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NSC again asks Laos to arrest red-shirt 'Kotee' | Phuket News
National Security Council secretary-general Thawip Netniyom has sent a third request to Laos for the arrest of hardcore red-shirt leader Wuthipong
Cut funding to North Korea, minimise ties – Tillerson tells Asean | Phuket News
United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Thursday to do more to help cut funding streams for North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes and to minimise diplomatic relations with Pyongyang. In his first ministerial meeting with all 10 Asean members, Tillerson also called on nations with competing claims in the South China Sea to cease all island building and militarisation while talks aimed at creating a maritime code of conduct were under way. US deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia Patrick Murphy said Tillerson stressed Washington’s security and economic commitment to the region, amid doubts raised by President Donald Trump’s “America First” platform and withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact. SEE ALSO: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is one man down, but what does this mean for Asia? Tillerson called on Asean countries to fully implement United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang, which is working...
Tillerson Meets ASEAN Ministers to Seek Support on North Korea | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Thursday to seek their support in pressing North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs. Tillerson's first meeting with all members of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations will also address another pressing regional issue - China's assertive pursuit of territory in the South China Sea, where several ASEAN members have competing claims. Tillerson told reporters at the start of the Washington meeting that he and his counterparts would discuss North Korea. Last week in the U.N. Security Council, Tillerson called on all U.N. members to fully implement U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang, which has ignored demands to abandon its weapons programs and is working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States. He also called on countries to suspend or downgrade diplomatic ties with Pyongyang, saying it abuses diplomatic privileges to help...
US Hosting ASEAN Foreign Ministers to Discuss North Korea Threat | Phuket News
The United States is bringing its Southeast Asian allies on board to tackle what senior officials described as the number one national security priority for the U.S. — North Korea's nuclear proliferation and missile threats — when foreign ministers from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gather Thursday in Washington. A senior State Department official told VOA that Washington is urging Southeast Asian countries to
Bangladesh: 350,000 evacuated as cyclone hits Rohingya refugee camps | Phuket News
BANGLADESH has evacuated at least 350,000 people as a cyclone lashed coastal areas on Tuesday, officials said, causing havoc in refugee camps set up for Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar. Cyclone Mora struck the islands of Saint Martin and Teknaf in the coastal district of Cox’s Bazar, where some 200,000 people were evacuated to shelters. In Chittagong district, about 150,000 people were evacuated. The islands are a few miles from the Myanmar border, and camps set up in Cox’s Bazar had provided refuge for about 200,000 Rohingyas Muslims from Myanmar. Shamsul Alam, a Rohingya community leader, told Reuters that damage in different camps was severe with almost all the 10,000 thatched huts in the Balukhali and Kutupalong camps destroyed. “Most of the temporary houses in the camps have been flattened,” Alam said. SEE ALSO: Burma: EU boosts humanitarian support, calls for greater access to Rakhine Omar Farukh,...
Burma: Ultranationalist Ma Ba Tha group to change name to circumvent ban | Phuket News
HARDLINE Buddhist-nationalist group Ma Ba Tha plan to change their name to enable the group to continue their activities, in response to a ban imposed by a government body in Burma (Myanmar). Thousands of members of the group also known as the Association for the Protection of Race and Religion defiantly attended a two-day conference over the weekend, despite an order from the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, the state’s top Buddhist body, on May 23 to disband it. On Sunday, senior monks decided the group would rebrand itself to the Buddha Dhamma Foundation. “We will keep going as a body protecting our race and the religion,” declared one monk known as Bhiwantha, as quoted the Turkish press agency Anadolu Agency. SEE ALSO: Burma’s Muslims face restrictions on where to pray during Ramadan – Rights group Ma Ba Tha is credited with whipping up sectarianism and virulent anti-Muslim sentiment across Burma, including...
Cambodia: Syrian refugee secretly arrives from Australian detention on Nauru | Phuket News
A REFUGEE from Syria has become the seventh person to choose to resettle in Cambodia from Australia’s immigration detention centre on Nauru under an AUD55 million (US$40.8 million) deal struck in 2014, say reports. The Phnom Penh Post reported on Thursday that Cambodian authorities confirmed Australia’s government had “quietly” transferred another refugee to the Southeast Asian nation – one of only two in the region that has ratified the UN Refugee Convention. The man was reportedly moved from Nauru six weeks ago to Cambodia, one of the poorest countries in Asia. Policy Officer at the Refugee Council of Australia Asher Hirsch told Asian Correspondent that the deal with Cambodia “is not a genuine example of regional cooperation.” SEE ALSO: Australia’s Cambodia refugee deal: A multi-million dollar failure “Rather than cooperating within our region on refugee protection, this deal represents another example of Australia shirking its responsibilities to its neighbours,” he...
In Burma, Facebook can be your OB-GYN | Phuket News
IN need of an ob-gyn? In Burma (Myanmar), it can be a struggle. For the country’s women, reproductive and sexual health care often remains out of reach – and it’s having deadly consequences. Each year, 2,800 women die due to complications from pregnancy, childbirth and post-natal care. While abortions are illegal, studies estimate over 246,000 women seek them each year. Health experts believe most of these deaths are preventable – pointing to both an acute lack of doctors and information. In Burma’s conservative society, discussions about sexuality and family planning are taboo, and misinformation rampant. Even the government restricts public reproductive care services to married women. SEE ALSO: Women in Burma find support for tech careers despite cultural barriers Global health NGO Population Services International (PSI) and Yangon-based social tech startup Koe Koe Tech believe the solution is in part pocket-size. The two teamed up to create maymay, Burma’s first maternal and child health...
Burma: Army rejects UN findings of abuses in Rohingya crackdown | Phuket News
BURMA’s (Myanmar) army on Tuesday rejected allegations of human rights abuses during its crackdown on Rohingya Muslim last year, made by the United Nations in a report on the offensive that forced some 75,000 Rohingya to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh. The crackdown, in response to attacks by Rohingya insurgents on border guard posts on Oct 9, poses the biggest challenge yet to Burma’s leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who took power more than a year ago. Burma’s security forces committed mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya in a campaign that “very likely” amounted to crimes against humanity and possibly ethnic cleansing, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a report published in February. SEE ALSO: No rights for the Rohingya: Bangladesh PM words will fall upon deaf ears “Out of 18 accusations included in OHCHR’s report, 12 were found to be incorrect, with the remaining...
Burma: Chinese naval ships to conduct joint exercises amid closer ties | Phuket News
CHINA’s defence ministry has confirmed the arrival of naval ships in Burma (Myanmar) to conduct joint search and rescue and communications exercises, after the countries’ heads of state met earlier in the week. The ships arrived in Yangon on Thursday for a four-day visit said military spokesman Wu Qian, fresh off the back of Asean and China agreeing upon a draft framework for conduct in the disputed South China Sea. Aung San Suu Kyi met Xi Jinping in Beijing during the Belt and Road Forum. Wu said China was willing to strengthen strategic communication and deepen cooperation with Burma, while making joint efforts to safeguard regional peace and stability and promote bilateral ties. ...
Burma reveals $460 million plan to combat HIV/AIDS | Phuket News
Union minister for health and sports Dr Myint Htwe has revealed a US$ 460 million to combat HIV/AIDS in Burma, The Irrawaddy News Online reported on Thursday. The plan commits Burma to achieving UNAIDS’ “five 90s” by 2020: 90 percent of priority population having access to HIV combination prevention services; 90 percent of people living with HIV knowing their status; 90 percent of people living with HIV and knowing their status; receiving treatment and having repressed viral loads and 90 percent of people affected by HIV reporting no discrimination. The plan promises further decentralization of treatment away from major cities as well as a shift as to who provides treatment, from NGOs to government hospitals and clinics. Of the $460 million fund, 18 percent will come from the Burmese government and the rest funded by international organizations and NGOs – including Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Three...
Burma: EU boosts humanitarian support, calls for greater access to Rakhine | Phuket News
EUROPE’s government has announced an additional €12 million (US$13.3 million) for its humanitarian assistance program in Burma (Myanmar) and called for greater access to troubled Rakhine State after an official visit. The visit by Christos Stylianides, the EU’s Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, is the first by a commissioner from the regional bloc to the troubled northern Rakhine State. According to a statement, he observed “pressing humanitarian needs” in the region. “The European Union is committed to supporting those in need in Burma,” he said. “During my visit I saw that malnutrition rates have deteriorated after the recent crisis.” In my meeting w/t local authorities in #NorthernRakhineState I asked for access to health &education for all with no discrimination #Myanmar pic.twitter.com/Dqni4f4P9l — Christos Stylianides (@StylianidesEU) May 14, 2017 SEE ALSO: Burma: Red Cross calls on govt to allow aid workers to access Rohingya Emphasising the need for Burma...
Burma: 80 NGOs urge Thai govt to support press freedom, condemn mining firm | Phuket News
A COALITION of 80 NGOs and 30 activists is seeking the immediate withdrawal of criminal proceedings against a Thai journalist facing punishment under the kingdom’s highly-criticised Computer Crime Act for allegedly defaming a local mining firm. In a joint statement, the coalition led by Reporters Without Borders condemned Thai mining company Myanmar Phongpipat Co Ltd for filing the lawsuit against The Nation reporter Pratch Rujivanarong and urged for intervention from the Thai government, saying it should protect press freedom and decriminalise defamation. Pratch is being sued by the firm over an article he had written in which he claimed the company’s tin mine had “destroyed” water sources in Burma. “We are concerned about the use of criminal defamation laws and the Computer Crime Act to restrict the right to freedom of opinion and expression in Thailand, as well as to intimidate human rights defenders and journalists,” said the coalition’s statement. Earth Rights International, Land...
CNRP deputy president left Cambodia ahead of her “imminent arrest” | Phuket News
Opposition legislator Mu Sochua left Cambodia on Tuesday to join a long list of CNRP colleagues who chose to leave the country after she had been warned of her imminent arrest by a senior government official, according to The Phnom Penh Post Online on Wednesday. The departure of the CNRP deputy president came one day after Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened action against “rebels” and “foreign slaves” in his speech in Siem Reap province. During the speech, Hun Sen referred to “senior officials” who had made rude comments in Kampong Thom, Siem Reap and Prea Vihear – provinces where Sochua had visited last week to meet with party officials. Sochua said she had been warned by a senior government official that she would potentially be arrested next week.  She added that there was a clear link to Hun Sen’s speech and a series of speeches she made in the last...
More rains forecast as many areas now submerged | Phuket News
As the Meteorological Department forecasts more heavy rains over the next 24 hours in all regions of the country, including Bangkok, several provinces have reported flooding in many areas and warning of danger from flash floods from accumulated rain water. In Tak province four people were missing after a long tail boat sank in Moei river yesterday. Six were rescued but three children, two of them Myanmars, and the boat driver were missing. The incident happened in Thasong Yang district. Meanwhile flash floods were reported in many provinces yesterday as a result of heavy rains. Three sub-districts in Chai-nat province in particular have been badly hit with more than 400 homes flooded under deep water. Many roads in and out of these sub-districts are reported to be under almost 1 meter of water and what is worse is that at many locations fast currents have rendered many roads impassable to...
Warning of torrential downpours, flash floods for most of country this week | Phuket News
Thai Meteorological Department has warned people in most parts of Thailand of outbreaks of abundant rain and possible flash floods from Tuesday until Friday this week. Isolated torrential downpours and gusty winds will affect especially the North, the Northeast and the Central region, including Bangkok and its vicinity, the East and the South, the department said in its weather warning for heavy rain issued at 11am on Tuesday. The cause of this week’s abundant rain is the monsoon trough lying across the Central, East and lower Northeast of the country, and the low-pressure cell over central Cambodia pushing in to the monsoon trough, the agency said. The areas affected on Tuesday and Wednesday are:  The North: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Tak, Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet, Phitsanulok, Phichit and Phetchabun. The Northeast: Loei, Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Kalasin, Roi Et, Yasothon, Amnart...
Police to seek red warrant for Ms Yingluck’s arrest | Phuket News
The Royal Thai Police has sought a red warrant from the foreign affairs division for the arrest of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra by Interpol. Pol Gen Srivara Rangsibrammanakul, the deputy national police chief, said Tuesday that the RTP had received a credible information confirming that Ms Yingluck is now in England which has signed an extradition treaty with Thailand. He added that it was the responsibility of the public prosecution to bring Ms Yingluck home to serve the 5-year jail term. Meanwhile, Pol Maj-Gen Panurat Lakboon, deputy commissioner of metropolitan police, said inquiry police were still in the process of interrogating Pol Col Chairith Anurit, deputy commander of 5th division of metropolitan police, and two other police officers who allegedly helped the former prime minister in the escape out of Thailand reportedly to Cambodia, then to Dubai and England. He added that his men were still waiting for the...
Women Plead Not Guilty in Assassination of North Korea Leader's Brother | Phuket News
Two women accused of killing the half-brother of North Korea's leader have pleaded not guilty as their trial started in Malaysia. Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam entered their pleas Monday in Malaysia's High Court, nearly eight months after the brazen airport assassination. They could face the death penalty if convicted. They are suspected of smearing Kim Jong Nam's face with the banned VX nerve agent on Feb. 13 at a crowded airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur, killing him within about 20 minutes. The women say they thought they were playing a harmless prank for a hidden-camera show. The women are the only suspects in custody in a killing that South Korea's spy agency said was part of a five-year plot by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to kill a brother he reportedly never met. Police say several North Koreans suspected of involvement left the country...
Cambodia's Detained Opposition Leader Denies Treason Charges | Phuket News
Cambodia's detained opposition leader, who is accused of treason by the government of strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen, denied the charges against him on Monday in his first comments since his arrest last month. Kem Sokha, head of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) is accused of trying to overthrow the government with help from the United States and of espionage — charges he denies and says are politically motivated. His arrest last month is part of ongoing efforts by the government to silence political opponents and independent media ahead of a general election next year. Earlier Monday Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge officer who defected and has ruled Cambodia for more than three decades, attacked opposition figures as
World leaders react to Las Vegas mass shooting | Phuket News
ON SUNDAY night, as thousands of happy festival goers revelled in the closing act of a country music concert in Las Vegas, a barrage of gunfire rang out over the crowds killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 525 in America’s deadliest mass shooting in history. Lone gunman Stephen Paddock – a 64-year-old retiree armed with multiple assault rifles – rained bullets down on the crowd of 22,000 from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel on the famous Vegas strip before turning the weapon on himself. As America woke up to news of yet another horrific mass shooting, leaders around the world reacted to the tragedy. US President Donald Trump My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017 President Donald Trump earned some criticism for his choice...
Vitafoods Asia 2017: Strategic Move to Singapore Makes Positive Impact | Phuket News
Sep 26, 2017 Picture:  Singapore, 25 Sep 2017 – Vitafoods Asia, the only dedicated event for the nutraceutical, functional food and beverages, and dietary supplements in Asia, concluded its seventh edition on a high note for the first time in Singapore. Held in the Sands Expo & Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands, the seventh edition of Vitafoods Asia welcomed a total of 5,067 industry professionals (representing a 113% increase over its 2016 edition) from 62 countries to discover a remarkable showcase presented by 260 global exhibitors from 40 countries that cover the entire nutraceutical supply chain. The event also enabled trade visitors to learn from over 40 world-class industry expert speakers, who shared deep insights from their wealth of experience. “The strategic relocation of Vitafoods Asia saw the show double – both in size and attendance,” revealed Chris LEE, Managing Director at Informa Exhibitions’ Global Health & Nutrition...
US suspension on visas for senior officials puts Cambodia in retaliation mode | Phuket News
CAMBODIA is suspending cooperation with the United States to find the remains of Americans killed in the Vietnam War in the latest ratcheting up of tensions between the two countries. Its Prime Minister Hun Sen has accused the United States of plotting treason with opposition leader Kem Sokha, an accusation rejected by the US embassy, which has called for the release of the prime minister’s main rival. “The search cooperation is postponed until a number of issues are resolved between Cambodia and the United States,” Hun Sen said according to pro-government website Fresh News, on Thursday. Hun Sen said that a total of 80 American soldiers had gone missing in Cambodia during the war in neighbouring Vietnam and that half of them had been found. “So far, only 40 [of these] have been found, and there remain around 40 more,” Hun Sen said. ...
Typhoon Damrey Kills At Least 49 People in Vietnam | Phuket News
A powerful typhoon that blasted Vietnam's south-central coast has killed at least 49 people, left more than a dozen missing and caused extensive damage to the region. 19 people are still missing, including nine crew members of cargo ships that sank off the coast of Khanh Hoa province, the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said in a statement Monday. Widespread flooding was reported and more than 116,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged, the statement said. Typhoon Damrey rocked Vietnam Saturday and has already dissipated, but the disaster agency said flooding may get worse because of heavy rain forecast for the region. The central city of Da Nang, which is hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit from November 8 to 10, has also been experiencing heavy rainfall. Heads of state from 21 nations are expected to attend the summit, including U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese...
Typhoon death toll in Vietnam climbs amid widespread floods | Phuket News
HANOI: A powerful typhoon that rocked Vietnam has killed at least 44 people and caused extensive damage to the country's south-central region....
Vietnam floods: Deadly Typhoon Damrey causes chaos | Phuket News
At least 27 people have died and more than 20 are missing....
Vietnam: At least 27 killed by Typhoon Damrey | Phuket News
More than 40,000 homes are damaged, people are evacuated and there have been widespread power cuts....
Heavy rain continues to ravage South | Phuket News
Heavy and very heavy rain will continue to batter southern provinces on Nov 5 as typhoon Damrey has swept across Vietnam and is moving in the direction of the Gulf of Thailand, the meteorological centre for the eastern coast of the South announced on Sunday....
Chinese zoo criticised for allegedly feeding dogs to tigers | Phuket News
A BEIJING zoo has denied allegations that it has been feeding stray dogs to tigers, claiming rather that it has housed wolves and dogs in a cage together. The English-language state outlet Global Times reported on Tuesday that Badaling Wildlife Park in the nation’s capital was accused in a social media post to have been feeding street dogs to tigers and wolves, urging action by the government. According to the Times, a manager at the zoo recently confirmed it was keeping wolves and dogs together in an enclosure but that “the homeless animals always contain several germs and so we won’t feed them to tigers.” SEE ALSO: Deadly as well as disgusting? Dog meat targeted by activists in Indonesia The South China Morning Post reported that park officials said that tourism and wildlife authorities had investigated the allegations, proving them to be false. But it is not the first time the zoo...
The spice island swapped for Manhattan | Phuket News
Run island in Indonesia was prized for its nutmeg, a spice worth more than gold 350 years ago....
Indonesians Allowed to Officially Identify with Indigenous Faiths | Phuket News
Indonesia’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that citizens can identify on their national ID cards with faiths outside the six religions officially recognized in the constitution. It is being hailed as a landmark decision for religious tolerance.  Indonesia has never been a completely secular country since its independence in 1945, but it has enshrined religious tolerance in its state ideology, known as Pancasila. But that tolerance was rather narrowly circumscribed, recognizing only six major religions — Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Protestantism, Catholicism, and Confucianism — and, in practice, specific strains of each of those. (Shiite and Ahmadiyya Muslims, for instance, have longed faced discrimination as they are regarded as deviant strains of the majority Sunni Islam.)  The 2006 Population Administration Law redoubled the pressure to conform to these orthodoxies by requiring Indonesians to declare themselves as one of those six faiths in order to get an ID card, which is a...
Indonesian volunteers save six beached whales | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesian volunteers managed to save six whales beached on the northern tip of Sumatra but four died, a conservation official said on Tuesday....
Thailand crowned the friendliest country in Asia for vegetarians | Phuket News
DON’T eat meat? Thailand might then be your best bet for a Southeast Asian holiday. To mark World Vegetarian Month in October, accommodation booking website Oliver’s Travels ranked countries around the world by how “vegetarian-friendly” they were for travellers. The ranking was based on the number of vegetarian restaurants, the number of vegetarian restaurants in relation to population size, and the annual meat consumption per capita. Southeast Asian countries feature prominently in the top 10 SEE ALSO: Phuket Vegetarian Festival: A multi-billion baht booster for Thailand’s economy A fresh market in Indonesia. Source: S.Tanawat / Shutterstock   Buddhist Cambodians eat very little meat at only 15.5kg per year, but dedicated vegetarian restaurants are only numbered at 153. Then came Sri Lanka (14), Japan (15) and then Indonesia (16) with 438 vegetarian restaurants across the archipelago. Indonesians eat very little meat per capita at just 11.6kg. Australia – at 17th place...
Sperm whales stranded in Indonesia die | Phuket News
Ten sperm whales beach themselves in Aceh province, with rescuers unable to save four of the mammals....
Thailand crowned most friendly country for vegetarians in Asia | Phuket News
DON’T eat meat? Thailand might then be your best bet for a Southeast Asian holiday. To mark World Vegetarian Month in October, accommodation booking website Oliver’s Travels ranked countries around the world by how “vegetarian-friendly” they were for travellers. The ranking was based upon the number of vegetarian restaurants, the number of vegetarian restaurants in relation to population size, and the annual meat consumption per capita. Southeast Asian countries featured prominently in the top ten. SEE ALSO: Phuket Vegetarian Festival: A multi-billion baht booster for Thailand’s economy A fresh market in Indonesia. Source: S.Tanawat / Shutterstock SEE ALSO: Deadly as well as disgusting? Dog meat targeted by activists in Indonesia Buddhist Cambodians eat very little meat at only 15.5kg per year, however dedicated vegetarian restaurants are only numbered at 153. Then came Sri Lanka (14), Japan (15) and then Indonesia (16) with 438 vegetarian restaurants across the archipelago. Indonesians eat...
New business registrations up 14% in November | Phuket News
New business registrations in November rose 14% year-on-year to 6,597 - the highest monthly registration in a decade....
Phuket temple faces investigation over Chinese tourist rip-offs | Phuket News
PHUKET: The chief of the Phuket office of the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) has been called to investigate an allegedly illegally built chapel at Ladthiwanaram Temple – locally known simply as “Wat Tai” – in Chalong, where overpriced items and artefacts are sold to Chinese tourist who are brought to the chapel in droves....
Skål Phuket all set to get groovy at annual gala charity dinner | Phuket News
Unleash your inner hippie this November at the Skål Phuket Charity Event being held on Saturday, November 25 at 7pm until midnight at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort....
Gujarat vote: BJP on course to hold India PM's home state | Phuket News
PM Narendra Modi's ruling BJP consolidates its lead as votes are counted in his home state Gujarat....
Asian stocks close mostly higher as investors bet on US tax reform; Aconex jumps 44% | Phuket News
Most Asian indexes were given a boost by optimism that a plan to reduce corporate taxes would be passed stateside....
Mumbai sweet shop fire kills 12 in India | Phuket News
The victims were reported to be workers who were employed at the shop and were also living there....
Trump Warns North Korea: Do Not 'Try Us' | Phuket News
President Donald Trump delivered a sharp warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday, telling him the weapons he's acquiring
Donald Trump warns North Korea: 'Do not try us' | Phuket News
US President Donald Trump was addressing South Korea's parliament as part of his Asia tour....
Trump was served beef with 360 year-old soy sauce in South Korea | Phuket News
President Donald Trump, a picky eater, was served beef with 360 year-old soy sauce at Tuesday's dinner in South Korea....
Trump warns North Korea about making a 'fatal miscalculation' | Phuket News
Trump is the first U.S. president to address South Korea's parliament, known as the National Assembly, since 1993....
Fog forces Trump to abandon surprise DMZ trip in South Korea | Phuket News
President Donald Trump was forced to abandon a surprise visit to the North-South Korea border on Wednesday due to fog....
Trump Surprise Trip to DMZ Thwarted by Fog | Phuket News
Softening his aggressive rhetoric, at least for the moment, President Donald Trump stood on South Korean soil Tuesday and urged North Korea to come to the negotiating table. But plans for a surprise visit by Trump to the heavily fortified Korean demilitarized zone on Wednesday were thwarted by fog.   Trump had been scheduled to make the unannounced morning trip to the DMZ amid heightened tensions between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear program. His helicopter was forced to turn back to Seoul due to bad weather near the border.   Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president was disappointed he couldn't make the trip — and
Trump Offers Reassurance, Resolve on North Korean Nuclear Crisis | Phuket News
President Donald Trump shed his fiery rhetoric toward North Korea on Tuesday instead delivering a message of resolve and optimism to South Korea, saying he believes
Far From Home, Trump Gets Enthusiastic Welcome in Seoul | Phuket News
South Koreans lined the streets leading to the presidential Blue House in Seoul to welcome U.S. President Donald Trump, while some came out to protest the American leader and his tough rhetoric on North Korea. An excited crowd of South Koreans greeted U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday for his first visit to Seoul, waving American and South Korean flags, singing the Star Spangled Banner, and chanting “U-S-A!” Some celebrated Trump’s tough rhetoric on stopping North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, while others came out to show support for the South Korea-U.S. alliance. One banner held up with a character of Trump read in English “Bomb the North Korea!” Other signs said “Bomb on Kim Jong Un & His Gangsters!”, “Please don’t Withdraw the U.S. Army,” and “Welcome to Korea Trump!” “I came here to welcome the president of the nation that is our ally and blood brother and helped...
Belt and Road Chinese Investment Soars 119% in Malaysia | Phuket News
The level of Chinese investment in Malaysia grew by an astonishing 119 per cent in 2016, with a further 64 per cent surge recorded in the first quarter of the current year. Much of this increased investment relates to China’s commitment to its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, a global blueprint for boosting trade through enhanced infrastructure and streamlined export/import procedures. At the heart of Malaysia‘s contribution to the Initiative is the Melaka Gateway, a US$10 billion redevelopment project, backed by Chinese investment, which will transform a series of artificial islands off the country’s southern coast into a vast sprawl of shopping, commercial and residential districts, complete with state-of-the-art port and freight terminal facilities. Work on the site began in 2015, with construction expected to be completed by 2025. It is hoped that the Gateway’s freight facilities will ultimately compete with Singapore to become Southeast Asia‘s leading trading port. Given...
Ecommerce Southeast Asia : Which Categories and Months Score Best ? | Phuket News
The hype surrounding ecommerce Southeast Asia is high and everyone from small retailers, globally acknowledged brands to established giants like Alibaba and Amazon are looking to tap into the market. Similar to other markets, Ecommerce Southeast Asia experiences seasonality in sales – some months are quiet while others experience a rush of eager shoppers. National holidays across the six biggest nations in the region differ, so which are the best performing sales months? Regional ecommerce enabler aCommerce has shared data that sheds light on online shopping seasonality for various categories in the region. Ecommerce Southeast Asia Best time for sales The year end holidays unsurprisingly provide great opportunities for retailers as shoppers flock to the stores looking for gifts, decorations, and Southeast Asia is no exception. Nearly 40% of online sales are generated in the last three months of the year – October, November and December. While 2016 saw a number of brands and retailers in Ecommerce Southeast Asia follow...
World’s top ten fastest growing tourism cities are all in Asia | Phuket News
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has launched today new city tourism impact data which shows that the world’s top ten fastest growing tourism cities are all in Asia. Asia Pacific City Travel & Tourism Impact, is one of a series of reports by WTTC which looks at the contribution of Travel & Tourism to city economies and job creation. The study covers 65 cities, 21 of which are in Asia Pacific. The data shows that Asian cities are at the forefront of tourism growth over the next ten years. Chongqing (14% growth per year) heads the table, followed by Guanghzhou (13.1%), Shanghai (12.8%) and Beijing (12%). The other cities on the top ten list are Chengdu (11.2%), Manila (10.9%), Delhi (10.8%), Shenzhen (10.7%), Kuala Lumpur (10.1%) and Jakarta (10%). With the world average growth rate at 4% per year, and Asia Pacific at 5.8%, these cities are significantly outpacing...
Kerr wins Malaysia LPGA, Thai sisters well back | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: Cristie Kerr made her 20th career victory on the LPGA Tour one to remember....
Warship, 'Copter Search for Missing Cargo Ship, Crew of 10 in Sea Off Phuket | Phuket News
Latest The Royal Thai Navy has launched a search for a cargo ship bound for malaysia that is reported to have sunk in high seas off Phuket. The ship was carrying timber and a crew of 10....
Thailand ‘among top 20 most dangerous countries’ to visit | Phuket News
THAILAND: Thailand has been ranked as one of the 20 most dangerous countries in the world for tourists to visit, with high rates of crime and violence and ‘low reliability’ of police assistance, according to a recent survey. Of the 136 countries around the world covered by the World Economic Forum’s ‘Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report’, which was released last month, Thailand sits at 118th with a 4.0 score for safety and security for tourists. The index indicates tourists’ and businesses’ exposure to security risks, taking into account serious harm such as violence and terrorism. While a score of seven is considered the best for visitors, Finland is ranked No 1 with a score of 6.7, while Colombia, regarded as the most dangerous country in the world for travellers, is the lowest with a score of 2.6. Among Asean countries, the Philippines is the most dangerous, placed 126th with a...
Filipino militants who sparked Marawi clash die in gun battle | Phuket News
THE two top leaders of the Islamic State-inspired militants who triggered a war in the southern city of Marawi, Philippines, were killed in a firefight with security forces early Monday morning, a local report said. Sources told Rappler that Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute Group leader Omar Maute were killed as local forces launched an offensive on an enemy position during a hostage rescue. The report said the military was continuing its operations to flush out remaining militants and clear the battle area of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). SEE ALSO: Philippines: Foreigners in leading militantroles in besieged Marawi Hapilon, who is the so-called emir of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia, left his lair in Basilan last year to join the Maute Group in Butig, Lanao Del Sur. In Butig, Hapilan joined Omar Maute and his brother Abdullah who led an occupation of Butig’s town centre, Rappler reported. Government...
K-Love: AirAsia boss marries Korean girlfriend at posh France retreat | Phuket News
Anthony Francis Fernandes, commonly known as Tony Fernandes, who is AirAsia’s group CEO, was married on Saturday in a ceremony attended by Asia’s business bigwigs. Fernandes, 53, the person responsible for catapulting low-cost travel in Asia through the budget carrier he heads, was reported to have tied the knot with one Chloe from South Korea in a quiet event held in Cote D’Azur, France, according to New Straits Times (NST). Air Asia boss Fernandes weds – and goes off the radarhttps://t.co/x8Cy7nOl1Y pic.twitter.com/pq5UPIe7NA — The Star (@staronline) October 15, 2017 Photos obtained by NST show the couple in wedding gear and surrounded by guests such as Malaysia’s former international trade and industry minister Rafizah Aziz. Other guests include  AirAsia chairman and Tune Group chief executive Kamarudin Meranun, as well as CIMB Group chairman Nazir Razak. Nazir’s Instagram on Friday show photos of him with Fernandes at Eze-sur-mer, a commune located in...
Access to quick healthcare with a cause = the passcode is NKF | Phuket News
Oct 14, 2017 Kuala Lumpur, 11 October 2017 – BookDoc, a leading healthcare online platform, together with National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Malaysia makes living healthy a rewarding journey as the application now boasts a host of impressive health features and partners to further bring health information and medical support to simply anyone with just a touch of a button. The platform’s core objective is to improve lives by making it easier for people to schedule, travel and see a doctor through the clever combination of several services under one roof. With features such as transport booking platform Uber and Grab; navigation tool Waze; accommodations platform Airbnb and Agoda; including hotel booking platform TripAdvisor, plus selecting your favourite health store and dining options near you; to even collecting points for every step you make towards a healthier life by getting rewarded with products from partners like Guardian, Zalora, Fave,...
Singapore python tries to eat 'petrified' pet parrot | Phuket News
The 1.5m (5ft) long snake was found in a Singapore home coiled around a pet parrot's cage....
Giant python caught in Singapore home with plastic bag | Phuket News
A Singapore man caught the 1.5m (5ft) long snake in his home using a stick and plastic bag....
Checking in at Singapore's new 'contactless' airport terminal | Phuket News
Passengers using Changi Airport's new Terminal 4 can check in and board without having to talk to counter staff....
Singapore python tries to eat 'petrified' pet cockatoo | Phuket News
The 1.5m (5ft) long snake was found in a Singapore home coiled around a pet cockatoo's cage....
Checking in at Singapore's new airport terminal | Phuket News
At Singapore's Changi Airport, passengers using its new Terminal 4 can check in and board without having to talk to counter staff....
Blockchain Technology Could Unblock Southeast Asia | Phuket News
Imagine you could swipe your phone over a piece of fish in the supermarket and instantly see secure records of its entire path through the supply chain, from the technique used by the fisherman who caught it in Indonesia to when it was shipped and how it was processed at a factory in your home country —  all at the tap of a smartphone. Trial projects such as that one are testing the potential of Blockchain technology to bring transparency to all sorts of notoriously inefficient or shadowy industries in Southeast Asia. Blockchain, the technology that powers bitcoin, is an essentially unchangeable form of bookkeeping. It creates cryptographically chained signatures between blocks of information that are authenticated by users over a peer-to-peer distributed ledger — a public record that can be applied to any type of bookkeeping, not just cryptocurrencies. “It removes the requirement for a centralized authority, and in...
Sydney is the least stressful city in Asia | Phuket News
AUSTRALIA’s largest metropolis Sydney is supposedly the least stressful city in Asia, according to a new global ranking. The 2017 Global Least & Most Stressful Cities Ranking by online laundry service Zipjet ranked 150 cities around the world based on a range of factors including average annual sunshine hours, population density and green space, traffic and air pollution, unemployment, social security, racial equality and health. Most of the top spots were taken by European countries: Stuttgart, Hannover, Munich and Hamburg in Germany (interesting given Zipjet is a German company); Luxembourg, Bern in Switzerland and Bordeaux, France. SEE ALSO: Australian capital makes top 3 Lonely Planet cities, gets roasted online Sydney is supposedly Asia’s least stressful city followed by Singapore pic.twitter.com/I2Wg9wTLuq — Max Walden (@maxwalden_) October 28, 2017 In the Asia Pacific region, Sydney was ranked first at No 8 overall followed by its Australian rival Melbourne in 20th place. Next came...
Philippines arrests Indonesian wife of slain militant leader | Phuket News
MANILA: Philippine security forces on Sunday arrested the Indonesian wife of the slain pro-Islamic State militant leader who planned and led the attack on Marawi City, authorities said....
Asians Talk About Their Expectations for Trump’s Visit | Phuket News
President Donald Trump on Sunday began his first official visit to Asia. His first stop is Japan, followed by South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. Here’s what people in those countries have to say about their expectations for the visit. JAPAN Yoh Kawakami, employee at an information management solution company: “I do wonder whether things will be OK, like, what will the world turn into? I wonder about his (Trump’s) response to North Korea and other things. There are things that scare me. He is becoming friendly with Prime Minister Abe, and I don’t know if that is right or not.” “I do want him (Trump) to be more cool-headed. If he continues only provoking, the situation may actually become explosive.” ​Yumu Katsuyama, employee at nonprofit for international clinical childcare: “Honestly when he first became president, I did question whether he was OK. But my American friends have said...
Trump in Japan: ‘No Dictator ... Should Underestimate American Resolve’  | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday told servicemen at Yokota Air Base in Japan that “no one, no dictator, no regime ... should underestimate American resolve.” His remarks came at the start of a nearly two-week Asian trip that is expected to focus on North Korea. Some of his comments, while directed at the American troops, could also be seen as a veiled warning to the isolated nation: “You are the greatest threat to tyrants and dictators who seek to prey on the innocent.” Message to North Korea En route to Japan, the president spoke with reporters aboard Air Force One, where he was asked by VOA’s Steve Herman if he had any message for the North Korean people. “I think they’re great people,” the president said. “They’re industrious. They’re warm, much warmer than the world really knows and understands, they’re great people. And I hope it all works out...
Trump Arrives in Japan, Starts Nearly Two-week, Multination Asia Trip | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump has arrived in Japan at the start of a nearly two-week Asian trip that is expected to focus on North Korea. En route, Trump spoke with reporters aboard Air Force One, where he was asked by VOA’s Steve Herman if he had any message for the North Korean people. “I think they’re great people,” the president said. “They’re industrious. They’re warm, much warmer than the world really knows and understands, they’re great people. And I hope it all works out for everybody. It’ll be a wonderful thing if we can work it out for those great people and for everybody.” Trump also indicated he expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the APEC meeting in the Philippines later in the trip. ​Stopover in Hawaii Trump arrived in Japan after a stopover in Hawaii where he paid a solemn visit to the...
Trump En Route to Japan, First Stop on Asian Trip | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump was en route to Japan on Saturday after a stopover in Hawaii, where he paid a solemn visit to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, the site of the surprise Japanese naval attack in 1941 that plunged the U.S. into World War II. Before departing for Japan, his first stop on a multination tour of Asia, Trump visited his Trump International Hotel in Waikiki, where he spoke with some employees in the lobby. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Trump
Russia Says No Cooperation with US on North Korea | Phuket News
Russia is not currently cooperating with the United States on discussions about North Korea, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reportedly told the Russian RIA news agency.
Trump extends trip, will stay for East Asia summit | Phuket News
US President Donald Trump will add a day to the end of his five-country tour of Asia so that he can attend the East Asia summit on Nov 13 and 14 in the Philippines, the White House has confirmed....
Trump Stops in Hawaii En Route to Asia  | Phuket News
Amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, President Donald Trump received a classified briefing Friday from the U.S. military’s Pacific Command. The briefing took place after Air Force One landed at Hickham Air Force Base on the Pacific island of Oahu where he and first lady Melania Trump were given a traditional Hawaiian welcome of wreaths of flowers, known as leis. The president received a brightly colored lei made of maile and ilima flowers, a combination traditionally presented to royalty on the islands. Mrs. Trump’s white lei consisted of jasmine and rose. ​Pacific Command President Trump then went directly to the Marine Corps installation where Pacific Command, the largest of America’s unified combat commands, is headquartered. “You have a lot of tough people and a lot of talented people and we appreciate it,” Trump told U.S. Navy Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of Pacific Command. “We’re all honored to have...
PM to join Asean Summit in Manila Nov 13-14 | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will join the 31st Asean Summit and Related Summits during Nov 13-14 in Manila, the Philippines, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed. Asean leaders will also have meetings with external partners China, Japan, Republic of Korea, India, the United Nations (UN), the 20th Asean Plus Three Meeting, and the 12th East Asia Summit. There will also be summits to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Asean-US, Asean-Canada, and Asean-European Union (EU). Meanwhile, the US President Donald Trump has decided at the last minute to extend a marathon trip to Asia and will spend “an extra day in the Philippines” to attend the East Asia Summit, the Manila-based news website Rappler.com reported. “We’re actually staying an extra day in the Philippines,” Trump said on departure Friday (Nov 3), a decision that was confirmed by senior White House officials. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump...
Trump Stops in Hawaii, Pearl Harbor on Way to Asia  | Phuket News
Amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, President Donald Trump received a classified briefing Friday from the U.S. military’s Pacific Command. The briefing took place after Air Force One landed at Hickham Air Force Base on the Pacific island of Oahu where he and first lady Melania Trump were given a traditional Hawaiian welcome of wreaths of flowers, known as leis. The president received a brightly colored lei made of maile and ilima flowers, a combination traditionally presented to royalty on the islands. Mrs. Trump’s white lei consisted of jasmine and rose. ​Pacific Command President Trump then went directly to the Marine Corps installation where Pacific Command, the largest of America’s unified combat commands, is headquartered. “You have a lot of tough people and a lot of talented people and we appreciate it,” Trump told U.S. Navy Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of Pacific Command. “We’re all honored to have...
Among the discriminated: The sex workers that IDAHOT fails to mention | Phuket News
TODAY, May 17, is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia or IDAHOT, which is celebrated in over 130 countries. In terms of global advocacy, IDAHOT is one of the most important days that draws attention to the plight of LGBTI (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex) communities across the globe. But while rights advocates fight tooth and nail for the LGBTI, the sex workers who form a sub-group of this community and who have played an important role in fighting for LGBTI rights, remain stigmatised throughout much of the world. Since 2004, IDAHOT has been a celebratory day aimed at raising awareness over the discrimination and physical harm LGBTI communities face. In some countries like Thailand, LGBTI rights are respected. However, the Southeast Asian nation isn’t exactly a bastion of gay tolerance; the community is treated largely with tolerance rather than acceptance. In other countries such as neighbouring Burma (Myanmar), the LGBTI have enjoy...
Rohingya ‘had to drink toilet water’ in Malaysian detention – report | Phuket News
ASYLUM SEEKERS and refugees are being kept in squalid, abusive conditions and at least two dozen have died in Malaysian immigration detention since 2015, says the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “They gave us only one small cup of water with our meals, otherwise we had to drink toilet water,” a female 18-year-old Rohingya told The Guardian. “Only when someone was about to die would the guards come. Otherwise, if we complained, or if we asked to go to the hospital, they beat us.” Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) reports that conditions are so bad in detention that they are “torture-like,” with inmates denied adequate food, water and medical treatment. SEE ALSO: Shattered dreams: Dim future for the refugee child in Malaysia The UNHCR told The Guardian that 24 people, most of whom were Burma (Myanmar) nationals, have died in detention since 2015. “These deaths are absolutely preventable,” said executive director...
Myanmar Refugees in Thai Camps Face Repatriation Challenges | Phuket News
Efforts to repatriate more than 98,000 ethnic Burmese refugees to Myanmar with United Nations support are slowly progressing, even as international donors cut funding to camps in Thailand where the refugees are living. Humanitarian workers say the funding pressures come amid questions concerning security and inadequate infrastructure and health systems in southeast Myanmar after years of conflict. The nine camps on the Thai border have been in place since the mid-1980s as refugees flooded into Thailand to escape conflict between armed ethnic armies and the Myanmar military. But programs to repatriate the refugees have increased as Myanmar, also known as Burma, has moved to democracy after the election of the civilian government under Aung San Suu Kyi in 2015. Funding and safety concerns The government has pursued national reconciliation as well as cease-fire and peace agreements with the ethnic armies. But progress has been slow. Saw Paul Sein Twa, executive...
Burma: Red Cross calls on govt to allow aid workers to access Rohingya | Phuket News
THE International Committee of the Red Cross has asked Myanmar to let aid workers get access to people caught up in conflicts that have displaced tens of thousands despite a transition that brought Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to power. Authorities have blocked the ICRC from areas under the control of ethnic minority forces and from visiting some prisoners, the organisation’s president, Peter Maurer, told reporters late on Wednesday in the commercial capital, Yangon. “We would like to have access to all the people in need in order to do proper assessments, to help ease according to needs,” he said. Maurer visited the northwestern state of Rakhine, where he toured camps set up almost five years ago to house those displaced by communal clashes between Rohingya Muslims and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists. SEE ALSO: No rights for the Rohingya: Bangladesh PM words will fall upon deaf ears He did not visit...
No rights for the Rohingya: Bangladesh PM words will fall upon deaf ears | Phuket News
IN the famous words of Hannah Arendt: “a man who is nothing but a man has lost the very qualities which make it possible for other people to treat him as a fellow man.” Such is the fate of the ethnic Rohingya bouncing between South and Southeast Asia. The Rohingya are being denied citizenship rights at every corner, which deprives them of a political community. As a result, they have become pariahs. The international community will struggle to find a solution to the crisis unless a humanitarian response is delivered through the state. After all, the international community is merely a number of political communities loosely tied together by institutions. SEE ALSO: Aung San Suu Kyi met by protesters, criticism upon receiving Freedom of London award In a farewell visit to outgoing Myanmar Ambassador to Bangladesh Myo Myint Than on Tuesday, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon Myanmar to deliver...
Aung San Suu Kyi met by protesters, criticism upon receiving Freedom of London award | Phuket News
BURMA’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi was met with a group of protesters and criticism by human rights groups upon being awarded an Honorary Freedom of the City of London during an official state visit to the UK ahead of peace talks. The Nobel laureate was awarded London’s “most prestigious honour” on Monday for her “non-violent struggle over many years for democracy and her steadfast dedication to create a society where people can live in peace, security and freedom.” As she arrived at Guildhall for the award ceremony, Suu Kyi was met by a group of demonstrators who were protesting Burma’s treatment of the Muslim Rohingya minority, chanting “shame on you” and “Rohingyas are dying.” SEE ALSO: Amid mounting criticism, is Aung San Suu Kyi still a noble Nobel winner? ...
New Survey Paints Bleak Picture of Southeast Asian Views on Trump Administration | Phuket News
Despite a fresh push by President Donald Trump's administration to reach out to Southeast Asia, a new poll suggests that confidence in the relationship is at a low point.  Titled “How do Southeast Asians view the Trump administration?” the online survey was compiled by the Singapore-based ASEAN Studies Centre at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. The center received more than 300 responses last month from a variety of government officials, civil society members, business leaders, academics and journalists in ASEAN.  Roughly 43 percent of respondents said the Trump administration was “not interested” in Southeast Asia, compared to 37 percent who said it was interested. Similar numbers (around 43 percent) said they expected U.S. engagement with the region to decrease and that the U.S. was “undependable” as an ally compared to four months ago.  The Trump administration has sought to allay these concerns with a barrage of outreach. Late last week, U.S. Secretary...
Cambodia retaliates for visa ban, suspends US MIA searches | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday he will retaliate against a US halt on the issuing of most visas to senior foreign ministry officials and their families by suspending missions by US military-led teams searching for the remains of Americans missing in action from the Vietnam War....
US suspension on visas for senior officials puts Cambodia on retaliation mode | Phuket News
CAMBODIA is suspending cooperation with the United States to find the remains of Americans killed in the Vietnam War in the latest ratcheting up of tensions between the two countries. Its Prime Minister Hun Sen has accused the United States of plotting treason with opposition leader Kem Sokha, an accusation rejected by the US embassy, which has called for the release of the prime minister’s main rival. “The search cooperation is postponed until a number of issues are resolved between Cambodia and the United States,” Hun Sen said according to pro-government website Fresh News, on Thursday. Hun Sen said that a total of 80 American soldiers had gone missing in Cambodia during the war in neighbouring Vietnam and that half of them had been found. “So far, only 40 [of these] have been found, and there remain around 40 more,” Hun Sen said. SEE ALSO: 5 signs of Cambodia’s ‘descent...
Leverage in Cambodia Key Question for US, EU | Phuket News
Radio Free Asia has joined the ranks of media outlets shuttered under the now almost blanket smothering of an independent press in Cambodia, as U.S. and European diplomatic efforts have failed, so far, to halt the county's descent into authoritarianism ahead of elections next year. The closure of the U.S.-funded outlet, due to what it called intimidation, represents another escalation in opposition to Washington by Prime Minister Hun Sen. Conciliatory overtones made in a news conference Tuesday by U.S. Ambassador William Heidt have failed to halt the government's campaign to paint Washington as the masterminds of a vast conspiracy involving all major opponents of the government.
Cambodia voices regret over US visa ban | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: The Cambodian government issued a statement Thursday criticising Washington's decision to suspend visas for certain Foreign Ministry officials as
Discrepancies in Cambodian Sand Exports Spark Fraud Allegations | Phuket News
An environmental group is highlighting discrepancies in Cambodian government data on exports of silica sand to Taiwan, in what the group's founder suggests may be a case of tax avoidance and economic fraud. Exports of another type of sand to Singapore were investigated after the same group exposed similar discrepancies in trade figures with that country last year. In a posting on its Facebook page late Monday, the group Mother Nature cited data from Taiwan's Customs Administration showing imports of 1.5 million tons of silica and quartz sand from Cambodia valued at more than $32 million between 2012 and 2016. PDF: Silica and Quartz Sands Imports, 2010-2016 But, the group says, Cambodia's Customs and Excise Department and the Ministry of Commerce records show sales to Taiwan of only 28,900 tons valued at $275,606 during that period. The sand is used in making components for electronic devices and other products. PDF:...
US Ambassador to Cambodia Rejects Accusations of Interference | Phuket News
The U.S. ambassador to Cambodia has responded forcefully to Prime Minister Hun Sen's accusations the United States is attempting to oust his government, saying the charges are
Military information on Yingluck’s escape sent to police: Lt Gen Apirat | Phuket News
The military has sent its information on a possible escape route of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to police, 1st Army commander Lt Gen Apirat Kongsompong said on Wednesday (Sept 13). Lt Gen Apirat confirmed information given earlier by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon that a car suspected to be taking Ms Yingluck was found near a military checkpoint in Sa Kaeo province near the Thai-Cambodian border, an area under the jurisdiction of the 1st Army. He said information Ms Yingluck’s escape has come from various sources, including the military and police.  Therefore, the information received must be collated as required in an intelligence process so that a further investigation can be carried out in a clear direction. The authorities handling this matter need time to gather evidence.  It is believed the police would be able to come up with a clear conclusion, Lt Gen Apirat said. 1st Army commander Lt Gen...
Typhoon Damrey Kills More Than Two Dozen People in Vietnam | Phuket News
Typhoon Damrey has blasted Vietnam's south-central coast, killing at least 27 people and leaving four others missing. Disaster officials said Damrey had blown off the roofs of more than 1,000 homes, uprooted trees and knocked down electricity poles. The province of Khanh Hoa lost 14 people when houses collapsed or were washed away by floods, according to the provincial disaster agency. The agency said more than 300 homes were destroyed, and about 25,000 others lost roofs. It said 112 boats sank in the storm. Power was off in many areas, and dozens of flights were canceled. As a precaution, thousands of people were evacuated to higher ground before the typhoon made landfall. Damrey was the strongest storm to hit the area in at least 16 years, according to NASA. The central city of Da Nang, which is hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit November 8-10, also experienced  heavy rainfall. Last month,...
Death toll from typhoon in Vietnam rises to 27 | Phuket News
HUE, Vietnam: The death toll rose to at least 27 on Sunday from the typhoon that pummelled central and southern Vietnam just days before the region is due to host the Apec summit of Asia-Pacific leaders....
Typhoon Damrey Kills More Than a Dozen People in Vietnam | Phuket News
Typhoon Damrey has blasted Vietnam's south-central coast, killing at least 15 people and leaving four others missing. Disaster officials said Damrey had blown off the roofs of more than 1,000 homes, uprooted trees and knocked down electricity poles. The province of Khanh Hoa lost 14 people when houses collapsed or were washed away by floods, according to the provincial disaster agency. The agency said more than 300 homes were destroyed, and about 25,000 others lost roofs. It said 112 boats sank in the storm. Power was off in many areas, and dozens of flights were canceled. As a precaution, thousands of people were evacuated to higher ground before the typhoon made landfall. Damrey was the strongest storm to hit the area in at least 16 years, according to NASA. The central city of Da Nang, which is hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit November 8-10, also experienced  heavy rainfall. Last...
Typhoon Damrey kills 19 in Vietnam | Phuket News
HANOI: Typhoon Damrey killed at least 19 people in central and southern Vietnam on Saturday after sweeping into the country just days ahead of the Apec summit....
Typhoon Damrey Hits Vietnam | Phuket News
Typhoon Damrey has blasted Vietnam's south-central coast, killing at least three people. Disaster officials say Damrey has blown off the roofs of more than a thousand homes, uprooted trees and knocked down electricity poles. Thousands of people were evacuated to higher ground before the typhoon made landfall. Damrey is the strongest storm to hit the area in at least 16 years according to NASA. The central city of Da Nang, which is hosting the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit from November 8 to 10, has also been experiencing heavy rainfall. Last month, scores of people were killed when a tropical storm hit several of Vietnams's northern and central provinces....
Indonesians rush to save beached sperm whales | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesian officials and fishermen on Monday were trying to save a pod of 12 huge sperm whales that washed up on a beach at the northern tip of Sumatra island, a conservationist said....
This map will change how you see the world’s tech titans  | Phuket News
Unicorns – privately owned tech start-ups with a value of more than $1 billion – are powerful forces of disruption, wherever they are found. California’s Silicon Valley remains dominant breeding ground for billion-dollar start-ups, but China is catching up fast. Chinese unicorns are on the rise So far this year, 46 global technology companies have reached unicorn status, according to research from CB Insights. Of those, China has produced 17 – only slightly fewer than the 19 created in the US. Image: HowMuch.net The growth is dramatic given that in 2014 China only had eight unicorns. Now it has 56. And four out of the global top 10 biggest unicorns are from China. Other areas of the world lag significantly behind, with Europe only producing seven unicorns, and India, Indonesia and Africa one each. The world’s biggest unicorns Image: Visual Capitalist Uber v Didi The most ubiquitous unicorns – Airbnb,...
Indonesian police shoot dead 2 men in police station attack | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesian police say they have fatally shot two men suspected of burning down a remote police station on Sumatra island....
Indonesia museum removes Hitler display after protests | Phuket News
JAKARTA: An Indonesian visual effects museum that encouraged visitors to take selfies with a waxwork of Hitler against a giant image of the Auschwitz extermination camp has removed the exhibit after protests....
Indonesian forces prepare to storm rebel-held Papua villages | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesian security forces in the eastern province of Papua are preparing to storm five villages that they say are being held by an armed rebel group, police officials said on Saturday....
Indonesian forces prepare to storm Papua villages held by rebels | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesian security forces in the eastern province of Papua are preparing to storm five villages that they say are being held by an armed rebel group, police officials said on Saturday....
Drastic move | Phuket News
The BBC's Jonathan Head looks at possible reasons behind the arrests of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo....
Phuket police investigate speedboat explosion that left two crew members injured | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police are investigating the cause of an explosion on a tour speedboat in Chalong Bay yesterday afternoon shortly after the boat had returned tourists from Phi Phi Island to Chalong Pier. The explosion resulted in two crew members suffering injuries....
Leypang sentenced to ‘special treatment’ at Phuket Zoo | Phuket News
PHUKET: “Leypang the Croc”, captured in a swamp in BangTao on Phuket’s west coast in August, will be handed over to Phuket Zoo, the Director-General of the Department of Fisheries announced today (Nov 17)....
Thai man live-streams suicide attempt on Facebook, gets rescued | Phuket News
A Thai man in northeast province of Buriram was rescued on Sunday after he live-streamed his suicide attempt on Facebook. Facebook user “Kang Krasang” remains under the close supervision of doctors and is on suicide watch despite his physical condition being reported as stable, after he reportedly drank pesticides on camera. The man is identified as a 28-year-old from Buriram’s Koklek district. On Sunday, the user posted a snapshot of a pesticide bottle and a message apologizing for his self-harm, adding he has “thought this through.” “I won’t be coming back. I’ve thought this through. I don’t have the will to live anymore. I love my friends. I love my girlfriend. I’m sorry I had to do this.” Then he began the live-streaming with the shocking caption, “I’ll let you watch me die.” His friends who saw the live-streaming alerted the police, who located him at a resort in Muang...
Pol Gen Chaktip assures straightforward handing of bribe-taking case in Phuket | Phuket News
The national police chief assured today that the police would treat the bribe- taking case in Phuket in which several police officers who were alleged to have received 100 million baht in bribes each month in a straightforward manner without any favoritism. The national police chief, Pol Gen Chaktip Chaijinda, said he had assigned Pol Gen Suchart Thirasawat, the acting police inspector-general, to oversee the case and, so far, about ten police officers in Phuket had been dismissed from service pending the investigation. The police probe followed the exposure of rampant bribe-taking by Phuket police made by the whistle-blower, Mr Thammarat Suwanposri, alias Jo Sportlight. Pol Gen Chaktip also said that police welcome evidence from whoever who may have information about the police malpractice. But Thammarat was not convinced, noting that the alleged bribe-taking involved higher-ranking police officers and not just the 10 or so middle-ranking police officers. The post...
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Biz bribes to cops? Snake-hurdlin' granny! Student's organs missing?|| November 21 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 21 Business operators: We pay bribes to local cops! Student dies, brain & organs missing? Man kills wife and attempts suicide! Snake-throwing granny! Donations to female inmates! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
Gujarat: BJP increases lead in India state election | Phuket News
PM Narendra Modi's ruling BJP takes a lead as votes are counted in India's Gujarat state....
Trump, at North Korea's doorstep, says solution must be found to nuclear standoff | Phuket News
Trump flew into South Korea Tuesday, the closest he has come to the frontlines of the nuclear standoff with the North....
Trump Arrives in South Korea Amid Heightened Tensions with Pyongyang | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump has arrived in South Korea as part of regional tour that has been dominated by North Korea's weapons development.  During his two-day visit, Trump is expected to reaffirm America's commitment to defend the U.S. ally against Pyongyang amid increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula. Earlier in Japan, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed that
Trump lands in South Korea to pressure the North | Phuket News
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump arrived in South Korea on Tuesday, beginning a two-day visit centered on pressuring the nation’s neighbor to the north to abandon its nuclear weapons program. Trump has repeatedly struck a hard line against Pyongyang and South Korea will be warily watching him as he is […]...
Trump Headed to South Korea Amid Heightened Tensions With Pyongyang | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives Tuesday in South Korea as part of a regional tour that has been dominated by North Korea's weapons development.  During his two-day visit, Trump is expected to reaffirm America's commitment to defend the U.S. ally against Pyongyang amid increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula. In Japan earlier this week, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed that
S. Korea Imposes Sanctions on 18 N. Koreans, a Day Before Trump Visit | Phuket News
South Korea imposed unilateral sanctions on 18 North Koreans on Monday, barring any financial transactions between those sanctioned and any South Koreans, as part of international efforts to dry up Pyongyang's illegal cash flows. All 18 individuals on which the South Korean sanctions were imposed were directly affiliated to North Korean banks, according to an official government announcement by the finance minister uploaded on the Interior Ministry's website.
Trump could face thorny issues on South Korea visit | Phuket News
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump visits South Korea on Tuesday on the second leg of his first official Asian tour. While Trump will be looking to use his trip to strengthen Washington’s alliance with Seoul and reaffirm their joint push to maximize pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program, he will […]...
Japanese Leader Echoes Trump on North Korea: 'All Options are On the Table' | Phuket News
Japan’s prime minister, standing alongside the U.S. president, borrowed a Donald Trump phrase on Monday, agreeing that “all options are on the table” when it comes to responding to North Korea’s weapons development. Abe, at a news conference with Trump at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, said there is “no point in dialogue for the sake of dialogue with North Korea” and the time has come to exert maximum pressure on Pyongyang. Abe and Trump, following a second day of meetings, confirmed that North Korea has been the dominant topic of their discussions. The U.S. president called Pyongyang’s pursuit of the ability to place a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile “a threat to the civilized world and international peace and stability.” Trump repeated that the era of strategic patience, in attempting to deal with Pyongyang, is over. “Some say my rhetoric is strong, but look what’s happened with...
Asian stocks down after weak US jobs, as Trump trip in focus | Phuket News
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian markets slipped on Monday as weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs figures dented sentiment. Investors were also keeping an eye on President Donald Trump’s visit to Asia, where he is expected to discuss North Korean nuclear issues with leaders in the region. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 was flat at 22,541.55, while […]...
IGEM 2017 Empowers Malaysia's Youth | Phuket News
Oct 12, 2017 Picture:  Close to 1,000 Students from Universities and Schools Participate in Educational Initiatives KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The 8th International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM 2017) concluded today bringing to a close the most youth-centric exhibition over its eight-year history. Close to 1,000 students from around 50 universities and 106 schools attended the three-day event, participating in a range of activities and programmes that equipped them with greater understanding and appreciation of green technology and sustainable practices. Symbolising this increased emphasis on youth, for the first time ever; IGEM featured a University Pavilion featuring representatives from Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) showcasing their innovations on a global platform to leading businesses and decision makers. Beyond this, IGEM collaborated with Yayasan Hijau (YaHijau) to organise several in-depth and...
Malaysia halts all imports from North Korea, data shows | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia, which until recently had been one of Pyongyang's closest friends, has halted all imports from North Korea, as part of global efforts to cut off funding over its nuclear and missile programmes....
Witness at Malaysia trial says 4 more suspects in Kim murder | Phuket News
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian police officer testified Thursday that the two women on trial for the murder of the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader were seen on airport security videos with two men believed to have provided the VX nerve agent used to kill him. Video footage presented in court […]...
Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch joint air patrols | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have begun coordinated air patrols to intensify their fight against Islamic militants who have laid siege to a southern Philippine city....
Malaysian Officer Testifies 4 More Suspected in Kim Plot | Phuket News
A Malaysian police officer testified Thursday that the two women on trial for the murder of the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader were seen on airport security videos with two men believed to have provided the VX nerve agent used to kill him. Video footage presented in court showed Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Huong walking in the airport with a man wearing a baseball cap. Separately, Indonesian suspect Siti Aisyah was seen meeting with another man also wearing a cap at an airport cafe just before the attack was carried out in a crowded departure terminal of the Kuala Lumpur airport the morning of Feb. 13. The faces of the men can’t be seen clearly. Chief investigating officer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz identified the men as only Mr. Y and Mr. Chang. He testified the two men were believed to have smeared VX on the women’s...
Philippine Moro rebels have ousted child soldiers – UN | Phuket News
THE United Nations has stricken off the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the largest Islamic armed group in the Philippines fighting for self-determination in Mindanao, from the list of armed groups recruiting and employing child warriors. With Malaysia as third-party facilitator, the government and the MILF forged a final peace deal in 2014, ending four decades of deadly armed struggle in Mindanao that claimed the lives of over 120,000 individuals. At least 1,869 child soldiers have been disengaged from the MILF in an effort that began in 2009, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) said early this week in announcing the removal of the MILF from the UN’s list of armed groups employing minor combatants or those 18 years old and below. Unicef Philippines described the removal of the MILF from the list as “a stride and a victory toward realising children’s rights in the Philippines.” “The MILF’s commitment to...
Malaysia August factory output up 6.8% y-o-y | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's industrial production in August expanded at its fastest pace since March 2015 and above industry expectations, supported by strong growth across all sectors....
Witness at Malaysia trial: 4 more suspects in Kim murder | Phuket News
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia: A Malaysian police officer testified Thursday that the two women on trial for the murder of the estranged half- brother of North Korea's leader were seen on airport security videos with two men believed to have provided the VX nerve agent used to kill him....
UN says Philippine Moro rebels have ousted child soldiers | Phuket News
THE United Nations has stricken off the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the largest Islamic armed group in the Philippines fighting for self-determination in Mindanao, from the list of armed groups recruiting and employing child warriors. With Malaysia as third-party facilitator, the government and the MILF forged a final peace deal in 2014, ending four decades of deadly armed struggle in Mindanao that claimed the lives of over 120,000 individuals. At least 1,869 child soldiers have been disengaged from the MILF in an effort that began in 2009, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said early this week in announcing the removal of the MILF from the UN’s list of armed groups employing minor combatants or those 18 years old and below. UNICEF Philippines described the removal of the MILF from the UN list of armed groups recruiting and employing children as “a stride and a victory toward realising children’s...
Changi Airport set for record year in passenger traffic, with some 130 new flights a week till December | Phuket News
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) – The new flights, the highest in at least four years, should contribute to another record year of passenger numbers. Changi Airport is set for another year of record passenger numbers, with airlines adding more flights to existing and new destinations as they ramp up for the year-end peak travel season. […]...
The Lo & Behold Group Becomes First Asian Company to Commit to 100% Cage-free Egg Supply Chain | Phuket News
Oct 30, 2017 Picture:  SINGAPORE, Oct 30, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - The Lo & Behold Group, a Singaporean hospitality company, is joining Humane Society International, one of the world's largest animal protection organizations, to improve animal welfare in its supply chain by committing to sourcing 100 percent cage-free eggs. The Lo & Behold Group owns and operates restaurants, bars and a boutique hotel in Singapore. Their concepts, including Loof, The White Rabbit, OverEasy, Tanjong Beach Club, The Black Swan and Odette, will use exclusively cage-free eggs by 2020. With this commitment, The Lo & Behold Group will be the first Asian company to join the global cage-free egg movement. HSI supports companies like The Lo & Behold Group throughout the world in the implementation of their animal welfare policies by providing technical resources and trainings on cage-free egg production. Andrew Ing, chief operating officer of The Lo &...
Singapore’s Lee Offers Insights on Trump, China Relations | Phuket News
As President Donald Trump prepares for a 10-day trip to Asia, his first to the region since taking office, one of the region’s leaders brought to Washington last week insights that potentially represent sentiments held not just by his government.   Lee Hsien Loong — eldest son of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding prime minister, and a successor to the position his father held for decades — told audiences in the U.S. capital that the emerging geostrategic landscape of the Asia Pacific depends not only on internal dynamics, but also on U.S. intention and action.   At a White House ceremony, Lee told Trump that Singapore, “like many other countries,” watches U.S.-China relations “very closely.”   Trump leaves for the region Nov. 3. ​Presence and preparedness Lee, Singapore’s prime minister since 2004, alluded to the geopolitical competition between the U.S. and China while speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations,...
Two Asian powerhouses sign fintech deal, agree to collaborate on blockchain | Phuket News
Hong Kong and Singapore's central banks signed a fintech deal Wednesday to collaborate on a number of projects....
Lippo Group's OVO Chooses Kinetica and NVIDIA Technology | Phuket News
Oct 23, 2017 Picture:  JAKARTA - (ACN Newswire) - OVO, a member of Lippo Group Digital, has chosen Kinetica, provider of the world's fastest GPU-accelerated analytics database, and NVIDIA to spur innovation in big data and analytics that fully utilize a 360-degree customer view and derive real-time analytics and insights on shopping trends and the digital lifestyle. Lippo Group is a prominent conglomerate with significant investments in digital technologies, education, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, media, IT, telecommunications, real estate, entertainment and retail. Aggressively investing in big data and analytics technology, OVO is Lippo Group Digital's concierge platform, integrating mobile payment, loyalty points, and exclusive priority deals. With the support from Kinetica and NVIDIA, Lippo Group Digital will be the first enterprise to integrate an AI, in-memory, GPU database in Indonesia. Lippo Group Digital's investment in big data and analytics technology aims to consolidate all their customer data that are...
Donation of $500 million from HKJC Charities Trust to boost One Health at CityU | Phuket News
Dec 06, 2017 Picture:  A $500-million donation from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (the Trust) to City University of Hong Kong (CityU) will be used to build a top-notch facility for One Health in Hong Kong. It is the largest single donation received by the University in its 33-year history. The integrated approach embedded in the One Health concept emphasises multiple disciplines working together to promote the health of humans, animals and the environment. The concept is strongly endorsed by the World Health Organisation, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, and the World Organisation for Animal Health. One Health is also a core focus of the interdisciplinary research identified in CityU’s 2015–2020 Strategic Plan. The Jockey Club One Health Tower will house Hong Kong’s first College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences. The College, to be named The Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, is...
HKBU business student crowned champion in international case competition | Phuket News
Dec 06, 2017 Picture:  Heidi Sun, a Year 4 BBA marketing student of the School of Business of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), and her fellow team members from other overseas universities won the Overall Winner award at the Team Case Competition of the 2017 Global Leadership Summit of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) held in Florida, USA, in November. The team successfully defeated 35 teams of business students from different universities across the world and was named champion for their innovative and creative solution for their assigned real-world business case as well as the effectiveness of their presentation. The case that Heidi’s team presented was about the application of Internet-of-Things in the hospitality industry and how new technology can help in hospitality management and improve customer experience. Heidi was thankful to have had the opportunity to attend this meaningful event. She said: “Through the case competition, I got to...
Trump to Extend Philippines Visit to Attend East Asia Summit | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump, who embarked on a 12-day trip to Asia Friday, said he would extend his visit in the Philippines by one day to attend the East Asia Summit.
Ivanka Trump Urges Support for Women Ahead of President’s Asia Visit | Phuket News
White House advisor and daughter of President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, has urged nations to reverse a decline of women working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) during a Tokyo speech just two days ahead of her father's first visit to Asia as president. “Women today represent only 13 percent of engineers and 24 percent of Computer Science professionals, down from 35 percent in 1990,” said Trump on Friday at the World Assembly for Women.  “We must create equal participation in these traditionally male-dominated sectors of our economy, which are among the fastest-growing and most lucrative industries in the world.” Trump said more support was needed for women's participation in the high-tech economy, part of her portfolio as advisor to President Trump.   “Countries like the United States and Japan cannot be complacent,” she said.  “We must continue to champion reforms in our own countries while also empowering women...
Japan Deepens Economic Support for Philippines in Rivalry With China | Phuket News
Japan is deepening its influence in the Philippines to vie with regional rival China, a welcome boost for an infrastructure overhaul program in the relatively poor Southeast Asian country and for Japanese geopolitical ambitions. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this week to discuss “concrete, time-bound and specific ways to further intensify bilateral cooperation,” the presidential website in Manila said. Duterte is playing Japan off China, which last year out-pledged other countries with an offer of $24 billion in aid and investment, analysts say. China and Japan, which have a legacy of two-way political disputes, are vying for economic inroads as well as military cooperation in much of Southeast Asia. “He’s playing one side off the other, and so he’s come to ‘why not?’” said Jeff Kingston, author and history instructor at Temple University Japan. “Japan is trying to draw on its old ties and...
Two US Bombers Conduct Korean Exercise | Phuket News
The U.S. Air Force said two Guam-based B-1B bombers, accompanied by fighter jets from South Korea and Japan, flew Thursday in an exercise in the area of the Korean Peninsula. While the exercise came a day before President Donald Trump was scheduled to leave on a 12-day trip to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, the Air Force said the bombers' flight was not a response to
Tillerson to Visit Myanmar, Join Trump on Asia Trip | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will go to Myanmar and accompany President Donald Trump on his visit to Asia, the State Department said in a statement Thursday. Tillerson will travel to Tokyo November 5 through 7 with the president and participate in bilateral talks between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Tillerson and Trump will then travel to South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The secretary of state will make an additional trip to Myanmar.
Philippines remains one of the most dangerous places on earth for journalists | Phuket News
THE PHILIPPINES has been once again been recognised as one of the world’s most deadly countries for journalists, who are targeted by corrupt political and business actors with impunity. The Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) Impunity Index for 2017, which calls itself “a ranking of countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go free”, lists the Philippines as the fifth nation worldwide after Somalia, Syria, Iraq and South Sudan. Released annually for the past ten years, the report calculates the number of unsolved murders over the past decade as a percentage of each country’s population. The report found that across the world, 93 percent of journalists murdered are local rather than foreign reporters. SEE ALSO: Philippines President-elect Rodrigo Duterte says many murdered journalists ‘deserved it’ Filipino student journalists hold slogans to commemorate the first anniversary of the country’s worst election-related violence during a rally near the Malacanang Presidential Palace...
Philippines arrests Indonesian militant in Marawi | Phuket News
MANILA: Philippine security forces on Wednesday arrested an Indonesian national suspected to be among the pro-Islamist militants who seized control of parts of the southern city of Marawi in May, military and police officials said....
Meet the Aussie politician who underwent the ‘refugee experience’ in Southeast Asia | Phuket News
AT 5am on Easter Sunday, Australian politician Tim Watts kissed his children goodbye and left for Melbourne airport to fly to Jakarta. The Australian Labor Party (ALP) Federal parliamentarian sought to witness first-hand the “refugee experience in Southeast Asia,” through a self-funded, two-week trip through Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Burma (Myanmar). “The global refugee defining humanitarian crisis of our times,” Watts said at his office in Footscray, inner Melbourne during a phone interview with Asian Correspondent shortly after returning home. The Asia-Pacific region is home to 7.7 million people of concern to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), with most refugees originating from Afghanistan and Burma. “There is a tendency for the focus to fall on the war in Syria,” he said, adding this has “crowded out attention on the crisis in our own neighbourhood.” Australia’s ‘tough’ approach to asylum seekers While Australia’s resettlement programme through the UNHCR is...
Thailand: Police on hunt for human traffickers who abandoned 35 migrants from Burma | Phuket News
THAI police are on the hunt for suspected human smugglers who abandoned 35 migrants from Burma (Myanmar) in a forest in southern Thailand. According to AFP, police say the 28 men and seven women were discovered in the Nakorn Si Thammarat province and were on their way to Malaysia without any identification on them. They had been promised work on rubber and palm plantations. “Their driver told them to wait while he went to go buy meals, but then he fled,” provincial police commander Wancha Akepornpich told AFP. He added that the migrants were not Rohingya. This comes after Thai authorities detained 27 men from Myanmar in March who were allegedly trying to enter Malaysia. SEE ALSO: PMs Prayut and Najib vow to combine efforts to halt extremism, human trafficking The spot the latest group of migrants were deserted at is a key stop on a regional trafficking route after Thai authorities began clamping...
Amid Speculation of China Tilt, US Reaffirms Ties with Myanmar | Phuket News
A senior State Department official said the United States continues to enjoy a very good relationship with Myanmar, amid speculation that the country is tilting toward China and even though de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi skipped a chance to meet Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington this week. Tillerson hosted foreign ministers from the region Thursday, a gathering meant to reinforce the strategic partnership between the United States and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), according to the State Department. In a call with reporters in the region, W. Patrick Murphy, the deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, dismissed suggestions that Suu Kyi’s absence was anything other than a scheduling conflict. “I want to emphasize that the United States and Myanmar, Burma, enjoy a very good relationship,” Murphy said. The U.S. still calls the country Burma, which the military...
Burma: Fears grow as ultranationalist monk visits Rakhine State | Phuket News
FIREBRAND Buddhist-nationalist monk Ashin Wirathu has sparked concerns of religious clashes as he visits Burma’s troubled Rakhine State. The ultranationalist anti-Islam campaigner, who has compared himself to Donald Trump and is labelled by some as the “Burmese Bin Laden”, arrived in the state where a million Muslims live on Wednesday. “We are concerned about his trip because he always spreads hate of Muslims,” a Muslim leader in northern Rakhine told Reuters. During clashes between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslim residents in 2012 which displaced 140,000 people, Wirathu went to Rakhine and delivered incendiary sermons, blaming violence on Muslims and calling for their deportation. SEE ALSO: Burma: Hardline Buddhists protest citizenship for Rohingya He is a senior figure in Ma Ba Tha movement of nationalist monks, which calls on its followers to boycott Muslim businesses in the name of “protecting race” and Theravada Buddhism in Burma. Maungdaw police said they would provide security...
Vatican, Myanmar Establish Relations as Suu Kyi Visits | Phuket News
The Vatican and Myanmar have agreed to establish diplomatic relations at a time when the Buddhist-majority country is accused of increasing religious and ethnic intolerance. The announcement came Thursday, the same day that Pope Francis met with Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's top civilian leader. Myanmar's government is facing international criticism for its activities in the western state of Rakhine, where troops are accused of carrying out widespread abuses against the Muslim ethnic Rohingya minority in what the government says is a counter-insurgency operation. Discrimination against the Rohingya is widespread and the government refuses to recognize most as citizens, treating even long-term residents as illegal immigrants. Francis has appealed for prayers for the Rohingya, denouncing how they had been
Visiting EU, Suu Kyi Refuses UN Probe Into Alleged Myanmar War Crimes | Phuket News
Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has again refused to allow a United Nations probe into alleged atrocities against minority Rohingya Muslims in the east of the country, despite pressure from the European Union and human rights organizations. “Those recommendations which will divide further the two communities in Rakhine we will not accept, because it will not help us to resolve the problems that are arising all the time,” Suu Kyi told reporters Tuesday following meetings with European Union chiefs in Brussels. She denied she was ignoring the allegations of crimes against humanity. “We have not in any way ignored allegations of rape or murder or arson or anything,
United States stops issuing some visas in Cambodia | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: The United States embassy in Cambodia said on Wednesday it had stopped issuing some types of visas to Cambodians because Cambodia is not taking back citizens the United States wants to deport....
Thai links set to boost trade with Cambodia | Phuket News
The Cambodian Commerce Ministry has committed to joining up with the Thai embassy in Phnom Penh to build a favourable business and investment climate between the Asean neighbours....
RFA shuts down its operations in Cambodia | Phuket News
Radio Free Asia (RFA), a US-funded broadcaster, announced on Tuesday it will close down its bureau in Phnom Penh and cease in-country operations, citing the government’s recent crackdown on independent media that has made it impossible to continue operating in the kingdom, according to The Phnom Penh Post Online on Tuesday (Sept 12). The announcement came as RFA and Voice of American, another US-funded broadcaster, saw their brodcasts severely curtailed after the closure of over 30 radio frequencies that aired their programmes across the country. Last months, the 30-plus radio stations were pulled up by the Finance Ministry allegedly for failing to pay taxes and for not being licensed news organizations. RFA president Libby Liu said it had become increasingly apparent that Prime Minister Hun Sen had no intention of allowing a free press to exist ahead of next year’s national election. “Using a thin pretext of tax and administrative...
'Cambodian Space Project' Brings Psychedelic Rock Back to US | Phuket News
The Cambodian Space Project, long on the forefront of a local rock'n'roll revival, is a band making good with their pre-Khmer Rouge Cambodia sound. The Cambodian-Australian group, kicked off a mini-U.S. tour on Tuesday with a performance at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. Channthy Kak, 38, also known as Srey Thy, said she was honored to have been invited to perform at the Washington venue, where the band played their original brand of psychedelic rock, before heading to New York City and California. On the West Coast, they'll rock out in Long Beach, which has the largest Cambodian population in the U.S. “It is very special that we are invited to perform on a very big stage and in a very big city,
Mother Nature claims huge fraud in Cambodia’s sand exports to Taiwan | Phuket News
Cambodia’s NGO Mother Nature has claimed that there is a huge discrepancy in the numbers of Cambodian sand exported to Taiwan during 2010-2016 and those recorded by Cambodia customs for the same period, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Wednesday. Mother Nature founder Gonzalez-Davidson said the revelations of discrepancies in the sand trade with Taiwan which came hot on the heels of similar discrepancies with exports to Singapore and India proved that illegal sand exports were systematic. Cambodia customs data show only 28,900 tonnes of sand worth $275,605 were sent to Taiwan from 2010-2016 while Taiwan registered 1.7 million tonnes worth more than $30 million in the same period. Following the release of this piece of information by Mother Nature on Tuesday, two of its activists were arrested on the same day while taking photos of two suspected sand-bearing vessels anchored near Prek Khsach commune in Koh Kong province’s Kiri...
US Envoy Criticizes Cambodia Over ‘Absurd’ Plot Claims | Phuket News
The U.S. ambassador to Cambodia on Tuesday described as
Cambodian Opposition Party Vows to Contest 2018 Elections | Phuket News
Cambodia's opposition party says it will contest next year's election, despite the arrest of the party's leader for alleged treason and threats from Prime Minister Hun Sen to dissolve the party. Son Chhay, a senior member of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), made the pledge to challenge the prime minister's ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) Tuesday during a news conference in Phnom Penh.  CNRP leader Kem Sokha was taken from his home on September 3 and charged with treason.The government said the charges were based on comments Kem Sokha made on a video dating back to 2013, in which he claims to have received help from the United States to build a pro-democracy movement in Cambodia. Hun Sen has threatened to dissolve the CNRP if it intervenes on Kem Sokha's behalf.  Sokha's arrest was carried out amid a massive government crackdown against independent news outlets and human rights...
Hun Sen threatens to dissolve opposition CNRP | Phuket News
Prime Minister Hun Sen has threatened to dissolve the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) whereas the ruling party lawmakers approved the treason case against CNRP leader Kem Sokha, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Tuesday(Sept 12). An official notice released by the National Assembly said 67 Cambodia People’s Party legislators on Monday voted to allow authorities to continue their case against Sokha who is facing treason charge which carries 30 years’ imprisonment. The notice said there was no motion to halt the case during the extraordinary plenary session which was boycotted by CNRP lawmakers, many of whom instead travelled to Corrections Centre 3 in Tbong Khmum province to visit Sokha. However, the opposition MPs were blocked and surrounded by about 200 soldiers, police and military police. The group then condemned the arrest of Sokha and vowed to return every week to demand the release of Sokha. CNRP lawmaker...
US lashes out at Cambodia’s government | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: The US ambassador to Cambodia rejected government accusations of interference by the United States as
Cambodia opposition 'will run' in 2018 elections | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: A senior member of Cambodia's political opposition says his party is determined to participate in elections next year despite the arrest of the party's leader on charges of alleged treason....
Typhoon Damrey kills five in Vietnam | Phuket News
HANOI: Typhoon Damrey killed at least five people in central and southern Vietnam on Saturday after sweeping into the country just days ahead of the Apec summit ....
China, Vietnam agree to 'friendly talks' on S.China Sea | Phuket News
BEIJING/HANOI: China and Vietnam have reached agreement on managing their dispute in the South China Sea through friendly talks, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday, following an ugly spat earlier this year between the two communist neighbours....
Beijing says it peacefully resolved a South China Sea dispute with Vietnam | Phuket News
China and Vietnam reached an agreement on managing their South China Sea dispute through friendly talks, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday....
Paradise Papers Add to Indonesian To-Do List for Asset Recovery | Phuket News
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Deadly as well as disgusting? Dog meat targeted by activists in Indonesia | Phuket News
LAST year, more than 1 million dogs were killed across Indonesia – the world’s largest Muslim nation. While Indonesian Muslims largely believe that dogs are haram or forbidden under Islam, these killings were not undertaken by religious fanatics but rather members of an unregulated trade in the animals’ meat. Incredible numbers of dogs are rounded up annually from streets across the Southeast Asian nation – including many private pets – and slaughtered primarily in residential areas, according to animal rights organisations. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Zoo ends sun bear, orangutan shows after viral video A rescued dog with his owner in Indonesia. Source: Humane Society International Now the proud owner of a dog he calls his “angel”, Rangga said that he was influenced by people campaigning that “dogs are not food” to refuse when his friends ask him to eat dog with them. “I think the way that they kill and...
Indonesia's first daughter in a lavish Javanese wedding | Phuket News
The only daughter of Indonesian President Joko Widodo celebrates her wedding in full Javanese style....
Indonesia foils plot to attack wedding of president's daughter | Phuket News
Indonesian counterterrorism police have arrested a Muslim militant who planned attacks on a Myanmar diplomatic mission and the wedding reception of President Joko
Top Indonesia court overturns discriminatory religious law | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesia's top court has overturned a law that denied recognition and legal rights to followers of indigenous faiths in a surprise advance for religious freedom in the world's most populous Muslim nation....
Indonesian authorities target universities as hotbeds of radicalism | Phuket News
AMID fears of rising Islamic radicalism in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country Indonesia, authorities are targeting the nation’s universities. Some have become breeding grounds for extremism. Last month, under prodding from the government, thousands of students across the nation made an anti-radicalism pledge. It followed an unprecedented gathering in late September of some 3,000 academics in Bali, who also pledged to fight extremism and defend the non-Islamic constitution. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo banned hardline group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) earlier this year on the basis that its ideology contradicts the official one of Indonesia – Pancasila – which enshrines religious pluralism and tolerance. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Govt officially disbands Islamist group Hizbut Tahrir A viral video last year showed students at an Indonesian university declaring their allegiance to establish a caliphate as dictated by HTI drew concern from authorities. “Radical organisations can spread like a virus in universities,” said Professor...
Sharp drop in temperatures claims two lives | Phuket News
A 50-year-old construction worker died at the camp site in Samut Prakan province last night after drinking liquor to keep warm. The worker, a resident from Loei province, was found dead on his bed in the construction camp site in Bang Bo district. Witnesses said the worker known only as Adisorn was a heavy drinker. He complained of cold before going out to buy liquor to keep warm. Doctor said he might die of coldness as the temperature dropped sharply last night. Meanwhile another villager in Chalerm Phrakiat district of Buriram province also died of coldness in his makeshift hut. Police said it was believed that he drank liquor to keep his body warm, but succumbed to death from shock after his body could not adapt to sharp fall in temperature last night. The post Sharp drop in temperatures claims two lives appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Free ISLA professional lifeguard training gains ground in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: More than 70 male and female participants are taking part in the three-day lifeguard training course held by the International Surf Lifesaving Association (ISLA) simultaneously at Surin and Bang Tao beaches, which concludes tomorrow (Nov 22)....
Bhutanese man crushed by 22-wheeler juggernaut | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 27-year-old Bhutanese man died when he was crushed under the wheels of a 22-wheeled truck and trailer near the notorious Kho En curve in Mai Khao, northern Phuket, early this morning (Nov 21)....
Duo of passionate Italian chefs join forces for an exquisite dinner at Plum | Phuket News
Cape Sienna Executive Chef Francesco Greco and Guest Chef Marco Medaglia are set to combine their creative cooking techniques to create mouth-watering classic Italian dishes with a unique contemporary twist at Plum Prime Steakhouse this Friday (Nov 24)....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Hubby 'stabs' wife! Bull sharks on menu? Croc goes to zoo! || November 20 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 20 Bull sharks on menu? Attempted murder charges for hubby who stabbed wife! Phuket croc heads to zoo! More hardware for Thailands Ariya! More cops transferred? Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket donates bras, sanitary towels for women prisoners | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket donated bras and sanitary towels to female inmates at Phuket Provincial Prison yesterday (Nov 19) as part of the resort’s annual charity project. In addition, the resort will now also be accepting donations of vests and boxer shorts for male inmates to pass on in the future....
Phuket man, 39, arrested for attempted murder of wife | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police arrested a 39-year-old Thai man on Saturday (Nov 18) for the attempted murder of his wife after a heated row over her alleged adultery with his friend....
Phuket police hunt Thai man for attempted shooting of ex’s new boyfriend | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police on the island are hunting for a man who tried to shoot his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend on Saturday night (Nov 18)....
S.Korea Imposes Sanctions on 18 N.Koreans, a Day Before Trump Visit | Phuket News
South Korea imposed unilateral sanctions on 18 North Koreans on Monday, barring any financial transactions between those sanctioned and any South Koreans, as part of international efforts to dry up Pyongyang's illegal cash flows. All 18 individuals on which the South Korean sanctions were imposed were directly affiliated to North Korean banks, according to an official government announcement by the finance minister uploaded on the Interior Ministry's website.
North Korea threatens Trump over ‘foolish remarks’ prior to South Korea visit | Phuket News
NORTH KOREA’s regime has warned United States President Donald Trump over what it called “foolish remarks” as he arrived in Japan on Sunday ahead of his visit to South Korea. A report from the North’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said that Trump should “halt the reckless blackmail and take hands off the Korean affairs,” as quoted by South Korea’s state news agency Yonhap. “Nobody can predict when Trump does a reckless act. The only and one way for checking his rash act is to tame him with absolute physical power,” the report said in English. Jets perform a flyby after a live fire “target-striking contest” held by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on August 26, 2017 just next to Kalma International Airport in Wonsan, North Korea. Source: KCNA via Reuters Financial sanctions South Korea meanwhile imposed unilateral sanctions on 18 North Koreans on Monday, barring any financial transactions...
China Border Traders Hit Hard by North Korea Sanctions | Phuket News
For Yu Kaiguang, harsh new United Nations sanctions on North Korea are a disaster. The trader in the Chinese border city of Dandong has seen business all but dry up, and he spends his days scrambling to obtain payment from the suddenly broke North Korean state companies to whom he sold on credit. “They have no money to pay us in cash, and the worst is that because of sanctions they can’t settle the bill with goods such as coal, as they did in the past,” said Yu, reached by telephone at the offices of his Dandong Gaoli Trading Company. Yu said he’s owed about $1 million in all for deliveries of toothpaste, instant noodles and other household items. He’s trying to avoid laying off staff by continuing to export foodstuffs such as pine nuts and red beans. “If they become unemployed, it would be bad for both the state...
Philippine Lawmaker Digging up New Intelligence on Pressure From China | Phuket News
A Philippine opposition party legislator has been drawing attention for the release of privileged information that suggests China is infringing on offshore islets that the two countries dispute, a potential threat to a recently strengthened diplomatic relationship. But some people reading his feed suspect personal political motives, including an effort to weaken President Duterte. Congressman Gary Alejano is using social media to spread intelligence gathered on Chinese activity in the South China Sea. The former marine captain elected in 2013 charged China had planted its flag on a sandbar in Philippine-controlled waters in late July and in mid-September chased a Philippine patrol vessel away from three sandbars in the same waters. Showing the public Alejano is giving out this information on Facebook and Twitter to remind Filipinos to be careful of their friendship with China forged under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte over the past year. “This administration and even the...
Tokyo 2020 Olympics exploit tropical forests, abuse rights – green groups | Phuket News
JAPAN marks today its 50th  anniversary of the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The hosting of the games brought prestige and national pride — as well as a benchmark of economic development following the World War II. This year’s grand event, however, is marred with controversies. Conservation groups accused the Olympic committee of causing forest destruction in the province of Sarawak, Malaysia where the timber used to construct Olympic venues are sourced out by a giant logging company, Shin Yang. Last month, about 47 civil society organisations asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 Olympic authorities to stop exploiting tropical forests and violating human rights in the construction and implementation of the games. The groups are calling for full transparency and to end the use of rainforest wood to construct Olympic facilities, including the new National Olympic Stadium. But the appeal does not stop the construction of venues. Amid...
Malaysia: Construction worker dies in buried WWII bomb explosion | Phuket News
A BURIED World War II-era bomb at the construction site of Malaysia’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Project exploded on Tuesday evening, leaving one Bangladeshi worker dead and two others seriously wounded. Local reports quoted police as saying the explosion at the construction site in Bandar Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur came from an unexploded bomb, which was still active despite being buried for over half a century. Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh Ishar Singh said two of the injured workers lost their legs while another had was wounded on the hands and legs, Free Malaysia Today ( via national news agency Bernama) reported. Shortly after the bomb exploded at about 5pm, the three workers were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. SEE ALSO: Japan’s leader says he will express remorse for World War II  Blast at MRT construction site caused by World War 2 bombhttps://t.co/utmUKocCHW pic.twitter.com/eUnzLVRlok — New Straits Times...
Video of fatal attack on North Korean shown at women's trial | Phuket News
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia: Security video footage showing the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader being attacked at a Malaysian airport and the two suspects hurrying away afterward were presented at their murder trial on Wednesday....
Malaysia's royals call for religious tolerance | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's royals made a rare intervention in public affairs on Tuesday, calling for unity and religious harmony after what they described as
Construction worker dies as buried WWII bomb explodes in Malaysia | Phuket News
A BURIED World War II-era bomb at the construction site of Malaysia’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Project exploded on Tuesday evening, leaving one Bangladeshi worker dead and two others seriously wounded. Local reports quoted police as saying the explosion at the construction site in Bandar Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur came from an unexploded bomb, which was still active despite being buried for over half a century. Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Amar Singh Ishar Singh said two of the injured workers lost their legs while another had was wounded on the hands and legs, Free Malaysia Today ( via national news agency Bernama) reported. SEE ALSO: Japan’s leader says he will express remorse for World War II  Shortly after the bomb exploded at about 5 pm, the three workers were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Blast at MRT construction site caused by World War 2 bombhttps://t.co/utmUKocCHW pic.twitter.com/eUnzLVRlok — New Straits...
Workers lose legs after buried WWII bomb explodes in Malaysia | Phuket News
A BURIED World War II-era bomb at the construction site of Malaysia’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Project exploded on Tuesday evening, leaving three Bangladeshi workers seriously wounded. Local reports quoted police as saying the explosion at the construction site in Bandar Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur came from an unexploded bomb, which was still active despite being buried for over half a century. Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Amar Singh Ishar Singh said two of the injured workers lost their legs while another had was wounded on the hands and legs, Free Malaysia Today ( via national news agency Bernama) reported. SEE ALSO: Japan’s leader says he will express remorse for World War II  Shortly after the bomb exploded at about 5 pm, the three workers were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Blast at MRT construction site caused by World War 2 bombhttps://t.co/utmUKocCHW pic.twitter.com/eUnzLVRlok — New Straits Times (@NST_Online) October 10,...
Green groups say Tokyo 2020 Olympics ‘exploit tropical forests’, abuse rights | Phuket News
JAPAN will soon mark its 50th  anniversary of the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The hosting of the games brought prestige and national pride — as well as a benchmark of economic development following the Second World War. This year’s grand event, however, is marred with controversies. Conservation groups accused the Olympic committee of causing forest destruction in the province of Sarawak, Malaysia where the timber used to construct Olympic venues are sourced out by a giant logging company, Shin Yang. Last month, about 47 civil society organizations asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 Olympic authorities to stop exploiting tropical forests and violating human rights in the construction and implementation of the games. The groups are calling for full transparency and to end the use of rainforest wood to construct Olympic facilities, including the new National Olympic Stadium. But the appeal does not stop the construction of venues....
You can afford a way bigger home in Shanghai than in New York | Phuket News
Both cities are just as magnetic, though many would argue New York has had a head start on Shanghai in many aspects. Nonetheless, it’s hard to argue that both cities share many similarities as the global financial and cultural powerhouses of today. But when it comes to rent space and how much USD1,500 can get you in these two cities, the difference is, (pun intended) pretty big. Shanghai renters can get more than six times the rent space (in terms of square feet) in Manhattan, New York, according to apartment search website RENTCafé’s latest project about price-to-space ratio in the 30 most magnetic cities around the world. The different sizes of the tiles below represent the actual proportions of how the value of your money changes across different real estate markets. “You literally have to pay a price if you want to live in one of the world’s most popular cultural...
SGX-Listed Singapore eDevelopment Subsidiary Global BioLife Develops Breakthrough Modified Sugar | Phuket News
Oct 24, 2017 Picture:  SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - SGX-listed Singapore eDevelopment Ltd (
Amara Singapore received the Hotel Security Award 2017 | Phuket News
Oct 25, 2017 Picture:  SINGAPORE, 25 October 2017 -- (ASIA TODAY) -- Amara Singapore received the Hotel Security Award 2017 during the Annual Hotel Security Awards Presentation Ceremony organised by the Singapore Hotel Association (SHA), National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF) on 24 October 2017. Amara Singapore was one of the hotels to be recognised for their commitment in ensuring a safe environment and contributing towards the high standard of security in the Singapore hotel industry. The Hotel Security Award is given to hotels for establishing good security measures based on SS 545:2009 – Singapore Standard for Hotel Security. At the presentation ceremony, the award was presented by Guest-of-Honour, Mrs. Josephine Teo, Second Minister for Manpower and Home Affairs. “The safety of our guests and associates is one of our top priority and we thank our security team for being vigilant and playing their...
An Asian Tiger Catching Up In The Internet Sector | Phuket News
Oct 26, 2017 Picture:  Taiwan has had a head start in its economic transformation and building a strong hardware sector over the mainland, gaining the moniker “Asian Tiger” in the process. So it is surprising that it hasn’t caught onto the internet sector boom as some of its neighbors in Asia have. It’s got all the right ingredients: a strong technical foundation, a highly educated workforce and a penchant for creativity as seen in some of the top entrepreneurs the island has helped nurture, Dr. Kai Fu Lee and Steven Chen of Youtube. So what’s missing and how can the Asian Tiger catch up? Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Along with the three other “Asian Tigers”—Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea—Taiwan saw accelerated economic growth from the late 60s until the early 2000s. Its investment in manufacturing helped to create a world-leading semiconductor and hardware industry. TSMC, which is the...
12th Eco Expo Asia Opens Today at AsiaWorld-Expo | Phuket News
Oct 26, 2017 Picture:  Features Public Day and New Startup Zone Outdoor & Tech Light Expo also Opens 26 October 2017 – The 12th edition of Eco Expo Asia, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the HKSAR Government, opened today at the AsiaWorld-Expo. The four-day (26-29 October) expo features some 340 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions. The fair’s last day (29 October, Sunday) will open to the public to promote eco awareness. Meanwhile, the concurrent HKTDC Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo returns for its second edition at the AsiaWorld-Expo. Featuring 410 exhibitors, the fair showcases the latest energy-saving lighting systems and solutions to meet market demand for energy-efficient and cost-cutting technologies. The opening ceremony of Eco Asia Expo was officiated by Mr Wong Kam-sing, GBS, JP, Secretary for the Environment...
Food Japan 2017 : Bridging Japan and Southeast Asia | Phuket News
Oct 27, 2017 Picture:  Singapore --( ASIA TODAY )-- Food Japan 2017 is back for its sixth edition from 26-28 October 2017. This annual event provides a platform for F&B businesses in Japan and Southeast Asia to connect, network, and explore collaborations, as well as showcase ingredients, seasonal produce, prefecture specialities, and innovative food technologies that Japan has to offer. This year, specialities from over 37 Japanese prefectures will be represented and 50% of the exhibitors that are new to Singapore will be presenting unique items that have not been launched in Southeast Asia. This year’s Food Japan will shine a spotlight on leading food trends in Japan today – Functional Food and Elder Care Food, as well as top produce from the Tohoku region. Functional Food is defined as whole or fortified food that provide health benefits. Japan is the birthplace of functional food with Yakult kicking off...
Japan allows Thai teen to stay | Phuket News
TOKYO: A Japan-born Thai teenager who attends high school in central Japan has been granted special permission to stay in the country for a year despite an earlier deportation order, a source close to the matter said Friday....
Food&HotelAsia returns even bigger and better in its 40th year | Phuket News
Oct 27, 2017 Picture:  Largest business event for Asia’s food and hospitality industries will be 23 per cent bigger in space, with 25 per cent increase in exhibitor participation Singapore, 24 October 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The most comprehensive international food and hospitality biennial mega trade event in the region, Food&HotelAsia (FHA), will return from 24 to 27 April 2018 to two venues – Singapore Expo and Suntec Singapore. It will house its biggest-ever industry congregation with 4,000 international exhibitors from more than 70 countries and regions, an increase of over 800 exhibitors, or 25 per cent, compared to its last edition. The event’s total floor area spans 119,500 sqm, 23 per cent increase from 97,000 sqm. 68 international groups are confirmed and spread across the two venues, with Armenia and Qatar being the newest countries to participate. Some international group pavilions will also see members from 22...
Thailand’s biggest coal miner Banpu acquires fifth US shale gas asset for $210m | Phuket News
Thailand’s biggest coal miner and exporter Banpu Pcl is acquiring a US shale gas portfolio worth $210 million, its fifth such overseas investment play. Banpu signed a purchase and sale agreement to acquire an operatorship position and gas portfolio in the Northeast Marcellus shale gas play of Pennsylvania. This agreement represents Banpu’s fifth investment in the US shale gas business in line with its expansion strategy to acquire interests in cash-generating assets, according to its filing to the Stock Exchange of Thailand on Monday. Banpu’s chief executive Somruedee Chaimongkol said, this acquisition provides Banpu nearly 80 per cent of working interest in 112 wells with the net production interest of 100 million cubic feet per day. The shale gas resource has proven reserves of 414 billion cubic feet over 32,350 acres, which will bolster Banpu’s position as a major player in the Marcellus shale area. Previously, Banpu acquired a 29.4-per-cent stake...
Shanghai to expand global presence for real estate investment | Phuket News
Among Asian cities, Shanghai, the commercial and financial centre of China, is on track to become part of the “Big Seven” group of Established World Cities before the end of the decade. That’s according to JLL’s Director for Global Research, Jeremy Kelly, who says that Shanghai’s fast-track momentum is supported by massive infrastructure investment, increasing global connectivity, improving transparency and a shift into high-value activities. Shanghai’s rise up the real estate investment ranking has also been spectacular. “Real estate transaction volumes have increased more than ten-fold over the past decade, testimony to a city that is fast-tracking to maturity,” says Kelly, explaining that direct commercial real estate investment volumes in the city grew from US$1.4 billion in 2006 to US$15 billion by 2016. The city’s current real estate investment intensity is due to the very high volumes of domestic capital chasing assets, he explains. Between June 2014 and March of...
Manila will have first subway within Duterte’s term | Phuket News
Filipino people will have the opportunity to ride their first subway before the end of the term of President Rodrigo Duterte, The Manila Times Online reported on Wednesday. Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito told the media during Duterte’s visit to Japan this week that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to provide $9 billion economic and infrastructure assistance to the Philippines in the next five years. President Duterte made the announcement of the Japanese pledge in a joint news conference with Abe on Monday. “I am pleased with Japan’s reiteration that it is fully committed to give flesh to its one trillion yen pledge of assistance for the Philippines which covers high-impact and high-value infrastructure projects that my country needs to sustain and spur economic growth,” said Duterte. The projects include the Metro Manila subway project as well as major developments in the regions and provinces. Duterte further said the Philippines...
Taiwan upbeat on Philippine tourism with start of visa-free trial | Phuket News
TAIPEI (CNA) – The Tourism Bureau expressed optimism Tuesday about inbound tourism from the Philippines, thanks to a trial program starting next month offering Philippine nationals visa-free entry to Taiwan for up to 14 days. Some 180,000 Filipinos visited Taiwan between January and August this year, an increase of more than 70 percent over the […]...
Philippine stamps commemorate late dictator Marcos | Phuket News
In a controversial move, the Philippines issues birthday stamps for late dictator Ferdinand Marcos....
White House: Trump Has 'Warm Rapport' with Philippines' Duterte | Phuket News
The White House said Tuesday that President Donald Trump has developed a “warm rapport” with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte even though the Manila leader has verbally attacked the United States in profane terms. A senior Trump administration official, talking about details of Trump's five-nation Asia visit that starts Friday and includes a stop in Manila, said Trump and Duterte have become friendly during telephone conversations and exchanges of letters. “I think there’s a warm rapport there and he’s very much looking forward to his first in-person meeting with President Duterte,” the official said. Their meeting is scheduled on the last stop of Trump’s 12-day trip that includes visits to Japan, South Korea, China and Vietnam. Anti-drug campaign praised Duterte has alleged that the U.S., despite its long-standing alliance with the Philippines, has treated it “like a dog,” and a year ago, before Trump assumed power, announced a “separation” from the...
Marawi evacuees start returning to city in shambles | Phuket News
AFTER months of suffering in squalid evacuation centres, thousands of Filipino residents have been finally allowed to return to war-devastated Marawi City, including those in the village of Basak Malutlut where clashes first erupted between state forces and the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group. Although the evacuees were feeling hopeful as they could finally go home, those from Basak Malutlut were also bracing for the worst because their village, unknown then to many of them, served as the hiding place of Isnilon Hapilon, the slain emir of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia. The initial batch of 4,000 evacuees raring to go home brought heavy traffic at the national highway towards Marawi, only to feel devastated upon their arrival in the village where the war began. SEE ALSO: Japan will help rebuild war-torn Marawi City  One of them was Abpisa Barese, 63, who left along with her family three days after the...
Japan will help rebuild war-torn Marawi City | Phuket News
JAPAN has pledged to provide assistance for the Philippines as it rebuilds Marawi City in its Southern Mindanao, after being ravaged by a months’ long conflict with Islamic State inspired militants. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the pledges in a joint statement with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte following talks in Tokyo on Monday. “The Government of Japan recognises that rehabilitation and reconstruction of the City of Marawi and is extremely important,” said the statement. Duterte on Oct 23 announced the end of five months of military operations in Marawi held by Islamic State rebels in a conflict that destroyed much of the city’s centre and displaced some 300,000 people. SEE ALSO: Philippines: US extends aid for Marawi recovery, deploys another plane to Mindanao Japan also offered to help with other projects ranging from rail infrastructure to river defences including a possible JPY600 billion (US$5.3 billion) loan to help fund...
Japan pledges $6 billion worth of new investments in the Philippines | Phuket News
At least 18 Japanese companies have pledged new investments in the Philippines worth a minimum of US$ 6 billion, The Manila Times Online reported on Tuesday. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez announced in a statement that the Japanese firms had signed a memorandum of understanding and letter of intent to invest in the Philippines through joint ventures and expansion of existing operations in agribusiness, power, renewable energy, infrastructure, transportation, retailing, information technology, manufacturing such as shipbuilding, iron and steel. Lopez added that he had discussed with his Japanese counterpart about increased access to Japanese market and lower tariff for Philippines’ agricultural products and improving supply chains of SMEs in the Philippines. Among the Japanese forms who have pledged new investments in the Philippines are: Sumitomo Metal Mining Company, Tokyo Gas Company, Marubeni Corp, Japan’s Tobacco Inc., Densan System Company, Hitashi Asia, Taiheiyo Cement Corp, Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Company, Nomura Real Estate Development...
Cambodia Daily founder to travel to Cambodia to take on tax liabilities | Phuket News
The founder of the recently-closed Cambodia Daily, Bernard Krisher, will travel to Cambodia to take on the tax liabilities of his daughter, deputy publisher Deborah Krisher-Steele, stemming from the paper’s dispute with the Tax Department, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Monday. In a letter sent to Prime Minister Hun Sen, Krisher said he had sold the assets to his daughter so that she could run the paper after his death, and that their sale agreement showed that he would be liable for any tax issues prior to the March sale of the assets. “The problem is that now my daughter, Deborah, has been charged with back taxes from 2007 to 2016 which is during the time I owned the Cambodia Daily,” his September 7 letter reads. He asked the liabilities be passed to him and not his daughter who he said has fulfilled tax obligations from April onwards....
5 Signs of Cambodia’s ‘descent into outright dictatorship’ | Phuket News
IT’S a week since independent newspaper The Cambodia Daily closed its doors. It’s swan-song was a final front page that defiantly read, “Descent Into Outright Dictatorship,” in a stark warning of what the future may hold for the country. Threatened with legal action over a disputed US$6.3 million tax bill, The Daily was left with little choice but to shut up shop, bringing an end to more than 24 years of independent journalism. The pressure received from the authorities has left people fearing for the freedom of the press in Cambodia and forced them to contemplate the reality of the newspaper’s parting headline. It’s a wrap. Final front page of @cambodiadaily pic.twitter.com/rxbt59kX4D — Jodie DeJonge (@jdejonge) September 3, 2017 Since losing ground to the opposition in June’s local elections, Prime Minister Hun Sen appears to be getting increasingly paranoid that the tide of public opinion is turning against his own...
Prawit believes Yingluck had help to flee | Phuket News
Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan said he believes fugitive-ex premier Yingluck Shinawatra fled the country with help from people inside Thailand. Despite saying there had been a lot of progress in the investigation, Prawit said on Saturday that authorities had no idea who helped her escape. “I’m convinced it [the help] was involved with people inside the country, but do not know if people outside lent her a hand or not,” he said. It has been more than two weeks since Yingluck disappeared from public days before her verdict was due to be read in a case related to her government’s rice-pledging scheme. Prawit said the government would make an official explanation of her flight after the investigation by police had clear information. The investigation has been narrowed down to the border province of Sa Kaew after the release of evidence that was spotted there days before the verdict-reading...
Multiple languages, new worldviews | Phuket News
Sep 11, 2017 Picture:  Arabic, Danish, Hindi, Russian, Turkish…these are only a subset of the languages which Year 3 NUS Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) student Darren Mak comprehends. Darren currently understands some 14 languages and he is not stopping in his quest to pick up even more. An English Language major, Darren is fascinated by languages. He sees it as a common thread that binds humanity. “When we learn languages, we not only learn the way they are used but also cultures and, subtly, worldviews as well,” he said. Expressing his thoughts in a different language allows him to appreciate a different culture and background. This is particularly important, he feels, in light of global issues and the misunderstandings that have both led to and resulted from them. “Now, more than ever, we as a species need to truly understand each other, and I believe language is a...
Cambodia Daily owner asks Hun Sen for help | Phuket News
The owner of The Cambodia Daily, an English-language newspaper which ceased operation last Monday ahead of a government threat to shut it for unpaid taxes, has asked Prime Minister Hun Sen to allow it to resume publication....
Cambodian opposition party to boycott parliament vote | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's main opposition party will boycott a parliamentary vote to strip their detained leader of immunity on Monday and will instead go to Kem Sokha's jail to demand his release, one of his deputies said on Sunday....
Cambodian Opposition Party to Boycott Parliament Vote on Leader | Phuket News
Cambodia's main opposition party will boycott a parliamentary vote to strip their detained leader of immunity on Monday and will instead go to Kem Sokha's jail to demand his release, one of his deputies said on Sunday. Kem Sokha, the head of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), was arrested a week ago and charged with treason for allegedly plotting to win power with the support of the United States, escalating a crackdown on critics of Prime Minister Hun Sen and independent media ahead of a general election next year. The arrest has been criticized by Western countries, but China has backed Hun Sen's government. Parliament is due to vote on whether to remove the immunity from prosecution which Kem Sokha gets as an elected member of parliament. The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP)'s majority means the motion is certain to pass anyway. CNRP deputy leader Mu Sochua said the...
New Cambodian eco-camp will use profits to preserve wildlife habitats | Phuket News
The new Cardamom Tented Camp in Botum Sakor National Park in southwest Cambodia has announced three-day/two-night and four-day/three night packages for nature tourists....
Overseas Cambodians plan protests against Sokha’s arrest | Phuket News
Overseas Cambodians are gearing up for a week of “international anti-government protests” in wake of the surprise arrest of Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Kem Sokha on Sunday on treason charges, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Friday (Sept 8). Sokha’s daughter, Kem Samathida, shares a list of planned protests in Australia, Canada, France, the United States and New Zealand on Facebook on Sept 7, with protests also planned in Germany and Belgium. Cambodia-Australia Hong Lim, a member of Australia’s state parliament of Victoria who is helping organize Saturday protest, said the main goal of the demonstration is to pressure the international community into taking more concrete action against Prime Minister Hun Sen and Cambodia. He accused the Australian government of dragging its heels because of coveted business ties with the Kingdom as well as a multi-million dollar deal under which Cambodia has agreed to take in Australia’s...
Back to the past | Phuket News
The Ramasun Camp History Museum in Udon Thani offers visitors to walk back to the days when it was used by Americans during the Vietnam war. — Jetjaras Na Ranong...
Analysts: S. Korea, China Detente Good for Northeast Asia Stability | Phuket News
China and South Korea's agreement this week to set aside differences over a U.S. missile defense system, in order to normalize relations after a year-long feud, likely could boost economic ties and stability in northeast Asia. Beijing restricted South Korean business on the mainland and Chinese tourism to the peninsula after Seoul announced in July 2016 that it would allow the United States to deploy the THAAD system to defend against North Korean missile threats. Worried the system could be used to monitor Chinese military activity, Beijing said THAAD was a threat to China's national security interests.
South Korea, China Leaders to Meet on APEC Summit Sidelines | Phuket News
The leaders of South Korea and China will hold face-to-face talks next week, ending a year of diplomatic tensions over South Korea's deployment of a U.S.-built anti-missile system. South Korea's presidential office issued a statement Tuesday saying Moon Jae-in and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will huddle on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit taking place in Vietnam on November 10-11. Relations between the regional superpowers turned frosty after Seoul deployed the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Defense (THAAD) system on the grounds of a former golf course in the southern city of Seongju. South Korea says THAAD is deployed to counter a possible missile strike from North Korea, but China counters that the system diminishes its own security. Beijing retaliated against several South Korean companies operating in China, and banned large group tours from traveling to South Korea.
Forging Public and Private Collaboration to Boost Indonesia’s Digital Economy | Phuket News
Nov 07, 2017 JAKARTA, Indonesia --( ASIA TODAY )-- Indonesia’s Minister of Communication and Technology has hailed the second edition of Communic Indonesia and Broadcast Indonesia as an important event towards driving greater participation and synergy between the Government and private enterprises to encourage further digital innovation in the country. Speaking at the event, H.E. Rudiantara, Minister of Communication and Technology, reiterated the Indonesian Government’s commitment to developing the telecoms and broadcasting sectors. He cited stepped-up efforts to improve the country’s place on the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) ICT Development Index, by connecting the country's challenging geography of more than 17,000 islands through the establishment of the Palapa Ring Satellite project providing high-speed broadband internet to the whole Indonesian archipelago. He also added that the Communication and Information Ministry, along with members of the House of Representatives, are now working to complete the Broadcasting Law to facilitate the transition...
Pornographic gifs see Indonesian govt threaten to block WhatsApp | Phuket News
INDONESIA has threatened messaging service WhatsApp with expulsion if the service does not act to remove obscene GIFs from its platform within the next 48 hours. GIFs are popular form of messaging among netizens that lies somewhere between a short video and a photograph. The stutter-stop moving pictures are widely used across social media platforms, and are being integrated across more and more systems. However, according to Indonesia’s Communications and Informatics Ministry, the service is being used to spread content on topics banned in the country’s Internet space. Based off of research by Tor Project, a non-profit company that creates Web browsing tools, Indonesia’s Internet is partly censored including websites that criticise Islam, offer dating services and sex education. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Online ‘virginity auctions’ reflect wider tensions over women’s rights Telegram CEO Pavel Durov with Indonesian communications ministry official Samuel A Pangerapan. Source: Ministry of Communication and Information Technology Indonesia...
Pornographic gifs see Indonesian authorities threaten to block WhatsApp | Phuket News
INDONESIA has threatened messaging service WhatsApp with expulsion if the service does not act to remove obscene GIFs from its platform within the next 48 hours. GIFs are popular form of messaging among netizens that lies somewhere between a short video and a photograph. The stutter-stop moving pictures are widely used across social media platforms, and are being integrated across more and more systems. However, according to Indonesia’s Communications and Informatics Ministry, the service is being used to spread content on topics banned in the country’s Internet space. Based off of research by Tor Project, a non-profit company that creates Web browsing tools, Indonesia’s Internet is partly censored including websites that criticise Islam, offer dating services and sex education. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Online ‘virginity auctions’ reflect wider tensions over women’s rights Telegram CEO Pavel Durov with Indonesian communications ministry official Samuel A Pangerapan. Source: Ministry of Communication and Information Technology Indonesia...
Indonesia races against time to save new orangutan species | Phuket News
THE Indonesian government is rushing to protect the newly described Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis), a species already regarded as the most endangered great ape on the planet. The discovery that this isolated population of an estimated 800 orangutans in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, is a distinct species from both the Sumatran and Bornean orangutans has been hailed as a major breakthrough. The Tapanuli orangutan is the first new great ape species to be described since the bonobo in the Congo Basin in 1929, and its total estimated population makes it the world’s rarest. Despite the initial elation of the new discovery, the Tapanuli orangutan is already in trouble as it is under threat from the expansion of human development, according to a study published in the journal Current Biology, which first described the new orangutan species. SEE ALSO: The eighth great ape: New species of orangutan discovered Baby Tapanuli orangutan in Sumatra, Indonesia. Source: Maxime...
Indonesia urged to protect Cambodians on Thai boats | Phuket News
Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged Indonesia to help Cambodian migrant workers on Thai fishing boats....
Indonesia threatens to block WhatsApp over sexual content | Phuket News
Indonesia's government has sent three notices to WhatsApp, asking it to remove pornographic content....
Indonesia drops threat to block WhatsApp -official | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesia has dropped a threat to block Facebook Inc's WhatsApp Messenger because the service had responded to concerns over obscene content, an official at the communications ministry said on Tuesday....
Indonesia Threatens to Block WhatsApp Messaging Over Obscene Content | Phuket News
Indonesia on Monday vowed to block Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger within 48 hours if the service did not ensure that obscene Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) images were removed. WhatsApp, which is widely used in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, said message encryption prevented it from monitoring the animated graphics files, known as GIFs, that are available on the app through third-party services. WhatsApp said in a statement on Monday that it asked the government instead to work with those providers, which integrate their technology into WhatsApp to allow users to enter keywords to search for GIFs. Indonesia's internet is partly censored, with access blocked to websites providing criticism of Islam, dating services and sex education, according to research published in May by Tor Project, a nonprofit maker of Web browsing tools. Semuel Pangerapan, a director general at Indonesia's communications and informatics ministry, said WhatsApp would be blocked within 48...
Vandals damage ancient dinosaur footprint in Australia | Phuket News
Vandals 'took a hammer or rock' to a 115 million year old fossil, breaking off sections of its toes....
Meryl Streep: 'I wasn't deliberately silent' on Weinstein | Phuket News
LOS ANGELES: Meryl Streep says she did not know Harvey Weinstein was allegedly harassing and assaulting women when they worked together....
Freedom of assembly, association ahead of election | Phuket News
Kornkritch Somjittranukit As the general election is scheduled less than one year from now, people are wondering whether the Thai junta will allow more freedom of association and assembly ahead of the election campaigns. We saw mixed signals last week. Meanwhile, a legal adviser to the junta has suggested ways to amend the election law, which may result in the postponement of the election.   In past weeks, several peaceful protests have been allowed in Bangkok including a protest camp near Government House against a new environmental law and the small symbolic protest against the military regime by embattled activist Sirawit Seritiwat, alias ‘Ja New’.   But the junta is still actively suppressing opposition voices outside Bangkok.  The authorities prohibited a fundraising concert hosted by the Fairly Tell group, an organisation offering former political prisoners and activists space to voice their stories of injustice.   The main singer at...
SET opens up 5.25 to 1,728.96 | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened up 0.30% at the start of trade this morning....
Inmate's kin seek probe of 'beating' | Phuket News
The family of an inmate yesterday called on the Justice Ministry to launch a probe against Thanyaburi prison warders accused of physically assaulting a 34-year-old inmate during a brawl....
Leopard shark post on the Internet prompts investigation | Phuket News
The recent post of the selling of Leopard shark meat at a restaurant in Phuket has prompted the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources to investigate and find the owner for prosecution as the shark is a rare species which is facing distinction. But the probe revealed it was an old picture two years ago and the restaurant owner admitted that his daughter bought the sharks from fishermen two years ago. This was revealed by the department’s director-general Mr Jatuporn Burutphat after the post went viral on the the social media last week. Mr Jatuporn admitted that at first sight of the post, it was unacceptable for restaurant to sell shark meat. He said authorities were then dispatched to the restaurant “Champ Seafood” in Phuket but found nothing went wrong as what were posted. No shark meat was sold but the restaurant owner admitted that his daughter bought fishes from...
Pineapple farm worker from Myanmar arrested for murder in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: A Myanmar man who works on a pineapple farm in Thalang was arrested in Rassada on Saturday (Nov 18) after murdering the head of his worker’s team on Tuesday (Nov 14)....
Phuket Poll: Patong Beach smoking ban wins support, but not heavy-handed penalties | Phuket News
PHUKET: The ban smoking at Patong Beach has gained a majority of support in an online poll by The Phuket News, though only a clear minority support the ban in its current heavy-handed form....
Zebra shark, Bull shark alleged to be on menu at Phuket restaurant | Phuket News
The issue came to light when Facebook user ‘Sunshine Sketcher’ posted two pictures along with the message: “The first picture, Death at Karon, Zebra shark was sliced and shown, taken by a foreign tourist on Nov 10,” on his Faceb......
Expat author Patrick Campbell to launch his Phuket memoirs | Phuket News
Patrick Campbell is undoubtedly the best writer on Phuket. He is best known for his many contributions to the local press in his intelligent columns on gardening and the environment....
Blazing Saddles: Cycling to Happiness | Phuket News
In 2006 the United Nations announced that more than half the world’s population was living in urban areas and that by 2030 almost five billion of us would be urbanised....
Phuket Opinion: Tell us about it | Phuket News
PHUKET: The mob at Surin Beach this week that caused the construction of a seawall to grind to a halt (see page 4) painted a picture as clear as the bright blue Phuket sky of the state of public awareness of government announcements and projects....
Asian stocks mostly higher as investors bet on US tax reform; Aconex jumps 44% | Phuket News
Most Asian indexes were given a boost by optimism that a plan to reduce corporate taxes would be passed stateside....
Asian stocks rise as investors bet on US tax reform | Phuket News
Most Asian indexes were given a boost by optimism that a plan to reduce corporate taxes would be passed stateside....
What N. Korean Defectors Want Trump to Know | Phuket News
Four North Korean defectors have told VOA in video messages intended for U.S. President Donald Trump what they want him to do and say during his visit to South Korea. The messages were delivered ahead of Trump's departure Friday morning for a 12-day, five-nation tour which is expected to focus  on tensions over North Korea's its development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. He is scheduled to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul on Nov. 7. North Korea is expected to dominate their conversation at a time when recent polls show Americans consider North Korea to be the most immediate threat to the United States. WATCH: North Korean Defectors Have Message for Trump Ahead of Asian Visit “If [Trump’s] coming to strengthen Korea-U.S. relations, he’s welcome, but if he’s coming to foment a war between the two Koreas, I cannot welcome him,” said Kim Young Soo, a defector...
US bombers from Guam conduct exercise over Korean Peninsula | Phuket News
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two U.S. supersonic bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula for bombing exercises that are also a show of force against North Korea ahead of President Donald Trump’s first official visit to Asia. A South Korean military official said Friday the B-1B bombers based in Guam were escorted by two South […]...
Security and trade challenge Trump on first Asia trip | Phuket News
TOKYO (AP) — Security and trade will loom large during President Donald Trump’s first official visit to Asia, which begins Sunday in Japan. North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs are likely to be the issue dominating the first part of his trip, which includes stops in South Korea’s capital and Beijing as well as […]...
US bomber drills aggravate North Korea ahead of Trump's Asia visit | Phuket News
Two U.S. strategic bombers conducted drills over South Korea Thursday, the U.S. Air Force said, raising tensions with North Korea just days before President Donald Trump visits the region....
South Korea police campaign against hidden camera pornography | Phuket News
South Korean police record thousands of sex crimes involving hidden and up-skirt cameras each year....
Private Schools Teach Koreans in Japan Pride in Culture of Homeland | Phuket News
The children, gathered in rows on a school field in Tokyo, crouch and then reach up in unison, waving red, white and blue banners to form a North Korean flag as the school band plays an emotional rendition of a song for their
North Korean Defectors Have Messages for Trump Ahead of Asia Visit | Phuket News
As President Donald Trump heads to Asia for a 12-day, five-nation tour, tension marks the Korean Peninsula as North Korea continues its development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. North Korea defectors told VOA Korean what they wanted to see come of Trump’s first official visit to South Korea, when he is scheduled to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Nov. 7. North Korea is expected to dominate their conversation at a time when recent polls show Americans consider North Korea to be the most immediate threat to the United States. WATCH: North Korean Defectors Have Message for Trump Ahead of Asian Visit “If [Trump’s] coming to strengthen Korea-U.S. relations, he’s welcome, but if he’s coming to instigate a war between the two Koreas, I cannot welcome him,” said Kim Young Soo, a defector and former soldier who arrived in South Korea in 2006. “As a head of state,...
You can afford a way bigger home in Shanghai, than New York | Phuket News
Both cities are just as magnetic, though many would argue New York has had a head start on Shanghai in many aspects. Nonetheless, it’s hard to argue that both cities share many similarities as the global financial and cultural powerhouses of today. But when it comes to rent space and how much USD1,500 can get you in these 2 cities, the difference is, (pun intended) pretty big. Shanghai renters can get more than 6 times the rent space (in terms of square feet) in Manhattan, New York, according to apartment search website RENTCafé’s latest project about price-to-space ratio in the 30 most magnetic cities around the world. The different sizes of the tiles below represent the actual proportions of how the value of your money changes across different real estate markets. “You literally have to pay a price if you want to live in one of the world’s most popular cultural...
Chemist: Kim Had 1.4 Times Lethal Dosage of VX on Face | Phuket News
The estranged half brother of North Korea's leader had about 1.4 times the lethal dosage of VX nerve agent on his face after he was attacked at a Malaysian airport, a government chemist testified Tuesday. VX was found on Kim Jong Nam's face, in his eye and in his blood plasma, Raja Subramaniam, who heads the Center of Chemical Weapons Analysis laboratory, said at the murder trial of two women accused of smearing the chemical weapon on Kim in the brazen assassination in February. VX and related products were also detected on the clothes the women were wearing on the day of the attack. On Monday the trial moved temporarily to a high-security laboratory so the judge, attorneys and the defendants could examine the clothing before it was officially accepted as evidence.   Resuming his testimony Tuesday, Raja described VX's lethal potential. He said animal studies showed the lethal dosage...
Chemist says Kim had 1.4 times lethal dosage of VX on face | Phuket News
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — The estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader had about 1.4 times the lethal dosage of VX nerve agent on his face after he was attacked at a Malaysian airport, a government chemist testified Tuesday. Pure VX was found on Kim Jong Nam’s face, in his eye and in his […]...
Asia-Pacific faces more natural disasters, UN warns | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: Natural disasters could become more destructive in Asia-Pacific, where a person is already five times more likely to be affected than in other regions, the United Nations warned on Tuesday, urging countries to invest in resilience plans....
Philippines: Foreigners in leading militant roles in besieged Marawi | Phuket News
SECURITY forces in the Philippines said eight foreigners are among the remaining 40 militants still fighting in Marawi, nearly six months after the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group laid siege to the southern city. According to Free Malaysia Today, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) did not mention the nationalities of the foreigners but Malaysian police believe four or five of its citizens were still holed up in the conflict zone. On Sunday, AFP chief Eduardo Ano told local media that the foreign fighters had taken on leadership roles among the local militants, based on information from local residents. SEE ALSO: Rescued Marawi priest still in high spirits after Maute ordeal Troops have reclaimed several hideouts where they discovered dozens of bodies, including those that appeared to be of foreigners. The authorities were conducting DNA test to confirm their identities.  The Malaysian embassy provided Filipino authorities with a photo of Mahmud...
Philippines: Foreigners are taking leading militant roles in besieged Marawi | Phuket News
SECURITY forces in the Philippines said eight foreigners are among the remaining 40 militants still fighting in Marawi, nearly six months after the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group laid siege to the southern city. According to Free Malaysia Today, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) did not mention the nationalities of the foreigners but Malaysian police believe four or five of its citizens were still holed up in the conflict zone. On Sunday, AFP chief Eduardo Ano told local media that the foreign fighters had taken on leadership roles among the local militants, based on information from local residents. Troops have reclaimed several hideouts where they discovered dozens of bodies, including those that appeared to be of foreigners. The authorities were conducting DNA test to confirm their identities. SEE ALSO: Rescued Marawi priest still in high spirits after Maute ordeal  The Malaysian embassy provided Filipino authorities with a photo of Mahmud...
Murdered Kim had '1.4 times lethal dosage' of VX on face | Phuket News
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia: A government chemist says the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader had about 1.4 times the lethal dosage of VX nerve agent on his face after he was attacked at a Malaysian airport terminal....
Murdered N.Korean had '1.4 times lethal dosage' of VX on face | Phuket News
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia: A government chemist says the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader had about 1.4 times the lethal dosage of VX nerve agent on his face after he was attacked at a Malaysian airport terminal....
China Ramping Up Aid to Philippines as Both Pursue Deeper Relationship | Phuket News
China is stepping up aid to the Philippines, including a proposal to seek oil together offshore and a gift of arms to help Manila fight a Muslim rebel insurgency, indicating that both sides want an extra-firm friendship despite an unsettled maritime dispute. Three firms, including China’s state-owned offshore oil driller CNOOC are awaiting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature to explore for fuel reserves under a 7,120-square-kilometer tract of water off the Philippine west coast. Last week the Armed Forces of the Philippines said on its website China had donated 3,000 assault rifles, with 3 million rounds of ammunition, to help the military fight the ISIS-sympathetic Maute Group rebels in a war-torn southern city. The transactions, alongside infrastructure aid from China, indicate that both countries want as much from each other as the other can accommodate. They made peace only in 2016 after four years of squabbling over maritime sovereignty. China pursues...
Asean Today: Guinness With Zero Alcohol; Miners Escape Landslide; Scammer Flees With $S10m | Phuket News
Latest Guinness produced with zero alcohol; Jade mine collapse kills just a few; 10 Christians dead in Philippines slaughter; Singapore scammer escapes with $S10 million; Protesters stay on island....
Asean Today: Three Police Killed in Papua; Facebook Post Earns Jail; China Objects to Protest | Phuket News
Around the Region Papua mob kills three police; Myanmar court jails woman over Facebook post; China riled by Philippines protesters; Vietnam still backs Russia; Singapore jobs threat....
Asean Today: Economic Community Born; Victoria's Secret Workers Fall Ill; Aussie in Terror Plot | Phuket News
Around the region EU and Asean should get closer, says Singapore; Woman caned for being too affectionate; Protesters alarm Myanmar, Thailand; Victoria's Secret workers suffer food poisoning....
New venture to offer limousine service in Yangon | Phuket News
YANGON: Singapore's largest public transport operator will team up with Japanese trading house Toyota Tsusho Corp and a Myanmar company to offer a joint limousine service in Yangon to cater to the need for premium transit opportunities....
Japan, Singapore, Myanmar firms to offer limousine service in Yangon | Phuket News
YANGON: Singapore's largest public transport operator will team up with Japanese trading house Toyota Tsusho Corp and a Myanmar company to offer a joint limousine service in Yangon to cater to the need for premium transit opportunities....
Singapore Red Cross sends humanitarian aid to communities in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh | Phuket News
Oct 14, 2017 Picture:  • More than SGD$50,000 has been raised to support relief efforts • Red Cross distributes US$30,000 in relief supplies • Assessment team dispatched to communities affected by population movement in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh - two medical teams to follow Singapore, 9 October 2017 - The Singapore Red Cross’ (SRC) advanced team is now in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh to assess needs of the affected communities, and to assist with relief distribution. Working alongside the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), SRC will distribute US$30,000 worth of relief items to aid the affected communities in the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State. Earlier in September, SRC launched a public appeal for funds to support relief efforts for the people from Rakhine state, Myanmar. Through the month-long appeal, SRC raised more than SGD50,000 in donations, all of which...
China rebukes Australians over influence debate 'hysteria' | Phuket News
Beijing accuses Australian politicians and media outlets of damaging trust between the nations....
Philippines' Duterte Says to Deal with Trump in 'Most Righteous Way' | Phuket News
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he would deal with U.S. President Donald Trump
Asia Looks for Signals on Policy Ahead of Trump Visit to Region | Phuket News
It was one of Donald Trump’s very first actions as president: pulling the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, a free-trade deal he said was hurting the American worker. The TPP was one of the centerpieces of former President Barack Obama’s so-called Asia “pivot,” an economic, political and military realignment toward a region seen as key to America’s future. Nine months into his presidency, Trump’s decision to abandon the TPP remains perhaps the clearest evidence yet he intends to ditch the Asia pivot, or perhaps pivot there in his own way. U.S. officials have not said whether they will unveil a similar, definitive policy to replace the pivot. But signs of a broader strategy could emerge next week when Trump leaves on his first trip to Asia as president.   WATCH: Asia Awaits Trump's Regional Policy Trump skipping regional summit The trip will include stops in Japan,...
Feel the pulse of the city with Wyndham’s savvy, street-smart hotel brand | Phuket News
WYNDHAM Hotel Group, already the world’s largest hotel company is stopping at nothing in its plans for global expansion. At a time when people are travelling at a pace never before seen, Wyndham Hotel Group properties are mushrooming around the world in equal fervour. As the growing middle class market continues to rise, coupled with the increasing number of millennial travellers seeking more experiential travel, it makes sense that much of the brand’s growth is focused in Asia Pacific and the Middle East, both giants in the global travel market and a competitive environment for hospitality brands of all kinds – whether it’s for a family retreat, a romantic honeymoon, or a business trip, Wyndham Hotel Group has pounced on these segments and TRYP by Wyndham’s introduction couldn’t have come at a better time. One of the group’s success stories is TRYP by Wyndham®, a modern, lifestyle-oriented brand catering to...
Philippines: Environmental groups decry move to lift open-pit mining ban | Phuket News
ENVIRONMENTALISTS have expressed outrage over the recommendation to lift the controversial open-pit mining ban to extract huge mineral deposits in the Philippines, which hosts the largest known undeveloped copper and gold reserve in Southeast Asia. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu has disclosed that the multi-agency Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC), in a meeting on Oct 24, approved the lifting of the ban on open-pit mining. Former DENR Secretary Gina Lopez, Cimatu’s immediate predecessor, issued Department Administrative Order (DAO) 2017-10 that bans the open-pit mining method for its alleged destructive nature not just to the environment but also to people’s livelihood. Philippine Environment Secretary Regina Lopez speaks in front of a chart on mining issues during a press briefing in Manila, Philippines, on Feb 9, 2017. Source: Reuters/Erik De Castro Cimatu, who co-chairs the MICC along with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, said he supported the council’s...
Cambodia tightens control of information before election | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Critics of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen have grown used to following upstart news service Fresh News to find out what the government’s next target might be....
Cambodia tightens control of information in run-up to election | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Critics of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen have grown used to following upstart news service Fresh News to find out what the government’s next target might be....
Thailand, Cambodia to open more checkpoints, bolster trade | Phuket News
Thailand and Cambodia agreed on Thursday to open four more border checkpoints and vowed to achieve their bilateral trade target....
Thailand and Cambodia prepare to open 4 more border crossings | Phuket News
Thailand and Cambodia has agreed at the 3rd Joint Cabinet Retreat in Phnom Penh today (Sept 7) to go ahead with the opening of four more border crossings as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha promised to take a good care of all legal Cambodian migrant workers. Gen Prayut and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday (Sept 7) co-chaired the 3rd Joint Cabinet Retreat (JCR) in Phnom Penh to exchange opinions on various issues and promote partnership for peace and prosperity, according to a Government House release. The two sides agreed that the Thai-Cambodian relations and constructive cooperation have increased on every level. Thailand has placed importance on border development, especially to connect the two countries both by land and sea, with an aim to enhance economic growth along the border through cross-border trade and tourism. The two sides discussed preparations to open four more border crossings, particularly a permanent border checkpoint at...
Cambodia sues Cambodia Daily management over taxes | Phuket News
The Cambodian tax authority has filed lawsuits against the owner and management of The Cambodia Daily, which was forced to close down earlier this week, for alleged tax evasion....
Hun Sen’s closure of Cambodia Daily a major blow to freedom of expression | Phuket News
THE INDEPENDENT Cambodia Daily newspaper has closed down, marking the end of an era. It’s final headline spelled out the problem facing the country: “Descent Into Outright Dictatorship.” Cambodia Daily was launched in 1993 by American journalist Bernard Krisher as the modern state of Cambodia emerged following the tumultuous period of civil war, genocide and occupation. The new Cambodia had a constitution based on democracy and respect for human rights and boasted a free press and a vibrant civil society. SEE ALSO: Cambodia: Hun Sen’s govt charges opposition leader with treason It's a wrap. Final front page of @cambodiadaily pic.twitter.com/rxbt59kX4D — Jodie DeJonge (@jdejonge) September 3, 2017 But a quarter of a century after the 1991 Paris peace accords outlined a blueprint for a modern, stable and peaceful state in Cambodia, freedom of expression there is in grave danger. Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index now ranks Cambodia 132nd out of 180 states – no easy place...
CNRP claims its members are barred from holding meetings | Phuket News
The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) is further squeezed by Hun Sen administration after the arrest of its leader KemSokha as its members in Kampong Chhnang have been banned from holding meetings, according to The Phnom Penh Post Online on Thursday. Keo Tha, CNRP’s provincial executive committee chief, said many communes were meant to have regular scheduled party meetings in the past few days but were banned by police from gathering even at their office or at home. He disclosed that the restrictions started just after Sokha was arrested at his home early Sunday morning. Sokha was formally indicted with treason on Tuesday. Tha said that political situation in Cambodia has become very serious at the local level with party members unable to meet for regular party affairs, such as making reports about problems within their communes and discussing voter registration. CheangSarun, recently elected CNRP’s Popel commune chief, said...
Taiwan, Singapore ranked among best places in the world for expats | Phuket News
TAIWAN and Singapore have been ranked in the top ten of a leading index of the best places to live for expatriates in the world, along with destinations like Spain, Mexico and New Zealand. According to the Expat Insider 2017 survey compiled by the expat-focused website InterNations, Taiwan was ranked the fourth Top Expat Destination, beaten only by Bahrain, Costa Rica and Mexico. The study surveyed more than 12,500 respondents from more than 166 nationalities. Taiwan was ranked second for Quality of Life for its world-class healthcare and infrastructure, flanked by the Iberian destinations of Portugal and Spain in first and third places, respectively. SEE ALSO: Health, wealth and well-being: Do expats have it worse than locals? The Top Expat Destinations 2017. Source: InterNations SEE ALSO: Kuala Lumpur named the best city to rent in the world For the Leisure Options category, Asian destinations also fared relatively poorly. Only Australia...
PM puts on hold Stung Num hydro electricity project pending more study | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered the Stung Num power plant project be put on hold as he led his ministers for the 3rd Thai-Cambodian joint cabinet retreat in Phnom Pehn today (Sept 7). The prime minister said Wednesday (Sept 6) that he wanted more feasibility study of the 24-megawatt Stung Num hydropower plant project, which is a joint venture between Thailand and Cambodia, to determine the benefits to be received by both countries. Electricity to be generated from the Stung Num dam will be purchased by Thailand on condition that the country will get about 300 million cubic metre of water from the dam free of charge. The water will be drawn into Thailand to feed industries in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) in the eastern region. The Stung Num hydro-electricity dam was discussed at the cabinet meeting on Tuesday and it is expected to be raised for discussion at...
Hong Kong Chief Executive, keynote speaker at the opening of the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum | Phuket News
Sep 07, 2017 Picture:  Hong Kong, 7 September 2017 (updated) – At the opening plenary of the 6th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum, keynote speaker Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mrs. Carrie Lam, said: “Hong Kong is not short of land or the options to provide more land. What is lacking is a broad consensus on where the land should come from. To find more land, we must draw on the collective wisdom of society and recognize the need for compromises and give-and-take, in order to find a solution that benefits humanity as a whole.” She added: “Partnership is something that we should really promote more, especially in Hong Kong. When I look at some of the Habitat for Humanity projects in all over the world, it’s always this spirit of partnership. One party is unlikely to come up with the best solution, but working together, this is...
Earth Engine Drives Environmental Management in Vietnam | Phuket News
Oct 26, 2017 Picture:  New technology allows faster, more accurate weather-related analysis October 2017 --[ ASIA TODAY ]-- Vu Huu Long was always curious why the world behaved the way it did. Science offered a means of answering his questions. “I chose this field because it helps me understand the world around me. Most importantly, I can use this understanding to help people in my country,” said Long. In 2010, Long graduated from the Hanoi University of Mining and Geology and began working with the Space Technology Institute, part of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, in 2012. Vietnam, like other countries in the Mekong region of Southeast Asia, is confronted with water-related challenges. Flooding in the rainy season and drought in the dry season leave millions vulnerable. Rapid urbanization and population growth put increasing pressure on the environment. Managing resources and planning for weather-related shocks is the...
Indonesia's bid to root out Islamists throws spotlight on universities | Phuket News
NUSA DUA, Indonesia, (Reuters) - When students at Indonesia's prestigious Institute of Agricultural Studies swore an oath to support a caliphate in the world's largest Muslim-majority country last year, a video of the event went viral and the government grew alarmed. ...
The eighth great ape: New species of orangutan discovered | Phuket News
AN EIGHTH great ape species was officially recognised last week, with the scientific discovery of a new orangutan species on Indonesia’s Sumatra island. A study published in the scientific journal Current Biology documents the Pongo tapanuliensis or Batang Toru orangutan – of which there are only 800 alive – found to be distinct from the Bornean and Sumatran orangutans. “It has a smaller skull, but larger canine teeth than other orangutan species,” said one of the study’s authors Anton Nurcahyo, a PhD scholar at the Australian National University’s School of Archaeology and Anthropology. SEE ALSO: Rising Sumatran tiger numbers show impact of protection efforts Extremely low numbers make the Batang Toru orangutan the rarest and most endangered of all the species of great apes, a categorisation which also includes the chimpanzee, bonobo and eastern and western gorillas – all found in Africa. “It’s a very significant discovery,” said Professor Colin Groves, another author of the paper...
Indonesia threatens to block WhatsApp over obscene content | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesia on Monday vowed to block Facebook Inc's WhatsApp Messenger within 48 hours if the service did not ensure that obscene Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) images were removed....
5 Asian politicians exposed in the Paradise Papers | Phuket News
AN immense haul of 13.4 million leaked documents dubbed the “Paradise Papers” have been published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) exposing the offshore banking activities of more than 120 politicians around the world. The leak is the latest to reveal the murky world of offshore banking where shell companies allow the wealthy, big business, heads of state and global figures to conduct business largely in secret in known tax havens. According to the ICIJ, the documents include nearly 7 million loan agreements, financial statements, emails, trust deeds and other paperwork from nearly 50 years at Appleby, a leading offshore law firm with offices in Bermuda and beyond. The documents also include files from a smaller, family-owned trust company, Asiaciti, and from company registries in 19 secrecy jurisdictions. Among the hundred plus people named in the documents were a number of prominent Asian politicians of yesteryear and some that...
1 in 5 Indonesian students supports the establishment of a caliphate | Phuket News
ACCORDING to a new survey, almost 20 percent of Indonesian high school and university level students support the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. Amid concerns of rising religious radicalism in Indonesia, research released by Jakarta-based Mata Air Foundation and Alvara Research Centre last week found that 17.8 percent of university students and 18.3 percent of high school students supported the notion of a caliphate in the archipelago. The survey drew upon the views of 2,400 high schoolers and 1,800 students from 25 top universities in Java across a wide range of faculties, reported Tempo. SEE ALSO: Indonesia takes ultra-nationalist turn against Islamic populism A quarter of Indonesian students in the study said that they were prepared to wage jihad for the establishment of a caliphate, while about a third said that they would not tolerate being ruled by a non-Muslim leader. The findings reflect...
An eighth great ape: new species of orangutan discovered | Phuket News
AN EIGHTH great ape was officially recognised last week, with the scientific discovery of a new species of orangutan on Indonesia’s Sumatra island. A study published in the scientific journal Current Biology documents the Pongo tapanuliensis or Batang Toru orangutan – of which there are only 800 alive – found to be distinct from the Bornean and Sumatran orangutans. “It has a smaller skull, but larger canine teeth than other orangutan species,” said one of the study’s authors Anton Nurcahyo, a PhD scholar at the Australian National University’s School of Archaeology and Anthropology. SEE ALSO: Rising Sumatran tiger numbers show impact of protection efforts Extremely low numbers make the Batang Toru orangutan the rarest and most endangered of all the species of great apes, a categorisation which also includes the chimpanzee, bonobo and eastern and western gorillas – all found in Africa. “It’s a very significant discovery,” said Professor Colin Groves, another author of the paper...
Indonesia's GDP growth expands 5.06% in disappointment | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesia’s economy expanded at a slower pace in the third quarter than economists expected, a disappointing outcome for the government as it struggles to boost growth in Southeast Asia’s largest economy....
Supersonic jet maker gets big shot in the arm | Phuket News
Dallas: Aerion Corp plans to sell as much as $200 million in debt as it teams up with Lockheed Martin Corp to build a private jet that flies faster than the speed of sound....
Social security official faces embezzlement charges for stealing money from insureds | Phuket News
An official of the Social Security Office in Din Daeng is facing disciplinary action and criminal charges after he was found to have embezzled money sent by a group of elderly people to the Savings Fund for the Elderly. Deputy labour permanent secretary Mrs Petcharat Sin-ouey said Monday that Labour Minister Adul Saengsingkaew had instructed that all the victims be fully refunded and that the Social Security Office must revamp financial system to plug loopholes so that similar incident must not be repeated. The official whose name was not disclosed allegedly tampered with the money orders supposedly to be given to the Savings Fund contributors, cashed them at postal offices and pocketed the money. The alleged embezzlement took place last year, but it was exposed when the affected contributors lodged complaints with the Social Security Office that they had not received their monthly pay. A fact-finding panel was set up...
Nigerian shooting suspect still denies charges, case file with Phuket prosecutor | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Nigerian man suspected of breaking into 52-year-old Russian woman Elena Kharenko’s home and shooting her in a bungled burglary attempt in Rawai continues to deny charges against him even after the closure of the investigation, Lt Chanat Hongsitthichaikul of the Chalong Police confirmed today (Nov 18)....
Thai man, 47, shot dead in Patong, suspect surrenders to police | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 39-year-old Thai man turned himself in to Patong Police this morning for shooting another Thai man dead in the staircase of an apartment building which is said to be the residence for staff from a Patong bar....
Phukets famous Chef Noi doubles down with second Suay Restaurant | Phuket News
It’s almost noon on a clear Sunday when most people are at the beach, enjoying brunch or relaxing at home....
Crocodile found in Phuket sea will be kept at zoo | Phuket News
“Lepang”, a 2.8-metre-long male crocodile which was caught near Lepang beach in Phuket’s Thalang district in September will be kept at the Phuket zoo because it is a hybrid species. The decision to keep the Lepang crocodile at Phuket zoo was made at a meeting on Friday (Nov 17) of the Fisheries Department and relevant agencies, including Kasetsart and Mahildol universities and the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation. Fisheries Department chief Adisorn Promthep said DNA tests showed that Lepang crocodile was a hybrid species of fresh-water and salt-water crocodiles and, therefore, could not be released into the wild. He said that the private zoo was a more appropriate place to keep the crocodile because the state has no space to keep the reptile. Mr Adisorn said the crocodile is in good shape and can eat as normal. The Lepang crocodile caused a big stir among tourists and...
‘Boat Lagoon Weekend’ set to return next month | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Boat Lagoon, Phuket’s most lively marina is pleased to announce the return of the monthly weekend activities, the “Boat Lagoon Weekend”....
Police fundraiser bullies warned, nothing to do with us, says Chalong Police chief | Phuket News
PHUKET: The chief of the Chalong Police is warning people to beware a group of men who are presenting themselves as acting as on behalf of policeman and bullying people into buying B2,000 tickets for a local concert which is being touted as being held in conjunction with Chalong Police Station as a fund-raiser....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Soup thrower! Car meets stinky bean tree? Phuket croc's fate is... || Nov. 17 | Phuket News
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Laypang sentenced to ‘special treatment’ at Phuket Zoo | Phuket News
PHUKET: “Leypang the Croc”, captured in a swamp in BangTao on Phuket’s west coast in August, will be handed over to Phuket Zoo, the Director-General of the Department of Fisheries announced today (Nov 17)....
UN Urges Afghan Warring Sides to Facilitate Crucial Anti-Polio Drive | Phuket News
The United Nations is calling on all parties in the Afghan conflict to facilitate health workers in conducting Monday’s urgent polio vaccination campaign in a volatile southern district with the highest number of polio virus cases of any district in the world. U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer warned Sunday the situation in Shahwalikot district in Kandahar province puts hundreds of thousands of children at risk. He said a polio vaccination campaign throughout the district is more urgent than ever Afghan officials last week reported a new case of wild polio virus, raising the number of cases in Kandahar to five and the nationwide total to 12 in 2017. Afghan authorities with support from UNICEF and WHO are to vaccinate thousands of children in Shahwalikot starting Monday. “The outbreak of polio in Shahwalikot means that Afghanistan remains one of only three countries in the world that is still polio-endemic and polio eradication...
North Korean Defectors Have Message for Trump Ahead of Asian Visit | Phuket News
President Donald Trump is heading to Asia for a 12-day, five-nation tour as tension builds on the Korean Peninsula over North Korea’s continuing development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. North Korean defectors told VOA Korean what they wanted to see come of Trump’s first official visit to South Korea on November 7....
North Korean Threat to Top Trump's Agenda in Asia | Phuket News
On the eve of President Donald Trump's trip to Asia, the White House said Thursday that the threat from Pyongyang would be at the top of his agenda in his meetings with leaders and that denuclearization of North Korea was the only acceptable outcome. If this is not achieved through pressure by economic sanctions and diplomacy, national security adviser General H.R. McMaster warned, the United States
Trump Heads to S. Korea Amid Heightened Tensions | Phuket News
President Donald Trump is heading to Asia for a 12-day, five-nation tour with heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula and recent polls showing Americans consider North Korea to be the most immediate threat to the United States. Trump is scheduled to visit South Korea (Nov. 7-8), the North's rival, for the second stop of the trip. During the trip, talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and other world leaders are expected to center on questions about how to deal with Pyongyang’s ongoing development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. “Our goal is not war, but rather the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea, last Friday. No plan to visit DMZ The U.S. president will not go to the DMZ and peer into North Korea, eschewing a highly symbolic photo opportunity made...
Japanese employer gives non-smokers 6 extra days off | Phuket News
AS THE Japanese government pushes stricter tobacco regulations, many private companies are also pushing their employees to kick the habit. One of them is Piala Inc – a Tokyo-based online marketing company which has made headlines for its decision in September to grant an extra six days’ paid leave to employees who do not smoke. “One of our non-smoking staff put a message in the company suggestion box earlier in the year saying that smoking breaks were causing problems,” a spokesman for the company told The Telegraph. “Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving non-smokers some extra time off to compensate.” Ahead of hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan is seeking to shed its image as a “puffing paradise”. To date, Japanese smoking regulations are far looser than comparable nations – even neighbouring China and South Korea are stricter on tobacco. Cigarettes...
Japanese employer gives non-smokers 6 days extra holiday | Phuket News
AS THE Japanese government pushes stricter tobacco regulations, many private companies are also pushing their employees to kick the habit. One of them is Piala Inc – a Tokyo-based online marketing company which has made headlines for its decision in September to grant an extra six days’ paid leave to employees that do not smoke. “One of our non-smoking staff put a message in the company suggestion box earlier in the year saying that smoking breaks were causing problems,” a spokesman for the company told The Telegraph. “Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving non-smokers some extra time off to compensate.” SEE ALSO: Will Japan really get tough on smoking or is it just hot air? Ahead of hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan is seeking to shed its image as a “puffing paradise”. To date, Japanese smoking regulations are far looser...
High-Level North Korean Defector Urges US to Use ‘Soft Power’ Against Kim Jong Un | Phuket News
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s authoritarian regime may be more vulnerable than people think, a high-level defector suggests, as he urges the U.S. to use “soft power” against Kim. Thae Yong Ho met with the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington Wednesday. The former deputy chief of mission at the North Korean embassy in London defected to South Korea with his family last year. “While on the surface, Kim Jong Un seems to have consolidated his power through this reign of terror ... the free markets are flourishing,” Thae said. “As more and more people get used to free and capitalist style markets, the state-owned socialist economic system becomes increasingly forgotten about.” Thae says many North Koreans no are longer paying attention to or swallowing state propaganda. He says they are watching more and more illegally imported South Korean television shows and dramas. “These changes ... make it...
Does the Las Vegas shooting justify a travel ban on white people? | Phuket News
Earlier this year, I went to Los Angeles upon the invitation of the US State Department and the University of Southern California to attend a transmedia workshop. It was a really interesting visit because it happened at a time when President Donald Trump signed the infamous travel ban for Muslims. I was on my flight somewhere across the Pacific Ocean when Trump signed the executive order restricting admission of citizens from seven Muslim countries. The announcement came as a surprise when I landed at the airport to a scene of protests and confusion, with people crying, and lawyers walking around with signs offering help those affected by the ban. It was not long before I managed to get an idea of the situation. Being in Los Angeles, most of the people I met were not Trump supporters and the general mood was of anger, frustration and fear. They were even...
Trial in Kim murder visits lab to examine VX-tainted clothes | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian court holding the trial of two women accused of killing the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader moved temporarily Monday to a high-security laboratory to view the VX-tainted clothes the suspects wore the day of the attack....
Indonesia: 51 men arrested in alleged gay sex party in spa | Phuket News
Police in Indonesia said 51 men were arrested on Friday night for their alleged involvement with a gay sex party in Central Jakarta. The Jakarta Post quoted Jakarta Police spokesman Argo Yuwono as saying that some of the arrested men, included foreigners from China, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. “For the spa visitors, we will conduct an identification process. They will be taken in as witnesses, and after that, we will release them,” Argo said on Saturday. Police also seized 13 sex toys and condoms during the raid. “By paying IDR165,000 (US$12.23), people get access to the spa’s facilities and also are given condoms and lubricants,” Argo said. Argo said seven suspects have been identified in the case, of which six have been arrested while one remained at large. SEE ALSO: Asia’s youngest nation offers glimmer of hope for LGBT rights The suspects, he said, would be charged under the 2008 Pornography...
Alleged gay sex party in Indonesia leads to scores of arrests | Phuket News
Police in Indonesia said 51 men were arrested on Friday night for their alleged involvement with a gay sex party in Central Jakarta. The Jakarta Post quoted Jakarta Police spokesman Argo Yuwono as saying that some of the arrested men, included foreigners from China, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. “For the spa visitors, we will conduct an identification process. They will be taken in as witnesses, and after that, we will release them,” Argo said on Saturday. Police also seized 13 sex toys and condoms during the raid. “By paying Rp 165,000 (US$12.23), people get access to the spa’s facilities and also are given condoms and lubricants,” Argo said. Argo said seven suspects have been identified in the case, of which six have been arrested while one remained at large. SEE ALSO: Asia’s youngest nation offers glimmer of hope for LGBT rights The suspects, he said, would be charged under the 2008...
Trial in Kim murder resuming with visit to Malaysian lab | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The trial of two women accused of killing the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader enters its second week with the court moving temporarily to a high-security laboratory to view evidence contaminated with VX nerve agent. The judge, prosecutors, defense lawyers and the Indonesian and Vietnamese suspects are to […]...
Poor Indonesians endure in Mindanao through fishing and farming | Phuket News
HADIR came home that afternoon from an overnight fishing expedition in the Celebes Sea (known in Indonesia as the Sulawesi Sea) without any catch. He’s a descendant of Indonesian parents who sailed those waters separating the Philippines and Indonesia in the 1940s to look for greener pasture. Now 53, Hadir lives with his family of three children in a remote and poor fishing and farming community in Sarangani Island, almost in the same poverty and isolate condition that his parents sought to escape. Sarangani Island is part of Sarangani township in Davao Occidental province, some four hours away from the nearest Marore Island in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province. Rosalinda Andaria Bastian shows some documents relating to the family’s Indonesian ancestry. Source: Bong Sarmiento SEE ALSO: Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia eye joint task force for fighting IS Groups of people become at risk of statelessness due to their unclear nationality status passed...
Malaysia receives triple honours at the Pata Gold Awards 2017 | Phuket News
Oct 08, 2017 Picture:  MACAO - Malaysia bagged three Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards 2017 in the Marketing Media, Heritage and Culture, and Education and Training categories. The awards were presented at the 2017 PATA Gold Awards Lunch and Award Presentation at The Parisian Macao today. Tourism Malaysia clinched the 2017 PATA Gold Award for Marketing Media – Travel Poster for its International Trade 2016 posters, which were released last year. The posters are targeted at holidaymakers of all ages around the world and aims to entice niche audience groups. The activities featured include diving, golfing, adventure, shopping, theme parks, nature, and dining. The posters also promote Malaysia as a year-round holiday destination. The award was received by Tourism Malaysia Chairman Dato’ Dr. Siew Ka Wei. “We are proud and honoured to receive this award from PATA. It is a wonderful recognition of our innovative promotional effort”...
Bangkok retains Leading Mastercard Travel Destination Title for 2017 | Phuket News
Asia Pacific is an increasingly popular region for travel, according to the Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index (GDCI) 2017. The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index ranks cities in terms of the number of their total international overnight visitor arrivals and the cross-border spending by these same visitors in the destination cities in 2016, and gives visitor and passenger growth forecasts for 2017. Asia Pacific destinations made up five of the top 10 in the annual survey which ranks the world’s 132 top destination cities – with Bangkok in Thailand taking out first place. “It is easy to see why Bangkok has topped the Global Destinations Cities Index as a great place to travel. For New Zealanders it is a close, cost-effective and exciting destination. Lots of Kiwis are making the most of the close proximity of Southeast Asia to enjoy fantastic cuisine, scenery and warmer weather,” says Peter Chisnall, Mastercard...
More Malaysians want to continue working after their retirement | Phuket News
Malaysians are expected to continue to stay active in the workforce after their retirement at the age of 60 as the country is set to become an ageing nation, reported the New Straits Times quoting a survey. The survey, conducted by the University of Malaysia’s Social Research Centre, shows greater life expectancy also means individuals must either delay his/her retirement and work more years, save more while working and have lower consumption in retirement. SSRC director Professor Datuk Norma Mansor said the number of Malaysians aged 60 years and above is projected to reach 3.5 million in 2020 and 6.3 million in 2040 which is about 20 percent of the total population. Quoting a report by the Statistics Department in 2016, she said it also showed that a male aged 65 in 2016 could expect to live to age 80 years and a female is expected to live to age...
Teams Race Across Australia in World Solar Challenge | Phuket News
The World Solar Challenge began Sunday with 42 solar cars crossing Australia’s tropical north to its southern shores, a grueling 3,000 kilometer (1,864 mile) race through the outback. The race from the northern city of Darwin to the southern city of Adelaide is expected to take a week for most cars, with speeds of 90-100 kilometers per hour (55-62 mph) powered only by the sun. The fastest time was achieved by Japan’s Tokai University in 2009, completing the transcontinental race in 29 hours and 49 minutes. Belgian team Punch Powertrain started first Sunday after recording a trial time of 2:03.8 for 2.97 km (1.78 miles), hitting an average speed of 83.4 kilometers per hour (51.5mph). But reigning 2015 champions Nuon from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands believes it has a good chance of retaining the prize. “All the cars look completely different (this year), and all we know...
Merit-making activities at Siriraj hospital and Thai embassies | Phuket News
Doctors, nurses and other staff members of Siriraj hospital joined members of the public in paying respect to the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the first anniversary of his passing on Friday. People of all walks of life – many of them who kept vigil at the hospital a year ago to pray for their beloved when he was given medical treatment at the hospital – gathered at the hospital since the morning to participate in activities organized by the hospital in remembrance of the late King.  Almost every inch of the space on the hospital ground was packed with people. At exactly 3.52 pm, all the people there joined their countrymen throughout the country to observe 89-second silence in honor of the late King. At 6.30 pm, a brass band of the Royal Thai Navy played songs written by the late King as the choir which included several...
Banyan: For Asia, the path to prosperity starts with land reform | Phuket News
Print section Print Rubric:  The crucial importance of fair farming to Asian prosperity Print Headline:  Land to the tiller Print Fly Title:  Banyan UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  China’s Xi Jinping has more clout than Donald Trump. The world should be wary Fly Title:  Banyan Main image:  20171014_ASD000_0.jpg NEARLY as striking as Asia’s dynamism is how unevenly prosperity is spread—in contrast to Africa, Latin America or Europe. First-world Japan (with a GDP per person of $38,900) is in effect part of the same island chain as the Philippines ($2,950). Rich Singapore ($53,000) is little more than an hour’s flight from Myanmar ($1,275). On the Korean peninsula, the division is even starker. Two economies that started out in identical circumstances have diverged so wildly that South Koreans are between 3cm and 8cm taller than their North Korean ......
What ride-hailing app Grab thinks about rival Uber’s alleged spying | Phuket News
RIDE-HAILING company Grab believes action should be taken against Uber if the spying allegations against its global competitor were true. In a statement to Asian Correspondent on Thursday, Grab said it had full confidence in the capabilities of law enforcement agencies to investigate the recent claim, which was revealed in a Bloomberg report. The statement, issued by Grab’s communications team, said Uber’s alleged practices have not impacted Grab’s “leadership in ride-hailing” and the company remained focused on growing its business and cementing its “unassailable market leadership”. “We uphold ourselves to strict quality management standards and internal governance, and work closely with regulators and governments in all the countries that we operate in for nation-building efforts,” the statement read. “We believe in being responsible corporate citizens and believe companies should be held accountable by the government and public for their corporate behaviour.” SEE ALSO: Uber under investigation over allegations of bribery in...
This economy was near a technical recession last year — its latest growth nearly doubled estimates | Phuket News
Singapore's economy expanded 6.3 percent in the July-September period on an annualized basis, beating estimates...
Colt Brings Asia's Major Stock Exchanges Closer with Revamped Low Latency Trading Routes | Phuket News
Oct 12, 2017 Picture:  Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo - (ACN Newswire) - Colt Technology Services today announced further network optimisations to two of the company's key low-latency routes in the APAC region. Connectivity is available for service now and provided through the company's private Ethernet-based Colt IQ Network. Latency for the Hong Kong-to-Singapore route has been reduced to approximately 29ms (RTD) going from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) to the Singapore Exchange (SGX). Latency for the Sydney-to-Tokyo route has been reduced to approximately 99ms (RTD) going from the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) to the Japan Exchange Group (JPX/CC2). For both routes, the latency numbers above currently represent the top tier among all providers. These optimisations continue a series of enhancements to Colt's highly touted IQ Network, including a similar revamp of its Tokyo-Chicago circuit in May. Colt has also been remarkably active in the proliferation of its...
Golden Pin Design Award Group leaks the 2017 finalist lists in advance of December 7th Grand Ceremony | Phuket News
Oct 12, 2017 Picture:  Thursday, October 12, 2017: The 2017 Golden Pin Design Award concluded on September 27th at the National Taiwan University stadium in Taipei. Just 72 finalists — from China, Hong Kong, Japan, USA, and Germany — were chosen out of 455 selected entries. The 2017 Golden Pin Concept Design Award Final Selection Jury chose six finalists, three of whom will win the Best Concept Design award. Entrants travelled from Taiwan, China, and Singapore, to discuss their concepts with the jury panel. For some of them, it was a priceless opportunity to get feedback on their concepts and identify some areas to improve. The 2017 Golden Pin Design Award and Concept Design Award winners will be announced at a grand ceremony held in Taipei on December 7th. Winners will receive the coveted Best Design trophy, while winners of the Best Concept Design trophy also receive a NT$300,000...
ALE introduces Business Partner Onboarding Program for Rainbow Cloud Collaboration Service | Phuket News
Oct 11, 2017 Picture:  SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - ALE, operating under the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise brand, today announced strong momentum for its recently released Alcatel-Lucent Rainbow(TM) cloud collaboration platform. In the past few months, over 900 Business Partners worldwide have gained access to the cloud collaboration and communications platform offered by ALE(1). As a result, partners are able to unlock new recurring revenue streams by delivering enhanced workplace collaboration tools from the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Communications Platform as-a-Service (CPaaS). As more businesses look to embrace a digital transformation, Rainbow offers users access to a secure, scalable, digital, collaborative platform with feature-rich capabilities such as contact management, presence, chat, audio/video calling, and screen and file sharing. With the Rainbow Business Partner onboarding process, partners can take a stepped approach to experiencing Rainbow's features without any investment or contract and create their own community, internal tests and demonstrations before signing up customers....
Navy relieves of duties top officers of wrecked US warship | Phuket News
TOKYO (AP) — The commander and executive officer of the USS John S. McCain were relieved of their duties Wednesday due to lost confidence after the warship and an oil tanker collided near Singapore in August. The cause of the Aug. 21 collision is still under investigation but the U.S. Navy described it as preventable. […]...
Small-scale Cassava Growers Earn Big in the Philippines | Phuket News
Oct 26, 2017 Picture:  Linking farmers to regional markets advances inclusive growth October 2017 --(ASIA TODAY)-- Samat Nasa has been farming cassava on the outskirts of Zamboanga City in the Philippines’ Mindanao region for over 30 years. Many farmers in the area grow this root crop because it is easy to maintain and can survive extreme weather. But because the Philippines is a predominantly rice-consuming nation, Nasa has only sold his harvests to a handful of local producers of panggi, a customary staple food made of grated cassava. Panggi is a less expensive substitute for rice, and prices fluctuate. Because grated cassava keeps for only three days, deciding how much cassava to harvest and grate for panggi has always been a gamble for Nasa, who earns 200,000 Philippine pesos (Php, or $4,000) per year through his village’s farming cooperative. “When panggi prices falls, I rely on my savings to...
Nationwide transport strike closes classes and government offices in Philippines | Phuket News
Classes at all levels in public and private schools and work in government offices were cancelled on Monday (Oct 16) as transport workers staged a nationwide strike in Philippines, according to the Manila Times Online report on Monday. Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the suspension of classes and government work was intended to minimize public inconvenience arising from the nationwide transportation strike. Private sector workers are not covered by the Palace order, but employers have the right to suspend work as they think fit. The transport strike is set to last until Tuesday was in protest against the government’s plan to ban rickety jeepneys.  The strike was held simultaneously in Baguio, Pampanga, Bulcacan, LagunamBatangas, Quezon, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte Albay, Sorsogon, Cebu, Davao, Surigao del Norte, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan and Bukidnon. Piston, the strike organizer, said in a statement issued on Sunday:  “The Duterte administration wants to massacre...
Tropical depression not to affect Taiwan but to head for Japan | Phuket News
TAIPEI (CNA) – A tropical depression in the sea east of the Philippines could develop into a typhoon which is not expected to affect Taiwan but could head to Japan later next week, according to the Central Weather Bureau (中央氣象局) on Sunday. CWB data showed that that the tropical depression was located some 2,200 kilometers […]...
Resurgence for China and relief for South Korea: Grading the latest international football window for Asian teams | Phuket News
ANOTHER international football window is over, allowing fans of the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Neymar to get back to what they were doing before. But while many fans around the world view the international breaks as an inconvenience – an untimely interruption to their club football viewing – for others it is a must-watch. The recent international break saw Japan and South Korea guarantee their places at next year’s World Cup finals in Russia, while Australia were left to settle for a play-off berth. SEE ALSO: Premier League: The winners and losers from a record-breaking transfer window In the race to qualify for the 2019 Asian Cup in United Arab Emirates, India maintained their 100 percent record in the third round of qualification, while Malaysia and Singapore stuttered, and Vietnam got back on track. From best to worst, we grade the international window for Asian teams. World Cup-winning Italian...
Cambodia to help legalise workers in Thailand | Phuket News
The Cambodian government will send 360 officials to Thailand to implement a 100-day campaign to give illegal migrant workers proper documents, the labour minister said yesterday, while also accusing an opposition lawmaker and an NGO leader of swaying migrant workers’ votes....
Kem Sokha formally indicted with treason | Phuket News
Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha was officially charged with treason on Tuesday – a charge which carries jail term ranging from 15 to 30 years, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Wednesday. Moreover, his Cambodia National Rescue Party could be dissolved if he is found guilty, based on a new legislation that prevents party leader from holding a criminal conviction. Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman Ly Sophanna said public prosecutors had sufficient evidence to charge Sokha under Article 443 of the Criminal Code for “conspiring with a foreign power.” The indictment came 34 hours after Sokha was arrested at his home and sent to Tbong Khmum prison near the Vietnamese border. “Kem Sokha, head of the CNRP, was arrested by police for committing red-handed crime related to a secret plan and the activities of conspiring between Kem Sokha and foreigners which causes chaos and affects the Kingdom of Cambodia,”...
Prayut puts Cambodia hydropower deal on hold | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities to delay investment in the Stung Nam hydropower project and buying power from Cambodia, amid mounting criticism over unusually high prices in the proposed contract....
Double-tax waiver draft approved | Phuket News
The cabinet yesterday approved a draft agreement for an exemption from double taxation between Thailand and Cambodia, aiming to promote investment links with the private sectors of the neighbouring nations....
Cambodian Opposition Leader Formally Charged with Treason | Phuket News
Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha has been formally charged with treason, and is facing a jail sentence between 15 to 30 years in jail if convicted. A court in the capital, Phnom Penh, announced Tuesday that the leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party is accused of secretly colluding with a foreign entity to undermine the government.   Sokha was arrested Sunday during a raid on his home, along with his bodyguards, according to a tweet by his daughter, Kem Monovithya.  The government said it arrested Sokha based on his comments in a video broadcast by the private Cambodian Broadcasting Network, based in Melbourne, Australia. Video sparks arrest In the video, which dates back to 2013, Sokha claims he has received help from the United States to build a pro-democracy movement in Cambodia. A post on his Twitter feed Monday said “I may lose my freedom, but may freedom never...
Cambodia: Hun Sen’s govt charges opposition leader with treason | Phuket News
KEM SOKHA of the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) has been charged with treason after being arrested at his house on Sunday night. A representative of Phnom Penh Municipal Court said Kem Sokha had been charged with “colluding with foreigners” under Article 443 of Cambodia’s penal code, the court said in a statement. “The act of secret collusion with foreigners is an act of treason,” it added. Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government has accused him of plotting with the United States to “harm” Cambodia, based upon a video from 2013 in which Kem Sokha tells CNRP that he had American support and advice on his political strategy to win power. SEE ALSO: Cambodia: Rights groups denounce Hun Sen’s crackdown against media, NGOs “Kem Sokha, head of Cambodia National Rescue Party, was arrested by police for committing [a] red-handed crime related to a secret plan and the activities of conspiracy...
Cambodia formally charges opposition leader with treason | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's opposition leader has been formally charged with treason for allegedly conspiring with the United States to topple the government, and could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted....
Cambodia Daily’s Krisher-Steele members barred from leaving Cambodia | Phuket News
Cambodia’s Tax Department has asked the Immigration Department to bar two foreign directors of Cambodia Daily from leaving the country, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Tuesday. A letter from the Tax Department to the Immigration Department says that Deborah Krisher-Steele and General Manager Douglas Steele – both listed as members of the board of directors by the Ministry of Commerce – had failed to fulfil their tax duties and still owed 25 billion riel or $6.3 million and that the department would continue to seek to collect the debt, the paper’s closure notwithstanding. The letter also asks the Immigration Department to prevent the two from leaving the country. Cambodia Daily published its final edition on Monday, complying with an order to either pay the $6.3 million tax by September 4 or cease operations. The paper’s closure came amid sweeping clampdown on independent media by the government, with at...
Fighting for craft beer in Thailand | Phuket News
Tao Limjittrakorn is a man on a mission to bring craft beers to Thailand, but to do that he has to brew his beer over the border in Cambodia....
Some villages in Vietnam still isolated by floods | Phuket News
HANOI: Some villages in Vietnam are still isolated by landslides and destroyed bridges after a tropical depression last week that has become one of the country's worst natural disasters in years....
Death toll in Vietnam flooding, landslides rises to 68 | Phuket News
HANOI: The death toll from landslides and heavy rain triggered by a tropical depression in Vietnam has climbed to 68, with another 34 people missing, officials said Sunday....
Past practice to guide U.S.-Taiwan meetings at APEC: US official | Phuket News
WASHINGTON (CNA) – Meetings between the representatives of the United States and Taiwan at next month’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Vietnam are expected to take place based on “past practice,” a senior U.S. official said Thursday. Although the schedules for bilateral meetings have not been set, “past practice is probably a good […]...
Vietnam Floods, Landslides Kill More than 50; New Storm on the Way | Phuket News
Floods and landslides have killed at least 54 people in Vietnam and left another 39 missing since a tropical depression hit the country earlier this week, in one of its worst natural disasters in years, officials said Friday.    The heavy rain in the central and northern regions disrupted transportation in some areas, hampering efforts to rescue the missing.   The storm, which hit central Vietnam on Tuesday, also injured 31 people, submerged more than 30,000 houses, and damaged infrastructure and crops, the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said in a statement Friday.    Disaster official Nguyen Thi Lien from northern Yen Bai province, where six people died from the floods, said 580 soldiers and police and more than 2,000 residents have been mobilized to search for 16 others still missing in the province.   “Transportation to and from the southern district of Tram Tau was cut off by landslides and...
Floods and landslides kill 54, leave 39 missing in Vietnam | Phuket News
HANOI: Floods and landslides have killed at least 54 people in Vietnam and left another 39 missing since a tropical depression hit the country earlier this week, officials said Friday....
'Multiple violations' at doomed Indonesian fireworks plant | Phuket News
TANGERANG, Indonesia: Police investigating a fire that killed 49 people at a fireworks factory late last month have found multiple safety violations at the plant, which was crammed with three times the number of workers allowed....
Jakarta Governor Shuts Down Rumored Prostitution Hotspot | Phuket News
Jakarta’s Governor Anies Baswedan made good on a major campaign promise when he shut down Indonesia’s infamous Alexis Hotel, widely rumored to be a site of prostitution. But it is not clear if it was an isolated move, or if it signals a larger crackdown. The order not to renew its operation license, issued last week, was effective immediately, and the hotel and massage parlor have closed for business. (The building includes other venues like restaurants and karaoke rooms that remain unaffected.) Anies was vague on the details of illegal activity, but told reporters that he had “all the data” of its violations on file. “We are firm. We don’t want Jakarta to become a city that allows prostitution to take place. We have received reports and complaints from residents as well as media reports,” Anies said Monday at City Hall. The hotel has contested the decision, with its legal...
Indonesia takes ultra-nationalist turn against Islamic populism | Phuket News
AFTER banning Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) through a decree in July 2017, Indonesia has now moved to codify in law government power to summarily disband community organisations deemed to be against Pancasila, the country’s state ideology. On Oct 24, of 445 lawmakers present, 314 members from seven factions agreed to approve a regulation in lieu of law on community organisation (Perppu Ormas). Some 131 members from three opposition factions objected. HTI was one of the Islamist organisations that rallied against the former Jakarta governor, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, for his comments on Islam. Ahok is now in jail after being convicted of blasphemy. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Jokowi signs decree granting govt power to disband radical groups General Suharto in the days after the September 30th Movement. Source: National Security Archive Islamic groups had expectations of being offered political space in the regime. Instead, Suharto’s regime forced Islamic groups to unite...
Indonesia takes an ultra-nationalist turn against Islamic populism | Phuket News
AFTER banning Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) through a decree in July 2017, Indonesia has now moved to codify in law government power to summarily disband community organisations deemed to be against Pancasila, the country’s state ideology. On Tuesday, October 24, of 445 lawmakers present, 314 members from seven factions agreed to approve a regulation in lieu of law on community organisation (Perppu Ormas). Some 131 members from three opposition factions objected. HTI was one of the Islamist organisations that rallied against the former Jakarta governor, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, for his comments on Islam. Ahok is now in jail after being convicted of blasphemy. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Jokowi signs decree granting govt power to disband radical groups General Suharto in the days after the September 30th Movement. Source: National Security Archive SEE ALSO: The CIA wanted to kill Indonesia’s Sukarno, JFK files reveal Islamic groups had expectations of being offered...
Philippine stocks up, other SE Asia markets down | Phuket News
Philippine shares surged nearly 2% to a record close on Thursday, underpinned by hopes of robust economic growth in the third quarter, while other Southeast Asian markets closed lower, with Indonesia slipping from an all-time peak....
Tsunami Prone Nations Learn from Disasters to Prevent Future Ones | Phuket News
“Like a monster, it destroys everything.” That’s how one school girl from a Pacific Island nation described a tsunami. On Dec. 26, 2004, a magnitude-9.1 earthquake in Indonesia set off a massive tsunami which killed more than 230,000 people across four countries and cost an estimated $10 billion in damages. Nov. 5 is World Tsunami Awareness Day and at the United Nations Wednesday, disaster risk reduction was high on the agenda. “What I can tell you is that the tsunami wave cannot be stopped,” said Bulgaria’s U.N. Ambassador Georgi Velikov Panayotov, who with his wife was on vacation in Thailand in 2004 and survived the tsunami. “What we can do is build early warning systems and of course, educating the population about the devastating power of the tsunami wave,” he said. On March 11, 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake rocked northeastern Japan triggering a fierce tsunami that also damaged the Fukushima...
Phuket’s Surin Beach seawall would cause damage, say marine experts | Phuket News
PHUKET: Building a seawall at Surin Beach would seriously damage coastal resources instead of preventing beach erosion, said experts who inspected Surin Beach yesterday (Nov 16)....
Phuket sea gypsies win another land rights case | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Court has once again dismissed another land right case filed against a Phuket sea gypsy in Rawai, upholding his right to occupy land in sea gypsy village at the southern end of Phuket....
[VIDEO] Whats On Guide || Nov. 17 - Nov. 24 | Phuket News
|:| WHATS ON GUIDE |:| Shela lets you in on events happening around #Phuket this week, from November 17 - 24 and more! For more Phuket Events, click on the EVENTS above!...
DSI orders occupants on two beaches in Phuket to vacate in 30 days | Phuket News
Officials from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and 10 other relevant central and local government agencies yesterday (Thursday ) started to erect signs on Layan and Lepang beaches in Thalarng district of Phuket ordering six operators of businesses to leave the beaches in 30 days. The sign says defiant operators will face arrest. Action by the state authorities to claim back encroached public land by business operators and influential people on the beaches of Phuket came after the Supreme Court ruled early this month that the land these operators occupied, about 178 rai on the two beaches, are public land or state property. The ruling by the court ended a land dispute which dragged on over a decade when six people sued the Phuket Provincial Land Office and other state officials in 2006 over a dispute on the legal status of the land plots. The price of land now...
B30mn tour boat set ablaze in Phuket shipyard fire | Phuket News
PHUKET: A new tour boat under construction for about B30-40 million suffered an estimated B200,000 in damage after it caught fire at a shipyard east of Phuket Town yesterday afternoon (Nov 16)....
Chinese Consulate gifts B200k for Phuket CCTV cameras | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation (PPAO, or OrBorJor) has been gifted B200,000 from the Chinese Consulate office in Phuket to pay for CCTV cameras to be installed at Chalong Pier....
Several Killed as Gunmen Assault Pakistan Christian Church | Phuket News
Three heavily armed suicide bombers attacked a crowded church Sunday in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan, killing at least eight worshipers from the minority Christian community. Officials and doctors said women and children were among the victims of the attack on the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, located in a highly secured central part of the city. Witnesses said two of the assailants wanted to enter the main hall where around 400 worshipers were attending Sunday service, but police guards at the main gate engaged the attackers, killing one of them and leading the second to blow himself up outside the hall. The explosion fatally wounded a security guard, police said. The provincial police chief, Inspector General Moazzam Ansari, told reporters a third suspected gunman fled to the nearby residential area during the exchange of fire and an operation was underway to hunt him down. Ansari said the death toll could have been...
Trump Heads to South Korea Amid Heightened Tensions on the Peninsula | Phuket News
President Donald Trump is heading to Asia for a 12-day, five-nation tour with heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula and new polls showing Americans consider North Korea to be the most immediate threat to the United States. Trump is scheduled to visit South Korea (Nov. 7-8), the North's rival, for the second stop of the trip. During the trip, talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and other world leaders are expected to center on questions about how to deal with Pyongyang’s ongoing development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. “Our goal is not war, but rather the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea, last Friday. No trip to DMZ for Trump The U.S. president will not go to the DMZ and peer into North Korea, eschewing a highly symbolic photo opportunity...
Trump to Visit Korean Peninsula Amid Provocation Worries | Phuket News
A majority of Americans now view North Korea as the most immediate threat to the United States. President Donald Trump will make the North’s rival, South Korea, the second stop (Nov. 7-8) on his Asia trip and how to deal with Pyongyang’s ongoing development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles is to be the dominant item on his agenda with leaders throughout the visit. VOA’s White House bureau chief Steve Herman, who will be accompanying the president on the entire trip, has this report....
No Nuclear Weapons on Korean Peninsula, Says South Korean President | Phuket News
South Korean President Moon Jae-in says his country will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea. In a speech before parliament Wednesday, President Moon also rejected the idea of South Korea either developing its own nuclear arsenal, or owning nuclear arms, and stated that both nations should adhere to a joint declaration reached in 1992 to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. The president's statement pushes back against demands by opposition lawmakers to redeploy U.S. tactical nuclear weapons on South Korean soil to counter the growing threat from its bitter communist rival, which conducted its sixth -- and biggest -- nuclear test back in September. Pyongyang's continued nuclear and ballistic missile tests in defiance of international sanctions, have led to a war of words between Pyongyang and U.S. President Donald Trump, who has openly threatened to launch military action against the North. But President Moon repeated a previous vow that no military action...
Trump to Visit Korean Peninsula Amid Worries About Provocations from Pyongyang | Phuket News
A majority of Americans now view North Korea as the most immediate threat to the United States. President Donald Trump will make the North’s rival, South Korea, the second stop (Nov. 7-8) on his Asia trip and how to deal with Pyongyang’s ongoing development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles is to be the dominant item on his agenda with leaders throughout the visit. VOA’s White House bureau chief Steve Herman, who will be accompanying the president on the entire trip, has this report....
South Korea's Moon says cannot recognize North Korea as nuclear state | Phuket News
South Korea will never tolerate North Korea as a nuclear state, nor will Seoul have nuclear weapons, President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday....
South Korea and Japan lead rally in Asian shares; Caixin PMI meets expectations | Phuket News
Stocks in Asia rallied on Wednesday as investors digested regional earnings reports and oil extended gains....
High-level North Korean Defector Urges Engagement With Pyongyang | Phuket News
The highest-level North Korean defector to make it out of the country in 20 years says the West must use
Hamilton wins Japanese GP to move one step closer to F1 title | Phuket News
SUZUKA, Japan (AP) — Championship leader Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, taking a major step toward winning his third Formula One title. The Mercedes driver crossed the finish line 1.2 seconds ahead of Malaysia GP winner Max Verstappen to claim his eighth F1 victory of the season and third at the […]...
Hamilton wins Japanese GP to move s step closer to F1 title | Phuket News
SUZUKA, Japan (AP) — Championship leader Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, taking a major step toward winning his third Formula One title. The Mercedes driver crossed the finish line 1.2 seconds ahead of Malaysia GP winner Max Verstappen to claim his eighth F1 victory of the season and third at the […]...
Report says mystery of Flight 370 is ‘almost inconceivable’ | Phuket News
SYDNEY (AP) — A report on the almost three-year search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 said Tuesday the continuing mystery over the fate of the plane and the 239 people on board is “almost inconceivable.” But the Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s final report on the search, which was abandoned in January, concedes that authorities are […]...
Australia Releases Final Report on Missing Malaysian Plane | Phuket News
Australian investigators have released their last report into missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370, saying it is
Prawit wants cigarettes blocked at Malaysia border | Phuket News
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has instructed soldiers and police be more rigorous in preventing cigarettes from being smuggled across the Malaysian border. A well-placed source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the order was given after the Excise Department increased its tax on cigarettes. Police Commissioner General Chakthip Chaijinda instructed the southern police bureau to cooperate with the Internal Security Operations Command Area 4 in charge of the border provinces to step up measures against smugglers. The Nation The post Prawit wants cigarettes blocked at Malaysia border appeared first on Samui Times....
Malaysia: Right-wing ‘Red Shirt’ activist arrested for beer-smashing stunt | Phuket News
JAMAL Yunos, leader of Malaysia’s right-wing “Red Shirts” movement, was arrested early Friday morning along with seven others for a controversial demonstration that saw them smash crates of beer with a sledgehammer in front of government buildings – leaving the mess for others to clean up. According to the New Straits Times, Jamal’s stunt was in protest of a series of beer festivals planned to take place in Selangor, an opposition-held state run by the Pakatan Harapan. Jamal and the others were arrested at 1.45am on Friday, according to a statement from Selangor Criminal Investigations Department chief Assistant Commissioner Fadzil Ahmat. The police received a complaint from a security guard at the Selangor state secretariat building (SUK) where the demonstration took place, leading them to investigated Jamal for participating in illegal assembly and creating a public nuisance. SEE ALSO: Malaysian beer festival canned after Muslim uproar Last month, a beer festival in...
Tank Storage Asia Closes on a High | Phuket News
Oct 05, 2017 Picture:  Marina Bay Sands, Singapore (September 2017) - Tank Storage Asia, the only event dedicated to the oil & gas storage sector in South East Asia, came to a close last week after two intense days of business meetings and networking. Over 1700 attendees from 35 countries (of which 80% were from Singapore) passed through the doors of the Marina Bay Sands. Visitors included CEOs, directors, terminal managers, investors, senior engineers, business development managers and procurement managers from the likes of Shell, Vopak, Odfjell Terminals Asia, Linc Terminal, Exxon Mobil, Jurong Port Tank Terminal, Stolthaven Singapore, and Gulf Petrochem to name just a few. The exhibition provided excellent networking opportunities for visitors allowing them to discuss some of the most pertinent issues affecting the industry and gain insight into the new technology and innovations that are currently taking place in the industry. Reflecting the high satisfaction...
Chemist says VX traces found on both suspects in Kim murder | Phuket News
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — A government chemist testified Thursday he found traces of the banned VX nerve agent on two women being tried in Malaysia on charges of murdering the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader. The testimony was the first evidence linking VX to Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong of […]...
As Malaysian diver tests positive, Lee Chong Wei offers advice: Stay strong | Phuket News
LEE Chong Wei – who returned from a doping ban to win a third Olympic badminton silver medal – has told any local offenders to “stay strong” amid reports a Malaysian SEA Games champion failed a drugs test. National news agency Bernama reported this week that the unnamed female diver – a gold medallist in Kuala Lumpur in August – tested positive for a banned weight-loss drug. Seven different Malaysian female divers won gold medals during the home Games, in which their country landed its best-ever haul of 145 golds. The athlete, one of three who returned positive tests at the Games, is understood to have asked to be present when her B sample is tested. SEE ALSO: Malaysia bids farewell to Formula One race – with biggest crowd for years She faces the prospect of losing her medal and receiving a four-year ban should the second test for sibutramine also return a...
Malaysian politician turns down Oxford scholarship to battle corruption | Phuket News
A 25-YEAR-OLD Malaysian politician has announced he will postpone plans to study a Masters in Public Policy at the University of Oxford in order to continue working for the community at home. Syed Saddiq – who is the Youth Chief of the opposition Malaysian United Indigenous Party (Pribumi) led by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad – announced over the weekend that he will put his country before his own personal goal of attending the iconic British institution. Back in June, he announced he had received a scholarship from Oxford’s School of Public Policy. “Allah is great. When someone closes one door, Allah opens up multiple doors of opportunity,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “I don’t come from a materially rich family, but my family is rich with love and care.” SEE ALSO: Trump invites scandal-ridden Malaysian PM Najib to White House U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Malaysia’s Prime Minister...
U.S. Navy Says Deadly McCain Collision Was Preventable, Relieves Ship Commander | Phuket News
The collision of the USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer with a merchant ship near Singapore in August that killed 10 sailors was preventable, the U.S. Navy said after it relieved the warship's commander and his deputy from their duties.
A Chinese tech behemoth just announced a new $15 billion initiative | Phuket News
As part of the global R&D program, Alibaba will set up research labs in China, the U.S., Russia, Israel and Singapore....
Emirates ending some NZ flights under new Qantas pact | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: Emirates plans to end most of its flights between Australia and New Zealand as part of a renegotiated joint venture with Qantas Airways that will also see the Australian carrier cease flying to Dubai, the airlines said on Wednesday....
New Silkroutes Group to Add More Clinics to Dental Portfolio to Further Expand Healthcare Business | Phuket News
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Singapore scientists reveal origins of durian's pungent aroma | Phuket News
The durian, which is banned on public transport in Singapore, is a polarising fruit....
Amazon faces challenge from malls, Alibaba in Singapore | Phuket News
As Amazon.com Inc pushes into Southeast Asia with a new venture into Singapore, the online retailer is facing some tough hurdles....
Philippines: Last leaders of IS-tied siege killed in Marawi | Phuket News
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The two final surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the southern Philippines, including a top Asian terror suspect, were killed Monday in one of the final battles by thousands of troops to retake the last area in Marawi city held by pro-Islamic State group militants, security officials said. Four military […]...
Philippines says IS-linked militants in Marawi are making 'last stand' | Phuket News
The army is working to flush out 40 remaining IS-linked fighters from the southern city of Marawi....
Freighter sinks off Philippine coast; 10 crew missing | Phuket News
TOKYO (AP) — A Hong Kong-registered freighter sank Friday in rough seas off the Philippine coast, leaving 10 crewmembers missing, Japan’s coast guard said. It said a distress call was received early Friday from the 33,205-ton Emerald Star from a location about 150 nautical miles (280 kilometers) off the Philippines’ eastern coast. It said 26 […]...
Freighter Sinks off Philippine Coast; 11 Crew Missing | Phuket News
Japan's coast guard says a Hong Kong-registered freighter sank in rough seas off the Philippine coast, leaving 11 crewmembers missing. It said a distress call came early Friday from the 33,205-ton Emerald Star from a location about 150 nautical miles (280 kilometers) off the Philippines' eastern coast. It said 26 crewmembers, all Indians, were aboard. The coast guard said three passing freighters rescued 15 of the crewmembers from the sea, and Japanese patrol boats and aircraft were on their way to the area where the ship is believed to have sunk. The coast guard said the cause of the accident was not known....
Philippine anti-narcotics chief warns of drugs war slowdown | Phuket News
MANILA: The head of the Philippines' anti-narcotics agency on Friday warned of a reduced intensity in the country's war on drugs after a removal of police from the campaign, which he hoped would only be temporary as his unit lacked manpower....
Cambodia Daily bids farewell with its final edition today | Phuket News
After 24 years of operations in Cambodia, the Cambodia Daily will publish their final edition today (Monday) due to a hefty $6.3 million tax bill levelled at them last month, according to the Phnom Penh Post Online on Monday. “The power to tax is the power to destroy. After 24 years and 15 days, the Cambodian government has destroyed the Cambodia Daily, a special and singular part of Cambodia’s free press,” read a statement released by the newspaper yesterday. The statement acknowledged the possibility of a “legitimate” tax dispute, but that did not warrant an astronomical tax bill, leaks to the media and public vilification by Prime Minister Hun Sen. Assets purchased by the Daily’s current deputy publisher Deborah Ktisher-Steele will be returned to the newspaper’s founder Bernard Krisher, who will handle the paper’s tax obligations. The statement adds: “Mr Krisher asserts that the way he operated the Cambodia Daily...
Cambodia: Opposition leader arrested, newspaper shut by govt | Phuket News
THE LEADER of Cambodia’s leading opposition party was arrested for “treason” on Sunday amid a crackdown against the country’s political opposition, the news media and civil society organisations ahead of 2018 national elections. Kem Sokha, leader of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), is accused of being involved in a “secret plot” by foreigners to “harm” the country. His daughter, Monovithya Kem, tweeted just after midnight on Sunday that Kem Sokha and his bodyguards had been “taken away by 100-200 police” after they raided his Phnom Penh home without a warrant. SEE ALSO: Cambodia: Pro-democracy NGO wants review of decision to close office, expel staff “The Royal Government of Cambodia informs that according to a video clip broadcast on CBN (Cambodian Broadcasting Network) in Australia and other evidence collected, it clearly shows secret plans of a conspiracy between Kem Sokha, others and foreigners to harm the Kingdom of Cambodia,” said...
Videos of Blinged-out Weddings of Cambodia’s Elite May Damage Ruling Party’s Brand | Phuket News
When two scions of the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) elite wed in June, they posted a series of videos on YouTube and Facebook celebrating their union — and their wealth. In “The Love and Honor of Sokan and Leakhena,” Sok Sokan, the son of the late Council of Ministers President Sok An, straps on his Patek Philippe watch before driving his Range Rover to the mansion of Sam Ang Leakhena, whose parents own Vattanac Capital.  The camera cuts away, then lingers over the couple’s diplomas, photographs of the two with their famous relatives, and pauses to allow an appreciation of Vattanac’s balance sheet. The video oeuvre of Sok Sokan and Sam Ang Leakhena is the digital adaptation of an ancient wedding ritual, hai comnuon, in which the groom’s family marches to the bride’s house bearing the most expensive gifts they can afford. Rich, well-connected The videos showcasing the wealth,...
Cambodia Daily newspaper closes in government tax row | Phuket News
The Cambodia Daily will close on Monday after being 'destroyed' by the huge bill....
Cambodian government closes newspaper after tax row | Phuket News
The Cambodia Daily will close on Monday after being 'destroyed' by the huge bill....
Khmer Rouge-era Rape Cases Remain Taboo Topic, Justice Elusive for Survivors | Phuket News
One evening in 1975, soon after the Khmer Rouge forces had taken control of Cambodia, some of the cadres came to Taing Kim’s village in Boribo district of Kampong Chhnang Province. The cadres inspected each household, and Taing Kim and her husband, who had soldiered for the defeated Khmer Republic forces of General Lon Nol, were taken to a nearby rice field. Taing Kim, then 23 years old, realized a terrible fate awaited them. Her husband of five years was bludgeoned to death in front of her. The cadres raped Taing Kim and then planned to kill her. Afterward, as soldiers murdered another villager, a Khmer Rouge cadre let her slip away. Taing Kim, now 61, recalled the traumatic violence in a recent interview with VOA Cambodia and said she hid in a large village pond for three days before escaping. “I dream about those soldiers every night,” she said....
Cambodia Arrests Opposition Leader, Alleges Treason | Phuket News
Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha was arrested early Sunday on an espionage charge, accused of conspiring with a foreign power to harm the country, according to a government statement. Kem Sokha’s daughter, Kem Monovithya, tweeted: “Kem Sokha and all bodyguards are taken away by 100-200 police without warrant after they raided his home. We don’t know where they take him.” The Cambodian government statement said Kem Sokha, the leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, had been charged with espionage under Article 443 of Cambodia’s criminal code. “The Royal Government would like to inform the public that according to a video clip broadcasted by the Cambodian Broadcasting Network, based in Australia, and other evidences collected by the competent authority, it clearly proves the conspiracy between Kem Sokha and the accomplices with foreign power, which harms the Kingdom of Cambodia,” the statement read. The charge carries a jail term of 15...
Cambodian Indigenous Minorities Fight Tide of Development | Phuket News
In Cambodia, the issue of land rights is a constant source of tension. The country’s biggest dam to date is set to go online in weeks, adding 400 megawatts of power to the country’s critically overstretched grid. But the social and environmental costs of the project are huge, especially for minority villagers facing displacement. In rural Stung Treng province, some members of an indigenous group are taking a stand. David Boyle has this report....
Prayut to meet Hun Sen in Phnom Penh on Sept 7 | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will next week lead his cabinet ministers on an official visit to Cambodia to attend an informal joint cabinet meeting, and to boost bilateral relations. The visit to Cambodia of the prime minister on Sept 7 will be his second official visit as guest of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. Gen Prayut first visited Cambodia on Oct 30, 2014, while Hun Sen made an official two-day visit to Thailand on Dec 18, 2015. According to the statement of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the two leaders will co-chair the 3rd Thailand-Cambodia Joint Cabinet Retreat in Phnom Penh on Sept 7. They will hold talks on a wide array of bilateral issues covering political and security, economic and social aspects. It said Gen Prayut will emphasis on strengthening and enhancing cooperation in border development, labour, trade and investment, connectivity and regional and international framework. The post Prayut to meet Hun...
Prayut to visit Cambodia Sept 7 | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will lead cabinet ministers on a official visit to Cambodia on Sept 7 to attend the third, informal joint cabinet meeting and boost bilateral relations....
Lawyer in “farang body in the freezer case” tells how he is going to get lead suspect off multiple rap – claims police irregularities | Phuket News
The Thai lawyer who will appear for the lead suspect in the sensational “body in the freezer case” that gripped the nation last September has gone online to talk about the case. Bangkok lawyer “Adul” was speaking in a twenty minute “live” video on his Facebook page outlining the evidence against his US client “Peter” who is facing 11 charges including attempted murder. It was filmed on a beach and presents many details of the case including photos and court documents in Thai. The case was originally a raid on a Sukhumvit Soi 56 premises concerning fake passports. But a policeman was shot and a cut up corpse believed to belong to a Hungarian born US national was found in a deep freeze. Adul refers to his client as “Peter” throughout mentioning him as holding a passport under the name of William Peter Johnson. The name Herbert Craig La Fon also appears in documents. Adul looks at all the 11...
Soong to represent Taiwan at 2017 APEC summit | Phuket News
TAIPEI (CNA) – President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday named People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) as her special envoy to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Vietnam next month. At a press conference, Tsai said that Taiwan is willing to interact and cooperate with Beijing within the framework of APEC. Meanwhile, Soong […]...
President Tsai gives guidelines to APEC delegation | Phuket News
TAIPEI (CNA) – President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday laid out three main concepts that she would like the Taiwan delegation to focus on at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) summit in Vietnam next month. At a press conference, Tsai said her special envoy to the summit, James Soong (宋楚瑜), should make clear Taiwan’s […]...
Floods, Landslides Kill 43, Leave 34 Missing in Vietnam | Phuket News
Floods and landslides caused by a tropical depression have killed at least 43 people, left 34 others missing and damaged homes and crops in northern and central Vietnam, officials said Thursday. The storm injured 21 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 houses, submerged 16,740 other homes and damaged infrastructure and crops in six central and northern provinces, the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said. In the hardest-hit northern province of Hoa Binh, 17 people died and 15 others were missing. The deaths included four families whose houses were buried in a landslide early Thursday while they were sleeping, killing nine and leaving nine others missing, disaster official Tran Anh Tuan said.
Floods and landslides kill 37, leave 40 missing in Vietnam | Phuket News
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Floods and landslides after a tropical depression have killed at least 37 people, left another 40 missing and damaged homes and crops in northern and central Vietnam, officials said. The disasters injured 21 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 houses, submerged another 16,740 homes and damaged infrastructure and crops […]...
Floods, Landslides in Vietnam Kill 37 People, Thousands Evacuated | Phuket News
Floods caused by a tropical depression in Vietnam killed 37 people, one of the highest death tolls recorded in the country from flooding, the disaster prevention agency said on Thursday. Forty people were missing and 21 others were injured after rains caused landslides and flooding, mostly in northern and central Vietnam.
No imminent tropical storms approaching the country — official weatherman says | Phuket News
The Meteorological Department on Thursday (Oct 12) reaffirmed the public of no imminent threat of more flooding from three tropical storms expected to hit the country within the next 1-2 weeks. The affirmation came after a report of three imminent tropical storms to hit the country in October is widely spread on the social media after some weather experts forecast from their own simulations. The department said it’s own weather simulations have confirmed no tropical storms approaching during the period, but just low pressure trough blanketing Myanmar which has an impact on the South of Thailand. It said the South will be affected only by the southwesterly monsoon wind. Weather simulations by the department showed no tropical storms in the Bengal Bay and the Andaman Sea during October 12-14. It went on saying that the Central, East, Bangkok and perimetres will have more rain during October 15-17 from the passing...
Vietnam flash floods and landslides kill dozens | Phuket News
Another 40 people are missing, including a journalist who was swept away after a bridge collapsed....
Floods and landslides kill 37 in Vietnam | Phuket News
HANOI: Floods and landslides after a tropical depression have killed at least 37 people and damaged homes and crops in northern and central Vietnam....
Jakarta governor Anies shutters alleged high-end brothel | Phuket News
AUTHORITIES in Indonesia’s capital have shut a hotel and spa complex which is allegedly known as a hotbed for high-class prostitution in Jakarta. The closure came following calls from Islamist groups in the Muslim-majority country who urged Jakarta’s governor to act on a campaign pledge to shut the premises. The Alexis Hotel, whose website describes it as a “dreamland for men”, became embroiled in the city’s recent election when the new governor, Anies Baswedan, promised in a televised debate to shut it and accused his predecessor of only acting against more downmarket venues offering vice and drugs. SEE ALSO: Life after Ahok: Jakarta’s change of guard Supporters of Jakarta governor candidate Anies Baswedan react as Baswedan leads the count at the Petamburan flat polling station in Jakarta, Indonesia April 19, 2017. Source: Reuters/Beawiharta SEE ALSO: Religious freedom another casualty of Southeast Asia’s regressive turn Though illegal in Indonesia, prostitution is rampant...
Hong Kong to host Asia’s first Gay Games as LGBT acceptance grows | Phuket News
HONG KONG looks set to host the 2022 Gay Games amid a wider acceptance towards the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual (LGBT) groups in Asia, a region that has long been viewed for conservative values and opposition towards the cultural taboo. The autonomous Chinese city was announced as the host of the games after fighting off bids from cities in the United States and Mexico to become the first Asian city to stage the sports and cultural event, Reuters reported. The win comes as gay rights movements in other parts of Asia gain traction with Taiwan’s constitutional court this year declaring that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, the first such ruling in the region. A record number of 17 cities had expressed interest in hosting the 2022 Gay Games, 13 of them in the United States. “The impact that the Gay Games has in host cities is incredible...
Strong Quake Strikes Eastern Indonesia; No Immediate Damage | Phuket News
A strong undersea earthquake struck the eastern Indonesian province of Maluku on Tuesday, causing panic among residents but not triggering a tsunami. Only minor damage was reported.   The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.3 quake was centered about 32 kilometers (20 miles) west-southwest of Hila, a town on Ambon, the main island in Maluku. It was centered about 32.4 kilometers (20 miles) under the surface.   According to the Indonesia Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, it was the third of five quakes hitting the area in less than 30 minutes, with the weakest a magnitude-5.2. The area is about 2,500 kilometers (1,550 miles) northeast of Jakarta.   Subagio, an official with the agency, said the quake struck at 8:50 p.m. and caused minor damage at the Pattimura airport in Ambon.   The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said there were reports of damage to some buildings, including a shopping mall...
The CIA wanted to kill Indonesia’s Sukarno, JFK files reveal | Phuket News
A FILE released by the United States government last week among those pertaining to the assassination of former president John F Kennedy has revealed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) considered murdering Indonesia’s founding father Sukarno. Classified as “top secret” and dated from 1975, the document details an investigation by the CIA Commission into plans by its agents to launch assassination plots against various world leaders – particularly communists and those aligned with the Soviet Union. The then-Deputy Director of Plans at the CIA Richard Bissell attested to discussions of killing Indonesia’s revolutionary hero and first president, the left-leaning Sukarno, which “never progressed as far” as recruiting somebody to assassinate him. SEE ALSO: US supported mass killings of half a million Indonesians in 1965 Bissell reportedly said that the CIA had “absolutely nothing” to do with Sukarno’s death, who died of kidney failure in 1970, still under house arrest at...
Hong Kong will host Asia’s first Gay Games as LGBT acceptance grows | Phuket News
HONG KONG looks set to host the 2022 Gay Games amid a wider acceptance towards the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual (LGBT) groups in Asia, a region that has long been viewed for conservative values and opposition towards the cultural taboo. The autonomous Chinese city was announced as the host of the games after fighting off bids from cities in the United States and Mexico to become the first Asian city to stage the sports and cultural event, Reuters reported. The win comes as gay rights movements in other parts of Asia gain traction with Taiwan’s constitutional court this year declaring that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, the first such ruling in the region. A record number of 17 cities had expressed interest in hosting the 2022 Gay Games, 13 of them in the United States. “The impact that the Gay Games has in host cities is incredible...
Indonesian police kill two 'terrorists' on eastern island | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesian counter-terrorism police killed two militants suspected of having links with a pro-Islamic State network in a shootout on the eastern island of Sumbawa, officials said on Tuesday....
Indonesian police kill two 'terrorists'on eastern island | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesian counter-terrorism police killed two militants suspected of having links with a pro-Islamic State network in a shootout on the eastern island of Sumbawa, officials said on Tuesday....
New Indonesian Anti-Communists Seek Elusive Enemies | Phuket News
Rahmat Himran was 10 years old when the Suharto military dictatorship fell in Indonesia in 1998. He hadn’t even been born when the Indonesian Communist Party, or PKI, was outlawed in 1966 after a military-led massacre of between 500,000 and one million suspected Communists and leftists. But he still insists that Communists are “everywhere” today, and he has dedicated his life to anti-Communist activism. “My parents were almost killed by Communists in my hometown of Manado in the 1960’s,” he claimed, speaking at the Al-Fatah Mosque in Central Jakarta. “But they survived. And that has shaped my whole life.” He studied the history of the Communist Party in college and subsequently moved to Jakarta in 2010 to join the Indonesian Islamic Youth Movement (GPII). That year, he also founded the Anti-Communist Youth Movement (GEPAK) with 20 members — he now claims it has 3000. “I had to found a new...
Robot giant FX-2 is ridden by human pilots | Phuket News
A South Korean start-up shows off a huge robot designed to make humans stronger and more mobile....
Government 'too slow to probe Prawit' | Phuket News
The government is adopting double standards in its probe of Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon's assets, says Pheu Thai Party's acting deputy spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard....
Phuket’s ‘Leypang the Croc’ is a ‘mongrel’, confirm experts, his future to be decided tomorrow | Phuket News
PHUKET: What the public want to do with “Leypang the Croc”, captured in a swamp in BangTao on Phuket’s west coast in August, will be discussed and decided at a public meeting tomorrow, The Phuket News has learned....
Phuket school minivan driver accused of sexual assault against seven-year-old girl | Phuket News
PHUKET: A parent has today (Nov 16) filed a sexual assault complaint at the Mueang Phuket Provincial Police Station against a school minivan driver accusing him of molesting and raping a child of seven years old....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Phuket smart bus! Wife stabs hubby? Internet freedom! || November 16 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 16 Wife kills husband for condom in pocket! Phuket smart bus postponed? DSI joins Phuket beach party! Declining internet freedom? Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
DSI posts encroachment warning signs at Layan, Leypang beaches | Phuket News
PHUKET: Officials from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) today (Nov16) posted signs warning against land encroachment at Leypang and Layan beaches....
Electricity shut-off to affect Sakdidet Rd in Wichit on Saturday | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) has announced that the electricity supply will be temporarily shut off in parts of Phuket Town on Saturday (Nov 18) as works are carried out on the high-voltage power system....
Urgent appeal for B-negative blood for expectant mother | Phuket News
PHUKET: An urgent appeal for B-negative blood has been made for an expectant mother whose Caesarean-section surgery scheduled for today (Nov 16) has been delayed due to lack of B-negative blood in stock....
Phuket smart bus testing postponed for design adjustments | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket City Development Co Ltd (PKCD)’s smart buses, which were meant to be tested in Phuket this month (Nov), will not be tested on the island for at least another month due to some external design alterations, Executive PKCD Director and smart bus project manager Mr Watchara Jaruariyanon confirmed to The Phuket News today (Nov 16)....
Phuket police hit with false arrest reports | Phuket News
The Royal Thai Police (RTP) has set up a panel to look into accusations that Phuket police officers failed to report the arrests of more than 1,700 foreigners over the last year to the Immigration Bureau to help prevent them from being deported....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: 10kg Python! Aunt pimps niece? Thai families on Forbes' list || November 15 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 15 Rain-hating 10kg python! Aunt pimps out her niece? Deadly bypass road accident! More charges for drunk doc! 3 Thai families on Forbes list! Trigger-happy cops mental state! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
Water shut-offs in parts of Rassada tomorrow | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket Waterworks Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply will be shut-off tomorrow (Nov 16) while repairs are carried out to mains pipes in specific areas....
Trio Liftoff From Kazakhstan, Head for Space Station | Phuket News
A trio of U.S. and Japanese astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut blasted off from Kazakhstan on Sunday for a two-day trip to the International Space Station, a NASA TV broadcast showed. Commander Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and flight engineers Norishige Kanai of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Scott Tingle of NASA lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 1:21 p.m. local time (0721 GMT/0221 EST). The crew will gradually approach the station, which orbits about 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth, for two days before docking. Shkaplerov, Kanai and Tingle will join Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of NASA, who have been aboard the orbital outpost since September. Onboard cameras showed crew members making thumbs-up gestures after the liftoff. Also visible was a stuffed dog toy chosen by Shkaplerov’s daughter to be the spacecraft’s zero-gravity indicator. Soyuz was safely in orbit about 10 minutes...
North Korea probably stole South Korean warship blueprints, lawmaker says | Phuket News
North Korea has often been implicated in cyber attacks in South Korea and elsewhere but Pyongyang has either ignored or denied accusations of hacking....
South Korea, a critical US ally, is feeling left out and Trump has a chance to fix things | Phuket News
President Donald Trump should follow four principles when he visits Asia's fourth-largest economy, experts said....
South Korea says Moon will hold summit talks with China’s Xi | Phuket News
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and China will push to normalize their ties badly strained over the deployment of a contentious U.S. missile defense system in the South, both countries announced Tuesday, with Seoul saying their leaders are set to hold summit talks next week. South Korea allowed the United States to install […]...
South Korea, China agree to normalize relations after THAAD fallout | Phuket News
Seoul and Beijing agreed to work swiftly to improve relations following a year-long standoff....
North Korea: Fresh test could trigger radioactive leak, South says | Phuket News
A new nuclear test could cause a massive collapse and a leak of radioactive material, South Korea warns....
Chemist: VX, Byproduct Found on Suspects in Killing of Kim Jong Nam | Phuket News
A chemist says he found a byproduct of VX nerve agent on the shirt of the Indonesian woman on trial in Malaysia for the murder of the half brother of North Korea’s leader. The testimony Thursday was the first evidence linking VX to either of the two suspects. Previous witnesses have testified the nerve agent was found on Kim Jong Nam’s body and belongings and have identified acute VX poisoning as the cause of Kim’s death. Government chemist Raja Subramaniam told the court he found VX acid, a byproduct of the banned chemical weapon, on Siti Aisyah’s sleeveless T-shirt. He further testified that he found traces of VX nerve agent and its precursors on the clothing of the Vietnamese suspect, Doan Thi Huong. His testimony has now linked VX to both women accused of smearing Kim Jong Nam’s face with poison in a brazen assassination at the Kuala Lumpur airport...
Prince Charles to tour SE Asia, but to leave out Myanmar | Phuket News
Britain’s Prince Charles will tour Southeast Asia and India later this month, but he will not visit Myanmar, The Irrawaddy News Online reported on Wednesday (Oct 4). Official visit to Myanmar was suggested for the trip, but it was omitted from the final programme issued on Wednesday.  Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, will travel to Singapore, Malaysia and then to India where he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 11-day trip will start on October 31 with Singapore as the first stop before the couple go to Malaysia where they will celebrate 60 years of diplomatic ties. “We looked at a range of options in the region and, as we’re announcing today, we’re going ahead with the visit to Singapore and Malaysia,” Philip Malone, deputy head of the Department of Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office told the media. More than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh...
Festivals are helping to put Asian literature on the map | Phuket News
LITERARY festivals around the world have long attracted scores of visitors – inquisitive, worldly, and waiting to meet their favorite authors. For instance, the Edinburgh International Book Festival – the biggest literary festival in the world – sees the historic Charlotte Square Gardens transformed into a tented village that welcomes upwards of 200,000 visitors each year. And it’s not just the locals who flock to the grounds; the festival has proven its global reach and manages to attract both readers and writers from the world over. In Asia, the appeal of literary festivals is sometimes limited to avid readers or to those in the arts, and doesn’t yet draw mainstream interest. This could be attributed to many factors: a fragmented reading culture, restricted freedoms of speech, or a lack of funding and marketing. SEE ALSO: Asean Literary Festival celebrates art, free speech and 50 years of regional cooperation Whatever the...
Nakhon Si Thammarat sets out to become a major tourist destination | Phuket News
Once ignored by the tourist trade because of an unfortunate perception that it wasn’t safe, Nakhon Si Thammarat is working hard to clean up its reputation. Crime has fallen dramatically as development assistance has poured in and the city is opening its arms to visitors looking for a break far from the madding crowd. “We are removing the unhealthy images of Nakhon Si Thammarat and replacing them with ones that better represent what we are,” says Chacrit Sungkanit, director of Tourism and Sports for the province. “Last year’s police operations have led to a major decline in violence as evidenced by the peaceful Songkran celebrations. We feel confident in saying that Nakhon Si Thammarat is a safe city,” he tells members of the press who have travelled south to take part in the “Nakhon Si Dee Dee” (“Nakhon Si Awesome”) campaign. In fact, the campaign was initiated in 2012 to...
Masks Worn in Malaysian Court as VX-tainted Evidence Shown | Phuket News
A Malaysian judge and court officials wore face masks and surgical gloves in court Wednesday as samples were admitted as evidence of where VX nerve agent was found on the body and clothing of the murdered half brother of North Korea's leader.   On the third day of the trial of two women accused of smearing the banned nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam at a Malaysian airport, government pathologist Mohamad Shah Mahmood said tests detected VX, as well as VX precursors and VX byproducts, in Kim's eyes, on his face, in his blood and urine, and on his clothing. Prosecutors and defense lawyers then took a 20-minute break to examine the samples, which were sealed in transparent plastic bags. Most of them wore gloves and masks as a safety precaution after prosecutors warned the VX-tainted items may still be dangerous.   After the break, Judge Azmi Ariffin also covered...
Building Blocks for a Smart Nation | Phuket News
Oct 04, 2017 Picture:  October 4, 2017 Singapore - The Architecture & Building Services 2017 Series (ABS Series) was launched this morning at the iconic Sands Expo & Convention Center at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore. The mega show which presents six of the leading architectural and building services shows and twelve key conferences for these industries was declared open by guest-of-honour, Mr Desmond Choo, Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC, Mayor of North East District & Chairman of North East Community Development Council. ABS 2017 is a mega platform which serves the architecture and the building management industries. Spearheaded by ArchXpo 2017, the ABS Series also presents 5 other important showcases; iFAME 2017 (International Facility Management Expo), LED & Light Asia 2017, Safety and Security Asia 2017, Fire & Disaster Asia 2017, and Work Safe Asia 2017. Together the shows present a comprehensive and integrated platform for all...
Despite Common Threat in Beijing, Other South China Sea Rivals Still Spar Among Selves | Phuket News
Four Southeast Asian countries and Taiwan, all of which lay claims to the contested, resource-rich South China Sea, are still grappling with incidents among themselves despite a focus on their common rival, China. The suspected shooting deaths late last month of two Vietnamese fishermen in waters 34 nautical miles from the Philippines were a severe response to a common issue: Boats from one country test the limits of another to catch fish. But China, the most powerful claimant, is often not in the picture. “Most fishing boats have GPS so they actually know their position and whether they’re approaching islands controlled by some other country but that they might not get caught,” said Huang Kwei-bo, vice dean of the College of International Affairs at National Chengchi University in Taipei. “That’s how fishermen are.” Gunfire was common in the 1990s Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam claim nearly all...
18 brands of chocolate products on sale in markets tainted with lead and cadmium | Phuket News
Eighteen brands of dark chocolate and other chocolate products on sale in supermarkets in Thailand were found to be tainted with lead and cadmium although the amounts of the two toxic substances detected are within the set standards, said Ms Saree Ongsomwang, secretary of the Foundation for Consumers, on Wednesday. The above results came from laboratory tests conducted by the testing centre of Chalard Sue magazine of the Foundation for Consumers of random samples of 10 brands of dark chocolate products and nine brands of other chocolate products collected during August-September. The ten brands of dark chocolate products which were tested with cadmium substance include Lotte Ghana Black Chocolate Extra Cocoa, Beryl’s Almond, United Almond White & Dark Chocolate, Lotte Ghana Extra Cacoa Black, Morinaga Dars Dark Chocolate, Nestle Kitkat Chocolate, Noble Time, Ferrero Rocher Chocolate mixed with Hazelnut; TwinChoc Heart and Her’s Way Dairy Milk. The eight brands of...
Will North Korea sell its nuclear technology? | Phuket News
EARLIER this month CIA Director Mike Pompeo suggested “the North Koreans have a long history of being proliferators and sharing their knowledge, their technology, their capacities around the world.” Over the years North Korea has earned millions of dollars from the export of arms and missiles, and its involvement in other illicit activities such as smuggling drugs, endangered wildlife products and counterfeit goods. Still, there are only a handful of cases that suggest these illicit networks have been turned to export nuclear technology or materials to other states. SEE ALSO: Trump administration says it is ‘not the time to talk’ with North Korea North Korean technicians allegedly assisted the Pakistanis in production of Krytrons, likely sometime in the 1990s. Krytrons are devices used to trigger the detonation of a nuclear device. Later in the 1990s, North Korea allegedly transferred cylinders of low-enriched uranium hexafluoride (UF6) to Pakistan, where notorious proliferator A.Q. Khan shipped them onward to Libya. UF6 is...
MH370 still a mystery after largest search in aviation history | Phuket News
AUSTRALIAN authorities on Tuesday released their final report into the search for lost Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370) which has failed to locate the aircraft after several years, millions of dollars and the “extraordinary efforts” of hundreds of people. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) report said that it “deeply regret[s]” not being able to locate the plane or the 239 people on board, and shares the “profound and prolonged grief” of the families of those who are missing. MH370 disappeared during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China on 8 March 2014, along with 227 passengers and 12 crew. There was no contact with the aircraft after just 38 minutes of the flight, however analysis has shown the plane flew for another seven hours. SEE ALSO: Australia: Airports in chaos after terror raids, alleged plane bomb plot Support messages and prayers for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 at Kuala...
NUS scientists combine antimalarial drug with light sensitive molecules for promising treatment of cancer | Phuket News
Oct 07, 2017 Picture:  Artemisinin-ALA co-treatment could kill cancer cells and suppress tumour growth with fewer side effects Artemisinin, a potent anti-malarial drug, has been widely hailed as a promising alternative cancer treatment. Scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) recently showed that its anti-cancer properties could be enhanced by 10 folds when used in combination with Aminolaevulinic acid (ALA), a photosensitiser or a drug which, upon exposure to light, leads to generation of free radicals that can kill cells. ALA is used in photodynamic therapy, in combination with a special light source, to treat various types of cancer, including skin and prostate cancer. A team led by Dr Lin Qingsong from the Department of Biological Sciences at NUS Faculty of Science, together with Dr Wang Jigang and Professor Shen Han-Ming from the Department of Physiology at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, recently discovered that a...
US Ambassador to Russia Says Ukraine Key to Improved Relations | Phuket News
The new U.S. ambassador to Russia said Saturday that restoring Ukrainian sovereignty and bringing North Korea to the negotiating table would be central issues as he works to improve U.S.-Russian relations. Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. said trust is at a low point as many Americans believe Russia wants to undermine U.S. democracy amid investigations into Russian election meddling.
Big Data Takes Centre Stage at the Asia TV Forum & Market Leaders' Summit 2017 | Phuket News
Oct 06, 2017 Picture:  SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) has announced a major focus on Big Data at its ATF Leaders' Summit (28 November 2017), a gathering of decision makers that will mark the start of the four-day event taking place from 28 November to 1 December 2017. Through television and online viewing, today's consumers generate large amounts of data. Using analytics, content businesses can then leverage this information to gain complete understanding of audience behaviours and preferences. With Asia being one of the media world's fastest growing regions, ATF Leaders' Summit's focus on big data aims to uncover Asian consumer inclinations, to enable regional and global content players to tap on opportunities. Yeow Hui Leng, Senior Project Director of ATF and ScreenSingapore said,
Indonesian President Jokowi gets stuck in traffic, walks instead | Phuket News
THE PRESIDENT of Indonesia Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has walked for two kilometres to a military parade after being stuck in the country’s notorious traffic. Jokowi’s car was gridlocked on the way to a ceremony for the 72nd anniversary of the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) in Cilegon, West Java, close to the capital city of Jakarta. In an Instagram post, Jokowi noted that “residents were very enthusiastic to watch the parade … it was very crowded so the streets became gridlocked. Pretty good exercise walking to the location of the ceremony.” SEE ALSO: Trump Instagram mistakes Singapore’s Lee for Indonesia’s Jokowi Warga antusias banget nonton HUT TNI ke-72 di Cilegon. Rame sekali, jalanan sampai tersendat. Lumayan olah raga jalan kaki menuju lokasi upacara. Selamat HUT TNI ke-72. TNI terus menjaga NKRI, Pancasila, dan kewibawaan negara kita. TNI adalah kekuatan besar yg disegani di dalam dan luar negeri. Video: Biro Pers...
Thailand tops Chinese’s favorite destinations during the 8-day golden week | Phuket News
Thailand is now anticipating a large number of Chinese tourists visiting the country during the National Day Golden Week holiday in China which runs from October 1-8. Initial estimate by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports is 260,000 Chinese tourists arriving during the golden week period, and 21 billion baht in earnings. According to survey by Ctrip, a Chinese provider of travel services including accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours, Thailand will be the Chinese’s top destination during the 8-day golden week. Second popular destination is Japan. Last year, South Korea is the top destination for Chinese tourists during the golden week. According to the China Tourism Academy, more than 710 million Chinese tourists will be traveling domestically or abroad during this year’s holiday, up 10% year over year. Total tourism receipts during Golden Week 2017 are expected to increase by 12.2% year over year and reach ¥590 billion ($89...
What has derailed peace talks with the Philippine Communist rebels? | Phuket News
WHEN Rodrigo Duterte was elected as president of the Philippines in May 2016, hopes were raised for a negotiated end to one of Asia’s longest-running Maoist insurgencies. On the campaign trail, Duterte had vowed, if elected, to enter into ‘inclusive talks’ with rebels from the New People’s Army (NPA), the military wing of the once-outlawed Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Peace talks did indeed begin in Norway last August, and got off to a positive start with both sides declaring separate ceasefires and agreeing to further rounds of dialogue, which took place in Oslo in October and Rome in January. At the turn of the year, it appeared steady progress was being made. Yet the peace process crashed to an abrupt halt in early February after a series of armed clashes led both parties to declare their separate ceasefires at an end. Talks were briefly revived in the Netherlands...
'Mega Rehab' | Phuket News
Life inside the Philippines facility for addicts caught up in President Duterte's war on drugs....
What has Derailed Peace Talks with the Philippines’ Communist Rebels? | Phuket News
WHEN Rodrigo Duterte was elected as president of the Philippines in May 2016, hopes were raised for a negotiated end to one of Asia’s longest-running Maoist insurgencies. On the campaign trail, Duterte had vowed, if elected, to enter into ‘inclusive talks’ with rebels from the New People’s Army (NPA), the military wing of the once-outlawed Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Peace talks did indeed begin in Norway last August, and got off to a positive start with both sides declaring separate ceasefires and agreeing to further rounds of dialogue, which took place in Oslo in October and Rome in January. At the turn of the year, it appeared steady progress was being made. Yet the peace process crashed to an abrupt halt in early February after a series of armed clashes led both parties to declare their separate ceasefires at an end. Talks were briefly revived in the Netherlands...
In fiery attack, Philippines' Duterte accuses EU of plotting | Phuket News
The Philippine leader says the EU is trying to get Manila expelled from the UN, but gives no evidence....
Philippines drugs war to target 'big fish' | Phuket News
MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's ferocious war on drugs will shift to a higher gear to target
Cambodia-Thailand rail link not in talks agenda | Phuket News
The joint cabinet meeting between Cambodia and Thailand next month will exclude discussions on the Phnom Penh-Bangkok rail link, leaving the exact date of its launch in limbo....
Cambodia in the dark over hunt for fugitive Yingluck | Phuket News
The Cambodian Foreign Ministry has denied reports that Thai authorities have asked for help in tracking down former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra....
Cambodian Media Crackdown Seen as Key Step by Government Ahead of 2018 Elections | Phuket News
Recent moves by the Cambodian government to crack down on independent media, including broadcasters and newspapers, is seen by analysts and activists as a key step by the government to consolidate control ahead of national elections in 2018. The tougher approach by the Cambodian government led by Prime Minister Hun Sen — in power for more than three decades — comes against a backdrop of growing opposition support, especially among younger voters. Allegations of a campaign against human rights Rights activists also point to a broad strategy by the government against both the media and rights activists. The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development condemned the recent attacks against civil society organizations and the free media.
Gen Prawit says it was not confirmed Yingluck left the country | Phuket News
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said Wednesday (Aug 30) that it was not confirmed that former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra had already left the country for abroad. He added that he was informed by both Singapore and Cambodia that Ms Yingluck did not enter their countries as widely speculated. Gen Prawit said he was confident that her escape would not affect the credibility of the National Council for Peace and Order. Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, the national police chief, said the Royal Thai Police had coordinated with its counterparts in several countries to look for Ms Yingluck, but has yet to receive answers from any of them. Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda He said that police had not asked for search warrants to conduct house searches in an effort to locate the whereabouts of Ms Yingluck.   However, he added that police would make the search if there are credible evidence about...
Royal Thai Police seeks help from Interpol to find former PM Yingluck | Phuket News
The Royal Thai Police is now seeking help from the International Police Organization or Interpol to find the whereabouts of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Deputy national police chief, Pol. Gen. Srivara Ransibrahmanakul on Monday called for a meeting with agencies involved in the operation to locate Ms. Yingluck, for whom the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders has issued an arrest warrant. Pol. Gen. Srivara said that all police units across the country have been instructed to set up special teams to help look for the former PM and report back on September 1. He added that the Immigration Bureau has been assigned to check all border checkpoints to find out which of them was used as a point of departure by Ms. Yingluck while the Royal Thai Police’s foreign division has started working with Interpol in 190 countries to find the former Premier. The deputy national...
PM confident Yingluck will be tracked down, but this will take time | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is confident that authorities will be able to track down former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra but this will take time. But for the time being, the prime minister admitted that security officials could not figure out how Ms Yingluck escaped out of the country and through which channels. Nevertheless, he said authorities had coordinated with their counterparts in Singapore and United Arab Emirates for help in tracking the former prime minister. Ms Yingluck was reported to have slipped out of Trat province into Cambodia where she boarded a private jet for Singapore and then flew on to Dubai, UAE. Yingluck Shinawatra Regarding criticism of security lapse allowing the escape of Ms Yingluck, Prime Minister Prayut explained that the ex-premier was free to travel anywhere in the Kingdom because she has not been found guilty and also the junta has lifted the overseas travel ban imposed on...
Floods caused by tropical depression kill 15 in Vietnam | Phuket News
HANOI: Floods triggered by a tropical depression in Vietnam have killed 15 people and left eight others missing....
Despite human rights abuses, Vietnam’s economy ploughs ahead | Phuket News
Hanoi elites probably rejoiced reading the World Economic Forum’s latest Global Competitiveness Report. The Geneva-based group has been constantly praising Vietnam’s economic reforms, and now sees the country as the 55th most competitive place in the world, 20 spots higher than in 2012. The government was congratulated for its improvements in labour market reforms and its technological readiness, which are some of the key drivers of foreign direct investment. Similar gains were identified across ASEAN, confirming previous assessments conducted by the World Bank, which expects the economies of South and East Asia to be the world’s fastest-growing; both are eyeing GDP growth rates above 6 percent this year. Indonesia & Vietnam are the 36th and 55th most competitive markets in the world, Global Competitiveness Report @wef https://t.co/IIIT8Xa1uV — Brian Sheley (@briansheley) September 29, 2017 To hit these impressive growth rates, though, Asia’s developing economies need substantial foreign investments to build...
PM orders preparations to cope with anticipated storm during Oct 12-14 | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed authorities concerned to brace for possible flooding in the Chao Phraya river basin during October 12-14 when heavy rain induced by an anticipated storm is to lash the upper region of the country, said government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd on Tuesday. The Meteorological Department forecasted that, during October 12-14, a storm which was shaping up in Vietnam would move through upper Thailand and this would cause heavy rain in the lower part of the North and upper Northeast. To brace for more heavy rain, the Irrigation Department has started discharging more water downstream from major dams such as Chao Phraya, Pasak Cholasit and Ubonrat and this will increase water level in areas outside floodwalls in Ayutthaya. Agriculture Minister Chatchai Sarikalya said that major dams in the country are now 79 percent full, but because of the risk from storms, he had instructed authorities concerned...
Vietnam Airlines, Air France sign cooperation pact | Phuket News
HANOI: Vietnam's flag carrier and Air France have signed an agreement to deepen their cooperation to tap the growing travel market between Vietnam and Europe....
Vietnam posts $1.1bn trade surplus in September | Phuket News
HANOI: Vietnam had a trade surplus of $1.1 billion in September, much higher than the government's forecast of $400 million, the customs department said on Monday....
More heavy to very heavy rains in Bangkok and the provinces nationwide | Phuket News
The Meteorological Department today (Oct 9) issued a third warning of more heavy to very heavy rains in Bangkok and the provinces and cautioned the people of danger from possible flash floods and surface floods this week. It forecasted heavy to very heavy rains from today until Wednesday (October 9-10) in the North, Northeast, Central, East, Upper South, and Bangkok and perimetres. It said flash floods, surface floods are expected in some areas. The warning came as the monsoon flows over the country’s lower central, upper southern and eastern regions as the strengthened low pressure wind in the central South China Sea is also passing to blanket central Vietnam, and is heading for Thailand’s northeast, eastern, central and northern regions from October 10-11. The wind flows will result in heavy to very heavy rains in areas the wind passes. Affected areas are: North: Mae Hong son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai,...
Global tea expo opens in Nantou | Phuket News
TAIPEI (CNA) – Nantou County’s eighth annual Global Tea Expo (2017南投世界茶業博覽會) opened Saturday, featuring tea cultures from around the world and tea-related performances and a sampling of some of Taiwan’s finest teas. Exhibitors from Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, Russia, Iran, and Taiwan have been invited to the expo to give visitors a truly global […]...
Indonesia’s Aceh has now caned more than 500 people | Phuket News
PUBLIC floggings under the shariah-inspired criminal code in the Indonesian province of Aceh have reached more than 500 since October 2015, reported a human rights monitor last week. Human Rights Watch said that at least 530 people have been caned since the introduction of Aceh’s new, Islamic penal code two years ago. The organisation said punishments were mainly for what it called “victimless crimes” such as non-martial kissing and sexual relations, as well as gambling. There have also been people whipped for selling alcohol, which is outlawed in the strictly Muslim-majority province. Under Indonesian law, Aceh is the only of the country’s 34 provinces to legally implement bylaws directly from Quranic teachings. SEE ALSO: Why are LGBT Indonesians under siege? Acehnese law now criminalises extramarital relations known as zina, as well as consensual same-sex acts. Those charged under the legislation can be given 100 lashes and up to 100 months...
Official: At least 18 people died and dozens are feared trapped in rubble after earthquake strikes off Aceh province in Indonesia - AFP | Phuket News
Official: At least 18 people died and dozens are feared trapped in rubble after earthquake strikes off Aceh province in Indonesia - AFP...
Aceh earthquake death toll rises to 97, Chief of army in Indonesia's Aceh province tells state TV - AP | Phuket News
Aceh earthquake death toll rises to 97, Chief of army in Indonesia's Aceh province tells state TV - AP...
No immediate reports of damage after magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia - AP | Phuket News
No immediate reports of damage after magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia - AP...
Indonesian Police: Welder's Sparks Caused Fireworks Factory Blaze | Phuket News
Police say they believe sparks from welding equipment caused a deadly blaze in a fireworks factory near Indonesia's capital this week that killed 48 people.
Indonesia fireworks factory explosion kills 47, injures dozens | Phuket News
AN explosion and a fire at a fireworks factory in an area west of Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta have killed at least 47 people and injured dozens more, with 10 employees still unaccounted for, police said on Thursday. According to AAP (via SBS News), the fire broke out at around 9am in an industrial complex in Tangerang, a satellite city of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta. Firefighters were still battling the blaze in the mid-afternoon. “Those who died are completely unrecognisable, totally burnt,” Oni Sahroni, a firefighter at the scene told Metro TV. Tangerang police chief Harry Kurniawan said the dead were discovered by his officers when they entered the factory warehouse, the Detik.com news portal reported. SEE ALSO: Would-be bomber fails to detonate in Indonesian church Parts of the building had collapsed having been destroyed by the fire. Plumes of smoke were seen billowing from the factory, cars nearby were scorched. The...
Trump violates US constitution by deporting Indonesian refugees | Phuket News
AN INDONESIAN non-profit has deemed the administration of Donald Trump’s plans to return 69 ethnic Chinese migrants to Indonesia unconstitutional, as US lawmakers from both sides of politics call upon the president to prevent the deportation. Those facing forcible repatriation are part of a 2000-strong community of Indonesian descent in the state of New Hampshire, most of whom fled anti-Chinese violence to the United States during the archipelago’s deadly 1998 riots. Under an initiative from Senator Jeanne Shaheen in 2010, these members of the Indonesian Chinese community were encouraged to register with the government and become documented under the condition that they check in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) every 3 months. Earlier in 2017, however, the Trump administration decided to terminate the program earlier with the 69 individuals subsequently being informed that they faced deportation to Indonesia. SEE ALSO: US supported mass killings of half a million Indonesians in...
We need to talk to our children about consent | Phuket News
AFTER the revelations of Harvey Weinstein’s spate of sexual assaults on the women of Hollywood, and the countless other accusations that have emerged against men of power in its wake, some people are finally waking up to the realities of sexual harassment and its pervasive nature in our society. The MeToo hashtag that appeared in the days following the statements – and continues to swamp social media – left many men reeling at the extent of the problem. Sadly for women, this movement just reaffirmed what they already knew. The problem is pandemic. It snakes and weasels its way into every industry. While this latest incident has highlighted the problem in all its warped lecherous glory, I wonder what will actually change once the #IHearYou hashtag – men’s response to #MeToo – dies down and we all move on to the next scandal. I’m both excited about this wave o...
Meet the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan | Phuket News
The group discusses the parallels between Regency England and Pakistani society today....
Phuket locals rally, force construction of Surin Beach seawall on hold | Phuket News
PHUKET: Construction of the “underground” seawall at Surin Beach was put on hold today (Nov 15) after more than 50 residents massed at the construction site on the beach demanding an explanation of what was going on....
Phuket motorbike theft ring members admit to stealing over 30 vehicles | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket City Police have arrested two Thai men involved in a motorbike theft ring operating in Phuket and Myanmar, revealed Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Teeraphol Thipjaroen in a press conference held today (Nov 15)....
Famous Chef to bring lifelong love of Catalan cuisine to Phukets Banyan Tree | Phuket News
Francesc Rovira from the Michelin-starred “La Fonda Xesc” restaurant in the Catalan Pyrenees in Spain, is heading to the island this month to share his passion for Catalan cuisine....
Phuket’s eyesore coastal road construction to stay | Phuket News
PHUKET: The revised plans for the controversial buildings under construction on Krathing Cape, on the coastal road just north of Nai Harn Beach on Phuket’s southwest coast, have been approved and the structures will stay, albeit with modifications to reduce their heights, Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos has confirmed to The Phuket News....
Gun firing Phuket policeman treated for mental health issues at psychiatric hospital | Phuket News
PHUKET: L/Cpl Ruangrit Jaritgam of the Phuket City Police, who was charged on multiple counts after he fired his gun at a petrol station injuring another man late last month, is currently being treated for mental health issues in Suansaranrom Psychiatric Hospital in Surat Thani, Deputy Chief of the Thalang Police Lt Col Anukul Nuket has confirmed....
A Decade of Article 112 Cases | Phuket News
Metta Wongwat In what follows below, I offer a concise picture of the dynamics and significance of Article 112 over the preceding decade. Some of the sources cannot be fully cited as it may harm those who provided information or defendants in ongoing cases. 1. The number of Article 112 cases is inextricably linked with the political context. During periods of widespread protest and intense political analysis, a large number of cases arise.  One possible reason may be that the monarchy is heavily cited as part of political struggle, such as by those who claim to struggle for the king. In addition, the monarchy has entered political conflict via those who allege that others wish to overthrow the monarchy, such as those claimed to be part of the Finland Plot or included on the chart of those who wanted to topple the monarchy.  In addition, one of the reasons...
Hefty Phuket python stuck while exiting manhole cover | Phuket News
PHUKET: A python three-and-a-half metres long and weighing about 10 kilograms was rescued at Saphan Hin last night (Nov 14) after the snake became stuck while exiting a drain manhole cover in the footpath....
Phuket pickup truck overturns on bypass road: one dead, seven injured | Phuket News
PHUKET: A pickup truck carrying carrying Myanmar migrant workers in the tray overturned on the bypass road during rush hour this morning (Nov 15), leaving at least one dead and seven injured with the victims left strewn along the busy road....
IS operatives could be among illegal over-stayers hiding out in Thailand, says deputy PM | Phuket News
Thailand’s deputy Prime Minister has suggested that IS operatives could be among the more than 100,000 people currently on overstay in the kingdom, said Khao Jing the Thai version of Benar News. Prawit Wongsuwan was speaking to the news media about a countrywide crackdown on illegal over-stayers, many of whom are involved in serious crime in the kingdom. Prawit spoke of 100,000 plus people on overstay though other reports are putting the figure at more like 200,000. He was reported on Khao Jing as saying that IS members could be among the people that are being targeted in the raids across the country. He hopers IS members will be caught up in the widespread net being cast for the illegals. The news media again referred to the alleged paying of 100 million in bribes in Phuket to allow illegals to remain in Thailand. Khao Jing stated that this money had...
Samkong underpass flooding just bad timing | Phuket News
PHUKET: The heavy flooding of the Samkong Underpass early yesterday morning was just bad timing, the new Phuket Highways Office Director Somwang Lohanut told The Phuket News today (Nov 14)....
Swati Maliwal: Call to speed up child rape executions in India | Phuket News
A leading women's rights advocate says the government should take tougher action on rapists....
US, S. Korea, Japan Warn Pyongyang to Stop Irresponsible Provocations | Phuket News
Senior defense officials from the United States, South Korea and Japan met to discuss North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats. The Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, hosted his counterparts - General Kyeong-doo Jeong of South Korea and Japanese Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano - at the U.S. Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii Sunday.
North Korea should avoid a 'reckless path,' US, Japan and South Korea military leaders warn | Phuket News
Senior military leaders of Japan, South Korea and the U.S. met at the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii....
Pollution Flows into Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Declines | Phuket News
The health of one of Australia’s greatest natural treasures — the Great Barrier Reef — is improving, according to a new government study. But environmentalists say the report has failed to address the contentious political issue of land clearing. The joint report by the Queensland state government and its federal counterpart shows that pollution flowing into the Great Barrier Reef has declined. Farmers are praised for reducing the amount of harmful fertilizers, pesticides and other contaminants running from their properties into coastal waters. But poor water quality, exacerbated by runoff from farms, continues to be one of the most significant threats to the long-term health of the reef, which stretches about 2,300kilometers down the north-east coast of Australia. The joint government assessment of the reef concedes that better land management practices are needed. The world heritage body UNESCO, has threatened to put the Great Barrier Reef on its “in danger” list because...
North Korea leader Kim wishes China’s Xi ‘great success’ in congratulatory letter | Phuket News
NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a letter of congratulations to China’s President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, wishing him “great success” after the conclusion of the Communist Party Congress at which Xi became the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong. The unusually friendly gesture comes as China is under mounting pressure from the international community, especially the United States, to do more to rein in the North’s nuclear programme and continued missile tests. “It expressed the conviction that the relations between the two parties and the two countries would develop in the interests of the peoples of the two countries,” the North’s state-run central news agency said in a statement on Thursday, citing the message sent by Kim to Xi. SEE ALSO: US to conduct diplomacy with North Korea ‘until the first bomb drops’ “The Chinese people have entered the road of building socialism with the Chinese characteristics in...
South Korean anti-Trump group barred from entering US | Phuket News
A SOUTH KOREAN activist group has been prevented from entering the United States to attend an anti-Trump rally at the request of the government. Calling itself the US Expedition Youth Group for Impeachment of Donald Trump, the 14-member group had tickets for a United Airlines flight but were barred from boarding, as reported by the Korea Herald. “As our countrymen have successfully led our former president’s impeachment, we want to share this experience with American youth and solidarise together to get President Trump impeached as well,” it said in a statement, referring to a corruption scandal and mass demonstrations which brought down South Korea’s previous leader Park Geun-hye. The group had planned to visit Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles to participate in demonstrations against the president over the US long weekend. ...
South Korea professor 'mentally stressed' comfort women | Phuket News
Survivors react angrily to an academic's suggestion that some wartime sex slaves were not coerced....
AccessAbilities Expo to be held from November 7-9 | Phuket News
Oct 25, 2017 Picture:  Sheikh Ahmed: Technology is empowering people of determination More than 150 companies, international experts, government bodies to participate in the three-day expo October 25, 2017, Dubai (UAE): “Advancements in technology are helping people of determination function in a way that was not even thought of earlier, empowering and enabling them to function independently as well as increasing their employability. The UAE leadership’s vision is to make the nation fully disabled-friendly and enhance the participation of people with disabilities in the community and the economy and the nation is acting faster than other places in this area. Toward achieving this goal, there is a need for this assistive technology to reach the maximum number of people with disabilities, an estimated over 50 million in the Middle East.” These remarks came from His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman...
Australian Searchers Say Fruitless End 'Unacceptable' in Final Report on MH370 Mystery | Phuket News
Australian authorities said they deeply regret not finding missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and the ongoing mystery is
Taiwantrade.com joins Food & Hotel Malaysia 2017 | Phuket News
Oct 04, 2017 Picture:  Food & Hotel Malaysia 2017 is just around the corner, and this year TAITRA is leading a delegation of excellent Taiwantrade.com supplier members to participate in the show. The Taiwantrade.com booth, located at booth number 1908 and 1910 in KLCC Halls 1 & 2, will display some of most popular products made by the delegation members. In celebration of the event, Taiwantrade.com has launched a special page containing the products of the Taiwanese exhibitors and their peers. For all those who are unable to make it to the show but wish to purchase samples from the Taiwanese exhibitors, there is also a FHM2017 Taiwan Exhibitors online tradeshow on iDealEZ.com, the affiliate marketplace of Taiwantrade.com. Media Contact Eki Yi ([email protected]) - ASIA TODAY News Global Distribution http://www.AsiaToday.com TopPR:  Show in Top PR Category:  Business / Economy Trade & Exports Event Trade Show FeaturedNews:  Show in Featured...
Malaysia bids farewell to Formula One race – with biggest crowd for years | Phuket News
THE Sepang International Circuit near Kuala Lumpur International Airport drew its largest turnout in the last four years as Malaysia hosts its annual Formula One (F1) Grand Prix race for the last time. A total of 110,604 spectators filled the circuit over the three days of practice, qualifying and Sunday’s race. In the days leading up to the event, ticketing venues in the city saw long queues. Reuters reported that this year marked the largest weekend turnout since 2013, and a 31.9 percent increase from last year. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters at a news conference with F1 chief executive Chase Carey: “We have hosted this for 19 years and I think we have seen some thrilling events.” SEE ALSO: As Malaysia bows out, Chinese Grand Prix extends deal for three more years He said a return in the future is not ruled out. Carey said: “We’ve had a...
Witnesses Recount North Korean Leader's Brother's Last Moments | Phuket News
Witnesses recounted the last moments of the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader as the trial began Monday in Malaysia of two women accused of assassinating him by smearing an exotic poison on his face. Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam are charged in the Feb. 13 murder of Kim Jong Nam using banned VX nerve agent at a crowded airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur. The women, who pleaded innocent at Malaysia's High Court, have said they thought they were playing a harmless prank for a hidden-camera TV show and had been hoodwinked by men suspected of being North Korean agents. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is believed to have considered his older sibling a potential rival for power. Monday's court session was primarily a reconstruction of Kim Jong Nam's final moments at the airport. Airport information counter staff Juliana Idris, the first person Kim went to...
Australian Searchers Say Fruitless End is "Unacceptable" in Final Report on MH370 Mystery | Phuket News
Australian authorities said they deeply regret not finding missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and the ongoing mystery is
Young Malaysians, here’s why your vote matters | Phuket News
IN MY free time, I teach journalism to undergraduate students. Apart from teaching them the basics, like writing in the inverted pyramid and SEO for headlines, I also try to instil civic consciousness in them and train them to develop their “news sense”. Last week, during a discussion on the coming 14th general election (talk is that elections will be called fairly soon), I asked my students if they were all ready to vote when the time arrived. The entire class said they had better things to do than vote. Malaysians can still register to vote in GE14. #Malaysia https://t.co/FIZfX99Bzf — Kevin Koo Seng Kiat (@kevinkoosk) September 15, 2017 I want to say that I was shocked by this, but honestly, I really wasn’t. I already had a strong inkling that many Malaysian youths have little or no faith in our political system. Or perhaps they’re just apathetic. But it didn’t...
Indonesian, Vietnamese women plead not guilty to Kim Jong Nam murder | Phuket News
THE highly anticipated high-profile murder trial of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un kicked off in Malaysia on Monday with the two women accused of using a banned nerve agent to carry out the assassination pleading not guilty. Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, a Vietnamese, are charged with killing Kim Jong Nam by smearing his face with VX, a chemical poison banned by the United Nations, at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport on Feb. 13. Both women wore bullet-proof vests as they were led into the court on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital. They face the death penalty if convicted. Journalists wait to enter the Shah Alam High Court, where Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong are on trial for the killing of Kim, on Oct 2, 2017. Source: Reuters   The trial is expected to run until Nov 30 and the...
What to expect from Thai junta leader Prayuth’s White House visit | Phuket News
THAI Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha will meet with US President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday, marking a significant shift in policy from his predecessor Barack Obama and a warming of ties between the two countries. Relations between the United States and Thailand have been strained following a military-led coup in 2014 that saw Prayuth lead a campaign to overthrow democratically elected former-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The visit is seen by the White House as an opportunity to “strengthen and broaden bilateral relations”, but it has met with criticism from human rights groups who see Trump’s invite as a seal of approval of the autocratic leader and confirmation of the president’s willingness to embrace authoritarian leaders at the expense of human rights concerns. SEE ALSO: Is Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha really ready to give up power? Trump welcomes Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak to the White House in...
Over 260,000 Chinese tourists to visit Thailand during China’s 8-day Golden Week holiday from October 1-8 | Phuket News
Thailand is now anticipating a large number of Chinese tourists visiting the country during the National Day Golden Week holiday in China which runs from October 1-8. Initial estimate by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports is 260,000 Chinese tourists arriving during the golden week period, and 21 billion baht in earnings. According to survey by Ctrip, a Chinese provider of travel services including accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours, Thailand will be the Chinese’s top destination during the 8-day golden week. Second popular destination is Japan. Last year, South Korea is the top destination for Chinese tourists during the golden week. According to the China Tourism Academy, more than 710 million Chinese tourists will be traveling domestically or abroad during this year’s holiday, up 10% year over year. Total tourism receipts during Golden Week 2017 are expected to increase by 12.2% year over year and reach ¥590 billion ($89...
Philippine Pivot Back Toward America Will Offset Growing China Dependence | Phuket News
A new Philippine quest for stronger economic relations with the United States, a staunch post-colonial supporter that Manila has sidelined over the past year, appears aimed at offsetting an increasing dependence on help from its new friend China. The Philippines is now “seeking to intensify economic cooperation with the United States” in an effort to improve overall relations, the Southeast Asian country’s Department of Foreign Affairs said on its website Sunday. Stronger economic ties, the department said, would “go beyond security issues.” Improvement in Philippine-U.S. economic relations would repair damage since Rodrigo Duterte became president in Manila last year. Duterte has thundered against the United States over its criticism of his deadly anti-drug campaign and scaled back joint naval patrols. The two had been steadfast defense allies since U.S. colonialism ended in 1946. “I think (the new economic push) is just really formally outlining the next steps forward just given...
The terrors of tourism | Phuket News
Harrison George ‘Govt sets B3 trillion tourism target’ reads the Bangkok Post headline (together with a pic showing ‘Chinese tourists at Wat Phra Kaeo’ who have fair hair and big noses) (the dastardly Chinese tourists must have started wearing disguises!). So that’s alright then. Good news for that feller who wanders around in front of the dinosaur place on Sukhumwit with a fake ‘Drugs Police’ card in his pocket and accosts South Asian-looking tourists to check for ‘fake money’ which he deftly removes from their wallets.  Apart from having a larger clientele to fleece, he will enjoy richer pickings since the Prime Minister says the campaign will focus on ‘quality tourists’.  That is touristspeak for ‘tourists with more cash in their wallets’. Good news for the ladyboys farther along Sukhumwit who pounce in pairs on late night tourist solo strollers.  If you jam your hands into your pockets to...
Foreign students condemn CU for dismissal of Student Council President | Phuket News
International Student Association of Chulalongkorn University We, the foreign students and alumni of Chulalongkorn University (CU), are concerned about CU's handling of an incident which took place on August 3rd, 2017.   Universities seeking to become globally competitive must subscribe to international standards. We find it unacceptable for student representatives to be removed from their positions by staff members. They were appointed by and represent the students.   Furthermore, we believe any lecturer who assaults students should be fired without delays or excuses. If this behavior is allowed to go unchecked, there’s no reason why students are safe from assault at CU.   We expect CU to fall in the World University Rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and Times Higher Education as a result of incidents such as this being mishandled. 
Counterfeit ISIS Lego sets pulled off shelves in Singapore | Phuket News
Lego said the counterfeit toys weren't affiliated with the iconic toy maker, The Straits Times reported....
Inspiring future changemakers to collaborate for social impact | Phuket News
Sep 25, 2017 Picture:  SMU’s very first Social Impact Festival opened a window into the world of opportunities for cross-sector collaboration among youth The inaugural Social Impact Festival (SIF) 2017 was organised by the Singapore Management University’s (SMU) Lien Centre for Social Innovation in celebration of social innovation and impact. Taking place around SMU's city campus from 11 to 16 September 2017, the festival programmes were attended by the public, including individuals passionate about making a change in society. The festival was deliberately shaped to allow participants the option to choose the programmes they wanted to be part of and to hear from socially minded changemakers. Articulating the objectives of the Social Impact Festival, Jonathan Chang, Executive Director of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation said, “With the right skills and mindset, anyone can be a changemaker, no matter who or where we are. We all have to think...
Philippines apologizes to China over wrong Taiwan logo | Phuket News
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine defense department has apologized to China for the “grievous but purely unintentional mistake” of using Taiwan’s defense ministry logo during a ceremony where the Chinese ambassador turned over thousands of assault rifles to the Filipino defense chief and top military commanders. The Department of National Defense said Monday that […]...
Philippines apologises to China for using Taiwan logo | Phuket News
MANILA: The Philippine defence department has apologised to China for the “grievous but purely unintentional mistake” of using Taiwan's defense ministry logo during a ceremony where the Chinese ambassador turned over thousands of assault rifles to the Filipino defence chief and top military commanders....
Dyslexia Rules, KO? | Phuket News
Harrison George Two weeks before he was unleashed on the United Nations General Assembly, President Trump gave a speech in Bismarck, North Dakota, supposedly to outline his plans on tax reform.  (A quick aside for the historically-minded: Bismarck is named after the Iron Chancellor who invented realpolitik and Germany.  Could there be a starker contrast?) Trump’s speech lasted 40 minutes, but before you rush to YouTube, I can give you the gist in one sentence.  Lower taxes for everyone listening (applause) including the already fabulously wealthy (no applause because he missed this bit out); simpler tax code (applause); and he will allow repatriation of corporate foreign earnings that ‘just can't come back’ (they can, but they would be taxed). Now standard operating procedure with the President these days is to give him a script to read off the teleprompter.  The hope is that this will conceal the worst of...
Cambodian Indigenous Minorities Fighting Tide of Development | Phuket News
In Cambodia, the issue of land rights is a constant source of tension. The country’s biggest dam to date is set to go online in just weeks, adding 400 megawatts of power to the country’s critically overstretched grid. But the social and environmental costs of the project are huge, especially for minority villagers facing displacement. In rural Stung Treng province, some members of an indigenous group are taking a stand. David Boyle has this report....
Cambodian PM says former Thai premier Yingluck did not use his country to flee | Phuket News
CAMBODIAN Prime Minister Hun Sen has denied rumours that former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra used Cambodia to flee Thailand, local media reported. According to The Nation, the prime minister, without elaborating on the matter, made the denial at a closed-door meeting with some 4,400 garment workers at Koh Puch Grand Theatre in Phnom Penh on Sunday, Cambodia’s Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said. “Yingluck did not use Cambodia to escape: Hun Sen,” the minister said on Facebook. The former prime minister fled the country last week ahead of a court verdict in a negligence case. Yingluck, 50, was elected Thailand’s first female prime minister in 2011 and is the sister of ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. She skipped Friday’s hearing, stunning thousands of supporters gathered at the Supreme Court, with senior party members having said she fled to Dubai. The government has not confirmed where she is. Thailand’s Foreign...
The Shinawatra Season 2 | Phuket News
If you liked  “The Shinawatra Season One”, then you’ll love “The Shinawatra Season Two”. Simply put, it has almost exactly the same old fashioned enduring Thai plot : a populist government with money spending and elite pissing bad habit, a military coup, a sloppy trial and in the end the flight abroad of the main defendant. “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” Karl Marx once said,  although he had never lived in Thailand. Honestly the story writers of the HBNCPO channel could have done a better job for this much awaited sequel. “The Shinawatra  2” is hardly a decent imitation of “The Shinawatra 1” with a touch of “Game of Thrones” and “Breaking bad”. Except for the happy ending maybe: bro and sis reunite happy together in Dubai. Seriously ? Like Marx also said (Groucho the younger brother of Karl) “Learn from the mistakes of others. You...
Cambodia: Rights groups denounce Hun Sen’s crackdown against media, NGOs | Phuket News
HIGH-PROFILE international human rights groups have slammed Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s intensifying “onslaught” against media and civil society organisations ahead of national elections in 2018. “We are concerned by a rapid series of ministerial and administrative measures which have resulted in the suspension of radio programmes and licences, threatened a main English-language newspaper with closure, and shut down a foreign non-governmental organisation,” Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesman Liz Throssell said on Friday. “Ahead of next year’s general election, we call on the government to guarantee full political and civil rights, and media freedoms.” SEE ALSO: Cambodia: Groups demand immediate release of activist Tep Vanny The US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) last week called for a review of the Cambodian government’s decision to shutter its office and expel all of its foreign employees. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the government of Hun Sen should...
Cambodia Govt. launches systematic attack on independent media | Phuket News
Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) The Cambodian government has launched over the past 3 weeks a systematic attack aimed at silencing independent media in the country with at least six media outlets being shutdown, forced off the air, or facing closure. One daily newspaper, two foreign media services and three local radio stations have been targeted in the clampdown. The English-language Cambodia Daily newspaper learned about a US$6.3 million claim in back taxes and penalties after am August 4 letter from the Tax Department was leaked by a government-aligned newspaper. The letter threatened the closure of the 25-year old daily and seizure of its assets unless it was able to pay its dues by September 4. On August 11, a letter from the Ministry of Economy and Finance asked the Ministry of Information (MOI) to take action against Radio Free Asia (RFA) and Voice of America (VOA) in Cambodia...
Prepare Asia for disaster response: ADPC to launch an inter-agency platform | Phuket News
Aug 27, 2017 Picture:  Bangkok, Thailand: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) is to launch Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP): an inter-agency platform of National Disaster Management Organizations, civil society networks, and the private sector from six most disaster-prone Asian countries. The APP aims to promote regional cooperation and to strengthen preparedness for response & recovery at local levels. Representatives of governments, civil society networks, and private sector organizations will meet on 28 August to finalize the governance structure, functions and services of the APP. The inter-agency meeting will be followed by a formal announcement of the establishment of APP on 29 August. Partners from Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Pakistan will also deliberate on a strategic roadmap for strengthening the disaster preparedness for response and recovery capacities of the local and national level organizations in their respective countries. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and...
Thailand's Former PM Yingluck Fled to Dubai, Senior Party Members Say | Phuket News
Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has fled to Dubai, senior members of her party said on Saturday, a day after she failed to show up for a negligence ruling in which she faced up to 10 years in prison. Sources in her Puea Thai Party said the former prime minister left Thailand last week and flew via Singapore to Dubai where her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who lives in self-imposed exile to avoid a 2008 jail sentence for corruption, has a home.
Two decades of Shinawatra influence fades as Yingluck flees | Phuket News
EDITORIAL Now a fugitive from Thai justice, just like her brother, Yingluck Shinawatra is thought to have fled the country as early as last Wednesday. Photos of her praying at temples on Wednesday were probably bogus distractions. Yesterday’s no-show was yet another day of high drama in Thailand’s tortured political history. Various reports say she either travelled by private jet to an airport in Trat, where she crossed the Thai land border to Koh Kong province in Cambodia accompanied by associates. This, according to a source close to her family told the Phnom Penh Post. The other version says she travelled out of Bangkok to the Cambodian border by land and then by private jet to Singapore. The Shinawatra family has retained close ties with leading business and government identities in Cambodia and it is thought she could have obtained a passport from Cambodia to complete her journey to Singapore...
Officials 'abetted' Yingluck's flight to Cambodia | Phuket News
Some state officials were complicit in Yingluck Shinawatra's flight from justice this week and may have facilitated her escape to Cambodia, where she was assisted by people of influence en route to the Middle East, sources told the Bangkok Post on Friday....
N. Korea’s Rhino Horn Smuggling Could Grow as Sanctions Limit Cash Flow | Phuket News
Illegal activities such as drug smuggling provide critical funding for North Korea’s regime and its military programs. But as international sanctions strangle North Korea’s economic resources, the Pyongyang regime appears to have diversified. A research report released in September found that more than half of the rhino horn smuggling cases uncovered in Africa in the past 30 years involved North Korean diplomats and that African countries have been reluctant to take tough measures against them even though rhinos are under siege from poachers. According to the International Rhino Foundation, rhino deaths in Africa may soon outpace births. In 2014, more than 1,200 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone, a 9,000 percent increase since 2007. South African researcher and journalist Julian Rademeyer, who wrote the extensive report detailing his investigation into rhino horn trafficking in Africa, shares with VOA’s Korean service his findings on North Korea’s rarely mentioned illegal trade, an...
11 Vietnamese tourists injured in expressway traffic accident | Phuket News
Taipei (CNA) – A coach carrying 26 tourists from Vietnam collided with an unladen container truck on an expressway in northern Taiwan Friday, leaving the driver and 11 passengers injured, although none critically, firefighters at the scene said. The accident occurred at the 7.1-kilometer mark on the eastbound lanes of Provincial Highway 62, also called […]...
Trump, Japan's Abe Agree To Keep Pressure on North Korea | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed in a telephone conversation on Wednesday that pressure should be maintained on North Korea, a senior Japanese government official told reporters. The two men also agreed that
Mattis: Afghan Force Fully Engaged in Combat for First Time in 16 Years | Phuket News
Afghanistan security forces are fully engaged in offensive combat operations for the first time in their war against al-Qaida and Taliban militants, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. “For the first time in 16 years, we have all six Afghan army corps on the offensive at the same time,” Mattis told members of the Senate Armed Services committee during a hearing on the Trump administration’s new Southeast Asia strategy. While Afghan forces are taking heavy casualties in the fight, Mattis said they are suffering fewer casualties than they did last year, a sign that could point to the forces’ improving battlefield capabilities. Under President Donald Trump, the defense secretary said international forces have carried out more airstrikes against enemy forces than any other year since 2012, thanks to removing proximity restrictions that prevented airstrikes on insurgents who were not within a certain distance from American or Afghan forces. The...
With Fundraisers, Vietnamese Show Love of Country, Rancor Towards China | Phuket News
As Vietnam struggles to keep the peace with neighboring China, one of its citizens believes he has something to add to Hanoi’s arsenal: his antique collection. Hoang Van Cuong, who says he can raise tens of millions of dollars by selling everything from royal beds to 2,500-year-old bronze drums, has promised to donate the proceeds to the state so it can support fishermen out in the South China Sea, where Vietnam and China are sparring over the rights to several archipelagos. He expects Hanoi to use some of his money to bolster the military, should clashes break out between the two countries. A portion of the funds would come from China, of all places, because his collection includes porcelain from the Qing dynasty and other Chinese artifacts, attracting scores of dealers from north of the border. The peculiar irony of taking Chinese money to buy weapons to fight China is...
AAT’s appeals committee retains one-year ban on sprinters Jirapong and Abhisit except two competitions | Phuket News
The appeals committee of the Athletics Association of Thailand (AAT) has decided to maintain the one-year ban from all competitions except for two imposed on two national sprinters, Jirapong Meenaphra and Abhisit Promkaew. In response to the appeal of the two sprinters against the ban imposed by the AAT for their code of conduct violations, the appeals committee however agreed to allow the two to participate in two competitions – the armed forces and university competitions. SEA Games gold medallist Jirapong and his three teammates, Abhisit, Rattanaphol Sowan and Natthapong Veerapongrattanasiri were banned from all competitions for one year by the AAT’s disciplinary committee after they were found to have breached articles No 21 and 23 of the AAT charter by sneaking out of the training camp at Thammasat University Rangsit campus at night time earlier this year. The ban became effective as of October 10. AAT vice president and...
6.4-magnitude earthquake recorded near Banda Aceh, Indonesia - USGS | Phuket News
6.4-magnitude earthquake recorded near Banda Aceh, Indonesia - USGS...
Asia’s Harry Potter obsession poses threat to owls | Phuket News
From Indonesia to India, wild birds are being sold as pets to families who want their own Hedwig. Ecologists call for protection to help species surviveThe Harry Potter phenomenon has broken publishing and cinema box-office records and spawned a series of lucrative theme parks. But wildlife experts are sounding the alarm over a sad downside to JK Rowling’s tales of the troubled young wizard. The illegal trade in owls has jumped in the far east over the past decade and researchers fear it could endanger the survival of these distinctive predators in Asia.Conservationists say the snowy owl Hedwig – who remains the young wizard’s loyal companion for most of the Harry Potter series – is fuelling global demand for wild-caught birds for use as pets. In 2001, the year in which the first film was released, only a few hundred were sold at Indonesia’s many bird markets. By 2016, the...
Crypto-couple | Phuket News
Prashant Sharma and Niti Shree asked wedding guests to gift them Bitcoin - and many delivered....
North Korea 'hacked crypto-currency exchange in South' | Phuket News
Crypto-currencies may have been targeted in order to evade global financial sanctions on the North....
SET closes up 6.02 to 1,723.71 | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand climbed 0.35%, or 6.02 points, to 1,723.71 on Monday....
British tourist, 60, drowns at Karon Beach | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 60-year-old British tourist drowned at Karon Beach this afternoon (Nov 14)....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: 'Drunk' doc's ride? Coming soon: local elections! Surin's seawall going up? || Nov. 14 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 14 Drunk doc runs over guard? Corruption details emerge! Seawall to go up on Surin Beach? Thailand has the deadliest roads? Coming soon: Local elections! Hosted by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
Reach for the stars, Princess Sirindhorn urges astronomy, astrophysics students | Phuket News
PHUKET: HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over this year’s 11th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) at the Duangjitt Resort & Spa in Patong yesterday morning (Nov 13)....
Phuket’s Surin Beach seawall upheaval rankles residents | Phuket News
PHUKET: MaAnn Samran, the outspoken chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), has defended the current state of Surin Beach as backhoes heave large troughs in the sand to prepare the site for the installation of a seawall to prevent further coastal erosion....
Officials inspect Patong Beach after cigarette ban launch | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Director-General of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) yesterday (Nov 13) inspected Patong Beach following the launch of their cigarette ban on Nov 1....
Police release details of alleged Phuket illegal immigrant corruption racket | Phuket News
The revelation came in a notice issued by Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Col Peerayuth Karajadee to Region 8 Police dated Sunday (Nov 12), but revealed yesterday (Nov 13). The notice explains that Phuket Provincial Police had learned......
Three more arrested in maid’s murder, one apprehended in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: Three more suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 16-year-old maid whose body was buried in Phetchaburi five years ago, with one of the three being apprehended in Phuket on Sunday night....
Banyan: Prophets of piffle | Phuket News
Print section Print Rubric:  Fortune-tellers are harmless, until politicians start listening to them Print Headline:  Prophets of piffle Print Fly Title:  Banyan UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The Trump era Fly Title:  Banyan Main image:  20161112_ASD000_0.jpg AT A time of political crisis in South Korea, spare a thought for all the upstanding shamans, sorcerers, soothsayers, diviners, astrologers, numerologists, necromancers and fortune-tellers around Asia who risk being tarred by events. For years the president, Park Geun-hye, appears to have been in thrall to a family friend and informal adviser, Choi Soon-sil, in ways that have scandalised South Koreans and brought Ms Park’s presidency close to collapse. Ms Choi is said to have ruled on everything from Ms Park’s cabinet appointments, to policy towards North Korea, to the display of magic silk ......
Busting US-China Trade Deficit Myths | Phuket News
East West Bank CEO Dominic Ng sets things straight on trade figures that he calls outdated. Public opinion in the United States has turned against free trade. Donald Trump’s election win was tied to an aggressive campaign promising to address trade imbalances, with a particular focus on Chinese trade practices. On the campaign trail, Trump remarked that “China is responsible for nearly half of our entire trade deficit. They break the rules in every way imaginable.” Without doubt, there are problems in the U.S.-China trade relationship. However, the current officially reported U.S.-China trade numbers are grossly inaccurate. They are based on outdated methods of data collection and calculation that were agreed to in the aftermath of World War II, and they have not been properly updated to reflect today’s global economy. It is concerning that world leaders are primarily relying on these misleading trade figures to make major decisions that...
South Korea police seek arrest warrant for Hanjin Group chief | Phuket News
South Korean police are seeking an arrest warrant for Cho Yang-ho, chairman of Hanjin Group....
The Promise and Peril of Immersive Technologies | Phuket News
Oct 14, 2017 Picture:  We are at the cusp of a major revolution from mobile to immersive computing. Last year was seen as the dawn of a third wave of devices employing augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR), which define the two spectrums of immersive technology that could replace mobile computing. A range of major products came to market in 2016 from companies including Oculus VR, Sony and Google. Since it bought Oculus for $2.1 billion, Facebook has acquired a further 11 AR/VR companies, underscoring the company’s view that VR and AR will form the next frontier. The large investments and acquisitions by tech giants suggest that these technologies will become increasingly integrated with the platforms on which we consume content. According to a recent estimate by Goldman Sachs, AR and VR are expected to grow into a $95 billion market by 2025. As the chart below shows,...
Expert Warns of North Korea's Growing Cyberwar Capabilities | Phuket News
Thirteen months ago, South Korea's defense intranet was hacked for the first time, and the military accused North Korea of infecting hundreds, possibly thousands of computers with malware. In December 2016, Han Min-koo, then defense minister, told lawmakers that the incident was not critical. Now, the latest reports suggest that North Korean hackers might have acquired the so-called Operation Plan 5015 during the September 2016 cyberattack. Oplan 5015, which, according to news reports, includes plans for the
Head of Samsung’s booming semiconductor business to resign | Phuket News
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The chairman of Samsung Electronics Co.’s board of directors, who has been the public face of the company after its de facto chief was jailed on corruption charges, said Friday he will resign next year to make way for a new leader. “As we are confronted with unprecedented crisis inside […]...
Dating app for polygamy courts controversy in Indonesia | Phuket News
A DATING app that encourages men and women interested in polygamous marriages in Indonesia has courted controversy in the world’s most populous Muslim country. Under traditional Islamic law, men are allowed to take on a maximum of four wives. Although polygamy is legal in Indonesia, the practice is uncommon – and frowned upon – in most parts of the country. Women’s rights activist Zakia Tunisa said the app was “upsetting and shocking”. “The app gives a stimulus for polygamy to be accepted in society and maybe even compelling women to accept it,” said Tunisa, an activist at Women’s Solidarity for Human Rights. Indriyati Suparno, a commissioner from the government-backed National Commission on Violence Against Women, said the app was trying to “normalise polygamy”. “The reality is women tend to be the victims of domestic violence in a polygamous marriage – polygamy is a form of violence against women,” she said....
Kim Jong-nam murder: Women plead not guilty in Malaysia trial | Phuket News
The half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un was murdered with a toxic nerve agent....
Singapore-Headquartered Global Indian International School Opens Second Tokyo Campus | Phuket News
Sep 25, 2017 Picture:  Tokyo and Singapore - (ACN Newswire) - Reflecting growing demand in Japan for the Singapore brand of education, the Singapore-based Global Indian International School (GIIS) has opened a second campus in Tokyo. The school, offering 520 seats for students from grades 4 to 12 was inaugurated on Sunday by Japan's Vice Minister of Land, Transport and Tourism, Mr. Tsukasa Akimoto. Located just three kilometres away from the original 600-seat campus in Nishi Kasai set up in 2006 which has reached full capacity, the new Higashi Kasai campus will offer Singapore-style based learning that includes courses ranging from Cambridge IGCSE, Indian Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) curriculum. The faculty will facilitate smooth entry to leading universities in Japan and overseas. Since its establishment, the first GIIS campus in Tokyo has received positive reception from both the locals as well...
Malaysia To Build Southeast Asia’s Largest Conference Venue | Phuket News
Oct 01, 2017 Picture:  The Malaysia government said it will create the largest venue for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) in Southeast Asia in a drive to boost business tourism to the country, it emerged at the groundbreaking ceremony for the MyExpo project in Putrajaya on September 26. MyExpo will have almost 140,000 square meters of MICE space for up to 60,000 people at a time and will absorb and enlarge the existing Putrajaya International Convention Center. Planned completion date is 2020, and the official opening is scheduled for 2021 at the latest. Around the new conference center, MyExpo City will be built over an area of almost 370,000 square meters which will not only include the MyExpo center, but also house a mall, theme parks, serviced apartments and both a four-star and a five-star hotel. The whole city is projected to see annual revenue of close to...
Bangkok tops most popular cities for international travelers in 2017 | Phuket News
Bangkok is poised to become the world’s most popular city this year for international travellers for the second year in a row, according to the report of financial services corporation Mastercard. In its Mastercard’s 2017 Global Destination Cities Index released this week, it said Bangkok is set to welcome nearly 20.2 million International overnight visitors this year, or 4% increase from last year. London retained its No. 2 title for the second year running, with projected arrivals topping 20 million in 2017. Paris is in third place with 16.1 million visitors forecast. Dubai, coming in at No. 4, expects to see just over 16 million international visitors in 2017. Singapore rounds out the Top 5 for arrivals, with nearly 13.5 million international visitors expected in 2017. The Mastercard Index of Global Destination Cities ranks cities in terms of the number of their total international overnight visitor arrivals and the cross-border...
Missing flight MH370 mystery 'unacceptable' | Phuket News
SYDNEY: Australian authorities said they deeply regret not finding missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and the ongoing mystery is
Rugby World Cup chief: 2019 tournament can benefit all of Asia – not just hosts Japan | Phuket News
THE 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan will not only benefit the host country but Asia as a wider region, according to the tournament’s chief operating officer. Speaking at the All That Matters 2017 conference in Singapore, Alan Gilpin said the legacy plan to encourage 1 million new rugby players in Asia by the end of the 2019 tournament was on target. He also said the legacy of the competition – the first time World Rugby has taken its showpiece event outside its traditional heartlands – would benefit countries such as China, India, Malaysia and Indonesia as well as Japan. And Gilpin also suggested the rugby sevens competition at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo could end up having a bigger impact for the sport in Asia than the 15-a-side World Cup the previous year. SEE ALSO: Football: European Champions League power rankings after week one “We have been talking about legacy...
21 kids died in a school fire in Malaysia. Here’s what you should know | Phuket News
Bodies with burnt flesh piled on top one another, charred remains of victims, blackened and ash-covered beds – this was the scene reported by firefighters at one of the worst tragedies to hit Kuala Lumpur in decades. A deadly fire broke out at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, a “tahfiz” boarding school in Kampung Datuk Keramat, in the early hours of Thursday morning, killing dozens of its student residents and injuring the rest who survived. Tahfiz refers to religious schools where students learn how to memorise the Koran. “It really does not make sense for so many to die in the fire. I think it is one of the country’s worst fire disasters in the past 20 years.,” Khirudin Drahman, director of Kuala Lumpur’s fire and rescue department told AFP (via Al Jazeera). Nadia Azalan who lost her brother to the fire cries in Kuala Lumpur. Source: Reuters/Lai Seng Sin Zahid also pledged to take care...
Esquire Singapore shines at the MPAS 2017 with a total of nine awards | Phuket News
Sep 27, 2017 Picture:  September 27, 2017 – Esquire Singapore shone brightly at last night’s Media Publishers Association of Singapore (MPAS) Media Ball and Awards ceremony held at the Fullerton Hotel winning the most awards for a single title. Taking home a total of 9 gongs including “Men’s Media of the Year” in the Media Award category and scooped four trophies in the Media Talent & Personality Awards including “Writer of the Year” for Wayne Cheong, “Advertising Sales Professional of the Year” for Nicholas Ng, “Marketing Professional of the Year” for Eugene Azucena and “Photographer of the Year” for Ronald Leong. In the Special Awards category, Esquire clinched an unprecedented Gold and Bronze award for “Special Edition Of The Year” for The Home issue--which also earned a Silver award for “Front Cover of the Year”--and The 50th issue, respectively. Finally, Head Writer Wayne Cheong added another trophy to his...
Manufacturing Solutions Expo 2017 showcases new technologies, latest trends and smart solutions that shape the future of manufacturing | Phuket News
Oct 02, 2017 Picture:  Singapore, 20 September 2017 – Manufacturing Solutions Expo (MSE) returns for a fourth edition from 25 to 27 October 2017 at the Singapore EXPO Convention & Exhibition Centre. ASEAN’s premium one-stop trade exhibition is a showcase of emerging trends, cost-effective technologies, the latest digitalised solutions, and innovative products in manufacturing. Jointly organised by the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings, the annual event aims to help the manufacturing sector raise its productivity and efficiency, and remain competitive in the fast-changing and challenging business landscape. Over 4,500 trade and business professionals, and more than 120 international and regional brands from more than 25 countries are expected to attend the exhibition. A series of interactive activities will provide abundant opportunities for buyers and sellers to exchange ideas, network and explore business opportunities. MSE 2017 is supported by various...
Habitat for Humanity renews call for funds to sustain long-term recovery efforts, after assisting 1,500 flood-affected families in South Asia | Phuket News
Oct 02, 2017 Manila, 2 October 2017 ─ Habitat for Humanity has assisted over 1,500 families affected by massive floods in South Asia, as part of its emergency relief activities in the last month. In India, it has supported 1,100 families with humanitarian aid kits featuring shelter, household and hygiene items. Meanwhile, in Nepal, it has distributed emergency shelter kits to 400 families, and organized volunteers to clear mud and debris in affected communities. In Bangladesh, Habitat is conducting a needs assessment in flood-affected areas. Six weeks after the start of the floods, Habitat for Humanity has announced a unified three-phase disaster response program for South Asia. It aims to reduce the vulnerability of 20,000 flood-affected families in Bangladesh, India and Nepal through long-term disaster recovery housing solutions that include addressing water, sanitation and hygiene needs. “While the world is understandably caught up in the next big disaster, I’m...
Asia Has The Fastest Growing Tourism Destination Cities | Phuket News
Oct 02, 2017 Picture:  Bangkok still tops the list of the world’s most popular tourism destination cities worldwide, but competition is growing within Asia, the latest Mastercard Destination Cities Index released on September 26 shows. Based on the number of visitors ($19 million) and amount of money ($14.1 billion) they spent last year, the report put Bangkok top for a second year in a row. Thailand’s capital ranks ahead of London, Paris, Dubai and Singapore which round up the top five. London took second place with just over 19 million visitors in 2016, Paris landed third with 15.5 million, Dubai fourth with 14.9 million and Singapore placed fifth with 13.1 million travelers. However, the report also shows that Bangkok is also maturing as a sought-after destination. Measured by the pace of growth between 2009 and 2016, Bangkok lags behind Southeast Asian competitors Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi...
Deaths of Three Teens Spark Backlash Against Violent Philippine Drug War | Phuket News
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte could be rethinking the scope of his deadly anti-drug campaign after the slayings of three teenagers angered an otherwise supportive public. But analysts say extrajudicial killings are likely to persist. In mid-August, 17-year-old high school student Kian Loyd Delos Santos was shot to death in a city north of the capital, possibly at the hands of police. The death sparked street demonstrations in Manila and a 40 day bell-ringing protest by the Catholic Church. Last week a 19-year-old man was found shot to death and the body of a 14-year-old boy turned up full of stab wounds. Investigators are looking at the police in both cases. ​Anger in the media The cases threaten to erode support for Duterte’s otherwise popular anti-drug campaign, which has come under fire from overseas for its use of extrajudicial killings. The tough-spoken 72-year-old president approved the campaign after he took office...
Changeable weather forecast for Taiwan | Phuket News
TAIPEI (CNA) – Unsettled and changeable weather is expected to continue through Sunday, with rain in parts of Taiwan, due to the effects of northeasterly winds and a tropical depression near the Philippines, according to the Central Weather Bureau (中央氣象局). Continual rain is forecast for eastern Taiwan, while the greater Taipei area is expected to […]...
Transportation ministry announces proposed conservation fee | Phuket News
Taipei (CNA) – Visitors to tourist and other designated scenic areas throughout Taiwan will soon be charged a “conservation fee,” according to an administrative order issued by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (交通部). Following the example of the Philippines and Japan to prevent the negative impacts of tourism on the environment, the ministry’s Tourism […]...
Security, drug woes in Mindanao impede Philippine bid for food security – Duterte | Phuket News
SECURITY and illegal drugs problem are hampering the southern Philippine island of Mindanao from leading the country to achieve food security, President Rodrigo Duterte said. Speaking yesterday at the opening ceremony of the 2017 AgriLink, FoodLink, and AquaLink Exhibitions 2017 at the World Trade Center in Metro Manila, the firebrand leader from Mindanao vowed to continue cracking the whip on terrorists and drug syndicates to realise Mindanao’s potential as the country’s “Land of Promise.” Fertile lands, great climate and rich aquatic resources are Mindanao’s key attributes that would lead the Philippines towards food security, Duterte said. “The greatest promise of food security would really be Mindanao. (We are seldom hit) by typhoons there,” said Duterte, a long-time mayor of Davao City, one of the key urban centres in Mindanao, before he became the president in 2016. However, Duterte stressed the need to address the region’s decades-old problems on security, particularly...
Most Filipinos believe only the poor are killed in drug war | Phuket News
SOME 60 percent of Filipinos polled believed that only the poor are killed in the government’s war on drugs, a local report revealed. According to a survey conducted by the nation’s Social Weather Station (SWS) from June 23 to 26, the majority of respondents agreed with the statement that “Rich drug pushers are not killed; only the poor ones are killed”. 23 percent of those surveyed did disagree with the statement, of which 12 somewhat disagreed and 11 percent strongly disagreed. Another 17 percent of the respondents were undecided, the Inquirer reported. The report said most who shared the sentiment came from Metro Manila with 75 percent of the majority who believed only the poor were affected agreeing. In Mindanao, 59 percent agreed with the notion, 58 percent in Luzon and 53 percent in the Visayas believed the same. Prior to the results of the poll, the SWS revealed that...
Majority of Filipinos believe only poor are killed in war on drugs | Phuket News
SOME 60 percent of Filipinos polled believed that only the poor are killed in the government’s war on drugs, a local report revealed. According to a survey conducted by the nation’s Social Weather Station (SWS) from June 23 to 26, the majority of respondents agreed with the statement that “Rich drug pushers are not killed; only the poor ones are killed”. 23 percent of those surveyed did disagree with the statement, of which 12 somewhat disagreed and 11 percent strongly disagreed. Another 17 percent of the respondents were undecided, the Inquirer reported. The report said most who shared the sentiment came from Metro Manila with 75 percent of the majority who believed only the poor were affected agreeing. In Mindanao, 59 percent agreed with the notion, 58 percent in Luzon and 53 percent in the Visayas believed the same. Prior to the results of the poll, the SWS revealed that...
Cambodian government shuts down 15 radio stations | Phuket News
Fifteen radio stations across Cambodia have been shut down by the government allegedly for failing to report about the airtime they sold and to whom, according to The Phnom Penh Post Online on Friday. Information Minister Khieu Kanharith told a press conference on Thursday that the closures were not linked to the station’s programming but because they had failed to report how much airtime they were selling and to whom. “So some radios have not asked for permission from the ministry.  The ministry has to shut them down in order to uphold the law on media,” said Kanharith, adding that Voice of America and Radio Free Asia broadcasts are still available on other stations. Kanharith said the directive was in line with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s call for authorities to ensure there wasn’t a repeat of the 2013 post-election protests, saying media reports questioning the soundness of ink used for...
SEA Games: Singapore win first high jump gold medal since 1973 – but only after successful appeal | Phuket News
SINGAPORE have won their first Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gold in high jump for more than 40 years – after a successful appeal by Michelle Sng. The 30-year-old and Vietnam’s Duong Thi Viet had tied in the women’s high jump final on Thursday night, with both athletes clearing 1.83m. When both athletes then failed to clear 1.86m, they were told they would be awarded joint golds. But 10 minutes later, they were called back to the field for a jump-off. SEE ALSO: Cambodia win first gold medal of SEA Games while Philippines become first ice hockey champions The Vietnamese athlete won the jump-off, with Sng initially awarded silver. But Singapore lodged a complaint, as they felt it was not fair on either athlete to be recalled for a jump-off after they had cooled down and been told the competition was over. On Friday afternoon, an appeals jury ruled that both Sng...
No report of Yingluck flight: Immigration police | Phuket News
Thai Immigration police has denied knowledge that the former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra fled aboard. On 25 August 2017, Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn Prousoonthorn, Commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, told media that there has been no report that Yingluck has fled the country. “[I] confirm that there has been no report that Yingluck travelled to Singapore or to the neighboring Cambodia,” the BBC Thai quoted the Immigration Bureau Commissioner. He added that it would be very difficult for the former PM, who recently turned a fugitive after the Supreme Court warranted her arrest, to leave the country due to immigration laws of other countries. There have been rumours that the former PM have fled to Singapore via Cambodia before continuing to Dubai where her fugitive brother Thaksin is residing for most of the year. Much to the surprise of thousands of supporters of the former Prime Minister Yingluck, the Supreme...
US to Stop Issuing Visas to Citizens From 3 African Countries, Cambodia | Phuket News
The United States plans to stop issuing visas to citizens from four countries that it says aren’t accepting deported citizens. The list includes three African countries — Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone — as well as Cambodia. The U.S. has suspended visas twice before under previous administrations in efforts to push deportations forward. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security notified the Department of State that the four countries are refusing to accept or are unreasonably delaying the acceptance of nationals deemed to be in the United States illegally, a violation of section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Now, the State Department is evaluating how to implement the order. In the past, visa suspensions have targeted diplomats and government officials. How many people this suspension will affect has not yet been determined. “We follow a standard process to implement a visa suspension as expeditiously as possible in the...
Ice hockey debut in SEA Games gets warm welcome | Phuket News
WHAT was expected to be a muted affair turned out to be one that was jam-packed with hundreds of spectators struggling to get a view of the ice hockey teams playing for the gold, silver and bronze medal in the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games finals last night. No one had predicted ice hockey, in its inuagural debut in the regional sports event, would be able to draw the crowds since the regional sporting event started last week. But it did. “This is crazy!” Muhammad Hafiz, who has been playing for the Malaysian national squad for around 5 years told Asian Correspondent. “We thought only one or two hundred people would turn up. This is very overwhelming,” said the 26-year-old athlete who had to withdraw from playing as he suffered an injury before the games started.   Some Malaysians even came as early as 4pm on a workday to watch...
Four HKTDC Fairs & Chinese Medicine Conference Conclude | Phuket News
Aug 23, 2017 Picture:  21 August 2017 – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 28th Food Expo, the ninth Hong Kong International Tea Fair, the fourth Home Delights Expo and the second Beauty & Wellness Expo, together with the International Conference of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products, which is jointly organised with the Modernized Chinese Medicine International Association Ltd, have concluded successfully. The four fairs attracted a record of more than 2,000 exhibitors from 29 countries and regions and drew nearly 500,000 visitors. “The HKTDC has been striving to promote global trade,” said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau. “The four summer fairs provide one-stop shopping and sourcing experience for consumers and trade buyers, as well as an ideal promotion platform for exhibitors. The atmosphere at the concurrent fairs was very vibrant this year. Open to industry players from 17-19 August, the...
Chavarin's jail sentence increased to two years | Phuket News
The Appeal Court has increased former deputy education minister Chavarin Latthasaksiri's prison sentence from 18 months to two years for misappropriating 11 million baht from a Cambodia-based company three years ago....
Vietnam calls for greater Asean unity over South China Sea | Phuket News
VIETNAM’s most senior political leader has called upon Asean to embrace greater unity over issues in the contested South China Sea. Nguyen Phu Trong is on a visit to Indonesia – the first by a Vietnamese Communist Party chief since Ho Chi Minh’s visit in 1959. In a speech televised at his home country on Wednesday, he said Asean needed to be unified in resolving territorial disputes. “Do not let Asean become a playing card for the competition among major countries,” Trong said, without identifying which he meant. SEE ALSO: Asean adopts South China Sea framework, urges peace in Korean Peninsula Vietnam has emerged as the most vocal opponent of China’s claims in the South China Sea, where more than US$3 trillion in cargo pass every year. Yesterday's lecture from H.E. Professor Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam discussing the future of ASEAN pic.twitter.com/LrpoSjClPS — CSIS...
Vietnamese Collector Offers Antiques to Battle China | Phuket News
As Vietnam struggles to keep the peace with neighboring China, one of its citizens believes he has something to add to Hanoi’s arsenal: his antique collection. Hoang Van Cuong, who says he can raise tens of millions of dollars by selling everything from royal beds to 2,500-year-old bronze drums, has promised to donate the proceeds to the state so it can support fishermen out in the South China Sea, where Vietnam and China are sparring over the rights to several archipelagos. He expects Hanoi to use some of his money to bolster the military, should clashes break out between the two countries. A portion of the funds would come from China, of all places, because his collection includes porcelain from the Qing dynasty and other Chinese artifacts, attracting scores of dealers from north of the border. The peculiar irony of taking Chinese money to buy weapons to fight China is...
Trump Hosts Thai Military Coup Leader at White House | Phuket News
Thailand’s prime minister is visiting the White House, a rare honor for a military leader who seized power in a 2014 coup and has resisted returning the country to democratic rule. President Donald Trump and the first lady welcomed Prayuth Chan-ocha and his wife to the White House Monday, where the two leaders held talks in the Oval Office.
HSBC Expat Explorer Survey : Expats in Vietnam earn $88,000 per year | Phuket News
Expats working in Vietnam said they earn on average nearly US$88,100, with 36 per cent seeing their income increase by 25 per cent, the latest Expat Explorer survey compiled by HSBC Bank revealed. According to the HSBC survey, nearly three quarters (72 per cent) of expats in Việt Nam say moving to the country helped them save more and just over two thirds (67 per cent) agreed that they have a higher disposable income than they did in their home country. The most popular reason for saving or investment is still retirement (37 per cent), followed by buying the first/next property (29 per cent). Nevertheless, when it comes to property ownership, only under one-fifth (18 per cent) of expats own property in Vietnam, which is half of the global average. Forty-two per cent of expats don’t own any property either in their home country or host country. Nearly half (48 per...
Golf: Panuphol wins Indonesia Open | Phuket News
Thailand's Panuphol Pittayarat clinched victory and a $54,000 cheque in the rain-hit Indonesia Open after completing 25 holes on Sunday....
Indonesia may ban "destructive" LGBT-related TV content | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Days after a long-running Indonesian television comedy aired last month, its producers got a letter from the broadcast commission warning that a male character in the show was
Bali-bound Air Asia flight ‘plunges’ 20,000 feet in midair horror | Phuket News
THE passengers on board an AirAsia flight bound for Bali have described their harrowing experience of their plane dropping some 20,000 feet shortly after taking off from Perth, Australia on Sunday morning. With 145 people on board, the plane was forced to turn back less than an hour into the flight after it dropped two-thirds of its altitude, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The would-be holidaymakers on Air Asia Flight QZ535 said they became terrified after they were ordered to adopt the brace position and use their oxygen masks. Some of the passengers thought they would die during the ordeal, with some of them texting their family members to say their goodbyes. “The panic was escalated, because of the behaviour of staff, who was screaming and looked tearful,” Passenger Clare Askew told Seven News. SEE ALSO: AirAsia trains staff to look out for human traffickers  The sudden plunge was reportedly due...
Indonesia's September trade surplus at $1.76bn | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesia's external trade posted a surplus for a second straight month in September as exports of the country's main commodities increased, the statistics bureau said on Monday....
Indonesia's September trade surplus at $1.76 bn | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesia's external trade posted a surplus for a second straight month in September as exports of the country's main commodities increased, the statistics bureau said on Monday....
Passengers speak of panic aboard Indonesia AirAsia flight | Phuket News
PERTH, Australia: Passengers on an Indonesia AirAsia flight to the holiday island of Bali told of a panicking flight crew announcing an emergency and oxygen masks dropping from the ceiling before the airliner turned back to the Australian city of Perth....
AirAsia flight returns to Perth after mid-air scare | Phuket News
Video shows passengers on the flight from Australia to Indonesia being told to
Choirul Huda: Indonesian goalkeeper dies after collision with team-mate | Phuket News
A goalkeeper in Indonesia's top division dies after colliding with a team-mate during a league match on Sunday....
At least 61 dead after violence in Ethiopia's Oromiya region | Phuket News
ADDIS ABABA: At least 61 people have been killed in clashes between different ethnic groups in Ethiopia's Oromiya region, officials said, the latest bout of violence to highlight increasing instability in a province racked by bloody protests in 2015 and 2016....
Police crackdown targets overstaying foreign criminals | Phuket News
Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan has instructed national security agencies to get tough on foreign criminals and “influential figures” following the discovery that nearly 100,000 foreigners were overstaying their visas in Thailand. It is feared that some of these people are committing crimes and damaging Thailand’s image. Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Khongcheep Tantrawanich said on Sunday that the government, via national security officers, would continue to enforce the law strictly. This would include the crackdown on influential figures, including foreign criminals, in a bid to narrow the social gap and create safer places for the Thai public. Following the report on overstayers, Khongcheep quoted Prawit as instructing the military, police and administrative officials to seriously crackdown on transnational criminal network members, especially those who have disguised themselves as tourists. Prawit also urged the Royal Thai Police to check on incoming and outgoing visitors and implement greater measures to control,...
Rayong has the highest death toll from road accidents last year | Phuket News
Rayong ranks the country’s top province with the highest number of deaths from road accidents at the rate of 72.2 out of a population of 100,000 in the road safety report for 2016 released on Monday(Nov 13). The report which is the third of its kind was jointly conducted King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang campus and the Centre for the Study of Road Safety. KMITL lecturer Preeda Chaturapong, one of the writers of the report, said that besides Rayong, the other nine provinces with high road accident death toll rates are Sa Kaew with 69.0 out of 100,000; Chon Buri, 58.7 out of 100,000; Chanthaburi, 57.8 out of 100,000; Nakhon Nayok, 56.3 out of 100,000; Prachin Buri, 55.9 out of 100,000; Saraburi, 54.8 out of 100,000; Lop Buri, 54.8 out of 100,000; Prachuab Khiri Khan, 54.3 out of 100,000 and Petchaburi, 53.1 out of 100,000. Bangkok, meanwhile, ranks top...
Three more suspects arrested in maid murder case | Phuket News
Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police have arrested three more suspects for involvement in the burial of a 16-year-old maid, Jariya Kongsak, who was believed to have been killed five years ago by her employer Kritsana Suwanpithak, alias Mona. The case was brought to light after Jariya’s mother filed a complaint with the Pavena Hongsakula Foundation that her daughter had gone missing after being hired by Ms Kritsana as her maid five years ago. A CSD investigation led to the exhumtion of Jariya’s body from a home in Phetchaburi province and the arrest of Ms Kritsana, who is accused of beating up the girl to death before taking the body to be buried in Phetchaburi. With a warrant issued by the Criminal Court, Pol Col Phumin Poompanmuang, commander of the CSD’s Sub-division 5, arrested Pramote Suwanpitak, 43, a younger brother of Ms Kritsana, from a house in Phetchaburi. Another CSD team...
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: B100 million bribes? Weight problems! Patong Hill dangers! || November 13 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 13 B100 million per month corruption allegations/investigation! Taking back Phuket beaches? Patong Hill clams another life! Thai childrens weight problems? King Power in the hot seat? Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
Opinion: A tourist’s defence of Vachira Phuket Hospital vs Stacey Liddle | Phuket News
I saw this story on the Australian news (click here) and though......
One dead, two injured as truck’s brakes fail on Patong Hill | Phuket News
PHUKET: One man died and two men were injured earlier today when a 10-wheeler truck’s brakes failed while descending Patong Hill....
Three Myanmar boat crew members arrested in Phuket for boat and fishing equipment theft | Phuket News
PHUKET: Three Myanmar fishing boat crew members were arrested at Rassada Pier on Saturday night (Nov 11) for theft of boat and fishing equipment from what was said to be a Bolivian-registered fishing vessel docked on the Tha Jeen Canal while it is investigated for illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing....
Chinese shrines finally draw Phuket Vegetarian Festival to a close | Phuket News
PHUKET: Jui Tui Tao Bo Keng Shrine held a series of ceremonies over the weekend to bring to a close the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, which officially concluded last month, with a “Yew Keng” procession around Phuket Town yesterday morning (Nov 12)....
Russian tourist injured in Phuket waterfall plunge | Phuket News
PHUKET: Officials at the popular Bang Pae Waterfall are calling for tourists to exercise caution when enjoying the popular natural tourist attraction in central Phuket after a Russian man slipped off a rock and fell five metres into the pool below yesterday (Nov 12)....
Four Phuket tour bus staff arrested for illegal gambling | Phuket News
PHUKET: Four tour bus staff were arrested on Saturday (Nov 11) after being caught gambling on a high-low game while sat in the luggage compartment of a bus parked in a bus depot in Rassada....
South Korea, China extend currency deal despite missile row | Phuket News
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and China have agreed to extend their currency swap deal, Seoul said Friday, easing concerns the deal would fall through due to tensions over a U.S. missile defense system. The two Asian countries renewed the deal worth 64 trillion won or 360 billion yuan ($57 billion) for another […]...
Small Quakes Detected Near North Korean Nuclear Test Site | Phuket News
A small earthquake has been detected early Friday near North Korea's nuclear test site, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The 2.9 magnitude temblor was detected about 23 kilometers (14 miles) from Sungibaegam, “in the area of previous North Korean nuclear tests,” USGS said. Officials at South Korea’s Korea Meteorological Administration said it wasn’t man-made and didn’t appear to cause any damage in the area. The temblor is the fourth since North Korea’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test explosion Sept. 3. Some experts suggested the area is now too unstable to conduct more bomb tests. That test caused a 6.3 magnitude earthquake, according to the USGS. The South Korean officials, who requested anonymity citing department rules, said they believe the four quakes probably happened because the underground nuclear test last month weakened or affected the tectonic plate structures in the area. The region isn’t one where earthquakes naturally occur and no quakes were...
UAE to Stop Issuing Visas to North Koreans | Phuket News
The United Arab Emirates announced Thursday it would halt the issuance of visas to North Korean workers, as tensions surrounding the country's nuclear ambitions continue to build. The move by the UAE follows similar policy changes from Kuwait and Qatar, which already have blocked visas to the country, limiting North Korea's ability to evade sanctions and make money off the laborers it sends to work in Middle Eastern nations. The UAE statement said it also would block North Korean companies from operating in any of the seven emirates, and the UAE will end its non-resident ambassador program with North Korea. The move by the UAE comes after Kuwait, in September, told the North Korean ambassador there he had one month to vacate the country and stopped issuing visas to all North Koreans. Qatar also has said it no longer would issue visas to North Korean workers. South Korea and Japan...
Trump on North Korea: My attitude is the one that matters | Phuket News
SEOUL, South Korea (The Korea Herald/ANN) – US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his attitude is “the one that matters” when it comes to resolving the impasse over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme. Trump made the remark in response to a question about whether he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are on the same page […]...
Lawyers, prosecutors face off at Samsung heir’s appeal case | Phuket News
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Prosecutors cited a past ruling on a North Korean spy case as one reason why Samsung’s billionaire heir deserved a lengthy prison term after being convicted of offering bribes to the country’s then-president and one of her associates. The prosecutors and Lee Jae-yong’s lawyers sparred Thursday during a first hearing […]...
South Korea Businessmen Protest Over Kaesong | Phuket News
South Korean companies that were forced to shut down operations in the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea in 2016 have petitioned the government in Seoul to investigate reports that Pyongyang has reopened the facility without their consent. The North/South joint venture with South Korea was suspended last year to punish the Kim Jong Un government for conducting nuclear and missile tests, and to cut off a possible source of funding for Pyongyang’s illicit weapons development program. Unconfirmed reports Last week, the North Korea propaganda web site Meari indicated operations have resumed at the Kaesong facility, and another propaganda web site, Uriminzokkiri posted a comment saying,
Ariya aims to escape 'valley' in Incheon | Phuket News
Ariya Jutanugarn will be trying to stop the rot when she tees off in the first round of the Hana Bank Championship in South Korea on Thursday....
Trump: North Korea a 'Problem That Has to Be Solved' | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday characterized North Korea as “a problem that has to be solved.” Trump, asked about his differences with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on how to respond to Pyongyang, replied, “I feel stronger and tougher on that subject than other people, but I listen to everybody.” The president, in the Oval Office alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, added that “ultimately, I will do what's right for the United States and, really, what's right for the world.” Meanwhile, North Korea's foreign minister says Trump
After Malaysia fire, outrage over unregulated religious schools | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia faced mounting calls for stronger regulation of religious schools following a horrific fire at an Islamic boarding school that killed 23 victims, most of them teenage boys trapped behind the barred windows of their dormitory....
Tahfiz school fire that killed 23 reflects Malaysia’s complacent attitude | Phuket News
THEY had a whole lifetime ahead of them, but a tragic blaze that broke out at an Islamic boarding school in Kuala Lumpur at an ungodly hour on Thursday, cut short the lives of 21 teenagers and two others in what will become a subject of heated debate in the ensuing weeks. In the aftermath of the inferno, the Fire and Rescue department said the fire was likely sparked by a short circuit in the poorly-built building or mosquito repellant coil, while government ministers were quick to point out the school, Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, was not operating with proper approvals. And while everyone is sent scrambling for answers, the incident underscores a symptom of a bigger problem: there is a great deal of complacency plaguing the country where fire safety, and safety in general, is concerned. #AWANInews Tahfiz school fire
China told to stem smuggling of pangolins and payoong wood | Phuket News
China has been urged by Asean to strictly enforce laws to stamp out trafficking in wildlife and plants, particularly pangolins and Siamese rosewood (payoong), into the country. At the 4th Regional Dialogue on Combating Trafficking of Wild Fauna and Flora held in Bangkok during Sept 13-15, Chinese delegates pledged to strictly enforce laws to stem illegal trade in rare wildlife and plants. They claimed that, in the past 10 years, Chinese customs have seized substantial number of wild animals and plants flown into the country by plane.   According to Chinese customs, over 11,000 trafficking cases have been recorded with more than 12,000 suspects being arrested.  About 240 tonnes of protected wildlife and plants were seized.  Since the beginning of this year, about 20 tonnes of the contraband were seized and 70 cases have been pursued.  Also, consumption of ivory tusks in China has dropped about 70 percent and 6.1...
23 People Killed in Malaysia Religious School Fire | Phuket News
An early morning fire at a private religious school in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur killed 23 people Thursday, most of them teenage boys. Fire officials say the pre-dawn blaze at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah broke out in the top floor of the dormitory building where the students were sleeping.  The victims — 21 boys between the ages of 13 and 17, and two adult teachers — were unable to escape because the only entrance to the sleeping quarters was blocked by the fire, and the windows were covered by iron grills.   Witnesses looked on helplessly as they heard the students screaming for help as the fire raged.  Their bodies were later found huddled in two corners of the burned-out room. Fire officials say they likely died of smoke inhalation. Eighteen other residents in the school were rescued, with six of them hospitalized in critical condition. The cause of the...
Tahfiz school fire that killed 25 reflects Malaysia’s complacent attitude | Phuket News
THEY had a whole lifetime ahead of them, but a tragic blaze that broke out at an Islamic boarding school in Kuala Lumpur at an ungodly hour on Thursday, cut short the lives of 23 teenagers and two others in what will become a subject of heated debate in the weeks to come. In the aftermath of the inferno, the Fire and Rescue department said the fire was likely by sparked by a short circuit in the poorly-built building or mosquito repellant coil, while government ministers were quick to point out that the school was not operating with proper approvals. And while everyone is sent scrambling for answers, the incident underscores a symptom of a bigger problem: there is a great deal of complacency plaguing the country where fire safety, and safety in general, is concerned. #AWANInews Tahfiz school fire
Fire at Malaysian Islamic School Kills 23 | Phuket News
A fire that blocked the only exit to an Islamic school dormitory killed 23 people who were trapped behind barred windows, mostly teenagers, on the outskirts of Malaysia’s capital early Thursday, officials said. Firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call at 5:41 a.m. and took an hour to put out the blaze, which started on the top floor of the three-story building, Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh said. He said there were at least 23 charred bodies, 21 of them boys between 13 and 17, and two teachers. The initial toll was reported to be 25, but it has since been lowered.   Singh said 14 other students and four teachers were rescued, with six of them hospitalized in critical condition.    “We believe (they died of) suffocation,” he said. ​Fire near dormitory door   The fire broke out near the door of the boys’ dormitory,...
Fire at Islamic school in Kuala Lumpur kills 23, mostly teens | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: A fire killed 23 people, mostly teenagers, trapped behind barred windows and a blocked exit in an Islamic school dormitory on the outskirts of Malaysia's capital early Thursday, officials said....
Fire at Malaysian Islamic School Kills 24 | Phuket News
A fire that blocked the only exit to an Islamic school dormitory killed 24 people who were trapped behind barred windows, mostly teenagers, on the outskirts of Malaysia’s capital early Thursday, officials said. Firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call at 5:41 a.m. and took an hour to put out the blaze, which started on the top floor of the three-story building, Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh said. He said there were at least 24 charred bodies, 22 of them boys between 13 and 17, and two teachers.   Singh said 14 other students and four teachers were rescued, with six of them hospitalized in critical condition.    “We believe (they died of) suffocation,” he said. ​Fire near dormitory door   The fire broke out near the door of the boys’ dormitory, trapping the victims because it was the only entrance and the windows are barred,...
Why did an alarm sound across Singapore? | Phuket News
An alarm sounded across Singapore on Friday - the same day as North Korea launched its latest missile. But the timing was coincidental....
Singapore Grand Prix: Circuit to host race until at least 2021 | Phuket News
Singapore will host a grand prix until at least 2021 after signing a new contract with Formula 1....
Singapore will host Formula One races until 2021 | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: Singapore will continue to host Formula One races until 2021 after agreeing on a four-year deal on Friday....
Formula One: Singapore extends contract to host night race until 2021 | Phuket News
SINGAPORE has secured a deal with Formula One to keep its grand prix on the calendar until 2021. With ideal timing, the medium-term future of the popular night race has been secured, with a contract being signed for at least four more editions of the Marina Bay Street Circuit race. Formula One chiefs are in Singapore for Sunday’s grand prix – the 10th edition of the night race through the city-state’s streets. Chase Carey, the chairman and CEO of Formula One, said the race was “a signature” of the World Championship calendar – and one of its most “thrilling events”. SEE ALSO: Motorsport: No deal yet but Formula One plans long-term stay in Singapore The new deal backed up Carey’s words at the All That Matters industry conference in downtown Singapore this week. Speaking at the event, he said: “We haven’t concluded a deal yet, but we’re having positive discussions and it is...
Thriving Black Market Could Mitigate North Korea Sanctions Impact | Phuket News
Illicit evasion and a thriving black market continue to mitigate the impact of sanctions intended to deprive North Korea of billions of dollars in revenue and needed components for its nuclear program. The latest round of United Nations sanctions imposed on North Korea this week for conducting its sixth nuclear test, and the restrictions put in place in August for repeated ballistic missile launches, including intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) tests, could potentially have significant impact. Potential impact The North Korean gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016 was $28.50 billion, according to the Bank of Korea in Seoul. The August sanctions would cut the GDP by $3 billion by banning coal, iron, lead and seafood export industries.  The newest restrictions could cost another $800 million by banning textile exports. And reductions in oil and gas imports and limits on worker permits would also cut off needed fuel and funds for North Korea’s weapons...
Singapore Grand Prix faces threat from Thailand, China | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: For most, a 10th anniversary is an occasion fit for celebration but, for the 2017 Formula One (F1) Singapore Grand Prix, festivities for this milestone are muted amid a future shrouded in uncertainty....
Emerging stocks bull run is just getting started - BofAML | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- An overanalysis of geopolitics, “central bank zigzags” and a focus on company earnings are all just distractions when it comes to riding bull markets in emerging stocks....
Chinese manufacturing posts weakest reading in five month in private survey | Phuket News
A private survey on China's manufacturing activity for November, the Caixin/Markit PMI, was released on Friday....
China's Caixin/Markit manufacturing PMI is 50.8 for November, missing expectations | Phuket News
A private survey on China's manufacturing activity for November, the Caixin/Markit PMI, was released on Friday....
Las Vegas shooting: Paddock's 'girlfriend' arrives in US | Phuket News
Marilou Danley has left the Philippines and arrived in the US where she is wanted for questioning....
Las Vegas shooting: Paddock's 'girlfriend' has left Philippines | Phuket News
Marilou Danley has left the Philippines for the US where she is wanted for questioning....
Terror Risks Make Tight Security Routine For World's Hotels | Phuket News
In many parts of the world, the constant fear of extremist attacks has led to tighter security measures at hotels and resorts, but that is less so in the United States, where hotels are reluctant to intrude on the privacy of guests. Security experts say the shooting attack that left at least 59 people dead in Las Vegas could lead to more cameras and more training for hotel staff. More aggressive measures such as metal detectors or X-ray screening of guests and luggage - standard for airline travel - are less likely to gain footing in the U.S. because of cost and privacy concerns. Although they are private property, hotels are notably public spaces in most of the world. In many places, luxury hotels have entrances from shopping malls, and their lobbies serve as a refuge from noisy, chaotic streets. Hotel operators in other countries are increasingly deploying armed guards,...
For Many Hotels, Terror Risks Make Tight Security Routine | Phuket News
Across the globe, risks of terrorism and other violence have made tight security at hotels and resorts routine, even in countries where strict gun control laws may help prevent the kind of shooting attack that occurred Sunday night in Las Vegas.   Security varies widely from place to place: in many cities luxury hotels have entrances that open straight into shopping malls. Hotel lobbies often serve as a refuge from noisy, chaotic city streets, and are generally easily accessible.   But increasingly, hotel operators are deploying armed guards, vehicle barricades, x-ray machines and other security devices to reduce risks.   The most recent major incident in Asia, at the Resorts World Manila casino in the Philippines, shared similarities with the Las Vegas attack.   The attacker in that case was a man with a gambling addiction who got past hotel security with an ammunition vest and assault rifle, carrying out...
AirAsia Philippines seeks to raise $250m via 2018 | Phuket News
MANILA: The Philippines unit of AirAsia Bhd is seeking to raise up to $250 million (8.4 billion baht) via an initial public offering (IPO) in mid-2018 to fund its expansion programme, its chief executive said on Tuesday....
Bells tolled as Church rallies protest against Duterte’s bloody drug war | Phuket News
Church bells tolled across the Philippines late Thursday (Sept 14) as bishops rallied against the “reign of terror” that saw thousands of people killed in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against drugs, according to The Manila Times Online on Friday. The Catholic Church ordered bells to simultaneously ring for five minutes at 8pm to honor the dead and to remind the living that the bloodshed must stop. The ritual will continue for 40 nights. “We cannot allow the destruction of lives to become normal.  We cannot govern the nation by killing,” Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle said in a postoral letter last week launching the campaign. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, led by Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, followed up this week with an even stronger pastoral letter. Duterte has made the drug war the top priority of his administration and has regularly encouraged more bloodshed with comments such as...
Vietnam calls for greater Asean unity in the South China Sea | Phuket News
VIETNAM’s most senior political leader has called upon the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to embrace greater unity over issues in the contested South China Sea. Making the first visit by a Vietnamese Communist Party chief to Indonesia since Ho Chi Minh’s visit in 1959, Nguyen Phu Trong said in a speech televised at home on Wednesday that the Asean needed to be unified in resolving territorial disputes. “Do not let Asean become a playing card for the competition among major countries,” Trong said, without identifying which he meant. SEE ALSO: Asean adopts South China Sea framework, urges peace in Korean Peninsula Vietnam has emerged as the most vocal opponent of China’s claims in the South China Sea, where more than US$3 trillion in cargo pass every year. Yesterday's lecture from H.E. Professor Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam discussing the future of...
Cambodia: Pro-democracy NGO wants review of decision to close office, expel staff | Phuket News
UNITED STATES non-profit the National Democratic Institute (NDI) has expressed its “deep disappointment” and urged for a review of the Hun Sen government’s decision to prevent it from continuing its operations in Cambodia. On Wednesday, Cambodia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry ordered NDI’s office be shut down and that all the organisation’s foreign staff be expelled from the Kingdom within seven days. “We are surprised and saddened by this development,” said NDI president Kenneth Wollack in a statement. “For 25 years in Cambodia, NDI has worked with all major political parties, including the ruling party.” “We have been transparent in our work, and have made every attempt to comply with the law. It is our sincere hope the Cambodian government will review its decision.” SEE ALSO: Cambodian election was neither free nor fair – watchdog Amid a crackdown against political opposition, the media and civil society ahead of the 2018 national elections,...
Pro-democracy NGO ‘saddened’ by Cambodia’s decision to close office, expel staff | Phuket News
UNITED STATES non-profit the National Democratic Institute (NDI) has expressed its “deep disappointment” with the Hun Sen government’s decision to prevent it from continuing its operations in Cambodia. On Wednesday, Cambodia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry ordered NDI’s office be shut down and that all the organisation’s foreign staff be expelled from the Kingdom within seven days. The NDI has operated in the country since 1992. Amid a crackdown against political opposition, the media and civil society ahead of the 2018 national elections, Cambodia’s government ordered the NDI to cease work because it claimed the organisation had not fulfilled its tax and registration obligations. SEE ALSO: Cambodian election was neither free nor fair – watchdog The NDI rejected the allegations, claiming it has “fulfilled all legal obligations” and that the government had “accepted NDI’s registration documents on Sept 21, 2016, and has yet to act on the submission.” “We are surprised and...
Cambodia PM tells critics to pay up or go | Phuket News
Cambodia's free press fears silencing as leader Hun Sen is emboldened by US President Donald Trump....
Pay up or pack up | Phuket News
Cambodia's free press fears silencing as leader Hun Sen is emboldened by US President Donald Trump....
Cambodia Orders US-funded Group to Leave in New Anti-American Move | Phuket News
Cambodia ordered the U.S.-funded National Democratic Institute to stop activities and remove foreign staff Wednesday in the latest move by Prime Minister Hun Sen's government against American interests ahead of elections next year. The U.S. State Department said it was
Cambodia, KrisEnergy sign deal to develop offshore oil field | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH - Cambodia signed an agreement with Singapore-listed KrisEnergy Ltd on Wednesday to develop an offshore oil field that could finally see Cambodia produce its own oil after years of delays....
Cambodia Shutters Independent Radio, Boots Out US NGO | Phuket News
Two independent Cambodian radio stations that allowed rare criticism of the government said Wednesday they are being forced to shut down, further limiting opportunities for political activity and expression ahead of next year's general election. The radio stations announced the closures the same day the foreign ministry ordered foreign staff members of the Washington-based National Democratic Institute to leave the country within a week and halt operations. The government accused of group, which receives U.S. government support, of violating laws on non-governmental organizations and taxes. The institute, affiliated with the U.S. Democratic Party, promotes democracy and election monitoring worldwide. The moves appeared to be part of a concerted effort to rein in media and other public watchdogs ahead of the 2018 polls, in which the ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen is expected to face a strong challenge. Hun Sen has held power for three decades, employing authoritarian methods...
Cambodia could finally be about to produce its own oil after years of delays | Phuket News
Cambodia has struggled to develop oil fields in the Gulf of Thailand, as few companies are willing to invest in the area....
Typhoon Doksuri batters central Vietnam | Phuket News
HANOI: Typhoon Doksuri slammed into central Vietnam Friday with maximum sustained winds of 135 kilometres per hour, blowing off roofs, felling trees and electricity poles....
Heavy rains across Phuket bring widespread floods, landslide | Phuket News
PHUKET: Heavy rain across Phuket this morning has caused widespread flooding and a landslip in Kamala, after the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) issued a nationwide weather warning marking typhoon Doksuri crossing the Vietnam coast....
Police Widen PetroVietnam Graft Inquiry | Phuket News
Vietnamese police have widened their investigation into alleged graft and mismanagement connected with the state-owned oil and gas giant PetroVietnam that caused $69 million in losses.  Three PetroVietnam subsidiaries are being investigated for alleged abuse of power in appropriating $5.3 million, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement late Wednesday.   The case centers on Ocean Bank, which was taken over by State Bank in 2015 at no cost after reporting losses of $445 million. PetroVietnam had owned 20 percent of the bank and lost all its investment after the takeover. Dozens face charges Ocean Bank’s former chairman, Ha Van Tham, and general director Nguyen Xuan Son face embezzlement charges. They are among 51 bankers and businessmen including 46 senior executives at Ocean Bank who are being tried in Hanoi for alleged mismanagement.    The bank gave $69 million in interest exceeding the rate set by the central...
Death penalty sought for ex-chairman of PetroVietnam | Phuket News
HANOI: Prosecutors in Vietnam on Thursday said they were seeking the death sentence in an embezzlement case against a former chairman of state energy firm PetroVietnam, as the communist country steps up one of its biggest corruption crackdowns....
Vietnam seeks death penalty for ex-chairman of state energy firm | Phuket News
HANOI: Prosecutors in Vietnam on Thursday said they were seeking the death sentence in an embezzlement case against a former chairman of state energy firm PetroVietnam, as the communist country steps up one of its biggest corruption crackdowns....
Vietnam braces for storm Doksuri, ordering evacuation | Phuket News
HANOI: Vietnam was bracing for Tropical Storm Doksuri which killed at least four people and left another six missing in the Philippines....
In-game collision kills veteran Indonesia goalkeeper Huda | Phuket News
PERSELA, Indonesia: Veteran goalkeeper Choirul Huda of Persela Lamongan has died just hours after an in-game collision against Semen Padang in the Indonesian league on Sunday....
Benefits of Indonesia’s digital economy will be felt nationwide | Phuket News
Oct 14, 2017 Picture:  10 October 2017 - JAKARTA, Indonesia: As Indonesia’s rapidly growing digital economy promises to deliver benefits for businesses and end-users across the nation, the full impact on each sector, potential challenges to overcome and how it will change the country’s landscape will be discussed at the Indonesia Digital Economy Summit, which forms part of Communic Indonesia and Broadcast Indonesia 2017. This year’s conference comes at a time of great innovation in Indonesia, with the nation’s government having launched an e-Commerce Roadmap that aims to create 1,000 new tech start-ups. The country is aiming to become ASEAN’s largest digital economy by 2020, with cyber sovereignty seen as a key factor in achieving this target. Among those hailing the potential of the new digital economy is Hana Abriyansyah, Chief Information Security Officer, PT Midtrans, who will share his view that this new digital ecosystem will lead to...
Indonesian Village Takes Natural Approach to Pest Control | Phuket News
Clearing forests for farm fields makes room for crops, but often squeezes out natural predators that can help clear the fields of crop-eating rodents. After his neighbors tried unsuccessfully to get rid of the pests by smoking them out and hunting them, one farmer in Indonesia decided to try a natural approach: bringing back owls. Faith Lapidus has his story....
UN Condemns Anti-gay Crackdowns in Egypt, Azerbaijan, Indonesia | Phuket News
Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia have all unjustly arrested dozens of people during anti-gay crackdowns in recent weeks, subjecting many to mistreatment in custody, the United Nations human rights office said Friday.
Long Agenda Awaits Next Jakarta Governor After High-Stakes Campaign | Phuket News
Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno will be sworn in on Monday as governor and deputy governor, respectively, of Jakarta, nearly six months after they won a contentious election in a landslide. Baswedan will be Jakarta’s fourth governor in three years: Joko Widodo vacated the post when he became president in 2014, ceding to his deputy Basuki “Ahok” Purnama Tjahaha, who was jailed for blasphemy after he lost this year’s reelection bid.  Baswedan, the former Minister of Education, will be the latest to face the enormous developmental challenges facing Jakarta, a city of nearly 10 million people.  He will also have to navigate a minefield of associations, since his campaign allied with Islamist groups like the hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and benefited from their religiously charged protests against Ahok, who is a Christian in overwhelmingly Muslim Indonesia.  “I do think Anies will be watched more closely because of the Islamist...
Indonesian man, told to leave US, seeks sanctuary in church | Phuket News
MERIDEN, United States: A former Fulbright scholar has taken sanctuary inside a Connecticut church rather than be deported to his native Indonesia....
The long saga of a mega-mine deal will soon end, Indonesia's finance chief says | Phuket News
Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the agreement with Freeport-McMoRan could be executed this year....
Indonesia Bishop Hubertus Leteng resigns amid scandal | Phuket News
He has previously denied committing any crime but gave no reason for his sudden exit....
Ramkhamhaeng Clash 4th Anniversary: justice still delayed | Phuket News
On the fourth anniversary of the clash at Ramkhamhaeng University and Rajamangala Stadium during the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PRDC) campaign, there is no progress in the legal cases to report. The father of a Ramkhamhaeng student hopes to learn who shot his son. The case of a beaten-up red shirt taxi driver has been met with ‘silence.’ Thida Thavornseth points out that the incident was aimed at escalating the conflict.    Chaotic scenes at Ramkhamhaeng University on the evening of 30 November 2013.   During the formation of PDRC, there were many key moments. Among them is the violence that led to the deaths at Ramkhamhaeng University and Rajamangala Stadium on 30 November and 1 December 2013. The clash resulted in five deaths: a Ramkhamhaeng university student, three United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) supporters and a civilian whose political affiliation was not identified. Apart from the street...
Myanmar wields colonial-era law against Reuters journalists | Phuket News
YANGON: Myanmar has accused Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, of breaching the country's Official Secrets Act, a little-used hangover from colonial rule....
Four cities to start building light rails | Phuket News
Light rail projects in four key cities -- Phuket, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima -- worth a combined 161 billion baht are scheduled to start construction next year....
White elephant in Thai culture, highly auspicious and symbols of royal power | Phuket News
In my view, one of the most impressive and majestic animals is the elephant, in particular the white elephant. In Thai culture the white elephant is called “chang samkhan”, which means “auspicious elephant”....
Taking the plunge: Getting a buzz from my first scuba dive with Sea Bees | Phuket News
Like many expats in Phuket, when I first arrived on the island I had grand plans of immediately getting my scuba diving certification and taking advantage of the incredible diving opportunities right on my doorstep....
Phuket Opinion: So say the crowd? | Phuket News
PHUKET: The two online fundraising campaigns, launched by tourists injured in Phuket last week, serve as apt examples of both the good and bad potential of the crowdfunding phenomenon. Both verify that the values of selflessness and generosity – simply helping someone in need if you are in a position to do so – are alive and well. It also shows how easily heart-wrenching pleas for help can be cynically used to take advantage of people....
Australian tourist Stacey Liddle to go home next week | Phuket News
PHUKET: Australian tourist Stacey Liddle, who has undergone a spate of surgeries in the hope of saving her left leg since it was crushed by a tour bus two weeks ago, will return home next week, staff Vachira Phuket Hospital have confirmed....
HeadStart Phuket students named ‘Top in Thailand’ in Cambridge Awards | Phuket News
Four students from HeadStart International School, Phuket recently received prestigious awards from Cambridge International Examinations to acknowledge their outstanding performance in the Cambridge examinations in June this year....
Phuket officials inch towards regaining Supreme Court reclaimed land | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong led a sortie of officials, accompanied by police and Royal Thai Army security personnel, yesterday to pull down a ‘no trespassing’ warning still posted at a plot of land that is among the 178 rai of prime beachfront real estate at Layan and Lay Phang beaches on Phuket’s west coast that the Supreme Court last week ruled be returned to the public....
Chinese tourists flock to Thailand for fun, sexual freedom | Phuket News
PHUKET: Bathed in a pink spotlight, the cabaret singer at Phuket’s ZAG bar lip-syncs the top notes of a popular Mandarin love song, delighting the crowd of gay Chinese tourists who have escaped judgement at home for sexual freedom in Thailand....
Phuket police ‘paid B100mn a month in bribes’ | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police are tracking down 142 foreigners said to be paying up to B100 million a month in bribes to local police for overstaying their visas in Phuket...
15 police officers under probe over bribes allegation | Phuket News
An investigation has been launched against 15 police officers in Phuket accused of taking bribes from illegal immigrants. Deputy Police Commissioner General Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said he had been assigned by the national police chief to head the probe into allegations that local police, tourist police and immigration police in Phuket had received bribes in exchange for “turning a blind eye” to undocumented migrant workers and illegal immigrants. Srivara said he had instructed the Immigration Bureau and Provincial Police Bureau 8, which covers Phuket, to form a joint investigative panel into the 15 officers. Srivara took the action after a Facebook user, who called himself “Spotlight Phuket”, made a recent allegation on his Facebook page. Initial checks found that police stations in Phuket arrested 142 illegal immigrants from October 1 2016 to October 31 2017 – but there were no records of the immigrants being handed over to the...
US Concerned about Myanmar's Silence Over Where Reuters Journalists Are Being Held | Phuket News
The U.S. embassy in Myanmar said Friday it was concerned that there had been no word on the whereabouts of two Reuters journalists three days after they were detained, and that authorities had not allowed their families to visit them. Myanmar's Ministry of Information said on Wednesday that the reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, and two policemen, faced charges under the British colonial-era Official Secrets Act, though officials have since disclosed that they have not been charged. The 1923 law carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years. The journalists had worked on stories about a military crackdown in Rakhine state, which has triggered the flight of more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to southern Bangladesh since the end of August.
North Korea Says Trump 'Lit a Fuse of War' | Phuket News
North Korea's foreign minister says President Donald Trump
Poll: Most Say Trump Making N. Korea Situation Worse | Phuket News
North Korea's nuclear weapons development is spooking most Americans, and two-thirds of them say President Donald Trump's war of words with the isolated nation's leader is making the situation worse. Less than one in 10 think Trump's comments are making it better.   Those are the findings of a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, as tensions between the adversaries escalate and North Korea comes closer to its goal of having a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the continental U.S.   The poll was conducted about a week after Trump intensified rhetorical exchanges with his counterpart Kim Jong Un, dubbing him
North Korea hacked US-South Korean war plans to wipe out leadership – lawmaker | Phuket News
North Korean hackers have stolen hundreds of classified military documents from South Korea, including a joint US-South Korean plan detailing how to eliminate the Pyongyang leadership in the event of war, in a breach that happened last year, a South Korean ruling party lawmaker said on Wednesday. Democratic Party representative Rhee Cheol-hee said in radio appearances on Wednesday that 235 gigabytes of military documents were taken from the Defense Integrated Data Center in September last year, citing information from unnamed South Korean defence officials. Among the leaked documents was Operational Plans 5015, for use in case of war with the North and including procedures for “decapitation” attacks on leader Kim Jong Un, the local paper The Chosun Ilbo quoted Rhee as saying. SEE ALSO: Trump mulls visit to North-South Korean border The plans were aimed at winning a war at an early stage and minimising damage to South Korea by carrying...
Trump mulls visit to North-South Korean border | Phuket News
Amid escalating tension between the US and North Korea, US President Donald Trump is reportedly planning a visit to the demilitarised zone (DMZ) that divides North and South Korea during his visit to the latter next month. The South’s state media Yonhap News (via Reuters) cited a defence source for this information, who added that the White House had dispatched an advance team of working-level officials in late September to view possible sites for Trump’s”special activity” in South Korea. The DMZ refers to a heavily fortified area about 240 km across the Korean peninsula and 4km wide, that divides North and South Korea. The two nations, technically at war since the 1950s, have heavy military presence in the area. The source said Trump was considering visiting two locations inside the DMZ: the truce village of Panmujom and the observation post. ...
S. Korean lawmaker says North Korea hacked war plans | Phuket News
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean lawmaker says North Korean hackers stole highly classified military documents that include U.S.-South Korean wartime “decapitation strike” plans against the North Korean leadership. The United States, meanwhile, staged another show of force meant to deter any North Korean aggression by flying two B-1B supersonic bombers Tuesday night […]...
Trump Discusses ‘Range of Options’ to Respond to North Korean Aggression | Phuket News
As U.S. President Donald Trump pondered possible military strikes against North Korea, his military, along with South Korea and Japan, staged a combined show of force against Pyongyang with missile firing exercises off both the east and west coasts of the Korean peninsula on Tuesday. Trump, meeting with members of his national security team, discussed “a range of options to respond to any form of North Korean aggression or, if necessary, to prevent North Korea from threatening the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons,” according to a statement from White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “I suppose this must be in reference to pre-empting an imminent North Korean nuclear attack,” says regional security analyst Daniel Pinkston with Troy University in Seoul. The president, in the meeting, received a briefing from Defense Secretary James Mattis and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, according...
The US just flew bombers over the Korean Peninsula | Phuket News
The U.S. military flew two Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers over the Korean Peninsula, South Korea's military said....
Report: N. Korean Hackers Steal US-S. Korea Assassination Plan for Kim Jong Un | Phuket News
Computer hackers from North Korea are believed to have stolen a large number of classified military documents from South Korea, including plans to “decapitate” the North’s leadership. South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday authorities believe hackers broke into a South Korean military data center in September 2016 and made off with the secret documents. Among the stolen files is believed to be Operational Plan 5015, which Yonhap calls
North Korea hackers believed to have stolen US-South Korea plans to kill Kim Jong Un | Phuket News
North Korean hackers are believed to have stolen classified military documents, including a S.Korea-U.S. plan to
25 dead in fire at religious school in Kuala Lumpur | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - At least 25 people have died after a fire broke out at a religious school in Kuala Lumpur's Jalan Datuk Keramat early Thursday....
Fire at Islamic school in Kuala Lumpur kills 24, mostly teens | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: A fire killed 24 people, mostly teenagers, trapped behind barred windows and a blocked exit in an Islamic school dormitory on the outskirts of Malaysia's capital early Thursday, officials said....
Fire kills at least 25 at religious school in Malaysian capital | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: A fire at an Islamic boarding school killed at least 25 people, most of them students, in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur after breaking out in a dormitory early on Thursday morning, officials said....
Kuala Lumpur school fire kills students and teachers | Phuket News
At least 25 students and teachers died at the religious school in the Malaysian capital, officials say....
BioMalaysia2017 Concludes Partnerships and Collaborations to Boost Economic Growth in the Asia Pacific Region | Phuket News
Sep 12, 2017 Picture:  KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sept. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Malaysia's premier biotechnology event BioMalaysia & Asia Pacific Bioeconomy 2017, ended today, after 3 days of Forums and Exhibition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The event was officiated by the Secretary General of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI), Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Azhar bin Yahaya on 11 September 2017 on behalf of the MOSTI Minister, Datuk Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau. BioMalaysia & Asia Pacific Bioeconomy 2017 was jointly organized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (Bioeconomy Corporation) an agency under the purview of MOSTI and MyEvents International. Themed
Malaysia Airlines agrees to $3.06bn Boeing plane deal | Phuket News
CHICAGO: Malaysia Airlines Bhd agreed to buy Boeing Co’s 787-9 Dreamliners and 737 Max jets as the Southeast Asian nation’s flag carrier looks to boost services on its busiest routes....
Motorsport: No deal yet but Formula One plans long-term stay in Singapore | Phuket News
SINGAPORE has a long-term future on the Formula One calendar even though a new deal is yet to be agreed, according to F1 chief executive Chase Carey. This weekend marks the 10th Singapore Grand Prix – the last under the night race’s existing contract. And despite crowds falling from an average of 100,000 on all three days in the race’s first year to 73,000 last year – down from 87,000 as recently as 2015 – Carey is eager for the sport to have a long-term future in the city-state. The race, which takes place on the floodlit Marina Bay Street Circuit that winds its way through the heart of Singapore against a backdrop of glittering skyscrapers, remains one of the most glamorous on the 20-round calendar. SEE ALSO: Football: Call for Singapore’s Young Lions to be scrapped from S.League The race, along with China, is provisionally part of next season’s 21-round schedule...
This chart shows why you shouldn’t trust Malaysian universities’ rankings too much | Phuket News
Last week, Times Higher Education released its World University Rankings for 2018. Malaysian universities didn’t fare too well there. The best performance came from University of Malaya (UM), and that was at the 351-400th spot. The other top 4 research universities in the country: National University of Science, Malaysia (USM), National University of Malaysia (UKM), University Putra Malaysia (UPM) and University of Technology, Malaysia (UTM) only managed to make it to the 601-800th spots. It’s in stark contrast to the 2018 QS World University Rankings where these universities were all in the top 300 – UM even rose to 114th place, a few hundred places off where it placed in THE 2018. Add in the US News and World Report’s Best Global University Rankings and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and we start to see even more variety between the rankings, as shown in the chart below: University QS 2018...
Trump Praises Malaysia's Purchase of Boeing Jets, Fight Against Terrorism | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump is hosting Malaysia's scandal-tainted Prime Minister Najib Razak and praising his country's investment in the United States and the fight against terrorism. Trump said Tuesday he and Najib
South China Sea Succumbing to Pollution Due to Political Impasse | Phuket News
Academics are warning the South China Sea could face worsening environmental degradation over the next two decades because the countries that claim it are focused on competing over maritime sovereignty instead of working together on relief measures. Researchers have found oil leaks from commercial ships, and over-fishing and coral degradation from the construction of artificial islands threaten to change the ecology of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea. China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which includes five countries with maritime territorial claims in the sea, have a chance to incorporate environmental relief into a maritime code of conduct now after establishing a framework for it in August, some analysts believe. “Whatever they are going to discuss, they must include environmental issues as a very important part of a code of conduct to provide guidance for the activities of coastal states,” said Liu Nengye, a University of Adelaide senior...
Singapore's Temasek said to be considering investment in secretive start-up Magic Leap | Phuket News
The investment firm is considering taking part in a new funding round of more than $500 million, according to Bloomberg....
Most-overvalued EM currency may be set for reality check | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: The global hunt for yields has led Indonesia’s rupiah to be the world’s most overvalued emerging-market currency -- which is rather disconnected from its laggard performance in Asia this year....
Are the “Asian Tigers” hamstrung by hidden flaws? | Phuket News
Amidst recurring bullish predictions and rhetoric of Asia’s rise we should be careful of falling into complacency. Despite years of high economic growth, Asia faces many serious challenges.  Regional political relations, economic health, water-security and demographic trajectories will push many key Asian nations towards instability. Western leaders have watched, with envy and concern, the rapid growth rates of countries in Southern and Eastern Asia. Many commentators agree that the Asian Century is upon us, and merely debate whether it will be Chinese or Indian.  The balance of power is certainly adjusting.  Last December, China seized a US monitoring drone  in the international waters of the South China Sea, with impunity; an act unimaginable two decades ago. However, for all their bluster, the continued rise of the Asian Tigers is far from assured. A great many problems remain which could undermine their growth. On July 24th, Vietnam pulled the plug on...
Singapore names first woman president amid controversy | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: Singapore named a former speaker of parliament as the multicultural city-state's first woman president on Wednesday while critics expressed dismay that other candidates were disqualified and the election went uncontested....
Two dead and three missing in Singapore ship collision | Phuket News
Authorities are conducting rescue operations and have deployed search vessels and a helicopter....
Five sailors missing after ship collision off Singapore | Phuket News
Authorities are conducting rescue operations and have deployed search vessels and a helicopter....
Governments want to control cryptocurrencies — but there's a danger to too many rules | Phuket News
Authorities in China, Japan, Singapore and the United States are looking for ways to control the rise in digital tokens....
2018 THE World Academic Summit heads to NUS | Phuket News
Sep 13, 2017 Picture:  NUS, in partnership with Times Higher Education (THE), will host the 2018 THE World Academic Summit from 25 to 27 September next year. The annual flagship THE event gathers the world’s thought leaders across universities, research institutions, industry and government to shape the future of higher education. Announcing the event theme “The Transformative Power of Research: Advancing Knowledge, Driving Economies, Building Nations”, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said, “This is a topic central to the vision and work of many universities, and yet the goals and pathways that each of our universities will pursue will vary, based on our differing contexts and priorities of the university community and our major stakeholders. “The Summit will therefore provide a powerful forum for us to gain deep insights into these issues that are common to all universities, alongside opportunities for differentiation and innovation,” he added. He was...
In this booming Asian economy, infrastructure program could grant businesses 'manna from heaven' | Phuket News
The Philippines's plans to expand infrastructure could bring about huge opportunities for businesses, said Ayala's CEO....
Duterte govt fiercely rejects criticism by UN human rights chief | Phuket News
“DARKER and more dangerous.” That was how United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein labelled the human rights situation in the Philippines and 39 other countries before the 36th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland early this week. The UNHRC, an inter-governmental body that consists of 47 member-states, is responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights worldwide. In his opening statement, Zeid criticised the “appalling” human rights condition in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte, a pronouncement that irked Foreign Affairs Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano, a key subordinate of the firebrand leader. SEE ALSO: Philippines human rights commission gets only $20 from Duterte’s congress “In the Philippines, I continue to be gravely concerned by the President’s open support for a shoot-to-kill policy regarding suspects,” said the UN human rights chief, referring to the deadly war on drugs ordered...
Banyan: Will democracy in the Philippines go the way of Thailand? | Phuket News
Print section Print Rubric:  Will democracy in the Philippines go the way of Thailand? Print Headline:  The people’s strongman Print Fly Title:  Banyan UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Closing in on cancer Fly Title:  Banyan Main image:  20170916_ASD000_0.jpg WHEN Filipinos attempt to explain the political success of their tough-guy president, Rodrigo Duterte, they tend to point to local precursors. Joseph Estrada, a former matinée idol who had often played Robin Hood types, rose to the presidency by promising to be hard on bad guys and good to the poor. And then there is Ferdinand Marcos, who cultivated an image as a war hero to win election before assuming dictatorial powers, and whose reputation Mr Duterte is doing his best to restore. Both these comparisons make Mr Duterte’s knack of casting himself as a friend of the people while giving short ......
Philippines human rights commission gets only $20 from Duterte’s congress | Phuket News
PHILIPPINES parliamentarians allied with President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday voted to allocate an annual budget of only PHP1,000 (US$19.64) to the national human rights commission, which is investigating the country’s controversial war on drugs. At least 119 out of 151 lower house members present voted in favour of dramatically cutting the Commission on Human Rights’ budget for 2018. Critics of the anti-drugs campaign see the move as retaliation for the agency’s criticism of Duterte and efforts to probe thousands of killings over the past 15 months. The president has previously threatened to abolish the body completely. SEE ALSO: ‘Let’s kill another 32 every day’: Philippines drug war sees deadliest days on record ...
Cambodia: NGO workers expelled, newspaper faces closure by govt | Phuket News
THE CAMBODIAN Foreign Affairs Ministry has ordered US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) immediately cease its operations and expel its foreign staff from Cambodia within seven days. The announcement came after the Cambodia Daily newspaper was threatened with closure by the government if it does not pay a US$6.4 million tax bill by Sept 4. On Wednesday, the American-funded NDI was ordered to cease operations over what the government claims was a failure to register with authorities. It has threatened to “take the same measures” against any foreign NGOs not obeying Cambodian law. “Shuttering NDI without giving them an adequate opportunity to respond to these allegations has brought these fears to life,” said Malaysian MP Charles Santiago on Wednesday, chairman of Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights. SEE ALSO: Cambodia: PM Hun Sen makes Telegram main channel for govt interactions Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government is presiding over a crackdown on political opposition,...
Cambodian government shuts down pro-democracy US charity and expels foreign staff | Phuket News
Cambodia on Wednesday closed a prominent American pro-democracy organisation and ordered its foreign staff to leave the country, the latest salvo by Prime Minister Hun Sen against perceived critics before a general election next year. The order comes a day after the strongman premier threatened The Cambodia Daily, one of the country’s few remaining critical newspapers, with closure over an alleged unpaid tax bill of US$6.3 million, calling the owners “thieves”. In a statement......
Cambodia shuts down US-funded NGO, expels staff | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH - The Cambodian government announced Wednesday it has ordered the US-based National Democratic Institute closed and its foreign staff to leave the country within seven days....
Cambodian newspaper faces closure by Hun Sen government | Phuket News
THE Cambodia Daily newspaper has been threatened with closure by the Cambodian government if it does not pay a US$6.4 million tax bill by September 4. Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government is presiding over a crackdown on political opposition, civil society and the media ahead of national elections in 2018. On Tuesday, Hun Sen lashed out at NGOs, the United States and the press, singling out the Cambodia Daily. The foreign affairs ministry then ordered on Wednesday that US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) immediately cease its operations and expel its foreign staff from Cambodia within seven days. SEE ALSO: Cambodia: PM Hun Sen makes Telegram main channel for govt interactions “It is too much and the ‘chief thief’ [Cambodia Daily] does not pay the tax to the state for about 10 years. If you want to stay, please pay the tax to the state,” said Hun Sen as quoted by the...
As Khmer Rouge trials near end, is Cambodia ready to move on from its dark past? | Phuket News
AFTER eleven years of hearings in a special courtroom set up on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s long-awaited UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal appears to be winding down. The tribunal has secured just three convictions over the horrific crimes committed by Pol Pot’s murderous regime during the 1970s genocide, in which two million Cambodians perished. There is now serious doubt whether two further cases will proceed, amidst a lack of funds and continued pressure to end the trials from Cambodia’s long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen. The trials have polarised opinion. Many have criticised them as slow and expensive, noting that it has taken more than a decade to convict just three men at a cost of more than US$300 million. Yet other onlookers have struck a more positive tone, suggesting that at least a semblance of justice has been served for victims through the achievement of three legally-sound verdicts, matching...
Cambodia rescinds expulsion of US charity workers | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH - Cambodia's prime minister said Tuesday he has rescinded his decision to expel an American-led Christian organisation that seeks to rescue and rehabilitate women working in the sex trade, accepting its apology and explanation that it did not intend to demean Cambodians....
Cambodia Daily vows to keep publishing amid threat of closure from sudden US$6 million demand in ‘back taxes’ | Phuket News
One of Cambodia’s two English-language daily newspapers said it would continue to publish in the face of a reported deadline by tax officials to pay more than US$6 million in taxes or get shut down. The Ministry of Economy and Finance earlier this month told the Cambodia Daily newspaper it owed the government back taxes and interest dating back 10 years. The letter was part of a crackdown on delinquent taxpayers that prominently targeted media and civic organisations critical of the......
UN special rapporteur expresses concerns of atmosphere of fear and intimidation in Cambodia | Phuket News
United Nations Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith said that the ongoing legal actions against opposition members and NGOs and a prevailing sense of “intimidation and fear” in Cambodia has placed the country on a “precipice” in an environment that is not conducive to free elections, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Monday (Aug 21). “I remain concerned at the atmosphere of intimidation and threat of violence, including by high-level officials, in the lead-up to the election and in the weeks which have followed,” she told a press conference on Friday. Before the elections in June, Prime Minister Hun Sen and Defence Minister Tea Banh threatened violent repercussions if the opposition contested election results like they did in 2013.  Tea Banh threatened to “smash the teeth” of any protesters. Ms Rhona Smith concluded her 10-day fact-finding visit to Cambodia on Friday.  She will present her annual report on human rights situation...
Tropical storm “Doksuri” to bring rain to North, Northeast Sept 15-16 | Phuket News
Tropical storm “Doksuri”, which is now over the upper South China Sea, is likely to bring rain, with torrential downpours, to the Northeast and the North on Sept 15-16, according to the Thai Meteorological Department’s forecast at 11am on Wednesday (Sept 13). The storm, with maximum sustained winds of about 75 knots, is moving in the westerly direction at the speed of 15 kilometres per hour. It is forecast to move past Hai Nan, China, and make a landfall over upper Vietnam by Friday (Sept 15). As a result, there will be more rain, with torrential downpours, in the Northeast and the North on Friday and Saturday. People are advised to stay tuned for the weather update. As the southwest monsoon across the Andaman Sea and the South will intensify during Sept 14-18, there will be more rain and isolated heavy rain in the South and the East during that period....
West meets East in the battle for global digital market leadership. | Phuket News
The digital world is a trending topic across the globe, but in the western world, our attention is mostly absorbed by American internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. This is a shame – developments in Asia are accelerating and are surprisingly different. What will happen when West meets East? Who is online? Last year marked a historical milestone: For the first time, more than 50 percent of the world’s internet users were in Asia. The Asia Pacific region now accounts for more than 50 percent of smartphone users. A large proportion of these users – more than 21 percent – are in China, where 1 in 2 citizens are online. India is already in second place worldwide with nearly 14 percent, although only 1 in 3 Indians use the internet. India’s year-on-year growth of internet users was a staggering 30 percent in 2016. Other Asian countries, like Indonesia, Vietnam...
2017 Kyoto Summer Program for ASEAN Students with KU Students | Phuket News
Sep 10, 2017 Picture:  From 30 July through 12 August, the Kyoto University Asian Studies Unit (KUASU) held its Kyoto Summer Program 2017 for students from ASEAN countries and Japan. The program was organized in partnership with the KU Institute for Liberal and Arts and Science's Education Center for Japanese Language and Culture as well as the Graduate School and Faculty of Letters, with support provided by the University under the 2017-2018 Wild & Wise Collaborative Learning Program. Of the 35 participants, 18 were international students from five leading institutions in the ASEAN region: Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; the University of Indonesia; the National University of Singapore; and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH) and the University of Languages and International Studies (ULIS), both affiliated with Vietnam National University, Hanoi. The rest were KU students from four Faculties and two Graduate Schools, joining the ASEAN students in collaborative...
Australian Amnesty Yields Thousands of Firearms | Phuket News
Australians have surrendered more than 400 guns a day under a firearms amnesty that began in July. The weapons turned in include several high-powered military assault rifles as well as shotguns from the Vietnam War. This is the first national no-questions-asked amnesty since one following a mass shooting in the state of Tasmania in 1996. 26,000 firearms have been handed in so far, much to the surprise of Australian officials. They had not expected so many weapons to be surrendered during the three-month program. Law enforcement authorities have been worried that unwanted military-style rifles, pistols and shotguns could fall into the hands of extremists and criminal gangs. The New South Wales assistant police commissioner is Dave Donohue. “Because it is an amnesty we do not know the history of those firearms. We are not running searches on those firearms but certainly it is a potential there that those firearms could...
Indonesia Bishop Resigns in Finance, Mistress Scandal | Phuket News
A Roman Catholic bishop in Indonesia has resigned following reports that he had a mistress and siphoned off more than $100,000 in church funds. Pope Francis on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Bishop Hubertus Leteng of Indonesia's Ruteng diocese. The Denpasar bishop, Monsignor Sylvester San, will run the diocese until a permanent replacement is found, the Vatican said. Local Indonesian media and the Ucanews agency, which covers the Catholic Church in Asia, reported that dozens of priests resigned en masse in June to protest Leteng's administration. The Vatican sent an investigator to look into their allegations that Leteng had a mistress and secretly borrowed $94,000 from the Indonesian bishops' conference and another $30,000 from the diocese without accounting for it. According to Ucanews, Leteng said the money was used to finance the education of a poor youth, though he declined to provide details. He called allegations he had a relationship...
Indonesian House Speaker Tests Mettle of Corruption Eradication Commission | Phuket News
The tug-of-war over the corruption trial of Indonesia's speaker of the House of Representatives, Setya Novanto, is testing the mettle of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Long rated the country's most trusted institution, the KPK has a continuous uphill struggle to undo the deeply entrenched corruption of the Suharto era. The dictator embezzled over $35 billion over his 32-year reign. Novanto has been linked to at least eight different corruption cases, but his imminent court appearance will be the first of his political life, which started in 1998, the same year modern Indonesia emerged from the Suharto dictatorship. The difficulty of getting Novanto to even show up in court is a testament to the challenge of accountability in modern Indonesia. He is implicated in what is known as the “e-KTP” scandal, referring to electronic ID cards. Novanto is accused of graft for demanding a 10 percent cut from a company...
Sports minister says slim chance to join Indonesia to bid for 2034 FIFA World Cup | Phuket News
Thailand makes it clear today that it has very slim chance to join Indonesia to bid for the 2034 FIFA World Cup. Mrs Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports, said on Tuesday that it was almost impossible to co-host the world’s football events because of the enormous expenditures that will be spent. The minister’s comment came after the Football Association of Thailand has earlier said of a possible chance to co-host the event with the Indonesia’s football association over the next 17 years. She said it needed to conduct feasibility study because hosting FIFA World Cup needed huge investment which might have affected the country’s economy. She instead said it should be better to spend money in improving and developing the skills of Thai footballers so as to enable them to win right and enter the final round of the competition. This would be more significance than to bid...
Phuket visa overstayers 'pay B100m a month in bribes' | Phuket News
Police are tracking down 142 foreigners said to be paying up to 100 million baht a month in bribes to local police for overstaying their visas in Phuket....
15 police officers in the South face bribery probe  | Phuket News
The Royal Thai Police has ordered the investigation into alleged bribe-taking by 15 police officers in Phuket, Krabi, and Chumphon provinces after a Facebook user accusing a group of police officers of taking bribes from business operators and foreigners who illegally stay in Thailand. Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul has set up a fact-finding panel to  look into the alleged malpractice of the officers, who are attached to the Immigration Bureau, the Provincial Police Region 8 and the Tourist Police Bureau. The panel, headed by Pol Maj-Gen Teerapol Kuptanon, deputy commander of the Provincial Police Region 8, has to conclude their work within 30 days. The probe came after the admin of Facebook page “Spotlight Phuket” accused several police officers in the southern provinces of taking bribes. He also showed a list of police officers and video footages of police officers allegedly pick up money from...
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Micro-chipped wristbands? E-cigarette ban! Police corruption investigation? || November 10 | Phuket News
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Former Patong Police Chief, Deputy Chief transferred to Surat Thani | Phuket News
PHUKET: The former Patong Police Chief, Col Chaiwat Uikam, and the Deputy Chief of Patong Police, Lt Col Somsak Thongkleng, have today (Nov 10) been transferred out of Phuket to the former Region 8 Police Headquarters in Surat Thani province, which is now the Provincial Police Training Center Region 8, until further notice following allegations of taking bribes from entertainment venues in Patong....
Major southern drug ring undermined | Phuket News
SURAT THANI: Authorities have frozen 101 million baht in assets of eight arrested suspects believed to be part of a major ring supplying drugs to southern tourist destinations....
[VIDEO] Whats On Guide || Nov. 10 - Nov. 17 | Phuket News
|:| WHATS ON GUIDE |:| Shela lets you in on events happening around #Phuket this week, from November 10 - 17 and more!...
15 Phuket police investigated for alleged corruption | Phuket News
PHUKET: An investigation into the alleged corruption of 15 Phuket policemen will be followed up each week and will require more than one month, Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Teeraphol Thipjaroen said today (Nov 10)....
Phuket Gov urges swift resolution to lifeguard situation, bidding now open for new contract | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong has urged the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO or OrBorJor) to act swiftly on hiring lifeguards so that they are ready for the high season....
95 ‘illegal aliens’ arrested in Phuket in three days | Phuket News
PHUKET: A team made up of officers from the Royal Thai Police Immigration Division, the 5th Infantry Division of the Royal Thai Army, Phuket Provincial Police and Patong Police have arrested 95 ‘illegal aliens’ between Nov 8-10....
Novelty hand grenade lighter causes panic near Phuket airport | Phuket News
PHUKET: A suspicious item resembling an ‘M67’ hand grenade caused panic around Phuket International Airport yesterday night (Nov 9)....
Micro-chipped wristbands for boat passengers, pier safety increased ready for Phuket high season | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong has revealed plans to distribute mandatory micro-chipped wristbands for all passengers boarding boats in Phuket....
CSX CEO Harrison takes medical leave after complications from a recent illness; shares drop 9% | Phuket News
The head of the third-largest railroad operator in the U.S. has taken an unexpected medical leave....
CSX CEO Harrison takes medical leave after unexpected complications from a recent illness | Phuket News
The head of the third-largest railroad operator in the U.S. has taken an unexpected medical leave....
North Korea 'hackers steal US-South Korea war plans' | Phuket News
North Korea allegedly stole secret documents last year, including a plan to kill its leader....
As nuclear war looms closer, South Korea’s youth dance on | Phuket News
Weekend nights at Hongdae, a university district in central Seoul – are made up of a heady combo of dance, music and alcohol. The centre of action is a street where groups of K-Pop cover bands perform dance moves or sing to the latest hits, complete with their own mini legion of fans. In the restaurants parallel to it, young South Koreans dressed in their trendiest steetwear line their stomach before their big night out SEE ALSO: K-pop is giving Bollywood a run for its money in India It’s a sight to behold.  Sure, much has been written on K-pop and its world dominance but reading it on a screen isn’t the same as having it popping and grinding in sync in front of you. You would think that with your daily news feed bombarded with news of impending nuclear doom inching closer with every barb traded between Donald Trump and...
Trump: US Policy on North Korea Has Failed for 25 Years | Phuket News
President Donald Trump said Monday that U.S. attempts to deal with North Korea have failed for more than two decades.
Kim Jong Un praises nuclear weapons as US, South Korea step up surveillance | Phuket News
NORTH KOREA’s dictator Kim Jong Un has touted the country’s nuclear weapons programme and promoted his sister to a senior position within the regime’s politburo, as Washington and Seoul step up reconnaissance operations against Pyongyang. He said his nuclear weapons were a “powerful deterrent” that guaranteed its sovereignty, state media reported on Sunday, hours after US President Donald Trump said “only one thing will work” in dealing with the isolated country. A South Korean military official quoted by the country’s state media outlet Yonhap on Sunday said that there were no immediate signs of North Korea provoking the US, “but some movements have been continuously detected from the North’s missile facilities and bases.” SEE ALSO: North Korea urged to opt for peace amid ‘extreme’ danger of nuclear war Puppet of Trump with missiles, during a protest against the prospect of nuclear war between the United States and North Korea in...
Kim praises nuclear weapons as US, South Korea step up surveillance against North | Phuket News
NORTH KOREA’s dictator Kim Jong Un has touted the country’s nuclear weapons programme and promoted his sister to a senior position within the regime’s politburo, as Washington and Seoul step up reconnaissance operations against Pyongyang. Kim said his nuclear weapons were a “powerful deterrent” that guaranteed its sovereignty, state media reported on Sunday, hours after US President Donald Trump said “only one thing will work” in dealing with the isolated country. A South Korean military official quoted by the country’s state media outlet Yonhap on Sunday said that there was no immediate signs of North Korea provoking the US “but some movements have been continuously detected from the North’s missile facilities and bases.” SEE ALSO: North Korea urged to opt for peace amid ‘extreme’ danger of nuclear war Puppet of Donald Trump with missiles, during a protest against the prospect of nuclear war between the United States and North Korea...
Living on the edge: Inside a South Korea border town | Phuket News
What is life like on South Korea's front line, with Kim Jong-un's artillery just a few miles away?...
North Korea's Kim Calls Nuclear Weapons Program a 'Treasured Sword' | Phuket News
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is defiantly calling his country's nuclear weapons program a
Analyst Raises Scenario of China's Takeover of North Korea, Others Have Doubts | Phuket News
A longtime editor of a magazine that specializes in global power politics recently put forth a scenario where China would stage a takeover of North Korea, giving Washington and the rest of the world a nuclear weapons-free Korean Peninsula. Bill Emmott, the former editor-in-chief of The Economist magazine, said such a move by China would not only gain Beijing a solid foothold on the Korean Peninsula, but also the opportunity to strengthen its own geopolitical position, enhance its global power status, perhaps even the ability to claim the reputation of a peacemaker. That is the “least bad military option” vis a vis North Korea, Emmott said, in that it would avoid subjecting U.S. allies in Asia, including South Korea and Japan, to North Korea’s retaliation that could potentially devastate large parts of South Korea. China’s takeover of North Korea, as Emmott sees it, would put North Korea “where the country’s...
Malaysia Airlines 'to buy 8 Boeing 787 jets' | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines will announce a deal to buy eight widebody Boeing 787 jets during the visit of Prime Minister Najib Razak to the United States, two industry sources said on Tuesday....
Trump to cast aside scandal as Malaysia’s PM Najib visits White House | Phuket News
PRESIDENT Donald Trump is set to steer clear of a US investigation into a Malaysian corruption scandal and focus talks on security issues as he welcomes Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak to the White House on Tuesday. Trump plans to talk with Najib about North Korea’s nuclear provocations, and ways the United States and Malaysia could do more to halt the expansion of Islamic State in southeast Asia, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters on Monday. The South China Sea will also be part of the talks, as will trade and investment, Sanders said. The visit is important for Najib, who faces elections next year and wants to signal he is still welcome at the White House despite a criminal probe by the US Justice Department into a state fund called 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). SEE ALSO: Trump invites scandal-ridden Malaysian PM Najib to White House Najib founded the...
Football: Call for Singapore’s Young Lions to be scrapped from S.League | Phuket News
CLUBS in Singapore’s embattled S.League are already braced for funding cuts from next season – but one club chairman has suggested disbanding the Garena Young Lions. According to The New Paper, at a meeting with Football Association of Singapore (FAS) officials last Friday, one club chairman called for the dissolution of the Young Lions. His argument was that the Young Lions players, who make up the core of the Singapore national under-21 team, would benefit more from competing for places at other S.League clubs. The Young Lions were formed in 2002 and first competed in the S.League the following year. SEE ALSO: Football: Only seven of 12 Malaysia Super League clubs granted license to compete in 2018 The aim was to improve Singapore’s chances of success at the SEA Games, which became an age-group competition from 2001, while building a stronger national senior team. But the men’s senior team has their...
With Trump Meeting, Malaysia's PM Seeks to Put Scandal Behind Him | Phuket News
In a room packed with Malaysian civil servants, foreign ministry secretary general Ramlan Ibrahim raised his right hand as he read out an anti-corruption pledge. He was among thousands of state officials nationwide to take such an oath in the past several weeks, part of an anti-graft campaign called by Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Malaysia shouldn’t allow politics to destroy graduate careers | Phuket News
I HAVE a bit of a problem with certain aspects of Malaysia’s higher education system. Aside from being a journalist and a filmmaker, I also teach Mass Communication to undergraduates at universities and colleges here. So I do have some degree of authority on the issue. One of the biggest problems, to me, is that many employers tend to assume that those who graduate from local universities aren’t skilled enough to make employment. The issues they have with local graduates are many, ranging from language and communication skills to lack of practical knowledge. Since I straddle both the industry and education, I have to say that from my experience as a hiring manager, it’s true it can be quite a challenge picking out a good candidate from our local talent pool. I usually interview potential journalists and these are the two biggest problems I often encounter – lack of English...
Malaysia unblocks Steam after it blocks this Taiwanese game | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Blocking of access to popular gaming platform Steam has been lifted after the site complied with the government's request to disable downloads for the video game 'Fight of Gods' to Malaysians....
Philippines: US extends aid for Marawi recovery, deploys another plane to Mindanao | Phuket News
THE UNITED STATES has allocated PHP730 million (US$14.3 million) to help in the recovery of embattled Marawi City, as Washington continued on Monday to beef up the military capability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in a bid to end the almost four month-old siege staged by the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim announced the multi-million peso assistance for the recovery and rehabilitation of besieged Marawi, as government troops and the Islamist militants are still engaged in combat. Ongoing fighting means tens of thousands of individuals remain in evacuation centers or with their relatives in nearby areas. Kim revealed the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has allocated the amount to help in emergency relief and recovery assistance for communities affected by the ongoing conflict in Marawi. SEE ALSO: Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia eye joint task force for fighting IS Kim noted...
Malaysia July factory output up 6.1% y-o-y | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's industrial production in July expanded at its fastest pace in eight months, government data showed on Monday, boosted by gains in all three major sectors....
Why Businesses Should Consider the Direct to Consumer Model | Phuket News
Ecommerce has completely disrupted not only how people shop, anywhere anyhow, but also the supply chain and distribution of goods. Brands and businesses are empowered in a way never before possible, most noticeably by cutting the middle men and selling directly to consumers. By adopting a direct to consumer strategy, businesses gain a stronger presence in both online and offline markets. The Apple example Dive into Apple’s branding strategies in the past and you’ll recognize the importance of a direct to consumer approach for success. Long before its growth streak, Apple’s sales were driven by big box electronic retailers. After launching an online store in 1997, the company turned around and aggressively expanding its own retail stores internationally. Since then, Apple has grown to become the number one tech company in the world. But Apple isn’t the only success story. Nike, Puma, L’Oréal, Kiehl’s, and Dell have expanded their distribution channels and sold directly sell to...
UN Experts: N. Korean Illegal Exports Over Six Months Worth $270M | Phuket News
North Korea illegally exported coal, iron and other commodities worth at least $270 million to China and other countries including India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka in the six-month period ending in early August in violation of U.N. sanctions, U.N. experts say. The experts monitoring sanctions said in a report released Saturday that Kim Jong Un's government continues to flout sanctions on commodities as well as an arms embargo and restrictions on shipping and financial activities. They said North Korea is also reportedly continuing prohibited nuclear activities with weapons-grade fissile material production at the Yongbyon nuclear complex, construction and maintenance at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, and at a uranium mine in Pyongsan. The eight-member panel of experts said it is also investigating the widespread presence of North Koreans in Africa and the Middle East, particularly in Syria,
APEC seeks to foster start-ups | Phuket News
Sep 12, 2017 Picture:  HCM CITY – Building a vibrant start-up eco-system is an important step in the Asia Pacific region, Võ Tân Thành, vice president of the Việt Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has said. Speaking at the APEC Start-up Forum on the sidelines of the APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting being held in HCM City, Thành said in the context of globalisation, fostering entrepreneurship and innovation had become a common goal of all economies. Developed economies in the bloc like the US, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore constantly improved their start-up eco-system to ensure the best business opportunities were grasped to boost economic growth, he said. Therefore, it was very important for developing economies like Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Việt Nam, to emulate them to nurture entrepreneurship, he said.
US firms see more trade, investment in Asean | Phuket News
American business enthusiasm in Southeast Asia is bent but far from broken even as the region grapples with a new trade framework and less US government involvement, according to a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore....
US firms see more trade, investing in Asean | Phuket News
American business enthusiasm in Southeast Asia is bent but far from broken even as the region grapples with a new trade framework and less US government involvement, according to a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore....
Japanese Investors are back, fuelling FDI in Thailand | Phuket News
Gen Prayut was speaking Monday to a gathering of 570 investors from Japan led by Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko. “When you return home, please consider investing [in Thailand] this year. This year, the country is in a transitional period and undergoing reform,” Gen Prayut said. Last year marked the 130th anniversary of diplomatic ties being established between Thailand and Japan. An important delegation from Japan is now visiting the Kingdom, and Thailand expected them to boost investment in infrastructure, particularly for dual-rail, high-speed trains, by next year to steer development in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday. The EEC is the government’s flagship policy to create special economic zones spanning 30,000 rai in the three eastern provinces of Chon Buri, Rayong and Chachoengsao. It is promoting investment in 10 targeted industries: next-generation cars; smart electronics; affluent, medical and wellness tourism;...
Interpol publishes Red Notice for arrest of Red Bull heir | Phuket News
The Interpol has published a Red Notice for the arrest of Red Bull scion Vorayuth Yoovidhya, a suspect in a hit-and-run case, at the request of the Royal Thai Police’s Foreign Affairs Division. The Red Notice contains details on the name, date of birth, place of birth, and physical description of the suspect. It also says Vorayuth is wanted in Thailand on the following charges: Reckless driving causing the death of another person; reckless driving causing damages to another person; did not stop to aid the injured person and did not report to the officials; driving under the influence of alcohol causing the death of another person; and, driving more than the allowed speed limit. AP earlier reported that Vorayuth was last seen at a hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, after travelling from Singapore. Vorayuth has evaded justice over the hit-and-run case in which a policeman was killed in 2012. The...
US firms bullish on Asean despite TPP exit | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: American business enthusiasm in Southeast Asia is bent but far from broken even as the region grapples with a new trade framework and less US government involvement, according to a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore....
Singapore's presidency puts Malay representation on agenda | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: There are no Muslim Malays in the top echelons of Singapore's army, and few among the senior ranks of its judiciary, but a member of its poorest ethnic minority will become president of the Southeast Asian city state this month....
Chinese manufacturing expanded more than expected in November | Phuket News
China's official manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for November was at 51.8, topping expectations....
Duterte drug war: Philippines cuts rights body's budget to $20 | Phuket News
Critics say the funding cut is punishment for criticising President Duterte's war on drugs....
Basketball: Is former NBA prospect Isaiah Austin the answer to Philippines’ naturalised player dilemma? | Phuket News
FORMER NBA prospect Isaiah Austin – who three years ago thought his career was over due to a genetic heart disorder – could provide the solution to Philippines’ naturalised player dilemma. The 7ft 1in centre was a projected first-round pick in 2014 – but was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, which forced him to stop playing. He was cleared to return to basketball last year – and Philippines is ready to welcome the big man with open arms. He will play for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in China next week in what is being seen as an audition to become Gilas’ next naturalised player. SEE ALSO: Basketball: Chot Reyes thanks Charles Rhodes for Gilas interest – but will pursue younger naturalised star Intriguingly, Austin could come up against Andray Blatche – Gilas’ naturalised star since 2014 – if Chooks-to-Go progress in China. Blatche, whose days in a Gilas vest...
4 dead, 6 missing in floods and landslides in Philippines | Phuket News
MANILA: A tropical depression dumped heavy rain on the Philippines on Tuesday, flooding metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces and causing landslides and flash floods that killed at least four people....
Philippines hit with heavy rains; 2 die in landslides | Phuket News
MANILA: A tropical depression has dumped heavy rains in the Philippines, flooding metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces and causing a landslide that killed two brothers....
Philippines says some rebels ready to surrender in Marawi | Phuket News
MARAWI CITY, Philippines: Some Islamic State-linked militants besieging the southern Philippines city of Marawi have sent
US Requests UN Sanctions Vote on North Korea | Phuket News
The United States formally requested a vote of the U.N. Security Council on Monday of a draft resolution to establish new sanctions against North Korea, according to a statement by the U.S. mission, released late Friday. “The United States informed the U.N. Security Council that it intends to call a meeting to vote on a draft resolution to establish additional sanctions on North Korea on Monday, September 11,” a statement read. ​Draft of sanctions The draft, obtained by VOA, calls for a ban on the sale of oil, as well as refined petroleum products and natural gas liquids to North Korea. Pyongyang imports nearly all of its oil and gas from China, and without it, experts say, the economy would quickly be strangled. The U.S. draft also aims to cut off exports of North Korean textiles, which account for hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue. It also seeks...
'Cambodia Daily' newspaper may be shut over taxes | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH - The Cambodia Daily, an English-language tabloid, faces closure and confiscation of its assets if it fails to pay nearly a decade in taxes by Sept 4, the nation's top tax official said Sunday....
At Global Competition, Girls Push Frontiers of Technology | Phuket News
A group of Cambodian girls who recently traveled to California to compete in a mobile app competition offered inspiration for other girls worldwide to consider careers in technology. Their pitch in Silicon Valley wasn't a bid to be the next billion-dollar company. Instead, they want to help their country with a mobile phone application to address poverty.
Cambodia and China to sign MoU on nuclear technology | Phuket News
Cambodia and China are close to the signing of an agreement that will bring Cambodia a step closer to developing its own nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, according to The Phnom Penh Post Online on Thursday (Aug 17). Ministry of Environment deputy director-general Tin Ponlok said the two countries are now on the technical stage of finalizing a memorandum of understanding under which China will provide expertise research and scholarships to help Cambodia develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. He, however, noted that the partnership will not focus on electricity production. The main focus is largely on harnessing nuclear energy for medical and agricultural use, said Ponlok. Earlier last year, Cambodia and Russia signed a similar agreement under which Russia agreed to help create a nuclear research centre in Cambodia. Experts say a nuclear power plant remains a distant possibility for Cambodia despite the urgent need for more electricity. Last...
Cambodian medic who spread HIV asks for court's mercy | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- An unlicensed Cambodian medical practitioner who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for infecting more than 100 villagers with HIV has told an appeals court he only sought to provide care and acknowledged his mistake in reusing syringes....
Cambodia arrests nearly 400 over telecoms fraud | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian authorities have arrested nearly 400 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals this month on suspicion of operating a telecoms scam to defraud victims in China, police said on Thursday....
Man with no face: Cambodian politician deleted from signs | Phuket News
He has become a man without a face. In recent weeks Cambodia’s beleaguered opposition has been frantically scrubbing images of their exiled former leader Sam Rainsy from thousands of billboards and signposts across the country. The mass pictorial purge was sparked by a new law banning political parties from “using the voice, images or written documents” of anyone convicted of a crime. The opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) believes the law was specifically......
Cambodia: Groups demand immediate release of activist Tep Vanny | Phuket News
ONE year on from Cambodian rights activist Tep Vanny’s arrest, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the local community are coming out in force to condemn the government’s treatment of the Boeung Kak Lake resident and demand her immediate release. Tuesday marked the 365th day Vanny has languished in Prey Sar, Cambodia largest prison. Locals in Vanny’s home region, Boueng Kak lake, marked the day with a candlelight vigil. A collection of 64 prominent human rights NGOs also released a statement to “condemn her arbitrary imprisonment.” The joint statement – from organisations such as Amnesty International, Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights, Cambodian Center for Human Rights, and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression – called “for her convictions to be overturned, for all ongoing politically motivated and unsubstantiated charges against her to be dropped, and for her immediate release from prison.” Brave is risking your freedom for your community – like Tep Vanny...
Bangladesh signs big rice deal with Cambodia | Phuket News
Bangladesh has signed a deal to buy 250,000 tonnes of milled rice from Cambodia, two weeks after the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding....
Endangered dolphin calves sighted in Cambodia | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH - Two more baby dolphins have been spotted in Cambodia, showing encouraging signs of further stabilisation of the Mekong Irrawaddy dolphin population in Cambodia....
Children, aged 12 and 8, have been arrested in Cambodia for selling meth | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - The two were allegedly found with 59 packets of the drug....
Indonesia, Malaysia Destroying Foreign Boats to Defend Maritime Claims | Phuket News
Indonesia and Malaysia are reminding foreigners of their often overlooked claims in the crowded, contested South China Sea by destroying foreign boats that take fish from waters near their coastlines. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency on Aug. 30 burned two foreign fishing boats as they floated on the sea, a change from the less visible practice of sinking them, media in Kuala Lumpur reported. Boat operators from China, Vietnam and the Philippines often slip into waters off the Malaysian north coast of Borneo. In Indonesia, where vessels from the same countries as well as Malaysia come uncomfortably close to shore, authorities have destroyed 317 fishing boats in President Joko Widodo’s term since October 2014. ​A graphic warning The graphic warnings should reverberate among fishing operators for now, giving both countries new attention to their maritime claims, analysts say. “Indonesia has been doing that and just this week I think we...
Vietnam seizes over 1 tonne of African ivory | Phuket News
HANOI -- Authorities have seized more than a ton of smuggled ivory at a Vietnamese port where some 6 tonnes were seized last year....
Cooperation in Disputed Asian Sea Fails Despite 2 Decades of Discussion | Phuket News
Countries with competing claims to the South China Sea have failed to start joint resource projects with the strongest one, China, despite discussions over the past two decades, as they fear unequal results or a loss of sovereignty. Front-line countries in Southeast Asia worry they would take a minor role compared to China or end up ceding marine resources because China is bigger and more advanced. “Other countries are still expecting Beijing to be more of a responsible stakeholder in terms of their performance and behavior in the South China Sea,” said Andrew Yang, secretary-general of the Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Studies think tank in Taiwan. China in turn may suspect that domestic politics in a democratic country such as the Philippines could disrupt a deal, experts say. Old topic, no action The prospects of working together for oil, gas, fish, scientific research or environmental protection in the 3.5...
Disputed Asian Sea Fails Despite 2 Decades of Discussion | Phuket News
Countries with competing claims to the South China Sea have failed to start joint resource projects with the strongest one, China, despite discussions over the past two decades, as they fear unequal results or a loss of sovereignty. Front-line countries in Southeast Asia worry they would take a minor role compared to China or end up ceding marine resources because China is bigger and more advanced. “Other countries are still expecting Beijing to be more of a responsible stakeholder in terms of their performance and behavior in the South China Sea,” said Andrew Yang, secretary-general of the Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Studies think tank in Taiwan. China in turn may suspect that domestic politics in a democratic country such as the Philippines could disrupt a deal, experts say. Old topic, no action The prospects of working together for oil, gas, fish, scientific research or environmental protection in the 3.5...
Team Maquinista commended for top four finish in ABU Robot Contest | Phuket News
Sep 05, 2017 Picture:  Team Maquinista, Tokyo Tech's representatives from the Society for the Study of Robotics student club, finished in the top four at the 2017 ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contestouter held in Tokyo on August 27. The theme of the Asia-Pacific contest, which began in 2002, changes every year depending on the host nation. The 2017 theme was
Festering Maritime Hostilities Push China-Vietnam Relations to New Low | Phuket News
A rash of incidents since May is threatening to reignite hostilities between neighbors China and Vietnam over control of the contested South China Sea, but Vietnam is seen suppressing its anger in the short term for lack of broader support. The foreign ministry in Hanoi protested last week against Beijing’s announcement of a military drill in the Gulf of Tonkin. That exchange came after China apparently pressured Vietnam and Spanish contractor Repsol to stop a multi-million-dollar offshore oil exploration project in another part of the South China Sea in late July. In July, pro-China maritime activists apparently hacked airline computers at two Vietnam airports. China and Vietnam called off a meeting of foreign ministers at a regional event in Manila last month. In June a Chinese military official cut short a visit to Vietnam, a move analysts call a protest over Vietnam’s offshore fuel exploration. “There’s been a string of...
Over 20 seized pangolins from the South have died | Phuket News
More than 20 pangolins which customs officials seized from wildlife traffickers three days ago on the way from Malaysian border in Southern Thailand to the Northeast have died, while several others are also in poor condition. They were among 136 live pangolins and 450 kilograms (990 pounds) of scales seized on Wednesday by customs officials in two pickup trucks after authorities received a tip that they had been smuggled from Malaysia. All the protected animals were later sent to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation’s Wildlife Quarantine Center in Nakhon Nayok province. Veterinarian Benjarong Sangarak, chief of the quarantine centre, said today (Sept 1) that a total of 106  pangolins were brought into the centre for caring yesterday afternoon as 20 have died, and the rest are still under the care of veterinarians at the wildlife clinic. He said that initially when these animals arrived, some of them just...
Despite strains, Vietnam and China forge closer economic ties | Phuket News
HANOI -- Tensions are high on the South China Sea as Vietnam faces off against China over their overlapping maritime claims....
Indonesia Police Arrest 58 in Raid on Jakarta Gay Sauna | Phuket News
Dozens of men, including several foreigners, were arrested in a raid of a gay sauna in Indonesia’s capital, police said Sunday, as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face increased hostility in the world’s most-populous Muslim nation.   Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said Friday’s raid in downtown Jakarta will lead to seven people being charged under Indonesia’s pornography law, including the sauna’s owner and staffers. They face penalties of up to 10 years in prison and fines.   Yuwono said the other 51 men will be released if they are found to not be criminals or carrying drugs.   Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia except in Aceh province, but the country’s LGBT community has come under siege recently. Police have set up a special task force to investigate activities by gays and a case before the country’s top court is seeking to criminalize homosexual sex.   A coalition of...
Tourism minister puts brake on Thailand hosting 2034 football World Cup | Phuket News
Thailand’s tourism and sports minister Kobkarn Wattanavarangul has cautioned the country’s football authorities in their eagerness to stage the 2034 FIFA World Cup. She said it costs a lot of money, uses a big budget and could leave the country facing hardship as a result. But she personally likes the idea and would lend her ministry’s support. Thailand’s football chiefs of FAT announced their intention at a meeting in Bali to put in a bid to jointly host the tournament with Indonesia. The World Cup is the sporting world’s biggest event and only Asian powerhouses Japan and South Korea in 2002 were successful in bringing the sports’ showpiece event to the continent. The minister commented to Voice TV: “Personally I like the plans and I think it is a great idea for Thailand. But the World Cup means a big investment and would use a large budget so everything needs to be looked at very carefully. “But my ministry...
Dozens pray at Hindu temple on slopes of Bali volcano | Phuket News
KARANGASEM, Indonesia (AP) — Dozens prayed at a revered Hindu temple on the slopes of Bali’s menacing Mount Agung volcano on Thursday, hoping the gods will restore it to calm. Worshippers including Bali’s governor, I Made Mangkupastika, made offerings and recited prayers at the temple inside a zone declared off-limits by disaster officials. Bali is […]...
Iran-Funded Center a Lifeline for Jakarta’s Marginalized Shia Minority | Phuket News
The first month of the Islamic calendar, Muharram, is not a very big deal for most Indonesians, outside of New Year’s Day. But every night of Muharram since it started on Sept. 21, hundreds of Shia Muslims have come together at a tile-clad building in South Jakarta to ceremonially mourn the death of the prophet Muhammad’s grandson. They listen to a live or streaming sermon in Bahasa Indonesia or Farsi and pray, often tearfully.  The mourning rites of Muharram are an important Shia tradition, but as Indonesia’s Shia minorities face growing intolerance, they have steadily lowered their profile. So this month’s nightly gatherings at the Islamic Cultural Center (ICC), which was built in 2002 with funding from Iran, are among the largest sites of Shia activity in the whole country. Over 99 percent of Indonesian Muslims belong to the Sunni denomination, but that belies Shia cultural influence in the world’s...
'I blow up boats' | Phuket News
Indonesia has never had a political figure like tattooed, high school dropout-turned-minister Susi Pudjiastuti....
LPG retailers in survival mode | Phuket News
After a few good years, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) retailers are now suffering a sharp fall in demand, forcing operators to diversify business and seek ways to survive....
Phuket driver escapes with minor injuries after high-impact crash into lamp post | Phuket News
PHUKET: A man was lucky to escape with only minor injuries after a high-impact crash into a lamp post in Pa Khlok yesterday (Nov 9)....
E-cigarettes included in Phuket beach smoking ban | Phuket News
PHUKET: The use of e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, on Patong Beach will be considered the same as “smoking” and offenders may incur a fine of up to B100,000 or even a year in jail, a leading local Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) officer confirmed yesterday (Nov 9)....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Monk 'solicits' young boy? Phuket Gateway! BKK 2nd most visited! || November 9 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 9 Monks sex chat with young boy investigated! Streetlamp down, driver flees! Reviving Phuket gateway! Too many doctors, not enough nurses? Bangkok is SUPER popular! Phuket events/brands awarded! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
Phuket to gain multi-purpose sports complex, budget to be finalised next week | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Director of the Sports Authority Thailand’s Phuket office Mr Virat Patee has today (Nov 9) confirmed that Phuket is to gain multi-purpose sports complex, which will be built in Mai Khao using a budget of over B1 billion....
Phuket Gateway ‘facelift’ gets heavy push | Phuket News
PHUKET: The plan to revive the long-ailing Phuket Gateway at the northern end of the island into a bustling tourist attraction took a major stride forward yesterday (Nov 8) with a slew of announcements by Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong, including that a market will start at the site on Dec 12....
Tourist safe after midnight slam flattens streetlamp, pickup driver flees | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police are hoping to track down the driver of a Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck who fled the scene after his pickup slammed into – and knocked clear from its base – a street lamp in the middle of Thepkrasattri Rd in central Phuket just after midnight (Nov 9)....
Phuket Gov welcomes Suining delegation from Sichuan, China | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong yesterday (Nov 8) welcomed a delegation from the Suining City in the eastern Sichuan province of Southwest China to discuss the the progress made since Phuket and Suining becoming “sister cities” back in June 2016....
Letter to the editor – Thank you to Soi Dog Foundation Phuket | Phuket News
Dear Samui Times, Thank you for your recent article informing us that the Soi Dog Foundation from Phuket were coming to Samui with the plan to spend a considerable amount of time here going around the island sterilizing up to 80% of the stray dog population. We presently live in Bangrak and although the stray dog problem has improved, it is still a big problem especially near construction crew quarters where the dogs survive off generosity and scraps. Our entire family are dog lovers and we cannot ignore stray dogs who are desperately hungry so consequently we have been feeding 4 puppies, one male and 3 bitches, who are permanently camped outside our front gate. Recently we have been concerned that these puppies are fast becoming adult dogs and very soon will have puppies of their own. With 3 bitches that could equate to a minimum of 21 puppies in...
Phuket Governor, soldiers step up action against Kamala Beach operators | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong has stepped in the ongoing issue of parked jet-skis and business owners operating on Kamala Beach and ordered the Kamala Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) to take action....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Phuket immigration! Killed wearing headphones? Hospital attackers caught! || November 8 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 8 Recharging headphones killed man? CAUGHT: Gang who attacked in emergency room! Phuket immigrations new online system! Flood relief in Patong? Murder suspect recants confession! Toon Bodyslam over 122 million baht! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
The world's busiest cryptocurrency exchange plans to change how people trade | Phuket News
A South Korean blockchain association announced on Friday measures to boost transparency in trading of cryptocurrencies...
Litecoin founder predicts future for bitcoin and his own runaway cryptocurrency | Phuket News
Litecoin Founder Charlie Lee wants people to stop fussing over the gravity-defying rally in the cryptocurrency....
Analysts Discuss Likelihood of Chinese Takeover of North Korea | Phuket News
A longtime editor of a magazine that specializes in global power politics recently put forth a scenario where China would stage a takeover of North Korea, giving Washington and the rest of the world a nuclear weapons-free Korean Peninsula. Bill Emmott, the former editor-in-chief of The Economist magazine, said such a move by China would not only gain Beijing a solid foothold on the Korean Peninsula, but also the opportunity to strengthen its own geopolitical position, enhance its global power status, perhaps even the ability to claim the reputation of a peacemaker. That is the “least bad military option” vis a vis North Korea, Emmott said, in that it would avoid subjecting U.S. allies in Asia, including South Korea and Japan, to North Korea’s retaliation that could potentially devastate large parts of South Korea. China’s takeover of North Korea, as Emmott sees it, would put North Korea “where the country’s...
Experts Discuss Likelihood of Chinese Takeover of North Korea | Phuket News
A longtime editor of a magazine that specializes in global power politics recently put forth a scenario where China would stage a takeover of North Korea, giving Washington and the rest of the world a nuclear weapons-free Korean Peninsula. Bill Emmott, the former editor-in-chief of The Economist magazine, said such a move by China would not only gain Beijing a solid foothold on the Korean Peninsula, but also the opportunity to strengthen its own geopolitical position, enhance its global power status, perhaps even the ability to claim the reputation of a peacemaker. That is the “least bad military option” vis a vis North Korea, Emmott said, in that it would avoid subjecting U.S. allies in Asia, including South Korea and Japan, to North Korea’s retaliation that could potentially devastate large parts of South Korea. China’s takeover of North Korea, as Emmott sees it, would put North Korea “where the country’s...
Regional Experts Doubt Likelihood of Chinese Takeover of North Korea | Phuket News
A longtime editor of a magazine that specializes in global power politics recently put forth a scenario where China would stage a takeover of North Korea, giving Washington and the rest of the world a nuclear weapons-free Korean Peninsula. Bill Emmott, the former editor-in-chief of The Economist magazine, said such a move by China would not only gain Beijing a solid foothold on the Korean Peninsula, but also the opportunity to strengthen its own geopolitical position, enhance its global power status, perhaps even the ability to claim the reputation of a peacemaker. That is the “least bad military option” vis a vis North Korea, Emmott said, in that it would avoid subjecting U.S. allies in Asia, including South Korea and Japan, to North Korea’s retaliation that could potentially devastate large parts of South Korea. China’s takeover of North Korea, as Emmott sees it, would put North Korea “where the country’s...
CAAT: ICAO may have removed “red flag” from Thailand | Phuket News
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) may have removed Thailand from the list of “red flag” states with safety concerns, but the matter still needs to be verified, said Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) director Chula Sukmanop. Mr Chula said he had been reported that, according to ICAO’s official website www.icao.int, the red flag, which had earlier been pinned in front of Thailand on the list, had been removed. This could mean Thailand has been removed from the list of “red flag” states with safety concerns, he said. However, the CAAT will check with the ICAO for verification. He learned the ICAO held a meeting on this matter on Oct 6, Mr Chula added. Aviation sources said if the ICAO had really removed the “red flag” which had been pinned on Thailand, foreign countries would again accept Thailand’s safety standards and Thai airlines would be able to extend their...
Analyst Raises Scenario of a China Takeover of North Korea | Phuket News
A longtime editor of a magazine that specializes in global power politics recently put forth a scenario where China would stage a takeover of North Korea, giving Washington and the rest of the world a nuclear weapons-free Korean Peninsula. Bill Emmott, the former editor-in-chief of The Economist magazine, said such a move by China would not only gain Beijing a solid foothold on the Korean Peninsula, but also the opportunity to strengthen its own geopolitical position, enhance its global power status, perhaps even the ability to claim the reputation of a peacemaker. That is the “least bad military option” vis a vis North Korea, Emmott said, in that it would avoid subjecting U.S. allies in Asia, including South Korea and Japan, to North Korea’s retaliation that could potentially devastate large parts of South Korea. China’s takeover of North Korea, as Emmott sees it, would put North Korea “where the country’s...
Five South Koreans arrested for operating online gambling | Phuket News
Tourism and 191 police yesterday (Oct 6) arrested five South Korean nationals for running online gambling. Pol Maj-Gen Surachet Hakpan, acting deputy commander of the Tourist Police Bureau, said the five South Koreans were arrested with 14 computers and computer notebooks, 15 cellphones and 150,000 won (131 U.S. dollars) in cash, and 40 SIM cards allegedly used in the online gambling. He said the raid at a condominium room in Sathupradit area was conducted on a tip-off from the Embassy of South Korea in Bangkok. According to the embassy, this group of Koreans has behaved as a mafia group among the Korean people as it ran a gambling website in Bangkok with over 700 million baht in daily circulation. He said the five suspects claimed they had been hired by an unidentified businessman, who currently remains at large, to run the gambling online with some 700 fellow countrymen as their...
Why holidays can be tough for S Korea's LGBT community | Phuket News
Many in South Korea's LGBT community fear going home this holiday period....
Taiwanese animation among films selected for Busan festival | Phuket News
Taipei, Oct. 5 (CNA) – Animation film “On Happiness Road” (幸福路上), about a woman’s growth and search for happiness, is among the Taiwanese films selected for screening at this year’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in South Korea. The 109-minute animation by director Sung Hsin-Yin (宋欣穎) is about a girl named Lin Shu-chi who moves […]...
Military increase border checks as fighting in Myanmar rages on  | Phuket News
The military have stepped up security patrols and checks as fighting in Myanmar’s Rakhine State rages, prompting Rohingya Muslim minority people to flee the country. Tepsatree Task Force has tightened security measures to check on unusual activities, particularly in the Andaman Sea, after fighting broke out and Rohingya people fleeing the country. Although there was no signs of influx of Rohingya refugees in the southern part of the country since the latest round of fights erupted in Rakhine state on Aug 25,  the military still see stepped up security patrols necessary as human trafficking might re-emerges. Special attention was given to the sea around Koh Saranee which is located in between the mouth of Kra Buri river and Koh Song of Myanmar. Koh Saranee checkpoint is considered a strategic point where all boats from Myanmar entering or leaving Thailand via Kramust pass, as it is the nearest route to the...
Call for Asean to help resolve Rohingya crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine state | Phuket News
Thai human rights academics have called on the Asean to step in to help solve the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine state with a dire warning that the stateless people may flood into Thailand in the future if the problem is not resolved. Speaking at a forum held Friday (Sept 8) at the Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Sarawut Aree, deputy director of the institute’s Muslim Studies Center, said that the situation in Rakhine state was very critical with at least 400 Rohingyas being killed and over 100,000 others fled into Bangladesh in the past two weeks since Aug 25. However, UN refugee agency claimed that a quarter of one million Rohingyas in Rakhine state had flooded into Bangladesh whereas UN special rapporteur on human rights for Myanmar estimated that at least 1,000 were killed. Sarawut Aree Mr Sarawut warned that unless the Rohingya crisis was resolved with the...
Retail 4.0 theme to address industry’s most pressing issues through the fringe programme at Interior Lifestyle China 2017 | Phuket News
Sep 08, 2017 Shanghai will be at the centre of the consumer goods industry next week, as the city plays host to the country’s premier household products and accessories trade fair – Interior Lifestyle China. The only fair in China focusing solely on the mid and high-end of the market and featuring leading domestic as well as international brands, 395 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions will showcase their latest products from 14 – 16 September (2016: 384, 14 countries / regions). Adding to the internationalism this year are brands from countries that didn’t participate in the 2016 edition, including Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden and the US, joining other returning participants from Europe, Asia and the US. This year’s fair will feature an increased number of exhibitors from more countries Welcoming buyers to the fair next week will be country and region pavilions and zones...
Malaysia ready to provide temporary shelter for Rohingya | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's coast guard will not turn away Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar and is willing to provide temporary shelter for them, the maritime agency's chief said on Friday....
Monash Malaysia School of Business – Where big dreams get a head start | Phuket News
Monash University Malaysia’s School of Business (Monash Business) is keen to get things rolling early on. Every business student dreams of becoming the next Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group; or even Tony Fernandes, Founder of AirAsia, the region’s most successful budget airline. A strong foundation in an academic business program is essential, no doubt about that. The School meets both Malaysian and international accreditation, including the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and also displays a strong commitment to the United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). And just as paramount as this is the School’s close engagement with the diverse business world, a win-win partnership with the industry so Monash Business students can tap into the real-world experience of business luminaries. But Monash Business isn’t resting on its laurels. While the combination of academics and industry partnership is a potent one, the...
Malaysia foils hijacking of Thai tankes, 10 pirates arrested | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian authorities thwarted the hijacking of a Thai oil tanker on Thursday and arrested 10 suspected Indonesian pirates on board the ship, a maritime security agency commander said....
Football: Only seven of 12 Malaysia Super League clubs granted license to compete in 2018 | Phuket News
THE Malaysia Super League is facing a new crisis after only seven of the 12 teams competing this year were granted a license to allow them to play in next year’s competition. The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) confirmed on Thursday that champions Johor Darul Ta’zim, Pahang, Perak, PKNS, Penang, Selangor and T-Team are the seven who have met the FAM club licensing criteria. Of the seven, Johor Darul Ta’zim, Pahang, PKNS and Selangor were also granted the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) club license, allowing them to compete in the 2018 Champions League or AFC Cup, should they qualify. The licensing decision means five clubs – Felda United, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka United and Sarawak – were refused licences to compete in the Super League following their “failure to fulfil the criteria that was required”. SEE ALSO: Resurgence for China and relief for South Korea: Grading the latest international football window for...
Malaysia holds interest rate at 3% as outlook improves | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia’s central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged, as expected, as economic growth strengthens and inflation moderates....
Prof Tan Chorh Chuan to spearhead healthcare innovation | Phuket News
Sep 10, 2017 Picture:  Professor Tan Chorh Chuan will be helming the new Ministry of Health (MOH) Office for Healthcare Transformation as its founding Executive Director from 1 January 2018. He will also concurrently serve as MOH’s Chief Health Scientist. This was announced by the MOH on 4 September. Prof Tan will assume these appointments after he steps down as NUS President at the end of the year, capping an impressive 10-year term in which he transformed the institution into a leading global university. Prof Tan will be playing an instrumental role in establishing the new MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation. The Office will identify and test-bed new concepts and innovations to promote the good health and wellbeing of Singaporeans, as well as enhance the delivery of care to patients. Prof Tan shared that the new Office will focus on several critical areas, such as helping Singaporeans adopt health-promoting...
Singapore Red Cross commits US$20,000 worth of relief items to communities affected by conflict in Rakhine | Phuket News
Sep 09, 2017 Singapore, 8 September 2017 - Due to the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine, Myanmar, the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) will launch a public appeal for donations to support the affected communities. In addition to assistance provided recently to Rakhine, SRC will further commit USD $20,000 worth of relief items to be distributed to those affected by the current clashes in Rakhine, including those currently residing in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Rakhine. Working with the Myanmar Red Cross and Red Cross Movement partners, SRC will commit to support all the communities affected by the current violent clashes in Rakhine. The Red Cross Movement is supporting more than 15,000 people who moved to Sittwe, Maungtaw, Butheedaung, Yathataung, Kyauktaw, Pommagyun and Minbya from the affected area. The Red Cross teams have been providing tarpaulin flooring, water tanks and bathrooms, while health care, food and water are still needed...
Singapore man, woman arrested for 'terrorism-related' activity | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- Police in Singapore have arrested a man suspected of planning to join Islamic State-linked fighters in the Philippines and a woman who was in contact with foreign militants, the government said on Thursday....
Japan leads investment expansion in target Industries and the EEC in the first half of 2017 | Phuket News
Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) statistics showed investment expansion in 10 target industries and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) in the first half of 2017, confirming investors’ positive response to the government’s Thailand 4.0 policy. Dr. Suvit Maesincee, Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, revealed after a board meeting chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha that the BOI is confident investment applications would reach the target of 600 billion baht this year. Expanding investment target industries According to BOI secretary – general Mrs. Hirunya Suchinai, the BOI received 612 investment applications with a total investment value of 291 billion baht in the first half of 2017. Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Out of these, 302 projects with an investment value of 133 billion baht were applications in 10 target industries, which are the new engines of growth promoted under the government’s Thailand 4.0 policy. Japan still ranks first, totalling 117...
UN Environment Head: Asia Must Lead Charge for Pollution-free Planet | Phuket News
Asia-Pacific — home to more than half the world's population and some of its fastest-growing economies — is a key battleground in the fight against pollution, one of the biggest threats to the planet and its people, the U.N. environment chief said. An estimated 12 million people die prematurely each year because of unhealthy environments, 7 million of them due to air pollution alone, making pollution
Singapore Red Cross advocates first aid learning online and in heartlands on World First Aid Day | Phuket News
Sep 08, 2017 Picture:  Social outreach: SRC and DDB turn Instagrammers to Lifesavers with ‘InstaSave’ Public outreach: Red Cross Youth distribute first aid kits to 300 elderly households Singapore - To commemorate World First Aid Day, the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) today launched InstaSave - a series of step-by-step first aid videos on Instagram - at a community outreach graced by Guest-of-Honour, Mr Desmond Lee, Second Minister for Home Affairs and National Development. Themed “First Aid Is For Everyone” and held at the Taman Jurong CC, the annual outreach is part of the humanitarian organisation’s ongoing efforts to demonstrate the importance of first aid in building community resilience. Reinforcing why learning first aid is critical, Minister Lee shared in his speech, “In the spirit of keeping Singapore secure and strong, it is essential that we all learn and know how to apply our first aid skills. Emergencies may happen...
Philippines suspends trade with N.Korea to comply with UN | Phuket News
MANILA -- The Philippines has suspended trade relations with North Korea to comply with a UN Security Council resolution over its repeated missile tests, Manila's foreign minister said on Friday....
Philippines: Japanese encephalitis a looming threat during monsoon warns govt | Phuket News
THE PHILIPPINES’ Department of Health has pressed the alarm bell on a deadly, lesser-known mosquito-borne disease known as Japanese encephalitis (JE) following nine deaths this year as the country is still in the midst of the rainy season. The warning issued by health authorities against JE came as the country continues to battle other deadly mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya that have long plagued this typhoon-prone nation home to more than 100 million people. Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial this week urged local government units and the general public to intensify mosquito prevention and control measures at homes and in the communities as rains are expected to pour across the country until October. SEE ALSO: Mosquito-borne infectious diseases: Crafting an Asian solution JE is endemic in large parts of Asia including the Philippines. Source: Shutterstock The secretary discouraged unnecessary and indiscriminate fogging activities, as it is costly and...
Duterte's family grilled at Senate inquiry on drugs, payoffs | Phuket News
MANILA, Philippines-- The son and son-in-law of the Philippine president, who has been accused of condoning extrajudicial killings of thousands of drug suspects, on Thursday appeared in a Senate inquiry looking into a huge shipment of illegal drugs from China that slipped through Manila's port....
Philippines: Govt pledges to assist citizens threatened with deportation by Trump policy | Phuket News
THE GOVERNMENT of the Philippines has given its assurances that it will extend assistance to Filipinos potentially deported because of President Donald Trump’s decision to scrap a policy designed to allow undocumented migrant children to live legally in the US. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme was implemented under former President Barack Obama and shields immigrants who came to the US illegally as children – known as “dreamers” – from deportation. On Wednesday, the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said that the government would open its coffers “to assist immigration-related cases such as those arising from the decision of President Trump,” as quoted by the state Philippine News Agency. SEE ALSO: Philippines: There can be ‘no compromise’ on human rights – foreign minister “The DACA program provides temporary legal status that allows qualified undocumented immigrant children from the Philippines and other countries to stay,...
This is the cost of Asia’s ageing population | Phuket News
When it comes to tackling demographic change in Asia, there’s no one-size-fits-all strategy for policymakers. In some countries, like Japan, the population is ageing rapidly, and the labor force is shrinking. In others, like the Philippines, young people are flooding the job market in search of work. As our chart shows, the impact of ageing could potentially drag down Japan’s average annual GDP growth by 1 percentage point over the next three decades. While in India and the Philippines, which have some of the youngest populations in the region, a growing workforce could potentially increase GDP by that same amount. The chart also highlights the dimension of the challenge. Overall for Asia, the demographic dividend, where a young, growing work force (aged 15-64) helped drive the region’s rapid growth in recent decades, is coming to an end. Fertility rates are declining and people are living longer. Now many countries, particularly...
Bad weather slows down Internet across Asia, Australia | Phuket News
ARE you somewhere in Asia and experiencing slower-than-usual Internet speed lately? If so, you might not be alone,  and it’s all because of the really rough weather. A recent report said the two powerful typhoons – Hato and Pakhar – which struck Hong Kong late last month have broken four submarine cables in the crowded Asian sea-lanes and that it could take a while before it would be restored to its former glory. Malaysian daily The Star quoted major telecommunications and Internet service provider Telekom Malaysia (TM) as saying that it had detected faults in the cables connecting Hong Kong to Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. It said faults were also detected as far as the United States and North Asia. SEE ALSO: Typhoon Hato: 8 killed, many missing in Macau TM said the four damaged cables comprised the ASE (Asia Submarine-Cable Express), TGA-Intra Asia (TGA-IA), Asia-American Gateway (AAG) and SEA-ME-WE3...
Cambodia: One-year jailing of activist ‘politically motivated’ – rights groups | Phuket News
ONE year on from Cambodian rights activist Tep Vanny’s arrest, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the local community are coming out in force to condemn the government’s treatment of the Boeung Kak Lake resident and demand her immediate release. Tuesday marked the 365th day that Vanny has languished in Prey Sar, the largest prison in Cambodia. Local residents of Vanny’s home region, Boueng Kak lake, marked the day with a candlelight vigil. A collection of 64 prominent human rights NGOs also released a statement to “condemn her arbitrary imprisonment.” The joint statement – from organisations such as Amnesty International, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights, Cambodian Center for Human Rights, and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression – called “for her convictions to be overturned, for all ongoing politically motivated and unsubstantiated charges against her to be dropped, and for her immediate release from prison.” Brave is risking your freedom for your community...
Cambodia taxmen now target VOA and RFA | Phuket News
Cambodia’s Ministry of Economy and Finance has turned its gun on Voice of America and Radio Free Asia allegedly for failing to pay taxes and for not being licensed new organisations, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Monday (Aug 14). In the August 11 letter, the ministry asked the Information Ministry to take action against the two independent stations, saying both have failed to register with the Tax Department and to pay taxes, both as an institution and for individual employees, despite being reminded to do so by the tax officials. The letter also asked Information Minister Khieu Kanharith to push the two radio stations to comply with their tax obligations or else take strict action against them. Kanharith took to his Facebook on Saturday (Aug 12) to say that the ministry had not taken a stance on the issue.  “Because I have not received the letter yet and...
Kerry Logistics Manages Maxim's New Central Distribution Centre | Phuket News
Aug 14, 2017 Picture:  Hong Kong, 14 August 2017 - Kerry Logistics Network Limited ('Kerry Logistics'; Stock Code 636.HK) has secured a long-term contract with Maxim's Caterers Ltd. ('Maxim's'), Hong Kong's leading food and beverage company. Kerry Logistics will provide integrated logistics services to Maxim's Group including cold chain solutions, supporting the caterer's more than 780 outlets in Hong Kong and key accounts, 365 days per year. This strategic cooperation signals the collaboration of two industry leaders in Hong Kong, and exists to serve the Hong Kong community with speedy and hygienic food supply. The new strategic cooperation will see Kerry Logistics managing Maxim's new Central Distribution Centre ('DC') with multi-temperature storage, accommodating Maxim's extensive product range. Kerry Logistics will also provide a wide range of value-added services and daily replenishment to Maxim's restaurant chains and key accounts. William Ma, Group Managing Director of Kerry Logistics, said,
Forget nasi lemak, Singapore’s best diplomacy tool is this university | Phuket News
The name of Asia’s top university’s school for public policy located in Singapore, is Lee Kuan Yew – namesake of its founding father. That in itself should give an idea as to what the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (or LKY SPP, in short) is all about. Lee, who ruled the city-state as its Prime Minister for 31 years,  is deemed to be among the most influential global political figure of his era; it was his leadership that helped transformed the tiny republic island into a regional economic powerhouse in less than two generations. And from this legacy, Lee may have laid the foundation to the creation of what has likely become Singapore’s greatest asset: a super efficient administration. SEE ALSO: Duterte like Lee Kuan Yew, strict but effective – Philippine govt The success of his legacy can be traced all the way to China. Analysts concur that leaders...
Army captain denies abduction charge  | Phuket News
An Army captain wanted by Si Sa Ket provincial police for abduction charge yesterday (Aug 11) denied any knowledge of the disappearance of a Tambon Administration Organisation (TAO) female official. The officer, Capt Supachai Paso, commander of the Second Rifle Platoon of the Second  Infantry Battalion at Sanpasitprasong barracks in Ubon Ratchathani, denied the abduction of Ms Jutaporn Oun-orn, 37, an education official at Cham Tambon Administration Organisation in Si Sa Ket when he reported to police summons yesterday. The police charged him of illegal detention and abduction of the woman after investigation showed she transferred money to his accounts several times before she disappeared on July 3 this year after driving her daughter to kindergarten school. The army captain said he would defend the charge in the court. He was later freed upon detention agreement between the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Thai Police  on military suspect in criminal offences....
More than 1,200 dead as floods devastate South Asia | Phuket News
SOME 13 people were killed in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi after heavy monsoon rains hit the sprawling metropolis, officials said on Thursday. The deaths were the latest in a disaster that has so far killed more than 1,200 people across the region encompassing India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Some 40 million people have been affected, with floods expected to intensify as rains continue across the region. All three countries suffer frequent flooding during the June-September monsoon season, but aid agencies say things are worse this year with thousands of villages cut off and people deprived of food and clean water for days. SEE ALSO: Suicides and forced migration: The reality of climate change in South Asia A woman walks through a flooded village in Motihari, Bihar State, India, on Aug 23, 2017. Source: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton “We have got clearances in record time, with the last round of clearances coming in only...
Vietnam: Poverty a major killer as north ravaged by floods | Phuket News
FLOODING and landslides in northwest Vietnam have caused widespread devastation since the start of August. The disaster crippled the provinces of Son La, Dien Bien, Yen Bai and Lai Chau, situated within one of the most disadvantaged regions of the country. Tragically, at least 27 lives have been lost, many more are missing and almost 1 trillion Vietnamese Dong (US$43m) of damage has been reported. The already poor infrastructure of the region has been badly impacted. Pictures and videos posted online and across different media channels have shown terrifying and dramatic scenes. In some footage we can see the rapidly moving flood water sweeping through residential areas. SEE ALSO: Asean at 50: Region marches towards peace and development, away from human rights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwq1nlGv0msVideo can’t be loaded: Floods, landslides kill dozens in Vietnam (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwq1nlGv0ms) Disasters are widely misunderstood in Vietnam – as they are elsewhere – as “natural” occurrences. As a consequence of this, there is little...
How Has the Thai Economy Performed Over the Last year? | Phuket News
Thailand posted impressive economic growth in the first half of 2017, proving those predicting an economic slump after Q1 wrong in the process. During the first three months of 2017, the county saw the quickest rise in key economic figures in the last four years, and official figures released showed that Q1 of this year posted the best results since Q2 of 2016. Although there has been a noticeable decline in spending by the Thai government over the first quarter, an increase in investments, exports and private consumption has served to counterbalance the economic effects. Tourism and Manufacturing One of the country’s biggest money makers is the tourism industry, generating approximately 1.64 trillion baht in 2016 (which equates to 11% of Thai GDP). There has also been a 9% increase in visitors based on year-on-year tourism figures over 2015 and 2016. Within the Thai manufacturing sector, recent survey data from...
136 pangolins, 450kg scales seized | Phuket News
Customs officials seized 136 pangolins and 450 kilogrammes of pangolin scales, worth about 2.5 million baht on Wednesday (Aug 30) night in Pran Buri district of Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Customs Department director-general Kulit Sombatsiri said. Mr Kulit said on receiving information that pangolins and pangolin scales would be smuggled from Malaysia and transported by pick-up trucks to Chumphon, customs officials were deployed along the highway leading to the province. On the night of Aug 30, the officials spotted two pick-up trucks suspected to be carrying the protected animals and followed them to Pran Buri district in Prachuap Khiri Khan.  There, the pick-ups were stopped for a search. The officials found in the two vehicles 136 living pangolins and 450kg of pangolin scales. Trade in pangolins and their scales are prohibited under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  Their import is also prohibited by...
Chinese cyber spies "broaden attacks in Vietnam" | Phuket News
Cyber spies working for or on behalf of China's government have broadened attacks against official and corporate targets in Vietnam at a time of raised tension over the South China Sea, cyber security company FireEye said....
Public holidays, calls for unity as Malaysia celebrates 60th Independence Day | Phuket News
“IN THE NAME of Allah, the compassionate, the merciful,” read the Malayan Declaration of Independence on Aug 31, 1957. “The time has now arrived when the people of the Persekutuan Tanah Melayu will assume the status of a free independent and sovereign nation among nations of the world.” Sixty years ago, the man who would become Malaysia’s first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman declared an independent and democratic state on the Malay peninsula, casting off the shackles of British rule. The declaration of Merdeka (independence) for Muslim-majority Malaya was handed down at a ceremony at the Royal Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur – hitherto a potent symbol of colonial pomp and excess. SEE ALSO: Malaysian PM thinks Malay should be the language of Asean Google Malaysia’s Doodle on Thursday was dedicated to the Southeast Asian nation of 28 million’s national day. Najib alongside King Muhammad V sing the national anthem...
Growing Commerce With India Gives Vietnam New Defense Against China | Phuket News
A flood of Indian business in fast-growing Vietnam has solidified commercial ties to help Hanoi upgrade an alliance with a powerful Asian neighbor and offset dependence on its historic rival, the more massive China. Indian investment in Vietnam has reached $2 billion and bilateral trade hit $10 billion over the year ending in March on its way to $15 billion by 2020, said Radha Krishnan, vice chairman of the Indian Business Chamber of Vietnam.
Mount Royal University: A home away from home | Phuket News
Leaving home to embark on your university career can be equally as daunting as it is exciting. For those international students who are not only leaving behind their family and friends, but the familiarity of their home country, it can come with even greater levels of anxiety. While the concerns will almost always be there, by no means should you let that put you off! Because studying overseas will likely be the most rewarding, liberating and exciting experience of your life. With the right support and guidance, the years you spend at university will stay with you for the rest of your life. And that’s why choosing a place that’s the right fit for you is so important. A welcoming atmosphere in a foreign land is exactly what’s needed to reduce anxiety and feelings of reluctance, and at Mount Royal University, that’s exactly what you get. Living by the motto...
Thailand to buy 155,000 tonnes coal from US | Phuket News
The Thai private sector has agreed to buy a total of 155,000 tonnes of coal from the United States after a meeting with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in Washington DC, deputy government spokesman Lt Gen Werachon Sukondhapatipak said. Lt Gen Werachon said the meeting with Gen Prayut followed an earlier meeting between representatives of the Thai private sector and the US Chamber of Commerce when the two sides exchanged information and opinions on trade and investment between the two countries. Kalin Sarasin, chairman of the Board of Trade of Thailand and an executive of Siam Cement Group (SCG), said it was agreed that Thailand the US should implement the Treaty of Amity and Economic Relations between Thailand and the US to promote trade and investment between them. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on investment promotion will be drafted to cover the sectors on which Thailand and the US have the...
Contaminated alcohol in Indonesia is killing hundreds of people each year | Phuket News
IF YOU walk around nightlife spots in Indonesia like Jalan Legian in Bali, you’ll see the signs. They offer you “vodka and coke” for as little as IDR15,000 (US$1.10); free spirit-based cocktails for ladies; or 2-for-1 promotions on mixed drinks. How is this possible in a country where the tax on alcohol is currently set at 150 percent? It isn’t. And the “vodka”, “gin” or “whisky” on the advertisements will almost certainly be arak. In its most basic form, arak is a traditional liquor made from coconut palm, sugarcane or rice, which has been enjoyed in Indonesia for centuries. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Australian wines may require halal certification – minister But many visitors to the archipelago don’t realise that arak has been linked to a spate of alcohol-related incidents in recent years, some of which have resulted in the deaths of Indonesians and tourists alike due to methanol poisoning. Methanol is...
"Let's do polygamy": New dating app stirs debate in Indonesia | Phuket News
Scrolling through dating websites a year ago, Indonesian app developer Lindu Pranayama realized there were a lot of married men looking for another wife - but few online services to meet their needs.
Super Secret Santa steps up for New Zealand PM | Phuket News
What one New Zealander bought Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for Christmas after the first gift fell through....
Traffic fines: New system begins Sunday 17th December | Phuket News
The head of the new Police Ticket Management system has said that from Sunday people can begin paying traffic fines via bank and ATM machines nationwide. Ekkarak Limsangkat said that each ticket will have a bar-code and a space to itemize the offence. This will no longer be completed in handwriting. Tickets will be in English as well as Thai. Fines can be paid at Krung Thai Bank branches or ATMs in all 77 provinces. The KTB application on mobile phones can also be used. Outlets displaying the “PTM” symbol can also be used though exactly what these are were not specified in the Daily News report. Motorists who receive fines must wait two days from the issuing of the ticket before paying it. This is so that the police have time to enter it on the system. Thereafter the fine must be paid within seven days. You can still pay at police...
Jailhouses rocked by sex scandals | Phuket News
Forbidden relationships behind bars have led to the dismissal of some Thai jail warders, according to the country’s prisons boss. Fourteen officers were included in the Corrections Department’s December 1 list of dismissals after they were found guilty of serious misconduct, ranging from taking bribes from inmates to embezzlement and enabling sex in the cellblocks. Hinting that more warders might be dismissed in this fiscal year 2018, department chief Narat Sawetanan said such dismissals take place every year because prisons were places of vice. He noted that the ratio of warders to inmates in Thai jails was one to 32 – a far cry from the international standard of one to five. This inevitably meant more mingling between officers and prisoners, leaving greater opportunities for misconduct. He also noted that years of living in same-sex captivity could lead straight men or women to develop homosexual relationships with other inmates. This...
Man believed killed by electric shock from mobile phone recharging | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police believe that a man found dead last night (Nov 7) died from an electric shock while listening to music on his headphones while his mobile phone was still plugged into an power board for recharging....
Phuket Immigration online system to check permit-to-stay approvals now operational | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Immigration Chief Col Kathathorn Kumthieng has confirmed that the new online system to check the status of extensions for foreigner visa applications is now operational....
New flood drains to bring relief to Patong’s Nanai Rd | Phuket News
PHUKET: Flood drains being installed on Nanai Rd in Patong should be complete by the end of the year and bring much relief to the area near the intersection of Soi Banzaan, which is hit with flooding after every heavy downpour in the tourist town....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Injured Brit jumped! Ghosbusters vs doctors? Melbourne Cup 2017! || November 7 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 7 FAKE story as injured Brit jumped! Ghostbusters vs doctors in rural village? Retrieving dumped share-bikes in Phuket! Trouble brewing in Bangkok? From the Melbourne Cup Brunch 2017​ with Good Shepherd Phuket​ & Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation​ Hosted by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
‘Violent attack’ in Brit tourist’s plea for fundraising exposed as fake | Phuket News
PHUKET: The British man who claimed his leg was broken when he was mugged at gunpoint in a violent attack in Phuket last Thursday (Nov 2) fled the island with his wife this morning (Nov 7) on a flight to Dubai before before police could present him with CCTV evidence showing him jumping from a hotel balcony in Patong....
Pickup blaze brings main Phuket road to a standstill | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket’s main artery, Thepkrasattri Rd southbound, was brought to a temporary standstill at noon today (Nov 7) when a pickup truck caught fire in Srisoonthorn, in central Phuket....
Phuket ofo bike-share retrieves about 100 stolen bikes | Phuket News
PHUKET: Ofo bike-share, the company that launched its services in Phuket Town in September, has retrieved about 100 bikes from people who have taken the bikes home, whether intentionally or out of misunderstanding, the company’s representatives have confirmed....
Brit Army veteran, 50, viciously attacked at gunpoint in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: A couple from the United Kingdom have launched a fundraising campaign to pay for hospital bills after the man, an Army veteran, suffered multiple leg fractures in a vicious mugging in Phuket last Thursday (Nov 2)....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Gang attack at hospital! Vendors to move! Two-way Patong? || November 6 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 6 Gang attack at hospital; shots fired! Unlucky vendors kicked out of Lucky area! Two-way traffic Patong! Murderer caught 5 years later? 16 million MORE for Toon Bodyslams epic run! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
Yacht charter tourist’s leg broken in jet-ski collision off Phuket beach | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 24-year-old Chinese woman is recovering in a Phuket hospital after she suffered a broken leg in a jet-ski collision off Nai Harn Beach on on Saturday (Nov 4)....
Japan's big manufacturers' mood hits 11-year high | Phuket News
December's business confidence index among big manufacturers was the highest since December 2006....
Stocks rise in Asia, riding Wall Street winning streak | Phuket News
TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after the Standard & Poor’s 500 index logged an eighth straight day of gains. Encouraging reports on the U.S. economy helped the index match its longest winning streak since July 2013. Regional trading was subdued with markets in Shanghai and South Korea still closed […]...
World shares creep higher as Asian holidays stunt trading | Phuket News
TOKYO (AP) — Share prices were little changed in Asia on Thursday, with trading becalmed by public holidays in Shanghai, Hong Kong and South Korea. Investors were awaiting further U.S. government jobs data following a report by payroll processor ADP showing that hiring by private employers weakened sharply last month. KEEPING SCORE | Britain’s FTSE 100 […]...
North Korea urged to opt for peace amid ‘extreme’ danger of nuclear war | Phuket News
SOUTH KOREA has urged its northern neighbour to honour all bilateral agreements and steps towards peace, while Pyongyang accused it of escalating tensions along the border. Wednesday was the tenth anniversary of an agreement reached during the second-ever bilateral meeting between the Koreas, in which then-leaders President Roh Moo-hyun and North Korea’s Kim Jong-il pledged to cooperate upon ending hostilities and military confrontation. “North Korea should respect all existing agreements between the South and the North, and come forward to a path advancing peace on the Korean Peninsula,” said an official from South Korea’s unification ministry as quoted by the state media agency Yonhap. The two countries have technically been at war since the 1950s. ...
South Korea Now Open to Trade Pact Revisions | Phuket News
South Korea indicated Wednesday it was open to talks on revising a 2012 trade pact with the United States after initial differences that followed President Donald Trump’s threat to terminate the accord unless it was renegotiated. After a day of talks in Washington, South Korea’s trade ministry said in a statement, “The two sides recognized the need to amend the FTA to enhance mutual benefits of the KORUS FTA,” as the pact is called. The U.S. trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, said the United States looked forward to stepped-up talks “to resolve outstanding implementation issues as well as to engage soon on amendments that will lead to fair, reciprocal trade.” The statements mark a shift from an initial meeting in August, when the two sides failed to agree on next steps after Lighthizer had made demands to amend the agreement to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with South Korea. Since the...
US Intelligence Officials Call North Korean Leader 'Very Rational' | Phuket News
Despite Kim Jong Un's repeated provocations and willingness to engage in heated rhetoric, top U.S. intelligence officials say the North Korean leader is not crazy.
Trump: Tillerson 'Wasting His Time' Negotiating With North Korea | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to undercut his top diplomat Sunday, saying Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is
Death penalty: Wrongful convictions and unfair sentencing in Malaysia | Phuket News
WHILE the death penalty in Malaysia is an issue that divides the nation and continues to be a hot topic in parliament, there is a group of people whose voices never enter the debate. They are the silent victims of this colonial-era law and the ones that pay the ultimate price for the errors of others – the wrongfully convicted. Splitting public opinion pretty much down the middle, the death penalty in Malaysia is a hangover from British rule and is still the mandatory punishment for murder, drug trafficking, treason, and waging war against the King. Last year, Malaysia executed nine people – up from one the previous year – and handed down 36 death sentences. In its latest report on the issue, rights group Amnesty International ranked Malaysia tenth in the use of the death penalty among 23 countries where executions were recorded. Human rights charities have repeatedly called...
Malaysia: Facing 43 years in jail, ‘responsibility’ keeps Zunar drawing | Phuket News
“I’M NOT enjoying what I am doing,” said Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, better known as the cartoonist Zunar. “But I can say this: I am happy to fulfil my responsibility.” “This is about doing the right thing by the citizens,” he told Asian Correspondent at his unassuming office in Kuala Lumpur. “It is the responsibility of political cartoonists to criticise the government of the day.” Zunar was recently forced to move after his old shared office was raided three times and the owner became sick of the police turning up. “Every time they come, they take books. Last year, 1300 books.” ‘Troublemaker’ from day one Zunar is a tireless critic of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who stands accused of accused of channelling almost US$700 million into his personal accounts from the state-owned development corporation 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). He routinely depicts Najib and his wife unflatteringly, often holding large sums...
Malaysia to name firms lacking board diversity | Phuket News
Prime Minister Najib Razak will publish the names of firms that have no female directors....
Mahidol University still leads Thailand in Times rankings | Phuket News
Mahidol University has maintained its lead among higher tertiary institutions in Thailand, according to a respected survey, but it still lags behind universities in Singapore and Malaysia....
North Korean Challenge Comes at China From all Angles | Phuket News
Although China’s official stance is that sanctions are not the answer to the increasingly tense situation on the North Korean peninsula, calls for action and concern about the situation are growing at home. This comes even as the government is working hard to limit broader discussion. In the wake of Sunday’s test, North Korea’s most powerful to date, media organizations and websites in China were ordered to close commentary sections on the nuclear test and to “not hype” the story, according to a censorship directive obtained by China Digital Times. On the website Freeweibo.com, which collects and monitors censored social media posts,
Alipay launches its mobile payment gateway at Changi Airport | Phuket News
Sep 07, 2017 Picture:  Alipay and Changi Airport Group (CAG) today announced the signing of a strategic five-year partnership agreement, to roll out the Alipay mobile payment option in Changi Airport on a wide scale. A joint marketing agreement was also inked, for both parties to offer customised and targeted shopping and dining offers to Chinese passengers using Alipay. Alipay, operated by Ant Financial Services Group, is the world’s leading online and mobile payment platform with over 520 million active users. Alipay is the first Chinese mobile payment partner for Changi Airport. Changi Airport’s yearly concession sales grew 5% to hit another new high at S$2.3 billion in 2016, with travellers from China accounting for a third of all retail sales last year as one of the top spenders at the airport. This new mobile payment option will allow travellers to enjoy yet another convenient payment mode when shopping...
CW GROUP Announces Formation of Strategic Joint Venture in Singapore | Phuket News
Sep 07, 2017 Picture:  CW GROUP Announces Formation of Strategic Joint Venture in Singapore Further Strengthening its Business in the Southeast Asia and India Regions (Hong Kong, 7 Sep 2017) Leading precision engineering solutions provider, CW Group Holdings Limited (
BuildTech Asia 2017: Reinventing Smart Building & Construction through Technology | Phuket News
Sep 07, 2017 Picture:  Hosted by Building Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA), and held during the Singapore Construction Productivity Week (SCPW), BuildTech Asia 2017 is now into its 7th edition and focuses on technologies that address the challenges of building and construction across different vertical industries. BuildTech Asia 2017 is 3-day trade event dedicated to make a difference to the future of the industry. In the last staging, over 100 exhibiting brands showcased the latest productive and cutting edge technologies from construction machinery to quality finishes, building and architectural solutions. Robotics and Internet of Things (IoT) technology were also on display alongside 3D concrete printers, immersive Big Data and Virtual Reality applications. Some 7000 visitors from 32 countries had the opportunity to learn about the future of construction with the use of applied technology and building materials. BuildTech Asia 2017 aims to help companies in their development and growth...
NATO Sees Growing Russia, China Challenge; Higher Risk of War | Phuket News
China’s growing military strength and a resurgent Russia will pose growing challenges to the trans-Atlantic alliance in coming years, and NATO’s moves to bolster its capabilities could trigger a new Cold War-style arms race, a NATO report said. The report, completed once every four years, identifies 20 global trends that are likely to affect the alliance through 2035, ranging from artificial intelligence and accelerating technology development to climate change and growing inequality. General Denis Mercier, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, told Reuters the report showed a higher risk of major interstate war than in the 2013 report. “We see a considerable increase in the risk of a major interstate conflict,” Mercier said in an interview on the sidelines of the Berlin Security Conference. His command will release a companion report that maps out what NATO should do to respond to these trends in the spring, with both documents to inform...
Philippines' Duterte vows to pursue rogue police | Phuket News
MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Wednesday to pursue cases against erring police officers after three controversial killings of youths....
Basketball: Chot Reyes thanks Charles Rhodes for Gilas interest – but will pursue younger naturalised star | Phuket News
CHARLES Rhodes is eager to suit up for Gilas in future tournaments – but coach Chot Reyes has explained that he wants a younger player to become Philippines’ next naturalised star. Rhodes, 32, helped San Miguel Beermen to win the PBA Commissioner’s Cup in July, winning the best import of the conference award in the process. He clearly has the skills – but the former Mississippi State forward/centre, who has gained vast experience in Latvia, South Korea, Spain and Turkey, does not quite fit coach Reyes’ profile. That said, Reyes has publicly thanked the Texan for his interest in representing Gilas, and praised his style of play. SEE ALSO: LeBron James steals the show in Manila to have final word on NBA superstars in Asia this off-season Gilas are looking for a new naturalised star for future tournaments, after 31-year-old Andray Blatche skipped the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon last month....
Bad weather slows down Internet across Asia | Phuket News
ARE YOU somewhere in Asia and experiencing slower-than-usual internet speed lately? If so, you might not be alone in this ordeal, and it’s all due to really rough weather. A recent report said the two powerful typhoons – Hato and Pakhar – which struck Hong Kong late last month have broken four submarine cables in the crowded Asian sea-lanes and that it could take a while before it would be restored back to its former glory. Malaysian daily The Star quoted major telecommunications and internet service provider Telekom Malaysia (TM) as saying that it had detected faults in the cables connecting Hong Kong to Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. It said faults were also detected as far as the United States and North Asia. SEE ALSO: Typhoon Hato: 8 killed, many missing in Macau TM said the four damaged cables comprised the ASE (Asia Submarine-Cable Express), TGA-Intra Asia (TGA-IA), Asia-American Gateway...
Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia eye joint task force for fighting IS | Phuket News
THE PHILIPPINES, Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to jointly fight the threats of the Islamic State, with Manila willing to open its borders to Indonesian and Malaysian defence forces to prevent the Islamist militants from taking deeper root in the three neighbouring countries. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte revealed the development this week as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) claimed that the country is the jihadists’ new theatre in Southeast Asia. “I have already talked with President [Joko] Widodo and [Malaysian Prime Minister] Najib Razak. We agreed that we will talk. We are just waiting for the right time,” Duterte said. According to Duterte, Islamic State militants are “being cornered in Syria” and are looking for new frontiers. Since they already have access to other countries, they will suddenly surface just like they did in Marawi, he added. SEE ALSO: Australia offers extra military help to Philippines in fight...
Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia eye joint task force for fighting Islamic State | Phuket News
THE PHILIPPINES, Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to jointly fight the threats of the Islamic State, with Manila willing to open its borders to Indonesian and Malaysian defence forces to prevent the Islamist militants from taking deeper root in the three neighbouring countries. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte revealed the development this week as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) claimed that the country is the jihadists’ new theatre in Southeast Asia. “I have already talked with President (Joko) Widodo and (Malaysian Prime Minister) Najib Razak. We agreed that we will talk. We are just waiting for the right time,” Duterte said. According to the president, Islamic State militants “is being cornered in Syria” and the militants are looking for new frontiers. Since they have already access to other countries, they will suddenly surface just like what they did in Marawi, he added. SEE ALSO: Australia offers extra military help...
Bad weather causes slower internet across Asia | Phuket News
ARE YOU somewhere in Asia and experiencing slower-than-usual internet speed lately? If so, you might not be alone in this ordeal, and it’s all due to really rough weather. A recent report said the two powerful typhoons – Hato and Pakhar – which struck Hong Kong late last month have broken four submarine cables in the crowded Asian sea-lanes and that it could take a while before it would be restored back to its former glory. Malaysian daily The Star quoted major telecommunications and internet service provider Telekom Malaysia (TM) as saying that it had detected faults in the cables connecting Hong Kong to Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. It said faults were also detected as far as the United States and North Asia. SEE ALSO: Typhoon Hato: 8 killed, many missing in Macau TM said the four damaged cables comprised the ASE (Asia Submarine-Cable Express), TGA-Intra Asia (TGA-IA), Asia-American Gateway...
Philippines: Catholics warned against cursed ‘Satanist’ rosaries | Phuket News
THE CHIEF exorcist of a Filipino diocese has warned that the public is being targeted by Satanists who are distributing cursed rosaries and other religious items. Father Ambrosio Nonato Legaspi of the Office of Exorcism (Libera Nox) in Quezon City said that Satanists – particularly the Illuminati – by giving out rosaries “prayed over” to consecrate them to evil. Those who use the religious items will be followed by evil spirits, he said. “Please be careful as the rosaries you might be using could actually be infested or cursed,” said Father Legaspi as quoted by the state-run Philippine News Agency. Jewellery from the “anti-Christian and anti-Church” Masons was also in circulation, he said. ...
Cambodia: PM Hun Sen makes Telegram main channel for govt interactions | Phuket News
TELEGRAM has become the messaging medium of choice for many officials in Cambodia’s government, popular because of its end-to-end encryption for chats and calls, thus making it extremely useful for internal communications. According to officials speaking to the Phnom Penh Post, the app has been integral in helping Cambodia’s administrative communications, in a country that has a pretty weak overall technology ecosystem. The app has also grown in popularity because unlike other services such as Whatsapp and LINE, Telegram arranges contacts in the app in the order with which users are online. “All officials use all of them – Telegram, WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook and Line – but the majority like Telegram, because you can write a lot and send a lot of pictures,” said Kompong Speu Provincial Governor Vei Samnang to the Post. SEE ALSO: Indonesia to unblock Telegram, combat Islamic State channels Prime Minister Hun Sen has decreed that all internal...
Critic of Cambodian leader jailed for defamation | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia jailed a political analyst for 1-1/2 years on Thursday, for accusing Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party of orchestrating the 2016 murder of a prominent government critic....
New UN report spotlights human trafficking into Thailand | Phuket News
To tackle human trafficking from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar into Thailand, governments must first better understand it as part of the broader phenomenon of irregular migration from those three countries, according to a new report launched today by UNODC and the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ)....
Cambodia's Strongman, 65, Displays Warm, Vital Images on Facebook | Phuket News
Hun Sen shopping. Hun Sen working out. Hun Sen, family guy. For the 65-year-old prime minister of Cambodia, a onetime Khmer Rouge commander, his recent about-face to show a warm and fuzzy side is a startling development. The man who now has 8.5 million Facebook followers oversaw Cambodia's emergence from civil war and has dominated it, sometimes ruthlessly, for 32 years. But Hun Sen turned 65 on August 5, and it appears his increasingly active social media presence is a move to show the public that he is likable, relaxed and — above all, after a publicized hospital stay in Singapore — healthy. The strongman who once vowed to rule Cambodia until he hit 74 seems keen to quell any rumors that he is frail before the 2018 general election campaign begins. One recent post on Facebook, Cambodia's dominant social media platform, shows him posing for a selfie with supporters...
ASEAN MPs call for stronger protections for migrants and refugees | Phuket News
ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) ASEAN lawmakers urged regional governments today to do more to protect migrant workers and refugees, arguing that all members of the ASEAN community are entitled to basic rights and deserve to have their dignity and humanity respected.  Members of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) made the call at the conclusion of a four-day fact-finding mission to Malaysia examining human rights in the context of migration. During their visit, MPs met with stakeholders, including civil society organizations, migrant and refugee communities, UN agencies, government officials, and counterparts in the Malaysian Parliament, to assess the situation of migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers, and victims of human trafficking in the country, as well as explore potential regional solutions to the challenges they face. “From our conversations over the last several days, it’s clear that there is major room for improvement. Both destination and source...
Sea code framework adopted by Asean and China but no Asean joint statement | Phuket News
Foreign ministers of Asean and China have adopted the framework of a code of conduct to ease tensions in the South China Sea, a move the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi viewed as “progress”, according to The Manila Times Online on Monday. But Wang said China will only agree to start negotiations on the sea code “if there is no more disruption from non-regional parties and when the situation in the South China Sea is generally stable.” Philippine Foreign Minister spokesman Robespierre Bolivar said the ministers agreed to convene in August to discuss modalities of the negotiations on the actual code of conduct and Asean leaders are expected to announce the formal start of the negotiations at the summit in November. Bolivar said the framework on the code of conduct will not be released to the public because of its sensitivity. The framework will be the basis for negotiations of...
Australia: Rights groups raise ‘serious concerns’ over privacy implications of TPP | Phuket News
DIGITAL rights advocates have reiterated their concerns over “serious consequences” for media freedom and access to knowledge as the remaining 11 countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) resume talks to push ahead with the deal. As trade ministers from the member countries, known as the TPP11, meet in Sydney, Australia, between Aug 28 and 30, to revive the controversial trade pact, some 20 digital rights groups said provisions of the deal must be renegotiated following the US’ withdrawal. “(These provisions) were imposed by the US and the US is no longer in the TPP, it makes no sense for you to keep those provisions, particularly without the projected gains from access to US markets,” the groups said in an open letter to the ministers. SEE ALSO: Japan: TPP expected to remain a priority despite EU trade agreement – analyst The groups comprised Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), Civil Liberties Australia, Australian School Library Association,...
Vietnam's Facebook Dissidents Test Limits of Communist State | Phuket News
“This isn't like China,” says Vietnamese activist ‘Anh Chi’ at a noisy bar off one of the narrow streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter. “They can't shut Facebook down here.” His 40,000 Facebook followers make him one of Vietnam's better-known critics, but by no means the biggest in a Communist state whose attempts to crack down on dissidents have collided with the rapidly expanding reach of foreign-owned social media. Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang this month called for unspecified tougher internet controls in the face of “hostile forces” that he said threatened not only cybersecurity but also “undermined the prestige of the leaders of the party and the state.” But taming the internet in a young, fast-growing country is not easy, especially when the companies providing the platform are global. China, in contrast, allows only local internet companies operating under strict rules. Vietnam is among Facebook's top 10 countries, by number...
Vietnam FDI inflows up 5% to $10.3bn this year | Phuket News
HANOI - Vietnam received an estimated US$10.3 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in January-August, up 5.1% from the same period in 2016, the government said on Monday....
Banking tycoon among dozens on trial in Vietnam for approving dodgy loans | Phuket News
A former banking magnate and 50 others went on trial in Vietnam Monday over a multimillion dollar fraud at a major private bank, as the communist nation cracks down on corruption in the sector. Authorities have vowed to clean up an industry plagued by favouritism and dodgy loans - part of a broader drive against corruption in the country. In the latest trial the ex-chairman of Ocean Bank, Ha Van Tham, is accused of illegally approving loans worth US$23 million in 2012, ultimately leading to the......
China Reopens Hotly Disputed Fishing Spot to Philippine Boats | Phuket News
Beijing is letting Philippine-registered fishing vessels access to a disputed South China Sea shoal, once the centerpiece of a bitter bilateral dispute, in an apparent goodwill gesture that would help otherwise strained Chinese relations with Manila as well as much of Southeast Asia. China has been allowing the boats since April into Scarborough Shoal, a 150-square-kilometer (93 mile) feature with a lagoon west of the Philippine island of Luzon, official and academic sources say. It's considered a prime fishing site. “What's happened around Scarborough Shoal has been not widely reported, but that you have Filipino fishing vessels accessing the shoal.  China allowing that suggests that China in some sense is actually starting to accommodate,” said Euan Graham, international security director at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney. The Chinese coast guard effectively controls access to Scarborough Shoal, though both countries claim it. That control has angered a large,...
Vietnam tries dozens of bankers for graft, mismanagement | Phuket News
HANOI -- Nearly 50 bankers are on trial in Vietnam for alleged graft and mismanagement causing $69 million in losses to a joint stock bank....
Pakhar storm to bring  heavy rains in Northeast  | Phuket News
The Meteorological Department said today that the  Pakhar tropical storm has now been degraded to a trough of low pressure after it landed on Southern China before dawn Monday. It said the storm landed in Southern China at 4.00am today with strengthened trough of low pressure centering on upper region of Vietnam. The strengthened trough is moving  to Thailand’s lower, central and northeastern  regions. Its travel which coincides  with the blowing  of the  south westerly monsoon into the Andaman Ses  will result in  heavy rains in several areas of  the northeastern region. It warned people to monitor weather forecast closely as heavy rains are expected. Source: Meteorological Department   The post Pakhar storm to bring  heavy rains in Northeast  appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Sunday drenching for Phuket | Phuket News
Consistent and heavy rains are drenching Phuket this morning as emergency services are stretched to assist drivers and motorcyclists who were stuck in flooded roads. Along Viset Road, Rawai, quite a few patches of the road were impassable with rain failing to run off into the roadside drains. Some short spurts around 7am turned into heavier rain as the morning progressed. Although the official forecast is for ‘scattered thunderstorms’ most of the island has already had steady falls since early. The rain bands are approaching the island from the WSW. The Thai Meteorological Department has issued a warning for tropical storm “PAKHAR” over the upper South China Sea locates at 20.1 degree North and longitude 115.1 degree East. With sustained winds of 80 km/hr, the storm is moving northwest about 25 km/hr through Hainan to upper Vietnam during 27-28 August. The Department say it will affect the north part of...
Alert issued for flood-prone areas as tropical storm is approaching | Phuket News
The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) yesterday issued flood alert for all its irrigation officials in flood-prone areas to prepare for possible flooding as a tropical storm is approaching Vietnam and it will have widespread impact on Thailand’s northern and northeastern regions from tomorrow. RID director-general Thongplaew Kongchan said remote sensing images received by RID’s Smart Water Operation Centre (SWOC) from the Himawari satellite at 6.00pm yesterday showed that the “Pakhar”tropical storm is moving 20-kilometres westerly towards Hainan Island and upper Vietnam during August 27-28. He said as the storm moves closer on land, more rains are expected in Thailand’s northern and  northeastern regions, with heavy rains in some areas. He said the satellite images also showed increased rains from today in  Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Uttaradit, Tak, Sukhothai, Kampaengphet, Uthaithani, Phetchabun, Nong Bua Lampoo, Udonthani, Sakhon Nakhon, Bung Karn, Nakhon Ratchasima, Surin, Sisaket, Ubon Ratchathani, Yasothorn, Amnart Charoen, Prachinburi,...
Memories of disaster | Phuket News
Survivors of the 1963 Bali volcano eruption find themselves waiting for it to erupt again....
Bali volcano: What is it like waiting for an eruption? | Phuket News
More than 100,000 people have fled their homes as they wait for Bali's Mount Agung to erupt....
'God will tell me when to flee Bali volcano' | Phuket News
Some locals have ignored warnings to leave the exclusion zone, as a volcano shows signs of erupting....
'Go polygamy' app stirs controversy in Indonesia | Phuket News
An app is aiming to help men looking for a second, third or fourth wife....
Asia Power Week Conference & Exhibition Draws over 8,500 Industry Professionals from across Asia | Phuket News
Sep 25, 2017 Picture:  22 September 2017: Asia Power Week Conference and Exhibition, comprising of POWER-GEN Asia and Renewable Energy World Asia took place on 19-21 September 2017 at BITEC, Bangkok and attracted over 8,500 industry professionals from more than 75 countries. For the 3rd year in succession, Asia Power Week beat it’s registered attendance record, a clear indication that Asia continues to attract the attention of the international power generation industry players. The official launch of Asia Power Week 2017 took place at the Opening Keynote session, enjoyed by more than 400 attendees. Speeches and presentations were provided by General Surasak Srisak, Vice Minister for Energy, Ministry of Energy; Mr. Saharath Boonpotipukdee, Deputy Governor, Renewable and New Energy, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand; Mr. Kenji Ando, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.; and Mr. Heru Dewanto, President Director, PT. Cirebon Energi Prasarana, Indonesia. General Surasak Srisak,...
Indonesia swings back to trade surplus in August | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesia's external trade returned to a surplus in August, led by growth in manufacturing and mining exports, and produced the biggest surplus in more than five years, the statistics bureau said on Friday....
Indonesia's Go-Jek competes with Uber, now it wants to be like Alipay | Phuket News
Go-Jek's president said the start-up is planning to aggressively expand its payments service....
Herbal remedy ginkgo biloba 'can help stroke recovery' | Phuket News
Researchers claim ginkgo biloba may help the brain recover after a stroke but experts say the evidence is far too weak....
Herbal remedy for stroke recovery? | Phuket News
Researchers claim ginkgo biloba may help the brain recover after a stroke but experts say the evidence is far too weak....
Armed men seize a bus and set it afire in Bannang Sata district | Phuket News
About 10 armed men believed to be southern militants seized a bus, chased away all the passengers and set fire to the bus in Yala’s Bannang Sata district Sunday afternoon. The Siam Travel Company’s bus left Betong district for destination in Bangkok was stopped by a group of about 10 armed men as it was travelling on Route 410 in Ban Kasod, Bannang Sata district. Some of them boarded the bus and chased all the 11 passengers, the driver and his assistant out of the vehicle before they poured gasoline on it and set it afire. Before they fled away, they cut down a roadside tree to block the board and scattered spikes on the road to prevent security forces from chasing after them. All the passengers, the bus driver and his assistant were unharmed. Police said that about four years ago on April 5, a group of militants detonated...
Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 5 | Phuket News
QUETTA, Pakistan: Two suicide bombers attacked a church in the southwestern city of Quetta on Sunday, killing five people and wounding 18 others, officials said....
Tropical depression to make landfall over Surat Thani Nov 7 | Phuket News
The active low pressure cell over the lower South – which have moved to the lower Gulf of Thailand and developed into a tropical depression – is expected to make a landfall over Surat Thani on Nov 7, according to the Thai Meteorological Department’s announcement issued at 11am on Nov 6. As of 10am on Nov 6, the depression was about 250 kilometres east of Nakhon Si Thammarat, with sustained winds of 55 km per hour. It was moving slowly in the west-northwesterly direction and is expected to make a landfall over Surat Thani on Nov 7 before moving out to the Andaman Sea. It is expected to bring widespread rain with gusty winds and torrential downpours. Areas to be affected are: Nov 6-8 — Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat. Nov 7-9 — Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun....
Phuket Poll: How serious should the Patong Beach smoking ban be? | Phuket News
PHUKET: Officials from the Phuket office of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) last Wednesday (Nov 1) began their public-awareness campaign to inform tourists and local residents that from the beginning of February any persons caught smoking on Patong Beach may face a fine of up to B100,000 – or even up to one year in jail – under environmental protection law....
Phuket food vendors moved as Lucky Complex renovations begin | Phuket News
PHUKET: Food vendors in front of the abandoned Lucky Complex building at Saphan Hin have been ordered to leave the area due to the amount of litter left strewn behind near the popular recreation park...
Patong Police open road to two-way traffic to reduce beachfront traffic | Phuket News
PHUKET: Patong Traffic Police have opened a key access road to the southern end of Patong Beach to two-way traffic in the hope of reducing the serious traffic jams along the Patong beachfront road....
Chinese tourist injured after boat swamped by waves near James Bond Island | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 19-year-old Chinese tourist suffered minor injuries after the tour boat she was in overturned by large waves during a tour near James Bond Island yesterday (Nov 5)....
Phuket Opinion: Many butts about it | Phuket News
The widely publicised ban on smoking at Patong Beach, and 23 other popular tourist beaches in Thailand, that came into effect on Wednesday (Nov 1) seems, at face value, to be a worthy measure to attempt to reduce the rubbish plaguing Thailand’s beaches....
Thousands take part in Loy Krathong festivities across Phuket | Phuket News
Residents and tourists in Phuket came out in their thousands at waterways across the island last night (Nov 3) to take part in Loy Krathong....
Putin and Trump talked on the phone, may have discussed Korean Peninsula | Phuket News
President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held phone talks on Thursday....
Asian shares look set to follow Wall Street's soft lead as US tax worries rise | Phuket News
U.S. markets closed in the red ahead of Asia trading as investors turned their attention to uncertainty around taxes....
World ATM Congress 2018 to Deliver the Context, Content, and Contacts to Shape the Future of Global Airspace | Phuket News
Dec 13, 2017 Picture:  ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of the global aviation community are invited to register for World ATM Congress 2018 -- the world's largest international air traffic management (ATM) exhibition and conference. Air navigation service providers (ANSPs), aviation industry leaders, government representatives, manufacturers, and suppliers are welcome to attend World ATM Congress 2018. Held in Madrid on 6-8 March 2018, World ATM Congress offers unparalleled insight into key issues in the ATM industry, hands-on experience with the latest products and innovations, and the opportunity to engage each other on the newest solutions to challenges in ATM. Expected to draw well over 7,500 attendees from 130+ countries and territories, World ATM Congress 2018 will welcome over 80 ANSPs, government organisations and aviation industry partners, and more than 220 exhibitors. The Conference Programme theme is Rapidly Changing Skies -- Around the World, and it will...
SIAL Middle East 2017 record 28% increase in visitors, AED3.3 billion worth of deals | Phuket News
Dec 14, 2017 Picture:  ADFCA affirms role as auditing body for safe food practices Jenaan pen deal to set up infrastructure to rear organic chickens in the UAE Abu Dhabi, 14 December, 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The 8th edition of SIAL Middle East has seen a growth of 28% year-on-year for visitor numbers, with the event organisers revealing that exhibitors have netted deals worth AED3.3 billion. Joanne Cook, Managing Director for SIAL Middle East said: “With 20,000 registered visitors through our doors in the first two days of the exhibition, we take this as an encouraging sign that local and international government bodies, companies and investors have increased interests in the future of the food, beverage and hospitality in the UAE.” At the Middle East Food Forum, the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) delivered a key session on the importance of their role as the auditing body...
IMF says devaluation of Pakistani rupee helpful for economic growth | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund on Thursday welcomed Pakistan's recent devaluation of its currency, calling it important for economic growth. ...
South Korea's tattoo taboo | Phuket News
Why is tattooing so controversial in South Korea?...
South Korea expects more provocative acts by North Korea in mid-October | Phuket News
South Korea expects more provocative acts by North Korea, to coincide with the anniversary of the founding of the North Korean communist party....
North Korea reportedly seen moving missiles from development center | Phuket News
Several North Korean missiles were recently spotted moved from a rocket facility in the capital Pyongyang, South Korea's Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) reported....
NATO Calls for 'Global Response' to North Korean Missiles | Phuket News
NATO has called for a global response to North Korea's latest missile launch. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday on Twitter,
S.Korea: 'Resolute response' to new 3700km missile flight | Phuket News
SOEUL: South Korea strongly condemned North Korea's latest missile launch Friday morning as a
North Korea Test-fires Another Missile Over Japan | Phuket News
North Korea launched another missile over Japan early Friday, just days after the United Nations imposed additional sanctions on Pyongyang for conducting its sixth nuclear test. The missile was launched from the Sunan district in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, and flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief Cabinet secretary, said.  
Malaysian exports soared in July | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's export growth in July exceeded expectations, rising 30.9% from a year earlier, government data showed on Wednesday, on higher shipments of manufactured products and mining goods....
Smuggled pangolins and scales are believed to originate from Penang | Phuket News
The consignment of 136 pangolins and 450 kilogrammes of pangolin scales seized in Prachuab Khiri Khan on Aug 30 by customs officials was believed to originate from Penang in Malaysia. Somkiat Soontornpitakkool, director of the Division of Wild Fauna and Flora Protection under the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, said Tuesday (Sept 5) that the 50-kg bags which were used to contain the pangolin scales came from an animal feed factory in Butterworth industrial estate in Penang, indicating that the pangolin scales were stuffed in the bags in this area. He estimated that as many as 1,350 pangolins might have been killed to obtain 450 kgs of their scales. Mr Somkiat noted that this new piece of information appeared to reinforce the suspicion that the wildlife trafficking gang is based in Penang, citing an earlier interception of two orangutans and Indian star tortoise by customs officials at Padang...
'Foiled attack' on SEA Games closing ceremony | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian police thwarted a plan by a member of the Islamic-State linked Abu Sayyaf militant group to attack the closing ceremony of the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur last week, the top police official said on Tuesday....
SEA Games: Malaysian police say they foiled attack on closing ceremony | Phuket News
MALAYSIAN police have confirmed they thwarted a plan to attack the closing ceremony of the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur last week. The top Royal Malaysia Police official, Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun, said a member of the Islamic-State linked Abu Sayyaf militant group had planned to attack the ceremony at Bukit Jalil National Stadium, as well as an Independence Day parade the following day. The suspected attacker, a 25-year-old Philippine national, had been involved in fighting, kidnapping and beheading of foreign hostages in the Philippines, the Inspector-General said in a statement. The arrest will raise concerns about increasing co-operation among militants within Southeast Asia, and what governments fear is the spreading influence of Islamic State as it loses ground in the Middle East. SEE ALSO: From flags to food poisoning: Ranking the six biggest PR blunders of the SEA Games Mohamad Fuzi did not identify the suspect, nor did...
SEA Games: Non-Malaysian medallist tested positive for banned substance during Games | Phuket News
A NON-MALAYSIAN medallist tested positive for a banned substance at the recent SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. The Star has quoted Low Beng Choo, the Olympic Council of Malaysia secretary, as saying she is “disappointed, because we wanted this SEA Games to be free from drug cheats”. No details have been released relating to the gender, nation or sport of the athlete, although it is understood they are not from Malaysia. Low confirmed that Games organisers were notified of the result of the doping test by the head of its medical and anti-doping committee, Dr S. S. Cheema, on Sunday. SEE ALSO: From flags to food poisoning: Ranking the six biggest PR blunders of the SEA Games Dr Cheema had previously confirmed 799 urine and 32 blood samples were taken from athletes during the Games. Low told The Star she was “unable to give more details” but confirmed the case. “We...
Singapore faces grim labour future as population ages | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- While Japan had the biggest slump in its workforce in Asia over the last 10 years, Singapore has the most to fear from an ageing population over the next two decades....
Conservation foundation calls for release of captured crocodile back to its natural habitats | Phuket News
The Seub Nakhasathien Foundation yesterday issued a statement calling on the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation and the Department of Fisheries to jointly take care of and free the captured saltwater crocodile back to its natural habitats before it was too late. The call by the foundation whose main task is to conserve nature and wildlife came after the 3-metre crocodile was reported to be depressed and didn’t eat after it was captured last Friday and now is kept in a huge cement well at the Coastal Aquaculture Research and Development Region 5 in Thalarng district of Phuket. It said keeping the crocodile in enclosure of the cement well is inappropriate and is reason that it is depressed and doesn’t eat which may result in other consequence. Normally saltwater crocodile will live in vast coastal environment. As an active nature and wildlife conservation organisation, it then advised...
Tech-loving Singaporeans still prefer to pay in cash | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- In tech-savvy Singapore, where almost everyone has a smartphone, nine out of 10 people still prefer to pay for everyday transactions the old-fashioned way – with cash....
US, South Korea Call for Stronger Action Against North Korea | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump and his counterpart in Seoul on Monday agreed to lift payload restrictions on South Korean missiles and push for even stronger sanctions at the United Nations against North Korea. South Korean President Moon Jae-in is also calling for the United Nations to consider blocking oil shipments to the North, government officials in Seoul told reporters.  White House officials did not mention oil sanctions against Pyongyang, but said Trump and Moon broadly agreed on all major points in their 40-minute telephone conference Monday, a day after North Korea triggered a global storm of protest by detonating a nuclear warhead underground that it said was a hydrogen bomb.
US launches anti-dumping case against Chinese aluminum producers using rare aggressive tactic | Phuket News
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross self-initiated anti-dumping duty and countervailing duty cases against China....
UBM Asia Partners With Shenzhen Creativity Exhibition | Phuket News
Nov 28, 2017 Picture:  HONG KONG, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Asia Limited announces today their cooperation agreement with Shenzhen Creativity Exhibition Co. Ltd. (
We Have the Tools to Fight Climate Change. It’s Time to Start Using Them | Phuket News
Nov 28, 2017 Picture:  The threat of climate change is dire but seems difficult to fight. However, the tools to fight it have long been in our hands and we really need to start using them. Stepping in to the COP23 climate talks in Bonn, Germany, is like wandering through an alternative reality. At no point in these vast cavernous rooms are you confronted with the sheer urgency or the scale of transformation required to reduce the risk of a fossil-fueled catastrophe. Meanwhile, back on Earth the Global Carbon Project announced on Monday that greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels are expected to grow approximately 2% this year. This comes as startling news after three years of virtually no growth in global emissions. Two years after nations signed the historic Paris Agreement, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising faster than expected and the international community lacks essential leadership...
Ivanka Trump's India Visit Raises Questions About her Brand | Phuket News
Ivanka Trump described the hurdles faced by women during a speech Tuesday at a business conference in India, which is treating her trip like a royal visit.   But her solo outing also highlighted questions about whether her message of empowering poor women matches her actions.   Trump's speech at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in the southern city of Hyderabad was broadcast live throughout India by major news channels. A buildup worthy of a Bollywood musical included cultural references that ranged from independence leader Mahatma Gandhi to the movie
Philippines' Duterte wants ban on open-pit mining to stay | Phuket News
MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he agreed with banning open-pit mining in the Southeast Asian nation given the environmental harm it causes....
Filipino director wants next ‘Amy’ to come from Southeast Asia | Phuket News
TRUTH is, there aren’t many documentaries from and about Southeast Asia hitting the global stage. Despite the region being home to more than 600 million people, only a small number of documentaries from here hit the big screen worldwide. And from this, an even smaller number are made by locals themselves. The Act of Killing, an Oscar-nominated film about the Indonesian mass killings of 1965–66, is arguably the most-known work to portray an ASEAN issue. Yet, its producers and director are for the most part, not from this region. Villarama (left) speaking at the Kuala Lumpur Freedom Film Fest 2017. Source: Lee Lian Kong. It is this context of the region’s film industry that made Babyruth Villarama, a Filipino filmmaker, to make a conscious decision to study Film Marketing and Distribution, instead of film directing for her Master’s at Birmingham City University (BCU) as a Chevening scholar. “Personally, I wanted to take up...
Could new drug halt Philippine HIV rise? | Phuket News
One man, 'Rodolfo', on his hopes that PrEP will help slow the spread of HIV in Philippines....
Bangladesh central bank sends team to Manila to push for heist money recovery | Phuket News
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's central bank will send a team of officials to the Philippines on Tuesday to push for the recovery of more of the $81 million stolen from its account at the New York Federal Reserve last year and routed through a bank in Manila. ...
Hong Kong: Where Filipino domestic helpers are beauty queens | Phuket News
BABYRUTH VILLARAMA is the director of a documentary about a beauty pageant held in right in the glitter and lights of central Hong Kong. It includes the whole works – gowns, talents shows and interviews. It’s almost like a Trump Miss Universe event, except there’s one difference here – the contestants are Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong. Sunday Beauty Queen follows the lives of several OFWs as they prepare for their beauty pageant during their only day off on Sunday. From Monday to Saturday, these women are on call 24/7 to the needs and whims of the families they work for. But on this one day of freedom, these women train in this beauty contest, not for the sake of self worth, but to “save lives, change the abusive system and be happy inside out”. The Asian financial hub’s relationship with OFWs is an intimate one – helpers...
Where Filipino domestic helpers are beauty queens | Phuket News
Babyruth Villarama is the director of a documentary about a beauty pageant held in right in the glitter and lights of central Hong Kong. It includes the whole works – gowns, talents shows and interviews. It’s almost like a Trump Miss Universe event, except there’s one difference here – the contestants are Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong. Sunday Beauty Queen follows the lives of several OFWs as they prepare for their beauty pageant during their only day off on Sunday. From Monday to Saturday, these women are on call 24/7 to the needs and whims of the families they work for. But on this one day of freedom, these women train in this beauty contest not for the sake of self worth, but to “save lives, change the abusive system and be happy inside out”. The Asian financial hub’s relationship with OFWs is an intimate one – helpers...
Thai vending machines for Cambodia | Phuket News
A local firm is to partner with a Thai manufacturer to bring the latest self-service vending machines to Cambodia as part of a franchise deal....
Cambodia to ask Japan to invest $800m in skytrain | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia will ask Japan to invest $800 million in a skytrain system for the capital Phnom Penh, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday during a visit to Tokyo....
Asean releases joint communique against Chinese expansion in South China Sea | Phuket News
AT ITS ANNUAL regional forum on Sunday, the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) has released a joint communique urging against militarisation and raised concern about island building in the contested South China Sea. Having failed to issue the customary statement on Saturday, the regional bloc issued its communique yesterday, taking a stronger stand than in an earlier unpublished draft and calling for “non-militarisation and self-restraint.” Diplomats said failure to release the document earlier was because of disagreement over how explicitly to reference China’s rapid expansion of defence capabilities on artificial islands in the disputed waters. SEE ALSO: UK to sail two ‘vast new aircraft carriers’ through South China Sea China is sensitive to even a veiled reference by Asean to its seven reclaimed reefs, three of which have runways, missile batteries, radars and, according to some experts, the capability to accommodate fighter jets. Some Asean countries are wary...
US Exhibit on Khmer Rouge Atrocities Aims to Prevent Another Genocide | Phuket News
As a steady flow of visitors slowly made their way through the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on a recent morning, some contemplated a special exhibition on the Khmer Rouge terror in Cambodia, which wiped out almost a fifth of the population. Helen Wedgewood, an American tourist, was among those in the museum. After she studied the images and watched a short documentary film, she could not hold back her tears. “I feel very sad that this happened. I can’t imagine that when it was happening nobody knew, and if people knew, that they didn’t care enough to intervene,” the nurse from Apache Junction, Arizona, said. Ted Nguyen, a Vietnamese tourist visiting the United States with his family, told VOA Khmer, “Even though we are neighbors, I don’t know well about this. We need to have more of this kind of exhibition to help the new generation to know and remember...
Can Cambodia’s censors keep a lid on its steamy social media? | Phuket News
When Cambodian actress Denny Kwan was banned from making films by the government, she faced an ultimatum: dress in a more traditional manner, or risk losing your career. In late April, the 24-year-old was barred from appearing in movies for a year after Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts deemed that her style of dress had violated a 2010 code of conduct relating to “virtue” and “ethics” in the Southeast Asian country. Kwan, who has appeared in many movies......
A Long Wait for Justice in Cambodia | Phuket News
The exhibition “I Want Justice!” at the Holocaust Museum examines the history of efforts to hold perpetrators of genocide accountable through court proceedings. “We want people to know the truth of what happened during the Khmer Rouge’s violent reign and to witness the long-delayed search for justice for the victims now,” said Greg Naranjo, the museum’s special exhibition developer and curator of the Cambodia display when it opened in Washington. The exhibition features interactive video and audio elements and deals with the United Nations tribunal and other ways Cambodians have tried to heal their trauma. And, although it focuses on the trials in Cambodia of surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime, it looks at the Nuremburg trials of Nazi leaders in the aftermath of World War II and the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which was established in 2002. The tribunal After lengthy negotiations with the international community, Cambodia and...
Exhibit on Khmer Rouge Atrocities Aims to Prevent Another Genocide | Phuket News
As a steady flow of visitors slowly made their way through the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on a recent morning, some contemplated a special exhibition on the Khmer Rouge terror in Cambodia, which wiped out almost a fifth of the population. Helen Wedgewood, an American tourist, was among those in the museum. After she studied the images and watched a short documentary film, she could not hold back her tears. “I feel very sad that this happened. I can’t imagine that when it was happening nobody knew, and if people knew, that they didn’t care enough to intervene,” the nurse from Apache Junction, Arizona, said. Ted Nguyen, a Vietnamese tourist visiting the United States with his family, told VOA Khmer, “Even though we are neighbors, I don’t know well about this. We need to have more of this kind of exhibition to help the new generation to know and remember...
Exploring Smart City disruption and transformation through emerging technologies | Phuket News
Aug 25, 2017 Picture:  SINGAPORE, Aug. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2017, the highly successful The IoT Show Asia and The Commercial UAV Show Asia come together with 5 other technologies under one brand -- TECHX Asia. Organised by Terrapinn, TECHX Asia 2017 demonstrates the real world business use cases of emerging technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, robotics, blockchain, 3D technology, big data and drones in five key industries: smart cities, factories, logistics, utilities and transport. Opening TECHX Asia 2017 on 6 September at Suntec Singapore, distinguished guest-of-honour Mr Khoong Hock Yun, Chief Digital Evangelist (CDE), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Singapore will share insights into the digital transformation initiatives implemented in Singapore. He will also be joined by Danish Ambassador to Singapore, H.E. Mrs Dorte Bech Vizard, who will be exploring about how emerging technologies can help solve some of the current global challenges,...
Warning out on tropical storm “Pakhar”  | Phuket News
People in the North and Northeast are advised to brace for isolated heavy rain to be brought by tropical storm Pakha, according to the Thai Meteorological Department announcement issued at 5pm on Friday (Aug 25). As of 4pm on Friday, tropical storm Pakha was over the East of the Philippines.  With a maximum sustained wind of about 35 knots, the storm was moving in the west-northwest direction at the speed of about 10 knots. It is believed to reach the Middle China Sea tomorrow (Aug 26). The storm is forecast to move to upper Vietnam during Aug 27-28 and will cause isolated heavy rain in the North and Northeast of Thailand. People are advised to beward of flash floods and closely follow the weather advisory.   The post Warning out on tropical storm “Pakhar”  appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
US Navy Recovers Body of Second Missing Sailor after Collision | Phuket News
The U.S. Navy says divers have recovered a second body from the USS John S. McCain, the naval ship that collided with a merchant vessel earlier this week. In a statement released Friday, the Navy identified the sailor as 26-year old Dustin Louis Doyon, from Connecticut. Divers found the body of 22-year old Kenneth Aaron Smith of New Jersey on Thursday. Eight sailors remain missing following Monday's collision with the Liberian-flagged tanker Alnic MC in waters near Malaysia and Singapore. The Navy said more divers and equipment arrived overnight to continue search and recovery operations inside flooded compartments of the ship. Search and rescue efforts were suspended Thursday to focus on the recovery operations.
Vietnamese Consumers Resist China as Officials Try to Get Along | Phuket News
When Ha Tran of Ho Chi Minh City shops for food, clothes or electronics, she avoids merchandise she can tell comes from Vietnam’s giant neighbor, China. It might not work, she said, and China is no friend of Vietnam anyway. “China exports many low-quality products to Vietnam, but we know they don’t export products to other countries around the world (that are) that bad, so we try to avoid the products that are made in China,” said Ha, 24, a design company worker in the Vietnamese financial hub city. Vietnamese prefer to buy stuff from Japan or the West. “We’ve tried (Chinese goods) many times in the past but it turns out like they get broken very easily.” Political ties between Vietnam and China are another “factor” discouraging purchases, she said.   Ha is hardly a shopping renegade. Consumers around Vietnam typically shun
US Navy Suspends Search and Rescue Mission for Missing Sailors | Phuket News
The United States Navy has suspended search and rescue efforts for sailors missing after the USS John S. McCain crashed with a merchant vessel last week, identifying one deceased and nine missing sailors Thursday.
Indonesia Raises Alert Level for Bali Volcano | Phuket News
Indonesia has raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano on the tourist island of Bali following an increase in volcanic and tectonic activity. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said Thursday that the alert has been raised from normal to vigilance.   The country's geological agency recommends villagers and visitors stay further than 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) from the mountain's crater.   The disaster agency said the volcano last erupted in March 1963, killing some 1,100 people.   It warned against panic, saying there would be further increases in volcanic activity and changes to the alert level before an eruption.    ...
Indonesia releases family detained for joining IS in Syria | Phuket News
JAKARTA: An Indonesian family that spent nearly two years with the Islamic State group in Syria has denounced IS militants as interested only in power, money and sex in a video released by Indonesia's counterterrorism agency....
Will flood-prone Jakarta's 'Giant Sea Wall' plan sink or swim? | Phuket News
Indonesia's bustling capital, Jakarta, is sinking faster than any other city in the world. But an ambitious plan to build a giant wall to keep out the encroaching sea has come under fire from fishermen who fear for their catches and homes, and water experts who say it doesn't do enough to tackle land subsidence....
6 Asian politicians caught watching porn | Phuket News
US POLITICIAN Ted Cruz is shaking up the Internet over some social media activity by his verified Twitter account in the wee hours of Tuesday morning: He liked a tweet from an account named “@SexuallPosts”. Hi, @tedcruz pic.twitter.com/6lt5kdzPhg — Magic Bullet Records (@magicbulletrecs) September 12, 2017 As its name goes, @SexuallPost is a Twitter account that posts NSFW content, i.e. porn videos. The tweet Cruz had liked contained a short 2 minutes-plus video clip showing showed a blonde “MILF-y” woman (played by actress Cory Chase) who touched herself after finding a couple in the midst of intercourse in her house. Cruz’s official Twitter account deleted the “like” shortly after, but the Internet does not forget and the damage was done. By late morning, the Texas senator’s name was trending on Twitter and reporters were waiting outside the US Congress to question Cruz about the little heart his official @tedcruz account...
Monkey Selfie case settled out of court | Phuket News
LAWYERS for the animal rights activist group PETA and photographer David Slater have asked a San Francisco court to dismiss a case regarding the iconic Monkey Selfie taken six years ago. In 2011, Slater was taking photos in the jungles of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi when a black crested macaque – since deemed Naruto – took the camera and snapped a selfie. PETA then sued the photographer in 2015, claiming that he had no right to profit from the primate’s work. Both parties agreed to drop the case this week, with Slater agreeing to donate 25 percent of future gross revenue from sales of the Monkey Selfie to charitable organisations “dedicated to protecting and improving the welfare and habitat of Naruto and crested black macaques in Indonesia.” “PETA’s groundbreaking case sparked a massive international discussion about the need to extend fundamental rights to animals for their own sake, not...
Thai AirAsia adding more Phuket services | Phuket News
Thai AirAsia (TAA) is moving to strengthen its Phuket base with two new routes in the next two months....
PM appoints Chatchai to head a new panel on citizenship verification process   | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has invoked Section 44 of the interim Constitution in his capacity as head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to appoint a committee tasked with speeding up citizenship verification process of foreign migrant workers to be completed within end of next March. The committee is headed by interior permanent secretary Chatchai Phromlert and comprises directors-general of Consular Department, Treaties and Legal Affairs Department, Local Administration Department, Employment Department, Marine Department, and Fisheries Department, and commissioner of the Immigration Bureau. Chatchai Phromlert The committee, officially named the Committee to Compile Data for Identity Verification of Foreign Migrant Workers, is tasked with speeding up citizenship verification process of foreign migrant workers in fisheries and marine products processing industry in 22 coastal provinces. The 22 provinces are: Krabi, Chanthaburi, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Chumphon, Trat, Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Pattani, Phangnga, Petchaburi, Phuket, Ranong, Rayong, Songkhla,...
Hoteliers ordered off Phuket beaches in 15 days | Phuket News
Nine hotels have been given 15 days to vacate two beaches in Phuket after the Supreme Court ruled that they had occupied 178 rai of public land....
Supreme Court orders B10bn, 3km beachfront Phuket land to be ‘returned to the public’ | Phuket News
PHUKET: Six people have been ordered to vacate 178 rai of land, covering three kilometres of beachfront stretching from Layan to Lay Phang beach on Phuket’s west coast – with an estimated total value of more than B10 billion – following a Supreme Court on Wednesday (Nov 1) ruling against their claims to the land....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Falling off police station? Phuket Smart Bus! Loy Krathong protest? || Nov. 3 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 3 Woman climbs & falls from police station! NO leg amputation for Aussie woman! Loy Krathong protest? Phuket Smart Bus debut! 100 tonnes of trash in Hua Hin? Governor to foundations: register NOW! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
[VIDEO] Whats On Guide || Nov. 3 - Nov. 10 | Phuket News
|:| WHATS ON GUIDE |:| Shela lets you in on events happening around #Phuket this week, from November 3 - 10 and more! For more Phuket Events, click on EVENTS at the top of the this page!...
Aussie tourist Stacey Liddle’s leg ‘not to be amputated’, say Phuket doctors | Phuket News
PHUKET: Doctors at Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town have dismissed reports that they may have to amputate Australian tourist Stacey Liddle’s left leg, which was crushed by a bus after a collision near Chalong Circle last Thursday (Oct 26)....
Kamala beach vendors set to face the music | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Deputy Chief Executive of the Kamala Sub-district Administrative Organisation, Mr Nopporn Karuna, has today (Nov 3) confirmed that he will call in all beach vendors operating at Kamala Beach over the legal and illegal aspects of their operations....
Phuket to test new ‘Smart Bus’ prototype this month | Phuket News
PHUKET: The finished prototype of Phuket’s much-awaited public transport “Smart Bus” is to be tested in Phuket this month after it was was launched at an exhibition yesterday (Nov 2) at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC)....
PM inspects flood situation in the South | Phuket News
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha flew in a military plane to the South to inspect the flood situation Friday (Nov 3). He boarded the plane at the Sixth Wing airbase in Don Muang this morning to Nakhon Si Thammarat along with Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paojinda and Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikalya. But due to heavy rain in Nakhon Si Thammarat this morning, the plane had to land at Surat Thani airport instead. From Surat Thani, the prime minister will travel to Pak Phanang River Basin Development Coordination Centre in Nakhon Si Thammarat where he will chair a meeting of the governors of the southern provinces to discuss and resolve the flooding problems, and meet the people affected by floods. In the afternoon, the prime minister will inspect flood prevention project and will visit Was Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The prime minister said he will...
Leybold awarded with the Milestone Award for Vacuum Technology | Phuket News
Dec 14, 2017 Picture:  08.12.2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The use of vacuum in analytical technology and research and development is an essential factor that enables modern applications, for example in the field of measuring instruments. The selection of suitable equipment and the associated vacuum components is therefore crucial for success in laboratories. Since 1850, Leybold has been a partner of customers who have dedicated themselves to research. With innovative products such as the new ECODRY plusdry compressing vacuum pump, this company tradition is continuing into the future, and Leybold has received an award recognizing this. There are few sectors as innovative as the industries involved in laboratory and analytical technology. The trade magazine
Pakistan Moves to Evict 21 Foreign Aid Groups | Phuket News
Pakistan has ordered 21 foreign aid groups to wrap up their activities and prepare to leave after they failed to re-register under tough regulations introduced two years ago, officials said Thursday. The officials said Open Society Foundations, the charity founded by George Soros, and the South Africa-based ActionAid were among the groups informed of the decision this week, without providing a complete list. The non-governmental organizations have been given two months to close their offices and vacate the country.   The government is scrutinizing the documents of another 19 foreign aid groups to determine whether they should be allowed to remain in the country. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief reporters.   Pakistan has long treated foreign aid groups with suspicion, fearing they could mask efforts to spy on the country. It stepped up its monitoring after the CIA used a vaccination...
Fitur Know-How & Export launches SEGITTURLab 2018 with six practical workshops that provide solutions for digital tourism | Phuket News
Dec 14, 2017 Gamification to promote innovation, how to apply chatbots to my business or the digital tourist’s customer journey are among the topics up for discussion in the workshops due to be staged as part of FITUR 2018, the International Tourism Trade Fair organised by IFEMA from 17 to 21 January Madrid, 14 December 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Fitur Know-How & Export 2018, the monographic section of the International Tourism Trade Fair, FITUR, devoted to digital transformation, is launching the second edition of SEGITTURLab, an ideas laboratory with six practical workshops for tourism entrepreneurs and professionals that seeks to provide responses for the needs emerging from digital tourism. Gamification, chatbots, customer journey, virtual reality, design thinking and blockchains are the six topics set for this second edition of SEGITTURLab, featuring professionals and companies that are expert in each one of the subjects. In the “Gamification to promote...
Shopping tourism under analysis at FITUR 2018 | Phuket News
Dec 14, 2017 In the January 18th session, the FITUR SHOPPING section will be discussing some of the key issues for this tourist segment that is already one of the main motivations for millions of people when it comes to choosing a destination Madrid, 12 December 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The upcoming edition of FITUR will again set the stage for analysing shopping tourism in its FITUR SHOPPING section. The Trade Fair, which is organised by IFEMA and will be staged from 17 to 21 January at Feria de Madrid, will thus discuss on 18 January some of the key issues for the development of this key segment of the tourism industry.- On this occasion, FITUR SHOPPING will revolve around a series of round tables that will discuss topics such as: ‘Shopping tourism at the destination: global brands and local design’; ‘Shopping tourism in distinctive Madrid shops’; and...
Gaza Eatery Offers Discounts to North Koreans but No Takers | Phuket News
A Gaza eatery is offering massive discounts to North Korean diners but there is just one problem — there are no North Koreans in Gaza. Ibrahim Raba, manager of a shawarma restaurant in Gaza's Jabaliya refugee camp, says he is offering the 80 percent discounts to show his appreciation for North Korea's rejection of President Donald Trump's recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. He has also placed a large photo of reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the glass door entrance to his restaurant. A new Kim fan, Raba likes to quote the North Korean leader, saying:
Pakistan Reports Rare Progress in Tense Ties With Afghanistan | Phuket News
Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed for the first time to place “liaison officers” at each other’s military headquarters for better security coordination, and Islamabad is awaiting a formal response from Kabul to its proposal for opening a wide-ranging bilateral dialogue. Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal, at his weekly news conference on Thursday, discussed the rare progress in a relationship traditionally plagued by suspicion and mistrust. He revealed the proposal entitled “Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Solidarity” - or APAPS - was shared with Afghan officials on November 25. The document offers a comprehensive plan for “constructive and meaningful” engagement between the two countries through working groups in areas of politics, economy, military, intelligence sharing and refugee issues, explained the spokesman. “A formal reply from the government of Afghanistan in this context is awaited,” said Faisal. He added that the proposal was floated in early October following a meeting between...
IMF says devalued Pakistani rupee a welcome move for economic growth | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund on Thursday welcomed Pakistan's recent rupee devaluation, describing it as important for favourable economic growth momentum. ...
India Orders Movie Moguls to Avoid the Weinstein Effect | Phuket News
India has issued a rare diktat to its powerful movie moguls, reminding Bollywood to keep women safe from the sort of sex abuse allegations poisoning the U.S. film industry. India's minister for women and child welfare Maneka Gandhi wrote to major production houses on Wednesday, asking them to comply with the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, which stipulates a series of processes to protect women at work.
North Korea missile: South Korea responds with drill | Phuket News
It's the second time this month that North Korea has launched a ballistic missile over Japan....
North Korea launches another missile over Japan, escalating tensions | Phuket News
NORTH Korea fired a missile early Friday that flew over Japan’s northern Hokkaido region far out into the Pacific Ocean, prompting Japanese officials to issue a warning on television and via cellphones for citizens to take shelter inside a building or underground. The missile was launched at 6:57 a.m. Japan time (2157 GMT), flew over Hokkaido and splashed down at 7:16 a.m. (2216 GMT) some 2,000 kilometres east of the northern island’s Cape Erimo, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. “These repeated provocations on the part of North Korea are unpermissible and we protest in the strongest words,” Suga said. The unidentified missile reached an altitude of about 770 km and flew 3,700 km, according to South Korea’s military – far enough to reach the US Pacific territory of Guam. SEE ALSO: North Korea: UN passes strongest sanctions yet after US compromise The latest test comes almost two weeks after Pyongyang...
North Korea fires another missile over Japan | Phuket News
SEOUL: South Korea's military said North Korea fired an unidentified missile early Friday from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japan before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean....
Report: North Korea Fires Missile From Pyongyang | Phuket News
North Korea fired an unidentified missile early on Friday from the Sunan district in its capital, Pyongyang, toward the eastern direction, South Korea's military said. The South Korean and U.S. militaries are analyzing details of the launch, the South's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. This is a breaking story; please check back for updates....
Report: North Korea Fires Missile From Pyongyang Towards East | Phuket News
North Korea fired an unidentified missile early on Friday from the Sunan district in its capital, Pyongyang, toward the eastern direction, South Korea's military said. The South Korean and U.S. militaries are analyzing details of the launch, the South's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. This is a breaking story; please check back for updates....
Observers: North Korea Pushing Longtime Ally Beijing Into Corner | Phuket News
While debate continues in Washington about how the latest round of sanctions against North Korea could have been tougher, and U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration ponders additional actions, patience is wearing thin in China with the country’s longtime ally and communist neighbor.   On the streets and in academic circles, some are beginning to see the North Korea problem not just as a threat to South Korea, Japan and the United States, but to China as well.   Not a good neighbor   “It’s dangerous. This is all happening right next door,” says one woman surnamed Song, a foreign trader who lives in Beijing. “North Korea has been researching and developing nuclear weapons for a long time and almost all of the international community is opposed to that effort, and yet it continues to go its own way.” Song says that while China has done a lot to “selflessly” help...
Dialog Semiconductor Extends its Bluetooth(R) Low Energy Market Success to Automotive Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems | Phuket News
Sep 13, 2017 Picture:  London, United Kingdom - September 13, 2017 - Dialog Semiconductor plc (XETRA:DLG), a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, charging, and connectivity technology, today announced the first shipments of its SmartBond(TM) DA14585 Bluetooth low energy (BLE) System-on-Chip (SoC) to two internationally-recognized suppliers to the automotive industry for use in tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensors. With over 100 million units of its SmartBond SoCs already shipped to other applications, this represents another success milestone for Dialog's Bluetooth market leadership. A TPMS sensor is an electronic subsystem for monitoring the air pressure and temperature within automobile tires, alerting drivers of improperly-inflated tires or other safety information in real time. Most typical TPMS sensors use proprietary or non-standard sub-GHz radios to transfer information to the automobile's computer, but by replacing these radios with Bluetooth low energy connectivity, TPMS can now take advantage of a...
S. Korea conducts cruise missile drill amid N. Korea threats | Phuket News
SEOUL: South Korea said Wednesday it had conducted its first live-fire drill for an advanced air-launched cruise missile that would strengthen its pre-emptive strike capability against North Korea in the event of crisis....
South Korea detects radioactive gas from North Korea bomb test | Phuket News
South Korea confirmed the most recent North Korean nuclear test using gas sensors....
A Wealth of Talent from around the Globe Gathered at CUHK | Phuket News
Sep 04, 2017 Picture:  The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is committed to cultural diversity on campus and to encouraging interaction among students of different nationalities. Students from different cultures can learn from each other, and broaden their international horizons. The University has admitted a wealth of talent with around 600 non-local students this year. Many of these new students have achieved outstanding results in international and locally recognized examinations, such as IB, SAT, GCE A-Level and Taiwan GSAT. As well as mainland China, Taiwan and Macau, the new students come from 26 other countries including India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, France, Italy, Russia, United Kingdom and Canada. For the first time, Brunei Darussalam, Colombia, Egypt, Estonia, Morocco, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan are seeing their students admitted to CUHK’s undergraduate programmes. Through the National Unified Universities and Colleges Entrance Examination System, 303 undergraduate...
Police to summon two truck drivers for questioning over pangolins smuggling | Phuket News
Prachuab Khiri Khan police will issue summons two truck drivers for interrogation for alleged smuggling of 136 pangolins from Malaysia. The move of Sam Roi Yot police followed a complaint filed with the police by customs officials on Sept 3, accusing  Mr Surasak Toonchalong, a resident of Nakhon Si Thammarat, and Mr Krit Simma, a resident of Pathum Thani of violating Customs Act and Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act over the attempted smuggling of 136 pangolins and 450 kilogrammes of pangolin scales. The two fled when authorities intercepted the truck carrying the protected species in Pran Buri district of Prachuap Khiri Khan province on Aug 30. The customs officials’ action came four days after the arrest.  Custom official concerned said the delay was caused by customs officials’ lack of understanding of the procedure of wildlife officials in the handling of cases concerning protected species. The Custom Department earlier notified wildlife...
All You Need To Know About Silent Heart Attacks | Phuket News
Sep 01, 2017 Picture:  Nowadays, silent heart attacks have become extremely common, and they can happen without the victim realising it. According to Dr. Leslie Tay, an interventional cardiologist at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, silent attacks occur without visible symptoms, and there are some little signs you should watch out for. What is a silent heart attack? In a heart attack, one of the heart arteries become blocked to the extent where blood flow is diminished. As a result of which, the heart muscle becomes deprived of nutrients and oxygen, gets destructed and eventually dies. The most common symptoms of heart attack are severe crushing chest pain or heaviness. The pain suffered in a heart attack is described as an elephant sitting on your chest, along with cold sweats and nausea. On the other hand, in a silent heart attack, the patient does not experience these full-blown symptoms. In fact,...
Philippines Anticipate Long Struggle Against Muslim Rebels | Phuket News
Philippine residents are settling in for a long war against Muslim rebels entrenched in a southern Philippine city, despite government pledges of a speedy end, analysts say. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and military officials have promised to quickly defeat the Maute Group at its base, Marawi city. Analysts say fighting in the city on the embattled island of Mindanao could go on as long as that group or its sympathizers pose a terrorism threat, and there is no sign of the threat abating. Rebel violence has killed about 120,000 since the 1960s on Mindanao and curbed the largely impoverished island’s economic development. “Sometimes it’s contradictory when they say there are only a few barangays (neighborhoods) that are controlled by the Maute Group, but still they cannot stop,” said Maria Ela Atienza, political science professor at University of the Philippines Diliman. The government may have miscalculated the rebels’ reach when the...
Another coup for the generals: Thailand’s hopes of democracy are receding | Phuket News
Print section Print Rubric:  A former prime minister’s flight bolsters the junta Print Headline:  Another coup for the generals Print Fly Title:  Thai politics UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  How government policy exacerbates hurricanes like Harvey Fly Title:  Another coup for the generals Location:  SINGAPORE Main image:  Cheers for a distant idol Cheers for a distant idol WHEN Yingluck Shinawatra, a former prime minister of Thailand, fled the country a few days ago, she left more than an empty chair in the Supreme Court behind. On August 25th she had been due to hear the verdict in a case against her for negligence in a rice-subsidy scheme she ran while in office that cost the government around $16bn. Though she was ousted in a coup in 2014, Ms Yingluck had remained a symbolic figure ......
Over 2,000 International Cosmetics Brands will make their Debut in Thailand during Beyond Beauty ASEAN Bangkok 2017, September 21 - 23 | Phuket News
Aug 31, 2017 Picture:  Leading international exhibition organiser INFORMA has joint forces with IMPACT--the largest venue in Thailand for the fourth year to bring back a fresh new and record-breaking edition of Beyond Beauty ASEAN-Bangkok (“BBAB”) from September 21 to 23 at Challenger 3, IMPACT Exhibition & Convention Center. Supported by the Federation of Thai Industries, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau, BBAB has truly grown into an outstanding platform for beauty industry players from the entire product chain.The 3-day trade show will act as a regional gateway for industry players who want to expand in the booming South East ASEAN market representing a population of 600 million and a market size over US$ 14 billion. Launching “BBAB SUPPLY CHAIN” to Focus on “Made in Thai” Among ASEAN countries, Thailand is the no.1 OEM cosmetics manufacturer for international brands. Thai OEM cosmetics manufacturers are now capable of producing premium quality...
Chinese investors still most active but buyer mix changes | Phuket News
Asian cross-border investment surged by 98% y-o-y to US$ 45.2 bn in H1 2017. The increase was partly due to a one-off US$ 13.2bn purchase of a logistics portfolio in EMEA. Chinese investors remained most active but the composition of buyers changed amid increased scrutiny of cross-border capital flows. Other major sources of capital including Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan all saw higher levels of outbound investment. One continuing trend is that of fewer but larger deals. The Americas and EMEA remained the preferred regions for Asian cross-border investment but turnover within Asia also increased. London, New York and Hong Kong are still the top three destinations. Chinese outbound investment is still at a nascent stage and is set to continue as a long term trend. In the short term, the buyer mix is likely to change and the pace of investment may moderate as investors refine their investment...
Singapore jails unruly, drunk Australian for six months | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- A Singapore court on Thursday sentenced an Australian man to 6-1/2 months in jail for assaulting airport police officers and other offences during a two-week drunken binge....
Singapore: ‘Lord Voldermort’ threatens apartment block residents | Phuket News
RESIDENTS of an apartment block in Singapore are receiving intimidating letters from a “Lord Voldermort”, threatening them with harassment if they do not comply with his demands. According to Channel News Asia, the letter requested that the residents of the public housing block help him retrieve money owed to him from one of their neighbours or “face disturbing events”. Channel News Asia obtained a photo of one of the letters. “My name is Lord Voldermort. I am writing this mail to you because you and your family is about to face disturbing events soon,” the letter stated. ...
What you need to know about Hong Kong’s first unicorn | Phuket News
Hong Kong now has its first startup unicorn. Gogovan, an Uber for deliveries that started up in 2013, has just hit billion-dollar status after this morning announcing a merger with a Chinese logistics company. While Gogovan and its new buddy, 58 Suyun, did not reveal the terms of the deal, a Hong Kong newspaper reports the new entity is worth more than US$1 billion. Gogovan founder Steven Lam is the CEO of the new business. Here’s a potted history of Gogovan’s road to unicorn-dom: July 2013: Fresh hope When Steven Lam started Gogovan, he was just 26 and out of UC Berkeley Haas School of Business three years prior. In an email pitch to Tech in Asia in late 2013, he described the startup as “a mobile application to help Hong Kong people to hire a cargo van for logistic purposes, including moving furniture, goods, and package delivery.” It later...
Why are Malaysia and Singapore fighting over a burger? | Phuket News
ABOUT a month ago, McDonald’s Singapore launched what it called a Nasi Lemak Burger,  in conjunction with the country’s independence day on Aug 9. It is described to be inspired by the “local favourite” rice dish and comes in the form of two burger buns sandwiching a “coconut-flavoured” chicken thigh, fried egg and sambal, a spicy chilli condiment. As soon as the burger flew off the shelves (it was sold out within hours), did the tirade of comments from angry Malaysians start, claiming Singapore is appropriating their national dish. A food war over who owned Nasi Lemak – a dish that traditionally comprises rice cooked in coconut milk, chilli paste (sambal) and fried ground nuts – ensued. This isn’t the first time bilateral relations between the neighbouring countries have been strained over food, though. SEE ALSO: Forget nasi lemak, Singapore’s best diplomatic tool is its university In 2009, when Malaysia...
China jails Taiwan activist Lee Ming-che for 'subversion' | Phuket News
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Decrypting the Crypto Bubble : China Ban Vs. Thailand’s cautious welcome | Phuket News
ICO has gained popularity among tech startups as a convenient and timely way to access funding. In the past few months, ICO has grown exponentially and has surpassed early stage venture capital funding ...
Boxing: Manny Pacquiao withdraws from November rematch with Jeff Horn | Phuket News
MANNY Pacquiao has withdrawn from his planned rematch with Jeff Horn in November, the Australian’s promoter has confirmed. The Filipino boxing superstar, who is now a Senator in his homeland, had been due to fight Horn in Brisbane on November 12, having suffered a controversial points loss to the Australian in July. But Horn’s promoter, Dean Lonergan of Duco Events, confirmed that the rematch is impossible due to Pacquiao’s political commitments. SEE ALSO: Boxing: Manny Pacquiao tips Floyd Mayweather to beat Conor McGregor – but expects a ‘boring’ fight “Manny Pacquiao has decided that he will not be competing in a rematch with Jeff horn in 2017,” said Lonergan. “On behalf of the Philippines government, he will be part of a delegation that will visit China in the middle of his proposed preparation period for the fight. “Pacquiao is committed to fighting again in 2018, and a rematch with Jeff horn...
Thailand ratifies Montreal Convention 1999 for protection of passengers | Phuket News
Thailand became the 127th country to ratify the Montreal Convention, earlier this month, that identifies an airline’s liability to its customers. Earlier this month, Thailand became the 127th party to ratify the Montreal Convention of 1999 when the instrument of accession was deposited with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). It is expected to come into force in Thailand in October 2017. IATA says MC99 modernises and replaces the limits on liability set by the Warsaw Convention, which was established in 1929 and was last amended in 1975. Established in 1999, travellers could be forgiven for thinking Thailand’s airlines were already adhering to all the convention’s facets of customer and passenger care. According to IATA, the Montreal Convention (MC99) addresses issues that were left uncovered in the Warsaw Convention. The Thai Civil and Commercial Code (the Thai CCC), which previously governed aviation related claims, provides that any documents, ticket or...
Jails, Justice System Strained as Philippine Drug War Intensifies | Phuket News
In a teeming prison for crime suspects in the Philippines' capital Manila, Rody Lacanilao, an inmate for 18 months, says he prays for clear weather at night. A downpour, he says, will prevent him and hundreds of fellow prisoners in the Quezon City jail from sleeping on plywood mats in an outdoor hallway. The cells themselves are overflowing with an influx of detainees from President Rodrigo Duterte's yearlong war on drugs. Thousands of people have been killed in Duterte's campaign, mainly drug users and small-time peddlers. Tens of thousands of others have been thrown into jail, and both prisons and courts in the Southeast Asian nation are creaking under the pressure.
Philippines: Uncertainty over Gilas’ naturalised players as Blatche and Standhardinger’s status remains unclear | Phuket News
QUALIFIERS for the 2019 FIBA World Cup get underway in November – but Philippines are yet to settle on a naturalised player amid uncertainty over both Andray Blatche and Christian Standhardinger. National coach Chot Reyes, whose team finished seventh at the recent FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon, admitted getting the services of former NBA centre Blatche for the qualifying games will not be easy due to the format and schedule. Philippines will go on the road to play Japan, Australia and Chinese Taipei, as well as hosting the same teams in Manila in the new home-and-away format. They open their qualification campaign in Japan on November 24, before hosting Chinese Taipei three days later. They travel to Australia in February and Chinese Taipei in June. SEE ALSO: Basketball: LeBron James is heading back to Philippines – and he might even play in match alongside Gilas stars By November, Blatche – who...
Philippines: Army to receive urban combat training after war in Marawi | Phuket News
GREATER urban combat training will be provided to all Filipino troops in light of fighting with Islamic militants in Marawi City in the southern Mindanao. The Philippines Joint Task Force Ranao deputy commander Colonel Romeo Brawner said on Thursday that all the country’s security forces needed to be more capable of neutralising terrorists in cities and highly populated areas, reported the state Philippine News Agency. The conflict in Marawi entered its hundredth day on Wednesday, as Philippines security forces have struggled to defeat the Islamic State-affilitated Maute Group. Most Filipino troops are currently only trained for jungle warfare, said Brawner. Conflict in Marawi has spurred fears of the spread of Islamic State to Southeast Asia, as the so-called IS caliphate in Syria and Iraq grows smaller. SEE ALSO: Marawi conflict: 100 days on, tens of thousands of civilians still endure hardship On Tuesday it was announced that Australia had offered...
An ancient and mystical Khmer martial art claws its way back | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Cambodia's lesser known martial art, Yuthakun Khorm, is experiencing a recent boost....
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen wants US-born grandchild to renounce American citizenship | Phuket News
The prime minister of Cambodia, a country whose uneasy relationship with the US has involved war, refugee emigration and years of on-off political tension, says he does not want his US-born grandchild to have an American passport. Hun Sen, whose country was the site of one of the 20th century’s most terrible genocides, says he is worried his 14-year-old grandchild could be eligible to fight for the US military. Hun Sen said he was looking for a way for his grandchild, whom he did not name......
Cambodia arrests 175 Chinese for phone scam | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Officials say they have arrested 175 Chinese citizens operating an internet phone scam in the border gambling town of Poipet after a tipoff from Chinese police....
Cambodia's PM wants US-born grandchild to not be American | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- The prime minister of Cambodia, a country whose uneasy relationship with the United States has involved war, refugee emigration and years of on-off political tension, says he does not want his US-born grandchild to have an American passport....
Cyber warfare among the people: Thailand’s digital dystopia | Phuket News
John Draper With a secret military court again denying bail last week to Jatuphat Boonpattararaksa, a law student from Khon Kaen University in Northeast Thailand, the regime is adopting show trials targeting university students, human rights activists, and academics. In effect, it is engaging in cyberwarfare against its own people, cementing a surveillance state. In addition, the military state mentality presents a clear and present threat to Thailand’s overseas image and economy. The scale of this dystopia is not just reflected in the adoption by some Thais of the three-fingered salute from the Hunger Games, but by the cold hard facts of foreign direct investment (FDI). FDI stood at 1.55 billion USD in 2016 according to UNCTAD, below Cambodia’s 1.92 billion USD and far behind serious regional competitors, with Vietnam achieving USD12.60 billion and Malaysia USD6.06 billion. For Thailand, this is the lowest level since the disastrous USD 1.37...
Blackmail gang: Cambodia arrests 215 Chinese who ran online nude photo scam | Phuket News
Cambodia has arrested more than 200 Chinese men and women suspected of running an online scam that persuaded victims to send nude photographs and then extorted them for cash, police said Thursday. The sweeping arrests come as the Southeast Asian country cracks down on Chinese cybercrime gangs who use web technology to target their fellow citizens from abroad. The gang allegedly used internet voice calls to contact victims in China, building up relationships with their targets over time before......
Cambodia: Concerns over human rights arise after minister’s violent threat | Phuket News
CAMBODIA’S social affairs minister should be fired following his “outrageous remarks” threatening protestors and ordering loyalty from civil servants, which demonstrate “he knows nothing about either human rights or democracy,” Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director said on Wednesday. Phil Robertson called for the resignation of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation Minister Vong Sauth after comments he made at a ceremony in Phnom Penh to promote ministry officials. According to The Phnom Penh Post, Sauth said on Monday all civil servants must support the Cambodian People’s Party or resign from their jobs, and warned the government will use bamboo rods to bludgeon anyone who protests after next year’s election – invoking troubling comparisons to methods used during the bloody reign of the Khmer Rouge. “At the election this time, if there is the issue of protests again, the bottom end of the bamboo will hit their heads, and they...
Germany expels Vietnamese diplomat following kidnapping of asylum seeker | Phuket News
GERMANY has expelled a senior Vietnamese diplomat after Vietnam’s government was accused of kidnapping a former oil executive who was seeking asylum in Berlin. The 51-year-old former executive of the state oil company PetroVietnam, Trinh Xuan Thanh, was reportedly forcibly abducted on July 23. Vietnamese police had earlier claimed Thanh voluntarily handed himself in on Monday after an international manhunt lasting 10 months. In response, German authorities summoned the Socialist Republic’s ambassador in Berlin on Tuesday and ordered a representative of the Vietnamese intelligence agency to leave the country within 48 hours. According to Vietnamese police, Thanh voluntarily handed himself in on Monday. Source: Twitter @duongtung69 “The abduction of Vietnamese citizen Trinh Xuan Thanh in Germany is an unprecedented and flagrant breach of German and international law,” tweeted Germany’s Foreign Office on Wednesday. The representative of the Vietnamese intelligence service in Germany will be declared persona non grata+has to leave...
Cambodia: Human rights concerns after minister’s threat to beat protestors | Phuket News
CAMBODIA’S social affairs minister should be fired following his “outrageous remarks” threatening protestors and ordering loyalty from civil servants, which demonstrate “he knows nothing about either human rights or democracy,” deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. Phil Robertson called for the resignation of Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation Vong Sauth after comments he made at a ceremony in Phnom Penh to promote ministry officials. According to The Phnom Penh Post, Sauth said on Monday that all civil servants must support the Cambodian People’s Party or resign from their jobs, and warned that the government will use bamboo rods to bludgeon anyone who protests after next year’s election – invoking troubling comparisons to methods used during the bloody reign of the Khmer Rouge. “At the election this time, if there is the issue of protests again, the bottom end of the bamboo will hit their...
New Chinese Activity in Disputed Sea Challenges Sino-Philippine Friendship | Phuket News
Reports that Chinese vessels came close to a major Philippine holding in the disputed South China Sea this month have touched off a tough debate in Manila that could disrupt a fragile, year-old friendship between the two sides. A vessel from China planted a 3-meter-high flag on Sandy Cay, which lies in a Philippine-controlled area of the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands, during or before the third week of July, Congressman Gary Alejano said Facebook. Chinese naval and coast guard vessels passed near there Aug. 12, he added. ​Chinese activity in the South China Sea Images collected by the Asian Maritime Transparency Initiative, under the U.S. think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies, show nine Chinese fishing ships and two naval or law enforcement vessels passing Aug. 13 near Thitu, a Spratly feature occupied by more than 100 Filipino civilians. “It might be a way of testing the Philippine...
7-Eleven stores tops 10,000 in Thailand | Phuket News
The number of 7-Eleven convenience stores in Thailand has topped 10,000, achieving the milestone at a faster pace than in Japan, their local operator says, CP All Public Co. Under Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group Co, says the number of 7-Eleven stores totalled 10,007 by the end of June. It took the Thai operator 28 years to reach the 10,000 mark since opening its first 7-Eleven store in 1989. The number of 7-Eleven outlets in the region, including Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, had increased to a total of 14,699 at the end of June, accounting for nearly one-fourth of the global total, compared with 19,588 stores in Japan. CP All plans to add about 700 outlets this year and hopes to reach a total of 13,000 within the next four years. The company says it is poised to allocate 60% of its planned capital expenditure of 9.5 billion...
The fastest man in Southeast Asia: Khairul Hafiz Jantan wins SEA Games 100m title | Phuket News
FOR the first time since 2003, the fastest man at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games is a Malaysian, after Khairul Hafiz Jantan won the men’s 100m final. The 19-year-old, from Melaka, became the first Malaysian man since Nazmizan Muhammad in 2003 to win the blue riband athletic event at the Games. His performance lit up the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on the opening night of athletic competition there, his achievement drawing praise from far and wide. SEE ALSO: Malaysia turn focus to next year’s Asian Games after dominating archery at SEA Games The race was not particularly fast – Khairul Hafiz’s time of 10.38 seconds was enough to edge out previous champion, Eric Shauwn Cray of Philippines, who ran 10.43. Thailand’s Kritsada Namsuwun, who also ran 10.43, finished third. But Khairul Hafiz, who holds the national record of 10.18, will be remembered for the colour of his medal, not the...
Malaysia turn focus to next year’s Asian Games after dominating archery at SEA Games | Phuket News
MALAYSIA equalled their haul of 10 archery medals – five of them gold – from two years ago as they continued to dominate the SEA Games. And the National Archery Association of Malaysia (NAAM) has already turned its focus to next year’s Asian Games in Jakarta. Malaysia bagged one silver medal at the last Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, in 2014. But NAAM president Datuk Seri Johari Baharum feels Malaysian archers “have the potential to excel” in Jakarta next August. SEE ALSO: SEA Games: Malaysia open up healthy lead at top of medal table as Games swimming records tumble on day two Malaysia won five gold, three silver and two bronze medals at their home SEA Games, exactly the same breakdown as in Singapore two years ago, while Indonesia increased their tally from two to four golds. The other gold medal at the competition was won by Vietnam, for whom...
Vietnam sentences 4 men to death for transporting heroin | Phuket News
HANOI -- A court in Hanoi has sentenced four men to death for transporting heroin....
In traffic-choked Jakarta, pedestrians aim to reclaim the footpaths | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - The Indonesian capital struggles with inadequate public transport and dilapidated infrastructure, while reckless motorists, stifling heat and poor access discourage people from walking on the footpaths....
Rescued baby orangutans party in Ratchaburi centre | Phuket News
RATCHABURI: Two baby Sumatran orangutans rescued by border officials who foiled a bid to smuggle them into Thailand arrived at a wildlife centre on Wednesday, to stay until Indonesia decides on their return, officials said....
Architect-turned-mayor transforms his hometown into Indonesia's least bureaucratic city | Phuket News
Smart city initiatives have helped Bandung, Indonesia's third-largest city, become a role model for government performance....
Conservative Aceh Shows Limits of Saudi Investment in Indonesia | Phuket News
It could have been game, set and match for Saudi cultural expansion into Aceh, Indonesia's westernmost province, after it was wrecked by a 2004 tsunami that caused devastation across the region. Saudi Arabia immediately sent aid to the region which, in the face of such disaster, might have been unusually receptive to new ideas.  If so, Aceh would have fallen in step with the large swathes of Indonesia, such as Java and Lombok, that have eagerly absorbed the Saudi campaign to spread fundamentalist Salafi Islam across the Muslim world. Thirteen years after the disaster, Aceh's landscape, capped by the dazzlingly rebuilt capital city of Banda Aceh, is dotted with Saudi donations: schools, orphanages, mosques. However, the religious climate is decidedly not Salafi. The province seems to have drawn a line in the sand to protect its own traditionalist — and quite conservative — Islamic culture against a puritanical Gulf ideology...
Existing line eyed for Jakarta-Surabaya medium-speed train | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesia will most likely use an existing railway line for the planned medium-speed train service between Jakarta and Surabaya, the country's two largest business hubs, targetting the launch of the project in the middle of 2018, according to Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi....
Indonesia targets China for promotion of halal tourism | Phuket News
INDONESIA is on a drive to lure Chinese-Muslim tourists from three major cities – Xi’an, Yinchuan and Beijing – to promote the country as a halal destination in the region. While China’s Muslim population is less than two percent of the total population, Indonesia wants to reach its target of 20 million international tourists and five million Muslim tourists by 2020. ...
Easy lessons to learn in the classroom | Phuket News
Thailand's education standard has been a subject of concern among authorities for some time. Over the past few years, the performance of Thai students has been less than impressive, even worrying....
Phuket kids get early start to Loy Krathong | Phuket News
PHUKET: Young schoolchildren and teachers in Srisoonthorn got an early start for Loy Krathong today (Nov 3) by floating their krathong at the Bang Maruan lagoon in Thalang at the auspicious time of 9:09am....
Pressure mounts for Phuket foundations, shrines to become legal | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong yesterday (Nov 2) led a meeting of hundreds of representatives from charity foundations and associations and even the organising committees of shrines across the island to “discuss” getting them legally registered....
Phuket friendliness scores well on index | Phuket News
Phuket is at the top of a competitiveness index thanks to product quality and local friendliness, according to a study by the Public Policy Studies Institute Foundation (PPSI)....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Smoking ban? 'Torture' defamation charges dropped! Shooting range? || November 2 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 2 No butts on Patong beach! Charges dropped in Deep South Torture book! Island-style flood prevention? Activists: Stop collecting hermit crabs! Karon shooting range closes! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
Phuket plans to solve flood issue with detention basin | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong yesterday (Nov 1) inspected areas worst hit by flood following heavy rain on Tuesday night and declared that a B220 million budget would be sought to invest in a water management system which would include a ‘Kaem Ling’ (Monkey Cheek) or detention basin to help ease the island’s flood problems....
Speed, inexperience killed Chinese tourist, say police | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police investigating the death of a Chinese tourist who was killed when the motorbike she was riding slammed into roadside power pole early yesterday morning (Nov 1) say they have confirmed that the woman was speeding and that alcohol was not a factor in the deadly accident....
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