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No Butts! Phuket beach cigarette ban to invoke B100k fine, 90-day ‘grace campaign’ underway | Phuket News
PHUKET: Officials from the Phuket office of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) have launched their campaign to inform beachgoers of the ban on smoking cigarettes at Patong Beach that came into effect yesterday (Nov 1)....
Phuket conservationists call to stop collecting hermit crabs | Phuket News
PHUKET: Local marine conservationists from the Healthy Reefs Club are urging people to stop collecting hermit crabs and the shells the crabs use for their homes from Phuket’s beaches and those on nearby islands....
Phuket shooting range ordered to close | Phuket News
PHUKET: It has been confirmed today that the owner of a shooting range in Karon that opened earlier this year has been ordered to close the range immediately by the Director of the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) Phuket office....
Phuket’s Patong Carnival gets underway | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong officially opened Patong Carnival 2017 yesterday evening (Nov 1). The three-day event, held each year to usher in Phuket’s tourism high season, this year is expected to bring an estimated 50,000 people to Phuket’s main tourist town....
UN Chief: Reporter Arrests Show "Erosion" of Press Freedom in Myanmar | Phuket News
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday that the arrest of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar is a signal that press freedom is shrinking in the country. Guterres also expressed his concern over human rights violations in Rakhine state, saying the journalists were
Reuters Demands Myanmar Release Arrested Journalists | Phuket News
Reuters news agency called on Myanmar to immediately release two of its journalists who were arrested for possessing
Putin says Russia can provide support to Afghan government | Phuket News
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Security risks are increasing in Afghanistan, and Russia is ready to provide assistance to the government in Kabul which is in need of international support, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. ...
S. Korea Seeks to Boost Slow Olympic Ticket Sales | Phuket News
With five months to go before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics open, the games are barely an afterthought for most South Koreans, with slow local ticket sales amid the biggest political scandal in years and a torrent of North Korean weapons tests. South Korea wants more than a million spectators for the games, and it expects 70 percent to be locals. But if South Koreans are excited about the games, they didn't fully show it during the first phase of ticket sales between February and June. There were 52,000 tickets sold — less than 7 percent of the 750,000 seats organizers aim to sell domestically. International sales got off to a faster start, with more than half of the targeted 320,000 seats sold. But now there's fear that an increasingly belligerent North Korea, which has tested two ICBMs and its strongest ever nuclear bomb in recent weeks, might keep foreign fans...
'Last Jedi' raking in cash | Phuket News
The latest Star Wars film is on track to post the second-highest one-day ticket sales on record, behind only its predecessor in the space saga....
Egypt Cuts Military Ties With North Korea: Report | Phuket News
Egypt's defense minister, on a visit to Seoul, announced that his country has cut military ties with North Korea, according to a report by South Korea's Yonhap news agency. There was no immediate confirmation from the Egyptian government of the agency's report, but Cairo has come under mounting pressure in recent weeks to sever ties with North Korea as the United States seek to curb Pyongyang's efforts to develop long-range nuclear weapons. Last month Washington cut or delayed nearly $300 million in aid to Egypt over its human rights record and its ties with Pyongyang. In an Aug. 24 briefing, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the Trump administration has had conversations with Egypt about the need to isolate North Korea. Countries that do business with Pyongyang, she warned, enabled money to go into North Korea's illegal nuclear and ballistic weapons programs. Mohammed el-Menshawy, an Egyptian analyst based in...
N. Korea Slams New UN Sanctions, Warns US of ‘Greatest Pain’ | Phuket News
North Korea strongly criticized Tuesday the U.N. Security Council's decision to impose tough new sanctions against the East Asian nation, and warned the United States would experience the
Oil to Keep Flowing, But UN Sanctions Hit North Korea Hard | Phuket News
North Korea will be feeling the pain of new United Nations sanctions targeting some of its biggest remaining foreign revenue streams. But the Security Council eased off the biggest target of all: the oil the North needs to stay alive, and to fuel its million-man military.   Though the United States had proposed a complete ban, the sanctions by the U.N. Security Council to punish North Korea for its sixth nuclear test cap Pyongyang's annual imports of crude oil at the same level they have been for the past 12 months: an estimated 4 million barrels. Exports of North Korean textiles are prohibited, and other nations are barred from authorizing new work permits for North Korean workers, putting a squeeze on two key sources of hard currency.   The measures were approved unanimously Monday. The sanctions to punish Pyongyang for its September 3 nuclear test also ban the country from...
IOC: North Korea Crisis So Far No Threat to Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics | Phuket News
The escalating North Korean crisis had so far raised
Will New North Korea Sanctions Make a Difference? | Phuket News
Reaction in Asia to the latest round of international sanctions imposed on North Korea has been positive, but many are still skeptical they will have any significant impact. The United Nations Security Council on Monday unanimously adopted a tough new round of economic sanctions against North Korea in response to its September 3 nuclear test of a possible hydrogen bomb. “Today we are saying that the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea,” U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council Monday evening. “And today the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves.”   If fully implemented, the new sanctions would significantly reduce North Korean access to international currency and fuel needed for its banned ballistic missile and nuclear programs by:   cutting a third of North Korea’s oil imports, which Haley called the...
Winter Olympics: North Korea crisis no threat so far to Pyeongchang 2018 | Phuket News
THE International Olympic Committee said the escalating North Korean crisis has so far raised “no hint” of a security threat for next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Hours after the United Nations Security Council stepped up sanctions against North Korea, following the country’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3, IOC President Thomas Bach said there was no threat so far to next year’s Games. North Korea launched its biggest nuclear bomb test earlier this month, leading to global condemnation, with United States President Donald Trump saying “appeasement” would not work. In response, North Korea warned the US it would pay a “due price” for leading efforts on UN sanctions, which now include a ban on North Korea’s textile exports and a cap on its imports of crude oil. SEE ALSO: Premier League talking points as 10-man Liverpool are overwhelmed by Manchester City Bach, speaking to reporters,...
UN Security Council Unanimously Adopts Tough New North Korea Sanctions | Phuket News
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a tough new round of economic sanctions against North Korea in response to its September 3rd nuclear test of a possible hydrogen bomb. “Today we are saying that the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea,” U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council Monday evening. “And today the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves.” Haley said the provisions in the resolution would drastically cut North Korea's ability to fund and fuel its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. If fully implemented, the new sanctions would cut a third of North Korea's oil imports, which Haley called the “life blood” of its efforts to build and deliver a nuclear weapon. 'We are not looking for war' The resolution will also reduce by more than half, the...
South Korea Supports Tough Sanctions Against North but Not Tactical Nukes | Phuket News
Frustrated by North Korea’s continued provocations and perhaps prodded by criticisms from U.S. President Donald Trump, the South Korean government has shifted away from engagement oriented policies to more strongly align with U.S.-led efforts to pressure the Kim Jong Un government into denuclearization talks. “The sixth nuclear test was a factor that forced us to reassess the situation. And we have always said provocation means further pressure and sanctions,” said South Korean Foreign Affairs Minister Kang Kyung-wha at a press conference in Seoul on Monday. North Korea’s rapid progress toward developing a nuclear inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of targeting the U.S. mainland is changing threat assessments and security calculations in the region and the world. Pyongyang conducted its sixth nuclear test this month and is expected to soon launch another long-range ballistic missile, after conducting over 20 missile tests so far this year. Prior to North Korea’s most recent nuclear provocation, South...
The fate of the world's premier bull market may lie with palm oil farmers | Phuket News
The election season hasn't officially begun, but in Malaysia's palm oil plantations, the battle for votes is underway....
Malaysian festival celebrates the arts without country’s 2 most popular artists | Phuket News
The 3rd edition of the Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival kicked off yesterday, complete with a percussion troupe welcoming Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to its official launch at the Nu Sentral Mall located in the middle of the Malaysian capital. Festival Director, Sunita Rajakumar said: “From 31 August to 1 October 2017, acclaimed and up-and-coming artistes from Malaysia and around the world will come together in KL to celebrate the arts through music, dance, theater, visual arts and literature”. More than 50 showcases are slated, but none feature Malaysia’s two most prominent artists of late: cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Haque and graphic designer Fahmi Reza. Their crime? Making art that spark conversations. Zulkiflee, known as Zunar, pens cartoons that touch on corruption and injustice. In a country ridden by a billion-dollar scandal of a government fund managed by its Prime Minister, his works inevitably feature Mr Najib and his wife, both...
When death threats become as common as brushing teeth | Phuket News
I HAD the pleasure this week of talking to a number of human rights and political content film directors about their work. We tackled the challenges they face creating potentially controversial material in an environment of mounting oppression as well as the common pitfalls that come along with exposing people to ideas they may not feel entirely comfortable confronting. After a lengthy discussion about the potential repercussions to come from tackling difficult topics, one director nonchalantly dropped in at the end of the conversation that, “then, of course, there’s the death threats.” This was accompanied by a little chuckle and a disheartened grin that implied these were all just accepted annoyances of having a voice in today’s society. And that, it appears, is exactly what they are. When asked to elaborate, she explained, “You know, the usual stuff. It’s normal.”, as if it were as natural as brushing your teeth...
Death threats have become commonplace in society | Phuket News
I HAD the pleasure this week of talking to a number of human rights and political content film directors about their work. We tackled the challenges they face creating potentially controversial material in an environment of mounting oppression as well as the common pitfalls that come along with exposing people to ideas they may not feel entirely comfortable confronting. After a lengthy discussion about the potential repercussions to come from tackling difficult topics, one director nonchalantly dropped in at the end of the conversation that, “then, of course, there’s the death threats.” This was accompanied by a little chuckle and a disheartened grin that implied these were all just accepted annoyances of having a voice in today’s society. And that, it appears, is exactly what they are. When asked to elaborate, she explained, “You know, the usual stuff. It’s normal.”, as if it were as natural as brushing your teeth...
The rise of the death threat | Phuket News
I HAD the pleasure this week of talking to a number of human rights and political content film directors about their work. We tackled the challenges they face creating potentially controversial material in an environment of mounting oppression as well as the common pitfalls that come along with exposing people to ideas they may not feel entirely comfortable confronting. After a lengthy discussion about the potential repercussions to come from tackling difficult topics, one director nonchalantly dropped in at the end of the conversation that, “then, of course, there’s the death threats.” This was accompanied by a little chuckle and a disheartened grin that implied these were all just accepted annoyances of having a voice in today’s society. And that, it appears, is exactly what they are. When asked to elaborate, she explained, “You know, the usual stuff. It’s normal.”, as if it were as natural as brushing your teeth...
Global Mobile Wallet Pioneer TiENPAY Launches Initial Coin Offering | Phuket News
Aug 30, 2017 Picture:  The T8Coin ICO will fund the development of Xtopp, TiENPAY's media, finance, collaboration and royalty disbursements platform. TiENPAY announces formal launch of a digital currency exchange in Hong Kong. Hong Kong, August 28, 2017 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - TiENPAY Limited, a pioneer financial technology firm that offers a global digital mobile wallet, clearance and settlement platform, announces that it has launched its T8Coin initial coin offering (ICO). The offering, from which investors can purchase TiENPAY's proprietary T8Coin tokens with attractive investment return prospects, will fund the company's development of an innovative blockchain-based royalty disbursement platform. At the same time, TiENPAY is officially launching a fully licensed digital currency exchange in Hong Kong today, in partnership with Chinese financial firm, Baixin Financial Group Ltd. The exchange will allow the trading and conversion of four pairs of cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies, including Bitcoin/US dollar, Bitcoin/Australian Dollar, Bitcoin/CNY, and Bitcoin/Hong...
Haitong International (665.HK) Announces 2017 Interim Profit Rises 28% | Phuket News
Aug 30, 2017 inancial Highlights (Six months ended 30 June 2017) Revenue reached HK$2.94 billion, Net profit attributable to shareholders reached HK$1.04 billion Basic EPS: 19.53 Hong Kong cents Total assets: HK$127.1 billion; Shareholders' funds: HK$23.2 billion Proposed an interim dividend per share of 10 Hong Kong cents Hong Kong, 29 August 2017 - Haitong International Securities Group Limited (
Toyota joins Grab's $2.5bn fund raising, unveils tie-up | Phuket News
TOKYO/SINGAPORE - Toyota Motor Corp's trading arm became the latest participant in ride-hailing firm Grab's current financing round that is expected to raise US$2.5 billion, led by Chinese peer Didi Chuxing and Japan's SoftBank Group Corp....
Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Economic Development Board launch Passion Made Possible Brand for Singapore | Phuket News
Aug 30, 2017 Picture:  Singapore, 29 August 2017 – The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) have jointly unveiled a unified brand, Passion Made Possible, to market Singapore internationally for tourism and business purposes. Launched officially in Singapore by Minister of Trade and Industry (Industry) Mr S. Iswaran, and supported by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI), the agencies’ first joint brand is a bold move to put forth Singapore’s unique attitude and mindset: a passionate, never-settling spirit of determination and enterprise that constantly pursues possibilities and reinvention. Over the last five decades, Singapore has built a strong reputation as a global business and tourism hub, recognised for its quality infrastructure, safety, stability, connectedness and accessibility. However, global competition to attract tourists and investments has intensified, and the media landscape has become more crowded and complex. Visitors have become more discerning in their...
Scooter sharing gets rolling in sweaty Singapore | Phuket News
New businesses hope scooters will be a popular alternative to walking in Singapore's heat....
Philippines lifts Uber suspension after it pays nearly $10 million in penalties | Phuket News
The Philippines lifted its one-month suspension on Uber Technologies ahead of schedule on Tuesday after the ride-hailing firm paid almost $10 million in a fine and financial aid to its drivers affected by the halted operations....
Marawi conflict: 100 days on, tens of thousands of civilians still endure hardship | Phuket News
TENS of thousands of civilians displaced by the Marawi crisis continue to languish in evacuation sites 100 days from the start of the conflict that saw Islamic militants lay siege to the Philippines’ only Islamic city on May 23. Despite the difficult conditions and repeated requests to leave the refugee centres, people will likely have to endure prolonged suffering as the planned relocation sites still remain a skeleton, with no time frame given for their completion. State forces are also still painstakingly clearing buildings and houses from booby traps and unexploded ordnances (UXOs) in areas retaken from the hands of the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group, another factor that may prolong the return of the refugees to the war zone and its peripheries.   Students of the Mindanao State University in Marawi watch as smoke billows from the main battleground due to the aerial bombing and artillery strike by government forces...
Uber ban lifted in Philippines after fine | Phuket News
The ride-hailing app had been suspended and paid a $10m fine for defying a government order....
Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries Project | Phuket News
Aug 29, 2017 Picture:  Most Philippine coastal areas are overfished. This has led to smaller fish sizes, shifts in species composition, steep declines in fish abundance, and lower catches and incomes of fishers—a situation compounded by climate change. As the climate changes, warmer oceans negatively affect how coral reefs and related ecosystems nurture fisheries and erode the natural protection they provide coastal communities. As oceanographic conditions change, so will fish distribution, migration patterns and marine food web. However, fisheries remain highly important to the Philippine economy, particularly to poor communities that depend on small-scale fishing for livelihood. Even with catch rates that are among the lowest in the world, the country ranks 8th worldwide in total fish production. Fish and fish-based products also account for 80% of the protein requirements of Filipinos. Clearly, improved management of fisheries holds tremendous potential benefits for fishers and coastal communities. The growth of...
Philippine military plans “one big battle” to retake Marawi City | Phuket News
The Philippine army is preparing to launch “one big battle” to weed out the Maute terrorists from Marawi City after regaining the city’s Grand Mosque last week, The Manila Times Online reported on Tuesday (Aug 29). Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff General Eduardo Ano made the above statement on Monday after Cayamora Maute, father of top Maute group leaders Abdullah and Omarkhayam, died at the Taguig-Pateros district hospital on Sunday afternoon after his blood pressure shot up. “This will have a big effect on the fighting since his sons inside Marawi City will of course be affected, Gen Ano told reporters in a chance interview at the sidelines of the National Heroes Day rites at the Labingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City. Gen Ano said Cayamora’s death was an unfortunate event, noting that the Maute patriarch had a lot to answer for as far as his involvement...
Australia offers extra military help to Philippines in fight against IS | Phuket News
AUSTRALIA has offered to send Australian Special Forces to assist and train the Philippine military in its fights against Islamic State (IS) militants in the country’s south. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Tuesday she had extended the offer of support to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte during a visit to Manila this month, but was yet to hear a response. “Obviously, we would be ready to support the Philippines in the same way we are supporting Iraq in advising, assisting and training,” Bishop told reporters in Canberra, as reported by ABC News. SEE ALSO: More attacks by radicals likely in Southeast Asia after Marawi – report “The [Philippines] armed forces are in the process of engaging in a pretty brutal fight with IS.” “We’ve offered to assist in any way that might add to the likelihood of defeating this scourge in the southern Philippines — it’s in our region.” The offer...
Philippines police free to kill ‘idiots’ who resist arrest – Duterte | Phuket News
JUST days after thousands protested over the death of teenager Kian Delos Santos at the hands of police, Philippine President Rodrigo told police on Monday they could kill “idiots” who violently resisted arrest. Duterte met the parents of the 17-year-old schoolboy at the presidential palace in Manila on Monday, to assure them their son’s case would be handled fairly. Delos Santos’ mother Lorenza said she was confident the president would help quickly resolve the case, while the father Saldy said he no longer feared for their lives and felt reassured by the meeting. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Students, Catholic church protest over teenager’s drug war death “He promised he would not allow those who have committed wrong to go unpunished,” the mother said in an interview posted online by Duterte’s communications office on a Facebook page after the meeting. Pres. Duterte meets with the parents of the late Kian delos Santos....
Cambodia jails Australian nurse for 18 months for providing surrogacy services | Phuket News
A Cambodian court on Thursday sentenced an Australian nurse to 18 months in prison for sourcing clients for a surrogacy clinic in the impoverished kingdom, as authorities tackle ‘womb for rent’ businesses. Tammy Davis-Charles, 49, has been in custody since her arrest in November last year, weeks after Cambodia abruptly banned commercial surrogacy. Authorities moved to curb the trade in Cambodia after Thailand and India blocked foreigners paying poor local women to be surrogates,......
Australian gets 18 months in jail for Cambodia surrogacy | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- A Cambodian court has sentenced an Australian woman to one and a half years in prison for providing commercial surrogacy services in the country....
New Cambodia crossing to Sa Kaeo in the works | Phuket News
Banteay Meanchey provincial authorities plan to create a new border crossing into Sa Kaeo to alleviate heavy traffic at the Poipet checkpoint and also offer migrant workers a new, legal passageway into Thailand....
Hun Sen threatens to close down an anti-prostitution NGO | Phuket News
Prime Minister Hun Sen has threatened to shut down a Christian anti-trafficking NGO for providing information to CNN about girls sold into prostitution by their mothers which was aired by the international broadcaster, according to The Phnom Penh Post Online on Wednesday (Aug 2). The story, headlined “The Cambodian girls sold for sex by their mothers,” sparked ire in the social media because one of the girls spoke Vietnamese. The word “Cambodian” was later dropped from the headline. “This is a serious insult,” said an irate Hun Sen at a graduation ceremony on Tuesday.  He said he had ordered the Interior and Foreign ministries to investigate the matter. “In many countries, for only drawing cartoons their magazine must be shut down, but in our country, we are insulted, saying that mothers sold children to become prostitutes. We cannot accept this big insult, and we are going to close the NGO...
Cambodia: Hun Sen warns opposition ‘in danger’ over rumours of illness, death | Phuket News
CAMBODIA’S Prime Minister Hun Sen has lashed out at opposition-affiliated netizens who have allegedly spread rumours of his illness and death on Facebook. Having been hospitalised in Singapore in May, the 64-year-old lashed out at “fake news” on Tuesday, including claims about his ailing health and that he had died in a plane crash. “If you pray for Hun Sen to die, you will be in danger first. It is the burial land for all of you,” Hun Sen said, as quoted by the Phnom Penh Post. “I want to send this to the opposition party that has supporters who do such a thing … the danger might be on yourself.” ...
Cambodia: Hun Sen says opposition ‘in danger’ over illness, death rumours | Phuket News
CAMBODIAN Prime Minister Hun Sen has lashed out at opposition-affiliated netizens that have allegedly spread rumours of his illness and death on Facebook. Having been hospitalised in Singapore in May, the 64-year-old lashed out at “fake news” on Tuesday, including claims about his ailing health and that he had died in a plane crash. “If you pray for Hun Sen to die, you will be in danger first. It is the burial land for all of you,” said Hun Sen, as quoted by the Phnom Penh Post. “I want to send this to the opposition party that has the supporters who do such a thing … the danger might be on yourself.” ...
Cambodia expels NGO over child sex reports | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of an American charity working to rescue children trafficked for sex, charging it smeared the image of Cambodian women through reports broadcast by CNN and ABC News....
Cambodia Angkor Wat: Ancient statue unearthed | Phuket News
The discovery at Angkor Wat has been described as
This Taiwanese firm thinks a Cambodian base could add some flavor | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - The firm, which produces food additives including MSG, hopes to set up a subsidiary in Cambodia by the end of the year....
S. Korea's E-Mart flies flag for retail ventures in Cambodia | Phuket News
South Korea’s largest retailer, E-Mart, will set up its first flagship store in Cambodia by the first quarter of 2019 after the department store and hypermarket signed an agreement with the conglomerate Royal Group on Friday....
US destroyer in Singapore collision was named after Senator McCain’s father, grandfather | Phuket News
The US warship involved in the collision off Singapore before dawn on Monday has a name many Americans recognise – but not for its father-and-son namesakes. Most know Senator John S. McCain III, the Vietnam war hero who ran for president in 2000 and 2008. But it was his father and grandfather – both naval commanders who served during the second world war – who inspired the naming of the 154-metre guided-missile destroyer. The USS John S. McCain was damaged in a collision with......
In Vietnam, best education can mean worse job prospects | Phuket News
HANOI -- Nguyen Van Duc graduated two years ago with a bachelor’s degree in economics from one of Vietnam’s best universities. Today, he earns about $250 a month as a motorbike taxi driver in Hanoi....
Vietnam's President Calls for Tougher Internet Controls | Phuket News
Vietnam's president called on Sunday for tougher controls on the internet in the face of dissidents who are using it to criticize the ruling Communist Party, and to combat threats to cybersecurity. Vietnam's government has stepped up a crackdown on activists this year, but despite the arrest and sentencing of several high-profile figures, there has been little sign of it silencing criticism on social media. President Tran Dai Quang made the call in an article published on the government website. He said hostile forces had used the internet to organize offensive campaigns that
6 die in Vietnam while sawing leftover mortar shell | Phuket News
HANOI -- Six people including four children in a family have been killed when a Vietnam War-era mortar shell they were sawing for scrap metal exploded....
Central to splash B17bn on Vietnam | Phuket News
Central Group of Companies, the country's leading retail and property developer, will spend 17 billion baht to expand its operations in Vietnam over the next five years....
Vietnam Dengue Cases Soar 42 Percent | Phuket News
Vietnam has been battling raging dengue fever outbreaks,with more than 10,000 new infections reported over the past week stretching its medical system.   The Ministry of Health says the number of admitted patients represents a 42 percent increase over the same period last year along with seven more deaths.    The country has recorded 90,626 dengue fever infections, of whom 76,848 are hospitalized and 24 have died.    The ministry attributed the rise of dengue outbreaks to higher temperatures, more rains and rapid urbanization that promote the breeding of virus-carrying mosquitoes.   The capital Hanoi and the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City are the hardest hit....
Vietnam battles dengue outbreaks with 42% more cases | Phuket News
HANOI -- Vietnam has been battling raging dengue fever outbreaks with more than 10,000 new infections reported over the past week stretching its medical system....
Vietnam reports nearly 800 children drowned in first half of 2017 | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Nearly 800 Vietnamese children drowned in the first six months of 2017....
SEA Games: Double gold for Malaysia’s archers in team compound events | Phuket News
AFTER the relative disappointment of landing one silver and one bronze on the opening day of competition, Malaysia’s archers delivered double gold on Thursday. The Malaysian flag was flying for both the men’s and women’s compound teams, as the women defeated Vietnam 28-27 in a tense shoot-off, while the men beat Singapore 228-222. The women’s trio of individual compound bronze medallist Fatin Nurfatehah Mat Salleh, plus Nurul Syazhera Asim and Saritha Cham Nong, required a shoot-off after their final ended 225-225. SEE MORE: SEA Games: Malaysia win first gold medal of Games in sepak takraw – but Fatin must settle for archery bronze Vietnam’s trio of Chau Kieu Oanh, Nguyen Thi Nhat Le and Le Ngoc Huyen came agonisingly close to landing their country’s first gold medal of the Games. But they had to settle for silver, as Chau had done in the individual compound 24 hours earlier. For Malaysia’s Fatin,...
Traffic police signal use of new tickets | Phuket News
Traffic police nationwide will start using a new form of tickets on Sunday....
Phuket urged to hold ‘polite’ Loy Krathong festivities | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norrraphat Plodthong today called on people to make sure that festivities and celebrations for the Loy Krathong festival this Friday (Nov 3) are “polite” and ”respectful”....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Loy Krathong rules? Fake Bans! No dam problems! || November 1 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 1 Loy Krathong rules? Murder suspect caught fleeing! Easy business in Thailand? Seized: thousands of Fake Bans! Phuket water levels! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
Forensic results awaited for German expats murder in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police are waiting for forensic results to come back in the murder case of 79-year-old German expat Johann Friedrich Speckbacher in late September....
13 southern provinces warned of heavy rain, strong winds on Nov 1-3 | Phuket News
The Thai Meteorological Department has issued a warning for 13 provinces in the South to brace for heavy rain and strong winds between Nov 1-3. As of 10am on Nov 1, the tropical depression over the lower South China Sea was 750 kilometres east of Songkhla, or at latitude 7.0 °N, longitude 107.0 °E with sustained winds of 55km per hour. The storm is slowly moving west and expected to move past the tip of Indochina to the Gulf of Thailand on Wednesday night. As a result, the South will be hit by abundant rain and outbreaks of torrential downpours. People should beware of possible flash floods and strong winds. Areas to be affected are: – On Nov 1: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat. – On Nov 2-3: Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket and Krabi. Sea waves...
Friends honour funeral services for Phuket expat Peter Watson | Phuket News
PHUKET: All friends of Canadian national Peter Gulston Watson, a Phuket resident for 10 years who passed away last Friday (Oct 27), are invited to join a mass Buddhist funeral prayer for him at Wat Cherng Talay tonight (Nov 1) from 7pm....
Large sinkhole repaired at Phuket Town bridge | Phuket News
PHUKET: A large sinkhole that appeared in Thepkrasattri Rd right beside a busy bridge over Bang Yai Canal in Phuket Town last week has been repaired, local council workers have confirmed....
No concerns about Bang Wad Dam water level, says Phuket PWA chief | Phuket News
PHUKET: The head of the Phuket Provincial Water Authority, Mr Somchai Kuntananat, has today (Oct 31) confirmed that Bang Wad Dam is currently at about 65% capacity after concerns were raised by residents that the island’s main water reserve appeared to be low for the time of year....
Murderer arrested at Phuket Checkpoint as he attempts to flee island | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 26 years-old Thai man was arrested at the Phuket Checkpoint in the early hours of this morning in connection with a murder that had taken place just one and a half hours prior to the arrest....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: MAJOR wipeout! Ex-cons to make weapons? Running 2,191km! || October 31 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - October 31 MAJOR wipeout in Koh Kaew! Methed-out bus driver? Ex-cons to make military weapons? STAGGERING road death numbers! Running 2,191 km! Hosted by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
Roads to close for Patong Carnival Parade | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Patong Police Chief has cautioned motorists to be wary of road closures in the busy tourism town tomorrow (Nov 1) as the annual Patong Carnival gets underway with its renowned parade, which will snake through the town, along the beach road and culminate near Loma Park on the Patong beachfront....
India happiness minister sought as murder suspect in Madhya Pradesh | Phuket News
The man charged with the wellbeing of India's Madhya Pradesh state has been missing since Tuesday....
Indian carol singers arrested after 'conversion' complaint | Phuket News
The incident occurred in Madhya Pradesh state, which is known for its strict anti-conversion laws....
Report: Nearly 7,000 Rohingya Muslims Killed in First Month of Army Crackdown | Phuket News
Doctors Without Borders says at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the first month of a brutal army crackdown on Rohingya rebels. The Geneva-based international aid group, commonly known by its French acronym MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières), says Thursday it came up with its estimate after conducting a survey of several Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. The group says its estimated death toll includes at least 730 children younger than 5. Myanmar’s military has been accused of launching a scorched earth campaign against Rohingya villages in northwestern Rakhine state in August, in response to attacks on Myanmar police outposts. The campaign led to a mass exodus of 600,000 Rohingyas into neighboring Bangladesh, who told human rights groups of serious atrocities committed by government security forces, including random shootings, rapes and burning down homes and entire villages. MSF medical director Sidney Wong said the group’s findings were “staggering, both in...
India: Is Gujarat synonymous with development thanks to Modi? | Phuket News
As Gujarat votes, Reality Check looks at claims about its economic success by Narendra Modi's ruling BJP....
Coal Stoves Make Ulaanbaatar the World's Most Polluted City | Phuket News
The 1.3 million people who live in Mongolia's capital city of Ulaanbaatar breathe the dirtiest city air in the world. It's a public health nightmare, and winter means facemasks, asthma and pneumonia. There is a solution, but it requires changing an ancient way of life for half of the city's residents. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports....
Former US Ambassador to S. Korea: Pyongyang's Nuclear Program Offensive | Phuket News
Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Christopher Hill says North Korea's current leader does not seem to be interested in any talks on de-nuclearization. In an interview with VOA's Mandarin Service, the former ambassador also said the United States needs a stronger diplomatic team to tackle these issues. Zlatica Hoke reports....
The world is ignoring one thing about North Korea: Those who flee | Phuket News
THERE is no shortage of commentary on what should be done about North Korean weapons programmes. Op-eds in major news outlets variously advocate for talks, a strategy of deterrence combined with progress on humanitarian and economic issues, and even regime change. But while rhetoric about North Korea heats up, the abstract talk about military options, sanctions, and engagement obscures the people at the centre of it all: millions of ordinary North Koreans. When demonising the “rogue” behaviour of an enemy state, it’s easy to vilify its citizens or tar them all with the same brush. But the reality is more complicated. North Koreans are neither brainwashed robots nor aspiring democracy activists desperate for liberation. Here I want to focus on a small subset of North Koreans: those who have left. SEE ALSO: North Korea’s nuclear programme aided by study abroad in China – report North Korean soldiers salute at Mansudae hill in Pyongyang, North...
America's 'THAAD' system can't protect South Korea from missiles by itself | Phuket News
The state-of-the-art anti-missile technology may be a start, but it won't protect Seoul from North Korean missiles....
US Calls for Monday Vote on New North Korea Sanctions | Phuket News
The United States called for a vote Monday on new U.N. sanctions against North Korea, though exactly what measures would be in the resolution remained a mystery. Security Council diplomats, who weren't authorized to speak publicly because talks have been private, said the U.S. and China were still negotiating the text late Sunday. Previous U.N. sanctions resolutions have been negotiated between the United States and China _ North Korea's main trading partner and ally _ and have taken weeks, and in some cases months, to finalize. But the Trump administration adopted a totally new approach with this resolution, presenting its draft to China and all other Security Council members last Tuesday and demanding a vote in six days. Diplomats said China's U.N. ambassador, Liu Jieyi, who was on a Security Council trip to Ethiopia, flew back to New York on Thursday to take part in negotiations. North Korea's Foreign Ministry...
The world is ignoring one thing about North Korea: those that flee | Phuket News
THERE is no shortage of commentary on what should be done about North Korean weapons programmes. Op-eds in major news outlets variously advocate for talks, a strategy of deterrence combined with progress on humanitarian and economic issues, and even regime change. But while rhetoric about North Korea heats up, the abstract talk about military options, sanctions, and engagement obscures the people at the centre of it all: millions of ordinary North Koreans. When demonising the “rogue” behaviour of an enemy state, it’s easy to vilify its citizens or tar them all with the same brush. But the reality is more complicated. North Koreans are neither brainwashed robots nor aspiring democracy activists desperate for liberation. Here I want to focus on a small subset of North Koreans: those who have left. SEE ALSO: North Korea’s nuclear programme aided by study abroad in China – report North Korean soldiers salute at Mansudae hill in Pyongyang, North...
Korea Holds the first World Smartcity Week | Phuket News
Sep 10, 2017 Picture:  SEOUL, South Korea, Sept. 7, 2017 -- The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (Minister Kim Hyun-mee) and the Ministry of Science and ICT (Minister You Young-min) of South Korea held the first 'World Smartcity Week (WSCW)' at Korea KINTEX, Ilsan from Sep. 4 to 8, 2017. In particular, international organizations including World Bank and UN-Habitat, global companies such as IBM, MS, etc., overseas scholars and domestic and foreign experts shared international trends on smart city development and good examples of global smart city strategies. At the events for companies and local governments, practical support was provided including the promotion of companies and expansion of investment network in line with the smart city industry development and strengthened cooperation with local governments. A selection of excellent companies, business exhibitions and investor relations was made available at the Smartcity Business Fair for SMEs and startups in the...
North Korea Celebrates Nuclear Scientists at Celebration Bash | Phuket News
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hosted a massive celebration to congratulate his nuclear scientists and technicians who steered the country's sixth and largest nuclear test a week ago, its official news agency said on Sunday. South Korea had been bracing for another long-range missile launch in time for the 69th anniversary of North Korea's founding on Saturday, but no fresh provocations were spotted while the North held numerous events to mark the holiday. Throughout last week, South Korean officials had warned the North could launch another intercontinental ballistic missile in defiance of U.N. sanctions and amid an escalating standoff with the United States. Washington told the U.N. Security Council on Friday to call on a meeting on Monday to vote on a draft resolution establishing additional sanctions on North Korea for its missile and nuclear program. To laud the nuclear scientists and other top military and party officials who...
US, South Korea Monitoring for North Korean Missile Test | Phuket News
North Korea marked the 69th anniversary of its founding Saturday with typical ceremonies and fanfare as the international community watched for another potential missile test. The South Korean government said it was closely monitoring activity in the North as speculation mounted about another missile launch that could be connected to the commemoration of the establishment in 1948 of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Earlier in the week, South Korea said it had seen signs of preparation for another missile test, with South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon calling the situation “very grave.” By Saturday evening, no test had been detected. North Korea has a history of using its military technology to mark significant holidays. Last year, on this date, North Korea tested its fifth nuclear device. The anniversary this year comes just a week after North Korea launched its sixth nuclear test, its most powerful to date. James McKeon,...
Plan to equip city buses with card reading machines likely to be delayed | Phuket News
Bangkok Mass Transit Authority’s plan to install welfare card readers initially on 800 city buses within Oct 1 is likely to be delayed as the card-reading machines are still being tested in South Korea. BMTA board chairman Natthachart Charuchinda said Friday (Sept 8) that representatives of the private company which won the contract to equip the card reading machines on city buses are currently in South Korea testing the machines with actual welfare cards brought from Thailand. Once the machines have passed the tests, they will be delivered to the BMTA within this month to be equipped, initially on the first fleet of 800 buses. BMTA plans to equip 2,600 public buses with the machines within the middle of next year. Registered low-income earners who were given the welfare cards can use them to board city buses free of charge. While the card reading machines are yet to be equipped,...
Japan, US Conduct Air Exercises on North Korea Founding Anniversary | Phuket News
Japanese F-15 fighter jets Saturday conducted an air exercise with U.S. B1-B bombers in the skies above the East China Sea, Japan’s Air Self Defense Force (ASDF) said. The joint drill comes as South Korea braces for a possible further missile test by North Korea as it marked its founding anniversary, just days after its sixth and largest nuclear test rattled global financial markets and further escalated tensionsin the region. The exercise involved two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flying from Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam, which were joined by two Japanese F-15 jet fighters. On Aug. 31, Japanese F-15 fighter jets also conducted an air exercise with U.S. B1-B bombers and F-35 stealth fighters in skies south of the Korean peninsula, two days after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over northern Japan....
Motorcycle racing: Thailand to host MotoGP stage for first time next year | Phuket News
THAILAND will host MotoGP – the motorcycling equivalent of Formula One – for the first time next year, following confirmation of a deal for Buriram to stage the race for three years. The provincial city, home to the 100,000-capacity F1-certified Chang International Circuit, already stages Super GT and Superbike World Championship races. The track has previously staged World Touring Cars Championship and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia races. SEE ALSO: SEA Games: Malaysia profit from home comforts to win 145 golds – but history shows staying at the top will not be easy The Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) has officially signed a deal with MotoGP owners Dorna Sports to hold the race from 2018, according to a statement released by the SAT. “Signing this contract makes Thailand one of the 19 venues for MotoGP racing… it is provisionally set for first weekend of October next year,” the statement said. Winter testing...
A blur of ribbons on Malaysia's independence | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Thousands of patriotic Malaysians thronged Merdeka Square in the Malaysian capital on Thursday to mark the 60th National Day celebrations of the country's independence....
Public holidays and 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 August 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 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. ...
Public holidays and calls for unity as Malaysia celebrates 60th year of independence | Phuket News
“IN THE NAME of Allah, the compassionate, the merciful,” read the Malayan Declaration of Independence on August 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 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. ...
2017 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition Rounds Off with Record Attendance | Phuket News
Aug 28, 2017 Picture:  The Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE) as well as the first edition of Drone Taiwan, held at TWTC Exhibition Hall 1, came to a satisfactory conclusion on Aug. 19. According to organizer TAITRA, the three-day exhibitions drew more than 30,000 domestic and international visitors, including 277 foreign buyers from 37 countries, up 5.8% from the last edition. Top ten source countries (and regions) in descending order: the U.S., Mainland China, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada, Korea, Bulgaria and Russia. Taiwan's aerospace and defense product offerings are both diverse and comprehensive, having won praise from many overseas buyers. Major Turkish telecommunication company Profen Group met with a number of Taiwanese vendors during the exhibitions, expressing its satisfaction with the meeting results. Russian defense contractor Artech Systems spoke highly of Taiwanese vendors' capabilities to provide products that meet its needs. US company Jamco Aerospace,...
COSCO SHIPPING International Announces 2017 Interim Results | Phuket News
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Monday review: Yingluck has gone but what has she left? | Phuket News
Kornkritch Somjittranukit After being on trial for more than two years, former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra ultimately decided to flee the country before her Rice Pledging Scheme’s judgement day.    Her destination remains unconfirmed though media have made various guesses including Singapore, Dubai and the UK. Some sources even reported that her brother and former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra sent a personal jet to pick up Yingluck from Singapore and transfer her to Dubai.     Yingluck Shinawatra (Photo from Pantip)   But more important than “where is she?” is the question “what is her legacy?”. On one hand, Yingluck’s political opponents now have more grounds to condemn her party and supporters for disrespecting the justice system, just as when Thaksin fled the country in 2008. Many of Yingluck’s detractors reacted to the flight with sarcastic comments.    “At first, I was glad that [she] was coming to hear...
Frustrated elderly concert-goer in Singapore makes false bomb threat during security check | Phuket News
A man has been arrested by the police for making a false bomb threat at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, the second such incident within a week. The police said in a statement on Sunday that they were alerted by a security personnel at the Singapore Indoor Stadium at 7.32pm that a man had been detained after claiming he had a bomb with him. TODAY understands that the man was going through a security check before attending a Wakin Chau concert with his wife and his friends. During the......
Thailand and Indonesia show high levels of restructured loans, but loss buffers strong | Phuket News
Moody’s Investors Service says that restructured loans have grown substantially in Thailand and Indonesia in recent years — compared with the rest of the ASEAN region — but loss buffers remain strong. “In particular, increases in standard restructured loans, or restructured loans that are still performing, underscore the high latent asset risks present in these two countries, although by different degrees,” says Alka Anbarasu, a Moody’s Vice President and Senior Analyst. “However, in our view, banks in both systems for now also have ample buffers against potential losses from these assets,” adds Anbarasu. Moody’s conclusions are contained in its just-released report for Thailand and Indonesia, “Restructured loan growth raises asset quality concerns but loss buffers are strong”. The report does not consider non-performing loans (NPLs) that have been restructured because they are already included in reported NPL data, and Moody’s aim is to highlight asset risks not captured by NPL...
All missing sailors' remains recovered from USS McCain | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- The US Navy on Monday confirmed recovery of the remains of all 10 sailors killed after the warship John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel in waters near Singapore and Malaysia....
Bodies of all 10 sailors missing on USS John S. McCain found inside crippled destroyer | Phuket News
The bodies of all 10 sailors missing since a collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore have been recovered, the Navy’s 7th Fleet said Monday. The bodies were all recovered from within the destroyer, which was badly damaged during the Aug. 21 collision, complicating retrieval efforts. The ship is still docked at Changi naval base in Singapore. “The incident is under investigation to determine the facts and circumstances of the collision,......
Philippines: Maute group patriarch dies under govt custody | Phuket News
PHILIPPINES authorities on Sunday said the father of the leaders of the pro-Islamic State Maute group that laid siege to the southern town of Marawi in May died while in government custody. The 67-year-old Cayamora Maute was taken to a hospital on Sunday afternoon after his blood pressure rose, but he died on the way, the Philippines’ prison bureau said. The Inquirer quoted the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Eduardo Año as saying the death of the patriarch of was an not only tragic to his family, but to victims of terrorism in Marawi as well. “This is an unfortunate incident for his family, but more so to the victims of terrorism in Marawi and their relatives who are awaiting justice and expecting Mr. Cayamora would answer and atone for his involvement in the Marawi rebellion,” Año said in a statement. SEE ALSO: Abducted Philippines ex-soldier beheaded by Abu...
Yingluck ‘may seek UK asylum | Phuket News
FORMER PRIME MINISTER Yingluck Shinawatra is in Dubai and may try to seek asylum in the United Kingdom after fleeing the country to avoid a court ruling, a junta source said yesterday. The source, who is well placed in the security hierarchy, gave a detailed description of her escape, saying she took a private jet from Thailand to Singapore and on to Dubai, AFP reported. Dubai is the base of Shinawatra family patriarch Thaksin Shinawatra, who is Yingluck’s elder brother. “Thaksin has long prepared an escape plan for his sister. He would not allow his sister to spend even a single day in prison,” said the source, who requested anonymity. “But Dubai is not Yingluck’s final destination,” the source said, adding she may be aiming “to claim asylum in Britain”. Thaksin, who once owned Manchester City football club, owns property in London and spends significant amounts of time in the...
Sing! China hits the right note for Beijing’s soft power in Singapore | Phuket News
Singaporean Olinda Cho kept her eyes shut through most of her performance on popular reality singing competition Sing! China, and it was a good thing she did. When she stepped off stage and could finally observe the studio in Hangzhou, the scene stunned her. “It wasn’t a studio,” said Cho, 37. “It was like an arena. The place was packed with people. Cameras were flying around the stage. I had never seen anything like this.” She is no rookie singer, having made a......
China starts 3rd phase of 5G tests | Phuket News
The industry regulator has called for more efforts to upgrade testing environments and a bigger push to experiment with more 5G-enabled applications ...
Bitcoin soars towards $10,000 | Phuket News
HONG KONG: Bitcoin is showing no signs of slowing down, blowing past US$9,000 less than a week after topping $8,000 and now quickly closing in on five big figures....
China's debt is growing at a faster pace despite years of efforts to contain it | Phuket News
A Reuters analysis shows the levels of debt Chinese firms grew at the fastest pace since 2013 at the end of September....
Duterte says Philippines police free to kill ‘idiots’ that resist arrest | Phuket News
JUST DAYS after thousands protested over the death of teenager Kian Delos Santos at the hands of police, Philippine President Rodrigo told police on Monday that they could kill “idiots” who violently resisted arrest. Duterte met the parents of the 17-year-old schoolboy at the presidential palace in Manila on Monday, to assure them their son’s case would be handled fairly. Delos Santos’ mother Lorenza said she was confident the president would help quickly resolve the case, while the father Saldy said he no longer feared for their lives and felt reassured by the meeting. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Students, Catholic church protest over teenager’s drug war death “He promised he would not allow those who have committed wrong to go unpunished,” the mother said in an interview posted online by Duterte’s communications office on a Facebook page after the meeting. Pres. Duterte meets with the parents of the late Kian delos...
Philippines: Students, Catholic church protest over teenager’s ‘drug war’ death | Phuket News
MORE THAN one thousand protesters accompanied the funeral procession for 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos on Saturday, in a rare show of dissent against the Philippines’ bloody war on drugs. Nuns, priests and hundreds of children, chanting “justice for Kian, justice for all” joined the funeral cortege as it made its way from a church to the cemetery where the teenager was buried. “Don’t they have a heart? I’m not sure they do. There’s a lot of churches, they should go there,” said Delos Santos’ father Saldy during a brief address to a mass in which he defended his son’s innocence and expressed anger at the police. Vehicles blow their horns for #JusticeforKian pic.twitter.com/smwDWNYXPq — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) August 26, 2017 SEE ALSO: Autopsy finds 17-year-old killed ‘intentionally’ in Duterte’s drug war Delos Santos’ flower-draped coffin passed through a major highway on a small truck decorated with tarpaulins reading “Run, Kian,...
Philippines Drug War: Students and Catholic church protest over slain teenager | Phuket News
MORE THAN one thousand protesters accompanied the funeral procession for 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos on Saturday, in a rare show of dissent against the Philippines’ bloody war on drugs. Nuns, priests and hundreds of children, chanting “justice for Kian, justice for all” joined the funeral cortege as it made its way from a church to the cemetery where the teenager was buried. “Don’t they have a heart? I’m not sure they do. There’s a lot of churches, they should go there,” said Delos Santos’ father Saldy during a brief address to a mass in which he defended his son’s innocence and expressed anger at the police. Vehicles blow their horns for #JusticeforKian pic.twitter.com/smwDWNYXPq — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) August 26, 2017 SEE ALSO: Autopsy finds 17-year-old killed ‘intentionally’ in Duterte’s drug war Delos Santos’ flower-draped coffin passed through a major highway on a small truck decorated with tarpaulins reading “Run, Kian,...
Uber to resume Philippine service ‘soon’ after agreeing multimillion dollar fine | Phuket News
Uber said on Saturday it expects to resume operations in the Philippines “soon” after regulators agreed to lift a ban slapped against the American ride-sharing giant in exchange for a fine. The government meted Uber a one-month suspension on August 14 following a tussle over driver permits, sparking public outrage as some 66,000 vehicles were forced off the streets. Hundreds of thousands of Manila commuters find Uber and its ride-sharing rivals welcome alternatives to the country......
Philippines bans mandatory wearing of high heels in workplace | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - The Philippines' labour department on Friday issued an order banning private companies from requiring female employees to wear high-heeled shoes at work....
Angelina Jolie denies 'cruel' Cambodia child auditions | Phuket News
The actress said allegations she exploited children while casting for a Cambodian film were
Trat SEZ pinned as border hub | Phuket News
Thailand's much-touted Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and a new special economic zone (SEZ) in Trat province are expected to become instrumental in bolstering trade not only to Thailand but also to Cambodia and Vietnam, business leaders from the two countries said at a cross-border trade seminar....
Angelina Jolie says story about grabbing cash from Cambodian kids during film casting is ‘false and upsetting’ | Phuket News
Angelina Jolie says accounts of her casting process for children to appear in her Khmer Rouge drama First They Killed My Father are false and upsetting. An excerpt from a Vanity Fair profile of the director sparked backlash online earlier this week from people who criticised the described methods as being cruel and exploitative. Adapted from Loung Ung’s memoir, the biographical drama centres on her childhood under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. Jolie co-wrote and directed the......
Eastern route to spur tourism | Phuket News
Plans are afoot to develop a new tourism route linking six cities in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam....
New track for bamboo trains in Cambodia | Phuket News
A new track for the “nori”, also known as the bamboo train, will be built in Battambang province to keep alive the traditional tourist attraction, a provincial tourism department official said....
Leading fintech firm to build top global mobile wallet clearance and settlement system | Phuket News
Jul 26, 2017 Picture:  Shenzhen, China, July 26, 2017 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - TiENPAY Limited, a premium global mobile wallet platform, today makes the global debut of its innovative mobile wallet app: TiENPAY Wallet. The company successfully conducted a live cross-border digital currency during a press conference in Shenzhen today to mark the global launch. The company's TiENPAY mobile iOS apps will be formally launched in August, and its Android apps will be launched in September this year. At the same time, TiENPAY announced that it plans to produce 20 web films in the next few years to promote the usage of innovative technologies such as its own mobile wallet. The first film, a love comedy web film
Aussie ‘Solo Man’ Mark Coutelas arrested for meth, again | Phuket News
PHUKET: Mark Coutelas, made famous by the iconic “Solo” lemon-flavoured soft drink advertisements in Australia in the 1980s and arrested in Phuket for crystal meth twice, now faces drugs charges in Cambodia....
Critic of Cambodian leader defiant in defamation trial | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- A political analyst in Cambodia who faces up to two years in prison and a penalty of half a million dollars in a defamation case brought by Prime Minister Hun Sen has taken a defiant stance in court, demanding that the leader confront him in person....
Vietnam criticises US religious freedom report | Phuket News
HANOI -- Vietnam has criticized the US State Department's annual international religious freedom report, describing it as containing partial and false information about Vietnam....
SEA Games: Malaysia win first gold medal of Games in sepak takraw – but Fatin must settle for archery bronze | Phuket News
HOSTS Malaysia made a perfect start to the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games by winning the first gold medal of competition – in sepak takraw. There were scenes of jubilation inside the Titiwangsa Indoor Stadium as Malaysia’s Chinlone team of Muhd Faiz Roslan, Mohd Kamal Aizat Azmi, Ab Muhaimi Che Bongsu, Putera Aidil Israfi Kamaruzaman, Muhamad Asyraaf Abd Hadi and Izuan Afendi Azlan gained 391 points in the linking event to secure gold. Their main rivals in the final were Philippines, whose team of John Jeffery Morcillos, John Bobier, Rhemwil Catana, Ronsited Gabayeron, Joeart Jumawan and Alvin Pangan scored 271 points. Brunei collected bronze with 157 points, with all of the medallists being aided by Myanmar’s decision to focus on the Chinlone’s stroke event. SEE ALSO: The SEA Games do not officially begin until Saturday – but the action is already well underway in Malaysia Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin...
Vietnam's finance ministry proposes raising VAT to 12% | Phuket News
HANOI -- Vietnam's finance ministry said it has proposed increasing value-added tax (VAT) to 12% in 2019, from 10% currently, as part of measures to reduce record public debt....
Upstart Brand Challenges Samsung’s Dominance | Phuket News
Aug 15, 2017 Picture:  Chinese smartphone brand OPPO is now the second-largest brand in the ASEAN region, having surpassed Apple and trailing only Samsung. A Maserati showroom is not out of place on the third floor of Bangkok’s most upscale shopping mall, which buzzes with a constant stream of patrons on a Thursday afternoon. Directly across from the luxury automobile showroom is a brightly lit OPPO store. Over the past five years, the Chinese smartphone brand has made the transition from unknown upstart to aggressively taking on major cities worldwide, befitting its current status as the world’s fourth-largest smartphone brand. OPPO has performed especially well in Southeast Asia. According to figures from IDC Research, OPPO’s sales across the ASEAN region (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Myanmar) last year grew by 1.3 times over 2015 as the brand ascended to second in overall regional market share. According to...
The SEA Games do not officially begin until Saturday – but the action is already well underway in Malaysia | Phuket News
BUKIT Jalil National Stadium will be a scene of colour, music and celebration on Saturday when the opening ceremony for the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games officially declares the event underway. But the action has already started in Kuala Lumpur, with the early matches taking place in the football, netball and water polo competitions. The first medals of the Games will be handed out on Wednesday, with four up for grabs – two each in archery and sepak takraw – long before the opening ceremony takes place. Hosts Malaysia have high hopes of improving on their 62 medals in Singapore two years ago –  and they were the first winners in any sport at these Games. SEE ALSO: SEA Games: Philippines target haul of 50 gold medals in Kuala Lumpur this month They enjoyed a comprehensive victory over Thailand in netball, winning 73-30, while Singapore triumphed 62-37 over Brunei. In Tuesday’s...
Women’s football: Smiles in the end for Spencer Prior after Thai boss had initially slammed ‘unorganised’ SEA Games | Phuket News
FORMER Premier League footballer Spencer Prior labelled the women’s tournament at the SEA Games the most “unorganised” he had attended – and then hastily deleted his tweets. Prior, who played for Manchester City, Leicester City, Norwich City and Derby County in England’s top division, is now manager of the Thailand women’s team. He felt his team’s preparations for today’s opening match against Myanmar, which Thailand won 3-2, were hampered by being kicked off their training pitch after only 15 minutes on the eve of the game. Prior tweeted: “Never been to such an unorganised tournament at this upcoming Sea Games. Just smile and carry on. SEE ALSO: SEA Games: Philippines target haul of 50 gold medals in Kuala Lumpur this month “We’ve only been here 24hrs..I’m sure it will get better. (It) would help if we could train the day before the first game though. “(Now) back on the bus to...
Vietnam's PM wants to speed up credit growth | Phuket News
HANOI --- Vietnam's prime minister has called for an increase in credit growth to 21% this year to help the communist country hit its economic growth target, state media reported on Monday, potentially adding to concerns over the pace of new lending....
Philippine News Agency editors under fire over repeat blunders, pro-China op-ed | Phuket News
THE EDITORS of the state-operated Philippine News Agency (PNA) are in hot water after a series of editorial blunders in recent weeks, with one lawmaker calling for them to be fired. During a press conference on Saturday, the country’s Communications Secretary Martin Andanar described the editors of the government media outlet as “idiots” and lamented the “mistakes just keep coming.” He threatened to re-assign them to the remote islands of Jolo and Basilan. The most recent of these mistakes was the erroneous use of the Dole logo – a tinned pineapple producer – as the accompanying image for a story published about the Philippines Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) last Friday. Earlier in the week, the PNA published a pro-Beijing opinion piece directly from China’s state news wire Xinhua, which referred to a Hague ruling in favour of the Philippines against China about the contested South China Sea as...
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi: World Misinformed About Rohingya Crisis | Phuket News
Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi says there has been “a huge iceberg of misinformation” about the violence in her country's Rakhine state that has forced nearly 125,000 minority Rohingya Muslims to flee across the border to Bangladesh. In a statement posted on Facebook Wednesday by her office, the Nobel Peace laureate said she spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday about the crisis. The statement said Aung San Suu Kyi discussed a series of photos posted on Twitter by Turkey's deputy prime minister that allegedly showed dead Rohingya that were later proved to be unrelated to the current violence.   She told Erdogan that “fake information” is promoting the interests of “terrorists,” a word she used to describe a group of Rohingya insurgents who launched a series of attacks on security posts in Rakhine state that triggered the crisis. Amnesty International condemned the statement Wednesday, calling...
Let’s Read! Digital Library Brings Children’s Books to Indonesia | Phuket News
Sep 07, 2017 Picture:  The Asia Foundation enables access to quality books and community-powered translation Jakarta, September 5, 2017 — In the archipelago of Indonesia, especially among remote and underserved communities, quality children’s books are rare commodities. Limited access to early-grade content is a barrier to literacy, academic success, and fostering a lifelong love of reading among children. The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program, in conjunction with local partner Litara Foundation, is working to remove that barrier through the Let’s Read! project, a free children’s digital library and translation platform accessible online and via Android app. The project features an innovative translation tool that “crowd sources” translations from community members and empowers citizens to expand local content digital libraries. This is particularly vital for Indonesia, a country of more than 700 diverse languages. Speakers of minority languages face challenges gaining access to children’s books in their mother tongue,...
Papuan separatists to petition UN against Indonesian rule | Phuket News
GENEVA -- The people of West Papua are facing a
Turkish Envoy Visits Bangladesh to Help Rohingya Refugees from Myanmar | Phuket News
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is to fly to the Bangladesh on Wednesday for talks in the capital, Dhaka.  Ankara is pressing Bangladesh to give sanctuary to all Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar. More than 120,000 of them have entered Bangladesh, fleeing Myanmar military operations against insurgents.  Cavusolgu is also due to visit Rohingya refugee camps, and said Turkey would give financial assistance to Bangladesh if it continues to give refuge to those fleeing Myanmar.  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned Myanmar for its ongoing military operations.
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi Says World Misinformed About Rohingya Crisis | Phuket News
Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi says there has been “a huge iceberg of misinformation” about the violence in her country's Rakhine state that has forced nearly 125,000 minority Rohingya Muslims to flee across the border to Bangladesh. In a statement posted on Facebook Wednesday by her office, the Nobel Peace laureate said she spoke with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday about the crisis. The statement said Aung San Suu Kyi discussed a series of photos posted on Twitter by Turkey's deputy prime minister that allegedly showed dead Rohingya that were later proved to be unrelated to the current violence.   She told Erdogan that “fake information” is promoting the interests of “terrorists,” a word she used to describe a group of Rohingya insurgents who launched a series of attacks on security posts in Rakhine state that triggered the crisis. At least 400 people have been...
Jonghyun: Note shows K-pop star's struggles with depression | Phuket News
A friend of Jonghyun, the K-pop star who died on Monday, posts what she says was his final note....
Phuket Governor calls for security, cleanliness for Royal visit | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong has called for ramped up security measures and an extra effort to present a clean Phuket to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during her visit to the island on Nov 12-13 to officially open the 11th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA 2017) in Patong....
No injuries, charges following jet-ski collision with tourist at Patong Beach | Phuket News
PHUKET: It has been confirmed today that neither the Chinese tourist, who was riding a jet-ski at Patong Beach yesterday, nor the Russian tourist, who was hit by the jet-ski while standing in the water, suffered any injuries as a result of the incident....
Man survives high-speed big bike collision with pickup at famed Phuket monument | Phuket News
PHUKET: A big bike rider suffered serious injuries after slamming into a security company pickup truck at speed near the Heroine’s Monument in Thalang in the early hours of this morning (Oct 31)....
Woman charged, says fear drove Phuket rush-hour wipeout | Phuket News
PHUKET: The woman who drove her car straight out into the busy Thepkrasattri Rd in Koh Kaew yesterday morning (Oct 30) – mowing down two motorbikes and taking out two other cars before spinning to an out of control stop on the southbound lane – has been charged with reckless driving causing damage and injury, Phuket City Police have been confirmed....
Phuket Governor discusses flood prevention, preparations for tsunami evacuation drill | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong yesterday (Oct 30) held a meeting to discuss future flood prevention measures and also preparations which are underway for an upcoming tsunami evacuation drill....
Broken down bus in Phuket underpass causes hour-long congestion | Phuket News
PHUKET: A tour bus whose engine failed on the northbound lane of the Darasamut Underpass at 7:15pm last night (Oct 30) caused a tailbacks and a blockage of cars for over an hour, Capt Siripong Wongsonpet of the Wichit Police confirmed to The Phuket News today (Oct 31)....
Phuket soars into high season mode | Phuket News
PHUKET: The resort island's airport has switched to its
Qatar Airways Launches New Flights to Thai Holiday Destination Pattaya | Phuket News
Qatar Airways has responded to increased customer demand for services to Thailand by launching direct flights to Pattaya, the airline’s fifth route to the country. The new four-times-a-week service, which starts on 28 January 2018, is in addition to the airline’s existing flights to Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket and soon to be launched, Chiang Mai. The launch of the service to historic Chiang Mai is scheduled to start on 12 December, 2017. Located on the popular southeast coast of Thailand, Pattaya and nearby Rayong are major destinations for sun-seekers looking to soak up the local culture or relax and bask on one of the areas extensive beaches. Holiday-makers on the route are expected to come from Qatar Airways’ extensive network of destinations across Europe and the Middle East. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of our newest route...
Ten southern provinces warned of heavy rain Oct 31-Nov 3 | Phuket News
The Thai Meteorological Department has warned people in 10 southern provinces to beward of heavy and very heavy rain during Oct 31-Nov 3 when an active low pressure cell over the lower South China Sea will move slowly in the westerly direction over the Gulf of Thailand, the South and the Andaman Sea. Oubreaks of heavy downpours are likely over the South. To be affected are Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket and Krabi. People should beware of flash floods, run-off from mountains and strong winds. Waves in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand will be 2-3 metres high. All vessels should proceed with caution. Small boats are advised to remain ashore during this period. The post Ten southern provinces warned of heavy rain Oct 31-Nov 3 appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Buddhist author to teach free English-Language meditation workshop in Phuket | Phuket News
Learn the secrets to finding inner peace and happiness with expert guidance from bi-lingual Buddhist author and teacher of mindfulness meditation Supawan Green....
India 'religious murder' case: Donations for suspect blocked | Phuket News
The Hindu man is accused of hacking a Muslim to death in the Indian state of Rajasthan....
Sri Lanka’s mothers ask international community to help find their children | Phuket News
SRI LANKA’s responses to questions on accountability for rights violations at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in November were evasive and packed with clichés. This should spur the international community to demand Colombo cooperate in investigating enforced disappearances (and other violations) and prosecuting those responsible. Failure to hold Sri Lanka accountable will not only mean that the UN and foreign governments abdicating their commitment to international law, but ignoring family members of the disappeared in their quest for justice. On 16 November, even as the UPR was in progress, a group of family members of the disappeared – almost all women – met Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo. Their petition said, “We are extremely frustrated that despite meetings with yourself and many other government officials, we still have come no closer to finding out the fate of our disappeared loved ones, and have been let down repeatedly by...
Asian markets finish lower after Fed hikes interest rates; Myer falls almost 10% | Phuket News
Asian markets closed slightly lower in their first session after the Federal Reserve raised U.S. interest rates....
South Korea Braces for Possible North Korea Missile Test | Phuket News
South Korea braced for a possible missile test by North Korea as it marked its founding anniversary Saturday, just days after its sixth and largest nuclear test rattled global financial markets and further escalated tensions in the region. Throughout the week, South Korean officials have warned the North could launch another intercontinental ballistic missile, in defiance of U.N. sanctions and amid an escalating standoff with the United States. Pyongyang marks its founding anniversary each year with a big display of pageantry and military hardware. Last year, North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test on the Sept. 9 anniversary. Stepped up nuclear tests Tension on the Korean Peninsula has escalated as North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jong Un, has stepped up the development of weapons, testing a string of missiles this year, including one that flew over Japan, and conducting its sixth nuclear test Sunday. Experts believe the isolated regime is...
S.Korea braces for another possible N.Korea missile test | Phuket News
SEOUL -- South Korea is closely watching North Korea over the possibility it may launch another intercontinental ballistic missile as soon as Saturday when it celebrates its founding anniversary....
South Korea Must Pay One Former Slave, Not Others | Phuket News
The South Korean government must pay 37 million won ($33,000) to a man who was enslaved on a salt farm for several years and was stopped from escaping by police, a court ruled Friday.    But the Seoul Central District Court rejected the compensation demands of seven other former salt farm slaves, saying the government’s responsibility over their cases was unclear.    More than 60 slaves, most of them with intellectual disabilities, were rescued from remote islands off South Korea’s southwestern coast following an investigation led by mainland police in 2014.   The Associated Press documented some of their stories in a yearlong investigation. Dozens indicted   Dozens of farm owners and job brokers were indicted, but no police or officials were punished despite allegations some knew about the slavery.   Choi Jung Kyu, one of several lawyers representing the plaintiffs, said the lawyers will discuss with plaintiffs and their...
As Trump warns of possible war with North Korea, South Koreans doubtful | Phuket News
PRESIDENT Donald Trump has again highlighted the possibility of US military action against North Korea, however the rogue state’s neighbours in South Korea increasingly think Pyongyang will start a war. Tension on the Korean peninsula has escalated sharply as North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jong Un, has stepped up the development of weapons in defiance of UN sanctions and international pressure, testing a string of missiles this year and conducting its sixth nuclear test on Sunday. Experts believe the isolated regime is close to its goal of developing a powerful nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States, something Trump has vowed to prevent. SEE ALSO: Why is North Korea ‘begging for war’? Nevertheless, a Gallup Korea survey released on Friday showed South Koreans were considerably less concerned about war compared with June 2007, nine months after North Korea conducted its first nuclear test, in September 2006. The survey found...
Mexico Expels North Korean Ambassador Over Nuclear Tests | Phuket News
The Mexican government on Thursday said it had declared the North Korean ambassador to Mexico persona non grata in protest against the country's nuclear tests, an unusually firm step that moved it closely into line with Washington. In a statement, the government said it had given Kim Hyong Gil 72 hours to leave Mexico in order to express its
Trump: US Attack Would Be 'Very Sad Day' for N. Korea | Phuket News
President Donald Trump warned Thursday that
Russia Advocating Conciliatory Approach to North Korea | Phuket News
Russia is increasingly advocating an arms control strategy to accept North Korea as a nuclear state, disagreeing with the United States and its allies, and even to a degree with China, which all support applying sanctions to force Pyongyang into denuclearization talks. While meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Vladivostok, Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday again urged for dialogue to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis, and said whipping up military hysteria around the North Korean crisis was counterproductive and could trigger a global catastrophe. He also said it is not possible to resolve the North Korean crisis with sanctions and pressure alone. A different approach Echoing the sentiments of the Russian leader, Alexander Nikitin, the head of an academic institution run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, told an international defense forum in Seoul Thursday that the time has come to stop seeking the “immediate...
China Offers Support for UN Efforts on N. Korea Nuclear Issue | Phuket News
China says it will support the United Nations taking further measures against North Korea in response to its latest nuclear test.
Malaysia's Najib calls for unity in national day speech | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Prime Minister Najib Razak called on all Malaysians to stand by his administration on Wednesday in his last national day address before he has to call what could be his toughest general election....
Malaysia sets boat ablaze as it turns up heat on illegal fishing | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia on Wednesday for the first set fire to a foreign boat for fishing illegally in its waters as it turns up the heat on trespassing trawlers....
Malaysia are champions, but Thais defend football crown | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Host Malaysia has won 145 gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games to emerge as overall champions for the first time in 16 years, making it a double celebration in conjunction with its 60th anniversary of its independence from British rule....
Malaysia SEA Games champions, but Thais defend football crown | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Host Malaysia has won 145 gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games to emerge as overall champions for the first time in 16 years, making it a double celebration in conjunction with its 60th anniversary of its independence from British rule....
Thailand beats Malaysia 1-0 in final soccer match | Phuket News
Thailand defeated Malaysia in the final men’s football match to defend their championship in the 29th SEA Games at the Shah Alam Stadium in Selangor State Tuesday night (Aug 29). The only goal in the game came from an own goal by Malaysia goalkeeper who was trying to block a corner kick from the Thai side at the 38th minute. He punched the ball but it swirled into the net behind him. This was the third successive win for the Thai men’s national team in the SEA Games. Five minutes into the game, Pithiwat Sukchitthammakul was felled by a kick from a Malaysian player in the penalty zone, but the referee did not blow the whistle, hence, depriving the Thai side of a penalty kick. Another chance came in the 26th minute when Picha Uttra headed the ball from a corner kick at the first goal post, but the Malaysian...
Thailand defends SEA Games football championship | Phuket News
Thai men's national football team defended their championship in the Southeast Asian Games in their final match with Malaysia at the Shah Alam Stadium in Selangor State, Malaysia, Tuesday night....
E-Tourist visa is gaining popularity in India | Phuket News
India’s e-Tourist visa is gaining popularity according to the latest data released by the Ministry of Tourism that showed a 73.3% pick up in visas issued in July when compared with July 2016. Overall tourist arrivals to India increased 7.4% in July from 734,000 in July 2016 to 788,00 visitors this year. e-Tourist Visas During July, 119,000 tourists entered the country on e-Tourist visas when compared to 68,000  during the month of July 2016 representing a growth of 73.3%. Foreign tourist arrivals, January to July, this year, numbered 5,670,000 representing a healthy 15.7% improvement, when compared with 4,903,000 in January to July 2016. Of the top 15 source markets, Bangladesh represented  20.12% of all visitor arrivals to India. Other top markets were: USA (16.26%); UK (10.88%); France (3.01%); Malaysia (2.81%); Canada (2.66%); Sri Lanka (2.56%); China (2.32%); Oman (2.27%); Germany (2.21%); Australia (2.17%); Japan (2.10%);  Nepal (1.84%); UAE (1.82%) and...
Yingluck Shinawatra: former Thai PM fled to Dubai say senior party members | Phuket News
Yingluck did not show up on Friday for a negligence ruling in which she faces up to 10 years in prison Former prime minister of Thailand 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 she 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. Related: Ex-Thai PM who failed to appear in court 'may have fled country' Related: Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra forced to step down Continue reading......
Former Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra has fled Thailand for Singapore – report | Phuket News
Former PM Yingluck Shinawatra has already fled Thailand and is in Singapore, Khaosod English reports. Citing a “very confidential report” Khaosod said that Ms Yingluck has is currently in Singapore. The claim was made on a Facebook Live broadcast from outside the outside the Supreme Court, where many of Yingluck’s supporters have gathered. Earlier, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Ms Yingluck after she failed to arrive at court for the verdict in her trial over a rice subsidy scheme. Lawyers for Ms Yingluck said she was unable to attend due to ill health. Meanwhile, Immigration Pol. Lt. Gen. Nathathorn Prousoontorn has told reporters there is no evidence that Ms Yingluck has left Thailand. Thai Visa The post Former Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra has fled Thailand for Singapore – report appeared first on Samui Times....
Disappearing act: Thailand’s former prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, may have fled | Phuket News
Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Disappearing act Location:  SINGAPORE Main image:  20170826_asp506.jpg SHELTERING under road bridges, hundreds of supporters of Yingluck Shinawatra, the Thai prime minister who was ousted in a coup in 2014, had gathered in Bangkok on August 25th. Threats of arrest and thousands of police had failed to keep them from the Supreme Court as they waited patiently on pavements and plastic chairs. They had been expecting the verdict to be announced in a case against Ms Yingluck for incompetence in a rice-subsidy scheme which cost the government around $16bn. They had also hoped to catch a glimpse of their champion. Ms Yingluck had other ideas. Her lawyer told the court’s head judge that she was too unwell to appear. “The court does not believe she is sick,” the judge declared and sought an arrest warrant. Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former general who is...
Naval Accidents No Setback to South China Sea Operations, US Pacific Air Chief Says | Phuket News
Recent U.S. naval accidents in the Asia Pacific region will not interrupt
YOOZOO Games Brings Legacy of Discord and League of Angels to Gamescom 2017 | Phuket News
Aug 25, 2017 Picture:  COLOGNE, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gamescom 2017 officially opened to eager crowds on August 23rd. With the theme of “Gaming with Wings”, YOOZOO Games is attending Gamescom this year to promote Legacy of Discord – Furious Wings, League of Angels – Paradise Land and other mobile titles. Meanwhile, YOOZOO has invited visual artist Colette Miller to bring her Angel Wings Project to Gamescom for a joint charity event. Legacy of Discord – Furious Wings has built a global reputation as the top mobile ARPG in Europe and the Americas. With LOD taking the main stage this year at Gamescom, YOOZOO Games has prepared game kiosks, cosplay shows and game merchandise like LOD spinners and T-shirts, to create an exciting and rewarding atmosphere for attendees. The booth, which adopts an open design, showcases a stage with huge wings spanning out. The back wall of the stage features a pair...
CSR - ZW Cycles for Charity | Phuket News
Nov 21, 2017 Picture:  Great inspirational accomplishment achieved by a teams of ZW HR Consulting who successfully cycled on 10th November in Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Suzhou and Dalian, in order to raise funds for the company’s elected charity, SOS Children’s Village of China. The teams cycled over 6000kms (accumulated total coverage) using OfO, Mobike and YongAn that saw the teams across all the offices coming together to take part in this fundraising event. The amount collected from this activity will be used to improve China’s 10 SOS children’s villages’ condition. SOS Charity provide orphans with relief in society by being adopted in SOS Children’s Villages across China. Every village has 12-18 families while each family usually fosters 7-8 kids aged below 14 with a single woman recruited to act as a mother. In the past two decades, a great number of orphans were leading a...
Nepal Votes in Key Election - Hoping for Stability | Phuket News
Tens of thousands of Nepalese in mountain villages and towns cast votes Sunday in a landmark election hoping to usher in political stability that has eluded the country since it began its rocky transition to democracy a decade ago.   It is the first election after the tiny Himalayan country adopted a new federal republic constitution following the abolition of the monarchy in 2008. Besides picking lawmakers for a national parliament, voters will choose provincial assemblies for the first time.   Polling was brisk — more than three million people were eligible to vote in the first phase of the two-stage polls. Security was stepped up after a series of small blasts blamed on a Maoist splinter group targeted political candidates in the final days of the campaign.   There are two main alliances in the fray — a leftist coalition between the Maoist Party and the communist CNP-UML, and a centrist...
Nepal state firm to build $2.5 billion power project after China deal scrapped | Phuket News
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A state-owned Nepali power company will develop the Himalayan country's biggest hydroelectric plant after the government scrapped a deal with a Chinese company, a government official said on Sunday. ...
Blast at China Port Injures Dozens, Destroys Buildings | Phuket News
A factory explosion in a port south of Shanghai on Sunday injured at least 30 people, knocked down buildings and left streets littered with damaged cars and debris, news reports said. There was no immediate word of possible deaths or the severity of injuries. The explosion at a factory in Ningbo, one of China’s busiest ports, struck a district on the Yong River about 8:55 a.m., the official Xinhua News Agency and other outlets reported. At least 30 injured were taken to hospitals, according to Huanqiu.com, a website operated by the newspaper Global Times. History of fires, accidents China has a long history of deadly fires and industrial accidents, often blamed on negligence. In 2015, a blast blamed on improperly stored chemicals killed at least 173 people in Tianjin, a port east of Beijing. Authorities have launched repeated safety crackdowns, but the rapid evolution of industry and overhaul of urban...
Tibet row halts China U20 football team's German tour | Phuket News
Three planned matches are suspended after spectators unfurled Tibetan flags at a game last week....
Jihadism back from the dead in Southeast Asia | Phuket News
Within any Salafi-jihadist organisation there lies a debate over strategy: should the organisation target the enemy at home or the one further afield, like Western backers of the government? In Southeast Asia this debate has erupted in recent years. The Al Qaeda affiliate Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) spent years engaging in sectarian domestic conflict before taking up a larger-scale international approach with the 2002 Bali bombings. But that attack was largely at the impetus of Al Qaeda, and from 2003–09 JI only managed to perpetrate roughly one major attack against a Western tourist venue annually. And with each attack, more of the organisation was dismantled. This provoked a debate within JI between advocates of the Al Qaeda line and proponents of a sectarian conflict-based strategy. Neither side prevailed. Despite attempts to bridge the divide and establish a training camp in Aceh, JI splintered in 2010, and became a more or less...
Philippines: Murder, torture charges filed against police in killing of teen | Phuket News
THE Philippines Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) said it would seek murder charges on Friday against the three police officers reportedly involved in the killing of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos. According to Inquirer.net, filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) is a complaint for violations of the Revised Penal Code for murder and Republic Act 9745 or the Anti-Torture Law specifically for torture leading to death and involving children. The death of high school student delos Santos on Aug. 16 in a rundown area of Manila has drawn huge domestic attention to allegations by activists that police have been systematically executing suspected users and dealers, a charge that authorities deny. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Police report deadliest day yet in Duterte’s war on drugs Delos Santos was found dead in an alley with a gun in his left hand. His family said he had no weapon, was right-handed and had no involvement in...
US radar system boosts Philippine maritime security | Phuket News
THE Philippine Navy (PN) has received a state-of-the-art radar system from the United States as part of Washington’s programme to enhance maritime security measures in Southeast Asia. The new 28M Class Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) will significantly boost the PN’s capability to fight criminal activities in the high seas as well as detect threats against Filipino fishermen operating in the country’s maritime territory. Colonel Ernest C. Lee, chief of the joint US Military Assistance Group in the Philippines, formally turned over the 28M Class TARS during a ceremony on Tuesday at the PN’s Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) in Zambales province north of Metro Manila. SEE ALSO: Abducted Philippines ex-soldier beheaded by Abu Sayyaf Guest of honour and keynote speaker Philippine Navy Vice-Admiral Joseph Ronald S. Mercado received the TARS on behalf of the country’s maritime force, and thanked Washington for the donation. US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission...
Ubud Writers Festival to showcase Indonesian literature in October | Phuket News
“INDONESIAN arts and literature is the star of the writer’s festival, to showcase them to the world,” says Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) founder and director Janet DeNeefe. For the 14th year running, Bali will play host to one of Southeast Asia’s most important literary events. UWRF 2017 is set to feature 150 authors from around the archipelago and across the world from the Philippines to Canada, South Korea and Pakistan. Indonesian literary stars such as Leila S. Chudori, Joko Pinurbo and Nh Dini will be joined by Jung Chang, whose autobiography Wild Swans has sold more than 10 million copies and is banned in China, as well as Saroo Brierly whose memoir was turned into the 2016 blockbuster film Lion. This year’s theme is “Origins”, which DeNeefe explained to Asian Correspondent means “the need to get back to our shared humanity. Not just focus on big picture, but...
Happy ending to Hong Kong lady’s racist outburst on bus is not the fairytale it seems | Phuket News
LAST week, a video showing what appears to be a Chinese woman shouting racist comments in Cantonese to her Filipino seatmate on a bus in Hong Kong went viral on social media. In the 3-minute-and-a-half long video, the Chinese woman repeatedly called Angela Sentillas Pasco a “smelly c—”, “fat” and “only good for farmwork” in the video Pasco posted on her Facebook later. Pasco was accused to have “overstayed” and told to get off the bus and “go home”. Posted by Angela Sentillas Pasco on Saturday, August 12, 2017 After nearly two minutes of this, other passengers confronted the Chinese woman and she calmed down. It sounds like a happy ending, right? The same can’t be said for the reality Pasco lives in once she steps off the bus. While Hong Kong likes to brand itself as “Asia’s world city”, a poll surveying the city dwellers’ acceptance towards other ethnic groups...
HK lady’s racist outburst to Filipino had a happy ending but reality is not as rosy | Phuket News
Last week, a video showing what appears to be a Chinese woman shouting racist comments in Cantonese to her Filipino seatmate on a bus in Hong Kong went viral on social media. In the video, the Chinese woman repeatedly called Angela Sentillas Pasco a “smelly c—”, “fat” and “only good for farmwork” in the video Pasco posted on her Facebook later. Pasco was accused to have “overstay” and told to get off the bus and “go home”. Posted by Angela Sentillas Pasco on Saturday, August 12, 2017 After nearly 2 minutes of this, other passengers confronted the Chinese woman and she calmed down. And at the end of the 3 minutes and a half video, justice is served and it’s a happy ending. The same can’t be said for the reality Pasco lives in once she steps off the bus. SEE ALSO: Trafficked and abused: Indonesia’s Middle East maid ban backfires...
Cambodia deports telephone fraud suspects to China | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Police in Cambodia have deported to China 17 telephone fraud suspects, among hundreds of alleged scam artists who have been caught and expelled in recent years....
National challenges: need for affordable and accessible homes take focus on the road to the 6th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum | Phuket News
Jul 26, 2017 Picture:  Hong Kong, 21 July 2017 – National housing issues and priorities take center stage as four countries in the Asia-Pacific region gather housing industry experts for discussions leading up to the 6th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum in September. Driving the agenda for housing and sustainable development in the region forward, the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum will tackle local housing challenges and solutions in four preliminary events in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; New Delhi, India; Manila, the Philippines; and Jakarta, Indonesia. These preliminary fora foster national-level conversations and advance the agenda for shelter and sustainable development on the domestic level. The insights coming out of these national events will provide well-tested practices, learnings, and solutions for the discussions at the main forum in Hong Kong. Cambodia, which held its forum last 27 June, tackled national housing challenges in the context of the National Housing Policy, launched in 2014. The...
Customized Medical Care Making Thailand Healthier | Phuket News
Jul 25, 2017 Picture:  This cloud-based healthcare system, which is set to expand to hospitals throughout Thailand, made it to the ASEAN market after a detour in Africa provided valuable lessons on localization and customization. At the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, one of Bangkok’s largest hospitals, a middle-aged man demonstrates the use of a smart health diagnostic station: After taking out his chip-embedded ID and scanning it to verify his identification, he measures blood pressure, blood oxygen level, forehead temperature, height and weight. As he does so, all the data is automatically transmitted to the cloud and entered into Thailand's Ministry of Public Health database, from which patients and their family members can access it via an app to keep them on top of all their health data at any time. This particular cloud-based health information system comes from AdvMeds (先進醫資), a social enterprise based in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. King...
Heritage tours to be packaged in Cambodia | Phuket News
Cambodia is to create a heritage tourism package after Kampong Thom’s Prei Kuk temple was listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site....
Cambodia Recruits Cambodian-Americans to Boost National Hoops Team | Phuket News
To be a winning team, you’ve gotta have heart, and Cambodia’s National Basketball team ticks that box going into next month’s Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The team will “play with a lot of heart,” team captain Pek Mith, 31, who plays center position, told VOA Khmer. “We got Cambodia on our back. We got to represent the people back at home at our motherland and it is back here also, in the U.S.” Yet everyone involved with the Cambodian hoopsters acknowledges that a little more height would elevate their game at the Olympic-style multigame event, which allows teams to field foreign-born or foreign-raised players as long as they play for a parent’s native land. As the team was forming for this year’s outing, organizers knew they could count on returning power forward Sophoeun Oeun, who at 6 feet 4 inches played professionally for Saigon Heat. Watch: Cambodia...
Suspected buyer of Cambodian weapons arrested | Phuket News
A man suspected of illegally ordering weapons from Cambodia for delivery near Myanmar has been arrested in the North and brought to Bangkok for further questioning....
Researchers in Cambodia find nest of rare riverine bird | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Wildlife researchers in Cambodia have found a breeding location for the masked finfoot, one of the world's most endangered birds, raising hopes of its continuing survival....
Cambodian widow claims 5-month-old calf is reincarnation of dead husband | Phuket News
CAMBODIA’S latest social media sensation is a five-month-old calf believed by a villager to be the reincarnation of her dead husband. Up to 100 people a day visit the home of Khim Hang, 74, in northeast Kratie province to see the calf which she claims behaves very similar to her husband, Tol Khut, who died more than a year ago. “I believe  the calf is my husband because whatever he does … is in exactly the same way as my husband did when he was alive,” she told Reuters Television. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv0vxJUoe1k The young cow was born in March and has attracted a strong following on social media. “I thought it was quite unusual to see a cow go up to the house like this,” said Thach Vin, 32, referring to a video she saw on Facebook in which the calf walked up stairs into the family’s one-storey home. “So I...
Philippine News Agency editors under fire over repeated blunders, pro-China op ed | Phuket News
THE EDITORS of the state-operated Philippine News Agency (PNA) are in hot water after a series of editorial blunders in recent weeks, with one lawmaker calling for them to be fired. During a press conference on Saturday, the country’s Communications Secretary Martin Andanar described the editors of the government media outlet as “idiots” and lamented that the “mistakes just keep coming.” He threatened to re-assign them to the remote islands of Jolo and Basilan. The most recent of these mistakes was the erroneous use of the Dole logo – a tinned pineapple producer – as the accompanying image for a story published about the Philippines Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) last Friday. Earlier in the week, the PNA published a pro-Beijing opinion piece directly from China’s state news wire Xinhua, which referred to a Hague ruling in favour of the Philippines against China about the contested South China Sea...
Increase In Travelers To Vietnam Entices Hospitality Investments | Phuket News
Aug 14, 2017 Picture:  Vietnam saw a record number of international arrivals in 2016 with more than ten million visitors and a 25-per cent increase over the previous year – and 2017 is already on track to surpass that. During the first six months of the year, Vietnam recorded more than six million international arrivals, a 30-per cent increase over the same period a year earlier. With regards to last month, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism counted 1,036,880 international visitors in July, representing an increase of 21.1 per cent over the same month last year. China was the top supply market with 329,319 visits, improving 24.8 per cent. Other top performers were South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and the US, while Thailand slipped off the top ten list, recording 17,960 visits with just a marginal 0.5-per cent increase over the same month last year. Much of the overall tourism...
Trump lays time bomb for Vietnam’s mine-clearing efforts | Phuket News
When Chuck Searcy arrived in Vietnam in June 1967 as a US Army intelligence analyst, little might he have expected that nearly 30 years later he would return to live and work in the country he once swore was his enemy. But doubts about the war set in during his years of service – doubts that only grew after his return to home soil. Propelled by a niggling sense of guilt, Searcy returned in 1995 with a new job and a new mission – working to atone for his own country’s actions......
Asean and China have moved on ... didn’t Vietnam get the memo? | Phuket News
Vietnam insists it pursues a neutral foreign policy straddling major powers China and the United States, but its emergence this year as the most strident Southeast Asian critic of Beijing’s controversial island building in the South China Sea raises questions about that stance. Hanoi’s China policy came into focus this month, as the two neighbours locked horns over an oil drilling project in a maritime block claimed by both sides, and as Vietnamese diplomats attempted to use a......
From Russia with Love. Russian buyers on the rebound. | Phuket News
From Russia with Love might is a James Bond 007 thriller but it has also been a mantra for island developers as the past nine months has seen a strong uptick in demand in Phuket real estate by Russian buyers. According to the recently released Phuket Russian Tourism Market report, over 51% of Russian travelers to Thailand come to Phuket. The contribution to the local economy in terms of tourism receipts is estimated to exceed THB30 billion. What is good news for property developers is the knock-on effect to sales. This can be seen when you look at the exchange rate of the Russian Ruble to the Thai Baht. In February 2016 the current hit a record low but managed to grow by 35% in the remainder of the year. Looking back at recent exchange rates after a high water market in 2012, declining oil prices and domestic economic issues...
SEA Games: Philippines target haul of 50 gold medals in Kuala Lumpur this month | Phuket News
PHILIPPINES are targeting 50 gold medals at this month’s Southeast (SEA) Asian Games in Malaysia – which would be their biggest tally on foreign soil since 1993. Philippines bagged 29 gold medals last time, finishing sixth in the medal table in Singapore, behind Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. But chef de mission Cynthia Carrion-Norton has suggested 50 is a “reasonable” target based on projections by the national commissions of each sport competing in Kuala Lumpur. Speaking to AFP, she said: “The president of each sports commission promised me and it was (a total of) 63 but I don’t expect that. I think aiming for 50 is more reasonable. SEE ALSO: SEA Games: Singapore’s Joseph Schooling clarifies his ‘teach them a thing or two’ comment over Malaysia “I said if you think you can’t do it, lower (the target).” Were Philippines to win 50 golds between August 19-30, it would be...
US Destroyer Sails Near China’s Man-made Islands in South China Sea | Phuket News
A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out an operation near the Chinese man-made islands in the South China Sea an effort to challenge China’s territorial claims in the heavily trafficked international waters, Navy officials said. Speaking with U.S. news agencies, the officials said the USS John S. McCain carried out a routine
Vietnam isn't cool with foreigners begging on the street for cash | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - 'No exception' to begging rules will be made for foreign street beggars 'no matter how polite' they appear to be....
Cool weather coming at last | Phuket News
Cool weather is moving into upper Thailand, with Bangkok expected to experience morning temperatures of 14-17 degrees Celsius from Tuesday to Thursday, forecasters said on Saturday....
Myanmar's Suu Kyi under pressure as almost 125,000 Rohingya flee violence | Phuket News
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh/DHAKA (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has come under pressure from countries with large Muslim populations including Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan to stop violence against Rohingya Muslims after nearly 125,000 of them fled to Bangladesh. ...
Communic Indonesia to host new hub for booming startup scene | Phuket News
Sep 04, 2017 Picture:  JAKARTA, Indonesia: Innovative new companies from South East Asia’s thriving startup scene will be given a chance to showcase their latest disruptive technologies after Communic Indonesia announced the launch of a dedicated Startup Hotspot at this year’s event. The announcement comes following the launch of the Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Informatics’ 1,000 Startup Movement, which aims to create 1,000 high-quality digital startups in the country by 2020. The new hub at the event will present these companies with the opportunity to reach out to potential partners and network with like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators. Together with the new area, the show will bring together international solution providers, industry thought-leaders and key local players for a three-day exhibition and conference. Alongside returning exhibitors such as Sangoma, Percon and Electrolink, the British Chambers of Commerce will be in attendance with a 27sqm booth featuring companies from the...
Top Indonesia Judge Gets 8 Years in Prison for Corruption | Phuket News
Indonesia's corruption court on Monday sentenced one of the country's top judges to eight years in prison for taking bribes, the second time a Constitutional Court judge has been imprisoned for bribery since 2014.   A five-member panel of judges ruled that Patrialis Akbar was guilty of receiving thousands of dollars from a meat importer to influence the outcome of a judicial review of the law on animal husbandry.   Akbar was caught in an anti-graft sting in January, Indonesia's anti-corruption police say.   Akbar, a law and human rights minister under former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, denied any wrongdoing. After the sentencing, he said it was up to God to decide what was right and wrong.   The meat importer, Basuki Hariman, was earlier sentenced to seven years in prison and his secretary, Ng Fay, received five years.   The judges said Akbar received $10,000 in expenses to perform...
Indonesia Urging Myanmar to Prevent Further Rakhine Violence | Phuket News
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi is in Myanmar for meetings Monday with leader Aung San Suu Kyi as well as the country's military commander and national security adviser to discuss the ongoing crisis in Rakhine state. The U.N. refugee agency says 87,000 Rohingya have fled from Rakhine to neighboring Bangladesh since an eruption of violence late last month.  The influx has left aid agencies struggling to keep up with demands for supplies and medical care. Marsudi said he wanted to discuss security issues and “our proposals in details, including our intention to send more humanitarian assistance to people in Rakhine.” Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Marsudi would urge the Myanmar government to prevent further violence, and that the foreign minister would travel on to Bangladesh to prepare humanitarian aid for those who have fled. “We regret and condemn the violence that took place in Myanmar's Rakhine state. There needs to...
Jonghyun: Note posted online shows struggle with depression | Phuket News
A friend of K-pop star Jonghyun who died on Monday posts what she says is the singer's final note....
New form of traffic tickets due Sunday | Phuket News
Traffic police will start using a new form of tickets nationwide on Sunday....
Leap from out of control Phuket cement truck saves driver | Phuket News
PHUKET: The driver of an out of control cement truck managed to avoid sustaining severe injuries when he leapt from the driver’s cab of his vehicle before it plunged down a hill in Ao Makham yesterday afternoon (Oct 29)....
Claims of foreign woman being possessed by Phuket Veg Fest goddess circulate on social media | Phuket News
PHUKET: A video of what has been described as a foreign woman being possessed by a goddess related to the Phuket Vegetarian Festival at a Chinese shrine in Phuket Town on Saturday night (Oct 28) has been circulating on social media....
Volunteer lifeguards rescue tourist family from invisible Phuket rip currents | Phuket News
PHUKET: Volunteer and former professional lifeguards from the Surin-Bangtao Surf Lifesaving Club yesterday (Oct 29) rescued a family of three from Uzbekistan, including their 9-year-old son, after they did not realize how far a nearly invisible rip current had pulled them from shore....
50,000 visitors expected for Patong Carnival | Phuket News
PHUKET: Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup estimates that some 50,000 people will attend this year’s Patong Carnival 2017, which will be held from November 1-3 to usher in Phuket’s tourism high season, with seafood and surprises among the main attractions of this year’s festivities....
Iced-up Phuket tour bus driver’s licence to be revoked | Phuket News
PHUKET: It has been confirmed that the driver of an An Xin Tour Co Ltd bus who was found to be under the influence of crystal meth (ya ice) after he had a dispute with security at the Windmill Viewpoint on Friday is to have his driver’s licence revoked....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: A nation mourns! Phuket light-rail? Mom's dream leads to body! || October 30 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - October 30 A nation mourns || Moms dream leads to missing daughters body in jungle? Foreigner possessed? Volunteer lifeguards rescue family! Bids to open for Phuket light-rail! Hosted by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
Phuket offices restored, flags at full mast as end of mourning begins | Phuket News
PHUKET: Officials across the island today (Oct 30) removed black-and-white bunting and memorial placards posted in honour King Bhumibol Adulyadej following the official mourning period drawing to a close at midnight last night....
Temperature in NE to drop 2-4 °C | Phuket News
The mercury in the northeastern region of Thailand is expected to drop 2-4 degrees Celsius starting Sunday (Oct 29) as a direct result of strong cold spell from China which is spreading over the region, according to the forecast of the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD). People in Bangkok and its peripherals, the northern, central and eastern regions will face rain in some parts before temperature starts to drop 1-3 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, the TMD warned residents in the South to brace for heavy rain, especially in the lower part of the region, due to strong low pressure area in the lower part of the South China Sea compounded by northeastern monsoon wind. In a weather warning issued today (Oct 29), the TMD said the active low cell over the lower South China Sea will move west slowly through the Gulf of Thailand, the South and the Andaman Sea during Oct...
‘Open Mic Night’ at the Green Man is Phuket’s time to shine | Phuket News
The Green Man Pub and Restaurant was abuzz last month for its first-ever Open Mic Night hosted by Theatrix....
Asian markets are mostly lower, but South Korean stocks gain ground | Phuket News
Major indexes in Asia were softer after the Fed raised interest rates for the third time this year....
Rights Group: Discrimination Affects Minorities, Indigenous Peoples at Home, in Exile | Phuket News
A minority rights group has released a new report on the world’s minorities and indigenous peoples and says stronger rights protection, not walls and travel bans, are “the only effective and sustainable response” to the millions of people displaced around the world. London-based Minority Rights Group International says that as the world’s leaders prepare to sign global compacts on refugees and migration next year, the rights of the displaced will be subjugated by “the rush by most states to emphasize border control,” said Carl Soderbergh, director of policy and communications. In a news release, Soderbergh said those most likely to get lost in the shuffle will be minorities and indigenous peoples. The report is focused on the discrimination the group says is often behind displacement, when minorities and indigenous peoples are among those most likely to be driven from their homes during violent conflict or extremist leadership. Listing examples, the...
North Korea Vows ‘Powerful Counter Measures’ to Sanctions | Phuket News
North Korea on Thursday pledged to take “powerful counter measures” to respond to U.S. pressure or any new sanctions against it over its missile program, accusing Washington of wanting war. Pyongyang’s pledge, made in a statement by its delegation to an economic forum in Russia’s Far East, came after the United States said it wanted the U.N. Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban the country’s exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean laborers abroad, and subject leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters Wednesday. “We will respond to the barbaric plotting around sanctions and pressure by the United States with powerful counter measures of our own,” the statement read. The same statement also accused South Korea and Japan of using the Russian forum to play “dirty politics,” saying the event was...
Dozens injured in South Korea protest against US anti-missile THAAD system | Phuket News
Dozens of people were injured in clashes between South Korean protesters and police Thursday as the U.S. military added more launchers to the high-tech missile-defense system it installed in a southern town to better cope with North Korean threats....
Analysts: China Reluctant to Support US-backed Oil Blockade to North Korea | Phuket News
With a new sanctions package under international consideration following North Korea’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test last week, analysts say China still appears reluctant to support an oil cutoff, a measure that could trigger destabilization of the Kim Jong Un regime. Speaking at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council called after Pyongyang on Sunday tested what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb that can fit onto an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday that the U.S. is running out of patience with Kim, who is “begging for war.” She said only the strongest sanctions would allow a resolution of the growing nuclear threat through diplomacy. Haley said the 15 Security Council members would negotiate a new draft resolution of tougher sanctions this week and push for a vote next Monday. It has been just more than a month since...
Clashes Erupt Over THAAD Deployment in S. Korea | Phuket News
Hundreds of South Koreans have clashed with security forces in a village where the U.S. military is to start installing launchers of the U.S. anti-missile system designed to protect them against mounting threats from North Korea. Police sent thousands of officers to remove several hundred protesters who were blocking a road to a former golf course where the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) System has been set up. An official in rural Seonju said Thursday that 38 people, including six police officers, were injured in the clashes. Seonju residents and activists have raised concerns over rumored health hazards linked to the system’s powerful radar and the possibility the town will become a target of North Korean attacks. The THAAD is thought to be the world’s most advanced interceptor. It is designed to shoot down short- to medium-range missiles midflight as they approach a target. South Korea’s defense ministry has said...
US suspends discussion of ending US-South Korea trade deal, official says | Phuket News
The White House set aside for now consideration of terminating the U.S. trade deal with South Korea, an official said....
US halts discussion over ending US-South Korea trade deal, official says | Phuket News
The White House set aside for now consideration of terminating the U.S. trade deal with South Korea, an official said....
North Korea Threat: What Options Does the US Have? | Phuket News
North Korea's latest nuclear test has prompted global outrage and left world leaders scrambling to find a way to avoid a catastrophic war on the Korean Peninsula.​ What are the U.S. diplomatic options on North Korea? The Trump administration believes cutting off fuel supplies is the best way to curb Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear arms. Such sanctions are likely to be unacceptable to China, which supplies nearly all of North Korea's energy needs. Beijing fears an oil cutoff could topple the North Korean regime and make it vulnerable to a South Korean takeover, a scenario unacceptable to China. Chinese leaders want to preserve the regime in Pyongyang as a strategic buffer against U.S. influence in East Asia. What are the U.S. economic options on North Korea? President Donald Trump has said the United States could stop all trade with countries doing any business with North Korea. But besides China, North...
Trump: Military Action Against N. Korea Certainly Not 'First Choice' | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump, asked Wednesday whether he would take military action against North Korea, said,
Malaysia looking at making pangolins a completely protected species | Phuket News
By Kristy Inus Malaysia’s Sabah Wildlife Department is looking at upgrading the status of Pangolin to a completely protected species. The department is in the midst of preparing a paper on the matter to upgrade the status of the mammal to Schedule 2 of the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997. State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said he had ordered the department which falls under his ministry, to undertake the matter as soon as possible.......
Malaysian opposition won't cooperate with Islamic party | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia’s opposition alliance said it won’t cooperate with the country’s largest Islamic party at the next elections, raising the possibility of multiple-cornered fights that could benefit the ruling coalition....
SEA Games: Hosts Malaysia hit golden target of 111 – with two days of competition still to go | Phuket News
WITH two days of SEA Games competition to go – and 67 gold medals still available – hosts Malaysia have hit their target of 111 golds. World champion track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang delivered the 111th gold, in what he conceded could be his final SEA Games, as Malaysia matched their tally from 2001, when they last hosted the Games. In an all-Malaysian final at a packed National Velodrome, Azizulhasni – the reigning world keirin champion – defeated compatriot Shah Firdaus Sahrom in the men’s individual sprint final. The 29-year-old’s victory capped another outstanding day of SEA Games action for the hosts, who now hold a lead of 51 gold medals over second-placed Thailand. SEE ALSO: Malaysia: What’s wrong with criticising our national athletes? “This is a very historical achievement,” said Azizulhasni. “I delivered the much-awaited 111th gold medal. This is a very remarkable achievement because I won the race in front of...
Malaysia's Hibiscus Petroleum Reports FY17 Net Profit after Tax of RM106.1M | Phuket News
Aug 28, 2017 Picture:  KUALA LUMPUR - (ACN Newswire) - Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad (
Malaysia: KL neighbourhood named among top 10 ‘coolest’ in the world | Phuket News
MOVE aside, the Berlins and Melbournes of the world. There’s a new player battling for the title of “coolest neighbourhood in the world”, and it’s in Malaysia. In Lonely Planet’s recent rankings curated by local experts around the world, the Kuala Lumpur’s wealthy suburb Damansara Heights made a wildcard entry alongside the likes of Tooting in London, Sunset Park in New York City, and Seongsu-dong in Seoul. In the list, Damansara Heights was described as “one of the richest addresses in Kuala Lumpur”, and a neighbourhood that managed the tricky task of having “retained its personality despite its recent revitalisation”. In 2013, the popular street of Jalan Batai underwent a facelift that saw a slew of trendy new restaurants and cafés. However, at the time, residents were concerned about the effect of redevelopment on older businesses and the suburb’s general outlook. Unpretentious, relaxed, modern, affordable and damn damn tasty. Come down for some...
Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur neighbourhood named among top 10 ‘coolest’ in the world | Phuket News
MOVE aside, the Berlins and Melbournes of the world. There’s a new player battling for the title of “coolest neighborhood in the world”, and it’s in Malaysia. In Lonely Planet’s recent rankings curated by local experts around the world, the Kuala Lumpur’s wealthy suburb Damansara Heights made a wildcard entry alongside the likes of Tooting in London, Sunset Park in New York City, and Seongsu-dong in Seoul. In the list, Damansara Heights was described as “one of the richest addresses in Kuala Lumpur”, and a neighborhood that managed the tricky task of having “retained its personality despite its recent revitalisation”. In 2013, the popular street of Jalan Batai underwent a facelift that saw a slew of trendy new restaurants and cafés. However, at the time, residents were concerned about the effect of redevelopment on older businesses and the suburb’s general outlook. Unpretentious, relaxed, modern, affordable and damn damn tasty. Come down for some...
Bus driver in Malaysia allegedly punches man who caught him napping behind wheel | Phuket News
By Rahmah Ghazali A Malaysian activist was allegedly punched in the face by an express bus driver after reporting him for falling asleep behind the wheel. Thomas Fann, an activist from non-governmental association Engage, said the incident occurred on Sunday when he was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Baru. He said the incident happened when the bus stopped at a traffic light. “All other vehicles had moved but our bus remained stationary for about 10 minutes.......
Former leader Yingluck has fled Thailand after skipping court hearing, says party source | Phuket News
Thailand’s ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has fled Thailand, a senior party source said, after she skipped a court appearance on Friday that could have seen her jailed, prompting the Supreme Court to issue a warrant for her arrest. Thousands of supporters – outnumbered by police – waited from dawn for a glimpse of the ousted leader, but she did not show. A senior party source said “she is definitely no longer here, she is likely in Singapore now”. In a day......
Is Bangkok’s property market cooling off? No, says Bloomberg. | Phuket News
An update on the Bangkok property market from Bloomberg. “We’re still undervalued as a country, compared to Singapore and Hong Kong. And China, in a lot of major cities.” Click the chart to watch the Bloomberg report on Thailand’s biggest property portfolio. PHOTO: fazwaz.com The post Is Bangkok’s property market cooling off? No, says Bloomberg. appeared first on Phuket Gazette....
Former Thai PM on the run, THB 30mln bail bond seized | Phuket News
The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions today issued warrant for the arrest of ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra after she failed to appear in the court to hear her judgement on the rice pledging scheme. She failed to arrive to hear the verdict which the court scheduled to announce at 10.00am she still didn’t arrive, prompting the court to schedule September 27 as the day to announce the verdict. At the same time the court also issued warrant to arrest her making Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra a fugitive of the law. She's gone. Thailand's former PM Yingluck has fled abroad – sources https://t.co/Q7yWAGdbJ5 — Amy Sawitta Lefevre (@MimiSawitta) August 25, 2017 While thousands of her supporters gathered outside the Supreme Court, Yingluck did not appear as expected citing health reasons. Sources close to Yingluck told Thai media Khaosod that she left Thursday for Singapore where her brother, himself a fugitive...
Backlash builds over two Singaporean men jailed for one year in UAE for ‘dressing feminine’ | Phuket News
The family of a Singaporean man jailed with a transgender friend in the United Arab Emirates for dressing in a “feminine” way called on Friday for their release, as activists raced to raise funds for legal fees. Fashion photographer Muhammad Fadli bin Abdul Rahman and transgender friend, Noor Vitriya Kistina Ibrahim, were arrested at a shopping mall in Abu Dhabi and sentenced to a year in jail at the weekend, according to relatives. Fadli’s brother Saiful said from Singapore......
Grab to invest $100m in Myanmar expansion | Phuket News
SINGAPORE - Grab, Southeast Asia’s biggest ride-hailing app, plans to invest US$100 million in Myanmar as it extends its battle with Uber Technologies Inc to capture exploding use of smartphones....
Singapore-based AI company Taiger closes S$8 Mil Series A round led by Tembusu and SGInnovate | Phuket News
Aug 24, 2017 Picture:  SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - Taiger, a Singapore-based company specialising in applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions, has successfully closed its Series A round. The S$8 million funding was led by Tembusu ICT Fund I and included SGInnovate, in a boon to Singapore's efforts to become a leader in AI. Taiger specialises in information access and knowledge extraction, with technology which applies a hybrid between the symbolic and probabilistic disciplines of AI. Taiger's AI solutions are taught to read and understand information as a human worker does, transforming completely unstructured information to valuable knowledge for businesses and their customers. The funding comes from Tembusu ICT Fund I, the only software-focused venture capital fund in Singapore and one of the six funds selected by the National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF) as part of the Early Stage Venture Fund II scheme. SGInnovate, a government-owned entity which operates...
Inside the AI lab | Phuket News
China's biggest social media company is developing new apps which use artificial intelligence....
China signs deal to build new nuclear reactor in Pakistan: WNN | Phuket News
PARIS (Reuters) - China has signed a deal to build a third large nuclear reactor in Pakistan, which wants to get a fifth of its electricity from nuclear by 2030. ...
Australia defends spy chief after ‘fist bump’ photo op with Philippines leader Duterte | Phuket News
Australia on Thursday defended its most senior intelligence chief after he was pictured posing with a clenched fist alongside Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, an image rights groups said undermines criticism of Duterte’s war on drugs. Australia’s Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service Nick Warner met with Duterte in Manila on Tuesday, where he was photographed duplicating Duterte’s clenched fist pose. The president’s “fist bump......
Meet Roel Cagape, the Filipino doctor serving the poor for free in Mindanao | Phuket News
DOCTOR Roel Cagape was barely just a teenager when he found his calling. Two tribesmen, carrying a patient on a makeshift stretcher made simply of cloth tied to wooden poles, knocked on the door of his home with an emergency. They pleaded with his parents to take them to a hospital in nearby General Santos City in the Philippines, as there was no such facility in Sarangani province where they lived. It was the 1970s, and the roads between the municipality of Malapatan, Sarangani (then a part of South Cotabato province) and General Santos City were terribly rugged. But the patient was clearly running out of time. “It was heart-wrenching seeing someone dying from lack of medical attention. It gave me the resolve to pursue medicine to help poor patients,” Dr Cagape, now 54, told Asian Correspondent. The good doctor never looked back since. For decades, he shunned worldly pursuits to care...
Nickelodeon scraps plan for underwater Philippines resort | Phuket News
It follows fierce criticism from environmentalists who said the plan would damage marine life....
Basketball: Loyalty in sports goes both ways – just ask Isaiah Thomas of the Cleveland Cavaliers | Phuket News
FANS demand loyalty from their sporting heroes – but the Isaiah Thomas-Kyrie Irving trade shows the issue of loyalty in team sports to be a complex and multifaceted one. For example, where was Boston Celtics’ loyalty to Thomas when the opportunity to trade for Irving arose? Fans can beat up their favourite players over a perceived lack of loyalty, but when even the top players can no longer guarantee such loyalty from their employers, the issue is clouded. That a conference finalist’s star performer can be traded a few months after a season performing heroics goes some way to explaining why players make decisions some fans can perceive as selfish. SEE ALSO: Basketball: LeBron James is heading back to Philippines – and he might even play in match alongside Gilas stars In 2016-17, Thomas had one of the best offensive seasons in recent National Basketball Association (NBA) history, averaging 28.9 points...
Basketball: LeBron James is heading back to Philippines – and he might even play in match alongside Gilas stars | Phuket News
LEBRON James is heading back to the Philippines – and Filipino fans could see him sharing a floor with a number of past and present Gilas stars. The American basketball superstar, arguably the best player in the world, is to make his third visit to Philippines on September 2. James will act as coach in an exhibition game between the national team that competed at the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon and a team of former Gilas players. According to SPIN.ph, there is some suggestion that James could actually play at some point, which would likely see him line up alongside players such as Calvin Abueva, Jayson Castro and June Mar Fajardo. SEE ALSO: Philippines: After Gilas’ failure at FIBA Asia Cup, coach Reyes takes the blame and says ‘the bashers can chill’ The match is taking place as part of James’s Strive For Greatness show, in association with his sponsor Nike....
Philippines: Netizens call for ouster of presidential aide Mocha Uson | Phuket News
PHILIPPINE Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary and so-called “voice of the people” Margaux “Mocha” Uson has landed herself in hot water on social media, with a post that has prompted netizens to call for her termination and puts #FireMocha as a top trending topic on Twitter. According to Rappler, the former pop star and model erroneously tweeted on Tuesday a news story published over a year ago. The story was covering the funeral of a police officer who was killed in President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign. Uson captioned the story with “Waiting…Calling Leni, Bam, Trillanes at Hontiveros, Kelan ninyo dadalawin ito?”  (When will you visit?). SEE ALSO: Autopsy finds 17-year-old killed ‘intentionally’ in Duterte’s drug war The tweet references Philippine Vice-President Leni Robredo, Liberal Senator Bam Aquino, Senator Antonio Trillanes and Senator Risa Hontiveros – all of whom have been critical of Duterte’s brutal crackdown – and accuses them of not attending...
5-month-old calf is reincarnation of dead husband – Cambodian widow | Phuket News
CAMBODIA’S latest social media sensation is a five-month-old calf believed by a villager to be the reincarnation of her dead husband. Up to 100 people a day visit the home of Khim Hang, 74, in northeast Kratie province to see the calf which she claims behaves very similar to her husband, Tol Khut, who died more than a year ago. “I believe  the calf is my husband because whatever he does … is in exactly the same way as my husband did when he was alive,” she told Reuters Television. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv0vxJUoe1k The young cow was born in March and has attracted a strong following on social media. “I thought it was quite unusual to see a cow go up to the house like this,” said Thach Vin, 32, referring to a video she saw on Facebook in which the calf walked up stairs into the family’s one-storey home. “So I...
Cambodia widow sees dead husband in a calf | Phuket News
KRATIE, Cambodia -- Cambodia's latest social media sensation is a five-month-old calf believed by a villager to be the reincarnation of her dead husband....
Taiwanese arrive in Cambodia to urge that fraud suspects be sent home — not to China | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Taiwan has requested that seven of their nationals allegedly involved in a phone scam be repatriated to Taiwan instead of China....
Five arrested in Sa Kaeo with military weapons | Phuket News
Five men were arrested with a number of military-grade weapons in Sa Kaeo’s Muang district late on Monday night (July 17). Acting on a tip-off from an informant, police followed the three vehicles– two Toyota vans and one Toyota Vios– from Ban Khlong Nam Sai in Aranyaprathet district. When the three vehicles stopped at the PTT petrol station on Highway 359 near Moo 7 village in Sa Kaeo’s Muang district, the police showed up for a search. The police found two 82mm grenade launchers, one 81mm grenade launcher, three rounds of 82mm grenades, three sets of fuses, hidden in the rear compartments of the two vans. Five men in the three vehicles were arrested. They were initially charged with having illegal weapons in possession and transporting them without permission.  It was believed the weapons were smuggled across the border from Cambodia. The post Five arrested in Sa Kaeo with military weapons appeared...
Five arrested in Sa Kaew with military weapons | Phuket News
Five men were arrested with a number of military-grade weapons in Sa Kaeo’s Muang district late on Monday night (July 17). Acting on a tip-off from an informant, police followed the three vehicles– two Toyota vans and one Toyota Vios– from Ban Khlong Nam Sai in Aranyaprathet district. When the three vehicles stopped at the PTT petrol station on Highway 359 near Moo 7 village in Sa Kaeo’s Muang district, the police showed up for a search. The police found two 82mm grenade launchers, one 81mm grenade launcher, three rounds of 82mm grenades, three sets of fuses, hidden in the rear compartments of the two vans. Five men in the three vehicles were arrested. They were initially charged with having illegal weapons in possession and transporting them without permission.  It was believed the weapons were smuggled across the border from Cambodia. The post Five arrested in Sa Kaew with military weapons appeared...
Five arrested with grenade launchers from Cambodia | Phuket News
Five men were arrested early Tuesday while transporting a small number of grenades and grenade launchers from the Cambodian border for delivery near the Myanmar border....
Myanmar Migrants Kids Set Sights on Thai Citizenship | Phuket News
Thousands of Myanmar and Cambodia migrants who fled past conflicts in their homeland face hardships in Thailand without proper work documents. But their children - born on Thai soil - welcome a new government policy which promises to speed up the citizenship process. Steve Sandford talks to several of the first applicants who are seeking secure work and travel in Thailand....
Guam: Small But Important Piece of US Territory in Pacific | Phuket News
North Korea's threat against Guam spotlights a western Pacific U.S. territory that looms large as a military asset, despite being smaller than Singapore. A former Spanish colony, Guam has been in American hands since the end of the nineteenth century. It is one of 17 non-self-governing territories of the United States. Guam serves as a major military base for the United States, with U.S. Air Force and Navy installations occupying some 29 percent of the island's total land area. It is also a major hub for submarine communications cables between the western United States, Hawaii, Australia, and Asia. Guam, with an area of only 544 square kilometers, hosts a military presence of nearly 7,000 military personnel and it is expected to house thousands more in the near future, as the United States moves military assets and personnel currently housed on the Japanese island of Okinawa. Guam has been a major...
Q&A: What Does the US Military Do on the Island of Guam? | Phuket News
The small U.S. territory of Guam has become a focal point after North Korea's army threatened to use ballistic missiles to create an
Finalists for the Asian Hospital Management Awards / AHMA 2017 Announced | Phuket News
Aug 09, 2017 Picture:  MANILA - Hospital Management Asia (HMA) announced the finalists of the 16th Asian Hospital Management Awards (AHMA). Hosted by leading health technology company Philips, the awards received 418 entries from 102 hospitals from 17 countries acropss Asia Pacific. The winners will be awarded on Thursday, 24th August 2017 at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila, Philippines. For sixteen years now, AHMA has been recognizing hospitals in Asia that have implemented outstanding programs and best practices that served patients, hospital employees, and the community. Thirteen awards categories were vied for. The AHMA 2017 finalists will be displaying posters of their respective programs during the two-day Hospital Management Asia conference on August 23 and 24 at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila, Philippines. The poster display will offer a venue for the finalists to share the benefits of their winning programs with the HMA community. The awarding ceremony for...
Rice to riches: Vietnam’s shrimp farmers strike gold | Phuket News
With a flashy gold watch and a chunky matching ring, Tang Van Cuol looks a far cry from the average Vietnamese farmer as he slings back a shot of rice wine and boasts about his projected earnings. After years scratching a living growing rice and onions or farming ducks, the 54-year-old says his life was transformed in 2000 – by shrimp. The Mekong Delta, long renowned as the “rice bowl of Vietnam”, is now also home to a multi-billion-dollar shrimp industry and burgeoning......
US aircraft carrier to visit Vietnam | Phuket News
WASHINGTON - Vietnam has won the promise of a visit from a US aircraft carrier and deeper defence cooperation from the United States as strains show with China over the disputed South China Sea....
Vietnam launches derivatives market | Phuket News
HANOI - Vietnam's derivatives market will be officially launched on Aug 10, the Hanoi Stock Exchange said on Tuesday, with stock futures contracts the first to begin trading....
China, Vietnam meeting cancelled amid S.China Sea tensions | Phuket News
MANILA -- A scheduled meeting between the foreign ministers of China and Vietnam was cancelled on the sidelines of a regional gathering, Chinese embassy officials said, amid growing tension between the two countries over the South China Sea....
Asean adopts South China Sea framework, urges peace in Korean Peninsula | Phuket News
ASEAN foreign ministers have adopted a framework for a code of conduct (COC) on the South China Sea as they expressed concern over the escalation of tension in the Korean Peninsula caused by North Korea’s nuclear programme. They are currently meeting in Manila for the 50th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. Themed “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World,” the summit, which ends on Aug 8 is also joined by non-Asean states, such as the United States. In a 46-page joint communiqué released on Sunday, the 10-member bloc, noting the “improving cooperation between Asean and China”, said it was encouraged by the conclusion and adoption of the COC framework on South China Sea. SEE ALSO: US hopes North Korea faces ‘chorus of condemnation’ at Asean forum It is hoped this will facilitate work for the conclusion of an effective COC on a mutually agreed timeline. “In view of this positive momentum, we...
Asean envoys adopt framework on South China Sea code, seek North Korean denuclearisation | Phuket News
THE ASSOCIATION of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) foreign ministers have adopted a framework for a code of conduct (COC) on the South China Sea as they expressed concern over the escalation of tension in the Korean Peninsula caused by North Korea’s nuclear programme. Asean ministers are currently meeting in Manila for the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. Themed “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World,” the summit, which will end on August 8, is also participated by non-ASEAN states, including the United States. In a 46-page joint communiqué released Sunday, the 10-member bloc, noting the “improving cooperation between ASEAN and China”, said it was encouraged by the conclusion and adoption of the COC framework on the South China Sea. SEE ALSO: US hopes North Korea faces ‘chorus of condemnation’ at Asean forum It is hoped this will facilitate work for the conclusion of an effective COC on a mutually agreed timeline....
SE Asia stocks slightly up on upbeat China, US data | Phuket News
Southeast Asian stock markets, except Indonesia, edged up on Thursday, as a surprise increase in Chinese factory output and upwardly revised US economic growth provided some cheer, although concerns over North Korea lingered....
Indonesia president: Speed up investment approvals | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesia's government said on Thursday it aims to slash the time it takes to process investment applications, which can take up to five years in some sectors, to as little as one day as it tries to boost growth in Southeast Asia's largest economy....
World’s biggest education prize awarded in Hong Kong | Phuket News
The Yidan Prize, a new international award “dedicated to creating a better world through education”, recently announced its inaugural laureates....
The Language of Art || The Pavilions | Phuket News
Creativity is in everyone, especially with the collective of Phuket artists at The Pavilions Language of Art exhibition, which will be going on until November 30, 2017. Check out the preview here!...
Whats On Guide || Oct. 20 - Oct. 28 | Phuket News
|:| WHATS ON GUIDE |:| Shela lets you in on events happening around Phuket this week, from October 20th to 28th and more! For more Phuket Events, click on EVENTS above!...
UWCT patron Shelby Davis is funding education to change the world | Phuket News
How can we make the world a better place? How can we foster understanding and unity between people from different nations and cultures? How can we help build a sustainable future for our planet? These are the big questions that we have all pond......
Inspired Phuketians – In pursuit of happiness | Phuket News
I find that we all have this one thing in common; we all want to be truly happy. This makes the pursuit of happiness a true conundrum as old as the ages....
‘Best of the Best’ chefs head to Paresa | Phuket News
They say that two many chefs spoil the broth, but Paresa’s “Best of the Best” gourmet food festival, has its eyes firmly set on proving the old adage wrong....
The Addams Family is coming to Phukets HeadStart International School | Phuket News
HeadStart International School students and staff are currently gearing up to deliver a power packed performance of song and dance based on everybody’s favourite kooky clan – The Addams Family....
[VIDEO] Whats On Guide || Oct. 28 to November | Phuket News
|:| WHATS ON GUIDE |:| Shela lets you in on events happening around Phuket this week, from October 28th to November and more! For more Phuket Events, click EVENTS above!...
Pakistan's High Court Halts Release of Ex-Taliban Spokesman | Phuket News
Pakistan’s Peshawar High Court on Wednesday ruled that Ehsanullah Ehsan, the former spokesman of U.S.-designated terrorist group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), be kept in captivity. The ruling came after concerns that Pakistani authorities might release Ehsan as part of a deal with TTP’s commander. The court asked the state to continue the investigation of Ehsan. In a detailed response to the court, the government said it would continue to keep him under custody and investigation. Ehsan was captured by Pakistani authorities in April. The government has reportedly been questioning him about TTP. The Provincial Court issued its verdict following a petition filed by a resident of Peshawar who lost his son in the 2014 Army Public School massacre that claimed more than 130 lives, mostly children. TTP claimed responsibility for the attack. Ehsan was the group’s spokesman at the time. Who is Ehsan? Liaqat Ali, commonly known as Ehsanullah Ehsan, hails...
Chinese state-controlled media attacks 'hysterical paranoia' of countries that fear its influence | Phuket News
The country is hitting back at countries that are worried it's trying to to influence their internal affairs....
Asian markets trade mixed after Fed raises rates; US dollar slides | Phuket News
Major indexes in Asia traded mixed on Thursday after the Fed raised interest rates for the third time this year....
Japan’s children to decide Olympic mascot for Tokyo 2020 | Phuket News
STUDENTS across Japan have been given the very important responsibility of voting for the official mascot of the 2020 Olympics to be held in the capital Tokyo. Voting kicked off in schools across the country on Monday, with students to decide which one of three pairs of mascot candidates is the best. One mascot per pair is for the Olympics and the other is for the Paralympics. SEE ALSO: Will Japan really get tough on smoking or is it just hot air? ...
Trump: Military Action Against North Korea Certainly Not 'First Choice' | Phuket News
Asked whether he will take military action against North Korea, U.S. President Donald Trump, said Wednesday “we will see what happens. Certainly, that is not the first choice.” Trump spoke at the White House following a telephone call with China’s president, Xi Jinping. Asked by VOA what he discussed concerning North Korea with the Chinese leader, Trump replied that “President Xi would like to do something on North Korea” but it is unclear “whether or not he can do it.” Trump described his conversation with Xi as “very, very frank and very strong,” saying it “was a very good phone call.  It lasted a long time.” The president added that on the recent provocations by North Korea, Xi “agrees with me 100 percent.  He does not want to see what is happening there either.” Trump and Xi “committed to strengthen coordination and take further action with the goal of achieving...
Trump Tells Britain's May 'Now is not the Time' to Talk with N. Korea | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump told British Prime Minister Theresa May that opening discussions with North Korea is not currently the best option to address the country's growing nuclear weapons program.
South Korean Influence Wanes in Face of North Korean Threat | Phuket News
North Korea’s defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons has frustrated South Korea’s effort to reduce regional tensions through dialogue, and complicated relations with both the United States, its closest military ally, and China, its biggest trading partner. When South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office in May, he pledged to balance engagement with sanctions to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula, in contrast to U.S. President Donald Trump’s emphasis on exerting “maximum pressure” through sanctions and the threat of military action. Conflicting signals But after North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test this week, Moon’s emphasis on dialogue has been called into question by conservatives at home, and by the U.S. president, who derided it as unworkable “appeasement.” The Moon administration has downplayed any differences with the United States over how to deal with the growing North Korean threat and stressed the two allies remained committed to denuclearization. But Moon has also...
Seoul Turns to Diplomatic, Military Means to Solve North Korea Crisis | Phuket News
South Korea is planning to deploy additional launchers of a controversial U.S.-built missile defense system, a further sign of escalating tensions and a diplomatic stalemate over North Korea's growing nuclear weapons program. The Defense Ministry announced Wednesday that four more rocket launchers that make up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system will be installed along with the two launchers that are already in operation at a former golf course in the city of Seongju, located south of Seoul. The deployment of the THAAD system is bitterly opposed by China and Russia, who view the powerful radar-based system as a threat. The additional THAAD launchers are being deployed just days after U.S. President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, reached an agreement to lift payload restrictions on South Korean missiles, in response to Pyongyang's latest nuclear test on Sunday, which it claims was an explosion of a hydrogen...
Trump's Trade Adviser Says Hopes to Reach Trade Deal with S. Korea | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump's top trade adviser expressed optimism on Tuesday about reaching agreement on a revised free trade pact with South Korea, days after Trump suggested scrapping the deal with a key American ally. Senior U.S. lawmakers and America's biggest business lobby urged Trump not to pull out of the five-year-old U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), especially at a time of heightened tensions over North Korea's nuclear missile tests. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, speaking in Mexico City after a second round of NAFTA talks with Canada and Mexico, said negotiations with Seoul were continuing.
US vows to continue deterrence as North Korea promises more ‘gift packages’ | Phuket News
THE UNITED STATES has reassured its allies South Korea and Japan of its “ironclad” commitment to continuing its policy of deterrence against North Korea. South Korea’s defence ministry said that during a working-level video conference on Wednesday, the US “stressed that its extended deterrence commitment will be guaranteed through all categories of military capabilities including conventional and nuclear weapons,” as quoted by Yonhap. The partners agreed to continue cooperation on applying “maximum pressure” on the North to end its nuclear weapons programme. SEE ALSO: Why is North Korea ‘begging for war’? North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, meanwhile, warned of more “gift packages” for the United States. “I am proud of saying that just two days ago on the third of September, DPRK successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test for intercontinental ballistic rocket under its plan for building a strategic nuclear force,” Han Tae Song told...
Why South Korea is a linchpin for all global tech | Phuket News
As Trump threatens to rejig trade with Seoul and North Korea tensions rise, some highlight the South's key tech role....
UN Chief: N. Korea Nuclear Threat Is World's Most Serious | Phuket News
North Korea's nuclear weapons program is the most serious threat the world currently faces, the U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday, warning that
How active is your country? Smartphone data reveals the answer | Phuket News
We all know the path to better health does not involve long periods of inactivity, yet we still eat too much and exercise too little. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates almost 2 billion adults – more than a quarter of the global population – are overweight or obese. And our smartphones are now providing researchers with a clearer picture of how much exercise we’re doing – or not doing. Using data amassed from hundreds of thousands of phones worldwide, researchers at Stanford University have discovered huge variations in the average activity levels of different nations. Hong Kong tops the steps Residents of Hong Kong SAR did the most exercise, averaging 6880 steps a day, almost twice as much as sedentary Indonesia, at the bottom of the table with 3513. How active is your country ? Image: Stanford Uni The researchers analyzed 68 million days’ worth of anonymous data from...
Thai spikers complete gold double | Phuket News
Kuala Lumpur: Thailand completed a golden double in SEA Games volleyball after both the women and men's teams won in the finals on Sunday....
NKF launch public education department in Kota Bharu | Phuket News
Aug 27, 2017 Kota Bharu, 25 August 2017 – In an effort to raise awareness on kidney disease and encourage organ donation, the National Kidney Foundation Malaysia (NKF) has launched the Regional Unit in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. NKF’s public education department healthcare professionals are stationed at the unit to provide easily accessible information which includes mobile health screening, health talks, health exhibitions, road shows and activities. The guests of honour present at the launch ceremony were YB. Dato’ Dr. Ramli Bin Mamat, Exco of State Government cum Chairman of the People's Wellbeing, Health, Environment and NGO Committee, and Y Berusaha Mr. Maniam Raman Chettiar, Member of NKF Board of Directors-cum-Acting Chairman Patient Selection & Welfare Committee, NKF. “I am very proud to be given the opportunity to officiate the launch for the public, not only in the city of Kota Bharu but also the entire state of Kelantan. I...
Religion, race, politics: what’s causing Malaysia’s great divide? | Phuket News
Religion, political manipulation and preferential policies are widening the cultural divide between Malaysia’s ethnic groups and could be hindering the nation’s chances of unity as the next general election looms. That’s according to a new research paper – “Fault Lines and Common Ground in Malaysia’s Ethnic Relations and Policies” – that found despite general interethnic goodwill, each race tended to stick to itself when it came to forming......
Thailand reaches SEA Games football final | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: A goal five minutes into injury time gave Thailand a 1-0 victory over Myanmar on Saturday and a ticket to the SEA Games men's football final....
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak woos Islamic heartland, mixing religion and politics to survive | Phuket News
In Malaysia’s Islamic heartland, a door to Hollywood has opened. For the first time in more than 20 years, the city of Kuala Terengganu has a cinema, showing blockbusters like Baywatch and Wonder Woman. But the darkened hall is dotted with infrared cameras to monitor theater-going couples. “Are you looking at the screen, or are you doing a bad thing?” said Samiun Salleh, general manager of the Terengganu State Economic Development Corporation, a partner in the cinema. The......
Grab to invest $100m in Myanmar as smartphone use surges | Phuket News
SINGAPORE - Grab, Southeast Asia’s biggest ride-hailing app, plans to invest US$100 million in Myanmar as it extends its battle with Uber Technologies Inc to capture exploding use of smartphones....
US Navy Suspends Sea Search for Missing USS McCain Sailors | Phuket News
The U.S. Navy on Thursday suspended wider search-and-rescue operations for sailors missing after the warship USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel in waters near Singapore and Malaysia earlier this week. A statement on the U.S. Seventh Fleet's website confirmed the identities of one sailor killed and of nine sailors still missing following the collision. U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers will continue search-and-recovery efforts inside flooded sections of the warship, the statement said.
Singapore: Warnings put up following croc sighting at tourist spot | Phuket News
AUTHORITIES in Singapore have placed warning signs around Changi Beach Park following sightings of a crocodile at the popular area. According to Channel News Asia, the signs were put up by the National Parks Board (NParks) on Monday after videos and photographs of the reptile began circulating on social media. A reveler at the park who declined to be named told the Singaporean broadcaster the crocodile was seen skimming around the nearby Changi Point Ferry Terminal. He said the animal was also seen near the boardwalk area close to the ferry terminal, adding he lodged reports with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and NParks. The sighting was the third in under a month following two earlier reports of a crocodile a Pasir Ris Park. SEE ALSO: Australia: Crocodile found in suburban Sydney on Easter Wildlife photographer Jeffery Teo was quoted as saying the crocodile spotted in Changi Beach Park was...
Qantas plans world's longest commercial flight | Phuket News
SINGAPORE - Qantas Airways is set to formally announce plans to offer 20-hour non-stop flights from Sydney to London by 2022 if Airbus SE or Boeing Co can deliver aircraft that meet the distance, a source familiar with the matter said....
UAE jails Singapore pair for wearing women's clothes | Phuket News
A man and a pre-operative transgender woman are jailed for for wearing women's clothes in Abu Dhabi....
One World International School to Invest S$10M (US$7.4M) in New Moderate-Fee K-12 Singapore Campus | Phuket News
Aug 24, 2017 Picture:  SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - One World International School (OWIS) announced today it will invest more than S$10 million (US$7.4 million) in a first-of-its kind school in Singapore with up to 1,200 places for expatriate children aged three to 18 years, with tuition fees that will be about 60% less than that charged by major international schools in the country. OWIS recently won a tender, hotly contested by 12 parties, that was awarded by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to operate a moderate-fee international school based on price and quality of education. School fees for kindergarten and primary students at the new OWIS Nanyang Campus will start from S$17,000 (US$12,500) per annum and not exceed S$20,000 (US$14,705) for higher grades. These rates are about 60% lower than that charged by other international schools in the country. Optional activities will be available on an additional...
China leads Asian investors setting sights overseas | Phuket News
Investors are allocating more capital to real estate worldwide, with Asian investors now accounting for five of the 10 biggest cross-border spenders. Inter-regional investment reached US$19.5 billion in Q2 2017, up 71 per cent from the same period last year. Globally, China was the third biggest source of cross-border capital into real estate in the first half of the year at US$6.2 billion, behind Germany and the UK. After China, Asia’s biggest spenders were Hong Kong (US$4.9 billion), Singapore (US$4.1 billion), South Korea (US$1.9 billion) and Japan (US$1.6 billion). Almost all of their capital targeted the world’s three largest and most liquid real estate markets, with the US receiving US$10 billion, the UK pocketing US$6 billion, and Germany US$2 billion. China star performer in the region In what could be the biggest single asset deal of the year, Chinese conglomerate HNA acquired 245 Park Avenue, a Midtown office tower, for...
China sentences prominent rights lawyer to 2 years in prison | Phuket News
BEIJING (AP) — A prominent human rights lawyer in China was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison on the vague charge of inciting subversion of state power, the latest verdict to be handed down in a sweeping crackdown on activism. The Intermediate People’s Court in the city of Changsha handed down the verdict against […]...
Myanmar court sentences 4 family members in maid abuse | Phuket News
YANGON: A court in Myanmar sentenced four members of a family to as much as 16 years in prison with hard labour on Friday after finding them guilty of enslaving and abusing their two teenage maids, in a case that has prompted widespread public outrage over the girls' treatment....
China cuts import tariffs on some consumer goods | Phuket News
BEIJING: China announced tariff cuts Friday on consumer goods including avocados, mineral water and baby carriages in a new effort to spur economic growth driven by domestic consumption and reduce reliance on trade and investment....
Virtual reality boom brings robots, cyber castles to China | Phuket News
GUIYANG, China: Giant robots and futuristic cyberpunk castles rise out of lush mountain slopes on the outskirts of Guiyang, the capital of one of China's poorest provinces....
China stocks extend losses after previous sell-off | Phuket News
Asian markets were mixed on Friday as investors kept an eye on Chinese equities which sold off in the last session....
China's ancient capital is a growing hub for trade | Phuket News
China is increasing its grain trade with Kazakhstan as the
Asian indexes trade mixed as China markets look to bounce back | Phuket News
Asian markets were mixed on Friday as Chinese equities edged up on the back of steep declines seen in the last session....
Nickelodeon scraps Philippine theme resort plans after complaints from conservationists | Phuket News
American children’s television network Nickelodeon said on Wednesday it had abandoned plans for a themed resort on an island known as the Philippines’ last ecological frontier following a backlash from environmentalists. Nickelodeon said in January that it would build an “undersea attraction and resort” on Palawan that would let fans “interact with the brand and the iconic characters they love”, including SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer. The......
Abducted Philippines ex-soldier beheaded by Abu Sayyaf | Phuket News
A 62-YEAR-OLD retired Filipino soldier has been beheaded by pro-Islamic State militant group Abu Sayyaf in Basilan, an island province of the Muslim-majority Mindanao. A local radio station reported  Julio Pasawa – a former officer in the Philippine Army and Islamic convert abducted from his village in Maluso town on Monday – was found burnt and beheaded on Tuesday morning. On Monday, nine people including a 13-year-old were killed and a number of houses were burnt down by Abu Sayyaf bandits who attacked the village in Maluso. It was the second time the village has been attacked by the group since 2010. SEE ALSO: Philippines: 7,000 students return to university amid fighting in Marawi More than 20 people, including 14 foreigners, are being held by Abu Sayyaf on two islands in the southern Philippines, some of them for as long as three years. Philippines troops raided an Islamist militants’ camp on...
Philippines: Netizens call for ouster of presidential aid Mocha Uson | Phuket News
PHILIPPINE Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary and so-called “voice of the people” Margaux “Mocha” Uson has landed herself in hot water on social media, with a post that has prompted netizens to call for her termination and placed #FireMocha at the top spot on Twitter. According to Rappler, the former pop star and model erroneously tweeted on Tuesday a news story that was published over a year ago. The story was covering the funeral of a police officer who was killed in President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign. Uson captioned the story with “Waiting…Calling Leni, Bam, Trillanes at Hontiveros, Kelan ninyo dadalawin ito?”  (When will you visit?). SEE ALSO: Autopsy finds 17-year-old killed ‘intentionally’ in Duterte’s drug war The tweet references Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo, Liberal Senator Bam Aquino, Senator Antonio Trillanes and Senator Risa Hontiveros – all of whom have been critical of Duterte’s brutal crackdown – and accuses them of...
Philippines ex-soldier beheaded by Abu Sayyaf | Phuket News
A 62-YEAR-OLD retired Filipino soldier has been beheaded by pro-Islamic State militant group Abu Sayyaf in Basilan, an island province of the Muslim-majority Mindanao. A local radio station reported that Julio Pasawa – a former officer in the Philippine Army and Islamic convert abducted from his village in Maluso town on Monday – was found burnt and beheaded on Tuesday morning. On Monday, nine people including a 13-year-old were killed and a number of houses were burnt down after Abu Sayyaf bandits attacked the village in Maluso. It was the second time the village has been attacked by the group since 2010. SEE ALSO: Philippines: 7,000 students return to university amid fighting in Marawi More than 20 people, including 14 foreigners, are being held by Abu Sayyaf on two islands in the southern Philippines, some of them for as long as three years. Philippine troops raided an Islamist militants’ camp on...
Philippines drug war: Manila bells ring out against drug killings | Phuket News
Churches in Cubao will ring their bells to protest against the drug war for five minutes every night....
UK man’s desperate to find his children after being left for dead on Koh Tao | Phuket News
On 13th of September 2015 British born Dave Polley was kicked out of the window of his home in Koh Tao where he had lived for 13 years with his wife and children. After being put on a life support machine Mr Polley’s mother was asked to sign a form giving the hospital permission to turn off the a machines to end his life. Dave Polley visited in Thailand in 1999, having fallen in love with the place he returned 13 years ago to live in Koh Chang where he met his wife Ae. After five blissful years in Koh Chang the couple moved to Koh Tao where Mr Polley, now fluent in Thai, took a job as a diving instructor. Things were going well for the couple living an idyllic lifestyle until Mr Polley was thrown through one of the windows of his house, his injuries very nearly killed...
Filipino Officials: Chinese Navy Stalked Philippine Area | Phuket News
Two Filipino security officials say China has deployed its navy and coast guard ships in a cluster of uninhabited sandbars in the disputed South China Sea amid concerns that the Philippines may build structures on them in an emerging territorial issue that the government stated was quickly resolved. Two senior Philippine security officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday that three Chinese navy ships and other vessels kept watch near Sandy Cay on Aug. 12 after Filipino fishermen were spotted on the sandbars. The Filipinos eventually left.   A government report says the Chinese ships stayed for days off Sandy Cay, about 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 kilometers) from a Philippine-occupied island.   The Chinese presence sparked concerns in Manila, but its top diplomat said without elaborating that the issue has been resolved.  ...
Australian in Cambodia surrogacy case 'lost everything' | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- An Australian woman charged with providing commercial surrogacy services in Cambodia has told a court she has “lost everything” since her arrest eight months ago and is suffering from cancer....
Cambodia arrests Chinese telecoms scam suspects | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Twenty-nine Chinese nationals were arrested in Cambodia on Monday on suspicion of operating a telecoms scam to defraud victims in China, police said, and will be deported next week....
Tourists eye Cambodia's new world heritage site | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Tourists flocked to Cambodia's newest world heritage site on the weekend, the 16th and 17th century forest temple of Sambor Prei Kuk after it was recently added to the UN cultural organisation's heritage list....
India: Underpaid garment workers demand $7.6m compensation | Phuket News
ON A SWELTERING summer morning in the southern Indian city of Chennai, a dozen garment workers crowd into a small courtroom for the latest hearing in a protracted battle over low wages in factories supplying global fashion brands. The women are among tens of thousands of workers in Tamil Nadu state – the largest hub in India‘s $40 billion-a-year textile and garment industry – who are seeking millions of dollars in compensation following a landmark court ruling last year that declared they had long been grossly underpaid. The Madras High Court ordered that the garment workers should receive a pay rise of up to 30 percent – the first minimum wage hike for 12 years – and that they could claim arrears going back to 2014. But 12 months on, many factory bosses have failed to pay up. SEE ALSO: Eight billionaires own same as poorest half of the world – Oxfam...
Australia: US refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru | Phuket News
US officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention centre left the facility abruptly, three detainees told Reuters on Saturday, throwing further doubt over a plan to resettle many of the detainees in America. US officials halted screening interviews and departed the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap. “US (officials) were scheduled to be on Nauru until July 26 but they left on Friday,” one refugee told Reuters, requesting anonymity as he did not want to jeopardize his application for US resettlement. In the United States, a senior member of the union that represents refugee officers at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a Department of Homeland Security agency, told Reuters his own trip to Nauru was not going forward as scheduled. Jason Marks, chief steward of...
Cambodia busts illegal Thai fishermen | Phuket News
Police in Cambodia’s Oddar Meanchey province have reprimanded six Thais caught fishing illegally in Samrong town....
Cambodia: Six land rights activists face ‘bogus’ charges – watchdog | Phuket News
A HUMAN rights watchdog on Friday said politically motivated charges have been trumped up against six land rights activists in Cambodia amid the government’s bid to quell dissent and intimidate critical voices in the country. Human Rights Watch said the activists included prominent advocate Tep Vanny, who has been jailed for nearly a year, and who is expected to face a review in charges at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court today (Jul 14). Other activists charged over “public insult” and “death threats” comprised members of the Boeung Kak Lake community, namely Kong Chantha, Nget Khun, Cheng Leap, Heng Mom, and Tol Sreypov. According to HRW, the charges dates back to a “spurious” complaint made in 2012, and carry penalties of up to 10 million riels (US$2,400) for public insult (article 307), and up to two years in prison and 4 million riels ($970) for death threats (article 233). SEE ALSO:...
China donates 100 buses for use in Phnom Penh | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH - China has given Cambodia 100 buses to be used to expand public transportation in Phnom Penh....
Half a century later, Asean still faces questions over relevance, centrality and leadership | Phuket News
Fifty years ago, when five countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand – set up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, their main objective was to cope with communist threats expanding in Vietnam. At the same time, they were trying to fight insurgencies within their borders and prevent the internal conflicts from spiralling into broader, regional ones, as well as to maintain neutrality amid rivalries between superpower states. Over the past 50......
US, Japan, Australia Urge Binding Code for South China Sea | Phuket News
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Asean Literary Festival celebrates art, free speech and 50 years of regional cooperation | Phuket News
“FOR 50 YEARS, Asean was no more than a slogan and a series of meetings of elites. If we want to be a real community, we have to work at the grassroots level,” said Indonesian novelist Okky Madasari on Monday. Held over the same weekend as the region’s top annual security forum, the Asean Literary Festival (ALF) was held from August 3 to 6 and brought together writers from more than 30 nations, celebrated freedom of speech and the rich literary traditions of Southeast Asia. While foreign ministers and diplomats deliberated upon thorny issues like North Korea, the South China Sea and human rights in Manila, artists from across Southeast Asia converged upon Jakarta’s Kota Tua old town for four days of discussion panels on everything from beat poetry and feminism, to Wikileaks and the Iranian Revolution. SEE ALSO: Asean releases joint communique against Chinese expansion in South China Sea...
Vietnam floods kill 26, cause damage estimated at B1.4bn | Phuket News
HANOI -- Floods in northern Vietnam have killed 26 people and washed away hundreds of homes over the past week, causing damage estimated at more than 940 billion dong (1.4 billion baht), the government's disaster agency said on Monday....
Happy birthday Asean, we have downplayed you for far too long | Phuket News
It is the darkest days that seem to bring out the best in us – including our leaders. Nowhere could this ever be more true than with the founding of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) 50 years ago tomorrow (on August 8th). I was still at university. Marxist millennials the world over were convinced the end of capitalism was nigh. America’s war in Vietnam was bloody and terrible. Paris was at a standstill as student rioters dropped their pens and took up cobblestones......
Gritty Talks Ahead as China, ASEAN Agree to Avoid Mishaps in Disputed Sea | Phuket News
China and a group of 10 Southeast Asian nations face tough negotiations on a code of conduct for avoiding mishaps in the contested South China Sea despite the endorsement of a framework for talks. Experts say Beijing will oppose defining the scope of the sea, making the code binding and any enforcement that would limit its maritime activities, whereas the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will ask for those details as discussions go on. The deal has dragged since 2002, with China resisting for much of the past six years. China and ASEAN foreign ministers approved a framework code in Manila Sunday.   “If and when a code of conduct is finalized, we can rest assured that it will be diluted to a point where it does not damage Chinese interests in the South China Sea,” said Jonathan Spangler, director of the South China Sea Think Tank in Taipei....
Deaths From Vietnam Floods Rise to 23 | Phuket News
Rescuers in Vietnam have recovered 16 bodies over the past three days, bringing the death toll from floods in four northern provinces to 23.    Flash floods triggered by heavy rains earlier this week also left 16 people missing and injured 21 others.    According to the Central Natural Disasters Committee Sunday, floods have destroyed 228 houses, damaged roads, crops and irrigation system. Nearly 5,000 soldiers, police and residents have been mobilized to search for the missing.   Vietnam is prone to floods and storms, which kill hundreds of people each year.  ...
Study: Blasphemy Laws on Books in One-third of Nations | Phuket News
Laws prohibiting blasphemy are “astonishingly widespread” worldwide, with many laying down disproportionate punishments ranging from prison sentences to lashings or the death penalty, the lead author of a report on blasphemy said. Iran, Pakistan, and Yemen score worst, topping a list of 71 countries with laws criminalizing views deemed blasphemous, found in all regions, according to a comprehensive report issued this month by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Statutes invite abuse The bipartisan U.S. federal commission called for repeal of blasphemy statutes, saying they invited abuse and failed to protect freedoms of religion and expression. “We found key patterns. All deviate from freedom of speech principles in some way, all have a vague formulation, with different interpretations,” Joelle Fiss, the Swiss-based lead author of the report told Reuters. The ranking is based on how a state's ban on blasphemy or criminalizing of it contravenes international law principles. Ireland...
Indonesia: Islamic State-inspired bomb plotter sentenced to 7.5 years in jail | Phuket News
A 28-YEAR-OLD Indonesian woman has been given seven years and six months jailtime by a Jakarta court for plans to launch a suicide bomb attack last December – the first female to be convicted of such a crime in Indonesia. Dian Yulia Novi was arrested late last year on suspicion of plotting to blow herself up outside Jakarta’s presidential palace during the changing of the guard. She was arrested along with her husband, Muhamad Nur Solikin. Indonesia – the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation – has seen a surge in homegrown militancy inspired by Islamic State and has grappled with a series of small-scale attacks in the past two years. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Is the future of terrorism female? Prosecutors had demanded a 10-year sentence for Dian, whom they said received instructions to carry out the attack from Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian militant believed to be fighting with Islamic State in...
PM stresses Govt’s determination to combat narcotic drugs | Phuket News
According to the Government Spokesperson, the Prime Minister and his administration are determined to eliminate the narcotics issue. Government spokesperson and Public Relations Department chief Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said today that Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has stated that the government has made eradicating the narcotics problem a national issue, showing the administration’s commitment to terminating the issue. He announced that the Prime Minister has advised that the public health sector will now focus on caring for substance abusers by taking human rights into account and giving them guidance in living peacefully in society. General Prayut talked about the civil-state plan to establish anti-narcotics communities, while combining efforts to deal with drug traffickers, producers and networks. Lt-General Sansern disclosed that the Prime Minister mentioned the amendment of related laws, and consolidating them into a single law that can be enforced effectively. He said that the government is implementing the teachings...
ATMs go down in Indonesia after satellite problems | Phuket News
JAKARTA - Thousands of ATMs and electronic card payment machines in Indonesia went offline over the weekend, and it might take two more weeks before full service is restored, after an outage from a satellite belonging to state-controlled telcom giant PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom)....
KBank buys 10% stake in Bank Maspion Indonesia | Phuket News
Kasikornbank has taken a 9.99% stake in Bank Maspion Indonesia for US$20 million to help strengthen its regional presence, the bank said on Monday....
Indonesia jails female would-be suicide bomber for 7-and-a-half years in first case of its kind | Phuket News
The woman was arrested late last year on suspicion of plotting to blow herself up outside Jakarta's presidential palace....
Indonesia's first female would-be suicide bomber jailed for plotting attack at presidential palace | Phuket News
An Indonesian woman has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years jail for her involvement in an Islamic State-inspired plot to carry out a suicide bomb attack on the presidential palace in Jakarta, her lawyer said Monday. Dian Yulia Novi was arrested at her boarding house with a three-kilogram bomb encased in a pressure cooker the night before the planned attack outside Jakarta’s presidential palace during the changing of the guard in December. Novi, a 28-year-old former migrant......
Bullet train project set to cost B420bn | Phuket News
Japan has concluded its study on the Bangkok-Chiang Mai Shinkansen-like bullet train construction, estimating investment costs to be as high as 420 billion baht and fares of just over 1,000 baht a trip....
American Killed in Phuket Motorcycle Crash; China Ends One Child Policy; Drought Impacts Thailand | Phuket News
Phuket Updating Digest Thailand suffered severe drought in 2015; American killed in Phuket motorcycle crash; Erawan Shrine blast low point of year; Cruise passengers suffer sickness outbreak....
Illegal Phuket Resorts Face Crackdown as Scofflaw List is Delivered to Authorities | Phuket News
Latest A crackdown on illegal accommodation on Phuket is expected soon as industry leaders deliver a list of lawbreakers they blame for a 15-20 percent drop in revenue....
New Indigo Brand First for Patong in 2018 on Phuket | Phuket News
Latest One of the best-regarded of the world's hotel companies, IHG is bringing a new brand to the resort market on Phuket with the opening of a Hotel Indigo in 2018....
Phuket's Best Food Still Tastes Great | Phuket News
Restaurants of the Years Phuketwan has reviewed some of the best-value eating on the holiday island down the years and we're pleased to say all the top restaurants are still in good shape....
Strong Winds Strand Two European Families on Island off Krabi | Phuket News
Latest National park rangers and rescue centre officers have helped two European families to bed down for the night on a desolate island off Krabi because of strong winds....
Jet-Ski Blamed for Phuket Injury to Stars' Son; Chinese Couple Hurt; Full Moon Beach Trashed | Phuket News
Phuket Updating Digest A Phuket jet-ski is being blamed for an injury to the son of stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt; Facebook exposes a trashed full moon party beach; The Aussie dollar tipped to dive....
Beach Battle Mayor Ma-Ann Samran is New President of Phuket FC | Phuket News
Latest The local mayor making news for his battles on the beaches of Phuket is the surprise volunteer for the job of president of embattled Phuket FC - and he has a new game plan....
Holiday Boom Tests Phuket Airport; Weed Out the Bad Cops; Kiss Costs Aussie Minister | Phuket News
Phuket Updating Digest Thailand's airports boom with flights through Phuket at record levels; An Australian minister is sacked over a Hong Kong kiss; Don Muang to provide capsule hotel....
Delhi zoo hosts party for Rita the chimp aged 57 | Phuket News
A cake will be cut and there will be gifts for the
Asian markets edge higher after Fed raises rates; US dollar slides | Phuket News
Major indexes in Asia traded higher on Thursday after the Fed raised interest rates for the third time this year....
Asia markets track Wall Street gains; euro slips | Phuket News
Asian stocks traded mostly higher on Friday, tracking slight gains seen on Wall Street....
Asian markets to focus on Fed's third rate hike of the year; US dollar slides | Phuket News
U.S. stocks were mostly higher ahead of Asia's Thursday trading day after the Fed raised interest rates on Wednesday....
Tillerson: Terror Group Ties Could Cost Pakistan Territorial Control | Phuket News
The United States has warned Pakistan it could lose control of its territory unless Islamabad abandons ties with terrorist groups operating in the country that are growing in
S. Korea Scrambles to Improve Weapons Following N. Korean Test | Phuket News
South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office four months ago with plans to reach out to North Korea in a way his conservative predecessors did not in the previous decade. Two ICBM launches and one nuclear test later, his government is ramping up its defenses, with some officials even considering asking the United States to bring back tactical nuclear weapons a generation after their removal from the Korean Peninsula. Seoul's new interest in stronger weapons received a boost Tuesday when the Trump administration agreed to remove previous restrictions on South Korean missiles.   But South Korean hunger for military strength goes beyond just missiles. Government officials also endorse the nation getting nuclear-powered submarines. And Seoul's defense minister says the idea of bringing back U.S. tactical nukes to South Korea should be
China, Russia Oppose Tougher North Korea Sanctions | Phuket News
Russia and China say steps to further tighten sanctions against North Korea in the wake of its latest nuclear test would do little to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The two also warned about the dangers of military intervention. Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday said tougher sanctions were senseless and would not change the leadership in Pyongyang. Such moves, Putin said, would lead to large-scale human suffering. Putin also warned of a “global catastrophe” if what he called military hysteria around North Korea continues to increase. Putin spoke to reporters in Xiamen, China at the conclusion of a leaders' summit of the BRICS group of five major emerging economies - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.   On Sunday, just as the BRICS meeting was beginning in the Chinese southeastern coastal city, North Korea carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test. Leaders attending the meeting condemned...
Putin: Further Sanctions on North Korea 'Ineffective' | Phuket News
China and Russia, North Korea's two biggest political allies, say calls to further tighten sanctions against Pyongyang in the wake of its latest nuclear test would do little ease tensions on the peninsula. Speaking Tuesday at the sidelines of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) summit of emerging national economies in the Chinese city of Xiamen, Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned North Korea over its latest missile test, but warned that ramping up
Abe, Putin to hold talks amid North Korean nuclear crisis | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia this week to discuss the North Korean nuclear crisis, Tokyo said on Tuesday, while South Korea has conducted live-fire drills off the Korean Peninsula....
North Korea is ‘begging for war’ – US | Phuket News
THE UNITED STATES envoy to the United Nations has accused North Korea of “begging for war” after Pyongyang’s powerful nuclear test on Sunday. US President Donald Trump held calls with foreign leaders, including South Korean President Moon Jae-in and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the White House declared that “all options to address the North Korean threat are on the table.” South Korea said it was talking to Washington about deploying aircraft carriers and strategic bombers to the Korean peninsula. SEE ALSO: Time for a game of chicken with Kim Jong Un Moon and Trump agreed in a telephone call to scrap a warhead weight limit on South Korea’s missiles, South Korea’s presidential office said, enabling it to strike North Korea with greater force in the event of a military conflict. The White House said Trump gave “in-principle approval” to the move. US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley...
Japan is drafting a plan to get its citizens out of South Korea | Phuket News
The Japanese government is drawing up plans to evacuate its citizens from South Korea in the event of a war....
North Korea's Nuclear Tests Carry Political Message, Too | Phuket News
North Korea's sixth nuclear test explosion Sunday was its biggest underground detonation, with a force estimated to be greater than 100 kilotons — equivalent to 100,000 tons of TNT. The North Korean test drew condemnation from the United States, its partners in Asia and many other countries around the world — even China, Pyongyang's main ally. VOA's Korean service spoke with several experts about why the North continues to fire off missiles and detonate nuclear explosions, despite escalating economic sanctions and increasing ostracism. What does North Korea want? North Korea's official statements routinely depict the United States and South Korea as aggressors, and Pyongyang’s weapons programs as guarantors of its security. Daniel Sneider, a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, said it is not difficult to understand what the North wants.
S. Koreans Worry North Korean Nukes Will Damage US Alliance | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter following North Korea's strongest-ever nuclear test explosion to criticize both Koreas and China. But his tweets will get as much attention in Asia for what's missing as for their tough words. Following the clearest sign yet that North Korea is fast approaching a viable arsenal of nuclear-tipped missiles capable of hitting the U.S. mainland, Trump again skipped what for decades has been the bedrock of U.S. policy on the Korean Peninsula: A firm assurance that the United States would defend South Korea against any attack. This feeds a growing worry that has many in South Korea and Japan asking a startling question. Could Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un want the same thing, namely a separation, or
Selective religious freedom is not religious freedom at all | Phuket News
MALAYSIA is in the spotlight again as religious intolerance is on the rise and religious minorities are under increasing scrutiny from both government officials and members of the public, according to a report from The Diplomat. A recent gathering of the “Atheist Republic” group, and the political fallout and public outcry that followed, are held up as a prime example of this. An innocent photo depicting a group of mostly young men and women, casually dressed, raising cups or peace signs and smiling for the camera, prompted a violent backlash from netizens, some of whom called for the deaths of the participants or demanded they be thrown out of the country. READ: Malaysian Muslims openly talk about killing fellow Malaysian atheists—whom their government just announced it is actively targeting: pic.twitter.com/8k91IvS7Dp — Ali A. Rizvi (@aliamjadrizvi) August 6, 2017 Accompanying the photo was the caption, “Atheists from all walks of life...
Ship collision exposes Asean territorial spat | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR - The collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker has exposed a long-simmering dispute between Singapore and Malaysia over which country should control a 60m-wide guano-encrusted outcrop at the edge of the South China Sea....
SEA Games: 16 Malaysian athletes at host contingent’s hotel in Kuala Lumpur hit by food poisoning | Phuket News
HOSTS Malaysia are on course for a record-breaking Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in terms of medals – but the organisers have been beset by non-sporting problems throughout. The latest affects 16 Malaysian athletes, staying at the contingent hotel in Kuala Lumpur, who have been hit by food poisoning. One athlete is understood to have required hospital treatment, while a statement from the SEA Games organising committee said all the affected athletes are in “stable condition”. Those affected come from a range of sports, including swimming and petanque, with one swimmer missing his event on Wednesday as a result of the stomach bug. SEE ALSO: SEA Games: Hosts Malaysia hit 50 gold medal mark as Singapore continue to dominate in the pool The athletes were all staying at the Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel where the bulk of the 800-plus Malaysian SEA Games contingent are based. Malaysia Organising Committee (MASOC) Sports & Technical...
Croc sighting in Singapore’s Changi Beach Park prompts warning signs | Phuket News
AUTHORITIES in Singapore have placed warning signs around Changi Beach Park following sightings of a crocodile at the popular area. According to Channel News Asia, the signs were put up by the National Parks Board (NParks) on Monday after videos and photographs of the reptile began circulating on social media. A reveler at the park who declined to be named told the Singaporean broadcaster the crocodile was seen skimming around the nearby Changi Point Ferry Terminal. He said the animal was also seen near the boardwalk area close to the ferry terminal, adding he lodged reports with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and NParks. The sighting was the third in under a month following two earlier reports of a crocodile a Pasir Ris Park. Wildlife photographer Jeffery Teo was quoted as saying the crocodile spotted in Changi Beach Park was likely the same one seen in Pasir Ris. He noted...
Two Singaporean men jailed in Abu Dhabi for cross-dressing | Phuket News
A COURT in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sentenced two Singaporean men to a year’s jail for “wearing women’s clothes”. According to The Straits Times, Muhammad Fadli Abdul Rahman, 26, and Nur Qistina Fitriah Ibrahim, 37, were arrested for committing the offence at a shopping mall in the country’s capital Abu Dhabi on Aug 9. The report said freelance fashion photographer Muhammad Fadli arrived in the country for work the day before the arrest. Nur Qistina Fitriah, also known among family and friends as Fifi, was accompanying Muhammad Fadli on the trip. The court’s official document said the duo were caught with “wearing women’s clothes” in public and were cited for indecent behaviour. SEE ALSO: Malaysia: Controversial cross-dressing Eid photoshoots create online stir UAE’s conservative Islamic laws prohibit homosexuality, transgenderism, and cross-dressing. Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan told Muhammad Fadli’s family the government was looking at ways to help the two...
Trump to meet Malaysian leader Najib at White House as US seeks ‘stolen’ 1MDB assets in global money laundering probe | Phuket News
US President Donald Trump plans to meet Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is embroiled in a corruption scandal at home, on September 12 at the White House, officials from both countries confirmed on Thursday. The US Justice Department has been conducting a criminal probe of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a fund founded by Najib, which is facing money-laundering probes in at least six countries, including the United States, Switzerland and Singapore. In civil lawsuits, the Justice......
Two Singaporean men jailed in Abu Dhabi for ‘wearing women’s clothes’ | Phuket News
A COURT in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sentenced two Singaporean men to a year’s jail for wearing women’s clothes. According to The Straits Times, the two men Muhammad Fadli Bin Abdul Rahman, 26, Nur Qistina Fitriah Ibrahim, 37, were both in the country’s capital Abu Dhabi when they were arrested for committing the offense at a shopping mall on Aug 9. The report in the daily said Muhammad Fadli, a freelance fashion photographer arrived in the country for work the day before the arrest. Nur, who is also known among family and friends as Fifi, was accompanying Muhammad Fadli on the trip. The court’s official document said the duo were caught with wearing women’s clothes in public and were cited for indecent behavior. SEE ALSO: Malaysia: Controversial cross-dressing Eid photoshoots create online stir UAE’s conservative Islamic laws prohibit homosexuality, transgenderism, and cross-dressing. Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan told Muhammad...
Trump invites scandal-ridden Malaysian PM Najib to White House | Phuket News
US President Donald Trump plans to meet Malaysian Prime Minster Najib Razak in September despite Najib being embroiled in a billion-dollar corruption scandal. The meet will take place at the White House on Sept 12, two senior US officials said on Wednesday. According to a White House statement announcing the visit, Trump looks forward to “discussing ways to strengthen and broaden our bilateral relationship and expand regional cooperation with one of America’s closest partners in Southeast Asia.” The invitation represents a boost to Najib’s international standing at a time when he is under mounting scrutiny for his dealings with state-owned development fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). SEE ALSO: Najib or US DoJ – the Malaysian people must decide who to believe In July, the US Justice Department filed a civil complaint in a money-laundering case outlining how Najib, identified as “Malaysian Official 1,” received US$731 million from a government fund he oversaw....
SMU law students defeat 30 teams to win 2017 Asian Law Students' Association International Moot | Phuket News
Aug 23, 2017 Picture:  SMU’s international mooters have marked the end of the AY2016-2017 moot season with nothing less than a gold! Final year law undergraduates Jolyn Khoo, Darren Ng Zheng Qiang, R Saravanan, Claudia Tan and Jonathan Tan Wei Xiang were crowned champions of the 2017 Asian Law Students' Association (ALSA) International Moot Court Competition on 20 August 2017, after five gruelling rounds of competition. About 30 teams participated in the moot competition this year, which was based on investment arbitration. The best teams qualified for the international rounds held in Kuala Lumpur between 18 and 20 August. In addition to the championship title, the SMU team, which was coached by SMU School of Law alumni Sean Sim and Daniel Ho, also won the Best Claimant Memorial award. This is SMU’s second win in this competition, and the achievement certainly brings a fitting conclusion to SMU's 2016-17 moot...
Industry 4.0 The so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution is poised to transform Asia’s manufacturing base | Phuket News
Aug 22, 2017 Picture:  Nothing focuses minds like the prospect of a looming disruption. It should come as no surprise, then, that attention at April's Manufacturing Technology Asia (MTA) in Singapore was squarely on Industry 4.0 (also known as The Fourth Industrial Revolution). This long-mooted tidal wave of change set to transform the manufacturing sector was described as coming primarily through five sectors that have grown in significance in recent years – 3D printing, the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), automation, augmented reality and robotics.
Asian indexes look to a lower start following Chinese stumble | Phuket News
Futures pointed to a lower start for Japan, with investors likely to keep an eye on China after stocks fell on Thursday....
Apple supplier stops students' illegal overtime at iPhone X factory | Phuket News
Apple supplier Foxconn has stopped students from working illegal overtime at a factory in China....
Fall of China’s Former Internet Censor Highlights Frustrations Over Controls | Phuket News
The former face of China’s “Great Firewall,” Lu Wei, has become the first “tiger” to come under the Communist Party’s corruption investigation since President Xi Jinping began his second term last month. Analysts say the graft probe into Lu’s corruption practices is widely believed to be legitimate and long overdue. But Lu’s downfall has highlighted the simmering discontent among the country’s netizens, many of whom have been frustrated with tougher internet regulations imposed by him. It has also made a mockery of so-called Xi Praise, a flattery culture centering on the building of the Xi cult, analysts add. ​Graft probe Late Tuesday, China’s top anti-corruption agency announced on its website that 57-year-old Lu, who formerly served as deputy chief of the party propaganda department, has been detained in an internal graft probe. Along with six of his colleagues and family members, Lu was reportedly taken away by investigators late last...
China stocks tumble 3% on tighter lending rules; blue-chip index sees worst drop in 1½ years | Phuket News
Chinese equities saw heavy losses Thursday following new liquidity rules in the country and as global investors opted for safe-haven....
Philippines: After Gilas’ failure at FIBA Asia Cup, coach Reyes takes the blame and says ‘the bashers can chill’ | Phuket News
ONE of the benefits of social media is that sportspeople can speak directly to fans – and Philippines coach Chot Reyes has taken the opportunity to accept responsibility for his team’s FIBA Asia Cup failure. Reyes’ team overcame a chaotic build-up to sweep their group, including a victory over defending champions China, at the tournament in Lebanon. But they were outgunned by South Korea in the quarter-final, losing 118-86, and then went down 106-87 to hosts Lebanon in the classification semi-final. Gilas ended the tournament with a 75-70 win over Jordan to secure seventh place, but it was a hollow victory for a team who failed to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 2009. SEE ALSO: FIBA Asia Cup: Australia crowned champions of Asia on tournament debut in Lebanon Coach Reyes was denied the services of naturalised player Andray Blatche in Lebanon, had a restricted preparation in terms of...
Philippines: 7,000 students return to university amid fighting in Marawi | Phuket News
SOME 7,000 Filipino students returned to their university in conflict-ridden Marawi amid gun battles between government forces and Muslim militants entering its fourth month in the southern city. According to the Straits Times, the students of Mindanao State University (MSU) returned to their campus at the south-west side of Marawi, as the institution re-opened its doors with over 300 soldiers guarding the vicinity on Tuesday. And while the reopening of the uni was a sign of a return to normalcy in the besieged city, a skirmish broke out in Marantao town, some three kilometres away from the campus several hours before classes began. Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, the spokesman of Joint Task Force Marawi, was quoted as saying that the latest clash took place between 5.30am and 7am. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Marawi post-conflict appraisal begins Another military spokesman, Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla, earlier said the university was not within the range of stray bullets....
Philippines says not worried about peso's weakness | Phuket News
MANILA -- Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said on Tuesday the authorities were not worried about the peso's weakness, but were monitoring the speed at which it moves against the US dollar....
Autopsy finds 17-year-old killed ‘intentionally’ in Duterte’s drug war | Phuket News
IN direct contradiction to police claims, 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos was shot in the ear and in the back as his killer stood over him, according to explosive conclusions drawn from an autopsy conducted on Sunday by the Philippine Public Attorney’s Office (PAO). PAO medicolegal officer Erwin Erfe, said on Monday that all evidence points towards “intentional killing.” “There’s no evidence that would back up [the policemen’s story] that he fought back. He was lying face down, his shooter was standing above him,” Erfe said, as reported by Inquirer.net. The gun used was a 9mm service firearm issued to members of the Philippine National Police. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Police report deadliest day yet in Duterte’s war on drugs Delos Santos was gunned down during an antidrug raid on Wednesday in Caloocan City, and is the 30th minor to be killed in Preseident Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. The police who...
Leaked documents reveal Australian spy base’s role in US military strikes | Phuket News
SEVERAL leaked documents from the United States National Security Agency (NSA) have reportedly confirmed the use of the Pine Gap spy base in Australia for active combat in US-led wars. Leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the documents revealed the base – which is situated 20km outside the remote town of Alice Spring – provides geolocation intelligence to the US military for the purpose of locating “targets”. The real-time intelligence gathering aids the US military, including its Special Forces, to carry out clandestine operations and even drone strikes in conflict areas in other parts of the world. For years, the US military have carried out controversial drone strikes on foreign soil, despite protests against civilian casualties in countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Syria. Under a special arrangement with the US, Australia reported on a host of activities, including mobile phone conversations, of “targets” of interest in countries that...
SEA Games: Squash competition halted as players involved in bus crash on way to venue | Phuket News
SOME of the play has been exquisite – but the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games continues to create the wrong kind of headlines away from the matches, following a bus crash involving squash players. The crash, which involved two buses carrying squash athletes and officials from their hotel to the venue, saw the squash competition suspended until players had been cleared. The players involved in the crash were from Thailand (13 athletes), Myanmar (10 athletes) and Philippines (five athletes). Two Myanmar players have withdrawn from the competition after suffering whiplash injuries. Fortunately, the injuries suffered by women’s doubles players Aye Aye Thin and Ei Ei Pyone, are not thought to be serious. In a statement, the Malaysia Organising Committee (MASOC) said: “The MASOC regrets that an accident happened this morning involving two buses carrying squash athletes and officials from their hotel to the competition venue at the KL Sports City. SEE...
Anger Simmers in Philippines Over Duterte's Drug War | Phuket News
Mourners at the funeral of a Philippine man who police shot dead protested his innocence on Sunday, the latest sign of rising anger over President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody campaign to stamp out drugs. More than 12,500 people, many small-time drug users and dealers, have been killed since Duterte took office in June 2016. Police say about 3,500 of those killed were shot by officers in self-defense. Human rights monitors believe many of the remaining two thirds were killed by assassins operating with police backing or by police disguised as vigilantes - a charge the police deny. On Sunday, dozens of mourners wearing with white T-shirts with the slogan
Philippines: Head of Catholic Church calls for end to Duterte-led drug war | Phuket News
THE head of the Philippines’ powerful Catholic Church called Sunday for an end to the “waste of human lives” following a brutal week in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war in which a 17-year-old boy was among dozens killed. The call comes after the deadliest week yet in the anti-drug campaign that saw over 90 people killed over the last seven days. According to AFP (via Japan Times) the highest-ranking church official in the predominantly Catholic nation expressed concern about the increase in the number of deaths. SEE ALSO: ‘Let’s kill another 32 every day’: Philippines drug war sees deadliest days on record “We knock on the consciences of those who kill even the helpless, especially those who cover their faces with bonnets, to stop wasting human lives,” Manila Cardinal Luis Tagle said in a statement read in Sunday Masses in the capital. “The illegal drug problem should not be reduced to...
FIBA Asia Cup: Australia crowned champions of Asia on tournament debut in Lebanon | Phuket News
NEW title, new teams, new champions. Australia, playing for the first time at the rebranded FIBA Asia Cup, became the first Oceanic team to be crowned champions of Asia when they beat Iran in Sunday’s final. The Boomers, who went into the tournament in Lebanon as favourites, had beaten the second and third favourites, New Zealand and China, as well as Japan, Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong en route to the title. Australia underlined their depth of talent by sweeping all-comers in Lebanon despite missing 11 of the 12 players who reached the Olympic semi-finals in Rio last year. None of the Boomers’ National Basketball Association (NBA) stars travelled to Lebanon. SEE ALSO: FIBA Asia Cup: Philippines’ title hopes over as South Korea deliver an offensive masterclass in quarter-final Andrej Lemanis’ team did not need them. Having beaten Oceanic rivals New Zealand 106-79 in the semi-final, Australia were 79-56 winners over...
Cambodian English daily Phnom Penh Post joins Asia News Network | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - The Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia's leading English daily, has joined Asia News Network (ANN), an alliance now comprising 23 media in 19 Asian countries....
Vietnamese child molester sentenced to 18 years for abuse of a toddler | Phuket News
A Vietnamese was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment in absentia by the Mondulkiri provincial court after he was found guilty of torturing and raping a two-year old child, according to a report in The Phnom Penh Post Online on Thursday. The convict, Nguyen Tangdung, was also ordered to pay 80 million riel (about $20,000) to the family of the victim. Tangdung is in Vietnamese custody after his Dutch boyfriend, Stefan Struik, encouraged him to flee Cambodia after videos of the abuse went viral on Facebook in December. Struik himself was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and fined four million riel (about $1,000) for his role in concealing evidence and failing to report the abuse against the toddler, according to the court’s spokesman Meas Bros. The horrific videos capturing Tangdung’s abuse of the child made international headlines and shocked Cambodians when they surfaced online last year. The Child Protection Unit’s James...
Cambodia bans sand exports permanently | Phuket News
The material has played a major role in Singapore's land reclamation, but campaigners had concerns....
Cambodian Children's Books Show 'Girls Can Do Anything' | Phuket News
From a girl who builds a flying bike to save her village to a female cicada defying the odds to join a flying contest, a new children's book project in Cambodia is seeking to inspire girls to fight stereotypes and male dominance. The vividly illustrated e-books in the local Khmer language tell the stories of eight different female characters who overcome challenges through courage and ingenuity under the tagline
Cambodia Bans Sand Exports After Environmental Group Pressure | Phuket News
Cambodia has banned all sand exports on environmental grounds, the Ministry of Mines and Energy said on Wednesday, officially ending the sale of sand to Singapore which has for years used it to reclaim land along its coasts. The ministry said most of Cambodia's sand had gone towards the expansion of the island city-state of Singapore, and it would now have to look for other sources. Environmental groups have been pressing the government to stop the trade, saying the digging and dredging of sand has had a serious impact on coastal ecosystems and surrounding land. Groups have complained that sand in recent months has been exported illegally following a temporary ban in November 2016. A ministry spokesman, Meng Saktheara, said the government was responding to the concerns of the campaigners and it also agreed that large-scale sand mining was indeed damaging.
Cambodia bans sand exports after activist group pressure | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia has banned all sand exports on environmental grounds, the Ministry of Mines and Energy said on Wednesday, officially ending the sale of sand to Singapore which has for years used it to reclaim land along its coasts....
Cambodia: Many senior Khmer Rouge officials won’t face justice – tribunal | Phuket News
ONLY a handful of former high-ranking Khmer Rouge officials will face justice for the atrocities committed during their authoritarian rule, the UN-backed tribunal tasked with legal proceedings said on Monday. According to the South China Morning Post (via the Associated Press), the tribunal acknowledged that conviction of many former leaders was unlikely as in the case of Im Chaem, a former middle-ranking official who was dismissed in February of crimes against humanity. Co-investigating judges, according to the statement, found that Im Chaem did not fall into the category of senior leaders and did not qualify as a person “most responsible” for atrocities during her time as an officer. SEE ALSO: Cambodia: Former Khmer Rouge leader refutes genocide charges, ‘murderer’ label  It explained that the evidence that had ‘implicated’ her was not up to par with legal standards. “(This) does not equate to a statement that no crimes were committed by...
Cambodian parliament passes “Anti-Rainsy” law | Phuket News
The Cambodian parliament on Monday swiftly passed controversial law amendments that ban former opposition leader Sam Rainsy from the political arena and from bolstering the opposition’s position ahead of next year’s elections, according to a report in The Phnom Penh Post Online on Tuesday. The amendments to the Political Parties law are the second round of changes this year after an earlier amendment that forced Rainsy to resign as president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party to avoid the possible dissolution of the party. Rainsy on Monday branded the amendments “Anti-Sam Rainsy Law”.  “I am honoured to be Hun Sen’s constant obsession,” he said as he urged the prime minister to push for the adoption of really useful laws aimed at putting things right in a country that is just “upside down”. He also suggested that there were “millions of Sam Rainsys” in the Cambodian citizens who yearn for freedom...
Death toll from floods in northern Vietnam rises to 23 | Phuket News
HANOI -- Rescuers in Vietnam have recovered 16 more bodies over the past three days, bringing the death toll from floods in four northern provinces to 23....
Tillerson Arrives in Manila Ahead of Meetings with ASEAN Countries | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson landed Saturday in Manila on his first official trip to Southeast Asia as the United States continues to call for a legally binding mechanism to prevent conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea from erupting into violent confrontations. While in the Philippines, Tillerson will also seek greater cooperation from regional allies in isolating North Korea.   After a stern warning from China, Vietnam called off permission for an energy company to drill for gas in the South China Sea. It is the latest chapter in the ongoing dispute over the world’s most contested waterway that is believed to be rich in natural resources.   Foreign ministers from countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are expected to endorse the framework of a code of conduct on the South China Sea as they gather Manila.   While the framework is not legally...
Tillerson Arrives in Manilla Ahead of Meetings with ASEAN Countries | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson landed in Manila Saturday on his first official trip to Southeast Asia as the United States continues to call for a legally binding mechanism to prevent conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea from erupting into violent confrontations. While in the Philippines, Tillerson will also seek greater cooperation from regional allies in isolating North Korea.   After a stern warning from China, Vietnam called off permission for an energy company to drill for gas in the South China Sea. It is the latest chapter in the ongoing dispute over the world’s most contested waterway that is believed to be rich in natural resources.   Foreign ministers from countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are expected to endorse the framework of a code of conduct on the South China Sea as they gather Manila.   While the framework is not legally...
South China Sea, North Korea tensions top the agenda at Asean forum in Manila | Phuket News
Vietnam urged other Southeast Asian nations to take a stronger stand against Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea, as a tense regional security forum began on Saturday with North Korea also under fire over its nuclear programme. Before the launch of the annual gathering of foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), Vietnam made a bold play against China with a raft of suggested changes to a planned joint communique. It set the stage for what was......
Navy Ends Search for Sailor Feared Lost in South China Sea | Phuket News
The U.S. Navy has ended a three-day search for a sailor who is believed to have gone overboard during operations in the South China Sea.    A statement Friday said that U.S., Japanese and Chinese navy vessels and aircraft spent 79 hours combing roughly 10,000 square miles (25,900 square kilometers) of the South China Sea west of the Philippines, demonstrating what it called “the common bond shared by all mariners to render assistance at sea.”  The sailor from the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem, based in Yokosuka, Japan, was reported missing and assumed overboard Aug. 1. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, the Navy said. Rear Adm. Charles Williams, the commander of Task Force 70, offered his prayers for the sailor’s loss and thanked all those who participated in the search, which included aircraft from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Ship JS Izumo, JS Sazanami and two...
Hanoi To Spend $40 Billion On New Metro Lines | Phuket News
Aug 05, 2017 Picture:  The metropolitan administration of Vietnam’s capital Hanoi proposed to the government to build new metro lines at an investment of $40 billion up to 2050 to ease the notorious traffic congestion in the city. About $15 billion have been earmarked for three metro lines for the period up to 2025 of which two are already under construction. The first three lines include the Noi Bai-Nam Thang Long section and Thuong Dinh-Ring Road 2.5-Buoi (Metro 2), the Van Cao-Hoa Lac section of Metro Line 5 and the Nhon-Troi-Dang Phuong section of Metro Line 3 which are listed amongst the priority infrastructure investments from now until 2025. After that, metro construction will continue in another two phases, with spending of $3.56 billion for 2026-2030 and $21.32 billion after 2031. Overall, the network will have nine lines at a length of 318 kilometers and will initially carry 200,000...
Germany angry at Vietnam for reported Cold War-style abduction of businessman | Phuket News
Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Friday that Germany was considering measures against Vietnam for kidnapping a former oil executive and described the abduction, denied by Hanoi, as reminiscent of Cold War spy movies. Germany says Vietnamese businessman Trinh Xuan Thanh, 51, was seized in Germany and spirited to Vietnam where he is suspected of corruption and causing around US$150 million in losses at a Vietnamese state firm. Hanoi says he returned home voluntarily. Thanh “was taken......
7.5 yrs jail for female would-be suicide bomber | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- A Jakarta court has sentenced a 28-year-old woman convicted of planning to carry out a suicide bombing at the Indonesian presidential palace in December to seven years and six months in prison, her lawyer said late Sunday....
Palm oil kills orangutans in Indonesia peat swamp | Phuket News
TRIPA PEAT SWAMP, Indonesia -- It's been called the orangutan capital of the world, but the great apes in Indonesia's Tripa peat forest on the island of Sumatra are under threat by palm oil plantations that have gobbled up thousands of acres of land to make room for trees that produce the most consumed vegetable oil on the planet....
Indonesia: Govt moves for redenomination of currency | Phuket News
WHEN tourists in Indonesia change money for the first time, they often get quite a shock. Even changing a small amount of currency, in the region of US$100, means you will end up with a large wad of banknotes totaling around IDR1,335,774, becoming a millionaire in the process. As of August 2017, US$1 amounts to around IDR13,357, but a fat wallet stuffed with millions of rupiah may soon become a thing of the past. The Indonesian government is now making moves for redenomination of the currency, which may shave up to four zeros off the rupiah. The proposal comes from Bank Indonesia, but the government is supporting the redenomination Bill with Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution leading the charge. There is widespread support in the government for the Bill although Nasution has explained it is yet to be seen how it will be rolled out. At the moment, the Indonesian rupiah...
Indonesia: Government moves for redenomination of currency | Phuket News
WHEN tourists in Indonesia change money for the first time, they often get quite a shock. Even changing a small amount of currency, in the region of US$100, means you will end up with a large wad of banknotes totaling around IDR1,335,774, becoming a millionaire in the process. As of August 2017, US$1 amounts to around IDR13,357, but a fat wallet stuffed with millions of rupiah may soon become a thing of the past. The Indonesian government is now making moves for redenomination of the currency, which may shave up to four zeros off the rupiah. The proposal comes from Bank Indonesia, but the government is supporting the redenomination Bill with Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution leading the charge. There is widespread support in the government for the Bill although Nasution has explained it is yet to be seen how it will be rolled out. At the moment, the Indonesian rupiah...
Indonesia's banking industry is attracting many investors — but there are major risks | Phuket News
Moody's changed its outlook on the Indonesian banking system to positive from stable, as it saw improvements in the country's operating environment....
Phuket Underpasses Make 2016 the Holiday Island's Year of Traffic | Phuket News
Latest The New Year and beyond will bring continuing work on Phuket's underpasses with one just starting, a second ahead of schedule and a third well behind schedule. The first is complete and a fifth yet to begin....
UPDATE Phuket Paparazzi Focus on Angelina and Brad at the Amanpuri | Phuket News
Latest With a jet-ski crash part of the Hollywood gossip mix about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, the Amanpuri is said to be the Phuket resort where the stars are staying with their children....
Phuket Prosecutor Seeks Extra 30 Days in Phuketwan Case: Judge to Decide | Phuket News
Latest An extra 30 days is being sought by the Phuket Prosecutor in which to consider an appeal in the controversial Phuketwan case. A judge will reveal the decision early next week....
PhuketWATCH Asean to Meet Obama; Bill Cosby Arrested; NY Party Cancelled | Phuket News
Phuket Updating Digest Asean leaders to meet Obama in US; Curve-toed geckos protected; Bill Cosby faces first charges; More than one million refugees target Europe; Britain faces floods....
Navy Rescues Seven From Sea After Ship Sinks Off Phuket Coast | Phuket News
Latest A Royal Thai nNavy warship has succeeded in rescuing seven crew who survived the sinking of a cargo ship in rough seas about 118 nautical miles off Phuket....
EXCLUSIVE Phuket New Year Party Coming LIVE as Holiday Island Welcomes 2016 | Phuket News
Latest Phuketwan welcomes 2016 with a burst of innovation by bringing viewers the Countdown to New Year from Phuket's Cape Promthep LIVE. Enjoy the last moments of 2015....
Man, 51, drowns at Karon Beach | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 51-year-old man died today (Oct 18) following unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate him after he was pulled unconscious from the water at Karon Beach....
Fire at Phuket engineering company warehouse quickly controlled | Phuket News
PHUKET: A warehouse fire in Ratsada this morning was quickly brought under control by firefighters, but still caused damage estimated to be worth several hundred thousand baht....
Pakistanis Celebrate the Other in Sindh, But for How Long? | Phuket News
The performer danced with reckless abandon, her head bent forward, moving rhythmically left to right with the drum beat, her long, black, untied hair creating an arc in the air as it flew back and forth. Another woman, probably a relative or a friend, tried to throw a scarf over her head, but gave up after it kept falling off. The scene could have caused an uproar in another part of Pakistan, a conservative country where women in public are expected to be subdued and not draw attention to themselves, but not here. This was the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, a famous 13th century Sufi saint. For the last 700 years or so, legend has it, every night around sunset, drummers beat large drums, called naubat, as people — men and women, young and old — danced to their beat. The dhamaal, as the dance was called, is a...
Maradona statue: When football sculptures go wrong | Phuket News
A wild-haired statue of footballing legend Maradona has been unveiled in India....
US: Terror Group Ties Could Cost Pakistan Territorial Control | Phuket News
The United States has warned Pakistan it could lose control of its territory unless Islamabad abandons ties with terrorist groups operating in the country that are growing in
Pakistan GasPort to try flowing gas through LNG terminal on Thursday - sources | Phuket News
LONDON/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan GasPort, the country's second liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, plans to try injecting gas back into the facility's onshore system on Thursday after a leak forced a shutdown last week, two sources said. ...
Rescued Child Sex Workers in India Reveal Hidden Cells in Brothels | Phuket News
A ladder propped against a stained wall leads up into a dark passage on the second floor of an Indian brothel, lined by a series of locked doors. Hidden inside are tiny cubicles, stashed with sex workers' clothes, blankets, cosmetics and condoms. The barely-lit passageway meanders along, intersected by many other dank corridors, and arrives at a trap door, which swings open to reveal another secret space, rarely seen by clients or outsiders.
Pakistan orders George Soros foundation, other aid groups to close | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has told at least 10 foreign-funded aid groups to close, an umbrella agency said on Wednesday, including a charity founded by hedge fund billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, the group said. ...
China Attacks Trump Threat to Curb Trade Because of North Korea Link | Phuket News
China has attacked U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to halt trade with any country doing business with North Korea after its latest nuclear test, saying it endangered vast trade relations between Washington and Beijing. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday, “What is definitely unacceptable to us is that on the one hand we work so hard to peacefully resolve this issue [of North Korea's nuclear weapons development], but on the other hand our own interests are subject to sanctions and jeopardized. This is neither objective nor fair.
North Korea's Leader 'Begging for War' Haley Warns | Phuket News
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “begging for war,” and warned that the United States does not have unlimited patience. “His abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war,” Haley said. “War is never something the United States wants; we don’t want it now, but our country’s patience is not unlimited; we will defend our allies and our territory.” WATCH: Haley on Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions   Haley spoke at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council called after North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday. Pyongyang claimed it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that can fit onto an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).  International experts have not confirmed that, but say it was larger than any previous North Korean nuclear test.
UN Security Council Holds Emergency Talks on North Korea | Phuket News
The U.N. Security Council is holding emergency talks Monday following North Korea's largest nuclear test to date, amid reports Pyongyang is preparing to test another ballistic missile.
South Korea Simulates Attack on North's Nuclear Site | Phuket News
South Korea's military fired a series of missiles into the Sea of Japan in an exercise Monday meant to simulate an attack on North Korea's nuclear test site. The exercise came as the U.N. Security Council prepared to hold an emergency meeting later in the day to discuss North Korea's test of a nuclear weapon. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed in a phone call that North Korea should face harsh new sanctions, a South Korean presidential spokesman told reporters. South Korea's defense ministry said Monday it had detected signs North Korea was preparing to test another ballistic missile. The ministry also announced plans to soon temporarily deploy four more launchers for the THAAD missile defense system. China's foreign ministry said it lodged a protest with North Korea's embassy in Beijing over the nuclear test, and that North Korea is clear about China's commitment...
LeBron James steals the show in Manila to have final word on NBA superstars in Asia this off-season | Phuket News
LEBRON James has a knack of having the last word – whether on or off the court – and the Cleveland Cavaliers ace had the final say on an off-season where many NBA superstars headed to Asia. The three-times champion and four-times MVP made his third visit to Manila at the weekend, following successful trips in 2013 and 2015, and wowed fans by taking to the court. James followed fellow superstars such as Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry and Dwyane Wade in visiting Asia during the NBA off-season, which ends later this month. He may have spent little more than five minutes on the court, playing alongside Gilas Pilipinas’ Youngbloods in an exhibition game at the Mall of Asia Arena, but the man known as ‘The King’ made a lasting impression. SEE ALSO: Basketball: Loyalty in sports goes both ways – just ask Isaiah Thomas of the Cleveland...
North Korea preparing more missile launches, says South | Phuket News
South Korea's warning comes as it holds live-fire drills in response to the North's nuclear test....
South Korea warns that North may launch ICBM after nuclear test | Phuket News
South Korea said on Monday it was talking to the United States about deploying aircraft carriers and strategic bombers to the Korean peninsula after signs North Korea might launch more missiles in the wake of its sixth and largest nuclear test....
North Korea planning to stage more ballistic missile launches, South Korea says | Phuket News
South Korea's defence ministry said in a parliament hearing on Monday it was still seeing signs that North Korea planned to stage more ballistic missile launches....
South Korea in live-fire drill after nuclear test | Phuket News
The drill featured missiles launched from fighter jets and simulated an attack on the North's test site....
Time for a game of chicken with Kim Jong Un | Phuket News
NORTH Korea’s sixth nuclear test together with its recent series of missile launches, suggests the regional powers (US, China, South Korea, Japan and Russia) are now left with two actionable but stark options in dealing with Pyongyang. Either they accept that North Korea is a nuclear state with a missile arsenal or they respond militarily to any further nuclear tests and missile launches by the regime. As unpalatable as it is, the regional powers must accept that the over two-decade attempt to prevent North Korea from becoming a nuclear state has failed. Pyongyang will not negotiate away its nuclear and missile capability. They are its only “trump” cards. Although the regime can never use its weapons without inviting its own destruction, without them, North Korea would have no leverage with which to threaten the region in an attempt to extort aid and concessions. The U.S. has been talking to North Korea,...
Thai women’s badminton team wins gold medal | Phuket News
Thai women’s badminton team grabbed the gold medal for the third  time in a row, beating host Malaysia 3-1 at the 29th SEA Games held in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. The Thai team was led by Busanan “Cream” Oengbamrungphan, Sapsiri Taerattanachai and Puchita Supchirakul. Busanan beat Malaysia 2-0 sets in the single category while Sapsiri and Puchita won over Malaysia 2-1 sets in the double category.  Hence, the Thai’s A team led 2 matches against Malaysia’s 0. For the B team, Nitcha-on Chindapol lost 1-2 sets to Malaysia in the single category but in the double category, Chongkolpan Kittithrakul and Rawinda Prajongjai teamed up to beat Malaysia 2-1 sets, resulting in the Thai women’s badminton team to defeat Malaysia 3-1 matches to grab the gold medal. Tags: Thai women’s badminton team, gold medal, 3-1 The post Thai women’s badminton team wins gold medal appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Kim Jong Un Shows Little Interest in Diplomacy | Phuket News
The prospect of reaching any diplomatic solution to the North Korean nuclear threat remains unclear as its leader Kim Jong Un has shown little willingness to compromise with adversaries in Washington or even to engage with allies in Beijing. “He is a true believer in the hard-line policy, because actually the completion of the nuclear program, the missile and nuclear program, is one of the strongest factors legitimatizing his power, his control of the regime,” said political analyst Choi Kang with the Asan Institute in Seoul. ​Image a strong leader After taking power in late 2011 following the death of his father Kim Jong Il, there were questions as to whether the young Western-educated North Korean leader would liberalize the longstanding repressive rule of his country, and whether he would be able to consolidate his grip on power. Yet analysts say Kim has enhanced his image as a strong leader...
Malaysian Prime Minister to Visit White House in September | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump will host Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for talks at the White House next month. The White House announced the visit late Wednesday, saying Trump looks forward to discussing strengthening relations with “one of America’s closest partners in Southeast Asia.” Malaysia’s foreign ministry said the leaders would further talk about national security, combating terrorism and extremism, and trade. Relations between the United States and Malaysia warmed after Najib and former U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009. Obama became the first U.S. leader to visit Malaysia in more than 50 years when he traveled there in 2014. But a massive corruption scandal involving a state investment fund founded by Najib has caused strains with the U.S. and other countries investigating allegations of embezzlement and money laundering. The U.S. Justice Department has tried to seize $1.7 billion in assets linked to the probe. Najib has denied...
10-year Jail Sentence Sought for Female Indonesian Militant | Phuket News
An alleged would-be suicide bomber arrested one day before the planned bombing of a popular family attraction in the Indonesian capital should spend a decade in prison, prosecutors said Wednesday. Dian Yulia Novi and her husband Nur Solihin were among four suspected militants arrested in December after police detected a plot to bomb a guard-changing ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta. Chief prosecutor Juhana Nurhisyam told the East Jakarta District Court that Novi, a former migrant worker in Singapore and Taiwan who is nine months' pregnant, admitted during her trial that she took orders from Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian with the Islamic State group in Syria accused of orchestrating several attacks in Indonesia. Police say Novi, 28, planned to detonate a 3-kilogram (6.6-pound) bomb that would have exploded as crowds of people gathered to watch the ceremony, a popular family attraction in Jakarta.
Singapore: Art fans flock to largest ever Yayoi Kusama exhibition in Southeast Asia | Phuket News
SINGAPORE’S art scene is a thriving one, perpetuated in part by sufficient funding, regional clout, and a range of exciting exhibitions, events, festivals and venues. In the last couple of months, the National Gallery Singapore has been pulling in the crowds by way of Yayoi Kusama – the rare artist with international mass appeal. The 88-year-old Japanese artist is notorious for her sell-out shows the world over, no matter the scale. Last week, news of a new museum in Tokyo dedicated to her works was received excitedly by fans. SEE ALSO: Forget nasi lemak, Singapore’s best diplomatic tool is its university The Gallery’s deputy director of curatorial and collections Russell Storer told Travel Wire Asia Kusama’s show was met with anticipation since its announcement in March. Since its opening in June, the Gallery has welcomed swarms of camera-slinging visitors and tourists. Tickets are sold by hourly slots so that the...
Spotify launches in Thailand with 129 baht premium subscription | Phuket News
Spotify Premium, which counts over 60 million paying users worldwide, will cost 129 THB (3.9 USD) in Thailand. That’s just below $4 and in line with its pricing across Asia, as Deezer requires 155 baht for its monthly paid subscription. In partnership with local mobile operator DTAC, Deezer also offers “Infinite Music” app to make sure your music streaming habit doesn’t drain your 4G data subscription. Customers in the U.S. and UK will be aware that it is substantially cheaper than what they pay, but Spotify has opted for local pricing worldwide. เป็นคำตอบที่ … ถะถะถะ ถูกต้อง! https://t.co/e8nAbUWfcQ — Spotify Thailand (@SpotifyThailand) August 21, 2017 Spotify will introduce daily and weekly packages to boost its potential in Thailand, where revenue from online music has actually declined by over 20 percent since 2012, Spotify Asia head Sunita Kaur said at a press conference. Spotify first entered the region in 2013 with launches in Hong...
Commander of 7th Fleet relieved of duty as US Navy weighs impact of two crippled destroyers in Asia | Phuket News
The US Navy has announced the commander of its 7th Fleet has been dismissed “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command”, after a deadly collision between a destroyer and a tanker off Singapore, the latest in a series of accidents. The decision to remove Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin from the post in Japan came as the US Navy undertakes a fleet-wide global investigation after Monday’s incident involving the USS John S. McCain, which left 10 sailors missing and five......
7th Fleet commander to be relieved of duty as US Navy weighs impact of two crippled destroyers in Asia | Phuket News
The commander of the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet will be relieved of duty after a deadly collision between a destroyer and a tanker off Singapore, the latest in a series of accidents, a defence official said. The decision to remove Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin from the post in Japan comes as the US Navy undertakes a fleet-wide global investigation after Monday’s incident involving the USS John S. McCain, which left 10 sailors missing and five injured. The Seventh Fleet, which compromises......
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (aka Industry 4.0) | Phuket News
Nothing focuses minds like the prospect of a looming disruption. It should come as no surprise, then, that attention at April’s Manufacturing Technology Asia (MTA) in Singapore was squarely on Industry 4.0 (also known as The Fourth Industrial Revolution). This long-mooted tidal wave of change set to transform the manufacturing sector was described as coming primarily through five sectors that have grown in significance in recent years – 3D printing, the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), automation, augmented reality and robotics. “Across the world, manufacturing is undergoing a digital transformation,” said Lindy Wee, Chief Executive of UBM SES, the Singapore-based organiser of MTA. “As technological advances bring about greater connectivity and optimisation throughout the value chain, it is important that industry leaders and technology enablers share their knowledge and digital success stories. “This will be essential when it comes to helping businesses across Asia accelerate their own digital transformation with...
Tillerson Optimistic on North Korea, But Pyongyang's Bluster Continues | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has welcomed North Korea's decision to reduce its belligerent rhetoric in response to new sanctions by the United Nations Security Council. Speaking to reporters Tuesday at the State Department, Tillerson said:
Foxconn stops interns' illegal overtime at iPhone X factory | Phuket News
Apple's main iPhone supplier has stopped illegal overtime by school age interns in a factory in China...
Porcelain Angel | Phuket News
The lingerie event faced a string of problems but it grabbed huge attention on China's social media....
Ethnic cleansing in Myanmar threatens Chinese investments. Beijing is taking action | Phuket News
China has offered assistance to conflict-laden Myanmar with an eye on ensuring stability for its investments....
China clamps down on online micro lending; U.S.-listed shares plunge | Phuket News
China took steps to rein in micro-lenders in the government's latest crackdown on internet finance, sending shares of U.S.-listed firms into a tailspin....
In China, free fish heads for life for an underwater rescuer | Phuket News
A Chinese man is awarded free cooked fish heads for life after he performs a dramatic underwater rescue...
Philippines drug campaign condemned by senior Catholics | Phuket News
It comes as questions are raised over the killing of a teenager by police during a week of violence....
Philippines deploys troops to a 2nd province to fight bird flu | Phuket News
MANILA -- The Philippines has deployed more troops to cull thousands of chickens one day after the farm ministry confirmed the spread of bird flu into a second province north of the capital, Manila....
Philippine churches to ring bells to protest drug killings | Phuket News
MANILA -- A leader of the dominant Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines has ordered bells to be tolled every night for three months in a northern region to raise alarm over a renewed police crackdown that has left more than 80 drug and crime suspects dead in just a week....
Philippine Catholic Church head urges end to drug killings after week of bloodshed | Phuket News
The head of the Philippines’ powerful Catholic Church called on Sunday for an end to the “waste of human lives” following a brutal week in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war in which a 17-year-old boy was among dozens killed. Police raids dubbed “One Time Big Time” saw at least 76 people shot dead, authorities said, as rights groups and lawmakers condemned the operation as an alarming “killing spree” in Duterte’s flagship campaign. On......
Filipino beats 22 performers to win first ‘Elvis in Asia’ contest | Phuket News
More than 20 Elvis Presley impersonators shimmied, gyrated and belted out classics like “Jailhouse Rock” in Manila on Saturday at the first Elvis in Asia contest. The King of Rock n’ Roll died 40 years ago last week and contest organisers said they aimed to keep his style and music alive for a new generation of fans. With trademark pompadours, side burns and bejewelled jumpsuits, 23 performers from the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia paid......
Brutal nightshift | Phuket News
Raffy Lerma is a photo-journalist documenting the nightly killings in the Philippines' government's war on drugs....
Does Duterte really think he can win the drug war? | Phuket News
THIS week marked the deadliest week yet in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs. At least 91 people, including one teenager, were shot dead in an escalation of the ruthless campaign to clear the nation’s streets of drugs, one user at a time. Throughout his presidency, and the campaign that preceded it, Duterte has touted the merits of his approach, asserting on numerous occasions his desire to kill all those who take or deal in drugs, and once even comparing his death campaign to that of Hitler’s in WWII. Now, over a year since he took office, estimates of those dead hover around 9,000 with law enforcement claiming 3,451 killings during raids, according to official Philippine National Police (PNP) figures, and the remainder attributed to vigilante gangs. The killings and violence has, unsurprisingly, targeted mostly poverty-stricken neighbourhoods – the victims usually shot and then drugs and guns often...
The Philippines’ elections chief Bautista faces probe of hidden wealth | Phuket News
The Philippine Senate will next week start investigating allegations that Elections Commission chairman Andres Bautista amassed ill-gotten wealth reportedly stashed in a thrift bank, according to The Manila Times Online on Friday (Aug 18). The probe will be conducted by the Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies headed by Senator Francis Escudero. Senators Vicente Sotte 3rd and Panifilo Lacson on Wednesday filed a resolution asking Escudero’s panel to conduct an inquiry to determine if Bautista violated Republic Act 9160 or the amended Anti-Money Laundering Act. The call for investigation came after Mr Bautista’s estranged wife Patricia has publicly accused him of amassing unexplained wealth and receiving commissions from a law firm whose clients include a company that provided vote-counting machines in last year’s presidential polls. She claimed that he maintains over P1 billion deposit with the Luzon Development Bank. The accusation prompted Mr Bautista to filed criminal complaints against his...
Philippines: 5 Muslim rebels killed in clash with extremists | Phuket News
COTABATO, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine police say five Muslim rebels from a group that signed a peace deal and is helping the government fight extremism have been killed in their latest clash with Islamic State group-linked militants....
Philippine narcotics police accused of killing teenager after giving him a gun, telling him to shoot and then run | Phuket News
The Philippines police came under pressure on Friday to explain the killing of a high-school student after the 17-year-old became one of at least 80 people shot dead this week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruthless war on drugs. Television channels aired CCTV footage that showed Kian Loyd Delos Santos being carried by two men to the place where his body was later found, raising doubt about an official report that said he was shot because he fired at police officers first......
The short arm of the law: Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal says very few ‘will ever be prosecuted for atrocities’ | Phuket News
The UN-backed Cambodian tribunal trying Khmer Rouge leaders for atrocities committed while they ruled the country has acknowledged that only a handful of former high-ranking officials will ever face justice for their crimes. In a statement released on Monday, the tribunal sought to explain the dismissal in February of a case against Im Chaem, a middle-ranking Khmer Rouge district chief whom prosecutors had charged with crimes against humanity, including murder, extermination and enslavement.......
Cambodia's new World Heritage Site is 25 straight kilometers of ruins | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - The Sambor Prei Kuk archaeological location was named a World Heritage site on the weekend, making it the country's third....
Cambodia: New law an attempt to ‘skew playing field’ before polls – group | Phuket News
THE CAMBODIAN government’s latest move to amend the law to ban people from associating with anyone convicted of a criminal offence is yet another clear attempt to undercut the opposition and subvert genuine multiparty democracy, a group of regional politicians said on Monday. The Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said the amendments were nothing more than a transparent attempt to “skew the playing field” before next year’s vote by putting yet more obstacles in the way for opposition parties. “Less than six months after the ruling party laid the groundwork for one-party rule with its previous amendments to the law, they are further expanding their mandate for legal harassment of the opposition,” APHR chairman Charles Santiago, a member of the Malaysian Parliament, said in a statement. “The fact this is coming so close on the heels of major opposition gains during the commune elections is telling.” On Monday, Cambodia’s...
Khmer Rouge Tribunal Explains Limits on Prosecutions | Phuket News
The U.N.-backed Cambodian tribunal trying Khmer Rouge leaders for atrocities committed while they ruled the country acknowledged Monday that only a handful of former high-ranking officials will face justice for their crimes. The tribunal explained in a statement the dismissal in February of a case against Im Chaem, a middle-ranking Khmer Rouge district chief whom prosecutors had charged with crimes against humanity, including murder, extermination and enslavement. The statement said the court's co-investigating judges concluded that Im Chaem was not high-ranking enough to fall into the category of senior leaders, and she also did not qualify for prosecution as a person
These are the lessons we can learn for the future of Aid-for-Trade | Phuket News
This week, myself and colleagues from the World Bank Group will participate in the World Trade Organization’s Sixth Global Review of Aid-for-Trade. The bi-annual meetings, held at WTO headquarters in Geneva, bring together trade ministers, civil society, international development institutions and the private sector to monitor progress made toward connecting developing countries to the global trade system. The meetings are also an opportunity to mobilize resources that help countries address trade-related constraints. The theme for this year’s review: “Promoting Trade, Inclusiveness and Connectivity for Sustainable Development”. As the largest multilateral provider of Aid-for-Trade, the World Bank Group supports countries through a number of initiatives that promote connectivity and inclusiveness, including our Trade Facilitation Support Program. The Program directly supports concrete trade facilitation reforms in 34 countries and leverages additional financing from donors and other partners. We know that Aid-for-Trade plays a vital role in ensuring that the gains from more...
Cambodia clamps down on opposition by barring parties with criminal connections | Phuket News
Cambodia’s National Assembly passed a bill on Monday barring political parties from having links with convicted criminals, a move aimed at keeping the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party from capitalising on its association with its popular former leader, Sam Rainsy. Sam Rainsy has been convicted of criminal defamation and similar offences by courts generally seen as politically biased. He already resigned his party leadership and membership in February after the Law on Political......
Cambodia amends election law ahead of 2018 polls | Phuket News
CAMBODIA‘s Parliament on Monday amended the law to ban people from associating with anyone convicted of a criminal offence, a move the opposition says aims to hobble rivals of Prime Minister Hun Sen ahead of a general election next year. Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) voted to change the election law to ban political parties from engaging with such people, who also face bans on participating in politics through images, audio recordings and writing. Political parties which violate the law face a five-year suspension or could be dissolved. The amendment effectively bans former opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who lives in exile in France to avoid arrest in a number of convictions, from campaigning from abroad for the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). SEE ALSO: Cambodia: Opposition leader Sam Rainsy resigns ‘for the sake of the party’ The opposition CNRP boycotted Monday’s National Assembly vote, calling the changes illegal. “The proposed law is...
Cambodia passes bill tightening screws on opposition | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's National Assembly has passed a bill barring political parties from having links with convicted criminals, a move aimed at keeping the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party from capitalising on its association with its popular former leader, Sam Rainsy....
Passport fees investigated | Phuket News
Cambodia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has asked its embassy in Malaysia to investigate agencies that ask exorbitant fees for the renewal of Cambodian migrant workers’ passports there, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Monday (July 10). According to a statement released last Friday by the ministry, migrant workers have direct contact with an agency, Mashita Jaya, in Malaysia in order to make a new passport. The official fees for a new passport are $100 for a normal passport and $200 for a same-day passport.  But an employee of a Phnom Penh-based agency that offers passport renewal service said the Cambodian government itself was complicit in the high fees through corruption. “If the person is in Malaysia, they send the old passport to a relative.  We go to the officials with the passport.  And while renewing a passport on behalf of another is not officially allowed, we just find a way...
Vietnam looks to record foreign investment of $16bn | Phuket News
HANOI -- Vietnam forecasts disbursed foreign direct investment to rise to a record this year as the government steps up efforts to attract more manufacturing....
Vietnam 'kidnap victim' Trinh Xuan Thanh appears on TV | Phuket News
An oil executive who disappeared in Berlin appears on Vietnamese state TV amid kidnapping claims....
Vietnam regrets Germany's comments on kidnapping | Phuket News
HANOI -- Vietnam says it regrets comments by the German Foreign Ministry accusing Vietnamese intelligence services of kidnapping a former Vietnamese oil executive who's wanted back home on embezzlement charges....
Vietnam denies Germany's Trinh Xuan Thanh kidnap claim | Phuket News
Vietnam's government says a former oil executive who disappeared in Berlin has
Germany Claims Vietnam Kidnapped Asylum-Seeker Wanted By Hanoi | Phuket News
The German government has condemned Vietnam’s “unprecedented and blatant violation” of German and international law by kidnapping a Vietnamese citizen seeking asylum in Berlin and returning him to Hanoi to face criminal charges. The German foreign ministry expelled a Vietnamese intelligence officer and summoned Vietnam’s ambassador to hear a complaint that the incident “has the potential to have a massive negative impact on relations between Germany and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.” A statement issued in Berlin Wednesday said senior German officials have “no reasonable doubt” that Vietnamese security services and embassy staff carried out the kidnapping last week of Trinh Xuan Thanh, 51, an executive of the state-owned energy company PetroVietnam, which has been the target of recent corruption investigations that have ensnared government and business leaders. Thanh is accused of responsibility for nearly $150 million in losses by a division of PetroVietnam at a time when he headed...
SMART Facilities Management Solutions Conference & Exhibition - Bridging technology and human capital for regional asset enhancement | Phuket News
Aug 03, 2017 Picture:  Singapore, 3 August 2017 – The 4th edition of SMART Facilities Management Solutions Exhibition and 3rd edition of Facilities Management Conference 2017 concluded its run on 21 July at Sands Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore. There were key takeaways focusing on how the advent of SMART Technologies would impact and drive the industry to achieve greater asset enhancement in the competitive regional landscape. Organised by Sphere Exhibits, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH), with strong support from key industry players across the region, the trade event is established as the region’s leading platform that integrates regional facilities management (FM) within the built environment sector with upcoming trends, features and key takeaways from experts both locally and internationally. SMART Facilities Management Solutions Exhibition garnered positive traction as over 1,000 attendees and delegates who experienced a sample showcase from some 20 of the upcoming and...
To the victor belong the spoils: The future of green energy | Phuket News
In recent years, China has pushed for the rapid development of renewable energy infrastructure, touting itself as the leader of innovative green energy production worldwide. Though Trump’s exit from the Paris accord is now widely commented on, what has gone relatively unnoticed are the shared areas of energy development between the US, China and India, namely carbon capture technology. With a combined push for technological development from Asia and the US for coal projects, international policy organizations may be forced to change their tune and accept that coal still has a place in a green energy future. Trump set tongues wagging in June when he announced that the US would be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, a global agreement to boost anti-climate change and mitigation policies through nationally determined contributions. The most controversial leader the free world has ever seen, Trump has commandeered global discourse on energy production...
Repsol: Drilling Suspended on Vietnam Oil Block Disputed by China | Phuket News
Spain's Repsol said it had suspended oil drilling in a block off Vietnam, where the prospecting in South China Sea waters claimed by China had infuriated Beijing and brought Chinese pressure on Vietnam to stop. Tension has been growing between Vietnam and China over energy development in the waterway, where extensive Chinese claims are challenged by five Southeast Asian countries and disputed by the United States. Repsol's chief financial officer, Miguel Martinez, said work had been suspended off Vietnam, according to the transcript of a conference call with analysts last week.
Ghosts of the Asian financial crisis still haunt Indonesia | Phuket News
In 1996, Southeast Asia was celebrating its ‘economic miracle’ as the World Bank lauded the region’s spectacular growth. Tackling middle income challenges was the focus of an IMF–ASEAN conference in Jakarta. The mood was ebullient. Less than a year later on 2 July 1997, Thailand floated the baht, triggering the Asian financial crisis.In Indonesia, the rupiah lost 85 per cent of its value, GDP fell by almost 15 per cent and the banking crisis became the most expensive in history, costing over 50 per cent of GDP. And this simple accounting does not capture the human costs of the crisis. After decades of economic success, it was not surprising that denial, the first stage of grief, persisted for months. But by 1998, the scale and severity of the Asian crisis was clear. An ANU conference was aptly headlined ‘East Asia in Crisis: From Being a Miracle to Needing One!’. For...
A voice for a dollar | Phuket News
One doctor's cheap invention is helping throat cancer patients find their voices again after surgery....
Eighth planet found in faraway solar system, matching ours | Phuket News
CAPE CANAVERAL: A record-tying eighth planet has been found in a faraway solar system, matching our own in number....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Surfer rescues 'lifeguard'? Elephant stuck! Bangkok dangerous! || October 18 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - October 18 Surfer rescues lifeguard AND tourist! Elephant stuck in canal! Truck crash leaves 1 dead! Fish, everywhere? Bangkok DANGEROUS? Hosted by: JP Mestanza...
Bangkok’s RCA to take over Patong Hollywood venue | Phuket News
PHUKET: The operators of Bangkok’s renowned nightlife entertainment complex Royal City Avenue, better known simply as RCA, will take over management of the Hollywood club in Phuket’s main tourist party town Patong from Nov 1....
Navy X-ray scans confirm minesweeping float on Phuket beach ‘not explosive’ | Phuket News
PHUKET: Navy experts have carried out X-ray scans of the object on Nai Yang Beach that was initially suspected of being a World War II torpedo and confirmed that it is not explosive....
Phuket land owners' refusal to sell stalls U-Turn flyover projects | Phuket News
PHUKET: The construction of two U-turn flyovers on Highway 402 (Thepkrasattri Rd) have halted due to the refusal of land owners to sell 10 meters of land on either side of the road required for the projects....
Navy lifeguard training ignored by new inexperienced beach safety personnel | Phuket News
PHUKET: A total of 37 Phuket residents are currently taking part in the three-day lifeguard training course being conducted by the Royal Thai Navy which began yesterday (Oct 18)....
Electricity supply to be switched in parts of Phuket Town tomorrow | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) Thalang Office has announced that electricity supply will be temporarily shut off in parts of Phuket Town tomorrow (Oct 20) as work is carried out to install new high-voltage power cables....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: 'Lifeguards' in-training? Billions for Southern unrest! No U-Turn flyover? || October 19 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - October 19 Turning civilians into lifeguards! U-turn flyover hits a snag? RCA to take over Patong club! B13 billion for Southern Thai violence! Object on Phuket beach is not explosive? Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
Spirit mediums called to report blood diseases as Phuket Vegetarian Festival begins | Phuket News
PHUKET: All people taking part in this year’s Phuket Vegetarian Festival, including Ma Song spirit mediums, who are known to have any blood diseases have been urged to report their conditions to the Chinese shrines where they are taking part in the festivities....
Shots fired at Phuket rubber plantation, one injured | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police are investigating shots fired at a rubber plantation in central Phuket early this morning that saw one man hired as security shot in the arm....
Emperor Gods descend for Phuket Vegetarian Festival | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket Vegetarian Festival officially began yesterday evening (Oct 20) with a traditional Seng Ko Teng Thiao pole-raising ceremony around the island so that the Nine Emperor Gods could descend from the heavens, marking the traditional beginning of the festival....
Tillerson says the US is ready to begin direct talks with North Korea | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions....
India 'replacement husband' plot alleged | Phuket News
Cosmetic surgery was sought to replace a woman's murdered husband with her lover, police say....
Pakistani court summons police in case of missing peace activist | Phuket News
LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani court on Wednesday summoned a police officer investigating the case of a missing peace activist who is believed to have been kidnapped by unidentified men this month. ...
Trump slams North Korea as ‘rogue nation’ after alleged successful nuclear test | Phuket News
UNITED STATES President Donald Trump has joined an international chorus of criticism against the North Korean regime, after Pyongyang claimed it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded onto a long-range missile. Trump tweeted on Sunday that the “words and actions” of Kim Jong Un’s regime “continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.” The president added that the North had become an “embarrassment” to its ally China and that South Korea’s “talk of appeasement” was pointless. North Korea said it had tested an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile on Sunday, setting off a manmade earthquake near the test. Japanese and South Korean officials said that tremor was about 10 times more powerful than the one picked up after the nation’s last nuclear test a year ago. The launch was described as a “perfect success” in a report from the state-run Korean...
US Threatens Pyongyang With Massive Military Response | Phuket News
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, echoing the warnings of President Donald Trump, said North Korea can expect a
US Says Any North Korean Threat Will Draw 'Massive Military Response' | Phuket News
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis says any threat by North Korea to the United States or its allies will be met with a
Trump Considering Trade Boycott of Countries Doing Business With North Korea | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump said Sunday he is considering halting all trade with any country doing business with North Korea after the reclusive communist regime carried out its largest nuclear test yet and he did not rule out a retaliatory strike against Pyongyang. Trump said he would meet with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House chief of staff John Kelly, both retired U.S. generals, and other military leaders about their options to respond to North Korea's sixth nuclear test. Pyongyang said the test of a hydrogen bomb meant to be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile was a
Trump Calls North Korea a 'Rogue Nation' After Its 6th Nuclear Test | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump condemned North Korea on Sunday for carrying out its largest nuclear test yet, calling it
North Korea: Sixth Nuclear Test Was an H-Bomb for ICBM  | Phuket News
North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test Sunday, one it said successfully detonated a thermonuclear hydrogen bomb that can fit onto an intercontinental missile (ICBM). An announcement from KCNA, Pyongyang’s state news agency, said the H-bomb, designed to be the payload of an ICBM, was “true to the Workers’ Party of Korea’s plan for building a strategic nuclear force.” “The test of a hydrogen bomb designed to be mounted on our intercontinental ballistic missile was a perfect success,” said Korean Central Television newscaster Ri Chun Hee, who retired in 2012, but occasionally reappears for major events. Ri also claimed that no radiation from the nuclear detonation was released into the atmosphere, something U.S. and Japanese aircraft with special atmospheric monitoring equipment are attempting to verify. ​Two earthquakes The blast produced two shallow earthquakes that were detected in the Punggye-ri region where North Korea’s nuclear test facility is located, according to...
South Korea immediately calls for 'toughest retaliation measures' | Phuket News
South Korea was seeking
North Korea Conducts Sixth Nuclear Test | Phuket News
North Korea says it has successfully conducted a test of hydrogen bomb meant for intercontinental ballistic missile. The announcement was made on state television, which also said no radiation had been released into the atmosphere. North Korea’s sixth nuclear test went off precisely at noon Sunday Pyongyang time, according to the South Korean and Japanese governments, as well as numerous nongovernment experts in the United States. “It has been concluded that North Korea conducted a nuclear test,” Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told reporters in Tokyo. A 6.3-magnitude tremor, according to U.S. and Chinese government seismologists, was recorded at surface level, centered at Punggye-ri where North Korea’s nuclear test facility is located. That would be consistent with the detonation of a hydrogen bomb between 100 kilotons and 1 megaton, according to experts. Five minutes later the same seismologists detected a magnitude 5 shaking, which indicated the likely collapse of a...
North Korea Believed to Have Conducted Nuclear Test | Phuket News
North Korea is presumed to have conducted its sixth nuclear test precisely at noon Sunday Pyongyang time, according to the South Korean and Japanese governments, as well as numerous nongovernment experts in the United States. “It has been concluded that North Korea conducted a nuclear test,” Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told reporters in Tokyo.  A 6.3-magnitude tremor, according to U.S. and Chinese government seismologists, was recorded at surface level, centered at Punggye-ri where North Korea’s nuclear test facility is located. That would be consistent with the detonation of a hydrogen bomb between 100 kilotons and 1 megaton, according to experts. Five minutes later the same seismologists detected a magnitude 5 quake, which indicated the likely collapse of a tunnel in which the nuclear device was placed.  The East Asia program director at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Jeffery Lewis, says he is not surprised that North Korea...
South Korea: North Korea May Have Conducted 6th Nuclear Test | Phuket News
North Korea may have conducted its sixth nuclear test. A 5.6-magnitude tremor was recorded in North Korea, centered on the area where the country’s nuclear test facility is located. Previous tremors have been caused by North Korea’s nuclear tests. North Korea says it has developed a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded into the country’s new intercontinental ballistic missile. The claim from Pyongyang came via official state media Sunday morning, local time. Korean Central News Agency said leader Kim Jong Un inspected the device at the country’s Nuclear Weapons Institute. KCNA quoted Kim as describing the weapon as a “thermonuclear weapon with super explosive power, made by our own efforts and technology.” He also was quoted as saying that all components of the hydrogen bomb were “100 percent domestically made.” The report included a picture of Kim dressed in a black uniform, posing with a metal object. U.S. President Donald...
Myanmar Woman, Trafficked to China to Marry, Hopes to Save Others From Same Fate | Phuket News
The nightmare for May Khine Oo started on a trip home to Myanmar but lasted almost 13 years. After visiting her grandmother in southern Mon state in the country's southeast, May Khine Oo, 17 at the time, boarded a train for the state capital, Mawlamyine, to return to her parents in Mudon township. On the train she met a couple who offered her a job, which she refused. She did, however, accept their offer of water, and next thing she knew she had fallen asleep and missed her stop, with no money to get back. The couple suggested they could find her work to raise the funds needed to pay for a new ticket.
Badminton: Lee Chong Wei apologises to Malaysians for first-round loss at World Championships | Phuket News
LEE Chong Wei apologised to Malaysia and Malaysians following his surprise first-round defeat at the World Badminton Championships in Scotland. The 34-year-old’s bid to finally become a world champion was ended by Frenchman Brice Leverdez in Glasgow, Chong Wei losing 19-21, 24-22, 17-21. Twice the Asian men’s singles champion, the world title has continued eluded Chong Wei, who was beaten in the final in 2011, 2013 and 2015. He has also lost three Olympic finals, in 2008, 2012 and 2016, but has won four Commonwealth Games golds across the singles and team events. Chong Wei, the No 2-ranked men’s singles player in the world, had been expected to ease past Leverdez and set up a second-round meeting with Croatia’s Zvonimir Durkinjak, before challenging for the title. But his World Championship dream is over – at least until next year in Nanjing, China, if not for good – and he wasted...
Football star David Beckham to visit Malaysia and try nasi lemak | Phuket News
FORMER Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham will be heading to Malaysia next month as part of life insurance provider AIA Malaysia’s Vitality Wellness Festival, according to local news site The Malay Mail Online. Beckham, who is AIA’s Global Ambassador, will be in the capital Kuala Lumpur to meet fans and will be involved in a ‘Healthy Nasi Lemak Challenge’, where fans can join him in tasting the healthiest and tastiest versions of the country’s national dish. ‘Nasi lemak’ refers to a popular Malaysian meal comprising of rice cooked in coconut milk and served with a chilli paste and fried peanuts. The AIA Vitality Wellness Festival is scheduled to take place on September 22, 2017. Here’s your chance to meet David Beckham in Malaysia https://t.co/Mdl83tc83y pic.twitter.com/F7oR9xU1Z9 — Malay Mail Online (@themmailonline) August 23, 2017 Beckham shot to fame when he was part of the Manchester United team that won the unprecedented...
Badminton: Lee Chong Wei apologises to Malaysians for first-round loss at World Championship | Phuket News
LEE Chong Wei apologised to Malaysia and Malaysians following his surprise first-round defeat at the World Badminton Championships in Scotland. The 34-year-old’s bid to finally become a world champion was ended by Frenchman Brice Leverdez in Glasgow, Chong Wei losing 19-21, 24-22, 17-21. Twice the Asian men’s singles champion, the world title has continued eluded Chong Wei, who was beaten in the final in 2011, 2013 and 2015. He has also lost three Olympic finals, in 2008, 2012 and 2016, but has won four Commonwealth Games golds across the singles and team events. Chong Wei, the No 2-ranked men’s singles player in the world, had been expected to ease past Leverdez and set up a second-round meeting with Croatia’s Zvonimir Durkinjak, before challenging for the title. But his World Championship dream is over – at least until next year in Nanjing, China, if not for good – and he wasted...
US divers find body remains in hull of damaged destroyer | Phuket News
US Navy and Marine Corps divers on Tuesday found some human remains inside sections of a US guided-missile destroyer that collided with a merchant vessel near Singapore, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet said. The USS John S. McCain and the tanker Alnic MC collided on Monday while the US ship was approaching Singapore on a routine port call. The impact tore a hole in the warship’s port side at the waterline, flooding compartments that included a crew sleeping area. US Pacific Fleet......
Remains from US Destroyer Recovered; Search For Missing Sailors Continues | Phuket News
U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet commander Admiral Scott Swift said Tuesday that divers have recovered human remains from the USS John McCain, the second U.S. guided-missile destroyer to collide with a commercial vessel in as many months.
SEA Games: Fans warned to behave after Malaysia football supporters taunt rivals with ‘Singapore dogs’ chant | Phuket News
ORGANISERS of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games have urged supporters to behave themselves after some Malaysian fans caused anger by chanting “Singapore dogs” during a group game. The SEA Games organising committee referred to the incident, footage of which has circulated online, as “highly regrettable”. It said the incident was against the spirit of the 11-nation Games, which are taking place in Kuala Lumpur until August 30. “Any incident that is contradictory to this spirit of togetherness and unity, especially hurling of insults at other participating nations in whatever form, is highly regrettable,” the committee said in a statement. SEE MORE: SEA Games: Malaysia open up healthy lead at top of medal table as Games swimming records tumble on day two “Fans are urged to refrain from chanting offensive religious or racial slurs at all times.” The chanting was recorded during Malaysia’s 2-1 Group A win over neighbours Singapore at...
US Navy collision: Remains found in hunt for missing sailors | Phuket News
Ten US sailors have been missing since Monday's collision with a tanker near Singapore....
Singapore's ComfortDelgro in talks with Uber | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- Singapore's biggest taxi operator, ComfortDelgro Corp Ltd, entered into exclusive talks with Uber Technologies Inc for a potential tie-up, it said on Tuesday, in a move that could help Uber in its fight with dominant ride-hailing firm Grab....
Remains of Navy sailors found on board damaged ship | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- The commander of the US Pacific Fleet says a number of remains of Navy sailors were found in a compartment of the USS John McCain, a day after the warship's collision with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters left 10 sailors missing....
Remains found in hunt for missing sailors | Phuket News
Remains found in the hunt for 10 US sailors missing after a collision near Singapore, naval officials say...
Singapore taxi firm ComfortDelgro in talks with Uber | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- Singapore's biggest taxi operator, ComfortDelgro Corp Ltd, entered into exclusive talks with Uber Technologies Inc for a potential tie-up, it said on Tuesday, in a move that could help Uber in its fight with dominant ride-hailing firm Grab....
UPDATE 4-China clamps down on online micro lending; U.S.-listed shares plunge | Phuket News
China took steps to rein in micro-lenders in the government's latest crackdown on internet finance, sending shares of U.S.-listed firms into a tailspin....
Skype removed from China Apple and Android app stores | Phuket News
Apple says it removed the call and messaging app because it does not comply with local laws....
Two Boeing 747 jumbo jets sold in China Taobao auction | Phuket News
The jumbo jets ended up on an e-shopping website after a court failed to sell them offline....
How does China need to deepen its financial reform ? | Phuket News
Financial sector reform in China has lagged behind reform in other areas. There has been some progress in opening the financial sector, but it has been hampered by various constraints. Although China’s exchange rate system has been moving towards a market-determined one, it still lacks enough flexibility to be a true floating system. Similarly, China has made important progress on capital account liberalisation and internationalising the renminbi (RMB), but the process has taken some regressive steps, partly due to the worsened macroeconomic situation in recent years. And China’s large scale overseas investments have been hampered by its cross-border financial restrictions. Amid all these challenges, should China continue to open its financial sector? There are three reasons why it should. First, financial opening is an important condition by which sustainable growth can be achieved. Financial opening is conducive to financial innovation, which in turn facilitates economic growth. Second, financial opening is...
Questions asked over killing of high-school student caught up in Philippine drug war | Phuket News
The Philippines police came under pressure on Friday to explain the killing of a high-school student after the 17-year-old became one of at least 80 people shot dead this week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruthless war on drugs. Television channels aired CCTV footage that showed Kian Loyd Delos Santos being carried by two men to the place where his body was later found, raising doubt about an official report that said he was shot because he fired at police officers first......
Philippines Escalates Drug War; 80 Dead in 3 Nights | Phuket News
Police killed at least 13 people in Manila on the third night of an escalation in President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruthless war on drugs and crime, taking the toll for one of the bloodiest weeks so far to 80, Reuters witnesses and media reported Friday. Earlier this week, 67 people were gunned down and more than 200 arrested in Manila and provinces adjoining the Philippines capital, in what police described as a “One-Time, Big-Time” push to curb drugs and street crimes. The term has been used by Philippines police to describe a coordinated anti-crime drive in crime-prone districts, usually slums or low-income neighborhoods, often with additional police deployed. Spike in killings The spike in killings drew condemnation from Vice President Leni Robredo, who belongs to a party opposed to Duterte. Branding it “something to be outraged about,” she has been a constant critic of the crackdown that has killed thousands of...
At least 80 dead in Philippines war on drugs | Phuket News
MANILA -- Police killed at least 13 people in Manila on the third night of an escalation in President Rodrigo Duterte's ruthless war on drugs and crime, taking the toll for one of the bloodiest weeks so far to 80, Reuters witnesses and media reported on Friday....
The world reacts to Barcelona terror attack | Phuket News
LEADERS across Asia, and the world, have come out in force to condemn the deadly terror attack in Barcelona, Spain that left at least 13 people dead and dozens injured. A van plowed through pedestrians in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, a popular tourist destination, on Thursday, in what police suspect was one of multiple planned attacks. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the deadly rampage along the city’s most famous avenue, which was packed with tourists taking an afternoon stroll. The death toll could rise, with more than 100 injured, authorities said. A manhunt ensued after the driver of the vehicle fled the scene on foot. An injured man lies motionless on the ground after a van crashed into pedestrians near the Las Ramblas avenue in central Barcelona, Spain August 17, 2017, in this still image from a video obtained from social media. Source: Carlos Tena Gallardo/via Reuters In a related incident,...
Deadly drugs crackdown continues for third night in Philippines, as death toll reaches 80 in one week | Phuket News
Police killed at least 13 people in Manila on the third night of an escalation in President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruthless war on drugs and crime, taking the toll for one of the bloodiest weeks so far to 80. Earlier this week, 67 people were gunned down and more than 200 arrested in Manila and provinces adjoining the Philippines capital, in what police described as a “One-Time, Big-Time” push to curb drugs and street crimes. The term has been used by Philippines police to describe......
On, then off, then on again: Philippines says it will be ready and able to host 2019 SEA Games after all | Phuket News
IT was on, then it was off, now it is on again: Philippines have said they will be in a position to host the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games after all. Less than one month after Philippines withdrew from hosting the multi-sport event, the 29th edition of which is currently taking place in Kuala Lumpur, they are once again committed to hosting the Games. Philippines, who only stepped in as hosts when Brunei withdrew in 2015, pulled out last month citing the escalating cost of the ongoing conflict Marawi. Thailand and Indonesia had been on red alert to step in as hosts, with Philippines set to redistribute budget set aside for the SEA Games to rebuilding Marawi. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Thailand or Indonesia ready to take over hosting 2019 Southeast Asian Games But the 30th edition of the SEA Games will, after all, be taking place in Philippines following confirmation...
Another 26 killed overnight as Philippines drug war gets bloodier | Phuket News
At least 26 people died overnight in police operations in the Philippines capital Manila, authorities said on Thursday, a second night of heavy bloodshed this week in an intensification of President Rodrigo Duterte’s fierce war on drugs and crime. The killings across Manila followed 32 deaths in near-simultaneous police raids on Monday night in Bulacan province, which borders the capital. Together, they mark the deadliest period of a drugs-focused crackdown that has killed thousands of......
Philippines police kill 26 in 2nd night of bloodshed | Phuket News
MANILA - - At least 26 people died overnight in police operations in the Philippines capital Manila, police said on Thursday, a second night of heavy bloodshed this week in an intensification of President Rodrigo Duterte's fierce war on drugs and crime....
Philippines Q2 GDP growth quickens on construction boom | Phuket News
MANILA -- The Philippine economy grew at a sizzling pace in the second quarter, topping expectations as a government-led construction boom and an extended rebound in the farm sector took some of the sting off a peso currency wallowing at 11-year lows....
Cambodian Temple Site Gets UNESCO World Heritage Status | Phuket News
The U.N. cultural organization added an ancient temple site in Cambodia to its world heritage list, the government said on Sunday, bringing the number of heritage sites in the Southeast Asian country to three. Sambor Prei Kuk, or
Cambodian temple complex listed as world heritage site | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH - Sambor Prei Kuk has been designated a Unesco World Heritage site, making it the third temple complex in Cambodia to be listed, the Cambodian government said on Sunday....
11 Cambodians caught in sewerage tubes | Phuket News
Eleven Cambodians, including some children, were arrested by paramilitary rangers on Thursday (July 6) as they tried to sneak back into Cambodian through an unofficial border crossing in Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo province. The rangers intercepted the Cambodians, most of them undocumented migrant workers, as they were hiding in huge sewerage tubes close to border fence next to Rong Klua market. One of the migrant workers told the Thai authorities that some of them came from Samut Prakan by a taxi which charged them 1,700 baht per head while the others said they travelled by a passenger van. When they got off from the vehicles at the car park, they were told to walk to the border fence and hide in the sewerage tubes where they would meet with a Cambodian broker who would bring them back to Cambodia. They were however intercepted by rangers before being able to...
Cambodia deports 74 to China | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH - Cambodia sent home on Thursday 74 Chinese nationals wanted in China on suspicion of extorting money from people there over the internet and by telephone, Cambodian police said....
Cambodia closes 43 temporary crossings to Sa Kaeo | Phuket News
SA KAEO - Cambodia has closed 43 temporary border crossings into three districts of Sa Kaeo province, explaining it would prevent unregistered Cambodian workers being caught illegally entering Thailand....
Cambodia, Myanmar moot plan to promote ancient temples | Phuket News
Cambodia and Myanmar are discussing a plan to attract tourists to ancient temples in both nations....
Phnom Penh closes down all unofficial border checkpoints with Thailand | Phuket News
The Cambodian has closed down all unofficial border checkpoints with Thailand in Banteay Meanchey and Battambang in an apparent reaction to the Thai government’s recent promulgation of a new alien workers’ law imposing stricter punishments on illegal migrant workers as well as their Thai employers, according to a report in The Phnom Penh Post Online on Tuesday. Banteay Meanchey provincial military chief Phlon Dara said his province had closed 43 checkpoints on Saturday for an indefinite period after there was an order from the Interior Ministry. However, he said the main international checkpoints remain active. Battambang provincial police chief Sar Thet, meanwhile, said 20-30 small illegal checkpoints in the province were closed. Migration research Laurie Parsons, however, described the Cambodian government’s move “political showmanship”.  He said closing the border “is probably an effort to demonstrate equal commitment to cracking down on illegal border activity; security theatre if you like.” He...
Cambodia embassy calls for calm as workers flee Thailand | Phuket News
The Cambodian embassy in Thailand has called on illegal workers not to leave Thailand as officials attempt to negotiate a deal to allow migrants to stay in their jobs....
Germany expels Vietnam attache over suspected kidnap | Phuket News
Trinh Xuan Thanh was bundled into a car outside Berlin Zoo nine days ago, according to reports....
Vietnam Rebounds After Sting from Demise of US-Led Trade Pact | Phuket News
Stronger ties with European and other Asian countries and an increase in foreign investment have helped Vietnam’s export-reliant economy rebound from a freeze of the massive Trans- Pacific Partnership trade deal earlier this year, analysts said. The Southeast Asian country, one of 12 in the partnership better known as TPP, was jolted briefly when U.S. President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the pact in January, saying it was bad for American workers. The TPP would have cut import tariffs on Vietnamese goods shipped to the United States, Japan and other developed markets. Exports equaled more than 90 percent of the $202 billion Vietnamese economy last year. “When that time came, we weren’t really sure how things were going to affect the country,” said Oscar Mussons, senior associate with the Dezan Shira & Associates business consultancy in Ho Chi Minh City. He said he believed back in January that...
Germany: Vietnam kidnapped asylum seeker in Berlin | Phuket News
BERLIN -- Germany accused Vietnam on Wednesday of kidnapping a Vietnamese asylum seeker in Berlin and returning him to his country, where authorities suspect him of corruption....
ASEAN Summit to Focus on North Korea Nuclear Threat | Phuket News
No diplomatic breakthroughs are expected to reduce tensions over the North Korea nuclear threat at this week’s ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Manila, even though it is one of the few global events where all the major countries involved will participate.   “It’s more likely to see a showdown between China, Russia versus the U.S. on who bears the greatest responsibility for dealing with this issue,” said Southeast Asia security analyst Carlyle Thayer with Australia's Defense Force Academy in Canberra.   The United States, North Korea, China, Russia, South Korea and Japan are all sending high level delegations to the annual regional security summit, organized by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that includes Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia.   Tillerson reassuring   U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to the Philippines for the ARF then visit Thailand and Malaysia, where he will discuss
Siam Cement Group (SCG) to invest in Vietnam’s first petrochemical complex | Phuket News
Thailand’s construction material conglomerate Siam Cement Group (SCG) has set up a joint venture with Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) to build Vietnam’s first petrochemical complex with a total investment of 188 billion baht ($5.6 billion). The Thai company owns 71 per cent through its wholly-owned subsidiaries Vina SCG Chemicals Co Ltd and Thai Plastic and Chemicals Pcl in the JV, while PetroVietnam holds the remaining 29 per cent. Roongrote Rangsiyopash, president and CEO of SCG, told local media that it has already made the initial investment of 30 billion baht for purchasing the land. Construction is set to start next year and commence operation in the first half of 2022. Located 100 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City, the Long Son Petrochemicals project will develop a one-million-tonne ethylene cracker that can produce up to 1.6 million tonnes of olefins per annum. The supply will help serve rising domestic demand and...
Activism is on the rise in Vietnam, but no surprise govt isn’t impressed | Phuket News
IN VIETNAM’s Ha Nam province, human rights defender Tran Thi Nga was this week sentenced to nine years in prison and five years’ probation on charges of conducting propaganda against the state. She was sentenced under the controversial Article 88 of Vietnam’s penal code, a provision used by the government to silence dissident bloggers and other activists. At the site of her sentencing, activists and other supporters were refused entry to the courtroom, forced by police vehicles to turn away during the trial. Governments throughout Asia are grappling with, and quickly pushing against, the rise of democratic protest, and Vietnam is officially joining in. Nga’s case is only the latest in an escalating wave of crackdowns on dissenting voices in the run-up to an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit meeting to be held in Vietnam in November. Activist Tran Thi Nga. Image via YouTube. Hanoi is keen to avoid embarrassment...
Activism is on the rise in Vietnam. Unsurprisingly, the government doesn’t like it | Phuket News
IN VIETNAM’s Ha Nam province, human rights defender Tran Thi Nga was this week sentenced to nine years in prison and five years’ probation on charges of conducting propaganda against the state. She was sentenced under the controversial Article 88 of Vietnam’s penal code, a provision used by the government to silence dissident bloggers and other activists. At the site of her sentencing, activists and other supporters were refused entry to the courtroom, forced by police vehicles to turn away during the trial. Governments throughout Asia are grappling with, and quickly pushing against, the rise of democratic protest, and Vietnam is officially joining in. Nga’s case is only the latest in an escalating wave of crackdowns on dissenting voices in the run-up to an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit meeting to be held in Vietnam in November. Activist Tran Thi Nga. Image via YouTube. Hanoi is keen to avoid embarrassment...
Evonik Wins Singapore Sustainable Business Award | Phuket News
Aug 01, 2017 Picture:  • Evonik has been awarded for its sustainable business practices in the area of in Singapore • Recognition of Evonik’s exceptional sustainability efforts Evonik, one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals, was honored by the Singapore Sustainable Business Award 2017 in the categories of “Energy Management”, “Best Newcomer” and “Business Responsibility and Ethics – Special Recognition” for the first time. The awards were presented to Evonik by Amy Hing, Deputy Secretary (Policy), Singapore Ministry of Environment and Water Resources at the awards and dinner ceremony on July 31. Sustainable management and responsible behavior have always been two of the cornerstones of Evonik’s business model. Besides taking further steps to apply sustainability criteria in the management of its operating performance, Evonik also contributes to positive social development at its corporate sites in the region. For example employees from the Map Ta Phut production site in...
Vietnam criticises China's cinema on disputed island | Phuket News
HANOI - Vietnam on Tuesday condemned China's construction and operation of a movie theatre on the Paracel islands, as tension between the neighbours rises over energy claims in the disputed South China Sea waterway....
4 Vietnam Activists Arrested | Phuket News
Vietnam police have arrested four activists. Critics say the arrests on Sunday demonstrate Vietnam's ruling Communist party's growing intolerance for any criticism. The activists were arrested on charges of engaging in
Cat and mouse | Phuket News
Shaun Davidson tunnelled out of a Bali prison in June and remains on the run, taunting police....
Indonesia stocks up on rate cut, other SE Asia markets cautious | Phuket News
Indonesian shares ended higher on Wednesday after the central bank unexpectedly cut the interest rate to boost sluggish lending and growth while most other Southeast Asian stock markets were cautious ahead of a gathering of central bank chiefs hosted by the US Federal Reserve....
Bank Indonesia rate cut shows comfort with outlook | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesia’s central bank surprised most economists on Tuesday by lowering interest rates, reflecting its relative comfort with the currency and inflation outlook....
Has Harry Potter cursed Indonesia's owls? | Phuket News
Has the popularity of Harry Potter caused a surge in demand for keeping owls as pets in Indonesia?...
SET closes up 2.70 to 1,717.69 | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand climbed 0.16%, or 2.70 points, to 1,717.69 on Friday....
Phuket police hunt one hit-and-run driver, amid negotiations for another | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police are still searching for the driver of a grey Toyota Yaris that fled the scene after knocking down a motorbike on the busy Thepkrasattri Rd in Koh Keaw last Sunday (Oct 15), but have confirmed that the driver who killed a 64-year-old woman on the bypass road last month has presented himself to police....
Phuket Vegetarian Festival schedule released, final night street procession undecided | Phuket News
PHUKET: Organisers of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival have yet to decide whether or not the final – and most important – street procession of the entire nine-day event will be held on Oct 28....
Forest officials investigate illegal logging in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: More than 30 officers led by senior officials from the Royal Forest Department Phuket officials today inspected a site in a protected forest area in central Phuket where protected Agarwood trees have been felled....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Day 1: Vegetarian Festival! Elephant treatment? B16 million toilets! || October 20 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - October 20 Day 1: Vegetarian Festival! Millions for public toilet? Shots fired at rubber plantation! Elephant treatment? McDonalds roach coffee? Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
No lifeguards on Phuket beaches for two days, tourists urged to refrain from swimming | Phuket News
PHUKET: A Surin lifeguard volunteer has urged people to avoid swimming at Phuket beaches over the weekend as there will be no experienced lifeguards on duty....
Boy, 13, dead as pickup slams into motorcycle head-on in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 13-year-old Phuket motorcyclist died at the scene after he was struck by a pickup on the main road in Pa Khlok yesterday (Oct 20)....
Dangling wires suspected as cause of pickup engine blaze in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: A Krabi-registered pickup was found on fire in front of PPAO Baan Nabon School on Chao Fa East Rd on Friday afternoon (Oct 20)....
Phuket car crash brings power pole down in Kathu | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority (PPEA) have already fixed the power pole downed by a car in Kathu in the early hours of this morning (Oct 21)....
All safe as Phuket tour bus brakes fail on Patong Hill | Phuket News
PHUKET: Patong police confirmed that there were no injuries or damage after a tour bus experienced break problems on Patong Hill and the driver had to direct it to the side of the road to prevent what could be another accident on the notorious road....
Phuket Opinion: A befitting testament | Phuket News
PHUKET: The entire nation of Thailand will come to a stop next Thursday (Oct 26) to witness the Royal Cremation Ceremony of the nation’s beloved late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The actual cremation will take place on Oct 26, but in all there will be five days of ritualised ceremonies – a display of the Thai people’s deep love for the late King....
UAE oil giant looks to build regional 'credibility' with IPO | Phuket News
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) made a positive stock market debut on Wednesday, ahead of several other public listings in the region....
UAE oil major looks to build regional 'credibility' with IPO | Phuket News
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) made a positive stock market debut on Wednesday, ahead of several other public listings in the region....
Tillerson Hopes Diplomacy Can Counter North Korea Nuclear Threat | Phuket News
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson struck a different chord on North Korea Tuesday, saying the United States is ready to have the first meeting with Pyongyang “without preconditions.” But the chief U.S. diplomat also said there would need to be a period of quiet — without additional nuclear and missile tests — before talks could commence in earnest. VOA diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department....
UAE oil giant must build regional 'credibility' ahead of Saudi Aramco IPO next year | Phuket News
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) made a positive stock market debut on Wednesday, ahead of several other public listings in the region....
Asia markets edge higher ahead of Fed decision; dollar slips after Alabama election results | Phuket News
Asian markets finished mixed as investors awaited the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting....
Pyongyang Says It Has Developed a Hydrogen Bomb | Phuket News
North Korea said early Sunday that it had developed a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded into the country's new intercontinental ballistic missile. The claim from Pyongyang came via official state media. The Korean Central News Agency said leader Kim Jong Un had inspected the device at the country's Nuclear Weapons Institute. KCNA quoted Kim as describing the weapon as a
White House Could Move to Withdraw From South Korea Trade Agreement Soon | Phuket News
President Donald Trump will discuss the U.S.-South Korea free-trade deal with his advisers next week, he said Saturday, a day after he spoke with South Korean President Moon Jae-in about a potential arms sale. “It is very much on my mind,” Trump said in Houston, where he was visiting some of the victims of Hurricane Harvey. However, government sources have told The Washington Post that the president has instructed advisers to prepare to withdraw from the free-trade pact known as KORUS. Those sources told the Post that the formal process of withdrawing from the trade agreement could begin this coming week. At the White House a spokeswoman said, “Discussions are ongoing, but we have no announcements at this time.
Trump's aggressive push against 'horrible' South Korea trade deal may break down | Phuket News
The Trump administration's aggressive drive to renegotiate trade deals may get stymied by one country: South Korea....
North Korea weapons tests spur the South, US to agree to revise missile treaty | Phuket News
Trump agreed with South Korea President Moon to revise a treaty capping the South's missile development, Moon's office said....
Japan Debates Pre-emptive Strike Ability, Missile Defense Upgrade | Phuket News
Japan is debating whether to develop a limited pre-emptive strike capability and buy cruise missiles — ideas that were anathema in the pacifist country before the North Korea missile threat. With revisions to Japan’s defense plans underway, ruling party hawks are accelerating the moves, and some defense experts say Japan should at least consider them. After being on the backburner in the ruling party for decades, a possibility of pre-emptive strike was formally proposed to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by his party’s missile defense panel in March, prompting parliamentary debate. But it somewhat lost steam as Abe seemed to avoid the divisive topic after seeing ratings for his scandal-laden government plunge. North Korea’s test-firing Tuesday of a missile, which flew over Japan and landed in the northern Pacific Ocean, has intensified fear and reignited the debate. “Should we possess pre-emptive strike capability?” liberal-leaning Mainichi newspaper asked the following day. “But...
White House: 'Integrated Process' Needed in Response to N. Korean Threat | Phuket News
The leaders of the United States and South Korea on Friday reaffirmed the need to bring Pyongyang back to the negotiating table by applying maximum sanctions and pressure, according to the office of President Moon Jae-in. Moon and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke by telephone Friday, officials in Washington and Seoul said.
Likely US Envoy to Seoul Opposes Engagement With North Korea | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly will soon nominate Georgetown University professor Victor Cha for ambassador to South Korea. The addition of the highly qualified North Korea expert would fill an important diplomatic vacancy needed to manage what seems to be significant disagreements between Washington and Seoul over how to deal with the North’s increasingly provocative nuclear and missile tests.   Cha, who is Korean-American, is the director of Asian studies at Georgetown University, and the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.  He was also deputy head of the U.S. delegation to the North Korea nuclear six-party talks during the administration of former President George W. Bush, and the author of a number analytical books on Asian security, including The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future, that was published in 2012.   Engagement skeptic   Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee in April,...
South Korea to deploy additional Thaad launchers likely next week: report | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - South Korea will likely deploy four additional Thaad launchers as early as next week, according to anonymous South Korean and US military personnel....
OPINION: South Korea's 'southboard policy' | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Asean rises as an important strategic partner to South Korea amidst President Moon's efforts to strengthen tie....
Football: South Korea must wait to seal World Cup spot – and captain blames noise of home fans for 0-0 draw | Phuket News
SOUTH Korea missed a chance to seal their World Cup qualification as they drew 0-0 with Iran in Seoul – and captain Kim Young-gwon blamed the noise of the crowd for some of his team’s struggles. Korea will guarantee their place at next summer’s World Cup in Russia if they beat Uzbekistan in Tashkent on Tuesday. They may not even require a win if other results go their way. But their inability to get the job done against 10-man Iran could nag at them if they fail to score an early goal against Uzbekistan, who retain an outside chance of qualification themselves – despite yesterday’s defeat against China. Rather than feeding off the energy of the near-capacity crowd of 63,124 at the Seoul World Cup Stadium, Korea’s players struggled to communicate with each other due to the noise. The vast majority of the crowd were South Koreans, and the players...
National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia Launches Peritoneal Dialysis Funding | Phuket News
Aug 22, 2017 Picture:  Kuala Lumpur, 20 August 2017 – National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Malaysia launched the Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) funding programme at the 1st Asia Pacific (APAC) conference on Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) and Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) held in conjunction with the 33rd Annual Congress of the Malaysian Society of Nephrology (MSN). The NKF’s PD funding programme aims to provide financial assistance to poor end-stage renal failure (ESRF) patients who wish to perform peritoneal dialysis – continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) or automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) treatment as their preferred choice of renal replacement therapy. Speaking during the opening launch, Y.Bhg. Dato’ Dr. Zaki Morad bin Mohamad Zaher, Chairman of the NKF Board of Directors mentioned that “NKF’s peritoneal dialysis financial assistance programme started back in 2016 and build this programme as a way to provide funding for patients on CAPD and APD by dedicating...
Baby formula marketing ban aims to boost breastfeeding | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR - Thailand is moving to ban advertisements for infant milk formula in a bid hailed as a major step for a country which has one of the world's lowest breastfeeding rates but experts called for greater action to protect mothers' rights to do so....
Princess Sirivannavari leads Thai equestrian team to clinch silver medal in SEA Games | Phuket News
The Thai dressage team, led by Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, a daughter of  His Majesty the King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, clinched the silver medal in a competition held on Tuesday (Aug 22) morning in Selangor, Malaysia, a venue for the 29th South East Asian Games. Apart from the princess, the three other athletes in her team are Chalermchan Yoswiriyapanich, Pakjira Thongsak and Arinattha Chavatanont. The competition began at 9am and the princess, riding her horse “Prince Charming”, came 13th with a score of 62.816, higher than the score she made in the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea. The total score made by the Thai team was 206.211.  Thailand came second, clinching the silver medal. The Malaysian team posted a combined score of 210.947 to take the gold medal. Singapore settled for the bronze medal with 201.289. On Aug 23, in another equestrian event, Princess Sirivannavari will compete as an individual in dressage....
Search for 10 missing US sailors goes on; probe launched | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- Ships, aircraft and divers from an international search-and-rescue operation were still looking for 10 missing US sailors on Tuesday after a collision between a US warship and a merchant vessel in waters near Singapore and Malaysia....
Singapore Strait: US destroyer was struck in some of the world's busiest waters | Phuket News
After the USS Fitzgerald collided with a giant container ship in mid-June, killing seven sailors, Admiral William F. Moran, vice chief of naval operations, said that the US Navy crew’s lack of preparedness was partly to blame. “Clearly at some point, the bridge team lost situational awareness,” Moran said. Two months later, another destroyer from the same fleet has collided with an oil tanker and 10 of its crew are still missing. The USS John S. McCain suffered......
Asia-Pacific Cities of the Future 2017-18, the winners | Phuket News
According to data from greenfield investment monitor fDi Markets, Asia-Pacific accounted for more than 30% of global FDI between 2012 and 2016, more than any other region. Home to behemoth economies including Singapore, China and India, Asia-Pacific provides a wealth of opportunity and is a target market for many investors. Singapore takes fDi’s crown once again as Asia-Pacific City of the Future, with Tokyo retaining its second place and Hong Kong rising to third. Cathy Mullan breaks down the results. In the latest biennial study of cities in the region,Singapore has ranked first for the second consecutive time. The city-state attracted the highest number of FDI projects in the Asia-Pacific region in the five years to 2016, contributing to its first place ranking for Economic Potential. Singapore boasts an advanced economy and is renowned for its well-developed service industries. It has a high GDP per capita of more than $87,000...
US Navy collisions stoke cyber threat fears that GPS systems can be ‘spoofed’ by hackers | Phuket News
The Pentagon won’t yet say how the USS John S. McCain was rammed by an oil tanker near Singapore, but red flags are flying as the US Navy’s decades-old reliance on electronic guidance systems increasing looks like another target of cyberattack. The incident - the fourth involving a Seventh Fleet warship this year - occurred near the Strait of Malacca, a crowded 2.7 kilometre-wide waterway that connects the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea and accounts for roughly 25 per cent of......
US Navy halts all operations worldwide to investigate warship collision near Singapore | Phuket News
The US Navy has announced that the world’s largest and most powerful armada will immediately pause all operations for a fleet-wide safety review following the predawn collision of a guided-missile destroyer and an oil tanker that left 10 sailors missing near Singapore, the fourth naval accident in the Pacific this year. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson announced the rare global “operational pause” in a video posted to social media Monday. He did not say how......
US Navy Orders Operational Pause for Up to 2 Days Following Collision | Phuket News
The U.S. Navy is promising to take
Asia markets trade higher as Hong Kong's Hang Seng index tops 30,000 | Phuket News
Asia markets rose in morning trade, and the dollar fell against a basket of currencies....
Former China internet regulator probed for suspected graft | Phuket News
The former head of China's internet regulator is under investigation for suspected graft, the ruling party said Tuesday....
Victoria's Secret in China: Lingerie and controversy | Phuket News
Victoria's Secret held its annual show in Shanghai on Monday - it's first fashion event in China....
Vatican, China Swap art in bid to Mend Strained Ties | Phuket News
The Vatican and China will exchange paintings, vases and sculptures in a bid to mend often strained ties through “the diplomacy of art”, officials said on Tuesday. Forty works from the Vatican will go on show in Beijing’s Forbidden City and 40 from China in the Vatican Museums in unprecedented simultaneous exhibitions in March, art chiefs from both countries told a news conference. “It will be an event that overcomes borders and time and that unites different cultures and civilizations,” Zhu Jiancheng, the head of the government-backed China Culture Investment Fund, said. “It will strengthen the friendship between China and the Vatican and it will favor the normalization of diplomatic relations,” he said of the project, in which each side will loan art works to the other. Relations between the Vatican and Beijing have been strained for decades. Chinese Catholics are divided between those loyal to the pope - the...
China Sentences Rights Lawyer to 2 Years in Prison | Phuket News
A court in China's southern Hunan province has sentenced prominent rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong to two years in prison on the charge of inciting state subversion.   Jiang is the twelfth lawyer to be sentenced since China began a sweeping crackdown more than two years ago that has seen more than 300 lawyers targeted. Two of those lawyers have filed an appeal. Kill chicken, frighten monkey   Jiang's wife and rights activists denounced the sentence, calling it
Uber official apologises for 'misunderstanding' in Philippines | Phuket News
Taxi-hailing firm wants to work with regulators after a temporary ban on services in the Philippines....
FIBA Asia Cup: Philippines’ title hopes over as South Korea deliver an offensive masterclass in quarter-final | Phuket News
THROUGHOUT the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon, it had seemed Philippines were built to thrive on adversity. They overcame Andray Blatche’s absence, Calvin Abueva’s late arrival at camp, June Mar Fajardo’s injury and limited practice time to beat defending champions China in their opening game. When Christian Standhardinger missed the final group game, against Qatar, and Abueva limped out, they still won to complete a group sweep and advance straight to the quarter-finals. But just as the adversity ended and everything seemed to be coming together, so it fell apart. SEE ALSO: FIBA Asia Cup: June Mar Fajardo ready to return as Philippines aim to beat old rivals South Korea and reach semi-finals Philippines, with a fully fit roster for the first time at the tournament, were blown away by South Korea in the first quarter-final. Fajardo was available for the first time in Lebanon, Standhardinger and Abueva were back, and...
Indonesia stocks lead Southeast Asia markets | Phuket News
Most Southeast Asian stock markets ended higher on Wednesday, in line with broader Asia, with Indonesia gaining nearly 1% and the Philippines ending at a near three-week high....
Drug dealer deaths triple as Indonesia moves towards Philippines-style war on narcotics | Phuket News
The number of suspected drug dealers killed by Indonesian police has more than tripled so far this year from the whole of 2016, activists said on Wednesday, raising concerns the country may be headed towards a bloody Philippines-style war on narcotics. At least 60 suspected dealers have died so far this year, up from last year’s 18, Amnesty International said. “While Indonesian authorities have a duty to respond to increasing rates of drug use in the country, shooting people on......
FIBA Asia Cup: June Mar Fajardo ready to return as Philippines aim to beat old rivals South Korea and reach semi-finals | Phuket News
PHILIPPINES will go into their FIBA Asia Cup quarter-final against South Korea with an unbeaten record in Lebanon, and quite possibly a full squad, after June Mar Fajardo declared himself fit for action. The San Miguel Beermen big man, a three-time Philippines Basketball Association MVP, is yet to make it onto the court in Beirut as he battles a calf problem. But the centre is ready to return against Korea as Gilas look to reach a fourth successive FIBA Asia Cup semi-final. His return would boost Gilas against their great rivals, as they look to beat a team they have defeated just once in their last four head-to-head matches at the Asian championship. SEE ALSO: Chot Reyes’ word of warning for Philippines as they bask in fans’ adulation at FIBA Asia Cup “Getting better, I’m really going to play,” said Fajardo, who suggested the key to overcoming the injury was partly...
Philippine troops to help cull fowl in bird flu battle | Phuket News
MANILA - - The Philippines will deploy hundreds of troops to hasten a cull of about 600,000 fowl, the farm minister said on Wednesday, as part of efforts to rein in the Southeast Asian nation's first outbreak of bird flu....
Philippines to Send Troops to Halt Bird Flu's Spread | Phuket News
The Philippines will deploy hundreds of troops to hasten the culling of about 600,000 fowl, the farm minister said Wednesday, as part of efforts to rein in the Southeast Asian nation’s first outbreak of bird flu. There has been no case of human transmission after the flu was detected on a farm in the province of Pampanga, about 75 km (47 miles) north of the capital Manila, but it has spread to about 36 other farms and nearly 40,000 birds have died. Troops to be sent “I have asked the Philippine army to provide us with additional warm bodies to help us in depopulating the farms,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol told a news conference. “Six hundred thousand is no mean job. Our personnel are facing a difficult task and we lack people.” Pinol said the government had about 200 men in the area, but fewer than 20,000 birds had been...
Philippines: Police report deadliest day yet in Duterte’s war on drugs | Phuket News
THE SCENES, like a broken record that keeps on playing the same thing, have become too common everywhere in the Philippines as the deadly war on drugs continues to rage in the largely Catholic nation for over a year now. On prime time national television, viewers have become too familiar seeing a bullet-riddled drug suspect lying in a pool of blood, a gun beside the lifeless body. The police would claim the suspect fired a gun to resist arrest, so they were forced to fire back to protect themselves. Sachets of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride), drug paraphernalia and marked money used in the drug buy-bust are then zoomed in. If that were not the scene, a masked gunman would shoot dead the drug suspect. The killer would then casually walk to a waiting companion and escape on a motorcycle. The perpetrators in the vigilante-style killings are rarely caught. SEE ALSO: Philippines:...
Pakistan, Iran top global list of countries with blasphemy laws | Phuket News
THE ISLAMIC Republic of Pakistan has been ranked second on United States government list of countries that implement blasphemy laws counter to human rights principles, being beaten only by Iran. The report entitled Respecting Rights? Measuring the World’s Blasphemy Laws published by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom ranked nations according to the relative severity of their blasphemy legislation, with a high ranking indicating “that these states’ prohibitions on blasphemy most run counter to international law principles.” According to the report, 71 out of the world’s 195 countries have some form of law against blasphemy, a crime defined as “the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God.” SEE ALSO: Pakistan taken to task over abductions, muzzling rights watchdog Members of the Awami Workers Party hold pictures with the name of student Mashal Khan, who was beaten to death by fellow students after a dormitory...
All quiet on Cambodian border as new alien workers’ law starts to bite | Phuket News
The main border crossing in Ban Klong Luek of Aranyaprathet district opposite Cambodia’s border township of Poipet which is usually busy with Cambodians waiting in long lines since the morning to cross into Thailand to work was relatively calm on Sunday following the enforcement of the new alien workers law which seeks higher penalties against both employers and employees who violate the law. A few hundred Cambodians were seen on the Cambodian side of the border waiting for the border gate to open.  These workers have border and immigration cards which will allow them to cross the border to work in Rong Klua market only and to return to Cambodia in the evening. Any Cambodians who attempt to travel further from this zone will be arrested and face harsher penalties as specified in the new law. For the past nine days, a total of 3,238 Cambodian illegal migrant workers have...
Cambodia arrests 73 Chinese in online scams | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH - Seventy-three Chinese haven been arrested in Cambodia for involvement in online scams, according to police and immigration officials....
Over 500 illegal migrants left in lurch | Phuket News
More than 500 illegal migrant workers from Cambodia and Myanmar were found to have been abandoned by their employers or had left their jobs following the enactment of a decree imposing harsh punishment on the recruitment of undocumented alien labourers....
Ambitious Cambodian Dance Troupe Honors Artistic Traditions in New Ways | Phuket News
Prumsodun Ok, a Cambodian-American born to refugee parents, knew he wanted to be an “apsara” dancer from the age of 4, when he was entranced by a performance captured on one of his family’s home movies. No matter that the dance dated back to the seventh century, or that traditionally apsaras were beautiful, heaven-born females, destined to entertain gods and kings at the Angkor temples in the ancient Khmer Empire, modern-day Cambodia. Ok focused on the stylized grace of the dancing and thought little about the fact that the dancers were women, because he was a kid and he had a dream. But he put that on hold for 12 years.  Growing up in Long Beach, California, home to 20,000 Khmer immigrants, Ok was bullied because he was “different.” He recalls being branded as gay and “kteu” — Thai or Cambodian slang for someone who is born male but acts...
Cambodia conservationists find rare cache of crocodile eggs | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Wildlife researchers in Cambodia say they've found a clutch of eggs from one of the world's most endangered crocodiles, raising hopes of its continuing survival in the wild....
Vietnam stocks outperform SE Asia peers | Phuket News
Most Southeast Asian stock markets ended on Monday lower as sentiment turned cautious ahead of a raft of economic data this week, but Vietnam bucked the trend and closed at its highest in over nine years as realty and financials firmed up....
Bluewave Chonburi wins AFC Futsal Championships 2017 | Phuket News
Thailand’s Bluewave Chonburi yesterday beat Iran’s Sanaye Giti Pasand 3-2 in the final of the AFC Futsal Championships held in Vietnam. The victory over Iran’s futsal club made Bluewave Chonburi it’s second title holder in the Asian trophy after its first in 2003. Both the Thai and Iranian teams entered the final in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday hoping to clinch their second title. It was a repeat of 2013 final in Japan where the Thai team won the trophy after emerging victorious in the penalty shootouts. In yesterday’s match, Thailand’s Suphawut Thueanklang scored the first goal in 13 minutes of the game from close range before he doubled the lead from the second penalty spot. Iran’s champion managed to bounce back in the second half through two Iranian internationals as Ahmad Esmaeilpour put the ball in after Chonburi’s goalkeeper misjudged a back-pass and Ali-Asghar Hasanzadeh then made it...
Vietnam arrests 4 activists for attempted subversion | Phuket News
HANOI -- Vietnamese police have arrested four activists accused of attempted subversion as the communist authorities show no tolerance of dissent....
Vietnamese Activists Arrested in Widening Crackdown | Phuket News
Vietnamese police arrested four activists for anti-state activities on Sunday, the police ministry said, in a widening crackdown on critics of the Communist Party that human rights groups have described as alarming. Despite sweeping reforms to Vietnam's economy and growing openness to social change, the ruling party does not tolerate criticism. The activists arrested were linked to Nguyen Van Dai, a lawyer who was arrested in 2015 for anti-state propaganda, the police website said. They were being investigated for
Vietnam Asks Indonesia to Explain Shooting of Fishermen | Phuket News
Vietnam has asked Indonesia to investigate and clarify reports that the Indonesian navy shot and wounded two Vietnamese fishermen in the South China Sea. Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh told Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi by telephone that the reported incident was “very serious ... and not appropriate with the strategic partnership relationship between Vietnam and Indonesia,” the Vietnamese foreign ministry said in a statement Friday. “Vietnam is deeply concerned about this incident and proposes Indonesia to quickly investigate and clarify the incident and inform Vietnam of the results and to stop repeating similar acts,” Minh was quoting as saying. Earlier this week, a local Vietnamese sea rescue committee said Indonesia’s navy had shot and wounded the Vietnamese fishermen last weekend. The Vietnamese boat was about 132 nautical miles (245 km) southeast of Con Dao island when the fishermen were shot Saturday night, the Binh Dinh provincial search and rescue...
Indonesia to Buy Russian Fighter Jets | Phuket News
Indonesia will buy 11 Sukhoi fighter jets worth $1.14 billion from Russia in exchange for cash and Indonesian commodities, two Cabinet ministers said Tuesday. The Southeast Asian country has pledged to ship up to $570 million worth of commodities in addition to cash to pay for the Sukhoi SU-35 fighter jets, which are expected to be delivered in stages starting in two years. Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita said in a joint statement with Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu that details of the type and volume of commodities were “still being negotiated.” Previously he had said the exports could include palm oil, tea and coffee. The deal is expected to be finalized soon between Indonesian state trading company PT Perusahaan Perdangangan Indonesia and Russian state conglomerate Rostec. Russia is currently facing a new round of U.S.-imposed trade sanctions. Meanwhile, Southeast Asia’s largest economy is trying to promote its palm oil products...
Indonesian police: Cleric key suspect in 2016 attack | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesian police have named a radical Islamic cleric as the key suspect in a suicide bombing and gun attack that killed eight people in Jakarta last year....
East Timor students protesting corruption hit with tear gas | Phuket News
POLICE fired tear gas at hundreds of students protesting against allegedly corrupt government officials at East Timor on Monday, forcing members of Parliament to suspend a scheduled auction of government cars, reports Reuters. The students claim the cars at the auction were purposely priced lower and will bring losses to the state. At the street demonstration, they threw rocks at police and public vehicles, injuring several officers while some students were arrested, according to officials. “We are doing this because we are not satisfied members of Parliament are taking such decisions to their own benefit,” said Duarte Antonio Nunes from a student organization. SEE ALSO: Corruption and economy main concerns as East Timor votes for Parliament Nunes warned of more protests if the government did not call off the auctions. After the protest, national Parliament president Aderito Hugo told a local radio station the auction had been “temporarily suspended” and asked for the public’s...
Jakarta, the city where no-one wants to walk | Phuket News
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Dita Wahyunita does not like walking the streets of the Indonesian capital....
E. Timor Police Fire Tear Gas During Student Protests | Phuket News
Hundreds of students in East Timor clashed on Monday with police who fired tear gas to disperse the crowds protesting against alleged government corruption. Members of parliament were forced to suspend a planned auction of government cars after protesters took to the streets and threw rocks at police officers and public vehicles, alleging the cars were being deliberately marked down and would cause state losses.
Traditional Clothes Color 72nd Independence Day Celebration at UGM | Phuket News
Aug 22, 2017 Picture:  The ceremony to celebrate the 72nd Indonesia’s Independence Day at UGM was marked by the Indonesian traditional costumes show. The ceremony was held at Balairung UGM on Thursday (17/8) and it was attended by UGM academic community. Hundreds of UGM academic community wore Indonesian traditional clothes from Sabang in the West to Merauke in the East. They participated in the ceremony which was directly led by UGM Rector, Prof. Ir. Panut Mulyono, M.Eng., D.Eng. This year, the Rector delivered a speech from the Governor of Yogyakarta, Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X. Corresponding to the main theme of Indonesia’s Independence Day Celebration 2017 which is Indonesia Works Together, Sultan delivered the importance of building national unity by working together in his speech. At the end of the ceremony, the Rector released Bimasakti Formula Car Team that will join a competition entitled Student Formula SAE 2017 which will...
Finger Root Potential to Inhibit Breast Cancer Cells Growth | Phuket News
Aug 22, 2017 Picture:  Breast Cancer is one type of cancer with the largest incidence. Chemotherapy is often performed for breast cancer treatment. However, chemotherapy has several weaknesses including the incomplete healing, thus causing drug resistance due to the high metabolism of cancer cells. It is characterized by the high level of Glutathione S-Transferase (GST) enzyme. Therefore, the students’ team from Faculty of Pharmacy UGM conducted research to find a solution for curing breast cancer. They conducted the research on the potential of finger root (Boesenbergia pandurata) to cure breast cancer. “Finger root contains Panduratin A compound which is included in chalcone compounds. This compound is proven to inhibit the activity of Glutathione S-Transferase (GST) enzyme,” said Aida Fathia on Friday in UGM campus. Aida Fathia conducted the research with Lisyaratih Anggriani, Rahajeng Fitria Wahyuniputri, Swandika Ayumarta Larasati, and Ziana Walidah. They tried to explore the finger root potential...
GIIAS 2017, Indonesia's Premier International Automotive Event, Concludes | Phuket News
Aug 20, 2017 Picture:  JAKARTA - The GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS 2017), Indonesia's premiere international automotive event, concluded on 20 August at Indonesia Convention Exhibition in BSD City, near Jakarta. Forty-seven new and concept vehicles were launched at GIIAS 2017, including 3 world premiere models. Rizwan Alamsjah, Chairman of GAIKINDO Exhibition, said,
Toon arrives in Tak, donations top B827m | Phuket News
Charity runner and rock singer Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai arrived in Tak early Friday morning, passing the 1,700km mark of his marathon, with donations rising above 827 million baht during the day....
Lifesaving Phuket surfer speaks out | Phuket News
PHUKET: The 53-year old Australian man who rescued a Chinese man and a ‘rescue official’ from Rawai municipality at Nai Harn Beach last Tuesday (Oct 17) contacted The Phuket News following the incident to give his comments on the incident....
Ammonia leak forces evacuation of Rawai residents | Phuket News
PHUKET: A number of residents in Rawai who lived close to the Rawai Temple were forced to evacuate their properties yesterday night and this morning when it was revealed that ammonia gas was leaking from a nearby ice and water making facility....
Phuket Vegetarian Festival goers holds mass prayer ceremony for late King | Phuket News
PHUKET: On Saturday (Oct 21), those joining the Phuket Vegetarian Festival held a mass prayer ceremony in Phuket Town to honour the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej....
Two Chinese tourists saved from drowning at Patong Beach | Phuket News
PHUKET: Two male Chinese tourists were saved from drowning at Patong Beach at about 7:30pm on Saturday night (Oct 21) by volunteer lifeguards and jet-ski operators, volunteer lifeguard and ex-lifeguard of the Phuket Lifeguard Service (PLS) Mr Somprasong Saengchat told The Phuket News today (Oct 23)....
Phuket rescue team catches 5-metre/70kg python | Phuket News
PHUKET: In the early hours of this morning, rescue workers successfully caught a 5-metre long reticulated python weighing 70 kilograms which locals found on a plot of land in Phuket Town....
Unidentified man’s body found in mangroves at Koh Siray | Phuket News
PHUKET: The body of an unidentified male was found in the mangroves at Koh Siray at about midday today (Oct 23), Maj Akaradej Kongprom of the Phuket City Police has confirmed to The Phuket News....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: CAUGHT: 70kg python! Residents evacuated? Rescued elephant dies! || October 23 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - October 23 CAUGHT: 70kg python! Elephant suffers no more! Tween driver dies in crash! Rawai residents evacuated? More tourists almost drown? Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuketf...
Phuket rehearses for Oct 26 Royal Cremation ceremony | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket government officials and volunteers today (Oct 23) participated in the rehearsal for the upcoming Oct 26 Royal Cremation ceremony for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Royal Crematorium replica in Saphan Hin....
Royal Flame given to Phuket district chiefs ahead of Royal Cremation | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Royal Flame which is to be used for the Royal Cremation ceremony of the late King Rama IX was yesterday passed over to the Kathu and Thalang district chiefs ahead of the Royal Funeral on Thursday (Oct 26)....
Electricity shut-offs in parts of Phuket Town tomorrow | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) has announced that electricity will temporarily be stitched off in some parts of Phuket Town tomorrow (Oct 25) as works are carried out on high-voltage power cables....
Asia markets tread water ahead of Fed decision; dollar slips after Alabama election results | Phuket News
Asian markets were mixed as investors awaited the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting....
FBI agents called Trump an 'idiot' during presidential race | Phuket News
Two FBI agents insulted President Donald Trump before he took office, according to NBC News....
In Dealing With North Korea's Missiles, Do Trump and Mattis Agree? | Phuket News
The U.S. president and his defense secretary issued divergent comments on Wednesday about how to respond to North Korea’s advancing ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.  Defense Secretary Jim Mattis emphasized the United States is “never out of diplomatic solutions” when it comes to dealing with North Korea. That comment was made after U.S. President Donald Trump said that
US flies bombers, fighters in show of force against N.Korea | Phuket News
SEOUL -- The United States flew some of its most advanced warplanes in bombing drills with ally South Korea on Thursday, a clear warning after North Korea launched a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear bombs over Japan earlier this week, the US and South Korean militaries said....
US, South Korea Give North Korea a Show of Air Power | Phuket News
The United States flew some of its most advanced warplanes in bombing drills Thursday with ally South Korea, a clear warning after North Korea launched a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear bombs over Japan earlier this week, South Korea’s military said. North Korea hates such displays of U.S. military might at close range and will likely respond with fury.   Two U.S. B-1B supersonic bombers and four F-35 stealth fighter jets joined four South Korean F-15 fighters in live-fire exercises at a military field in eastern South Korea that simulated precision strikes against the North’s “core facilities,” an official from Seoul’s Defense Ministry said. The B-1Bs were flown in from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam while the F-35s came from a U.S. base in Iwakuni, Japan, the official said. He didn’t want to be named, citing office rules.    The North, which claims Washington has long threatened...
US flies bombers, fighters in show of force against North Korea | Phuket News
The United States on Thursday flew some of its most advanced warplanes to South Korea to take part in bombing drills aimed at intimidating North Korea, after Pyongyang fired a midrange ballistic missile over Japan earlier this week, South Korea's military said....
In Dealing With North Korea's Missiles, Do Trump, Mattis Agree? | Phuket News
The U.S. president and his defense secretary issued divergent comments Wednesday about how to respond to North Korea's advancing ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis emphasized that the United States is
Trump, Defense Secretary Publicly Diverge on How to Handle N. Korea | Phuket News
The U.S. president and his defense secretary issued divergent comments Wednesday about how to respond to North Korea's advancing ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis emphasized that the United States is
Mattis: US ‘Never Out of Diplomatic Solutions’ Concerning N. Korea | Phuket News
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has emphasized the U.S. is “never out of diplomatic solutions” when it comes to the North Korean crisis, after President Donald Trump said that
HKSARG and HKTDC Announce 2nd Belt and Road Summit | Phuket News
Aug 20, 2017 Picture:  Global Government and Business Leaders to Discuss Infrastructure Investment, ASEAN Opportunities, Hong Kong Advantages 21 August 2017 – The second Belt and Road Summit, jointly organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), will be held on 11 September (Monday) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The inaugural summit last May was attended by Zhang Dejiang, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, who delivered a keynote speech. The summit was attended by some 2,400 government officials and business leaders from 48 countries and regions. Building on the momentum of the last Summit, this year’s event will adopt the theme “From Vision to Action”....
US ship collision stirs territorial dispute | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR - Monday's collision between a US Navy guided-missile destroyer and an oil tanker east of the Strait of Malacca has unwittingly rekindled an old territorial dispute between Malaysia and Singapore....
KL apologizes Indonesia over flag mistake at 29th SEA Games | Phuket News
Indonesia’s Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrowi has praised the Malaysian government for its quick response to his protest over a flag incident and he has asked his fellow Indonesians to put aside the issue and move on with the games, according to The Jakarta Post Online report on Sunday (Aug 20). The flag incident involved the misprinting of the Indonesian flag in the opening ceremony’s guidebook. The Red and White flag was placed upside down with the white atop the red. Mr Nahrowi spotted the error and immediately expressed his disappointment on his official Twitter account, demanding an official apology from the Malaysian government. Pembukaan #SEAgame2017 yg bagus tapi tercederai dg keteledoran fatal yg amat menyakitkan. Bendera kita….Merah Putih. Astaghfirullaah… pic.twitter.com/k92SlDdBqB — Imam Nahrawi (@imam_nahrawi) August 19, 2017 “Our government certainly accepts the apology.  This (incident) will never change our bonds and brotherhood,” Imam told journalists after meeting his...
Malaysia sites hacked after blunder over Indonesian flag | Phuket News
The Indonesian flag was printed upside down in a Malaysia-organised regional sports event guidebook....
Malaysia: Finding unity in the unlikeliest of ways | Phuket News
MALAYSIA is a deeply polarised country; from its governmental and political system right down to it’s society, it’s a nation built upon tolerance, rather than acceptance. For those unfamiliar with Malaysian society and her political makeup, allow me to explain why I say this. The country is built upon a political system that is inherently racist. The ruling coalition is Barisan Nasional (National Front) and it consists of component parties that each represent the different racial groups that form the Malaysian populace. We have Umno (United Malays National Organisation), the lynchpin party of BN that represents the Malays who make up the majority of the population. Then there is the MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association) and the MIC (Malaysian Indian Congress), who represent the Chinese and the Indians, the country’s second and third largest ethnic groups. These are then followed by a slew of smaller parties who represent the different indigenous...
Thailand wins gold medal in women’s sepak takraw  in SEA Games | Phuket News
Thailand’s women’s national team today (Aug 21) won the gold medal after beating Malaysia two sets in the sepak takraw inter-regu match in the 29th SEA Games in Malaysia. The Thai team won the first set 21-20 and 21-22 in the second set at the Titiwangsa Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. The winning of the women’s national regu sepak takraw team earned Thailand a total six gold medals in the 2017 SEA Games. This is also the 9th gold medal for the Thai women’s sepak takraw team in SEA Games in this category. Malaysia won the game yesterday to enter the final to play Thailand today after Indonesian team walked out to protest several refereeing decision at the 2017 SEA Games yesterday. Stadiumastro website reported that the walkout came after several serves made by Indonesia were ruled illegal by match umpire Radhi Che Mei of Singapore during the second set –...
Palestinian cause not a Muslim-only problem, activists tell Malaysia | Phuket News
While lauding Malaysia for its record of strong support for the Palestinian cause,  foreign activists are calling upon Malaysia to lose the ‘Muslim-only’ problem label on its advocacy efforts and re-frame it as one that affects humanity as a whole. Speaking at a forum held in Kuala Lumpur last week, European Palestinian (EuroPal) Forum chairman, Zaher Birawi said Malaysia can do more in its aid to Palestine, from its geopolitical relations to how it puts forth the Palestinian narrative at home. “We need to reach out to all sectors regardless of their religion,” Birawi told the “Advancing the Palestinian Cause: Advocacy and Activism in the Malaysian Context” forum. SEE ALSO: Malaysians will protest Rohingyan plight with rage, then they forget Efforts at home, through civil society and its education system, tend to label the struggle for Palestinian independence from Israel’s illegal occupation as a problem limited to Muslims, according to Birawi. Malaysia is a...
Online abuse of Malaysia's Muslim women | Phuket News
The brutality of online attacks on some Muslim women in Malaysia have led to calls for changes in law....
US Navy Orders Operational Pause, Broad Probe Following Collision Near Singapore | Phuket News
The U.S. Navy has ordered an immediate, worldwide “operational pause” after a guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant ship Monday east of Singapore, the second such collision in as many months.   Ten American sailors are reported missing and five injured, with the USS John S. McCain sustaining
Mattis: Navy to Conduct Broad Probe After US Warship Collision | Phuket News
The U.S. Navy has ordered a broad investigation into naval operations after a guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant ship east of Singapore Monday, the second such collision in as many months. Ten American sailors are reported missing and five injured, with the USS John S. McCain sustaining
Damaged US warship arrives in Singapore; 10 missing | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- The USS 'John S. McCain' has docked at Singapore's naval base with “significant damage” to its hull after an early morning collision with an oil tanker as vessels from several nations searched Monday for 10 missing US sailors....
US Navy ship and oil tanker collide near Singapore | Phuket News
A search for the sailors is under way after the Navy ship and an oil tanker collide near Singapore....
US Navy ship and oil tanker collide off Singapore | Phuket News
A search for the sailors is under way after a Navy ship and an oil tanker collide off Singapore....
US warship hits tanker near Singapore; 10 missing | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- At least 10 US sailors are missing after the USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker early Monday east of Singapore, the second accident involving a ship from the Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months....
10 sailors missing after US destroyer John S. McCain and tanker collide east of Singapore | Phuket News
Ten sailors are missing after a US warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore on Monday, the US Navy said, the second accident involving US Navy destroyers in Asian waters in little more than two months. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while heading to Singapore for a routine port call, the US Navy said in a statement. “Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft,” the US Navy......
Victoria's Secret Show with Chinese characteristics | Phuket News
The lingerie event faced a string of problems but it grabbed huge attention on China's social media....
Hong Kong ex-official held in bribery case | Phuket News
The defendants stand accused of wiring almost a million dollars through New York's banking system....
China to fend off bubble risk with tighter property rules | Phuket News
Beijing says it will stop illegal capital from moving into real estate....
China jails prominent human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong | Phuket News
It's the latest in a string of verdicts in Beijing's sweeping crackdown on human rights lawyers....
Pet Industry Keeps Growing: 122nd Canton Fair Highlights Pet Products and Food | Phuket News
Nov 21, 2017 Picture:  GUANGZHOU, China, Nov. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hosted in the world's third largest pet market, the 122nd China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) has reported a 3.6 percent year-on-year increase of buyers with total transaction volume growing by 8.2 percent year-on-year. Exhibitors at the pet products and food sector have seen significant increases in the number of inquiries they received at the tradeshow, reflecting the considerable growth of global as well as Chinese pet market. The global pet market has reached 105 billion yuan (US$15.86 billion) since 2015, achieving 5.06 percent compound growth over the past five years. At the 122nd Canton Fair, the pet sector featured a diverse array of pet products that were showcased in groups so that buyers could compare quality and price. Maggie Pu, Deputy Director General of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Canton Fair, noted that the Canton...
Victoria’s Secret China show struts on despite controversy | Phuket News
SHANGHAI (AP) — Gigi Hadid and Katy Perry didn’t make it but the Victoria’s Secret show in Shanghai managed to strut on Monday without them, surviving a controversy over visa issues and a model who slipped and fell during the show. Fifty-five models walked the catwalk inside the Mercedes-Benz Arena, serenaded by Harry Styles, R&B […]...
US, China Sign Communication Deal Amid Heightened Tensions on Korean Peninsula | Phuket News
Top U.S. and Chinese military officers have signed an agreement aimed at improving communication amid tensions over North Korea's missile program and China's controversial claims in the South China Sea. Speaking in Beijing with Chinese General Fang Fenghui, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford said the two countries have
Shortlist revealed for coveted Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets | Phuket News
Aug 16, 2017 Organisers confirm highest number of submissions received in Awards history; projects selected from across the world represent best in architectural design Dubai, UAE; 15 August 2017: The shortlist for the Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets has been revealed, announcing the best real estate and architecture innovators behind some of the world’s most renowned new projects. With more than 300 submissions received – the highest in the Awards’ history – a total of 45 projects have been selected by an independent panel of experts. Representing 13 countries including the UAE, USA, Brazil, Egypt, India, Turkey and Hong Kong, the projects will compete in 11 categories at the upcoming award ceremony on Monday 11 September 2017 at Conrad Hotel, Dubai. The panel comprised 18 experts from prominent organisations including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Mace Macro International, and HLM Architects. Christopher Seymour, Regional Development Director and Head...
Uber’s operations in the Philippines suspended for a month | Phuket News
The operations of ride-sharing company Uber has been suspended for a month by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) of the Philippines, The Manila Times Online reported on Tuesday (Aug 15). The board also suspended Uber’s online booking applications which allow users to book rides through their smartphones. The board urged Uber “to extend financial assistance to its affected peer-operators during the period of suspension as an expression of good faith as their accredited peer-operators would not have suffered current predicament were it not for the predatory actions of respondent Uber.” Uber and the other ride-sharing operators have been under fire for allegedly allowing unregistered vehicles to take on passengers. Meanwhile, Uber has issued a statement on its Facebook page, saying that the company has filed a motion for reconsideration with the LTFRB. “This means that Uber’s operations will continue until the motion is resolved. Consequently, we will...
Uber appeals Philippines suspension and resumes services as ‘thousands’ are left stranded | Phuket News
Uber said on Tuesday it had appealed to Philippine authorities to reconsider a one-month suspension handed to the ride-hailing firm a day earlier, and would resuming services as it waits for a decision. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) decided late on Monday to halt the service over Uber’s defiance of an order to cease accepting new driver applications. Uber is hugely popular in the Philippines, regarded by its users as more reliable and competitive than......
Signs of Diplomacy Appear as North Korea Delays Guam Missile Test | Phuket News
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday appeared to postpone a plan to fire missiles toward Guam, a move that could help defuse the potential for imminent conflict, and give new momentum to reported behind the scenes efforts underway to find a peaceful resolution to the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula. President Donald Trump’s harsh warning last week that the United States would respond to any North Korean threat with “fire and fury” set off a flurry of confrontational rhetoric from both sides. The North Korean People’s Army pushed back saying preparations were underway to launch a missile over Japan to land near the U.S. territory of Guam. Trump said the U.S. military was “locked and loaded” and ready to respond to any attack on its territories. On Tuesday, the North Korean leader was quoted by the KCNA state media outlet saying he will wait and see “if the...
Bird flu fears mean it's a great time to dig into some chicken: Philippines | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - More than 18,600 chickens, ducks, quails and other fowls have been culled in the country since Sunday....
Cambodia tourism industry eyes more Russian visitors | Phuket News
The Cambodian Tourism Ministry has outlined the potential of tourism services and investment opportunities to Russia, hoping to attract tourists and investments to Cambodia....
Cambodia's Hun Sen orders probe into rights group | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered an investigation on Wednesday into The Situation Room, a consortium of rights groups which criticised local elections this month that handed a victory to Hun Sen's ruling party....
Cambodian PM orders investigation into human rights group | Phuket News
CAMBODIAN Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered an investigation on Wednesday into The Situation Room, a consortium of rights groups which criticised local elections this month that handed a victory to Hun Sen’s ruling party. Speaking on the 66th anniversary of his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), Hun Sen ordered a probe into the groups which monitored the June 4 commune elections. Cambodia’s embattled opposition did well in the local election, which government critics hope will pave the way for an opposition victory to end Hun Sen’s 32-year rule in the impoverished country come a general election in 2018. Hun Sen’s CPP won 1,156 communes to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party’s (CNRP) 489, according to official results released on Sunday. Hun Sen has repeatedly said he will hold onto power. Earlier this month he warned of civil war if his party is toppled. SEE ALSO: Cambodian election was neither free nor...
Cambodian Local Election Results Offer Hope to Opposition | Phuket News
Final results released Sunday from Cambodia's local elections this month confirmed the dominance of Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party, but a strong showing by the opposition saw its prospects boosted for next year's general election. The results issued by the National Election Committee show the ruling Cambodian People's Party capturing 1,156 of the country's 1,646 communes, and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party winning 489 in the June 4 polls, with the much smaller Khmer National Unity Party picking up a sole commune. The percentage of the popular vote captured by the CPP declined to just under 51 percent from about 62 percent in 2012 local elections, while the CNRP's share rose to almost 44 percent from 30 percent. The opposition was also encouraged because it attained its strong showing despite intimidation and legal pressures from the government. The Cambodian People's Party, reacting to Sunday's announcement, issued a statement...
Cambodia ruling party big winner in local elections | Phuket News
Cambodia's ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen won over two-thirds of the commune chief posts in this month's nationwide local elections, according to official results released Sunday by the National Election Committee (NEC)....
What will become of Cambodia’s endangered tuk-tuk drivers? | Phuket News
For the past 20 years, Poch Naht has parked his tuk-tuk in the same spot on Phnom Penh’s bustling Sothearos Boulevard. He spends his days waiting to take passengers around the city, earning between US$5-US$10 a day, which he uses to support his wife and three children. “You can say it’s difficult,” Naht said of his work. “Some days you get some money, some days you do not.” In recent years, as Cambodia has emerged from economic obscurity and Phnom Penh has......
Khieu Samphan gives final statement, denying extermination of people | Phuket News
In his final statement at the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Friday, former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan said he was not a murderer and he denied knowledge of grave crimes against humanity that occurred under the regime, according to a report of The Phnom Penh Post on Saturday. Samphan’s rare comments bring the court proceedings to a close in the second trial of Samphan and former Brother Number Two Nuon Chea for crimes, including murder, extermination and genocide. “I know that they really suffered,” said Samphan referring to the Civil Parties who are victims of the regime represented in the courtroom. “I also heard when they spoke to me, sometimes referring to me as a murderer. How could it be otherwise? Since this court’s inception, it has done everything in order to let you, the Civil Parties, to refer to me as someone who has the responsibility for all the...
UN Condemns Vietnam's Crackdown on Human Rights Defenders | Phuket News
U.N. officials have voiced their dismay at Vietnam's intensifying campaign against those who question or criticize government policy. The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the severity of sentences handed down to dissenters after so-called show trials. In the most recent incident, the U.N. reports that on July 25, well-known activist Tran Thi Nga was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment and five years' house arrest for spreading so-called anti-state propaganda. Rights Office spokeswoman Liz Throssell says Tran Thi Nga's sentence comes less than one month after another prominent blogger, Mother Mushroom, was jailed for 10 years. Throssell says both bloggers were sentenced after flawed judicial proceedings.
Communist Parties Expected to Ease Latest China-Vietnam Maritime Quarrel | Phuket News
China has gone back on the verbal offensive against Vietnam, its strongest adversary in the disputed South China Sea, after a year of peacemaking, but analysts believe Communist parties on both sides will meet to prevent any escalation. The abrupt end last month of a visit to Vietnam by a Chinese military official and apparent pressure from Beijing this month to make Vietnam quit an offshore oil exploration tract have put the two sides at odds. The new tensions come after a year in which officials from the two countries met for talks on maritime cooperation and other economic ties. Despite the specter of another conflict, such as the anti-China riots of 2014 in Vietnam or the deadly sea clashes of 1974 and 1988, observers expect ruling party leaders from the Communist neighbors will probably meet to put the current dispute on hold. Disagreements disappear That mechanism has worked for...
Communist Parties of China, Vietnam Expected to Ease Latest Maritime Upset | Phuket News
China has gone back on the verbal offensive against Vietnam, its strongest adversary in the disputed South China Sea, after a year of peacemaking, but analysts believe Communist parties on both sides will meet to prevent any escalation. The abrupt end last month of a visit to Vietnam by a Chinese military official and apparent pressure from Beijing this month to make Vietnam quit an offshore oil exploration tract have put the two sides at odds. The new tensions come after a year in which officials from the two countries met for talks on maritime cooperation and other economic ties. Despite the specter of another conflict, such as the anti-China riots of 2014 in Vietnam or the deadly sea clashes of 1974 and 1988, observers expect ruling party leaders from the Communist neighbors will probably meet to put the current dispute on hold. Disagreements disappear That mechanism has worked for...
Vietnam plans to spend over $6bn for crude oil, fuel storage | Phuket News
HANOI/SINGAPORE - Vietnam plans to spend more than US$6 billion to build a strategic petroleum reserve and to expand commercial storage for crude oil and oil products by 2025, according to a document reviewed by Reuters....
Britain says it will send warship to South China Sea next year, in move likely to anger Beijing | Phuket News
Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, a move likely to anger Beijing. Britain would increase its presence in the waters after it sent four British fighter planes for joint exercises with Japan in the region last year, he said. China claims most of the energy-rich sea where neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims. “We......
Britain risks Beijing’s wrath with plan to send naval vessel to disputed South China Sea | Phuket News
Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises – a move likely to anger Beijing. Britain will increase its presence in the waters after sending fighter planes for joint exercises with Japan in the region last year, Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, said. China claims most of the energy-rich sea where Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims. Why Beijing is speeding up underwater drone......
Malaysia sets October 2 date for trial of women accused of assassinating Kim Jong-nam | Phuket News
Malaysia will begin on October 2 the trial of two women accused of the dramatic killing of the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader, the High Court said on Friday. Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, from Vietnam, are charged with murdering Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13 by smearing his face with VX, a chemical the United Nations describes as a weapon of mass destruction. Appearing at the Shah Alam High Court on the outskirts of the capital,......
Britain Plans to Send Warship to S. China Sea in Move Likely to Irk Beijing | Phuket News
Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defense Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, a move likely to anger Beijing. Britain would increase its presence in the waters after it sent four British fighter planes for joint exercises with Japan in the region last year, he said. China claims most of the energy-rich sea where neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.
Amazon Reaches for Millions in Southeast Asia's Cyberspace | Phuket News
Amazon is introducing express delivery to Singapore in its first direct effort to tap into surging online shopping in fast-growing Southeast Asia. The American e-commerce company announced Thursday it will begin operating a distribution facility bigger than a football field in the wealthy island nation. It promises to deliver tens of thousands of types of items within two hours for free, if customers spend at least 40 Singapore dollars ($29.52).   That's a step up from past international shipping options offered by Amazon, where items sometimes took weeks to arrive.   Amazon is late to capitalize on the region's rising middle class. The biggest local competitor is Lazada, which is backed by Chinese giant Alibaba and launched in the region in 2012. It operates in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore.   Henry Low, the Asia Pacific director of Amazon Prime Now, said the company is keen to...
Vietnam and Malaysia eye $15 billion trade by 2020 | Phuket News
HANOI -- Trade between Vietnam and Malaysia has increased three-fold over the last decade to $10.3 billion and the two countries have set the target of $15 billion by 2020....
Indonesia's July car sales rebound 37% y-o-y | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Car sales in Indonesia rebounded 37.2% in July from a year earlier, according to PT Astra International Tbk citing data released by the automotive industry association on Monday....
Reports: China Accuses Luxury E-Retailer of Smuggling | Phuket News
The founder of a Chinese luxury online retailer has been extradited from Indonesia to face charges his company smuggled goods into China by having travelers pretend they were personal belongings, news reports said Monday. Ji Wenhong of Xiu.com joins a growing number of Chinese fugitives who are being returned from abroad to face charges of corruption or financial misconduct. Ji faces charges of smuggling goods worth a total of 438 million yuan ($65.5 million) into China while failing to report their true value, the news reports said, citing government officials. The reports said Ji was accused of arranging for his company to buy designer clothing from Europe and the United States and have it shipped to Hong Kong. They said the company arranged for travelers to carry it to the mainland in their baggage, avoiding import duties. Ji left China in May 2016 after being charged with smuggling, according to...
SEA Games: Malaysia apologises to Indonesia over flag blunder in Games guidebook | Phuket News
MALAYSIA has apologised for printing an upside-down version of Indonesia’s flag in the souvenir guidebook for the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, which were officially declared open on Saturday. The mistake, which was spotted at the opening ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, has led to Malaysian officials promising to withdraw and reprint the guidebooks. The error prompted an outcry in Indonesia, with the hashtag #ShameonyouMalaysia trending during the weekend. Indonesian President Joko Widodo told reporters in Jakarta the incident concerned “national pride” and called for an apology. His wish was quickly granted, as, within hours, Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman apologised to the government and people of Indonesia for the “inadvertent error”. SEE MORE: SEA Games: Double gold for Malaysia’s archers in team compound events He added that all measures were being taken “to address this unfortunate situation”. Earlier, Malaysia Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin – who is synonymous with Malaysia’s...
How can we realize the opportunities of China’s Belt and Road strategy? | Phuket News
When the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative was first announced by President Xi of China in late 2013, few could have envisaged the grandeur and ambition that it would entail. It has since generated considerable discussion and speculation about its specifics, such as what constitutes a B&R project, if there are commercial opportunities present and what the chances of success are. Kept broad and inclusive by the Chinese government, the B&R strategy has transcended many of its initial impressions and has proven to be much more. For example, there is a focus on developing bankable infrastructure projects supported by large international agencies, which infers that the B&R goes beyond just geopolitics and embraces the promotion of commercial interests, trade, culture and integration. More than just a road Even though the B&R’s initial objective was to rebuild the ancient land network that connects China to Europe via Central Asia, it has...
Malaysia apologises to Indonesia over flag blunder | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR/JAKARTA -- Malaysia has apologised to Indonesia over the upside down printing of the Indonesian flag in a souvenir guidebook handed out at the opening of the Southeast Asian Games....
Malaysia says sorry to Indonesia over upside down flag blunder in Games guidebook | Phuket News
Malaysia has apologised to Indonesia over the upside down printing of the Indonesian flag in a souvenir guidebook handed out at the opening of the Southeast Asian Games. The mistake, spotted at the opening of the games in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, on Saturday sparked an outcry in Indonesia and the hashtag #ShameonyouMalaysia was trending on social media. Indonesian President Joko Widodo told reporters in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, the incident concerned “national pride......
Indonesia was supposed to be embracing freedom. What happened? | Phuket News
It’s been nearly two decades since Indonesian dictator Suharto was toppled in a people-led revolution that was supposed to put the country on the road to full-fledged democracy. Laws guaranteeing a free press and the protection of rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly were passed in the immediate aftermath of Suharto’s downfall in 1998 – a so-called reformasi (reformation) that was meant to draw a line under the decades of repression that had seen critics of......
Asia markets track Wall Street gains, Nikkei lags | Phuket News
Asian stocks traded mostly higher on Friday, tracking slight gains seen on Wall Street....
Tennis stars learn Thai cooking from Jay Fai | Phuket News
After firing aces at different arenas across the world the whole year round, stars Simona Halep of Romania, Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia and Britain's Johanna Konta on Friday learned how to serve up an omelette....
More Than 30 Killed in India Bus Crash | Phuket News
At least 32 people were killed when a bus fell into a river Saturday in western India. The bus, which was carrying passengers in the Indian state of Rajasthan, was speeding to overtake another vehicle when it crashed through a bridge railing, falling into the river below, survivors said. So far, authorities have recovered 32 bodies from the river. At least another 10 passengers were injured. It was not immediately clear whether the driver was among the survivors. India's roads are some of the deadliest in the world, with estimates ranging from between 110,000 and 150,000 road fatalities in the South Asian country every year....
India bus plunge kills at least 33 | Phuket News
NEW DELHI: At least 33 people were killed on Saturday after a passenger bus veered off a bridge and plunged into a river in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, police said....
India bus plunge kills at least 32 | Phuket News
NEW DELHI: At least 32 people were killed on Saturday after a passenger bus veered off a bridge and plunged into a river in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, police said....
20 killed as bus falls into river in western India | Phuket News
NEW DELHI: At least 20 people have been killed after a passenger bus veered off a bridge and plunged into a river in the western Indian state of Rajasthan....
Melbourne car attack: Australia police charge man | Phuket News
A former Afghan refugee faces 18 counts of attempted murder after the incident in Flinders Street....
Melbourne attack an isolated incident, says PM Turnbull | Phuket News
Australia's prime minister says the attack was
Australia PM: Melbourne attack 'isolated incident' | Phuket News
Australia's prime minister says the attack was
Melbourne car attack an isolated incident, says PM Turnbull | Phuket News
Australia's prime minister says the attack was
Australia methamphetamine seizure 'worth a record A$1bn' | Phuket News
Eight men are arrested over the largest seizure of the drug in national history....
SET opens up 2.14 to 1,739.05 | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened up 0.12% at the start of trade this morning....
Assistant nurse accused of tricking 300 of B15m | Phuket News
SUKHOTHAI: About 300 people filed complaints at the Muang Sukhothai police station on Sunday accusing an assistant nurse of tricking them out of 15 million baht through a pyramid scheme....
Ronnachai’s girlfriend charged with conspiracy to murder of dental assistant | Phuket News
Narumon Chueysombat, the girlfriend of Ronnachai Panchart who is alleged to have shot to death his bride-to-be Nontiya Krowjatturat, a dental assistant at Tambon Salui Hospital in Chumphon’s Tha Sae district, has been charged with conspiracy in the murder, police said. Nontiya, 25, was found dead with gun shot wound to her chest inside the hospital’s staff accommodation on Dec 19. Pol Maj Gen Sonthichai Arwattanakulthep, the Chumphon police chief, said Ms Narumol told police investigators that in November she bought a gun for Mr Ronnachai to protect himself since he said he had been under threats.  She said Mr Ronnachai gave her 7,000 baht to buy the gun. Ms Narumon said on the night of Dec 18 Mr Ronnachai asked her to drive him to Nontiya’s room, saying that he wanted to clear problems with Nontiya.  She said when Mr Ronnachai came back, he told her that he had...
Kin of slain bride-to-be accuse fiance's lover | Phuket News
Chumphon: The family of a health official murdered by her soon-to-be husband has vowed not to cremate her until they receive justice, after also pointing the finger at the alleged killer's lover....
UN slaps fresh sanctions on North Korea | Phuket News
UN Security Council unanimously adopts resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea over its missile programme...
Myanmar army rebuked, but invited to Cobra Gold 2018 | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: The Myanmar military, which has been accused of ethnic cleansing against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority, has been invited back to the 2018 Cobra Gold war games in Thailand....
DNP sets out on mission to save goral | Phuket News
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation plans to boost the numbers of a rare population of goral living high in the mountains in the North....
Rohit Sharma: India batsman equals fastest Twenty20 international century against Sri Lanka | Phuket News
India batsman Rohit Sharma scores the joint fastest Twenty20 international century, from 35 balls in an 88-run win over Sri Lanka....
PTT budgets B340bn for five-year plan | Phuket News
PTT Plc, the national oil and gas conglomerate, has set its capital spending budget for 2018-22 at 340 billion baht, mostly to fund investment in S-curve industries and support existing businesses that are still growing....
ASP predicts record for bourse in 2018 | Phuket News
Despite projecting a short-term correction next month, the Thai bourse is projected to rise to an all-time high of 1,815 points in 2018 because of improved earnings of listed firms and recovery in private investment, says Asia Plus Securities (ASP)....
Australia Urged to Find Humane Solutions for Manus Refugees | Phuket News
The U.N. refugee agency is calling on the Australian government to find humane solutions for hundreds of refugees it has abandoned in a precarious situation on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island. UNHCR accuses the Australian government of shirking its responsibilities to care for and protect some 800 refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island.   It says the situation has become more precarious for the refugees since the government closed its so-called offshore processing facility at the end of October.  Over the past four weeks, it notes, refugees who were moved to three new accommodation sites have been attacked several times. The worst case involved three people armed with machetes and an axe. UNHCR spokeswoman, Cecile Pouilly, says local hostility and resentment against the refugees is high and growing.  She told VOA the Australian authorities must resolve this critical situation. “We are talking here about people who have suffered extreme...
UNHCR: Australia Abandoned Refugees, Now Must Clear Up Mess It Made | Phuket News
The U.N. refugee agency on Friday accused Australia of abandoning hundreds of refugees and asylum-seekers on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and said it must take responsibility for the mess it created with its
The Indian teenagers who were expelled from school for hugging | Phuket News
The teenagers were found to have engaged in an
Apple sued over updates slowing iPhones | Phuket News
CHICAGO: iPhone owners from several states sued Apple Inc for not disclosing sooner that it issued software updates deliberately slowing older-model phones so aging batteries lasted longer, saying Apple's silence led them to wrongly conclude that their only option was to buy newer, pricier iPhones....
SET closes up 5.17 to 1,742.08 | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand climbed 0.30%, or 5.17 points, to 1,742.08 on Friday....
SET sees all-time IPO high of B420bn | Phuket News
Total market capitalisation for this year's IPOs has reached an all-time high of 420 billion baht as the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) celebrates its 42nd anniversary....
North Korea: UN imposes fresh sanctions over missile tests | Phuket News
The tough measures imposed over North Korea's missile programme target petrol supplies....
North Korea: Trump praises latest UN sanctions over missiles | Phuket News
The US president says the world
Pakistan: 3 Troops Killed in Cross-border Raid | Phuket News
Pakistan says
Beijing Slams US for Sanctioning Chinese Official for Abuses | Phuket News
China said Friday that it strongly opposes the Trump administration's decision to sanction a former Beijing police official for his role in the death of a human rights campaigner. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing that the sanctions against Gao Yan amounted to Washington interfering in China's internal affairs and judicial sovereignty.  She said China urges the U.S. to
Duterte imposes no overseas travel policy for officials | Phuket News
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he would impose a “no travel” policy starting January 1 for all officials in the Executive Department, The Manila Times Online reported on Friday (Dec 22). He warned that officials who travelled abroad almost every month should better pack up and leave their positions. “Well, I do not want to interfere with Congress and the Supreme Court, that’s yours.  Dito sa akin (In my branch), no travel now.  I’ll cut it or whatever, except the diplomats, the ambassadors,” said Duterte in a speech during the commissioning of BRP Lapu-Lapu and BRP Francisco Dagohoy in Sasa Wharf, Davao City on Thursday (Dec 22). He said he didn’t want to humiliate any individuals, but advised them to resign. About a week ago, Duterte fired Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor Chairman Terry Ridon and four other commissioners over supposed unnecessary travels abroad.   On Dec 8,...
Suicide Bomber Kills 6 Policemen in Southern Afghanistan | Phuket News
Afghan officials say a suicide bombing early Friday killed at least six policemen and wounded 10 others, including an area commander, in southern Kandahar province. The bomber rammed his explosives-filed four-wheel drive military light truck, commonly known as Humvee, into a police station in the Maiwand district. The massive blast inflicted damages to the facility and nearby civilian houses, Sultan Mohammad, the regional police commander, told VOA. “Security guards stationed at the first entrance intercepted the Humvee, packed with around 3,000 kilograms of explosives, and opened fired to stop it, but the bomber managed to reach the second gate before detonating the explosives,” he added. The Taliban swiftly claimed responsibly for carrying out the attack. Mohammad acknowledged that Taliban insurgents in recent battlefield attacks in Kandahar and adjoining Helmand province have seized a number of Humvees and are frequently using them in suicide attacks against Afghan forces. Local police sources,...
Thailand joins 127 others in denouncing Jerusalem move | Phuket News
Thailand has joined 127 other countries in the UN General Assembly which voted on Thursday to denounce President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, largely ignoring Mr Trump's threats to cut off aid to any country that went against him....
Barca hammer Real in 'Classico' | Phuket News
MADRID: Real Madrid's hopes of retaining their La Liga title appeared to be fading fast as goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal propelled Barcelona to a 3-0 win in the
Asia's largest economies are increasingly uneasy with the rise of bitcoin | Phuket News
Some Asian economies have issued stern warnings about risks in cryptocurrencies in recent days....
95 street racers arrested in Bangkok | Phuket News
Metropolitan and tourist police arrested 95 people and seized 82 motorcycles in a joint campaign to crack down on street racing in Bangkok on Friday night (Dec 22). Over 200 police and soldiers joined the operation in the western districts of Bangkok under the jurisdiction of Metropolitan Police Division 7. Metropolitan Police Division 7 commander Pol Maj Gen Boonyarit Rodma said a total of 95 motorcyclists and pillion riders were rounded up and 82 motorcycles seized. Of the 95 street racers arrested, three tested positive for drugs, while one person was found to have 7 methamphetamine pills in possession. He said those who are minors will be sent to the Patrol and Special Operations Centre for behavioural training on Dec 27. If these minors are rearrested for the same offence, their parents will face criminal charge as well, he said. Pol Maj Gen Boonyarit said the arrest follow police investigation...
Gold prices up B50 to B19,750 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,298.68 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,650 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
Gold prices steady at 19,650 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,192.56 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,550 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
Police raid ‘illegal’ businesses of drug suspects | Phuket News
Raids on Pattaya-based businesses reportedly owned by two high-profile drug suspects, including an Australian man, revealed they were engaged in several illegal activities, police said. The post Police raid ‘illegal’ businesses of drug suspects appeared first on Pattaya Daily News....
At Least 133 Dead in Philippines Storm | Phuket News
Police and disaster officials in the Philippines say at least 133 people are dead and dozens of others are missing as a tropical storm triggered mudslides and floods. Multiple deaths were reported Friday on Mindanao in the town of Tubod.
Record crowd hails Akihito on birthday | Phuket News
TOKYO: A record crowd paid their respects to Japan's 84-year-old Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace on Saturday, in his first birthday celebration since the date of his abdication was set....
Japan Emperor Turns 84, Pledges to Work Until Abdication | Phuket News
Japan’s Emperor Akihito marked his 84th birthday Saturday with a pledge to fulfill his duties until the day of his abdication in 2019, and to prepare for “passing the torch to the next era.” Akihito waved to thousands of well-wishers from a balcony of the royal palace. He was to attend birthday celebrations at the palace later Saturday. In his annual birthday comment at a news conference earlier this week and released Saturday, Akihito thanked the people for putting together thoughts and efforts to achieve his abdication wish that had surprised the nation. Akihito still has a busy schedule, signing official documents, receiving foreign dignitaries and traveling to disaster-hit areas. And he said he will keep working until April 30, 2019, the day he is scheduled to abdicate. “Over the remaining days, I continue to carry out my duties as the symbol of the state,” Akihito said. “I would like...
Man beaten by Pattaya songthaew operators | Phuket News
A South Korean man was seriously injured in a fist-fight with the staff of a public-transport provider in Pattaya early on Sunday. The post Man beaten by Pattaya songthaew operators appeared first on Pattaya Daily News....
Peru's Fujimori taken to hospital from prison in ambulance | Phuket News
LIMA: Peru's former president Alberto Fujimori was taken from prison to a local hospital late on Saturday by ambulance to undergo treatment for a severe drop in blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythm, Fujimori's doctor told local broadcaster RPP....
China punishes 970 people for misuse of poverty relief funds | Phuket News
SHANGHAI: China has punished 970 people for misusing funds earmarked for a poverty relief campaign intended to lift everyone in rural areas out of poverty by 2020, the Xinhua state news agency reported on Saturday....
SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou (SIAF) 2018 to explore future industry trends | Phuket News
Dec 22, 2017 Picture:  Experts share current Industry 4.0 forecasts at the “Global review on Industrial Digitised Transformation” and “Dialogue with Hidden Champions” conferences “Smart Industry Solutions Summit” makes its first appearance at SIAF SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou (SIAF), hailed as the leading industrial automation industry event, will once again be held at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou from 4 – 6 March 2018. Since the show opened to exhibitors for booking in April, it has confirmed over 430 exhibitors, a 15% increase in exhibitors from the same period last year. Apart from connecting suppliers and buyers across the continents to facilitate global trade, the fair also serves as a vital marketing and networking platform for all participants. The “Global review on Industrial Digitised Transformation” and “Smart Industry Solutions” conference are due to be the two main events of the show and will...
5 killed in Ratchaburi van-trailer crash | Phuket News
RATCHABURI: Five people were killed and five others injured when a van carrying them to a ceremony to pay respects to their ancestors crashed head-on with a trailer truck in Ban Pong district around noon on Saturday....
Court orders two men held after “outrageous” attack on taxi driver in outer Bangkok area | Phuket News
The Taling Chan court has ordered that two men be detained for a further six days after an attack on a taxi driver and his cab containing his children. Kritapas Rotlak was brazenly attacked in front of police after going to a concert to pick up his two daughters. He was involved in a collision with a motorcycle before friends of the motorcyclist attacked him. Then one of the men caused 30,000 baht worth of damage to his cab, it was alleged. The terrified children were in the cab at the time. Yesterday Bang Sao Thong cops took Thanakorn Phirom, 23, and Natthawut Rampheungkij, 20 to court. They are both charged with assault endangering life. Thanakorn is also charged with criminal damage. Both were ordered detained until the 26th for further evidence gathering after the police told the court that the attack was brazen and outrageous. The suspects deny it...
Phuket police to question foreign yacht owner for dropping anchor on coral | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket office of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) yesterday (Dec 21) filed a report to Chalong Police after the local conservation group Go Eco Phuket forwarded them video footage showing a yacht dropping anchor onto coral reefs at Bungalow Bay at Koh Racha Yai on Wednesday (Dec 20)....
Nearly 90 dead in Philippine mudslides, flooding | Phuket News
MANILA: Nearly 90 have been killed and dozens are missing after a tropical storm hit the southern Philippines triggering mudslides and flooding, police and disaster officials said on Saturday....
Nearly 90 dead in Philippine mudslides, flooding as storm hits | Phuket News
The casualties were all on the main southern island of Mindanao....
Injured Toon in Chiang Rai as donations hit B984m | Phuket News
With injuries in his left shoulder, rocker Artiwara Kongmalai, better known as Toon Bodyslam, ended the 53th day of his charity run on Saturday (Dec 23) at Pukaeng School in Chiang Rai’s Phan district as donations hit 984.9 million baht. According to the initial plan, Toon is to complete his 2,191-kilometre run from Yala’s Betong district to Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai on Dec 25 to raise funds for 11 state hospitals. Toon ran 10.6km from the Mae Chai district office to Pukaeng School on Dec 23 to complete the fourth set.  Because of the injuries in the left shoulder, the team decided that Toon should rest and skip his run in the fifth set. As a result, Toon would have to run 59km on Sunday. Toon’s team asked Chiang Rai people lining along the road to show moral support not to pull him while passing them. As of 8.20pm, the...
Phitsanulok's Khao Pok Lon is new tourist attraction | Phuket News
PHITSANULOK: The Nakhon Chum valley in Nakhon Thai district of this lower northern province has become a new tourist attraction offering a stunning view of fog covering the valley....
Phitsanulok's Khao Pok Lon new tourist attraction | Phuket News
PHITSANULOK: The Nakhon Chum valley in Nakhon Thai district of this lower northern province has become a new tourist attraction offering a stunning view of fog covering the valley....
Phuket Police trained in how to respond to ‘I lert u’ smartphone app notifications | Phuket News
PHUKET: A total of 120 police officers from seven provinces falling under Police Region 8 this week attended a training session in how to respond to alerts from the recently launched ‘police I lert u’ smartphone application....
American visitors to Thailand hit 1 million for the first time | Phuket News
The number of Americans visiting Thailand annually hit the 1-million mark today, setting a new record for Thailand’s No 1 source market from the Americas Region, where the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) operates two offices in New York and Los Angeles. Mr. Nathaniel Alexander Way, Thailand’s 1 millionth American tourist for 2017, is a pharmaceutical scientist from Santa Barbara, California. He arrived in Bangkok this late morning on EVA Air’s Flight BR67 from Taipei, Taiwan. He traveled here on a 10-day honeymoon, with an itinerary focusing on nature and Thai local experiences in Bangkok, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi (Ao Nang) and Surat Thani (Khao Sok). Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, said, “This latest Thai tourism news is beyond reporting statistical numbers, but is a reflection of TAT’s commitment and ongoing tireless effort to lift the ‘Amazing Thailand’ brand awareness in the USA market. “The USA...
Malaysia offers iPhone X to entice study loan defaulters to pay up | Phuket News
ONE unit of Apple’s iPhone X and 19 units of Huawei’s P10 smartphones are up for grabs as prizes in a lucky draw held by Malaysia’s National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) to get more defaulters to repay their study loans. The semi-autonomous agency said each repayment of RM1,000 (USD245.22) or more will entitle borrowers to one entry in the lucky draw held in conjunction with its 20th anniversary, according to The Malay Mail. Mungkinkah hasrat anda untuk memiliki iPhone X menjadi kenyataan. Boleh bergaya dengan smartphone canggih ini di tahun baru nanti. Bayar lebih, lagi banyak peluang untuk menang. Hubungi Careline PTPTN atau layari https://t.co/ucnwOJ0RMg untuk membuat bayaran balik sekarang.. pic.twitter.com/FEuY93utM0 — PTPTN (@twitptptn) December 20, 2017 PTPTN was set up in 1997, as an agency under the Higher Education Ministry tasked to provide loans to students from lower-income backgrounds to finance their higher education in local universities. Until two years...
Many feared dead in Philippines mall fire | Phuket News
At least 25 people are missing after the blaze in the southern city of Davao....
Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills more than 180 on Mindanao | Phuket News
Tropical Storm Tembin brings flash floods and mudslides to the southern island of Mindanao....
Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills 180 on Mindanao | Phuket News
Tropical Storm Tembin brings flash floods and mudslides to the southern island of Mindanao....
Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills more than 100 on Mindanao | Phuket News
Tropical Storm Tembin brings flash floods and mudslides to the southern island of Mindanao....
Police finalising scapegoat cases for prosecution | Phuket News
NAKHON PHANOM: Police were on Friday finalising their report on two of the 11 suspects in the perjury case involving former teacher Jomsap Saenmuangkhot's bid for a retrial of her conviction for a fatal hit-and-run....
520kg of marijuana seized in Songkhla | Phuket News
SONGKHLA: Three suspects were arrested and 520 kilogrammes of marijuana worth about 8 million baht seized in Hat Yai district early on Friday morning....
Man's body found in Nan River | Phuket News
PHITSANULOK: The body of an unidentified man was found drifting under a bridge across the Nan River in Muang district on Sunday afternoon, police said....
North Korea: New UN sanctions an act of war | Phuket News
It condemns the latest US-backed moves against its missile and nuclear programmes....
Inquiry kicks off as guards transferred after beating | Phuket News
Thanyaburi prison warders accused of physically assaulting a 34-year-old inmate during a brawl have been transferred out of the facility pending a fact-finding investigation....
Hat Yai lit up for Christmas, New Year | Phuket News
The entire of Hat Yai City of Songkhla province has been lit up for the coming Christmas and New Year....
Marine Dept suspends Chalathat-Samila beach sandbank project  | Phuket News
The Marine Department has suspended the 269-million-baht project to build a sandbank on the Chalathat-Samila beach in the Songkhla Municipality to prevent coastal erosion. The department decided to suspend the multi-million baht project after finding that the sand has been washed back into the sea by strong waves as a result of the northeast monsoon. The suspension halted the work of a number of machines, including sand suckers, along the 9-kilometre stretch of Chalathat-Samila beach. The northeast monsoon now covering the Gulf of Thailand, the South Region and the Andaman Sea, has caused strong waves, about 2-4 metres high, to have washed the sand back into the sea in the past week.  This also happened before on Nov 4. During the past 10 years, concerned authorities including the provincial administration, the Public Works Department and the Songkhla Municipality have carried out several projects with at least 100 million baht to improve...
Water pipe turned into tube house | Phuket News
HONG KONG: Hong Kong's soaring property prices have pushed tens of thousands of families into tiny, partitioned apartments, sparking calls for creative solutions, including converting shipping containers and even water pipes into temporary homes....
Bitcoin catches fire in Thailand | Phuket News
Over a sturdy self-produced table stands a five-gallon orange Igloo jug. The jug is pumping cold water to cool the malt on a steel pot that is connected through a copper pipe....
Sab Wapee’s case forwarded to prosecutor | Phuket News
Prosecutor will set up a working panel to peruse the Nakhon Phanom police inquiry officers’ case file of Sab Wapee and his wife who have been charged with perjury. Mr Sab and his wife, Mrs Jan Wapee, were slapped with five charges for giving false testimonies to police inquiry officials concerning the bid for a retrial of Mrs Jomsap’s fatal car accident case over a decade ago. In what appeared to be an organized attempt to revive Mrs Jomsap’s case, Mr Sab claimed to be the real driver who crashed his car into a bicyclist who later died.  Later on, he reversed his testimony, claiming that he was hired to give the false statement to the police. OAG deputy spokesman Prayut Petchkhun said Friday (Dec 22) that police had forwarded the case files against Mr Sab and his wife to Nakhon Phanom provincial attorney office. The office will set up...
Energy Ministry to decide on South power plants in three months | Phuket News
It is necessary for more power generating plants to be built in the South of Thailand and the Energy Ministry will have to decide the locations of the plants and the types of fuel to be used with them in three months, Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan said on Friday (Dec 22). Mr Siri said he has instructed the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) to review the locations of power plants to be built in the South and the types of fuel to be used with them before the due completion of the new power developmen plan (PDP) on March 31, 2018. “Today, we have not reached a conclusion on whether the type of fuel must be coal or not.  We have not ruled out the possibility of using coal.  We have to balance between the stability of power for the South and the types of fuel to be used,” said Mr Siri. The...
Chinese tour guide killed by elephant | Phuket News
CHON BURI: A Chinese tour guide was trampled to death by an angry bull elephant and two tourists injured in Bang Lamung district on Thursday evening....
China issues public safety warning to its citizens in Australia | Phuket News
THE Chinese embassy in the Australian capital Canberra has posted a safety warning for Chinese students living in Australia on its website on Sunday, pursuant to an alleged rise of “insulting” and assault incidents. Students are urged to report any safety issues to the embassy, according to ABC. The Chinese consulate-general in Melbourne issued a similar warning, the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, reported. “Recently, attacks and insults targeting Chinese students have occurred in different places in Australia,” the warning read. “Therefore, we warn all Chinese students in Australia to keep alert of possible danger and call the police and embassy if such incidents occur.” SEE ALSO: China not happy with Australian foreign policy white paper Well done @TurnbullMalcolm, you idiot.
Chinese embassy issues public safety warning to its citizens in Australia | Phuket News
THE Chinese embassy in the Australian capital Canberra has posted a safety warning for Chinese students living in Australia on its website on Sunday, pursuant to an alleged rise of “insulting” and assault incidents. Students are urged to report any safety issues to the embassy, according to ABC. The Chinese consulate-general in Melbourne issued a similar warning, the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, reported. “Recently, attacks and insults targeting Chinese students have occurred in different places in Australia,” the warning read. “Therefore, we warn all Chinese students in Australia to keep alert of possible danger and call the police and embassy if such incidents occur.” SEE ALSO: China not happy with Australian foreign policy white paper Well done @TurnbullMalcolm, you idiot.
NPA declares own unilateral ceasefire during Christmas and New Year | Phuket News
The Communist Party of the Philippines’ armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA) has declared an eight-day unilateral ceasefire following President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for a truce during the Christmas and New Year holidays, The Manila Times Online reported on Friday (Dec 22). In a statement posted on the group’s website on Friday, NPA spokesman Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos said all NPA units would observe a ceasefire from 6 pm on Dec 23 to 6 pm Dec 26 and from 6 pm on Dec 30 to 6 pm Jan 2. He said the ceasefire declared was ordered by the CPP central committee in observation of the Filipino people’s traditional holidays and the party’s 49th anniversary on Dec 26. However, he said the NPA units would be on defensive mode in order to defend the people and revolutionary forces. Madlos said that even though the government had announced its unilateral ceasefire,...
Filipino NPA rebels declare truce for Christmas | Phuket News
MAOIST rebels in the Philippines on Friday declared a traditional Christmas truce after the government announced the same, calling off hostilities for six days. In a statement posted on its website, Jorge Madlos, alias Ka Oris, spokesman for the communist New People Army (NPA), said the truce would last from Saturday to Tuesday, when the group celebrates its 49th anniversary. “All units of the NPA and the people’s militias shall remain on active defensive mode in order to defend the people and revolutionary forces,” Madlos said, adding the guerrillas will “maintain a high degree of alertness and preparation against any hostile actions or movements by enemy armed forces”. “During this period, all NPA units and people’s militias shall cease and desist from carrying out offensive military campaigns and operations against the uniformed armed personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and its paramilitaries, and the Philippine National Police...
Deep South activist detained for photographing house search | Phuket News
Paramilitary officers arbitrarily detained a Muslim Malay youth activist after he witnessed and recorded a house search in the restive Deep South. The paramilitary checked his phone and social media before releasing him.    On 22 December, paramilitary officers detained Fison Daleng, a Muslim Malay activist from the youth group PerMas, at Bo Thong Village, Ban Rae Subdistrict, Than To District, Yala Province at around 9.30 am.   Earlier that day, Fison had witnessed and taken photos to record possible human rights violations when the authorities searched a civilian house in his village. The authorities detained him in a paramilitary camp in Bannang Sata district, Yala before releasing him at 12.30 pm.   At the camp, the paramilitary forced Fison to surrender his mobile phone. The officers deleted all the media taken that morning and checked his call logs, Line and Facebook accounts. He was released without charges. Fison reported...
Prachatai’s Person of the Year: People’s Health System Movement | Phuket News
This year, Prachatai recognises the People’s Health System Movement as its Person of the Year, for its restless efforts to protect Thailand’s universal healthcare scheme from the junta. Who is the People’s Health System Movement (PHSM)?   The PHSM emerged almost two decades ago under the leadership of Dr. Sanguan Nitayarumphong. Back then, the government provided free health services only to those living under the poverty line (a ‘mercy-based’ model).    Under Thaksin Shinawatra's government, the PHSM worked with elected politicians to establish universal health care in Thailand in 2001. The scheme — usually called the “Gold Card” scheme — entitles all Thai people, regardless of their social status, to universal healthcare at a rate of 30 baht per treatment.    Although the policy has allowed many Thai people to access life-saving medicines at meagre prices, not everyone has embraced the scheme. Since the policy was initiated by the Thaksin...
India woman burned to death during argument in Hyderabad | Phuket News
Police said there were allegations the attacker had pursued her with marriage proposals for two years....
Mudslide Buries Community in Southern Philippines | Phuket News
A mudslide triggered by heavy rain has buried dozens of houses in a farming community in the southern Philippines, local disaster officials said on Friday. Soldiers and emergency workers rushed to a remote village in the Tubod region in Lanao del Norte province, expecting to find casualties from landslides and massive flooding, local disaster official Roy Secuya told journalists.
Songkhla police suspect arson in Vietnamese trawlers fire | Phuket News
Six Vietnamese trawlers anchored at Songkhla lake pending court trial were destroyed by a predawn fire in what local police suspected was deliberately lit. The vessels were among a hundred of fishing boats forfeited for alleged entering the Thai territorial waters illegally. They are anchored in Songkhla lake in Muang district pending court procedure. The fire broke out before dawn on Wednesday (Dec 20), destroying six boats. Police later found evidence of unusual fire and suspected arson was a possible cause. Investigators said all the boat engines went missing as well as some important equipments which cost over a million baht for one vessel. The engines and equipments went missing before the fire, prompting police investigators to believe the perpetrators deliberately lit the fire in order to destroy theft evidence. Although the exact cause of the fire has not yet established, the Royal Thai Police has ordered the commissioner of...
Congress clears spending bill to avert shutdown | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: The Republican-led Congress narrowly passed a temporary spending bill Thursday to avert a government shutdown, doing the bare minimum in a sprint toward the holidays and punting disputes on immigration, health care and the budget to next year....
India bus plunges from bridge killing 33 | Phuket News
The vehicle, ferrying passengers to a temple, crashed through a railing and fell 30 metres....
India bus plunges from bridge killing 32 | Phuket News
The vehicle, ferrying passengers to a temple, crashed through a railing and fell 30 metres....
China's using cheap debt to 'bend other countries to its will', academic says | Phuket News
China is using sovereign debt to gain political leverage over developing countries, according to Brahma Chellaney from the Center for Policy Research....
Road grader damaged by fire in Yala | Phuket News
A road grader of the Yala provincial administration organisation (PAO) caught fire in Bannang Sata district on Friday night (Dec 22) and its engine was partly damaged. The vehicle was parked on a road in Bang Lang village, Tambon Bacho, when the fire broke out. The incident prompted police and administrative officials to go to the village on Saturday morning (Dec 23) for investigation.  The fire broke out inside the driver’s compartment, causing damage to the engine system. The officials said the road grader was sent to Ban Bang Lang to repair roads damaged by recent flooding. Villagers helped put out the fire shortly after it broke out. Police were investigating whether the road grader had been torched or whether the fire started from a short power circuit in the engine compartment. The post Road grader damaged by fire in Yala appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
PM defends changes to security law | Phuket News
The recent amendment to the security law governing the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) was to give the agency a legal tool to help it effectively mitigate natural disaster threats, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha insisted yesterday....
UN Security Council Unanimously Imposes Additional North Korea Sanctions | Phuket News
The U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed Friday to impose another round of sanctions on North Korea, targeting sectors that fuel its illicit weapons programs. “As we have in the past, we will continue to match the Kim regime’s choice of aggressive actions with actions of international sanction,” U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  The new resolution builds on three earlier rounds of tough sanctions imposed on Pyongyang this year.  If fully implemented, it will cap North Korea’s annual import of refined petroleum products, such as gasoline and diesel, at a half-million barrels  down from 4.5 million in 2016. Exemptions would only be allowed on a case-by-case basis with Security Council approval.  North Korean workers, wages The measures also seek to cut off revenue from North Korean laborers sent abroad to work.  Their wages are often partially or completely confiscated by the regime to...
Fancy a karaoke break when shopping? | Phuket News
In China, karaoke has become so popular that people can now sing inside booths in shopping centres....
Toshiba Unveils Device for Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Probe | Phuket News
Toshiba Corp.'s energy systems unit on Friday unveiled a long telescopic pipe carrying a pan-tilt camera designed to gather crucial information about the situation inside the reactor chambers at Japan's tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant. The device is 13 meters (43 feet) long and designed to give officials a deeper view into the nuclear plant's Unit 2 primary containment vessel, where details on melted fuel damage remain largely unknown. The Fukushima plant had triple meltdowns following the 2011 quake and tsunami. Finding details about the fuel debris is crucial to determining the right method and technology for its removal at each reactor, the most challenging process during the plant's decades-long decommissioning. Toshiba officials said the new device will be sent inside the pedestal, a structure directly below the core, to investigate the area and hopefully to find melted debris. The mission could come as soon as late January. The device looks...
India, China Hold Talks on Long-running Border Dispute | Phuket News
India and China on Friday discussed ways to prevent a repeat of a recent face-off between their armed forces at a Himalayan plateau where their borders meet and agreed that resolving their boundary disagreements served the interests of both countries. Relations between the two Asian giants have often been strained, partly due to an undemarcated border. They fought a monthlong border war in 1962 and have been trying to settle the boundary since the 1980s. The two sides agreed Friday that pending the final resolution of the boundary issue, it was necessary to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas, a statement by India's External Affairs Ministry said at the end of daylong talks. The Indian side was led by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and the Chinese delegation by Special Representative Yang Jiechi. The two had met in Beijing in July on the sidelines of a meeting of...
Catalonia vote leaves Spain on edge again | Phuket News
BARCELONA: Separatists appear poised to regain power in Catalonia after voters rejected Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's attempt to neuter the independence movement to defuse Spain's biggest political crisis in decades....
All 58 Las Vegas victims 'died of gunshot wounds' | Phuket News
LAS VEGAS: All 58 victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting died of gunshot wounds, a coroner said Thursday, revealing that no one was trampled to death trying to escape from an outdoor concert that turned into a massacre....
Tiananmen Square protest death toll 'was 10,000' | Phuket News
The figure for the pro-democracy killings in Beijing in 1989 comes from newly-released UK cables....
Police officers throng logistics office for Sig Sauer pistols | Phuket News
After almost two years of waiting, police officers throughout the Kingdom are now allowed to come to Bangkok to pick up their service pistols, Sig Sauer P320, for official uses. They paid 23,890 baht for the Swiss-made pistol for police service as market price is about 100,000 baht. The Royal Thai Police allowed police officers who have already paid for the 9mm pistols they placed order since 2015 to pick up the pistols this week at the Royal Thai Police’s Office of Logistics. Royal Thai Police deputy spokesman Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen said the office would be able to distribute 400 pistols an hour to police officers coming from various stations across the country, thus prompting the need to distribute queue card for them for orderly distribution. But he said that beginning next year, it will allow police officer to register online before coming to pick up the queue cards to...
Southern villagers plead for breakwater repairs | Phuket News
NARATHIWAT: Residents of seaside fishing villages in Muang district are pleading with authorities to repair and raise the height of a concrete breakwater to protect their homes and livelihoods....
Overcrowded Thailand welcomes 34 millionth visitor | Phuket News
Ms. Yu-Chen Wang, the 34 millionth arrival to the Kingdom in 2017 was named ‘Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor’ upon arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport, warmly welcomed by private sector tourism industry representatives and senior executives of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Ms. Wang arrived in Bangkok this late morning on Thai Airways International’s Flight TG637 from Taipei, Taiwan. She plans to spend five days with her friends taking in the sights and soaking up local Thai experiences in Bangkok and Ayutthaya. She was rewarded with two economy-class return tickets from her original destination to Thailand, a voucher for five-night accommodation in Thailand as well as the ‘Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor’ accolades that included a signed certificate from TAT. Thailand is spending billions to upgrade its infrastructure, open up new islands and cities to travelers, and tone down its image of cheap shopping, hotels and sex that underpinned the industry for half a...
Doctors call for crackdown on child boxing | Phuket News
Doctors are calling for restrictions to be imposed on child boxing, including non-contact sparring for children under 10 to protect them from brain injuries....
China urges against 'dangerous' light bulb challenge | Phuket News
Chinese doctors are strongly urging shoppers not to take part in a potentially risky online trend....
'Free trial' of fertiliser puts Phichit farmers in debt | Phuket News
Phichit: Residents have complained that a fertiliser company deceived them by offering fertilisers as
Taiwan-Japan Fishing Deal at Remote Islet Would Rile China: Analysts | Phuket News
Taiwan and Japan are working toward shared access to rich fishing waters around the mid-Pacific isle of Okinotori in a move that could draw strong Chinese criticism. On Monday, the two governments opened talks toward an agreement that may eventually let Taiwanese boats use the waters around the nearly submerged feature about 1,740 kilometers south of Tokyo. Japan holds the islet, nestled in a tropical lagoon and anchored by a research station. Japan believes the claim confers an exclusive economic zone in the sea 370.4 kilometers around Okinotori. Taiwan says its fishermen should be allowed to use the area as international waters. China, however, sees self-ruled Taiwan as part of its territory rather than as a state with rights to negotiate with outside governments. It also disputes Japan’s control of Okinotori. “I think they would stress that such an agreement violates the one-China principle and is detrimental to China's sovereignty,”...
China Gears Up to Reduce Impact of US Tax Cut | Phuket News
Chinese companies with international ambitions are caught in a serious dilemma by the U.S. move to cut corporate tax rates. The move has made the U.S. an attractive destination for Chinese companies facing very high taxes and other restrictions at home. On the other hand, they face the risk of being punished by Chinese authorities who are opposed to “unnecessary” overseas investments. Earlier this week, China wrapped up a top-level annual economic policymaking conference, with a three-year pledge to “fight financial risks.” Though there was no specific mention of the U.S. tax reform, it was clear that Chinese authorities are gearing up to counter any external risks to the domestic economy. Speaking before the conference, Chinese Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao said the fallout of the U.S. tax reform should not be overlooked, but he also added there is no reason to fear because China is planning some initiatives to...
China Corruption Drive Continues, but Graft Persists | Phuket News
An expansive anti-corruption drive led by China’s President Xi Jinping has seen more than 1.5 million officials investigated and the toppling of several high-ranking leaders as well.  But despite the mind-boggling figures, corruption remains, as Xi puts it,
Man threatened San Francisco tourist area on Christmas | Phuket News
SACRAMENTO, California: The FBI said Friday that it found a martyrdom letter and several guns in the home of a former Marine who said he wanted to carry out a Christmas Day attack on a popular San Francisco tourist destination....
Sea gypsies want a chance to settle down | Phuket News
The Maniq sea gypsies, more widely known as the Sakai, have made the southern coast their home for generations but have few entitlements to their name....
135 Khao Kho resorts surveyed in encroachment crackdown | Phuket News
PHETCHABUN: Officials are surveying 135 resorts in Khao Kho district on to find out whether they are encroaching on forests. warning that stricter enforcement of the law is imminent....
Authorities inspect 135 resorts | Phuket News
Authorities have conducted an inspection of 135 resorts suspected of encroaching on forest reserve in Phetchabun's Khao Kho district....
Self-repairing Glass Could End Cracked Cellphones | Phuket News
There is an entire industry of add-ons that are designed to keep your cellphone screen from cracking. And yet broken screens are the main reason cellphones fail. But one Japanese researcher may have solved the problem. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports....
Number of Births in Japan to Hit Record Low in 2017 | Phuket News
The number of births in Japan this year has fallen to is lowest since records began more than a century ago with about 941,000 new babies, the health ministry said on Friday, proof if any were needed that it faces an ageing and shrinking population. The number of births will be about 4 percent lower than last year and the lowest since the government started compiling data in 1899, the ministry said.
Mahidol University says it's easy being green | Phuket News
Mahidol University is ranked the most environmentally friendly university in Thailand and was placed in 86th place in a world ranking of green campuses....
JCB partners with iZettle and the iconic London Black Taxis | Phuket News
Dec 22, 2017 Picture:  London/Tokyo - (ACN Newswire) - JCB International Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as
Authorities Investigate Cases of Forced Conversion of Sikh Minority in Pakistan | Phuket News
Pakistani authorities have initiated an inquiry into allegations that members of the Sikh religious minority have been forced to convert to Islam in the country’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The Sikh community in Hangu district last week filed a complaint, accusing a government official of forcing them to convert to Islam. The provincial government reportedly suspended Tehsil Tall Yaqoob Khan, assistant commissioner of Hangu, on suspicion of involvement in the case. Investigation underway The government confirmed that a high-level investigation is underway and measures have been taken to avoid such incidents in the future. “The government takes such sensitive matters very seriously. The official who demanded the Sikhs to convert was suspended promptly,” Shaukat Yousufzai, spokesperson for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, told VOA. “Islam and our constitution doesn’t allow forced conversions,” Yousufzai added. ​Small community Sikhs are a small religious minority in Pakistan. According to government statistics published in 2012,...
More uninvited guests in Thai tinned fish – this time tapeworms | Phuket News
A woman is demanding answers from a leading supplier of tinned fish after finding worms in several cans she opened for her dinner. The news comes hot on the heels of another similar case last week. Surang Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya said she bought the tins from a shop near her home in Ratchaburi. On closer inspection she was sure that long white things embedded in the flesh of the fish were worms. After opening the first can she opened two more that were the same. The rounded heads and tails were intact on some of the specimens. She said her son sent a sample to be examined by a lab technician friend in Bangkok who confirmed that they were tapeworms known as “payathi tua teut” in Thai. She took some of the specimens to the Democrat Party HQ in Ratchaburi yesterday to shame the authorities into doing something about it....
Prayut fan keeps his distance | Phuket News
Former senator Paiboon Nititawan, who makes it clear he will set up a political party which will back Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as the next premier after the election, has insisted he is not collaborating with the regime to pursue the move....
Asia markets edge lower in light, Christmas day trading | Phuket News
Markets in Japan were soft on Christmas Day, with light trading expected on the heels of another record week for Wall Street....
Slaying victim leaves telltale clues | Phuket News
Nontiya Krowjatturat's last Facebook message set off alarms that would spell fatal consequences for her only days away from her wedding....
Company Hit By Philippine Blaze Confirms 37 Employees 'Were Lost' | Phuket News
The U.S.-based research company hit by a fire in the Philippine city of Davao Saturday now confirms that 37 employees
Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills dozens in Mindanao | Phuket News
Tropical Storm Tembin brings flash floods and mudslides to the southern island of Mindanao....
Powerful Afghan Governor Defies Government, Refuses to Leave Post | Phuket News
One of Afghanistan's most powerful regional politicians has vowed to defy his ouster as governor of the northern province of Balkh, posing a potential threat to the shaky Western-backed governing coalition of President Ashraf Ghani. The presidential palace said Monday that it had approved the resignation of Atta Mohammad Noor, who goes by the nickname
Decoding Trump’s New National Security Strategy in Asia | Phuket News
In speaking at the Ronald Reagan building in Washington today, President Trump sought to delineate a new foreign-policy strategy for America. Trump alluded to his election victory, noting that “you spoke loud and you spoke clear. On November 8, you voted to make America great again. You embraced new leadership and new strategies and also a glorious new hope.” The most interesting part of the speech may be the fact that Trump delivered one at all, in contrast to his predecessors. If his administration uses the strategy as a true lodestar, then it would mark a break with a liberal internationalism based on the idea that economic and political cooperation, not confrontation, is the best way to protect American interests. The document is bound to attract close scrutiny, coming as it does in the first year of an administration that vowed to pursue an “America First” foreign policy. When he...
North Korea brands Trump's US security report 'criminal' | Phuket News
Pyongyang says the US is seeking
Tropical storm Vinta wipes out Lanao village | Phuket News
Tropical storm Vinta wiped out an entire village in the Lanao del Norte area of Zamboanga peninsula, leaving at least 133 people dead and dozens still missing on Saturday, The Manila Times Online reported on Sunday. Rescue workers retrieved 36 bodies from the Salog river on Saturday as officials reported more fatalities. Vinta started lashing Mindanao on Friday, triggering flash floods and mudslides that wiped out a remote village in Lanao del Norte area. Rescue workers who included police, soldiers and volunteers used shovels to dig through mud and debris in a bid to recover bodies in the farming village of about 2,000 people. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office in Lanao del Sur said that 10 towns were severely affected by Vinta. Police reported 19 deaths in the mountain village of Dalama near Tubod town and 26 others in surrounding towns and cities in Lanao del Norte, one...
Russian foreign ministry: Moscow ready to cooperate with U.S. on Afghanistan - RIA | Phuket News
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow stands ready to cooperate with the United States on Afghanistan, Russia's Foreign Ministry official said in an interview with RIA state news agency published on Saturday. ...
Bangkok flood defences taking shape slowly | Phuket News
Rung, 63, fought a running battle against the rubbish and raw sewage besieging her old home in a wooden slum perched on stilts on the banks of the Lat Phrao canal in Sai Mai district of Bangkok....
Poll: 'Toon' most admired person of 2017 | Phuket News
The most admired person of 2017 is the charity runner Toon Bodyslam, followed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, an opinion survey has found....
More temples to be probed in New Year | Phuket News
The third round of temple fund embezzlement investigations will be conducted on a list of about 100 temples in the New Year, the Counter-Corruption Division (CCD) commander Kamol Rianracha says....
Rohingya Survivors: Myanmar's Army Slaughtered Men, Children | Phuket News
For six hours he hid in an upstairs room, listening to the crackle of gunfire and the screams of people being slaughtered outside his Myanmar home. With every footstep that drew near, every cry that pierced the air, 52-year-old Bodru Duza braced for the soldiers to find him, to kill him like all the others who had fled to his compound that morning seeking a safe place to shelter. They were being blindfolded and bound, marched away in small groups, then butchered and shot as they begged for their lives. What had started out as a quiet Sunday in northwestern Myanmar had spiraled into an incomprehensible hell — one of the bloodiest massacres reported in the Southeast Asian nation since government forces launched a vicious campaign to drive out the country's Rohingya minority in late August. By the time it was over, there was so much blood on the ground,...
Pence visits Afghanistan, says U.S. will 'see this through' | Phuket News
KABUL (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan to meet its leaders and underscore U.S. commitment to the country four months after President Donald Trump agreed to an open-ended war against insurgents here. ...
Voice TV to lay off 127 employees | Phuket News
Voice TV Company, the operator of digital television station Voice TV, will lay of 127 employees as part of its structural change and adjustment of its programming. Mekin Petchplai, chief executive officer of Voice TV, said in a statement released today (Dec 22) that from Jan 1 next year the company will undergo a structural change, adjust its television programmes and develop the presentation of programmes on all online platforms to suit with the current situation surrounding the digital TV industry and to be in line with the company’s business plan for the year 2018. Operating under the political limitations for nearly four years, Voice TV has often been affected by the state control of information.  But, since the company has tried to balance between freedom of information and political limitations, it has managed to produce quality work and offer a choice for viewers who call for television programmes with constructive...
Pakistani Anchor Barred From Appearing on TV for Inciting Hatred | Phuket News
Islamabad's High Court passed a verdict last week temporarily barring Aamir Liaquat Hussain, a controversial yet influential TV anchor, from making TV, print or social media appearances in Pakistan.  The court said Hussain had been engaged in inciting hatred and violence in the country. The court ruled on a petition filed against Hussain, known in Pakistan as the
Ja New petitions for no-confidence debate, impeachment | Phuket News
Citizen activist Sirawit Serithiwat, also known as
Eric Schmidt to step down as Alphabet chairman | Phuket News
Eric Schmidt joined Google in 2001 to provide what amounted to adult supervision for the company’s young founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. He helped take Google public in 2004 and built it into a colossus. In 2011, after being appointed executive chairman, he became a prominent emissary for the company to Washington....
Climate change superhero | Phuket News
The 21-year-old artist has created a superhero that is half-human and half-tree....
Toon passes 2,000km mark, donations top B950m | Phuket News
Charity runner Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai passed the 2,000 kilometres point of his 2,191km marathon as he headed to Phayao on Friday, with donations topping 950 million baht....
Medical marvels | Phuket News
Meet the scientific women fighting cultural conservatism and discovering new drugs from home....
N. Korea says it's a 'pipe dream' that it will give up nukes | Phuket News
SEOUL: North Korea said it is a “pipe dream” for the United States to think it will give up its nuclear weapons, and called the latest UN sanctions to target the country “an act of war” that violates its sovereignty....
Military junta says its order allows more public participation in politics process | Phuket News
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) yesterday reiterated that the invocation of Section 44 by the prime minister was aimed at allowing the people to have more participation in political process while addressing problems of existing political parties. NCPO spokesman Maj Gen Piyapong Klinpan said the order issued by the prime minister as head of the NCPO partly aims to address the problems relating to registration of part membership, examination of new members, identification, and donations. He said these processes aimed to enable the people to have true participation both in identification and donations. He said as politicians have earlier pledged to help in the reform of democracy for transparency, they should accept the change. Any criticism that the order brings about disturbances would only disappoint the societies, he said. He also rejected accusation that the military junta has hidden agenda in issuing the order, saying what it...
Asia markets mostly lower in light, Christmas day trading | Phuket News
Markets in Japan and China were soft on Christmas Day, with light trading expected on the heels of another record week for Wall Street....
SET opens up 3.58 to 1,745.66 | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened up 0.21% at the start of trade this morning....
The world’s largest-ever vessel is all set to go in 2018 | Phuket News
Shell's offshore natural gas processor will dwarf anything else on the ocean....
Peru's president grants medical pardon for jailed Fujimori | Phuket News
LIMA, Peru: Peru's president announced Sunday night that he granted a medical pardon to jailed former strongman Alberto Fujimori, who was serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses, corruption and the sanctioning of death squads....
Suicide Bombing in Afghan Capital Kills 6 | Phuket News
Afghan officials say a suicide blast early Monday in Kabul killed two intelligence officers and four civilians, while injuring two people. The bombing occurred near a security check post on a busy road in the capital. The bomber apparently wanted to target Afghan security forces and instead hit a civilian car, said Najib Danish, an Interior Ministry spokesman. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the blast through its Amaq news agency. Monday’s bombing comes a week after Islamic State claimed an attack on a National Directorate of Security training facility in Kabul....
Suicide Bombing in Afghan Capital Kills 5 | Phuket News
Afghan officials say a suicide blast early Monday in Kabul killed at least five civilians and injured two others. The bombing occurred near a security check post on a busy road in the capital. The bomber apparently wanted to target Afghan security forces and instead hit a civilian car, said Najib Danish, an Interior Ministry spokesman. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the blast through its Amaq news agency. Monday’s bombing comes a week after Islamic State claimed an attack on a National Directorate of Security training facility in Kabul....
Suicide bomber kills 6 in Afghan capital | Phuket News
KABUL, Afghanistan: A suicide bomber struck Monday near an office of the Afghan intelligence service in the capital, Kabul, killing at least six people, including a woman in a passing vehicle, officials said....
Kabul blast: Suicide attack near Afghan intelligence HQ | Phuket News
Six people were killed in the bomb blast near the compound in the capital Kabul, officials say....
Drug suspects flee, house seized | Phuket News
SAMUT PRAKAN: Police have seized a 10-million-baht house in Muang district owned by a married couple suspected of being major drug dealers, and will seek their extradition from Myanmar....
Drug suspects’ B10m house in Samut Prakan | Phuket News
Narcotic Suppression Bureau (NSB) police seized a house, worth about 10 million baht, of two drug suspects in Muang district of Samut Prakan province for examination in a search early Monday (Dec 25). Pol Lt Gen Sommai Kongwisaisuk, the NSB commissioner, said the search was conducted under a court warrant after anti-narcotic police learned that the house on a 60-wah plot in Bang Pu Nakhon Housing Estate in Tambon Thepharak belonged to two drug suspects – Pongchai Thiamthat, 30, and Sasimaporn Supanon, 27. In search, the authorities seized a number of valuables and accounts detailing transfers of about 11 million baht money to drug networks, The house, worth about 10 million baht, was seized for examination to establish whether it had been acquired through the drug trade. Pol Lt Gen Sommai said the two suspects were reported to have fled to Myanmar via Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district. Mr Pongchai’s...
Gold prices steady at B19,750 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,298.68 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,650 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
TOT to reduce monthly fee for home phone users  | Phuket News
The state-owned TOT Plc will consider lowering its 107-baht monthly fee and phone rates for home phone users in its bid to stop cancellation of home phone use. The plan was revealed by TOT vice president Anurut Uthairat as the home phone use is gradually losing to the  ever-growing popularity of mobile phones. The telephone official in charge of phone and broadband services said beginning next year, the TOT will lower its 107-baht a month it collects from phone subscribers and also phone rates as the ever-stagnating use of landline phones at home continues with more home phone users cacelling and switching to mobile phone use. He said the home phone cancellation is about 7% a year. He didn’t elaborate on how much the monthly fee and the phone rates will be reduced in order to keep the customees’ loyalty to landline service, but said that the TOT has set...
Thousands spend Christmas in shelters after Philippine storm | Phuket News
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines: Thousands of villagers in the southern Philippines spent their Christmas morning in emergency shelters Monday as the region dealt with the aftermath of one of the deadliest storms to hit the country this year....
Irregularity in evidence of Lahu activist’s killing | Phuket News
Evidence submitted by the Army in the summary execution case of Lahu activist is unusable, claimed defence lawyer.    Although the trial of the killing of an ethnic Lahu activist Chaiyapoom Pasae has begun for over seven months, the court has not yet received the Army’s CCTV footage, a critical evidence which recorded soldiers shooting the activist.    According to Sumitchai Hattasan, the lawyer for Chaiyapoom’s family, the Army had already sent the CCTV hard disk to the police, but the file cannot be opened. The lawyer said that he would ask the court to order the Army to resend the footage early next year.   Chaiyapoom was a well-known activist from the Young Seedlings Network Camp in Chiang Dao District. He campaigned to promote the rights of ethnic minorities in northern Thailand to gain citizenship, health care, and access to education. He also advocated for justice of the Lahu...
UHC cardholders entitled to emergency treatment at all hospitals: NHSO | Phuket News
Universal health care (UHC) cardholders can seek medical treatments in emergency for critical illness at all hospitals throughout the country while travelling during the New Year period, National Health Security Office (NHSO) secretary-general Sakchai Kanchanawattana said on Dec 25. Dr Sakchai said it is necessary for people who become critically ill to get emergency treatments otherwise they may risk losing their lives. Therefore, all UHC cardholders can seek medical treatments in emergency while travelling during the New Year at all hospitals throughout the country and the hospitals can seek refunds from the NHSO. Dr Sakchai said it would be better if they can first seek treatments at state-run hospitals. As for those suffering from such illnesses as hypertension, headache and diarrhoea but not in a critical condition, according to the NHSO regulation, UHC cardholders can seek treatments at other hospitals apart from where they have registered with. People are advised...
Authorities continue to disrupt regional red-shirt new year’s party | Phuket News
A regional red-shirt group decided to call off a new year party after a brief confrontation between the redshirts and the police.    On 24 December 2017, police officers disrupted a new year’s party hosted by Western and Central Redshirts. The event was held at a restaurant in Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram. The authorities had forced cancellation of the event by repeatedly intimidating the owner of the restaurant, but the group decided to go with the plan to hold the party on Christmas Eve.    The tension was heightened when the plain-clothes police officers switched off the light while famous luk thung singer Phet Photharam was about to sing on the stage in front of about 100 red-shirt participants.    Subsequently, Suwanna decided to immediately cancel the event to prevent confrontation between the police and angry redshirts.    “Eventually, we gave up because we sympathised with the restaurant owner,” Suwanna...
Tax incentive for tourists in secondary provinces | Phuket News
The Finance Ministry will seek cabinet approval on Tuesday for personal income tax deduction for tourists' spending on hotels and food in second-tier tourist destinations next year....
WiFi and the return of unlimited data plans | Phuket News
Unlimited data plans, common in the early years of the smartphone era, are making a comeback now that carriers are better equipped to deliver faster mobile connectivity, says Vasudevan Venkatakrishnan, director for business development at Ruckus Networks Asia-Pacific....
New Year spending to be record high in 13 years | Phuket News
Spending by the people during the New Year festival holidays is expected to rise over 130 billion baht, the highest in 13 years. According to Dr Thanawat Pholvichai, director of the UTCC’s Center for Economic and Business Forecasting, the forecast was based on the survey on spending behaviour of the people. He said the survey on 1,213 samples for their spending behaviour during the New Year holidays from December 30 to January 2 showed they would spend higher during the festival, or up to 132 billion baht in total for the whole population in the country. It would be the highest spending in 13 years since 2006, he said. He attributed the highest spending to increased expenses in buying goods, and tourism. He said the high spending reflected the economic recovery of the country. From the survey, he said 48.3% of those interviewed believed this coming New Year will have...
Islamic State claims blast at Afghan intelligence agency in Kabul | Phuket News
KABUL (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a compound of Afghanistan's national intelligence agency in Kabul on Monday, that killed at least five people and wounded two. ...
Suicide Bomber Targets Intelligence Agency in Kabul | Phuket News
A suicide bomber on foot blew himself up near a compound of Afghanistan’s national intelligence agency in the capital, Kabul, Monday, killing at least three people and wounding one, government officials said. The blast comes a week after Islamic State claimed an attack on a training facility of the same agency, the National Directorate for Security, in Kabul that ended when the attackers were killed before causing significant casualties. An official said the explosion occurred close to the agency’s entrance. Ismail Kawsi, a spokesman for the ministry of public health, said at least three dead and one wounded had been taken to city hospitals. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.  ...
'Rocket Man' lands in Seoul | Phuket News
Meet the leading impersonator of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un....
Blast in Afghan capital Kabul close to intelligence agency | Phuket News
KABUL (Reuters) - An explosion hit an area of Kabul close to a compound of Afghanistan's national intelligence agency on Monday and casualties were likely, security officials said. ...
Problems of Thai healthcare bigger than Toon can solve | Phuket News
Today (25 December) Artiwara Kongmalai or “Toon Bodyslam” is scheduled to finish his charity run from Yala to Chiang Rai to raise money for public hospitals. The run has exceeded its goal; it has received over 1,000 million baht. However, Thailand’s healthcare is a structural problem that needs a sustainable solution. Still, the charity run has raised a debate on healthcare funding in the face of an anticipated budget cut under the junta government.    Prachatai has discussed with experts Thailand’s healthcare system and how we should improve it.          Thira Woratanarat, a medical doctor and lecturer at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of Chulalongkorn University says that Thailand’s universal health care system over the past 15 years has benefitted citizens, especially those with financial problems, by providing medical care as a human right. Fewer people have died from the...
Utility bills next in line for welfare subsidies | Phuket News
Utility subsidies will be an integral part of the third phase of the government's welfare scheme for poverty, aimed at further alleviating the living costs of the poor....
Revival of supersonic travel faces headwinds | Phuket News
Supersonic passenger travel, which died out with the Concorde's demise in 2003, will make a comeback by the mid-2020s if three US entrepreneurial companies can make jets quiet and efficient enough to win over buyers and fliers....
Asean-China FTA cuts tariffs on 400 more items | Phuket News
Import tariffs on around 400 items traded between Asean and China will be cut to 0-5%, starting from Jan 1, 2018, as part of the continuing stages of the Asean-China free trade agreement (FTA). The pact is expected to help double trade value between the two sides to US$1 trillion (32.7 trillion baht) by 2020....
SET opens up 0.42 to 1,750.64 | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened up 0.02% at the start of trade this morning....
China launches world’s largest amphibious aircraft with an eye on South China Sea | Phuket News
China tested the world’s largest amphibious aircraft on Sunday. The 37-meter (121-feet) long AG600 aircraft plane, codenamed “Kunlong,” took off from the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai and flew for almost an hour on its maiden voyage. The aircraft has a 38.8-meter wingspan and four turboprop engines. It is around the size of a Boeing […]...
Revenue to launch mobile application to curb tax avoidance | Phuket News
The Revenue Department will launch a mobile application that will allow the public to give information on tax avoidance to the department. Director-general of the department Mr Prasong Poontanaet said the application would be launched in January 1 next year. He said this application would allow people to help revenue officials to track down on intentional tax evaders, thus would create fairer tax paying in the societies He cited example of restaurants refusing to issue tax invoices to customers is a tax avoidance. He went on saying that the department still allows tax payers to claim tax refund online for this tax year from January next year to end of March. He said tax payers who have registered for Prompt Pay service will be the first group of tax payers to get the tax refund, while others will receive refund in 30 days. He expected that this year will see...
F5: Digital security demand increasing | Phuket News
The national e-payment scheme, mobile banking and smart factories are driving demand for application security service technology in Thailand, says a US-based application delivery network firm....
‘Don't they sell tyres?': Thai street food chef on life with a Michelin star | Phuket News
Jay Fai’s shophouse is doing a roaring trade as tourists arrive to snap photos and wait half a day for a tableThe Thai street food legend Jay Fai had not heard of Michelin stars until she was awarded one.The diminutive 72-year-old had been wok-frying her signature crab omelettes and prawn noodle dishes six days a week for the last few decades, and when she first received an invite to the Bangkok awards ceremony, she rejected it. She said she did not want to take a day off work. Continue reading......
Cabinet extends tax break for start-ups | Phuket News
The cabinet has approved a second one-year extension to the tax measure supporting start-ups in 10 target industries....
Tax deductions approved for touring 55 provinces | Phuket News
The cabinet on Tuesday approved annual income tax deductions of up to 15,000 baht for people visiting 55
Cabinet approves B1.9bn for water management projects in Yom River basin | Phuket News
The cabinet, in its mobile meeting in Sukhothai province on Tuesday (Dec 26), approved a budget of about 1.9 billion baht for projects aimed at solving problems over flooding and drought in the Yom River basin area. The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, was held at the Sukhothai Physical Education Institute. Gen Prayut revealed after the meeting that the cabinet approved a budget of 1.9 billion baht for solving the flooding and drought problems as proposed by concerned agencies which initially sought a total of 6.5 billion baht. The approved budget will be for the expansion of the water retention area under the Bang Rakam model from 400 to 550 million cubic metres in holding capacity; the project to build canals to drain water on both sides of the Yom River, and the Tha Nang Ngam sluice gate to retain water before it flows into the Chao Phraya River. “The...
Gold prices up B100 to B19,850 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,389.64 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,750 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
Warner's Ashes ton puts Australia on top | Phuket News
David Warner and Steve Smith help Australia close on 244-3 on the first day of the fourth Ashes Test at the MCG....
Peruvians march against Fujimori pardon for 2nd day | Phuket News
LIMA: Hundreds of Peruvians filled the streets of downtown Lima on Monday to protest a pardon granted to former leader Alberto Fujimori, calling on President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to step down in a second day of unrest....
Shanghai to limit population to 25m by 2035 | Phuket News
SHANGHAI: China's financial hub of Shanghai will limit its population to 25 million people by 2035 as part of a quest to manage
Five wounded in Narathiwat ambush | Phuket News
Four soldiers and a female villager were injured in an ambush by suspected separatist militants in Sisakhon district of Narathiwat province on Tuesday (Dec 26). The incident occurred before noon on Dahong-Bilo road in Tambon Choeng Khiri of Sisakhon district. While a pick-up truck was travelling on the road, taking five soldiers of Rangers Company 4912 to Sisakhon market to buy food supplies, it was ambushed by a group of gunmen hiding on both sides of the road who opened fire at the soldiers with M16 rifles. Four soldiers were wounded in the ambush. They are Sgt Thanakorn Tannisai, Sgt Wissanu Muesanthad, volunteer ranger Kamjorn Tanma, and volunteer ranger Wissanu Chamnanna. A female villager, Tuwae-a-aeso Talipo, who was walking past the spot was also hit and wounded by a stray bullet. All of the wounded were admitted to Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Hospital for treatment. The post Five wounded in Narathiwat ambush appeared first on Thai...
Multiple attacks in far South overnight | Phuket News
NARATHIWAT: Several checkpoints in Narathiwat were attacked by gunmen, a microwave tower set on fire and roads blocked by felled trees and burning tyres on Monday night....
Cabinet gives nod to New Year's gifts | Phuket News
The cabinet has approved New Year’s gifts to people, ranging from free rice and discounted products to soft loans....
Beijing Tops China's First "Green Development" Index, but Sinks in Public Opinion | Phuket News
China published its first
Egypt hangs 15 militants for killing security forces in Sinai | Phuket News
CAIRO: Egypt on Tuesday executed 15 militants convicted of carrying out attacks that killed security forces in the Sinai Peninsula, security sources said....
North Korea UN Ambassador Demands US Prove Ransomware Claim | Phuket News
A North Korean ambassador to the United Nations says the U.S. claim that Pyongyang was behind the Wannacry ransomware attack earlier this year is a baseless provocation and demanded Washington back up its accusations with evidence. The North's U.N. ambassador in charge of U.S.-related issues says North Korea believes Washington is using the allegation to create an
China shuts down thousands of websites for breaking the law | Phuket News
Chinese authorities shut down more than 13,000 websites for breaking laws and regulations governing the country’s internet network since 2015, reported China’s state-run news agency Xinhua. An additional 2,220 website operations had been summoned for discussions with the official Cyberspace Administration of China, said Wang Shengjun, who serves as deputy chairman of the Standing Committee […]...
‘Vulgar butcher’ receives China’s harshest sentence yet in crackdown | Phuket News
BEIJING: China sentenced a prominent rights activist to eight years in jail for subversion on Tuesday, his lawyer said, the harshest sentence to be passed so far in a government crackdown on activism that began more than two years ago....
Court jails seven for murder of disabled bread man | Phuket News
Six young men and a woman have been convicted of the savage murder of a disabled bread delivery man, sentenced to between 12 and 19 years imprisonment and ordered to pay compensation of 750,000 baht to the victim’s family...
Korea 2017: ‘Rocketman’ Kim vs. ‘mentally deranged’ Trump | Phuket News
Resorting to dialogue instead of provocation to resolve the North Korean crisis was what many had hoped for before Donald Trump took over as president of the United States. The hope was that having Trump in the White House could bring in more momentum to find a solution to the long-festering conflict, pitting the isolated […]...
Junta’s lawmakers proposes more penalties for election absentee | Phuket News
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) may ban people who fail to go to vote from working for the government in a bid to increase the penalty for absentees of an election. Moreover, the Election Commission may have a new power to call for a re-election as it sees fit.     On 25 December 2017, Taweesak Suthakavatin, the spokesperson of the committee appointed by The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) responsible for vetting the organic MPs Bill, said the committee has reviewed all 178 articles in the draft Organic Act on Members of Parliament and will submit the draft to the NLA in January.   According to the spokesperson, the committee has so far proposed amendments to 17 articles. The proposed changes include granting the Election Commission of Thailand a power to recall a general election if necessary and prohibiting candidates from providing vehicles for transporting voters to polling stations.    Taweesak...
British navy escorts Russian warship near UK waters | Phuket News
LONDON: British officials say the Royal Navy has escorted a Russian warship through the North Sea near UK waters....
Opinion: Asia needs the US, not Donald Trump | Phuket News
Sorry Mr. Trump, you may perceive it differently, but for Asia you were certainly not the most important political figure in 2017, despite your countless tweets on North Korea and a long Asian tour.     You have undoubtedly grabbed media attention in the region, but this hasn’t translated into any meaningful outcome in terms of broadening […]...
Officer takes own life at Royal Thai Police Office | Phuket News
A police officer who took his life at Royal Thai Police (RTP) office on Sunday committed suicide over personal affairs and not work stress. This was what the police investigators believed after Pol Maj Sahasawat Phanket shot himself at his office inside the Personnel Office of the Royal Thai Police. He left a note which reads “please forgive me, I’m so much in depress.” The hand-writing by Pol Maj Sahasawat Phanket reads “please forgive me, I’m so much in depress.” A 9mm pistol lied on the floor by the bed which he stayed overnight. Deputy commissioner of the RTP Pol Gen Chalermkiat Srivorakarn said from the letter he wrote, it indicated that work stress was not the reason for his suicide. Besides, investigation with colleagues and superior showed no work pressure was pressed upon the officer on promotion list. Investigators will await autopsy report from doctors before they could conclude...
UN Refugee Agency Distributes Aid to Displaced Afghans | Phuket News
As winter sets in, the United Nations Refugee agency plans to distribute aid to more than 2,700 needy families and internally displaced people or I-D-P's in the western Afghan province of Herat. Many of the displaced come from nearby Afghan provinces, where ongoing fighting and insecurity have made it impossible to remain in their homes. Khalil Noorzaie reports on their plight from a camp in Herat city....
Somalia IS chapter urges holiday attacks | Phuket News
JOHANNESBURG: A group that monitors extremist organizations says the Islamic State group has posted what is thought to be the first video from IS-affiliated fighters in Somalia....
Beijing’s migrant crackdown leaves up to 15,000 children without education | Phuket News
IN what is called its most aggressive crackdown in history, Beijing is on a campaign to kick out poor, rural migrants who have, over the years, increasingly moved into the city’s outskirts by the thousands. Authorities are now condemning buildings as unsafe, evicting thousands and levelling off neighbourhoods, the New York Times reported. This includes the dozens of schools that serve migrant families and in the process, cutting off access to decent education for thousands of children. Truck driver Ding Fei, whose 7-year-old daughter was studying in one such school, has been evicted from homes twice since last month. His daughter’s school was recently shut down for being unsafe and illegal, marked for demolition. “My Chinese dream is for my family to live a happy and healthy life, without having to worry about whether my children can attend school,” Ding said. “The government simply doesn’t want us here anymore.” One Target in...
Trump administration mulls more visa hurdles for Indian expat workers in US | Phuket News
THE US government is readying a proposal to make employers pre-register when planning to hire foreigners under the H-1B visa programme, in another change by the Trump administration that is causing alarm among Indian expatriate workers, who constitute almost 70 percent of all H-1B visa holders in the US. The new rule, which will require US firms to first register electronically, is expected to go into effect February 2018, according to international immigration firm Fragomen’s, Times of India reported. The visas will be limited to 85,000 per year – 65,000 for foreigners coming from abroad and 20,000 for foreign graduates in US colleges and universities. Hindustan Times stated that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which oversees the visa programme, will then randomly select beneficiary employers from among those registered, likely through an electronic lottery. H-1B visa rules: Trump administration planning more changeshttps://t.co/631wIaExQm pic.twitter.com/kj42qYkBMF — Hindustan Times (@htTweets) December 25, 2017...
Secret cable: 10,000 killed in China’s 1989 Tiananmen crackdown | Phuket News
The secret diplomatic cable seen by the AFP news agency at Britain’s National Archives gives gruesome details of the 1989 Chinese army clampdown on pro-democracy protesters. “Minimum estimate of civilian dead 10,000,” the British ambassador at the time, Alan Donald, said in a telegram to London on June 5, 1989, a day after the violent […]...
High-speed rail line loses va-va-voom | Phuket News
The 670km Thai-Japanese high-speed train project stretching from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is to have its maximum speed lowered to reduce the overall cost of the project....
Breaking Gender Barrier in Construction | Phuket News
Construction is one of the fields that has long been dominated by men. Though women have increasingly come to the field, working as electricians, carpenters and plumbers, they’re still underrepresented. Faiza Elmasry tells us about a training program established by Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen, SALT, an Australian non-profit that works hard to change that. Faith Lapidus narrates....
Asia trades mixed; Australian, Japanese energy stocks climb after oil cracks $60 | Phuket News
Asian markets were mixed in early Wednesday trade, with most markets shrugging off declines seen on Wall Street....
Topless activist tries to snatch Jesus statue from Vatican crib | Phuket News
VATICAN CITY: A topless activist from the feminist group Femen tried to snatch the statue of the baby Jesus from the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square on Monday but was stopped by police as she grabbed it....
Japan bans 50 Thai boxers from fighting in the country | Phuket News
Japan Boxing Commission has banned 58 foreign boxers from fighting in its country, among them are 50 Thais. JBC said in its Japanese language website www.jbc.or.jp that these foreign boxers are below standard and do not fight properly as professional fighters. JBC has earlier warned these boxers of their improper conduct and unprofessional fighting several times, but was ignored. A Thai “Saithong” boxing camp manager Saithong Sriprachan who has several boxers listed substandard boxers by JBC said boxers should not be blamed solely for the ban but also the promoters of the competition. He said any contact to have Thai boxers fighting in Japan is similar to Thai promoters importing foreign boxers to fight with the Thai boxers. The promoters can fix the qualification and fighting style of the imported boxers to fight with Thai boxers in their camps in warm up bouts, as well as fixing the fighting result,...
Suburbs entice townhouse buyers | Phuket News
Townhouses priced between 1.2 to 2.99 million baht in Greater Bangkok's suburban areas were in high demand, with Krathum Baen in Samut Sakhon and Sam Phran in Nakhon Pathom recording the highest sales rate, says property consultant Plus Property Co....
Retailers bask in the glow of an auspicious shopping season | Phuket News
Around the world, low unemployment, high-performing stock markets and revamped consumer confidence have made this season one of the best on record for retailers....
2,500 cops to help with traffic in Korat | Phuket News
More than 2,500 police officers will be sent to help with road traffic safety along Mittraphap Road in Nakhon Ratchasima, commonly known as Korat, during the upcoming New Year holidays as the highway is expected to be choked with over 300,000 vehicles a day....
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Mattis: US Is ‘Never out of Diplomatic Solutions’ Concerning Korea | Phuket News
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has emphasized the U.S. is “never out of diplomatic solutions” when it comes to the North Korean crisis, after President Donald Trump said that
US warship collides near Singapore; 10 missing | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- The USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel east of Singapore on Monday, just two months after another US warship was involved in a fatal crash near Japan. Ten sailors are missing and five are injured....
Singapore: 10 Sailors missing after US destroyer collides with oil tanker | Phuket News
THE US Navy said 10 sailors of its are missing after guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Singapore early Monday. The collision with the oil and chemical tanker Alnic MC, east of the Straits of Malacca, also left five other navy officers injured. “Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities,” The Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement. In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, the 7th Fleet said the Republic of Singapore Navy Fearless-class patrol ships RSS Gallant, RSS Resilience, RSN helicopters and Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark are currently in the area to provide assistance. Trumps response to USS john McCain
10 sailors missing after US warship and tanker collide east of Singapore | Phuket News
The US Navy says 10 of its sailors are missing and five are injured after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker east of Singapore early on Monday morning. A search-and-rescue effort was under way after what was the second accident involving US Navy destroyers in Asian waters in little more than two months. The Navy said in a statement the USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC at 5.24am local time while “the ship was transiting to a......
International rescue mission is launched after US warship and tanker collide east of Singapore | Phuket News
A search-and-rescue effort was underway after a US warship collided with a merchant vessel east of Singapore on Monday, the US Navy said, the second accident involving US Navy destroyers in Asian waters in little more than two months. The Navy said in a statement the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC at 6.24am local time while “the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore”. “Initial reports indicate John S.......
US Navy ship collides with oil tanker off Singapore | Phuket News
The incident off Singapore is the second serious collision involving a US Navy ship in two months....
Former Khmer Rouge leader blatantly lies about genocide | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Khieu Samphan says claims of mass murder by Cambodia's Communist Party are Vietnamese propaganda....
US Successfully Shoots down Medium-Range Test Missile near Hawaii | Phuket News
The U.S. Navy successfully shot down a medium-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii as part of a test of defense systems Wednesday, following the most recent North Korea ballistic missile test, officials said. A navy statement said sailors aboard a U.S. vessel
North Korea Says Missile Test Aimed to Counter US-S. Korea Exercises | Phuket News
North Korea has acknowledged firing a ballistic missile over Japan, saying it was to counter current joint exercises by South Korea and the United States. In a Wednesday morning dispatch from Pyongyang, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted leader Kim Jong Un saying the drill for the launch of the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile was “like a real war” and the first step by North Korea's military for operations in the Pacific and “a meaningful prelude to containing Guam.
North Korea vows to hit Guam next, as UN condemns ‘outrageous’ missile launch | Phuket News
THE UNITED NATIONS has condemned North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday as “outrageous,” a move the North claims was a first step in military action in the Pacific to “contain” the US territory of Guam. North Korea said the launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) was to counter United States and South Korean military drills. The UN Security Council demanded the North end its missile tests and called upon states to implement agreed-upon sanctions against North Korea, however stopped short of calling for new sanctions. The North’s leader Kim Jong Un ordered the launch to be conducted for the first time from its capital, Pyongyang, and said more exercises with the Pacific as the target were needed, the North’s KCNA news agency said on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: North Korea: US, Japan step up cooperation in face of nuclear threat “The current ballistic rocket launching...
South Korea names new ambassador to China amid rift over THAAD missile deployment | Phuket News
South Korea has named a former lawmaker of the ruling Democratic Party as its new ambassador to China. Noh Young-min was named top envoy to Beijing while foreign policy expert Lee Su-hoon was named ambassador to Japan. Cho Yoon-je, an international trade expert who had previously served as South Korea’s ambassador to Britain, will become South Korea’s new envoy to the United States, the Blue House said in a statement. Noh, the new ambassador to China, served as chief of staff for......
N. Korean Missile Launch Thwarts Dialogue With US, at Least for Now | Phuket News
North Korea's test-firing of yet another ballistic missile proves that the Kim Jong Un regime has no intention of slowing down its nuclear weapons ambitions, analysts say, and that attitude effectively thwarts — at least for now — any chance of dialogue between the United States and Pyongyang. Launched from the vicinity of Sunan Air Base, near the North Korean capital, the missile traveled 2,700 kilometers (1,700 miles) early Tuesday morning, reaching a maximum altitude of roughly 550 kilometers (340 miles). It set off alarms in Japan as it passed over the northern island of Hokkaido and landed in the Pacific Ocean after a flight of 14 minutes. The Pentagon assessed the missile was an intermediate-range ballistic missile, the Hwasong-12, the same weapon that the Kim regime has been promising to fire into waters near the U.S. territory of Guam. It did not pose a threat to North America or...
Trump's aggressive drive against one 'horrible' trade deal may break down | Phuket News
The Trump administration's aggressive drive to renegotiate trade deals may get stymied by one country: South Korea....
Kim Jong Un likes to threaten to destroy South Korea — but that's not slowing down IKEA | Phuket News
South Korea saw two news stories: North Korea launched a missile and IKEA planned to open a second store there....
UN Security Council condemns North Korea’s latest provocation without imposing new sanctions | Phuket News
The UN Security Council in an emergency meeting issued a statement condemning North Korea’s launch of a missile over Japan’s airspace, and stopped short of any new sanctions or other specific measures to rein in Pyongyang. While supporting the statement, China and Russia assigned some blame to other Security Council members for a recent escalation in tension. China also called on the US and South Korea to dismantle a missile defence system they have deployed in South Korea......
Pentagon vows ‘ironclad’ defence of South Korea and Japan after North Korean missile launch | Phuket News
The US Defence Department has committed to the “ironclad” defence of its Asian allies in the face of North Korea’s provocative series of missile tests, including Tuesday’s launch over Hokkaido in northern Japan. The Pentagon said the launch of the ballistic missile posed no threat to North America. “Initial assessment indicates the launch of an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM),” Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan, a Pentagon spokesman said in an......
Russia, UAE Tell North Korea: Stop Your 'Provocations' | Phuket News
The foreign ministers of Russia and the United Arab Emirates urged North Korea on Tuesday to stop its provocations and obey United Nations resolutions, after Pyongyang's launch of a ballistic missile over Japan. Speaking in Abu Dhabi, the two ministers offered a forceful warning for Pyongyang, with Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan particularly calling for North Korea to stop its
Co-living: next big trend in real estate? | Phuket News
Co-living is a form of housing where residents share living space and a set of interests and values. It is part of a modern, urban lifestyle that values openness and sharing, and aligns with the general shift toward ridesharing/carsharing and coworking. In particular, co-living can be seen as an extension of the co-working trend that see people share office space and common facilities in order to save costs and share ideas. Co-living houses may offer short-term accommodation and host regular events for residents, many of which are students, startup founders or employees, young professionals, as well as artists and creatives. In a sense, it is student accommodation for grown-ups. China is a trail blazer in this space in Asia. YOU+ International Youth Community already offers rooms of between 22 to 50 sqm to young people in Guangzhou and Beijing (see Table 1). The trend is also catching on in other markets....
How China is helping Malaysia’s military narrow the gap with Singapore, Indonesia | Phuket News
From new surveillance aircraft to a revamp of the naval fleet, the hardware wish list drawn up by Malaysia’s military to keep up with amply funded regional peers like Singapore and Indonesia is no small ask – especially for Prime Minister Najib Razak’s cash-strapped government. With no signs of the country’s current fiscal strains going away – Najib last year slashed defence spending by 13 per cent – some industry experts are predicting a possible low-cost......
Auto-gate opened at Suvarnabhumi for Singapore nationals | Phuket News
A ceremony was held at Suvarnabhumi airport on Saturday (Aug 19) for the opening of an automatic gate for Singapore nationals, with an intention of reducing immigration congestion at the airport. The ceremony was attended by Pol Lt Gen Natthathorn Prousoontorn, the Immigration Bureau commissioner, Chatri Archjananun, director-general of the Consular Affairs Department, and Pol Maj Gen Sithichai Lokanpai, commander of the Immigration Police Division 2. Pol Lt Gen Natthathorn said the opening of the auto-gate, or automatic passport screening system,  followed a joint consultation between the Immigration Bureau and the Foreign Ministry’s Consular Affairs Department, Thongchai Chasawath, the Thai ambassador to Singapore, and Clarence Yeo, commander of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore in responding to the Thai government’s Thailand 4.0 and security policy. In the first stage, the auto-gate will be opened at Suvarnabhumi airport for Singapore as the first country.  In return, Singapore will also open an...
Swimmer Schooling sorry for SEA Games gaffe | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: Olympic champion Joseph Schooling of Singapore has apologised to Malaysians for saying he was going to teach their swimmers a lesson at the South East Asian Games, which officially open on Saturday and run until Aug 30 in Kuala Lumpur....
Thailand beat Malaysia to win gold medal in regu sepak takraw  | Phuket News
Thailand beat Malaysia 3-0 to win gold medal from the men’s sepak takraw team in the 29th SEA Games in Malaysia on Saturday (Aug 19). The Thai defending champion sepak takraw team won Malaysia 3-0 in the men’s team regu event for their 16th gold medal in this category at the Titiwangsa Indoor Stadium this morning. Thailand have won three gold medals including the first one from men’s chinlone event 1, the second gold from women’s polo team, which beat Singapore 5-1 this morning. Thailand have won the gold medal for the sepak takraw team regu competition in every edition of the games since 1993. Thailand beat Malaysia to win gold medal in regu sepak takraw http://bit.ly/2wbhLV7 #ThaiPBSenglishnews #SEAGames2017 Posted by Thai PBS English News on Saturday, 19 August 2017 Malaysia had started well at the 2017 SEA Games with a 3-0 win over Brunei in yesterday’s morning, but a...
Vitafoods Asia 2017 Heralds a New Future of Innovation | Phuket News
Aug 18, 2017 Singapore, 17 August 2017 – The seventh edition of Vitafoods Asia, the only event dedicated to the nutraceutical, functional food and beverages, and dietary supplement industries in Asia, will take place from 5 – 6 September at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Centred around doing business, learning, and networking, the event expects to welcome over 3,000 trade professionals through its doors, to discover the latest innovations presented by over 250 suppliers and service providers from all over the world, as well as to explore the remarkable lineup of knowledge-exchange and networking activities. Chris Lee, Managing Director, Global Health & Nutrition Network, Europe, Informa Exhibitions, said, “After a successful run at our Europe event earlier this year, the team is excited to bring this next instalment of Vitafoods Asia to the industry. Visitors can look forward to numerous learning opportunities, including...
Singapore rail delays leave commuters steaming | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: Singapore’s reputation for world-class infrastructure and efficient public transport received a knock on Friday morning as two of its five mass-transit rail lines suffered signalling failures, leaving thousands of disgruntled passengers late for work and unleashing a tirade of criticism on the social media sites of the two rail operators....
Blue boots for baby flamingo Squish in Singapore | Phuket News
Keepers at Singapore's Jurong Bird Park have found an unusual way to protect a baby flamingo's feet....
Squish was fitted with handmade booties to keep his feet cool. | Phuket News
Keepers at Singapore's Jurong Bird Park find an unusual way to protect a baby flamingo's feet on his daily walks....
Women on the Frontlines of Cambodia Land Fight | Phuket News
Cambodian activists fighting plans to transform Phnom Penh’s largest lake into a luxury development made a tactical decision when they took to the streets: put women on the frontline to show a “gentle” face and prevent violence. But it was wishful thinking. The women of Boeung Kak Lake, once home to a thriving community, have been kicked, manhandled, threatened and jailed, one of many land battles globally where women are bearing the brunt of the crackdown on protesters. “We are mostly women because we are more gentle so we face less violence. This is our strategy,” said Im Srey Touch, a 42-year-old activist from Boeung Kak Lake. “If we let men participate in our protests, we let them stand behind us or outside, and we stand in the front to reduce the likelihood of violence.” ​Evictions began in 2007 In fact, as the number of people killed in land conflicts...
Asia in 3 minutes: lizard penises for India’s lucky charm seekers, coffins for Cambodian leader’s rivals | Phuket News
Cambodian leader warns his election opponents to ‘prepare the coffins’ Cambodia’s strongman premier told his critics and political opponents they faced elimination and should “prepare coffins”, an escalation in rhetoric even for a man known for bellicose speeches. Prime Minister Hun Sen has ruled the impoverished nation for 32 years, making him one of the world’s longest-serving leaders. On Wednesday he delivered one of his most vitriolic speeches yet,......
Deep fried tarantula, anyone? | Phuket News
It's rainy season in Cambodia and spiders are creeping onto the menu....
Khmer Rouge Leader Denies Responsibility for Atrocities | Phuket News
One of the two surviving leaders of Cambodia's infamous Khmer Rouge has denied he had anything to do with the group's atrocities.  Former president Khieu Samphan, who is 85, delivered his final statement Friday to the U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia.  He is charged with crimes against humanity and genocide.
Khmer Rouge leader denies mass murder, blames Vietnam | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- A leader of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge denied on Friday that he and his colleagues were responsible for the death of an estimated 1.7 million people during their 1975-79 rule, saying their sworn enemy Vietnam invented the idea of genocide as propaganda....
Cambodia: Former Khmer Rouge leader refutes genocide charges, ‘murderer’ label | Phuket News
THE FORMER LEADER of the ruthless Khmer Rouge regime on Friday denied charges of genocide and rejected the being labelled a “murderer” during the closing of a UN-backed trial. Former Khmer Rouge head of state, 85-year-old Khieu Samphan, denied responsibility for murders and rights abuses under his regime that were described in the court by over 100 witnesses throughout the trial, reported the AFP. “I didn’t know about these issues,” he was quoted as saying, adding that the “idea” of genocide in Cambodia was concocted by Vietnam. SEE ALSO: 2 Khmer Rouge leaders sentenced to life in prison In 2014, a UN-backed tribunal sentenced Khieu to life in prison along with Nuon Chea, another senior leader known as “Brother Number Two” after being found guilty of crimes against humanity. At the time, the two were convicted of “extermination encompassing murder, political persecution, and other inhumane acts comprising forced transfer, enforced disappearances and attacks against...
Hungry? Have a Cambodian fried tarantula | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- The shiny, hairy creatures might make some people run a mile but in the humid jungle of Kampong Thom province, north of Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh, tarantula hunting is all in a day's work....
Uber starts trial run of ride-hailing service in Phnom Penh | Phuket News
Uber ride-hailing service has launched a “test mode” version of its smartphone application in Phnom Penh, according to a report in The Phnom Penh Post Online on Friday. The launch will bring a step closer for Uber to become the first international heavyweight to officially operate a ride-hailing service in Cambodia. A Phnom Penh Post reporter booked a ride in the capital using Uber app on Thursday. According to the receipt from the ride, Uber charges a base fare of $1 with further charges accordance to the distance and duration of the trip. At the end of the trip, riders have the choice to pay the fare digitally from a bank account connected to the app, or in cash. A driver told the Post that he had only picked one rider through the Uber application as of Thursday, though the company had only confirmed his status as a registered Uber...
IS Cleric Re-arrested in Indonesia Day After Release | Phuket News
A radical Islamic cleric granted an early release from prison to mark Indonesia’s Independence Day has been re-arrested for alleged involvement in several militant attacks.   Aman Abdurrahman, who has led an Islamic State group-affiliated militant network from prison, was among more than 90,000 inmates granted sentence reductions for Thursday’s national holiday.    Ibnu Chuldun, who heads the Justice Ministry’s provincial office in Central Java, said Friday that Abdurrahman was transferred from Nusa Kambangan prison island to a paramilitary police detention center near Jakarta.   Chuldun said the cleric is being questioned about his role in attacks including a January 2016 suicide bombing in central Jakarta that killed four civilians and four attackers.   Abdurrahman was serving a nine-year sentence for helping set up a jihadi training camp in a remote mountainous area of Aceh in 2010. He was released on parole in 2008 from a seven-year sentence for a...
South Korea releases dramatic new missile video as jets practice bombing runs in show of ‘retaliatory power’ | Phuket News
South Korea has released footage of its own missile tests it said were conducted last week in a response to the latest North Korean missile launch. The South Korean military said Tuesday it conducted three flight tests of two types of new missiles with ranges of 800 kilometres and 500 kilometres on August 24 and that the missiles were close to being operationally deployed. The military released footage of the tests of the longer-range missile that showed the missile being fired from a truck-......
Gold soars 300 baht amid rising Korean crisis | Phuket News
Gold rose 300 baht today (Aug 29) amid rising tension in the Korean Peninsular. According to the Gold Traders Association of Thailand, gold jumped 300 baht higher in the morning session opening  at 9am. Buying price for gold bullion per baht weight was at 20,600 baht and selling at 20,700 baht. For gold ornaments, buying price per baht weight was 20,223.44 baht, while selling price was 21,200 baht. The prices were up 300 baht from Monday’s close. The soaring gold price came after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido island into the Pacific sea today’s morning. The tensions were heating up not only international relation but also set the stock market on high alert, with four big movers including US stock drops 147 points, Japan’s currency move higher, South Korea’s currency drops and broadly decline in Asia stock. Surprisingly, gold tends to rise during times of heightened anxiety. Many...
South Korea ready to show ‘retaliatory power’ after North Korea’s latest missile launch | Phuket News
South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered his country’s military on Tuesday to demonstrate a “strong retaliatory power” against North Korea in the wake of Pyongyang’s ballistic missile launch earlier in the day, his spokesman said. South Korea responded to the launch by undertaking a bombing run on a test range involving four F-15K jet fighters on Tuesday morning, Yoon Young-chan told reporters. In the exercise held at Moon’s instruction at 9.20am, eight bombs......
North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan | Phuket News
North Korea conducted a missile test early Tuesday morning that flew over Japan, one that analysts say was similar to Pyongyang's recently aborted plan to fire a missile near the U.S. territory of Guam, and which prompted sharp reaction from Japanese and other leaders. The launch is believed to be the second successful test of the Hwasong 12 intermediate-range ballistic missile that can reach distances between 3,000 to 5,000 kilometers (1,800 to  3,100 miles), according to ballistic missile expert Jeffrey Lewis, the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in California. The first successful Hwasong 12 test occurred in May. The missile passed high above Japan about 10 minutes after launch, split into three pieces and splashed into the Pacific Ocean, east of the northern main Japanese island of Hokkaido, according to Japan's government. The trajectory triggered satellite-activated emergency alarms to the Japanese...
'Overwhelming' force: South Korea president charges up his military | Phuket News
South Korea's Moon Jae-in urged defense officials to step up military reform
North Korea fires missile over Japan for first time since 2009, escalating crisis | Phuket News
North Korea has fired a missile over Japan for the first time since 2009, a startling act of defiance against the US and its allies that Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe immediately branded “unprecedented, serious and important”. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the ballistic missile travelled around 2,700km and reached a maximum height of 550km as it flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido around 5.06am Tuesday HKT. The launch was also confirmed by......
South Korean President Moon tells his troops to toughen up in case North 'crosses the line' | Phuket News
South Korea's Moon Jae-in urged defense officials to step up military reform
North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan, Triggering Alarm | Phuket News
North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan early Tuesday morning and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, triggering emergency alerts by government officials in Tokyo and sharply raising diplomatic concerns about the crisis over Pyongyang's military program. As Japanese, South Korean and American military officials studied data about the rocket's flight and trajectory, there were no immediate announcements about the type of ballistic missile North Korea sent aloft. The launch point was near Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, and the rocket fell into the sea east of Hokkaido. The Pentagon spokesman, Colonel Rob Manning, said a detailed assessment of the North Korean launch was under way, but added that U.S. officials had confirmed the missile
North Korea fires another missile over Japan, reports say | Phuket News
North Korea fired a missile that passed over northern Japan, Reuters reported, citing Japanese government sources. Japan’s military didn’t attempt to shoot the missile down, the report said. North Korea’s missile passed over Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost main island, around 6:06 a.m. JST, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency also reported that North Korea fired an unidentified missile. South Korean military confirmed......
South Korean President Moon reportedly tells military to toughen up in case North 'crosses the line' | Phuket News
South Korea's Moon Jae-in urged defense officials to step up military reform
'My body battleground' | Phuket News
The brutality of online attacks on some Muslim women in Malaysia have led to calls for changes in law....
Malaysian sultan strikes equestrian gold in SEA Games | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- A Malaysian sultan made more history in the Southeast Asian Games by winning the equestrian endurance race on Sunday....
University Immersion Program 2017 Kicks off in SCU | Phuket News
Aug 18, 2017 Picture:  On the evening of July 2nd, the University Immersion Program 2017 was kicked off at the gymnasium of Jiang’an Campus, Sichuan University. Over 200 professors and nearly 500 students from over 120 world-class universities, including the University of Oxford, Harvard University, Columbia University (New York), Stanford University, the University of Chicago, Queen Mary of the University of London, London School of Economics and Political Science, National University of Singapore, and University of Tsukuba from 27 countries or regions, together with the faculty and students of Sichuan University, witnessed this exciting moment. Wang Jianguo, Board Chairman of SCU, President Xie Heping, and all other university leaders as well as heads of relevant departments attended the opening ceremony. Vice President Yan Shijing hosted the ceremony. President Xie Heping delivered a speech on SCU’s behalf. Firstly, he extended warm welcome to the teachers and students from all over...
Lee Kuan Yew’s grandson, Li Shengwu, says he fled Singapore because he feared arrest | Phuket News
A grandson of Lee Kuan Yew says he left Singapore in July after friends expressed concerns he might be detained by the authorities in a contempt of court case. “In Singapore, it is possible that one can be detained and interrogated for some time without a lawyer,” said Li Shengwu, whose uncle is the nation’s current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. “My friends had warned me that they were concerned for my safety if I remained in Singapore.” Li’s father is Lee......
I fled the country because of fears I'd be detained, says grandson of Singapore's founder | Phuket News
A grandson of Lee Kuan Yew said he left Singapore after friends expressed concerns he might be detained....
Singapore launches first human milk bank | Phuket News
By Toh Ee-ming Singaporean mothers who do not have enough breast milk to feed their premature or sick infants will now be able to draw on Singapore’s first human milk bank – launched as part of a new three-year pilot between KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and Temasek Foundation Cares. The programme aims to “provide a ready supply of safe, pasteurised human breast milk” donated for premature and sick neonates of mothers who may be unable to......
SEMICON Taiwan - Theme Pavilions Focus on Market Momentum and Opportunities | Phuket News
Aug 17, 2017 Picture:  Theme Pavilions Focus on Market Momentum and Opportunities TAIPEI, Taiwan ─ 18 July 2017 ─ Taiwan is the world’s largest consumer of semiconductor materials for the seventh consecutive year, bringing new opportunities in this increasingly critical sector. SEMICON Taiwan (13-15 September), held at Taipei’s Nangang Exhibition Center, will feature over 1,700 booths and 700 exhibitors, and more than 45,000 attendees from the global electronics manufacturing supply chain. This year, in addition to the much-anticipated Executive Summit, themed “Transformation: A Key to Solution,” 27 international forums will be held, exploring major issues. Speakers from TSMC, UMC, Powerchip, NVIDIA, Micron and Amkor will share their insights on trends and strategies of the next-generation electronics industry. According to the SEMI Material Market Data Report, Taiwan’s semiconductor materials consumption was US$9.8 billion in 2016 − the world’s largest. Global semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$13.1 billion in Q1 2017,...
NUS scientists identify optimal areas for conservation and agriculture in the tropics | Phuket News
Aug 16, 2017 Picture:  Converting forests to agriculture not economically viable in most regions except the Atlantic Forest, areas around the Gulf of Guinea, and Thailand A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has recently completed a global study on the trade-offs between the benefits provided by tropical forests and its conversion for agricultural use. The team examined deforestation activities of more than 50 countries in the tropics between 2000 to 2012, and identified regions where deforestation is most and least beneficial. The NUS team, led by Assistant Professor Roman Carrasco from the Department of Biological Sciences at the NUS Faculty of Science, identified the Atlantic Forest, areas around the Gulf of Guinea, and Thailand as areas where benefits from agricultural conversion are higher than environmental costs. This suggests that it could be difficult to implement and incentivise biodiversity conservation strategies that are based on...
Singapore surpasses Hong Kong as Asia's third most liveable city | Phuket News
Singapore has trumped Hong Kong as one of the most liveable cities in the world, according to the latest global liveability report by The Economist Intelligence Unit, with Singapore jumping 11 places to claim the 35th spot out of 140 cities....
Malaysia launches special court to handle child sex crimes | Phuket News
MALAYSIA on Thursday launched a special court to handle sexual crimes against children, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, local media reported. According to national news agency Bernama, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak said the court will help expedite cases related to pornography, child grooming and child sexual assault. The setting up of the court is in tandem with the country’s recently-approved Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017, which will come into effect soon. The court will also hear its first case on July 4. At the court’s inauguration in Putrajaya, Malaysia’s federal administrative capital, Najib proposed the development of special Standard Operating Procedures to handle child sex crimes. “The special guidelines to be developed should meet the needs and requirements of child witnesses and be in accordance with the best practices in other countries,” Najib was quoted as saying. SEE ALSO: Malaysia’s fractured Parliament unites over Bill...
Digital Economy Seen Presenting New Opportunity for US-ASEAN Engagement | Phuket News
Countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will be a wellspring of opportunity for the United States because of growth in the region's digital economy and its young population, researchers say. Those combined forces will
Another round of mass army promotions in Cambodia | Phuket News
The Hun Sen government has approved a new round of mass military promotions, elevating 40 officers to the rank of brigadier general and another 16 to major general status, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Tuesday. In April, the government promoted 42 officers to the status of brigadier general and nine to major general, before promoting 13 additional officials in various general’s ranks in another batch. It was estimated that there are more than 3,000 generals in Cambodia. Defence Ministry spokesman Chhum Socheat said the promotions were based on merit and capability and they followed requests by the army commanders. Socheat also stressed that there was no corruption or nepotism in the promotion process. But political analyst Meas Ny said the promotions are a way for the government to shore up support from the armed forces. “We have seen huge promotions in the armed forces because the government wants...
Thailand Travel Mart 2017 ends in Chiang Mai, moves to Pattaya in 2018 | Phuket News
Thailand’s main travel trade show, the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) has ended a successful two-year run in the Northern capital of Chiang Mai, and will move to the resort city of Pattaya in 2018. The event has given extensive exposure to the rich culture, cuisine and heritage of the Northern Thailand and highlighted its overland cross-border proximity to the emerging Mekong region destinations of Lao PDR and Myanmar. The theme “Delivering Unique Experiences” was designed to be in line with the overall tourism marketing slogan. All the pre and post-tours were specially selected to include the spectacular range of Royal Projects, Northern Thai museums, restaurants, community-based products and heritage sites in line with that theme. The event was attended by 423 buyers from 56 countries. Although the main markets of China, India, Russia, Europe and the UK dominated the list, the focus...
Saving Bunong, a Vulnerable Language in Cambodia | Phuket News
Sylvain Vogel, a native of France, grew up in Alsace-Lorraine speaking French and German. Since then, he’s acquired fluency in English, Portuguese, Farsi, Pashto and Khmer, the language spoken by the majority of people in his adopted country, Cambodia. Vogel has spent most of the past 25 years studying, researching and teaching, and helping anchor the fledgling rebirth of a culture of scholarship in this Southeast Asian country following the repressive and anti-intellectual Khmer Rouge rule of the 1970s. A professor at the Royal University of Fine Arts, he teaches — no surprise — linguistics and Sanskrit, which is closely related to Khmer. ​Passion project Outside the classroom, he has pursued a passion project — documenting Bunong — since the mid-1990s. A largely unwritten language, it is spoken by members of the Bunong ethnic group, who live in Cambodia’s sparsely populated Mondulkiri province, a place of mystical beauty under threat...
At least 50 SIM cards seized from three Chinese originated from Cambodia | Phuket News
Initial police investigation shows that 50 of the 347,000 SIM cards found in the possession of three Chinese nationals in Sa Kaeo province came from Cambodia while the rest of the rest are still being checked. National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission secretary-General Takorn Tanthasit said Friday that he was informed by the three mobile phone service providers that their investigation showed that the Chinese had obtained the SIM cards from different provinces. He said he would meet the police and representatives from AIS, True and DTAC, the three mobile phone service providers for discussion on the Chinese’ SIM cards case. Besides the excessive amount of SIM cards, more than 500 mobile phones were also found in the possession of the three Chinese who claimed they used the phones and SIM cards to post “like” in the social media to promote merchandise for any product owner who want to promote their...
Vietnam has arrested another blogger for criticism over a Taiwanese plastic firm's devastating chemical spill | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - The arrest of the 51-year-old government critic comes as Vietnam appears to be cracking down against online dissent....
US ambassador calls for release of jailed Vietnam activist | Phuket News
HANOI -- The US ambassador in Vietnam called on the Communist government Wednesday to release an activist who was sentenced to nine years in prison on what the envoy says are vague charges of propaganda against the state....
China calls for halt to oil drilling in disputed South China Sea | Phuket News
CHINA’S Foreign Ministry has urged a halt to oil drilling in a disputed part of the South China Sea, where Spanish oil company Repsol had been operating in cooperation with Vietnam. Drilling began in mid-June in Vietnam’s Block 136/3, which is licensed to Vietnam’s state oil firm, Spain’s Repsol and Mubadala Development Co of the United Arab Emirates. The block lies inside the U-shaped ‘nine-dash line’ that marks the vast area that China claims in the sea and overlaps what it says are its own oil concessions. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China had indisputable sovereignty over the Spratly Islands, which China calls the Nansha islands, and jurisdiction over the relevant waters and seabed. SEE ALSO: Philippines, China still at odds over South China Sea a year after Hague ruling  “China urges the relevant party to cease the relevant unilateral infringing activities and with practical actions safeguard the hard-earned...
Pesticides May Have Caused South Asian Children's Sudden Deaths | Phuket News
A pesticide banned by international treaty in 2011 could be responsible for the deaths of young children in South Asia, according to new findings. In June 2012, 14 children were brought to the Dinajpur Medical College Hospital in northern Bangladesh with acute encephalitis, a dangerous swelling of the brain. Most were unconscious within three hours, and all but one died after about 20 hours.  Scientists from the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, a major research institution in Bangladesh, investigated what caused the outbreak. The medical team noticed that almost all the children lived next to a lychee orchard, many lived with someone who worked in the industry, and most had visited the fruit orchards shortly before becoming ill, lead author Mohammed Islam told VOA. A report published earlier this year in The Lancet reviewed a 2014 outbreak that killed 122 children in India's Muzaffarpur region, the country's largest lychee-producing...
Indonesian navy refutes claim it shot, wounded 4 Vietnamese fishermen | Phuket News
THE Indonesian navy has denied Hanoi’s claim that it shot and wounded four Vietnamese fisherman in the South China Sea last weekend, a report said. The Jakarta Post quoted a navy spokesman as saying that a patrol on Sunday intercepted Vietnamese boats believed to be fishing within Indonesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone near the Natuna Islands but merely chased them away with warning shots. “As such, there is no truth to Vietnam’s statement,” he said. “The navy always provides a measured response in accordance with protocol.” The spokesman was responding to the claim by the Binh Dinh provincial search and rescue committee, involving a Vietnamese-flagged fishing boat that was about 132 nautical miles (245km) southeast of Vietnam’s Con Dao island when the fishermen were shot on Saturday night. SEE ALSO: Four fishermen wounded in Indonesian navy shooting, says Vietnam  The Vietnamese authorities claimed two fishermen were seriously wounded and were taken to...
Indonesia navy denies wounding 4 Vietnam fishermen | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesia's navy has disputed reports that four Vietnamese fishermen were wounded in a weekend incident that was the second clash between the two countries in the South China Sea in two months....
Vietnam police arrest dissident for attempt "to overthrow government" | Phuket News
HANOI -- Police in Vietnam have arrested a prominent dissident they have accused of conducting activities aimed at overthrowing the government, in what appeared to be latest effort by the country to crack down on critics....
Indonesia Has 81 Million of Online Shoppers | Phuket News
Google Indonesia revealed the number of people in the country who shop through online marketplaces has reached about 81 million. The numbers are quite high, especially compared to Indonesia’s internet population of 100 million users. The country’s population is some 250 million people. The market will continues to grow as mobile devices play more important role in the way of Indonesian shop in the future. Read the full story here. Ecommerce is one of the top five activities for Thai mobile users  Latest survey by the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) found ecommerce has replaced e-learning as one of the top five most popular activities in Thailand. This is the first time ecommerce cracked to the top five. For years, the five most popular activities on mobile devices were communications, entertainment, gaming, online news and information searches, and e-learning. 60% of ecommerce transactions in the country are made on the mobile platform. Read...
IS cleric freed for Indonesia Independence Day nabbed | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- A radical Islamic cleric granted an early release from prison to mark Indonesia's Independence Day has been re-arrested for alleged involvement in several militant attacks....
Single, ‘jomblo’ Indonesians are happier than those who are married | Phuket News
THE INDONESIAN government’s national statistics body has found that Indonesians who are single are happier than those who are married. Statistics Indonesia (BPS) released the 2017 Indonesian Happiness Index on Tuesday, revealing that singles report a significantly higher personal satisfaction rating than those in wedlock and are marginally happier. Out of a possible score of 100, those with a single marital status had a personal satisfaction rating of 68.36 compared to married folks whose personal satisfaction was 66.30. Nevertheless, married people had higher levels of social satisfaction (76.47) compared to those who are single (74.05). Moreover, singles are much happier and more personally satisfied than those who are divorced. The results are perhaps somewhat surprising, as being single in Indonesia is often strongly stigmatised. The pejorative term jomblo is generally applied to those who are unmarried. ...
Reformed Indonesia militants mark Independence Day | Phuket News
TENGGULUN, Indonesia -- Fifteen years since they were members of a radical Islamist group that killed 202 people on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali, Ali Fauzi and Sumarno are building peace instead of bombs....
Banpu mines Indonesia for coal mergers | Phuket News
SET-listed Banpu Plc, Thailand's biggest coal mine operator, is in talks with industry peers in Indonesia on possible mergers and acquisition (M&As) deals to help increase its long-term coal reserves, says deputy chief executive Somyot Ruchirawat....
North Korea fires short-range missiles in latest tests | Phuket News
SEOUL -- North Korea fired several rockets into the sea Saturday in the continuation of its rapid nuclear and missile expansion, prompting South Korea to press ahead with military drills involving US troops that have angered Pyongyang....
North Korea fires three short-range missiles into the sea, threatening fresh escalation of tensions with US | Phuket News
North Korea on Saturday fired three short-range missiles into the sea off the coast of its eastern Kangwon province, South Korea’s military said, ending a brief respite from military provocations and threats between Washington and Pyongyang. The South Korean Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the projectiles flew in a north-easterly direction for about 250km into the sea. The JCS said the South Korea and US militaries were analysing the launch. Meanwhile, US President Donald......
North Korea fires several projectiles to sea | Phuket News
SEOUL - South Korea says North Korea has fired several unidentified projectiles to the sea in what appears to be the latest weapons tests for the country that has been rapidly expanding its nuclear weapons and missile programme....
North Korea fires three short-range missiles; all fail | Phuket News
North Korea fired several short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast, South Korea and the U.S. military said, as the two allies conducted annual joint military drills....
North Korea fires three short-range missiles into the sea | Phuket News
North Korea on Saturday fired three short-range missiles into the sea off the coast of its eastern Kangwon province, South Korea’s military said. The South Korean Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the projectiles flew in a north-easterly direction for about 250 kilometres (155 miles) into the sea. The JCS says the South Korea and US militaries were analysing the launch. Saturday morning’s missile firing follows a settling down of tensions that was......
North Korea Fires Several Projectiles in Possible Training Exercise | Phuket News
North Korea early Saturday fired several short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast from Gangwon province, South Korea's military said. The South Korean Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles originated in the Gitdaeryong area and flew northeast for about 250 kilometers (155 miles) into the sea. The firings may have been part of a military training exercise, the military said. The U.S. military's Pacific Command said it detected three missile launches but added that the first and third projectiles failed in flight and that the second missile
North Korea fires several short-range missiles into the sea | Phuket News
North Korea on Saturday fired an unidentified projectile into the sea off the coast of its eastern Kangwon province, South Korea’s military said. The South Korean Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the projectiles flew in a north-easterly direction for about 250 kilometres (155 miles) into the sea. The JCS says the South Korea and US militaries were analysing the launch. Saturday morning’s missile firing follows a settling down of tensions that was acknowledged by US......
North Korea Fires Several Short-range Projectiles | Phuket News
North Korea early Saturday fired several short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast from its eastern Kangwon province, South Korea's military said. The South Korean Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles flew in a northeasterly direction for about 250 kilometres (155 miles) into the sea. Earlier, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said a ballistic missile might have been fired, without citing a source. The launch was the first by the North since it test-fired a missile on July 28 that could have been designed to reach 10,000 kilometers, putting parts of the U.S. mainland within reach....
North Korea Fires Projectile Toward Japan | Phuket News
Reports from South Korea's Yonhap news agency say North Korea appears to have fired an unidentified projectile in the direction of Japan. CNN news outlet says the South Korean military made the initial report. Yonhap news agency, without citing a source, said the projectile might have been a ballistic missile. However, neither Seoul nor Tokyo has confirmed those reports....
North Korea fires multiple unidentified projectiles off its east coast, report says | Phuket News
North Korea has fired multiple unidentified projectiles into the sea off its east coast, Yonhap news agency reported on Saturday citing South Korea's military....
SEA Games open in style | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia staged a dazzling party at the new-look Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Saturday evening to officially open the 29th South East Asian Games....
Women Gives Hope to Dialysis Patients | Phuket News
Aug 18, 2017 Picture:  Kuala Lumpur, 16 August 2017 – Strong and generous women from Inner Wheel District 330 Malaysia, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), came together recently to donate Nikkiso dialysis machine to the National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia (NKF) to benefit chronic kidney disease patients receiving treatments at NKF’s dialysis centre in Johor Bahru (JB). The Nikkiso dialysis machine, worth RM42, 200 was handed over by Parimala Satheesan, Immediate Past District Chairman of Inner Wheel District 330 Malaysia (2016-2017) at a handover ceremony held at NKF office in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Speaking during the handover ceremony with NKF, Parimala Satheesan, Immediate Past District Chairman, expressed her delight at the contribution of the dialysis machine and to strengthen the support by working together with untiring effort to serve the community. “As an NGO, we want to be recognised widely through personal service, fund-raising, fellowship, and a common aim to...
SEA Games: Bus driver of Myanmar football team arrested for theft of Malaysian official’s watch | Phuket News
POLICE have confirmed that the bus driver employed to drive the Myanmar’s women’s football team at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia was arrested for stealing a watch. The 27-year-old man was supposed to be driving the team back to their hotel following their 5-0 victory over Malaysia on Thursday night. The players and officials were delayed in reaching their hotel following the police intervention. Police also found that the driver, who was arrested at the UiTM Shah Alam Stadium, did not have a driving licence. SEE ALSO: SEA Games: Double gold for Malaysia’s archers in team compound events The New Straits Times reported that the man was arrested after police found a Rio-Edition Swatch wristwatch, belonging to a Malaysian team official, inside the suspect’s bus. Shafien Mamat, the Shah Alam district police Chief Assistant Commissioner, said the initial investigation showed the official had accidentally dropped her watch in the...
Radical Islamic cleric Zakir Naik says he is victim of religious ‘persecution’ | Phuket News
FUNDAMENTALIST Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has claimed terror and money laundering charges against him are part of anti-Muslim “persecution” in India. Believed to currently be in Malaysia, the Salafi “televangelist” and self-professed “expert” on comparative religion is currently dodging arrest warrants from Interpol and the Indian counter-terrorism body National Investigation Agency (NIA). The Times of India newspaper reported on Friday that Zakir had submitted an appeal against the NIA’s request to Interpol for a ‘red notice’ in which he claimed the charges against him are because of “religious persecution of minorities in India.” SEE ALSO: Controversial Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik barred from giving talk in Malaysia Zakir claimed he has only ever promoted peace and does not espouse violent jihad. He claimed that the Indian government’s decision to ban his Islamic Research Foundation NGO and to bar him from public appearances is a violation of his freedom of expression,...
Malaysia economy expands 5.8%, beats forecasts | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia’s economy grew faster than economists forecast in the second quarter, fuelled by stronger consumer spending and a pick-up in manufacturing....
Singapore eDevelopment Biomedical Subsidiary Partners Chemia in Functional Fragrances | Phuket News
Aug 15, 2017 Picture:  Singapore Exchange Catalist-listed Singapore eDevelopment Limited (
Alibaba Invests $300 M in Fresh Produce Market | Phuket News
Through its B2C subsidiary Tmall, Alibaba has invested $300 million in China-based ecommerce for fresh food Yiguo.com. Yiguo delivers perishable goods to more than 200 cities in China, offering most of its customers same day or second-day home delivery. It also cooperates with Tmall Supermarket by carrying out daily operations of its fresh produce offerings. The investment will be used to further develop Yiguo subsidiary ExFresh, China’s largest cold-chain logistics platform, to expand its delivery reach while allowing its Tmall Supermarket division to work more closely with Yiguo. The expansion expected to enable them process 500,000 daily orders by the end of this year, and up to 5 million orders by 2020. Read the full story here. 2. Courts targets 15% of revenue from online over the next decade Courts Asia is setting aside $10 million to revamp seven out of its 15 outlets in Singapore after a stable financial results....
Britons get jail and cane for sex assault during Singapore stag party | Phuket News
Three young British men were sentenced Tuesday to jail time and caning for sexually assaulting a Malaysian woman during a stag party in Singapore. Khong Tam Thanh, Michael Le and Vu Thai Son, in their 20s, were originally accused of rape but pleaded guilty on Monday to a lesser charge of aggravated outrage of modesty after a four-day trial. High Court Judge Hoo Sheau Peng slammed their “reprehensible” conduct and sentenced the trio, British citizens of Vietnamese origin, to jail......
Three Britons sentenced to jail and caning in Singapore | Phuket News
The three men were arrested after they had sex with a drunk and unconscious woman last year....
Singapore stag party: Three Britons jailed for sexual assault on Malaysian woman | Phuket News
THREE British men accused of gang-raping a 23-year-old Malaysian woman while visiting Singapore for a stag-party last September were on Tuesday sentenced to between five-and-a-half and six-and-a-half years’ jail on reduced charges of sexual assault, local media reported. A Singapore court slapped 22-year-old Khong Tam Thanh and Vu Thai Son, 24, each with six years’ jail and eight strokes of the cane. Their friend, Michael Le, 24, was given a five-and-a-half-years’ prison sentence with five strokes of the cane. According to Channel News Asia, Le was convicted of one count of aggravated outrage of modesty. Earlier, prosecutors asked the court to punish Khong and Vu with seven years’ jail and caning, and six years’ jail and caning for Le. SEE ALSO: Singapore: Three Britons on trial for stag-party gang-rape The three British citizens of Vietnamese descent earlier denied the rape allegations, but pleaded guilty to reduced charges of aggravated outrage of...
K-pop is giving Bollywood a run for its money in India | Phuket News
WHAT started out with a few Korean channels in Nagaland and Manipur is now a nationwide phenomenon with significant “fandoms” taking over lives of Indians, a feature in Hindustan Times revealed last week. The feature traced the boom in K-pop back to the arrival of the Korean wave or as it’s known in Korean, “Hallyu”, back in the late ’90s through Korean drama and music, which entered India via television and pirated CDs. Today, the love for Korean entertainment has intensified to the point where fans organise concerts and follow the lives of Korean singers and bands religiously. “You watch the K-pop idols on variety shows, and knowing about their life stories. They are so hardworking, it gives me patience, I get inspiration from them,” says Elizabeth Longjam from Manipur. While K-dramas entered India together with Japanese TV series, South Korea has since overtaken Japan in this culture war, both globally...
Britons convicted of sexual assault during Singapore stag night | Phuket News
Three young Britons pleaded guilty on Monday to sexually assaulting a Malaysian woman during a stag party in Singapore and may now face long prison terms and caning. Khong Tam Thanh, Le Michael and Vu Thai Son, all aged in their 20s, were originally charged with rape but admitted the lesser offence of sexual assault at the city state’s High Court after a four-day trial. The men, British citizens of Vietnamese origin, will be sentenced on Tuesday. Sexual assault carries a penalty of......
Cambodian co-prosecutor ask for life sentence for Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan | Phuket News
International lead co-prosecutor Nicholas Kourjian delivered his closing statement in the trial of Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, touching on the genocide against the Vietnamese and Cham people, one of the charges against them, according to Phnom Penh Post Online report on Friday. Kourjian began with the crimes carried out against the Vietnamese people in Cambodia, saying that the Khmer Rouge’s initial policy was simply about deporting them, but eventually was transformed into a policy of extermination both within Cambodia and abroad. Chea and Samphan were both quoted as claiming that the Vietnamese were in fact engaged in genocide against Cambodians, a tactic Kourjian said is common in persuading a population to commit genocide of its own against the alleged enemies. Kourjian said the strongest evidence that Cambodia’s ultimate goal was to destroy the Vietnamese people lies in statement from Pol Pot broadcast on the radio in...
UN warns Southeast Asian governments preventing women working abroad may increase risks of human-trafficking | Phuket News
Southeast Asian governments’ efforts to stop women from going abroad for domestic work are putting their citizens at greater risk of becoming victims of trafficking and exploitation, the UN has warned. Nearly half of the world’s 53 million domestic workers are from Asia, most of them women from impoverished families seeking higher incomes abroad. However, horrific cases of maids being beaten and raped have prompted some governments – including Indonesia, Myanmar and Cambodia......
Cambodia: PM Hun Sen lifts ban barring opposition leader’s return | Phuket News
CAMBODIAN Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday lifted an order barring exiled former opposition leader Sam Rainsy from re-entering the country after the latter challenged the premier to be “brave enough” to face him in next years general election. According to The Cambodia Daily, Rainsy is inching closer to returning home after Hun Sen also issued his rival a challenge to deliver his pledge to risk prison or death by coming back and taking the prime minister’s post in the polls. A spokesman from the Cambodian People’s Party, Sok Eysan, said the move was “entirely” in response to an interview Rainsy gave to Radio Free Asia on Tuesday in which he mocked Hun Sen’s cowardice in urging for the lifting of the ban, the daily reported. SEE ALSO: Cambodia: Sam Rainsy dares PM Hun Sen to allow leadership contest next year “We cannot make the right prediction until he arrives at...
Tigers to be reintroduced to Cambodian wild | Phuket News
Tiger Beer has donated $1 million to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help fight the illegal tiger trade in a scheme that will see tigers reintroduced to Cambodia's Eastern Plains Landscape....
Sam Rainsy can return - and risk prison | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's prime minister has lifted a ban on the return to the country of his main rival, daring him to risk imprisonment under an outstanding criminal conviction....
Hun Sen lifts travel ban on Sam Rainsy | Phuket News
The Hun Sen government has agreed to lift the travel ban imposed on former opposition president Sam Rainsy – eight months after the government formally banned airlines from flying him into the country. The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Wednesday that the Council of Ministers issued a letter today to lift the travel ban. The June 14 letter was addressed to the National Police chief Neth Savoeun after head of the Immigration Department Sok Phat asking that the letter banning Rainsy’s entry be cancelled on the orders of Prime Minister Hen Sen. Rainsy has been in self-imposed exile since November 2015 following the issuing of a warrant for his arrest. The ban was formalized by an order of the Council of Ministers on October 12, 2016 warning airlines against allowing him to board a flight to Cambodia. CNRP deputy president Mu Sochua welcomed the move today, saying any measure...
Summation at trial of Khmer Rouge leaders | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Prosecutors at the trial in Cambodia of the surviving top leaders of the former Khmer Rouge regime have begun summing up their case, declaring that, despite the defendants' denials, the evidence clearly showed they knew of the suffering and deaths of their countrymen....
Cambodia lifts ban on return of former opposition leader Sam Rainsy | Phuket News
The Cambodian government announced Wednesday the lifting of its ban on the return of former opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who has been in living in exile for over a year and a half. A letter released by the Office of the Council of Ministers said a directive issued by the council on October 12, 2016, banning Rainsy’s entry into the country had been annulled. The letter was addressed to Neth Savoeun, Cambodia’s national police chief, and Sok Phal, director general of the Department......
Four fishermen wounded in Indonesian navy shooting, says Vietnam | Phuket News
INDONESIA’S navy shot and wounded four Vietnamese fishermen aboard a fishing boat in the South China Sea at the weekend, Vietnamese authorities said. The Vietnamese boat was about 132 nautical miles (245 km) southeast of Vietnam’s Con Dao island when the fishermen were shot on Saturday night, the Binh Dinh provincial search and rescue committee said on its website. Disputes over fishing rights and oil drilling have stoked tension in the South China Sea, through which about US$5 trillion in goods is shipped each year. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Jokowi orders police to gun down foreign drug traffickers China claims almost the entire sea, but Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan also have claims. Although Indonesia says it is not a party to the dispute, it recently renamed the northern reaches of its exclusive economic zone, asserting its own maritime claim. The coordinates given by the Vietnamese indicated that the shooting...
Philippines Pokes China With Intent to Drill for Oil in Disputed Sea | Phuket News
Plans in the Philippines to reopen a tract of the disputed South China Sea for oil and gas exploration is likely to complicate the foreign policy of Manila’s new friend Beijing, which claims the same waters, and adds to a regional pushback against Chinese maritime influence. Philippines oil drilling plans The Philippine Department of Energy is ready to restart drilling at Reed Bank, an 8,866 square-kilometer table mount west of Palawan Island, domestic news reports say. In December 2014 the government suspended those plans to prepare for world court arbitration over which country had a stronger claim to the feature. That court in The Hague ruled that Reed Bank falls within a Philippine ocean exclusive economic zone. China rejected the outcome and in May warned Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte against reopening it for exploration, Philippine media reports say. China claims more than 90 percent of the sea. “You had Duterte saying...
Group urges Vietnam’s foreign donors to pressure govt into releasing Tran Thi Nga | Phuket News
A HUMAN rights watchdog on Monday called on Vietnam’s foreign donors to pressure the government into releasing Tran Thi Nga, a blogger who faces a trial tomorrow (July 25) for criticising the administration. Deputy Asia Director of Human Rights Watch Phil Robertson said the Vietnamese government consistently goes to extremes to silence its critics, targeting activists like Tran Thi Nga with “bogus” charges that carry long prison sentences. He claimed the families of the critics are often subjected to harassment and abuse. “Foreign donors should use their leverage to push for Tran Thi Nga’s release now, and make it clear that closer relations depend on Vietnam tolerating its critics, rather than sending them to prison,” he said in a statement on Monday. Tran Thi Nga, also known as Thuy Nga, is set to face trial at the People’s Court of Ha Nam province tomorrow following her Jan 21 arrest for...
China reportedly threatens Vietnam into ending energy exploration in South China Sea | Phuket News
Beijing warned Hanoi that it would attack Vietnamese bases in the Spratly Islands if drilling continued, the BBC continued....
South China Sea: Vietnam halts drilling after 'China threats' | Phuket News
A gas operation in the disputed area has come to a forced stop after alleged threats from China....
Trump signs off on plan to give US Navy more freedom in S. China Sea – report | Phuket News
US President Donald Trump approved a plan giving the country’s navy greater freedom in operating in the South China Sea, putting pressure on China’s efforts to enlarge its military presence by artificially building reefs and atolls in the area. The plan, detailing a full-year schedule of when US navy ships will sail through the contested waters, was submitted to the White House in April by Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, a US official confirmed on Saturday, according to Breitbart News (via SCMP). The move is seen as a challenge to Beijing’s maritime claims over most of the South China Sea and its attempts to overrule overlapping claims by five other countries — Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines. SEE ALSO: China denounces US ‘provocation’ as it sails warship at South China Sea According to the report, the official claimed the White House would be aware of all planned “freedom of navigation...
Depression warning on Monday and Tuesday | Phuket News
The Meteorological Department, on Sunday, issued a warning of impacts from a depression on Monday and Tuesday. The depression was located in the middle of the South China Sea at 4 am on Sunday with maximum wind speed of 30 nautical miles of 56 km per hour at the epicenter.  It is picking up speed as it is moving slowly toward the Vietnamese coast and it is anticipated to make landfall and cover Vietnam on Monday and Tuesday. For the next 24 hours, the department said that upper Thailand will face continuous rains with heavy rains in some parts of the northern, northeastern and eastern regions while the Andaman Sea will experience choppy sea and two-metre waves. People living in the afore-mentioned are warned to brace for heavy rains whereas fishermen are told to exercise special caution if they want to venture out into the sea. Meanwhile in Bangkok, rains...
South China Sea Dispute Smolders as Trump Administration Weighs Approach | Phuket News
The first six months of the Trump administration saw relatively few confrontations over the territorial disputes in the South China Sea; however, analysts and officials say the lack of public conflict does not mean the issues have disappeared. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who serves on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and chairs the Subcommittee on Asian Pacific Affairs, told a conference in Washington this week that “China’s militarization of the South China Sea is real” and the situation remains a “crisis.” Speaking at the Seventh Annual South China Sea Conference, Gardner described the region as a test for American leadership to deter Beijing’s hegemony. “If the South China Sea is not resolved, what is the next step?” the senator asked. ​High stakes for key region The South China Sea extends more than 3.5 million square kilometers in the western Pacific Ocean. Countries including China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei,...
Indonesia president: I'll tackle extremism, wealth inequality | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesia's president said on Wednesday that the world's most populous Muslim-majority country needed to pull together to meet the threat of extremism and safeguard a constitution that enshrines religious freedom and diversity....
Indonesian President Joko Widodo vows to protect diversity and confront inequality | Phuket News
Indonesia’s president on Wednesday vowed a fairer distribution of the nation’s wealth and a renewed commitment to protecting diversity after volatile months in which the country’s reputation for tolerance was undermined by religious tensions and attacks on minorities. Joko Widodo repeated familiar themes in his annual address to parliament that comes a day before celebrations of the 72nd anniversary of Indonesia’s independence from Dutch colonial rule. Widodo, the first......
Ivanka Trump to lead US delegation at summit in India | Phuket News
INDIA will soon be playing host to the United States’ First Daughter and White House special adviser, Ivanka Trump, who will be leading a delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit this November. The announcement first emerged last Thursday on social media when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump tweeted out the news. Ivanka was present at Modi’s visit to the earlier this year, and was extended an invitation to visit the country. According to President Trump, his daughter’s journey to India will be aimed at promote women’s entrepreneurship. Women’s issues are at the heart of Trump’s many campaigns as part of her work for the White House. SEE ALSO: Hindu nationalist blames V-Day for rape, violence against women in India [email protected] will lead the U.S. delegation to India this fall, supporting women’s entrepreneurship globally.#GES2017 @narendramodi — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2017 However, Prime Minister...
Taiwan Excellence IoT Solutions Simplify Daily Life | Phuket News
Aug 14, 2017 Picture:  Taiwan is the 5th largest economy in Asia and Taipei is currently listed as one of the top 100 global innovation cities. With a large number of software and hardware engineers and with technological centers and innovation clusters growing organically throughout major Taiwanese cities, Taiwan is on its way to becoming a major startup hub in Asia and even in the world. On the other hand, as the largest country in ASEAN by population, Indonesia is working towards becoming ASEAN’s largest digital economy. In capital Jakarta, over the course of 2016, multiple IoT applications were launched, including City Surveillance System, Smart Street Lighting System, and Jakarta One Card. All these have shown Jakarta’s efforts to evolve into a smart city. By 2030, the automotive sector is estimated to have 46 million vehicles on the street and the utility sector will see 43 million homes for...
Unmarried Indonesians 'happier than those in wedlock' | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Unmarried Indonesians are happier than those wedded and urban dwellers are more content than those living in the archipelago’s rural pockets, according to an index of happiness....
Problematic Chalong Underpass just a quarter way there | Phuket News
PHUKET: The problematic and long-awaited Chalong Underpass is of today just at 25% in construction, and it is expected to take “another year and a half” to complete, Highways Department project manager Somkiet Yimpong has confirmed to The Phuket News....
Vachira Phuket Hospital calls for blood donations in remembrance of late King | Phuket News
PHUKET: Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town is inviting all to donate blood this month in remembrance of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej....
Kamala jet-ski operators to be called in over public area parking | Phuket News
PHUKET: Deputy Chief Executive of Kamala sub-district Administrative Organisation (OrBorTor) Mr Nopporn Karuna has told The Phuket News today (Oct 24) that he will call in jet-ski operators stationed at Kamala Beach following a number of complaints about them parking their jet-skis illegally in public areas....
Patong taxi driver apologises for challenging police officer to fight | Phuket News
PHUKET: Soldiers from the Royal Thai Army’s 25th Infantry Regiment, based in Phuket, were called in to support police today (Oct 24) at a meeting held following an altercation between a Patong taxi driver and a traffic police officer that was caught on video on the afternoon of Oct 19....
Phuket Immigration Office chief denies 90-day online reporting issues | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket Immigration Office chief Lt Col Kathatorn Kumthiend has today (Oct 24) denied there are any issues with the 90-day online reporting system after reports from a number of readers this month that they were unable to report their 90 days on the Immigration website’s system....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Chalong Underpass! 'Axe murderer' monk? Leader slaps flood victims! || October 24 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - OCTOBER 24 || Royal Funeral: Whats happening in Phuket || Chalong underpass just 25% done? So this monk is an axe murderer? SPORTS- Hilarious penalty! Local leader slaps flood victims! Hosted by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
Schedule for Phuket Royal Cremation ceremony | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket office of the Public Relations Department yesterday (Oct 24) announced the full schedule for the Royal Cremation ceremony of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej to be held at the Royal Crematorium replica at Saphan Hin Park in Phuket Town tomorrow (Oct 26)....
S. Korea Pushes Back on US Call to Renegotiate Trade Pact | Phuket News
South Korea this week pushed back against the United States' demand to renegotiate the free trade agreement (FTA) between the close allies.  U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the five-year-old Korea-U.S. (KORUS) FTA as a horrible deal that created a $27 billion U.S. trade deficit with South Korea last year, and has said his administration would either renegotiate or terminate it. Agree to disagree At Washington’s urging, an initial special session was held on Tuesday by video conference between South Korean Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong and his American counterpart, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer, to negotiate amendments to the trade pact. Afterwards the South Korea trade minister said the two sides disagreed on the need to amend the trade deal.
Uncertainty awaits Samsung after heir and vice-chairman gets five-year jail term for bribing former president | Phuket News
A South Korean court sentenced the billionaire chief of Samsung to five years in prison for crimes that helped topple the country’s president, a stunning downfall that could freeze up decision-making at a global electronics powerhouse that has long been run like a monarchy. The Seoul Central District Court said Friday that Lee Jae-yong, 49, was guilty of offering bribes to Park Geun-hye when she was South Korea’s president, and to Park’s close friend, to get government support......
US, South Korea Agree to Disagree on Trade | Phuket News
South Korea this week pushed back against the United States' demand to renegotiate the free trade agreement (FTA) between the close allies.  U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the five-year-old Korea-U.S. (KORUS) FTA as a horrible deal that created a $27 billion U.S. trade deficit with South Korea last year, and has said his administration would either renegotiate or terminate it. Agree to disagree At Washington’s urging, an initial special session was held on Tuesday by video conference between South Korean Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong and his American counterpart, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer, to negotiate amendments to the trade pact. Afterwards the South Korea trade minister said the two sides disagreed on the need to amend the trade deal.
South Korea: Samsung heir gets 5 years’ jail for bribery, embezzlement | Phuket News
JAY Y. LEE, scion to the Samsung empire, has been found guilty of bribery, perjury and embezzlement by a South Korean court and has been sentenced to five years in prison. After months of speculation and dramatic court room battles, Lee has become the first high-profile business figure to fall victim to the anti-corruption wave to sweep through the country since the ousting of controversial former president Park Geun-hye. South Korea has famously been known to dole out light penalties to the luminaries of industry, making Lee’s sentence that much more sensational. Five years in prison. And Samsung stock taking a hit https://t.co/GtxXigrYq2 https://t.co/eOIrpRsMCB — Lulu Yilun Chen (@luluyilun) August 25, 2017 Prosecutors drew testimonies from huge pools of witnesses and were working to link a 2015 merger between Samsung affiliates with Park’s actions, who was a close confidante of the Lee family. According to Bloomberg, Lee could be seen to...
South Korea: Samsung heir gets 5 years jail for bribery | Phuket News
JAY Y. LEE, scion to the Samsung empire, has been found guilty of bribery, perjury and embezzlement by a South Korean court and has been sentenced to five years in prison. After months of speculation and dramatic court room battles, Lee has become the first high-profile business figure to fall victim to the anti-corruption wave to sweep through the country since the ousting of controversial former-Prime Minister, Park Geun-hye. South Korea has famously been known to dole out light penalties to the luminaries of industry, making Lee’s sentence that much more sensational. Five years in prison. And Samsung stock taking a hit https://t.co/GtxXigrYq2 https://t.co/eOIrpRsMCB — Lulu Yilun Chen (@luluyilun) August 25, 2017 Prosecutors drew testimonies from huge witness pools, and were working to link a 2015 merger between Samsung affiliates with the actions of then Prime Minister Park, who was a close confidante of the Lee family. According to Bloomberg, Lee...
Heir to Samsung empire, Jay Y. Lee, sentenced to five years in prison | Phuket News
JAY Y. LEE, scion to the Samsung empire, has been found guilty of bribery, perjury and embezzlement by a South Korean court and has been sentenced to five years in prison. After months of speculation and dramatic court room battles, Lee has become the first high-profile business figure to fall victim to the anti-corruption wave to sweep through the country since the ousting of controversial former-Prime Minister, Park Geun-hye. South Korea has famously been known to dole out light penalties to the luminaries of industry, making Lee’s sentence that much more sensational. Five years in prison. And Samsung stock taking a hit https://t.co/GtxXigrYq2 https://t.co/eOIrpRsMCB — Lulu Yilun Chen (@luluyilun) August 25, 2017 Prosecutors drew testimonies from huge witness pools, and were working to link a 2015 merger between Samsung affiliates with the actions of then Prime Minister Park, who was a close confidante of the Lee family. According to Bloomberg, Lee...
Samsung Leader Jay Y. Lee Given 5-Year Jail Sentence for Bribery | Phuket News
The billionaire head of South Korea's Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, was jailed for five years for bribery on Friday after a six-month trial over a scandal that brought down the president. Lee had paid bribes in anticipation of favors from then president Park Geun-hye, according to a landmark ruling by a Seoul court, which also found him guilty of hiding assets abroad, embezzlement and perjury. Lee, the 49-year-old heir to one of the world's biggest corporate empires, has been held since February on charges that he bribed Park to help secure control of a conglomerate that owns Samsung Electronics, the world's leading smartphone and chip maker, and has interests ranging from drugs and home appliances to insurance and hotels. Lee denied wrongdoing. One of his lawyers, Song Wu-cheol, said Lee would appeal the lower court ruling.
US Experts: Strike on North Korea Would Not Need Seoul’s OK | Phuket News
South Korea's president says military action against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats cannot be carried out on the Korean peninsula without his government’s consent, but former U.S. military commanders and analysts have a different reading of the situation.  For weeks, tit-for-tat threats exchanged by U.S. President Donald Trump and the Kim Jong Un regime have made it appear a direct conflict is possible. Through it all, however, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said he would stand in the way of another battle on the peninsula, where a state of war has technically remained in effect since the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty. According to Moon, who has long advocated engagement and outreach to Pyongyang, “Military action on the Korean peninsula can only be decided by South Korea, and no one else can decide on a military action without South Korean agreement.
In Photos, North Korea Signals More Powerful ICBM in Works | Phuket News
With photographs obliquely showing a new rocket design, North Korea has sent a message that it is working on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) more powerful than any it has previously tested, weapons experts said on Thursday. If developed, such a missile could possibly reach any place on the U.S. mainland, including Washington and New York, they said. North Korea's state media published photographs late on Wednesday of leader Kim Jong Un standing next to a diagram of a three-stage rocket it called the Hwasong-13. Missile experts, who scrutinise such pictures for clues about North Korea's weapons programs, said there is no indication the rocket has been fully developed. In any case, it had not been flight tested and it was impossible to calculate its potential range. However, a three-stage rocket would be more powerful than the two-stage Hwasong-14 ICBM tested twice in July, they said. US mainland within range...
AirAsia trains crew to spot human traffickers | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR - AirAsia, the biggest budget carrier in Asia, is training thousands of its staff to fight human trafficking, becoming one of the first airlines in the continent to crack down on the global crime....
Australian Science Agency: New Evidence of Possible Crash Site of Missing Malaysian Jet | Phuket News
Australian scientists say they have new evidence that confirms their consensus about the likely crash site of a Malaysian jetliner that vanished without a trace three years ago. A report issued Wednesday by the government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization says it has concluded that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 crashed within a 25,000-square-kilometer area in the Indian Ocean off the coast of western Australia, northeast of a 120,000-square-kilometer area that was initially believed to the plane’s final resting place. CISRO bases its latest conclusion on images taken by a French military satellite of dozens of “probably man-made” floating objects. But the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which led the initial search for Flight MH 370, issued a statement saying CISRO’s findings are not proof those objects were pieces of the Boeing 777 jetliner. A joint search-and-recovery operation mounted by Australia, China and Malaysia was called off in January after...
Australian agency claims it can identify location of missing Malaysian airliner MH370 with ‘unprecedented precision’ | Phuket News
Australia’s main scientific agency said on Wednesday it believed with “unprecedented precision and certainty” that a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft crashed into the sea northeast of an area scoured in a fruitless two-year underwater search. The agency’s assertion is based on satellite pictures taken two weeks after Flight MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, on a flight to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. But the......
Australian agency believes it can identify location of missing Malaysian airliner MH370 with ‘unprecedented precision’ | Phuket News
Australia’s main scientific agency said on Wednesday it believed with “unprecedented precision and certainty” that a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft crashed into the sea northeast of an area scoured in a fruitless two-year underwater search. The agency’s assertion is based on satellite pictures taken two weeks after Flight MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, on a flight to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. But the......
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