracting Anthrax, a highly dangerous communicable disease which has not been detected in Thailand for the past decade. Public health permanent secretary Dr Jesada Chokedamrongsuk said that specimens taken from the patient had been sent to the Medical Science Centre for examination to determine the disease. While the ministry is awaiting the result of laboratorial tests, he said he had ordered all provincial health officials to coordinate with livestock officials to watch out for diseases which could...
Asia markets edge down as Korean market falls 1.3% on declines in tech | Phuket News
Asian indexes edged down on Monday despite the firmer lead from Wall Street last week....
Gold prices up B50 to B20,000 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,541.24 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,900.00 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
Philippines’ first ever anti-graft summit kicks off | Phuket News
The first ever anti-corruption summit kicks off today (Monday) in Manila with focus on how the Philippines can make bigger strides in fighting corruption, the Manila Times Online reported on Monday. The two-day event is organized by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution. President Rodrigo Duterte will be attending the summit on Tuesday. VACC founding chairman Dante Jimenez said organizers will present to the president the action plan and output of the seminar. Entitled “Breaking the Chains of Corruption”, the summit is attended by experts from various fields namely Clarita Carlos, executive director of Strat Search Foundation Inc and Eduardo Araral, vice dean of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Solicitor General Jose Calida. Jimenez said it was important for the government to start focusing on anti- corruption to ensure that the financial gains obtained by the country from the...
SET closes down 0.17 to 1,695.67 | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index was flat, down 0.01%, or 11.54 points, to 1,695.67 on Monday....
Glasstech Asia 2017, Southeast Asia's Glass Hub Returns to Singapore | Phuket News
Nov 27, 2017 Picture:  November, 2017 Singapore --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Glasstech Asia series returns to Singapore, after eight years, for its 15th presentation. Reputed as the 'Glass Hub of Southeast Asia', Glasstech Asia 2017 held concurrently with Fenestration Asia 2017 from 22 to 24 November 2017, provides regional industry players with a deeper insight to the glass manufacturing, processing, products and materials sectors. It serves as an excellent platform for industry players globally to tap into the growing Southeast Asian market. This preferred sourcing platform for architectural glass and processing needs will also gather regional experts in the glass industry to present the latest in glass technology and innovation, and also to discuss the developments and challenges faced by the industry. The flat glass market size will surpass USD 130 billion by 2024, according to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. Flat glass is...
Ministry to settle congestion problem at Sadao border crossing | Phuket News
The Ministry of Commerce moves to solve the overcrowded problem at Sadao border crossing with an aim at increasing border trade value between Thailand and Malaysia. Commerce Ministry Permanent Secretary Nantawan Sakuntanak today discussed ways to settle the problem of congestion at the border crossing with custom officials and the private sector at the meeting room of Sadao border crossing in Songkhla. The meeting took place one day ahead of the mobile cabinet meeting in the southern province on Monday and Tuesday (November 27th and 28th). The meeting was aimed at addressing and settling the problems hurting the border trade. Sadao border crossing is a major border trading gate between the two countries, with a total trade value of 300 billion baht a year, she said. To facilitate the border trade, the government has launched a second Sadao border crossing development project, which is expected to be completed in mid-2019....
Phuket airport ‘Fast Track Service’ companies suspended amid ‘illegal activity’ investigation | Phuket News
PHUKET: The VIP airport ‘Fast Track Service’ operated by airport companies and which enables passengers to pass through arrival halls with ease, has been temporarily suspended for some companies while immigration police check for illegalities, a Phuket Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AoT) official, who declined to be named, told The Phuket News today (Nov 21)....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Bus fire! Machine gun statue at temple? Foremost Ironman 70.3! || November 27 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 27 Sexy statue and more gets monk suspended! Foremost Ironman 70.3 in Phuket! Bus engulfed in flames! Heavy rains to pound island? Chief no shows own meeting as residents present demands! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
Phuket abbot suspended over ‘irregular’ statues | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Abbot of Phra Nag Sang Temple in Thalang has been suspended from duty for a breach of the monkhood’s code of conduct after a rash of complaints over several statues at the popular temple....
Phuket airport renovates wing | Phuket News
The chaos at Phuket airport's domestic terminal may start to subside this coming Tuesday, when the first-phase upgrade opens for service....
Thousands of tourists stranded in Bali as volcano alert raised to highest level | Phuket News
ALMOST all flights to and from Bali, Indonesia have been cancelled on Monday following a volcano 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...
PM tells a fisherman: “Do not raise your voice at me!” | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yelled at a fisherman who raised his voice apparently to get his attention as he was explaining the latter’s question about fishing problem during his meeting with local people in Nong Chik district of Pattani on Monday. While observing an exhibition held at the central livestock market in Nong Chik district as a sideline of the mobile cabinet meeting, an unidentified man approached the prime minister with a petition for the government to amend fishing regulation allowing fishing boats to fish only 220 days in a year. He wanted the fishing period to be extended so fishermen will have more income to cope with their expenses. As the prime minister was explaining his problem while many local residents were listening, the fishermen raised his voice to interrupt him, prompting him to yell back: “Be patient, do not raise your voice at me. Do you understand? I...
Southerners rally against coal-fired power plant plan | Phuket News
People in Songkhla and Pattani have rallied against the the coal-fired power plant and deep sea port plan ahead of the cabinet meeting. On 26 November 2017, a network of people protesting against the coal-fired power plant plan from Songkhla and Pattani Province held a rally in Songkhla ahead of the coming cabinet meeting in the province on 28 November. The group plans to submit a petition to Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, asking the government to cancel the plan to build the 2,200-megawatt power plant and the Deep Sea port in the province. The group states that the two project will bring about irreversible environmental damages to the province and that the livelihood of local communities will be severely affected from the projects. Despite the fact that the proposed coal-fired power plant has been heavily opposed by local residents in the proposed site of the...
Two Uighurs arrested near Malaysia border | Phuket News
SONGKHLA: Two Uighur escapees from an immigration detention centre were recaptured on Thursday in Sadao district and others are being hunted near the border with Malaysia....
Five of 20 Uighur escapees recaptured | Phuket News
Five of the 20 Uighur illegal immigrants — who escaped from a immigration detention centre in Sadao district of Songkhla province on Nov 20 — have been recaptured in Thailand and the 15 others are believed to have crossed the border into Malaysia, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said on Nov 21. Gen Prawit, who is in charge of national security affairs, said Thailand is coordinating work with Malaysia for the repatriation of those believed to have sneaked across the border. The Nathawi Provincial Court in Songkhla on Nov 21 approved warrants for the arrests of the 20 Uighur illegal immigrants who broke out of the immigration detention centre in the border district of Sadao on Nov 20. On Wednesday, Nov 22, immigration police and Sadao police examined the footage of security cameras, both of the immigration office and others in adjacent areas, to find out whether anyone else had...
North Korea defector wakes after being shot crossing the DMZ | Phuket News
The soldier, wounded on the border with the South, is now talking to doctors and watching TV....
Furore surrounding cadet's death puts military under microscope | Phuket News
After the story of the controversial case surrounding the death of 18-year-old cadet Pakapong Tanyakan broke over the past week, Thailand's military was thrust into the spotlight once again....
3.0 tremor hit Chiang Mai before noon | Phuket News
A mild 3.0 magnitude earthquake struck Sansai district of Chiang Mai before noon today with people in several district including Chiang Mai town reporting feeling of brief tremor. The Seismology Bureau of the Meteorological Department said today that the earthquake struck at 11.18am with the epicentre of the tremor 2 kilometres deep underground in Sansai district. The tremor was felt briefly by residents in several districts, including in Chiang Mai town. There was no report yet of the damages from the tremor which happened close to earth surface. The post 3.0 tremor hit Chiang Mai before noon appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Defence minister denies weapons find was staged | Phuket News
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon denied Wednesday that the weapons discovery in Chachoengsao was staged by the military regime to give it an excuse to continue to ban all political activities....
Thai man kills his father at their Father’s Day lunch | Phuket News
A 23-year-old man in Chonburi was arrested for killing his own father during their family lunch yesterday, which was Father’s Day and a public holiday in Thailand. Thawatchai Meekaew confessed to police that he killed his father, Thongjom, 57, because he was angry that his father had warned him to drink less. According to the investigation, Thongjom summoned his five children to celebrate Father’s Day at his home in Bo Thong district, and all of them started drinking. Thongjom reportedly scolded Thawatchai about his drinking habits since he was afraid his son would get fired from his job. Angered by his father’s comments, Thawatchai kicked his father on the nape of his neck, causing him to collapse. His elder brother tried to stop him, but Thawatchai continued to beat his father up afterwards, Sanook reported. The family sent Jomthong to the hospital, but he did not survive. Thawatchai felt guilty and...
Phuket officials honour King Bhumibol Day, Father’s Day | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong led a merit-making ceremony earlier this morning (Dec 5) to give thanks to the late “Father of the Nation” King Bhumibol Adulyadej, on the occasion of the late King’s birthday and to mark Father’s Day....
UN to celebrate the world’s Soil Day as a tribute to late King Bhumibol | Phuket News
The United Nations will celebrate the world’s Soil Day at its head office in New York on Tuesday December 5 as a tribute to the late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The event will be presided over by Mr Virachai Palasai, the Thai permanent secretary to the UN. It will feature a talk on soil conservation, utilization and improvement of soil in Thailand and the late King’s dedication towards soil utilization and improvements. Thai embassies and consular offices around the world will separately hold exhibitions featuring the late King’s activities and works, especially concerning soil improvement. In Bangkok, the government will hold an alm-offering to 901 monks at the front yard of Dusit Palace starting at 7 am with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presiding over the event to mark the late King’s birthday anniversary which also coincides with the National Father’s Day and National Day. An exhibition featuring the late...
‘Drunk’ taxi driver fires shot after fleeing hit-run | Phuket News
A taxi driver apparently under the influence alcohol was arrested near an expressway entrance after he hit a motorcycle and fled the scene, prompting good-Samaritan taxi motorcyclists to chase after his cab. During his attempt to flee, Sakchai Nomrawee, 49, fired one shot from a .38 revolver at the three motorcyclists pursuing him. Sakchai was arrested after his taxi hit the pavement while he was trying to enter the Rama II entrance to the expressway in Bangkok’s Jomthong district, causing the vehicle’s front left tyre to burst. He was arrested at 10am after he climbed over the fence of the expressway and tried to hail another cab. Police arrived at the scene shortly after the Ratburana police station was alerted of the hit-and-run and shooting incident at 9.30am. Police found a .38 revolver in his car with 14 rounds of ammunition and a spent shell. Pol Major Gen Samrit Tongtao,...
Five more suspects in Jomsap case being summonsed | Phuket News
Police will summons five more suspects in the hired scapegoat driver case involving former teacher Jomsap Saenmuanghot's bid for a retrial of her fatal hit-and-run case 12 years ago....
7-7-7 campaign to reduce death toll during New Year | Phuket News
The Transport Ministry will launch a 7-7-7 campaign for the safety of people travelling during the 2018 New Year, Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said on Wednesday (Dec 6). He said the campaign will be launched under the motto: “Drive slowly. Turn on front lights. Fasten seat belts.” The campaign time is divided into three 7-day periods: 7 days before the New Year; 7 days during the New Year; and, 7 days after the New Year. Mr Arkhom said safety measures will be strictly enforced, aiming to reduce the numbers of death and injuries to zero on 61 routes — comprising 41 main highways and 20 rural roads. The 61 routes are 12 roads under a cooperation project between the Thailand’s Transport Ministry and Janpan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; 13 roads with the highest numbers of accident during the 2017 New Year; 19 roads with the highest numbers...
USFDA quarantines 11 items of food products and medicines from Thailand | Phuket News
The US Food and Drugs Administration has decided to quarantine 11 items of food products and medicines from Thailand after finding out that they are of substandard qualities that do not meet the set standards due to the presence of Salmonella bacteria, gastrointestinal infectious bacteria, excessive lead residue and wrong labelling. The 11 items of food products and medicines are as follows: Frozen salted fish, salted fish mixed with chili for snacks from 12 factories. It was discovered that the salt used caused Clostridium Botulinum bacteria. Salted seafood such as salted snakehead fish, dried shrimps, dried squid, snail, lobster and mollusk from 42 factories. Salmonella bacteria were found in the products. Food and drinks from 104 factories. The food coloring used in the products was not declared with the US FDA in advance. Excessive lead residue was found in the ceramic containers used in containing food and drinks from one...
Have 3 years of the Gender Equality Act resulted in more equality? | Phuket News
Kritsada Subpawanthanakun   The Gender Equality Act of 2015 was enacted by the junta almost three years ago now.    Although the name is seemingly progressive and rosy, one of its articles—17, paragraph 2—contains a worrying loophole that states that actions implemented for national security or religious purposes do not constitute gender discrimination.   In fact, the 67th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on July 5 in New York expressed several concerns about this loophole to the Thai representatives who attended via teleconference.   Prachatai spoke with members of official committees established under the act and gender activists about the Act’s implementation over the past three years. We found that trying to exercise gender rights by referring to this law is often at odds with the reality of gender discrimination.         Slow bureaucratic processes and speeding them up through...
[VIDEO] The Snake Apprentice | Phuket News
In addition to medical emergencies, rescue workers in Phuket are often called to catch snakes from just about anywhere. Vincent Modell is the only foreigner in Phuket volunteering as a rescue worker. This is how he learned to catch snakes! Produced by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketNews.com...
Patong’s new flood drain system to be complete in one week | Phuket News
PHUKET: Work on installing flood drains on Patong’s Soi Nanai are to be complete in one week following nearly a month of delays, Chief engineer of the project Piya Pikulthong confirmed on Sunday (Dec 3)....
Khun Poom foundation donates 119 scholarships to disabled Phuket students | Phuket News
PHUKET: Parents of 119 autistic and disabled students in Phuket were donated scholarships worth B595,000 under the royal charity project ‘Khun Poom Foundation’ yesterday (Dec 4) at the Phuket Provincial Hall in Phuket Town....
Asian stocks poised to recoup some losses as dollar firms | Phuket News
Futures pointed to Asian markets recouping some of the steep losses made in the Wednesday session....
NATO: Upgrading Afghan Army Base, Not Building New One | Phuket News
NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan has denied reports that construction material and equipment being imported and transported through neighboring Pakistan are being used to establish a new army base in the conflict-hit country. The English-language Pakistani newspaper DAWN reported Wednesday, citing official documents it claimed to have seen, that the imports are being used to construct a military facility by the name of “Camp Shaheen.” “Recently, a vessel loaded with a huge quantity of construction material and allied equipment arrived at Karachi port.  As per its import general manifestation, the imports were made by the United States Army Corps of Engineers Services,” the report said. The imported material reportedly included a power generator of 22 megawatts, and a large quantity of cold- and hot-rolled steel sheets.  Other equipment, such as plastic injection molding machines with standard accessories, also were supplied from different world ports. ​Camp is used for training But U.S....
Top al-Qaeda leader killed in eastern Afghanistan | Phuket News
KABUL (Reuters) - A top leader of militant group al-Qaeda was killed along with 80 people in a joint military operation by Afghan army, intelligence and NATO-led forces, the South Asian nation's intelligence service said on Tuesday. ...
Kazakh Leader Tells Cabinet: Make State Firms Move Cash Home or You're Fired | Phuket News
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev threatened on Wednesday to sack his cabinet if it failed to make large state companies bring back cash held abroad. Nazarbayev, who wields sweeping powers in the oil-rich nation, also poured scorn on executives in private sector companies who, he suggested, were enjoying lavish lifestyles while keeping funds in foreign accounts.
Pakistani Social Activist Goes Missing in Lahore | Phuket News
A Pakistani social media and peace activist is feared to have been abducted from the eastern city of Lahore. Raza Khan, 40, is said to have gone missing after arranging an open discussion Saturday focusing on extremism and blasphemy in relation to the recent Islamabad sit-in by a radical Islamist group, according to his brother Hamid Nasir, who spoke with VOA's Urdu service.
Raza Khan: Fears over activist missing in Pakistan | Phuket News
Raza Khan from Lahore disappeared after attending a public meeting about recent religious protests....
Pakistani peace activist reported missing, police say | Phuket News
Karachi, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani peace activist has been reported missing over the weekend from eastern city of Lahore, police and one of his friends said on Tuesday. ...
Demolition of India’s Babri mosque – the ‘Hindutva project’ 25 years on | Phuket News
On Tuesday, the Indian Supreme Court began its hearing in the Babri Masjid (Babri mosque) dispute. It comes seven years after the Allahabad High Court divided the disputed Ayodhya land equally between Ram Lalla Virajman, the Sunni Waqf Board (belonging to Sunni Muslims) and Nirmohi Akhara. Petitioners, including the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) leader Subramanian […]...
Legacy of a demolition | Phuket News
Mark Tully on how the events in Ayodhya 25 years ago challenged Indian secularism....
China Dominates Top Western Economies in Patent Applications | Phuket News
The U.N.'s intellectual property agency says China racked up a record 1.3 million patent applications last year, topping the combined total in the U.S., Japan, Korea and Europe. The World Intellectual Property Organization says innovators worldwide filed 3.1 million patent applications in 2016, up 8.3 percent from a year earlier, marking the seventh-straight yearly increase. China alone accounted for 98 percent of that increase, with its patent office receiving 236,600 more applications than in 2015. Releasing WIPO's annual intellectual property report Wednesday, Director-General Francis Gurry cited the
Dahua Technology Ranked Top 3 Globally by a&s | Phuket News
Dec 05, 2017 Picture:  HANGZHOU, China, Dec. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Dahua Technology made it into the top 3 on the a&s Security 50 list for the first time in 2017. Security 50 is one of the most comprehensive and influential reports in the industry that ranks the top security manufacturers in the world. The annual Security 50 ranking is based upon product sales revenue, gross profit, and profit margin during the previous fiscal year. With a sales revenue of CNY13.33 billion (US$1.93 billion) and 32.26% annual growth from 2015, Dahua jumped to the top 3 this year and moved one position higher than last year's ranking.
China's message: Eight points, 16 animated gifs, one party | Phuket News
If you want to get your message across to young people about anti-corruption rules, what do you do?...
Trump to “take care” of North Korea as US launches largest ever drills with South | Phuket News
SOUTH KOREA and the United States launched their largest joint air force drills to date on Monday, a day after President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser asserted that they will “take care” of the North Korean regime. According to South Korea’s national news agency Yonhap, the two nations kicked off a “massive” aerial drill, involving more than 230 warplanes and 12,000 military personnel, just days after North Korea declared its nuclear statehood. “It’s aimed at enhancing the all-weather, day and night combined air power operation capabilities of South Korea and the US,” South Korea’s defense ministry said as quoted by Yonhap. The exercises will reportedly involve “simulated precision strikes” on mock North Korean nuclear and missile targets. SEE ALSO: North Korea successfully launches missile that can reach US mainland A view of celebrations at Kim Il-sung Square on December 1, in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News...
There Is Still Time to Develop a Solution to the North Korea Crisis | Phuket News
North Korea conducted its highest missile test yet. So much for the Trump administration’s forlorn hope that Pyongyang’s two-month pause of missile tests indicated that the Kim regime was prepared to negotiate terms of surrender with Washington. Washington should start thinking about second-best solutions in a world in which the DPRK is a nuclear state. Western nations responded with the usual meaningless denunciations of the North. President Donald Trump announced: “We will take care of it.” How? No one outside of Kim Jong-un’s leadership wants the North to possess a capability to target the United States. Nevertheless, even normally sober Defense Secretary James Mattis repeated Washington’s meaningless litany of scary claims—that the launch threatens America and “everywhere in the world.” This misstates North Korea’s likely intentions for—and the actual impact of—its missile and nuclear programs. Pyongyang cares little about the world and everything about America. This isn’t the first time...
Are regional powers actually willing or able to stop North Korea? | Phuket News
NORTH KOREA’s latest missile launch is further confirmation of Kim Jong-un’s determination to acquire a substantial missile and nuclear arsenal. It must surely be clear to the regional powers – the US, China, Russia, South Korea and Japan – that Pyongyang will never negotiate away its weapons program and that diplomatic and economic attempts over two decades to prevent it from acquiring a missile and nuclear capability have failed. Pyongyang has relentlessly and successfully pursed its weapons program despite years of sanctions and international pressure. North Korea has never negotiated with the intention to its honour agreements. It has used talks as a calculated tactic to buy time to continue developing its weapons program. The guerrilla/gangster paradigm of the regime and its juche (self reliance) state ideology, explains its distrust of outsiders including its allies, China and Russia. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un inspects tires at a factory in...
North Korea the 'biggest threat to humankind' right now, top US diplomat says | Phuket News
North Korea is the biggest threat to the humankind right now and China and the U.S. can stop it, the U.S. Ambassador to China told CNBC....
North Korea the 'biggest threat to the humankind' right now, top US diplomat says | Phuket News
North Korea is the biggest threat to the humankind right now and China and the U.S. can stop it, the U.S. Ambassador to China told CNBC....
Russia ‘increasing oil exports’ to North Korea | Phuket News
The price of diesel oil and gasoline in North Korea has dropped sharply in the last month, according to reports from within the isolated republic, with Russia apparently stepping up supplies in spite of international efforts to isolate the regime of Kim Jong Un and force Pyongyang to abandon its development of nuclear weapons and […]...
Cooking oil lights up Japan's cherry trees | Phuket News
The famous cherry blossoms of Japan's trees are getting a new lease of life, thanks to donations of used oil....
Singapore priority is halting Asean militants | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: Southeast Asian countries must step up their fight against religious militancy taking root in their region, including in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine State, Singapore's foreign minister said on Tuesday....
China and Japan are home to a third of the world’s best restaurants | Phuket News
EAST ASIAN culinary giants China and Japan have dominated a prestigious ranking of the best restaurants in the world, accounting for almost a third of the top 1000 eateries globally. The global La Liste 2018 which ranked the restaurants on the globe features a whopping 138 restaurants in Japan and 123 establishments in China, as well as elsewhere in the Asia Pacific including in Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong. Known as the “mecca” of sushi in Japan, Tokyo’s Kyubey was ranked the third best restaurant on the plane with an almost-perfect score of 99.50, following Guy Savoy in France and Le Bernardin in the United States. Joël Robuchon and Kyo Aji in Japan also both made the top 20. Chef’s signature appetiser selection of crispy rice with baby shrimp and egg whites, barbecue pork with honey, and spring roll with sea welt at Lung King Heen, Hong Kong recognised as...
Students across Asia Pacific embrace computer sciences | Phuket News
STUDENTS are embracing coding and computer sciences in increasing numbers, with millions expected to participate in the global  Hour of Code initiative taking place this week. Over the past five years, the number of students in the Asia Pacific region who are learning to code has increased dramatically, with China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia, introducing education reforms which have placed computer science on the curriculum alongside traditional subjects, such as numeracy and literacy. This growing interest in computer science is excellent news for economies across the region which are gearing up to compete in the fourth industrial revolution, an economic landscape which will be dominated by digital technologies, robotics, artificial intelligence and next-generation transportation. SEE ALSO: Global ‘learning crisis’ looms due to failing school systems – World Bank A pedestrian walks down the street while a man uses his laptop computer in a Starbucks cafe in central Sydney, Australia,...
'Rampant' Singapore piracy prompts Hollywood lobby for crackdown | Phuket News
HONG KONG: Singapore, which prides itself on being a haven for law and order, is being called a haven for pirating copyrighted programming by entertainment titans such as Walt Disney, HBO, the National Basketball Association and the English Premier League....
Hong Kong Hosts Inaugural Asian E-tailing Summit | Phuket News
Dec 05, 2017 Picture:  6 December 2017 – The Asian E-tailing Summit debuted today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the one-day event offered a one-stop platform for business professionals and online retail experts to examine the latest sourcing trends and market intelligence. At this morning’s joint opening ceremony of SmartBiz Expo and the Asian E-tailing Summit, guest of honour Dr Bernard Chan, Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, said that organising the two SME-focused events is timely given the business potential that will be unleashed by the Belt and Road Initiative. He also highlighted Hong Kong’s unique trading and logistics role, which is strengthened by the free flow of capital, goods and information, unparalleled trading and global supply-chain management services, as well as its world-class logistics...
Indonesian maid in Hong Kong charged with child pornography | Phuket News
The maid is accused of live-streaming her employer's children naked in the shower on Facebook....
Indonesia stocks bounce back, other SE Asia shares drop | Phuket News
Indonesian shares rose on Monday, bouncing back from their biggest single-day fall in a year in the previous session, while Philippine stocks extended declines into a fifth session....
Japan to help finance China's Belt and Road projects | Phuket News
Japan plans fund private-sector partnerships in China's Belt and Road project, the Nikkei reported Wednesday....
Finance Ministry to seek B10 billion ADB loan for Purple Line extention | Phuket News
The Finance Ministry’s Public Debt Management Office (PDMO) will seek a loan of about 10 billion baht from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the construction of the southern extension of the Purple Line electric railroad between Tao Poon – Rat Burana, said Ekarat Khuankhansathit, director of a public loan section of the PDMO. Mr Ekarat said PDMO plans to seek a US$333 million loan, or about 10 billion baht, from the ADB for the extension. A proposal for the loan is expected to be tabled for cabinet consideration in 2018, he said. Kalya Tantitemit, the Finance Ministry spokesperson, said that earlier on Nov 21 the cabinet approved a ministry proposal to seek a 3,404-million-baht loan from the ADB to expand Highway 22 to four lanes on the Nong Han – Phang Khon and Sakon Nakhon – Nakhon Phanom sections and Highway 23 between Roi Et and Yasothon.  The entire...
Pope Francis Refers to 'Rohingya' in Bangladesh | Phuket News
Pope Francis asked for forgiveness from Rohingya Muslim refugees for all of their suffering Friday, using the politically sensitive term
Pope Francis Faces Diplomatic Challenges with Visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh | Phuket News
Pope Francis visits Myanmar and neighboring Bangladesh next week amid international outrage over what the U.S. describes as the ethnic cleansing, of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority. During the Nov. 26 through Dec. 2 trip, the pope will meet with Myanmar's civilian and military leaders as well as Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. As Jesusemen Oni reports, all eyes are on the pontiff to see how he handles the diplomatic minefield in Myanmar, also known as Burma....
Duterte, Hun Sen nominated for 2017 Confucius Peace Prize | Phuket News
AFTER a year of bloody campaigns, infringements on human rights and accusations of authoritarianism, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Cambodia’s Prime Minster Hun Sen seem like unlikely candidates to be included in a shortlist of nominees for a 2017 peace prize. But the Confucius Peace Prize, labelled the Chinese alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize, has selected the two Southeast Asian leaders for this year’s award. Awarded by a private company, the Confucius awards have courted controversy since their foundation in 2010. Originally set up under the Association of Chinese Indigenous Arts in China, the chairman at the time, Tan Changliu, claimed the award existed to “promote world peace from an Eastern perspective.” SEE ALSO: Duterte brags he murdered as a teenager But the award has since been banned by China’s Ministry of Culture, forcing the organisers to relocate to Hong Kong. The renamed China International Peace Research Center has presented...
Hun Sen creates security council stacked with his relatives | Phuket News
Prime Minister Hun Sen has quietly created a national security working group similar to the “White House’s National Security Council” in September with at least three of his relatives sitting on the panel, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Wednesday. According to an order published in the Royal Book, the advisory group will be led by four-star General and Deputy National Police Commissioner Chhay Sinarith, Hun Sen’s two sons Hun Manet and Hun Manith and his son-in-law Dy Vichea. However, Sinarith said the group has no decision-making power and will only advise on general security matters, both domestic and foreign. He likened the group to the White House’s National Security Council. “The important thing is to ensure that we have stability and peace – these are crucial things,” said Sinarith. He insisted that the group’s focus would not be on investigating demonstrations, but on general security. He indicated that...
Cambodia: Calls from MPs around the world to free Kem Sokha | Phuket News
PARLIAMENTARIANS from around the world on Monday sent an open letter to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen demanding that his government “immediately and unconditionally release” detained opposition leader Kem Sokha. Signed by more than 150 members of parliament from 23 countries including the United States, Malaysia, Canada, Indonesia, South Africa, Germany and the UK, the letter states that MPs are “extremely concerned” over treason charges laid against Kem Sokha after he was arrested and detained three months ago. The leader of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) – which was disbanded by the country’s Supreme Court last month at the request of Hun Sen’s government – was arrested in the middle of the night at his home on charges of conspiring with foreign actors to hurt Cambodia. SEE ALSO: Cambodia: Release Kem Sokha or face travel ban – US senator Police officers stand guard at the Supreme Court during a...
Bangladesh, Cambodia leaders meet on Rohingya, other issues | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met with her Cambodian counterpart, Hun Sen, on Monday during an official visit to the Southeast Asian country....
Reuters Graphic: Risks grow for Rohingya in Bangladesh's teeming, squalid camps | Phuket News
(Reuters) - Bangladesh plans to allocate more land for camps housing Rohingya refugees as concerns grow over a possible outbreak of disease in crowded, makeshift settlements clustered at the country's southern tip. ...
Rights group spared from Hun Sen's axe | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has pulled back from a threat to close a human rights group founded by the detained opposition leader Kem Sokha, a pro-government website said on Saturday....
Hun Sen chairs mass prayer ceremony to highlight Cambodia’s stability | Phuket News
Prime Minister Hun Sen, his wife and members of his cabinet joined thousands of monks and people in a mass prayer ceremony over the weekend at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex, according to The Phnom Penh Post Online on Monday (Dec 4). The two-day traditional event on Dec 2-3 was intended to highlight the kingdom’s stability, independence and peace.  It was announced by Hun Sen on November 22 – just six days after the dissolution of the opposition CNRP by the Supreme Court. Speaking to the media on the sideline of the event, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona said that such celebrations are “nothing new”, although they have historically been presided over by the royalty dating back to the Chenla period and to the reign of Jayavarman II, the first self-proclaimed god-king of the Angkor empire. She maintained that King Sihanouk Sihamoni used to conduct this...
“Taiwan’s progress toward the legalization of same-sex marriage” is the most critical moment in 2017 listed by The New York Times | Phuket News
Recently, The New York Times posted an article entitled “17 Things That Happened for the First Time in 2017”. 17 critical moments from this year which might mean for the year ahead were chosen, and “Taiwanese court rules in favor of same-sex marriage” was listed as the top line. According to the article reprinted by […]...
Will you marry me? Australian politician proposes in parliament | Phuket News
Tim Wilson asks his partner to marry him during his speech on the same-sex marriage bill....
Australian lawmaker proposes to gay partner during debate | Phuket News
CANBERRA, Australia: An Australian lawmaker giving a speech on same-sex marriage proposed to his gay partner Monday during Parliament’s debate on a bill that is expected to soon legalise marriage equality across the country....
Citizen journalist arrested for flying drone over controversial mine | Phuket News
The police have detained a citizen journalist at the Thai-Myanmar border for flying a drone over a disputed gold mine in 2015. At about 11:30 am on 29 November 2017, the immigration police arrested Jamon Sonpednarin, a freelance human rights and environmental journalist, in Mueang District of Kanchanaburi Province. He was detained at the Mueang District Police Station of the Province and will remain under custody until the arrival of an officer from Wang Saphung District Police Station of the northeastern province of Loei, which issued an arrest warrant for him in 2015. He was accused of trespassing and flying a drone over a controversial gold mine in Wang Saphung District in 2015 which was operated by Tungkum Co Ltd before its closure. Siriphorn Chaypetch, civil society worker, posted on her Facebook that the arrest warrant for Jamon was related to the case in which Tungkum sued the villagers most...
Vietnam Court Upholds Sentence for Blogger Mother Mushoom | Phuket News
A court in Vietnam on Thursday upheld a 10-year jail sentence for a prominent blogger convicted of publishing propaganda against the state, her lawyer said, the latest move in a crackdown on critics of the one-party state. Despite sweeping economic reform and increasing openness towards social change, including gay, lesbian and transgender rights, Vietnam's ruling Communist Party retains tight media censorship and does not tolerate criticism. In recent months, it has targeted critics whose voices have been amplified by social media in a country that ranks among Facebook's top ten, in terms of users. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 37, known as
Vietnam Court Sentences Blogger to Jail for 10 Years | Phuket News
A court in Vietnam on Thursday upheld a 10-year jail sentence for a prominent blogger convicted of publishing propaganda against the state, her lawyer said, the latest move in a crackdown on critics of the one-party state. Despite sweeping economic reform and increasing openness towards social change, including gay, lesbian and transgender rights, Vietnam's ruling Communist Party retains tight media censorship and does not tolerate criticism. In recent months, it has targeted critics whose voices have been amplified by social media in a country that ranks among Facebook's top ten, in terms of users. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 37, known as
Cambodia – Goodbye to Democracy and All That | Phuket News
The Cambodia National Rescue Party, which had been giving the ruling Cambodian People’s Party an increasingly hard time in local and national polls on recent outings, is now itself in desperate need of rescue. With its leader Kem Sokha languishing in jail for alleged treason, the Supreme Court last week ordered the party’s dissolution. A few weeks earlier, Mu Sochua, the CNRP’s deputy leader, fled the country to pre-empt her own arrest. “Sanctions are the best leverage for negotiation for free, fair and inclusive elections,” she said.  Prime Minister Hun Sen has also moved against non-governmental organizations and the press, both of which he perceives as largely unsympathetic to him. The Cambodia Daily newspaper was forced to shutter after nearly 25 years. Radio Free Asia has been chased out as well, and two of its former journalists charged with espionage. Voice of America has also been affected. This was not...
2017 Supermoon around the world | Phuket News
Last weekend, sky-watchers all around the world enjoyed a supermoon of 2017, which looked especially close, large and bright. The moon became totally full at 10:47 a.m. EST on Dec. 3rd, and the supermoon was 7% larger and 15% brighter than normal. If you did’t catch up the “supermoon-watching fad” this year, without a long […]...
Exiled Thais still without papers despite court judgement | Phuket News
A group of formerly exiled Thai people in Tak gathered at Mae Sot District Office on Thursday to request authorities speed up registration of their citizenship, which was recognised by the Administrative Court in September. A group leader, Ta Dhammajai, said the people have waited a very long time to be officially registered as Thai citizen. The Administrative Court on September 14 ruled that all 351 exiled Thai people and all of their offspring are to be given Thai citizenship. The local authorities had not yet issued them ID cards, or added their names to the housing registry. Ta said the gathering was organised to ask authorities about their progress in registering them, and to request them to speed up the process. Mae Sot District assistant district officer Theeranan Chaimanan said that the local authorities have already acknowledged the Administrative Court verdict, but are awaiting an order from the Provincial...
Suspected sleeping van driver, 13 Myanmar workers killed in fire | Phuket News
A chartered van taking Myanmar workers from Tak to Bangkok crashed into the rear of a truck in Sing Buri early on Friday, causing a fire that killed the driver and all 13 passengers, police said. Pol Captain Jiradej Duangrassamee, deputy inspector of Mueang Sing Buri police station, said he was alerted to the accident at 3am. He called for a fire engine when he found the fire still raging when he arrived at the scene on the Bangkok-bound Asia highway in Moo 3 village in Tambon Bang Mun. It took about 20 minutes for the fire engine from Mueang Sing Buri Municipality to put out the blaze. Fourteen charred bodies were found inside the van. The 10-wheel truck that the van hit was parked on the roadside. The driver, Sunthorn Fakthong, 56, told police that he was driving in the left lane when the van violently hit his rear...
Oishi factory in Navanakorn industrial estate on fire  | Phuket News
A morning fire broke out on Monday (Nov 27) at a beverage factory of Oishi Trading in Navanakorn Industrial Estate in Klong Luang district of Pathum Thani province. Klong Luang police said the fire was reported at about 6.45am inside the production unit of the factory. The fire spread quickly because there are a lot of paper box being kept inside. Workers were seen running out of the building as the fire broke out, but no one was hurt. Authorities mobilised up to 10 fire trucks to the scene and they were able to contain the fire within one hour. Only one factory building was damaged by the fire. Forensic police are inspecting the factory to find the exact cause of fire. The post Oishi factory in Navanakorn industrial estate on fire  appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Van crash leaves one teacher dead, 8 others injured in Saraburi  | Phuket News
A school teacher was killed and eight others were injured in a van crash on the Phahonyothin road in Nong Khae district of Saraburi late last night (Nov 24). Highway and local police said the fatal crash happened shortly before midnight near kilometre marker 80 of the highway to Saraburi town. The van bearing Chaiyaphum province licence plate was taking a group of about 10 teachers of Ban Khwao Wittayayon school back home in Chaiyaphum after a sightseeing trip in Bangkok. But as the van arrived near a turning point at Km 80, it rammed into the side of a trailer truck which was making a right turn. The collusion left all the other teachers and the van driver injured. Rescuers arrived at the scene have to use cutting machine to force open the badly damaged van and rushed all to Nong Khae hospital for treatment. One teacher identified as...
Drowsy driving blamed for fatal crash in Sing Buri | Phuket News
Land transport officials and police say the probable cause of the fatal van crash in Sing Buri province that killed 13 Myanmar workers and the van driver was drowsy driving. The officials came up with the assumption after inspecting the crash scene yesterday (Nov 24). They believed the driver was asleep at the wheel as no brake marks were found at the scene. A check on the GPS device showed the speed of the van is 107 kilometres an hour. The accident occurred at around 3am of Nov 24. The van, which bears Bangkok licence plate 33-3241, slammed the rear of a 10-wheeler loaded with rice on the outbound section of the Asian Highway in Tambon Bang Mun in Sing Buri’s Muang district. The van caught fire upon the impact engulfing the van with all the victims inside. Among the killed Myanmar workers, seven are women. They were transported from...
Asia markets close down as Kospi falls 1.4% on declines in tech | Phuket News
Asian indexes edged down on Monday despite the firmer lead from Wall Street last week....
Asia markets close mixed as sell-off in Chinese stocks eases | Phuket News
Asian markets were mixed on Friday as investors kept an eye on Chinese equities which sold off in the last session....
Korean markets slip as most others in Asia edge higher | Phuket News
Asian indexes were mixed on Monday, with Japanese and Australian markets notching slight gains in early trade....
Asian indexes edge down following Chinese stumble | Phuket News
Asian markets were mostly lower, with investors likely to keep an eye on China after stocks tumbled in the last session....
Gold prices down B50 to B19,950 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,495.76 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,850 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
Gold prices stable at B19,900 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,450.28 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,800 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
Gold prices down B100 to B19,950 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,495.76 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,850 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
Warning out for heavy rain in South on Nov 25-28 | Phuket News
Continuous rain is likely with isolated torrential downpours in 12 southern provinces until Nov 28 as the strong northeast monsoon has prevailed over the Gulf of Thailand and the South, according to the 5pm weather forecast of the Thai Meteorological Department on Saturday (Nov 25). The 12 provinces to be affected are: Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun. People are warned to beware of possible flash floods. With strong winds, waves in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea during the period are likely to be 2-3 metres high. All vessels should proceed with caution and small boats should stay ashore. Meanwhile, the strong high pressure is now covering upper Thailand and the South China Sea, outbreaks of cool to cold spells with a drop of temperature by 2-3 degree Celcius are forecast over the area. The westerly winds...
Heavy rains predicted over central, eastern, southern provinces | Phuket News
The Meteorological Department warned residents of several central, eastern and southern provinces on Tuesday to brace themselves for heavy rains from tropical storm Kirogi. The department issued warning No.15 at 5am of the low-pressure cell covering the upper Gulf of Thailand and the South. It was forecast to move to the Andaman Sea on Tuesday, and cause more rain with isolated heavy downpours over the lower Central, East, and upper South. The warning said Ratchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Bangkok and its vicinity, Chonburi, Rayong, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Ranong, Phangnga and Phuket would be affected. The department added that a strong high-pressure system is covering upper Thailand and the South China Sea, resulting in outbreaks of thundershowers and gusty winds, with temperatures dropping by 1 to 3 degrees Celsius. The Nation  The post Heavy rains predicted over central, eastern, southern provinces appeared first on Samui Times....
BMA axes four over lighting graft scandal | Phuket News
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has sacked four officials accused of graft by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) in the 39.5-million-baht
Four BMA officials sacked for graft in B39.5m 2016 New Year lighting scandal | Phuket News
Four officials of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) found guilty by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) of corruption in the 39.5-million-baht “Bangkok Light of Happiness” lighting project for 2016 New Year celebrations have been sacked, Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang announced on Friday (Nov 24). Pol Gen Aswin’s announcement came after a BMA meeting to consider the NACC’s findings against the four officials.  The meeting resolved to sack the four officials as recommended by the BMA’s disciplinary subcommittee. He said he had signed an order to sack the four officials, effective from Nov 24. They were Pranee Sattayaprakop, former director of the BMA’s office of culture, sports and tourism; Thawatchai Janngam, former head of the tourism section of the office; Morakot Phumphanich; and Sitthichok Aphibal, a tourism development officer. Although Ms Pranee is now retired, the dismissal order can take effect retroactively, Pol Gen Aswin said. The Bangkok governor said the...
SET closes down 11.54 to 1,695.84 | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index fell 0.68%, or 11.54 points, to 1,695.84 on Friday....
Stocks may have soared this year, but it's not too late to join Asia's 'party,' BlackRock says | Phuket News
Stock prices in Asia still have room to run even though the increase may not match that seen in 2017, BlackRock says....
One Uighur escapee arrested in Malaysia | Phuket News
An Uighur man, who was among 20 detainees who fled from a detention centre at Sadao district of Songkhla province on Nov 20 has been arrested at the Bukit Tangga security post near Bukit Kayu Hitam, The Star Online reports. Kedah police chief Commissioner Datuk Asri Yusoff said Mohammatimin, who is in his 30s, was detained by army personnel guarding the area at about 4pm Tuesday (Nov 21). “Our Thai counterpart has been informed of the man’s arrest. He is being held at the Jitra police station lock-up before he is handed over to the Thai authorities. “He was arrested for entering the country illegally,” The Star quoted Datuk Asri as saying. Twenty Uighurs escaped from the immigration detention centre at about 3am on Monday (Nov 20). Five were caught and the rest are believed to have crossed the border into Malaysia. The Uighurs are part of the estimated...
Warrant out for 20 Uighur fugitives | Phuket News
The Nathawi Provincial Court yesterday(Nov 21) issued warrants for the arrest of 20 illegal Uighur migrants who escaped from an Immigration Police holding facility on Monday as authorities believed they have all sneaked into Malaysia with the help of human trafficking gang. Charges for the fleeing Uighur migrants filed by the police to the court for arrest warrants are escaping and evading police custody and destruction of property. The escapees broke open the wall of their detention centre at the Sadao Immigration Police holding centre in Songkhla province with spoons and forks. The police are seeking information from contractor building the detention wall of what construction materials were used in building the wall as it was easily drilled open with spoons and forks. An investigative team from the 9th Region Provincial Police has been mobilized to track the men down and are being helped in their efforts by local security...
China urges Thailand to find Uighur escapees quickly | Phuket News
BEIJING: China said on Tuesday it has urged Thailand to
N Korean defector having kidnap nightmares, says surgeon | Phuket News
His surgeon talks about his recovery from getting shot while racing across the border to South Korea....
North Korean defector treated for gunshots and intestinal worms | Phuket News
The story of the recovery of the soldier whose escape from North Korea earlier this month was caught in dramatic footage....
Report: N. Korea Replaces Border Guards After Defection | Phuket News
North Korea appears to have replaced all of its guards at a jointly patrolled border area where a North Korean soldier defected last week under a hail of gunfire, South Korean media said Friday. Military officials said they could not confirm the report. Yonhap news agency cited an unnamed intelligence source saying there were signs the North had replaced its entire security force of 35 to 40 men at the Joint Security Area. South Korea's Defense Ministry and the U.S.-led United Nations Command said Friday they couldn’t confirm it.  WATCH: Dramatic Defection of North Korea Soldier The source also told Yonhap the North seems to have temporarily closed a bridge over which the defector drove a military jeep to reach the border before his dramatic escape on foot last Monday. A photo posted on the Twitter account of the acting U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Marc Knapper, showed North Korean...
SET falls 2.50 to 1,711.88 at midday | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went down 2.50 points, or 0.15%, to close at 1,711.88 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 25.16 billion baht, with 4.79 billion shares traded....
SET down 5.75 to 1,707.38 points | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand's main index was down 5.75 points or 0.34% to close at 1,707.38 points on Thursday....
SET up 2.65 to 1,713.13 points | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand's main index was up 2.65 points or 0.15% to close at 1,713.13 points today....
SET down 2.24 to 1,710.89 at midday | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went down 2.24 points or 0.13% to close at 1,710.89 at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 24 billion baht, with 4.78 billion shares traded....
SET opens up 2.85 to 1,710.23 | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened up 0.17% at the start of trade this morning....
SET closes down 3.90 to 1,710.48 | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index fell 0.23%, or 3.90 points, to 1,710.48 on Tuesday....
Reviews, social media influence Thai travel plans | Phuket News
When planning trips, Thai travellers often ignore the glossy pictures of travel brochures and the carefully curated Instagram feeds of celebrities....
Google (India) unveils software for cheap smartphones | Phuket News
MUMBAI: Alphabet Inc's Google launched a stripped-down version of its Android software in India on Tuesday, as it attempts to woo millions of basic phone users in the fast-growing wireless services market....
'Two-day' Gulf summit ends within hours over Qatar | Phuket News
KUWAIT CITY: - Kuwait's emir on Tuesday quickly called an end to a planned two-day meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council within hours of its start amid the ongoing diplomatic dispute surrounding Qatar....
Thousands flee southern California fires | Phuket News
SANTA PAULA, California: Ferocious Santa Ana winds raking Southern California whipped explosive wildfires Tuesday, prompting evacuation orders for thousands of homes....
Continued airline growth, profits seen for 2018 | Phuket News
GENEVA: The global air transport industry predicts a continued upturn next year with greater profitability, propelled by positive factors including worldwide economic growth....
Nation makes merit in tribute to late King Bhumibol | Phuket News
People across the country today (Dec 5) make merits to mark the anniversary of the late King Bhumibol’s birthday. Today is also the National Father’s Day and the National Day and is a public holiday. The United Nations has declared the today the World’s Soil Day to honour the late King who had devoted to soil development and conservation. At 7am, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over a merit-making ceremony at the Royal Plaza where the premier, his cabinet ministers, members of the National Legislative Assembly,  government officials, and members of the public offered alms to 901 monks at the Royal Plaza. At Wat Rajabopidh, the Supreme Patriarch presided over a merit-making ceremony to pay tribute to the late King Bhumibol. A large crowd, most of them donned yellow clothes, turned up at Wat Bovoranives to pay respect to the late King’s ashes which have been enshrined at the...
Two Phuket municipality 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....
Falling US stocks set the stage for Asian trade | Phuket News
Markets in Australia and Japan face pressure as Wednesday trading gets going....
SET opens up 5.79 to 1,705.44 | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened up 0.34% at the start of trade this morning....
SET down 0.36 points to 1,704.97 at opening | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened down 0.02% at the start of trade this morning....
Goldpac Partners with Shanghai City Tour Card to Embark into the New Bespoke Era | Phuket News
Dec 05, 2017 Picture:  Goldpac recently announced that it had jointly launched the
Party in Pyongyang: Rallies across North Korea celebrate nuclear statehood | Phuket News
IT MIGHT have been last week that North Korea declared its nuclear statehood after successfully launching a missile that the regime claims can hit anywhere in the United States, but the celebrations haven’t ended. As the US and South Korea launched their largest-ever joint airforce drills this week in response to the announcement, the North’s state Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) has continued to release photos of mass rallies across the country. A week ago Pyongyang announced the successful launch of another Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), which landed off the coast of Japan triggering a test-launch from South Korea in response. SEE ALSO: Trump to ‘take care’ of North Korea as US launches largest ever drills with South A view of the newly developed intercontinental ballistic rocket Hwasong-15’s test was successfully launched is seen in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang November...
Asia markets fall in early trade following a mixed session on Wall Street | Phuket News
Markets in Australia, Japan and South Korea fell while the dollar moved little against a basket of currencies....
Asia markets mostly lower, RBA keeps its cash rate unchanged | Phuket News
Markets in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong tried for gains in a mixed trading session in Asia on Tuesday....
US military base in South Korea mired in corruption scandal | Phuket News
The expansion of Camp Humphreys in South Korea is one of the most extensive construction projects in the history of the US military. After its expected completion in 2020, the base, located 70 kilometers (40 miles) south of Seoul, will be the largest overseas US military installation in the world. Humphreys will eventually be home […]...
NLA approves MPs, senators bills in first reading | Phuket News
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has accepted in principle the two bills governing the election of MPs and the selection of senators....
Microchip surge warps Singapore's outlook | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: The race to build microchips to meet global demand for electronic gadgets is exaggerating Singapore's economic rebound, creating a potential headache for policymakers deciding whether to tighten monetary conditions for the first time in six years....
Frustration, Confusion as Beijing Carries out Mass Evictions | Phuket News
In the wake of a deadly fire that killed 19 people, nearly half of them children, authorities in Beijing have launched a sweeping campaign in the name of safety that has seen tens of thousands of migrant workers evicted from their residences. The purge is still going on and is taking place in scores of villages across the city, many of them far away from the location where the fire occurred. In some cases, entire blocks have been razed. In other communities, ground floor shops and restaurants have been forced to close – robbing residents of nearby places to eat and neighborhood conveniences. Untold loss, uncertainty In the wake of the fire, Beijing Communist Party Secretary Cai Qi launched a 40-day effort to rid the city of safety hazards. But what it feels like for many is an all-out assault on migrant workers – the people that help keep this...
Frustration and Confusion as Beijing Carries out Mass Evictions | Phuket News
Authorities in the Chinese capital, Beijing, have launched a sweeping campaign that is forcing tens of thousands of migrant workers out of their residences and out of the city. The government says the effort was initiated for public safety. VOA’s Bill Ide and Ye Bing recently visited some villages that have been caught up in the campaign and file this report....
Mass evictions as Beijing is spruced up | Phuket News
Some suburbs of China's capital are being torn down and residents evicted to try to gentrify the city....
Can India challenge China with new Iranian Chabahar Port? | Phuket News
On Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated a newly constructed extension to Chabahar Port, a deepwater harbor located in southeastern Iran on the Gulf of Oman. The expansion is the first phase of a series of projects organized under a 2016 transport agreement between Iran and India. Read more: Examining the implications of the Indo-Iranian Chabahar […]...
China moves to regulate "speciality towns" amid debt fears | Phuket News
BEIJING: Top Chinese central government bodies issued guidelines on Tuesday to regulate the development of
Australia's central bank keeps rates unchanged at 1.5 percent | Phuket News
The Reserve Bank of Australia released its December rate decision on Tuesday....
Philippines launches probe into dengue vaccine scare | Phuket News
French firm Sanofi has said it could worsen the potentially deadly disease in people not previously infected....
Opinion: Pope Francis shouldn’t have said ‘Rohingya’ | Phuket News
What’s in a name? A debate over meaning and interpretation is swirling around the Rohingya refugee crisis. Even before he departed for Myanmar and Bangladesh, Pope Francis was barraged with recommendations on how he should refer to the ethno-religious group widely known as “Rohingya.” But this appellation carries considerable baggage with heavy emotions on each […]...
Rohingya repatriation faces many hurdles | Phuket News
BURMA (Myanmar) and Bangladesh signed a preliminary agreement on Thursday to start the process of repatriation of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled across the border to escape violence in northern Rakhine State. In a press release, the office of Burma’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said the agreement “contained the general guiding principles and policy arrangements to systematically verify and receive the displaced persons from Rakhine State.” The statement also pressed that the situation should be handled bilaterally and avoid outside international involvement, despite Bangladesh voicing a preference for international agencies to be involved in the process. Rights groups have been quick to criticise the move, with Amnesty International calling the news “unthinkable” while Burma continues to operate a system of “state-sponsored, institutionalized discrimination that amounts to apartheid.” While the precise details of the deal are not yet known, Burma said the deal...
Myanmar, Bangladesh Sign Agreement on Rohingya Return | Phuket News
Myanmar and Bangladesh have signed an agreement for the return home of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, according to officials from both countries. Myint Kyaing, a permanent secretary with Myanmar's ministry of labor, immigration and population, is quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying,
Power of prayer | Phuket News
Hun Sen staged a ceremony at Angkor Wat in a bid to reinforce his legitimacy, says the BBC's Jonathan Head....
Olympic dream | Phuket News
Cambodia only recently got its first ice skating rink - but dreams big of the Winter Olympics....
A Vietnam War Love Affair, a Baby, and 48 Years Later, a Reunion | Phuket News
The first time Huỳnh Thị Chút set foot in the United States, she came to see Gary Wittig, the man she met in Danang during the height of the Vietnam War. The daughter that Chút had with Wittig, Nguyễn Thị Kim Nga, flew from her Nebraska home of 17 years to meet her father’s family in a suburb of Atlanta, in the southeastern U.S. state of Georgia. With a newfound cousin, Nga met her mother at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson international airport. After a drive to the suburbs, Chút reunited with Wittig, now frail and on oxygen, 48 years after they parted. The reunion was “completely amazing,” said Christine Kimmey, Wittig’s niece who joined Nga at the airport. “She (Chut) placed her hands on him and started massaging his lung, massaging his arms. They just sat there and smiled,” said Kimmey, who added she couldn’t describe the excitement and joy of the...
Risk of Volcanic Ash Cancels Some Bali Flights | Phuket News
Airlines canceled more flights leaving the Indonesian island of Bali on Saturday, citing forecasts of deteriorating flying conditions because of a risk of volcanic ash from the erupting Mount Agung volcano. A Bali airport spokesman said the airport was operating normally, but airlines such as Jetstar and Virgin Australia had opted to cancel some flights. “Bali flying conditions expected to be clear throughout the day, but forecast for tonight has deteriorated so several flights have been canceled,” Australian budget airline Jetstar said on its Twitter account Saturday. Thousands stranded The erupting volcano had closed the airport for much of this week, stranding thousands of visitors from Australia, China and other countries, before the winds changed and flights resumed.  Twenty flights were canceled Friday evening because of concerns over ash. Some airlines, including Malaysia’s AirAsia, have said they would only operate out of Bali during the day, because the ash could...
Flooding misery persists in Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat | Phuket News
Flooding persisted in many communities in two districts of Trang and Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Pak Phanang district, with some villages cut off from the outside world....
B861m to fund EEC training | Phuket News
The government has set aside 861 million baht in the fiscal 2018 budget to finance human resource development in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)....
Schedule approved for big EEC projects | Phuket News
The government is committed to starting big-ticket infrastructure projects worth over 740 billion baht next year in the much-touted Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)....
Mobile data revenue to eclipse voice | Phuket News
Revenue from mobile data will overtake voice revenue in Thailand for the first time this year, becoming the largest contributor to all three major mobile operators' top lines, influenced by the phenomenal growth of smartphone apps and personal messaging....
Spectrum key to digitisation | Phuket News
Thailand's aspirations to lead digitisation in Asean may hinge on the availability of sufficient spectrum, according to a report by the GSM Association (GSMA)....
Welfare recipients to get GSB perks | Phuket News
The state-owned Government Savings Bank (GSB) plans to offer zero-interest loans for the first year and double or triple the traditional savings rate for low-income earners....
Digital TV cries for help | Phuket News
The Association of Digital TV Operators urged the government to invoke Section 44 for the second time last week to accelerate the industry's reform and provide timely financial relief to terrestrial digital TV operators after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha dismissed their previous calls for help, including subsidising costs and waiving remaining licence fees....
Ratchanok in Hong-Kong semi-final | Phuket News
HONG KONG: Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon defeated Michelle Li of Canada on Friday to move on to the semi-finals of the US$400,000 BWF Hong Kong Open badminton tournament....
This huge Arab sovereign wealth fund is making a big bet on China with firms like Didi Chuxing | Phuket News
The Abu Dhabi-based fund has already helped to invest $700 million in the country....
Two pre-cadet school military officers transferred pending probe into student’s death | Phuket News
The Supreme Command has ordered the transfer of two military officers of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School and ordered a new probe into the death of Pakapong Tunyakan, a first-year cadet of the school. Supreme Commander Gen Thanchaiyan Srisuwan has signed an order removing Col Chatchai Duangrat, commander of the armed forces cadet regiment, and Cdr Noppasit Pienchob, commander of the armed forces cadet battalion 2, out of the school. Col Chatchai was transferred to the Royal Thai Armed Forces, while Cdr Noppasit was transferred to the Royal Thai Marine Corps. The two are replaced by Col Benjaphon Dechartwong, deputy commander of  the 21st infantry regiment, and Cdr Prasertsin Worasin respectively. The transfer of the two men was intended to pave the way for a new probe to find out the actual cause of the cadet’s death and the circumstances surrounding his death as well as the victim’s health condition....
Passa Restaurant – Maenam Beach Koh Samui | Phuket News
The Passa restaurant is a wonderful haven of tranquillity hidden off the main ring road down a dusty Soi that leads to the spreading expanse of Maenam’s glorious palm fringed beach. The beautifully conceived architecture of the dining area, comprising carefully crafted local timber mixed with gorgeous natural stone features such as the gently cascading waterfall, is quite breathtaking and an ideal environment in which to experience the highly original Fusion style cuisine that Passa has become renowned for. The concept of Fusion cuisine, dating back to the late 1970’s, is a style of cooking that combines elements of different culinary traditions inspiring a totally new take on our pre conceived ideas of how we might expect food to be prepared and presented. So many chefs and restaurants embraced this new concept without any real consideration for the respect of the principal ingredient, be it meat or fish, and more...
Pioneering Phuket sea-kayaker John Gray on his life of adventure and love of nature | Phuket News
John Gray is a giant of a man, both in reputation and personal stature. He’s affectionately known as “The Caveman” for his pioneering work in bringing the adventure sport of sea kayaking to the caves, lagoons and hongs of Phang Nga Bay....
Health care on life support | Phuket News
Thailand's universal healthcare coverage (UHC) scheme is confronting its most critical time since its introduction in 2002. For over a decade, the scheme has been praised all over the world for its achievement in providing healthcare access to over 48 million out of 66 million people, filling the gap left by the social security scheme and civil service welfare....
Weed killer residues found in popular vegetables and fruits | Phuket News
More than 60% of five “popular vegetables” sold in local markets contain excessive level of harmful chemical residues, according to a testing by Thailand Pesticide Alert Network (Thai-PAN), a non-governmental organisation working on food safety. The finding was from recent testing on 150 samples of nine vegetables and six types of fruits collected in August from nine markets in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Pathum Thani, Ratchaburi and Songkhla, three major retailers, and four supermarkets. Vegetables and fruits selected for testing are: Five popular vegetables: Khana (Chinese kale); Tua Fak Yao (long bean); Prik Dang (red chili); Bai Kaprao (basil leaves); and Kalam Pree (cabbage) Four popular local vegetables: Bai Bua Bok (pennywort); Cha-om (climbing wattle); Tam Lueng (ivy gourd); and Sai Bua (lotus stem) Six fruits: grape, papaya, banana, coconut, pineapple, and dragon fruit Thai-PAN coordinator Prokchol Ousap told a press conference on Friday (Nov 24) that 64% of the...
Australia Urged to Build Closer Ties to China As US Power Fades | Phuket News
Australia’s latest blueprint for foreign policy says that greater self-reliance is needed as the country prepares for a world in which the U.S. retreats and China becomes more powerful and unpredictable.
Pakistan Prepares for 2nd Day of Crackdown on Islamists | Phuket News
Pakistani Islamists are pressing ahead with their rally near Islamabad in even larger numbers, a day after clashes with police left six dead and dozens wounded. Meanwhile, police and paramilitary units are readying for another expected crackdown Sunday, after security forces failed to disperse the protesters when riot police moved in with tear gas and batons Saturday. Hospital officials said nearly 200 people were hurt, most of them police. Elsewhere in Pakistan, Islamists have blocked major roads in solidarity with the Islamabad demonstrators. Supporters of the small Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah party have been camped out for the last three weeks at a main intersection outside Islamabad, demanding the resignation of law minister over an omitted reference to the Prophet Muhammad in a parliamentary bill.  ...
BoI extends corridor privileges | Phuket News
The Board of Investment yesterday approved a two-year extension of investment privileges in the special promotion zones of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)....
More housing projects approved to help low-income earners | Phuket News
The Cabinet yesterday (Nov 21) gave approval to three housing projects worth 248 million baht to enable low-income earners to rent at low rates. Assistant minister to the Prime Minister’s Office Mr Kobsak Futrakul said the housing projects were submitted for cabinet’s approval by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. Under the scheme, three condominium projects will be built in Krathumban district of Samut Sakhon, Nong Hoi district of Chiang Mai and Nakhon Sawan . He said the projects will provide 494 rooms for low-income earners in the three provinces to rent at low rates. The three condominium projects are among several other projects of the ministry’s second phase scheme to help low-income earners to afford renting rooms at low rates in Bangkok and the provinces. He said qualified people are those office employees, vendors earning 16,501-24,700 baht a month in Bangkok, and earning 9,501-14,600 baht a month...
Ratchanok storms into semis | Phuket News
Ratchanok Intanon takes on Pusarla V Sindhu in the semi-finals of the BWF Hong Kong Open today....
Gen Prawit apologises to Tunyakan family for his remarks | Phuket News
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has apologised to Tunyakan family for his remarks about the controversial death of Pakapong, a first-year student of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School. Gen Prawit said on Friday (Nov 24) that he has instructed Gen Thanchaiyan Srisuwan, the Supreme Commander, to ensure justice for the family in a straightforward manner without siding with the military. Pakapong Tunyakan He said if what he said about Pakapong had offended the Tunyakan family, he would like to apologise them for doing that. In his interview to the media on Nov 22, Gen Prawit said “disciplinary punishment” in normal in the pre-cadet school.  “I have also gone through it.  I went unconscious, but did not die,” he said. In that interview, when asked how to prevent cadets from being hurt when they are “punished”, Gen Prawit replied that they should not come if they don’t want to be...
Tunyakan family: the latest to lose their loved one in military compound | Phuket News
The Tunyakan is not the only and first family who lost their loved one in a military compound. Over the past six years there are at least six men died from alleged abuses by military personels in the military barrack which is off-limits to outsiders. Before the death of Pakapong Tunyakan, a 18-year-old first-year student at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, at the school’s compound on Oct 17 from cause which is yet to be medically proven, there were six other fatalities in army barracks. According to the Online Way Magazine, the six cases are: 1.Pvt Yutthakinan Boonniam, 22  Pvt Yutthakinan was a conscript based at Vibhavadi Rangsit barrack in Surat Thani province.  He died on April 1 this year after he was locked up in the camp’s prison for skipping sentry duty.  Investigation showed that he was beaten up and tortured for two days while in detention and...
Army Pathology Institute clarifies handling of dead cadet’s internal organs | Phuket News
Director of the Army Institute of Pathology at Phramongkutklao hospital, Maj-Gen Tara Poonpracha today (Nov 23) talked with Mr Pichet and Ms Supicha Tunyakan, father and elder sister of deceased cadet, Pakapong, and answered the questions they raised about why the hospital kept the inner organs of their son for examination without notifying the family in advance. The followings are excerpts of the conservation between the two parties: Maj-Gen Tara:  I would like to express my condolence to the family and would like to apologize that I was not here to take care of the case as I was in the upcountry when the incident took place.  I would like to assure that our organization adhere to justice and righteousness. From our examination of his heart, we found out that there were nucleus changes – that is it was larger than normal – but the changes not up to the...
PM defends Gen Prawit’s controversial remarks about pre-cadet’s death | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday (Nov 23) came to the defence of Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon over the latter’s provocative remarks concerning the suspicious death of a military pre-cadet. On Wednesday, Gen Prawit told the media that it was usual in the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (Afaps) for pre-cadets to be subjected to corporal punishment or “som” when they did something wrong and he himself used to be punished until he went unconscious, but he survived the ritual. Asked by a report how to protect pre-cadets from being abused by their senior to the extent they were seriously injured, the deputy prime minister said:  “Then, they don’t have to enroll (into the school); don’t become soldiers; we only want men who are willing.” Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon: “I used to be punished, but I survive.” Gen Prawit’s comment came after family of a 18-year-old Pakapong Tanyakan,...
Pattaya beach back to normal – that means ugly beach chairs not nature, say posters | Phuket News
Sophon reported that Pattaya beach was ‘back to normal’ following the enforced banning of beach chairs and umbrellas for the boat show commemorating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN. The operators were cleared out from 17th to 21st November to make the beach look nice. But now they are back and many people wish they weren’t. On Saturday the Cable TV company had reported on Facebook showing pictures of a beautiful natural beach being enjoyed by thousands in what they described as a lovely atmosphere. Many posters agreed and the comments on Facebook were along the lines that this is how the beach should always look – with no vendors blighting the view. “Chaineverdie Tudtu” said: “”Pattaya should always look like this”. “Lom Nao” said: “They should clear up the place and have it free of vendors at all times”. Only a few like Rassame Jinrot thought there should be a...
Pattaya offers free WiFi on beach | Phuket News
CHON BURI: Pattaya city has invested 24 million baht to install a free WiFi system along the beach for the general public and tourists....
The fascinating flavours of Greece at Oasis | Phuket News
A menu of specialities from Greece is being served at Oasis, in Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, throughout November. The post The fascinating flavours of Greece at Oasis appeared first on Pattaya Daily News....
Pattaya is serious! 100,000 baht fine for smoking but no jail time mentioned | Phuket News
Sophon Cable TV reported that a meeting held at City Hall announced that the authorities fully intended to get tough with smokers who defy the beach lighting up ban. Am anti-smoking committee to organise activities related to the ban has even been set up. But while defiant smokers could face a 100,000 baht fine when the ban is enforced from February 1st no one mentioned the year in jail that was previously threatened. While signage seems to suggest that other mess on the beach will also not be tolerated – “zero waste beach” is the sound bite. The Pattaya ban will only apply to a one kilometer stretch of Jomtien known as Dongtan Beach. It will be applied to other Pattaya beaches later, said Sophon. Head of the beach smoking committee Wuthiphon Jaroenphon said that Pattaya would be getting serious with smokers who defy the ban from February 1st 2018....
Rotary Club of Koh Samui – New Project – Water 4 Life! | Phuket News
The post Rotary Club of Koh Samui – New Project – Water 4 Life! appeared first on Samui Times....
Man from the USA needs full time Thai caretaker in Koh Samui | Phuket News
An American man in Koh Samui is looking for a full time Thai female caregiver to accompany him to get around. The gentleman has memory loss but is in great physical shape, likes the beach and loves working out, vegetarian foods, walking and going to coffee shops. This is not a live in position but is on a daily basis to take care of medication, errands, appointments, banking, immigration and assisting in all aspects of life. A good command of the English language is essential. Salary is 12,000 – 15,000 a month depending on experience. Lamai area Please contact Mr David at – [email protected] The post Man from the USA needs full time Thai caretaker in Koh Samui appeared first on Samui Times....
14 killed in Sing Buri van-truck crash | Phuket News
Fourteen people, most of them are believed to be Myanmar migrant workers, were killed after their chartered passenger van crashed into the rear of a rice truck in Sing Buri early Friday (Nov 24). Sing Buri police chief Pol Col Purchase Runinam said the tragic road mishap happened at about 3am on the inbound traffic lane of the Asia Highway to Bangkok near kilometre marker 90 in Sing Buri Muang district. Initial investigation found that the van driver was taking migrant workers to Nonthaburi province. The crash sparked a fire engulfing the van with all the people inside. According to the 10-wheel rice truck driver, he parked the vehicle on the left lane and suddenly the van came and rammed at the rear and caught fire. A van driver from the same company who was following behind said all the migrant workers were taken from Tak province to work in...
84 smuggled pangolins seized in Mae Sot | Phuket News
Eighty-four pangolins, believed to have been smuggled from Myanmar, were seized in the border town of Mae Sot of Tak province on Friday (Nov 24), said Mae Sot customs chief Wanlop Wuthapanich. Mr Wanlop said the seizure was made in a joint operation of customs officials, a military unit and officials from the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department in a search of the cargo terminal by the Moei River at Ban Tha-art in Tambon Tha Sai Luat of Mae Sot district. The smugglers fled while the authorities were arriving at the cargo terminal, leaving behind the 84 pangolins, worth about 1 million baht. Mr Wanlop said this was the first time for the authorities to have seized pangolins which were smuggled from Myanmar. The pangolins have been handed over to the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department for rehabilition before being released into the wild. The post...
Huge drug cache seized in Samut Prakarn | Phuket News
Metropolitan police yesterday seized more than 10 million meth pills and arrested two traffickers in one of the city’s huge ever drug haul in many years. The street price of the drug haul is estimated at over a billion baht. The suspect was identified as Pongsakorn Phravorn, 22. A huge cache of 10.31 million Meth or speed pills worth a billion baht was seized at his rented house in Bang Phli district, Samut Prakan province. The arrest came after the officers from Metropolitan Police Division 8 received a tip-off from drug suspects who were caught earlier with one million meth pills seized. They said Pongsakorn was a major drug trafficker who supplied them with the illicit drugs. Police said the meth pills were smuggled from a neighboring country before being stored in his house before delivering to customers. Police said the drugs were mainly sold to customers in Greater Bangkok...
Weed killer residues found in popular vegetables and fruits | Phuket News
More than 60% of five “popular vegetables” sold in local markets contain excessive level of harmful chemical residues, according to a testing by Thailand Pesticide Alert Network (Thai-PAN), a non-governmental organisation working on food safety. The finding was from recent testing on 150 samples of nine vegetables and six types of fruits collected in August from nine markets in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Pathum Thani, Ratchaburi and Songkhla, three major retailers, and four supermarkets. Vegetables and fruits selected for testing are: Five popular vegetables: Khana (Chinese kale); Tua Fak Yao (long bean); Prik Dang (red chili); Bai Kaprao (basil leaves); and Kalam Pree (cabbage) Four popular local vegetables: Bai Bua Bok (pennywort); Cha-om (climbing wattle); Tam Lueng (ivy gourd); and Sai Bua (lotus stem) Six fruits: grape, papaya, banana, coconut, pineapple, and dragon fruit Thai-PAN coordinator Prokchol Ousap told a press conference on Friday (Nov 24) that 64% of the...
64% of veggies 'unsafe' due to pesticides | Phuket News
Over 60% of popular vegetables sold at shopping malls and markets are contaminated with a cocktail of pesticides farmers use to boost yields and ensure year-round sales, a food safety network warned Friday....
Australia Calls on US to Build Asia Presence | Phuket News
Australia on Thursday called on the United States to build a strong presence in Asia and bolster ties with “like-minded” partners while warning against China’s rising influence. A more insular United States would be detrimental to the liberal nature of the world’s “rules-based order,” the government said in a 115-page foreign policy white paper. “Australia believes that international challenges can only be tackled effectively when the world’s wealthiest, most innovative and most powerful country is engaged in solving them,” the government said. Roadmap to future The white paper is a guide for Australian diplomacy and provides a roadmap for advancing its interests. The election of President Donald Trump represented a step toward a more isolationist world, which could be negative for Australia’s export-dependent economy, commentators have said. Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership regional trade agreement in January, shortly after he took office. “Strong and sustained U.S. engagement in the...
Islamabad protests: Pakistan 'won't use force' to clear Islamists | Phuket News
The decision comes a day after the government asked the military to help restore order in Islamabad....
Pakistan Islamists Rally on After Deadly Clashes With Police | Phuket News
Pakistani Islamists pressed ahead with their rally near Islamabad in even larger numbers on Sunday, a day after clashes with police left six dead and dozens wounded. Angry protesters gathered on the edge of Pakistan's capital torched a car, three motorcycles and a guard post erected near the rally site Sunday. No casualties were reported.   Pakistani riot police and paramilitary troops were deployed nearby — apparently in preparation for another crackdown after security forces on Saturday failed to disperse supporters of the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah party. But by midday, there was no action by the security forces.   The demonstrators have camped out at the Faizabad intersection for the past three weeks, demanding the resignation of the country's law minister over an omitted reference to the Prophet Muhammad in a parliamentary bill. The minister, Zahid Hamid, apologized for the omission — a phrase saying that Muhammad is the last prophet...
Islamabad protests: Pakistan's army says it is ready to help | Phuket News
The military says it will help the government restore order in Islamabad after violence erupted....
Pakistan's army silent as Islamists, police clash again | Phuket News
FAIZABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Islamist party activists on Sunday clashed with Pakistani security forces for a second day outside the capital, Islamabad, burning vehicles before withdrawing to a protest camp they have occupied for more than two weeks, police said. ...
Pakistan Prepares for 2nd Day of Islamist Protests  | Phuket News
Pakistani Islamists are pressing ahead with their rally near Islamabad in even larger numbers, a day after clashes with police left six dead and dozens wounded. Meanwhile, police and paramilitary units are readying for another expected crackdown Sunday, after security forces failed to disperse the protesters when riot police moved in with tear gas and batons Saturday. Hospital officials said nearly 200 people were hurt, most of them police. Elsewhere in Pakistan, Islamists have blocked major roads in solidarity with the Islamabad demonstrators. Supporters of the small Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah party have been camped out for the last three weeks at a main intersection outside Islamabad, demanding the resignation of law minister over an omitted reference to the Prophet Muhammad in a parliamentary bill.  ...
Bali Volcano Threatens, but Island Still Safe, Officials Say | Phuket News
Some international flights to and from Bali, Indonesia, were canceled after Bali's Mount Agung volcano started to spew smoke and ash hundreds of meters into the air Saturday, officials said. It was the second time in less than a week that Mount Agung had become active, sending grey-black ash at least 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) into the sky. Though the airport remained open, thousands of people fled the island.
Bali volcano erupts again | Phuket News
JAKARTA: A volcano on the tourist island of Bali has erupted for the second time in a week but authorities said its alert level remains unchanged....
Indonesia calls Singapore's Bali travel advisory ‘excessive' | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesia said Singapore’s travel advisory to avoid parts of the vacation island of Bali following a minor eruption at Mount Agung volcano was
Bali’s Mt Agung finally erupts | Phuket News
AN ACTIVE volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali has erupted for the first time in 50 years, emitting a plume of smoke and ash reaching 700 metres into the air. Authorities have not raised the alert status and there have been no reports of flight disruptions. Mount Agung, on the eastern reaches of the island, let out the small eruption on Tuesday evening Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said on Twitter. He also urged people to remain calm, stay away from areas within a 7.5km radius of the volcano, and to follow the instructions of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry. Gunung Agung meletus mengeluarkan asap dan abu kelabu tebal dengan tekanan sedang pada 21/11/2017 pukul 17:05 WITA. Tinggi letusan maksimum 700 meter dari puncak kawah. Status Siaga (level 3). Radius 6-7,5 km dilarang ada aktivitas masyarakat. Masyarakat dihimbau tenang. pic.twitter.com/bw63qSbh2y — Sutopo...
Freed Pakistani militant Hafiz Saeed rails against India, ex-PM Sharif | Phuket News
LAHORE/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Newly freed Pakistani Islamist Hafiz Saeed, accused of masterminding a bloody 2008 assault in Mumbai, called ousted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a
Alcohol ban at national parks to be strictly enforced | Phuket News
Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation’s director-general Thanya Netithammakun yesterday warned tourists to stay alcohol-free inside national parks. “Offenders are liable to one month in jail and/or a maximum fine of Bt1,000,” he said. Thanya said he had instructed all park officials to strictly enforce the rule. “Those found drinking alcohol will also be immediately expelled from national parks,” he added. He was speaking as he received banners reading “National parks are alcohol-free zones” from the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, the Accident Prevention Network and the StopDrink Network. These banners will be installed at national parks across the country to ensure all tourists comply with the rule. Rules banning alcohol beverages at national parks were introduced in late 2010 after a fatal stabbing inside the Khao Yai National Park. A brawl between tourists started because some drunk university students hurled a bottle of liquor at the tent of...
Jail term for those found with alcohol in national parks | Phuket News
The National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department will strictly enforce its regulation prohibiting visitors from taking alcoholic drinks including beer and liquor into national parks. Those found violating this regulation will be liable to up to one month in jail and a fine of not exceeding 1,000 baht, said department director-general Thanya Netithamkul. He said the regulation will be strictly enforced after it has been found that visitors frequently quarrel and make a loud noise, causing disturbance and nuisances in the parks after consuming alcoholic drinks. “I have given this policy to department officials all over the country to strictly ban visitors from taking alcohol into national parks, according to a department regulation. Violators will be liable to up to one month in jail and a fine of not exceeding 1,000 baht. They will also be asked to leave the parks immediately,” Mr Thanya said. In preparing for the...
Booze-free zones on radar for New Year | Phuket News
Activists have called on the government to strictly observe regulations in designated alcohol-free zones during the upcoming New Year festivities, warning that entertainment venues and commercial centres could flout the rules and keep selling booze unless authorities clamp down....
India's Mallya denies 'baseless' laundering accusations | Phuket News
LONDON: Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya insisted he was innocent of money-laundering accusations Monday after the evacuation of a London court building forced him to face a swarm of journalists he had sought to avoid....
Indian Tycoon Calls Money-laundering Accusations ‘Baseless’ | Phuket News
Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya insisted Monday that he was innocent of money-laundering accusations after an evacuation of the court building during a London hearing put him the in the center of a media scrum.   The Westminster Magistrates Court session was interrupted briefly by a fire alarm, forcing Mallya outside amid the waiting media. Television crews from India pursued Mallya, while he tried to avoid them.   “The allegations are baseless, unfounded, deliberate and you will see our submissions in court,” he said.   But the media kept pursuing 61-year-old businessman and former politician, circling him on the sidewalk.   “The answer will be given to the judge - you think you are going to conduct a trial by media?” he asked.   India is seeking Mallya's extradition to answer the allegations related to the collapse of several of his businesses.   Mallya launched Kingfisher Airlines in 2005 and the...
EU, UK fail to get Brexit deal | Phuket News
BRUSSELS: The European Union and Britain ended a flurry of top-level diplomacy on Monday without a deal on the terms of divorce. But they said they were within striking distance of such an agreement that would allow the EU to broaden the talks to the topic of future relations....
UK and EU edge toward Brexit deal as Ireland is final hurdle | Phuket News
BRUSSELS: UK and the European Union negotiators reached an outline deal on the Brexit divorce bill, clearing an obstacle to talks, and Ireland’s European commissioner predicted that a breakthrough on the sensitive Irish border issue could soon follow....
Hunt for abandoned Cambodian loggers | Phuket News
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Police were hunting for about 60 Cambodians believed to be hiding in a national park after 39 others were caught....
Hunt for abandoned Cambodian loggers in Thap Lan | Phuket News
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Police were hunting for about 60 Cambodians believed to be hiding in a national park after 39 others were caught....
Maxim Rubtsov – The man with the golden flute | Phuket News
“Miraculous”, “superb”, and “absolutely impeccable”. These were the words that the English-language media used when Russian flautist Maxim Rubtsov debuted to discerning US classical music audiences in the early 2000s. But it was not just his superb talent and mastery of technical skills that allowed him capture the hearts of his audiences....
Music extravaganza set to rock all night with all your favourite movie songs | Phuket News
The Boat That Rocked is a live music extravaganza set to be delivered by some of the best veteran and up-and-coming musicians and entertainers in Phuket....
‘Metalhead’ Jokowi gets perfect gift from visiting Danish PM | Phuket News
IT’s no secret Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is a big fan of heavy metal music, and an official visit from a counterpart left him grinning from ear to ear when he received a box-set of Metallica’s seminal record Master of Puppets at the Bogor palace on Tuesday afternoon. According to the Jakarta Post, Jokowi was attending a bilateral meeting with visiting Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen who handed him the gift. “Prime Minister Rasmussen understands my favourite [music],” Jokowi, who was surprised by the unusual souvenir, said. SEE ALSO: Indonesian President Jokowi gets stuck in traffic, walks instead  Jokowi, who gave a wide smile, received the box set which contained the original eight tracks of the band’s classics such as Disposable Heroes, The Things That Should Not Be and the title track, as well as unreleased demos, mixes and live recordings, according to the Jakarta Post. This is way cool…...
Metallica box set gift leaves Indonesia’s Jokowi grinning | Phuket News
IT’s no secret that Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is a big fan of heavy metal music, and an official visit from a counterpart left him grinning from ear to ear when he received a box-set of Metallica’s seminal record Master of Puppets at the Bogor palace on Tuesday afternoon. According to the Jakarta Post, Jokowi was attending a bilateral meeting with visiting Denmark Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen who handed him the gift. “Prime Minister Rasmussen understands my favourite [music],” Jokowi, who was surprised by the unusual souvenir, said. SEE ALSO: Indonesian President Jokowi gets stuck in traffic, walks instead  Jokowi, who gave a wide smile, received the box set which contained the original eight tracks of the band’s classics such as “Disposable Heroes,” “The Things That Should Not Be” and the title track, as well as unreleased demos, mixes and live recordings, according to the Jakarta Post. This is...
Escape to KOKO on beautiful Coconut Island | Phuket News
It was Friday afternoon and my nerves were a-jangle from the raging tumult of Phuket’s traffic. The week had brought me a heady cocktail of jet-lag, readjustment to Phuket’s relentless heat, and I was sorely in need of an antidote....
Asia to open cautiously following a mixed session on Wall Street | Phuket News
Australia and Japan were pegged to open slightly lower while the dollar moved little against a basket of currencies....
Asia trades mixed, but Dow futures spike more than 220 points after Senate passes tax plan | Phuket News
Asia markets traded mixed on Monday, following a decline in U.S. stocks in the Friday session....
Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar Back Away From Chinese Projects | Phuket News
In the short space of just a few weeks, Pakistan, Nepal and Myanmar have canceled or sidelined three major hydroelectricity projects planned by Chinese companies. The rejection of the three projects, worth nearly $20 billion, comes as a serious jolt to China’s ambitious trade-linking project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Pakistan cited tough financing terms imposed by China as its reason for canceling the $14 billion Diamer-Bhasha Dam project. Nepal’s deputy Prime Minister recently announced a decision to scrap a $2.5 billion contract for a hydroelectricity project, accusing the Chinese company of financial irregularities. And Myanmar, which halted a $3.6 billion Chinese-backed dam three years ago, declared last month that it no longer is interested in big hydro-electric power projects. The decisions by China’s neighbors could mean a serious loss of image for BRI, which involves plans to build infrastructure across the globe, including in developed countries like the...
Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar Cancel Chinese Projects, Jolting Belt and Road Plan | Phuket News
In the short space of just a few weeks, Pakistan, Nepal and Myanmar have confirmed the cancellation three major hydroelectricity projects planned by Chinese companies. The rejection of the three projects, worth nearly $20 billion, comes as a serious jolt to China’s ambitious trade-linking project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).  Pakistan cited tough financing terms imposed by China as its reason for canceling the $14 billion Diamer-Bhasha Dam project. Nepal’s deputy Prime Minister recently announced a decision to scrap a $2.5 billion contract for a hydroelectricity project, accusing the Chinese company of financial irregularities. And Myanmar, which halted a $3.6 billion Chinese-backed dam three years ago, confirmed last month that it no longer is interested in big hydro-electric power projects. The decisions by China’s neighbors could mean a serious loss of image for BRI, which involves plans to build infrastructure across the globe, including in developed countries like the...
Areas for growing of “bua tong” should not be expanded: ONEP | Phuket News
Areas where “bua tong” or Mexican sunflower plant have existed should not be further expanded as it is a kind of weed on the list of invasive alien species in Thailand, said Raviwan Puridet, secretary-general of the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP). Mrs Raviwan said this in responding to a call from Assoc Prof Sasivimon Swangpol, of the Department of Plant Science, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, for all concerned agencies to work out measures to prevent the spread of “bua tong” , of which scientific name is Tithonia diversifolia (Hemsley) A. Gray, or commonly called “tree marigold” and Mexican sunflower. The call was made out of concerns for the eco-system. Mrs Raviwan said ONEP has sent teams of officials from the bio-diversity office to meet local agencies and farmers in areas where “bua tong” has been planted to promote understanding about ecological impact of...
Mattis Says Won’t ‘Prod’ Pakistan During Visit | Phuket News
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he does not plan to “prod” Pakistan, but expects it adhere to its promises to combat terrorism, as he embarks on his first visit to Islamabad as Pentagon chief. Speaking aboard a military plane, Mattis said he does not expect to butt heads during his Monday meetings with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa. “That’s not the way I deal with issues,” Mattis said. “I believe that we [can] work hard on finding common ground and then we work together.” In October, Mattis warned the United States is willing to work “one more time” with Pakistan before taking “whatever steps are necessary” to address its alleged support for militants. But on Sunday, Mattis said he is focused on trying to find “more common ground ... by listening to one another without being combative.” The United States has for...
Report: North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile | Phuket News
South Korea's Yonhap news agency is reporting that North Korea has fired a ballistic missile. Details are still coming in. The reports come as the U.S. and South Korea are preparing a five-day joint exercise called “Vigilant Ace” from December 4-8 with thousands of military personnel and more than 230 aircraft, including six F-22 Raptor fighter jets deployed to South Korea for the first time. Pyongyang routinely condemns such military drills using belligerent language and military threats.  ...
Red Line for North Korea Questioned Amid Massive War Games | Phuket News
As the United States and South Korean air forces on Monday launched their largest ever joint drills, questions are being raised whether North Korea’s missile test has shown it has already crossed what Seoul deems a “red line” – having a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile –and what can be done about it. The five-day annual Vigilant ACE military exercises this year involve more than 230 warplanes and 12,000 U.S. military personnel joining with South Korean troops. While such large-scale joint exercises are routine, and scheduled well in advance, the drills begin less than a week after Pyongyang successfully launched its most advanced ICBM and declared itself a nuclear weapons power, a status the U.S. has called unacceptable. South Korea’s air force says the drills will include simulated attacks on mock North Korean nuclear and missile targets. Red line North Korea’s test of the Hwasong-15 missile last week showed ruler Kim...
Stealth jets join biggest-ever US, South Korean war games | Phuket News
SEOUL: Hundreds of aircraft, including two dozen stealth jets, began training Monday as the United States and South Korea launched their biggest-ever combined air force exercise....
South Korea boat collision leaves 13 dead | Phuket News
A fishing boat overturns after colliding with a 336-tonne tanker off the South Korean coast....
13 dead after fishing boat capsizes off S. Korean coast | Phuket News
Thirteen people were killed and two are missing after a fishing boat with 22 people aboard collided with a tanker and capsized off the west coast of South Korea on Sunday, local media quoted the coast guard as reporting....
PM assigns Agriculture Ministry to tackle rubber price issue | Phuket News
The Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives has been assigned to resolve rubber prices and related problems as a whole with emphasis on taking care of rubber planters, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over the weekend. He explained that issues to be considered by the ministry include zoning of rubber planting areas, shifting of old rubber trees to other crops, grouping of rubber planters, rubber processing and delay in the sale of rubber latex. He disclosed that the ministry would call a meeting this week with representatives of rubber planters nationwide in a bid to find solutions to all the pertinent problems. The prime minister maintained that his government had not ignored rubber planters’ plight and had held talks with the two other major rubber-producing countries namely Indonesia and Malaysia through the International Tri-partite Rubber Council (ITRC) on rubber-related problems, particularly rubber prices. He noted that it would take time...
Mizuno names Chanathip “Brand Ambassador 2018” | Phuket News
Mizuno Corporation, a Japanese giant sports equipment and sportswear based in Osaka, today (Dec 1) signed deal with Thai football idol Chanathip Songkrasin or “Messi Jay” to be its brand ambassador for 2018. The deal wss signed in Singapore, according to a statement released on Mizuno Facebook. Chanathip will start wearing Mizuno outfits and footwears next year under its Brand Ambassador 2018 programme. But he will appear for the first time wearing Mizuno soccer shoes in the last J-League match tomorrow (Dec 2) when Consadole Sapporo will play Sagan Tosu. “We are excited to welcome Chanathip to our family” said president of Mizuno Singapore  Kiyoshi Tatani after the deal. He praised the Thai international for his strong determination to be a winner in the  game and enthusiasm to achieve both inside and outside the pitch. “This makes Chanathip a new valuable member of the Mizuno family,” he said. Chanatip said...
Consadole Sapporo wants to sign permanent deal with Chanathip | Phuket News
Japan’s J-League Consadole Sapporo football club wants Thailand’s 24-year-old midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin to remain in the team on a long-term contract.  The Thai has played significant role in helping the team to remain in the J1  football league in this season’s tournament, said Consadole Sapporo coach Shuhei Yomoda. Chanathip, called by his Thai fans as “Messi Jay”, from SCG Muang Thong United now plays with Hokkaido-based Consadole Sapporo club on a one and a half year loan contract. Yomoda reportedly admired Chanathip’s impressive performances in several games as well as his skills and talent which had helped the club to survive the demotion in this football season. The coach said he would like Chanathip to remain with the club on permanent contract. The Thai football star has now become the centre of interest from several J-League clubs, but the executive board of Consadole Sapporo wanted him to stay with the...
Airbus pitching A350 plane for Sydney-London non-stop flights | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: Airbus SE's talks with Qantas Airways about a plane that can fly 20 hours non-stop from Sydney to London are centred around the A350-900ULR rather than reviving a shorter A350 variant, an executive at the manufacturer said on Thursday....
Auction of an Airbus put on hold due to no buyers | Phuket News
The Legal Execution Department has put on hold the public auction of an Airbus plane scheduled on December 20 after five unsuccessful auctions which failed to attract a buyer. The 5 th auction which was staged today (Wednesday) at Don Meuang airport attracted a small number of interested individuals, including a handful of prospectus bidders and representatives of creditors. Mr Sarun Panyadilok, director of the Civil Litigation Office of Bangkok was on hand to supervise the auction. The bidding price started at 21 million baht, representing 70 percent of the original bidding price. Even so, no bid was offered by any of the prospectus bidders present, prompting the Legal Execution Department to scrap the 6th bid scheduled on December 20. The department chief, Ms Ruenvadee Suwanmongkol, said that, for the next step,the department would call a meeting of creditors for a discussion whether the starting bidding price should be reduced...
Open door policy is needed for foreign universities in Thailand | Phuket News
Although Thailand is home to over 160 universities and colleges, the rankings of our universities consistently fail to impress and lag behind our neighbors like Singapore and even Malaysia. The Shanghai Ranking Consultancy’s 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities, which prioritises research, can only list one Thai university among its top 500 institutions, whereas Singapore has two in the top 200 and Malaysia has two in the top 500. Meanwhile, the latest QS World University Rankings, which emphasises more on students’ educational experience, can only list two Thai universities in the top 400 while Singapore has two in the top 20 and Malaysia has five in the top 300. While these rankings may contain flaws and biases, the results are still worrying on many levels. Thai universities on average clearly under-perform not only in instructional quality but also in the depth and breadth of research produced. This unsurprisingly has led...
Hujiang EdTech Joins The 2017 World Internet Conference to Promote Educational Equality and Innovation Across the Globe | Phuket News
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China closes school 'teaching women to be obedient' | Phuket News
The institute told women not to fight when beaten, to be subordinate to men and never divorce....
Bitcoin tops $10,000 amid 'asset bubble' warnings | Phuket News
NEW YORK: Bitcoin surpassed US$10,000 for the first time, bringing this year’s price surge to more than 10-fold even as warnings multiply that the largest digital currency is an asset bubble....
Vietnam court upholds blogger's 10-yr jail term | Phuket News
HANOI: A court in Vietnam on Thursday upheld a 10-year jail sentence for a prominent blogger convicted of publishing propaganda against the state, her lawyer said, the latest move in a crackdown on critics of the one-party state....
Where is China’s cutting-edge culture heading? | Phuket News
Visitors to the Chinese city of Shenzhen looking for evidence of cultural innovation are often bemused by the city’s overt showcasing of the artificial — a full-scale replica of the Swiss ski resort Interlaken, a miniature Eiffel Tower in a theme park called Window on the World and Van Gogh copies for sale at the Dafen Oli Painting Village. Once a place where locals apologised about rampant copy culture, Shenzhen is now a hub of innovation and the centrepiece of the strategy to modernise the economy as laid out in China’s 13th Five Year Plan. In March 2015, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced the slogan ‘mass entrepreneurship, mass innovation’, signalling the launch of the nation’s Internet Plus blueprint by which Chinese people would embrace the digital era. Premier Li’s announcement took place at Chaihuo — translated literally as ‘firewood’ — which is a popular Shenzhen ‘maker space’. The city now...
Local Ethnic Customs Complicate Recovery for War-Torn Philippine City | Phuket News
A southern Philippine ethnic group’s unique clan structure, historic dependence on local trade, and chilling family feuds are setting back efforts toward quick recovery for a city demolished this year by war. The war between government troops and the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group insurgency in Marawi ended in October after razing much of that city, allowing the central government to plan for reconstruction through at least 2019. Some practices of the local Maranao people, many living outside the city now as refugees, are expected to complicate the resettlement effort that already faces sticky land-rights issues. “That there are cultural practices and traditional authority structures that are very, very strong, the fact that this is a contested area with a lot of informal settlers as well, these are the things that would have to be taken into account and provide some complications to the whole process,” said Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, a political...
Rohingya Repatriation Raising Alarms for Rights Monitors | Phuket News
As plans to repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar moves forward, rights groups and NGOs are raising alarms about security for those returning to the country which they had recently fled to escape violence. Steve Sandford speaks to human rights and migrant experts about the future that more than 600,000 refugees will be facing....
Asian shares to look for direction after mixed US session | Phuket News
U.S. stocks closed narrowly mixed ahead of Asia's Tuesday trading day....
HM the King opens late King Bhumibol-initiated reservoir | Phuket News
His Majesty the King has presided over a ceremony to officially open a royal project initiated by the late King Bhumibol in Prachin Buri....
PM donates money, thanks Toon for doing good deeds for the country | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha made personal donations to Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai’s charity run project and thanked him for doing good deed for the country as the rocker called on the PM at the Government House Monday morning (Dec 4). Gen Prayut also expressed concerns over Toon’s health condition and asked the medical team to take good care of him. After a 15-minute meeting Toon disclosed that the prime minister has blessed him and his team success in the charity run. “It is a great honour for me, my family and my team [for having the opportunity to meet the prime minister],” Toon wrote on his Instagram. At the Government House, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee Meechai Ruchuphan and officials also showed up to welcome the rock star. Donations raised from government officials was given to Toon by Mr Meechai. Toon posted on his twitter...
King formally opens Naruebodindrachinta reservoir in Prachin Buri | Phuket News
His Majesty the King on Sunday (Dec 3) presided over the official opening of  Naruebodindrachinta reservoir in Nadee district of Prachin Buri province. On the same occasion, the people of Prachin Buri joined HM the King in releasing one million fish fries of many species into the reservoir. The reservoir which is also known as Huay Samong dam is a Royally-sponsored project which was initiated by the late HM King Bhumibol Aduldej in 1978 to harness Phra Prong and Huay Samong which are tributaries of Prachin Buri river in order to provide year-round water supply for agricultural and consumption for people in Prachin Buri province. In 2009, the cabinet then approved the project and construction began the following year. The project was completed this year. The Huay Samong dam is an earthen dam. It stands 32 metres and 75 centimetres tall, nine metres wide at its top and 3,967 metres...
PM admires Toon and his team for their contribution to the country | Phuket News
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Dec 4) admired Artiwara Kongmalai and his team for the 2,191-km charity run saying what they are doing is a great benefit to the country. He said anything done without goal, and determination could never achieve. But what Mr Artiwara and his team have done has proved a good team work, Gen Prayut said. They have systematic planning, consultation, discussion which reflect the current working condition that needs team work spirit from all sectors in order to achieve, he said. He inquired the physical fitness of Toon and told his doctors to take care of him and advised him to rest if he feel pains from running, particularly people taking selfies with Toon while running which might cause accident. The prime minister later handed over his donation in a sealed envelope to the rocker. Toon thanked the prime minister after his advice saying what...
Toon meets Prayut, to rest one more day | Phuket News
Charity runner Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai on Monday met Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who worried about Toon’s health and hoped he could complete his 2,191-kilometre hospital fund-raiser....
Cyclone Lashes India, Forcing Thousands to Flee | Phuket News
Cyclone Ockhi barreled into the Lakshwadeep islands in southwestern India on Saturday after drenching the neighboring states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, claiming so far an estimated 14 lives with many fishermen still feared trapped at sea. Authorities including the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), India's Coast Guard and Navy have rescued about 223 fishermen and evacuated thousands of people from cyclone hit areas, officials said, as they continued their operations Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, assuring him of support operations including necessary funds, according to local media. Ockhi is expected to travel north toward Mumbai and Gujarat in the next 48 hours, according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Director S. Sudevan in Trivandrum, though it is likely to lose intensity. “The intensity of the wind may come down and the cyclone could change into depression,” Sudevan said adding fishermen have...
Cyclone Ockhi: Dozens of fishermen missing in Indian storm | Phuket News
India's coast guard says more than 100 fishermen went missing and 71 have been rescued so far....
Tropical cyclone kills 19 in Indonesia, new one brewing | Phuket News
A tropical cyclone churning off the southern coast of Indonesia's main island of Java has triggered landslides, floods and tornadoes, leaving at least 19 people dead, an official said Wednesday....
Tropical storm kills at least seven in Sri Lanka | Phuket News
COLOMBO (Reuters) - A tropical storm has killed at least seven people and left five fishermen missing in Sri Lanka, bringing down trees across main roads and on houses, officials said on Thursday, warning of landslides and flooding in severely hit areas. ...
Pakistan Calls In Army to Handle Islamist Protesters in Capital | Phuket News
Pakistan’s government has called in the army to deal with thousands of protesters in the capital, Islamabad after a security crackdown led to violent clashes. More than 100 security personnel and several dozen protesters have been injured, according to local hospital sources. The operation started about 7 a.m. local time Saturday after the protesters were given a deadline to peacefully disperse and they ignored it. Several Islamist groups had been carrying out a sit-in for the past 20 days demanding that the federal law minister resign after a minor amendment in an electoral oath, which the protesters insisted undermined their religious beliefs. The government said the amendment was a clerical error and had been reversed. The sit-in has paralyzed life in the capital city, and at least two people, including a child, have died over the last three weeks when their ambulances could not reach hospitals in time. The protesters...
Pakistan army called on to stop 'blasphemy' clashes in Islamabad | Phuket News
Security forces came under a hail of rocks from Islamist protesters calling for the law minister's sacking....
Pakistan government calls in army after police, Islamists clash | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's government on Saturday called on the army to help clear a sit-in by Islamist hard-liners blockading the capital after police clashed with activists and religious protests spread to other cities. ...
Missing American Military Personnel Identified After Plane Crash | Phuket News
The three American sailors who missing since their plane crashed into the Philippine Sea were identified by the U.S. Navy on Saturday as Lt. Steven Combs, Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Matthew Chialastri, and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso. The Navy said Thursday that eight U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships, three helicopter squadrons and maritime patrol aircraft had covered nearly 1,000 square nautical miles in the two-day search for the missing sailors. On Thursday, search and rescue efforts were halted for the three sailors, who were lost at sea Wednesday when a U.S. Navy transport plane crashed into the western Pacific Ocean. “Our thoughts and prayers are with our lost shipmates and their families,” said Rear Admiral Marc Dalton, commander, Task Force 70. “As difficult as this is, we are thankful for the rapid and effective response that led to the rescue of eight of our shipmates,...
Search Continues for Missing Sailors After US Navy Plane Crashes in Western Pacific | Phuket News
Search and rescue operations continued Thursday for three sailors still missing after a U.S. Navy transport plane crashed Wednesday into the western Pacific Ocean. The Navy said the twin-propeller C2-A Greyhound aircraft plummeted into the sea about 925 kilometers (575 miles) southeast of Okinawa while it was on a routine mission taking passengers and cargo from a U.S. base in Japan to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. It said eight of the 11 people aboard were rescued about 40 minutes later and taken to the Reagan where they were reported in good condition. The Navy said several U.S. and Japanese naval ships and aircraft have, so far, covered more than 320 nautical miles in their search for the missing. There was no immediate explanation for the crash, and the Navy said the incident is being investigated. Military exercises U.S. President Donald Trump, at his oceanfront Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida for the Thanksgiving weekend...
Ships, aircraft search Philippine Sea for 3 missing in crash | Phuket News
TOKYO: US and Japanese ships and aircraft were searching in the Philippine Sea on Thursday for three sailors missing since a US Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier....
US Navy plane crashes off Japan, 8 rescued | Phuket News
TOKYO: - Eight people were rescued and three remained missing after a US Navy plane crashed into the western Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, the Navy said....
Newly freed Pakistani Islamist Hafiz Saeed calls ex-PM Nawaz Sharif a 'traitor' | Phuket News
LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A newly freed Pakistani Islamist accused of masterminding a bloody 2008 assault in the Indian city of Mumbai called on Friday ousted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a
Pakistani Government Calls in Army to Help Disperse Islamist Protesters | Phuket News
Pakistan’s government on Saturday called on the military to help police break up a sit-in by religious hardliners who have blocked the main routes into Islamabad for more than two weeks, state television reported. “Army called in to control law and situation in capital,” official Pakistan TV reported, citing an Interior Ministry notification. Pakistani police fought running battles on Saturday with stone-throwing activists of the ultra-religious Tehreek-e-Labaik party but failed to dislodge the activist who are blocking roads into Islamabad. By nightfall new demonstrators had joined the camp as protests spread to other main cities with activists brandishing sticks and attacking cars in some areas....
Hafiz Saeed: US seeks re-arrest of Pakistan $10m bounty cleric | Phuket News
Hafiz Saeed, accused over the 2008 Mumbai attacks in India, has been released by a Pakistani court....
Japan to recruit Cambodians as elderly carers | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: The Japanese government will soon begin recruiting the first Cambodian trainees to care for elderly people in Japan....
Thai government condemns terror attack in Egypt | Phuket News
No Thai people were hurt in a terror attack in Egypt on Friday (Nov 24) in which at least 235 people were killed and 109 others injured, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Busadee Santipitaks said. Ms Busadee said the Thai government has issued a statement to condemn the attack in which gunmen fired on people fleeing after explosions occurred at the Al-Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed province in northern Sinai, killing at least 235 people and injuring 109 others. The spokeswoman said Thailand condemns all forms of terrorist attacks and violence incidents. The Thai government today (Nov 25) issued a statement on the Egyptian Mosque attack. “The Royal Thai Government joins international community in condemning the attack as well as act of terrorism and violence in all forms. The Royal Thai Government also wishes to extend its deepest condolences and sympathy to the Government and people of the Arab Republic of Egypt...
US sends photos of 69 ancient artifacts to Thailand for verification | Phuket News
The US Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) has sent to Thailand photos of 69 ancient artifacts for examinations and verification  as it suspected they were illegally brought into the US. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the HSI has sent photos of 69 artifacts to the Thai Consulate in Los Angeles earlier this month and requested the Thai authorities  to examine and verify if they were from Thailand. The ministry did not give details about the 69 items and the locations where these artifacts were found or displayed. The ministry is now forwarding photos of the artifacts to relevant agencies to examine and verify. In a related development, a committee in charge of seeking the return of ancient artifacts agreed at a meeting on Nov 20 to speed up the retrieving of ancient objects from the United States. The artifacts include two ancient lintels from Prasat Nong Hong in...
More Thais arrested for smuggling drugs into Japan | Phuket News
The Thai embassy in Tokyo has issued a warning after learning that a large number of Thai travellers have been caught smuggling drugs into Japan via various airports since 2014. The warning was posted on the embassy’s Facebook page this week. The posting said the embassy has been informed by Japanese police that during the past weeks Thai people had been arrested on charges of drug smuggling nearly everyday.  Sometimes, many were caught in just one day. According to the Japanese police, the number and frequency of the arrests have risen to an alarming level.  Those arrests are of all sexes and ages.  Some are duped into smuggling drugs.  Some do it intentionally on being asked by friends, girlfriends and boyfriends or hired by drug smuggling gangs. The Thai embassy said in its posting that drug smugglers have exploited the 15-day visa exemption for short-stay tourists. Since early 2014,...
Thai Toyotas exported to Japan | Phuket News
Toyota Motor Thailand (TMT) has exported its pickup Hilux Revo to Japan for the first time since the Aichi-based Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) phased out its pickup truck manufacturing in Japan and moved to Thailand in 2002....
All About Buddhism: Fad diets don’t work, fight obesity with Thai food karma | Phuket News
It seems that new-fangled diets are everywhere to be found in Thailand these days....
11 dead in hotel fire in Georgia's Black Sea resort | Phuket News
TBILISI: A fire at a luxury hotel in the Georgian Black Sea resort city of Batumi left 11 people dead and 21 others hurt, officials said Saturday....
US Asks Pakistan to Arrest Freed Cleric, Charge Him with Terrorism | Phuket News
The United States has called on Pakistan to arrest and charge an Islamist cleric accused of masterminding the 2008 attacks on India's financial capital. Pakistani authorities acting on a court order Friday freed Hafiz Saeed from nearly 11 months of house arrest in the eastern city of Lahore. The detention had stemmed from the terrorism allegations against the firebrand cleric. Washington has been offering a $10 million reward since 2012 for information leading to Saeed's arrest and conviction. A judicial panel hearing the cleric's appeal against his
US Navy Calls Off Search for Missing Sailors | Phuket News
The U.S. Navy has halted its search and rescue efforts for three sailors who were lost at sea Wednesday when a U.S. Navy transport plane crashed into the western Pacific Ocean. The Navy said Thursday that eight U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships, three helicopter squadrons and maritime patrol aircraft had covered nearly 1,000 square nautical miles in the two-day search for the missing sailors. “Our thoughts and prayers are with our lost shipmates and their families,” said Rear Admiral Marc Dalton, commander, Task Force 70. “As difficult as this is, we are thankful for the rapid and effective response that led to the rescue of eight of our shipmates, and I appreciate the professionalism and dedication shown by all who participated in the search efforts.” ​Routine mission The Navy said the twin-propeller C2-A Greyhound aircraft plummeted into the sea about 925 kilometers southeast of Okinawa while it...
IS mosque attack kills 235 in Egypt | Phuket News
EL-ARISH, Egypt: Militants believed to be Islamic State loyalistgs attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula....
Egyptian forces go after mosque attackers | Phuket News
CAIRO: Egypt's military said on Saturday that it had carried out air strikes and raids overnight against the militants it held responsible for killing more than 300 worshippers at a mosque in North Sinai....
IS mosque attack kills 235 in Egype | Phuket News
EL-ARISH, Egypt: Militants believed to be Islamic State loyalistgs attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula....
155 dead in Egypt mosque attack | Phuket News
CAIRO: Islamist militants sprayed gunfire and exploded bombs at a crowded Sufi mosque near Egypt’s Sinai coast on Friday, killing at least 155 people and wounding dozens more, state news media said....
Southern provinces warned of heavy rains, flash floods | Phuket News
The Meteorological Department on Friday warned residents of 12 southern provinces to brace themselves for heavy rains and possible flash flooding from Friday to Tuesday. The department said a strong northeast monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand and the South would unleash heavy rains and strong winds in Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun. The warning said strong winds with waves 2-3 metres high are likely in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. All ships should proceed with caution, and small boats along the Gulf of Thailand should be kept ashore. People should also be cautious of inshore waves, the department added. The Nation  The post Southern provinces warned of heavy rains, flash floods appeared first on Samui Times....
Phetburi flooding remains critical, motorists advised to use alternative routes | Phuket News
Flooding in Phetchaburi province remains critical as the Phetchaburi river continues to overflow banks and submerge almost the entire municipal areas today (Nov 24). Sections of the Phetkasem highway passing the town to other southern destinations are also flooded. Phetkasem, a main highway to the southern region remained flooded and impassable for small vehicles, particularly on the inbound traffic lanes to Bangkok. Vehicles were stranded on the highway for several kilometres long  from Tesco Lotus super centre in the municipal area to Ban Lard. Flood levels on the flooded highway from KM157+000 – KM162+000 are 40-60 centimetres, impassable for small vehicles. Highway police have advised motorists to two alternative routes instead for inbound  traffic to Bangkok and outbound traffic from Bangkok to the South. For inbound traffic from the South to Bangkok, two routes are advised to avoid the flooded Phetkasem Highway in Phetburi. Route 1-  Use Highway 3187 (Tha...
Heavy rains in the South and dropping temperatures in other parts expected from today | Phuket News
The Meteorological Department today warned people in the South from Surat Thani to Narathiwat provinces of heavy rains and strong winds from today and told them to brace for possible flash floods. Other parts of the country, including, Bangkok, will expect dropping temperatures from 2-6 degrees Celsius. In the latest announcement issued, it said northeasterly monsoon which is blowing pass the Gulf of Thailand and the South has been strengthened. This will result in increased heavy to very heavy rains in the South during November 23-28 particularly in Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, and Satun. It told people living in these provinces to get ready for surface runoff and flash flood. For the areas in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, it said high waves of 2-3 metres are expected, and advised fishermen to take caution in sailing to high...
Tropical depression Kirogi wreaks havoc in Hua Hin and Cha-am  | Phuket News
Overnight rain caused by tropical depression “Kirogi” has wreaked havoc in seaside districts of Cha-am and Hau Hin as roads were flooded leading to traffic snarls in many areas.(Nov 21). The storm, which has declined to a low-pressure cell, brought heavy rain in Hua Hin of Prachuap Khiri Khan and Cha-am of Phetchaburi since yesterday and until Tuesday morning, submerging several roads in both  towns, and forcing several schools to close due to high flood levels. The heavy downpour forced local authorities to mobilise heavy machines and water pumps to drain flood water from business and residential areas of the town. The Phetkasem highway which passes through the districts is under almost 20 centimetres of flood water. Hua Hin deputy mayor Jirawat Phramanee said authorities were hastily draining water from the areas which faced repeated flooding, particularly Soi 102, to the sea. He said the flood levels did not recede much as...
Hua Hin floods recede, southern train line reopens | Phuket News
Workers have drained water from Hua Hin after a downpour flooded the resort town and temporarily blocked roads and the southern railway....
Cold spell to return this week to NE, northern and upper central regions | Phuket News
Cold weather is expected to return to the northeastern northern and the upper central regions this week as the mercury is like to drop 2-4 degrees Celsius as the result of the cold spell from China. The Thai Meteorological Department reported Sunday afternoon that a strong high pressure front from China has already covered the northern part of Vietnam and is expected to move westward to cover Thailand’s North and the South China Sea Sunday evening before it spreads to cover the northern and upper central regions. The influence from the cold spell will initially cause rain storm and then the weather will turn cold with the mercury expected to drop 2-4 degrees Celsius with strong wind. Fishermen and boatmen are advised to exercise caution if they venture out to sea in the Gulf and Andaman Sea due to rough sea and high waves. Meanwhile, the Weatherman reported that Tropical Depression...
‘Many’ Thais getting caught smuggling drugs into Japan | Phuket News
The Royal Thai Embassy in Tokyo has said “many” Thais have been arrested trying to smuggle illicit drugs into Japan, taking advantage of its agreement to waive visas for Thais visiting for less than 15 days. Anyone caught taking illegal drugs into Japan faces at least 10 years in jail and a 3-million-yen (Bt876,000) fine, the embassy said in a public notice. It said “many” Thai nationals had been arrested at Japanese airports since early 2014 after drugs were found in their luggage or hidden on their persons. The embassy said most of the Thais arrested were women ages 20-35 who’d been hired to transport the drugs by “African people” living in Thailand. The embassy warned Thai travellers not to be fooled into transporting any items on behalf of other people because the items might conceal drugs. “Dozens” of Thais were being tried in Japan over drugs being concealed inside...
Face-lifted Phuket airport domestic terminal to welcome first flights on Nov 28 | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Director of Phuket International Airport Mr Petch Chancharoen yesterday (Nov 23) gave media a tour of the first section of Phuket Airport’s newly refurbished domestic terminal yesterday (Nov 23) ahead of it welcoming its first flights at 6am on Nov 28....
‘Keep Phuket Clean’ campaign continues in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: Hundreds of officials, volunteers and local resident joined ‘Keep Phuket Clean by our Hands and Hearts’ campaigns in Kathu and Phuket City today (Nov 24)....
Phuket second-hand shops ‘asked’ to become legal | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Vice Governor Snith Sriwihok yesterday (Nov 23) led a meeting of hundreds of second-hand shop owners and operators across the island to discuss about them becoming legally registered....
Castro Meets N. Korea Minister Amid Hope Cuba Can Defuse Tensions | Phuket News
Cuban President Raul Castro met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Friday amid hopes the communist-run island might be able to persuade its Asian ally to avert a showdown with the United States. North Korea is facing unprecedented pressure from the United States and the international community to cease its nuclear weapons and missile programs. Cuba has maintained close diplomatic ties with North Korea since 1960, but is opposed to nuclear weapons.
Cuba, North Korea Reject 'Unilateral and Arbitrary' US Demands | Phuket News
Cuba said its foreign minister met with his North Korean counterpart in Havana on Wednesday and both rejected the United States'
U.S. calls on Pakistan to arrest recently freed Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A U.S. official on Friday said Washington is
85 dead in Egypt mosque attack | Phuket News
CAIRO: At least 85 people have been killed in a bombing and shooting attack on a mosque in the volatile northern Sinai Peninsula of Egypt, in what appeared to be the latest attack by the area's local Islamic State affiliate....
Teenage suicide bomber kills 50 in Nigeria mosque | Phuket News
LAGOS: A teenage suicide bomber attacked worshippers as they gathered for morning prayers Tuesday at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria, killing at least 50 people, police said, in one of the region's deadliest assaults in years....
Pakistan frees cleric blamed for Mumbai massacre | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD: The Muslim cleric whom India holds responsible for the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai has been set free by a court in Pakistan....
Pakistan's central bank keeps main interest rate at 5.75 percent | Phuket News
KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan's central bank kept its main policy interest rate unchanged at 5.75 percent on Friday, citing steadily rising economic growth. ...
Afghanistan's economy slowly on rise, to grow 2.6 percent this year - World Bank | Phuket News
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's economy is expected to grow 2.6 percent this year, up slightly from the previous year despite deteriorating security, the World Bank said in a report on Tuesday. ...
Man City cede goal, then win 13th straight | Phuket News
David Silva scored a late goal as runaway leaders Manchester City won their 13th successive Premier League game and restored their eight-point lead with a 2-1 victory against West Ham United on Sunday....
Premier League: 11 talking points as Everton reach new low and Arsenal show resolve | Phuket News
EVERTON are in free fall. Having gone into the season with relatively high expectations after spending £133 million (US$177 million) on transfers – albeit while losing top scorer Romelu Lukaku – the Merseyside club have no manager and are embroiled in a relegation scrap. Their 4-1 loss at Southampton was as uninspired as their midweek 5-1 home defeat against Atalanta in the Europa League – and Everton are being kept out of the relegation places only because West Brom (August) and West Ham (September) have gone months without a league win. SEE ALSO: Badminton megastar Lee Chong Wei’s biopic to smash into cinemas 2018 Everton have conceded two or more goals in each of their last nine games in all competitions – and the last time they kept a clean sheet was against second-tier Sunderland in the Carabao Cup in September. We look at 11 talking points from the 13th round...
MaAnn a ‘no show’ as angry residents present Surin Beach demands | Phuket News
PHUKET: More than 100 disgruntled local residents and beach operators massed at Surin Beach this morning (Nov 27) to present a list of demands in the hopes of clearing up “misunderstandings” about alleged duplicity in allowing beach operators to serve tourists on the sands and to raise the standard of the beach so that it becomes more attractive to tourists....
Education Corner: Helping your child prepare for transition in their final year in high school | Phuket News
At the British International School, Phuket (BISP) we realise the importance of helping students in all aspects of their lives....
Mattis Won’t ‘Prod’ Pakistan During Visit | Phuket News
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he does not plan to “prod” Pakistan, but expects it adhere to its promises to combat terrorism, as he embarks on his first visit to Islamabad as Pentagon chief. Speaking aboard a military plane, Mattis said he does not expect to butt heads during his Monday meetings with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa. “That’s not the way I deal with issues,” Mattis said. “I believe that we [can] work hard on finding common ground and then we work together.” In October, Mattis warned the United States is willing to work “one more time” with Pakistan before taking “whatever steps are necessary” to address its alleged support for militants. But on Sunday, Mattis said he is focused on trying to find “more common ground ... by listening to one another without being combative.” The United States has for...
Landmark Assisted Suicide Law Passes in Australia | Phuket News
The Australian state of Victoria has become the first in the nation to legalize assisted dying. Terminally ill patients must be at least 18 years old and have less than six months to live. Victoria state Health Minister Jill Hennessy said the state parliament had considered what a
Australia same-sex marriage bill passes Senate hurdle | Phuket News
The legislation will now be debated in the House of Representatives to determine if it becomes law....
North's Missile Frustrates South Korea's Olympic Preparation | Phuket News
Just when South Korea thought it was finally creating a buzz for February's Winter Olympics, North Korea fired its most powerful missile yet and reignited safety worries about the small mountain town that will host the games not far from the rivals' border. The Pyeongchang Olympics probably aren't in jeopardy because of Wednesday's launch, for a number of reasons, including that the North is unlikely to attack the more powerful, U.S.-backed South. Despite its belligerent neighbor, South Korea is one of the safest places in the world, with a wealth of experience hosting international sporting events. Still, the launch, which followed a 10-week lull, was a frustrating development for Pyeongchang's organizers, who have only recently got on track after facing construction delays, controversies over cost overruns and wary sponsors. They can also do little to calm international fears created by North Korea's accelerating nuclear weapons and missile tests. Shortly after...
North Korean Boat With 10 Crewmen Found Drifting off Japan | Phuket News
Ten North Koreans have been rescued after their boat was found in the waters off the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. A Japanese coast guard vessel spotted the wooden boat earlier this week drifting in rough seas.  The crewmen said they had sought shelter at a nearby island due to stormy weather.  Coast Guard officials said the North Korean boat was being towed to a safer area. The boat was the latest of dozens of dilapidated North Korean vessels that wash up on Japanese islands each year.  More than 50 North Korean vessels have been discovered this year, compared to 66 last year.  Monday, 10 bodies were found inside a dilapidated boat that had washed up on the northern island of Akita. Eight North Koreans claiming to be fishermen were discovered alive in their shipwrecked boat earlier this week. The boats are operated by fishermen who are prompted by North...
Japan ‘ghost ships’ drifting from desperate North Korea | Phuket News
A battered wooden vessel was found bobbing parallel to the waves rolling onto a quiet stretch of coastline in Japan’s northern Akita Prefecture in the early hours on Sunday. Local police soon made a gruesome discovery, recovering the remains of eight people from the boat. Read more: ‘North Korean’ men wash up on Japan coast The […]...
North Korea's New Missile: What We Know | Phuket News
North Korea earlier this week launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile – the Hwasong-15 – that reached an altitude of about 4,500 kilometers and traveled about 1,000 kilometers. Pyongyang claims the missile could reach any target in the continental United States. What is this thing?   On November 28, at 1:17 p.m. EST, the U.S. tracked what it said was the launch of a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).   According to the Pentagon, the missile “was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea, and traveled about 1,000 kilometers before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan's Economic Exclusion Zone.”   U.S. officials determined that the launch itself did not pose a threat to North America, U.S. territories or U.S. allies.   North Korea’s state-run media said Wednesday the missile was a Hwasong-15, a new missile “tipped with a super-large heavy warhead which is capable of striking the...
North Korea's Hwasong-15 missile is new type of ICBM, Seoul says | Phuket News
The Hwasong-15 missile that North Korea launched Wednesday is a new type of missile, South Korea said Friday....
‘Happiness Fund’ to help pay debts for up to 1.6m Koreans | Phuket News
South Korea will forgive up to $5.7bn in debts held by people who prove they cannot repay funds owed....
US, China Hold Quiet Military Talks Amid North Korea Tensions | Phuket News
U.S. and Chinese generals engaged in an unusual set of security talks on Wednesday, just hours after North Korea's most powerful missile test yet, focused on how the mighty American and Chinese militaries might communicate in a crisis. As President Donald Trump greeted the North's launching of another intercontinental ballistic missile with familiar demands for China to get tougher with its ally, the low-profile and unpublicized meeting at the National Defense University in Washington was taking place amid signs China is more willing to discuss how the two world powers would manage an even worse emergency on the divided Korean Peninsula. The Pentagon stressed the talks were scheduled long before North Korea’s surprise missile launch in the early hours Wednesday in Asia. Officials insisted the dialogue wasn’t centered on North Korea or anything else in particular. Change in plans Trump has vowed to prevent North Korea from having the capability...
Beijing restaurant sells its final North Korean beer as sanctions take hold | Phuket News
China makes up more than 80 percent of North Korean trade and it has been credited with holding up the regime....
N. Korea Confirms Successful Test of Missile That Can Strike US | Phuket News
North Korea says it successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the continental United States. The regime announced the news early Wednesday on state-run television. The statement said after watching Tuesday's successful launch of the Hwasong-15, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Kim Jong-nam 'had nerve agent antidote in bag' | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: Kim Jong-nam, the murdered half-brother of North Korea's leader, had a dozen vials of antidote for lethal nerve agent VX in his sling bag on the day he was poisoned, a Malaysian court was told this week....
Kim Jong Un’s assassinated half-brother carried antidote to poison that killed him | Phuket News
Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was carrying a dozen vials of antidote for the deadly nerve agent VX in his backpack when he was poisoned back in February, a Malaysian court heard on Friday. A toxicologist told the court that the vials contained atropine, an antidote for poisons […]...
Kim Jong Nam 'had nerve agent antidote in bag' | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: Kim Jong Nam, the murdered half-brother of North Korea's leader, had a dozen vials of antidote for lethal nerve agent VX in his sling bag on the day he was poisoned, a Malaysian court was told this week....
Kim Jong Nam had VX antidote in his bag on day of murder, court told | Phuket News
KIM Jong Nam, the murdered half-brother of North Korea’s leader, had a dozen vials of antidote for lethal nerve agent VX in his sling bag on the day he was poisoned, a Malaysian court was told this week. Alcohol and Clinical Toxicology Unit chief Dr K. Sharmilah testified that the 12 bottles were filled with Atropine, a medication used to combat the effects of certain types of nerve agents and poisons including VX. “I received the items (antidote) together with seven other exhibits from police who handed it to me at about 4.06pm on March 10 for toxicology tests,” she said, as reported by the Star. SEE ALSO: Suspects in Kim Jong Nam murder case wheeled around chaotic crime scene Dr Sharmilah was testifying at the trial of two women, Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who are charged with conspiring with four North Korean fugitives in the murder,...
Malaysian uni mocked for organising ‘Pedophile Charity Run’ | Phuket News
A PROMINENT Malaysian university became the subject of ridicule last weekend when one of its faculties made a cringe-worthy mistake in the use of the English language. Universiti Teknologi Mara’s Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies reportedly organised the “Pedophile Charity Run” last weekend, which was widely mocked by netizens on social media, Free Malaysia Today reported. The run, which was supposedly held at the university’s campus in Seremban on Nov 25, was aimed at creating awareness about sex crimes against children. Unfortunately, the name of the run had created an air of confusion as it suggested support for child predators. After the poster made its rounds on Twitter, commentators did not hold back their sharp criticisms against the institution. This banner sends a wrong message to the public. Please get it right. @KemPendidikan @MoheOfficial Please look into this matter. It's reflects bad on our education.
Charity run 'Toonless' as singer rests from injury | 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....
Why Southeast Asia and ASEAN are a strategic problem | Phuket News
While it is true that ASEAN has been successful in giving a complex region a sense of identity and largely avoiding interstate conflict, it may well be that its use-by-date is coming. This is not only because it consistently sweeps contentious issues under the carpet of unanimity, but also because it is being overtaken by […] ...
China's Ceramics Capital Struggles to Adapt Amid War on Smog | Phuket News
The city of Zibo, China’s ceramics capital, is undergoing environmental shock therapy to clear its filthy skies and transform its economy — and not everyone is happy. Much of Zibo’s sprawling industrial district has become a ghost town of shuttered factories, empty showrooms and abandoned restaurants after a cleanup campaign that began last year intensified this winter. Dozens of chimneys stand inactive. “There used to be a lot of workers here, but now they are demolishing the entire place,” said a caretaker who gave his surname as Wei, pointing at the deserted warehouse of an abandoned factory he was guarding. “We have no idea what they will build here — that’s the boss’s decision.” Zibo, home to 4.5 million people about 260 miles south of Beijing in Shandong province, is one of 28 northern Chinese cities targeted in an unprecedented six-month anti-pollution blitz as China scrambles to meet air quality...
Wife of Princeton Scholar Held in Iran Implores Trump to Intervene | Phuket News
The wife of Princeton student Xiyue Wang, imprisoned in Tehran on spying charges while conducting dissertation research in Iran, is imploring U.S. President Donald Trump to intervene in her husband’s case, saying the White House is the focus of “all my hope.” In an interview from Beijing with VOA’s Mandarin Service, Wang’s wife, Hua Qu, said, “I have tried all kinds of avenues in the past but at the end of the day, the White House must step [in] to push Iran to release him. “Really, all my hope is in the White House, in the Trump administration,” Qu said. Detained in 2016 Wang, who was born in China, is a U.S. citizen enrolled in a doctoral program at Princeton University. A website associated with Iran’s judiciary said that Wang “collected a lot of classified information” during the course of his academic work in Iran. He was detained in August...
TODAY: Golden Pin Design Award 2017 Exhibition Opens at Taiwan Design Museum | Phuket News
Dec 02, 2017 Picture:  November 30th, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Golden Pin Design Award 2017 Exhibition opens at Taiwan Design Museum, on December 1st, showcasing Golden Pin Design Award and Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2017 Design Mark winners and Finalists. The Golden Pin Design Award 2017 Exhibition is curated by SKID, Creative Director of ‘an branding’ in Taipei. “Hui” (Convergence) is the theme of the exhibition; following the lead of Bito Studio’s Director Keng-Ming Liu, who created the identity of the 2017 Grand Ceremony, Key Visual, and video. This year, nearly three-thousand designs were entered into the Golden Pin Design Award and only 455 received the coveted 2017 Design Mark. Just 72 finalists — from China, Hong Kong, Japan, USA, and Germany — were selected from those. Only around twenty of those will win the 2017 Best Design award. Over four-thousand design concepts...
Citi wins “The Best Foreign Bank in Taiwan” award for the fifth straight year | Phuket News
In 2017, Citibank Taiwan has invested heavily in consumer banking including wealth management, credit cards, digital services, and mobile payments. Citi is widely acclaimed by customers for its strong results and won “The Best Foreign Bank in Taiwan” award for the fifth consecutive year, given by the Wealth Biweekly magazine. Citi Taiwan Country Officer Paulus […]...
SPS - Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou 2018 returns next March and receives keen interest from exhibitors | Phuket News
Dec 01, 2017 Picture:  Guangzhou, China --( ASIA TODAY )-- SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou (SIAF), the premier hub for intelligent automation solutions in South China, will hold its 2018 edition from 4 – 6 March at China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou. Being a sister event of the world-renowned SPS IPC Drives from Nuremberg Germany, SIAF will showcase a wide variety of products from its related sectors including robotics, machine vision, sensors and measurements, connectivity systems, drives systems and control technologies, bringing a one-stop marketing and knowledge exchange opportunity to the Chinese industry. Mr Louis Leung, Deputy General Manager at Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, expressed his optimism for the show: “I am thankful for the industry’s valuable support and we will take this as an encouraging sign for the progress of SIAF. In 2017, we welcomed a record 795 exhibitors and around 65,000...
SPS - Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou Industrial Robotics and Machine Vision Zone reaches sold-out status for 2018 show | Phuket News
Dec 01, 2017 Picture:  Guangzhou, China --( ASIA TODAY )-- SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou (SIAF) will open its doors from 4 – 6 March 2018 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, China. SIAF continues to be the ideal business platform and one of the most important trade shows for industrial automation in South China. Over the years, the fair has consistently reached new heights and the upcoming edition promises to be no different. Since the show opened to exhibitors for booking earlier this year, the fair has already confirmed the participation of more than 350 reputable industrial automation solution suppliers from across the world. Recognising the importance and future growth prospects of the South China market, exhibitors are ready to present their latest industrial automation technologies at the show. In response to the enthusiasm from exhibitors for the 2018 edition, booth space within...
Anti-Duterte Protests Staged in Philippine Capital | Phuket News
A coalition of leftist groups gathered in Manila Thursday to protest President Rodrigo Duterte's recent suggestions that he will assume sole power of the Pacific archipelago. About 1,000 protesters will march from historic Bonifacio Square to the Mendiola Peace Arch to stage a rally against Duterte's government. Duterte has threatened recently to declare a so-called revolutionary government, which allows the president to consolidate authority in his hands, essentially canceling the constitution and dissolving the government. The groups say Duterte's comments are nothing more than plans to establish a dictatorship. Supporters of the controversial president will hold a rally of their own at the Mendiola Peace Arch Thursday. The demonstrations are being held on the holiday that celebrates the birth of Andres Bonifacio, the man who led the Philippines independence movement against Spanish colonial rule in the late 1890s....
Duterte assures he is not and won’t become a dictator | Phuket News
Allaying fears that he would become a dictator, President Rodrigo Duterte told an audience Tuesday night he was only after a new Constitution that would address corruption, according to The Manila Times Online on Thursday. In his speech during the birthday celebration of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp president Alfredo Lim, he said: “These communists, calling me a dictator, an executioner, somebody corrupt, do not afraid of dictatorship. I am not aiming for it. I do not ask for it. I do not like it.” He was referring to comments by the National Democratic Front the political wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Duterte said he would step down after the endorsement of the anti-corruption act by the Congress. “That is a commitment, a guarantee. Make me a Constitution that would do away with a long suffering corruption-ridden country and I would be willing to step out so...
Southern Thailand’s Maya Bay ranked as world’s 11th-best beach | Phuket News
Despite the throngs of tourists often photographed on its sands, Koh Phi Phi’s Maya Bay still holds a spot on a new list of the world’s best beaches. Though it’s far from undiscovered, the beach still landed in the 11th spot on FlightNetwork’s new World’s 50 Best Beaches list. To create the list, FlightNetwork, a Canada-based online travel agency,asked more than 600 travel industry professionals; including journalists, editors, bloggers, and agencies; for their unbiased, uncensored opinions to get an up-to-date and accurate list to help travelers plan trips for the coming year. So, if you are into powder white beaches, swaying palm trees, turquoise waters, volcanic coastlines, and Insta-worthy vistas, this list reveals the best of them from America to Oceania, Africa to South America. Though Maya Bay was the highest ranking Asian beach, El Nido in the Philippines (14th place) and Ao Nang in Krabi also made the list (45th place). Of...
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Snake smothering! Patong to close at 4AM? Dark skies over Phuket! || November 28 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 28 Snakes smothers man to death! Patong to stay open until 4AM? Domestic terminal fully re-opens! South Thailand flooded, is Phuket next? May Bay 11th best! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
Rally held at Muslim rebel group’s base to back peace process | Phuket News
Tens of thousands people joined a rally staged by the Philippines’ main Muslim guerrilla group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Monday at the group’s main base in Mindanao to show support for the revival of peace process, The Manila Times Online reported on Tuesday. The MILF signed a peace deal in 2014 that would give the Muslim minority self- rule over parts of Mindanao, but a proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to implement the peace pact has not been able to get through Congress. Among those attending the rally were Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, the arbichop of Cotabato and the highest Catholic Church official in Mindanao, as well as members of the MILF’s main rival, the Moro National Liberation Front. The rally came about a month after President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city of Marawi liberated from IS supporters who attacked it in May in a bid to establish...
Bird flu prevention still necessary though no new human infection case reported | Phuket News
The Department of Disease Control advised people not to contact dead domestic poultry and wild birds but reported to nearest livestock and health officials immediately although the country has no new human infection cases of avian influenza or H5N1 since 2006. The advice came from the director-general of the department Dr Suwanchai Watanayingcharoen after the World Health Organization (WHO) issued its latest update of the avian influenza or bird flu situation in the world from January 2003- 27 September 2017. According to WHO, the period saw 860 human infection cases of avian influenza in 16 countries, including Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Vietnam. He said latest report from WHO found a human infection case in Indonesia on September 27. For Thailand, he said the last infection human infection case was reported in 2006, with no new cases until today. But Thailand still has the risk of spread from travellers...
Bird flu scare latest to rattle South Korea’s Winter Olympics | Phuket News
Local governments in South Korea have called on operators of farms close to venues that are to be used in February’s Winter Olympic Games to slaughter around 6,000 ducks and chickens after avian influenza was discoveredon a duck farm in North Jeolla Province. The H5 strain of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus – commonly […]...
Pope faces tightrope act in Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis | Phuket News
Pope Francis’ trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh on Monday comes as the region confronts turbulent times, not least because of the festering Rohingya crisis. The violence and consequent displacement facing Rohingya Muslims based in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine have come under close scrutiny worldwide. In August this year, violence flared up once again after the Arakan […]...
US Secretary of State Calls Violence Against Rohingya in Myanmar 'Ethnic Cleansing' | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the violence against the Rohingya Muslim population in Myanmar is
Cambodia revokes diplomatic passports of opposition MPs | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: Cambodia has cancelled the diplomatic passports of some opposition members weeks after a Supreme Court ruling dissolved their political party, senior government officials said on Thursday....
Election Commission gives remaining CNRP’s 11 remaining assembly seats to CPP | Phuket News
Cambodia’s National Election Commission announced Tuesday that the ruling Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) will take all the 11 remaining parliamentary seats after the distribution of the vacant seats to the royalist Funcinpec, the Cambodian Nationality Party and the Khmer Economic Development Party, according to The Phnom Penh Post Online on Wednesday. The NEC’s giveaway of the 11 remaining seats forfeited from the opposition CNRP after its dissolution at the order of the Supreme Court brings the total number of assembly seats to 79 out of a total of 123. The CNRP held 55 seats in the National Assembly. 41 of its seats were given to the Funcinpec, two to Cambodian Nationality Party and one to the Khmer Economic Development Party. Phnom Penh residents expressed dismay at seeing their elected representatives being replaced by representatives from the three smaller parties who were sworn in on Tuesday. The swear-in ceremony was held...
Vietnam jails blogger for 7 years for 'propaganda' over spill | Phuket News
HANOI: A court in Vietnam jailed a blogger on Monday for seven years for
Five years after deadly factory fire, Bangladesh’s garment workers are still vulnerable | Phuket News
EXACTLY five years ago, in November 2012, a fire in the Tazreen Fashions factory in Bangladesh killed at least 112 workers. Probably caused by a short circuit on the ground floor of the building, the fire rapidly spread up the nine floors where garment workers were trapped due to narrow or blocked fire escapes. Many died inside the building or while seeking an escape through the windows. Just five months later, the collapse of the Rana Plaza building killed 1,134 garment workers and injured hundreds of survivors. Rana Plaza was an eight-storey commercial building that housed garment units on its upper levels. The building that collapsed had already been evacuated the day before after cracks were identified, but the factory management had made workers return to work under the pressure of looming shipping deadlines. During the morning rush hour, the building collapsed in on itself like a house of cards. These two incidents and...
14 burnt to death after van crash in Sing Buri | Phuket News
SING BURI: Thirteen Myanmar nationals and a Thai driver were killed after being trapped inside a van engulfed in flames following a car crash in Muang district Friday early morning....
Occupants killed when fleeing stolen pickup crashes | Phuket News
UTHAI THANI: Two people in a stolen pickup truck were killed and three police injured when the vehicle rammed into a power pole, spun around and then hit a pursuing police pickup in Lan Sak district late on Monday night....
Man kills wife in Phuket, fails in suicide attempt | Phuket News
PHUKET: A man who murdered his wife and attacked another man in Phuket Town yesterday attempted but failed to commit suicide by jumping from Rang Hill Viewpoint following the incident....
Rights groups say outside monitors needed for Rohingya return to Myanmar | Phuket News
YANGON (Reuters) - Human rights groups called on Friday for international agencies to be allowed to monitor the planned repatriation of hundreds of thousands Rohingya Muslim from Bangladesh to the homes they fled in Myanmar during the past three months. ...
Toon has a ball on day off in 'second home' | Phuket News
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Toon Bodyslam visited his
Phetchaburi flooding remains critical, motorists advised to use alternative routes | Phuket News
Flooding in Phetchaburi province remains critical as the Phetchaburi river continues to overflow banks and submerge almost the entire municipal areas today (Nov 24). Sections of the Phetkasem, a main highway to the southern region, remained flooded and impassable for small vehicles, particularly on the inbound traffic lanes to Bangkok. Vehicles were stranded on the highway for several kilometres long from Tesco Lotus supermarket in the municipal area to Ban Lat. Flood levels on the highway are 40-60 centimetres, making the road impassable for small vehicles. The current flooding was caused by continuous rainfalls brought by depression Kirogi earlier this week. Rainfalls prompted Phet Dam to discharge water to Phetchaburi River, causing the water level to overflow. Residents of Phetchaburi municipality continued to wade thigh deep through floodwater today while some schools and government offices in the district were closed due to flooding. Authorities have installed water pumps to drain...
Forging grand societal compromise: Social Democrat case for reducing wealth inequality | Phuket News
John Draper With a new inheritance tax introduced last year and the Land and Building Tax Law coming into effect on January 1st, 2019, Thailand is taking steps towards addressing its reputation as the third worst country globally for wealth inequality. Still, the amount of additional income that is being raised is small, and the government’s position is that expanding the amount of state income obtained via more progressive taxation should be the task of the next parliament. Future higher taxation should be introduced based on a sound scientific basis for the ideal economy, with the social democrat model the leading contender. According to Credit Suisse, Thailand has the third highest wealth inequality globally, after Russia and India. One reason is Thailand’s tax profile. Thailand’s tax revenue as a percentage of GDP is remarkably low, the 117th highest globally, at approximately 17%. This is far below the EU-28 rate...
Fine arts unit reproached for ancient wall restoration | Phuket News
CHACHOENGSAO: A local fine arts agency defended the restoration of an ancient city wall built in the reign of King Rama III in Muang district, saying the maintenance costing more than 9 million baht was conducted with materials similar to those used in the bygone era....
Most Ocean Plastic Pollution Carried by 10 Rivers | Phuket News
The equivalent of one garbage truck full of plastic waste is dumped into the world’s oceans every minute, equal to 8 million tons a year. New research suggests that 90 percent of that waste gets into the oceans through 10 major river systems. “It seems that larger rivers preferentially transport plastic and these are rivers with a large population. You could reduce river plastic loads tremendously by focusing on these 10 rivers,” lead researcher Christian Schmidt of Germany’s Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research, told VOA. Two of the rivers are in Africa - the Nile and the Niger – while the remaining eight are in Asia – the Ganges, Indus, Yellow, Yangtze, Haihe, Pearl, Mekong and Amur. Researchers analyzed studies that examined the plastic pollution load in rivers, and compared the figures to the quantity of waste that is not disposed of properly in each river catchment or watershed. The...
The ICJ and Amnesty International advise changes to proposed legislation on torture and enforced disappearances | Phuket News
Amnesty International and International Commission of Jurists Today, the ICJ and Amnesty International submitted recommendations to the Ministry of Justice that changes be made to a new law under consideration by the Cabinet, in order to bring it in line with Thailand’s international legal obligations. The submission came in response to a request by the Ministry for feedback on the Draft Prevention and Suppression of Torture and Enforced Disappearances Act (‘Draft Act’). The ICJ and Amnesty International welcome the Thai government’s commitment to criminalize torture and enforced disappearances. The Draft Act currently addresses many existing gaps in Thailand’s current legal framework. However, the organizations consider that further amendments are needed to address significant shortcomings in the Draft Act and ensure Thailand’s compliance with international treaties on torture and enforced disappearance and international standards. Recommendations by the ICJ and Amnesty International addressed the following concerns: The absence within the Draft...
China says opposes new US sanctions over North Korea | Phuket News
China said Wednesday it opposes unilateral sanctions outside the framework of UN Security Council and any country exercising so-called
North Korea still has plenty of options as it faces new sanctions and a frosty Beijing | Phuket News
North Korea faces new sanctions and cooling ties with China, but it has Russia and a large network of partners....
US Treasury Dept. imposes sanctions on North Korea to curb military programs | Phuket News
The U.S. department of Treasury announced new sanctions meant to curb North Korea's nuclear program....
US Re-designates North Korea As State Sponsor of Terrorism | Phuket News
The Trump administration has announced
Alleged Mastermind of 2008 Mumbai Attacks Released   | Phuket News
Pakistani authorities have released a U.S.-wanted militant cleric who allegedly masterminded the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, that killed 168 people. On Wednesday, a court in Pakistan rejected the government’s plea to extend the house arrest of Hafiz Saeed for three months and ordered his release, saying the government had failed to substantiate the charges of terrorism. Saeed was designated a terrorist by the U.S. Justice Department, which has a $10 million reward for his capture or killing. He was released from house arrest before dawn Friday. Saeed ran the Jamaat-ud-Dawa organization, believed to be a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group that was behind the attack in Mumbai, India. Pakistan put Saeed and four of his aides under house arrest in Lahore in January following increased U.S. pressure on Islamabad to rein in militant groups. Saeed’s aides were released earlier. On Thursday, India condemned the decision of the Pakistani...
Suicide Blast Kills Senior Pakistan Police Officer and Guard | Phuket News
A suicide bomb attack on a police convoy in northwestern Pakistan on Friday killed a senior officer and his guard, and wounded six others. The early morning blast occurred in Peshawar, capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The slain officer, Additional Inspector General Ashraf Noor, of the provincial police department, was on his way to work when a suicide bomber on a motorbike hit his vehicle. Peshawar police chief Tahir Khan said body parts of the suspected bomber have been retrieved from the site and an investigation is underway. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the violence. Attacks on police Separate bomb and gun attacks on police convoys this month in Pakistan have killed several top police officers. Most of the incidents have taken place in and around the southwestern city of Quetta. The outlawed Pakistani Taliban and its allied groups have claimed responsibility for the previous violence...
Suicide attack kills a top Pakistani police officer - official | Phuket News
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed a top Pakistani police officer and one of his guards on Friday in the city of Peshawar, police said. ...
Suicide Blast Kills Senior Pakistan Police Officer | Phuket News
A suicide bomb attack on a police convoy in northwestern Pakistan on Friday killed a senior officer and wounded six others. The early morning blast occurred in Peshawar, capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The slain officer, Additional Inspector General Ashraf Noor, of the provincial police department, was on his way to work when a suicide bomber on a motorbike hit his vehicle. Peshawar police chief Tahir Khan said body parts of the suspected bomber have been retrieved from the site and an investigation is underway. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the violence. Attacks on police Separate bomb and gun attacks on police convoys this month in Pakistan have killed several top police officers. Most of the incidents have taken place in and around the southwestern city of Quetta. The outlawed Pakistani Taliban and its allied groups have claimed responsibility for the previous violence against Pakistani security...
World Bank sees no slowing in Cambodia's strong growth | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: Cambodia's economy is forecast to grow 6.9% next year, compared with a projected 6.8% pace in 2017, despite risks including uncertainties over next year's election, the World Bank said on Wednesday....
IMF still upbeat on Myanmar despite Rakhine strife | Phuket News
YANGON: The International Monetary Fund said on Friday that Myanmar's economy is rebounding and expected to grow up to 6.7% in the current fiscal year ending in March next year despite the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis....
Thai exports post eighth straight month gain in October | Phuket News
Exports rose for an eighth straight month in October, raising hopes that full-year growth could approach 10%, says the Commerce Ministry. Exports totalled US$20.1 billion (657.97 billion baht) in October, up 13.1% year-on-year, while the 10-month figure reached $195.5 billion, up 9.7% year-on-year, said Pimchanok Vonkorpon, director-general of the ministry’s Trade Policy and Strategy Office. “Exports were higher in every sector because of strong overseas demand as the economies of Thailand’s major trade partners recovered,” she said. Shipments to China rose 17%, growing at a double-digit rate for a 12th straight month based on strong demand for rubber, plastic and chemical products. Thailand’s export value already expanded 12.2%YOY in September, posing strong growth in almost all product categories and key markets. Gold exports, in particular, grew 243%YOY, with the export growth rate at 7.9%YOY without gold. Thailand’s export value could reach an all-time high of US$232.6 billion in 2017 if...
Singapore sees solid 2018 growth as GDP beats forecasts | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: Singapore raised its economic growth forecast for this year and sees global growth underpinning that momentum into 2018, with some moderation. Gross domestic product rose 5.2% from a year earlier, the fastest pace in more than three years, versus a median estimate of 5%....
Growth in community mall supply slowing | Phuket News
Lacklustre performances of existing projects have threatened to slow the fast growth of community malls in Bangkok....
China draws three-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis | Phuket News
NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - China has proposed a three-phase plan for resolving the Rohingya crisis, starting with a ceasefire in Myanmar's Rakhine State so that refugees can return from Bangladesh, China's Foreign Ministry said ahead of meeting of European and Asian officials in Myanmar on Monday. ...
IMF maintains optimism on Myanmar despite Rakhine issue | Phuket News
YANGON: The International Monetary Fund said on Friday that Myanmar's economy is rebounding and expected to grow up to 6.7% in the current fiscal year ending in March next year despite the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis....
Four people died in truck crash in Tak | Phuket News
Four people died and two others injured after the pickup truck they were travelling  in crashed into a roadside tree in Tha Song Yang district of Tak province late Tuesday night.   Mae Moei station police said the incident happened near Kilometre 112 on Highway 105.   Rescue workers from Tha Song Yang Phetkasem Foundation rushed to the scene first and they reported three on the spot and three others injured.   They were immediately rushed to Mae Song hospital. One was pronounced dead on arrival. Police said the driver might be on drowsy driving as the truck slammed into the tree by the roadside at high speed, throwing all out of the vehicle. The post Four people died in truck crash in Tak appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Furniture factory on Soi On-nut damaged by fire | Phuket News
A morning fire engulfed a furniture factory building on Soi On-nut early Thursday morning causing damages estimated at over 10 million baht. Phra Khanong police in Bangkok said the fire was reported at Kanok Furniture on Soi On-nut 46 at about 7.30am. The factory houses three connected one-storey buildings in a 10-rais compound. Fire trucks were alerted and rushed to the scene. It took them an hour to put out the fire before spreading to all buildings in the compound. The fire started at a building where materials used for making furniture were stored. Damages were estimated at about 10 million baht. The factory produced office furniture for local market and for export. Sirapat Lertkangwalkrai, the factory owner, said the factory employs over 200 workers. The fire started as the workers were working. He said there was an explosion sound first at the switch board of the building where materials...
Doctor summoned by police for alleged touching breasts of 11 factory workers | Phuket News
Sungneon district police in Nakhon Ratchasima province yesterday (November 22) summoned a hospital doctor for questioning after 11 female workers of Siam Fukoku Co accused him of touching their breasts. The female workers, all attached to the factory’s production section, lodged complaints with Sungneon police accusing the doctor of sexual abuse. They all said the doctor touched their breasts while they went for physical checkup at the factory during the annual medical checkup provided by the factory. One factory representative said she felt unusual practice by the doctor when he unzipped her dress and touched her breast. She said under the checkup programme, there is no breast cancer among the checklist of 15 items provided by the factory. She said when she asked her colleagues, they all said they were also touched by the doctor. She said all workers touched by the doctor are good looking. Police said they have...
Waddesdon air crash: Vietnamese pilot killed in crash | Phuket News
Nguyen Thanh Trung was on a training course when he died in an air crash near Waddesdon Manor....
Visiting Karen soldiers die in car crash near border | Phuket News
TAK: Four senior Karen soldiers attending a border security meeting were killed and two others injured when the pickup truck they were travelling in crashed into a tree in Tha Song Yang district late on Tuesday night....
Physician accused of fondling women's breasts during checkup | Phuket News
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A hospital doctor has been summonsed to hear molestation charges after a group of women employees accused him of fondling their breasts during an annual health checkup at a factory in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Sung Noen district....
US Navy aircraft crash: Eight rescued off Japanese coast | Phuket News
Rescuers raced to get to the plane which ditched in seas off the remote Japanese reef of Okinotori....
One dead, one injured in wicked pickup accident | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 31-year-old man was killed and his female passenger suffered serious injuries when the pickup truck they were travelling in first flattened a small streetlamp on Thepkrasattri Rd then crumpled as it slammed into larger street light pylon in the early minutes of this morning (Nov 22)....
US Navy rolls out new sleep measures after deadly crashes at sea | Phuket News
PATTAYA: The US Navy has introduced new measures aimed at avoiding a repeat of two deadly crashes in the Asia-Pacific region involving its warships and commercial vessels....
5 killed, 9 wounded in pickup truck crash | Phuket News
Five people were killed and nine others injured when a pickup truck skidded off the road and hit a tree in Sattahip district of Chon Buri province on Saturday afternoon (Nov 18), police said. Pol Lt Col Pasawat Wiripornnoppakhun, chief investigator of Sattahip police, said the accident occurred at about 3.20pm at kilometre marker 164 on Sattahip-Na Klua road in Tambon Bang Sare. Eyewitnesses told police that the pickup truck, which was modified into a song taew passenger vehicle, was running at a high speed when it skidded off the road and rammed into a roadside tree.  The tree branches swept out the vehicle’s roof and the passengers, most of them students of Sattahip Technical School, were thrown out of the truck. Five passengers were killed.  One of them died at the scene.  She was Natta Pandit, 15, a student of Sattahip Technical School.  Four others, all of the women, died at hospital....
Phuket police drag heels on deadly bypass pickup wipeout investigation | Phuket News
PHUKET: The driver of the pickup truck carrying Myanmar migrant workers that overturned on the bypass road last Wednesday (Nov 15), causing one fatality, has yet to be charged as the investigation into the accident is ongoing, Capt Ronnaphoom Permpoon of Phuket City Police confirmed today (Nov 22)....
Flooding still troubles Phetchaburi | Phuket News
Phetchaburi municipality is battling flooding for a second day but crews have stepped up efforts to drain water from the town centre....
Bangladesh: Myanmar to take back Rohingya | Phuket News
DHAKA: Myanmar has agreed to take back hundreds and thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees who’ve been sheltering in neighbouring Bangladesh, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka said in a statement....
Bangladesh says it's in talks with Myanmar on Rohingya repatriation deal | Phuket News
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh is in negotiations with Myanmar aimed at a deal to repatriate Rohingya refugees and Dhaka's foreign minister will address the matter at talks in Myanmar this week, the Bangladeshi foreign ministry said on Sunday. ...
Injuries force Toon to rest, run to resume on Nov 25 | Phuket News
Rocker Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai, or Toon Bodyslam, has been forced to rest because of injuries and his charity run will resume on Nov 25, his support team announced on Wednesday (Nov 22). The announcement was made by the rocker’s public relations team after Toon arrived at Ban Bang Waen in Chumphon’s Pathiu district while the amount of donations reached 313 million baht. The team said Toon needs a rest after the doctors found he was suffering from injuries in the right leg and his feet. He is tentatively set to resume his run on Nov 25, but this is subject to change depending on his health condition. Dr Cherdchai Chayawattho, director of Bang Saphan Hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan, said he has been informed by Toon’s team of the sudden halt. He said an event prepared for Toon, originally set for Nov 25, is still on and will be held when Toon and his team...
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Student's organs kept! Pickup eats post? Buakaw joins 2,00km run! || November 22 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 22 Students organs kept for examination? Police learn how to investigate? Buakaw joins Toon charity run! Pickup eats pole killing 1! Half-done education project abandoned! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
Charity runner Toon to rest until Saturday | Phuket News
Bodyslam lead singer Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai will rest for two days to recover from injury, and plans to resume his 2,191-kilometre charity run on Saturday....
HOLD// Charity runner Toon to rest until Saturday | Phuket News
Bodyslam lead singer Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai will rest for two days to recover from injury, and plans to resume his 2,191-kilometre charity run on Saturday....
Flooding ravages Phetchaburi, southern highway | Phuket News
PHETCHABURI: The Phetchaburi river has burst its banks, overflowing into the municipal area, wreaking havoc in the township and flooding the major highway linking to the southern region....
Scientists: Rivers in Africa, Asia Responsible for Most Ocean Plastic Waste | Phuket News
The equivalent of one garbage truck full of waste plastic is dumped into the world’s oceans every minute – or 8 million metric tons a year. New research suggests that the vast majority of that waste is transported to the oceans by just a handful of major river systems – and tackling the pollution at source would go a long way to cleaning up our seas. Henry Ridgwell reports from London....
Phang Nga park cited for success in reducing trash in the sea | Phuket News
Ao Phang Nga National Park will be cited at a regional meeting this week as an example of Pracha Rath (public-private partnerships in development) being put to use in managing seaborne plastic waste. The success that officials and residents have enjoyed in curbing waste in the waters of the Phang Nga park will be outlined at the Asean and China Sea Waste Reduction Meeting to be held in Phuket on Wednesday and Thursday (November 22-23). A 2010 survey of 192 countries cited in a 2015 issue of a US-based science journal named Thailand as the world’s sixth-largest contributor of plastic waste in the sea, accounting for 1.03 million tonnes. But Department of Marine and Coastal Resources chief Jatuporn Burutpat points out the success achieved in Ao Phang Nga National Park, which covers seven tambon administrative organisations and one municipality. The park is an example of cooperative efforts to reduce the...
Myanmar treatment of Rohingya is 'apartheid': Amnesty International | Phuket News
Myanmar has subjected Rohingya Muslims to long-term discrimination and persecution that amounts to “dehumanising apartheid”, Amnesty International said Tuesday in a report that raises questions about what those who have fled a violent military crackdown would face if they returned home....
Report alleges Philippine troops detained, tortured civilians in Marawi | Phuket News
PHILIPPINE troops detained and tortured civilians trying to flee the besieged city of Marawi during a five-month battle with militants loyal to the Islamic State (IS) group, Amnesty International alleged on Friday. In the first human rights analysis of the conflict, the rights group documents how the IS-allied militants targeted Christian civilians for the worst of the abuses, including at least 25 extrajudicial killings, mass hostage-taking, and extensive looting of civilian property. The report also highlighted the destruction of entire neighbourhoods and death of civilians due to the extensive bombing carried out by the Philippines armed forces. And accused the military of detaining and ill-treating civilians, as well as looting. Damaged houses, buildings and a mosque are seen inside Marawi city, Philippines, October 25, 2017. Source: Reuters/Romeo Ranoco Witnesses also described efforts to hide their Christian neighbours and attempts to smuggle them out of the city in a bid to...
Ratchanok bows out in China | Phuket News
Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon bowed out of the China Open badminton tournament following a straight-sets defeat in her semi-final against Akane Yamaguchi on Saturday....
Prayut defends military 'punishment' | Phuket News
Excessive military punishment has come under heavy criticism in the wake of the mysterious death of a cadet while Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has defended military cadet training standards....
Digital revolution set to create new jobs and destroy others | Phuket News
A potent digital cocktail of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and automation is transforming the job landscape. The breakneck speed of advances in autonomous driving technology has prompted predictions that taxi drivers will become an endangered species. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 85,000 US shop workers lost their jobs in the first four months of 2017 alone. Other sectors likely to be hard hit include logistics, inventory management and packing merchandise. But some office-based professions are also at risk, including auditors, bookkeepers, lawyers and accountants. Oxford University researchers Carl Frey and Michael Osborne famously predicted that almost half (47 per cent) of all US jobs were at risk because of computerisation, while the Bank of England said automation could result in the loss of 15 million jobs in the UK, mostly in the service sector. Millennials optimistic Yet for all the uncertainty, millennials are reasonably sanguine...
Dining goes digital for street food vendors | Phuket News
Bangkok's famous street-food vendors have joined the digital revolution, embracing payment via Quick Response (QR) barcodes that can be read using smartphones....
Asian universities are not ready for the 4th Industrial Revolution | Phuket News
THE 4th Industrial Revolution is breaking through at unprecedented speed and disrupting almost every industry in every country. Yet, most Asian schools do not yet have a full strategy in place to prepare for it, according to a recently released survey by Microsoft. From October to November 2016, the major tech company polled 1,494 business decision makers from 13 Asia Pacific markets, including 265 respondents from higher education institutions and universities for its Microsoft Asia Digital Transformation Study. SEE ALSO: Japan’s robot priest is ready to conduct and livestream your funeral The findings paint a less than prime picture of the education sector: Less than a quarter (23 percent) of educational institutions in Asia have a full digital strategy in place. More than half (53 percent) are in progress with specific strategy while close to a quarter (24 percent) have limited or no strategy in place. “Digital disruption has resulted in...
Task force for digital ID recommended | Phuket News
The private sector is studying setting up an entity tasked with handling a national single-point digital identity platform to set the stage for integrating identity verification, pushing the country towards a digital economy....
Scotland irate as Brexit kills 'Capital of Culture' bid | Phuket News
LONDON: UK politicians expressed dismay Thursday after the European Union booted Britain out of the contest to become European Capital of Culture because of Brexit....
Australia win Rugby League World Cup | Phuket News
BRISBANE: Australia has retained the Rugby League World Cup title with a 6-0 win over England in a brutal defence-oriented final....
Rugby League World Cup: Australia edge out England to retain trophy | Phuket News
Australia edge out England in a tight and nervy Rugby League World Cup final to retain the trophy....
Cambodian Rights Group Next in Firing Line | Phuket News
An NGO founded by Cambodia’s jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha is set to become the latest casualty of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ongoing campaign to crush critical voices in his country. Sokha’s Cambodia National Rescue Party has already been dissolved and its senior members banned from politics, but the premier’s assault on critics shows no sign of abating. A claimed foreign revolutionary conspiracy plot that has been used to jail, threaten and outlaw government critics far and wide was dragged out by Hun Sen again on Sunday. The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), which was founded by Sokha in 2002, must close because it is deemed a front for nefarious foreign meddling, Hun Sen told garments workers.  “In fact, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights should be shut down because it follows order from foreigners.  It is because foreigners created it, not Khmer,” he said. CCHR Response Calls to...
Cambodia: Hun Sen calls for closure of leading human rights group | Phuket News
PRIME Minister Hun Sen has called for the closure the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), an NGO founded by detained opposition leader Kem Sokha. Hun Sen instructed the Ministry of Interior to investigate and close one of the country’s main human rights groups “because they follow foreigners,” linking the group to the alleged “revolution” by the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party’s (CNRP) that lead to the party’s dissolution on Nov 16. Kem Sokha, who is currently in jail on charges of treason, founded CCHR in 2002. Hun Sen suggested on Sunday at a gathering of garment workers, that Sokha had attempted to conceal foreign influence in the NGO. This is an attempt to get rid of #KemSokha legacy, although CCHR today is a completely different org from when he founded it. #Cambodia https://t.co/6UrBNgsb1T — Monovithya Kem (@MNVKem) November 26, 2017 “The Ministry of Interior should check, because they were...
Hun Sen calls for closure of rights group founded by rival | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday called for the closure of one of the country's main human rights groups because it was founded by detained opposition leader Kem Sokha....
Phuket lifeguard contract fails to draw any bids | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO, or OrBorJor) today announced via its phuketcity.org website that no bids had been received for the tender to provide essential lifeguard services on Phuket’s beaches....
Three arrested in Phuket for providing illegal medical services | Phuket News
PHUKET: Officials arrested three Thai women yesterday after they were found illegally conducting annual employee health examinations inside an unlicensed medical centre on Thaweewong Rd in Patong....
World's Largest Lithium Ion Battery Switched on in South Australia | Phuket News
The world's largest lithium ion battery has begun providing electricity into the power grid in South Australia.  The project is a collaboration between the state government, American firm Tesla, and Neoen, a French energy company.  Tesla boss Elon Musk, who was not in attendance at the switch-on, had boldly promised to build the battery in South Australia within 100 days - a pledge that has been fulfilled.  The 100-megawatt battery was officially activated Friday.  Musk has said it was three times more powerful than the world's next biggest battery, and promised to deliver it for free had it not been built on schedule. The South Australian state government hopes the project can prevent power outages because it can rapidly deploy electricity when it is most needed and reduce prices. Last September, South Australia suffered a state-wide power outage when storms damaged the electricity network. State premier Jay Weatherill believes the...
Tesla Plugs Biggest Battery into Australian Outback | Phuket News
The world’s biggest lithium-ion battery has plugged into an Australian state grid, delivering on a promise by Tesla Inc. chief executive Elon Musk. Musk said he would build the 100-megawatt battery within 100 days of contracts for the project being signed at the end of September or hand it over to the South Australia state government for free. South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill said Friday the battery had begun dispatching power to the state grid Thursday, providing 70 megawatts as temperatures rose above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). The official launch came a little more than 60 days after the deal was signed. But crucially, it came on the first day of the Australian summer, the season when power usage soars because of the use of air conditioning....
Tesla mega-battery in Australia activated | Phuket News
The world's biggest lithium ion battery was installed to help solve electricity problems....
Triple talaq: India considers jail for 'instant divorce' | Phuket News
The Indian government is proposing a three-year jail sentence for men who use
GSB aims to triple lending to SMEs | Phuket News
The state-owned Government Savings Bank (GSB) is looking to nearly triple its lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to 80 billion baht next year, enabling these firms to better access financial resources....
Nikki Haley: North Korea would be destroyed in war with US | Phuket News
The US ambassador to the UN calls on China to take more action in dealing with the North Korean regime....
US Envoy Haley Warns Latest DPRK Launch Brings World Closer to War | Phuket News
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley warned Wednesday that North Korea’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch “brings the world closer to war, not further from it.” “We have never sought war with North Korea and still today we do not seek it,” Haley told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. But she warned that if there is war, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like the missile launch. “And if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed,” she added. She also called on U.N. member states to cut ties with Pyongyang. “All countries should sever diplomatic relations with North Korea and limit military, scientific, technical or commercial cooperation,” she said. Haley said President Donald Trump told his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in a phone call earlier in the day that the time has come for Beijing to cut...
South Korea warns North to stop violating armistice agreement | Phuket News
South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo on Monday upped the pressure on the North, warning Pyongyang to stop breaching the armistice agreement signed at the end of the 1950-53 Korea War. A video released by the UN Command in Seoul showed that on November 13, a North Korean border guard briefly crossed the border with the […]...
North Korea Claims More Advanced ICBM Capable of Hitting U.S. | Phuket News
North Korea's test-firing of a new intercontinental ballistic missile, the first since September, has ratcheted up tensions as Pyongyang announced it can now hit the United States mainland with a warhead.
North Korean ICBM Test Condemned Internationally | Phuket News
North Korea's overnight test-firing of what is believed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, the first since September, has ratcheted up tensions and may indicate Pyongyang is now capable of hitting the U.S. mainland, say analysts. While it was quickly condemned by the United States and the international community, South Korea also warned the North not to miscalculate. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Seoul....
N. Korea Confirms Successful Test of New Intercontinental Missile that Can Strike U.S. | Phuket News
North Korea says it successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the continental United States. The regime announced the news early Wednesday on state-run television. The statement said after watching Tuesday's successful launch of the Hwasong-15, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Some Bali flights resume after volcano interrupts travel | Phuket News
SYDNEY: Some international airlines have resumed flights to Bali on Sunday after the Indonesian island's Mount Agung volcano erupted for the second time in less than a week on Saturday evening....
Singles' Day shopping spree reflects China's booming home appliance industry | Phuket News
Dec 01, 2017 Picture:  SHANGHAI, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The success of home appliance brands in the past Singles' Day shopping spree suggested a booming home appliance market in China and the opportunities it presents. Organized by the China Household Electrical Appliances Association, Appliance & Electronics World Expo (AWE) is recognized as a major platform for exhibiting high-end products and cutting-edge technologies in the home appliance industry. Its 2018 edition will see an unprecedented exhibition area of over 130,000 square meters spanning ten exhibition halls. The annual Singles' Day has long become a battlefield of both domestic and foreign enterprises. According to JD.com's latest report on the aggregate sales revenue generated on this year's Singles' Day, Chinese major appliance manufacturers Midea, Haier and Gree took the top three spots across all categories. Statistics released by Midea showed that the brand generated a total of RMB 4.5 billion sales...
Obama Meets Dalai Lama, Indian PM in New Delhi | Phuket News
Former President Barack Obama and Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, met in New Delhi Friday to discuss promoting peace in the world, according to the Dalai Lama’s office. Obama, who is on a three nation tour, also met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India, where he arrived after visiting China. “It was very good, I think like reunion,” the Dalai Lama leader said calling Obama an old and trusted friend after meeting him in a New Delhi hotel.   It was the sixth meeting between the two leaders -- they last met in July last year when Obama hosted the Dalai Lama in the White House overriding strong objections from China which describes the Tibetan leader as a separatist and fears such meetings send the wrong signal to Tibetans.     Both men, who have won the Nobel Peace prize, discussed the kind of future they envision for...
Madame Tussauds debuts in Delhi with Indian celebrities | Phuket News
The Delhi museum has waxworks of Bollywood actors, sports stars, PM Narendra Modi and Gandhi....
National Election Committee approves list of new parliamentarians | Phuket News
Cambodia’s National Election Committee has distributed the 55 empty parliamentary seats left vacant by the dissolution of the opposition CNRP to three small parties, which will change the composition of the parliament and provide a shot in the army of the ruling CPP, according to the Phnom Penh Post Online report on Saturday. The NEC rewarded Prince Norodom Ranariddh’s Funcinpec with 41 seats, Cambodian National Party with two and the Khmer Economic Development Party with one. Two other parties, the League of Democracy Party and the Khmer Anti-Poverty Party refused to accept the seats. Ranariddh will take a seat in Kampong Cham where former CNRP leaders Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy were lawmakers. This leaves 11 seats rejected by the two parties up for grabs, with the amended law calling for another round of redistribution of seats, this time with the inclusion of the CPP. Officials were reluctant to give...
October factory output rises 0.48% y-o-y, below forecast | Phuket News
Thailand's annual industrial output rose for a fourth straight month in October, but much less than expected, as stronger production of rubber, car engines and processed food was offset by weaker output of air conditioners, jewellery and textiles....
Condolences pour in for Pitsuwan family | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and several other prominent public figures as well as the Asean Secretariat expressed their condolences to the family of former foreign minister Surin Pitsuwan who died on Thursday (Nov 30) of acute heart failure. The prime minister said that Surin’s death was a great loss of a highly capable and knowledgeable personnel for the country. Former Democrat party leader Chuan Leekpai said he was shocked by the sudden departure of Surin, former deputy leader of the party, whom he praised for having done a lot for the good of the people in his capacity as a politician and for the country in his capacity as a representative of Thailand in the field of foreign affairs. Mr Chuan said Surin was instrumental in boosting the international community’s confidence in Thailand and in lobbying support for Supachai Panitchpakdi to become the head of World Trade Organization. As foreign minister...
Thai Asean pillar Surin dead at 68 | Phuket News
Prominent local and international figures and organisations have expressed condolences and paid tribute to former Asean secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan who died yesterday at 68 after a sudden heart attack....
EU takes tough approach to Brexit as talks enter key weeks | Phuket News
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top Brexit negotiator on Monday took an uncompromising approach to the Brexit talks over the next few crucial weeks, saying it’s up to Britain to offer solutions on outstanding issues and insisting other EU decision-makers could be more unyielding than he has been. Michel Barnier told a conference in […]...
Brexit benefit: Lower pound boosts tourism to Britain | Phuket News
LONDON (AP) — Many British businesses have become cautious as they try to gauge the impact of the country’s 2019 departure from the European Union. But there’s one industry that has so far clearly reaped a windfall from the Brexit decision — local tourism. The sharp fall in the value of the British pound since […]...
Zimbabwe set to swear in post-Mugabe leader | Phuket News
HARARE, Zimbabwe: As Zimbabwe prepares to swear in a new leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa, questions remain on the future of Robert Mugabe, who ruled for 37 years, and the wife who just days ago was poised to succeed him....
Mugabe granted immunity 'part of resignation deal' | Phuket News
HARARE: Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution and assured that his safety would be protected in his home country as part of a deal that led to his resignation, sources close to the negotiations said on Thursday....
China Says it Respects Mugabe's Decision to Resign | Phuket News
China said on Wednesday that it respects Robert Mugabe's decision to resign as Zimbabwe's president, a week after the African country's army and Mugabe's former political allies moved to end his four decades of rule. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the remark during a regular press briefing, adding that China's policy toward Zimbabwe would not change....
Mugabe resigns, Zimbabwe dances in the streets | Phuket News
HARARE: Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe's president on Tuesday a week after the army and his former political allies moved against him, ending four decades of rule by a man who turned from independence hero to archetypal African strongman....
Shut down! Monk with the hammer and clinic staff talking to police | Phuket News
The clinic in Nonthaburi where a monk with a hammer was treating Thais and foreigners has been raided and ordered shut immediately. Five people were taken to Pak Kret police station after it was found that the “Avatar Clinic” in Soi Sukhaprachasan 48, Nonthaburi, had no license. The raid was joined by public health officials and the local district chief. Monk Phra Maha Siphrai Apatro was not there when the raiding party arrived. Tnews reported he was on his way to the station to be questioned about his role. Earlier in the week he was pictured with a hammer treating people with back and neck ailments. Many said that the place was engaged in quackery though the staff claimed that patients liked the treatment and came back for more. Thai Visa /  TNews The post Shut down! Monk with the hammer and clinic staff talking to police appeared first on...
Foreigners queuing up to be hit in the back by monk with a hammer! | Phuket News
Up to a hundred people a day – including many foreigners – believe a monk with a hammer can rid them of back and neck pain. The monk – known as “Phra Maha Si Phrai” will give you a few supposedly healthy whacks at a clinic set up in Pak Kret, Nonthaburi. Someone went on Facebook to say the treatment had given them a new lease of life after they lost their job. But netizens were skeptical – some liked the treatment but many said it was quackery. Reporters went to the Avatar Clinic to see for themselves and found one room kitted out as a traditional massage place. Here the monk was giving a foreign man a few hits. The technique that targets the nerves rather than the bones is supposed to be helpful in the treatment of various back and neck pain especially a condition known as cervical...
Woman arrested for operating an illegal dental clinic | Phuket News
Police, health officials and military personnel arrested a woman in a raid of an illegal dental clinic operating in the guise of a grocery in Muang district of Trang province on Saturday. The woman, identified as Mrs Payom “Jeh Lek” Jaiyai, 51, reportedly told the officials that she learned the technique of orthodontic treatment of dental braces on the internet and has been operating the clinic for five years. The combined team of police from the consumer’s protection unit, provincial health officials and military personnel raided the grocery on Phatthalung road, Tambon Tabtiang, after they found out that it was a front for an illegal dental clinic. A search of the illegal clinic uncovered 24 items of devices in orthodontic treatment, including substandard dental braces which, said the officials, are not strong for teeth aligning and may loosen and fall through the throat. Three charges were filed against Mrs Payom,...
Nurse charged with running illegal abortion clinic | Phuket News
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A nurse has been arrested for allegedly running an illegal private abortion clinic in Muang district....
“Large pedophile gang of foreign retirees” operating in Pattaya, says Thai media | Phuket News
Thai media claims that a large gang of foreign pedophile retirees is molesting young teenage boys in Pattaya. The claims come after the arrest of a Canadian pensioner for molesting a 13 year old boy in South Pattaya. Eddy Walsh, 71, denies the charge. Tnews citing sources close to the investigation said that many European friends of Mr Walsh were involved in molesting children.They said that one is a condo manager in Central Pattaya who has already been arrested twice for working without a permit. But he is still working seemingly without a care prompting concerns that he was not prosecuted and just let go. Investigations are ongoing into the activities of the alleged gang of pedophiles. Mr Walsh was arrested coming out of the Yen Sabai Mansion in Pattaya Soi 17 off Sai 2 on Wednesday. A warrant for his arrest was issued by the Pattaya court on Tuesday...
Pattaya phone-snatcher, 18, arrested | Phuket News
A Nakhon Sawan teenager has been charged with snatching a Russian tourist’s iPhone in Pattaya last week. The post Pattaya phone-snatcher, 18, arrested appeared first on Pattaya Daily News....
Gold prices up B100 to 10,100 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,647.36 baht per- baht weight for gold ornaments and 20,000 baht per baht weight for gold bar....
Japanese store owner says dozens of cops extorted money and stole his property | Phuket News
An investigation is underway in Bang Bua Thong, Nonthaburi after a Japanese second hand goods trader went to police to claim he was extorted by men in uniform. The Region 1 police chief has admitted that those involved are state officials. Suwat Jaengyortsuk has ordered that those involved – both men and women – be suspended from duty immediately pending an investigation. The officials are from the Consumer Protection Police Division (CCPD) and the Economic Crime suppression Division (ECD) of the Royal Thai Police. These officials usually conduct raids concerning pirated goods. The Japanese businessman and his Thai staff said that the shop was visited several times from August to November. In August 15,000 baht was handed over to a group of officials. This was repeated in October. On Monday around half a dozen officials arrived without a warrant and started helping themselves to goods on the shelves such as...
Owner compensates victims of funfair ride accident | Phuket News
The owner of the funfair ride that broke apart on Sunday night in Samut Prakan has agreed to pay compensation to the 15 people injured in the incident, police said on Wednesday. The “Plameuk Hansa” (Fun Octopus) operator, Jenjira Khongwan, 52, had been interviewed by police and agreed to provide money to all the victims, who were satisfied with her gesture of responsibility, said Pol Lt-Colonel Prasit Meksa of Muang Samut Prakan precinct. Jenjira said that, since the crash, her employees had visited the injured people to tell them that she would cover their medical bills, property damage (some victims lost or broke their phones in the crash) and some compensation. In all she would pay Bt112,000, she said. She said this was her company’s first accident and she would have mechanics from China repair and replace parts on the ride as part of a safety assessment. As far as...
15 injured in Samut Prakan fair ride collapse | Phuket News
SAMUT PRAKAN: The organiser of Phra Samut Chedi fair and a ride operator face charges of recklessness causing injuries after a fun ride malfunctioned, two cars fell to the ground and about 15 people were injured, authorities said....
Tornado in Indonesia injures 35, damages hundreds of homes | Phuket News
JAKARTA: A tornado ripped through a densely populated area in Indonesia's East Java province on Thursday, injuring 35 people and damaging more than 600 homes, the head of the local disaster mitigation official said....
Australian men forced on to car roof to escape crocodiles | Phuket News
The men were forced to the roof of their bogged vehicle to avoid rising tides and a crocodile....
Australian men forced onto car roof to escape crocodiles | Phuket News
The men were forced to the roof of their bogged vehicle to avoid rising tides and a crocodile....
Gulf Energy raises $733m in biggest Thai corporate IPO in over a decade | Phuket News
Gulf Energy Development Pcl, Thailand’s No. 3 power company, has priced its IPO at the top end of its marketed range, raising 24 billion baht ($733 million) and marking in the country’s biggest corporate listing in more than ten years. Gulf Energy, which has a portfolio of gas-fired and renewable power plants, said in a filing that it had priced the offering of 533.3 million new shares at 45 baht per share, compared with an indicative range of 40 baht to 45 baht. The offering signals a rebound for Thai listings as the economy improves on the back of a pick-up in exports and tourism. More big offerings are expected next year including a spinoff of the retail arm of PTT Group, the energy giant, as well as a deal from Thonburi Hospital Group. Bangkok IPOs this year, including Gulf Energy, have raised a combined 56.3 billion baht, versus last year’s total of 52.7 billion baht, according to the bourse’s website. Gulf Energy is set to be the...
Conference on reducing marine debris in the Asean region underway in Phuket | Phuket News
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental of Thailand is hosting the “Asean Conference on Reducing Marine Debris in the Asean Region”, from November 22-23, at the JW Marriot Phuket Resort & Spa....
QR-code food centre launched in Khon Kaen | Phuket News
KHON KAEN: The first food court where all vendors accept QR-code payment has opened in Muang district of this northeastern province, with all 50 sellers joining Krungthai Bank’s initiative. (continued below video)...
US Sanctions, Terror Designation Increase Pressure on North Korea | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump's re-listing of North Korea this week as a state-sponsor of terrorism - a largely symbolic move — and the announcement of tightened sanctions on Tuesday were generally welcomed by analysts as stepped-up pressure on Pyongyang to give up its nuclear and missile programs. But analysts question whether the moves, which also target Chinese trade, can get North Korea to the negotiating table. “The re-designation of state sponsor of terrorism has symbolic significance rather than strong pressure,” said Kim Yong-hyun, a professor of North Korean Studies at Dongguk University. “The U.N. [Security Council] Sanction 2375 has been operating, so I think it will enhance pressure on Kim Jong Un’s regime and international society's distrust on North Korea.” China pressure is key New U.S. sanctions announced Tuesday against North Korea may add some substance to the symbolism, but only if China — which accounts for almost all of North Korea’s...
North Korea calls terror relisting 'serious provocation' by Trump | Phuket News
North Korea on Wednesday denounced U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to relist it as a state sponsor of terrorism....
Trump administration lists North Korea as state sponsor of terrorism | Phuket News
NORTH KOREA has been reclassified by the United States as a state sponsor of terrorism, a move intended to place further pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear programme and welcomed by Japan and South Korea. President Donald Trump announced the move during a Cabinet meeting on Monday, which he declared “should have happened a long time ago.” “In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil,” Trump told reporters at the White House. SEE ALSO: Trump calls North Korea’s Kim Jong Un ‘short and fat’ Kim inspects the Sungri Motor Plant, in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on Nov 21, 2017. Source: KCNA via Reuters “So we strongly welcome that decision and it mirrors the determination of the international community on bringing North Korea back to its senses.” Trump has repeatedly blamed past...
Annual US-South Korea war games may get shelved next year | Phuket News
Annual U.S.-South Korea military drills could be scrapped in 2019 to minimize risks of North Korean provocation....
Deceased cadet’s internal organs handed over to parents | Phuket News
Phramongkutklao Hospital has handed over internal organs of Pakapong Tanyakan, a 18-year-old cadet student, back to his parents today (Nov 23). The parents said the organs, which include brain and heart, will be sent to the Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) of the Ministry of Justice to find the actual cause of death of their only son, who is the first-year student at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (Afaps) in Nakhon Nayok province. According to the Afaps, Pakapong collapsed at the school’s medical division on Oct 17. He was rushed to Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy School Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8.24pm. His body was later sent to Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok for autopsy. Pakapong Tanyakan The autopsy revealed he died of heart failure, but his family was not convinced and asked Ongkharak police to investigate the cause of the death. The police on Oct...
Removal of cadet’s organs ‘normal procedure’ | Phuket News
The Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) has said it is normal procedure to collect the organs from a body without telling the deceased’s family. The revelation follows concerns from the family of a dead military student about the removal of his internal body parts. It was also revealed that the organs of the 18-year-old military student will be sent to the institute for a second examination on Thursday. CIFS deputy director Dr Trairit Temahiwong told a press conference on Wednesday that it was lawful for a forensic doctor and investigation team to collect organs and tissues from a body without notifying the relatives. This was to allow for a thorough examination on the organs. Moreover, this would be helpful in this particular case, as it will help the medical team to accurately identify the cause of death. First-year Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School student Phakhapong “Moei” Tanyakan died at...
QR-code food centre launched on Khon Kaen | Phuket News
KHON KAEN: The first food court where all vendors accept QR-code payment has opened in Muang district of this northeastern province, with all 50 sellers joining Krungthai Bank’s initiative....
HOLD for VDO--Cashless food centre launched on Khon Kaen | Phuket News
KHON KAEN: The first full-fledged cashless food court has opened in Muang district of this northeastern province, with all 50 vendors joining Krungthai Bank’s initiative....
Man arrested for allegedly duped GSB in Khon Kaen of 38 million baht in housing loans | Phuket News
Police have arrested a man who allegedly duped the Government Housing Bank in Khon Kaen to grant housing loans to 14 individuals totaling 38 million baht with forged government documents. The suspect, a former hotel manager in Khon Kaen and a land broker, was shown to the media at the forward operations centre of Khon Kaen provincial police in the presence of Pol Maj-Gen Promnatthakhet Hamkampai, the provincial police chief, Muang Khon Kaen district chief Chatchai Ooncharoen and other police officers. Pol Maj-Gen Promnatthakhet said that legal affairs unit of the GHB in Khon Kaen had lodged a complaint with the police that the bank was duped to have granted 38 million baht in housing loans to 14 individuals, including some military officers, to buy housing units in the northeastern province. He said that, after three months when the payment of the first instalments of the 14 loans was due,...
EU leaders warn broadening of Brexit talks could be in doubt | Phuket News
GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) — European Union leaders warned Britain Friday that it must do much more to convince them that Brexit talks should be broadened to cover future relations and trade from December. At an EU summit in Sweden, Prime Minister Theresa May’s government was urged to clarify how much Britain will pay in settlement […]...
Chinese tour operator arrested with fake Thai ID | Phuket News
Police arrested a Chinese woman accused of illegally holding the Thai ID card of an ethnic Lahu woman and operating tour services in Bangkok. They said around 50 people were suspected of similar crimes....
Citi predicts a 'new normal' of geopolitical risk will likely boost gold prices | Phuket News
Gold prices are likely to be buoyed by the
Man caught, 10m meth pills seized in Samut Prakan | Phuket News
SAMUT PRAKAN: A young man was arrested and more than 10 million methamphetamine pills seized from his house in Bang Phli district in the early hours of Tuesday....
Octopus Tagada machine collapses injuring 15 players at Red Cross Fair in Samut Prakarn | Phuket News
Fifteen people were injured when an arm of an Octopus amusement machine at the Thai Red Cross Fair in Samut Prakarn broke and fell on the ground. The break caused the machine to lose balance and forced the remaining four arms to collapse to the ground. All the people on the seats in the five arms of the Octopus Tagada machine suffered injuries, one of them broken leg bones. All were rushed to Samut Prakarn hospital. Samut Prakarn police said one arm of the Octapus broke and fell to the ground,causing for other arms to collapse after losing balance. The incident happened as the Octopus machine was fully seated by players. Nobody was killed, but they suffered injuries from bruises to broken bones. The operator of the machine Anuchit Jaitiengtham said he inspected the readiness and safety of the machine before giving service. But as the machine was spinning, one...
Export strength continues | Phuket News
Exports rose for an eighth straight month in October, bringing the total for the first 10 months to a slightly higher level than expected and raising hopes that full-year growth could approach 10%, says the Commerce Ministry....
Exports rose 13.1% in October, outlook bright | Phuket News
Exports in October rose 13.1% on an annual basis, raising hopes of ending out 2017 with growth of more than 8%, the highest in six years....
Asian shares waver in muted trading ahead of Thanksgiving | Phuket News
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are mixed in muted trading Monday ahead of the Thanksgiving holidays in the U.S., as gloom carried over from Friday’s retreat on Wall Street. Japan reported its exports rose 14 percent in October from a year earlier on strong demand from China and the U.S. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei […]...
Singapore October exports rise most in 2½ years | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: Singapore's exports rose the most in 2½ years in October, well over double expectations as surging sales to China helped more than recoup a decline the month before in a boost to the trade-dependent economy....
Football scandal probe fingers 4 Si Sa Ket stars | Phuket News
Si Sa Ket chairman Thanet Kruerat claimed Wednesday that four of his players were involved in match-fixing....
5 players, 2 referees named in match-fixing scandal | Phuket News
Five football players from two Thai League 1 teams and two referees are among 12 people accused of fixing results of domestic matches by the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) and police....
Pope to Meet Myanmar Military Chief, Rohingya Refugees | Phuket News
Pope Francis will meet this month with the military chief of Myanmar as well as the Rohingya Muslims who claim to be persecuted by the country's armed forces. During a trip to Myanmar, starting November 26, the pontiff will meet with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing shortly before leaving for neighboring Bangladesh. Myanmar Cardinal Charles Bo persuaded the pope to add a meeting with the general to his schedule. Bo also advised the pope not to use the term
Rohingya crisis: US calls Myanmar action 'ethnic cleansing' | Phuket News
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Myanmar Rohingya Muslims suffered
US calls Myanmar's Rohingya operation 'ethnic cleansing' | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: The United States called the Myanmar military operation against the Rohingya population
Rakhine State is an open-air prison for Rohingyas, says Amnesty | Phuket News
HUMAN rights group Amnesty International has accused the government of Burma (Myanmar) of creating apartheid and an “open-air prison” in between Rohingya Muslims and the rest of the population in its restive, northern Rakhine State. In a report entitled Caged without a roof released Tuesday, Amnesty documented its investigation into the “root causes” of the Rohingya crisis, which has seen more than 620,000 people flee from Rakhine into Bangladesh since Aug 25. “The Myanmar authorities are keeping Rohingya women, men and children segregated and cowed in a dehumanising system of apartheid. Their rights are violated daily and the repression has only intensified in recent years,” said Amnesty’s Senior Director for Research Anna Neistat. SEE ALSO: As Tillerson visits Burma, Holocaust Museum points to ‘mounting evidence of genocide’ The report claims that this is part of a “systemic attack against a civilian population” which constitutes “crimes against humanity as defined in...
China is pumping a ton of cash into its economy. Here's what you need to know | Phuket News
China has been injecting a lot of cash into the market recently....
China is pumping a lot of cash into its economy to calm investors | Phuket News
China has been injecting a lot of cash into the market recently....
Experts are calling for the 'Icarus' stock rally to finally lose altitude | Phuket News
The 2017 stock rally is looking fatigued and a 10 percent correction in U.S. equities looks imminent, experts say....
Chelsea, Barca in CL last 16, Man United lose | Phuket News
Chelsea powered into the Champions League last 16 as Eden Hazard and Willian inspired a 4-0 thrashing of 10-man Qarabag on Wednesday....
Facing graft probe, Pakistan Finance Minister relieved of duties | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has been relieved of his duties, local media said on Wednesday, following speculation about his future after he failed to appear in court to answer corruption charges. ...
Pakistan's Finance Minister Dar relieved after taking sick leave - media | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has been relieved of his portfolio as he is taking time off with sick leave, local media reported on Wednesday, following weeks of speculation about Dar's future in the wake of corruption proceedings against him. ...
Rescue officials struggle for hours to bring a 150-kg woman to hospital | Phuket News
Rescue workers and officials of Kluaynamthai hospital on Friday (Dec 1) took several hours to move a 150-kg woman out of her shack in Klong Toey community and brought her to the hospital for medical treatment. The patient, Ms Rattanaporn Polthep, 25, was bed-ridden, sick and could not walk.  Her family then sought help from Kluaynamthai hospital for fear that the wounds on her back might get worse because she could hardly move. Because of her heavy weight and the door of the shack is too small, the rescue workers had to cut open one of the walls which is made of gypsum board to get her out. But there was still another problem, there was no stretch which was strong enough to withstand her weight. Several rescue workers had to take turns to help carry her to a waiting truck which was parked about 800 metres from her shack...
What to do when students have scattered attention? | Phuket News
This article tells what to do when students have scattered attention. The post What to do when students have scattered attention? appeared first on Pattaya Daily News....
Phuket’s Australian Consul-General recaps on a year of assisting travellers | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket’s Australian Consul-General Craig Ferguson today (Dec 1) elaborated on the duties and encounters of his profession as he marked his first year as Phuket’s very first Consul-General, at a Rotary Club of Patong lunch held at the Millenium Hotel in Patong....
Preparations ready for Toon’s Bangkok run on Dec 4 | Phuket News
Metropolitan police have made preparations to welcome charity runner Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai, who is due to arrive in Bangkok on Monday (Dec 4) at about 3 pm. Pol Maj-Gen Jirapat Poomichit, deputy commissioner of Metropolitan Police Bureau, said Friday (Dec 1) that, at about 3 pm on Monday, a police team would be assigned at the PTT gas station at Thamamasala in Bangkok’s suburb, which has been set at the starting point of Toon’s running route across the city where police would arrange the traffic to facilitate the charity run. The route will run through Boromratchachonnee road, into Sirindhorn road, across the Krung Thon bridge into Rajavithi road, toward Phramongkutklao hospital, the Victory Monument, to Phyathai road and into Pullman King Power hotel in Soi Rangnam where the rocker and his team will spend the night. On the following day, Dec 5, Toon will resume his charity run at about...
Thai man, 84, found dead at Phuket bus stop | Phuket News
PHUKET: An 84 year-old man from Phang Nga who was waiting for a bus to take him back home was found dead at a bus stop in front of a temple in Thalang earlier today....
Man arrested for trying to grope breasts on bus | Phuket News
A man accused of trying to grope a woman passenger's breasts on a moving bus has been arrested in Bang Sue district, Bangkok....
Man arrested for trying to grab breasts on bus | Phuket News
A man who tried to grab a female passenger's breasts on a moving bus has been arrested in Bang Sue district, Bangkok....
Thai man, 27, seriously injured in Phuket motorbike accident | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 27-year-old Thai man is in a serious condition at Vachira Phuket Hospital following a motorbike accident in Srisoonthorn early this morning (Nov 28)....
Phuket Governor honours schoolboy’s honesty | Phuket News
PHUKET: Government officials rewarded an 11-year-old schoolboy today (Dec 1) \ after he returned a wallet containing B920 in cash, credit cards and a passport that he found at a market in Chalong to its rightful owner earlier this week....
Passenger van busted carrying meth at Phuket Checkpoint | Phuket News
PHUKET: Tha Chatchai Police arrested two Thai males at 11pm yesterday (Nov 30) when the passenger van they were in was found to have 2,156 methamphetamine pills (ya bah) hidden in a compartment inside the van....
Phuket tour bus engulfed by fire | Phuket News
PHUKET: A Phuket tour bus carrying 22 Chinese tourists back from a day trip to Phang Nga was engulfed by flames this evening, stopping traffic on the busy Thepkrasattri Rd in Koh Kaew, north of Phuket Town....
Phuket passenger van slams into safety rail at famed monument | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police are investigation an accident that saw a commercial passenger van slam into the guardrail protecting Phuket’s famed Heroines’ Monument at high speed in the early hours of this morning (Nov 25)....
What is Pakistan’s militancy issue all about? | Phuket News
Time and again, western experts and Pakistan’s progressive analysts have pointed to a “failing state” – a nuclear-armed country grappling with an acute economic crisis, where home-grown Islamic extremists target civilians and security forces on a regular basis. But for a common European citizen, whose main reference points on the conflict happen to be Taliban […]...
Land links | Phuket News
A caravan from China to Thailand and its neighbouring countries has been launched to attract more Chinese visitors to the Kingdom. — Jetjaras Na Ranong...
Miss Wheelchair's fight against harassment | Phuket News
Virali Modi is campaigning to make train travel in India safer, after she was assaulted by a man helping to lift her from her wheelchair to the carriage....
What North Korea’s Photos Say About Its Ballistic Missile | Phuket News
North Korea released dozens of photos Thursday of the Hwasong-15, a new intercontinental ballistic missile it claims can reach any target in the continental United States. The photo dump, published in the paper and online editions of the ruling party’s official daily, is a goldmine for rocket experts trying to parse reality from bluster. Their general conclusion is that it’s bigger, more advanced and comes with a domestically made mobile launcher that will make it harder than ever to pre-emptively destroy. But there’s a potentially major catch: it might not have the power to go much farther than the West Coast if it is loaded down with a real nuclear warhead, not a dummy like the one it carried in its test launch Wednesday. Here’s a closer look: The missile The North’s new missile appears to be significantly bigger than the Hwasong-14 ICBM it tested twice in July. Note how...
Malaysian panel urges criminal probe of Mahathir, Anwar | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian inquiry panel recommended on Thursday that veteran former leader Mahathir Mohamad and his one-time deputy, Anwar Ibrahim, face a criminal investigation into a multi-billion ringgit foreign exchange scandal in the 1990s....
Military panel set up to probe soldier's broken hip | Phuket News
The army has set up a panel to look into a complaint made by the father of a private who claims his son's hip was broken during a physical assault by a military instructor....
99kg of heroin seized in Hat Yai | Phuket News
SONGKHLA: Police have seized 99 kilogrammes of heroin that smugglers abandoned by the roadside in Hat Yai district after being tailed on Friday....
Pope Francis uses ‘Rohingya’ to refer to refugees | Phuket News
Pope Francis was speaking toRohingya refugees in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, grasping their hands and listening to their stories. He apologized for the “indifference of the world” to their plight, telling the 12 men and four women that “the presence of God today is also called Rohingya.” It is the first time the pontiff has […]...
Pope uses word "Rohingya" in public for first time on Asia trip | Phuket News
DHAKA (Reuters) - Pope Francis used the word
Rohingya who says she was raped in Myanmar hopes pope can help find justice | Phuket News
DHAKA (Reuters) - A 27-year-old Rohingya Muslim woman refugee from Myanmar will meet Pope Francis on Friday in the hope he can help her find justice for the abuse she says she suffered at the hands of Myanmar soldiers, including rape. ...
Bali Airport Reopens as Cloud of Volcanic Ash Lifts | Phuket News
Two days after the skies above the Indonesian resort island of Bali were darkened by a large cloud of volcanic ash, the island's international airport reopened Wednesday. The airport has been closed since Monday, when activity at nearby Mount Agung sent a large cloud of ash more than 7,600 meters into the air. More than 400 flights in and out of Bali were canceled during that time, and tens of thousands of foreign tourists were left stranded at the facility. The volcanic ash finally shifted direction earlier Wednesday, prompting airport officials to resume normal operations. Authorities on Bali have issued an evacuation order for 100,000 people living within a 10 kilometer radius of Mount Agung, citing fears of a major eruption that could happen at any moment. The volcano last erupted in 1963, killing over 1,000 people. President Joko Widodo has ordered the military and all emergency services to assist...
Pakistan: Taliban gunmen disguised in burqas storm college | Phuket News
A group of Taliban insurgents, clad in burqas, reached the gates of Peshawar’s Agriculture Training Institute in a rickshaw on Friday morning, before firing “indiscriminately” at guards and students. “A number of people have been injured and the military and other law enforcement agencies are carrying out an operation to clear the area,” said Peshawar […]...
Which countries have diplomatic relations with North Korea? | Phuket News
North Korea has formal diplomatic relations with 164 countries, according to the US-based National Committee on North Korea. Forty-seven countries host a North Korean embassy, while 24 have an embassy in Pyongyang. Most of the countries that do not have an embassy in North Korea handle their diplomatic affairs with the country from their embassies […]...
North Korea: Russia accuses US of goading Kim Jong-un | Phuket News
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejects US calls to cut ties with the North over its weapons tests....
China partly lifts ban on group tours to South Korea, online curbs stay | Phuket News
The move is a sign of thawing relations between the countries that have been locked in a year-long diplomatic standoff....
India, France Urge Action Against Nations That Back Terror | Phuket News
India and France have called for global action against countries that support, finance or shelter terrorists. Visiting French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj expressed deep concern Friday over rising terrorism in the world.     They did not name any countries, but India accuses its neighbor, Pakistan, of training, arming and sheltering insurgent groups fighting for Kashmir's independence from India or its merger with Pakistan.   Pakistan denies the allegations.   Le Drian said India and France enjoy special ties and referred to India's purchase of 36 French Rafale combat jets and its manufacturing of Scorpene submarines in India with technology transfer from a French company.   He arrived in India on Friday for a two-day visit.       ...
The tastes of Venice are on the menu at Acqua | Phuket News
Venetian home-style cooking is being served at Acqua, in Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, throughout November. The post The tastes of Venice are on the menu at Acqua appeared first on Pattaya Daily News....
Ninja Turtles star as Vistas cupcakes | Phuket News
Fun Ninja Turtles cupcakes with smiley faces are being served throughout November at Vistas, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. The post Ninja Turtles star as Vistas cupcakes appeared first on Pattaya Daily News....
Steak & BBQ Buffet “Cowboy Night” @ Coast restaurant | Phuket News
Steak & BBQ Buffet “Cowboy Night” every Monday night @ Coast restaurant Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya The post Steak & BBQ Buffet “Cowboy Night” @ Coast restaurant appeared first on Pattaya Daily News....
Students and taxi motorcyclists' brawl settled | Phuket News
Students and taxi motorcycle drivers involved in a violent road rage brawl were summonsed to appear at a police station on Sunday....
US Navy plane crashes in Philippine Sea; 3 missing | Phuket News
TOKYO: A US Navy transport plane carrying 11 people crashed in the Philippines Sea south of Japan on Wednesday as it flew to the aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan, the US Seventh Fleet said....
US Navy Plane with 11 Aboard Crashes into Pacific; 8 Found | Phuket News
A plane carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday while on the way to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, the Navy said. Eight of the people on board have been found, Japan's defense minister told reporters, but it was unclear whether they were alive. The Defense Ministry said it had no information on their condition. The Navy's Japan-based 7th Fleet said in a statement that a search and rescue operation was launched from the carrier. “Personnel recovery is underway and their condition will be evaluated by USS Ronald Reagan medical staff,'' the statement said. The C-2 ``Greyhound'' aircraft crashed into the Pacific about 150 kilometers (90 miles) northwest of Okinotorishima, a Japanese atoll, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said, according to a ministry spokesman. The Navy said the ship was operating in the Philippine Sea, which is east of the Philippines, when the crash occurred...
Michelin-starred Bangkok restaurants to be named as inaugural guide launched | Phuket News
On December 6 this year, two back-to-back events in Bangkok will mark a highly anticipated milestone in Thailand’s gastronomic history when the country’s first-ever Michelin stars are announced and awarded to selected restaurants and chefs ......
Omnichannel wave propels aCommerce | Phuket News
Thailand's online retail business is expected to grow from US$2.9 billion (95 billion baht) in 2016 to $11.1 billion in 2025, while brands and e-commerce providers will make the omnichannel shift to reach customers both on- and offline....
SET rises 10.09 to 1,720.57 at midday | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went up 10.09 points or 0.59% to close at 1,720.57 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 27 billion baht, with 5.14 billion shares traded....
Trump in Asia and Consequences in Troubled Times | Phuket News
At the start of his presidency Donald Trump and his close advisors paid little attention to East Asia. But the escalating tension with North Korea has dragged his gaze this way, as has his perception that the United States is getting a raw deal in its trade relations with this region. Mr. Trump has just completed the longest Asian tour made by any sitting US president, and has returned to Washington DC proclaiming a triumphant reset of America’s relations with the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. During his 12-day trip Mr. Trump played gold with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, met Emperor Akihito, met the newly-installed President Moon Jae-in in Seoul, tried but failed to reach the DMZ, was given a lavish welcome by Xi Jinping in Beijing, attended the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam, where he outlines a tough new US approach to trade, and then flew to...
Tourism generates 2.1 trillion baht ($63 billion) during first 10 months | Phuket News
The Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports, Pongpanu Svetarundra, said arrivals to Thailand generated tourism revenue of more than 2.1 trillion baht during the first 10 months of 2017. Mr. Pongpanu said international tourist arrivals stood at over two million in October, up 20.92 percent from a year ago. Last month, most foreign tourist arrivals were from East Asia, followed by visitors from Europe, South Asia, and North and South Americas respectively. The Chinese remained the largest group, followed by the Malaysians and the Laotians, while the largest spenders were the Chinese, Russians and Malaysians, respectively. From January to September this year, local tourists generated revenue of 695.2 billion baht, up 7.34 percent from the same period of 2016. The expected rise results from an improved outlook for global tourism as well as Thailand’s investment in infrastructure, Deputy Prime Minister Thanasak Patimaprakorn told reporters. “This is another year that we...
No need to go to Thailand, work here, Cambodians told | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: The National Employment Agency opened a new job centre in Banteay Meanchey on Tuesday to help people find employment locally or elsewhere in Cambodia instead of going to Thailand to work....
Thailand government still dogging exiled former PM Thaksin | Phuket News
THAILAND’s government has asked the country’s highest court to reopen the case of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra for alleged graft. On Tuesday, the Thai Attorney-General asked the Supreme Court to continue hearing two criminal cases against Thaksin, reported the Bangkok Post. As of September, Thai politicians can now be tried in absentia under a new law under which Thaksin’s sister Yingluck Shinawatra was sentenced to jail despite having fled overseas. SEE ALSO: Thai government to hunt Yingluck Shinawatra in the UK He was ousted by a military coup in 2006 and has lived in self-imposed exile since 2008. Graft cases were brought against Thaksin in 2008 and 2012, however had to be suspended until he returned to Thailand for trial. “Public prosecutors put in a request to the supreme court today to proceed with the two cases without presence of the accused, in accordance with the new law,” Wanchart...
Police eye more suspects in soccer match fixing | Phuket News
Police are prepared to make arrest of the second batch of suspects allegedly involved in soccer match fixing. Pol Maj-Gen Itthipol Atchariyapradit, the inquiry commander of Metropolitan Police Bureau, said Wednesday (Nov 22) that his men were in the process of gathering evidence to nail more suspects, including some foreigners, who were allegedly involved in soccer match fixing. He added that arrest warrants would be sought with the court once there are sufficient evidence against any individuals suspected to be involved in the scam. Twelve suspects who include footballers, referees, soccer club executives and linesmen have been arrested in the first roundup.  All of them have been released on bail. Pol Maj-Gen Itthipol insisted police had treated the case in a straightforward and transparent manner based on the evidence in hands. Besides soccer, he indicated that police would also look into alleged match fixing in boxing and horse race, noting...
12 alleged soccer match fixers identified | Phuket News
The national police chief, Pol Gen Chaktip Chaijinda, unveiled the identities of 12 individuals held in police custody on charges of soccer match fixing. The 12 suspects are Mr Sutthipong Laoporn, Mr Narong Wongthongkham, Mr Suwittaya Namsinlark, Mr Seksan Chaothonglang, all of them professional footballers of Royal Thai Navy FC; Mr Veera Kerdputsa, goalkeeper of Nakhon Ratchasima Mazda FC, referee Phumirin Kamruen, lineman Thirachit Sitthisuk, Si Sa Ket FC club director Mr Cherdsak Boonchu and four financiers or their representatives namely Mr Walllop Samarn, Mr Kittipoom Paphu-nga, Mr Manit or Setthapasit Komonwattana and Mr Parkpoom Pannik. The arrest of the 12 suspects followed a yearlong investigation by the police in cooperation with the Football Association Thailand, led by its president Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang. Speaking at a press conference held at the FAT head office Tuesday afternoon, Pol Gen Somyot said that allegations of soccer match fixing had been around...
Witness says he paid $160M in bribes to soccer officials | Phuket News
NEW YORK (AP) — A former marketing executive from Argentina testified Thursday at a U.S. trial that he and his company arranged to pay 30 soccer officials about $160 million in bribes over the course of several years until his arrest in 2015. Alejandro Burzaco offered the estimate in the case against three former South […]...
US slams 'atrocities, ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: The United States declared the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be
Tillerson Calls Violence Against Rohingya in Myanmar 'Ethnic Cleansing' | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is calling the violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state that triggered a mass relocation of Muslim Rohingya to neighboring Bangladesh ethnic cleansing.
Seafood BBQ Thursday night @ Centara Pattaya | Phuket News
Seafood BBQ Buffet every Thursday night Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya The post Seafood BBQ Thursday night @ Centara Pattaya appeared first on Pattaya Daily News....
Okinawa car crash sparks US troops alcohol ban in Japan | Phuket News
A Marine is under arrest for drink-driving after a deadly crash stokes resentment on Okinawa....
Alcohol bootlegging alleged at EU mission in Kabul | Phuket News
The EU is assessing whether alcohol intended for staff was sold on the black market....
SET up 6.17 points to 1,696.43 at midday | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand's main index went up 6.17 points, or 0.36%, to close at 1,696.43 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 33.26 billion baht with 6.81 billion shares traded....
SET rises 7.52 to 1,716.90 at midday | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went up 7.52 points or 0.44% to close at 1,716.90 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 25.27 billion baht, with 5 billion shares traded....
SET opens up 5.64 to 1,716.12 | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened up 0.33% at the start of trade this morning....
SET rises 12.44 to 1,703.69 at midday | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went up 12.44 points or 0.74% to close at 1,703.69 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 24.5 billion baht, with 4.68 billion shares traded....
Tax incentives pondered to promote domestic tourism | Phuket News
The Ministry of Finance is pondering tax incentives to promote domestic tourism by Thais. A well-informed source said Tuesday that the Finance Ministry was considering tax deduction of up to 30,000 baht per head for Thais who travel in secondary cities in the country and up to 50,000 baht per head for travelling during three-month period of off-season tourism. The tax incentives will be deducted from taxable income of the taxpayers so that they pay less tax, said the source, adding that the measure is expected to come into effect in the first quarter of next year. The Finance Ministry’s initiative has the backing of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports which deems the initiative will help promote domestic tourism among Thais. Domestic tourism among Thais is still regarded as low with each Thai making just 1.5 trips on average each year despite the fact that tourism is a major...
Thailand’s export on track to hit all-time high in 2017 | Phuket News
Thailand’s export value could reach an all-time high of US$232.6 billion in 2017 if the monthly value is at least $19 billion in the fourth quarter of this year, according to the International Trade Promotion Department. The previous record was set in 2012, when the value reached $229.1 billion, according to ministry statistic. Thailand’s exports are coping with the strength of the baht, posting gains of more than 10% in each of the five months through September. The baht has advanced more than 8% in 2017, among the best performers in Asia. Gross domestic product probably grew 3.8% in the third quarter from a year ago, according to the median estimate of nine economists surveyed by Bloomberg. That would be the quickest pace since the first quarter of 2013, according to the data. The government will release official figures on Nov 20. Higher-than-expected exports helped the Thai economy to grow...
Thailand’s export up 12.2%YOY in September, reaching historic high | Phuket News
Thailand’s export value expanded 12.2%YOY in September, posing strong growth in almost all product categories and key markets. Gold exports, in particular, grew 243%YOY, with the export growth rate at 7.9%YOY without gold. Oil and related products, such as refined fuel, as well as rubber and rubber products expanded by 53%YOY and 42% YOY respectively. Meanwhile, in the manufacturing sector, computer equipment and parts exports increased by more than 9%YOY in line with more demand for industrial products thanks to a better global economic outlook. Overall, Thailand’s exports saw a 9.3%YOY growth in the first nine months of the year. Import value also continued expanding, at 9.7%YOY, led by imports of computer equipment and parts, which grew 18.8%YOY in line with more exports in the same product category. Continuing recovery is also seen in the imports of capital goods (excluding airplanes and ships), with a 3.8%YOY growth rate, reflecting a...
The rich just got richer: Three Thai families make it to ‘Asia’s 50 Richest’ list by Forbes | Phuket News
Three powerful Thai clans have been named to the latest Forbes Asia’s 50 Richest Families list, and they have gotten even richer since last year. The Chearavanont family, who own the Charoen Pokphand Group (CP Group), boasts a bank balance of $US36.6 billion (THB1.2 trillion). Despite falling from second to fourth place this year, the family got richer by US$8.9 billion (THB295.8 billion) over this last trip around the sun. Who can complain? The Chearavanont owns one of the world’s largest conglomerate companies. CP Group generates big income from agribusiness and food, retail, and telecommunications, with their well-known operation being the 7-Eleven convenience stores in Thailand and True Move cell service. The second richest family in Thailand is the Chirathivats, the owners of Central Group which operates most of Thailand’s large malls. They’re ranked at 10th place with a fortune of US$19.3 billion (THB637.2 billion). Last year they were recorded as having...
Forbes: Beyonce music's highest-earning woman | Phuket News
NEW YORK: Forbes has crowned Beyonce as the highest paid woman in music....
Forbes names Beyonce music’s highest-earning woman | Phuket News
NEW YORK (AP) — Forbes has crowned Beyonce as the highest paid woman in music. Forbes magazine says the singer earned $105 million over a yearlong period stretching from June 2016 to June of this year. Beyonce’s earnings were boosted by her “Formation” world tour last year, which Forbes says grossed $250 million. Runner-up Adele also […]...
Hundreds flocking to Udon shrine as famous medium leads the way to lottery riches! | Phuket News
A steady flow of people hoping to get rich in the latest lottery draw followed a famous medium to an Udon Thani shrine this week. Mae Yaa Sri Pathum was on her hands and knees at the Pu Sri Suttho shrine doing her best to invoke the spirits and make everyone rich. After the hopeful had made some merit, they dispersed around the shrine to hunt for the winning numbers. Some looked in the roots of a magical tree while others thought that was unlikely to yield the vital digits – they went to pray to some garland adorned logs. Some hunted with their eyes and fingers scrabbling in the dirt while others employed more modern techniques to ensure they get rich – like taking pictures with mobile phones. Some announced to others they had seen the numbers while some meanies wouldn’t even tell their friends. Some saw two digits,...
Songkhla immigration chief removed after jailbreak by Uighur illegal immigrants | Phuket News
The Songkhla immigration superintendent was transferred to assist work at the Operations Centre of the 6th immigration command following the jailbreak of 20 Uighur illegal immigrants from the detention centre in Sadao district of Songkhla province early Monday morning (Nov 20). A fact-finding committee was also set up to find out if the jailbreak was due to the failure to perform duty of any immigration officials. A manhunt is underway by police from the Songkhla immigration office and the 9th Region Provincial Police Bureau. Meanwhile, Pol Gen Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul, the deputy national police chief, said police had been ordered to hunt down the 20 jailbreakers as they were considered as a security threat. There were 25 Uighur illegal immigrants in the detention centre in Sadao district. They were smuggled into southern Thailand by a human trafficking gang and arrested by police in 2015. The post Songkhla immigration chief removed after...
A Thai woman wanted in connection with Ratchaprasong bomb blast nabbed | Phuket News
A Thai woman who was wanted by the police for alleged involvement in the fatal bomb explosion at the Ratchaprasong intersection on August 17, 2015 has been arrested by immigration police at Suvarnabhumi international airport when she returned to Thailand from abroad. The suspect, Mrs Wanna or Maisaroh Suansan, and her Turkish husband, Emrah Davutoglu, were wanted by the Thai police for alleged involvement in the bomb blast which took place inside the Erawan shrine, killing 20 people and injuring 123 others – most of the foreign tourists. Two Chinese ethnic Uighur men, identified as Adem Karadag and Mierali Yusufu, have been arrested and currently on trial at the Bangkok Military Court. Pol Gen Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul, the national deputy police chief, said the Immigration Bureau had received a tipoff that Mrs Wanna would return to Thailand at the Suvarnabhumi airport at around noon today (Nov 22) and immigration officials at...
Thailand govt to reopen criminal cases against exiled ex-PM Thaksin | Phuket News
THAILAND’s government has asked the country’s highest court to reopen the case of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra for alleged graft. On Tuesday, the Thai Attorney-General asked the Supreme Court to continue hearing two criminal cases against Thaksin, reported the Bangkok Post. As of September, Thai politicians can now be tried in absentia under a new law under which Thaksin’s sister Yingluck Shinawatra was sentenced to jail despite having fled overseas. SEE ALSO: Thai government to hunt Yingluck Shinawatra in the UK He was ousted by a military coup in 2006 and has lived in self-imposed exile since 2008. Graft cases were brought against Thaksin in 2008 and 2012, but had to be suspended until he returned to Thailand for trial. “Public prosecutors put in a request to the supreme court today to proceed with the two cases without presence of the accused, in accordance with the new law,” Wanchart...
Thailand government to re-open criminal cases against exiled former PM Thaksin | Phuket News
THAILAND’s government has asked the country’s highest court to reopen the case of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra for alleged graft. On Tuesday, the Thai Attorney-General asked the Supreme Court to continue hearing two criminal cases against Thaksin, reported the Bangkok Post. As of September, Thai politicians can now be tried in absentia under a new law under which Thaksin’s sister Yingluck Shinawatra was sentenced to jail despite having fled overseas. SEE ALSO: Thai government to hunt Yingluck Shinawatra in the UK He was ousted by a military coup in 2006 and has lived in self-imposed exile since 2008. Graft cases were brought against Thaksin in 2008 and 2012, however had to be suspended until he returned to Thailand for trial. “Public prosecutors put in a request to the supreme court today to proceed with the two cases without presence of the accused, in accordance with the new law,” Wanchart...
OAG asks court to resume trials of cases against Thaksin | Phuket News
The Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to resume the hearing of two criminal cases against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra under a new organic law that allows the trial of fugitive politicians in absentia....
Decision on Thaksin's shelved cases to be announced | Phuket News
The Attorney-General's spokesman will hold a press conference Tuesday morning on the possibility of prosecuting former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in absentia in two cases....
Russia finally admits nuclear problem, radioactivity spike | Phuket News
MOSCOW: Russian authorities on Tuesday confirmed reports of a spike in radioactivity in the air over the Ural Mountains while the suspected culprit, a nuclear fuel processing plant, denied it was the source of contamination....
Russia finally admits nuclear accident, radioactivity spike | Phuket News
MOSCOW: Russian authorities on Tuesday confirmed reports of a spike in radioactivity in the air over the Ural Mountains while the suspected culprit, a nuclear fuel processing plant, denied it was the source of contamination....
Russia confirms spike in radioactivity in the Urals | Phuket News
MOSCOW: Russian authorities on Tuesday confirmed reports of a spike in radioactivity in the air over the Ural Mountains....
Philanthropist: 'I Cannot Eat Three Bowls of Rice at One Time' | Phuket News
Vietnamese-American entrepreneur donates $10 million to help Harvey and California flooding victims rebuild. Elizabeth Lee talks with philanthropist Kieu Hoang....
Champions League: City sail, Liverpool collapse | Phuket News
Manchester City secured top spot in Group F with a 1-0 win over Feyenoord at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, making it five wins out of five for Pep Guardiola's side....
'I Cannot Eat Three Bowls of Rice at One Time' | Phuket News
When the Vietnam War ended in 1975, and the first refugees trickled into the Los Angeles area, Helene Ross, co-founder of the Westlake Women's Club, organized the group to collect necessities and distribute them to displaced Vietnamese. Kieu Hoang accepted clothing and, later, household goods and a motorbike. In September, he gave $5 million to help Houstonians rebuild after Hurricane Harvey.
Father-Admiral 'goes off' when son dropped by Marines | Phuket News
The Royal Thai Marine Corps has lodged a police complaint against a former naval officer who unleashed his anger and allegedly damaged assets as well as snatched a rifle at the Reconnaissance Battalion, a unit of the corps in Chon Buri....
Delhi's Homeless Most Affected by Severe Air Pollution | Phuket News
In the Indian capital, New Delhi, winter was once a season of cool, crisp winds, bracing walks and picnics under a blue sky. But as the city remained enveloped in gray smog this month, authorities rolled out a series of emergency measures to combat deadly levels of air pollution. As Anjana Pasricha reports, the toxic air has improved slightly, but it is still hitting the most vulnerable the hardest....
Runners brave toxic smog as Delhi half-marathon goes ahead | Phuket News
MORE than 30,000 dedicated runners braved toxic levels of smog to take part in the Delhi half marathon on Sunday, despite the air pollution being eight times than the safe maximum. Organisers decided to go ahead with the race, ignoring warnings from the Indian Medical Association who warned of “disastrous health consequences” if they proceeded. Some athletes complained of side effects from the polluted conditions which worsened as amateur runners – the bulk of Sunday’s competitors – huffed and puffed around Delhi’s smoggy streets later in the morning. SEE ALSO: ‘Gas chamber’: Health emergency declared as smog chokes Delhi “My eyes are burning, my throat is dry. I have a running nose,” running enthusiast Rohit Mohan told AFP (via The Guardian). “It’s been terrible since I landed here yesterday,” said the 30-year-old from the southern city of Bangalore who was among the minority donning a mask. # delhi half marathon 2017...
Thousands run in Delhi 'smogathon' | Phuket News
Air pollution levels were eight times the safe level and doctors wanted the half marathon postponed....
Crowdfunding helps UK homeless off streets, into work | Phuket News
UK tech start-up Beam aims to combat homelessness by crowdfunding work training and helping the homeless into stable jobs. — Reuters...
Police learn how to investigate, in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: Eighty police investigators from Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi – and elsewhere throughout Southern Thailand – yesterday (Nov 20) began a month-long course to learn how to become better investigators and how to deal with foreigners in tourism provinces....
Chinese woman, 75, drowns in Phang Nga hotel pond | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 75-year-old Chinese woman has lost her life after she was suspected of “fainting and falling” into a hotel pond, resulting in drowning, in Bor Saen, Thap Put district, Phang Nga on Thursday (Nov 16)....
Suspected space trash exploded in sky over Khong Chiam district | Phuket News
An object suspected to be a space trash exploded in a ball of flame above Khong Chiam district of Ubon Ratchathani early Wednesday morning (Nov 15). Debris from the explosion scattered in rubber plantations and fields in four villages and eight pieces have been collected by villagers of Tambon Na Po Klang, with the biggest piece measuring 60 x 50 centimetres. Approached by the villagers, provincial officials suspected that they were space trash which fell back on Earth and exploded in a ball of fire when came into contact with the Earth’s atmosphere. The collected pieces will be sent to agency concerned in Bangkok for examination.   The post Suspected space trash exploded in sky over Khong Chiam district appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Foundation Donates Appliances to GRACES Home for the Elderly | Phuket News
Nov 21, 2017 Picture:  Quezon City, Philippines - The International WeLoveU Foundation in cooperation with the Quezon City Public Library and the Community Realations Office donate appliances and supplies to GRACES Home for the Elderly on November 15, 2017 at two in the afternoon. This donation is to remind the elderly at the facility that they are not forgotten by the society and that there are foundations willing to listen and provide for their needs. President of WeLoveU Foundation Philippine Chapter, Mr. Choi Jeongmaan (aka Pastor James), expresses the sincerity of the foundation to bring happiness and hope to the elderly on the turnover ceremony of the donation. He reminds the residents of GRACES of a mother’s love shared by the foundation to the people of the world, ending his remarks with, “We love you.” The elderly are given a serenade by Mr. Bae Kyungsub (aka Pastor Jason) of...
Local firms tread cautiously into digital transformation | Phuket News
Most companies in Thailand are in the beginning stages of exploring opportunities for digital transformation and will gain more momentum in 2018, says IDC Thailand....
Civil society workers boycott junta | Phuket News
Various civil society workers have vowed not to cooperate with the military government to legitimise the regime, saying the junta’s national strategic plan only favours investors. On 20 November 2017, 72 civil society workers from development fields, issued a joint statement not to become parts of the mechanisms of the military government to legitimise the regime. The group points out that National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)’s 20-year national strategy plan was designed to prolong the military regime, adding that the plan was architected to facilitate the interests of investors while excluding  proper public participation and interests.   “The involvement of civil society groups with the government, such as in taking seats the national strategy planning committees…is the consent to involve in the apparatus of the military government, which ignores community rights,” reads part of the statement. The group concluded in the statement that in the last three years...
Indonesian president recognises land rights of nine more indigenous groups | Phuket News
THE Indonesian government has relinquished control over nine tracts of forest to the indigenous communities that have lived there for generations, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced at a recent conference on land tenure in Jakarta. The move follows the government’s recognition last December of nine other communities’ rights to their ancestral forests, in line with a 2013 decision by Indonesia’s highest court that removed indigenous peoples’ customary forests from under state control. “The spirit of agrarian reform and community forestry program is how lands and forests, as part of natural resources in Indonesia, can be accessed by the people, and provide economic justice and welfare for the people,” the president said in a speech to open the conference on Oct 25. SEE ALSO: Indonesia’s land rights decision a major victory for indigenous peoples Momonus, chief of the Dayak Iban indigenous group in West Kalimantan province. For years, the group has been in conflict with...
Delhi smog: Emergency anti-pollution measures lifted | Phuket News
A court-mandated panel says air quality has improved from
'Nowhere to go': Delhi's homeless sleep in the smog | Phuket News
On the streets of Delhi, the homeless have nowhere to go to escape the toxic smog....
Missing farmer found in pickup truck sunk in his own pond | Phuket News
A 63-year-old farmer who went missing for over a week was found dead yesterday (Nov 14) in his pickup car sunk in a pond which he used water for farming. The farmer was identified as Plod Nualklangdon, a resident of Tambon Takian in Dan Khuntod district of Nakhon Ratchasima province. Police and volunteers from Hook 31 Rescue went to the pond in Village 8 after the village headman Boontham Cherdwong asked for help as he suspected that a car might be in the pond as there were several traces showing a vehicle might skid and fall into the 10-metre deep pond. Divers went down the pond and they later located a pickup truck at the bottom of the pond. The truck was pulled out and was found to be a blue Nissan pickup which Plod’s wife had earlier reported him went missing after driving out a week ago to visit...
Objects found in Khong Chiam district are parts of a rocket | Phuket News
Several pieces of metal objects which were found in Khong Chiam district of Ubon Ratchathani are believed to be parts of a rocket used to send a satellite into the space, said an expert from the Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA). Boonchoob Boongthong, director of GISTDA’s Satellite Operation Office, today (Nov 16) examined the objects which have been collected from rubber plantations and farmlands in the district this week. Altogether 12 pieces of the metal objects have been located, including two six-metre long objects which were found today.  They are now kept at Khong Chiam district police station. Mr Boonchoob suspected that the rocket had not reached the outer space and was at least 100 kilometres above the Earth when it was detached from the satellite and then fell back on Earth at high speed. He explained that the thunderous boom heard by people in Khong Chiam was...
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Phuket FC done! Elephant kills keeper? Blade sticking out! || November 29 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 29 Phuket FC done! Knife meets stomach! Movie elephant kills man? Cabbies gripe about changes? Toon Bodyslams well-earned rest! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
How Kim Jong Un is using TV dramas to change North Korea | Phuket News
The dictator is using made-for-TV content to promote family life and technology in a departure from older propaganda....
Kim Jong-nam killing: Regime critic carried 'antidote' | Phuket News
A toxicology report shows the bottled contained a substance used to combat nerve agents....
Commuter in China paints own road signs | Phuket News
Armed with a can of white paint he took congestion matters into his own hands....
Man fined for painting road signs to aid his commute | Phuket News
A Chinese man has been fined for repainting road signs to redirect traffic and make his commute faster....
How To Manage Your Staff’s Expectations | Phuket News
Nov 30, 2017 Picture:  Managing a business, and your staff’s expectations is no easy task. Not only does the person have to take care of the business as a whole, he or she also has to make sure that the employed staff is giving their best too. In order to maintain the perfect working balance, the expectations of the staff need to be managed in a proper manner. A lot of times businesses face troubles because the expectations of the staff are not in line with what the boss wants. So, if you’re someone who wants to manage your staff’s expectations, then here are a few tips that you should follow in order to ensure that everything is able to work as smoothly as possible. Invite Honesty A lot of times employees are afraid to question the management. Even when their concerns are valid they tend to keep these...
US Presses China to Show Leadership on N. Korea, Cut Oil Exports | Phuket News
In the wake of North Korea’s latest and most advanced missile test to date, the United States has urged China to show leadership and do something it has so far been unwilling to do - cut off Pyongyang’s oil supply.   Analysts said that while that option remains a step the Chinese still appear unwilling to take, it is something they increasingly need to consider.   “The United States and China will definitely tighten economic sanctions on North Korea. It is unavoidable and North Korea deserves it, particularly given that its development of the Hwasong-15 [missile], raises the threat level toward the international community and the United States,” said Zhao Tong, a fellow at the Carnegie Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. Zhao said that when it comes to sanctions there is little room left.   “Oil is something China will not take up lightly. Perhaps more restrictions can be placed...
Sharp resumes TV production in Thailand after 10-year hiatus | Phuket News
Japan's Sharp Corp has resumed television production in Thailand after a 10-year hiatus in a bid to boost sales of home appliances in Southeast Asia and India....
Softbank offers to buy more Flipkart shares — but at a reduced valuation | Phuket News
SoftBank offered to buy an undisclosed number of shares at Flipkart for $85 to $89 per share, according to a report....
Asian shares decline as markets await China PMIs; Australian banks fall | Phuket News
Asian markets tracked lower on Thursday as oil prices steadied ahead of a meeting of major oil producers....
Pope Demands 'Decisive Measures' to Resolve Rohingya Exodus | Phuket News
Pope Francis demanded Thursday that the international community take
Pope urges "decisive measures" for Myanmar refugees but avoids "Rohingya" | Phuket News
DHAKA (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Thursday called for
North Korea says new missile can re-enter atmosphere | Phuket News
Kim Jong-un calls an overnight missile test - which flew higher than previous tests -
Former North Korean Official: Terror-list Designation Could Cripple Pyongyang | Phuket News
A former North Korean economic official says Washington's recent decision to put Pyongyang back on the list of nations that sponsor terrorism is
North Korea Defector: Terror-list Designation Could Cripple Pyongyang | Phuket News
A former North Korean economic official says Washington's recent decision to put Pyongyang back on the list of nations that sponsor terrorism is
China's Xi Praises Obama's Efforts to Build US-China Ties | Phuket News
State media say Chinese President Xi Jinping praised former U.S. president Barack Obama's efforts to develop relations between the two countries during his visit to the Asian nation.   The official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday that Obama met on Wednesday with Xi at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing and discussed bilateral ties. Xinhua said Xi “made positive comments” about Obama's efforts to develop relations between the nations when he was president of the United States.   Obama's three-country tour this week will also include meetings with the leader of India. He will mix paid speeches with meetings with foreign leaders and a town hall event for young people.   Obama is to finish the trip in France, where he will give one of several speeches planned during the trip....
VW considers setting up venture in China | Phuket News
BERLIN/FRANKFURT: Volkswagen may expand cooperation with China's Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC) beyond electric cars to jointly develop and build commercial vehicles in the world's largest autos market....
Xi wants China to spruce up toilets to boost tourism | Phuket News
BEIJING: China must keep up efforts to
Australian senator loses leadership role over China remarks | Phuket News
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China not happy with Australian foreign policy white paper | Phuket News
CHINA’s foreign ministry has publicly rebuked “irresponsible remarks” regarding the South China Sea in an Australian white paper released this week, a document which warned of China’s rising regional influence and highlighted the need to bolster ties with “like-minded” partners. The 115-page 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper argued that a more insular United States would be detrimental to a global “rules-based order” “Australia believes that international challenges can only be tackled effectively when the world’s wealthiest, most innovative and most powerful country is engaged in solving them,” read the paper, which is a guide for Australian diplomacy. “Powerful drivers are converging in a way that is reshaping the international order and challenging Australia’s interests,” it said – seemingly a thinly veiled allusion to the rise of China. US Air Force bombers conduct training with U.S. Navy in South China Sea. Source: US Pacific Command SEE ALSO: Australia spying on China’s...
Global trade boom steams into 2018 despite Trump threats | Phuket News
HONG KONG: It was meant to be the year of the trade war. Instead, it was the year of the trade boom....
Philippines' 2nd-biggest bank penalised for $35 million fraud | Phuket News
MANILA: The Philippine central bank sanctioned Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co after the regulator investigated an alleged internal fraud that cost the lender 1.75 billion pesos (1.13 billion baht)....
Cut in Dialogue Seen Briefly Empowering Philippines Rebels | Phuket News
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s order this month to stop peace talks with a violent group of communist rebels may spark new clashes but eventually weaken the group’s already waning influence. Duterte announced Thursday an end to peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army, the presidential office website says.  Duterte found the communists lacked “sincerity and commitment” because of recent attacks on people and property, his office said. “I think Duterte knows very well and the armed forces know very well these groups are not large enough to mount a serious threat to the government,” said Eduardo Araral, associate professor at the National University of Singapore’s public policy school. On Saturday, the National Democratic Front’s chief political consultant, Jose Maria Sison, called Duterte “a big liar.” The president had vowed to form a coalition government before he was elected in May 2016 but does not...
Cut in Dialogue Seen Briefly Empowering Communist Rebels in the Philippines | Phuket News
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s order this month to stop peace talks with a violent group of communist rebels may spark new clashes but eventually weaken the group’s already waning influence. Duterte announced Thursday an end to peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army, the presidential office website says.  Duterte found the communists lacked “sincerity and commitment” because of recent attacks on people and property, his office said. “I think Duterte knows very well and the armed forces know very well these groups are not large enough to mount a serious threat to the government,” said Eduardo Araral, associate professor at the National University of Singapore’s public policy school. On Saturday, the National Democratic Front’s chief political consultant, Jose Maria Sison, called Duterte “a big liar.” The president had vowed to form a coalition government before he was elected in May 2016 but does not...
Duterte ditches peace process with Maoist rebels | Phuket News
MANILA: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has terminated the on-again, off-again peace talks with Maoist-led rebels as hostilities have continued despite the negotiations, the president's spokesman said on Friday....
90pc of Southeast Asia’s poor live in Indonesia and the Philippines | Phuket News
A HUGE proportion of those living under the poverty line in Southeast Asia are Indonesians and Filipinos, a new report has shown. A report tracking Asean’s progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) found that while the 10 member states of the bloc have made significant progress towards eradicating extreme poverty, many working poor across the region remain vulnerable to falling back into poverty. Launched in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Friday, the Asean-China-UNDP Report on Financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asean report stated that across the region some 36 million people live below the international poverty line of US$1.90 per day – 90 percent of whom are in Indonesia and the Philippines. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Jokowi seeks to address ‘poverty problems’ with Cabinet reshuffle Vietnamese primary school students wave Chinese flags during a welcoming ceremony for China’s President Xi Jinping’s at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam,...
Pope lands in Bangladesh, demands Rohingya protection | Phuket News
DHAKA: Pope Francis demanded Thursday that the international community take
Pope urges decisive measures for Myanmar refugees, avoids "Rohingya" | Phuket News
DHAKA (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on Thursday for decisive measures to resolve the political reasons that caused mostly Muslim refugees in Myanmar to flee to Bangladesh and urged countries to help the Dhaka government deal with the crisis. ...
Pope thanks Bangladesh on Rohingya refugees from Myanmar | Phuket News
Francis praises the aid for Rohingya Muslims, but again does not refer to them by name....
Pope Preaches Forgiveness in First Public Mass in Myanmar | Phuket News
Pope Francis urged Myanmar's long-suffering people to resist the temptation to exact revenge for the hurt they have endured, preaching a message of forgiveness Wednesday to a huge crowd in his first public Mass in the predominantly Buddhist nation. Local authorities estimated some 150,000 people turned out at Yangon's Kyaikkasan Ground park for the Mass, but the crowd seemed far larger. Catholics had to apply to attend through their local churches to enter the park venue, and many dressed in matching outfits or with hats bearing the pope's image. Francis has said his aim in coming to Myanmar is to minister to its Catholic community, which numbers around 660,000 people, or just over 1 percent of the population of about 52 million. ​His trip has been overshadowed, though, by Myanmar's military operations targeting the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine state. The crackdown, which has been described by the U.N. as...
PNG Police storm detention center to remove refugees on Manus Island | Phuket News
POLICE in Papua New Guinea on Thursday mounted a raid on a detention centre to remove refugees and asylum seekers from an officially-closed camp in Manus island, in a bid to end a three-week-long humanitarian crisis. According to the Abc.net.au, the Australian-run centre was closed last month and the occupants were told to vacate the premises to another centre nearby. However, more than 350 men have refused to move, saying the new place did not have adequate facilities. The refugees and asylum seekers also fear for their safety at the new centre. We need urgent help any Dr of nurses we have one refugee in very bad conditions pic.twitter.com/voXXtSQUYI — Abdul Aziz Adam (@Aziz58825713) November 22, 2017 The authorities have also cut food, water and electricity and told the men they were occupying government property. The centre’s occupants also said the police were acting aggressively, reporting large numbers of officers...
Manus Island: 'Concerned' doctors offer to treat asylum seekers | Phuket News
Prominent Australian physicians say they fear for the health of asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea....
Manus Island: Australia confirms removal of asylum seekers | Phuket News
The former Australian-run detention camp in Papua New Guinea is now empty, Canberra confirms....
Last Refugees Removed From Papua New Guinea Camp | Phuket News
Papua New Guinea authorities said Friday they had relocated the last asylum seekers who had refused for three weeks to leave a closed immigration camp for fear they would face violence in the alternative accommodations. Police Chief Superintendent Dominic Kakas said police and immigration officials removed all 378 men from the male-only camp on Manus Island over two days and took them by bus to residences in the nearby town of Lorengau. “Everybody’s gone. Everybody got on the buses, they packed their bags and they moved over,” Kakas said. Refugee advocates say officials used force and destroyed asylum seekers’ belongings to make them leave Manus. Water, power and food supplies ended when the Manus camp ended officially closed Oct. 31, based on the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court’s ruling last year that Australia’s policy of housing asylum seekers there was unconstitutional. But asylum seekers fear for their safety in Lorengau...
China jails Taiwan activist Lee Ming-che for ‘subversion’ | Phuket News
Taiwanese human rights activist Lee Ming-che was convicted of subverting state power and sentenced to five years in jail by a Chinese court on Tuesday. The 42-year-old, who lectured on democracy and human rights at a community college in Taipei and campaigned for a human rights non-governmental organization in Taiwan, went missing during a trip to […]...
For Cambodian Techies, US Tour Ends With Vision of Startup at Home | Phuket News
At home in Phnom Penh, the five techies knew of each other by reputation but had never met. After three weeks touring the United States, they’ve returned to Cambodia fired up about collaborating on a fintech startup. “Before, when I thought about a million-dollar business, it was only a dream,” Sopheakmonkol Sok, 29, a co-founder and CEO of Codingate, a web and mobile developer, told VOA Khmer. Langda Chea, founder and CEO of BookMeBus, a booking app for Cambodian bus, ferry and taxi travel, met Sopheakmonkol Sok while under the auspices of a U.S. State Department program called the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), which includes work on democracy, human rights, security, environment, international crime, economic growth and development. ​Learned from other companies’ successes The tech intensive “Accelerating Tech Entrepreneurship and SME Development” focused on small- and medium-sized enterprise growth in the tech sector. The Cambodians engaged with tech leaders...
ShanghaiTex 2017 Grandly Unveiled Textile for Smarter Future | Phuket News
Nov 27, 2017 Picture:  The 18th International Exhibition on Textile Industry (hereinafter as “ShanghaiTex 2017”), the prime biennial event of the industry is unveiled today (27 November) at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Pudong, Shanghai, PR China. Based on the sound achievement accumulated in the previous editions, ShanghaiTex 2017 will extend its success to some cross-boundary technology segments. The show consolidates traditional textile manufacturing industry as well as leveraging the innovative textile technology for buyers to preview the future industry trend. A series of technical seminars, product display and design competition will be held concurrently to facilitate industry players to grasp the opportunities lying in the textile industry. ShanghaiTex 2017 covers 9 exhibition halls with an exhibition area exceeding 100,000sqm, accommodating over 1,200 exhibitors from 26 countries and regions to present world-class textile machinery and the latest technology. The exhibition hall was crowded with visitors from around the world...
Bali volcano: Airport reopens after Agung eruption | Phuket News
Officials warn that the island's airport may need to close again if the wind blows the wrong way....
Bali airport reopens, but volcano still spewing ash | Phuket News
KARANGASEM, Indonesia: Bali airport reopened on Wednesday, Indonesian authorities said, two days after a volcanic eruption spread ash across the holiday island and forced its airport to close, stranding tourists and spurring evacuation efforts....
Asian markets close lower as tech shares mirror US declines | Phuket News
Asian markets tracked lower on Thursday, with oil prices firmer ahead of a meeting of major oil producers....
N.Korea says nuclear programme now completed | Phuket News
SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his regime completed its nuclear program after firing a missile that put the entire US in range....
Former Spy: US Decision to Return North Korea to Terror Blacklist ‘Good Thing’ | Phuket News
A former North Korean agent who bombed a South Korean airliner in 1987, killing all 115 on board, welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to return North Korea to the list of state sponsor of terrorism, calling the U.S. move a “good thing.” The bombing of Korean Airlines (KAL) Flight 858 near Myanmar prompted the U.S. to list North Korea as a terror sponsor for the first time in 1988. In 2008, the administration of President George W. Bush removed the North from the list as part of a nuclear deal, in which Pyongyang agreed to disable its plutonium plant and allow some inspections. Kim Hyon-hui, who now lives in South Korea, said before taking North Korea off the list, the U.S. should have sought the communist regime’s official apology for the tragic event. Question: What is your take on the Trump administration’s designation of North Korea as a state...
Asian markets edge down as tech shares mirror US declines | Phuket News
Asian markets tracked lower on Thursday, with oil prices firmer ahead of a meeting of major oil producers....
Family knifed to death at rubber plantation | Phuket News
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: A family of four, one a 5-year-old girl, have been found dead with savage knife wounds at a rubber plantation in Bang Saphan Noi district....
Vendors and people in Yasothorn are warned of fake 100-baht banknotes | Phuket News
Yasothorn provincial police have warned vendors and members of the public in general to watch out for counterfeit 100-baht banknotes after a vendor had filed a complaint to the police that she received two fake banknotes from two customers. The fake banknotes are, in fact, 100 baht banknotes printing by color paper, said the police, adding that users of the fake money would normally use them to buy things in the market at dawn or before dawn when there are many customers and the vendors do not take a good look at the banknotes which can be easily detected with a good look. An unidentified vendor told the police that she received one fake 100-baht banknote from a group of youths who came to buy bananas from her at dawn, but she could not remember form whom she received the second note.   The post Vendors and people in Yasothorn...
Tourists warned of resort scam using Facebook pages | Phuket News
People seeking to enjoy the cool weather at a famous tourist attraction in Phetchabun province have been warned of fake accommodation advertising on Facebook pages that aims to lure people to deposit money. Anuwat sae Tao, owner of Chomview Phu Tab Berk resort, said that an increasing number of people have come to his resort and showed a fake deposit slip for a room. “A customer showed me a slip for Bt2,400 and said he booked rooms at my resort via a Facebook page. When I saw the slip, I knew immediately that he was cheated. However, I allowed him to stay despite this because I felt pity for him,” Anuwat said. The bank account to which the customer transferred money did not belong to Anuwat, the hotelier said, adding he then took the customer to file a complaint with the police. He added that some customers of Phu Fachomview...
Chinese tourists narrowly escape burning bus in Phuket | Phuket News
A group of 36 Chinese tourists narrowly escaped unhurt when a bus in which they were travelling from Phangnga province caught fire in Phuket Saturday afternoon (Nov 25). As the bus was running on the Thepkrasattri road in Phuket, the driver noticed smoke emanating from the engine room and pulled it to stop by the roadside.  Then he alerted all his passengers who were Chinese group tourists to immediately disembark. All 36 tourists escaped safely before the fire spread out and engulfed the entire bus. Fire trucks later arrived at the scene and managed to put off the fire at about 7 pm, but the bus was already charred beyond repairs. ภูเก็ต – ไฟไหม้มาจากช่องแอร์ คนขับรถบัสมีไหวพริบดีรีบให้นักท่องเที่ยวลงจากรถทันที รถเดินทางมาจากจังหวัดพังงา เพื่อนำนักท่องเที่ยวจีนจำนวน 36 คน ไปส่งที่โรงแรมเพิร์ล Posted by สถานีตำรวจภูธรกะทู้ Kathu Police Station on Saturday, 25 November 2017 The post Chinese tourists narrowly escape burning bus in Phuket appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Gold prices stable at B20,000 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,541.24 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,900 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
Government pledges B100 billion for grassroots | Phuket News
The government is set to inject at least 100 billion baht via local administration organisations to spur the economy at the grassroots level next year, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said....
Inspirio gears up for growth with High Calibre Client Service Director | Phuket News
Inspirio, the first-ever digital transformation agency in Asia, announced further expansion plans for the fast-growing Asia. Currently serving and partnering Fortune 500s, including Thailand’s largest media broadcaster, in advisory, consulting and training roles, the agency’s work spans global tech, FMCG companies, and innovative start-ups. Their services range from offering social media and creative solutions, digital analytics and business intelligence to spearheading world-class campaigns and strategic projects. Vorasiri Supanichvorapart has been appointed to the role of Client Service and Marketing Director, reporting directly to Charoen Singh, Founding Partner and Managing Director. “Vorasiri brings highly relevant experience of over 10 years in Digital Experience Design, Social Analytics and Intelligence, latest in leading the strategic direction for a major digital agency”. Vorasiri’s appointment comes in response to the continued growth of INSPIRIO business, which has taken new businesses in early 2017. Vorasiri will be based in Bangkok, Thailand, managing and developing a number...
Australian gay marriage bill would let churches boycott | Phuket News
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A senator has introduced a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Australia and allow only churches and ministers of religion to boycott such weddings. A voter survey released Wednesday showed Australians support legalizing marriage equality, and the government had promised if that was the result, Parliament would consider a bill […]...
Australian PM cancels parliamentary week amid key debates | Phuket News
The move is designed to help legislate gay marriage, but Labor says it is an
Australia ‘Weeks Away’ From Legalizing Gay Marriage | Phuket News
Campaigners expect the Australian parliament to legalize same sex marriage in early December.  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised to change the law to allow gay couples to marry after Australians voted overwhelmingly for change in a historic postal survey.   This week history was made in Australia.  Almost 8 million people - or about 62 per cent of those who took part in a postal survey - decided that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.   The result of the ballot is not legally binding, but Australia’s center-right Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is promising to act by Christmas to introduce a law that will allow all couples regardless of gender or sexual preference to pop the champagne and be wed. Turnbull said Australians had “voted overwhelmingly for fairness and  commitment.” In Sydney,  89-year old John Challis is planning to marry his partner, Arthur Cheeseman, who is 85.  They have...
Australia same-sex marriage: Senators rise to applaud speech | Phuket News
A lawmaker receives a standing ovation after introducing a historic bill to legalise gay marriage....
Phuket Airport wheelchair operator slams into tree at speed, survives | Phuket News
PHUKET: A staffer at Phuket International Airport employed to assist elderly and disabled by operating wheelchairs for them escaped serious injuries when his car slammed into a stinky bean tree at speed early this morning (Nov 17)....
20 Uighur escapees at large after jailbreak | Phuket News
SONGKHLA: Twenty Uighur illegal migrants remained at large on Monday after breaking out of their concrete cell overnight at an immigration police unit in Sadao district, near the Thai-Malaysian borderline....
Suu Kyi blames world conflicts on illegal immigration | Phuket News
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said the world is facing instability and conflict in part because illegal immigration spreads terrorism in a speech Monday that comes as her country is accused of violently pushing out hundreds of thousands of unwanted Rohingya Muslims. Suu Kyi did not directly mention the refugee […]...
Uighur inmates dig their way out of Thai jail | Phuket News
The inmates, who had fled China's Xinjiang region, used tiles as tools to escape their cells....
20 inmates selected for weapons production training program | Phuket News
Thailand’s Department of Corrections has chosen 20 inmates to take part in its weapons production training program, designed to give them a chance of employment and public service once they complete their sentences. The Director-General of the Department of Corrections, Pol Col Narach Sawetanan, reported that a survey of 142 correctional facilities across the nation found 225 inmates serving sentences relating to the production of firearms and weaponry. Of this number, only 30 had been arrested for producing functioning firearms. After psychological evaluations and other appraisals, the list was narrowed to a final 20 individuals. All of the inmates are to be transferred to Bang Kwang Central Prison to undergo 1-2 weeks of training, by military specialists, in both theory and practice of weapons production. The inmates will then spend several weeks practicing their new skills before being taken on daily excursions to further hone their abilities with the army....
20 Uighur migrants escape from Songkhla detention centre | Phuket News
Twenty illegal Uighur migrants escaped from the detention centre of Songkhla Immigration Office in the early hours of Monday, prompting authorities to launch a manhunt for them. The fugitives are among a total of 25 Uighur migrants detained at the centre. They were arrested and detained at the centre after they smuggled into Thailand at Ton Nga Charng waterfall area in Songkhla in 2015. Authorities said they were alerted of the jail break at 2.00am today. These migrants are reluctant to return to China under a voluntary repatriation programme. The post 20 Uighur migrants escape from Songkhla detention centre appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Netizens cry foul as Saraburi “tourist” cows eat up 20 million baht | Phuket News
Thailand’s online community demanded answers after it was revealed that a load of cow mascots promoting tourism in Saraburi had set the authorities back 20 million baht. They wanted to know why the mascots were so expensive and what was the point of them. While the authorities came back that it was all above board – even the ministry had said it was alright. Thai Rath reported that there were two kinds of figures – 1.2 meter tall cows costing 110,000 baht each and 1.8 meter ones at 170,000 baht a go. Some 141 of the mascots had been produced at a total cost including other expenses of 20 million baht. The one in our picture cost 170,000 baht to put in place. Netizens asked why it was so expensive and said that the money should have been spent on something better and more necessary. But the Saraburi authorities claimed...
ICC Prosecutor Requests Probe for Alleged Misconduct in Afghanistan | Phuket News
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Monday asked judges to authorize an investigation in Afghanistan into allegations including rape and torture by the U.S. military and CIA, crimes against humanity by the Taliban and war crimes by Afghan security forces. The announcement marked the first time ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has gone after Americans for alleged war crimes and sets up a possible showdown with Washington. The United States is not a member state of the court, but its nationals can be charged with crimes committed in countries that are members. As well as alleged crimes by American troops in Afghanistan, Bensouda wants to investigate CIA operatives for their roles in secret detention facilities in Afghanistan and other countries that are court members. Bensouda said in a summary of her request that
Misconduct ‘became normal at Nissan’ | Phuket News
TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) – The report Nissan Motor Co. released Friday on its use of unqualified workers in final vehicle inspections has revealed its corporate culture, in which no one spoke up about the misconduct although many employees involved in the inspections were aware that laws and regulations were being violated. The report also […]...
Teacher transferred pending probe of sexual harassment | Phuket News
A physical education teacher who was accused of sexually harassing his female students was transferred out of the school in Prakhon Chai district of Buri Ram on Thursday (Nov 16) pending an investigation into his alleged misconduct. The transfer followed a fact-finding probe ordered by Patima Kanchanakart, acting director of Zone 32 Office of Secondary Education into allegations by some parents of Grade 8 students at the school in Prakhon Chai district that a physical education teacher there had sexually harassed his female students and also used excessive force to punish students. The probe team which comprises legal experts and psychologists interviewed the victims and was convinced that the allegations were grounded. The probe found that the male teacher allegedly sent porn video clips to a female student and used lewd words when talking to her via LINE Application. The investigation also found that the teacher punished his students by...
UK coroner: Phangan death investigation 'mediaeval' | Phuket News
A British coroner has described as
UK inquest could not ascertain cause of British man’s death in Koh Phangan | Phuket News
The British inquest into the death of a British man in Koh Phangan has left many questions as to the cause of his death. Andrew Apperley, 38, went missing in Koh Phangan on February the 13th this year, four days later his body was found in the sea. The inquest, held in Eastbourne town hall, heard that Mr Apperley had travelled alone to the famous Full Moon Party. The Thai authorities, who looked into the man’s death, said that it had been known the man had been drinking as well as taking other substances before he went into the water and drowned and Thai investigating officer Suteep Chadakan gave the cause of death as asphyxiation by drowning. In the UK this fact was questioned by the coroner, Mr Craze, Mr Applerley’s mother insists that he did not like to swim in the sea. It is the opinion of Mr Craze...
On Friday 24th of November Stacked will hold it famous Stacked Night in Koh Samui | Phuket News
On Friday 24th of November Stacked will held it famous Stacked Night. This is a night not to be missed! Enjoy BBQ burger buffet at the ‘Burger Bar’ station and an array of American and International comfort food with a twist. Spice it up with  special priced drinking packages at stacked night! Please note booking is required.  For booking please send an email to [email protected] or call +66 (0) 7791 5222 The post On Friday 24th of November Stacked will hold it famous Stacked Night in Koh Samui appeared first on Samui Times....
Phuket police scandal stirs fears of bribe-taking nationwide | Phuket News
In the wake of the corruption investigation focusing on Phuket police, academics and stakeholders told a seminar held by the watchdog Police Watch that business operators on the island face police extortion worth millions of baht per month. The seminar was held at the Thai Journalist Association in Bangkok on Sunday. Thammarat Suwanphosri, founder and administrator of the “Spotlight Phuket” webpage, said he had filed complaints with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the Royal Thai Police’s Inspector-General’s Office about extortion in Phuket, citing increasing amounts being demanded for bribes and unnamed “good” officers who wished the issue to be exposed. In the past week, several police officers have been transferred as a result of the investigation. Thammarat said the practice of demanding bribes had several root causes, included that police positions had to be bought at five key precincts, prompting officers to demand bribes to compensate for the payments. The...
Business operators confirm Phuket police taking bribes | Phuket News
Business operators in the resort island province of Phuket have confirmed several businesses have to pay bribes to local police and officials from other agencies to keep their businesses running smoothly. The confirmation was made on Sunday (Nov 19) at a seminar entitled “Police taking bribes: a disaster of the nation and the people” organised by a people’s network for police reforms. The seminar was held in the wake of the transfers of the superintendent of Patong police and 10 other officers after it was alleged they had been involved in demanding and taking bribes. The transfers were made following allegations that police from various police units based on Phuket had taken bribes from local business operators, foreign tourists and migrant workers. The business operators taking part in the seminar confirmed that the practice does exist. A business operator said there are three kinds of businesses which must pay bribes...
Phuket officers transferred over bribe scandal | Phuket News
The Office of the Inspector-General has confirmed the transfer of 10 Phuket police who were allegedly involved in accepting massive bribes worth more than 100 million baht....
Retired Aussie policeman shot himself because he “didn’t want to be a burden” | Phuket News
Bang Khun Thian police were called to a condominium in Ekachai Soi 88 in Bangkok on Saturday after reports that a foreigner had shot himself. In the sixth floor room on a bed they found 82 year old Thomas Edward Bacon (name transliterated from Thai) with a single gunshot wound to the throat from a .38 gun. On a table was a suicide note. It read: “I don’t want to be a burden for anyone to look after”. The victim’s wife Thanakorn Lomrat, 54, who owns the condominium, said that her husband was a former policeman. He came to Thailand twenty years ago but his health had deteriorated and he had many illnesses. Recently he had suffered diabetes that had affected his eyesight and was barely able to walk. The body was sent for autopsy and the embassy have been informed. Thai Visa /  Daily News The post Retired Aussie...
U.S. general sets two-year goal for driving back Afghan Taliban | Phuket News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Monday he believes he could help Afghan forces drive back the Taliban enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years, compared with about two-thirds today. ...
US Launches Airstrikes in First Operation Targeting Afghan Opium | Phuket News
The United States has launched its first counter-narcotics military offensive in partnership with local allies in Afghanistan to try to deprive the resurgent Taliban of its largest source of funding. The move follows years of criticism that international forces are not doing enough to curb the opium trade.   Speaking in Kabul Monday, General John Nicholson, commander of U.S. troops and NATO’s Resolute Support military mission, shared details of the coalition's first overnight counter-narcotics airstrikes. He said the bombing campaign destroyed major Taliban narcotics production facilities in Helmand, the main poppy producing southern Afghan province, depriving the insurgent group of major revenues. “We hit the labs where they turn poppy into heroin. We hit their storage facilities where they keep their final product, where they stockpile their money and their command and control. Our estimates indicate that more than $200 million from this illegal economy was going into the pockets of the Taliban,” the general...
U.S., Afghan forces strike opium factories to curb Taliban funds | Phuket News
KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. and Afghan forces have launched joint attacks on Taliban opium factories to try to curb the insurgent group's economic lifeline, officials from both countries said on Monday. ...
Ultimatum to Mugabe: Quit or be impeached | Phuket News
HARARE: Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF will discuss the impeachment of President Robert Mugabe on Monday, its chief whip said, after a noon deadline expired for the 93-year-old to resign and bring the curtain down on nearly four decades in power....
Zimbabwe's Mugabe “has drafted resignation letter” | Phuket News
HARARE: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has agreed to stand down and his resignation letter has been drafted, CNN said on Monday, citing a source familiar with his negotiations with the generals who seized power in Harare last week....
Zimbabweans, baffled by Mugabe, worry about nation’s fate | Phuket News
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabweans are worried about their country’s fate after the increasingly isolated President Robert Mugabe did not resign in a televised speech as many had expected. “Arrogant Mugabe disregards Zanu PF,” a newspaper headline says, a reference to the ruling party that has demanded he resign by noon Monday or face impeachment. […]...
Figure known as ‘Crocodile’ could replace Zimbabwe president | Phuket News
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Emmerson Mnangagwa, elected Sunday as the new leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling political party and positioned to take over as the country’s leader, has engineered a remarkable comeback using skills he no doubt learned from his longtime mentor, President Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa served for decades as Mugabe’s enforcer — a role that gave […]...
US to re-list North Korea as terrorism sponsor | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump announced Monday that the US will return North Korea to the list of state sponsors of terror, amidst heightened nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula....
Trump declares North Korea 'sponsor of terror' | Phuket News
President Trump designates North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, triggering further sanctions....
Trump: 'N Korea supported acts of international terrorism' | Phuket News
The US president has designated Kim Jong-un's regime as a state sponsor of terrorism, triggering a new round of sanctions....
Trump: US to Redesignate North Korea as State Sponsor of Terror | Phuket News
The United States will redesignate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, a move meant to put additional financial and diplomatic pressure on the totalitarian government.
Should we still be travelling to Burma? | Phuket News
DESPITE the United Nations describing the current violence in Burma (Myanmar) as “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, there are currently no official sanctions against travelling to the country. The Tatmadaw military is acting upon the premise that Rohingya Muslims are “extremists.” It has been accused of perpetrating mass killings, rapes and arson against  the long persecuted minority which amount to crimes against humanity or even genocide, according to some. The anti-Rohingya campaign has openly existed since 2012, one year after the start of Burma’s democratic transition. SEE ALSO: As Tillerson visits Burma, Holocaust Museum points to ‘mounting evidence of genocide’ More than 617,000 people have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh, creating a major humanitarian crisis. “Many people are arriving hungry, exhausted and with no food or water,” Mark Pierce, Bangladesh country director for the Save the Children aid agency, told The Telegraph. The US Embassy in Myanmar reassured travelers there were no major risks...
Ariya wins CME Group Tour Championship | Phuket News
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn on Sunday (Nov 19) clinched victory in the CME Group Tour Championship in the United States and the win pushes her world ranking up to 5th. In the last round of this year’s last Ladies Professional Golf Association (LGPA) tournament for a price money of 2.5 million US dollars (about 82.5 million baht) in Naples, Florida, Ariya birdied four of his last six holes for a 5-under 67 — and seized on her good fortune when Lexi Thompson missed the short putt — to win the CME Group Tour Championship and the first prize of 500,000 US dollars (about 16.5 million baht). It is Ariya’s 2nd championship this season after a long slump, pushing up her world ranking from 9th to 5th. Ariya won her first tournament of the year in June at the Manulife Classic in Canada. In her interview after the victory, Ariya said: “I...
Bond market tipped to feel brunt of tax | Phuket News
Investment in Thailand's bond market is projected to drop by several billions of baht after the Finance Ministry's planned imposition of a 15% withholding tax on fixed income funds next year, says an investment source....
Prayut reviews international fleet in Pattaya | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha went on board HTMS Thalang on Monday morning (Nov 20) to review an international fleet in Pattaya Bay in Chon Buri province. The International Fleet Review 2017, organised by the Royal Thai Navy, was opened on Sunday, Nov 19, in a ceremony chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon. The event is intended to mark the 50th founding anniversary of Asean. A total of 40 ships from various countries including Australia, the United States, Russia, South Korea, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand and other Asean members took part in the event. Gen Prayut went up the rooftop of HTMS Thalang, the main ship in the review. After an 18-gun salute was fired from HTMS Pin Klao, HTMS Thalang moved past two rows of 18 ships each for the prime minister to make an inspection. The entire review lasted about two hours....
More rubber farmers detained by military | Phuket News
The military has summoned two key leaders of a rubber farmer association in southern Thailand into a military base. On 19 November 2017, Sunthorn Rakrong, president of the rubber famer association of 16 southern provinces, told Matichon Online that the military took two key leaders of the association into a military base in Chumphon Province. The two, Kasem Boonchana and Wutthinan Jaesai, were preparing to travel to Bangkok to submit a letter to Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Junta leader and Prime Minister, asking the PM to find the solution for the slump in rubber price. Sunthorn said the association already informed the military about the plan and he did not know why the military decided to summon the two. “Why did the military arrested them, have [they] become too comfortable with their power?” Matichon quoted Sunthorn as saying. Earlier on 11 November, the military and administration officials arrested four rubber...
SET closes up 5.00 to 1,714.38 | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand climbed 0.3%, or 5.00 points, to 1,714.38 on Monday....
France wrestles with the line between seduction, harassment | Phuket News
PARIS (AP) — France is in a bind over where seduction ends and sexual harassment begins. Since the allegations of rape and sexual harassment emerged against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein, the country synonymous with love has been stumbling as it addresses the issue of sexual harassment and violence against women. Some have wondered if […]...
Pai Dao Din faces sexual harassment in prison | Phuket News
The student activist convicted for lèse majesté has revealed that a prison staff ordered him to take off clothes and rubbed his genitals five times in a search for drugs.    On 16 November 2017, Jatupat Boonpattaraksa, also known as Pai Dao Din, was summoned to Phu Khiao Provincial Court to attend a trial on violation of 2016 Referendum Act.    Jatupat and  another student activist Wasin Prommanee were accused for inciting chaos during the junta-sponsored constitutional referendum in August 2016. The authorities pressed charged on them for distributing leaflets campaigning for “No” vote in the referendum.   Previously, Pai was detained for lèse majesté in Khon Kaen Prison but has been transferred to Phu Khiao Prison since 24 October to undergo another prosecution he faces.   Pai told media at the court that he has experienced a series of harassment after being transferred to Phu Khiao Prison. When he...
Police probe evidence in Jomsap case | Phuket News
An inquiry panel will be set up to prepare legal action against a group of people who allegedly helped provide false witnesses to back a former teacher's claim of innocence over a deadly car crash....
As sex scandals topple the powerful: Why not Trump? | Phuket News
WASHINGTON (AP) — “You can do anything,” Donald Trump once boasted, speaking of groping and kissing unsuspecting women. Maybe he could, but not everyone can. The candidate who openly bragged about grabbing women’s private parts — but denied he really did so — was elected president months before the cascading sexual harassment allegations that have been […]...
Senior public health official sacked for sexual harassment | Phuket News
A high-ranking public health official is being sacked from his position and from the civil service for sexual harassment of several of his female subordinates....
Seven charged with perjury in Jomsap case | Phuket News
NAKHON PHANOM: Police on Monday charged seven people with perjury after they testified in court to support Jomsap Saenmuangkhot's claim that she was a scapegoat in a fatal hit-and-run case....
Police to file complaint against a friend of Khru Jomsap | Phuket News
Nakhon Phanom police are to file complaints with police in three police stations against a friend of Khru Jomsap Sanmuangkote and Mr Sub Wapee who claimed to be the real driver who was involved in the fatal road accident in which the school teacher was convicted and jailed. Pol Maj-Gen Suvicharn Yarnkittitkul, commander of Nakhon Phanom provincial police, said Sunday that he had assigned Pol Lt-Col Adisak Ponsriharat who used to be an inquiry officer of Na Don police station handing the car accident case in question and Pol Lt-Col Kittisak Samritsakulchai to file charges with Na Don, Renoo Nakorn and Muang district police against Mr Suriya Nualcharoen and Mr Sub Wapee. Pol Maj-Gen Suvicharn said Mr Suriya, a friend of Mrs Jomsap, presented evidence to the police to show that the school teacher was not the driver of the car involved in the fatal road accident in a bid...
'False witnesses' in Jomsap case face legal action | Phuket News
Police handling the case of Jomsap Saenmuangkhot, a former teacher found guilty in a fatal car crash, have been instructed to take legal action against a group of people who allegedly provided false witnesses and testimonies to support her claim of innocence....
British man, 80, missing in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: The family of 80-year-old British national Christopher John Russell are appealing for any information that may lead to his safe return to their home in Cherng Talay....
Missing Brit, 80, found alive and well | Phuket News
PHUKET: The 80-year-old British man Christopher John Russell, who disappeared on Wednesday, has been found alive and well....
Phuket Immigration officers transferred amid corruption probe | Phuket News
PHUKET: Three Phuket Immigration officers are among six police who have been transferred out of Phuket just days after 15 other Phuket officers were shipped out amid a wholesale corruption investigation....
Patong Police chief shunted amid suspected seafood restaurant shakedown | Phuket News
PHUKET: Acting police-inspector general of the Royal Thai Police Gen Suchart Teerasawat has issued an order to transfer four Phuket police officers to Bangkok, active today (Nov 18)....
US Hits Taliban Drug Labs in Afghanistan in New Strategy | Phuket News
American aircraft have targeted drug producing facilities in Afghanistan for the first time under a new strategy aimed at cutting off Taliban funding, the top U.S. general in the country said Monday. Gen. John Nicholson said the raids, involving an F-22 bomber, were carried out Sunday in the southern Helmand province, as part of the strategy unveiled by President Donald Trump in August. Nicholson said the insurgents generate an estimated $200 million a year from poppy cultivation and opium production. In a news conference with the Afghan army chief of staff, Nicholson said the Taliban were becoming a criminal organization. ``They fight so that they can keep profiting from narcotics trade and other criminal activities,'' he said. Afghanistan's opium production has nearly doubled this year compared to 2016, while areas that are under poppy cultivation rose by 63 percent, according to a joint survey released last week by the United...
Afghan Opium Production Increases by 87 Percent | Phuket News
Afghanistan has produced a record 9,000 metric tons of opium this year, up 87 percent compared with 2016 levels. The sharp increase is recorded in a new joint survey released Wednesday by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The production in 2016 stood at 4,800 metric tons in Afghanistan, the world's top cultivator of the poppy from which opium and heroin are produced. The new survey noted the rise in production is mainly an outcome of an increase in the area under poppy cultivation, while an increase in opium yield per hectare also contributed. The largest increase of yields, it said, occurred in the southern Afghan region where the average yield grew by 19 percent and the northeastern region, with a 14 percent rise. The U.S. military estimates more than 60 percent of the funding for Taliban insurgent activities comes from the...
More than 30 rescued in Afghan raid on Taliban prison | Phuket News
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan and foreign special forces raided a Taliban prison in southern Helmand province on Sunday and rescued at least 30 people, according to army and provincial officials. ...
China's Deep Ties to Zimbabwe Could Grow After Mugabe Era | Phuket News
Under Robert Mugabe's decades-long rule over Zimbabwe, China grew into one of the African nation's biggest investors, trading partners and diplomatic allies.   Now, as Zimbabwe appears on the verge of its first transition of power since independence, Beijing is poised to be among the biggest winners.   A look at the increasingly close relationship between the two countries:   The back story   Mugabe began drawing closer to China's communist leaders under a
What is the extent of China's influence in Zimbabwe? | Phuket News
The news that the head of Zimbabwe's military visited China days before it took power has sparked questions....
Mugabe ousted from his Zimbabwe ruling party | Phuket News
HARARE: After hours of deliberations, Zimbabwe’s governing party on Sunday expelled its leader, President Robert Mugabe, 93, as he remained locked in negotiations at the State House with the country’s army generals about his departure....
Coup advice? | Phuket News
The news that the head of Zimbabwe's military visited China days before it took power has sparked questions....
US Returning North Korea to List of States Sponsoring Terrorism | Phuket News
The United States is returning North Korea to its list of states sponsoring terrorism after a 10-year absence, a move that will put additional financial and diplomatic pressure on the Pyongyang government.
Ariya's 18th-hole birdie wins Florida tournament | Phuket News
NAPLES, Floriday: Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the last hole to capture the CME Group Tour Championship by one shot on Sunday....
Rahm pips Kiradech at Dubai, Fleetwood wins European title | Phuket News
DUBAI: A back-nine meltdown by Justin Rose on Sunday handed the Race to Dubai title to Tommy Fleetwood and the $8 million DP World Tour Championship to Jon Rahm....
Minivan driver takes security man all the way home – under the wheels of his van | Phuket News
A 72 year old minivan driver dragged a guard for three kilometers under the wheels of his vehicle without realizing it. He got home then noticed that there was the corpse of a man under his van. He recalled seeing an overturned motorcycle earlier and went over something but checking in his rear view mirror did not see a problem. Muang district police in Nakorn Pathom and medics went to the house of Jinda Sunsuk where they found the body of Prasert Phuraya, 57, under the vehicle normally used to transport passengers from Bangkok to Nakorn Pathom. Driver Jinda, 72 said that he was on him way home without any passengers when he spotted the overturned bike and went over something. He check behind him but nothing was amiss. It was only when he got home he realized what had happened and called the cops, reported Thai Rath. Only the...
Top US news reader fired for 'sexual misconduct' | Phuket News
NEW YORK: NBC News said Wednesday it fired long-time 'Today' show host Matt Lauer for
Ban on import of cattle and goats from Myanmar to pre-empt spread of anthrax | Phuket News
The Livestock Department has imposed an import ban on cattle and goats as well as their meat from Myanmar after it was confirmed that a man who was admitted to the Mae Sot district hospital in Tak province for medical treatment after eating goat meat was confirmed to be infected with anthrax. Health and livestock officials in Tak province have been instructed to implement the ban to prevent the spread of the dangerous disease and to educate local inhabitants about how to protect themselves from getting infected. Deputy director of Mae Sot hospital, Dr Somyos Krintharathan, said that of the three patients admitted into the hospital under suspicion that they were infected with anthrax, only one of them was confirmed to be infected. The patient’s condition has improved and is out of danger. Altogether 247 individuals, including some health and animal quarantine officials, were administered medication which they will have...
Anthrax outbreak fear after goat meat meal | Phuket News
At least three out of more than 30 villagers in Tak who consumed goat meat are suspected of having contracted anthrax after they developed characteristic symptoms of the disease....
Chalong underpass construction stalls – again | Phuket News
PHUKET: The beleaguered Chalong underpass project has yet again ground to halt, this time due to “a number of setbacks”, including having to move water pipes and electrical poles....
Patong stabbing has police stymied | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police are hoping to determine what transpired that ended up with a 51-year-old man stabbed in the stomach in Patong late yesterday afternoon (Nov 28)....
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