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Australia can locate missing Malaysian airliner MH370 with ‘unprecedented precision and certainty’ | 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......
Melbourne named world’s most liveable city yet again | Phuket News
MELBOURNE has come out top again as the world’s most livable city. For an unprecedented seventh year running, the Australian city was given the recognition by Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) annual Livability Index in a survey conducted of over 140 cities in the world. Melbourne topped the list of countries with an overall score of 97.5 out of 100, beating Canadian cities Vienna (97.4) and Vancouver (97.3). Since the introduction of the index in 2006, Melbourne has remained among the top three cities in the world. SEE ALSO: Kuala Lumpur named the best city to rent in the world So why has it remained top for so long? It seems Melbourne ticks all the boxes in the index and beyond. The city is growing rapidly and lays claim to Australia’s highest rates of domestic and international migration owing to its unrivaled lifestyle. Melbourne has been named the Most Liveable City in the World...
New Australian reports suggest location where MH370 disappeared | Phuket News
THE Australian government has released two new reports that suggest the possible location of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 – 1,257 days after the plane went missing. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) announced on Wednesday two reports from Geoscience Australia and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), which provide analysis relating to satellite imagery taken two weeks after the disappearance of MH370, suggesting the possible location of the missing Boeing 777. While authorities from Malaysia, Australia and China agreed to call off the search for the plane in January 2017, Australian government agencies have continued to undertake residual analysis activity. ...
Trouble in (shopper’s) paradise: how Singapore malls rethought the retail experience | Phuket News
After years buying clothes online, Singapore civil servant Olivia Chin brought internet shopping closer to home – she furnished her flat almost entirely from Taobao, China’s biggest e-commerce platform. She bought a coffee table, dining table, sofa, television console, bar stools and lights. Instead of paying S$2,000 (HK$11,460) for a dining table in Singapore, the 25-year-old found it for S$500 online. Shipping charges from China to Singapore were S$2.99. “I also bought bar......
PM pleased as Bangkok named world’s top city for weekend break | Phuket News
PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha has congratulated Bangkok for becoming the top destination among the world’s cheapest long-haul cities. “The prime minister is pleased to hear this news,” said Government Spokesman Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd. “It is government policy to encourage tourists to stay longer in Thailand and spend more here.” He said measures had been taken to boost tourism in the capital, including exempting visa fees and extending the time visitors could stay. British newspaper The Daily Mirror reported that Bangkok was the cheapest city in the Post Office Travel Money’s Long-Haul City Costs Barometer for 2017. Researchers looked at the price of 11 travel essentials, including food and drink, sightseeing, airport transfers and three nights’ accommodation. They then combined all the costs to create a total “basket price”, in order to determine which long-haul city actually offered the best value for money. Thailand’s capital topped the list as the best...
Quake Shakes Sumatra; No Major Damage, Injuries | Phuket News
A strong earthquake struck Sunday off the coast of southern Sumatra in Indonesia, causing panicked residents to run from their homes but no major damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake Sunday morning had a magnitude of 6.4 and occurred at a depth of 35 kilometers (21 miles). It was centered 74 kilometers (46 miles) west of the coastal city of Bengkulu and also felt in Singapore, about 590 kilometers (370 miles) from the epicenter. It did not generate a tsunami. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the quake was felt for about 10 seconds in coastal cities and was strong enough to shake belongings from shelves and topple furniture. Residents ran from their homes and there were power outages in some areas but no reports of casualties or structural damage to buildings, Nugroho said. Singapore broadcaster Channel NewsAsia said it received calls from residents in...
What Singapore is saying by expelling China hand Huang Jing | Phuket News
Older Singaporeans travelling beyond Asia are all too familiar with encountering ignorance about their country’s geography. “You’re from Singapore? Is that part of China?” Being the only Chinese-majority state outside Greater China and being no larger than a city, some confusion about Singapore’s status is understandable. After 52 years, Singapore still finds itself needing to educate the world that it is a sovereign republic. One lesson was delivered a week ago.......
Indonesia Forest Fires Intractable Problem, Despite Efforts | Phuket News
Indonesia is bracing for more forest fires after hundreds of
Interview: How North Korea Tensions Impact Stock Markets | Phuket News
Rising tensions between the United States and North Korea brought a wave of falling stock prices recently as worried investors moved money out of equities and into the perceived safety of gold, Swiss currency and similar products. At one point, this change of investment strategy cut $1 trillion from the value of global stock markets. For some perspective on these concerns, VOA's Jim Randle spoke with IHS Markit's Rajiv Biswas in Singapore. IHS Markit employs thousands of financial, data, and other experts who track economic issues worldwide. Biswas is the company's chief economist for APEC. His comments here were edited for brevity and clarity. Randle: Why do rising nuclear tensions prompt falling stock prices? Biswas: In the nightmare, but still low-probability scenario in which North Korea were to succeed in using nuclear weapons against South Korea, the devastation of the Korean peninsula would be catastrophic. Global financial markets would also...
Myanmar pledges to provide legal protection for domestic workers abroad | Phuket News
The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population of Myanmar has pledged to legalize the status of Myanmar housemaids working abroad without proper documentation in order to provide them with legal protection, The Irrawaddy Online reported on Thursday (Aug 10). Minister U Thein Swe acknowledged that traffickers and agents have been sending female domestic workers to foreign countries illegally since his ministry has ceased to provide such work documentation since 2014. Because of language barriers and very few chances to communicate with other organizations outside of their employers’ houses, he said the housemaids were unable to get the legal rights of the host countries. The minister also acknowledged the need for a separate law dedicated to preventing and tackling abuse, exploitation and debt bondage carried out by employers against housemaids.   He admitted that there are limitations in trying to collect information about such workers and to investigate allegations of violations...
Singapore's economy healthier than expected in Q2 | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- Singapore's trade-reliant economy grew much faster than initially estimated in the second quarter and more than analysts had expected, with a rebound in services suggesting a broader and more balanced recovery after a stumble early in the year....
Prosecutors Give Summation at Trial of Khmer Rouge Leaders | Phuket News
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. Khieu Samphan, the regime's 85-year-old former head of state, and 90-year-old Nuon Chea, right-hand man to the group's late leader, Pol Pot, are being tried on charges including genocide, rape and murder. An estimated 1.7 million Cambodians died during communist group's bloody reign in the late 1970s. Co-prosecutor Chea Leang on Wednesday described Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge as a “slave state” in which everyone had to work endless hours on massive infrastructure projects or in rice fields, with any attempt at escape punishable by death....
Cambodia: Sam Rainsy dares PM Hun Sen to allow leadership contest next year | Phuket News
SAM Rainsy, the former Cambodian opposition leader currently living in exile has called on Prime Minister Hun Sen to be “brave enough” to allow him to contest in next year’s national polls. In an interview with Radio Free Asia, Rainsy said in order to have a free and fair election, he must be allowed to be a contender and prime ministerial candidate to compete with Hun Sen. “I request that Hun Sen be brave enough not to obstruct me from being able to compete with him,” Rainsy, who resigned from the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) earlier this year, said. Rainsy quit as president of CNRP, Cambodia’s leading opposition party, in February, shortly after Hun Sen threatened legal changes that appeared to target him ahead of the polls. SEE ALSO: Cambodia: Opposition cries foul over ‘smear campaign’ after vote gains The amendments, which were approved late February, stops anyone convicted of an offence...
Australian nurse on trial denies running illegal surrogacy operation in Cambodia | Phuket News
An Australian nurse denied running an illegal surrogacy service in Cambodia when her trial began Tuesday, the first case of its kind in the country that recently banned the practice. Tammy Davis-Charles, 49, was arrested in late November with two Cambodians and accused of recruiting foreign couples and Cambodian surrogate mothers to a clinic in the capital Phnom Penh. The detentions came just two weeks after Cambodia moved to outlaw the surrogacy industry, which critics say exploits poor women......
Cambodian election was neither free nor fair – watchdog | Phuket News
WHILE the Cambodian opposition party made significant gains in June’s local elections, they did so in a deeply hostile environment, says Human Rights Watch. In a statement released Monday, HRW claimed the council commune poll held on June 4 – in which the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) gained 46 percent of the vote – was not free or fair. Voters went to the polls “in a threatening environment hostile to free speech and genuine political participation,” said the statement, noting constant warnings of potential civil war from ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) figures in the case that they were not victorious. SEE ALSO: Cambodian deputy PM threatens to ‘smash the teeth’ of opposition Human Rights Watch documented that during the campaign and against Cambodia’s electoral laws, local and national news media were strongly biased towards the CPP against the opposition. There is no independent and impartial dispute resolution mechanism. A recent...
Cambodia: 68-year-old Aussie faces 10 years’ imprisonment for ‘espionage’ | Phuket News
AN AUSTRALIAN man stands accused of espionage after flying a drone over an opposition political rally in Cambodia and could face up to a decade in jail. Filmmaker James Ricketson was arrested, detained for six days and then charged with the offence of “endangering national defence,” the day after he flew a drone above a campaign rally for the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP). If convicted under Cambodia’s espionage and treason laws, the 68-year-old could be imprisoned for between five and 10 years. SEE ALSO: Cambodian courts being used to systematically silence dissent – report Prosecutors have denied the drone incident is the reason for his arrest, but rather claimed they “decided to open the investigation after charging James Ricketson for collecting information prejudicial to national defence,” reported Cambodia Daily on Monday. Police arrested an Australian James Ricketson accused of being a spy. In foto he operated drone at CNRP rally. #electionsKh...
Cambodia: 68-year-old Aussie faces 10 years imprisonment for ‘espionage’ | Phuket News
AN AUSTRALIAN man stands accused of espionage after flying a drone over an opposition political rally in Cambodia and could face up to a decade in jail. Filmmaker James Ricketson was arrested, detained for six days and then charged with the offence of “endangering national defence,” the day after he flew a drone above a campaign rally for the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP). If convicted under Cambodia’s espionage and treason laws, the 68-year-old could be imprisoned for between five and 10 years. SEE ALSO: Cambodian courts being used to systematically silence dissent – report Prosecutors have denied the drone incident is the reason for his arrest, but rather claimed they “decided to open the investigation after charging James Ricketson for collecting information prejudicial to national defence,” reported Cambodia Daily on Monday. Police arrested an Australian James Ricketson accused of being a spy. In foto he operated drone at CNRP rally. #electionsKh...
Healthcare visitors from CLMV nations and China allowed 90-day visas | Phuket News
Thailand’s Ministry of Interior has approved 90-day visas for individuals and medical guests from Cambodia, Lao PDR., Myanmar plus Vietnam (CLMV) because well as coming from the People’s Republic of China. This specific has been put in place considering that 22 March, this year. Prior to this, Chinese and CLMV citizens were in a position to get visas of 14, 35 and 90 days, depending on typically the bilateral agreements among Thailand and typically the respective countries. Below the new structure, visitors coming for medical treatment coming from these five nations, as well because a maximum regarding three accompanying individuals, will be provided a 90-day visa. This is a good extension of a new policy already in place for citizens of the Gulf of mexico Cooperation Countries (GCC), which include typically the Kingdom of Bahrain, State of Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and typically...
Cambodia: Opposition cries foul over ‘smear campaign’ after vote gains | Phuket News
CAMBODIA’S ruling party supporters have stepped up efforts to undermine opposition members following their gains in local elections, accusing some of being unqualified and others of being criminals or linked to the hated Khmer Rouge. The main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) made significant gains on Sunday in local elections against the ruling party of authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen, winning about 46 percent of the vote compared with 51 percent for Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP). The opposition hopes the elections will be a springboard for more gains in a general election next year, when Hun Sen aims to extend his more than three decades in power. Since the vote results were announced, pro-government groups have stepped up attacks on many of the newly elected officials, especially in social-media posts, in what the opposition sees as a deliberate smear campaign. SEE ALSO: Cambodia: Opposition makes gains after record...
Chiang Mai to get Vietnam link | Phuket News
Jetstar Pacific plans to pioneer the first air link between the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai and the central Vietnamese province of Quang Binh....
US to Ban Travel to North Korea | Phuket News
The U.S. State Department will prohibit Americans from traveling to North Korea due to concerns
Thailand withdraws from race to host Asian Cup in 2023 | Phuket News
THAILAND have followed Indonesia in withdrawing their bid to host the Asian Cup in 2023, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed. After Indonesia withdrew from the process earlier this month, Thailand has now followed suit, leaving only China and South Korea contesting the right to stage the 18th edition of the quadrennial tournament. In a brief statement, the AFC said: “Football Association of Thailand (FAT) have today notified the Asian Football Confederation of its decision to withdraw from the on-going bidding process for the AFC Asian Cup to be staged in 2023. SEE ALSO: Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo due to visit Singapore on Friday “China PR and Korea Republic will now contest the right to stage Asia’s showcase national team event in 2023.” The AFC did not provide any reason for Thailand’s withdrawal. The final hosting decision is expected to be made in 2018. Thailand last hosted the tournament in...
Vietnam pollution fight hits supplier to global fashion brands | Phuket News
HANOI -- Vietnamese villagers blockading a textile plant that serves global fashion brands are seeking the permanent closure of the factory due to pollution concerns, highlighting a growing readiness in Vietnam to campaign over environmental issues....
Vietnam says all of its horrendous bear bile farms will be shut within 5 years | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - The farms are notorious, with rows of bears kept caged their entire lives, punctuated by the painful harvesting of bile for use in traditional Asian medicine....
Vietnam is in, France is so not, as 200 million Chinese tourists prepare to hit the road by 2020 | Phuket News
Chinese tourists are expected to make 200 million outbound trips in 2020, a 48 per cent increase from last year’s 135 million, led by Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea and Japan as the most-visited destinations, according to a Thursday report by CLSA. Vietnam is poised to become more popular than its former colonial master France, after a series of terror attacks last year in Europe deterred Chinese travellers. The cosmetics, gaming, luxury and online sectors are likely to be the......
Australia Helping Sri Lanka Fight Dengue Outbreak | Phuket News
Australia is contributing funds to help Sri Lanka combat its worst outbreak of dengue fever, which has claimed 250 lives and infected nearly 100,000 people so far this year in the Indian Ocean island nation. Visiting Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Wednesday night that Australia is giving $475,000 Australian (US $377,000) to the World Health Organization to implement immediate dengue prevention, management and eradication programs in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s hospitals are overcrowded with patients, and the government has deployed soldiers, police and health officials to inspect houses and clear rotting garbage, stagnant water pools and other potential mosquito-breeding grounds across the country. Health officials blamed the public for their failure to clear puddles and piles of trash after last month’s heavy monsoon rains. The number of infections nationwide is 38 percent higher than last year, when 55,150 people were diagnosed with dengue and 97 died, according to the Health...
Vietnam pledges to rescue 1,000 bears in bid to end bile trade | Phuket News
Vietnam has agreed to rescue more than 1,000 bears from illegal farms across the country, in a move to end the traditional medicine trade in the creatures’ bile. Though bile farms are already outlawed in Vietnam, bears are still captured and caged in illicit facilities where their bile is extracted using invasive and painful techniques. Vietnam’s Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) and non-profit group Animals Asia signed an agreement Wednesday to rescue all remaining bears from......
Alibaba Spends Another $1b On Lazada To Pump Up Asian E-Commerce Business | Phuket News
Jul 19, 2017 Picture:  Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba will invest an additional $1 billion into online shopping portal Lazada which operates in six countries in Southeast Asian, namely Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Vietnam. With the deal, Alibaba will increase its stake from 51 per cent to 83 per cent, the company announced. The Chinese firm made an initial $1 billion investment in April 2016 at a valuation of Lazada of $1.5 billion, but this second deal raises that valuation to $3.15 billion, it was disclosed. The agreement sees Alibaba buy shares from existing backers Rocket Internet, Singapore’s sovereign fund Temasek and the Lazada management team, the only investors that kept hold of their stock. After the transfer, Temasek will remain the only other investor, holding the balance of 17 per cent. Alibaba is expected to send Lazada in an e-commerce battle against rivals such as JD.com and...
Indonesia Sounds a Soft Warning in Renaming Part of Disputed Sea | Phuket News
Indonesia's move to rename part of the contested South China Sea appears to be a warning to the most powerful maritime claimant, China, that Jakarta intends to step up protection of its own claim without causing a spat for now.  On Friday, a deputy maritime affairs minister in Jakarta said Indonesia would rename a tract of water northwest of the island of Borneo as the “North Natuna Sea,” in line with oil and gas exploration projects with similar titles, according to the Indonesian Antara news service. The renamed tract is near the Natuna Islands, an Indonesian chain of 272 maritime features, and overlaps the southernmost part of China’s so-called “nine-dash line” claim extending from its south coast. Indonesia exerts authority The name change may be largely cosmetic, analysts say, but it serves as a warning to China – normally a friend – as well as other countries to keep away....
Indonesia graft witness feared for safety over his ‘evidence’ against officials. Now he’s dead in apparent US suicide | Phuket News
A witness in a US$170 million Indonesian graft investigation linked to a national electronic identity card system told a witness protection agency he was worried about his safety just weeks before his suspected suicide in the US, officials said. Johannes Marliem, 32, whose US-based company had a contract to supply the ID cards, was pronounced dead on Thursday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after a standoff with police in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles County coroner......
Rich people should be taxed more to reflect justice system: Sri Mulyadi | Phuket News
The Indonesian finance minister has admitted that the Directorate General of Taxation has not been able to optimally collect taxes from the rich people due to regulation constraints, The Jakarta Post Online reported on Monday (Aug 14). Minister Sri Mulyadi said in Jakarta over the weekend that she had asked the tax office to study the tax system of the other countries to know whether the collection system for income taxes and value added taxes for both individuals and institutions can be improved. She said that her ministry wanted to revise the regulations on taxation so that the tax system would reflect the justice system. Minister Sri Mulyadi Under the current system, there are four brackets of income taxes for individuals:  people with incomes of more than Rp 50 million (US$3,846) per year (5 percent tax); people with incomes more than Rp50 million but less than Rp 250 million (15...
Southeast Asia's biggest economy posts first trade deficit in 19 months | Phuket News
Indonesia posted its first trade deficit since late 2015 in July, as imports surged more than exports did, the statistics bureau said on Tuesday....
Indonesia graft witness worried about safety before his death | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- A witness in a $170 million Indonesian graft investigation linked to a national electronic identity card system told a witness protection agency he was worried about his safety just weeks before his suspected suicide, officials said....
Indonesia revises up June's trade surplus | Phuket News
JAKARTA - Indonesia's statistics bureau on Tuesday said it has revised the value of exports and imports in June, resulting in a bigger trade surplus that month....
25th GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS 2017) Officially Opens | Phuket News
Aug 14, 2017 Picture:  The GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS 2017), Indonesia's premiere international automotive event, opened the doors to a 25th anniversary edition on Thursday, August 10. Endorsed by OICA (International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers) and organized by GAIKINDO (Association of Indonesian Automotive Industries), GIIAS 2017 runs from August 10 - 20 at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) in BSD City, near Jakarta. GIIAS 2017 is presenting the latest range of vehicles, products and technologies from the Indonesian, and international, automotive industries. With
Indonesia's July motorbike sales rebound, grow 76.4% | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Motorcycle sales in Indonesia rose 76.4% in July from a year earlier, rebounding from a fall the previous month and the strongest increase in many years, data from an industry association showed on Monday....
How Chinese traders – and war over an aphrodisiac – led to a multicultural Indonesia | Phuket News
Much of Indonesia’s history and ideology can be traced back to the Banda Islands, a group of remote, small volcanic islets some 4,000km from the capital of Jakarta. At 180 sq km, the islands are small compared to the archipelago’s main islands of Java, Sumatra, and Borneo. Banda’s position also makes it isolated; the islands consist of 11 islets, four of which are unpopulated, spread out in the middle of the Banda Sea, about six hours sailing from Maluku’s mainland.......
Thai Startups Yet to Break the Ceiling | Phuket News
It’s everywhere on the streets of Bangkok, got an idea?  Tired of working the grinding schedule of a corporate job?  Why not start a startup and make millions?  Like the rest of ASEAN, Thais have been been bitten by the startup bug and its is growing like wildfire.  Dreams to be the next Uber and Airbnb have  seen the number of startups popping up from co-working spaces. In 2017 the Thai government expects the number of startup registrations to shoot up to 1,500 from 700 firms in 2016.  In 2016 alone, funding for startups fetched up to $86 million or 2.93 billion Baht from various sources. That’s a 150% jump from 2015. So why is it then that Thailand, seems to have been overshadowed by its ASEAN neighbours when it comes to drawing interest from venture capitalists or VCs? “Foreigners do not have strong confidence in Thailand yet,” says Google...
Phuket boat mechanic dies on nighttime fishing trip | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 66-year old fishing boat mechanic has died of what police suspect are health issues during an overnight fishing trip to Koh Racha in the early hours of this morning (Oct 25)....
Bids for Phuket light-rail to open next year | Phuket News
PHUKET: It has been confirmed today that bids for Phuket’s long-awaited light-rail system will open next year....
Phuket Traffic Police confirm free transportation details for Royal Cremation ceremony | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Traffic Police have today (Oct 25) confirmed the details of the free transportation on offer to Saphan Hin for the Royal Cremation ceremony of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej being held tomorrow (Oct 26)....
Patong entertainment venues to close for late King’s Royal Cremation ceremony | Phuket News
PHUKET: Bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues in Patong will close entirely tomorrow (Oct 26) as a mark of respect for the Royal Cremation ceremony of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej....
A nation’s historic farewell: Kingdom unites to bestow final honours on their beloved King | Phuket News
PHUKET: It was a day that the Kingdom had been preparing itself for since a little over one year ago, and it will be a day that will be remembered by the generation who witnessed it for the rest of their lives, and its memory will be passed down to the many generations to follow....
Estimated 60,000 Phuket mourners join Royal Cremation ceremony | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Vice Governor Snith Sriwihok yesterday morning inaugurated the Dok Mai Jan laying ceremony at Phuket’s Royal Crematorium replica at Saphan Hin Park in Phuket Town. Dok Mai Jan laying services were also held the island’s Ketho Temple in Kathu and Manik Temple in Thalang....
'Dok Mai Jan' ashes scattered in Andaman Sea | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket this morning held a Buddhist ritual for the ashes which remained from the Dok Mai Jan burning ceremony held last night as part of the Royal Cremation ceremony for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej....
Phuket Royal Crematorium replica to remain at Saphan Hin until further notice | Phuket News
PHUKET: The head of the Phuket Public Relations Department has today (Oct 27) confirmed that the Royal Crematorium replica at Saphan Hin park will remain until an official order is put out to remove the structure....
Police officer opens fire at Phuket petrol station, faces multiple charges | Phuket News
PHUKET: LCpl Ruangrit Jaritgam of Phuket City Police was charged on multiple counts after he fired his gun and shot another man at a petrol station on Thepkrasattri Rd in Srisoonthorn yesterday afternoon (Oct 27)....
Phuket meth-taking tour bus driver to face charges after lashing out in public | Phuket News
PHUKET: Chalong police arrested an unnamed tour bus driver who freaked out at Phukets iconic Windmill viewpoint on Cape Promthep yesterday (Oct 27)....
Football: Chinese FA confirms Marcello Lippi will stay on as national coach until at least 2019 Asian Cup | Phuket News
MARCELLO Lippi will continue as China coach until at least the 2019 Asian Cup in United Arab Emirates, the Chinese Football Association has confirmed. The 69-year-old Italian, who replaced Gao Hongbo last October, has kept China’s slim chances of qualifying for next year’s World Cup alive since taking over. After China lost three and drew one of their opening four games in the third round of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) under Gao, they have won one, drawn two and lost one under Lippi. They are unlikely to qualify for the World Cup – but victories over Uzbekistan on August 31 and Qatar on September 5 could keep them in contention, although they would still need other results to go their way. SEE ALSO: Football: Chinese investor eyes stake in Manchester United – report In a statement, the Chinese FA said: “We will strictly carry out our contract with Lippi, which expires...
South Korea Wants Study Before Renegotiating US Trade Agreement | Phuket News
South Korea’s top trade negotiator said Tuesday that Seoul will not discuss renegotiation of the free trade agreement with the U.S. without first looking into what is really causing the U.S. trade imbalance. Speaking after a video conference with U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer, South Korean Trade Minister Kim Hyung-chong said Seoul proposed a joint study with Washington to evaluate the impact of the 5-year-old bilateral trade deal and the cause of the U.S. trade deficit. “We did not agree to the unilateral proposal from the U.S. to amend the Korea-U.S. FTA,” Kim told reporters in a briefing after a talk with U.S. trade representatives. “We made our position clear that investigation, analysis and evaluation of the impact of the Korea-U.S. FTA must be preceded.” ​Two sides, two views The two sides found they had different views on the impact of the free trade deal and could not reach any...
8 in 10 South Korean men admit to violence against women | Phuket News
A VAST majority of Korean men admit to using violence and abusive control against their partners, new research has shown. A study released by the Korean Institute of Criminology found a shocking 79.2 percent of South Korean males admitted to violent acts against their girlfriend or wife. Some 1,593 out of the 2,000 men surveyed admitted to using violence against their partners, reported the Korea Herald. Out of those who admitted to violence, 71 percent also said they had restricted the movement of their partners, including preventing them from contacting or meeting with friends or family. Moreover, 37.9 percent of the respondents said abuse against their partners involved sexual harassment. SEE ALSO: Educated, urban Indonesian women at higher risk of violence – study Domestic violence is considered a private matter in South Korea and is often fuelled by a culture of heavy alcohol consumption. Despite its high prevalence, arrests for...
8 in 10 men South Korean admit to violence against women | Phuket News
A VAST majority of Korean men admit to using violence and abusive control against their partners, new research has shown. A study released by the Korean Institute of Criminology found that a shocking 79.2 percent of South Korean males admitted to violent acts against their girlfriend or wife. Some 1,593 out of the 2,000 men surveyed admitted to using violence against their partners, reported the Korea Herald. Out of those who admitted to violence, 71 percent also said they had restricted the movement of their partners including preventing them from contacting or meeting with friends or family. Moreover, 37.9 percent of the respondents said that abuse against their partners involved sexual harassment. Domestic violence is considered a private matter in South Korea, and is often fuelled by a culture of heavy alcohol consumption. Despite its high prevalence, arrests for domestic violence cases remain relatively low. Nevertheless, convictions are on the...
US Democratic Lawmakers Rebuke Trump North Korea Rhetoric | Phuket News
Democrats in a U.S. Congressional delegation visiting South Korea Tuesday strongly rebuked President Donald Trump’s recent threatening rhetoric about using military force against North Korea. “President Trump’s bluster is counter productive, is leading to escalation of tensions here on the Korean Peninsula,” Senator Edward Markey from Massachusetts, the senior Democrat on the U.S. Foreign Relations Committee’s East Asia Subcommittee, said in Seoul. Markey is leading a bipartisan delegation visit to Japan, South Korea and China this week to discuss the growing North Korean nuclear and long-range ballistic missile threat. The congressional delegation also included Democratic Senators Jeff Merkley (Oregon), Chris Van Hollen (Maryland), Representative Carolyn Maloney (New York), as well as Republican representative Ann Wagner (Missouri). Restraining Trump The Trump administration’s emphasis on exercising a possible military option to prevent North Korea from developing a nuclear inter-continental ballistic missile has raised concerns in the region that the United States might...
Australian reports suggest location where MH370 disappeared | Phuket News
TWO NEW reports have been released by the Australian government which suggest the possible location of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, 1257 days after the plane went missing. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) announced on Wednesday two reports from Geoscience Australia and the CSIRO, which provide analysis relating to satellite imagery taken two weeks after the disappearance of MH370, suggesting the possible location of the missing Boeing 777. While authorities from Malaysia, Australia and China agreed to call of the search for MH370 in January 2017, Australian government agencies have continued to undertake residual analysis activity. SEE ALSO: MH370: Hunt over but questions remain ...
Violence at Mahathir forum: sign of things to come for Malaysian election? | Phuket News
Key allies of Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad and ruling party leaders on Tuesday were trading blame over an outbreak of violence at a forum featuring the ex-premier turned opposition chief, as observers warned the ugly scenes could be repeated manyfold ahead of a key election pitting the 92-year-old against Prime Minister Najib Razak. Videos of the chaotic scenes at Sunday’s town hall meeting went viral on social media within hours, as Malaysians expressed shock that Mahathir –......
Malaysia princess Tunku Aminah weds Dutchman in lavish ceremony | Phuket News
The daughter of the Sultan of Johor weds a Dutch ex-model and football executive in grand style....
Malaysia's princess Tunku Aminah weds Dutchman in lavish ceremony | Phuket News
Streets were adorned with flags when the only daughter of the Sultan of Malaysia's Johor state wed....
Indonesia's War on Drugs Takes a Philippines' Tone | Phuket News
Indonesian president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is once again using the language of “emergency” to ramp up the country’s war on drugs, in a move that seems in step with Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte’s infamous crusade in a neighboring island country. Widodo recently ordered police to shoot foreign drug dealers who “resist arrest,” claiming the country was in a “narcotics emergency position.” Then, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights announced a plan to consolidate drug felons in four prisons. On Tuesday, Jakarta police chief Gen. Idham Azis said he would “not think twice” to discharge police officers who were indecisive against drug trafficking. Widodo’s speech last week came on the heels of a drug-related police shooting in Jakarta, targeting a Taiwanese man who resisted arrest while trying to smuggle one ton of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia. Human Rights Watch official Phelim Kline criticized the move, writing in a statement that,...
Malaysian, male and has an iPhone? You probably love dating apps | Phuket News
SMARTPHONE-centric millennials are turning to their handsets for love, according to JustDating, who reported in a survey young men in Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia are more comfortable with initiating relationships digitally. According to the survey, on average, young Malaysian men start dating at age 21, and 80 percent of that demographic are furiously swiping through candidates on matchmaking apps. Malaysian men also said if they felt chemistry with a girl, they were more likely to set up a second date, compared to their Taiwanese and Singaporean counterparts. In comparison, Taiwanese and Singaporean men said they would be more cautious, preferring to be friends before rushing into a romantic relationship. Taiwanese men start dating at age 19, compared to Singaporeans who enter the dating world at 23. SEE ALSO: Malaysia: Muslim singles to join largest ‘Halal’ speed-dating event in the country Oddly enough, the survey revealed iPhone users are far more...
Malaysian, male and have an iPhone? You probably love dating apps | Phuket News
SMARTPHONE-centric millenials are turning to their handsets for love, according to JustDating, who reported in a survey that young men in Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia are more comfortable with initiating relationships digitally. According to the survey, on average young Malaysian men start dating at age 21, and 80 percent of that demographic are furiously swiping through candidates on matchmaking apps. Malaysian men also said that if they feel chemistry with a girl, they were much less likely than their Taiwanese and Singaporean counterparts to hesitate about a setting up a second date. In comparison, Taiwanese and Singaporean men said that they would be more cautious, preferring to set up a friendship before rushing into a romantic relationship. Taiwanese men start dating at age 19, compared to Singaporeans who enter the dating world at 23. SEE ALSO: Malaysia: Muslim singles to join largest ‘Halal’ speed-dating event in the country Oddly enough,...
Singapore economic growth accelerates in second quarter, beating forecasts | Phuket News
Singapore's economic growth accelerated in the second quarter, with GDP rising 2.9 percent on-year, beating forecasts....
Thailand ranked 10th in Asian digital rankings | Phuket News
A digital talent shortage, fewer digital products and uncertain policies have put Thailand near the bottom of the digital nation index, says a Singapore-based advisory firm....
Charging ahead. Electric car charging stations coming to Thailand. | Phuket News
The Thailand chapters of four industrial companies are pooling their resources to work towards public charging stations for the next generation of electric cars in the country. Greenlots, BMW Group Thailand, Polytechnology and the Central Group are set to launch ‘Charge Now’ in Thailand which they claim is already the world’s largest network of charging stations for electric and hybrid cars. They are promising an initial roll out of 50 stations around the country and say they will be compatible with any make or model of the next-gen cars. With the charging of batteries and distance-between-charge being the biggest barriers for electric and hybrid car buyers, the four companies are hoping their agreement will partly fix one of the mental barriers stopping people from buying an electric car. Polytechnology and Greenlots have led the way in electric vehicle charging solutions. They’ve focussed on open standards across all makes of cars...
LNG demand in Asia is growing steadily and Singapore is becoming recognised as its hub | Phuket News
Aug 10, 2017 Picture:  Ahead of the CWC 9th World LNG & Gas Series: Asia Pacific Summit in Singapore, CWC checked the pulse of the LNG industry with two key players, Diamond Gas International and Wood Mackenzie. According to Wood Mackenzie, the LNG demand in Asia is growing strongly especially as more countries expand their regasification terminals. In particular, the use of FSRUs has allowed countries to quickly join the buyers’ club. In a recent interview, available on the Asia Pacific Summit website, Wood Mackenzie stated that they are increasingly optimistic on growing LNG imports in Asia. Diamond Gas International stated that they recognize Singapore’s huge potential of becoming Asia’s hub for the LNG industry considering the advanced social and business infrastructure, and convenient access to traditional demand centers in North East Asia and developing demand centers across South East/South Asia. Both the Wood Mackenzie and Diamond Gas International...
Delhi, Ho Chi Minh City projected to grow the most in Asia by 2021 | Phuket News
OXFORD ECONOMICS research has shown a number Indian cities will grow most rapidly in Asia over the next five years, with Delhi and Vietnamese capital Ho Chi Minh City topping the charts. By 2021, the economy of India’s second-largest city Delhi is expected to be almost 50 percent larger than it was at the end of 2016. Oxford Economics’ research, released in conjunction with BloombergQuint, ranked Asia’s 30 largest cities, with six of the top 10 being located in India – Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore. SEE ALSO: Kuala Lumpur named the best city to rent in the world “Limits on foreign ownership of Indian companies are gradually being reduced or eliminated,” wrote Mark Britton, lead economist on the report as quoted by Bloomberg. “In the short term, this is conducive to strong growth in Delhi’s professional services sector, as overseas investors seek advice on possible deals, while...
Delhi, Ho Chi Minh City projected to grow most in Asia by 2021 | Phuket News
OXFORD ECONOMICS research has shown that a number Indian cities will grow most rapidly in Asia over the next five years, with Delhi and the Vietnamese capital Ho Chi Minh City topping the charts. By 2021, the economy of India’s second largest city Delhi is expected to be almost 50 percent larger than it was at the end of 2016. Oxford Economics’ research released in conjunction with BloombergQuint ranked Asia’s 30 largest cities, with 6 of the top 10 being located in India: Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore. SEE ALSO: Kuala Lumpur named the best city to rent in the world “Limits on foreign ownership of Indian companies are gradually being reduced or eliminated,” wrote Mark Britton, lead economist on the report as quoted by Bloomberg. “In the short-term this is conducive to strong growth in Delhi’s professional services sector, as overseas investors seek advice on possible deals,...
Philippines: 21 alleged drug offenders killed in single day | Phuket News
MANILA -- Simultaneous anti-drug operations in a northern province have left 21 alleged drug offenders dead, police said Tuesday....
Philippines: Duterte targets university students in drug war | Phuket News
HAVING granted free tuition at all public colleges and universities, the government of firebrand Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte wants its campuses to be “drug free” as well. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) last week approved an order to allow all higher education institutions (HEIs) the ability to impose mandatory drug testing from 2018 in a bid to make all campuses in the Philippines “drug free.” The decision follows on from the Philippine Department of Education’s announcement in May that it would be conducting random drug tests on school students of all ages from later this year. SEE ALSO: Duterte makes public university free in the Philippines “All HEIs are enjoined to adopt a strong policy on drug prevention on campus and among the youth,” read CHED’s order as quoted by CNN Philippines. Universities are “strongly encouraged” to implement drug tests as part of their admission and retention requirements for...
Cambodia charges Aussie with spying | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: An Australian filmmaker in Cambodia has been charged with espionage after being arrested for flying a camera drone over an opposition party campaign rally....
Cambodian opposition alleges 'smear' campaign | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: Supporters of Cambodia's ruling party have stepped up efforts to undermine opposition members following the latter's gains in local elections, accusing some of being unqualified and others of being criminals or linked to the hated Khmer Rouge....
Thai environmentalists take Mekong dam issue to court | Phuket News
An environmentalist group has filed a lawsuit urging the government to oppose Lao’s construction of yet another dam on the Mekong, saying local participation must be more than window dressing.    On 8 June 2017, an environmental conservation group called ‘Khon Rak Chiang Kong’ filed a lawsuit to the Administrative Court against Thailand’s Mekong River Commission (MRC), the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and its director-general.    The group asked the court to order both organisations to oppose Lao’s construction of the Pak Beng Dam on the Mekong River.      The Pak Beng Dam project was initiated in December 2016 and is currently at the stage of impact studies, as per the 1995 Mekong Agreement. The DWR and MRC are responsible for accessing the social and environmental effects of the dam, and have hosted four public hearings in three provinces to collect local people’s opinions and inform them...
Vietnam to miss 6.7% growth target in 2017 | Phuket News
The World Bank (WB) released its Global Economic Prospects report on June 4, forecasting a global 2017 economic growth rate of 2.7 percent and a Vietnamese growth rate of 6.3 percent, lower than the 6.7 percent goal set by the government.  In Vietnam, strong exports are projected to help growth sustain itself at slightly below 6.5 percent this year, according to WB’s report. For Vietnam and other countries in the Asia Pacific region, commodity import growth remains generally robust. Therefore, solid domestic demand, strong infrastructure spending and FDI-led investment in manufacturing sectors and services will continue to benefit the country. After a period of financial market volatility in late 2016, global finance conditions have improved in 2017. Although real credit growth generally moderated on tighter regulations and higher inflation, it remained high in Vietnam and China. The withdrawal of the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), however, could...
Cambodian Rulers Breathe Sigh of Relief Following Election Result | Phuket News
Cambodia's ruling political party breathed a sigh of relief as vote counting continued following Sunday's commune elections, which left opposition supporters disappointed after their leaders failed to deliver on electoral expectations. Buoyed by gains at national elections in 2013, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) had expected to win 60 percent of the popular vote at the commune poll, where more than 12,000 local and district positions were contested. Instead, the CNRP picked-up just 44.22 percent of the vote, according to early government figures, sharply higher than the 30.6 percent it scored at commune elections in 2012 but still significantly short of expectations and of what's required if its leader, Kem Sokha, is to become the next prime minister after national elections next year. The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) picked-up 51.39 percent of the overall vote. “I expect they will be happy or at least relieved,” said one CPP...
Tea Banh demands an apology from Thai media | Phuket News
Cambodia’s Defence Ministry has demanded an apology from Thai media outlets for reports linking Defence Minister Tea Banh with a recent case of cross-border arms smuggling involving an air force non-commissioned officer, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Thursday. In a letter sent to the Thai embassy’s defence attache office in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, the Department of International Relations of the Defence Ministry sought cooperation in getting the Thai media outlets to retract and apologize Tea Banh for the reports published in Thai-language media linking the defence minister to the illegal arms bust in Trat province last Saturday. On Tuesday, Tea Banh scolded the outlets for lacking professionalism but said his ministry would investigate the source of the weapons which Thai authorities said were smuggled from Cambodia and destined for ethnic minority groups in Myanmar. The arms smuggling racket was exposed when residents and paramilitary rangers rushed to...
Prawit clarifies Tea Banh on arms cache seized near border | Phuket News
Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has clarified Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Tea Banh over Thai media reports on the recent seizure of a large cache of firearms and ammunition in Trat province. Some local media linked the arms cache to Gen Tea Banh after a Cambodian man claimed to be a customs official was also arrested as he drove a white Ranger Rover land cruiser to the crash scene to help. Local media reported that the land cruiser with Cambodian license plate number was associated with the general. The allegations drew anger from the general who designated the Department of International Relations to deny his involvement and seek official apology from the responsible media. In the letter to the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh two days after the incident on June 4, the department strongly denied Thai media reporting an accusation against...
A tropical storm has left four dead, five missing in Vietnam | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - More than 4,000 houses had their roofs blown off, with the worst affected province Nghe An, 320 kilometers southwest of Hanoi....
Storm Talas hits North, floods Nan | Phuket News
NAN: Torrential rains triggered by tropical storm Talas, which is now battering central Vietnam, have caused flash floods in several parts of this northern province....
14 dead in tropical storm in Vietnam | Phuket News
At least 14 people have died in a tropical storm that has hit Vietnam after pummelling China....
Tropical Storm Talas causes flooding in North | Phuket News
NAN - Continual torrential rain brought by Tropical Storm Talas, now battering central Vietnam, has caused flash floods in several areas of Nan province....
Philippines Looks to China for Infrastructure Funds Despite Doubts at Home | Phuket News
The Philippine president’s ambitious $167 billion plan to build up infrastructure for long-term job creation and economic development will tap into his new friendship with China for funding, despite doubts at home. President Rodrigo Duterte said his “golden age” of infrastructure would create roads, railways and other public infrastructure through the end of his term in 2022. The Southeast Asian country, where about one-fifth of people live in poverty, has missed factory investment, and with it job creation, partly because of a lack of those amenities. Roads, railways and ports China has offered the Philippines up to $24 billion in aid that includes such projects, part of a friendship that the two former rivals began pursuing after Duterte took office in June 2016. Previously China and the Philippines angrily disputed tracts of the South China Sea. Beijing had taken an upper hand with land reclamation in the sea’s Spratly Islands...
Family of four among 14 killed in floods in northern Vietnam | Phuket News
HANOI -- At least 14 people, including a family of four, have been killed in floods brought on by constant heavy rain in northern Vietnam over the past week, and more rain is expected, a government agency said on Friday....
Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring/Summer Opens | Phuket News
Jul 12, 2017 Picture:  10 July 2017 – The 24th Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring/Summer opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and will run until 13 July. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the show gathers nearly 1,100 exhibitors from 20 countries and regions, serving as an ideal one-stop sourcing platform for the industry. Exhibits feature the latest fashion designs, international brands, garments, fabrics and accessories. Under the theme “Style in Motion,” 20 fashion events are being held during the fair, including fashion shows, trend forecasting seminars, buyer forums and a networking reception, presenting the latest market intelligence and fashion items. This year’s show also features new exhibitors from Canada, Nepal, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam; along with eight pavilions from India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Thailand, and first-timers Italy,Korea and Nepal. Fashionable Sportswear zone debuts Reflecting the global trend towards athleisure –...
Strong quake shakes Indonesia's Sumatra; no major damage | Phuket News
JAKARTA, Indonesia: A strong earthquake struck Sunday off the coast of southern Sumatra in Indonesia, causing panicked residents to run from their homes but no major damage....
Is Widodo following Duterte’s playbook in war on drugs? | Phuket News
At the Rumah Singgah Peka drug rehabilitation centre in the highlands of Bogor, about 50km outside of Jakarta, Sam Nugraha sometimes struggles to keep up with incoming clients. His facility, which opened in 2010 and runs on government funds, can accommodate 20 patients, but sometimes as many as 40 pile in and sleep on the floor. On one hand, for Nugraha, a one-time addict himself, the incoming tide of patients suggests his emphasis on harm reduction is in demand. On the other hand, the surge of......
Role of Myanmar Military Hangs Over Forum on Democratic Transition | Phuket News
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Indonesia arrests alleged Islamic State recruiter for Philippine city siege | Phuket News
Indonesian police on Friday arrested an alleged recruiter and fundraiser for pro-Islamic State (IS) militants locked in a bloody battle for control of the southern Philippine city of Marawi. Nearly 700 people, 120 soldiers among them, have been killed in the conflict after an alliance of militant groups launched an audacious assault to capture the Philippine city on May 23. Philippine military and police have yet to regain control of all of Marawi, a city of about 200,000 people, amid ferocious......
Phuket weather alert warns of heavy rains next week | Phuket News
The Thailand Meteorological Department (TMD) has issued a severe weather alert for the coming week (Oct 31 to Nov 3) for multiple provinces across Southern Thailand, including Phuket....
Immigration sealed for fugitive monk | Phuket News
THAILAND: Immigration police have been ordered to prevent Phra Dhammachayo, the former abbot of Dhammakaya Temple, from fleeing to neighboring countries, Immigration Police Bureau commissioner Lt General Nuttathorn Proesunthon said yesterday. “The ‘modern’ system and technology of the bureau, which is linked to all exit points, will help block the fugitive monk from leaving the country,” he added. The monk was stripped of his patriarch rank by His Majesty The King a week ago (story here). “It’s impossible that he will be able to flee via legitimate channels. Authorities concerned are instructed to keep a close watch on travelers by land, water and air to stop the monk from getting out,” Gen Nuttathorn said. The fugitive monk, who faces several arrest warrants, has been out of the public eye for months. The government issued an order for Dhammakaya Temple in Pathum Thani to be a ‘controlled zone’ to facilitate a...
Two foreigners arrested in alleged extortion sting | Phuket News
CHIANG MAI: Police arrested an Australian and a Dutch national in Mae Rim district in Chiang Mai yesterday afternoon, for allegedly trying to extort an Australian restaurant owner out of 1.7 million baht. The chopper-riding suspects say they are innocent. The alleged victim, aged in his 50s, told police that the duo threatened to kill his family if he failed to pay the money. The victim said that the men told him they had spent that amount trying to collect a debt from his former business partner on his behalf. He added that he had previously revealed to the Australian man his suspicion that his ex-business partner had cheated him and claimed that the men said they would collect the debt. He also said that that he did not intend for the suspects to collect the money for him, and had “merely wanted to complain”. The owner had also filed...
Patients treated in hallways at overcrowded Samui Hospital | Phuket News
SAMUI: Locals in Samui have lodged complaints about overcrowding at Samui Hospital leading to makeshift arrangements to accommodate patients in the hospital’s hallways. Patients and their families say that the hallway is hot, uncomfortable and mosquito ridden. “Currently, we only have 133 beds, but about 160 patients to cater to,” said Samui Hospital Director Dr Theerasak Virtanon. “Additionally, we have locals and foreigners from Koh Phangan coming to Samui for treatment.” Dr Theerasak added that the hospital had been raising funds to build another emergency ward. “The building is compete, but we are finalizing some details before it becomes functional. Once that is done, we are sure the situation will improve,” said Dr Theerasak. — Suchat Hankij The post Patients treated in hallways at overcrowded Samui Hospital appeared first on Phuket Gazette....
New Phuket dam onstream within two months, says waterworks chief | Phuket News
PHUKET: Amid complaints from residents about persistent water shut-offs by the Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA), the PWA’s acting manager has assured that the outages will cease once the Khlong Katha Dam is complete in the coming two months....
Chef Noi opens highly anticipated second ‘Suay Restaurant’ in Phuket. | Phuket News
One of Thailand’s most accomplished chefs, Tammasak Chootong or ‘Chef Noi’ is adding another chic restaurant to his repertoire....
Phuket van drivers offer free transport on Royal Cremation Day | Phuket News
PHUKET: A group of volunteer van drivers will be providing free transport services to Saphan Hin on the day of the Royal Cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej....
Chinese tourist dies during island day trip off Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 26-year-old Chinese tourist has died after being pulled from the water unconscious at Racha Noi Island, south of Phuket, yesterday (Oct 15)....
Russian drowns off Karon beach in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: A Russian man was pronounced dead at a hospital after he was brought ashore unconscious by business operators and other tourists from the sea off Karon beach in Muang district on Sunday morning....
North Korea: Trump Tweets 'Weird Articles,' 'Spouts Rubbish' | Phuket News
North Korea on Tuesday described President Donald Trump as a leader who frequently tweets “weird articles of his ego-driven thoughts” and “spouts rubbish” to give his assistants a hard time. The North's official Korean Central News Agency made the comments in response to tough talk in Washington and Seoul over threats posed by Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.   In the same commentary, KCNA also criticized South Korea's ``puppy-like'' Defense Minister Song Young-moo, who it said was “running wild” while relying on the “master of the White House.” Song recently ordered the South's military to be prepared to “immediately and sternly punish” any kind of provocation by North Korea, which has caused hostility with two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month and a threat to lob missiles toward the U.S. territory of Guam.   “Trump spouted rubbish that if a war breaks out, it would be on the Korean Peninsula,...
US, South Korea launch joint military drills despite N Korea threats | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - The US and South Korea have begun their annual 11-day joint military drills, despite weeks of escalating threats from North Korea....
US-S. Korea Begin Military Drills; North Makes Fiery Threat | Phuket News
North Korea’s military Tuesday greeted the start of annual U.S.-South Korean military drills with its standard fiery threats, vowing “merciless retaliation” for exercises Pyongyang claims are an invasion rehearsal. North Korea routinely issues such warlike rhetoric or conducts weapons tests to respond to the U.S.-South Korean exercises. Tuesday’s threat came as top U.S. generals, including Adm. Harry Harris, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, visited South Korea. Ties between the Koreas are almost always fraught, but anxiety is higher than normal following weeks of tit-for-tat threats between U.S. President Donald Trump and Pyongyang in the wake of the North’s two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. The U.S. generals were to travel to the site of a contentious U.S. missile-defense system in South Korea later Tuesday. ​11 days of military exercises The North’s military statement said it will launch an unspecified “merciless retaliation and unsparing punishment” on the...
South Korea's special forces prepare for hostage scenario | Phuket News
South Korean special forces in the northern city of Goyang conduct civil defence drills in preparation for a hostage-taking scenario....
Guam Official Says Island is Calm Despite North Korea Threat | Phuket News
The lieutenant governor of Guam has reassured Japanese that the U.S. territory is calm amid the recent tension between the U.S. and North Korea. Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio said in Tokyo on Monday that Guam remains in a
US-South Korea hold military drills amid tension | Phuket News
Pyongyang has already lashed out at the annual drills, saying they were
US, S. Korea Seem to Scale Back War Games | Phuket News
The U.S. and South Korea on Monday began 10 days of large-scale joint military exercises, but a reduced number of troops and assets will participate this year. VOA’s Brian Padden in Seoul reports that while the military stresses these defensive drills are needed to maintain operational readiness, there are concerns they could again provoke tensions with North Korea....
Malaysian princess marries Dutchman in lavish ceremony | Phuket News
The daughter of one of Malaysia’s most powerful sultans married her Dutch fiancé on Monday in a lavish ceremony steeped in centuries of tradition. Princess Tunku Tun Aminah Sultan Ibrahim, 31, the only daughter of the Sultan of Johor, tied the knot with Dennis Muhammad Abdullah, 28, following a three-year romance. The Dutchman, who has converted to Islam, and the princess were married according to Muslim Malay custom at the Serene Hill Palace, the royal family’s residence in......
Coffee with a human trafficker | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - This undercover reporter had a chat with human traffickers in Malaysia over a coffee....
Rapists marrying their victims is becoming an accepted practice in Malaysia | Phuket News
RAPISTS marrying their victims now seems to be an acceptable cultural practice in Malaysia. Two years ago, Riduan Masmud was charged of raping a 12 year old girl and to avoid prosecution, he took her as his wife. Utterly ridiculous. Riduan was eventually convicted and jailed for actually trying to bribe the girls father with RM10,000 (US$2330). At the time of the crime, which was in 2013, he was married with four children. The victim became his second wife. Last week, Rohani Abdul Karim, Malaysia’s Minister for Women, Family and Community Development, said that the now 16-year-old victim is healthy and doing fine while her rapist husband is serving his time in jail. In fact, she even paid him a visit once. SEE ALSO: Malaysia: Girl who married rapist is ‘fine’ – women’s minister Nevermind that the girl hasn’t been to school since the incident because she feels too ashamed of...
Student trafficking network in Malaysian colleges exposed | Phuket News
By Elroi Yee and Ian Yee They are sold a dream – of a ticket to study and work in a foreign country, but after spending their family’s entire savings, they are caught in the harsh reality of being trafficked and trapped in a constant cycle of exploitation and extortion. Thousands of young Bangladeshis have been trafficked to Malaysia through obscure private colleges and their unscrupulous “agents”. Some pay over RM20,000 (US$4,660), equivalent to three years......
Violence at town hall by ex-Malaysian leader Mahathir | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- A town hall meeting with former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who now heads an opposition coalition, was marred by violence Sunday, with several people hurling flares, chairs and shoes at the stage....
Malaysia: Violence erupts at political forum led by ex-leader Dr Mahathir | Phuket News
VIOLENCE erupted at a political forum held by Malaysia’s former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Sunday, as people threw shoes and chairs at the 92-year-old party chairman. Flares were also set off in the community hall. The town hall meeting, called “Nothing to Hide”, was designed to provide a platform for Dr Mahathir to debate current Prime Minister Najib Razak. It aimed to highlight a major financial scandal that has spurred Dr Mahathir into coming out of retirement to take on his ex-protégé Najib. Dr Mahathir was safely escorted from the building amid the violence and did not suffer any injuries, party youth chief, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, told reporters. pic.twitter.com/h3yqEcBBog — The Mamu™ (@The_Mamu) August 13, 2017 “Unfortunately, there were elements … we feel and believe were aimed at sabotaging the programme and hurting Dr Mahathir,” Saddiq said at a press conference. “We saw bottles, shoes, chairs...
Town hall by ex-Malaysian leader Mahathir marred by violence | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- A town hall meeting with former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who now heads an opposition coalition, was marred by violence Sunday, with several people hurling flares, chairs and shoes at the stage....
Malaysia: Violence erupts at political forum led by former PM Mahathir | Phuket News
VIOLENCE erupted at a political forum held by former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Sunday, as people threw shoes and chairs at the 92-year-old party chairman, and flares were set off in the community hall. The town hall meeting, called “Nothing to Hide”, was designed to provide a platform for Mahathir to debate current Prime Minister Najib Razak, and aimed to highlight a major financial scandal that has ensnared the incumbent PM and spurred Mahathir into coming out of retirement to take on his ex-protégé. Mahathir was safely escorted from the building amid the violence and did not suffer any injuries, party youth chief, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, told reporters. pic.twitter.com/h3yqEcBBog — The Mamu™ (@The_Mamu) August 13, 2017 “Unfortunately, there were elements … we feel and believe were aimed at sabotaging the programme and hurting Dr Mahathir,” Saddiq said at a press conference. “We saw bottles, shoes, chairs...
Forum led by Malaysian ex-PM Mahathir descends into violence, as troublemakers hurls chairs and flares | Phuket News
A forum led by Malaysia’s ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, who is seeking to oust the government, descended into violence Sunday as participants threw shoes and chairs and set off flares. The town hall meeting was aimed at highlighting a major financial scandal that has ensnared Prime Minister Najib Razak, and which has spurred Mahathir, 92, into coming out of retirement to take on his ex-protege. But about 90 minutes into the event in Shah Alam, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, troublemakers......
60-year old man under probe for embedding toothpicks on bus seat | Phuket News
A 60-year old man is being investigated under the suspicion that he had embedded toothpicks in public bus seats, according to a report in The Straits Times Online. Singapore police said in a statement that they received a report from the management of a bus company on August 4, saying that one of its passenger seats on their bus was perforated with toothpicks. Pictures of three toothpicks sticking out of a red bus seat had made their rounds on social media in late July. Singapore-based Facebook user Shervella Wong posted on July 22 saying she got on the bus and found toothpicks sticking out of the seat. “I just don’t understand, the person who had done this have the time to get toothpicks and stick it in the seat trying to get people injured,” she wrote. Sometimes, EVERYONE is tired before and end of the day and definitely too tired...
Football: Radical plans put forward to save Singapore’s ailing S.League | Phuket News
RADICAL plans to revamp Singapore’s ailing S.League – including reorganising clubs along geographical lines and attracting new corporate money – have been put forward. Three Football Association of Singapore (FAS) executive committee members – president Lim Kia Tong, deputy president Bernard Tan and vice-president Edwin Tong – discussed the plans in a round-table session for The Straits Times. The headline points from the discussion centred on a major overhaul for the stumbling S.League, including significant efforts to attract new money from Government-linked companies (GLCs). The cash-starved league has only twice sent teams to the group stage of AFC Champions League, while the national team is currently ranked 169th of 206 teams in the world. SEE ALSO: SEA Games: Singapore’s Joseph Schooling clarifies his ‘teach them a thing or two’ comment over Malaysia That is way below its best-ever performance of 73rd in the rankings back in 1993, and only two places...
WHO in Myanmar Says Swine Flu Outbreak Not an 'Unusual Event' | Phuket News
The World Health Organization in Myanmar says a recent outbreak of H1N1 in the country is not unusual for the time of the year, and while there may be more cases in the future the available data suggests it is not a cause for panic. Myanmar’s state media reported on Wednesday that since July 21 there have been 166 confirmed cases and 17 deaths from the virus, known commonly as swine flu after a global pandemic in 2009 was found to have originated in infected pigs. The respiratory infection is now considered a normal human flu. Seasonal event Dr. Stephan Paul Jost, WHO’s country representative in Myanmar, said in an interview the consensus based on the evidence so far is that “this is a seasonal event, it’s a seasonal influenza, and there are likely to be also more cases because it is seasonal. And it is not in itself a...
WeWork Acquires SG’s SpaceMob in $500M Southeast Asia Push | Phuket News
WeWork, the New York-based flexible office giant, has announced a $500 million investment in a new vehicle to fund its expansion in Southeast Asia and South Korea, in another milestone for the region’s co-working sector. In tandem with the investment, WeWork is also acquiring Singapore-based co-working provider Spacemob for an undisclosed amount, and appointing its founder and CEO, Turochas “T” Fuad, as WeWork’s managing director of Southeast Asia. The US startup has also named Matt Shampine, currently WeWork’s head of marketing and revenue for Asia, as general manager of Korea. “Today’s announcement reaffirms WeWork’s commitment to scaling our business across Asia,” Miguel McKelvey, Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer of WeWork said in a statement. The entrepreneur, who started Wework in 2010 with partner Adam Neumann added, “I speak for the entire WeWork team and our 130,000 members when I say I am incredibly excited to have T and the team...
Malaysia to remove mandatory death penalty for drugs | Phuket News
MALAYSIA’s government has announced it will remove the mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking crimes, in a decision welcomed by rights groups. Cabinet agreed unanimously on Monday to amend the colonial-era Dangerous Drugs Act of 1952 to do away with mandatory capital punishment for drug traffickers and allow judges discretion in sentencing, but the decision must still be approved by Parliament. The Malaysian Bar association welcomed the move, however, said it was of the view the death penalty should be removed for all offences, irrespective of the crime that may have been committed. The death penalty has no place in a society that values human life, justice and mercy.” SEE ALSO: Halt all executions and abolish the death penalty – Malaysian Bar Some 800 people are currently on death row for offences related to narcotics in Malaysia and it is unclear whether they will still face execution. “The Malaysian Bar...
Toothpick ‘mischief’ under investigation in low-crime Singapore | Phuket News
A 60-year-old man in Singapore has landed himself in hot water with authorities after allegedly inserting toothpicks into a seat on a public bus – an act that could land him in jail for up to two years in the famously strict city-state. Pictures of the three toothpicks in question were posted on social media on July 22 and were quickly shared over 2,500 times by concerned netizens who called the act “sickening” and suggested the perpetrator “have fun in jail.” In a statement, released Tuesday, Singapore police said, “Through extensive inquiries and with the assistance of CCTV footage, officers … established the identity of the suspect.” The Singaporean authorities are known to come down hard on minor crimes such as vandalism – which is punishable by caning – and this is, in part, credited for the country’s incredibly low crime rate. SEE ALSO: Political satire must not be silenced, we...
SEA Games: Singapore’s Joseph Schooling clarifies his ‘teach them a thing or two’ comments over Malaysia | Phuket News
SINGAPORE swim star Joseph Schooling – one of the biggest names competing at this month’s Southeastern Asian (SEA) Games – has said comments he made about hosts Malaysia were “taken out of context”. The 22-year-old, fresh from a relatively disappointing World Aquatics Championship in Budapest where he won one bronze medal, made some comments that irked Malaysian netizens. Schooling, the Olympic 100m butterfly champion last year, appeared to suggest he was looking forward to teaching Malaysia “a thing or two” at the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. SEE ALSO: Glory for Cheong as Schooling misses out: Talking points and takeaways from the World Aquatics Championships Singapore hosted the SEA Games in 2015 and won 42 swimming medals (23 gold), compared with Malaysia’s 11 overall medals in the pool (three gold). Schooling himself won nine gold medals last time and is looking to add his tally at Malaysia’s National Aquatic Centre between...
Battles Between Philippine Extremists, Government-backed Separatists Kill 25 | Phuket News
Fighting between government-backed separatist rebels and pro-Islamic State militants have killed at least 25 people in the southern Philippines, the army said on Monday, as the military battles to restore order on the troubled island of Mindanao. Soldiers provided artillery support for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a Muslim rebel group with which the government has signed a peace agreement, to try to tackle Islamist extremists, spokesman Colonel Gerry Besana said. The MILF and the government have agreed to work together to thwart several militant groups in Mindanao that have pledged allegiance to Islamic State. The island of 22 million people and roughly the size of South Korea is under martial law at least until the end of the year, as President Rodrigo Duterte tries to extinguish a growing threat of radical Islam taking a hold and turning the southern Philippines into a magnet for foreign extremists. The MILF...
Chot Reyes’ word of warning for Philippines as they bask in fans’ adulation at FIBA Asia Cup | Phuket News
CHOT Reyes had a word of warning for his Philippines players, even as they celebrated with 2,000 Filipino fans in Lebanon. Gilas players were able to celebrate with around 2,000 of their Lebanon-based supporters after they beat Qatar 80-74 to complete a sweep of Group B at the FIBA Asia Cup. But head coach Reyes knows there is plenty of hard work ahead – and that his team must improve in the quarter-finals. Philippines will meet Japan or South Korea in the last eight on Wednesday, with the winners of that game likely to meet Iran in the semi-finals. SEE ALSO: FIBA Asia Cup day six: Philippines top group and book quarter-final spot, but China face play-off But despite sweeping their group, and doing so after a far from smooth preparation for the tournament, Reyes is not getting carried away with his team’s winning start. “You all know that if we...
Battles in southern Philippines kill 25 | Phuket News
MANILA -- Fighting between government-backed separatist rebels and pro-Islamic State militants have killed at least 25 people in the southern Philippines, the army said on Monday, as the military battles to restore order on the troubled island of Mindanao....
FIBA Asia Cup day six: Philippines top group and book quarter-final spot, but China face play-off | Phuket News
PHILIPPINES will meet Japan or South Korea in the quarter-final of the FIBA Asia Cup on Wednesday after ensuring a sweep of Group B with an 80-74 win over Qatar. But China, the defending champions, will have to beat Syria in a play-off to reach the last eight. Philippines were inspired by 25 points from Matthew Wright, who shot seven-for-12 from three-point range, as they led virtually from start to finish against Qatar in Lebanon. Chot Reyes’ team led 41-27 at half-time before a late Qatar rally, sparked by Mansour Elhadary (who finished with 23 points), gave the appearance of a much closer contest. SEE ALSO: FIBA Asia Cup day four: Philippines win again, while China bounce back against Qatar Philippines advanced to the last eight without Christian Standhardinger, who had a stiff neck, and with June Mar Fajardo still to make it onto the court in Beirut. They also got...
Thai spikers to meet Japan after beating China | Phuket News
Thailand beat China 3-2 sets 25-22, 22-25, 25-16, 23-25, 15-12 in the top 8 playoff encounter at the 2017 Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship on Sunday (Aug 12) in the Philippines. Hattaya Bamrungsuk made 19 points for Thailand, while Ajcharaporn Kongyot and Chatchu-On Moksri each had 18 markers. Skipper Pleumjit Thinkaow and Wilavan Apinyapong, who came off the bench, combined for 22 points in a match that took two hours and three minutes to finish. Thailand, which defeated Chinese Taipei in the pool stage, currently lead Pool F with a carry over 2-0 win-loss card tied with Japan. In the next match, Thailand will meet Japan on Monday (Aug 14) at 2pm Thai time. The post Thai spikers to meet Japan after beating China appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Philippines: Killing migratory birds could spark flu outbreak | Phuket News
MANILA - The Philippines on Sunday warned citizens not to kill or poach migratory birds that usually fly in from China, the possible source of a virus that triggered the Southeast Asian nation's first outbreak of avian flu, to avoid worsening the situation....
Chinese Planes Buzz Taiwan in Military Drills | Phuket News
Chinese military aircraft carried out two rounds of drills around Taiwan this weekend, flying past its southern tip and then around its north near Japan, the self-ruled island’s defense ministry said. China has been increasingly asserting itself in territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas. It is also worried about Taiwan, which it claims as its own, but which is run by a government China fears is intent on independence. On Sunday, two Chinese military transport aircraft flew through the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines before going up near the Japanese island of Miyako, to Taiwan’s north, where they were joined by two Chinese fighter jets, and then returned home, the ministry said. The day before, Chinese bombers and transport aircraft flew the same route, while Chinese fighters and airborne early warning aircraft flew only through the Bashi Channel, the ministry added. Taiwan’s forces monitored the...
Three hostages escape Philippine militants after fake ransom plan goes wrong | Phuket News
Three men kidnapped by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines escaped while their captors prayed, dodging bullets as they ran, police said on Saturday after a ruse using fake ransom money failed. The fate of a fourth man who ran off in a different direction was unclear. The construction workers were taken to the police on Jolo island on Friday, four weeks after being abducted by the Abu Sayyaf group, which is holding more than a dozen other hostages including several foreigners in......
12 army personnel involved in illegal trade in firearms via postal service | Phuket News
Nineteen people, including 12 army personnel were involved in the trafficking of ammunition and explosives via postal service, Army Commander-in-Chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart said on Tuesday. However, he added that none of them were linked to the three bomb blasts in Bangkok, which were suspected to be politically motivated. Sgt Thanakorn Boonkarn, an officer attached to the arms depot of the First Engineering Battalion of the Royal Guards, was named the key figure in the illegal arms trade via postal service. It was reported that Thanakorn used Facebook and Line to sell explosives and ammunition and delivered the good to customers through postal service. The army chief said the recent seizure of a sizeable cache of war weapons smuggled into the country from Cambodia and to be sold to ethnic groups in Myanmar was also not connected with Bangkok’s bomb explosions. But he stressed that army personnel involved in the...
Opposition's Strong Showing in Cambodia Vote May Signal Change in Election Landscape | Phuket News
Although the official results will not be released until June 25, the closely watched vote for Cambodia's commune council elections showed the opposition's growing strength and suggest that the national elections in 2018 will be a race between two parties. Political analyst Ou Virak, president of the Future Forum, a think tank in Phnom Penh, on Monday told Hello VOA, a radio call-in show, that the 2018 general election will be highly competitive. He anticipates a two-party contest. “In 2018 election, the smaller parties will have no chance,” he said. “This is because the competition between the two main parties is running so close. Therefore, voters will see the third party is merely a spoiler. They won't vote for the third party to spoil their ballots.” Unofficial results posted late Sunday by Fresh News, a pro-government website, reported the ruling CPP had won 1,163 commune chief seats compared to 482...
Cambodian opposition make big gains in local elections, strongman Hun Sen posts pictures playing golf | Phuket News
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday he was confident of keeping power in next year’s general election after the opposition’s gains in local elections fell short of their hopes. Communal elections on Sunday were widely seen as a test of strength for opponents of Hun Sen, one of Asia’s longest serving leaders, who is accused by rights groups of using threats, arrests and court cases to undermine his political rivals. The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (......
Cambodia's Hun Sen confident of keeping power | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday he was confident of keeping power in next year's general election after the opposition's gains in local elections fell short of their hopes....
Cambodia: Opposition makes gains after record turnout in local elections | Phuket News
CAMBODIA’s opposition party has won a significant portion of the vote against the authoritarian ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen, after record numbers of voters turned out for local elections on Sunday. The opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) won 46 percent of the vote to the ruling Cambodian People Party’s (CPP) 51 percent, a massive increase from the last local council commune elections when the CPP won 97 percent of the vote against a divided opposition. The country’s National Election Committee (NEC) announced more than 6.7 million Cambodians turned out to vote, exceeding voter turnout at the 2012 commune elections by over 1.7 people, reports Cambodia Daily. With 85.7 percent of registered voters casting their ballots, this reflects a record election turnout for Cambodia. Hun Sen looks at the ballot box after casting his vote during local elections in Kandal province, Cambodia, on June 4, 2017. Source: Reuters/Samrang...
Cambodian opposition make gains in local elections - but is it enough to shake Hun Sen’s grip on power? | Phuket News
Cambodia’s embattled opposition made significant gains in this weekend’s local elections, early results showed Monday, a vote closely watched for signs of vulnerability in one of the world’s longest serving leaders. More than seven million Cambodians voted in Sunday’s commune elections, the first time they have headed to the polls since 2013’s disputed election result. The impoverished Southeast Asian nation has been run by prime minister Hun Sen for 32 years, a......
Cambodian Opposition Makes Gains in Local Elections | Phuket News
Cambodia's main opposition party made significant gains in local elections Sunday which could threaten Prime Minister Hun Sen's grip on power. Announcing preliminary results, opposition party spokesman Yim Sovann said his party won about 46% of the communes - up from 30 percent in the last local elections five years ago.
Cambodian Election Is a Test for Prime Minister | Phuket News
Cambodians vote Sunday to elect more than 12,000 district officials, but the ballot is also seen as a showdown between the two major parties amid threats of civil war and a crackdown on political dissent in the lead-up to national elections slated for the middle of next year. Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) believe the communal poll will provide an important test of their popularity, which has been under pressure from a burgeoning youth vote and changing attitudes. Supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have been buoyed by their party’s standing at national elections in 2013 when the ruling CPP was returned to power, but with its majority reduced to 68 seats, from 90, in the 123-seat National Assembly. The CNRP scored 55 seats, defeating all the smaller parties in its path, after Cambodia’s youth sided with the opposition and demanded change....
Cambodian leader’s civil war threat put to the test by vote | Phuket News
Ever since Prime Minister Hun Sen was stung by a voter backlash four years ago, the region’s longest-serving leader has warned Cambodia would fall back into civil war if his government lost power to the opposition at the ballot box. Those threats have been made with routine abandon and are often met with scepticism by a public used to tough-talking politicians, but they will be tested today when Cambodians vote in commune elections, a key barometer of national polls due next year. Amid......
Cambodians go to the polls in local elections that could provide litmus test of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s popularity | Phuket News
Millions of Cambodians voted in local polls on Sunday, testing the political temperature of a country rife with tension between its strongman premier and an embattled opposition determined to end his three-decade rule. Prime Minister Hun Sen, one of the world’s longest-serving leaders, has run Cambodia for 32 years. Supporters see the 64-year-old as a beacon of stability while detractors accuse him and a coterie of allies of huge self-enrichment, corruption and autocracy. Sunday’s......
Chinese Charm in Southeast Asia Shows Signs of Chafing | Phuket News
China’s use of economic aid to placate angry neighbors is still seen as effective in allowing it to consolidate its controversial claims in the South China Sea, but it is also showing early signs of wearing thin a year after an international court rejected Beijing's legal basis for maritime claims that have put it at odds with much of Southeast Asia. At the request of the Philippines, a world court arbitration tribunal in The Hague ruled in July 2016 that Beijing was violating other countries’ exclusive economic zones in the South China Sea. China has used ‘aid as sweetener’ in South China Sea dispute Beijing rejected the decision but since then has stepped up aid and investment to four Southeast Asian countries. Those states resent China for building artificial islets for military use and passing coast guard ships in contested tracts of the sea -- before as well as after the ruling. Analysts...
Vietnam Plans Talks With Catholic Officials Over Monastery Dispute | Phuket News
Vietnamese authorities plan to hold talks with a Catholic monastery and church officials to resolve a land dispute that prompted a violent scuffle last month, a provincial government body said. Land disputes are common in Communist-ruled Vietnam, where conflicts over property between Catholics and regional authorities have posed one of the key obstacles to a normalization of relations with the Vatican. The Thua Thien-Hue provincial people's committee said it would meet clerics of the Thien An Saint Benedict Monastery and church officials from Hue, about 700 km (435 miles) southeast of the capital Hanoi, to try to resolve the dispute. The panel will
This Day in History: US Normalizes Diplomatic Relations With Vietnam | Phuket News
Twenty years after Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese, former President Bill Clinton announced the normalization of diplomatic relations with Vietnam. “This moment offers us the opportunity to bind up our own wounds,
How this private equity firm is betting on Asia's trillion-dollar health care industry | Phuket News
Singapore-based Quadria Capital is growing in Vietnam and expanding its holdings in Singapore....
How this private equity fund is betting on Asia's trillion-dollar health care industry | Phuket News
Singapore-based Quadria Capital is growing in Vietnam and expanding its holdings in Singapore....
G20 leaders miss the mark on North Korea as historic nuclear weapons treaty reached | Phuket News
OVER the weekend, more than 120 countries adopted a treaty at a UN conference that prohibits the production, stockpiling, use or threatened use of nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices. Australia was a notable absentee. So were the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons. While the UN conference was taking a major step toward the elimination of nuclear weapons, the US and its allies – notably Japan, South Korea and Australia – were hoping to use the G20 summit in Hamburg to focus attention on the danger North Korea’s nuclear ambitions pose. However, the declaration issued at the end of the G20 does not even mention the issue. We can now expect a UN Security Council resolution that condemns North Korea’s latest missile test and applies slightly tougher sanctions. The glaring contradiction between the boycott of the nuclear ban negotiations and the preoccupation with the North Korean nuclear threat does not seem to have dawned on the US and...
Vietnam's rate cut may spur growth amid credit worries | Phuket News
HANOI -- Vietnam’s surprise lowering of interest rates for the first time in three years may help to support economic growth, but raises credit risks in a nation still grappling with a hangover of bad debt....
Indonesia: Giant Chinese deity statue covered in sheet after Muslims protest | Phuket News
A GIANT statue of a Chinese deity has been covered up by a white sheet in Indonesia earlier this week amid rising concerns of Islamist fundamentalism and anti-Chinese sentiment in the world’s most populous Muslim country. The statue of the ancient Chinese god, Lord Guan Yu, courted controversy after it was erected in the city of Tuban, East Java, drawing protests by Muslim locals who want it to be demolished due to religious sensitivities. According to the ABC, while the Kwan Sing Bio Chinese temple had existed without issue for generations, the conservative Muslims could not bear the sight of the brightly-coloured 30-metre-high statue. Lord Guan, an immortalised Chinese god, represented an infamous Chinese General from the Three Kingdoms Period. The US$200,000 statue is said to be the highest in South-East Asia. SEE ALSO: China: Elderly woman offers prayers to anime statue by mistake   Responding to the protests, local...
I'm no dictator: Indonesia President | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo ensures the public that he does not have the look as a dictator although critics slam several of his policies that are deemed violating human rights....
This 32-year-old Indonesian actress just became a director of an airline | Phuket News
INDONESIAN film star Raline Shah has been appointed PT AirAsia Indonesia’s independent director, the regional budget carrier’s Chief Executive Officer said on Monday. The appointment of the famous actress makes her one of the world’s youngest board members of a multi-billion dollar aviation company. AirAsia’s founder and CEO Tony Fernandes made the announcement in an Instagram posting on Monday, sharing an image of the Raline who comes from a Malay-Indonesian heritage. “Our new director in Airasia Indonesia @ralineshah. Smart, creative, humble. A real coup readying our company for IPO (initial public offering),” he said in the posting. ...
Indonesia palm oil plantations boost security to stop thieves | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesian security companies have seen a surge in demand for guards to protect palm oil plantations from fruit thieves and land grabbers, amid a rebound in prices of the commodity used to churn out everything from cooking oil to soap....
In East Java, Statue of Chinese God Stirs Controversy | Phuket News
Dozens of people from East Java community organizations rallied in Surabaya on Monday, demanding that a statue of a Chinese god be demolished. Claiming the representation of a warrior god known variously as Kwan Sing Tee Koen, Kwan Kong, Kuan-Ti or Guan-Yu fails to reflect Indonesian culture, protesters gathered in front of the East Java Provincial Legislative Building to demand the statue’s demolition.   The brightly colored, 30-meter-tall statue at the Kwan Seng Bio temple in Tuban, East Java, is now draped in cloth. Local Chinese Indonesians, a minority in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, contend the protesters do not understand that the Confucian god marshals people against war. And a local official said the only problem with the statue is that it lacks a building permit, a snafu caused by an internal dispute at the temple. Religious divides raise tension The protest over the statue of the Chinese...
Social media and democracy: Optimism fades as fears rise | Phuket News
Just a few years ago, Facebook and Twitter were hailed as tools for democracy activists, enabling movements like the Arab Spring to flourish....
Education Corner: Times are changing in international schools | Phuket News
Turn back the clock twenty years and an international school may not seem too dissimilar in its appearance to those in the present day....
British expat, 39, found hanged in luxury Phuket house | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 39-year-old British man was found hanged in a luxury property in Kathu yesterday in what police are describing as suicide....
Phuket Gardening: Top plants for shady spots | Phuket News
It’s a big generalization, but on balance, the majority of potted plants available in the tropics enjoy a degree of shade....
Phuket Governor warns of possible flash floods | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong has today (Oct 14) warned about the possibility of flash floods across the island with rain expected to fall through until Monday (Oct 16)....
Tourists save three Russians from drowning at Nai Thon Beach | Phuket News
PHUKET: Foreigner beachgoers walking along the sands at Nai Thon Beach today (Oct 14) rescued three Russian men who were pulled out from shore by strong waves....
Remembering King Bhumibol: The father of the land | Phuket News
Throughout his 70 years on the throne, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej devoted himself to the development of Thailand in many areas. The sight of King Bhumibol in the countryside, with a camera around his neck and holding a map, was familiar to all Thais....
Amazon beefs up Echo line-up and Alexa skills | Phuket News
Amazon has introduced a handful of new home assistant devices powered by its Alexa voice-commanded artificial intelligence, ramping up its lineup competing against challenges from Google and others....
Phuket marks one year since passing of the late King with alms giving ceremony | Phuket News
PHUKET: More than 500 people gathered at Saphan Hin Park in Phuket Town yesterday (Oct 13) morning to partake in an alms giving ceremony for 89 monks to mark one year since the passing of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away at 3:52pm on Oct 13 last year....
Phuket DJ escapes uninjured from early morning collision with lamp post | Phuket News
PHUKET: A nightclub Disc Jockey (DJ) was lucky to escape uninjured after crashing his pickup truck into a lamp post positioned on the central reservation of Thepkrassatri Rd in Thalang yesterday morning (Oct 13)....
US, South Korea Seem to Scale Back War Games | Phuket News
The U.S. and South Korea on Monday began 10 days of large-scale joint military exercises, but with a reduced number of troops and assets than had participated last year.     Military leaders stress these defensive drills are needed to maintain operational readiness, but there are concerns that a show of force could again aggravate tensions in the region, after the U.S. and North Korea recently came to the brink of conflict over a possible missile test targeting the Guam region.   War games   The Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises that occur every summer are a massive military planning and coordination operation about how to respond to computer-simulated North Korean attack scenarios. Some 17,500 American troops will participate, down from 25,000 last year along with 50,000 South Koreans.     These annual war games, in addition to the combined ground, air, naval field exercise that occur in the Spring, are needed, say...
US, South Korea Launch Military Exercises | Phuket News
The United States and South Korea began their annual military exercises Monday, with officials describing the largely computer-simulated war games as defensive in nature. The drills draw objections from North Korea, which sees them as a rehearsal for an invasion, and this year the exercises come after tensions on the peninsula shot up with North Korea's test-firing of intercontinental ballistic missiles last month. A commentary in Sunday's editon of North Korea’s state-run newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, said U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are
US may be dialing back North Korea tensions during military drills — by cutting troop numbers | Phuket News
Fewer U.S. soldiers are participating in drills with South Korea in what analysts call a strategic move to calm tensions....
US-South Korea war games start as Pyongyang warns of ‘actual fighting’ | Phuket News
North Korea warned that the United States will be “pouring gasoline on fire” by conducting an annual war game in the South this week amid heightened tensions between Pyongyang and Washington. Combative rhetoric between the nations spiked after Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) last month that appeared to bring much of the US within range, sparking an intense warning by US President Donald Trump that Washington could rain “fire and fury” on......
Asian shares subdued after Bannon departure as US-South Korea military drills begin | Phuket News
Asia markets were mixed as investors digested developments in Washington while U.S.-South Korea drills kicked off....
US-South Korea set for divisive military drills | Phuket News
Pyongyang has already lashed out at the annual drills, saying they were
The US and South Korea are holding war games. Here's how North Korea might respond | Phuket News
America's annual military drills with South Korea begin Monday, and they may hold more potential to provoke than ever....
Asian shares subdued following Bannon departure as US-South Korea military drills begin | Phuket News
Asia markets were subdued as investors digested developments in Washington while U.S.-South Korea drills began....
Mattis: US Troop Reduction in Exercise Not Due to N. Korea Concerns | Phuket News
A reduction in U.S. troops taking part in a joint exercise with South Korean forces this year simply reflects a need for fewer personnel and is not because of tensions with North Korea, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday. About 17,500 U.S. service members are participating in the exercise this month, down from 25,000 last year, according to the Pentagon. With tensions high on the Korean peninsula, China - Pyongyang's main ally and trading partner - has urged the United States and South Korea to scrap the drills, as has Russia. Called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, the joint drills will take place from Aug. 21 to Aug. 31 and involve computer simulations designed to prepare for the unthinkable: war with nuclear-capable North Korea. Mattis told reporters while traveling to Jordan that the exercise had been planned months in advance and the focus this year was on integration operations.
Asian shares to digest Bannon departure, closely watch potential Korean Peninsula tensions | Phuket News
Asia markets are expected to digest political developments in Washington as U.S.-South Korea military drills kick off....
Atheism: the latest whipping boy for Malaysia’s pre-election politics? | Phuket News
Arrawdah comes from a middle-class Muslim-Malay family. Well-travelled and fluent in both English and Bahasa Malaysia, he seems the epitome of the moderate Islam supposedly practised in Malaysia. But as a “closeted” atheist, Arrwadah faces family conflict on a regular basis – when his parents ask why he does not attend Friday prayers, when he hides his alcohol consumption from his siblings, and when he eats in secret during the holy month of Ramadan. But recently, he and a......
SEA Games starting on August 19 | Phuket News
The Malaysian South East Asian Games contingent has one aim – one, one, one. The target is to win 111 gold medals and be the top gun of the 29th SEA Games, which is being hosted by the country from Aug 19 to 30. The target was announced by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak handed the Jalur Gemilang to the SEA Games contingent and also to the Para Asean Games contingent at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) yesterday. The total number of gold medals up for grabs is 405 in 38 sports. The figure 111 is the same number of golds Malaysia won in the 2001 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. That was the first time since the Games’ inception in 1959 that Malaysia become the overall champion. In the 2001 edition, the total number of events was 391 in...
US Company Offers to Take Financial Risk of New MH370 Search | Phuket News
U.S. seabed exploration company Ocean Infinity said Friday it had offered to take the financial risk of a renewed search for the missing Malaysian airliner, as victims' families urged the Malaysian government to agree to a private sector hunt for Flight 370's wreckage.   Malaysia, Australia and China suspended a nearly three-year search in the southern Indian Ocean in January after scouring 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles) of remote seabed and failing to find any trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.   Ocean Infinity, based in Houston, Texas, said it remained hopeful that Malaysia would accept its offer to continue the search using a team of advanced, fast-moving deep-sea drones fitted with sonar equipment.   “The terms of the offer are confidential, but I can ... confirm that Ocean Infinity have offered to take on the economic risk of a renewed search,” company spokesman Mark Antelme said in an...
Malaysian school draws flak for dishing out ‘Muslim’ and ‘non-Muslim’ cups | Phuket News
A PRIMARY school in Malaysia has found itself in hot water for segregating drinking cups for Muslim and non-Muslim students, in what has been described as an “apartheid-like” practice. According to Free Malaysia Today, the school in Taman Puteri, Hulu Langat on the outskirts of the capital was found to have separated the cups at a drinking water dispenser. The issue came to light after several images of the cups, labelled with “Muslim” and “non-Muslim” tags circulated on social media. A member of a non-governmental organisation called the G25, which promotes moderation and national cohesion, said the issue was deeply troubling and reflected the future direction of Islam, the nation’s official religion. SEE ALSO: This Malaysian film wants to convert everybody to Islam “Things like this will only create divisions among Malaysians in the name of so-called religious practices,” Johan Arriffin, a G25 member was quoted by the FMT as saying....
Humanity before security: The human face of the refugee crisis | Phuket News
WE must let humanity prevail over often baseless concerns of national insecurity in our treatment of refugees, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) representative in Malaysia, Richard Towle, told a crowd at The Refugee Fest in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. In his statement opening the event, Towle spoke of society’s choice when it comes to our handling of the refugee community, saying it was a test of our resolve as a civilised species as to whether we choose to treat the vulnerable with compassion and humanity over unsubstantiated national security threats and our inclination to demonise. Performer at The Refugee Fest, Kuala Lumpur, 10 August 2017. Source: Facebook “The issue of refugees is truly a global one, and how we respond to it globally is a reflection of how we are as people. If we respond, despite the threats to global insecurity, in a way that is humanitarian and...
Halimah Yacob’s presidency bid: a milestone for Singapore’s women, for race relations ... not so much? | Phuket News
Singapore may be on the verge of a political milestone with the likely election of Halimah Yacob as its first female president next month, but controversy surrounding the vote – reserved for ethnic Malay candidates only – could take some of the shine off the achievement. And while the veteran MP and unionist’s political achievements are highly laudable – she grew up the daughter of a widowed mother who sold cooked food on a pushcart – Southeast Asia watchers say a......
US 'agent of foreign influence' appeals Singapore expulsion | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- A US citizen, whose Singapore permanent residence status was revoked after the government identified him as being an agent of foreign influence, said on Tuesday he had appealed the decision to expel him....
Flights from Hua Hin to Kuala Lumpur get a little closer | Phuket News
Flights to and from Hua Hin and Kuala Lumpur have got a little closer to becoming a reality after Air Asia presented a business plan to airports authority executives. A meeting held at the Hua Hin airport was told that Air Asia plan to operated a return flight KL – HH – KL once a day. Manager reported the service is likely to start in December while Thai Rath said on their TV show that November was possible. The service will use the 180-seat airbus A320. Manager said that the flights are expected to bring 50-60,000 tourists from the Malaysian capital to Hua Hin in 2018. They said that flight costs were still being discussed. Thaivisa understands that Air Asia has already signaled its intention to expand services from Hua Hin airport to destinations both within Thailand and internationally after two more years. A source familiar with matter told Thaivisa...
Guotai Junan International and CMBC Hong Kong Entered into Strategic Framework Cooperation Agreement | Phuket News
Aug 07, 2017 Picture:  [07 August 2017, Hong Kong] Guotai Junan International Holdings Limited (
DB Schenker partners with Sichuan JiuYe in China for perishable goods supply chain | Phuket News
Aug 07, 2017 Picture:  (Shanghai, August 4, 2017) DB Schenker, one of the leading global logistics service providers, and Sichuan JiuYe Export Ltd., a China-based B2B food trading company, have signed a strategic partnership agreement at the A20 New Agriculture Fair in Hangzhou, China, on August 4, 2017. The agreement between the two parties cements their future cooperation in logistic handling of perishable goods. Sichuan JiuYe provides cross border one-stop supply chain services to agriculture, food e-commerce and food companies in China and abroad. The company’s main export market is East Europe; major import markets comprise Australia, North America and Europe. By using DB Schenker as freight forwarding provider for its perishable goods, Sichuan JiuYe benefits from DB Schenker’s strong global network and extensive market experience. With an internationally leading and renowned logistics partner, JiuYe aims at growing its business scope by attracting more customers from existing and new...
Pro-Beijing professor expelled from Singapore for being 'agent' of foreign power | Phuket News
In a move shrouded in vague explanation, Singapore expelled a prominent Chinese-born American academic from the country....
Singapore revokes permanent residency of ‘foreign agent’ | Phuket News
SINGAPORE’s Immigration Ministry has revoked the permanent residency and permanently banned two United States citizens after one was deemed to be “agent” of foreign interests. Professor Huang Jing, the Director of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation and Lee Foundation Professor on US-China Relations at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) was identified by authorities as “an agent of influence of a foreign country” on Friday. A statement released by the Home Affairs Ministry announced Huang and his wife had been declared “prohibited immigrants” after the man “knowingly interacted with intelligence organisations and agents of the foreign country.” ...
Don Mueang clarifies four hours of immigration delay at airport on Saturday night  | Phuket News
Don Mueang International Airport yesterday clarified why immigration process was delayed, stranding several thousands of incoming passengers for four hours. The clarification came after a leading university lecturer posted on the social media complaining of the airport’s immigration process on Saturday night. Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, a law lecturer at Thammasat University, said on his Facebook page that his wife was among passengers lining up for passport control. She entered the queue at midnight and had her passport stamped four hours and 20 minutes later. The post went viral on the social media with many calling the airport authority to overhaul its immigration procedure. Meanwhile, some passengers also reflected their unpleasant experiences about the Don Mueang airport’s immigration service on Saturday night via Skytrax which is the world airline and airport star rating website. In the clarification announcement, the airport’s general manager Wing Commander Suthirawat Suwanawat said that from midnight to 5.00 am on Sunday, the airport handled 21 normal inbound...
Forget the chatter, Asean-China relations are actually stable | Phuket News
Over the first weekend of August, foreign ministers of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) held their 50th ministerial meeting in Manila – the second such meet since the issuance of the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s award on the South China Sea that overwhelmingly favoured the Philippines in its case against China. Attention at the gathering, yet again, was inordinately focused on the language in their joint communique. Would China’s land reclamations be......
FIBA Asia Cup day four: Philippines win again, while China bounce back against Qatar | Phuket News
CHRISTIAN Standhardinger hit 13 third-quarter points – and Terrence Romeo dropped 11 in the same quarter – as Philippines backed up their opening win over China by beating Iraq at the FIBA Asia Cup. Chot Reyes’ side are now in pole position to win Group B ahead of China, who recovered from their opening-game loss to beat Qatar in Lebanon. With Andray Blatche missing, his replacement as Gilas’ naturalised player, Standhardinger, hit 16 points – 13 of them in the third quarter – as Philippines won 84-68. The lead routinely changed hands in the opening two quarters, before Stanhardinger and Romeo (17 points in total) inspired Philippines to a dominant third, in which they outscored Iraq 28-9. SEE ALSO: FIBA Asia Cup day three: Fadi El Khatib goes supersonic but can’t stop New Zealand edging out hosts Lebanon That laid the foundations for a second victory in three days, despite a...
Strong, but deep, earthquake shakes northern Philippines | Phuket News
MANILA -- A strong but deep earthquake struck the northern Philippines early Friday afternoon and was felt in Manila....
Earthquake Shakes Northern Philippines; No Damage | Phuket News
A deep earthquake of 6.3 magnitude struck off Luzon island in the northern Philippines and was felt in metropolitan Manila.   Office workers in the capital left their buildings, but no damage was apparent after the quake struck about midday Friday. And there was no tsunami.   The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the earthquake’s epicenter was 5 kilometers (3 miles) southwest of Batangas province’s Lian town at a depth of 173 kilometers (107 miles). The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude was 6.2.   The institute said no damage is expected. Deeper epicenters often cause less damage at the Earth’s surface, though they can be widely felt.  ...
Philippines reports first avian flu, to cull 400,000 birds | Phuket News
MANILA, Aug 11 (Reuters) - The Philippines plans to cull 400,000 chickens, quails and ducks after confirming the country's first outbreak of bird flu, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol on Friday....
FIBA Asia Cup day three: Fadi El Khatib goes supersonic but can’t stop New Zealand edging out hosts Lebanon | Phuket News
VETERAN Lebanon forward Fadi El Khatib rolled back the years to produce arguably the standout individual performance of the FIBA Asia Cup so far – but the hosts were agonisingly edged out by New Zealand. After Philippines’ heroics against China on day two, the tournament is very much alive, and hosts Lebanon played their part but went down 86-82 against the Tall Blacks in Group C. El Khatib, who is 37, dropped 33 points, claimed 11 rebounds and had eight assists as his team shot 53.4 percent from the field. In a game that ebbed and flowed, El Khatib caused New Zealand all kinds of problems in the paint, but the Oceanic newcomers withstood everything Lebanon threw at them. SEE ALSO: FIBA Asia Cup day two: Gilas light up Lebanon, while Iran show no mercy on India In a performance of character that marked them out as potential champions, Shea Ili...
Japan to supply chopper parts for Philippines military in bid to gain regional influence | Phuket News
Japan’s army will give thousands of helicopter parts to keep Philippine military choppers airborne, helping Tokyo gain clout with Manila in a contest with China to secure influence over the strategic South China Sea nation, four sources said. Military diplomacy is a new means for Japan to confound China’s bid for control in the bitterly contested South China Sea as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks a regional military role amid a retreat from decades of state pacifism. The pact could......
Cambodians Go to Polls in Elections Testing Ruler’s Power | Phuket News
Cambodians vote in local elections Sunday that could shake longtime ruler Hun Sen’s grip on power.    Prime Minister Hun Sen has repeatedly warned of civil war if his Cambodian People’s Party loses the majority in city and village councils to the main opposition party that made major gains in the last general elections four years ago and claimed it was cheated out of outright victory. The polls could have a major impact on Cambodia’s political landscape ahead of 2018 national elections.   Hun Sen and his wife were among the early voters Sunday. His government has been accused of using violence against opponents, but in recent years has stalked its foes mostly in the courts.   Opposition confident After casting his vote, Kem Sokha, leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, said he expects to win more than 60 percent of the vote. In the last communal elections in...
How Asia’s surrogate mothers became a cross-border business | Phuket News
Since surrogacy brokers began recruiting women from a sleepy community in Cambodia’s Takeo province last year, they seem to have knocked on every door except for that of village chief Ouk Savouen. By his estimates, at least a dozen women in the village, an hour’s drive from Phnom Penh, have delivered babies for foreign couples. When Savouen reported the matter to police in 2016 there was little they could do as at that time the industry was operating in a legal grey area. A lack of......
Cambodia: Voting begins in local election seen as test for strongman Hun Sen | Phuket News
CAMBODIANS voted on Sunday in local elections seen as a test of support for authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen, one of Asia’s longest serving leaders, ahead of a 2018 general election. Hun Sen’s warnings of violence if his party does not keep control in the elections and the arrests and intimidation of critics have drawn accusations from human rights groups that his government is undermining democracy. Voters queued at polling stations in the capital Phnom Penh before they opened at 7am (0000 GMT). They close at 3pm (0800 GMT) and results are expected in the hours after that. “I voted for justice in society,” said Chan Dy, 69, his finger marked with ink to ensure he could not vote again. “This election will help to make work happen at the commune level. Corruption is a big problem and that’s why I voted to have things work more smoothly,” he said, declining...
Cambodian opposition protests US Embassy Facebook post about student who praised son of strongman Hun Sen | Phuket News
Cambodia’s main opposition party is protesting to the US embassy for posting praise of the son of the nation’s long-ruling prime minister, just ahead of local elections this weekend. The embassy isn’t taking the Facebook post down. The Tuesday post celebrated the first Cambodian student to graduate from the prestigious US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. It quoted the new graduate, 23-year-old Vithyea Phann, as describing Prime Minister Hun Sen’s powerful, eldest......
Huge rallies in Cambodia as key poll looms | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Tens of thousands of Cambodians jammed into the capital's streets for rival campaign rallies on Friday, two days before local polls set to test the mettle of an opposition desperate to upend premier Hun Sen's 32-year rule....
'YouTube' aviator | Phuket News
Paen Long, a car mechanic from rural Cambodia, built a plane by watching YouTube videos....
Cambodia's Ruling Party Faces Tough Test in Wooing Urban Voters | Phuket News
In the run-up to commune elections on Sunday, Cambodia's ruling party has been promising residents of the capital it will resolve long-running land disputes, award them land titles and build better roads. Prime Minister Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party (CPP) has been reminding city dwellers that they owe urban infrastructure and quality-of-life improvements to the ruling party.
Cambodia's Ruler Warns Opposition Not to Challenge Vote | Phuket News
Cambodia's longtime ruler warned opposition parties Friday not to challenge the result of Sunday's local elections or they could be dissolved. Prime Minister Hun Sen made a rare appearance on the last day of rallies before the vote to drum up support for his ruling Cambodian People's Party. He has repeatedly warned of civil war if his party loses. It has been accused of using violence or the threat of violence against opponents, but in recent years has stalked its foes mostly in courts. The polls could have a major impact on Cambodia's political landscape ahead of 2018 national elections. Hun Sen's iron grip on power was shaken four years ago when the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party won 55 of the 123 national assembly seats in the last general election. The opposition claimed it actually won but was cheated out of its victory and says it is confident it...
Huge rallies in Cambodia as campaigning for local elections comes to an end | Phuket News
Tens of thousands of Cambo­dians jammed into the capital’s streets for rival campaign rallies yesterday, two days before local polls set to test the mettle of an ­opposition desperate to upend premier Hun Sen’s 32-year rule. Tomorrow’s vote in more than 1,600 communes – village clusters – follows months of political ­tension in the fragile democracy, where Hun Sen is accused of crushing dissent after nearly losing the last 2013 poll. The opposition......
Rights groups are under close watch for bias | Phuket News
Human rights groups were warned on Thursday by the Interior Ministry that they are being closely watched for alleged bias towards the opposition CNRP, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Friday. Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak confirmed that several organizations, including Licadho, Adhoc and the election watchdog Comfrel – were under observation and the government launch a formal investigation. Sopheak said Comfrel’s 2013 report which questioned the indelivbility of the ink used to thumbprint election ballots, showed the organization was part of the opposition. He singled out the situation room, an election monitoring station set up by a coalition of human rights groups and election monitors as worthy of surveillance. The warning came just two days ahead of Cambodia’s commune elections which are widely regarded as a litmus test for the upcoming 2018 national election. Observers have noted increased intimidation of rights groups leading up to the tight poll,...
Vietnam seizes ivory smuggled from South Africa | Phuket News
HANOI -- Police in northern Vietnam have seized nearly 3 tonnes of ivory smuggled from South Africa in the latest action taken against the illegal trade....
China Says South China Sea Research is for Science, Not Sovereignty | Phuket News
Chinese scientists are defending the nation's high-tech exploration activities in the South China Sea against criticism, insisting the effort is a legitimate bid to advance science rather than a ploy to bolster China's claims to sovereignty over the contested waterway. A deep-sea bathyscaphe and an underwater observation network developed by Chinese scientists will gather data on the world’s deepest seas for possible use in tapping minerals, said Lin Qi, assistant researcher with the state-run National Institute for South China Sea Studies in Hainan province.
US flexes military muscle as bombers fly over South China Sea | Phuket News
TWO US bombers flew over the disputed South China Sea, the US Air Force said on Friday, asserting the right to treat the region as international territory despite China’s claims in the busy waterway. The flight from Guam on Thursday came as U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping prepare for a likely meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany. The two leaders were expected to discuss what Beijing can do to rein in Pyongyang’s missiles and nuclear weapons programmes. The United States believes North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday that put parts of the US mainland within range of Pyongyang’s warheads for the first time. SEE ALSO: US policy on the South China Sea remains unchanged under Trump – govt  China claims nearly all of the South China Sea, through which about US$5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes each year, a...
Vietnam plans to boost rice quality, prices but export less | Phuket News
HANOI - Vietnam has outlined plans to boost revenues from rice exports over the next decade by focussing on a higher quality product and selling more outside Asia....
Vietnam to promote high-quality rice | Phuket News
HANOI - Vietnam has outlined plans to boost revenues from rice exports over the next decade by focusing on a higher quality product and selling more outside Asia....
Vietnam to promote high quality rice to boost export revenues | Phuket News
HANOI - Vietnam has outlined plans to boost revenues from rice exports over the next decade by focusing on a higher quality product and selling more outside Asia....
THAIFEX-World of Food Asia 2017 ignites innovation in the F&B industry | Phuket News
Jul 05, 2017 Picture:  BANGKOK – THAIFEX–World of Food Asia 2017, ASEAN’s largest food and beverage trade show, culminated in a total of 55,111 visitors from 130 countries – a whopping 30 per cent increase from 2016. An impactful show that showcased the synergistic partnership between the government and private sector to address growing F&B demands and concerns in Asia, the 14th edition of THAIFEX-World of Food Asia was jointly organised by Koelnmesse Pte Ltd, the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), and the Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC). Over the span of five days, the event was attended by 43,129 Thai visitors and 11,982 international vistors, all comprising of key decision makers and buyers in the F&B trade. They were not only treated to a wide array of food products and technologies, but also access to insights that could help extend their businesses throughout ASEAN and beyond. Committed...
Thai rice exports may miss target due to new foreign workers law | Phuket News
Thai rice exports for the second half of the year may miss the target due to acute shortage of labour at the seaports as a direct result of the new foreign workers law, Chukiat Opaswong, honorary president of Rice Exporters Association, said on Wednesday (July 5). “Rice exports which were doing well were, out of a sudden, hit with labour shortage, causing delay in delivery,” said Mr Chukiat. Claiming that the number of stevedores at the seaports went missing between 30-40% due to the new foreign workers law, he said it normally took 7-10 days for rice to be loaded on a freighter, but now it took about a month by average due to few stevedores. He said rice exporters were committed to ship 900,000 tonnes of rice abroad each month in order to meet the 10 million tonnes export target for this year.  Due to the delay in delivery,...
Indonesia's Q2 growth at 5.01% y-o-y, below expectation | Phuket News
JAKARTA, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Indonesia's economy grew at the same pace in the second quarter as in 2017's first period, below market expectations, statistics bureau data showed on Monday. Southeast Asia's largest economy grew 5.01% in April-June from the same period last year, the bureau said, identical with the first quarter result....
Hong Kong, Singapore and China get tough on tax havens | Phuket News
At the risk of losing some foreign investors, Asian jurisdictions are stepping up efforts to combat corporate tax avoidance to meet new global transparency standards. More than a dozen Asia-Pacific jurisdictions have committed to the Automatic Exchange of Information, an initiative led by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to boost tax transparency and to combat cross-border tax evasion that went into effect in January. Members such as Indonesia, Hong Kong,......
Thai students bag 10 medals from mathematics contest in China | Phuket News
Thai high-school students have bagged 10 medals from Southeast Mathematics Olympiad 2017 held in the southeastern Chinese province of Jiangxi during July 28-August 6. The Thai contingent is made up of 12 male and female high-school students from five schools in Bangkok and Petchaburi, according to Mr Pramote Kachornpai, an advisor to the International Learning Quality Development Programme of the Office of the Primary Education Commission. The Thai students have competed against their peers from Hong Kong, China, Macao, Indonesia and the Philippines.  And they reaped 10 medals, including one gold, four silver and five bronzes. Besides bring fame to the country, Mr Pramote said that competition would give opportunity for Thai students to show off their capability in mathematics, to exchange views and knowledge with their peers in the other countries and to learn which will enhance their vision and creativity.   The post Thai students bag 10 medals...
Indonesia, Russia to trade palm, coffee for Sukhoi jets | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesian state trading company PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia and Russian state conglomerate Rostec have signed a preliminary deal to trade Sukhoi SU-35 jets for commodities like palm oil and coffee, the Indonesian trade ministry said....
Indonesia cracks down on gays ... and fuels its HIV epidemic | Phuket News
Up until mid May, Fajar Prabowo supervised mobile HIV testing units that fanned out to Jakarta’s gay saunas and bars in an effort to reach hundreds of closeted homosexuals who feared being spotted walking into clinics. Often for 10-hour stretches, he would counsel, test, and, for the 17 per cent who were HIV positive, console upwards of 50 men. But after police raided and detained more than 140 men at a gay sauna in a red light district in the city’s north, just days after one of......
What turns a Hong Kong maid towards Islamic State? | Phuket News
Hery Ramawati, 32, from Indonesia is walking with a friend in Victoria Park, Hong Kong, looking for some shade where they can sit and share a meal. Many of the city’s 156,000 Indonesian domestic helpers come here on Sundays to enjoy what is, for most, their only day off. Hery and her friend both wear jeans, trainers and a hijab – a headscarf that covers the head and neck, but not the face nor the rest of the body. Ramawati’s hijab is pink, matching her lipstick. A report last......
Indonesia's Pelni Ferries Are a Lifeline for Decentralized Nation | Phuket News
Indonesia is an island nation, the world's largest, but it's hard to grasp what that means in Java or Sumatra, its most populous islands, which are so huge and diverse as to be almost self-contained. But outside those two, which hold more than 70 percent of the country's 260 million people, there are at least 13,000 more inhabited islands. To really grasp what this entails, consider the role of Pelni, Indonesia's national shipping company, whose ferries are a lifeline for the millions of Indonesians in the country's less-developed eastern half. Pelni, short for Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia, or Indonesian National Shipping, has a fleet of 26 passenger ships that unhurriedly loop around the archipelago, circulating families, workers and goods. Whereas Java and Bali are ringed with fertile paddies, residents of a place like the remote volcanic Banda Islands, in Central Maluku, must get shipments of staple foods like rice and sugar...
Indonesian Official: Set a Forest Fire, Get Shot | Phuket News
A military official in the Indonesian province of Jambi said Saturday he has ordered that anyone who deliberately sets fire to forest areas be shot, as authorities struggle to contain fires that cause choking smoke in the region. Five Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies because of forest fires, according to Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), with the number of hotspots steadily increasing in many areas over the past week. The BNPB is working with many government branches, including the military, to contain the fires. Indonesian media have reported that authorities in the neighboring province of South Sumatra, also on the island of Sumatra, had issued the same order. “This is to stress a point to the people, who have been warned many, many times,” said Colonel Refrizal, commander of the forest fire task force in Jambi. “(This is) to show our firmness and seriousness.” The order would be carried out...
Forest burners 'will be shot', says Indonesian officer | Phuket News
JAKARTA: An Indonesian military officer in the province of Jambi has ordered that anyone who deliberately sets fire to forest areas be shot, as authorities struggle to contain fires causing choking smoke....
Phuket department stores to close early on Oct 26 | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket’s main department stores, Central Festival Phuket and Jungceylon have announced that they will close early on Oct 26 to commemorate the Royal Cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej....
Phuket airport baggage handler arrested for theft | Phuket News
PHUKET: A baggage handler at Phuket International Airport was arrested on Wednesday (Oct 11) over the theft of Bluetooth speaker from a passenger’s luggage after a video clip of the theft was circulated on social media....
Bicycling Baz heads north to tour Khao Lak and Takua Pa’s old town | Phuket News
Gadabout cyclists living in Phuket are continually in search of more benign, bike-friendly venues in which to enjoy their passion. Naturally enough, many such cycling getaways tend to be found across the Sarasin Bridge, which a waggish friend recently described as being “where Thailand really starts”....
Phuket carves out learning niche | Phuket News
Phuket municipality is celebrating the completion of its quest to introduce a
An island, a nation, mourns | Phuket News
PHUKET: Today, October 13, 2017, marks exactly one year since one of the most monumental dates in Thailand’s history for its current generations....
King Bhumibol Adulyadej – A long life lived with love for his people | Phuket News
For seven decades, King Bhumibol Adulyadej was Thailand’s guiding light. The monarch, regarded far and wide as Father to the nation, took the country out of several deadly turns with his wise counsel. His fortitude and devotion to human development were an inspiration to all....
Phuket honours King Bhumibol with memorial services | Phuket News
PHUKET: Thais around the world will stop to pay their respects today, Oct 13, to remember and honour their beloved late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away on this day one year ago....
Whats On Guide || Oct. 12 to November | Phuket News
Shela lets you in on events happening around Phuket this week, from October 12th to November! Check out more events at ThePhuketNews.com!...
Phuket laundry owners charged for illegally using liquefied petroleum gas | Phuket News
PHUKET: Two Phuket laundrettes were charged yesterday (Oct 11) and Tuesday (Oct 10) for using liquefied petroleum gas over 1,000 litres in volume without permission during raids conducted by Provincial Police Region 1 following an explosion at a laundromat in Nonthaburi province that injured seven people on Monday morning (Oct 9)....
Four arrested in Phuket Town for illegal online football gambling | Phuket News
PHUKET: Four Thai men were arrested in Phuket Town yesterday (Oct 11) when they were found to be illegally gambling on football matches online....
The border between North and South Korea | Phuket News
The BBC visits the border between North and South Korea and talks to the European observers who monitor the ceasefire....
Differences on North Korea Could Test US-South Korea Relationship | Phuket News
Questions have arisen about the future of the U.S.-South Korea security alliance as the nations take different approaches to North Korea, despite the fact the decades-long relationship remains robust right now, experts say. “The U.S. and South Korea are aligned for now because North Korea is not playing ball, it’s not accepting South Korean requests for dialogue,” Sue Mi Terry, a former CIA analyst and director for Korea, Japan and Oceanic Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council, told VOA’s Korean Service. “But that could change of course.”  Questions about the strength and resilience of the Washington-Seoul relationship loomed large after South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared August 15 in a televised speech that there will be no military action on the Korean peninsula without his government’s approval. Moon made his statement days after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested the possibility of “fire and fury like the world has never...
US-South Korea war games start Monday as Pyongyang warns of ‘actual fighting’ | Phuket News
North Korea warned Sunday that the United States will be “pouring gasoline on fire” by conducting an annual war game in the South next week amid heightened tensions between Pyongyang and Washington. Combative rhetoric between the nations spiked after Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) last month that appeared to bring much of the US within range, sparking an intense warning by US President Donald Trump that Washington could rain “fire and fury......
On Japan’s Coast, Residents Practice Duck and Cover | Phuket News
Residents of a town on the Japanese coast held evacuation drills Saturday to prepare for any launch of North Korean missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam that would fly over their homes. As sirens blared from speakers in the town of Kotoura, children playing soccer outside ran to take shelter in a school, along with their parents and their team coach. “I’ve been concerned every day that something might fall or a missile could fall in an unexpected place due to North Korea’s missile capabilities,” said the coach, Akira Hamakawa, 38. North Korea’s rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles has raised tensions across the region. U.S. President Donald Trump warned North Korea this month it would face “fire and fury” if it threatened the United States. The North responded by threatening to fire missiles toward the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam. Any such missiles would...
South Korean arrested for trafficking Thai women for sex trade | Phuket News
A South Korean man accused of duping over 20 Thai women into forced prostitution in his home country has been arrested in Bangkok, an officer said on Saturday. Kim Hyoung-joon, 39, is believed to be part of a transnational gang funnelling Thai women into the sex trade in South Korea, and his arrest follows efforts by Bangkok and Seoul to dismantle the group. Thai police said Kim promised women jobs as masseuses in South Korea. But upon their arrival they were instead forced into sex work by......
US-South Korea alliance ‘strong’ despite Washington’s mixed messages, Korea Society president says | Phuket News
Following a week of conflicting messages from the administration of US President Donald Trump about North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme, Korea Society President Thomas Byrne commented on the relationship between Washington and Seoul. Speaking to the South China Morning Post at the Korea Society’s New York headquarters, Byrne also addressed the response to China’s call for an end to US-South Korea joint military exercises and the reasons behind the failure of market reforms......
North Korea slams next week’s US-South Korea military exercises | Phuket News
North Korea’s official media sharply criticised South Korea and the United States for pressing ahead with joint military exercises next week amid heightened tensions on the peninsula. North Korea has long criticised the annual military exercises the US conducts with South Korea, regarding them as a rehearsal for an invasion of the North. North’s Korea’s Central News Agency said the joint exercises would “further drive the situation on the Korean Peninsula into a......
Amid Protests, China Enforces Tougher Sanctions Against North Korea | Phuket News
Seafood importers in northeastern China took to the streets as they watched frozen product melt in trucks blocked from crossing the country’s border with North Korea, after Beijing began enforcing a new round of economic sanctions. In spite of the public outcry at home, calls from abroad are urging China to play a bigger role in sanctioning Pyongyang amid escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula. But analysts say Beijing does not want to become a target of retaliation and lacks influence in North Korea - despite its longstanding ties with the isolated country. Outcry from seafood importers China issued a notice Tuesday evening to stop imports of iron, lead, coal and seafood from Pyongyang, effective the next day. That caught seafood importers in Jilin province off guard, causing them to rush truckloads of frozen seafood from Pyongyang before midnight. A video clip from Chinese social media showed that a bridge...
No matter what happens with North Korea, it's going to hurt this currency: Nomura | Phuket News
No matter what scenario plays out for North Korea, South Korea’s won will be under a cloud, Nomura said in a note Friday....
Malaysian accused of 600 sex assaults against daughter | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR - A Malaysian man was charged on Thursday with more than 600 counts of raping and sodomising his teenaged daughter, prompting calls for greater protection for women and girls....
Malaysian environmentalists call for halt to Chinese-funded rail project | Phuket News
ENVIRONMENTALISTS in Malaysia have called on the government to delay the Chinese-funded US$13 billion rail project linking peninsular Malaysia’s East and West amid concerns of massive deforestation. Three influential non-governmental organisations issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling for a moratorium on the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project barely hours after it was launched by Prime Minister Najib Razak. “Malaysia must further evaluate the viability of this project due to the sheer size and the financial, socio-economic and environmental effects it will have on our country,” the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (PEKA) and Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES) said in the joint statement. The planned 688-km  ECRL will connect the South China Sea, large parts of which are claimed by China, at the Thai border in the east with the strategic shipping routes of the Straits of Malacca in the west. It is among...
PM makes political remarks to SEA Games athletes | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday (Aug 9) made some political remarks while speaking to a number of athletes who called on him at Government House before departing for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the 29th SEA Games. He told the athletes to adhere to the rules and sportsmanship. “Don’t argue with the judges. Athletes and spectators should respect each other. Sometimes sport fans refuse to accept competition results because patriotism is strong in this region. So, we have to be careful,” he said. “Today, people have exploited patriotism to cause chaos in the country. Both sides in conflict claim they are patriotic, leading to confusion whether they belong to the same nation or not. We have to walk toward the same goal, for peace in the country and Asean,” Gen Prayut said to the athletes. He added: “Thailand is a core of Asean. But we do not need to claim we...
China helps launch $13bn rail project in Malaysia | Phuket News
KUANTAN, Malaysia -- China and Malaysia broke ground on Wednesday on a $13 billion rail project linking peninsular Malaysia's east and west, the largest such project in the country and a major part of Beijing's Belt and Road infrastructure push....
Singapore revokes permanent residency of foreign ‘agent’ | Phuket News
SINGAPORE’s immigration ministry has revoked the permanent residency and permanently banned two United States citizens after one was deemed to be ‘agent’ of foreign interests. Professor Huang Jing, the Director of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation and Lee Foundation Professor on US-China Relations at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) was identified by authorities as “an agent of influence of a foreign country” on Friday. A statement released by the Ministry of Home Affairs announced that Huang and his wife had been declared “prohibited immigrants” after the man “knowingly interacted with intelligence organisations and agents of the foreign country.” SEE ALSO: Malaysia should look to UK and Singapore to update stalking laws – activists   ...
Chinese-American professor resigns from Keppel Land after losing Singapore residency | Phuket News
Singapore’s Keppel Land, part of conglomerate Keppel Group Ltd, said its independent director has resigned after his permanent residency was cancelled when he was accused of being an agent of influence for a foreign country. Chinese-American professor and his wife to be expelled from Singapore The Ministry of Home Affairs said on Friday that Huang Jing, a professor of US-China relations at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, “knowingly interacted with intelligence......
Chaos at Don Mueang as unstaffed immigration desks leave thousands of passengers stranded | Phuket News
Thousands of tourists were left queuing for more than four hours at Don Mueang airport on Friday night. The reason was due to unstaffed immigration desks and several flights landing at the same time, officials said. Immigration said that airport officials did not provide them with an updated arrival schedule and consequently desks were left unmanned and unable to cope with the influx of passengers. Immigration chief Pol. Lt. Gen. Nathathorn said that a number of flights which had been delayed due to bad weather then arrived at the same time. Photos of the mayhem were shared on Twitter and Facebook. Sanook News reported about Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, a lecturer at Thammasat University was waiting for his wife who was arriving from Singapore. Mr Piyabutr shared a photo of the crowded arrivals hall and said that it took more than four hours to clear immigration and that one passenger fainted after being...
Targeting Singapore’s property market, Chinese developers leave a trail of unease | Phuket News
For more than a decade, a plot of land roughly the size of three football fields sat empty at the heart of Singapore’s oldest public housing estates. As property developers snatched up parcel after parcel in the Queenstown estate, named after Queen Elizabeth II, the plot of empty land that sat beside Stirling Road remained untouched. Until April this year. On April 10, the Singapore government said it had received an application by a property developer to launch the site for tender, with......
Singapore expels US academic | Phuket News
Singapore has ordered the expulsion of a noted American academic and China expert for what it said was his covert effort to influence Singapore’s foreign policy on behalf of an unnamed foreign government....
SIA pushes unpaid leave to cut costs | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) is offering three months of voluntary unpaid leave to cabin crew as it seeks to cut costs amid rising competition in the region....
In Singapore, family feud deepens over Facebook posts | Phuket News
BANGKOK - Singapore’s government has been trying for two weeks to get Harvard University economist Li Shengwu, a grandson of Singapore’s founder, Lee Kuan Yew, to apologise for comments he made in a private Facebook post that were seen as critical of the country’s leadership....
China’s deep ties to Zimbabwe could grow after Mugabe era | Phuket News
HONG KONG (AP) — Under Robert Mugabe’s decades-long rule over Zimbabwe, China grew into one of the African nation’s biggest investors, trading partners and diplomatic allies. Now, as Zimbabwe appears on the verge of its first transition of power since independence, Beijing is poised to be among the biggest winners. A look at the increasingly […]...
FIBA Asia Cup day two: Gilas light up Lebanon, while Iran show no mercy on India | Phuket News
PHILIPPINES provided the storyline of day two at the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon as they avenged their loss in the 2015 final by beating China 96-87 in Group B. Gilas, ranked 27th in the world, appeared as if they were going to throw away a 16-point lead, as reigning champions China fought back from 68-52 down to lead 87-84 with 4:20 to play. But Philippines, inspired by 26-point Terrence Romeo, ended the game on a 12-0 run to hand China – ranked 14th in the world – a first defeat in the tournament since Chinese Taipei beat them in the quarter-finals in 2013. Victory saw Gilas exact some revenge for the 2015 FIBA Asia final in Changsha, when China – with the aid of what many observers felt were some highly questionable calls – beat Philippines 78-67 to lift the title. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Despite the chaos, Gilas stun favourites...
Demand for child webcam sex in Mekong region ‘outstripping supply’, United Nations report says | Phuket News
Demand for sex with children is an emerging cause of human-trafficking in the Mekong region, the United Nations said on Thursday, as it pointed to a shift in child sex webcam centres from the Philippines to Thailand. The problem had grown so much that demand for child webcam sex tourism is “outstripping the supply”, Deanna Davy, senior research consultant at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said at the launch of a new trafficking report in Bangkok. Thailand is a......
UN: Child webcam sex centres move to Thailand | Phuket News
Demand for sex with children is an emerging cause of human trafficking in the Mekong region, the United Nations said on Thursday, as it pointed to a shift in child sex webcam centres from the Philippines to Thailand....
Philippines: Marxist party claims CIA plotting to overthrow Duterte | Phuket News
THE Philippines’ National Democratic Front (NDF) earlier this week exposed an alleged plot by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and local armed forces to overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte and kill communist leader Jose Maria Sison, local media reported. According to the Inquirer, an unnamed NDF official on Tuesday cited sources as saying Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) officers, who were “assets” of the CIA and close to AFP chief Gen. Eduardo Año, are engaged in the so-called two-stage plot to assassinate Sison and subsequently overthrow Duterte. While it had yet to be verified, the NDF said it went ahead to expose the plot to thwart any attempts. SEE ALSO: Philippines: CIA doc reveals Aquino’s 1989 request for US airstrikes on rebels  The communist coalition claims the first stage of the plot involved sending a team of hitmen to assassinate Sison in the Netherlands where he is living in...
Philippines: Marxist party claims CIA plotting to overthrow Duterte, kill Sison | Phuket News
THE Philippines’ National Democratic Front (NDF) earlier this week exposed an alleged plot by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and local armed forces to and overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte and kill communist leader Jose Maria Sison, local media reported. According to the Inquirer, an unnamed official from NDF on Tuesday cited sources as saying Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) officers, who were “assets” of the CIA and close to AFP chief Gen. Eduardo Año, are engaged in the so-called two-stage plot to assassinate Sison and subsequently overthrow Duterte. While it has yet to be verified, the NDF said it went ahead to expose the plot to thwart any attempts. SEE ALSO: Philippines: CIA doc reveals Aquino’s 1989 request for US airstrikes on rebels  The communist coalition claims the first stage of the plot involved sending a team of hitmen to assassinate Sison in the Netherlands where he is living...
Philippines: Despite the chaos, Gilas stun favourites China to shake up FIBA Asia Cup | Phuket News
DESPITE chaotic preparations for Gilas – which included Andray Blatche’s withdrawal, June Mar Fajardo’s injury and limited practice time – Philippines stunned China 96-87 at the FIBA Asia Cup. In the opening game in Group B, Terrence Romeo went nine-for-14 from the field and five-from-seven from beyond the arc to score 26 points. The 25-year-old thrived under the extra responsibility and was part of a rounded team effort to beat the second favourites for the whole tournament in Lebanon. Victory is a glorious triumph for Chot Reyes’ team, whose preparations going into the tournament were beset by issues both on and off the court. SEE ALSO: FIBA Asia Cup day one: Favourites make winning starts while Chinese Taipei fight back to beat Hong Kong What we saw against China, though, was a united Gilas. They led 53-39 after dominating the first half, and went 68-52 in front before China rallied to...
Thousands rally ahead of local polls in Cambodia | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: Hundreds of thousands of supporters of both Cambodia's ruling party and the opposition held rallies in Phnom Penh on Friday ahead of local elections on Sunday seen as a test of support for veteran strongman Hun Sen ahead of the 2018 general election....
Cambodia: Asean parliamentarians call for transparent, fair and peaceful election | Phuket News
ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) have called for an end to intimidation, threats and violence against political opposition ahead of Cambodia’s council commune elections scheduled for June 4. In a statement released on Wednesday, APHR urged authorities to ensure that all Cambodians’ right to elect the candidate of their choice was protected through free and fair elections, citing a growing “climate of fear” created by threats of violence. Recently the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Tea Banh threatened to “smash the teeth” of protesters opposing the result of the forthcoming poll. Prime Minister Hun Sen has also warned of “civil war” if his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) doesn’t win. “Cambodians deserve the opportunity to select their local leaders without fear. Amidst so many reports of threats, it is impossible to not be concerned about Sunday’s vote,” said the Chair of APHR and Malaysian MP Charles Santiago. “The politically toxic...
Cambodia: Asean parliamentarians call for a transparent, fair and peaceful election | Phuket News
ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) have called for an end to intimidation, threats and violence against political opposition ahead of Cambodia’s council commune elections scheduled for June 4. In a statement released on Wednesday, APHR urged authorities to ensure that all Cambodians’ right to elect the candidate of their choice was protected through free and fair elections, citing a growing “climate of fear” created by threats of violence. Recently the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Tea Banh threatened to “smash the teeth” of protesters opposing the result of the forthcoming poll. Prime Minister Hun Sen has also warned of “civil war” if his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) doesn’t win. “Cambodians deserve the opportunity to select their local leaders without fear. Amidst so many reports of threats, it is impossible to not be concerned about Sunday’s vote,” said the Chair of APHR and Malaysian MP Charles Santiago. “The politically toxic...
Thailand Economy Back on Track But in Slow Lane | Phuket News
The Thai economy, under the military’s stewardship for the past three years, is again witnessing steady growth but lags behind regional competitors as uncertainties remain, keeping foreign investors at bay. The World Bank and United Nations (UN) say the Thai economy is in a slow growth lane compared to regional rivals, with a projection of over 3.0 percent growth between 2017 to 2019. The UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) says the Thai growth outlook stands in contrast to Cambodia’s economy, which is set for 8 percent growth in 2018, Malaysia at 4.5 percent, the Philippines at 7.0 percent and Vietnam at 6.7 percent. 'Slow' economic growth in Thailand A slow revival has been underway since 2016, in contrast to a sharp downturn in 2014 in the midst of political street demonstrations against the government of Yingluck Shinawatra, which eventually triggered a coup. Three years later...
Cambodian courts being used to systematically silence dissent – report | Phuket News
CAMBODIA’s criminal justice system appears to be being manipulated by the government to target human rights defenders and political opposition activists, says a new report by rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI). Some 27 activists have been put in jail since the last general election in July 2013, while hundreds more are subject to ongoing criminal proceedings and the daily threat of arrest and imprisonment, says the report entitled Courts of Injustice. “In Cambodia, the courts are tools in the hands of the government,” said Champa Patel, AI’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. SEE ALSO: Cambodian deputy PM threatens to ‘smash the teeth’ of opposition “Much lip-service is paid to the judiciary’s independence, but the evidence reveals a cynical manipulation of the criminal justice system to serve political goals and silence people whose views the government refuses to tolerate,” he said. According to AI, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP)...
Restaurants and bars in Cambodia to resist alcohol ban during commune elections | Phuket News
Local bars and restaurants are likely to resist the ban on alcohol during the commune elections this weekend, The Phnom Penh Post reported on Tuesday. The ban was issued by Prime Minister Hun Sen last Friday requiring all businesses that serve spirits to refrain from selling them to customers on June 3-4 and urging compliance from both locals and foreigners to ensure smooth election process. But the directive does not detail how the ban will be enforced or explain the penalties for violations. Tom O’Conner, manager and shareholder of The Exchange in Phnom Penh said the restaurant had no plan to cancel its second annual Craft Beer Fest, a fund-raising charity event scheduled for Saturday with seven local microbreweries participating. He claimed that he had been told by authorities that larger establishments could continue to operate. He said the main objective of the ban was to ensure that Cambodians cast...
Imperial Thailand’s North: Thai colonialism’s cultural division of labour and the child sex trade | Phuket News
John Draper Avoiding colonization by Europe simply meant that we colonized our own people. This internal colonialism, in which officials appointed from the metropolis rule and drain the countryside like conquered provinces, has led to obvious differences among the Thai. (Gen. Saiyut Koetphon, former head of Internal Security Operations Command, 1976.) The appalling case of child sex trafficking in Mae Hong Son, with its allegations of the extensive involvement of central government police and bureaucracy, has highlighted the tip of the iceberg that is Imperial Thailand. The United Nations estimates that modern slavery is among the fastest growing criminal activities across the globe, generating annual profits of US $150 billion. Modern slavery is a highly profitable crime which inflicts hardship and misery on around 21-45 million people from the most vulnerable communities, especially ethnic minorities. Further, after over two decades of counter-trafficking initiatives, the global community is losing the...
Thai-born refugee the US couldn’t deport released from Boston prison | Phuket News
A MAN caught in the complicated tangle of immigrants’ rights in the US was released from federal custody last week, after spending months in limbo as authorities struggled to find a country to deport him to. According to reports, the man is 32-year-old Sreynuon Lunn, who was born in a Thai refugee camp to Cambodian parents fleeing the Khmer Rouge. When he was just seven months old, Lunn was brought to the US where he has since been given permanent resident status. The father of two was nabbed last October, charged with unarmed robbery and held until February this year while awaiting a trial date. Reports say the charges were eventually dismissed but Lunn stayed behind bars when the court issued an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer request, despite demands for his release by lawyers. SEE ALSO: Trump’s immigration ban is a humanity issue, not a Muslim one According...
Vietinbank inks loan pact with 8 foreign banks | Phuket News
The Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank of Industry and Trade (Vietinbank) signed a syndicated loan agreement worth US$100 million with eight foreign financial institutions. The institutions are Deutsche Bank AG – Singapore branch, Commerzbank AG – Luxembourg branch, Erste Group Bank AG, E.SUN Commercial Bank Ltd, CTBC Bank Co Ltd Singapore, First Commercial Bank – Overseas branch, State Bank of India-Singapore and Taishin International Bank. The signing of the agreement has not only asserted the prestige of Vietinbank on the international financial market but also reflected the confidence of investors, as well as international financial institutions, Vietinbank Deputy General Director Tran Minh Binh said. With this $100 million, Vietinbank pledges to better serve the demand for capital of Vietnamese enterprises, he added. CIAS to launch IPO on July 12      Cam Ranh International Airport Service Joint Stock Company (CIAS) will offer over 1.4 million shares as part of the...
Vietnam: Hanoi officials want to ban motorcycles in city by 2030 | Phuket News
IN a bid to ease congestion and pollution, officials in Vietnam have vowed to ban motorbikes in the heavily-congested capital by 2030 as the government looks to limit the use of personal vehicles on its streets, local reports say. According to national daily Viet Nam News, the Hanoi’s People’s Council voted overwhelmingly to limit the use of personal vehicles in the inner city by 2030 to ease traffic jams. “Some 70 per cent of traffic accidents are related to motorbikes, which proves that motorbike drivers are those at the highest risk of road accidents,” the council’s deputy Nguyen Tien Minh was quoted as saying. Hanoi’s Department of Transport director Vu Van Vien said the department would take into account the opinions aired by the People’s Council to enhance the proposal. The three phases mentioned in the proposal comprised the review stage in which all personal vehicles will be put under...
Vietnam drills for oil in South China Sea | Phuket News
The move is reported to have angered China, which claims almost all of the resource-rich sea....
US Pivots Back to Hard Line on China Over Disputed Sea | Phuket News
A second U.S. naval mission to the disputed South China Sea over the past six weeks indicates President Donald Trump is increasing pressure on Beijing after a wait-and-see period, a windfall for Chinese maritime rivals in Southeast Asia. But China is prepared for a U.S. role, analysts believe. It has become the dominant force over in the sea the past decade and is expected to answer U.S. moves by increasing economic ties with Southeast Asian countries that dispute Beijing's maritime expansion. China will respond The U.S. government will keep trying to offset China’s might in the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea by passing naval vessels in the name of “freedom of navigation,” said Andrew Yang, secretary-general with the Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Studies think tank in Taiwan. Trump had sidelined the maritime matter since April to seek China’s help in squelching North Korea’s missile program but may not have gotten what...
Vietnam's capital Hanoi to ban motorbikes by 2030 | Phuket News
Officials in Vietnam’s traffic-choked capital Hanoi vowed on Tuesday to banish motorbikes by 2030 to ease environment and congestions woes, a decision that swiftly divided a city where two-wheelers are the main means of transportation. Hanoi is famed for legions of motorbikes - sometimes stacked with entire families or overloaded with deliveries -- that clog roads in a fast-growing city with limited public transportation. There are five million motorbikes among a population of about seven......
Vietnam remains in MSCI Frontier Markets Index | Phuket News
Vietnam remained in the MSCI Frontier Markets Index after the US investment research firm completed its 2017 market classification review on Wednesday. Vietnam’s securities market will not be included in the MSCI  review list for a potential reclassification to Emerging Markets status. In its statement, MSCI announced it would include 222 China A Large Cap stocks in its Emerging Markets Index and ACWI Index in June 2018. MSCI also announced it would launch consultations on the potential inclusion of the MSCI Saudi Arabia Index and MSCI Argentina Index in its Emerging Markets Index. The decision on Việt Nam had been forecast by several local brokerage firms. They said the Vietnamese market has not met some qualitative requirements set by the MSCI regarding foreign investors’ concerns about local investment conditions. According to Việt Dragon Securities Co (VDSC), there are three major criteria that MSCI takes into consideration when putting it into...
Hanoi to ban motorbikes in metro areas by 2030 | Phuket News
HANOI -- Vietnam's capital will ban motorbikes in metropolitan districts by 2030 to ease traffic congestion and pollution, according to a resolution passed Tuesday....
Prominent Scholars Debate US-China Relations and Thucydides Trap | Phuket News
The year was 431 BC; the location, ancient Greece. Sparta was the dominant power in the region, but Athens was on the rise. Historians say a combination of ambition, fear and pressure from allies drove the two city-states to nearly three decades of warfare. The Peloponnesian War, described by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Hanson Baldwin as
China's Xi Warns Trump of 'Negative Factors' Hurting US Ties | Phuket News
Chinese President Xi Jinping warned President Donald Trump on Monday that
US Destroyer Sails Near Disputed South China Sea Island | Phuket News
A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of a tiny, disputed island in the South China Sea that is claimed by three Asian governments.  Triton Island is claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam. China deployed military vessels and fighter jets to the area Sunday, accusing the USS Stethem of trespassing. A U.S. government official said the Stethem was conducting a routine
Ratchanok through to NZ final | Phuket News
Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon defeated Hama Ramadini of Indonesia in straight sets (21-13, 21-17) to book her place in Sunday's final of the US$120,000 New Zealand Open badminton tournament....
Indonesian authorities wage war on rampaging macaques | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Soldiers, police and civilian sharpshooters have been enlisted to wage war on macaques who have wreaked havoc on villages in Indonesia's province of Central Java, media reports said Friday....
Shoot to kill: Indonesian authorities enlist snipers to take down wild monkeys | Phuket News
A district in central Indonesia has invited the army, police and local hunters to help battle bands of wild monkeys which are raiding plantations and attacking villagers, the district head said on Friday. Dozens of men armed with rifles – including local soldiers, police officials, and hunters – are now patrolling villages in Boyolali district in central Java searching for wild long-tailed macaques. “With the invasion of hundreds of these monkeys, we allow shooting clubs to......
Slave labour at Ivanka Trump’s clothing factory in Indonesia? Not really | Phuket News
INDONESIA often makes the headlines for all the wrong reasons and not always deservedly so. The latest case in point is the recent spate of articles denouncing a factory in Subang in West Java called PT Buma which makes clothing for Ivanka Trump’s fashion line. Criticism abounds of ‘poverty pay’, staff being penalised for menstruating, and families who can’t afford to live with their children. Is it fair to say that factory work in Indonesia is tantamount to slave labour? Not really. To first understand the fate of factory workers in Indonesia, you need to unpick the meaning of the ‘minimum wage’ which, like all parts of Indonesian law, is unnecessarily complex. Minimum wage in Indonesia comes in two forms. One is upah minimum provinsi (the provincial regional wage) and the other is upah minimum kabupaten (the minimum wage assigned to each regency within a province). In West Java, the province where...
Indonesia: Asylum seekers, refugees protest over dwindling resettlement places | Phuket News
ASYLUM SEEKERS and refugees residing in Indonesia have protested against the United Nations refugee body for lengthy processes and what some perceive as a discriminatory selection process based upon nationality and location in Indonesia. Iranian asylum seekers and refugees staged demonstrations in Jakarta, Makassar and Surabaya on Monday to demand the UNHCR speed up the processes of Refugee Status Determination (RSD), appeals, and ultimately resettlement to third countries. Some 14,500 asylum seekers and refugees are currently residing in Indonesia – a non-signatory to the Refugee Convention – awaiting resettlement elsewhere without rights to education or employment. Iranian nationals frustrated “We understand the Iranian refugees and asylum seekers conducted a protest in Makassar and Surabaya on Monday to ask for resettlement,” UNHCR Indonesia public information officer Mitra Suryono said in a statement to Asian Correspondent. A report from Jakarta police said 20 people attended a protest outside the UNHCR’s office in...
Indonesia: Refugees protest over dwindling resettlement places | Phuket News
ASYLUM SEEKERS and refugees residing in Indonesia have protested against the United Nations refugee body for lengthy processes and what some perceive as a discriminatory selection process based upon nationality and location in Indonesia. Iranian asylum seekers and refugees staged demonstrations in Jakarta, Makassar and Surabaya on Monday to demand that the UNHCR speed up the processes of Refugee Status Determination (RSD), appeals, and ultimately resettlement to third countries. Some 14,500 asylum seekers and refugees are currently residing in Indonesia – a country that is not a signatory to the Refugee Convention – awaiting resettlement elsewhere without rights to education or employment. Iranian nationals frustrated “We understand that the Iranian refugees and asylum seekers conducted a protest in Makassar and Surabaya on Monday to ask for resettlement,” said Mitra Suryono, the Public Information Officer at UNHCR Indonesia in a statement to Asian Correspondent. A report from Jakarta police said 20...
World Islamic Body Tells Myanmar to Protect Rights of Rohingya Minority | Phuket News
Myanmar must protect the rights of its Rohingya Muslim minority, the chief of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said on Thursday, urging the government to work with neighboring Muslim-majority countries to tackle a refugee crisis. About 75,000 people have fled to Bangladesh after a military crackdown, with accompanying allegations of rape, torture and extrajudicial killings by security forces, followed an attack on a Myanmar border guard post on Oct. 9. Aung San Suu Kyi's fledgling administration has denied most of the allegations and is refusing access to a United Nations panel of experts, saying its mission will aggravate the situation on the ground in the western state of Rakhine.
Kuala Lumpur - Transforming Cities Design, Nature & Human Lives | Phuket News
Aug 03, 2017 Picture:  Returning for its 9th year, Kuala Lumpur will be hosting the ‘International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities 2017 (WCSC 2017)’ to be held on Thursday, 10th August 2017 at The Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With the official support and endorsement of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), this year’s 9th WCSC conference series themed ‘TRANSFORMING CITIES: DESIGN, NATURE & HUMAN LIVES’ will address and reflect on the current and future urban challenges faced in meeting the demands of an ever-increasing populous nation and achieving high-income economy status. The 21st Century is a century of cities – Cities across the globe are swelling, compounding social and environmental sustainability challenges. Hence, cities have to transform, reinvent themselves and rethink policies that leads to solutions towards millennial challenges. Cities have become laboratories for innovation where innovative ideas, entrepreneurship and social dynamism are incubated, implemented and elevated...
Seeking a Dream, Indonesian Family Finds Nightmare in Raqqa | Phuket News
The 17-year-old Indonesian girl made a persuasive case to her family: Lured by what she had read online, she told her parents, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins they should all move to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Each of her two dozen relatives found something in it for them. Free education and health care for the girls. Paying outstanding debts for her father and uncle. Finding work for the youngest men. And the biggest bonus: a chance to live in what was depicted as an ideal Islamic society on the ascendant. It didn't take long before their dreams were crushed and their hopes for a better life destroyed as each of those promised benefits failed to materialize. Instead, the family was faced with a society where single women were expected to be married off to IS fighters, injustice and brutality prevailed, and a battle raged in which all...
Cool Runnings meets The Mighty Ducks as Malaysia prepares for ice hockey’s SEA Games bow | Phuket News
INSPIRED by films such as The Mighty Ducks and Cool Runnings, the Malaysian ice hockey team are diligently preparing for the sport’s debut at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. The introduction of three winter sports for the first time at this month’s Games in Kuala Lumpur has given a new group of athletes an opportunity to appear on a big stage. The Malaysian team, who train in them middle of a construction site on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, is comprised of young professionals and school leavers. They have been training full-time for the past month, taking part in 13 sessions a week, as they gear up to compete with Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines and Thailand at Empire City in Selangor from August 20-24. SEE ALSO: Glory for Cheong as Schooling misses out: Talking points and takeaways from the World Aquatics Championships “This is the closest we’ll get to training like a...
Phuket Tourist Police vague on tourism raid details, silent on graft claims | Phuket News
PHUKET: Acting Deputy Chief of the Thai Tourist Police Maj Gen Surachet Hakpan landed in Phuket yesterday (Oct 11) to personally lead a press conference announcing arrests made in raids on tourism businesses on the island – but declined to name which businesses were raided or name any of the suspects arrested and charged....
Surf danger at Phuket beach spurs ‘Double Red Flag Warning’ | Phuket News
PHUKET: Lifeguards still working at Surin Beach have posted a “Double Red Flag Warning - Do Not Enter Water” notice to warn beachgoers of the dangerous surf conditions along Phuket’s west coast today (Oct 12)....
Patong Police hunt suspect in Hollywood pub shooting | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police are hunting for a man wanted for shooting and wounding another man at the Hollywood pub on Bangla Rd in Patong in the early hours of this morning (Oct 12)....
Concerns raised over new B450mn Phuket marina | Phuket News
PHUKET: The second and last public hearing was held at the meeting room of the Supalai Resort & Spa in Pa Khlok yesterday (Oct 11) for a new B450 million marina and sports complex project at Ao Kung Bay in Pa Khlok with disapproval for the project being shown from an Ao Kung Bay conservation group and marine ecosystems specialists yesterday....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: All quiet on Bangla? Snake biter! Police, murder suspect almost drown! || October 12 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - October 12 All quiet on the Bangla front? Snake biter praised! Manhunt for Bangla shooter! Object on Nai Yang Beach is NOT torpedo! Police, murder suspect nearly drown! Police vague on raid details.... Hosted by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
Patong pub shooter surrenders to police | Phuket News
PHUKET: The man wanted for shooting another man at the Hollywood pub on Bangla Rd in Patong early this morning has surrendered himself to Patong Police....
Thailand switches to black and white for final farewell to late King | Phuket News
Many businesses across Thailand will come to a halt while others will make necessary adjustments to pay their last respects to the beloved late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Royal Thai Government has scheduled a Royal Cremation ceremony for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away on October 13 last year, to be held during October 25 to 29, 2017 at the Sanam Luang Royal Ceremonial Ground in Bangkok. The actual cremation will take place on October 26, which has been declared a national public holiday to allow the public to participate and share in the nation’s mourning at the passing of our dearly beloved and revered monarch. Most thai media websites and government organisations have now switched to a grey-scale layout and are displaying a black ribbon on their upper corner. The Royal Cremation Ceremony Day, Oct 26, has been declared an official holiday, and shopping centres, cinemas, entertainment venues, the stock market,...
Foreign Volunteer Cops Accused Of Extorting Phuket Businesses | Phuket News
The chief of tourist police on Phuket on Tuesday declined to discuss accusations that two volunteer members of his force targeted foreign business owners and migrant workers in a racketeering scheme. Reached for comment on the accusations made in a video published Sunday to Facebook, tourist police commander Col. Thongchai Wilaiprom said he had work to do and ended the call. The provincial immigration police commander said Monday he had instructed his deputies to look into the accusations. In the video, which had been watched more than 35,000 times as of Tuesday afternoon, a whistleblower accuses two volunteers of extorting “protection money” from business owners and collecting bribes for their Thai supervisors on the force. “Do you want to become mafia in Thailand? Do you want to control Indian people in Patong?” the admin of Spotlight Phuket says in the video in English before switching to Thai. “If you are...
Thailand bans smoking on 20 popular tourist beaches | Phuket News
Those caught lighting up could face a year’s imprisonment as the government seeks to end pollution and drain damage on Thai beaches caused by discarded cigarette buttsThailand is to ban smoking on some of the country’s most popular tourist beaches, with the prospect of up to a year in prison for those caught lighting up, according to reports by local media. The move follows a recent survey of litter on Patong beach, Phuket – visited by millions of foreign tourists each year – which found an average of 0.76 cigarette butts per square metre in a sample area, which would amount to 101,058 butts on the 2.5km-long stretch of sand. Continue reading......
Patong to fall quiet to respect late King | Phuket News
PHUKET: Bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues in Patong will turn down the music, tone down the performances or close entirely from tomorrow night (Oct 12) following an order from the Ministry of Interior to respect the sentiment of the nation ahead of the one-year memorial this Friday (Oct 13), a national holiday marking the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej....
North Korea: US, Japan step up cooperation in face of nuclear threat | Phuket News
JAPAN and the United States agreed on Thursday to increase defence cooperation due to the looming threat of a nuclear-armed North Korea. US and Japanese defence and foreign ministers met in Washington the day after South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said the US would not pre-emptively strike North Korea before informing Seoul. US fears about North Korea’s missile and nuclear bomb programs have grown in recent weeks. Pyongyang has said it was considering plans to fire missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam, although North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have delayed the decision. “For this threat of North Korea, at this meeting we agreed to increase the pressure and to strengthen the alliance capability,” Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said after talks with senior US officials in Washington as quoted by Reuters. SEE ALSO: US will not pre-emptively strike North Korea without informing Seoul – report...
US Affirms Readiness to Defend Itself, Allies Against N. Korea | Phuket News
U.S. officials said Thursday that the United States remained unwavering in its commitment to Asian allies in the wake of threats from North Korea, while indicating diplomacy
Top US General Meets Chinese President Xi to Discuss N. Korean Threat | Phuket News
The United States' top general says the United States and South Korea will proceed with joint military drills next week, resisting pressure from China and North Korea to halt the annual exercises. Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday in Beijingt he United States has no plans to curtail military exercises with South Korea, which has angered Beijing and Pyongyang. “Until or unless North Korea demonstrates a willingness to back down from the path that they’re on right now, which is the development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that can threaten Japan, can threaten Korea, can threaten the Unites States and quite frankly can threaten China, then I would not recommend and have not recommended that we dial back military exercises,” he said. US-South Korean military exercises Annual exercises between the U.S. and South Korean militaries, dubbed Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, began with what...
Final Selection jury revealed for Golden Pin award group in 2017 | Phuket News
Aug 17, 2017 Picture:  10 global design industry luminaries including Kazuo Tanaka (GK Design), Rossana Hu (Neri&Hu), Martin Darbyshire (tangerine), Kristof Crolla (LEAD), and Shikuan Chen (Compal) to gather in Taipei in September The Golden Pin Design Award–an annual award organized by the Taiwan Design Center that seeks to raise global awareness for design created for and within huaren (Chinese-speaking) communities–and the Golden Pin Concept Design Award–a sister award of the Golden Pin Design Award that focuses on conceptual design not yet in the marketplace–today announce their 2017 Final Selection jury line ups. International design professionals, scholars, and business leaders make up the 15-member strong collective judging team, who together will be responsible for the mammoth task of evaluating hundreds of Design Mark recipient entries and, through a rigorously managed voting system, selecting this year’s Golden Pin award group Finalists and Best Design winners. Final Selection judging for the...
US Says Joint South Korea War Games Not on Negotiating Table | Phuket News
The United States and South Korea will go ahead with joint military drills next week, the top U.S. military official said on Thursday, resisting pressure from North Korea and its ally China to halt the contentious exercises. North Korea's rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland has fueled a rise in tensions in recent months. U.S. President Donald Trump warned North Korea last week it would face
Top US General Meets Chinese President Xi to Discuss North Korean Threat | Phuket News
The United States' top general says the United States and South Korea will proceed with joint military drills next week, resisting pressure from China and North Korea to halt the annual exercises. Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday in Beijingt he United States has no plans to curtail military exercises with South Korea, which has angered Beijing and Pyongyang. “Until or unless North Korea demonstrates a willingness to back down from the path that they’re on right now, which is the development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that can threaten Japan, can threaten Korea, can threaten the Unites States and quite frankly can threaten China, then I would not recommend and have not recommended that we dial back military exercises,” he said. US-South Korean military exercises Annual exercises between the U.S. and South Korean militaries, dubbed Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, began with what...
South Korea: Trump Promises Not to Attack North Without South’s Consent | Phuket News
South Korean President Moon Jae-in Thursday said he has received assurances from U.S. President Donald Trump that Washington would not launch any attack against North Korea without Seoul’s approval. “The United States and President Trump have declared and promised that whatever military action they would like to take, they will fully discuss it with us and get our consent,” Moon said. The South Korean president held a press conference in Seoul to mark the first 100 days of his administration. The liberal Moon was elected to office in May following the impeachment of conservative President Park Geun-hye, who was ousted from office for her alleged involvement in a multimillion-dollar corruption scandal. In contrast to his predecessor, who had carefully scripted responses to pre-approved questions during news conferences, Moon answered spontaneously but still carefully avoided potential areas of disagreement with the U.S. President Moon has advocated for reducing tensions on the...
US says joint South Korea war games not on the negotiating table | Phuket News
The United States and South Korea will go ahead with joint military drills next week, the top U.S. military official said on Thursday, resisting pressure from North Korea and its ally China to halt the contentious exercises....
Same-sex couples in South Korea flee to wed | Phuket News
By You Soo-sun  Same-sex marriage in Korea is unlikely to be legalised in the foreseeable future. For some, fleeing is no longer a choice, but a necessity to have their marriage recognised. The Korea Times interviewed same-sex couples to understand what marriage means for them and what it is like to live in a place where it is banned. Chris and Ari, a Korean female couple in their 40s, wed in Canada four years ago. Their parents and relatives are still unaware of this.......
Trump promised to seek Seoul's approval before acting against North Korea: South Korea president | Phuket News
South Korea's president said Thursday Trump promised to seek Seoul's approval before pursuing any option on North Korea....
Trump Commends World for Confronting North Korea | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump commended the international community Tuesday for confronting North Korea over its nuclear weapons development, but his United Nations envoy said she is skeptical that the latest sanctions will deter Pyongyang. Trump, on what he calls a working vacation at his golf resort in New Jersey, said in a Twitter comment,
Tillerson Visits Thailand for Trade, Security Talks | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has made a short visit to Thailand for talks on trade and regional security matters, including discussions on pressuring North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs. Following his visit to a regional security forum in the Philippines, Tillerson, the highest ranking U.S. official to visit Thailand since a 2014 coup, arrived in Bangkok Tuesday to meet with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai. In a statement to VOA, a U.S. Embassy spokesperson said, “The Secretary discussed the broad range of U.S.-Thai cooperation on regional security, trade and investment, and other areas, including through regional forums like ASEAN. He also raised regional and global issues, including the security threat posed by DPRK [North Korea], as well as developments in the South China Sea.
Malaysia: Girl who married rapist is ‘fine’ – women’s minister | Phuket News
MALAYSIA’s top government official for women’s issues has declared a teenager married to her adult rapist is “doing fine.” The country’s Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim said in a parliamentary statement a 16-year-old, whose rapist Riduan Masmud, 42, took as a second wife to avoid being prosecuted, had not been to school since she was attacked, but was healthy. SEE ALSO: M’sian MP derided for backing child marriage, saying rapists can wed victims “We visited the girl at her family home on April 18 and she was in good health while the husband is serving his time,” as quoted by The Star newspaper. Back in 2015, Riduan was jailed for 12 years and given two strokes of the cane in Sabah for sexually assaulting the then-12-year-old schoolgirl two years prior. Riduan is currently serving a 12-year jail term. Source: Youtube   While polygamy is not widely...
Malaysia launches inquiry over forex losses under Mahathir | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's government on Tuesday launched an inquiry into massive foreign exchange losses by the central bank more than two decades ago, in a probe that could lead to criminal prosecution for former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad....
Malaysia: Girl who married her rapist ‘fine’ – women’s minister | Phuket News
MALAYSIA’s top government official for women’s issues has declared that a teenager married to her adult rapist is “doing fine.” The country’s Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim said in a parliamentary statement that a 16-year-old, whose rapist Riduan Masmud took her as a second wife to avoid being prosecuted, had not been to school since she was attacked but was healthy. “We visited the girl at her family home on April 18 and she was in good health while the husband is serving his time,” as quoted by The Star newspaper. Back in 2015, 42-year-old Riduan was imprisoned for 12 years and given two strokes of the cane in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, for sexually assaulting the then-12-year-old schoolgirl two years prior. SEE ALSO: M’sian MP derided for backing child marriage, saying rapists can wed victims Riduan Masmud is serving a 12 year jail term for raping...
Three things to expect from Tillerson’s visit to Kuala Lumpur | Phuket News
Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State, is visiting the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia  for a series of regional meetings to broaden and enhance the US economic and security interests. The former Exxon Mobil chief executive arrived in Manila last weekend and is now in Thailand, where he will pay his respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in 2016. For the final leg of the trip, Tillerson is expected to touch down in Kuala Lumpur this evening and scheduled to meet Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamid. Here’s what we can expect from Tillerson’s visit to the Malaysian capital: 1. North Korea in the spotlight Containing Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs has dominated the planning of Tillerson’s visit to the region. While the State Department’s acting assistant secretary, Susan Thornton, confirmed last week that while there will be no meeting with North Korea’s foreign minister...
3 things to expect from Tillerson’s Kuala Lumpur visit | Phuket News
Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State, is visiting the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia  for a series of regional meetings to broaden and enhance the US economic and security interests. The former Exxon Mobil chief executive is now in Manila and will end the trip at Thailand, where he will pay his respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in 2016. But before that, Tillerson is expected to touch down in Kuala Lumpur this evening and scheduled to meet Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamid. Here’s what we can expect from Tillerson’s visit to the Malaysian capital: 1. North Korea in the spotlight Containing Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs has dominated the planning of Tillerson’s visit to the region. While the State Department’s acting assistant secretary, Susan Thornton, confirmed last week that while there will be no meeting with North Korea’s foreign minister in Manila, the...
PM’s nephew leading ‘happy life’ in US has ‘no intention of going back to Singapore’ to face contempt of court charges | Phuket News
Li Shengwu, the nephew of Singapore’s prime minister, who will face contempt of court proceedings for comments he made suggesting the city state’s courts were not independent, said on Saturday he would not be returning to Singapore. The office of Singapore’s attorney general said on Friday it will seek to begin contempt of court proceedings against Li, a US-based academic, over Facebook posts he made on July 15. The legal move is the latest twist in a family feud over the fate......
Singapore: US academic was 'foreign agent' | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: Singapore has cancelled the permanent residence status of a professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, whom it identified as a US citizen and an
Is Bangkok trying to bend away from Beijing? | Phuket News
Since the military coup in 2014, Thai foreign policy has moved closer towards Beijing at the expense of its longstanding ties with Washington. But recent developments suggest that there might be a wind change from both Washington and Bangkok. In March 2017, US President Donald Trump had telephone calls with the leaders of three Southeast Asian nations — the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand — that included invitations to visit Washington. While Duterte showed non-committal acceptance, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha eagerly accepted the invitation with an initial plan to visit at the end of July. But this was later postponed due to Trump’s busy schedule. Bamboo Diplomacy What does Bangkok’s recent gesture towards the United States tell us about the triangular relationship between Thailand, China and the United States? Traditionally, Thailand’s foreign policy is famously dubbed ‘bamboo bending with the wind’ diplomacy. This reflects Bangkok’s ability to choose whichever direction...
Uber 'knowingly rented out faulty cars' | Phuket News
SINGAPORE - Uber Technologies Inc knowingly rented its drivers defective cars at risk of catching fire, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, and the ride-hailing firm said it moved to fix the problem after one of the vehicles suffered a fire....
The worst appears to be over for banks in one of the world's major financial hubs | Phuket News
All three Singapore banks beat or generally met earnings expectations, but shares took a hit on oil and gas sector weakness....
Uber admits slow Singapore recall response | Phuket News
Uber addresses reports it knowingly leased recalled vehicles to drivers in Singapore....
Safety concerns over recalled Uber cars in Singapore | Phuket News
Uber addresses reports it knowingly leased recalled vehicles to drivers in Singapore....
HUST rank 33rd in Reuters TOP 75 Asia's Most Innovative Universities 2017 | Phuket News
Aug 04, 2017 Picture:  On June 8th, “Reuters TOP 75: A List of Asia's Most Innovative Universities” was released annually by Reuters and Clarivate Analytics (the former Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property and Science Business). The list presents educational institutions that has fruitfully promoted progress and developed new technologies. Huazhong University of Science and Technology(HUST) has been on the list for 2 consecutive years. HUST has ranked 33rd in Asia 2017, listing 6th among the mainland universities. There are 21 universities in Mainland China on the list in total, which are: Tsinghua University (6th ), Peking University (13th ), Zhejiang University (19th ), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (20th ), Fudan University (26th ), Huazhong University of Science and Technology (33rd ), Beijing University of Chemical Technology (34th ), Tianjin University (39th ), South China University of Technology (40th ), East China University of Science and Technology (43rd ), China University...
Vitafoods Asia 2017 Industry Players Optimistic of Future | Phuket News
Aug 04, 2017 Picture:  Singapore, 2 Aug 2017 – Next month, Asia’s nutraceutical, functional food and beverages, and dietary supplement industries will gather in Singapore for Vitafoods Asia, the region’s only event dedicated to these markets. The organisers reached out to exhibitors and visitors[1] last month to get their thoughts on how the industry was doing, and some interesting insights were uncovered. Asian Nutraceutical Industry Still Going Strong Despite what crowd sentiment and ‘common sense’ say about the global economy, both exhibitors and visitors expressed positivity about the future of their companies. More than 80% of those surveyed said that they were optimistic about the sales performance and profitability of their businesses. And according to Allied Market Research[2], the global nutraceuticals market size is expected to reach $302,306 million by 2022, with a CAGR of 7.04% from 2016 to 2022, and Asia Pacific is expected to surpass the global...
Titans of e-commerce | Phuket News
As Amazon launches its Prime Now delivery service in Singapore, Asia's e-commerce market is hotting up....
US Arrests Former Officials in Africa Bribery Schemes | Phuket News
The bribery scheme was hatched in the halls of the United Nations in New York and spanned several continents. Chi Ping Patrick Ho, Hong Kong’s former Home Secretary, and Cheikh Gadio, a one-time foreign minister of Senegal, plotted to bribe high-level African officials to secure business rights for a Shanghai-based energy and financial conglomerate. Their targets: Idriss Deby, the long-time president of oil-rich Chad, and Sam Kutesa, a Ugandan foreign minister who served as president of the U.N. General Assembly from 2014 to 2015. According to a criminal complaint unsealed by U.S. prosecutors on Monday, Ho and Gadio engaged in a multi-year scheme to bribe Deby and Kutesa in exchange for
Alibaba buys into hypermarket chain | Phuket News
Hong Kong: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's $2.9 billion deal to buy a slice of China's largest hypermarket chain pits it against Wal-Mart Stores Inc in the world's largest retail arena....
US Arrests Chinese National, Ex-Foreign Minister of Senegal in Bribery Scheme | Phuket News
The bribery scheme was hatched in the halls of the United Nations in New York and spanned several continents. Chi Ping Patrick Ho, a Chinese national, and Cheikh Gadio, a one-time foreign minister of Senegal, plotted to bribe high-level African officials to secure business rights for a Shanghai-based energy and financial conglomerate. Their targets: Idriss Deby, the long-time president of oil-rich Chad, and Sam Kutesa, a former Ugandan foreign minister who served as president of the U.N. General Assembly from 2014 to 2015. According to a criminal complaint unsealed by U.S. prosecutors on Monday, Ho and Gadio engaged in a multi-year scheme to bribe Deby and Kutesa in exchange for
Why Katy Perry and Gigi Hadid were missing from Shanghai's Victoria's Secret | Phuket News
Gigi Hadid and Katy Perry were reportedly denied visas to attend the Victoria's Secret event....
Ambow Education Announces Acquisition of Bay State College in Boston | Phuket News
Nov 20, 2017 Picture:  BEIJING, Nov. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ambow Education Holding Ltd. (
Victoria's Secret fashion show hits Shanghai without Katy Perry and supermodel Gigi Hadid | Phuket News
China offers solution for Rohingya refugee crisis | Phuket News
HONG KONG/NEW DELHI: A top Chinese diplomat proposed a resolution to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar that has seen more than 600,000 Muslims flee across the border into Bangladesh....
Philippines: US may begin airstrikes against Islamic State – report | Phuket News
PENTAGON officials have revealed that the United States is considering a plan that would allow the military to airstrikes against Islamic State-linked fighters in the Philippines. Two defence officials reportedly told American broadcaster NBC News that the US was considering airstrikes against the Maute Group fighters in Marawi City, which would likely be carried out by armed drones. The move, if approved, would be on the basis of collective self-defence due to the threat posed to US allies in the region by IS-affiliated militants. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Only empty communist schools to be bombed – Duterte Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Christopher B Logan said that “collective self-defence doesn’t necessarily mean airstrikes,” and that it was primarily about intelligence-sharing – for example providing information to the Philippines military to ensure they can protect themselves. Nevertheless, Logan would not rule out that the US would conduct airstrikes itself, nor whether additional drones...
Philippines: Marawi post-conflict appraisal begins | Phuket News
WITH the fighting in Marawi City in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao already “confined” to just less than 1sq km spanning two villages, the national government-led post-conflict needs assessment (PCNA) for the embattled Islamic city is finally gaining ground. The PCNA, led by the Office of the Civil Defence (OCD), will become the basis for the Marawi Comprehensive Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan (MRRP). OCD Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima, spokesman of Task Force Bangon (Rise) Marawi, said those who will carry out the PCNA have undergone a four-day training early this month. The team will consist of some 200 people from different national government agencies, affected local government units and community stakeholders. SEE ALSO: Evacuees want a voice in rebuilding of embattled Marawi City Combat seized weapons are displayed by Philippines army during a news conference, as government troops continue their assault against insurgents from the Maute group in...
US Secretary of State arrives in Thailand, signalling improving ties | Phuket News
UNITED STATES Secretary of State Rex Tillerson touched down in Bangkok on Tuesday, in the highest-level visit to Thailand from a US official since the military coup of 2014. Despite accusations from US President Donald Trump’s administration that Thailand was a “trade cheat,” further souring tense relations post-coup, Tillerson’s visit to Thailand is aimed at strengthening cooperation on security, trade and investment. Following the Asean Regional Forum over the weekend, Tillerson’s priority has also been to urge Southeast Asian countries to do more to help cut funding streams for North Korea. Tillerson has said the door to dialogue is open if North Korea halts its recent series of missile tests. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Duterte calls himself US’ ‘humble friend’ in Southeast Asia But Thailand’s own politics and human rights record will also be in focus, as Washington strengthens relations with its oldest ally in the region after they were downgraded...
Marawi post-conflict appraisal starts as war zone down to one sq km | Phuket News
WITH the fighting in Marawi City in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao already “confined” to just less than 1sq km spanning two villages, the national government-led post-conflict needs assessment (PCNA) for the embattled Islamic city is finally gaining ground. The PCNA, led by the Office of the Civil Defence (OCD), will become the basis for the Marawi Comprehensive Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan (MRRP). OCD Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima, spokesman of Task Force Bangon (Rise) Marawi, said those who will carry out the PCNA have undergone a four-day training early this month. The team will consist of some 200 people from different national government agencies, affected local government units and community stakeholders. SEE ALSO: Evacuees want a voice in rebuilding of embattled Marawi City Combat seized weapons are displayed by Philippines army during a news conference, as government troops continue their assault against insurgents from the Maute group in...
Marawi post-conflict appraisal starts as war zone down to a square kilometre | Phuket News
WITH the fighting in Marawi City in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao already “confined” to just less than one square kilometer spanning two villages, the national government-led post-conflict needs assessment (PCNA) for the embattled Islamic city is finally gaining ground. The PCNA, which is led by the Office of the Civil Defence (OCD), will become the basis for the Marawi Comprehensive Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan (MRRP). OCD Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima, spokesperson of Task Force Bangon (Rise) Marawi, said those who will carry out the PCNA have undergone a four-day training early this month. The team will consist of some 200 individuals from different national government agencies, affected local government units and community stakeholders. SEE ALSO: Evacuees want a voice in rebuilding of embattled Marawi City Combat seized weapons are displayed by Philippines army during a news conference, as government troops continue their assault against insurgents from the...
Thailand: US Secretary of State arrives, signalling improving ties | Phuket News
UNITED STATES Secretary of State Rex Tillerson touched down in Bangkok on Tuesday, in the highest-level visit to Thailand from a US official since the military coup of 2014. Despite criticism from President Trump’s administration of Thailand as a supposed “trade cheat,” further souring tense relations post-coup, Tillerson’s visit is aimed at strengthening cooperation on security, trade and investment. Following the Asean Regional Forum over the weekend, Tillerson’s priority has also been to urge Southeast Asian countries to do more to help cut funding streams for North Korea, with which he has held open the door for dialogue if it halts its recent series of missile tests. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Duterte calls himself US’ ‘humble friend’ in Southeast Asia But Thailand’s own politics and human rights record will also be in focus, as Washington strengthens relations with its oldest ally in the region after they were downgraded following the coup....
Cambodia opposition: We will win majority | Phuket News
PREY VENG, Cambodia -- Cambodia's opposition leader on Sunday said his party will secure a majority win in a local election next month and a general election next year, pointing to a stronger, more united opposition to challenge the rule of veteran Prime Minister Hun Sen....
Floating bridge to Angkor Wat opens to tourists | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH - A floating bridge has opened for use by foreign tourists and local visitors at Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat, enabling them to reach the ancient temple while the original stone bridge undergoes renovation by Cambodian and Japanese experts....
Most of Asia Unlikely to Follow Taiwan on Same-Sex Marriage | Phuket News
A legal breakthrough this week for same-sex marriage in Taiwan will inspire LGBT activists to take up the cause elsewhere in Asia, but they will meet widespread resistance because of religion, tradition and authoritarian governments. On Wednesday Taiwan’s Justices of the Constitutional Court said laws now fail to protect people’s legal “marriage freedom” and “rights to equality” for same-sex couples. It asked parliament to adjust laws over the next two years to ensure that two men or two women can marry. If the laws are changed, Taiwan would be the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage, joining 20 countries outside the region. Activists excited by ruling The announcement excited LGBT activists who had pushed for marriage equality and garnered attention from supporters in other parts of Asia. “Hong Kong LGBT friends, or even in mainland China, and in places such as South Korea and Japan and Thailand, we’ve...
Kidney traffickers arrested in Cambodia: police | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Two Cambodians have been arrested for allegedly trafficking at least ten organ donors to India for illegal kidney transplants worth tens of thousands of dollars, police said Friday....
Angkor Wat voted world’s top tourist site | Phuket News
Cambodia’s Angkor Wat was yesterday named the world’s number one landmark in TripAdvisor’s 2017 Traveller’s Choice awards....
Search for Kidney Cements Personal Cambodian-American Bond | Phuket News
Tony Chhim, a first-generation Cambodian-American, needs a kidney. Until a few weeks ago, his family thought a yearlong search among relatives in Cambodia and in Khmer communities throughout the United States had been fruitless. Then Taylor Tagg, an American friend of Tony's dad, Tim, surprised everyone by turning out to be a match. The euphoria lasted until a few days ago, when doctors at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York, discovered a complication. That dashed what had been a feel-good, one-in-a-million, happy-ending kind of saga that transcended race, religion and national origin, as Tagg prepared to be the first American to donate a kidney to the son of Cambodian refugees. Painful dialysis 3 times a week Tony Chhim, 31, is Tim's only son. Born in the United States, Tony is a football player and roots for the North Rockland Red Raiders football team in Thiells, New York. With only...
For Many Cambodians, June 4 Commune Elections Are About Change | Phuket News
In 2001, Cambodian authorities forced Sar Neang and his family from their home in the center of Phnom Penh  to make way for a government-backed development. That experience with Prime Minister Hun Sen's government prompted Neang to embrace politics. He's the current deputy chief of the Khmuonh commune in Sen Sok, a district in the capital that is undergoing rapid growth. Today, he's campaigning to become commune chief in the closely watched June 4 commune elections. Communes  — there are 1,646 — are clusters of villages, and these local votes are expected to offer a preview of 2018's nationwide vote. Neang, 46, told VOA Khmer that he decided to run as the first candidate from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP)
Commune Elections a Big Test for Hun Sen | Phuket News
Cambodians go to the polls early next month to elect more than 12,000 district officials, but the ballot is also shaping-up as a showdown between the two major parties amid threats of civil war and a crackdown on political dissent in the lead-up to national elections slated for the middle of next year. For Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Cambodian People's Party (CPP) believe the communal poll on June 4 will provide an important litmus test of their popularity, which has been under stiff pressure from a burgeoning youth vote and changing attitudes. As campaigning got underway, government spokesman Phay Siphan said these commune elections would cement a culture of pluralism at the local level and ensure Cambodia's status as an open society. But he said the polls would be fought on more mundane, every day issues. “Importantly, the middle class has been expanding. The people, they do have...
Vietnam buffalo fight ends after animal kills owner | Phuket News
HANOI -- A traditional water buffalo fight in northern Vietnam was suspended after an animal attacked and killed its owner, in the first human fatality since the sport resumed after the Vietnam War....
To Some, Chinese Forays in Disputed Seas Ring of Harmless National Pride | Phuket News
China's growing use of advanced technology in a disputed Asian sea may be meant more to inspire its citizens and get respect from abroad than to double down on disputed sovereignty claims as feared by other countries, scholars and Chinese media reports say. Maritime scholars believe these scientific advances will hand information to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, bolstering control over its claims over about 90 percent of the 3.5 square-million-kilometer South China Sea. But China is also looking to show citizens it can make achievements, some believe. It may also be trying to impress other countries after a sting from the world court last year. “We shouldn't forget that tucked away there are these marine scientists, who they may not have control of policy, but they're scientists like anyone else,” said Euan Graham, international security director with the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney. “We shouldn't tar them...
US Warship Sails Near Disputed South China Sea island | Phuket News
A U.S. warship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam on Sunday in an operation meant to challenge the competing claims of all three nations, a U.S. Defense Department official said. The USS Stethem, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, part of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the U.S. official said. China said it sent ships and fighters planes to warn off the American vessel. The destroyer's mission, first reported by Fox News on Sunday, was the second
China denounces US ‘provocation’ as it sails warship at South China Sea | Phuket News
A UNITED STATES warship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam, on Sunday in an operation meant to challenge the competing claims of all three nations, a US Defense Department official said. The USS Stethem, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, part of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the official said. The operation was first reported by Fox News on Sunday. It was the second “freedom-of-navigation operation,” or “fonop,” conducted during the presidency of Donald Trump, following a drill in late May in which a US warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea. China‘s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement the US ship had made an unauthorised entry into China‘s territorial waters. SEE ALSO: China’s feathers ruffled by Mattis’ ‘irresponsible remarks’ on South...
US Navy sails from Thailand into disputed South China Sea | Phuket News
A US warship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam on Sunday, in an operation meant to challenge the competing claims of all three nations, a US Defence Department official said....
Is Your Kitchen Really Safe? | Phuket News
Jul 02, 2017 Picture:  The shadows of successive food safety scandals continue to cast a pall over Taiwanese consumers. At a time when government regulation has proved inadequate and even top brands have faltered, how should Taiwan go about addressing the issue? Taiwan has faced several food safety scandals in recent years that have left vendors and consumers wondering whether there will ever be any light at the end of the tunnel. One food vendor was at wits end after the latest scare, involving eggs.
Wearable Technology Woven into Fashion Industry’s Future | Phuket News
Jun 29, 2017 Picture:  Trends to be Explored at Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 29 June 2017 – The growth of wearable technologies is revolutionising the way people connect through smart devices, which will also greatly impact the fashion industry. According to a study by Allied Market Research, the wearable technology market was valued at US$19.6 billion in 2015, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 16.2 per cent to reach US$57.7 billion by 2022. The forecast highlights the sector’s potential to boost the overall fashion industry. The topic will be examined at an 11 July seminar entitled “Wearable Technologies for Future Fashion.” Jointly organised by the HKTDC and the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel, the session is part of a seminar series to be held at the 24th Fashion Week for Spring/Summer, which will run 10-13 July at the Hong Kong Convention and...
Vietnam sentences blogger to 10 years’ prison for defaming govt | Phuket News
A VIETNAMESE court on Thursday sentenced a prominent blogger and rights activist to 10 years in prison for criticising government policies and defaming the Communist regime on Facebook and in foreign media interviews. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who is known by her pen name Me Nam or “Mother Mushroom”, was on Thursday charged under Article 88 of the Penal Code with “conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.” “Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh did not admit that she committed any crime, saying she has a right to freedom of expression,” her lawyer was quoted as saying by the Associated Press, who added they would appeal the sentence which was “too harsh and unjust.” It's the very first image of #MeNam inside the courtroom on state media.#MeNamtrial pic.twitter.com/Sduw95EdGy — Anh Chí (@AnhChiVN) June 29, 2017 Critics of the government have said Article 88 has been regularly used to arbitrarily punish critics...
Indonesia deports Chinese, Taiwanese scam suspects | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesia has deported more than 140 Chinese and Taiwanese suspects to China, where they are wanted for impersonating police and blackmailing businessmen and politicians in a scam said to have earned several hundred million dollars....
Thai models arrested for promoting alcohol on Facebook Live | Phuket News
POLICE in Thailand on Wednesday said they arrested three bar hostesses for promoting alcohol during a live stream on Facebook. The models, who were promoting the alcoholic beverages in Saraburi province, face a fine of up to THB500,000 (US$15,000), Khaosod English reported. The arrests on Monday came in wake of a controversial act prohibiting people from encouraging others to drink with authorities recently vowing to clamp down on those who contravened the law by promoting alcohol on social media. “Yes, this is part of the new policy, after deputy police commissioner Suwira [Songmetta] gave us the directives,” Saraburi police commander Chairat Thipchan was quoted as saying. “In my jurisdiction, we saw the video, and it was a clear violation of the law, so we took action.” SEE ALSO: Indonesia’s alcohol ban plan: Creeping Islamization or social ills solution? The three models, Janjira Jansakha, Nanthida Punyamanote and Nantarika Pueakkliang, whose ages...
New Eruption at Indonesia Volcano Spreads ash for Miles | Phuket News
Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra blasted volcanic ash as high as 4.2 kilometers (2.6 miles) on Wednesday, one of its biggest eruptions in the past several months of high activity. Isya Nurrahmat Dana, an official at a volcano monitoring post in North Sumatra province, said at least 19 eruptions followed by lava flows were recorded by midday Wednesday. Hot ash tumbled down the mountain's slopes as far as 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) east and southeast into the Labortus River. Media reports said students from an elementary school in Kuta Rakyat were sent home because volcanic ash covering the village was considered dangerous. There were no reports of casualties. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said thousands of people in 10 villages were directly affected by ash fall from the latest eruption. He warned villagers to stay out of a danger zone that extends as far...
Indonesia jails man who grew marijuana to treat dying wife | Phuket News
An Indonesian court on Borneo island on Wednesday jailed a man for eight months after he grew medicinal marijuana to help ease the pain being suffered by his cancer-stricken wife, who died shortly after his arrest, his lawyer said. Indonesia has amongst the strictest drug laws in the world and has been jailing a record number of users and dealers because of what the government says is a drugs emergency facing the country. The hardline approach to drugs is broadly popular in the Southeast Asian......
Indonesia jails grower of pot for cancer-stricken wife | Phuket News
JAKARTA - An Indonesian court on Borneo island on Wednesday jailed a man for eight months after he grew medicinal marijuana to help ease the pain being suffered by his cancer-stricken wife, who died shortly after his arrest, his lawyer said....
Indonesian boarding school teaches sons of militants to take a new path | Phuket News
The slim boys in Muslim caps and robes at the Al Hidayah Islamic boarding school are grinning bolts of energy who love football, need a little coaxing to do their math and Koran lessons assiduously and aspire to become policemen or respected preachers. Their school, like many in rural Indonesia, started as a modest affair with a dusty yard, spartan sleeping quarters and an open-air classroom with a dirt floor and corrugated iron roofing. The boys, though, have been spoken to roughly by......
Indonesia to unblock Telegram, combat Islamic State channels | Phuket News
INDONESIA’s government has vowed to lift its block on Telegram after the messaging app provider’s CEO Pavel Durov personally met with the country’s communications minister in Jakarta, providing assurances about combatting the communication channels of extremists. Earlier in July, Indonesia partially blocked Telegram over reports that Islamic State operatives were using the encrypted messaging platform to distribute “radical and terrorist propaganda” in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation. Russian national Durov met with officials of the Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology on Tuesday to discuss how to effectively combat “negative” content on Telegram to ensure the ban could be overturned. SEE ALSO: Hong Kong: Migrant worker women radicalised by online jihadi boyfriends – report “I appreciate that Telegram is very responsive in addressing this issue,” said communications minister Rudiantara in a statement, who said that the app would be unblocked by his ministry this week. Makan siang dengan Pavel...
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Royal Cremation || Lifeguard problems worsen! November 2018 elections? || October 11 | Phuket News
Phuket Xtra - October 11 Royal Cremation approaching || Lifeguard problems to get worse? November 2018 general elections? Tidying-up Karon canal! Millions lost in temple embezzlement scandal? Hosted by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
German man filmed causing public nuisance safe in Phuket hospital | Phuket News
PHUKET: The German man who was filmed causing public nuisance in Patong earlier this week was confirmed today (Oct 11) to be under close watch at Vachira Phuket hospital for his own welfare, said Patong Police....
American man falls to his death at Patong condo | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 58-year-old American expat was found dead after jumping from the fourth floor of a luxury condominium in Patong this morning (Oct 11) over what police believe to be personal or financial issues....
Confidence sinks in handling of Phuket lifeguard crisis | Phuket News
PHUKET: Only seven people have applied to be directly hired by the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO, or OrBorJor) to work on Phuket’s beaches as lifeguards, the PPAO Acting Chief confirmed yesterday (Oct 10.)...
Chinese tourist, 18, resuscitated at Koh Poda east of Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: An 18-year-old Chinese tourist on a ‘snorkelling’ excursion with a group of friends drowned and was resuscitated by park officials at 4pm yesterday (Oct 10) after swimming without a life jacket or snorkel at Koh Poda in Ao Nang, Krabi....
Phuket Governor calls on volunteers for Royal Cremation day rehearsal | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong has called on all officials and volunteers involved in the Saphan Hin processions for the Royal Cremation Day ceremonies to practice the duties they will be performing during a rehearsal to be held on Sunday, Oct 22....
Smoke on Thai beaches this high season and face jail or 100,000 baht fine | Phuket News
Smoking will be banned on 20 major Thai beaches from November. And smokers who flout the law will face a year’s jail or a 100,000 baht fine….or both. The strict penalties are in line with existing ordinances concerning causing damage to the environment. Studies have shown that cigarette butts are a major cause of environmental damage not just to the sea and beaches but Thailand in general. And the government – in a step by step by step approach – is targeting smokers as it tries to rid the country of an unwanted tag as one of the biggest environmental polluters in the world. No mention was made about smokers’ health in a Daily News story – the Thais are getting more concerned about the well being of the environment. Smoking will be banned in November as the tourist high season gets rolling in many high profile locations – these include all beaches in Pattaya, Jomtien, Phuket, Cha-Am, Hua Hin and...
Trash-clogged canal near Phuket beach cleared | Phuket News
PHUKET: Karon Municipality workers were quick to clear up a trash-clogged canal in Karon after photos sent to The Phuket News were forwarded to the municipality’s health division this morning (Oct 10)....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Beach smoking ban! Chalong canal clogged? Prison for officials! || October 10 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - October 10 No smoking on the beach! Garbage clogs Chalong canal? Foreign ‘mafia gangs’ crackdown? Prison for Phuket land office officials! And ‘Golden Week’ in Phuket! Hosted by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
Phuket Gov urges all to join big clean-up in preparation for Royal Cremation | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong is urging as many people as possible to join the big clean-up activity during Oct 15-20 in preparation for the Royal Funeral of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct 26....
UN Chief Urges Political Solution on North Korea Nukes | Phuket News
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said a political solution must be found to the North Korean nuclear issue, because the potential consequences of military action “are too horrific to even contemplate.” “Tensions related to the Korean peninsula are at levels not seen in decades,” Guterres said during a brief news conference Wednesday at the United Nations.   “As tensions rise, so does the risk of misunderstanding, miscalculation or escalation,” he warned.  “That is why it is so important to dial down rhetoric and to dial up diplomacy.”   Last week, tensions hit a new high between the United States and North Korea, when leader Kim Jong Un threatened to fire missiles into the waters around the Pacific U.S. island territory of Guam.   U.S. President Donald Trump warned in response that North Korea would see “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if they made good on their threat....
Trump: North Korea 'Wise' to Postpone Missile Launch Toward Guam | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made
Defector: UN Sanctions Would Play Havoc With North Korean Economy | Phuket News
The impact of the latest round of U.N. sanctions leveled against North Korea could be greater than the projected $1 billion cut in its export revenue if fully implemented, a high-profile North Korean defector told VOA’s Korean Service, and this would deal a significant financial blow to a regime intent on advancing its nuclear and missile programs. “The new U.N. restrictions are perhaps the strongest sanctions ever imposed on Pyongyang because they demand a complete shutoff of markets for its most lucrative exports,” said Ri Jong Ho, who previously served various high-level roles in central agencies of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, overseeing the country’s overall production and trade and replenishing the Kim regime’s foreign currency reserves. “They certainly could threaten the Kim Jong Un regime’s lifeline.” In response to North Korea’s two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, the U.N. Security Council unanimously passed another round of...
Thai spikers in Asian final after beating South Korea | Phuket News
Thailand earned a place in the final of the 2017 Asian Women's Volleyball Championship on Wednesday after sweeping South Korea 3-0....
Golf: Bae Sang-moon swaps firing range for driving range as he returns to civilian life following military service | Phuket News
AFTER 21 months in the South Korean military, two-time PGA Tour winner Bae Sang-moon is taking his first steps back into civilian – and golfing – life. The 31-year-old, winner of the HP Byron Nelson Championship in 2013 and the Frys.com Open the following year, is eager to get his golf career back on track. Although he did not get to practice much during his 21 months as a rifleman in the army, Bae said his mandatory stint in the military made him “love golf even more”. Bae, who once held a world ranking as high as 26, is now ranked 1,639th after the best part of two years inactive on the circuit. SEE ALSO: Hideki Matsuyama heads into final major of 2017 in form of his life after stunning WGC win in Ohio He had attempted to defer his military service in order to continue his lucrative golfing career in...
Project for Social Democracy meets the Commoners’ Party of Isan, Neo Isan Movement | Phuket News
John Draper On 19 July, 2017, Dr. Atipong ‘Tao’ Pathanasethpong, Spokesperson of the Project for a Social Democracy (PSD), and John ‘Special Circumstances’ Draper, member of the PSD Working Group, visited Mr. Khornchanok ‘Pob’ Saenprasert, Director of the Legal Centre for Human Rights in Khon Kaen and a representative of the Commoners’ Party of Thailand, and Mr. Tong, Co-ordinator of the Neo-Isan Movement, at the Legal Centre for Human Rights. The dialogue focused on the political future of Thailand. The PSD representatives began by outlining their view of the political situation in Thailand. They noted that there was a possibility of a permanent military dictatorship in Thailand, either through personal rule or in the style of Myanmar, through a military political party. They expressed the concern that if the military attempted this, there could be significant loss of life due to a re-run of the events of 1991-1992. Alternatively,...
China and South Korea protest as Japan honours war dead at Yasukuni Shrine | Phuket News
China and South Korea called on Japan to face up to its wartime past after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an offering to a shrine to war dead on Tuesday, the anniversary of Japan’s second world war surrender. Masahiko Shibayama, a lawmaker who made the offering on Abe’s behalf, said he did so to express condolences for those who died in the war and to pray for peace. He added Abe said he was sorry he could not visit the Yasukuni Shrine. Past visits by Japanese leaders to Yasukuni......
Malaysia detains hundreds in counter-terrorism raids | Phuket News
Security in Kuala Lumpur is being tightened up ahead of this month's Southeast Asian Games....
Malaysia probes atheist group after uproar over apostates | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia is investigating an international atheist organisation, a minister said on Monday, after a picture of the group's local chapter went viral, sparking claims that Muslim apostates were involved....
This Malaysian film wants to convert everybody to Islam | Phuket News
MALAYSIAN Muslims are a strange bunch in the sense that they are very religious but only when it comes to all the rituals rather than the ideas and philosophy behind the faith. They will be obsessed with the do’s and don’ts but totally careless when it comes to the why. For example, look for any religious book in the Bahasa Malaysia language and you will find many that talk about things like the right positioning during prayers, how many times water must pass through your toes during ablution and the amount of prayers to make sure it is answered. But you would be pressed for luck to find books that talk about the ideas of Islam and the reasons why certain thoughts, opinions and interpretations came to be. Neither would you be able to find a lot of books that that talk about the philosophy of the faith and the...
Thailand ranks No.22 in cyber risk study | Phuket News
Thailand was ranked 22nd out of 165 countries in a newly released global assessment of nations' vulnerability to cyber attacks, while its cyber security standards are below those of neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore....
Singapore's hard rock granny | Phuket News
A grandmother from Singapore is captivating fans with her electric guitar skills....
Football: British anti-racism group probes online abuse of Singaporean referee | Phuket News
KICK It Out, the British anti-racism group, is investigating abuse aimed at Singaporean referee Sukhbir Singh on social media after the International Championship Cup tournament in which he officiated. The 33-year-old – the S-League’s referee of the year last year – was the subject of racial abuse on Twitter after he officiated in English Premier League champions Chelsea’s match against Inter Milan at Singapore’s National Stadium. SEE ALSO: Life on tour: Ranking each Premier League club by the success of their trips to Asia Singh was involved in two contentious decisions during the match – the first was his decision to award Inter a penalty after Cesar Azpilicueta brought down Stevan Jovetic. The second was disallowing a late equaliser by Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi. A number of tweets, which remain online after fellow users took screenshots, showed the Singaporean referee – a Sikh – was racially abused by netizens unhappy with his...
Singapore property bottoming out, says CapitaLand's Lim | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- Singapore’s biggest developer, CapitaLand Ltd, detects signs that the city’s residential property market is “bottoming out” after a run of price declines, Chief Executive Officer Lim Ming Yan said....
Singapore property `bottoming out' - CapitaLand's Lim | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- Singapore’s biggest developer, CapitaLand Ltd, detects signs that the city’s residential property market is “bottoming out” after a run of price declines, Chief Executive Officer Lim Ming Yan said....
A look into spider personalities | Phuket News
Aug 02, 2017 Picture:  Personality is often considered a factor for the choices that humans make, but what about invertebrates like spiders? NUS Biological Sciences researchers have discovered that the personality of spiders does play a part in their decision-making and hunting styles. Researchers from NUS Biological Sciences, led by Associate Professor Li Daiqin and involving PhD student Chang Chia-chen, conducted two studies using Portia labiata, a type of jumping spider. The biology and behaviour of these spiders are well-studied, Assoc Prof Li shared. “They have a high level of learning behaviour among invertebrates and are considered to have a very high cognitive ability,” he added. However, their personalities remain unexplored. Published in Behavioral Ecology in December 2016, the first study focused on how personality affects the speed and accuracy of a decision in invertebrates. Decision-making typically involves a speed-accuracy trade off, meaning that a quick decision would result...
Amazon books taxis to fulfil orders in Singapore | Phuket News
Confronted with a deluge of orders, Amazon’s Prime Now service has resorted to booking taxis -- on top of tapping freelance drivers -- to make deliveries....
Duterte invites China to enter Philippine mobile-phone market | Phuket News
MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has invited Chinese companies to take a role in the country’s wireless communications industry to add a third carrier to compete with PLDT Inc and Globe Telecom Inc....
Suu Kyi Blames World Conflicts Partly on Illegal Immigration | Phuket News
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said the world is facing instability and conflict in part because illegal immigration spreads terrorism in a speech Monday that comes as her country is accused of violently pushing out hundreds of thousands of unwanted Rohingya Muslims. Suu Kyi did not directly mention the refugee exodus as she welcomed European and Asian foreign ministers to Naypyitaw, the capital of Myanmar. But her speech highlighted the views of many in Myanmar who see the Rohingya as illegal immigrants and blame the population for terrorist acts. The ongoing Rohingya exodus is sure to be raised by the visitors at the meetings held Monday and Tuesday. The world is in a new period of instability as conflicts around the world give rise to new threats and emergencies, Suu Kyi said, citing ``Illegal immigration's spread of terrorism and violent extremism, social disharmony and even the threat of nuclear...
EPA minister urges China not to block Taiwan from UNFCCC | Phuket News
TAIPEI (CNA) – The head of Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) on Monday called on the Chinese government not to hinder Taiwan’s efforts to join the global fight against climate change. “Such a world power (China) should have more confidence in itself,” Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) said at a press event in Taipei. “The climate change […]...
Alibaba to acquire Ruentex’s retail assets in China | Phuket News
TAIPEI (CNA) – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (阿里巴巴), a leading Chinese e-commerce operator, has agreed to acquire a stake in a hypermarket chain partly owned by the Ruentex Group (潤泰集團), a Taiwan-based conglomerate, the companies said Monday. Under the agreement, Alibaba will pay about US$2.88 billion for a 36.16 percent stake in Sun Art Retail […]...
Philippines: Duterte calls himself US’ ‘humble friend’ in Southeast Asia | Phuket News
WHILE known for his anti-American tirades and overseeing a foreign policy pivot away from the United States towards China, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has described himself as the “humble friend” of the US in Southeast Asia. During a friendly meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday on the sidelines of the Asean Regional Forum, Duterte said he was happy to see Tillerson and declared: “I am your humble friend in Southeast Asia.” The maverick leader makes no attempt to hide his grudge against the US, which he has repeatedly chided for what he says is a history of hypocritical foreign policy, and for treating the Philippines like a dog. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Duterte says US hotel now ‘in the hands of the Chinese’ “I am happy to see you … and you have come at a time when the world is not so good, especially in the...
Philippine's Leader on Human Rights: 'Don't go there' | Phuket News
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met Monday with America's top diplomat, where he voiced solidarity with the U.S. amid global concerns over North Korea's nuclear program and angrily dismissed media questions about human rights abuses by his government. Duterte and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met in Manila at a regional Asia gathering. It was the highest-level interaction to date between a member of President Donald Trump's administration and Duterte, accused by human rights groups of flagrant abuses in his bloody war against illegal drugs. If the two leaders discussed those or other U.S. concerns about Duterte's government, they didn't do so in public. Instead, the two focused on the alliance between the two countries and on the North Korea issue as reporters were allowed in briefly for the start of their meeting. Entering an ornate, wood-paneled hall in the Philippine leader's palace, Tillerson was introduced to members of Duterte's...
FIBA Asia Cup 2017 preview: Let battle commence among the Asian (and Oceanic) basketball elite | Phuket News
THE wait is nearly over. On Tuesday at the Nouhad Nawfal Gymnasium near Beirut, Lebanon, the FIBA Asia Cup will get underway with a match between Kazakhstan and New Zealand. For the next 13 days, the elite national basketball teams of Asia (and, as of this year’s tournament, Oceania) will compete for the title won most recently by China in 2015. The presence of Australia and New Zealand will add intrigue and further quality to the event, with the Oceanic nations among the favourites for the title. SEE ALSO: Andray Blatche’s absence presents an opportunity for Philippines in Lebanon Indeed, Australia – even without NBA stars such as Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova and Joe Ingles – will start as the bookmakers’ outright favourites for glory in Lebanon. New Zealand are generally ranked as joint third-favourites. Based on FIBA world rankings alone, Australia – with a ranking of 10th – ...
Boxing: Jeff Horn’s camp want random drug testing as part of deal for rematch with Manny Pacquiao | Phuket News
MANNY Pacquiao is eager for a rematch with Australian Jeff Horn later this year – but Horn’s camp have made it clear they want random drug testing included as part of any deal for a second fight. Horn took Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title off him in Brisbane in July, beating the 38-year-old Filipino superstar on a controversial points decision. A rematch between the boxers is looking as if it will take place in Australia in November. But before any deal is agreed, Horn’s camp want certain stipulations over drug testing. SEE ALSO: Philippines: No prospect of Pacquiao-Marquez V as Mexican legend will hang up his gloves and vow not to return The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Horn’s trainer, Glenn Rushton, was not entirely happy with the doping protocols for the first bout – which consisted only of a post-bout urine sample. While neither Pacquiao nor Horn has ever returned a...
Commune elections campaign kick off in Cambodia | Phuket News
The ruling CPP and opposition CNRP kicked off the June 4 commune elections on Saturday morning, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Monday. Neither party’s certainty about its impending victory wavered with Kem Sokha opening the CNRP rally in Phnom Penh with the message that the united opposition had only grown stronger amid a seemingly organized campaign of government repression since the 2013 national election which saw the jailing of lawmakers and activists. “We have come across large obstacles and a high tension situation but we have seen that Cambodian people across the country have only continued to support us even more, and have encouraged us to reach victory and to rule,”Sokha told his supporters outside the party heacdquarter. Across the city, it was a similar confident message from CCP Senate President Say Chhum who is also vice president of CPP. “Our party will absolutely win because we have...
Underage sex trade: Thai border officials as much to blame as anyone | Phuket News
The finger of blame has been pointed as much at corrupt Thai border officials as operators of bars and karaoke shops for the underage sex trade. An official at a human trafficking organization said it was often Thais in border areas who were responsible for promoting the trade in underage women. TNA reported that it has been revealed by justice department officials that more than 400 cases of human trafficking have gone to court in Thailand over the last three years. Most of these cases involved women aged between 14 and 18 from Thailand’s neighbors. The worst single area with 53 cases was the border area with Cambodia around Surin. Ranasit Preuksayachiwa representing an organization that helps in cases of human trafficking said that there was no sign of the problem abating. “It is not just a problem of people running restaurants, karaoke and go-go bars that employ these girls,” he said. “The problem exists because of corrupt officials at border...
Cambodian opposition ignore warnings of intimidation as campaigning begins for local elections | Phuket News
Cambodia’s main opposition party believes it has momentum on its side in next month’s local elections, which will gauge support for Prime Minister Hun Sen ahead of national polls next year. The US State Department called on the government to avoid threats and political intimidation as the two-week campaigning for the June 4 communal elections started yesterday with tens of thousands of supporters of Hun Sen’s ruling party and the main opposition party flooding the streets of......
Cambodians remember victims of 'Killing Fields' | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Hundreds of people gathered at one of Cambodia's most notorious
CCP spokesman says army will side with the government | Phuket News
CCP spokesman Sok Eysan warned on Wednesday that the army would side with the government if there are clashes over election results, The Cambodia Daily Online reported on Thursday. Sok Eysan said the armed forces would not remain neutral because they are the national force and the government that was created by elections is the “government of the nation.” Speaking at CNRP head office, opposition leader Kem Sokha said the threats from the ruling party would galvanized opposition support. “If anyone wants their teeth smashed, they can vote for them. If any wants to keep their teeth for eating rice, come join us,” he added. Sokha who returned on Tuesday from a fund-raising tour in the US urged more restraint from his foes and complained of double standard in what kinds of rhetoric would be allowed. He urged commune candidates and party supporters to remain calm in the face of...
China to give $240 million to Cambodia | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- China has granted $240 million aid to Cambodia under agreements signed by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on a state visit to Beijing....
Cambodian embassy official offers help to prevent illegal logging | Phuket News
A Cambodian labour attache has offered to cooperate with Thai authorities to prevent illegal logging of the highly-priced Siamese rosewood by Cambodian illegal immigrants. Mr Mao Piaroon and some embassy staff members went to Korn Buri district police station in Nakhon Ratchasima province on Wednesday to visit a group of 36 Cambodian illegal immigrants who were allegedly hired by Thai and Cambodian financiers to cut Siamese rosewood or Payoong in Tap Larn national park. He said he would raise the illegal logging issue with relevant agencies in Cambodia to address the problem. The 36 illegal immigrants were rounded up by Thai police and forest officials as they searched for Payoong trees in the national park on May 13. The illegals reportedly told Mr Mao Piaroon that they slipped into Thailand through the Jakako border passage on foot into Ta Phraya district of Sa Kaew province. After that, they were met...
Why are abuse claims in Cambodia’s war on drugs being ignored? | Phuket News
On New Year’s Day, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen launched a six-month crackdown on the drug scourge that he said had become an increasing grievance for the country’s people. His announcement came shortly after a state visit by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who in 2016 launched a violent anti-drugs campaign in his own country that went on to kill 7,000 people in seven months. Given that Duterte’s crackdown was suspended after rogue police officers kidnapped and......
The way forward for the ASEAN Community | Phuket News
It has been one year since the realisation of the ASEAN Community and its achievements so far have been mixed. While there has been some significant progress made towards realising the ASEAN Community’s economic goals there is still much room for improvement in terms of meeting its  political-security and socio-cultural targets. ASEAN’s regional security role has greatly developed in recent years through the international recognition and support of dialogue partners. ASEAN-led regional mechanisms have earned their legitimacy in promoting regional dialogue and building trust and partnerships. But the internal strength of ASEAN remains fragile due to diverse political systems and values, nationalism, extremism and weak governance. ASEAN needs a long-term vision to gradually augment internal strength by being more flexible in implementing the principle of non-interference as well as more open to democratic values and human rights. In terms of the political-security community, ASEAN’s main issue is its lack of...
JC starts with DMK flight : TTR Weekly | Phuket News
BANGKOK, 17 May 2017: JC International Airlines, a Cambodian-based airline, will inaugurate services connecting Phnom Penh and Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport, (DMK)  6 June. According to the airline’s website, the Thailand service is the first to an ASEAN neighbouring country. The airline will serve the route with an Airbus A320. Registered in 2016, as JC (Cambodia) International Airlines Co Ltd, the venture is described as a “local International airline in Cambodia invested exclusively by Yunnan Jingcheng Group Co Ltd,” with its main operating base in Phnom Penh international airport. The group states it is a USD1-billion conglomerate based in China’s Yunnan province. It owns the private aviation company and low-cost carrier Ruili Airlines. JC International Airlines registered with the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce in June 2014. It took delivery of two Airbus A320s in February. The carrier launched operations in March. Currently, it serves five routes:  Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (four weekly flights);  Phnom...
Think Tank: China Builds New Military Facilities on South China Sea Islands | Phuket News
China has built new military facilities on islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank reported Thursday, a move that could raise tensions with Washington, which has accused Beijing of militarizing the vital waterway. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), part of Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies, said new satellite images show missile shelters and radar and communications facilities being built on the Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi Reefs in the Spratly Islands. The United States has criticized China's buildup of military facilities on the artificial islands and is concerned they could be used to restrict free movement through the South China Sea, an important trade route. Last month, a U.S. Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef in a so-called freedom of navigation operation, the first such challenge to Beijing's claim to most of the waterway since U.S. President Donald Trump took...
Vietnam Blogger Gets 10 Years for ‘Conducting Propaganda’ | Phuket News
Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, the Vietnamese blogger who received the International Women of Courage Award from first lady Melania Trump in March, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Hanoi government for the activities that earned her the honor, her laywer says. The government found Quynh, also known as Mother Mushroom and Me Nam, guilty under Article 88 of the 1999 penal code —
Scumbags in Vietnam were caught on tape tasering and stealing dogs | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - The dogs' owner can be seen trying to intervene but runs away after being threatened with the harpoons....
NBTC puts pressure on Facebook and YouTube to comply to Thai laws | Phuket News
Advertisers  and media agencies were warned that they could not advertise their brands or products with providers of OTT (Over The Top) content and platforms that were not registered with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission within July 22 deadline. The warning to the advertisers was intended to put pressure on the OTT players, especially YouTube and Facebook, to register with the telecom regulator or face a loss of a huge chunk of advertising revenue. NBTC vice chairman Natee Sakonrat said he was confident that the advertisers who are major OTT sponsors would cooperate with the NBTC to support only the OTT providers that comply with the Thai laws. He said that the regulator had given ample time for OTT players to register until July 22 after which those who fail to register will be regarded as unlicensed OTT providers. Natee said that, after July 22 deadline, the NBTC would...
Vietnam Blogger Gets 10-Yr Sentence for ‘Conducting Propaganda’ | Phuket News
Me Nam, or Mother Mushroom, the Vietnamese blogger who received the International Women of Courage Award from first lady Melania Trump in March, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Hanoi government for the activities that earned her the honor, her laywer says. The government found Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, aka Mother Mushroom, guilty under Article 88 of the 1999 penal code —
Cambodian court upholds prison term for senator | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- A Cambodian appeals court has upheld a seven-year prison sentence given to an opposition senator for comments on his Facebook page criticizing a 1979 border agreement with neighbouring Vietnam....
Vietnam exports surge; growth tops 6% | Phuket News
HANOI -- Vietnam’s economy recovered this quarter with a surge in exports allowing it to rejoin a small group of nations posting growth rates of more than 6%....
Uber, Others Change Vietnam’s Motorbike Culture | Phuket News
Nguyen Kim Lan used to make a decent living shuttling customers around town on his Honda motorbike. But his clientele has dwindled as young and tech-savvy Vietnamese increasingly use ride-hailing apps like Uber and Grab to summon cheaper, safer motorbike taxis.   The expansion of the ride-hailing services across Southeast Asia is shaking up traditional motorcycle taxi services that are a key source of informal work for people like Lan. In some cases, the Xe Om, or motorbike taxi, drivers are venting their anger in attacks on the new competitors.   Lan is just frustrated. He says his income has fallen to 20 percent to 30 percent of what it used to be.  ‘Picked up at the door’   “Nowadays, my frequent customers have all booked Grab and Uber, so they don’t come here anymore,” said Lan, 62, as he waited for customers at an intersection in downtown Hanoi.   ...
Visa Violators Threaten Thai Lives, Property: Labor Ministry | Phuket News
A new set of harsher punishments for foreigners who work illegally is necessary in the name of protecting the “lives and property of Thai people,” a Labor Ministry spokesman said Wednesday. The revised labor law, which came into effect Friday, prescribes tougher jail terms and fines for both foreign employees and their Thai employers who violate visa and work permit regulations. The same law also added more severe punishment for those engaged in human trafficking. “This new law will be applied to foreigners of all nationalities, not just the three neighboring countries,” spokesman Ananchai Uthaipatanacheep said by phone. “Whether you are from Vietnam or Russia, if you do something wrong, you will get the tougher punishment.” Foreigners caught working in Thailand without a work permit face a maximum jail terms of five years and fines up to 100,000 baht. Foreigners who are employed in occupations other than what’s registered on their...
Southeast Asia stocks follow broader Asia lower | Phuket News
Most Southeast Asian stock markets ended lower on Wednesday tracking losses in Asian peers following a weak handover from Wall Street, while Vietnam rose as consumer staples and utilities firmed up....
Indonesia lifts threat to ban encrypted app Telegram | Phuket News
JAKARTA - Indonesia's information technology minister says the government will allow the encrypted messaging app Telegram to continue operating because it's taking steps to address
Jakarta bans bikes from busy new road over selfie risk | Phuket News
Indonesia bars motorbikes from a busy new road to prevent potential accidents caused by selfie-taking....
Wintermar Offshore (WINS:JK) Reports 1H2017 Financial Results | Phuket News
Jul 31, 2017 Picture:  JAKARTA - Wintermar Offshore Marine (IDX:WINS) has reported 1H2017 financial results. 2Q2017 saw improvements in total revenue and utilization of vessels compared to the previous quarter, as total revenue picked up to US$14.6 million compared to US$13 million in 1Q2017, reflecting a gradual return of offshore activity as we had anticipated. However, for 1H2017, cumulative total revenue of US$27.7 million was still 43% lower Y-o-Y (year-on-year) compared to 1H2016. This was the result of the severe decline in demand for Offshore Support Vessels (OSVs) causing more intense price competition in the same period. As we had anticipated, as the oil price improved, there has been more demand from drilling activity accompanied by lower charter rates, resulting in higher revenues but lower gross margins. Owned Vessels Owned Vessels utilization picked up in the second quarter with the commencement of some projects in Indonesia. Vessel utilization for...
Indonesia detains 153 over $450m Chinese scam | Phuket News
JAKARTA - Indonesian police on Monday said they had detained more than 150 Chinese nationals accused of carrying out a sophisticated scam that netted around $450 million by tricking their compatriots into paying to make legal cases go away....
Malaysia ‘ready’ to help Indonesia combat forest fires, says minister | Phuket News
MALAYSIA’s Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi has declared the country’s willingness to help neighbouring Indonesia to extinguish forest fires. Last week, Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) warned of increased risk of major fires as the peak of the dry season looms. Fires have already been reported in the province of Aceh on the northern tip of Sumatra, located close to peninsula Malaysia. Speaking at a public event on Sunday, Wan said “I have discussed it with Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, who is in charge of the Fire Department and the Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART).” “He has given the assurance that they are ready at any time,” said the minister as quoted by Malaysia’s state news agency Bernama. In much of Indonesia, August and September are generally the hottest and driest months of the year. Map of fire alerts across Indonesia July 23 to 30, 2017. The...
Robbers fail miserably in Malaysia gold shop heist | Phuket News
A GROUP robbers trying to flee with valuable jewellery came home empty-handed in Malaysia last week with their failed heist gaining them nothing more than millions of views on social media. In a 42-second video clip, the hammer-wielding robbers were seen darting into a gold smith shop in Kuala Selangor, near the capital, before pounding away at a row of display panels containing the expensive ornaments. But despite their great efforts, the robbers could not break through the transparent glass, which were said to be made of reinforced materials and installed by the shop owner, who posted the close-circuit camera television footage that went viral on Facebook. The footage showed two of the robbers — clad in motorcycle-helmets with heavily-tinted visors — smashing the display counter as the shop’s employees ran for cover. Another two accomplices stood guard with one of them seen holding a gun. But after the relentless...
Robbers fail to break through ‘bullet-proof’ glass in Malaysian gold shop heist | Phuket News
A GROUP robbers vying to flee with valuable jewellery came home empty-handed in Malaysia last week with their comically failed heist gaining them nothing more than millions of views on social media. In a 42-second video clip, the hammer-wielding robbers were seen darting into a gold smith shop in Kuala Selangor, near the capital, before pounding away at a row of display panels containing the expensive ornaments. But despite their great efforts, the heisters could not break through the transparent glass, which were said to be made of reinforced materials and installed by the shop owner, who posted the close-circuit camera television footage that went viral on Facebook. The footage showed two of the robbers — clad in motorcycle-helmets with heavily-tinted visors — smashing the display counter as the shop’s employees run for cover. Another two accomplices stood guard with one of them visibly holding a gun. But after the...
Indonesia boasts 45 million Instagram users, the most in Asia Pacific | Phuket News
INDONESIA has been announced as the largest market for Instagram in the Asia Pacific, with 45 million of its netizens using the photo sharing app according to the company’s internal data. While accounting for around 3.5 percent of the world’s population, Southeast Asia’s largest nation accounts for a six percent of Instagram’s 700 million users globally. Instagram usage in the nation of 250 million has increased by more than 100 percent since 2016. Indonesians use the platform’s Story feature twice as much as the average user. Source: We Are Social As of January 2017, data from We Are Social showed Indonesia had an overall social media penetration of only 40 percent – far lower than neighbouring Singapore (77 percent), Brunei (86 percent) and Malaysia (71 percent). A study by Burson-Marsteller released in April showed that Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was the fifth most followed world leader on Instagram. At...
Patong Police seeking German over footpath antics | Phuket News
PHUKET: Patong Police Chief Col Tassanai Orarigdech says he is looking into the actions of a foreign man, believed to be German, who was recorded on video lying down on the footpath and making himself comfortable in the gutter in Patong earlier this week....
Smoking ban at 20 beaches from November | Phuket News
The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources will impose a smoking ban at 20 beaches in November after all of the country’s beaches are found to have been littered with large quantities of cigarette butts. Jatuporn Burussapat, the director-general of the department, said that in a survey of Pa Tong beach, Phuket, conducted by the department’s research and development centre, an average of 130,000 cigarette butts were found on every 2.5-kilometre stretch of the beach. According to statistics compiled by countries with sea beaches, cigarette packages and filters constitute one-third of the entire garbage on a beach. In Thailand, more than 100 million discarded cigarette butts are littered daily on the roads.  The cigarette butts block drain pipes.  In water, they release toxic chemical substances such as cadmium, lead, arsenic and others which are poisonous to the food chain. As empowered by Section 17 of the Marine and Coastal Resources...
Phuket beach inspection leads to smoking ban at 20 beaches nationwide | Phuket News
PHUKET: Starting next month, officials will be posted at 20 beaches around the nation, including the island’s Patong Beach, to ensure that beachgoers do not smoke on the sands, Director-General of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) Mr Jatuporn Buruspat announced to local news media yesterday (Oct 9)....
Former Phuket land officials jailed for illegal land titles | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) yesterday announced that three former Phuket Land Office officials have been sentenced to prison for their part in illegally issuing a land document that was later sold on for B330 million....
Finishing touches underway at Phuket’s Royal Crematorium replica | Phuket News
PHUKET: The replica of the Royal Crematorium under construction at Saphan Hin is now “98% complete” and is set to undergo the final stage of detail work, Thawee Homhuan of the Phuket Provincial Office of Public Works and Town & Country Planning has confirmed....
New tsunami-warning buoy to be deployed off Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: A team of technicians departed Phuket yesterday (Oct 9) to install a tsunami-warning buoy in the Indian Ocean....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Killer whale spotted! Baby dumped in Patong? 13th Turtle Fun Run! || October 9 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - October 9 Killer whale spotted off Phuket coast! Baby found in Patong launderette? Thai airlines WINNING! Day 8: Lifeguard Strike! And the 13th Mai Khao Turtle Fun Run & Mini-Marathon! Hosted by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketnews.com || #Phuket...
Banyan Tree appoints Ian John Thomason as Executive Chef | Phuket News
Banyan Tree Phuket has announced the appointment of Chef Ian John Thomason as its new executive chef. The winner of TV show “Iron Chef Thailand” will bring his innovation and culinary expertise to the resort’s dining outlets....
Orca ‘killer whale’ surfaces off Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: A leading marine life specialist has called on people to not panic after a large orca, or “killer whale”, was spotted off Phuket’s west coast yesterday (Oct 8)....
Huge crowd joins mass clean-up ahead of Royal Cremation services in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: At least hundreds of volunteers turned out to join a mass clean-up of the area around the Royal Crematorium replica under construction at Saphan Hin yesterday morning (Oct 8) ahead of the Royal Cremation services to be held at the site on Oct 26....
Japan PM Shinzo Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine for war dead as hawkish ex-defence minister pays tribute in person | Phuket News
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of Japan’s second world war surrender, but did not visit in person, an apparent effort to avoid upsetting China and South Korea. Past visits by Japanese leaders to Yasukuni have outraged Beijing and Seoul because it honours 14 Japanese leaders convicted by an Allied tribunal as war criminals, along with other war dead. Abe’s move comes amid heightened......
US ‘moving forward’ with THAAD deployment in South Korea as North Korean crisis grows | Phuket News
The US and South Korea are “moving forward” to deploy a US missile defence system on the Korean Peninsula, the US Defence Department said, as the North Korean nuclear crisis worsens after Pyongyang announced a plan to fire four missiles near US Pacific island territory Guam. The announcement came as North Korea reportedly said leader Kim Jong-un was briefed on plans for missile tests near Guam. Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters that a Terminal High......
Top US General: US-South Korea Working Through ‘Technical Issues’ on THAAD | Phuket News
The top U.S. general says the United States and its South Korean allies are working through “a number of technical issues” before the United States’ Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system can be fully deployed on the Korean peninsula. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joe Dunford told reporters he and South Korea President Moon Jai-In “did not talk about the specific timeline” for THAAD’s full deployment during their meeting Monday in Seoul. The talks come amid worsening tensions on the peninsula following a series of missile tests and increasing military rhetoric by North Korea. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a joint op-ed published Monday in the Wall Street Journal, commended South Korea’s new government for “moving forward with the deployment of U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense.” THAAD can shoot down short, medium, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.  Two of the system’s six launchers...
Guam's Tourism Popularity Unhurt by North Korea Threats | Phuket News
Tourists haven't been deterred from visiting the tropical island of Guam even though the U.S. territory has been the target of threats from North Korea during a week of angry words exchanged by Pyongyang and Washington. Chiho Tsuchiya of Japan heard the news, but she decided to come anyway with her husband and two children. “I feel Japan and Korea also can get danger from North Korea, so staying home is the same,” said the 40-year-old. Won Hyung-jin, an official from Modetour, a large South Korean travel agency, said several customers called with concerns, but they weren't worried enough to pay cancellation fees for their trips. “It seems North Korea racks up tension once or twice every year, and travelers have become insensitive about it,” Won said. His company has sent about 5,000 travelers to Guam a month this year, mostly on package tours. The U.S. territory has a population...
Top US General: US-Korea Working Through ‘Technical Issues’ on THAAD | Phuket News
The top U.S. general says the United States and its South Korean allies are working through “a number of technical issues” before the United States’ Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system can be fully deployed on the Korean peninsula. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joe Dunford told reporters he and South Korea President Moon Jai-In “did not talk about the specific timeline” for THAAD’s full deployment during their meeting Monday in Seoul. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a joint op-ed published Monday in the Wall Street Journal, commended South Korea’s new government for “moving forward with the deployment of U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense.” THAAD can shoot down short, medium, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.  Two of the system’s six launchers are fully operational, and President Moon ordered consultations on the possibility of deploying the final four launchers following North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile...
Top US General says US-Korea Working Through ‘Technical Issues’ on THAAD | Phuket News
The top U.S. general says the United States and its South Korean allies are working through “a number of technical issues” before the United States’ Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system can be fully deployed on the Korean peninsula. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joe Dunford told reporters he and South Korea President Moon Jai-In “did not talk about the specific timeline” for THAAD’s full deployment during their meeting Monday in Seoul. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a joint op-ed published Monday in the Wall Street Journal, commended South Korea’s new government for “moving forward with the deployment of U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense.” THAAD can shoot down short, medium, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. Two of the system’s six launchers are fully operational, and President Moon ordered consultations on the possibility of deploying the final four launchers following North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile...
Korea tensions ease slightly as US officials play down war risks | Phuket News
Tensions on the Korean peninsula eased slightly on Monday as South Korea's president said resolving Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions must be done peacefully and key U.S. officials played down the risk of an imminent war with North Korea....
[North Korea Overshadows Tillerson's Asia Trip | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on an official trip to the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia to discuss U.S. economic and security cooperation with those countries. North Korea's nuclear arms program is one of the top issues on his agenda. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports....
Malaysia: Govt probe targets atheist gathering after online uproar | Phuket News
THE Malaysian government will investigate a recent viral photo showing members of a Kuala Lumpur-based atheist group to determine if there were any Muslims present, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki. The photo in question shows a meeting of the Atheist Republic, an online Facebook group with more than 1.7 million followers around the world. The seemingly innocent gathering of dinner and drinks attracted the attention of the government after it was highlighted by pro-Islamist blogs, provoking a strong backlash from some in the Muslim community. According to Bernama (via Malay Mail Online), Asyraf emphasised the need for a detailed investigation to be conducted and urged for the involvement of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (SKMM) as it involved the faith of Muslims in the country. “If it is proven that there are Muslims involved in atheist activities that could affect their faith,...
U.S. Pressure, Economic Ties Behind ASEAN Warning to North Korea | Phuket News
A warning to North Korea by foreign ministers from 10 Southeast Asian countries is expected to soothe the U.S. government, which the ministers hope will play a stronger role in their region. At the same time, they hope to protect their own ties with Pyongyang. Ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) expressed “grave concern” Saturday about escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, including North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July and two recent nuclear tests. It asked North Korea to fulfill all U.N. Security Council obligations and quit the tests. ASEAN’s foreign ministers want to help improve relations between North and South Korea, the group said in a statement at a meeting in Manila. Each Korea claims the other despite self-rule on each side since the 1950s. ​US role suspected Although the U.S. government has leaned on much of Asia to condemn North Korea’s tests of...
KL puts together world-class arenas | Phuket News
If the state of the competition venues is anything to go by, a very successful episode of the SEA Games is about to unfold in Kuala Lumpur in less than two weeks' time....
11 projects that show China’s influence over Malaysia – and could influence its election | Phuket News
Malaysia’s slew of Chinese-led infrastructure and real estate projects is in the spotlight as speculation mounts that Prime Minister Najib Razak will call a snap general election. Observers say heavy Chinese involvement in the economy could be a key issue of contention during campaigning. The government says the Chinese funds are essential to drive growth, upgrade ageing public infrastructure and create jobs for Malaysians. The opposition – led by Najib’s mentor-turned-nemesis......
Singapore: Unbeaten Muhamad Ridhwan heading to Las Vegas to train at Mayweather Boxing Club | Phuket News
UNBEATEN Singapore boxer Muhamad Ridhwan is heading to the United States to train at the famous Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas. Ridhwan, who became Singapore’s first boxing world champion in May, will fight South African Koos Sibiya for the vacant International Boxing Organisation (IBO) super featherweight title in October. Although the title fight is at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, Ridhwan is grasping a rare opportunity to train at the gym founded by Floyd Mayweather Junior. He will spend 22 days in the US, from August 7-28, and hopes to make the most of the chance. SEE ALSO: Glory for Cheong as Schooling misses out: Talking points and takeaways from the World Aquatics Championships “It’s not every day that a regular guy can be given an opportunity to train with one of the best boxing teams that’s active right now,” Ridhwan told the Straits Times. “There are current...
Analysis: South Asia becomes global LNG hotspot as Bangladesh enters market | Phuket News
DHAKA/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - South Asia, long a backwater for energy markets, is emerging as a hotspot for liquefied natural gas (LNG), with Pakistan and Bangladesh set to join India as major consumers, helping to ease global oversupply that has dogged this market for years. ...
Malaysia should look to UK and Singapore to update stalking laws – activists | Phuket News
MALAYSIAN activists are calling upon the country’s legislators to look towards the United Kingdom and Singapore’s laws criminalising stalking to better protect Malaysians targeted by strangers. There is no legal protection at present, a concern recently voiced by Members of Parliament during the debate on the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill 2017 last week. Civil society welcomes these calls to make stalking an offence, emphasising the dangers the lack of legislation will cause. “Many countries already specifically criminalised stalking. The UK and Singapore, for example, have legislation which Malaysia can look to,” Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) advocacy manager Yu Ren Chung told Asian Correspondent. SEE ALSO: Viral video: Most Thais ignore domestic violence in social experiment A victim is not able to seek help from authorities with the limited legislation currently in place, as in many cases, police can only intervene once the stalker has harmed the victim, according to Yu. And while an amendment to Malaysia’s Domestic Violence Act in...
Chinese P2P player Dianrong raises $220 million from investors led by Singapore wealth fund GIC | Phuket News
Chinese peer-to-peer lending platform Dianrong said it raised $220 million from investors led by Singapore wealth fund....
Chinese bike-sharing company enters Thailand | Phuket News
China’s leading bike-sharing company Ofo announced its expansion into Thailand. Thailand is the fifth overseas market for Ofo, known for its signature yellow bikes, following Singapore, the United States, Britain and Kazakhstan. A total of 6,000 bikes will be put into use in the capital city of Bangkok from Aug. 1, after a successful month-long trial run was earlier completed at a local university. A ride on an Ofo bike will costs 5 baht per 30 minutes, with a deposit of 99 baht. The bikes will be offered for free for the first three months. “Thailand has a population of nearly 70 million and traffic jams have become a big headache in cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai,” said Cao Xiao, head of Ofo’s Asian-Pacific department. “By offering Thailand users a customized service, we hope the transport system in major Thailand cities can be improved with our shared bikes in...
5 of the most prominent Asian Landscape ideas | Phuket News
Aug 01, 2017 Picture:  Sure you are definitely well aware of all the landscape trends that have been abound in the past few years, not to mention the main fact that you consider yourself an expert on the matter. Since you have been at it for the last couple of years as well as putting most of your ideas to full fruition on your very own piece of land, there is truly no reason for you to think that you have forgotten something or are missing out on the more unique aspects of landscaping as a whole. Right? Well, not really. I really hate to be the one to burst your bubble, but yes, hard as this may be for you to initially believe, there is indeed plenty of aspects you would have missed out on simply because they ended up slipping under your radar in general. In fact,...
Singapore: Three Britons on trial for stag-party gang-rape | Phuket News
THREE British men face 20-years in jail and a caning if found guilty of gang-raping a 23-year-old Malaysian woman while visiting in the city-state for a stag-party. According to AFP, via SCMP, the three men went on trial on Tuesday accused of assaulting the woman while she was drunk and unconscious following the popular music festival, Ultra Singapore, back in September. All three – Khong Tam Thanh, 22, Le Michael, 24, and Vu Thai Son, 24 – are British citizens of Vietnamese descent, and deny the allegations. SEE ALSO: Top Singapore university probes allegations of ‘sexualized’ orientation activities Prosecuters claimed today in their opening statement that the defendants attended the electronic music festival as part of a nine-member bachelor party for Khong’s brother, the groom. The statement claimed the trio met the woman at a night club in the city before another member of their group, identified as Richard Ahn, took...
Alibaba goes offline with $2.9 billion stake in China's top grocer | Phuket News
Alibaba said on Monday that it will invest $2.87 billion for a major stake in China's top hypermart operator....
China Proposes Three-Phase Plan for Rohingya Issue | Phuket News
China has proposed a three-phase plan for resolving the Rohingya crisis, starting with a ceasefire, that has won the support of Myanmar and Bangladesh, the Foreign Ministry said. More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar's Rakhine State. The Rohingyas' suffering has caused an international outcry. Visiting the Myanmar capital Naypyitaw, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China believed that the issue could be addressed by a solution acceptable to neighbors Myanmar and Bangladesh through consultations. A ceasefire should be followed by bilateral dialogue to find a workable solution, the ministry website reported late on Sunday. The third and final phase should be to work toward a long-term solution. Wang said a ceasefire was basically in place already, and the key now was to prevent a flare-up. He hoped the two sides could soon sign...
Cold, wet weather continues in northern Taiwan | Phuket News
TAIPEI (CNA) – The weather will remain cold and soggy in northern Taiwan Monday due to seasonal northeasterly winds and a cloud system from southern China, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said. The chances of rain range from 70 percent to 100 percent in Yilan and areas north of Taoyuan, the bureau said. In particular, […]...
Chilean cherries, blueberries and avocados showcased at FHC China 2017 | Phuket News
Nov 19, 2017 Chile’s ASOEX took part in foodservice-focused trade show, which was staged from 14-16 November in Shanghai SHANGHAI, CHINA, 16 November, 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) united with Chilean chef Ricardo Gonzalez to stage a special event showcasing the best in the country’s cherries, blueberries and avocados during the Food and Hotel China (FHC China) 2017 trade exhibition, which took place in Shanghai from 14-16 November. ASOEX Director of Marketing for Europe and Asia, Charif Christian Carvajal, explained that Chilean fresh fruits were being promoted during the event through cooking shows, product tastings and gastronomy competitions. “This is the first time that our sector, via the Blueberry, Cherry and Avocado Committees, has developed a cross-sector promotion in collaboration with Patagonia Mussels, Wines of Chile and ProChile,” said Carvajal. “Food and Hotel China is an important event focused on the HoReCa sector,...
The next phase of China’s trade and industry strategy | Phuket News
While most eyes on China’s 19th Party Congress focused on personnel movements in the executive arm of government, the practical policy machinations occur in the administrative arm — the State Council. This policy nexus directs government trade and industrial policy across a range of old and new industrial sectors, in much the same manner as Japan coordinated its industrial policy through the Ministry of International Trade and Industry during its post-war catch-up industrialisation phase. China ascended to a position of global trade leadership through the 2012–17 period as domestic governance of its trade and industry policy became acutely important to the global economy. For the coming 2018–22 period, a reinvigoration of Party ideology will give the State Council the proto-policy necessary to realise its ‘global civilisation‘ narrative as the global trade agenda shifts away from US-led globalisation. The nature and direction of China’s geoindustrial policy will play an important role in determining to what extent this...
US provides drones to help Philippines fight pro-IS militants | Phuket News
The United States has been providing the Philippines with surveillance capabilities, training, information and aircraft to help it fight a monthslong siege of a southern city by pro-Islamic State group militants, the top U.S. diplomat said Monday as he prepared to meet the country’s polarizing president. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in Manila for a regional gathering, said the equipment includes a few Cessna aircraft and a few drones. He said they’ll help the Philippines......
Philippines: There can be ‘no compromise’ on human rights – foreign minister | Phuket News
THE PHILIPPINES’ government has said there can be “no compromise” when it comes to the protection of human rights and human dignity during a regional meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). During a session with the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) at the bloc’s annual Regional Forum on Friday, the Philippines emphasised the need to continue to promote human rights without politicising the issue. “When it comes to human rights and the dignity of human life there can be no compromise,” said the Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, as quoted by the Manilla Bulletin. SEE ALSO: Asean releases joint communique against Chinese expansion in South China Sea The Philippines government under President Rodrigo Duterte has been the target of international criticism by human rights groups as well as locally by the Catholic church for a bloody war on drugs that has claimed thousands...
US says aircraft to help Philippines fight pro-IS militants | Phuket News
MANILA -- The top US diplomat says the United States has been providing the Philippines with surveillance capabilities, training, information and aircraft to help it fight a months-long siege of a southern city by pro-Islamic State group militants....
At ASEAN, Tillerson Presses Counterparts on North Korea | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has met separately in Manila with the foreign ministers of Myanmar, Japan and South Korea as he begins his first official trip to Southeast Asia. The top U.S. diplomat is taking part in meetings with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum as he seeks to build pressure on North Korea. On Sunday after meeting with South Korea’s foreign minister, Kang Kyung-wha, he called the new sanctions voted by the U.N. Security Council a “good outcome.” Kang also described the new round of sanctions on North Korea as “a very, very good outcome.” Tillerson is set to meet later Sunday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. South China Sea The U.S. also is continuing to call for a legally binding mechanism to prevent conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea from erupting into...
Cambodian deputy PM threatens to ‘smash the teeth’ of opposition | Phuket News
DEPUTY Prime Minister of Cambodia Tea Banh has warned that he will “smash the teeth” of anybody who protests after the council commune elections on June 4, drawing sharp criticism from local and international politicians. Speaking at the inauguration of a government building in Siem Reap, General Tea Banh declared that if opposition groups attempted to protest electoral results as with previous polls, “I’ll break their teeth and won’t tolerate any nonsense, because we’ve been wasting too much time on them.” “These people always come out of nowhere claiming this and that. We won’t allow it anymore,” said Tea Banh, who is also the country’s defence minister, as quoted by the Khmer Times. SEE ALSO: Hun Sen warns of ‘civil war’ as Cambodian peacekeepers killed Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Mu Sochua slammed the comments, saying: “Voters should not be threatened. All parties should be allowed to motivate voters...
Submarines Deal: Thailand Moving Closer into Chinese Orbit | Phuket News
Pavin Chachavalpongpun Thailand’s military government hurriedly approved the budget to purchase three submarines from China, defending its decision as “strategically necessary” in the age of uncertain security situation in the region. However, the junta’s decision has been heavily criticised by the Thai public on the real need for the costly submarines at the time of the country’s economic downtown. Putting aside the government’s mismanagement of priorities, the public’s disapproval of the submarines purchase also stemmed from two key concerns. First, the nature of the submarines deal with China invites questions regarding its transparency. Second, the purchase of the latest Chinese armaments will be likely to pull Thailand further into the orbit of China. The submarines deal between Thailand and China The Thai government admitted that the budget approval was made in a closed-door meeting and that the public needed not to know the details of the deal, claiming that...
Cambodia to end ban on maids working in Malaysia | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH - The government’s long-standing ban on Cambodian women working as maids in Malaysia looks set to finally be lifted by the end of the month....
French mayor apologizes for Khmer insult | Phuket News
The mayor of the French city of Chantilly has apologized for his insult of French President Emmanuel Macron by claiming Macron was exhibiting “Khmer behavior”, according to The Phnom Penh Post Online on Monday. Mayor Eric Woerth made the comment during an interview with Europe 1 last Wednesday claiming Macron was behaving “unworthily” and like a Khmer because he refused to allow ex-prime minister Manuel Valls to join his new party. Valls attempted to run for parliament as part of the La Republique En Marche party, but was rejected. Woerth’s remark was an apparent reference to the authoritarian nature of the Khmer Rouge but was quickly condemned by the Cambodian government officials, Khmer Rouge scholars and social media netizens. Cambodia’s ambassador to France demanded an apology for the mayor’s comment, saying it was out of context and lack common sense. Following the backlash, Woerth posted an apology on Facebook, explaining...
World Economic Forum: Youth in Asean positive about the future | Phuket News
YOUNG people in Asean countries feel confident about success in their future, according to a survey commissioned by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The results were released alongside other presentations and findings on Southeast Asia on Friday during an international gathering in Cambodia. According to the survey, titled the Asean Youth Survey, 69 percent of the respondents in six countries polled – including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam – are optimistic that they will have a better life than their parents did. Just 13 percent feel otherwise. Nearly 24,000 people between the ages of 16 to 22 were surveyed by the WEF’s Asean Regional Strategy Group, in partnership with Singapore’s Sea Group. SEE ALSO: China welcomes Asean Summit’s softer stance on South China Sea The forum lasted three days, ending on Friday. Justin Wood, a WEF Executive Committee member, said to reporters: “Most young people in Asean feel...
Survey: Young people in Asean see promising future | Phuket News
A majority of young people in Southeast Asia are confident and optimistic about the future, according to an online survey commissioned by the World Economic Forum and released Friday at an international gathering in Cambodia....
The ASEAN Foundation and SAP partner to create positive social impact in ASEAN | Phuket News
May 13, 2017 Picture:  • Collaboration to focus on areas of Education, Volunteerism and Entrepreneurship • Partnership to empower youths within ASEAN with the skills needed to thrive in the digital economy • Strategic partnership coincides with the 50th anniversary of ASEAN JAKARTA, Indonesia — 9 May, 2017 — The ASEAN Foundation and SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced a strategic partnership to create positive social impact in South East Asia. This joint effort will focus on areas of Education, Volunteerism and Entrepreneurship. Through this partnership, the ASEAN Foundation and SAP aim to support the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in building a cohesive regional community and deliver inclusively-shared economic benefits by encouraging strategic and innovative participation of youths and social entrepreneurs. The Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations is a part of SAP’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy to equip youths with the skills they need...
This Cambodian entrepreneur thinks the ASEAN tech space will be hotter than India's | Phuket News
Cambodia's start-up scene might be in its infancy, but it is slowly garnering attention on the world stage....
Cambodia: Hun Sen uses forum session to lash out at media | Phuket News
CAMBODIA’s Prime Minister Hun Sen hijacked a press conference at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Asean in Phnom Penh on Thursday to attack two media outlets he accused of spewing anti-government rhetoric, say local reports. In his tirade, the leader singled out The Cambodia Daily and Radio Free Asia (RFA) – both independent English-language dailies – labelling them “American outlets” as he ducked their business-related questions. “You work for Radio Free Asia, which is a radio against the government. And you write for Cambodia Daily, which opposes me all the time,” he said, according to The Phnom Penh Post. The Cambodia Daily said the journalists Hun Sen pointed to when making his remarks had asked the leader how the nation’s youth would be trained for jobs of the future. They also asked for details on Cambodia’s plans for participation in China’s “One Road, One Belt” economic policy. Hun Sen told them...
Philippines, Vietnam have strongest confidence in Trump worldwide – survey | Phuket News
FILIPINO and Vietnamese citizens reportedly have the strongest confidence in US President Donald Trump in the world, a new survey by the Pew Research Centre has found. While the report showed America’s “brand” has been tarnished by the Trump presidency, 69 percent of the Philippines and 58 percent of people in Vietnam reported that they have confidence in the US leader to “do the right thing regarding world affairs.” Israel, Nigeria and Russia also exhibited high levels of confidence in Trump. Of the 37 countries surveyed by Pew in 2017, a median of only 22 percent report having “at least some confidence.” Almost three quarters have “little to no confidence” in the president. Confidence in US President has declined under Donald Trump compared with Barack Obama. Source: Pew Research Centre SEE ALSO: Not so ‘off record’: Australia’s PM publicly mocks US President Donald Trump More than half (54 percent) of Vietnam...
ThreadSol introduces fabric Cost-Saving Solutions for Thailand’s Apparel Industry | Phuket News
ThreadSol, an enterprise material management provider for the sewn products industry, has announced its presence at Garment Manufacturers Sourcing Expo 2017 (GFT), running from July 5-8 in Bangkok. ThreadSol’s exhibit will be located at Stall C5, Hall 104 of the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC). With its innovative solutions, intelloBuy and intelloCut, ThreadSol demonstrates a complete range of enterprise material management solutions, which can help Thailand’s apparel manufacturers save enormous material cost and realize major profits, in an industry that is heavily dependent upon economic priorities. intelloCut is a material planning and optimization solution for the sewn products industry. With the help of its advanced algorithms, it provides the most optimized fabric usage plan for enhanced cutting and wastage reduction. intelloCut is a material planning and optimization solution for the sewn products industry intelloBuy is a material estimation solution for garment manufacturers. ThreadSol’s second product, it enables accurate...
Threasol introduces fabric Cost-Saving Solutions for Thailand’s Apparel Industry | Phuket News
ThreadSol, an enterprise material management provider for the sewn products industry, has announced its presence at Garment Manufacturers Sourcing Expo 2017 (GFT), running from July 5-8 in Bangkok. ThreadSol’s exhibit will be located at Stall C5, Hall 104 of the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC). With its innovative solutions, intelloBuy and intelloCut, ThreadSol demonstrates a complete range of enterprise material management solutions, which can help Thailand’s apparel manufacturers save enormous material cost and realize major profits, in an industry that is heavily dependent upon economic priorities. intelloCut is a material planning and optimization solution for the sewn products industry. With the help of its advanced algorithms, it provides the most optimized fabric usage plan for enhanced cutting and wastage reduction. intelloCut is a material planning and optimization solution for the sewn products industry intelloBuy is a material estimation solution for garment manufacturers. ThreadSol’s second product, it enables accurate...
2017 Medicare Taiwan & SenCARE Conclude as Southbound Policy Ushers In Business Opportunities | Phuket News
Jun 26, 2017 Picture:  The 2017 Taiwan International Medical & Healthcare Exhibition (Medicare Taiwan) and Taiwan International Senior Lifestyle and Health Care Show (SenCARE) came to a successful conclusion today (June 18). Both exhibitions were held concurrently at Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1, having drawn more than 1,000 foreign buyers to attend the events. In addition, more than 50,000 visits during the four days of the shows. In response to the government's policy, TAITRA invited important buyers from ASEAN countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia to come to Taiwan for procurement. A total of 48 trade meetings were facilitated, to help Taiwanese companies in the medical industry expand their reach to emerging southbound markets. Doctor's Friend Medical Instrument Co. Ltd., one of exhibitors in MEDICRE, has expressed satisfaction with the results of their participation in these exhibitions. The medical industry in Southeast Asian...
Vietnamese dissident claims forcibly deported to France by 100 cops | Phuket News
A CONTROVERSIAL blogger of French-Vietnamese descent who last month had his citizenship revoked, claims he was forced into exile in France by Vietnamese authorities. The blogger, 61-year-old Pham Minh Hoang, said three police officers burst into his home last Friday and grabbed him against his will when he refused to follow them out in his shorts, an undershirt and slippers. “Once outside, I was horrified to see that there were not three, but a hundred policemen in uniform and in plainclothes around my house and in the neighboring streets,” he told The Associated Press (via ABC News) who interviewed him after his arrival in Paris. He said he was then driven to a detention centre two hours away where he spent the next 24 hours and was visited by the Consul-General of France. When he again refused to be deported, Hoang said two officials reminded him that his wife and...
Vietnam Faces New Oil Dispute With China After Beijing Cuts Visit Short | Phuket News
China and Vietnam face a stiff new test in avoiding a showdown over undersea oil drilling after Beijing cut short a high-level meeting last week, but experts say the two sides will eventually patch things over.   Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission left early from a “defense border meeting” in Vietnam Thursday due to “working arrangements,” the official Xinhua News Agency in Beijing reported. Fan had met earlier in the week with Vietnam’s Communist Party general secretary, president and prime minister. Talks cancelled  Neither side is saying officially whether something else led to the cancelation. Analysts who track Vietnam believe it comes down to a disputed South China Sea oil exploration tract in Vietnam’s hands as well as Hanoi’s recent contact with Chinese rivals Japan and the United States.   “Most analysts believe China was either sending Vietnam a signal about its deepening ties with the U.S. and...
Vietnamese Dissident Recounts Deportation to France | Phuket News
A Vietnamese dissident who says he was arrested at his home in southern Ho Chi Minh City and forcibly exiled to France said Sunday he is determined to continue his activity as a pro-democracy blogger. Pham Minh Hoang, a 61-year-old math lecturer, recounted his arrest and deportation in a phone interview with The Associated Press a few hours after his arrival in France. He said three police officers burst into his house on Friday and grabbed his arms when he refused to follow them while wearing only shorts, an undershirt and slippers.
Vietnam exiles dissident after stripping him of citizenship | Phuket News
HANOI -- Vietnamese authorities have deported a dissident after stripping him of his Vietnamese citizenship....
Vietnam blogger Pham Minh Hoang deported to France | Phuket News
French-Vietnamese dissident blogger Pham Minh Hoang loses his birth nationality and is deported....
Six-nation counterterrorism talks open | Phuket News
MANADO, INDONESIA - A six-nation meeting on the threat posed by potential terrorists returning home from Middle East conflict zones opened Saturday, focusing on the situation in the southern Philippine city of Marawi, where Islamic State-inspired militants are battling government forces....
Indonesia ombudsman finds rights violations in execution of Nigerian drug convict | Phuket News
The office of Indonesia’s ombudsman has unearthed evidence of rights violations in the execution of a Nigerian drug convict last year, an official said on Friday. Humphrey Jefferson was still seeking clemency from President Joko Widodo at the time of his execution, which meant he still had a chance of being pardoned, said Ninik Rahayu, an official of the ombudsman’s office who is overseeing the case. Jefferson, sentenced to death in 2004, had also sought a second judicial review of......
A soccer fan is dead after a post-match brawl in Indonesia | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - And he was beaten up 'by mistake' by fans of the same club that he supported....
Indonesia hints at copying Philippine leader Duterte's violent drug war | Phuket News
Indonesia has expressed a willingness to shoot down drug dealers, sparking fears the country could embark on a Philippine-style drug war....
Forty New Vehicles Launching at the GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show 2017 | Phuket News
Jul 27, 2017 Picture:  JAKARTA - The Association of Indonesian Automotive Industries (GAIKINDO) again presents the international automotive exhibition, the GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2017. Themed
Orangutans in a rehabilitation compound under threat | Phuket News
The survival of 24 orangutans living in a rehabilitation compound in Samboja Lestari about 45 km north of Balikpapam, East Kalimantan, is being threatened by deforestation, The Jakarta Post Online reported on Wednesday (July 26). Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) program manager Agus Irianto said on Wednesday that residents of Tani Bhakti village in Samboja district were using bulldozers to chop down the forest and to open land.  They claimed that the Samboja Lestari forest was previously designated a transmigration area, he said, adding that the residents were transmigrants from East Java who had lived in the area since 1957. However, BOSF had bought the land from the local people in stages at about Rp 2 million per ha from 2000 to 2005 and it took the foundation’s volunteers 15 years to reforest Samboja Lestari which was previously in critical condition. The forest was used to help train the orangutans. BOSF executive...
Indonesian villagers fell forest in orangutan sanctuary | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Nearly a fifth of the forest in an orangutan sanctuary on the Indonesian part of Borneo has been taken over by people, a conservation group says, threatening efforts to rehabilitate the critically endangered great apes for release into the wild....
Phuket Opinion: Getting the Phuket lifeguard crisis dead wrong | Phuket News
PHUKET: Now that the inevitable has started to occur and the drownings without professional lifeguards on Phuket’s beaches have started, it is time for the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO, or OrBorJor) to quit posturing and get down to business. The game is over. It is time to throw in the towel on managing Phuket’s lifeguard situation, and let the municipalities take over....
Phuket civilian beach rescues continue as officials fail to turn up for duty | Phuket News
PHUKET: A local resident walking along the sands at Bang Tao Beach rescued a Filipino man found unconscious in the surf yesterday afternoon (Oct 8)....
12-hour-old baby boy found dumped in Patong launderette | Phuket News
PHUKET: A newborn baby boy is currently in the care of Patong Hospital after being found dumped in a local launderette yesterday....
Cops target Phuket in mafia blitz | Phuket News
PHUKET: Foreign criminals operating on the resort island of Phuket – many of whom are employed as teachers or disguise themselves as football players – are next on the police “hit list”....
A nation in mourning prepares for the Royal Cremation | Phuket News
The people of Phuket have been formally invited to join the Royal Cremation services being held on the island on Oct 26 to pay their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose Royal Funeral will be held in Bangkok on that day....
Balkan pepper relish stirs appetites and pride | Phuket News
Its a source of Balkan rivalry but one ubiquitous smell: the wood-fire roasting of peppers wafting through towns and villages each autumn as families prepare the regions best-loved relish....
Keep an eye on your vision health | Phuket News
Regular eye exams at any age and life stage are critical to keeping your vision strong....
Water and electricity shut-off today in parts of Wichit, Phuket Town | Phuket News
The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority announced yesterday (Oct 7) that water and electricity in areas of Wichit and Phuket Town will be shut off today, Sunday, October 8, due to high-voltage electrical works....
Phuket Opinion: Bargaining on the beaches is playing with lives | Phuket News
Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO) Council President Teera Jiasakun has shown his utter contempt for the vital role Phuket’s lifeguards play in providing safety for beachgoers on the island – and by extension for the millions of tourists that enable Phuket’s economy to prosper....
Men accused of ‘stealing’ 125,000 lost golf balls in South Korea | Phuket News
Five people have been accused of “stealing” golf balls from water hazards, South Korean police said. They collected nearly 125,000 lost golf balls worth 22.5 million won (US$19,600) from 22 golf courses between March and June. They harvested the balls by diving into the water hazards at night. The five were caught at a golf course in Samcheok, Gangwon Province, on June 15. They were charged with special theft and will soon stand trial. But whether they will be punished is up......
North Korea missile re-entry technology not perfected yet, says South Korea | Phuket News
North Korea still does not appear to have mastered missile re-entry technology and will take at least one or two more years to do so, South Korea's vice defense minister said....
Senior US national security officials do their best to walk back President Donald Trump’s threats to unleash ‘fire and fury’ against North Korea | Phuket News
Two top US national security officials sought to tamp down fears of imminent nuclear war with North Korea following days of heightened rhetoric by US President Donald Trump, as America’s top general prepared to meet with South Korea’s leader. Walking a fine line of backing the tough talk directed at Pyongyang, but not wanting to raise the alarm at home, CIA director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, in separate Sunday talk show appearances, said there was no......
Harpoon missiles to be equipped on high-performance frigate | Phuket News
The Harpoon anti-ship missiles to be procured from the US will be equipped on the high-performance frigate HTMS Tachin now under construction in South Korea, the Royal Thai Navy’s spokesman’s office said in a statement. The statement was in response to US Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s announcement on Aug 10 that the US State Department has made a determination approving the sale of five RGM-84L Harpoon Block II Surface Launched Missiles and one RTM-84L Harpoon Block II Exercise Missile at estimated cost of US$24.9 million (about 828 million baht).   The RTN has set aside the 2016-2018 budget for the planned procurement of the Harpoon missiles, according to the RTN’s spokesman office. If there is no objection from the Congress within 30 days, a procurement deal can then be inked and delivery will be made within three years, said the RTN. In its Aug 10 announcement, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency...
North Korean goods are being labelled ‘Made in China’ – report | Phuket News
CLOTHES labelled “Made in China” are being produced in North Korea and exported across the world, say factory owners and traders. Chinese textile firms based in the border town of Dandong are taking advantage of cheaper labour next door in North Korea, spurred by the fact that the latest round of UN sanctions do not cover textile exports. All factories in North Korea are state-owned and with workers being paid between around US$75 and $160 per month, compared with $450-$750 in China. Garments from these factories are allegedly unknowingly being sold to buyers from the United States, Japan, South Korea and Europe. SEE ALSO: Despite border tension, Indian consumers prefer Chinese goods A North Korean waitress cleans the floor of a North Korean restaurant in Dandong, Liaoning province, China, September 12, 2016. Source: Reuters/Thomas Peter SEE ALSO: China prepared to pay the price of North Korea sanctions – foreign minister...
Top US General Focusing on Diplomacy for N. Korea, but Preparing Military Options | Phuket News
The top U.S. general is on the Korean Peninsula as annual U.S. and South Korean military exercises risk further increasing tensions with North Korea. U.S .Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joe Dunford said his visit to the region this week is aimed at reassuring allies South Korea and Japan, while building the military-to-military relationship with China in order to prevent miscalculations. Meanwhile, senior U.S. national security officials said Sunday a military confrontation with North Korea is not imminent, but the possibility of war has increased. CIA Director Mike Pompeo said on Fox News Sunday North Korea's push to develop a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States,
Top US General Arrives on Korean Peninsula for Talks on N. Korea Threat | Phuket News
The top U.S. general has arrived on the Korean peninsula amid unprecedented threats between Washington and Pyongyang and as annual military exercises between the United States and South Korea risk further increasing tensions. Speaking to reporters en route to Korea, U.S. General Joe Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the military’s “primary focus” is supporting the administration’s diplomatic and economic campaign to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, while preparing military options in the event that campaign fails.   He said his visit to the region this week is aimed at reassuring allies South Korea and Japan while building the military-to-military relationship with China in order to prevent miscalculations.   “We’re all looking to get out of this situation without a war,” Dunford said, even as he stressed that a world where Pyongyang possesses nuclear weapons that threaten the United States and its regional allies is “unacceptable.”  ...
In surprise, Malaysia's June export growth slows to 10% | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's exports in June grew 10% from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday, well below expectations, as shipments of manufactured goods fell....
Malaysia: American scammed out of $285,000, luggage by online Casanova | Phuket News
AN AMERICAN woman has reported to the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur after being scammed by several men into wiring and handing over at least US$285,000. The 77-year-old arrived in Malaysia on July 23, where she met up with a man who promised to take her to the supposed “dashing construction tycoon” who had courted her online. According to local newspaper The Star, the retiree’s luggage, identification and travel documents were stolen by the man. Police raided a property in suburban Kuala Lumpur and arrested two suspects of African descent aged 26 and 33, seizing US$30,000, mobile phones and a car. The men are said to have lived in Malaysia since 2015 on tourist visas. “We also managed to extract (online) conversations between the suspects and the victim. Based on the scripts, it was evident they were experts at manipulating victims by sending them sweet and passionate love letters via e-mail,” police...
Malaysia: American woman scammed out of $285,000, luggage by online Casanova conman | Phuket News
AN AMERICAN national has reported to the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur after being scammed by several men into wiring and handing over at least US$285,000. The 77-year-old arrived in Malaysia on July 23, where she met up with a man who promised to take her to the supposed “dashing construction tycoon” that had courted her online. According to local newspaper The Star, the retiree’s luggage, identification and travel documents were stolen by the man. Police raided a property in suburban Kuala Lumpur and arrested two suspects of African descent aged 26 and 33, seizing US$30,000, mobile phones and a car. The men are said to have lived in Malaysia since 2015 on tourist visas. “We also managed to extract (online) conversations between the suspects and the victim. Based on the scripts, it was evident that they were experts at manipulating victims by sending them sweet and passionate love letters via e-mail,”...
Malaysia central bank urged to reopen probe | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian opposition lawmakers urged the central bank Thursday to reopen its investigation into indebted state investment fund 1MDB that is being probed in several countries for money laundering and implicating Prime Minister Najib Razak....
Three Britons on trial for Singapore stag party gang-rape | Phuket News
Three British men went on trial in Singapore on Tuesday accused of gang-raping a 23-year-old woman while visiting the city-state for a stag party. Khong Tam Thanh, 22, Le Michael, 24, and Vu Thai Son, 24, face up to 20 years in jail and a caning if found guilty of assaulting the Malaysian woman while she was drunk and unconscious at the end of the night out. All three, British citizens of Vietnamese descent, deny the allegations. In an opening statement, prosecutors said the defendants were in......
What Xi Jinping’s show of military strength means for China’s neighbours | Phuket News
China’s military parade on Sunday and the comments made by President Xi Jinping at the event will undoubtedly have caught the attention of its neighbours, especially those with which it has territorial disputes, analysts said. The huge show of strength at the Zhurihe Combined Tactics Training Base in Inner Mongolia – the largest facility of its kind in Asia – was watched by military observers from India, Japan, Singapore and around the world. And Xi’s order to the......
New Singapore-Hat Yai route on Jetstar | Phuket News
Jetstar Asia will start a new service from Singapore to Hat Yai, primarily to tap into land visitor traffic restricted by a recent Thai visa requirement....
What Uber needs to do to catch up with Asian rivals | Phuket News
Ride-hailing giant Uber’s recent management shake-up is adding to the company’s mounting problems in Asia, where it already faces uphill battles against heavily funded local players in a race to win the region’s lucrative ride-hailing market. Most of its rivals in Asia have secured additional funding since allegations of sexual harassment and a toxic corporate culture at Uber first surfaced in February. Last week, Singapore-based Grab announced China’s ride-hailing......
Malaysia Legalize E-Hailing Services | Phuket News
Malaysia’s parliament passed two bills that will legalize the e-hailing services like Grab and Uber in the country. Malaysia’s parliament passed two bills legalizing e-hailing services The amendments will allow the services to operate on an “intermediation business license”, a new category specific for the service. The new license will regulate “the business of facilitating arrangements, bookings or transactions of an e-hailing vehicle whether for any valuable consideration or money’s worth or otherwise”, according to Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Act and the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB) bill. The bill is supported by the cabinet even as taxi driver associations protested. The CVLB had previously declared that both Uber and Grab drivers were operating illegally in the country. Read the full story here. Grab starts full operations in Myanmar After four-month trial period, Grab has begun full operations in Myanmar by launching localised apps with new safety and technology features. Myanmar is the...
Hong Kong leader states hope for stronger ties with Southeast Asia ahead of first official trip overseas | Phuket News
Ahead of her maiden overseas trip, Hong Kong’s leader is hoping to strengthen the city’s ties with its Southeast Asian neighbours and learn from competitor Singapore. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor confirmed on Sunday that a long-awaited free-trade agreement between Asean and Hong Kong was on track to be signed by the end of this year. She also hinted that she would like to visit all 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the coming years. Hong Kong’s leader......
Outrage at Najib plan to give Indian Muslims the same status as Malays | Phuket News
Questions over what makes a person a bona fide Malay has been thrust into the limelight in Singapore ahead of an upcoming presidential election reserved specially for candidates from the minority community. In neighbouring Malaysia, where Malays are in the majority and are accorded special privileges as part of decades-old affirmative action policies, the question of “Malayness” is not just an occasional hot button issue – it is at the heart of national politics. Malays and......
Trump: Should Have Left 3 US Basketball Players in Chinese Jail | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump says he should have left three college basketball players accused of shoplifting in China in jail there after the father of one of them said Trump played little role in their return to the United States. The three players with the University of California at Los Angeles thanked Trump last week for his role in easing their release by personally asking Chinese President Xi Jinping to intervene when the two leaders met earlier this month in Beijing. UCLA's athletic director said the players - LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill - shoplifted items, including expensive sunglasses, from three stores in Hangzhou, where the UCLA team was staying before playing a game against another U.S. school, Georgia Tech, in Shanghai. But LaVar Ball, LiAngelo's father, dismissed Trump's role in freeing the three, who were confined to a hotel even as their teammates returned to the United...
Top China Diplomat Talks Refugee Crisis with Myanmar Leaders | Phuket News
China's foreign minister said Sunday that the international community must help fight poverty and promote development in Myanmar's Rakhine state, which has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee amid a military crackdown.   Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the comments after meeting in Myanmar's capital, Naypyitaw, with the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as its president, Htin Kyaw, and its powerful military chief, Min Aung Hlaing.   More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Rakhine for neighboring Bangladesh since late August, when the military launched what it called
China's Foreign Minister Meets with Myanmar's Leaders | Phuket News
China's foreign minister met with Myanmar's top leaders on Sunday during a visit to the country, a day after discussing the Rohingya refugee crisis with Bangladesh's prime minister. More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state for neighboring Bangladesh since late August, when the military launched what it called
China pledges another three years of 'toilet revolution' to boost tourism | Phuket News
China announced on Sunday plans to build and upgrade 64,000 public toilets between 2018 to 2020 as part of its
Breastfeeding event attracts 2,000 mothers in Philippines | Phuket News
The mothers all breastfed their babies together to promote the health benefits of breast milk....
Asean and China to sign a framework of code of conduct | Phuket News
Asean and China are set to agree on a framework of a code of conduct that is “rules-based” with a set of norms to guide the parties and promote maritime cooperation in disputed waters during the Asean foreign ministers’ meet this weekend, according to a report in The Manila Times Online on Friday (Aug 4). The two sides also agree to ensure maritime security and safety and freedom of navigation and over flight. They also emphasize “respect for each other’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity in accordance with international law, and the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states.” The Asean meetings which will see the gathering of 27 foreign ministers in marking the 10-nation bloc’s 50th anniversary and for a regional security forum, started today (Aug 5) and is due to end on August 8. About 13,000p policemen have been deployed to areas in Metro Manila...
Philippines: Further disruption for Gilas as injured June Mar Fajardo set to miss FIBA Asia Cup | Phuket News
PHILIPPINES’ oft-troubled preparations for the FIBA Asia Cup have suffered another blow with June Mar Fajardo injuring his calf muscle on the eve of the team’s departure for Lebanon. The 6ft 11in centre’s height would have provided a significant asset for Gilas, especially in the absence of fellow big man Andray Blatche, who failed to report for duty. The reigning three-time Philippines Basketball Association (PBA) MVP now looks unlikely to see action in Asian basketball’s showpiece, which begins in Beirut next Tuesday. SEE ALSO: Andray Blatche’s absence presents an opportunity for Philippines in Lebanon Fajardo, who plays for San Miguel Beermen, is reported to have strained a calf muscle and sat out his team’s 104-98 defeat against Star Hotshots on Friday. Fajardo had become a central part of Gilas’ plans for the FIBA Asia Cup, which opens for the Philippines team with a match against China on Wednesday. His likely absence...
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to provide free education at all state colleges | Phuket News
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law making education at all state universities free, a palace official said on Friday, despite warnings from his economic advisers that the Philippines cannot afford it. Duterte, who is known for his populist leanings, believes the long-term benefits of the measure outweigh the short-term budgetary challenges, said deputy presidential executive secretary Menardo Guevarra. “Free tertiary education in state universities and colleges is a very strong......
Philippines: No prospect of Pacquiao-Marquez V as Mexican legend will hang up his gloves and vow not to return | Phuket News
THERE is no prospect of a fifth chapter in the Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez story, with the Mexican legend ready to hang up his gloves for good. Marquez, who turns 44 next month and last fought in 2014, had been targeted by Filipino superstar Pacquaio earlier this year for a fifth fight. After being disqualified in his first fight, back in 1993, Marquez won 29 consecutive bouts before losing to Freddie Norwood in Las Vegas in 1999. He bounced back by remaining unbeaten until 2006, drawing his first fight with Pacquiao in 2004. SEE ALSO: Philippines: PBA again revises its schedule to allow focus on Gilas’ FIBA Asia Cup efforts Pacquiao won the initial rematch in 2008, and the third instalment in 2012, with Marquez also losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2009. But the Mexican, who will retire as a four-time world champion with a career record of...
Philippine stocks lead SE Asia markets | Phuket News
Most Southeast Asian stock markets ended higher on Friday tracking peers in Asia, with the Philippines leading the pack on bargain-hunting....
US human rights drift as Cambodia suffers crackdown | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- As a political crackdown intensifies in Cambodia ahead of elections, critics of veteran strongman Hun Sen fear a change in US priorities under President Donald Trump will reduce pressure to respect human rights....
Seven HKTDC Fairs in April Draw More Than 225,000 Buyers | Phuket News
May 11, 2017 Picture:  10 May 2017 – More than 225,000 buyers attended seven fairs organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) in April, reflecting a slight increase in attendance over the previous year. Chinese mainland and overseas buyers accounted for about 58 per cent of the attendance with nearly 130,000 buyers. In addition to further strengthening Hong Kong as a trading hub and facilitating Hong Kong companies to secure orders, the fairs made an enormous contribution to Hong Kong’s economy, including the tourism industry. The seven April fairs were: the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition), Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition), International ICT Expo, Hong Kong Houseware Fair, Hong Kong International Home Textiles and Furnishings Fair, Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair, and the Hong Kong International Printing & Packaging Fair, which was jointly organised by the HKTDC and CIEC Exhibition Company (HK) Ltd....
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte arrives in Hong Kong ahead of Beijing visit | Phuket News
The Philippine president has arrived in Hong Kong for the first time, paying a visit to Filipinos in the city before heading to Beijing this weekend for a high-profile development summit. Rodrigo Duterte landed in Hong Kong after concluding a visit to Cambodia for this year’s World Economic Forum on Asean, held in Phnom Penh. The Philippines is chairman this year of the regional trade alliance comprising 10 countries. Duterte is the second state leader to visit the city recently,......
Hun Sen warns of ‘civil war’ as Cambodian peacekeepers killed | Phuket News
CAMBODIA’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has condemned the killings of four peacekeepers in the Central African Republic and warned of “civil war” if his ruling party is not victorious in forthcoming elections, during an address to a crowd of 3,000 soldiers on Veterans Day. The former Khmer Rouge guerrilla Hun Sen, who recently returned from a stint in hospital in Singapore, declared that the achievements of his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) needed to be defended and “must win elections, every election.” “Don’t let the 2013 situation happen again, both before the election and after the election,” warned Hun Sen, as quoted by The Phnom Penh Post. SEE ALSO: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen hospitalised in Singapore In 2013, a number of opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) supporters were killed after widespread accusations of electoral fraud in the national election. “Remember in the 2017 and 2018 [elections], if your group...
Philippine Leader Names Senator Ally New Foreign Chief | Phuket News
A Philippine senator who is a staunch defender of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody crackdown on illegal drugs has been named the country's foreign secretary. Duterte told reporters Wednesday before flying to Cambodia to attend the World Economic Forum on ASEAN that he had appointed Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano to the position.   The 46-year-old Cayetano, a lawyer and former member of the House of Representatives who was first elected to the Senate 10 years ago, lost a race for vice president last year when he ran as Duterte's running mate. He then returned to his unfinished term at the Senate but continued his impassioned defense of Duterte.   On Monday, he stood up for Duterte against international criticism at the U.N. human rights review in Geneva. He accused the Philippine media and the president's critics of spreading
Countries like Cambodia could see 'brain re-flow' | Phuket News
Young Cambodians are rolling the dice and returning home, but policymakers have a part to play in securing the future brain trust....
Cambodian UN peacekeeper killed, three missing after ambush in Central African Republic | Phuket News
Attackers in Central African Republic ambushed a convoy of UN peacekeepers from Cambodia and Morocco, killing one Cambodian soldier and wounding six other peacekeepers, Cambodian officials said Tuesday. Three Cambodian soldiers and one Moroccan peacekeeper were also reported missing after Monday’s surprise assault and may have been kidnapped, the officials said. It was not immediately clear who was responsible. Central African Republic has been embroiled in chaos since 2013, when Muslim......
Cambodian Business Hopes to Change Attitudes With World Economic Forum | Phuket News
Cambodia's rapidly normalizing economy will receive an additional boost when it hosts the regional World Economic Forum (WEF) for the first time this week with business leaders looking for opportunities to diversify the country's fledgling industries. American lawyer and chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia, Brett Sciaroni, said Cambodia's economy remained the fastest growing in Southeast Asia with annual GDP growth exceeding seven percent year-on-year. Garments, tourism, construction and agriculture are key planks in the local economy, but he said he would prefer to see the number of industries substantially broadened. “Well, we're very hopeful that we'll be getting more light manufacturing in the future because we do need to diversify the economy. Right now we have a strong agricultural sector and we have a strong garment sector but we want to graduate that light manufacturing from garments to other things,” he said.  Sprucing-up Cambodia's image Across...
Vietnam police detain French dissident for deportation | Phuket News
Vietnamese police detained a French dissident of Vietnamese descent for deportation on Friday after the Communist state revoked his Vietnamese citizenship last month, his wife said. Pham Minh Hoang, a 61-year-old activist and mathematics lecturer, had dual French and Vietnamese citizenship before Vietnam cancelled his citizenship without giving a reason, a move that drew criticism from human rights groups. Despite sweeping reforms to the economy and growing openness to social change, the......
Thailand among 10 countries most infected by malware in Asia | Phuket News
The National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Engineering today released the results of its new study, “Cybersecurity Risks from Non-Genuine Software”, which found that cybercriminals are compromising computers by embedding malware in pirated software and the online channels that offer them. The study, which aims to quantify the link between software piracy and malware infections in Asia Pacific, discovered that 100% of the websites that host pirated software download links expose users to multiple security risks, including advertisements with malicious programs. Among other findings, it also found that 92% of new computers installed with non-genuine software are infected with dangerous malware. The study was commissioned by Microsoft. “The study’s findings all point to the fact that uncontrolled and malicious sources of pirated software, particularly on the Internet, are being converted into effective means of spreading malware infections. And what we would like to achieve with this report is to...
Record number of Taiwanese manufacturers exhibited at Vietnam tool and machine exhibition | Phuket News
Jun 22, 2017 Picture:  From July 4th through 7th, MTA VIETNAM 2017 will open to public at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City. This year has marked the 15th consecutive edition of this trade show, and its scale has expanded year after year. MTA VIETNAM is the largest international exhibition in Vietnam. The estimated number of exhibitors will exceed 420 and more than 12,000 buyers from all over the world will attend the event. Taiwan Pavilion is the largest of all participating countries. The number of Taiwanese manufacturers and suppliers to participate has reached all time high in the last three years. Taiwan tool application demo area will be set up in the exhibition focusing on automotive, mold and heavy industry, which will give buyers the opportunity to understand the advantage and applications of Taiwan machine tool industry. It will also serve to...
Compelling Vietnam: Foreign investors unfazed by Trump’s trade deal rebuff | Phuket News
EVERY 45 seconds or so, a neatly wrapped VanHeusen dress shirt destined for a J C Penney store in the United States drops off a new production line at a factory north of Vietnam’s capital. Next door, rice paddies the size of 40 football fields have been filled for the US$320 million textile mill which Hong Kong based TAL Group plans to build so it won’t need to import cloth for the shirts. As elsewhere in Vietnam, there has been no sign of an impact on investment plans since US President Donald Trump abandoned the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal which had been expected to benefit Vietnam more than any country. In fact, foreign direct investment rose 6 percent year-on-year to US$6.15 billion in the first five months of 2017. Cheap labour is an obvious lure for foreign investors. TAL’s chief executive, Roger Lee, said Vietnam also scores...
India likely to get US nod for drones purchase ahead of Modi’s visit | Phuket News
THE United States is expected to approve India’s purchase of a naval variant of the Predator drone, a source familiar with the situation said, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries to revitalize relations with Washington when he meets President Donald Trump for the first time. Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defense ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under Trump, who has courted Asian rival China as he seeks Beijing’s help to contain North Korea’s nuclear program. The deal would still require approval by Congress. California-based General Atomics, the maker of the Guardian drone sought by India, declined to comment. Modi’s two-day visit to Washington begins on Sunday. Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping in April and has also had face time with the leaders of nations including Japan, Britain and Vietnam...
Indonesian villagers cut down forest to plant palm oil in orangutan sanctuary | Phuket News
Nearly a fifth of the forest in an orangutan sanctuary on the Indonesian part of Borneo has been taken over by people, a conservation group says, threatening efforts to rehabilitate the critically endangered great apes for release into the wild. People thought to have migrated from other parts of Indonesia have occupied part of the sanctuary, cut down trees and planted crops including palm oil, Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation spokesman Nico Hermanu said on Thursday. The human activities......
Indonesia law gives tax office access to financial data | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesia's parliament on Thursday passed into law a government regulation that gives tax authorities access to information on accounts held at financial institutions, including banks, deputy speaker Agus Hermanto said....
Malaysian PM thinks Malay should be the language of Asean | Phuket News
MALAYSIA’s Prime Minister Najib Razak said he wants Bahasa Melayu or Malay to be the official language of the Asean regional bloc by 2050. Different variations of Malay are spoken by an estimated 290 million people and is an official language in four out of the ten Asean member states: Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei. There is also a large community of Malay speakers in southern Thailand. “As we head towards 2050, I wish to see Bahasa Melayu become Asean’s main and official language, as well as a top lingua franca at global level,” said Najib on Wednesday, as quoted by The Star newspaper. ...
Would moving Indonesia’s capital work? | Phuket News
The Indonesian government has announced that it will prepare to move the capital of Jakarta starting in 2018, experts say that at the very least, the idea needs more time to work out the kinks. National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro met with President Joko Widodo at the presidential palace and agreed to complete the feasibility study “by the end of the year”. The plan is for a new administrative capital to then be built in three to four years, though its new......
Hong Kong: Migrant worker women radicalised by online jihadi boyfriends – report | Phuket News
FEMALE Indonesian migrant workers are being drawn to extremism while residing in Hong Kong, many through online communication with jihadi men, according to the findings of new research from a leading Jakarta-based think tank. Released on Wednesday, the report from Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) entitled The Radicalisation of Indonesian Women Workers in Hong Kong argues that Indonesia’s government needs to work with labour recruiters and civil society organisations to prevent further radicalisation of female migrant workers, many of whom are culturally and socially isolated while overseas. Only an estimated 50 domestic workers in Hong Kong have been drawn into extremist cells, out of a community of 153,000 Indonesians in the city. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Is the future of terrorism female? Nevertheless, the report said these people may be capable of considerable damage as extremists given their international experience, multilingualism and greater access to financial capital than Indonesian...
East African Refugees Make Indefinite Home for Themselves in Indonesia | Phuket News
Ranna, 24, an Oromo Ethiopian woman, is not only a third-generation refugee, but also a two-time refugee. Indonesia, which is home now, is the second place to which she has been displaced in her young life. She was born in Saudi Arabia because her mother, the daughter of a prominent dissident, fled Ethiopia before her birth. But that country did not recognize asylum-seekers and she was officially stateless. After a brief interlude in Ethiopia, where she was deported to at age 16 and where she earned a bachelor’s degree, she was again forced to flee during a government crackdown on Oromo activists in 2015. After a harrowing interlude in Djibouti, where she says Oromo asylum-seekers were being rounded up and deported because of an agreement with the Ethiopian government, Ranna’s smuggler booked her, her mother and her brother on a flight to Indonesia. It was a country where they knew...
Extension of Philippine Martial Law Signals Long Fight Against Muslim Rebels | Phuket News
An extension of martial law in the Philippine south through December indicates the government lacks a quick way out of its armed conflict against a group of ISIS-inspired Muslim rebels, but underscores how seriously it’s taking the fight. On Saturday, the Philippine Congress voted 261-18 to put the southern island of Mindanao under martial law through the end of the year and give troops a new edge in their fight against the Maute Group in battles characterized by ambushes and executions of civilians. “The war is still ongoing and it’s difficult for people in Manila to know what’s going on,” said Rhona Canoy, president of an international school and part of a political family in the Mindanao city Cagayan de Oro. “The president or the military, they have to make an instant decision,” she said, speaking hypothetically. “Mindanao being under martial law would make that an easier situation to deal...
How personal turmoil put a radical helper in Hong Kong on road to Syria to help Islamic State | Phuket News
Fighting for a stable job, battling family issues and dealing with drug addiction, Ayu found in ­Islamic radicalism a window for acceptance and empowerment that she struggled to get more than 3,200km from home. She is one of about 45 Indonesian helpers who forged links with Islamic State while living in Hong Kong, a study by a Jakarta-based think tank showed on Wednesday. Small number of Indonesian domestic workers radicalised while in Hong Kong, report warns The Institute for......
Jakarta's Traffic-clogged Economy Gets a Lift From Motorbike Deliveries | Phuket News
Three years ago, Ferly Aninditya's stall at a Jakarta food court was losing money. Deterred by the Indonesian capital's paralyzing traffic, few customers were prepared to come to him. But that was before he teamed up with Go-Jek, the ride-hailing motorbike service that delivers everything from meals and groceries to cleaners and hairdressers across Jakarta, all at the touch of a smartphone app. Now Aninditya owns a chain of small restaurants with seven thriving branches that send Indonesian-style fish and chips by Go-Jek's army of motorbike riders across Jakarta.
Jamies Phuket: Krabi and Koh Lanta calling | Phuket News
After many years of avoiding Krabi, we’ve done two trips this year and we’re planning yet another trip!...
Water and electricity shut-off tomorrow in parts of Wichit, Phuket Town | Phuket News
The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority has announced today (Oct 7) that water and electricity in areas of Wichit and Phuket Town will be shut off tomorrow, Sunday, October 8, due to high-voltage electrical works....
Man, 20, and woman, 27, arrested with 195 ya bah pills in Pa Khlok | Phuket News
A 20-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman have been arrested for selling ya bah pills in Pa Khlok, Thalang yesterday (Oct 6) evening at about 6.40pm....
Phuket woman, 46, dead after colliding with open truck door on Thepkrasattri Rd | Phuket News
About ten metres away was a yellow-black scoopy scooter on its side and a woman lying on the road, bleeding profusely, said Capt Ekkasak....
Confusion continues over 'torpedo' at Phuket's Sirinat National Park | Phuket News
A section of Sirinat National Park was closed off to the public yesterday (Oct 6), and is expected to remain so for at least three to four days, as over 40 officers from the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command and relevant departments inspected the torpedo-shaped object that was found on Nai Yang beach on Tuesday (Oct 3)....
Humble Hero: The story of how Phuket expat Steve Kelsall brightened kids’ lives | Phuket News
Steve Kelsall, Guest Service Manager at the Ao Chalong Villa Resort & Spa, embodies the generous spirit of Phuket’s large and long-standing expatriate community....
Phuket lifeguards? We’ll do it ourselves, say local mayors | Phuket News
PHUKET: Mayors and other leading authorities at key tourist beaches along Phuket’s west coast today (Oct 6) called for the ability to provide their own lifeguards at their beaches instead of relying on the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO, or OrBorJor), which has overseen the role for years....
Without Phuket lifeguards, Chinese tourist drowns at Karon Beach | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 29-year-old Chinese tourist has drowned at Karon Beach, marking the first death since the Phuket Lifeguard Service declined to renew its bid to provide lifeguard services on the island last Saturday (Oct 1)....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Phuket to BKK in wheelchair! May 2019 elections? 55-day run! || October 6 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - October 6 Phuket to BKK in a wheelchair! Ex-monk’s murder case? Share-bike DUMPED! May 2019 Thai general elections? Toon Bodyslam’s 55-day run for charity! Hosted by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
Top US General Arrives on Korean Peninsula for Talks on North Korea Threat | Phuket News
The top U.S. general has arrived on the Korean peninsula amid unprecedented threats between Washington and Pyongyang and as annual military exercises between the United States and South Korea risk further increasing tensions. Speaking to reporters en route to Korea, U.S. General Joe Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the military’s “primary focus” is supporting the administration’s diplomatic and economic campaign to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, while preparing military options in the event that campaign fails.   He said his visit to the region this week is aimed at reassuring allies South Korea and Japan while building the military-to-military relationship with China in order to prevent miscalculations.   “We’re all looking to get out of this situation without a war,” Dunford said, even as he stressed that a world where Pyongyang possesses nuclear weapons that threaten the United States and its regional allies is “unacceptable.”  ...
Top US general to meet South Korea’s President Moon amid tensions with North | Phuket News
America’s top general plans to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday, just days after his counterpart Donald Trump said a military solution to the North Korea missile crisis was “locked and loaded”. General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet senior military officials along with Moon, according to an official with South Korea’s Blue House who asked not to be identified. He will head then head to China on the previously......
Top US general jets into Asia amid N.Korea tensions | Phuket News
TOKYO -- General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet with President Moon Jae-in in Seoul on Monday amid escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program, according to an official with South Korea’s Blue House....
In South Korea, Seeking Bomb Shelters, Gold and MREs | Phuket News
South Koreans are buying more gold and ready-to-eat meals, while the government plans to expand nationwide civil defense drills planned for this month as rhetoric between North Korea and the United States ramps up tension. Long used to living within the range of North Korea’s artillery, people in the South have generally ignored its aggressiveness and series of nuclear and long-range missile tests. But this week, as Pyongyang exchanged increasingly angry words with the United States, there are worries of a clash erupting along the heavily militarized frontier, which divides the two Koreas. ​Ready to eat meals Combat Ration Inc, which makes 2 billion won ($1.75 million) of annual revenue selling ready to eat meals, said sales had surged as much as 50 percent in the past week compared to the average. “Since 2006, when North Korea first conducted its nuclear test, there wasn’t this much response as people became...
Trump, Chinese President Discuss ‘Dangerous’ North Korea Situation | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearize the Korean peninsula during a telephone conversation Friday, the White House said in a statement. The statement said the leaders affirmed that the recent adoption of a new United Nations Security Council resolution regarding North Korea was an important and necessary step toward achieving peace and stability on the Korean peninsula. It also said the presidents agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior. Earlier Friday Trump issued a new warning to North Korea, saying the U.S. military was “locked and loaded,” as Pyongyang leveled accusations that the U.S. leader was driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war. Trump also repeated his earlier warnings to North Korea against threats or actions toward the island of Guam, saying “if anything happens to Guam, there’s going to be big, big trouble in...
Trump, Chinese President to Discuss ‘Dangerous’ North Korea Situation | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump says he will speak by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday night about what he called the “very dangerous” situation with North Korea. He also repeated his earlier warnings to North Korea against threats or actions toward the United States, saying “if anything happens to Guam, there’s going to be big, big trouble in North Korea.” Pyongyang has threatened to send missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory, which is home to a major U.S. military hub. Speaking to reporters at his golf resort in New Jersey, Trump also said the United States is considering additional sanctions on North Korea “as strong as they get.” Earlier Friday, Trump said North Korea’s leader will “regret it fast” if he threatens or acts against Guam, or any other U.S. territory or ally. He said he hoped North Korea fully understood his words of warning over the past few...
Trump Warns North Korea Will 'Regret It Fast' if Action Taken Against Guam | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday issued yet another warning to North Korea, saying its leader would
Trump: Military 'Locked and Loaded' Should North Korea Take Military Action | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump has issued yet another warning to North Korea, saying the U.S. military is
Trump: US military 'locked and loaded' | Phuket News
US President Donald Trump tweeted that military solutions are
Najib can’t afford to keep Malaysia’s civil servants – or to lose them | Phuket News
Malaysia is stuck in the middle income trap. And one of the problems keeping it there is the massive size of its civil service – estimated at 1.6 million by Mohammad Sherif Kassim, the former secretary general of the Ministry of Finance. While such a large service has the effect of buttressing the government, making Malaysia more stable, it also hampers efforts to transform the government, making Malaysia more stagnant too. So while Mohammad’s desire to reduce the size of the......
US Assures ASEAN: North Korea Will Not Overshadow South China Sea Talks | Phuket News
As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarks on his first official trip to Southeast Asia this week, the United States continues to press for a legally binding mechanism to prevent conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea from erupting into violent confrontations. After more than 15 years of intermittent talks, foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China are expected to endorse the framework of a code of conduct (COC) that commits to cooperation rather than confrontations in the disputed waters, during talks this week in the Philippines.
US Firm Offers to Resume MH370 Search, Families Say | Phuket News
A U.S. seabed exploration firm has offered to take on the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, families of passengers and a Malaysian government minister said Wednesday, in a bid to solve one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries. The Boeing 777 disappeared in 2014 en route to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur with 239 people aboard. Analysis of radar and satellite contacts suggested someone on board may have deliberately switched off the plane's transponder before diverting it thousands of kilometers out over the Indian Ocean. Australia, Malaysia and China called off an A$200 million ($159.16 million), two-year search for the plane in January, amid protests from families of those on board. Grace Nathan, a Malaysian lawyer whose mother, Anne Daisy, was on the plane, told Reuters the U.S. company, Ocean Infinity, had offered to resume the search for free, and had asked for a reward only...
US Secretary of State to visit Bangkok | Phuket News
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia August 5-9, according to the department’s press statement. In Manila, he will participate in the Asean Regional Forum, the East Asia Summit Ministerial, the US-Asean Ministerial, and the Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial. During these meetings, Secretary Tillerson will meet with his counterparts and discuss a range of issues including the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, maritime security, and counterterrorism. Secretary Tillerson will also travel to Thailand to pay respects to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and engage Thai officials on the enduring US-Thailand partnership and regional issues. In Kuala Lumpur, he will meet officials to discuss strengthening cooperation on a range of issues in the 60th year of US-Malaysia bilateral relations. Secretary Tillerson’s travel reaffirms the Administration’s commitment to further broaden and enhance U.S. economic and security interests in the Asia-Pacific region, the statement...
Malaysia seizes ivory, pangolin scales from Africa | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian authorities said Wednesday that they seized 23 pieces of elephant tusks and 301 kilogrammes of pangolin scales believed to have been smuggled from Africa in a haul worth nearly $1 million....
Abu Dhabi gives new deadline as 1MDB misses $600 million payment | Phuket News
Abu Dhabi gave Malaysia's 1MDB state fund five days to make a $600 million payment after it missed Tuesday's deadline....
US Secretary of State due in Bangkok | Phuket News
WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia from Saturday through Aug 9 for talks with his counterparts in the region as North Korea has escalated tensions by test-launching two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month, the State Department said Tuesday....
In Singapore, how Malay is Malay? | Phuket News
An upcoming presidential poll in Singapore reserved for ethnic Malays will see the multiracial Lion City elect its first head of state from the indigenous minority community in five decades, but a divisive debate on whether the contenders are “Malay enough” is threatening to overshadow the actual vote. The September election for the ceremonial role had already proven to be a political lightning rod, with public opinion split over constitutional amendments last November that......
Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition 2017 welcomes record number of over 156,000 global visitors | Phuket News
Jul 28, 2017 Kicking off on 9 June, the 22nd edition of the Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (GILE) welcomed visitors for the four-day fair during which key industry players had the chance to explore the convergent future of the lighting industry. The fair maintained its position as an influential and comprehensive lighting and LED event by receiving strong industry support – support that was demonstrated by its largest visitor figures in recent years. The fair welcomed 156,898 visitors (2016: 145,080) – an increase of over 8% from last year’s exhibition – from 134 countries and regions. The top 10 overseas visitors were from Hong Kong, India, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, US, Thailand, Russia, Malaysia and Australia. The trade fair spanned 17 halls of the China Import and Export Fair Complex including a total of 2,428 exhibitors (2016: 2,399). The exhibition was segmented into three sections; production, technology and applications. These...
Squash: Nicol David suffers first defeat to fellow Asian player for 15 years as Joey Chan reaches World Games final | Phuket News
MALAYSIAN squash superstar Nicol David’s bid to win a fourth straight World Games gold was ended as she suffered a first defeat to a fellow Asian for 15 years. The 33-year-old eight-times world champion was beaten 3-2 by Hong Kong’s Joey Chan, who produced the performance of her career to beat her idol. SEE ALSO: Singapore’s Joseph Schooling misses out on medal as Malaysia-educated Ben Proud wins gold David, who is ranked sixth in the world, lost 11-7 10-12 11-5 4-11 5-11 against world number 19 Chan in the semi-final in Wroclaw, Poland. Women’s squash at the World Games – a quadrennial multi-sport event for sports not contested at the Olympics – has been dominated by David since 2005. Surprise at #TWG2017 #squash (#壁球) Semifinals: Joey Chan (#Hongkong #香港) beats #record 8-time #Worldchampion Nicol David (3-2). Congrats !! pic.twitter.com/UTHueRz4XL — The World Games (@TheWorldGames) July 27, 2017 But the Penangite, who...
Swimming: Joseph Schooling eases into 100m butterfly semi-finals but Quah Zheng Wen misses out again | Phuket News
SINGAPORE swim star Joseph Schooling eased into the semi-finals of his main event – the 100m butterfly – at the World Championships in Hungary but compatriot Quah Zheng Wen missed out again. It is difficult not to feel for Quah, who finished 18th overall in a time of 52.13 seconds. The top 16 qualify for the semi-finals. The 20-year-old – 11 times a gold medallist at the Southeast Asian Games – entered four events and missed the semi-finals in all four. In addition to finishing 18th in the 100m fly, he was also 18th in both the 200m fly and 100m backstroke, as well as finishing 24th – in a new Singaporean record time – in the 200m backstroke. SEE ALSO: It’s two events down, one to go for Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling as he pursues World gold Quah, who holds three individual records at the SEA Games, will no doubt...
Amazon made its first foray into a key region yesterday — the service now appears unusable | Phuket News
The Prime Now delivery service in Singapore appears to be unavailable, with no word from Amazon on when it will resume....
Amazon made its first foray into Southeast Asia yesterday — the service now appears unusable | Phuket News
The Prime Now delivery service in Singapore appears to be unavailable, with no word from Amazon on when it will resume....
China wants Bangladesh, Myanmar to solve Rohingya crisis bilaterally | Phuket News
DHAKA: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday urged Bangladesh and Myanmar resolve the Rohingya crisis through bilateral negotiations instead of an international initiative....
Coal Project Is Latest Sign of Growing Pakistan-China Relationship | Phuket News
As the car speeds along gleaming blacktop highways in Pakistan's southern desert of Tharparkar, it is clear the new roads were not built to serve the poor herders and nomads who live in cone-shaped straw homes and subsist on herding sheep and cattle. Indeed, a few decades ago, the Tharparkar desert in Sindh province bordering India was accessible only by crab-shaped vehicles that crawled over sand dunes by day and under star-studded skies at night, to reach the people of a forgotten century. That changed as international feasibility studies sanctioned by Islamabad found that nearly half the desert covered coal. The turning point came as China offered to excavate and convert the fuel to help Pakistan cover its electricity shortfall of 25,000 megawatts. So while the world turned away from coal to cleaner fuels, the Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) began digging a layered, rectangular trough near the town...
Air Force to review bids for Mirage-2000 salvage mission on Monday | Phuket News
TAIPEI (CNA) – The Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force has announced a formal request for tenders (RTF) for companies to conduct a marine salvage mission to retrieve the black box of a Mirage-2000 fighter jet that went missing on Nov. 7. According to an unnamed Air Force official, the RTF, which was made public […]...
Seven HKTDC Autumn Fairs Attract 190,000+ Buyers, Overseas Visitors Spent Over HK$1 billion in Hong Kong | Phuket News
Nov 18, 2017 Picture:  15 November 2017 – Seven trade fairs organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) in October and November attracted a total of more than 9,500 exhibitors, and welcomed over 190,000 buyers from 176 countries and regions. The attendance figures is similar to last year’s. The seven fairs were: the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), electronicAsia, the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition), the Hong Kong Optical Fair, and the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, which were held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC); as well as the Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo, and Eco Expo Asia, held at the AsiaWorld-Expo. Increase in overseas exhibitors and buyers International trade fairs attract many business visitors with high consumption power to Hong Kong. The seven autumn fairs drew more than 7,000 Chinese mainland and overseas exhibitors...
Model Gigi Hadid pulls out of Victoria’s Secret China show | Phuket News
SHANGHAI (AP) — Supermodel Gigi Hadid said Friday she will not be walking the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in Shanghai next week, a few months after Chinese internet users accused her of racist behavior. Hadid said in a post on her Twitter account: “I’m so bummed I won’t be able to make it to China […]...
China says will work with North Korea to boost ties as envoy visits | Phuket News
Traditional friendship between China and North Korea represents
Huawei to build cloud data centre in eastern corridor | Phuket News
China's Huawei Technologies Co is set to build its leading cloud data centre in Southeast Asia in Thailand's Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) with an initial budget of US$10 million....
Duterte makes public university free in the Philippines | Phuket News
CONTROVERSIAL Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a bill which grants fully government-subsidised education at all state universities and colleges (SUCs), said a member of the country’s Cabinet on Friday. The decision was made by Duterte despite advice against the law from the president’s top economic advisers. “Since many people have been waiting for the president’s action for the very important enrolled bill that was passed by congress last May entitled Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education,” said Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra as quoted by local newspaper the Inquirer. “I am pleased to announce that last night, August 3, 2017, the President signed the enrolled bill.” According to Reuters, economic advisers to the president said the government cannot afford the estimated 100 billion pesos (US$2 billion) a year cost of providing free tuition. SEE ALSO: Kim Jong Un is ‘insane, a fool and a maniac’ – Duterte “Free tertiary education...
Philippines' Duterte signs law granting free public college | Phuket News
MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law granting tuition-free education in all state universities, a Cabinet official said on Friday, setting aside the advice of his economic managers to reject the measure....
Philippines: PBA again revises its schedule to allow focus on Gilas’ FIBA Asia Cup efforts | Phuket News
WITH the FIBA Asia Cup on the horizon, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has announced it has again revised its schedule for the period while Gilas flies the flag in Lebanon. Philippines open their FIBA Asia Cup campaign against China next Wednesday, before facing Iraq on Friday and Qatar on Sunday, August 13. The PBA has adjusted the Governors Cup schedule for the second time in a week as it aims to keep the focus on Gilas’ efforts in Beirut. SEE ALSO: Calvin Abueva finally shows up as Philippines train with complete FIBA Asia Cup squad for first time Three match days have been scrapped, which will allow a break for a full week while Gilas compete overseas against the best teams from Asia and Oceania. This Sunday’s double-header at the Smart Araneta Coliseum will continue as planned but will now feature games between Blackwater and Phoenix, and Meralco and KIA....
US hopes North Korea faces ‘chorus of condemnation’ at Asean forum | Phuket News
UNITED STATES Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will push for diplomatic pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme, with a top advisor stating the US hopes for a “chorus of condemnation” from Asia Pacific nations at a regional security meeting this weekend. The Philippines capital Manila is set to host the annual Asean Regional Forum, with the US seeking another round of tougher sanctions against Kim Jong Un’s regime. The meeting is the region’s largest security forum and will see the attendance of diplomats from 26 countries. Despite US-led attempts to isolate the North Korean regime, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho is set to attend. The State Department has confirmed, however, that Tillerson will not hold a bilateral meeting with his North Korean counterpart. Kim guides the second test-fire of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasong-14 in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on July 29, 2017....
Kim Jong Un is ‘insane, a fool and a maniac’ – Duterte | Phuket News
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has ridiculed North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un for his persistence in developing a nuclear programme despite international pressure to stop it, calling him “insane, a fool and a maniac”. In a speech late on Wednesday during the 113th foundation of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the Philippine strongman stressed the need to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear programme. “Kim Jong Un is playing with dangerous toys (nuclear weapons). He’s insane. Don’t be fooled by his chubby and kind looks. Son of a bitch, he’s a maniac,” Duterte said. The Philippine leader warned that North Korea’s nuclear weapons, if not stopped, would have catastrophic effects on both mankind and food security. Duterte noted North Korea’s nuclear weapon “can make the Far East an arid land.” “It must be stopped. If a nuclear war erupts, there will be limited confrontation. And if it blows up here, I’ll tell you,...
HIV infection rate in Philippines the highest in Asia Pacific, declared ‘national emergency’ | Phuket News
PARLIAMENTARIANS, activists and health experts have called the prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the Philippines a national emergency after a United Nations report showed rates of the disease were the highest in the Asia-Pacific region. They are urging President Rodrigo Duterte’s government to take drastic action, after a UNAIDS report showed the Philippines had seen a 140 percent increase in the number of new HIV infections between 2010 and 2016, from 4,300 to 10,500 cases. “The government must focus its time and resources on this urgent, life and death matter. We cannot afford to lose our young people to this epidemic,” said Senator Risa Hontiveros, the Senate Committee on Health vice-chair on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: Philippines: As HIV cases hit record high, govt explores new drug treatment Philippines health department data has shown in May 2017 alone, more than 1,000 new cases of HIV-AIDS were reported – the...
Escap advises Cambodia to improve rule of law | Phuket News
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific said in a report released on Monday that Cambodia has enjoyed strong economic growth, but needs to improve its governance and rule of law in order to promote greater development, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Tuesday. Led by garment export growth, Cambodia experienced steady 7.2 percent growth in 2016, with exports of ready-made garments accounting for about 80 percent of total exports, said Escap. The sector employs about 600,000 people. Oliver Paddison, chief of the countries with Special Needs section at Escap, noted that Cambodia needs to address its poor performance in terms of rule of law to increase its development growth. “Essentially, you cannot develop if you do not improve governance, you cannot develop if you don’t improve transparency, if you don’t improve accountability, he said. He also said that Cambodia needs to improve education and skills training...
Illegal logging in Cambodia fuels Vietnam’s timber industry | Phuket News
A damning report by a UK and US-based NGO alleges that systemic bribery in Cambodia and Vietnam has enabled wood logged in protected forests in Cambodia's Ratanakkiri province to be smuggled over the border....
Japan provides $200m loan to Cambodia for new port | Phuket News
PHNOM PEHN - The Japanese government has approved a US$200 million loan to Cambodia to build a second deep-sea port in the southwestern coastal city of Sihanoukville, a Cambodian minister said on Saturday....
Historic path | Phuket News
Old temples along a route from Siem Reap in Cambodia to Pimai district in Nakhon Ratchasima have a story to tell visitors. — Jetjaras Na Ranong...
Ground broken for Cambodia’s first oil refinery | Phuket News
After years of setbacks and delay, the Cambodian company set to operate Cambodia’s first oil refinery finally broke ground on Thursday on a US$1.62 billion project set for completion in the middle of 2019, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Friday. Initially set to be completed in 2014 after receiving full financial funding from the Export-Import Bank of China in December 2013, the project did not move forward until May last year when the company granted $620 million first phase construction contract to the state-owned Chinese National Petroleum Company. Construction was then outsourced to China’s Sino Great Wall International Engineering Group. The oil refinery is to be built on 365 hectares across Kampot and Sihanoukville provinces. When all phases of the project are finally completed, the facility is expected to have an annual refining capacity of 5 million tonnes of crude oil, said Vinh Hour, chairman of Cambodian Petrochemical...
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen hospitalised in Singapore | Phuket News
CAMBODIAN Prime Minister Hun Sen, one of the world’s longest serving rulers after more than three decades in power, is in hospital in Singapore, he said on his Facebook page on Thursday. Hun Sen, 64, said he had fallen ill because he was very tired and needed urgent medical treatment. He said he had been in hospital since Wednesday, but planned to return to Cambodia on Sunday to resume work as normal. Pictures showed him in bed with family members at his side. Hun Sen was briefly hospitalised in Singapore last year. SEE ALSO: Cambodian leader Hun Sen travels to Singapore hospital for a check-up The former Khmer Rouge guerrilla has ruled his southeast Asian country with an iron hand since 1985, a period in which Cambodia has emerged from the aftermath of genocide to become one of the region’s fastest growing economies. Opponents accuse Hun Sen and his allies...
Two new insurance firms launch operations in Cambodia this week | Phuket News
Bangkok Life Assurance (Cambodia) launched its operations in Cambodia on Tuesday to be followed by the launch on Friday of another life insurance company, Hong Kong-based pan-Asia Insurer AIA as they join a market that has seen rapid expansion in recent years, according to The Phnom Penh Post Online on Thursday. Speaking at the official launch of Bangkok Life Assurance (Cambodia) on Tuesday, Ngon Sokha, secretary of state for Ministry of Economy and Finance, said that life insurance gross premiums accounted for 31 percent of the $120 million in gross premium recorded last year. Ngeth Chou, senior consultant at Emerging Markets Consulting, said that there is plenty of room for growth in the life insurance sector when compared to Cambodia’s more developed neighbours. He said that the six established players should work to educate the people about life insurance products before the government consider granting more licenses. Methit Mukdasiri, director...
Washington courts Vietnam amid regional tensions | Phuket News
Last week, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc travelled to Washington for a four-day summit. The visit is expected to further cement the economic and strategic partnership, considered a prelude to Washington’s more dynamic engagement in the region. The Trump Administration has shown willingness to discuss a new approach to strengthen and expand bilateral and regional cooperation with Hanoi vis-à-vis the emerging role of Vietnam as a strategic and economic partner as stressed in the U.S.-Vietnam Joint Statement. The Trump Administration has emphasised Washington’s commitment to significantly foster economic, diplomatic and security ties with the ASEAN community, considered as a critical partner in the shaping of a regional architecture more aligned to Washington’s great strategy and paramount to regional stability and economic growth. The Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership has certainly alimented concerns about Washington’s real intentions to pursue an assertive strategy in the Asia Pacific...
Uncertain times, uncertain ties: Washington courts Vietnam amid regional tensions | Phuket News
Last week, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc travelled to Washington for a four-day summit. The visit is expected to further cement the economic and strategic partnership, considered a prelude to Washington’s more dynamic engagement in the region. Pivotal relations between Vietnam and the U.S. are expected to strengthen in the aftermath of Prime Minister Phuc to Washington. The Trump Administration has shown willingness to discuss a new approach to strengthen and expand bilateral and regional cooperation with Hanoi vis-à-vis the emerging role of Vietnam as a strategic and economic partner as stressed in the U.S.-Vietnam Joint Statement. The Trump Administration has emphasised Washington’s commitment to significantly foster economic, diplomatic and security ties with the ASEAN community, considered as a critical partner in the shaping of a regional architecture more aligned to Washington’s great strategy and paramount to regional stability and economic growth. The Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw...
Compelling Vietnam: Foreign Investors Unfazed by Trump's Trade Deal Rebuff | Phuket News
Every 45 seconds or so, a neatly wrapped VanHeusen dress shirt destined for a J.C. Penney store in the United States drops off a new production line at a factory north of Vietnam's capital. Next door, rice paddies the size of 40 football fields have been filled for the $320 million textile mill which Hong Kong based TAL Group plans to build so it won't need to import cloth for the shirts. As elsewhere in Vietnam, there has been no sign of an impact on investment plans since U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal which had been expected to benefit Vietnam more than any country. In fact, foreign direct investment rose 6 percent year-on-year to $6.15 billion in the first five months of 2017. Cheap labor is an obvious lure for foreign investors. TAL's chief executive, Roger Lee, said Vietnam also scores highly...
Vietnam's Crackdown on Political Dissent Described as Boon for Business | Phuket News
Economic analysts say many foreign investors are finding an up side to the suppression of dissent in Vietnam, taking comfort in the expectation of business stability as the country’s one-party government moves toward a landmark economic summit later in the year. Plain-clothed authorities beat rights campaigners and bloggers in 36 incidents between January 2015 and April 2017, often resulting in serious injuries, the New York advocacy group Human Rights Watch said Sunday. Some had joined demonstrations to protect the environment or pushed for human rights, the group said. Analysts in the country say foreign investors and others with business in Vietnam will either ignore the suppression or take it as a sign that the government is eliminating possible threats to its promotion of a fast-growing economy that depends largely on foreign direct investment. “At the moment it’s almost implicit that the one-party state will continue indefinitely, and if you want...
Could Southeast Asia be Islamic State’s new frontline? | Phuket News
Late May saw the start of the bloody siege of Marawi, a predominantly Muslim city on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. Over 170 people have been killed, including 120 militants. With the terrorist crisis in the Philippines as a backdrop, one of the hottest topics at the recent Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, an annual regional security conference, was the terrorism threat in Southeast Asia and the significance of Islamic State’s recent alliances with possibly as many as 30 much smaller militant groups in this region. The fighting in Marawi shook the Philippine government into declaring temporary martial law in the south following years of unsuccessful attempts to pacify an older homegrown Muslim insurgency. Last Monday, a roadside bomb planted by suspected Muslim insurgents killed six Thai soldiers and wounded four on Monday in the southern province of Pattani, police said. A decades-old separatist insurgency in of predominantly...
Vietnam rights report highlights beatings, intimidation | Phuket News
HANOI -- Vietnamese human rights bloggers and activists are being beaten and intimidated, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday, as it urged the Communist government to end attacks and hold those responsible accountable....
100,000 Startups and seismic changes in Vietnam’s political economy | Phuket News
2016 was called ‘the year of the startup’ in Vietnam. Never before has the Vietnamese government shown so much support for startups. Entrepreneurship has been emphasised as a key driver for Vietnam’s economy by the national media and in almost all official speeches made by Vietnam’s new Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. There have been 39,580 new startups with a total registered investment of 369.6 trillion dong (US$17 billion) in the first four months of 2017 alone, which is a 14 per cent increase in the number of startups and a 54 per cent increase in registered investment compared to the first quarter of 2016. According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment, of the 110,000 businesses registered in 2016, more than 90 per cent paid taxes, showing signs of stable operation. In order to evaluate the real potential of Vietnam’s startups, we must look at the seismic changes in...
Obstacles at Bay, Beijing Steps up Control Over Disputed South China Sea | Phuket News
Beijing has reached a new peak in its bid to control the widely disputed South China Sea after pacifying rivals, keeping Washington away and building out artificial islands that are ready for military hardware. China will be able to keep three fighter-jet regiments on the same number of islets that it has constructed in the sea, according to a June 6 Pentagon report. China’s estimated 3,200 acres (1,294 hectares) of reclaimed land in the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea will be used largely for military installations, a think tank forecast in March. Joint military exercises with Russia In another sign of tighter maritime control, Beijing’s official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday that a Chinese destroyer, frigate, supply ship and helicopter had joined Russian vessels for phase one of “complex” and “lengthy” joint military exercises that are starting in the South China Sea. Russia has the world’s second most powerful armed forces and...
Motorbike delivery and ride-sharing app Go-Jek boosts Jakarta's traffic-clogged economy | Phuket News
Ride-sharing and delivery player Go-Jek has become crucial to traffic-clogged Jakarta, boosting businesses' sales....
Thai students bag medal haul in physics contest | Phuket News
Secondary school students won two gold and three silver medals at the International Physics Olympiad in Indonesia, the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) said....
Philippines: Thailand or Indonesia ready to take over hosting 2019 Southeast Asian Games | Phuket News
THAILAND or Indonesia could step forward to host the 30th Southeast Asian Games in 2019 following the Philippine government’s decision to give up the event. Philippines, which only stepped in as hosts when Brunei withdrew in 2015, had been scheduled to host the event in 2019 as it had in 2005. But the government has opted against hosting the Games due to the ongoing conflict in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur. Budget set aside for hosting the event will be redistributed to rehabilitate and rebuild Marawi. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Andray Blatche could pull out of FIBA Asia Cup over safety concerns The Philippine Inquirer reports that Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) secretary general Steve Hontiveros said Thailand or Indonesia could host the Games. However, Hontiveros retains some hope that Manila could still act as host for the multi-sport event. “There’s still a chance, provided that President Duterte will approve it,” said Hontiveros....
Indonesia speed boat capsizes, killing at least 10 - police | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- A speed boat capsized off Indonesia's Borneo island on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people with several others believed missing, police and rescue officials said....
Indonesia: Forest fire threat to escalate as dry season looms – agency | Phuket News
INDONESIA’S disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) has warned of an escalating threat of forest fires with the dry season expected to peak in coming months, while hot spots detected in the province of Aceh have already been causing choking smoke. Fires had spread to around 64 hectares (158 acres) of fields and forests in Aceh, a northern province on the island of Sumatra, producing haze and some residents had been taken to hospital due to breathing problem, the agency said on Tuesday. “The peak of the dry season is predicted to be in August and September, so the threat of forest and field fires, and drought will escalate,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for BNPB said in a statement. SEE ALSO: Indonesia assures Asean neighbours it will prevent haze in 2017   The fires in Aceh started on Tuesday last week and authorities are still trying to extinguish them in some...
Indonesia's disaster agency says forest fire threat to rise | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) has warned of an escalating threat of forest fires with the dry season expected to peak in coming months, while hot spots detected in the province of Aceh have already been causing choking smoke....
World Bank: Indonesia needs $500 bn for infrastructure | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said on Tuesday that Indonesia needs to nearly its double public spending on infrastructure and bring in more private investment to fill an infrastructure gap of $500 billion in the next five years....
Wheelchair-bound Phuket TV repair man makes second trip to honour late King | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 49-year-old, wheelchair-bound TV repair man has today set off on his second journey from Phuket to Bangkok in honour of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej....
[VIDEO] Whats On Guide || Oct. 6 - Oct. 13 | Phuket News
|:| WHATS ON GUIDE |:| Shela lets you in on events happening around Phuket this week, from October 6th to October 13th! Check out more events at ThePhuketNews.com or click this link http://bit.ly/2iMHCgO...
Ofo share-bike dumped in Phuket Town canal | Phuket News
PHUKET: People using the 1,000 bike-sharing ofo bicycles currently offered under a free trial in Phuket Town have been cautioned to treat the bicycles appropriately after an ofo bike was found dumped in a canal yesterday afternoon (Oct 5)....
Charges progress on Phuket monk for slaying boy, 17 | Phuket News
PHUKET: The defrocked monk now held on drug charges and suspected of hacking to death a 17-year-old monk’s assistant at Wat Baan Don in August will have his case file sent to the Public Prosecutor today (Oct 6), police have confirmed....
Entertainment venues asked to be appropriate during national mourning | Phuket News
PHUKET: The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Interior has called for all entertainment venues in Phuket and throughout the nation to cancel or reduce entertainment activities during October as the nation mourns the passing of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej....
Liam Gallagher: Im definitely maybe misunderstood | Phuket News
Liam Gallagher has a confession to make. I am this big-mouthed guy who comes out with rude stuff. But the former Oasis frontman, whose name seems forever associated with the phrase foul-mouthed rant, insists that he is misunderstood......
Pixel upgrade, Google earbuds, highlight Google’s push into hardware | Phuket News
Google on Wednesday unveiled new versions of its Pixel smartphone, the highlight of a refreshed line aimed at weaving artificial intelligence deeper into modern lives. The company also introduced its new Pixel ear buds that the company says are......
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Phuket's lifeguard problems! Beach torpedo? $1M donation to local school! || October 5 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - OCTOBER 5 Lifeguard problems in Phuket! Beach torpedo to go boom soon? Hero cop saves boy! $1M donation to Phuket school! So many fake handbags! Hosted by: JP Mestanza...
Navy wary of ‘wrong move’ with Phuket beach torpedo | Phuket News
PHUKET: The torpedo discovered half-buried in the sand at Phuket’s Nai Yang Beach will remain there for at least one more day, Royal Thai Navy experts have confirmed after holding a meeting today (Oct 5) to discuss what to do with the ageing warhead, believed to be possibly 100 years old....
Phuket to remember late King with Saphan Hin event on Oct 13-14 | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket Public Relations Department are inviting all to join in on a government-organised event where ceremonies and performances in memoriam of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be held the Saphan Hin Mining Monument in Phuket Town on Oct 13 and the evening of Oct 14....
War Threats Have Become Background Noise in South Korea | Phuket News
Heated rhetoric between the United States and North Korea are raising concern in much of the world that a major conflict is looming, but in South Korea it is the background noise of life.  Separated by the most heavily militarized border in the world, most South Koreans have lived under the risk of war. Pyongyang has repeatedly threatened to turn the South Korean capital, Seoul, into a “sea of fire” and has thousands of artillery units in place along the border to do it. But in the South, these threats have lost the power to frighten or shock, as strong military deterrence on both sides has maintained a fragile peace for more than 60 years. “Ever since I served [in the] military ten years ago, (the North Korean threat) has been continuing, and South Korean men who served in the military have developed an understanding about North Korean provocations, so...
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US and South Korea prepare for massive war games after North threatens attack on Guam | Phuket News
US and South Korean military officials plan to move ahead with large-scale exercises later this month that North Korea, now finalising plans to launch a salvo of missiles towards Guam, claims are a rehearsal for war. The exercises are an annual event, but come as Pyongyang says it is readying a plan to fire off four “Hwasong-12” missiles towards the US colony and major military hub. The plan would be sent to leader Kim Jong-un for approval just before or as the US-South Korea......
Trump may have just derailed South Korea's record-breaking stock rally | Phuket News
South Korea's stocks rallied to record highs, but that may have been derailed by the spat between Trump and North Korea....
Kim Jong Un is trying hard to frighten two places in particular, and he's not fazing either one | Phuket News
The dictator loves to spout off about South Korea and Guam. But both seem far from scared....
US will not pre-emptively strike North Korea without informing Seoul – report | Phuket News
WASHINGTON and Seoul have agreed to inform each other before taking any steps towards containing North Korea, suggesting the US would not pre-emptively strike the North before informing South Korea’s military command. South Korea’s government announced the news on Friday after the head of its Presidential National Security Office Chung Eui-yong spoke with his American counterpart H.R. McMaster by telephone for 40 minutes. Chung and McMaster “discussed current security conditions surrounding the Korean Peninsula caused by North Korean provocations and heightened tension, and ways to deal with such threats,” a spokesman for Seoul’s presidential palace said as quoted by the country’s news agency Yonhap. SEE ALSO: North Korea announces plan to fire missiles towards US territory of Guam “The two sides reaffirmed their promise to closely and transparently cooperate on the steps to be taken in each stage to help ensure the security and safety of both South Korea, the...
IOC Monitoring Korean Tensions Amid Preparations for 2018 Winter Games | Phuket News
The International Olympic Committee said Thursday that it was closely monitoring rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, less than 200 days before the 2018 Winter Olympics are set to begin in South Korea's Pyeongchang. The games return to the country next year for the first time since the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. But what would be the first Winter Games in Asia outside Japan and the first of three consecutive Olympics on the continent risk being overshadowed by the mounting crisis involving North Korea. The reclusive North's apparent progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of hitting the U.S. mainland led to a war of words this week between the two countries, unnerving regional powers. President Donald Trump said the United States would respond with
Do we need a new airport at Phang Nga? | Phuket News
As Thailand’s Phang Nga Province recorded a record high of nearly 4.5 million visitors in 2016, the lack of a gateway airport is looking to be a key stumbling block, according to a new report by consulting group C9 Hotelworks. Annual arrivals growth has slowed since 2014, but the compound annual growth rate for the five years ending 2016 remains high at 29 per cent, with strong uplift from the overseas market. And despite strong growth from Chinese visitors led by lower margin wholesale business, average daily rates still rose eight per cent. This is attributed to the increasing mix of overseas source markets, while Western Europe remains the key international feeder market for room nights. The report identified South Korea (+62 per cent), Hong Kong (+57 per cent), Russia (+40 per cent), China (+37 per cent) and Australia (+27 per cent) as top growth markets. Looking at average length of...
Aluminium China 2017 puts Spotlight on Auto Industry | Phuket News
Aug 01, 2017 Picture:  Aluminium China - the biggest event in Asia aluminium industry – attracted more than 21,590 visitors from 80 countries to Shanghai this month with the spotlight firmly on the future of the lightweight auto industry. The event showcased some 500 aluminium makers, processing equipment providers and materials processors from around the world. The event continued its strong international presence, featuring new exhibitors such as Constellium, Gillespie & Powers, Magma, Ruf, Haehne, Stas and Rex Materials from Germany, France, US, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Australia, Slovenia and Malaysia. Leading domestic and international players included Aluminium Coporation of China, Zhongwang, Hongqiao, Deli, Yiteli, Yunhai, Zhongfu, Yuhang, Yankuang, Chuangxin, UACJ, Deli, Fenglv, Pyrotek, Mingde, Huafeng, SMS, Huangchang and Haomei. Aluminium China 2017 attracted senior industry figures including Mr. Chen Quanxun, consultant of the State Council and president of China Non-Ferrous Metals Industry Association; Mr. Ron Knapp, Secretary General of...
Tillerson to visit the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia in swing through Southeast Asia | Phuket News
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia August 5 to August 9, the State Department said on Tuesday. Tillerson will participate in meetings of diplomats of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila, and discuss “denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, maritime security, and counterterrorism,” the State Department said. In Thailand, Tillerson will pay his respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in......
UN demands Thailand drop cases against women activists | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR - The United Nations urged Thailand on Tuesday to drop criminal cases against female activists who campaign for the rights of their communities, amid concerns they face increasing harassment....
The 7th Oman Health Exhibition & Conference set for October 9, 2017 | Phuket News
Aug 01, 2017 Muscat, Oman, 01 August 2017—After a successful sixth edition in 2016, Oman’s biggest exhibitions and conferences organizer Omanexpo, is preparing to hold the seventh edition of Oman Health Exhibition and Conference from 9 to 11 October 2017 at the new Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre. Leveraging rapidly emerging opportunities in Oman’s health and healthcare market as a result of the government’s billion-dollar investment into the industry, the recognized biggest healthcare platform in Oman will once again provide a beneficial trade platform for companies to access these opportunities and showcase the best of their products and services to a dedicated audience. Ahmed Sayed, exhibition director, Oman Health Exhibition & Conference, says “We are continuously finding ways to enhance our platform such that our exhibitors, stakeholders, and visitors are assured of a worthwhile return on investment by ensuring proper representation of all the key sectors within the health...
Malay first: Najib’s take on Malaysia’s new metro risks upsetting the Chinese | Phuket News
As Malaysians cheer Kuala Lumpur’s shiny new 21-billion-ringgit (HK$38 billion) metro link, Prime Minister Najib Razak seems to be doing his best to extract political mileage. But his championing of the project as a success of the government’s ‘Malay first’ policy could prove disquieting for the Chinese investors and firms whose infrastructure projects are seen as crucial to Malaysia’s fragile economy. At the official launch of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang Mass......
1MDB misses deadline to pay Abu Dhabi fund | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR - Scandal-ridden state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad said Tuesday it missed the Monday deadline to pay $602.73 million as part of a settlement because the money was held up by red tape, but vowed to come up with the money this month....
Thailand: Video of ‘phantom’ passengers on aero bridge spook netizens | Phuket News
FOOTAGE of an apparently “haunted” aero bridge at an international airport in Thailand has sent shivers down the spine of many netizens, gaining millions of views in less than a day of being posted on social media. The 31-second amateur video clip posted on Facebook shows an initially empty aero bridge which was soon occupied by “phantom” passengers trodding along in the direction of the arrival hall. The motion of the disembarking passengers, though seemingly fast-forwarded in the footage, appears to be a common sight at aero bridges – except no aircraft was docked. Posted by Richard Ker on Monday, July 31, 2017 According to Malaysian viral news site Siakap Keli, a Facebook user by the name of Richard Ker, who posted the short clip on his account on Monday, said the footage was taken several days before it was uploaded. SEE ALSO: Malaysia: ‘Newly-weds’ don ski masks in bizarre...
Video of ‘phantom’ passengers walking along aero bridge spook netizens | Phuket News
FOOTAGE showing a ‘haunted’ aero bridge at an international airport in Thailand has apparently sent shivers across many netizens in the kingdom, gaining millions of views in less than a day of its posting on social media. The 31-second amateur video clip posted on Facebook starts out by depicting an empty aero bridge which was soon occupied by ‘phantom’ passengers trodding along in the direction of the arrival hall. The motion of the disembarking passengers, although seemingly fast-forwarded in the footage, appears to be a typical occasion, except there was no aircraft in sight. Posted by Richard Ker on Monday, July 31, 2017 According to Malaysian viral news site Siakap Keli, a Facebook user by the name of Richard Ker, who posted the short clip on his account on Monday, said the footage was taken at the international airport several days before it was uploaded online. SEE ALSO: Malaysia: ‘Newly-weds’ don...
Malaysian Uber and Grab drivers must have digital drivers card soon | Phuket News
By Farezza Hanum Rashid The approval of the Land Public Transport (Amendment) Bill 2017 has allowed Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to regulate e-hailing services. This includes intermediation of business licences where e-hailing operators must obtain such licences from SPAD before legally operating. Under this, SPAD will be overseeing the renewal of license, revocation or suspension of licence and prohibition of transfer of licence, among others. As safety......
Asian players jockey for global airport hub banner | Phuket News
For decades, Singapore and Hong Kong have reigned supreme as key transit points connecting travellers in Asia to and from the rest of the world. But now, a $1 trillion (33.3 trillion baht) global airport spree is threatening the status quo....
Health, wealth and well-being: Do expats have it worse than locals? | Phuket News
IN Asia, there is the perception foreign expatriates enjoy a quality lifestyle compared to those working within their home country, but a recent survey shows this sentiment is not shared by all. Contrary to popular belief expats receive better perks than others, it seems people working overseas generally perceive themselves as worse off compared to locals when it comes to their physical, social, family, and even financial well-being. While it might come as a surprise to many, this year’s Well-being Survey – Globally Mobile Individuals conducted by global health insurance service company Cigna, found overall, the survey’s “well-being” index score for expats is 61.5 points, which is 1.8 points lower than their domestic counterparts. The most significant gap, the survey shows, is in “family well-being”, which is 9.4 points lower. SEE ALSO: Singapore is Asia’s best city for expats, says new survey  Cigna International Markets President Jason Sadler said the results...
Etiquette Courses for Asia’s Wealthy and Elites | Phuket News
Jul 28, 2017 Picture:  - The Newest Status Symbol of the 21st Century - Moving away from using luxury lifestyle brands as status symbol, Asia’s true wealthy and elites have chosen to show their knowledge to differentiate their social status from others. Those who were chasing for high-end brands are now holding themselves to elevated standards and have deeper desires in adopting a higher measure of quality life. Most of my students/clients wish to add that extra bit of polish to their lives, brushing up on essential social skills 1. either for the new job, 2. for an academic year, 3. to pick up new tricks and tips to enhance years of life experience 4. to get ahead of their peers and ready themselves for a new stage or another new exciting chapter of their life 5. are exposed to a whole new set of social environment and social...
Singapore Airlines Q1 profit rises on higher revenue | Phuket News
SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines Ltd on Thursday reported a 45.6% rise in first-quarter operating profit, with revenue rising as it filled a higher proportion of seats....
Amazon launches Prime Now in Singapore | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- Amazon.com Inc launched its two-hour delivery service in Singapore on Thursday, marking the e-commerce giant's push into populous Southeast Asia and its first head-on battle with its Chinese rival, Alibaba Group Holding....
Bike share meets mixed reactions overseas | Phuket News
Jul 27, 2017 Picture:  China has witnessed a bike-sharing boom in the past two years. Colorful shared bikes on the streets, linking users with the public transit networks, have contributed a lot to solving the
Bank earnings off to 'positive start' in this financial hub | Phuket News
Banking stocks in Singapore, one of the world's top financial hubs, rallied on Thursday after OCBC reported quarterly earnings that handily beat estimates....
Amazon launches first Prime Now services in Southeast Asia | Phuket News
Amazon has launched its Prime Now services in Singapore, where users can enjoy two-hour delivery on selected products....
How Much Is a Life Worth, Ask Activists Fighting Slavery? | Phuket News
From $7 for a Rohingya refugee to $750 for a North Korean “slave wife,” human rights activists have voiced concerns that it is becoming increasingly easy to enslave another human being as the cost plummets. The average modern-day slave is sold for $90-100 compared to the equivalent of $40,000 some 200 years ago, said Kevin Bales, Professor of Contemporary Slavery at Britain’s University of Nottingham. “There has been a collapse in the price of slaves over the last 50 years,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s annual Trust Conference in London, which focuses on women’s empowerment and modern slavery. 'Beasts of burden' Pointing to a photo of boys hauling rocks in Nepal “like beasts of burden,” he said their parents would have sold them for $5-$10. Children are so cheap that if they get injured or fall in a ravine their slave master abandons them, Bales said. “They understand it’s...
Earthquake of magnitude 6.3 strikes southern China | Phuket News
An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck southern China near the Indian border on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said....
Evolving Chinese automotive sector represented by strong Electronics & Systems display at Automechanika Shanghai 2017 | Phuket News
Nov 18, 2017 Picture:  SHANGHAI --( ASIA TODAY )-- The key word surrounding China’s Electronics & Systems sector ahead of this year’s edition of Automechanika Shanghai is opportunity. Given the rising interest in new energy vehicles, connected mobility, autonomous driving and related technologies, many international automotive markets are turning to China and its surrounding Asian regions to explore the myriad of opportunities presented in these thriving sectors. Now more than ever, the ‘digitalisation trend’ has an extremely strong foothold in the global auto sector, and this is considered the future of the industry in Asia too. With less than a month to go until Automechanika opens its doors to over 130,000 visitors and 6,051 exhibitors at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, the industry is preparing to explore a gathering of ‘tomorrow’ solutions in what is anticipated to be the most advanced edition yet. Many of the...
Model Gigi Hadid Pulls Out of Victoria's Secret China Show | Phuket News
Supermodel Gigi Hadid says she will not be walking the Victoria's Secret fashion show in Shanghai next week, a few months after Chinese internet users accused her of racist behavior. Hadid said in a post on her Twitter account Friday:
China reins in asset managers | Phuket News
BEIJING: China's central bank has issued sweeping guidelines to tighten rules governing asset management businesses, the latest step by Beijing to fend off systemic risks in the huge
Ratchanok in China semi-final | Phuket News
Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon is through to the semi-finals of the China Open badminton tournament after upsetting world No.1 Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan 10-21, 21-9, 22-20 on Friday....
HIV in Philippines the highest in Asia Pacific, declared ‘national emergency’ | Phuket News
PARLIAMENTARIANS, activists and health experts have called the prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the Philippines a national emergency after a United Nations report showed rates of the disease were the highest in the Asia-Pacific region. They are urging President Rodrigo Duterte’s government to take drastic action, after a UNAIDS report showed the Philippines had seen a 140 percent increase in the number of new HIV infections between 2010 and 2016, from 4,300 to 10,500 cases. “The government must focus its time and resources on this urgent, life and death matter. We cannot afford to lose our young people to this epidemic,” said Senator Risa Hontiveros, the Senate Committee on Health vice-chair on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: Philippines: As HIV cases hit record high, govt explores new drug treatment Philippines health department data has shown in May 2017 alone, more than 1,000 new cases of HIV-AIDS were reported – the...
HIV in the Philippines the highest in Asia Pacific, declared ‘national emergency’ | Phuket News
PARLIAMENTARIANS, activists and health experts have called the prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the Philippines a national emergency after a United Nations report showed rates of the disease were the highest in the Asia Pacific region. They are urging President Rodrigo Duterte’s government to take drastic action, after a UNAIDS report showed that the Philippines had seen a 140 percent increase in the number of new HIV infections between 2010 and 2016, from 4,300 to 10,500 cases. “The government must focus its time and resources on this urgent, life and death matter. We cannot afford to lose our young people to this epidemic,” said Senator Risa Hontiveros, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Health on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: Philippines: As HIV cases hit record high, govt explores new drug treatment Philippines health department data has shown that in May 2017 alone, more than 1000 new cases of...
New HIV infections in the Philippines have more than doubled in 6 years | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - It's the fastest-growing HIV epidemic in Asia and the Pacific, according to a U.N. agency....
Basketball: Former Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones signs $US2m one-year deal with Qingdao Eagles | Phuket News
FORMER Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones has signed one of the biggest single-season deals in Chinese basketball history after joining Qingdao Eagles on a contract worth US$2 million. The 25-year-old, who last played in the National Basketball Association as recently as March, was understood to have been attracting interest to stay in the NBA. But Jones, a first-round draft pick by the Rockets in 2012, has opted instead to head to China. “I wanted to challenge myself and experience a new culture,” Jones told Uproxx.com. “The CBA is growing and lots of guys go over there and have success. SEE ALSO: Calvin Abueva finally shows up as Philippines train with complete FIBA Asia Cup squad for first time “I know there is a lot of opportunity in China and I just have to go out there with an open mind and be ready to contribute.” Jones last season scored a career-high...
China: State media attack writer over controversial Beijing migrant essay | Phuket News
THE CHINESE Communist Party’s official newspaper has slammed a little-known writer over his authoring of an essay which has sparked debate about the plight of the millions of rural migrants who flock to Beijing for work. In an article entitled Beijing has 20 million people who are faking lives, Zhang Wumao from the central Shaanxi province critiqued the economic disparity between native Beijingers and migrant workers from outside of the capital. The piece went viral after he posted it to his WeChat account on July 23, leading the government mouthpiece People’s Daily to claim Zhang had written “fantastically” to stir the emotion of readers. Zhang’s essay highlighted the tension between “old Beijingers”, or those with “hukou” household registrations in the capital, who can own multiple homes, and migrants kept off the property ladder by sky-high prices. SEE ALSO: China ‘elated’ by Philippines foreign policy under Duterte – state media Beijing...
Philippines has highest HIV infection growth rate in Asia-Pacific | Phuket News
The Philippines has registered the fastest-growing HIV/Aids epidemic in the Asia-Pacific in the past six years with a 140-per cent increase in the number of new infections, the health ministry and the United Nations said on Tuesday. At the end of 2016, there were 10,500 Filipinos infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) up from 4,300 in 2010, Health Minister Paulyn Ubial told a news conference, citing data from UNAids. Ubial encouraged voluntary HIV-testing and use of condoms to......
Briton held in Cambodia child abuse probe | Phuket News
Police in Phnom Penh have identified the suspect as 68-year-old Clive Cressy....
Timber extortion alleged in Cambodia | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH -- Three people who claimed to be staff members of an environmental organisation have been charged with extorting money from villagers in exchange for letting them keep illegally harvested timber....
Probe ordered after video of sand shipping goes viral in social media | Phuket News
Cambodia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy said Tuesday it was investigating potential irregularities in the export of sand after a video from NGO Mother Nature showing sand being loaded on vessels went viral in the social media, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Wednesday. The ministry suggested that the sand seen in the video might not be subjected to export ban, it however said it would look into the matter. The export of most mined sand was banned by the government last November after controversy erupted surrounding the huge discrepancies between the government’s recorded sand exports and the recorded imports of Cambodian sand to Singapore. Mother Nature video claimed that the sand shown on the video taken on April 29 appears to be white sand being loaded from a boat onto a larger ship off Sihanoukville. The video which was posted on Monday night had been liked by 425,000...
Vietnamese dissidents beaten and harassed by ‘thugs’, according to Human Rights Watch | Phuket News
Plainclothes ‘thugs’ suspected of having links to Vietnam’s government have attacked dozens of dissidents since 2015 in a bid to silence critics in the one-party state, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and activists said. Freedom of expression is severely restricted in communist Vietnam, where independent media is banned and dissidents are routinely thrown in jail. The government also has a long history of harassing bloggers and activists, with awareness of violent attacks growing in......
Vietnam: Bloggers and activists being beaten, intimidated – watchdog | Phuket News
VIETNAMESE human rights bloggers and activists are being beaten and intimidated, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday, as it urged the Communist government to end attacks and hold those responsible accountable. The New York-based rights group described 36 incidents in which unknown men in civilian clothes beat rights campaigners and bloggers between January 2015 and April 2017, often resulting in serious injuries. Despite sweeping reforms in Vietnam’s economy and increasing openness towards social change, the Communist Party retains tight media censorship and zero tolerance for criticism. With information tightly controlled by the government, some critics take to web blogs to air their grievances. Social media sites, including Facebook, are also hugely popular. SEE ALSO: Vietnam: Human rights blogger among five finalists for human rights award The rights group said many victims reported beatings occurred in the presence of uniformed police who did not intervene. It is common...
COMPUTEX 2017 Perfect Ending with Featured Exhibits, over 100 Keynotes & Forums | Phuket News
Jun 17, 2017 Picture:  COMPUTEX 2017, co-organized by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taipei Computer Association(TCA), held a closing day press conference today. The organizers announced as of 12:00 noon on June 3, 41,378 international visitors from 167 countries attended the show, a 1% increase from last year. Countries with the highest visitor growth include Thailand (30.63%), Indonesia (22.52%), India (20.86%), Vietnam (20.44%), and Russia (14.81%). During the show, TAITRA organized 955 sessions of 1-on-1 procurement meetings to directly link 181 VIP buyers with 297 exhibitors. This clearly indicates COMPUTEX stands as the international procurement platform attracting buyers to invest and further leads the world ICT industry to build global technology ecosystems. In addition, InnoVEX, in a short 3-day period, attracted 14,977 visits to InnoVEX, an increase of 36% from last year. AI, with infinite extension, creates new frontier in the technology industry AI, regarded as one...
Xinhua: China, Russia Held Navy Drill on Sunday | Phuket News
A Chinese naval fleet held a scheduled military exercise with the Russian navy in St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad on Sunday in the first of planned exercises this year to strengthen their cooperation, state news agency Xinhua reported. The
More rains expected in northern and northeastern regions next 24 hours | Phuket News
The Meteorological Department has predicted increased rains in the upper part of the country, with heavy rains in some parts of the northeastern region and thunder storm in parts of the South in the next 24 hours from Sunday. In Bangkok and its peripherals, the Weatherman forecasts rains in 30 percent of the areas, with minimum temperatures between 22-27 degrees Celsius and maximum temperatures ranging from 34-37 C. Southwestern monsoon looming over the Andaman Sea and the country has picked up strength and compounded with low pressure area over the Tonkin Bay and upper Vietnam will bring about more rains in the upper part of Thailand. 40 percent of the northern, central and northeastern regions will be hit by thunder storms in the next 24 hours whereas in the eastern region, 30 percent of the areas will have rains. 20 percent of the western and eastern coasts of the South...
INTERNATIONAL SURREALISM NOW 2017 MULTIMEDIA POROS MUSEUM | Phuket News
Jun 17, 2017 2017 it's time to discover Portugal with Surrealism Now art exhibition shedule to several monuments in this country. Multimedia POROS Museum it´s one of them. Palaces, museums, art spaces. 2017
2017 MEDICARE TAIWAN and SenCARE Targeting New Business Opportunities in Medical Care | Phuket News
Jun 15, 2017 Picture:  Sponsored by the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), MEDICARE TAIWAN is opening from June 15 to 18 at Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1 with concurrent show, SenCARE. 410 exhibitors using 848 booths are present to showcase a variety of medical equipment, Diagnostic equipment, assistive devices, wearable devices, single-use item, rehabilitation equipment, and care services; forming a comprehensive medical and senior care procurement platform. Mr. Da-wei Hsu, Deputy Director General of BOFT, MOEA, indicated with industrial support from precision machinery, applied material, engineering and IoT, Taiwan’s medical instrument industry has established a complete supply chain and industrial cluster which gain positive reputation worldwide. According to the statistics from Ministry of Economic Affairs, the total output of Taiwan’s medical instrument has reached the highest in the recent 10 years, which showcased...
East Timor's Main Parties Able to Form Government But Lose Ground | Phuket News
East Timor's two main political parties won enough votes in a weekend parliamentary election to form another national unity government but lost ground to opposition forces in a sign of frustration with slow economic progress.   With all votes counted on Monday, the National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction party of independence hero Xanana Gusmao, or CNRT, had won 29.5 percent, down from 36.7 percent in 2012, when it was the top-polling party. Fretilin, or Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor, captured 29.7 percent of the vote.   Fretilin declared itself the victor on Sunday and to loud applause and cheers of
Coex Sets New Global Standards Through International MICE Network | Phuket News
Jul 24, 2017 Picture:  The Coex Convention and Exhibition Center in Seoul, South Korea is proud to announce an ongoing project to develop an international convention venue network. Conceived at the beginning of 2017, Coex has reached out to convention centers across the world to build a network of knowledge sharing and bid support in order to strengthen its position, and the positions of its partners, as a leading international MICE venue. To date Coex has signed agreements with convention centers in Canada, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Japan. The agreements include stipulations to help benchmark services such as catering, and facility operations, as well as measures to improve the overall service of each participating venue based on their clients’ needs. “As the MICE industry is continuing to evolve with technology and a younger generation, it’s very important for our services to grow with them,” said Bo Kyung Byun, President...
SE Asia stocks cautious as Trump woes hurt risk appetite | Phuket News
Southeast Asian stock markets, except Indonesia, were cautious on Monday as political uncertainties surrounding US President Donald Trump's administration dulled appetite for risk assets and weighed on the dollar....
Thailand wins 2 golds, 3 silvers in physics competition | Phuket News
Thai secondary school students have won two gold and three silver medals at the International Physics Olympiad in Indonesia, which wrapped up on Monday....
Hong Kong International Stationery Fair to open in January | Phuket News
Jul 23, 2017 Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, the 18th edition of the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair will run from 8 – 11 January 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The four day fair expects more than 250 exhibitors from 11 countries and regions, and over 20,000 visitors from around the globe. Thriving opportunities in Asia’s stationery market Under the digital era, the stationery industry remains resilient and shows strong potential for market growth. According to data shared by Statista, one of the world’s leading statistics companies, global revenue for the “Hobby and Stationery” segment in 2017 will reach USD132 billion (HKD1030 billion; RMB894 billion), with an annual growth rate of 11.3 per cent between 2017 and 2021. Asia is forecasted to emerge as the highest revenue generator in 2017, which accounts for up to...
Marawi standoff enters third month, underlining crisis in Philippines | Phuket News
TWO months after Islamist militants launched an assault on one of the biggest southern cities in the Philippines, the fighting is dragging on, and President Rodrigo Duterte says he is prepared to wait for a year for it to end. The defence top brass admits it underestimated its enemy and is struggling to finish off the highly organised, pro-Islamic State fighters who swept through Marawi City on May 23 and have held parts of it despite sustained ground attacks by hundreds of soldiers and daily pummelling by planes and artillery. On Saturday, lawmakers approved Duterte’s request to extend martial law to the end of the year on the island of Mindanao, granting greater powers to security forces to go after extremists with a reach that goes far beyond Marawi. SEE ALSO: More attacks by radicals likely in Southeast Asia after Marawi – report But it remains unclear how exactly Duterte plans...
Police to pursue criminal charges against 29 tour and guide firms | Phuket News
The Royal Thai Police (RTP) will pursue criminal charges against 29 firms related to “zero-dollar” tours although the Criminal Court has acquitted seven people and six companies two months ago of charges relating to “zero-dollar” tours organised for Chinese visitors, including tours to Phuket. RTP deputy commissioner Pol Gen Srivara Rangsibhramanakul said the commissioner Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda has designed the Crime Suppression Division police to pursue criminal charges against operators of 29 firms which are related to the zero-dollar tour operators. These firms are classified in six business groups, comprising rented tour bus, trading, guide and companies under the umbrella of OA Transport Co, and Royal Gems International Co. He made clear that the police action was not a persecution of these operators after the six zero-dollar firms have sued the police after the court acquitted them of the charges. He said if these new firms saw the police...
Mysterious tube on Nai Yang beach is a WW II torpedo | Phuket News
A mysterious metal tube spotted on Tuesday (Oct 3) in the tidal sands of Sirinat National Park in Phuket is confirmed to be a second World War torpedo. But it remains unclear if it is an air-dropped torpedo or marine torpedo. The object was confirmed as torpedo after a team of naval ordnance disposal personnel from the Third Naval Fleet inspected it yesterday. The torpedo is 4.56 metres long and 150 centimetres in diameter. Team leader Lt Tanakrit Jaemjit said he still could not confirm if it is an airborne torpedo or ship torpedo because it is very old and is covered in rust and barnacles. The torpedo is not a weapon in use in the Thai military but believed used in the WW II. But it remains live and dangerous, he said. He said the team would remove the torpedo to safer place for disposal in deep sea. Earlier...
Phuket police arrest two men with drugs, gun and ammunition | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police have this week arrested two Thai men found in possession of methamphetamine pills (ya bah), crystal meth (ya ice), a handgun and assorted ammunition....
Phuket lifeguard crisis enters murky waters | Phuket News
PHUKET: As Phuket approaches the end of its first week since the government contract ended last Saturday (Sept 30) for the Phuket Lifeguard Service to provide lifeguards at Phuket’s key tourist beaches, the island’s beach safety situation has not improved....
Officials warn of flame jellyfish at popular tourist spot Koh Gai | Phuket News
PHUKET: Official from the Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park have warned tourists to be aware of a bloom of dangerous flame jellyfish found in the sea at the popular tourist spot Koh Gai (Chicken Island) yesterday (Oct 4)....
UWCT receives US$1mn grant from US philanthropist Shelby Davis | Phuket News
US philanthropist Shelby Davis recently visited UWC Thailand to announce his donation of US$1 million dollars (B33.4mn) in matched funding to the school....
Over 400 counterfeit bags seized at Phuket Town house | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police seized more than 400 counterfeit brand name bags at a house in Phuket Town yesterday (Oct 4)....
Phuket's beached torpedo to be detonated with controlled explosion | Phuket News
PHUKET: Explosive ordnance experts from the Royal Thai Navy base in Phang Nga this afternoon confirmed that the object found on Nai Yang Beach yesterday (Oct 3) is in fact a torpedo, potentially almost a century old....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Torpedo on Phuket beach? Biking to Bangkok! Faldo Series Phuket 2017! || October 4 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - October 4 Torpedo on Phuket beach? 2017 Vegetarian Festival schedule! Biking from Phuket to Bangkok! 506 kg of trash off coral! Stingray attacks tourist? And round-up of Faldo Series Thailand Championship South at Laguna Golf Phuket! Hosted by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
Trump Stiffens Resolve Against North Korea | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump stiffened his resolve against North Korea Thursday, saying that if Pyongyang initiates warfare
Guam's Governor Talks to VOA About North Korean Threat | Phuket News
Guam’s governor says his Pacific island is concerned but not in a panic in the face of new threats by North Korea to launch ballistic missiles toward the U.S. territory located about 3,400 kilometers from Pyongyang. Speaking to VOA, Eddie Calvo says that at the same time he feels the island is adequately protected and that people should go on with their daily lives. “Our civil administration together with our local Joint Region Marianas in the military command, and also in discussions with Washington, with the White House and NSA [National Security Agency], we feel very confident in the ability [of the U.S. government] to protect the island of Guam. So with that, it’s important to get reassured for the people of Guam that they … conduct business everyday as if it is any other normal day,” Calvo says. North Korea, following international condemnation of its testing of two intercontinental...
North Korea Finalizing Test Missile Launches Aimed Toward Guam | Phuket News
North Korea said Thursday it is finalizing a plan to launch a salvo of four ballistic missiles off the shores of the U.S. territory of Guam, the newest provocation in the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington. The reclusive communist state, in an unusually detailed announcement, said that within a week North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be handed a plan to fire the Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan into the waters off Guam 3,300 kilometers to the south. State media said the missiles would land 30 to 40 kilometers off the shores of Guam, where 163,000 people live and the U.S. has 7,000 military personnel at a naval installation and an air base. General Kim Rak Gyom, the commander of the North's strategic rocket forces, told the state-run KCNA news agency that after the plan is given to Kim, the military would
North Korea announces plan to fire missiles towards US territory of Guam | Phuket News
THE NORTH KOREAN military declared on Thursday it is considering a plan to fire four intermediate-range missiles close to Guam, to be considered by the regime’s Supreme Command this month. The nation is “seriously examining the plan for an enveloping strike at Guam through simultaneous fire of four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range strategic ballistic rockets in order to interdict the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the US,” according to the Korean Central News Agency, as quoted by South Korean news agency Yonhap. Korean People’s Army (KPA) commander of the strategic force General Kim Rak Gyom said: “The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA will cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan,” Tensions between the two countries have risen markedly in the last few days after North Korea warned the US of a “severe lesson” following United...
South Korea, Japan warn N.Korea on Guam missile attack | Phuket News
TOKYO -- South Korea and Japan warned North Korea that it would face a strong response if it carried through with a threat to launch a missile toward the US territory of Guam....
South Korean President Criticized for ‘Lax Attitude’ on Nuclear Threat | Phuket News
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has reacted with quiet restraint to increasing talk of conflict over the rapidly advancing North Korean nuclear threat, and in particular over U.S. President Donald Trump's remarks threatening an overwhelming military response.   The North Korean People's Army Thursday released more detailed plans for a missile strike near the Pacific territory of Guam. According to the state news agency KCNA, North Korea is planning to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land 30-40 kilometers (19-25 miles) from the U.S. territory of Guam, located in the Pacific Ocean 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) southeast of the Korean Peninsula. The army plan, that will be presented to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by mid-August, is different than past threats against the United States in that it outlines a very specific missile test operation. Guam is home to about 163,000 U.S. citizens and a U.S. military base...
Special committee in South Korea urges eradication of violent practices on film-sets | Phuket News
By Kim Jae-heun A joint special committee, established to deal with Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk’s assault on an anonymous actress, has urged the industry to end all kinds of violence against actresses, which has been excused as a routine practice in filmmaking. The committee, consisting of 136 film and women’s rights organisations at the Seoul Bar Association argued that committing violence to evoke an actor’s empathy while shooting scenes cannot be justified as......
This is what the fallout of war with North Korea could look like | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - A targeted strike or even inadvertent escalation from the US could trigger retaliation, with potentially devastating consequences for South Korea....
Malaysian tourist drowns in Pattaya | Phuket News
A 50-year-old Malaysian tourist died after he went out swimming alone and drowned yesterday. Pattaya police reported that Mohd Zaki Bin Abdul Hamid was pulled to shore by another tourist after he saw a hand sticking up out of the water 50 meters offshore. Police and medics were called but when they arrived the victim – dressed in gray shirt and black pants – was already dead and could not be revived despite CPR. Friends of the victim said they had all come from Malaysia on a golf tour and had just finished a round on Monday morning when their friend said he went to swim alone. The body has been sent for autopsy at the Police General Hospital’s Institute of Forensic Science. Pattaya police were coordinating with the Foreign Affairs Ministry to notify his death to the Malaysian embassy. The post Malaysian tourist drowns in Pattaya appeared first on...
Calvin Abueva finally shows up as Philippines train with complete FIBA Asia Cup squad for first time | Phuket News
PHILIPPINES have finally trained with their full FIBA Asia Cup squad after Calvin Abueva showed up for practice. The 29-year-old forward was given an ultimatum by coach Chot Reyes, who vowed on Sunday to cut him from the squad for Lebanon if he failed to report today. But Abueva has now appeared at practice, completing Reyes’ 12-man line-up for the tournament which kicks off on August 8. SEE ALSO: Calvin Abueva to be cut from Philippines’ FIBA Asia Cup team if he skips training again on Monday The energetic Alaska Aces forward, who averaged 13.8 points and 5.3 rebounds at the Southeast Asian Basketball Championships in May, has given Gilas a lift by reporting for duty. Alex Compton, Abueva’s coach with the Aces, said the player had been attending to “personal matters” of a family nature. Abueva missed the first four practice sessions for the FIBA Asia Cup squad. Don't worry...
Glory for Cheong as Schooling misses out: Talking points and takeaways from the World Aquatics Championships | Phuket News
THE 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships have drawn to a close in Budapest, with American Caeleb Dressel stealing the show. The 20-year-old equalled Michael Phelps’ feat of seven gold medals at a single World Championships and became the first man to win three on one evening of competition. SEE ALSO: Cheong hailed a national hero after winning Malaysia’s first world diving gold But while Dressel and America dominated the meet, there were plenty of talking points featuring Asian swimmers and divers across the 17 days of competition in Hungary. We look at some of those who made headlines. China’s Yang Sun, pictured celebrating his victory in the 200m freestyle, took his overall tally of World Championships gold medals to nine. Source: Reuters/Michael Dalder China cedes dominance of the World Championships to the US but Sun Yang is still a star China slipped to second in the medal table, with 12 golds...
AirAsia looks to consolidate despite regulatory hurdles | Phuket News
Malaysia's AirAsia is planning to unify its Southeast Asian businesses while growth appears to be on the horizon....
What does Malaysia’s deputy prime minister Zahid Hamidi really think of Indians? | Phuket News
IF I were a Malaysian of Indian descent right now, I’d be pissed off at what Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said about former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Indian parentage. Zahid recently exposed how Dr Mahathir’s old national identification card had his name listed as Mahathir a/l (anak lelaki or son of) Iskandar Kutty, a fact he claimed was proof of how the latter has been exploiting the Malays to pursue his own agenda. Here’s some context. Zahid is from the United Malays National Organisation (Umno), Malaysia’s ruling party. Whereas Dr Mahathir, formerly from Umno, is now the chairman of Bersatu (united), a new opposition party, and the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan (pact of hope). Hence why Zahid was attacking Dr Mahathir. What he (Zahid) meant to say was that Dr Mahathir was not a true Malay… and he (Zahid) was using that fact to mock Dr Mahathir...
Life on tour: Ranking each Premier League club by the success of their trips to Asia | Phuket News
JULY is the month when England’s football teams head out on tour – and Asia has this year welcomed Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester City, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion. With the exception of Chelsea, who face Inter Milan in Singapore on Saturday, the teams have all now moved on to their next destination. SEE ALSO: It’s part-sport and part-business as Liverpool FC arrives in Hong Kong As ever, the teams have generated their usual mix of on-field and off-field headlines while on tour. We have ranked all six Premier League clubs on the success of their July 2017 trips to Asia. Premier League champions Chelsea were 3-0 winners against London rivals Arsenal in Beijing. Source: Reuters/Jason Lee 4) Arsenal It seems much longer than a week since the Gunners edged out a near-full-strength Bayern Munich team on penalties at Shanghai Stadium following an encouraging 1-1 draw. Despite several players suffering...
Record-breaking Siobhan Haughey is first Hong Kong swimmer to reach World Championships final | Phuket News
SIOBHAN Haughey broke her own national record twice in a day as she became the first Hong Kong swimmer to reach a World Championships final. The 19-year-old, who had set a new Hong Kong record for the 200m freestyle in Rio last summer, smashed it twice in the space of a few hours in Budapest. The teenager initially qualified for the semi-finals in a time of 1 minute 56.62 seconds, knocking almost 0.3 seconds off the 1:56.91 she recorded in Rio. The University of Michigan swimmer was the fifth fastest in the heats, and then shaved a further 0.41 seconds off her national record in the semi-final. SEE ALSO: Singapore’s Joseph Schooling misses out on medal as Malaysia-educated Ben Proud wins gold Her time of 1:56.21 saw her qualify for the final as the sixth fastest swimmer, although she will have her work cut out in Wednesday’s final. The fastest qualifier...
Australia: Dual citizenship of parliamentarians wreaks havoc in Senate | Phuket News
A THIRD Australian Senator has resigned from their post over revelations that they are a citizen of a foreign country, amid a Senate inquiry into proposed toughening of the country’s citizenship laws. Queensland Senator Matthew Canavan announced on Tuesday that he would be standing down as Resources and Northern Australia Minister after revelations that he also holds Italian citizenship. The Australian Constitution bars those who hold dual citizenship from entering Federal Parliament. “Until last week I had no suspicion that I could be an Italian citizen. I was not born in Italy and I have never been to Italy,” said Canavan in a statement, claiming that his mother applied for Italian citizenship successfully on his behalf in 2006. A family poses for a photograph in the World Square shopping center located in central Sydney, Australia, June 26, 2017. Picture taken June 26, 2017. Source: Reuters/Steven Saphore The 2016 Census showed...
Dual citizenship of parliamentarians wreaks havoc on the Australian senate | Phuket News
A THIRD Australian Senator has resigned from their post over revelations that they are a citizen of a foreign country, amid a Senate inquiry into proposed toughening of the country’s citizenship laws. Queensland Senator Matthew Canavan announced on Tuesday that he would be standing down as Resources and Northern Australia Minister after revelations that he also holds Italian citizenship. The Australian Constitution bars those who hold dual citizenship from entering Federal Parliament. “Until last week I had no suspicion that I could be an Italian citizen. I was not born in Italy and I have never been to Italy,” said Canavan in a statement, claiming that his mother applied for Italian citizenship successfully on his behalf in 2006. A family poses for a photograph in the World Square shopping center located in central Sydney, Australia, June 26, 2017. Picture taken June 26, 2017. Source: Reuters/Steven Saphore The 2016 Census showed...
These Asian banks are set to gain on a property boom | Phuket News
The increase in home buying activity in Singapore has boosted demand for loans, which may be a key earnings driver for the country's three banks this year....
Changi's T4 to use facial recognition technology | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: When a new terminal opens at Singapore's Changi Airport later this year, the world's best for five years straight according to a survey, passengers will be able to, in theory, go through check-in to boarding without speaking to another person....
Malaysia: PM Najib asks investors to set aside scandal amid stronger economy – report | Phuket News
MALAYSIA’S Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday admitted the government’s weaknesses involving the multi-billion dollar state fund scandal dogging his leadership but asked investors to put the issue behind them amid the country’s improved economic outlook. According to Reuters, Najib, in a speech during a conference with fund managers, industrialists and investors, insisted that Malaysia was now “stronger than ever” following the International Monetary Fund’s move to upgrade its 2017 growth forecast for the country from 4.5 to 4.8 percent. The upgrade came amid better-than-expected first quarter annual growth of 5.6 percent, the quickest in two years, despite Najib being implicated in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, which saw more than US$700 million reportedly deposited into his personal account. SEE ALSO: UK lawmaker tables motion to debate Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal  “At 1MDB it is now clear there were lapses in governance,” Najib said during the Invest Malaysia conference in Kuala...
Panama’s president visits China following break with Taiwan | Phuket News
BEIJING (AP) — Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela was making his first state visit to Beijing on Friday after breaking off relations with Taiwan and establishing formal ties with China five months ago. Varela was to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People after officially opening the new Panamanian […]...
Undemocratic Public-Private Collaboration in Thailand: Policy Responsiveness or Just a Discourse? | Phuket News
Ruechagorn Trairatananusorn The political struggle in Thailand can be seen as the unfinished democratization project. Although we have already had the revolution for establishing the democratic regime since 1932 by a group of democrat bureaucrats and military, there were military-led 13 coup d'etat, and the constitution has been changed for 20 times during the
Senior Chinese envoy heads to North Korea amid chill in ties | Phuket News
BEIJING (AP) — China was preparing to dispatch its highest-level envoy to North Korea in two years on Friday in a bid to improve chilly relations after President Donald Trump last week urged Beijing to use its influence to convince Pyongyang to cease its nuclear weapons program. Song Tao will report on the outcomes of […]...
Missing British explorer on quest to locate lost Papuan tribe found ‘alive and well’ | Phuket News
THE British explorer who went missing while searching for a lost tribe of headhunters in Papua New Guinea has been found alive, three weeks after he vanished. Various news reports said Benedict Allen, who was in the Pacific island nation to locate the Yaifo tribal community in its remote forests, was found safe and well although he was still stranded in a dense jungle area. A missionary in remote East Sepik province told News.com.au (via The Sun) that the explorer was currently waiting to be rescued. “I can confirm that Benedict has not been able to get out of the bush yet,” Keith Copley, of the New Tribes Mission, said. “He is located at the Hewa airstrip 32 kilometres west-northwest of Porgera. He is healthy but requesting to be rescued.” SEE ALSO: BBC explorer in search of ‘headhunter tribe’ goes missing in remote Papua New Guinea jungle Copley added the communication...
China minister warns against seduction of values by Western nations | Phuket News
Western countries are pushing their culture and political values onto others, China's propaganda chief said Friday....
Philippines vows to defend outsourcing empire | Phuket News
MANILA -- The Philippines’ $23 billion outsourcing empire is facing mounting risks: China is rising quickly as a competitor, the government wants to cut some incentives and a siege in the south of the country is worrying investors....
Asean statement to downplay S. China Sea dispute | Phuket News
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations will not explicitly mention China's militarization of disputed areas in the South China Sea in a joint statement to be issued at a forthcoming meeting in the Philippines, Asean sources said Monday....
Philippine military gets significant boost with new surveillance planes, rockets from US | Phuket News
THE United States last week delivered brand new military assets to the Philippines – two surveillance aircraft and rocket munitions – significantly beefing up the country’s defence capability as fighting with Islamist militants in the southern island of Mindanao continues for the third month now. In separate occasions the past week, Washington transferred to Manila two Cessna-208B Grand Caravan Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft and 1,040 pieces of 2.75” rocket motors and 992 pieces of 2.75” rockets for use by the Philippine Air Force (PAF). The defence assistance from Washington came even as President Rodrigo Duterte continues to pursue a more independent foreign policy, pivoting away from the US, a long-time military ally, and towards China and Russia instead. In June, China handed over PHP370 million (US$7.3 million) worth of firearms and ammunition to the Philippines, apparently as a result of cosying ties. SEE ALSO: Philippines military says it...
Calvin Abueva to be cut from Philippines’ FIBA Asia Cup team if he skips training again on Monday | Phuket News
CALVIN Abueva has been told he will be left out of Philippines’ team for next month’s FIBA Asia Cup if he does not report for training on Monday. The 29-year-old forward, five times a Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) all-star, has not reported for any of Gilas’ four training sessions. The FIBA Asia Cup starts on August 8 in Lebanon and Philippines coach Chot Reyes is yet to hold a practice with his entire team. Gilas have already been denied the services of former National Basketball Association star Andray Blatche, who opted to remain in the US instead of joining the team. SEE ALSO: Andray Blatche’s absence presents an opportunity for Philippines in Lebanon Losing Abueva, who averaged 13.8 points and 5.3 rebounds at the Southeast Asian Basketball Championships in May, would be another blow for Reyes. The energetic forward is, according to SPIN.ph, attending to “personal matters” but there is no...
Philippines mayor accused by Duterte of drugs trade links shot dead | Phuket News
Police on Mindanao shoot dead Reynaldo Parojinog, accused by the president of drugs trade links....
Philippine mayor, 6 others killed in drug-linked raid | Phuket News
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines -- Philippine police fatally shot a city mayor, who was among politicians the president publicly linked to illegal drugs, and six others in a gunbattle that erupted Sunday when they reportedly resisted arrest, officials said....
Typhoon Injures 81 in Taiwan as 2nd Storm Bears Down | Phuket News
Taiwan’s first typhoon of the year left 81 people injured and coastal towns flooded as the island braced for a second tropical storm Sunday. Howling winds toppled motor scooters and hit people with flying glass, the Central Emergency Operations Center said. In Yilan county on the northeast coast, one person was blown down, another was struck by a wind-driven object and a third was injured when a utility truck flipped.   Typhoon Nesat made landfall on the northeast coast of Taiwan Saturday evening with maximum sustained winds of 137 kilometers (85 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 173 kph (107 mph), according to the national weather bureau. Minor injuries, flooded streets, fields   All but two of the injuries were light, an operations center staff person said.   The typhoon also left shops and streets in agricultural Pingtung county knee deep in muddy water after dumping about 600...
Southeast Asian states vow cooperation on ‘growing’ militant threat | Phuket News
Southeast Asian nations will cooperate more closely with intelligence and law enforcement authorities from the Middle East amid “grave concerns” about an elevated threat from Islamic State (IS) in the region. Representatives from four Southeast Asian nations, Australia and New Zealand met in the Indonesian city of Manado on Saturday to develop a response to the increased danger posed by IS, highlighted by the occupation of parts of the southern Philippines city of Marawi by......
On The Run, Vietnam's 'Most Wanted' Green Blogger Tells VOA He's Safe | Phuket News
Vietnam’s most wanted human rights and environmental activist, Bach Hong Quyen, is safe and considering taking up residence outside his homeland, he told VOA's Vietnamese service after weeks on the run from authorities who issued a warrant for him in May. “I feel quite safe,” Quyen said earlier this week, speaking to VOA from an undisclosed location. “I don’t think the Vietnamese police can find me.
China, Normally Protective of a Disputed Sea, Gives India a Rare Nod | Phuket News
China is responding to pressure to work with other countries that claim rights to a vast disputed sea by voicing support for India’s proposed tsunami alert system. India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences is working on a South China Sea warning system that would transmit data to Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia after any earthquakes threaten those countries with a towering tsunami that could wipe out coastal populations, multiple Indian media outlets have said since May. An Indian Ocean tsunami that hit India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar among other countries in 2004 killed at least 230,000 people. Beijing has chided India before over use of the South China Sea, but the Chinese foreign ministry says improved early warnings would help every side’s interests. Regional interest “It’s not an India-specific initiative from what I remember, so given that background we may not be surprised that the Chinese have not reacted adversely,”...
Trump and Asia | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump has just completed his first foreign trip, a whirlwind tour of the Middle East plus stopovers in Brussels and Rome, and concluding with the G7 meeting in Sicily. Despite unflattering headlines involving French president Emmanuel Macron and Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, foreign leaders whom Trump had met on the trip got to develop a handle on his administration’s foreign policy goals. What the White House plans to do with Asia and ASEAN, however, remains to be out of the President’s personal realm of interest. “It’s been mentioned that Asia’s not been on its list of priorities but…you’ve had the Vice President, you’ve had the Secretary of State and you’ve had a Defense Secretary in this region, met with the Chinese and the Japanese in the U.S. and then engaged or at least reacted to North Korea,” says Killick Datta, Vice-Chair of the American Chamber of...
SMART Facilities Management Solutions Conference and Exhibition 2017 integrate innovation and productivity in today’s digital economy | Phuket News
Jun 14, 2017 Picture:  Singapore, 14 June 2017 --(ASIA TODAY)-- The 4th edition of SMART Facilities Management Solutions Exhibition and 3rd edition of Facilities Management Conference 2017 will be held on 20 and 21 July at Sands Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore. Known as the region’s leading platform that integrates the facilities management (FM) in the built environment sector the event will address the growing demand and importance for facilities management services across Asia as cities develop and urbanise. Organised by Sphere Exhibits, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings, with the support of key industry players across the region, the two-day trade show will feature some 20 exhibitors from three countries and is expected to draw some 1,000 attendees. Co-located alongside the trade exhibition, the Facilities Management Conference aims to provide insights into how facilities management can be transformed through the effective and productive use of resources and smart...
More US Colleges Seek International Students | Phuket News
Efforts to bring international students to U.S. campuses and send American students overseas has accelerated in the past five years, according to an American Council on Education (ACE) survey of U.S. colleges. International engagement was “high” or “very high,” ACE said of the more than 70 percent of 1,100 American colleges and universities it polled in 2016. Schools have stepped up efforts to “internationalize” campuses in the face of globalization, the report said, but “efforts are still focused first and foremost on the external,” meaning more international students come in than domestic students go out. The U.S. hosted more than 1 million international students in the 2015-2016 school year, with more than 328,000 coming from China followed by 165,000 India. The next largest groups came from Saudi Arabia (61,000 or 5.9 percent) and South Korea (61,000 or 5.8 percent). The rest come in relatively small percentages from Canada (2.6), Vietnam (2.1), Taiwan...
Vietnam Formally Charges Blogger Activist Honored by US | Phuket News
Me Nam, or Mother Mushroom, the Vietnamese blogger who received the International Women of Courage Award from first lady Melania Trump in March has been formally charged by the Hanoi government for the very activities that earned her the honor, VOA Vietnamese reported. The government charged Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, aka Mother Mushroom, with three criminal counts under Article 88 —
Kim Jong Nam’s alleged ties with US intelligence may have led to assassination | Phuket News
KIM Jong Nam’s alleged ties with a US intelligence agency contact may have been the reason behind his spy novel-like assassination, Malaysian authorities said. According to Japanese daily The Asahi Shimbun, Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was carrying US$120,000 when he was killed in February at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) and is believed to have received the money from the contact. Malaysian investigators said Jong Nam had met with an American man who is believed to have links with a US intelligence agency during his eight-day trip in the Southeast Asian country. This, they said, may have prompted North Korea to silence Jong Nam. Quoting unnamed sources, The Asahi Shimbun report said Jong Nam received the money during his time in Malaysia and had not planned to declare the cash when leaving the country. The authorities also said there were no records of Jong Nam...
Bamboo Airways To Become Vietnam’s Next Private Carrier | Phuket News
Jun 12, 2017 Picture:  Vietnamese real estate, investment and business service conglomerate FLC Group, based in Hanoi, will launch a new domestic carrier called Bamboo Airways which could take off early next year. This would bring the total number of Vietnamese airlines in the country to five, together with flagship carrier Vietnam Airlines, its subsidiary Vietnam Air Services, as well as the biggest budget airline Vietjet and its competitor Jetstar Pacific. FLC Group Chairman Trinh Van Quyet told Reuters that Bamboo Airways will lease “about seven” planes from Airbus and put them into operation in 2018. Later, more would be added to expand the network. Initially, the planes will be used to connect hotel, beach, casino and golf resorts operated by FLC Group in nine provinces of Vietnam and serve as air bridges to connect guests with international flights. The financing for the aircraft lease, as well as funding...
Indonesia: Jokowi orders police to gun down foreign drug traffickers | Phuket News
INDONESIAN President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has issued a shoot-to-kill order against foreign drug dealers and traffickers, as he called for tougher action in Indonesia’s war on drugs. As reported by The Straits Times, Jokowi announced the order at an event in Jakarta, at which he also warned that the drug situation has put the country in a state of national emergency. “The police and TNI (military) have been firm, especially when dealing with foreign drug traffickers entering the country,” Jokowi said. “If they resist arrest, just gun them down, show no mercy.” Indonesia has one of the world’s toughest drugs laws, and remains one of 33 countries that still use capital punishment for drug-related offences. SEE ALSO: Jokowi says will review death penalty if Indonesians want him to Since the country lifted a four-year moratorium on the death penalty in 2013, 18 people – all drug traffickers – have been sent...
Indonesian President Orders Officers to Shoot Drug Traffickers | Phuket News
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers to deal with a narcotics emergency facing the country.
Following in Duterte’s footsteps? Indonesian president orders police to shoot drug-traffickers | Phuket News
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to shoot drug-traffickers to deal with a narcotics emergency facing the country. “Be firm, especially to foreign drug dealers who enter the country and resist arrest. Shoot them because we indeed are in a narcotics emergency position now,” Widodo said in a speech delivered at an event held by one of Indonesia’s political parties late on Friday. His remarks have drawn comparison to that of......
'Jokowi' backs shooting drug dealers | Phuket News
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How this agency is waging war against corruption in Indonesia, and winning | Phuket News
When officials from Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) swooped in to nab Ridwan Mukti, the former governor of Bengkulu, on corruption charges, few there were surprised. Mukti was after all the third governor to have been arrested this way in five years. Well into his second year as governor, he had done little about the crumbling schools and roads in his corner of Sumatra. Nevertheless he and his wife Lilly Maddari were nabbed on suspicion of accepting 1 billion......
Corruption and economy main concerns as East Timor votes for parliament | Phuket News
EAST Timor headed to the polls Saturday in a parliamentary election that could determine the economic future of Asia’s youngest democracy. The economy, corruption and the government’s failure to use the wealth generated by oil and gas sales to support development and create jobs has dominated the weeks of political rallies leading up to today’s vote. More than 20 political parties are vying for 65 seats in this tiny country of just 1.2 million people. In a country dogged by conflict and political upheaval, there was calm and good humour on Saturday morning as polling stations opened for the 750,000 registered voters to cast their ballot. SEE ALSO: East Timor: Ex-guerilla fighter set to be next president The parliamentary poll, which will determine the next prime minister, follows the victory of former independence fighter Francisco “Lu Olo” Guterres in a presidential election in March. The president is largely a figurehead, with...
East Timor votes for parliament as it confronts oil shortages and row with Australia | Phuket News
East Timor headed to the polls to elect a new parliament Saturday as Asia’s youngest democracy battles economic challenges 15 years after gaining its independence from Indonesia. About 760,000 people are expected to cast their votes for candidates from 21 parties in the tiny half-island nation, in the first parliamentary election since the departure of UN peacekeepers in 2012. The polls have arrived at a challenging time for the country, with key oil reserves running dry while the......
More attacks by radicals likely in Southeast Asia after Marawi – report | Phuket News
AS a lengthy, urban battle drags on between Philippine forces and Islamist militants in the southern city of Marawi, a new report by a think-tank has warned of more attacks by radicals in Southeast Asia, including on foreigners. A coalition of Philippine militant groups, augmented by foreign fighters, stormed Marawi, on the island on Mindanao, nearly two months ago. The militants, who claim allegiance to Islamic State (IS), still control a portion of the city despite a sustained military offensive. There have been similar attacks in the Philippines since last year, but the duration and ferocity of the fighting in Marawi has alarmed Southeast Asian nations and led to fears the assault could inspire and unite the region’s disparate Islamist groups. “The risks won’t end when the military declares victory,” said Sidney Jones, director of the Institute of Policy Analysis of Conflict, adding that threats would mount in neighbouring Indonesia...
Russian tourist injured in suspected stingray encounter | Phuket News
PHUKET: A Russian tourist was taken to hospital after he suffered a deep gash to his foot in what doctors currently believe was inflicted by a stingray while swimming at on island off Phuket’s east coast yesterday (Oct 3)....
Phuket Vegetarian Festival to hold mass prayers for late King | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket Vegetarian festival this year will include a mass prayer in Phuket Town to honour the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong announced yesterday (Oct 3)....
Suspected torpedo found on Phuket beach | Phuket News
PHUKET: Navy experts have been called in to examine what is suspected to be an old torpedo that was found at Nai Yang Beach, on Phuket’s northwest coast, yesterday afternoon (Oct 3)....
Satree School Phuket joins Cambridge Summit | Phuket News
In mid-September, students and staff from Satree Phuket School’s Cambridge Program travelled to Ranong to participate in the Thailand Education Hub Cambridge School Summit 2017, which was hosted by Phichai Rattanakhan School....
Last of the Phuket marigolds for Royal Funeral ready | Phuket News
PHUKET: Rawai Municipality has the last 1,000 bushels of marigolds to be handed out for free to people in Phuket looking to adorn their homes with the yellow flowers ahead of the Royal Cremation ceremony for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct 26....
Phuket motorbike taxi driver cycling to Bangkok for late King | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 56-year-old Phuket motorbike taxi driver is riding on a mountain bike from Phuket to Bangkok to pay his respects to the late King Bhumibol at Sanam Luang, with this now being his second trip to the capital by this mode of transport....
Charges still pending in Phuket zero-baht tour ‘fake product’ raids | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police have yet to press any charges for raids carried out two weeks ago the saw B10 million of goods seized from shops targeting tourists....
Drone ban in Phuket for Royal Funeral ceremonies | Phuket News
PHUKET: A ban of flying drones to take photos or record videos around or over places where the Royal Cremation ceremonies, being held on Oct 26, will apply in Phuket, The Phuket News has been told....
The latest trend in South Korea: goo | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Jelly, goo, Flubber — there are many terms for the glutinous object, but in Soth Korea, it's come to be called 'liquid monsters.'...
McDonald's is trying to stop the release of a report examining its hamburger meat | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - McDonald's South Korea says the consumer group's analysis is invalid because it did not follow proper procedures....
S.Korea warns North against launching missile at Guam | Phuket News
SEOUL -- South Korea’s military warned North Korea that it would face a strong response if it carried through with a threat to launch a missile toward the US territory of Guam....
Harsh Rhetoric Between North Korea and Trump Worries Investors | Phuket News
The exchange of threats and harsh rhetoric between North Korea and Donald Trump has rattled many investors. Stock prices fell in Asia, Europe and the United States, while demand rose for safe-haven investments like gold. Key stock indexes in Hong Kong, Germany, and France were down by one percent or more. U.S. stocks were down as much as four-tenths of a percent in Wednesday's mid-day trading. Before Tuesday's angry exchange of words, U.S. stocks had been setting a series of record highs. Demand for gold, a traditional way of protecting assets in troubled times, pushed up the price for the precious metal by about one percent in Wednesday's trading. Oil prices also posted gains. South Korea is home to more than 50 million people and major companies like Samsung and Hyundai. World Bank data show South Korea has a $1.4 trillion economy, which is nearly two percent of global economic...
On Nagasaki Anniversary, North Korea Threat Tests Japan’s Nuclear Taboo | Phuket News
As North Korea and the United States increase rhetoric on Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program, long-held taboos are being broken in neighboring Japan – the only country to have suffered nuclear bombardment, at the end of World War II. Analysts say the debate over whether Tokyo should develop nuclear weapons of its own is moving from the far right fringes to the political mainstream. A Japanese Defense Ministry White Paper this week echoed reported concerns within the U.S. intelligence community, that Pyongyang has achieved the key final step of miniaturizing nuclear warheads – enabling it to deliver atomic bombs. Former Japanese Defense Ministry adviser Narushige Michishita, now an analyst at Tokyo’s National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, says the country would have minimal warning in the event of a nuclear missile launch. “It’s quite likely even that North Korea can attack Tokyo with nuclear weapons today. And so if missiles are...
As in Taiwan, racism is rampant in South Korea's job market | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - The issue is back in the spotlight after a Craigslist ad looking for an English teacher stated 'No Black.'...
US-North Korea Showdown Comes with Catastrophic Risk | Phuket News
In the best case scenario, a limited U.S. pre-emptive strike on a North Korean missile launch site or nuclear facility would not seriously degrade its capabilities, but may convince the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, to seek dialogue rather than risk a war he knows he cannot win, analysts say.   “If he stays patient and tries to find an exit through negotiations with the U.S., using China and Russia, he may stay alive,” said Shin In-Kyun, a regional security analyst with the Korea Defense Network in Seoul. However, the very justification for military action to eliminate the North's nuclear threat is that the aggressive leadership in Pyongyang cannot be counted on to act with restraint. “There seems to be a disconnect between saying Kim Jong Un is crazy and might launch an attack, but he would be rational enough not to respond to a U.S. attack,” said Bruce Klingner, northeast...
Will New Sanctions Restrain Kim Jong Un? Maybe Not | Phuket News
As the U.S. and its allies welcome the latest U.N. sanctions against North Korea as a good, incremental step to increase pressure on the Kim Jong Un regime, a question looms: Will this cause economic pressure strong enough to change Pyongyang's behavior? Many experts say they aren't so sure. In the latest push to curb North Korea's rapidly advancing nuclear and missile programs, the United Nations Security Council passed sanctions Saturday that Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said were “the most stringent” actions taken against any country in a generation. President Donald Trump tweeted praise for the unanimous vote by the 15-member Security Council on Saturday: “China and Russia voted with us. Very big financial impact!” Coming after Pyongyang's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July, and days before as Trump promised to meet any North Korean threats with “fire and fury,”  “the new U.N. resolution provides...
Thai HDD industry: a choice to stay or walk away? | Phuket News
The Thai HDD industry is likely to grow as a large HDD manufacturers recently expanded production. Thailand is ranked the second largest Hard Disk Drive (HDD) producer in the world after China, with large manufacturers like Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate Technology (Seagate), along with part producers such as Nidec, Minebea, and TDK. Highlight With the production relocation of a large HDD firm to Thailand, The Thai HDD industry is looking to bloom despite the industry’s global decline. Thailand will also benefit from growth in the data market, continued development of HDD technology, and HDD’s price advantage. Opportunities for Thai producers of HDD parts are there, but businesses should start not fully rely on the industry. There is still time to make adjustments to prepare for changes in the market in the future.   WDC cut back production in Malaysia and expanded in Thailand’s Prachinburi province while Seagate terminated factories...
YiwuTex 2017 Successfully Concluded Last Month with a Focus on Smart Textile Production | Phuket News
Jul 28, 2017 Picture:  The 18th China Yiwu International Exhibition on Textile Machinery (YiwuTex 2017) successfully concluded on June 15, 2017 at Yiwu International Expo Centre, Zhejiang, PR China. The 3-day show covered an exhibition area of over 13,200 sqm and accommodated more than 160 exhibitors showcasing 443 pieces of professional equipment on knitting, hosiery, sewing, garment and digital printing. YiwuTex 2017 attracted 8,912 professional buyers from 38 countries and regions, overseas visitors were from India, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Iran and Uzbekistan, etc. Exhibitors Showcased High-end Smart Production Technologies YiwuTex 2017 featured 3 theme zones: “Functional Knitting Machinery Zone”, “Smart Apparel Machinery Zone” and “Digital Printing Machinery Zone”. Besides health textile, the exhibition also focused on introducing intelligent production, smart management, as well as advanced automatic technologies and equipment, with the aim to help industry players with their transition from traditional production to smart production....
Lawyer says client unaware she had poison that killed Korean | Phuket News
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia -- A chemist's report that shows the banned VX nerve agent was used to kill the half brother of North Korea's leader needs further scrutiny, a lawyer for one of the two women accused of poisoning the man said Friday as he examined evidence ahead of a trial set for October....
Chelsea send Kenedy home following offensive posts he made in China | Phuket News
CHELSEA manager Antonio Conte has confirmed the club sent midfielder Kenedy home from their tour of Asia following offensive social media posts he made while in China. The English champions apologised on Sunday after the 21-year-old Brazilian posted messages on his Instagram account they said had “hurt the feelings of the people of China”. One of the posts was a picture of a security guard asleep which was tagged with: “Wake up China. You idiot.” Another carried an expletive in Portuguese. SEE ALSO: Chelsea forced to apologise to Chinese fans after Kenedy offends on social media Fans in China accused Kenedy of xenophobia and racism, leading to an apology from the player after Chelsea’s 3-0 win over London rivals Arsenal in a pre-season friendly in Beijing on Saturday. He quickly deleted the posts but was booed during Saturday’s game at the Bird’s Nest stadium. Chelsea were beaten 3-2 by Bayern Munich...
Singapore Airlines shifts routes to budget arm Scoot | Phuket News
SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines Ltd's budget arm Scoot on Tuesday said it would take over two routes from sister carrier SilkAir as the parent company conducts a wide-ranging strategic review designed to cut its cost base....
After disapproval, award-winning Singapore cartoonist gets official congrats | Phuket News
SINGAPORE officials on Monday congratulated the cartoonist who swept the international comic industry’s “Oscars”, having withdrawn his grant two years ago for portraying the country’s history in a very different way to the version taught at school. Sonny Liew won three Eisners, including Best Writer/Artist, at the annual awards at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, for his graphic novel “The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye”. “The National Arts Council (NAC) congratulates Sonny Liew on being the first Singaporean to bag three Eisner awards,” said a spokeswoman for the same body that withdrew a S$8,000 (US$5,900) grant for the book in 2015. At that time, an official noted that Liew’s book “potentially undermines the authority and legitimacy of the government and its public institutions”. SEE ALSO: Singapore: Rare protest calls for independent probe into Prime Minister Lee  Back then, Liew had feared “Charlie Chan Hock Chye” would bomb without the NAC’s funding....
SoftBank, Didi Hand $2 Billion to Uber rival Grab | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- Grab raised $2 billion from Didi Chuxing and SoftBank Group Corp. in the largest–ever venture fundraising in Southeast Asia, as it joins forces with the Chinese company that drove Uber Technologies Inc. out of China....
Alternative history of Singapore scoops US comic book awards | Phuket News
Singaporean graphic novelist Sonny Liew dominated the comic industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, scooping three Eisner Awards for The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye – a wry alternative history of tightly-controlled Singapore. Liew picked up the top prize for Best Writer/Artist, Best US Edition of International Material – Asia, and Best Publication Design at the annual awards at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday night. The writer said he was feeling “a mix of elation and......
Alternate history of Singapore scoops US comic book awards | Phuket News
Singaporean graphic novelist Sonny Liew dominated the comic industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, scooping three Eisner Awards for The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye – a wry alternate history of tightly-controlled Singapore. Liew picked up the top prize for Best Writer/Artist, Best US Edition of International Material – Asia, and Best Publication Design at the annual awards at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday night. The writer said he was feeling “a mix of elation and......
Justin Bieber banned from China for ‘bad behaviour’ | Phuket News
“IS it too late now to say sorry?”, Justin Bieber sings in one of his biggest hits to date. When it comes to the Chinese authorities, it appears the answer may be “yes”. The Canadian pop idol has been banned from touring in the People’s Republic after the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture labelled him “badly behaved” and “controversial”, and claimed the action was a move to “purify” the Chinese arts scene. The Bureau made the statement in response to a fan of Bieber questioning why the 23-year-old had not visited the country in several years despite him scheduling tour dates in neighbouring Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the Philippines on the Asian leg of his latest world tour. SEE ALSO: Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine visit According to The Telegraph, the response stated: “Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer....
China's Xi Offers Support for Saudi Arabia Amid Regional Uncertainty | Phuket News
China supports Saudi Arabia’s efforts to safeguard national sovereignty and achieve greater development, President Xi Jinping told Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, at a time of regional tensions between Saudi Arabia, Iran, Lebanon and Yemen. China has traditionally played little role in Middle East conflicts or diplomacy, despite its reliance on the region for oil. But it has been trying to raise its profile, with Salman visiting China in March. Speaking by telephone, Xi told Salman that China’s determination to deepen strategic cooperation with Saudi Arabia will not waver, no matter how the international and regional situation changes, China's Foreign Ministry said late on Thursday. Remarking on the importance of maintaining close communication between the two countries’ heads of state, Xi said China and Saudi Arabia are comprehensive strategic partners whose strategic mutual trust is deepening. “China supports Saudi Arabia's efforts to safeguard national sovereignty and realise greater development,” the ministry...
China’s bitcoin crackdown has helped Japan embrace the cryptocurrency movement | Phuket News
Bitcoin trade in Japan now accounts for about half the volume of global trade, compared to about a quarter in the U.S....
China Cyber Watchdog Rejects Censorship Critics, Says Internet Must Be 'Orderly' | Phuket News
China's top cyber authority on Thursday rejected a recent report ranking it last out of 65 countries for press freedom, saying the internet must be
Trump Responds to Thanks from UCLA Basketball Players Released by China | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump responded Thursday to the gratitude expressed by three American college basketball players who were released from custody on shoplifting charges in China after Trump said he intervened. The players for the University of California Los Angeles, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, thanked Trump during a news conference Wednesday in Los Angeles. In a couple of tweets, Trump said the players should also thank China's president and took the opportunity to offer a word of caution.
Thailand plans joint arms factory with China | Phuket News
The defence technology agency plans to set up a joint centre with China to produce and maintain military equipment in the latest sign of the strengthening security relationship since a 2014 coup....
Trump Tack on China Likely to Shift from Sweet to Sour After Asia Trip | Phuket News
Fresh off his first visit to Asia, included a two-day stop in China that some argue was heavy on flattery and lacking in substance, analysts say President Donald Trump is now poised to do what he’s long promised: get tough on Beijing over its unfair trade practices. While in China, Trump said he gives Beijing “great credit” for taking advantage of the United States, which left some perplexed. Speaking at signing ceremony for deals that totaled some $250 billion he said: “I don’t blame China ... who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the sake of its citizens?” But that was only the first half of a key message of his trip. The rest came in his speech at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and was echoed again at the White House on Wednesday. “We can no longer tolerate unfair trading practices...
Alibaba's Jack Ma slips to third in China rich list | Phuket News
Jack Ma, the boss of the Chinese e-commerce giant, falls to third on Forbes' China rich list....
Bangkok aims to halve road deaths | Phuket News
AFTER EXPERIENCING 600 road deaths last year, Bangkok is ramping up efforts to significantly lower its road casualties by 2019. The timeframe is based on the five-year Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), which was launched in 2015. Bangkok is one of the 10 world cities participating in the initiative. “If we can get a 50-per-cent reduction in fatalities, from 600 to 300, in the next two years, that would be tremendous progress,” Kelly Larson, Bloomberg Philanthropies director of road safety, said at a recent press conference. BIGRS has made it a mission to reduce traffic injuries and road accidents in the Thai capital. To ensure success, Larson said all parties concerned must identify and understand their local risk factors. “It takes time to see the impact. Also, understanding the impact means that we have to make sure we get strong and reliable data on crashes, and fatalities...
Philippines: Duterte says US hotel now ‘in the hands of the Chinese’ | Phuket News
PRESIDENT of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday mocked the United States at the opening of a new Manila hotel on the former American Army and Navy Club, saying he was happy it is now “in the hands of the Chinese.” Duterte made the comments was attending the opening of the new Rizal Park Hotel on the site of the historic Army and Navy Club, founded in 1898 – the year Spain ceded the Philippines as a colony to the United States. “What is very consoling is that all of the American properties are already in the hands of the Chinese … very good,” the president said, as quoted by the Inquirer. “The American-owned Army and Navy Club, it’s now so beautiful, much maybe prettier than the original one.” SEE ALSO: China ‘elated’ by Philippines foreign policy under Duterte – state media ...
Philippines: Only empty communist schools to be bombed – Duterte | Phuket News
FIREBRAND Filipino president President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday clarified his threat to drop bombs on schools allegedly teaching subversive ideologies, saying that it would only be done if they were empty. After triggering concerns by rights groups of potentially committing a war crime, Duterte said the bombings would take place at night time and on schools that were operating illegally by teaching students to become subversives, according to the Associated Press. “I didn’t say that I’ll bomb those if there are people, so I asked them to go away from there, meaning I’ll destroy those because you are using a school without a license,” Duterte was quoted as saying. SEE ALSO: Philippines: ‘War crime’ for Duterte to threaten schools – watchdog  “I didn’t say I’ll kill the children. Far from it actually. I’ll free the children from perdition because they’ll learn to be like you,” he continued. “I have every...
UK to sail two ‘vast new aircraft carriers’ through South China Sea | Phuket News
UNITED KINGDOM’S Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has announced the United Kingdom’s intention to sail “two vast new aircraft carriers” through the Straits of Malacca on one of their first missions for a freedom of navigation operation, in a move that would be likely to incense China. Presenting the 2017 Lowy Lecture at the Sydney Town Hall on Thursday night, Johnson emphasised Britain’s readiness to demonstrate commitment to “international order” with “money and a military presence” in the South China Sea. “In the South China Sea, we urge all parties to respect freedom of navigation and international law, including the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague,” he said, asserting the UK would use its aircraft carriers to reinforce freedom of navigation.  SEE ALSO: Philippines, China still at odds over South China Sea a year after Hague ruling The Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in July 2016 China...
BDO JCB Platinum Credit Card Launches in the Philippines | Phuket News
Jul 27, 2017 Picture:  JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., (referred to below as
Attempt to poach Siamese rosewood trees foiled but dogs were dead | Phuket News
About ten dogs were poisoned to death allegedly by a gang of thieves who sneaked into a temple in Chom Phra district of Surin on Sunday night supposedly to poach Siamese rosewood trees on the temple ground. The thieves escaped without cutting any of the 20 or so Siamese rosewood trees in Wat Ratburana in Tambon Chom Phra, although four of the trees bore traces of being sawn. All the trees were said to be over 100 years old. Local administrations led by a kamnan and the provincial councilor of Chom Phra district went to the temple on Monday after they received a report about the failed attempt to poach the precious trees which are in high demand especially for customers in China and Vietnam. Villagers told the local officials that the thieves took advantage of raining on Saturday night to sneak into the temple, poisoned the dogs and tried...
Japan hosts arms show to boost influence in Southeast Asia | Phuket News
DEFENCE firms will put out their wares on Monday at Japan‘s only dedicated arms show, a site for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government to promote industrial military ties that will bolster the country’s influence in Southeast Asia. Japan‘s defence ministry has invited Southeast Asian military representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to a separate military technology seminar, aiming to ensure attendance for the three-day Maritime Air Systems and Technologies Asia (MAST) show near Tokyo, two sources said. “The Ministry of Defence is hosting the seminar right after MAST closes,” said one of the sources with knowledge of the plan. SEE ALSO: Japan’s PM Abe eyes legacy with proposed change to pacifist constitution Abe’s government wants to make arms sales and military technology collaboration a new plank of Japanese diplomacy in Southeast Asia as it counters China’s growing influence in the South China Sea. About $5 trillion in ship-borne...
The Fight for Marawi, and a Painful Window on War | Phuket News
From the third-story window of a barren government office building he now lives in as a refugee, Nasir Abdul is watching his city being destroyed.   Nearly every day for the past three weeks, the Philippine military has pounded the lakeside town of Marawi with rockets and bombs as it tries to wipe out militants linked to the Islamic State group in some of the most protracted urban combat to hit this volatile region in decades.   And on nearly every one of those days, Abdul has stood at the window and watched along with dozens of others who can’t turn away from the deadly spectacle taking place just a mile away. ‘Dying with every bomb’ As plumes of thick black smoke wafted above the city’s minarets again Friday — a day of intense skirmishes that saw the deaths of 13 marines — Abdul stood transfixed. Two helicopter gunships had...
China: Military to be vigilant as two U.S. bombers fly over S.China Sea | Phuket News
CHINA said on Friday it was monitoring U.S. military activities in the South China Sea, after two U.S. bombers conducted training flights over the disputed waters. The U.S. Pacific Command said on its website that two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flew a 10-hour training mission from Guam over the South China Sea on Thursday, in conjunction with the Navy’s USS Sterett guided-missile destroyer. The exercise comes after a U.S. warship in late May carried out a “maneuvering drill” within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea. The U.S. military conducts such “freedom of navigation” patrols to show China it is not entitled to territorial waters there, U.S. officials said at the time. The latest exercise was part of Pacific Command’s “continuous bomber presence” programme, but it did not give details on where it was conducted, and did not refer...
SE Asia Urged to Step Up Cooperation in Fight Against Cybercrime | Phuket News
Asia Pacific nations are facing rising challenges posed by cybercrime and security breaches amid escalating economic costs from cyber attacks. Regional businesses and governments say policy reforms are needed against a backdrop of a fast changing technological landscape and mounting vulnerabilities to cyber crime. Singapore has taken the regional lead to boost cyber security within the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as promoting the island state’s technical resources. In October 2016, Singapore hosted the inaugural ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity, announcing new initiatives to boost ASEAN’s capacity to deal with cyber threats. U.S.-based Honeywell, backed by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), is to set up a new industrial cybersecurity center of excellence for Asia Pacific. It will also feature development laboratories and advanced training in security services. Multilateral effort In June, Singapore and Australia signed a cooperation agreement to stem cybercrime, with Australia also signing...
Cambodian man killed by wild elephant | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH - A Cambodian man was stamped and killed by a wild elephant Thursday in a forest near the Vietnam border and about 400km northeast of Phnom Penh....
Crocodile returns body after 'mystic ritual' | Phuket News
A viral video in Indonesia showed a crocodile returning a man's body after being 'summoned' by a charmer....
How can we ensure Asia’s future cities are both smart, and sustainable? | Phuket News
A quick online search on the current most populous cities in the world will reveal a list where half, if not more, of the top 10 cities are in Asia. If you were to walk down the busy streets of Jakarta, Tokyo, Manila or Seoul, you may find yourself thinking that everyone in these countries have moved to the city, and you wouldn’t be far from the truth. We are undergoing a major rural to urban demographic shift. There are already more people living in cities than in rural areas, and the United Nations estimates that by 2050, almost 70% of the world’s population will be city dwellers. With so many people moving to cities, how cities are structured will impact the lives of billions of people. In some respects, this elevates cities above nation states as significant incubators of innovation, enterprise, and social progress. At the same time, the...
Indonesian Human Rights Concerns Go Unheard, and Thursday Protest Goes On | Phuket News
A silent protest in front of the Indonesian Presidential Palace in Jakarta has convened every Thursday afternoon for the last 10½ years, and its participants have no plans to stop until the government addresses their human rights concerns, many dating back to the Suharto era. The action is known as Kamisan, after “Kamis,” the Bahasa Indonesia word for Thursday. The regulars carry black umbrellas, necessary for a recurring event in a city where it rains every month of the year. The umbrellas are inscribed with things like “Stop impunity.” The original Kamisan activists were families of several protesters who were shot dead in late 1998, after the collapse of the Suharto regime, at the Semanggi intersection in Jakarta. They initiated the weekly action Jan. 18, 2007, and it has rolled on, absorbing victims, sympathizers and curious observers ever since. A diverse turnout Among the crowd on a recent Thursday, as...
Indonesian religious ministry to propose tougher blasphemy laws | Phuket News
INDONESIA’s Ministry of Religious Affairs is preparing revisions to the country’s so-called Religious Rights Protection Bill that would significantly expand the definition of blasphemy and allow harsher punishments for the crime of insulting religion. A major change to the law would be a broadened classification of the offence of blasphemy – which is currently “showing hostility, abuse, or desecration” towards a faith, its scriptures or institutions – to seven different kinds of blasphemy with varying periods of imprisonment from six months to five years. Releasing an unofficial translation, Human Rights Watch (HRW) claims that the Religious Rights bill will simply further jeopardise minority rights in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation. The group says parliament is expected to be presented the bill before the end of 2017. SEE ALSO: 1 in 10 Indonesians supports an Islamic caliphate – survey “The misnamed religious rights bill is nothing less than a repackaging of...
Muslim group HTI to fight disbandment order | Phuket News
Muslim group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) plans to challenge the government’s decision disbanding the group by taking their case to the Jakarta State Administrative Court, according to The Jakarta Post Online on Thursday (July 20). The Law and Human Rights Ministry revoked the legal status of HTI on Wednesday for allegedly conducting activities contradicting with the state ideology of Pancasila and the principle of unitary state of the republic of Indeonesia. The move followed the issuance of a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) No.2/2017 on mass organizations. “We know that our position is weak in facing the government, which has used the Perppu. We shouldn’t give up on upholding justice, however,” said HTI lawyer Yusril Ihza. On Tuesday, HTI filed a judicial review with the Constitutional Court to challenge the Perppu. But Yusril said the group should take other legal steps because with the disbandment, it no longer has...
IS galvanised in Asia by Philippine city siege - report | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- The attack by Islamic State group-affiliated militants on a Philippine city has galvanised its Southeast Asian supporters and spells trouble for the region, a top terrorism researcher said Friday as the occupation of Marawi nears two months despite a sustained military offensive....
Islamic State galvanised in Asia by Philippine city siege, report claims | Phuket News
The attack by Islamic State-linked militants on a Philippine city has galvanised its Southeast Asian supporters and spells trouble for the region, a top terrorism researcher said on Friday as the occupation of Marawi nears two months despite a sustained military offensive. In a new report, Sidney Jones, an expert on militant networks in Southeast Asia at the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, said there now may be a higher risk of attacks in other Philippine cities and......
Philippines, Indonesia stocks hit more than 1-wk lows | Phuket News
MANILA -- Most Southeast Asian stocks fell on Friday, in line with Asian markets, after the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan kept rates steady and signalled that they were in no hurry to start unwinding their massive stimulus programmes....
Arsenal opens ICC campaign with a win despite players ailing in China | Phuket News
ARSENAL’S squad for the pre-season tour of the Asia-Pacific has been ravaged by illness after making a rapid transition from the relative chill of the Australian winter to the full heat of the Chinese summer this week. The London club scored a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw before beating Bayern Munich on penalties in the opening match of their International Champions Cup (ICC) campaign in Shanghai on Wednesday, despite a string of players falling ill. Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud were unable to take to the pitch, while Sead Kolasinac was forced to come off after vomiting on the pitch with Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey also feeling unwell. SEE ALSO: Arsenal FC kicks off social programme for poor kids in Jakarta Some media reports suggested the players were suffering from food poisoning, while manager Arsene Wenger ascribed the sickness to “a little virus”. The Frenchman conceded a trip from...
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Threats on Royal Funeral! Overcrowded Thai prisons? Prayut meets Trump! || October 3 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - October 3 Threats ahead of Royal Funeral! Overcrowded Thai prisons! Lifeguard training coming to Phuket? President Trump meets Thai PM! Phukets public toilets? Hosted by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
Phuket Travel Guide | Phuket News
Phuket Travel Tips And Advise - Wherever you are staying in Phuket, you are always close to the colorful attractions which adorn this island. With a variety of activities and several things to do waiting to be explored by you, Phuket is just the right place to satisfy your thirst for adventure. If you are fond of Big Game Fishing, this […] Phuket Travel Guide - Phuket Travel Tips And Advise....
Blazing Saddles: Wheel around to the Coffee Cycle | Phuket News
Sitting in the lovely little cafe called Coffee Cycle, in the strangely-named Click Plaza, just off the Chalong Pier Road, as I am right now while writing this, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d found the perfect cyclists’ breakfasting spot in all of Phuket....
Phuket Gardening: The proof is in the potting | Phuket News
Any professional horticulturist will tell you that flexible black grow-bags are the cheapest plant containers available....
Cyclones and climate change: Connecting the dots | Phuket News
Scientists freely acknowledge they dont know everything about how global warming affects hurricanes like the ones that pummelled southeast Texas and Florida recently....
Owning your fear and allowing yourself to fail can put you on the path to success | Phuket News
We have all been there; we start off with a massive amount of intensity, passion and conviction at the start of a new perfect plan and the “New Me”....
BISP provides big opportunities for students seeking a top-level universities | Phuket News
It’s the travel season for university admission officers. Established international schools with robust university counselling programs continue to welcome admission officers who are travelling to schools to find great students and encourage them to consider their universities....
[VIDEO] Whats On Guide || Sept 22 - Sep 29 | Phuket News
Shela lets you in on events happening around Phuket this week, from September 22nd to September 29th! For more on these and other happenings around the island, check out the EVENTS page on ThePhuketNews.com. Phuket News TV - Class Act Media - Thailand...
Phuket expats cross the Gobi Desert on foot | Phuket News
For someone who’s climbed the biggest mountains in the world, parachuted from hot air balloons and travelled from Europe to South America on a row boat, you wouldn’t think Phuket training instructor Luke Richmond would find crossing the Gobi Desert one of the most physically demanding challenges he’s ever attempted....
All About Buddhism: To be or not to be? Buddhist nuns in Thailand | Phuket News
Savvy tourists in Thailand may eventually ask why it is that they see countless Thai monks, but no Thai nuns. The answer is: it’s a deeply sensitive and at times explosive issue....
How much does Trump know about North Korea? | Phuket News
AFTER a turbulent six months in office, it’s become clear that the Trump White House is the most chaotic administration in living memory and ill prepared to tackle the myriad of complex challenges which the world is currently facing. Just looking back at events in Washington over the past two weeks, with surprise dismissals, in-house fighting, foul-mouthed tirades, allegations of collusion with Moscow, and a major legislative defeat on healthcare, there is an abundance of evidence to confirm that President Trump and his team are struggling to govern. While the Trump administration has been preoccupied with its own dysfunctionality, North Korea, the gravest threat to American security, has been launching intercontinental ballistic missiles with the capability of reaching cities across the United States, a milestone that President Trump declared he would not tolerate. SEE ALSO: Trump warns of ‘fire and fury’ as North Korea threatens attack on US The North Korean...
US B-1B bombers fly over South Korea in show of force as North threatens missile strike on Guam | Phuket News
Two US strategic bombers flew over South Korea in an apparent show of force against North Korea, a South Korean military official said Wednesday. The B-1B Lancers were deployed in the sky over the Korean Peninsula Tuesday as part of a regular combined exercise with the South’s fighter jets, the official said. The supersonic aircraft, which are capable of carrying nuclear bombs, took off from an airbase in the Pacific island of Guam. They were earlier joined by two Japanese F-2 jet......
FIBA Asia Cup day one: Favourites make winning starts while Chinese Taipei fight back to beat Hong Kong | Phuket News
FAVOURITES Australia and New Zealand eased into the tournament with comfortable victories, while there were also wins for Chinese Taipei and hosts Lebanon on day one of the FIBA Asia Cup. Australia’s 84-68 win over Japan in Group D, and New Zealand’s 70-49 triumph against Kazakhstan in Group C were routine, but the more intriguing matches featured some of the less-fancied nations. Chinese Taipei beat Hong Kong 77-62 in Group D, despite trailing by nine points in the second quarter – and a stellar performance of 19 points, 12 rebounds and five assists from Hong Kong centre Duncan Reid. SEE ALSO: FIBA Asia Cup 2017 preview: Let battle commence among the Asian (and Oceanic) basketball elite For Chinese Taipei, denied the services of Quincy Davis at this tournament, the victory was an ideal start to a tournament where qualifying for the knockout phase would be viewed in many quarters as a...
Spy plane pilot in South Korea prepares for flight | Phuket News
It's a dangerous job with lots of physical challenges....
Pentagon reviews guidelines which may allow Seoul to have more powerful missiles | Phuket News
The Pentagon said on Monday that it was reviewing bilateral ballistic missile guidelines with South Korea that could allow Seoul to have more powerful missiles as tensions with North Korea rise over its missile and nuclear programmes. Under the current guidelines, last changed in 2012, South Korea can develop missiles up to a range of 800 km (497 miles) with a maximum payload of 500 kg (1,102 pounds). President Donald Trump’s attempts to pressure North Korea into abandoning its nuclear......
Trump's 'Maximum Pressure' North Korea Policy Gains Support in Seoul | Phuket News
South Korean President Moon Jae-in is voicing strong support for the U.S. policy of maximum pressure against North Korea, after Pyongyang rejected his outreach efforts as “insincere.” Moon returned from vacation Monday to speak by phone with U.S. President Donald Trump for the first time since North Korea conducted its second successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) over a week ago. Both Washington and Seoul reiterated support for the new U.N. sanctions on North Korea that were passed unanimously Saturday by the 15 members of the Security Council that includes the U.S., China and Russia. The new sanctions could deprive North Korea of $1 billion a year to fuel its illicit nuclear and ballistic missile program, by banning all exports of coal, iron, lead and seafood, and capping the number of North Korean laborers allowed to work outside the country. A Japanese foreign ministry spokesman on Sunday also...
Heatwaves kill six, sicken 1,000 in South Korea | Phuket News
By Jung Min-ho The scorching heatwaves that have engulfed South Korea over the past two months, have killed six people, according to the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). In addition more than 1,000 people became ill between May 29 and Aug. 3 because of the high temperatures, which have hovered around 35 degrees Celsius nationwide. The latest victim was a 78-year-old man, who was found dead Saturday at his house on Jindo, South Jeolla Province. Given that no......
N.Korea, S.Korea foreign ministers chat briefly in Manila | Phuket News
MANILA -- The foreign ministers of North and South Korea held a rare but very brief meeting over the weekend on the sidelines of regional talks in Manila, a government source said Monday, amid strained inter-Korean relations....
North Korea calls offer of talks from the South 'insincere' | Phuket News
It happened at a rare meeting between the foreign ministers of North and South Korea....
Malaysia: Group decries govt’s move to ban book promoting ‘moderate’ Islam | Phuket News
A PRO-MODERATION group comprising eminent ethnic Malays has questioned the Malaysian government’s move to ban a book it published on “moderate” Islam amid concerns of rising Islamic fundamentalism in the country. The Home Ministry banned the book authored by the group of predominantly former senior civil servants, who call themselves G25, for being “prejudicial to public order”, reported Malay Mail Online on Thursday. A notice on the Federal Gazette, dated July 27, listed the prohibition of the book, titled Breaking the Silence: Voices of a Moderation Islam in a Constitutional Democracy under the Printing Presses and Publications (Control of Undesirable Publications) (No 12) Order 2017. SEE ALSO: Malaysian PM thinks Malay should be the language of Asean The group’s spokesman Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin said she was shocked by the ban, given the government’s long-standing drive to promote the wassatiyyah (moderation) concept espoused in Islam. ...
N.Korea assassination trial set for Oct 2 | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR - Two women accused of the Cold War-style assassination of the half-brother of North Korea's leader in Malaysia will go on trial in October, a judge said Friday....
Accused Vietnamese, Indonesian assassins to plead innocent | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR - Two women accused of poisoning the estranged half brother of North Korea's ruler in a bizarre airport assassination are expected to plead innocent when they appear in a Malaysian court Friday, their lawyers said....
Phuket lifeguards save Singaporean tourist from drowning, returns to thank them | Phuket News
PHUKET: Lifeguard stationed at Phuket’s popular Patong Beach this morning saved a female tourist from Singapore from drowning....
Golden Pin Concept Design Award announces 2017 entrant results: 4,359 entries from 25 countries and regions | Phuket News
Jul 20, 2017 Picture:  Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - Taiwan’s Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2017 closed its call for entries on June 28 with a record-breaking 4,359 entries from 25 countries and regions around the world. Preliminary Selection also wrapped up in early July, with the Taiwan Design Center, the executive organizers of the award, announcing the Secondary Selection shortlist of 190 projects online. Designers from 12 of the 25 places are participating in the award for the first time–these entries came from Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Germany, Iran, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey. Designers from 5 of the 18 countries identified in 2016 by the Taiwanese government for strengthening relationships under the New Southbound Policy have also entered the award, including Australia, India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. Preliminary Selection took place in early July this year, with a panel of...
Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo due to visit Singapore on Friday | Phuket News
JULY is traditionally the month when Europe’s big football stars visit Asia – and there are none bigger than Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portugal and Real Madrid superstar is due to be in Singapore on Friday to sign a major endorsement deal. While visits to Asia during the pre-season are usually reserved for teams, looking to sharpen up before the season (and sell the occasional replica jersey), Ronaldo is travelling as an individual. SEE ALSO: Liverpool turn on the style for fans in win against Crystal Palace in Hong Kong Indeed, his Real Madrid team-mates are in the US, preparing for Sunday’s opening pre-season match against Ronaldo’s former club Manchester United in California. But, having been granted additional leave following the Confederations Cup in Russia, the 32-year-old is taking the opportunity to visit Singapore on a business trip. Cristiano Ronaldo will fly to Singapore tomorrow, July 21, en-route China to sign a...
ALE and PGi deliver audio conferencing to maximize the UC&C experience | Phuket News
Jul 20, 2017 Picture:  Alcatel-Lucent Rainbow integrates PGi Audio optimizing the enterprise UC&C experience SINGAPORE, July 20, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - ALE, operating under the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise brand, today announced it is working with PGi, the world's largest dedicated provider of collaboration solutions, to deliver integrated high-definition (HD) audio conferencing for its collaborative communications platform, Rainbow. In today's business environment, conference calls make up more than half to three-quarters of audio calls both in and outside of SMBs and large enterprises. A recent study conducted by Wainhouse Research showed almost 70% of organizations will use more conferencing this year. More businesses are adopting cloud collaborative communication tools like Rainbow, and with the integration of GlobalMeet audio, Rainbow can help businesses maximize the value of their UC investment, offering more numbers, more countries and toll-free access. Together, Rainbow, powered by PGi's high quality audio engine delivers secure, clear voice...
Singapore Airlines reviews nut policy after toddler scare | Phuket News
A debate is raging after a toddler had an allergic reaction to peanuts served to others on board....
Singapore offers drones, urban warfare training to Philippines to help combat militants | Phuket News
Singapore said on Wednesday it has offered surveillance drones and urban warfare training to Philippine troops battling Islamist fighters, to prevent the militants becoming entrenched and threatening the rest of Southeast Asia. Philippine troops have been battling to dislodge militants loyal to Islamic State (IS), which seized parts of the southern city of Marawi on May 23 in a bid to establish a base in the Mindanao region, which shares sea borders with Malaysia and Indonesia. IS has said it......
The Pitfalls of Travelling Overseas for Work in Finance | Phuket News
Jul 20, 2017 Picture:  In most big industries, being able to work in most of the world’s biggest economies is taken for granted. The advent of air travel, opening up of emerging economic powerhouses like China and India and globalisation have all contributed to that. There are some restrictions on freedom of movement for even the brightest in some industries, namely finance. More than anything else, financial workers employed by regional and global companies are nonplussed about where they can and cannot work. Having to contend with differing immigration laws is bad enough - UK citizens living in Europe don’t know where they stand post-Brexit, whilst the same can be said of EU citizens in the UK. An even bigger question is who is responsible for all of the paperwork that workers need to do their jobs overseas. The legalities of working overseas in finance roles are, at best,...
Thailand On Track For $37b Internet Market | Phuket News
Jul 19, 2017 Picture:  Thailand, which has one of the highest mobile Internet usage rates in Southeast Asia, is set to to reach $37 billion in revenues within a decade, making it rich in digital opportunities, according to a new study released by Google and Singapore’s state investment fund Temasek entitled “e-conomy SEA: Unlocking the $200 billion opportunity in Southeast Asia”. Thailand’s online market is growing at nine per cent annually and is projected to hit 59 million users by 2020, from 38 million users in 2015. This means that the online market here is set to reach the $37 billion mark by 2025, of which e-commerce and travel will make up over 88 per cent, the study found. The driver is Thailand’s young, increasingly affluent and highly connected population. About 57 per cent of Thais has access to the Internet, and there over 85 million mobile subscribers, which...
Japan Rescues N. Korean Fishermen, Returns Them Home | Phuket News
Japan on Thursday handed over three North Korean crew members who were rescued from a capsized fishing boat to a North Korean vessel that will return them home, officials said.    The three men were rescued by Japan’s coast guard on Wednesday while floating on the small wooden vessel off the northern coast of the Noto Peninsula, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.    The men expressed their wish to return home while interviewed on a Japanese coast guard boat and were handed over later Thursday to another North Korean fishing vessel at sea, said coast guard spokesman Satoru Nanjo.   Coast guard rescuers are still searching for their fellow crew members believed to be missing.    The three told Japanese officials they came with 12 other crew members from North Korea to fish and their boat capsized just as they were heading home, Nanjo said.    The area,...
BBC explorer in search of ‘headhunter tribe’ goes missing in remote Papua New Guinea jungle | Phuket News
PROLIFIC British explorer Benedict Allen has reportedly gone missing in the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea while searching for a lost tribe of headhunters. Allen, who was due to deliver a talk in Hong Kong on Wednesday, did not show up at the event and has not been heard from since he was dropped off by helicopter at a remote abandoned mission station in the country three weeks ago, the South China Morning Post reported. The 57-year-old veteran adventurer, who has produced numerous documentaries for the BBC, was scheduled to arrive in Hong Kong on Wednesday to give a talk entitled “The Great Explorer: Life on the Edge’’ to the city’s chapter of the Royal Geographic Society before returning to the United Kingdom. Keeping mum on Allen’s disappearance, officials from the society did not speak to the media on the matter. However, a notice advertising on the Hong Kong...
Electric shocks, forced injections: Inside China’s ‘abusive’ LGBT conversion clinics | Phuket News
WHILE yesterday was a boon for the LGBT community of Australia with an overwhelming “Yes” vote for marriage equality, disturbing reports coming out of China left a bitter taste in the mouth as it was exposed the draconian practices of conversion therapy were still being used in Chinese public hospitals and private clinics. A report released Wednesday from Human Rights Watch (HRW) details the brutal treatment of LGBT people coerced into conversion therapy due to social or family pressure. While homosexuality was decriminalised in China in 1997, stories of people being forced into facilities for “treatments” aimed at changing an individual’s sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual, are fairly common. Interviewing 17 Chinese people – all using pseudonyms – who endured such treatment, the report detailed the barbaric methods that routinely occur, including arbitrary confinement, forced medication, the use of electroshocks, and coercion and threats. Quote of the...
Border Jam Threatens Mongolia’s Coal Lifeline | Phuket News
In Mongolia’s Gobi desert, thousands of heavy-duty trucks laden with coal inch along a cluttered highway toward the Chinese border in a journey that can take more than a week. Truckers cook, eat and sleep in vehicles covered in coal dust, many subsisting on the same meat soup that fueled Genghis Khan’s Mongol Horde more than eight centuries ago. Alongside the trucks a bustling microeconomy has sprung up of traders peddling cigarettes, water and diesel as drivers wait to clear Chinese customs in a queue that can stretch for 130 kilometers (80 miles). A rebound in coal prices and a surge in exports to China this year has meant a bonanza for miners in Mongolia, and a vital lifeline for the country’s tiny economy, after a currency and debt crisis forced it to seek an economic rescue package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). ​Border chokepoint But long delays at...
US, Japan Naval Forces Conduct Military Exercise | Phuket News
The U.S. and Japanese naval forces will hold bilateral training exercise for 10 days, starting Thursday. More than 14,000 U.S. personnel will participate in the drills and will include the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and the guided-missile destroyers USS Stethem, USS Chafee, USS Mustin and a maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadron. The exercise is designed to increase the defensive readiness and interoperability of Japanese and American forces through training in air and sea operations. The training will take place in the waters surrounding Okinawa. The exercise follows joint naval exercises in the Western Pacific involving U.S. South Korean naval forces. Three U.S. aircraft carriers also participated in separate exercises Sunday with Japan's largest warship. Japan also dispatched one of its two large helicopter carriers and two escorts to participate in the drills in the Sea of Japan and East China Sea. The display of military force is meant to...
Terrorists and kidnappings: avoid southern Philippines, Western governments warn | Phuket News
Western governments are warning their citizens against travelling to nearly all of the southern third of the Philippines, citing the rising threats of terror attacks and kidnappings by Islamist militants. Fresh alerts from Britain, Canada and Australia were released this week after President Rodrigo Duterte extended military rule across the southern region of Mindanao until the end of the year to combat the militants. The Canadian advisory on Monday warned against visiting any part of Mindanao......
New Zealander shot dead in central Philippines | Phuket News
MANILA -- Police have arrested the suspected gunman in the fatal shooting of a New Zealander on a central Philippine island, officials said Thursday...
New Zealander shot dead on central Philippines island | Phuket News
Police say they have arrested the suspected gunman in the fatal shooting of a New Zealander on a central Philippine island. Another suspect is being sought. Senior Police Officer Jimmy De lima said on Thursday that one of two men on a motorcycle shot dead 63-year-old Simon Rawlinson in Biliran island’s capital town of Naval. The local mayor Gerard Espina posted a photo of a suspect in a jail cell. De Lima said they took Rawlinson’s bag containing money, a laptop and the victim......
Philippines: As HIV cases hit record high, govt explores new drug treatment | Phuket News
THE PHILIPPINES has kicked off a pilot project offering anti-HIV drugs to gays and transgender women as new infection rates in the country buck global trends and hit a record high. Under the project, 200 HIV-negative gay men and transgender women will be given a daily pill known as PrEP that is designed to protect the body pre-exposure, rather than after HIV spreads. The study will run for two years and is the latest attempt by the Philippines to cut its rising incidence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which can lead to AIDS, as rates fall in other parts of the world. “This is the first time PrEP is being offered in the Philippines, this is very exciting,” said Danvic Rosadino from Love Yourself, an LGBT group involved in the project. “With the continued rise in new HIV cases, this is really timely and relevant. All interventions regarding HIV preventions...
Philippines: N. Korea diplomat to rejoin ARF talks | Phuket News
MANILA -- North Korea's top diplomat will attend an annual Asian security conference next week in Manila, where concern over the North's nuclear weapons program is expected to be high on the agenda, Philippine officials said....
Philippines: An acknowledgment from Andray Blatche, but still no explanation | Phuket News
ANDRAY Blatche has taken to Instagram to issue an apology-of-sorts for not making himself available for the Philippines team for the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup. But the US-based big man has still offered no explanation for why he is missing the August 8-20 event in Lebanon. Gilas coach Chot Reyes confirmed on Tuesday that 30-year-old Blatche would play no part in the tournament, when he tweeted a picture of his final 12-man roster for Lebanon. The “will he, won’t he?” saga surrounding Blatche’s involvement in the tournament ramped up earlier this week when multiple reports suggested the former Brooklyn Net had security concerns over travelling to Lebanon. SEE ALSO: Andray Blatche’s absence presents an opportunity for Philippines in Lebanon No formal statement was issued over Blatche’s absence. The 6ft 11in forward/centre became a naturalised Filipino in 2014 and helped Gilas finish second to hosts China at the FIBA Asia Championship in...
Countries Defy China’s Extra-Strict Fishing Moratorium in South China Sea | Phuket News
China’s toughest rivals in a maritime sovereignty dispute are defying an extra-strict fishing moratorium declared by Beijing this year in the contested South China Sea, putting their own trawling fleets at risk of arrest. Beijing declared the moratorium on its own from May 1 for three months, 30 days longer than in previous years and restricting more types of fishing operations. It covers the South China Sea above the 12th parallel north of the equator. Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines claim waters inside the moratorium zone but did not agree with China to pause fishing. Vietnam has condemned the moratorium while the Philippines, which held upbeat talks with China on their maritime disputes last month, has kept quiet, analysts believe, to avoid legitimizing the ban. Taiwan gives awards to fishing boat operators who impose their own moratorium and will help anyone caught by China. “Our fisheries agency in the past...
Can Vietnam reform without the TPP? | Phuket News
The withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) under President Donald Trump almost immediately after his inauguration has raised a number of national policy and reform issues for its other members, especially Vietnam. Conceived first as a signature instrument of former president Barack Obama’s ‘pivot’ to Asia, the TPP — whose then 12 member countries comprise nearly 40 per cent of global GDP — was mandated to benefit all members. But to most analysts it was a strategic political instrument for the rebalance policy of the United States, not just a trade agreement. In Vietnam, 89 per cent of the population supported the TPP according to a Pew survey. There were some initial concerns about restrictive clauses regarding, for example, pharmaceutical products under the TPP. But it seemed that the TPP would help Vietnam further expand its exports and its manufacturing industry, in which it has definite...
From pride to ruin: how a once thriving train factory in Vietnam has faded from glory | Phuket News
Built by the French to fix trains for their quickly developing Vietnamese colony, the Gia Lam factory later churned out weapons to fuel the country’s independence fight, and then survived the onslaught of American bombers during the war. But the storied Hanoi plant is now in decline, a victim of the rising consumer power of Vietnam’s middle classes as passengers turn from trains to planes. “In the past, I was proud to work here because this factory was the biggest in Indochina......
Taiwan Excellence brings cutting-edge Taiwanese technology to Vietnam ICT Comm 2017 | Phuket News
Jun 06, 2017 Picture:  Ho Chi Minh City, June 7th, 2017 –This year marks the debut participation of the Taiwan Excellence Pavilion at Vietnam ICT COMM. Companies like Acer, HTC, ASUS, Optoma and Transcend, and 33 Taiwan Excellence Award winning brands will be showcasing their latest technologies and innovations in the areas of business solutions, gaming and the Internet of Things (IoT) at the upcoming three-day exhibition slated 7-9 June, at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC). Taiwan is the 5th largest economy in Asia and currently ranks 10th globally in innovation. It has been an indispensable player in the world’s high technology sector dominating the global semiconductor market and accounts for a considerable share of the global computer hardware, and mobile phones for the past three decades. The nation also held the 2nd largest fabless integrated circuit (IC) market share in the world at 18% in 2016. Taiwan...
US Swipes at China Signal a Micro Policy Shift in Disputed Sea | Phuket News
The U.S. government is challenging China over its dominant position in Asia’s major maritime sovereignty dispute, but those moves, after months of silence, are seen as aimed at reassuring nervous Southeast Asian countries rather than as a major anti-Beijing pivot. President Donald Trump has shelved the South China Sea issue for most of his nearly half-year term as he tries to get along with Beijing, especially seeking Chinese help in throttling missile and nuclear weapons development in North Korea. But on May 24, the U.S. Navy passed a destroyer near a Chinese-held artificial islet in the contested sea’s Spratly chain. Then on Saturday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told an annual Asian security event, the Shangri-la Dialogue, that China’s construction of artificial islands for military deployments hurts regional stability. “U.S. partners have been looking forward to (Shangri-la) for months as a chance for Mattis to assure everyone that Asia policy isn’t...
Chinese security and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea | Phuket News
In recent weeks, the maritime dispute in the South China Sea has taken a backseat to nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula. But the South China Sea dispute remains an ongoing challenge for the region, despite renewed efforts by China and the ten ASEAN countries to agree on a framework for a South China Sea code of conduct. After a temporary hiatus in US ‘freedom of navigation’ (FONOPs) patrols, the Trump Administration undertook its first FONOP patrol on 24 May, when the USS Dewey sailed within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef. The South China Sea dispute has many dimensions, including rival sovereignty claims, competition for access to fisheries and other sea-bed resources, and the security of China’s second-strike nuclear deterrent capability. But at its heart, the South China Sea dispute symbolises the deeper contest between the US and China over the shape and leadership of Asia’s regional order. For the United States, a...
Study: 1 in 3 Patients Starts HIV Treatment Late in 10 Countries | Phuket News
A large team of international researchers has found 30 percent of HIV positive individuals in nearly a dozen countries delay starting life-saving drugs. A study spearheaded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at the prevalence of HIV in Haiti, Vietnam, Nigeria, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Investigators reviewed more than 694,000 treatment records from 2004 to 2015, from nearly 800 clinical facilities, focusing on patients age 15 and older. HIV expert Andrew Auld, Malawi Country Director at the CDC, is lead author of the study.  He said in eight of the countries, the percentage of people receiving early treatment increased, in Haiti, Mozambique and Namibia by 40 percent or more during the time period. But Auld said treatment is still not reaching a significant portion of HIV positive people. “So some of the key things that still need to be done in these...
How Asia can maintain growth with an ever ageing population | Phuket News
Asia has been the world champion of economic growth for decades, and this year will be no exception. According to the latest International Monetary Fund Regional Economic Outlook(REO), the Asia-Pacific region’s GDP is projected to increase by 5.5% in 2017 and 5.4% in 2018. Despite escalating geopolitical tensions, most countries in the region have maintained their economic momentum. They have benefited from policies supporting strong domestic demand in China and Japan, and from favorable global conditions. Growth is picking up across many advanced and emerging market economies, and financial markets have, for the most part, proven to be resilient. Nonetheless, Asia will still have to confront fundamental medium- and long-term challenges, not least the aging of its population – a problem that is well known to most policymakers. In past decades, the region reaped a demographic dividend from its young, expanding workforce and strong growth policies. But this dividend has...
On the meter: Where is the cheapest city in Asia to catch a cab? | Phuket News
ACROSS Asia, taxis remain a vital mode of transport for millions of locals and tourists alike. Even with rideshare app companies fighting legal battles with governments across the region, old school taxis don’t seem to be disappearing anytime soon. As it turns out, many Asian cities are among the cheapest to get a cab in the world. A few, however, are painfully expensive. The newly released 2017 Taxi Price Index by Carspring, a UK-based online car sales website, ranked 80 of the most visited cities globally by how much it costs to get around by taxi. The index ranks cities according to the standard price of a 3km-ride. It also compares the typical cost of a taxi from the airport to city centre, initial hire fee, waiting cost-per-hour, as well as noting whether Uber is on offer and the typical model of cab in each city “to give you an idea...
East Timor Offers Hope for LGBT Rights | Phuket News
Marching through the streets of East Timor’s capital Dili with a rainbow flag in his hand, Natalino Guterres was overwhelmed with emotion, reminding him of how he felt 15 years ago when he saw the Timorese flag raised for the first time. “It was an emotional moment,” he said of the pride parade. “The sense of euphoria ... I saw happiness written on people’s faces and some teared up. It reminds me of Independence Day in 2002.” Guterres was among about 500 people taking part in East Timor’s first pride parade. The atmosphere was carnivallike, with participants waving rainbow flags, cheering and beating drums in the capital. Campaigners say the parade last month was a milestone for the tiny, half-island nation, Asia’s youngest democracy, and a beacon of hope for a region where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights are under increasing attack. LGBT rights in the nation of...
Activist art tackles palm oil industry | Phuket News
A street art campaign wants to challenge Indonesia's controversial palm oil industry....
Indonesia: Govt officially disbands Islamist group Hizbut Tahrir | Phuket News
INDONESIA’s government has legally disbanded fundamentalist group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) for threatening national unity and the state ideology in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. After months of debate regarding the proposed ban, the Jakarta Post reported on Wednesday Indonesia’s Law and Human Rights Ministry has officially revoked HTI’s status as a legal entity for conducting activities that contradict the state ideology of Pancasila and the principle of a unitary state of the Indonesian republic. The revocation of the group’s legal status came following a decree signed last Monday by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to alter a 2013 law on civil society organisations – this time aimed at containing the rise of radical groups who oppose the president. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Crackdown on hardline Islamists ‘repressive’ – rights activists “With the revocation of its legal status, we declared the HTI is disbanded, in accordance with Article 80A of the Perppu (decree),” the ministry’s...
Ignoring women jihadis in the ranks of Asia’s Islamic State a fatal mistake | Phuket News
When the local media reported the story of eight Indonesian women who managed to flee Syria last month having decided to join the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria just over a year earlier, the public was yet again served a gentle reminder of the powerful appeal the radical group has for women in Indonesia. This is Islamic State’s instant messaging app of choice Just a few months earlier, the Indonesian police foiled IS-inspired suicide bomb attacks by Dian Yulia Novi in Jakarta on......
Indonesia revokes legal status of hard-line Islamic group | Phuket News
JAKARTA - The Indonesian government on Wednesday officially disbanded the Indonesian branch of an international, pan-Islamic organisation over its activities regarded as unconstitutional....
Pacific corals in worrying state: researchers | Phuket News
A survey of Pacific corals has found many severely bleached, some near-dead, according to marine researchers who warned recently that global warming threatened the precious ecosystems very survival....
BISP University Fair exceeds expectations | Phuket News
On Monday, September 25, British International School, Phuket hosted 107 colleges and universities from 15 different countries at the Phuket University Fair – the largest one ever held in Phuket....
[VIDEO] Whats On Guide || Sept. 29 - Oct. 6 | Phuket News
|:| WHATS ON GUIDE |:| Shela lets you in on events happening around Phuket this week, from September 29th to October 6th! Check out more events at ThePhuketNews.com EVENTS page!...
Ajarn Pranee is a living repository of Phuket’s Baba culture and history | Phuket News
Few people in the world understand Phuket’s unique culture better than Assistant Professor Pranee Sakulpipatana, known to a huge circle of friends and admirers simply as “Ajarn” (teacher) Pranee....
Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous 2017 is Asia’s ultimate luxury event | Phuket News
Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous 2017 (KRSR) returns this year from December 8 to 10 with international yachting giants queuing up to support Asia’s leading superyacht event after its incredible success last year....
Thai Airways new A350 Extra Wide Body is leading the pack | Phuket News
Even if you’re a not an aviation aficionado, when you see a big, sleek airliner on the tarmac of Phuket Airport with a cool raccoon mask windscreen and unique eagle-inspired wingtips, you can be sure that yes, it’s the new Airbus A350 XWB-900....
Phuket History: Slave raids were a brutal fact of life in the Phuket region | Phuket News
Prior to the 20th century, captives of pirate raids in the seas around Phuket had little hope of freedom or even survival. They were treated appallingly and often died of starvation, exhaustion or disease before they could even be sold at slave markets in the region....
The Slates Coqoon Spa teams up with Amrita Retreats | Phuket News
Phuket’s Coqoon Spa at The Slate has announced an official partnership with leading luxury wellness brand Amrita Retreats....
Disconnect your mind, relax your body and be still with this Tin Yoga pose | Phuket News
Hello and welcome to the rainy month of September, perfect weather for our Yin yoga pose this month....
Phuket weather warning holds as beaches partly re-open | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Thai Meteorological Department has issued a weather warning for heavy rain and strong winds today (Sept 25), urging people to beware of possible flash floods across Southern Thailand....
China Presses North Korea to Halt Missile, Nuclear Tests | Phuket News
China pressed North Korea on Sunday to halt its missile and nuclear tests, saying Pyongyang should not
Tillerson: To Signal Readiness for Talks, North Korea Should End Missile Tests | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday the best step North Korea could take to signal it is ready for dialogue would be to halt its missile tests. “We've not had an extended period of time where they have not taken some type of provocative action by launching ballistic missiles. So I think that would be the first and strongest signal they could send to us is just stop these missile launches,” Tillerson said. He spoke from Manila, where he is taking part in the Regional Forum of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Tillerson said Saturday's U.N. Security Council vote unanimously adopting new sanctions against North Korea for its ballistic missile tests sends a message that the entire international community finds the country's actions unacceptable, and that the clear expectation is a denuclearized Korean peninsula. “We hope again that this ultimately will result in North Korea coming...
Kim wins women's British Open, Moriya slips | Phuket News
KINGSBARNS, SCOTLAND - South Korea's Kim In-kyung held off the last-day challenge of England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff to claim the women's British Open at Kingsbarns for her first major title on Sunday....
China Presses North Korea to Halt Missile and Nuclear Tests | Phuket News
China pressed North Korea on Sunday to halt its missile and nuclear tests, saying Pyongyang should not
South Korea open to talks with North amid nuclear crisis | Phuket News
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South Korea's spy agency admits trying to influence 2012 poll | Phuket News
An internal spy agency inquiry shows it tried to influence public opinion in the 2012 election....
PTTEP takes $500m stake in Malaysia LNG project | Phuket News
PTTEP, the exploration and production arm of Thailand's oil and gas giant PTT Group, said on Thursday it had taken a US$500-million (16.7-billion-baht) stake in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project with Malaysia's Petronas....
Denying husbands sex is abuse, Malaysia MP says | Phuket News
Outrage erupts in Malaysia after an MP said women denying their husbands sex amounted to
Hua Hin tipped to get international air link | Phuket News
Hua Hin may soon get a long-awaited steady international air link for the first time in years with the arrival of AirAsia from Malaysia....
MH370 mystery: ‘Very surprised’ if no breakthrough in next 3-4 years, says Malaysia Airlines CEO | Phuket News
By Yen Nee Lee The circumstances that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 remain one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries, but the carrier’s chief executive said he believed a breakthrough can be made within the next four years. The plane, a Boeing 777, was carrying 239 people en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur when it vanished from radar screens in March 2014. Search operations concentrated in the southern Indian Ocean, but the aircraft was not found. Pieces of......
MH370 mystery: 'Very surprised' if no breakthrough in next 3-4 years, says Malaysia Airlines CEO | Phuket News
Advances in scientific research should help to locate missing MH370, which vanished more than three years ago, Malaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellew says....
Denying husbands sex, nagging a form of ’emotional’ abuse, says M’sian MP | Phuket News
A MALAYSIAN lawmaker said women who denied sex with their husbands were engaging in a form of “emotional and psychological” abuse, courting controversy amid a parliamentary debate to curb domestic violence in the Muslim-majority nation. According to The Star, Che Mohamad Zulkifly Jusoh, who represents the Setiu parliamentary constituency in the state of Terengganu on the east coast, made this remark while debating amendments to the Domestic Violence Act (Amendments) 2017 Bill on Wednesday. “Men are generally physically stronger than women, so they are subjected to ’emotional and psychological’ abuse from a wife who denies her husband his conjugal rights and even one who constantly nags,” he said during the debate in the Dewan Rakyat, the lower house of parliament. Another form of “abuse”, the MP said, is when a man’s wife denies the husband permission to marry another woman. SEE ALSO: Malaysia: Ministry bans ‘Despacito’ over sexually-charged lyrics  “Some...
Fintech adoption in Singapore lags other economies | Phuket News
Financial technology (fintech) adoption in Singapore lags far behind other economies around the world, a report by business consultancy EY said....
Sex change prompts Singapore to annul marriage | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- Singapore has annulled the marriage of a transgender woman and her partner, in a case that has sparked accusations of discrimination against the LGBT community....
Taiwanese who allegedly impersonated police in Singapore get taken to the scene of the crime | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - The men reportedly called victims, directed them to a fake Singapore Police Force website and instructed them to key in Internet banking details....
Singapore will not ‘roll over’ for China | Phuket News
Singapore’s diplomats aren’t shrinking from any challenge to defend the Lion City’s national interest against major powers such as China, even at the risk of occasional reprisals. In an interview with This Week in Asia, Chan Heng Chee, one of the country’s top envoys, dismissed talk that the foreign ministry was split on this issue after one of its former top guns questioned whether the island state was imprudently stepping on the toes of bigger countries. In a......
Singapore artist tops 'comic book Oscars' nominations | Phuket News
Sonny Liew and his book about Singapore's political past is nominated for six Eisner awards....
If this is Singapore’s next leader, can he bridge its English-Mandarin divide? | Phuket News
Coined by my good friend and Straits Times columnist Chua Mui Hoong – the “Age of Contestation” captures the growing intensity of the public debate in once-placid Singapore, especially in the aftermath of Lee Kuan Yew’s death in 2015. The “contestation” arguably reached its peak with the Lee family’s nasty squabble over the late patriarch’s intentions for his 38 Oxley Road residence. In the past, the government-controlled media would have “......
Singapore voids marriage after husband’s sex change | Phuket News
Singapore has voided the marriage of a couple after the husband underwent a sex change, making their partnership a same-sex union that contravened the city-state’s laws, a report said on Tuesday. The couple married as man and woman in 2015 but the husband underwent a sex change operation and updated his national identity card to read “female”, the Straits Times newspaper reported. But when the unidentified couple tried to buy a government-built apartment, they had to inform......
Singapore, Philippine stocks outperform SE Asia peers | Phuket News
Most Southeast Asian stock markets, led by Singapore and Philippine stocks, rose on Monday, as tame inflation and soft domestic demand in the United States hurt prospects of a third interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve....
How Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement was crushed and activists silenced | Phuket News
YOUNG Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law were released on bail from jail on Oct 23. They will now appeal against the prison sentence for their role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement. Hong Kong’s version of “Occupy Wall Street”, the Umbrella movement against Beijing politics was the most important protest in recent years, lasting three months. But three years later, Hong Kong’s democracy is still kept at bay. As hundreds paid homage to the 2014 protests on Sept 29 in Hong Kong, the challenges facing the new generation of activists are not how to mobilise mass protests, but how to wrestle with the state’s innovative strategy to manage society. SEE ALSO: Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong is writing a blog from prison On Aug 1y, 2017, three leading activists, aged 19 to 24, who had served their community service sentences for civil disobedience, were imprisoned following the Hong Kong government’s unprecedented...
Analysis: Progress by China envoy in N. Korea won’t be easy | Phuket News
TOKYO (AP) — With all the verbal barbs flying between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump these days, China’s decision to send its most senior official to North Korea in more than two years could be a welcome opportunity to defuse the growing tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. But the […]...
China is 'a gift that keeps giving,' says Morgan Stanley CEO | Phuket News
Despite debt concerns, China is
Venezuela Wins Russia, China Backing as It Says It Is Honoring Debt | Phuket News
Venezuela won easier debt terms from Russia and got a vote of confidence from China on Wednesday, as the oil-rich country said it had starting making interest payments on bonds after a delay that had threatened to trigger a default. A debt restructuring deal with Russia that allows Caracas to make “minimal” payments to Moscow in the next six years, together with a separate statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry that Venezuela was capable of handing the debt issue “appropriately,” underlined the reserve of support its socialist government enjoys from both countries. Venezuela has borrowed billions of dollars from Russia and China over the years, primarily through oil-for-loan deals that have crimped the country’s hard currency revenue by requiring oil shipments to be used to service those loans. Lifeline for Venezuela If backed by more debt forgiveness like that offered by Russia on Wednesday, the two countries could provide a...
How Hong Kong Umbrella movement was crushed and pro-democracy activists gradually silenced | Phuket News
YOUNG Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law were released on bail from jail on October 23. They will now appeal against the prison sentence for their role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement. Hong Kong’s version of “Occupy Wall street”, the Umbrella movement against Beijing politics was the most important protest in recent years, lasting three months. But three years later, Hong Kong’s democracy is still kept at bay. As hundreds paid homage to the 2014 protests on September 29 in Hong Kong, the challenges facing the new generation of activists are not how to mobilise mass protests, but how to wrestle with the state’s innovative strategy to manage society. On 17 August 2017, three leading activists, aged 19 to 24, who had served their community service sentences for civil disobedience, were imprisoned following the Hong Kong government’s unprecedented appeal of the ruling. Less than a month ago, four pro-democracy legislators, who...
UCLA shoplifters freed by China take hint and thank Trump | Phuket News
The shoplifting basketball players, released by China after the US president intervened, apologise....
Duterte flatters China for 'help at Marawi' | Phuket News
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday heaped praise on visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang for what he said was China's
HRW to China: Stop Forced Conversion Therapy for LGBT People | Phuket News
A global human rights advocacy group says the Chinese government should prevent medical facilities from forcing people to undergo conversion therapy designed to change a person's sexuality from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual. The New York-based Human Rights Watch released a report Wednesday based on interviews with 17 LGBT people who were subjected to widely-criticized conversion procedures that sometimes involved involuntary confinement, electroshock and forced medication. Homosexuality was eliminated from China's official list of mental illnesses in 1997, but instances of families enrolling relatives in programs to change their sexual orientation continue to be reported. The report was released as the awareness of LGBT people continues to grow in China. Included in the report's findings are accounts of patients undergoing
Thai military ready to aid Philippines | Phuket News
The Royal Thai Army (RTA) is ready to send troops to the restive city of Marawi to provide humanitarian aid if the Philippines seeks help from Thailand....
Andray Blatche’s absence presents an opportunity for Philippines in Lebanon | Phuket News
PHILIPPINES will head to Lebanon and the FIBA Asia Cup next month without Andray Blatche – but the big man’s absence presents an opportunity for Gilas. Not only does it hand an opportunity to Christian Standhardinger in the naturalised player slot, it also presents the chance for a united approach. There is no doubting Blatche’s talent. After all, he led the way in scoring and rebounding for Philippines at the recent Southeast Asian (SEABA) Championship. There is no doubting his size – all 6ft 11in of the former Washington Wizard and Brooklyn Net – is a major asset in a team not naturally blessed with such traits. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Star player Andray Blatche could pull out of FIBA Asia Cup over safety concerns On paper, the naturalised Blatche will be missed. On both ends of the court, his absence may be felt, too. But what is important is that the...
China: ASEAN countries can 'handle' South China Sea issues alone | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on the Philippines and other South-East Asian countries to
China backs joint energy development with Philippines | Phuket News
MANILA -- China's foreign minister on Tuesday said he supported the idea of joint energy ventures with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea, warning that unilateral action could cause problems and damage both sides....
Philippines: Duterte vows to crush drugs, terrorism in second SONA | Phuket News
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte tackled the government’s drug war as well as the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis in Marawi in the southern Philippines, among other issues, during his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, amid anti-government protests across the country. At around 4pm, Duterte arrived by a presidential chopper at the Batasan Pambansa complex where he delivered the address, themed A Comfortable Life for All. Thousands of protesters camped out outside the heavily secured Batasan Complex, which houses the House of Representatives or the Lower House, since morning to protest the extension of martial law in Mindanao and the drug-related killings in the country, among other issues. SEE ALSO: Philippine Congress extends martial law to end-2017 As usual, the president delivered his speech, aired live by several national television stations, using expletives. In several instances, he deviated from his speech prepared in English to speak in Filipino. Despite pressure on his...
Home Sweet Home: Islanders Stay Put Even When the Sea Invades | Phuket News
Islanders in the Philippines have stayed in their homes even after an earthquake caused subsidence and floods, according to a study on Monday that questions how far global warming will trigger mass migration as sea levels rise. Ice is thawing from Greenland to Antarctica and will raise sea levels by between 28 and 98 cm (11-38 inches) by 2100, threatening coasts from Bangladesh to Florida, according to a U.N. panel of experts. But, in a possible window on the future, none of hundreds of impoverished residents had left four islands in the central Philippines after subsidence following a 2013 quake lowered the land by as much as 43 cms. Many raised their homes on stilts, or mined local reefs for coral to raise floor levels after frequent floods at high tide in homes, schools and other buildings.
Guangxi to play a Strategic Role in Belt and Road Initiative | Phuket News
Guangxi has a strategic role to play in both the Belt and the Road. The autonomous region’s “four-dimensional support” development strategy includes further opening up to the east with emphasis on strengthening co-operation with Guangdong and Hong Kong. Such as forging closer collaboration with Hong Kong’s professional services under the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement’s (CEPA) early and pilot measures, and encouraging Hong Kong and foreign enterprises to participate in Guangxi’s construction projects in relation to the Belt and Road Initiative, including the China-ASEAN information port as well as transport and logistics facilities serving ASEAN countries. Meanwhile, Guangxi also hopes to co-operate with Hong Kong companies in advancing the two-way development of its enterprises in “going out” and “bringing in”. Guangxi Spreads Across Both Belt and Road The Belt and Road Initiative aims to achieve economic policy co-ordination of countries along its routes, and promote the orderly free flow of economic...
Japan Pushed World Leaders to Warn China Over Maritime Expansion | Phuket News
On paper, all of the world’s seven richest nations warned last month against militarization of the contested South China Sea, where Beijing is building up small islets for combat aircraft and radar systems.  But analysts believe it was Japan that pushed the Group of Seven nations for the warning as it vies with China for political influence around Asia. Japan is concerned “I think in recent times Japan has been trying to make use of various regional and international forums to, for lack of a better word, publicize China’s military expansion and its associated activities,” said Collin Koh, maritime security research fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. “So I think in this context using the G7 is a particularly timely platform.” The G7, which includes Japan as well as the United States and several Western European countries, expressed “concern” about the East and South China Seas in a leadership...
Southeast Asia Faces Climate Change Cooperation Challenges | Phuket News
Southeast Asia faces far reaching challenges in ensuring regional cooperation in dealing with climate change after the decision by the United States to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement.  The move, announced last week by President Donald Trump, is seen as a further step away from a higher profile U.S. role in the region after Washington backed away from the 12 nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) regional trade pact earlier this year. President Trump said the 195 nation climate change accord imposed unfair environmental standards on American businesses and workers. He called the agreement a “draconian” international deal. US withdrawal from Paris accord seen lessening its support role in Asia But analysts say the U.S. decision may have wide ranging ramifications for the Asia Pacific, undermining the U.S.’s commitment amid fears of a lessening of U.S. technical capacity on environmental and climate issues. Thitinan Pongsudhirak, a political scientist at Chulalongkorn University,...
Nothing personal: a lesson for Trump in Vietnamese politics | Phuket News
The meeting between Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Donald Trump was highly anticipated by many Asia watchers. How would the new president get along with the Vietnamese leader? Would there be an off-script moment or blowout? For Vietnam, personality politics mattered less than trade and strategy. In Asia, personal ties matter to business and government. You may not have to bribe an official to gain cooperation but you may at least have to drink with him. Yet internationally......
Vietnam's US lobbying coup secures strategic gains | Phuket News
HANOI -- When Vietnam's prime minister sat down with President Donald Trump at the White House last week, it reflected a concerted Vietnamese lobbying effort unmatched by most Asian peers....
US Pushes China on North Korea, South China Sea | Phuket News
The United States is encouraged by China’s efforts to restrain North Korea, but Washington will not accept Beijing’s militarization of islands in the South China Sea, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday. The comments by Mattis, during the annual Shangri-La Dialogue forum, show how U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is looking to balance working with China to restrain North Korea’s advancing missile and nuclear programs while dealing with Beijing’s activities in the South China Sea. North Korea threat 'clear and present' Trump has actively courted support from Chinese President Xi Jinping to restrain North Korea, raising concern among Asian allies that Washington might allow China a more free rein elsewhere in the region. Mattis said the threat from North Korea was “clear and present” and that Pyongyang had increased its pace of pursuing nuclear weapons. The United States has struggled to slow North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, which...
Defense Secretary Mattis Seeks Continuity in Policy Toward Asia | Phuket News
The Trump administration is aiming for continuity in Asia policy, sticking broadly with the approach its predecessors have taken by emphasizing diplomacy and cooperation with allies, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. Mattis outlined the Trump administration's approach in remarks to reporters traveling with him to Singapore, where he will deliver a policy speech at an international security conference Saturday and meet with several Asian counterparts. He spoke of “reinforcing the international order” while seeking a “peaceful, prosperous and free Asia” - echoes of the traditional U.S. policy goals - without mentioning the narrower challenges of a nuclear North Korea and a rising China. He is expected to discuss North Korea and China in his Saturday speech. Upon arriving in Singapore, Mattis scheduled meetings Friday with Singorean and Asian officials. President Donald Trump raised doubts in Asia when he took office following a campaign in which he sharply criticized Japan...
Vietnam and US sign new deals worth US$8 billion | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Vietnam and the U.S. have signed US$8 billion in deals, including a massive engine contract with a Vietnamese budget carrier famed for its bikini-clad air hostesses, officials said....
Trump hails deals with Vietnam, but trade imbalance isn’t so good | Phuket News
US President Donald Trump hailed billions of dollars of deals with Vietnam even as he used a visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to highlight the trade imbalance between the two countries. The US Commerce Department announced 13 new transactions with Vietnam worth $8 billion, including $3 billion worth of US-produced content that would support more than 23,000 American jobs. These include deals for General Electric Co worth $5.58 billion for power generation, aircraft engines and services......
Indonesian motorcycle sales projections lowered | Phuket News
JAKARTA - The Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association has lowered its motorcycle sales target for 2017 to 5.75 million units from 6.2 million units in the wake of lackluster results in the first half of the year....
Indonesia bans Hizbut group that seeks global caliphate, using decree criticised by rights groups | Phuket News
The Indonesian government on Wednesday banned Hizbut Tahrir, an organisation that wants to establish a global caliphate, under a new presidential decree criticised as draconian by rights groups. Hizbut’s legal status had been revoked to protect national unity, said Freddy Haris, a director-general at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. The decree signed last week by President Joko Widodo gives the government almost unfettered power to ban organisations deemed against the......
Indonesia is protecting its South China Sea territory against 'foreign' threats | Phuket News
Indonesia is defending its maritime rights within the South China Sea in a perceived move against Chinese encroachment....
Indonesia is protecting its South China Sea turf against 'foreign' threats | Phuket News
Indonesia is defending its maritime rights within the South China Sea in a perceived move against Chinese encroachment....
Indonesia: Parliament speaker denies causing state millions in losses | Phuket News
THE speaker of Indonesia‘s Parliament on Tuesday denied allegations he helped cause big losses to the state in connection with the issuance of electronic national identity cards. Setya Novanto, who is also chairman of Indonesia‘s second-biggest political party Golkar, made the denial to reporters after a meeting with leaders of the House of Representatives. Setya said he read media reports saying he was named by the independent Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) as a suspect in the alleged state loss of at least IDR2.3 trillion (US$173 million) from the identity card programme. Late on Monday, KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo told reporters a legislator with the initials “SN” was suspected to have abused his authority to benefit himself or others while the electronic identity card, known as e-KTP, was put in place in 2011 and 2012. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Parliamentarian a suspect in corruption case – watchdog The KPK always refers to suspects by...
Indonesia: Parliament speaker denies causing millions in losses, graft claims | Phuket News
THE speaker of Indonesia‘s Parliament on Tuesday denied allegations he helped cause big losses to the state in connection with the issuance of electronic national identity cards. Setya Novanto, who is also chairman of Indonesia‘s second-biggest political party Golkar, made the denial to reporters after a meeting with leaders of the House of Representatives. Setya said he read media reports saying he was named by the independent Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) as a suspect in the alleged state loss of at least IDR2.3 trillion (US$173 million) from the identity card programme. Late on Monday, KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo told reporters a legislator with the initials “SN” was suspected to have abused his authority to benefit himself or others while the electronic identity card, known as e-KTP, was put in place in 2011 and 2012. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Parliamentarian a suspect in corruption case – watchdog The KPK always refers to suspects by...
Malaysia and Indonesia to complain to WTO against EU resolution on palm oil | Phuket News
Malaysia and Indonesia will jointly file an official complaint with the World Trade Organization if the European Commission adopts the European Parliament’s resolution on palm oil and deforestation as its official policy, New Straits Times Online reported on Tuesday (July 18). Malaysia’s Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said that the resolution was seen as discriminatory to palm oil industry and would affect the livelihood of millions of smallholders cultivating oil palms in the region if the resolution is adopted by the EC. The EU resolution on deforestation and the ongoing defamatory labelling of palm oil by food companies and supermarket chains in Europe is hurting palm oil sales from Malaysia and Indonesia. Malaysia and Indonesia supply around 60 million tonnes of palm oil which made up 86 percent of global output. Both are poised to exercise their trading rights because it affects the livelihoods of...
Indonesia's parliament speaker denies corruption allegations | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- The speaker of Indonesia's parliament, once hailed by President Donald Trump as one of Indonesia's most powerful men, has denied any wrongdoing after being named a suspect in a corruption scandal in which officials allegedly pocketed more than $170 million of government money....
Speaker of Indonesian Parliament Implicated in Corruption Scandal | Phuket News
Indonesia's parliamentary speaker has been named a suspect in a multi-million dollar corruption scandal involving the implementation of a national electronic identity card. The head of the government's Corruption Eradication Commission, Agus Rahardjo, said Monday there is sufficient evidence that Speaker Setya Novanto participated in a scheme to embezzle as much has $170 million between 2011 and 2012, about one-third of the $440 million allocated for the project. Rahardjo said Novanto, who also serves as chairman of the Golkar party, is believed to have abused his power by enriching himself and others. Novanto denied the accusations Tuesday during a news conference.  Several other senior Indonesian political figures have been implicated in the scandal, including the justice minister and a former interior minister.  Two government officials are currently on trial in connection with the case, which could test President Joko Widodo's willingness to take a hard line against official corruption. Indonesia...
Patong Police to call in Bangla bar, club owners over late-trading hours | Phuket News
PHUKET: Patong Police this week will call in Patong entertainment business operators, namely bar and nightclub owners, to “clarify” closing times after several venues on Bangla Rd were found to be staying open as late as 5am, the Patong Police Chief has confirmed to The Phuket News....
Phuket civil defence volunteers walk to Bangkok to honour late King | Phuket News
PHUKET: Three civil defence volunteers set off from Phuket and headed towards Bangkok by foot this morning to honour the royal cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 25-26....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Cabbie vs Uber driver! Drone permit! Trafficking on fishing boats? || September 25 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - September 25 Cabbie vs Uber driver! Need permits to fly drones! Beaches re-open! Trafficking in Thai fishing industry? Couples boat lands on Phuket rocks! Hosted by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
Phuket lifeguards confirm Oct 1 strike | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket’s Lifeguard Service has today confirmed that they are to strike from Oct 1 following last weeks revelation that the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO) has cut the service’s budget for the second consecutive year....
Phuket invites people to join Royal Funeral services on the island | Phuket News
PHUKET: The people of Phuket have been formally invited to join the Royal Cremation services being held on the island on Oct 26 as a way to pay their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose Royal Funeral will be held in Bangkok on that day....
Thai wife confesses to murdering German husband in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: A Thai wife has surrendered to police and confessed to murdering her German husband at their home in Phuket’s Chalong area last night (Sept 25)....
Drain works spur traffic delays at critical intersection towards Patong | Phuket News
PHUKET: Kathu Police have warned of traffic delays at the critical intersection of Phra Phuket Kaew Rd and Wichit Songkram Rd while drain repairs are carried out for two weeks....
Patong childcare teacher ‘expels’ toddlers over poor attendance | Phuket News
PHUKET: Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup has played down rising tension on social media after a “teacher” at a Patong Municipality child care centre “expelled” three young children over their poor attendance at the nursery....
Phuket Governor stays for now, as two Vice Governors transferred | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norrpahat Plodthong today (Sept 26) confirmed that two Vice Governors will be transferred out of Phuket effective this Sunday (Oct 1) in the regular reshuffle of senior provincial positions around the country....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Lifeguards to strike! Wife ‘kills’ husband? Innocent but jailed! || September 26 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - September 26 Confirmed: Lifeguards to go on strike! Wife says she ’killed’ husband in Chalong home! Patong’s Pre-K tensions? Food vendor wrongfully jailed 200 days! Thai tourism on the up-and-up! Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com...
Uighur Arrest in Italy Sparks Fears of Chinese Interference in Europe | Phuket News
The brief detention of a prominent exiled Uighur leader in Italy last week is raising alarm among human rights groups, who see it as a sign of growing Chinese political influence in Europe. Feeding that concern is the role played in the arrest by the international police organization Interpol, which since November has been headed by Meng Hongwei, China's deputy minister of public security. Last Wednesday, Dolkun Isa, the secretary general of the Munich-based World Uighur Congress (WUC), was stopped by police in Rome as he was preparing to address the Italian Senate about restrictions facing his people in China's western Xinjiang province. Isa, now a German citizen, was taken to a police station where he was photographed, fingerprinted and held for more than three hours before being released. Detention at China's behest The detention was described to Isa as an
S.Korea tries to cool housing market, hikes capital gains tax | Phuket News
SEOUL -- South Korea will raise capital gains taxes on owners of multiple homes and impose fresh mortgage curbs to rein in speculators who policymakers blame for stoking a housing bubble in main regions across the nation....
Trump will bomb North Korea if missile testing continues, says US senator | Phuket News
UNITED STATES President Donald Trump has considered dropping bombs in North Korea as an option to stop Pyongyang’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) programme, a US senator said. Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday told American news programme Today that Trump had discussed with him personally the option of going to war with the hermit kingdom amid its mounting threats to launch nuclear missiles at the US. “He has told me that. I believe him,” the lawmaker was quoted as saying. “If I were China, I would believe him, too, and do something about it.” The senator said Trump was committed to preventing supreme leader Kim Jong Un from having the capability to strike America with long-range missiles. “If there’s going to be a war to stop [Kim Jong Un], it will be over there. If thousands die, they’re going to die over there. They’re not going to die here. And He...
Defence Ministry to spend 3.2 billion baht on more fighter jets | Phuket News
The Defence Minister is looking to spend 3.2 billion baht more on new fighter jets   On 1 August 2017, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, the deputy junta head and Defence Minister, told the media before the weekly cabinet meeting that the Ministry will inform the cabinet about plans to spend 3.2 billion baht on four F-5 Mod fighter jets. The procurement is the second phase of plans to upgrade the F-5 Mod jets of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), increasing the number to 14 in total over a three-year period from 2017 to 2020. The first phase of the procurement was proposed in 2014. Last month, the Ministry submitted a proposal to the cabinet to procure eight T-50TH fighter jets from South Korea for the RTAF. That deal will cost the country about 8.8 billion baht. The Ministry argued that the new fighter jets will replace the already obsolete L-39 aircraft, adding...
Tillerson to North Korea: We Are Not Your Enemy | Phuket News
United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a rare appearance at a press briefing Tuesday, told North Korean leaders
Defence Ministry to spend 3.2 billion baht for more fighter jets | Phuket News
The defence minister has eyed on spending 3.2 billion baht more for buy new fighter jets   On 1 August 2017, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, the Deputy junta head and Defence Minister, told media before the cabinet meeting that the ministry will inform the cabinet about the plan to spend 3.2 billion baht to buy four F-5 Mod fighter jets. The procurement is the second phase of plan to upgrade the F-5 Mod jets of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), increasing the number of the F-5 Mod aircrafts to 14 in total over a three year period from 2017-2020. The first phase of the procurement was proposed in 2014. Last month, the ministry submit a proposal to the cabinet meeting to procure eight T-50TH fighter jets from South Korea for the RTAF. The deal will cost the country about 8.8 billion baht. The ministry argued that the new fighter jets...
India oil refiners outshine Asia peers | Phuket News
NEW DELHI -- Indian refiners are outperforming their competitors in South Korea and Thailand as they have ramped up output from new fuel and chemical capacities to meet rising domestic demand that could further lift their earnings over the next two years....
Mongolian women ‘used security bypass bags to steal clothes’ in South Korea | Phuket News
By Lee Han-soo  Two Mongolian women have been arrested in Busan for stealing clothes from large stores, using bags specially designed to bypass security alarms, according to Busan Geumjeong Police Station, Monday. The two, known to be hometown friends, allegedly stole 287 clothing items and 12 perfumes worth 14.4 million won (US$12,400) from 10 clothing stores since March. Police said the bags were made to bypass theft-alert devices placed around the store entrances. This......
North Korea 'Will Be Handled,' Trump Declares | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump uttered assurances during the start of his Cabinet meeting on Monday morning that the threat from North Korea will be taken care of.  
NKF Malaysia holds 13th Patient Forum for Dialysis Patients & Their Caregivers | Phuket News
Jul 26, 2017 Picture:  Kuantan, 16 July 2017 – National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia (NKF) held its 13th Patient Forum in Kuantan, Pahang for the first time since the Forum was first organized as an annual event in 2003. The Forum acts as an educational and meaningful avenue for dialysis patients and their caregivers to get together to exchange experiences, knowledge and ideas. Themed “Improving the Quality of Your Life” this year, the forum attracted 300 individuals where they were kept informed and updated on kidney diseases, what the numbers in their medical reports meant, healthy diet, how to improve survival in dialysis treatment, the benefits given by Social Security Organisation (PERKESO) to those who are insured, and how to live positive lives. With Pahang being chosen to hold 13th Patient Forum for the first time, NKF aims to benefit dialysis patient across Pahang and Terengganu states, to ensure...
Foreign investors are cashing in on an emerging market with a booming currency | Phuket News
Malaysia's improving economy and strengthening currency have attracted foreign investors, experts said at the Invest Malaysia 2017 conference on Thursday....
Busted! Baggage handlers at Suvarnabhumi Airport caught stealing from passengers | Phuket News
Suvarnabhumi Airport caught two baggage handlers stealing money and accessories from passengers’ suitcases on Friday night as they were loading a plane. Nattapon Thammarat, 20, is a newly-hired security guard who discovered the two alleged thieves. At around 6pm on Friday he became suspicious of two handlers loading luggage onto MH783, a Malaysia Airlines flight leaving Bangkok for Kuala Lumpur. The baggage handlers in question were identified as Sitthichai Sawtiew, 24, and Piyapong Juisuwan, 28. Both were employed by Bangkok Flight Services Co. to handle checked baggage. The pair were found carrying about CNY10,000 (or THB50,000). Bangkok Post reported that Piyapong allegedly stayed on the lookout, while Sitthichai allegedly took money from a passenger’s backpack. A large piece of luggage, placed in a certain position, was used to block the security guard’s view. Following the incident, Sitthichai’s apartment in Lat Krabang 54 was searched. Suspicious findings there included a watch,...
Philippines: Star player Andray Blatche could pull out of FIBA Asia Cup over safety concerns | Phuket News
PHILIPPINES may have to get by without star player Andray Blatche at the FIBA Asia Cup as the former NBA big man reportedly has security concerns over the Lebanon trip. The naturalised Blatche was named in Gilas Pilipinas’ initial 24-man squad for the tournament, which begins on August 8. But SPIN.ph has reported that the 30-year-old former Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets forward/centre is reluctant to take his place in the final 12-man line-up. That roster must be submitted by Tuesday, and if Blatche is not committed, Christian Standhardinger is set to be selected as the Philippines’ naturalised player. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Nationwide smoking ban starts today, Govt urges public support Standhardinger is due to line up for Gilas in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur but will head to Lebanon instead if Blatche withdraws from the FIBA Asia Cup. Blatche, who plays his basketball for Chinese champions Xinjiang Flying...
Singapore's telco market may look saturated, but players are still vying to enter | Phuket News
Tiny Singapore's telecommunications market may look saturated, but some players are still taking aim at the market....
Singapore: Rare protest calls for independent probe into Prime Minister Lee | Phuket News
AROUND 400 protesters gathered at Singapore‘s Speakers’ Corner on Saturday calling for an independent inquiry into whether Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong abused his power in a battle with his siblings over what to do with their late father’s house. The heirs of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore‘s long-serving first prime minister who died in 2015, are bitterly divided over whether to demolish the family home at 38 Oxley Road, or allow the government to decide if it should become a heritage site. The public row in a family that stands at the heart of Singapore‘s establishment raised uncomfortable questions in a city-state that prides itself on being a rock of stability in Southeast Asia. SEE ALSO: Singapore: PM Lee’s siblings agree to settle family feud in private Displays of dissent are rare, but the issue gave some people at Saturday’s rally ammunition to vent frustration over a family that has supplied two of Singapore‘s...
Singapore June exports rise 8.2% — topping expectations | Phuket News
Singapore's annual non-oil domestic exports (NODX) grew for the first time in two months in June....
Singapore gets on board China’s Silk Road push as ties get back on track | Phuket News
Singapore’s rocky relations with China are “on track” with plans for high-level official visits and upgrades to a free-trade pact. Singapore also planned to ­expand its involvement in the “Belt and Road Initiative”, China’s ambitious project to revive trade along ancient Silk Road routes, the city state’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, said at the two-day FutureChina business forum last week. Asked about the state of ties between the two......
Singaporeans Call for Abuse of Power Inquiry | Phuket News
Around 400 protesters gathered at Singapore’s Speakers’ Corner Saturday calling for an independent inquiry into whether Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong abused his power in a battle with his siblings over what to do with their late father’s house. The heirs of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s long-serving first prime minister who died in 2015, are bitterly divided over whether to demolish the family home at 38 Oxley Road, or allow the government to decide if it should become a heritage site. The public row in a family that stands at the heart of Singapore’s establishment raised uncomfortable questions in a city-state that prides itself on being a rock of stability in Southeast Asia. Large crowd Displays of dissent are rare, but the issue gave some people at Saturday’s rally ammunition to vent frustration over a family that has supplied two of Singapore’s three leaders since independence in 1965. “Singapore belongs...
Singaporean protesters call for inquiry over claims PM Lee abused his power | Phuket News
In an unprecedented show of public anger, hundreds of protesters gathered at Singapore’s Speakers’ Corner on Saturday to call for an independent inquiry into whether Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong abused his power in a battle with his siblings over what to do with their late father’s house. The heirs of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s long-serving first prime minister who died in 2015, are bitterly divided over whether to demolish the family home at 38 Oxley Road, or allow the......
Singapore stocks lead SE Asia markets | Phuket News
Singapore shares closed at their highest level in nearly two years on Friday, propped by warehouse operator Global Logistic Properties and as investors heaved a sigh of relief after quarterly economic growth data showed the city-state narrowly dodged a recession....
In Asia's largest private equity buyout, Chinese consortium pays $12 billion for warehouse operator | Phuket News
Singapore's Global Logistic Properties agreed to be acquired by a Chinese private equity consortium for about 16 billion Singapore dollars ($11.6 billion)....
Singapore brushes aside calls for clemency, executes Malaysian drug trafficker | Phuket News
SINGAPORE has executed a Malaysian man convicted of drug trafficking after his lawyers had failed in their eleventh-hour bid to seek clemency from the government. Malaysian daily The Star quoted We Believe in Chances – a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that called for a halt to Prabagaran Srivijayan’s execution – as saying the death row inmate was hanged to death at Changi Prison 6am today. “The family is collecting his body now,” the NGO’s co-founder, Kirsten Han, was quoted as saying. According to The Star, the city-state’s court of appeal had rejected an application by the 29-year-old’s lawyers, saying Prabagaran had received due process and that the application was an “abuse of process”. Han also said Prabagaran’s body would be cremated at a crematorium in Singapore on the same day of his death. In 2012, Prabagaran, who worked at a petrol station in Johor Baru, Malaysia, was given a mandatory death...
China 'gay conversion': Accounts of shocks and pills | Phuket News
People detail forced medication and electric shocks as part of
Popular Japanese Mascot Kumamon Greets MTR Passengers with MTR x KUMAMOTO Souvenir Ticket Sets | Phuket News
Nov 15, 2017 HONG KONG --( ASIA TODAY )-- Adorable Japanese character “Kumamon” will turn into a tourist ambassador to greet MTR passengers and introduce them to four famous sightseeing spots in Kumamoto, Japan through a new set of MTR souvenir tickets. Starting from 26 November 2017, MTR Corporation will launch over four consecutive weeks a series of limited edition “MTR x KUMAMOTO” Souvenir Ticket Sets with different themes, namely “Dazzling”, “Colourful”, “Joyful” and “Warmth” featuring four scenic places in Kumamoto. Priced at HK$150, each souvenir ticket set comprises a souvenir ticket1, an exquisite ticket holder and a designated Kumamon robot train. “Kumamon is a beloved Japanese character for many Hong Kong people. It is our pleasure to launch souvenir ticket sets featuring this cuddly character as well as introduce Kumamoto, a Japanese prefecture filled with beautiful scenery, to our passengers. We hope our passengers can enjoy a joyful...
Fashion Hong Kong Returns to Tokyo Fashion Week | Phuket News
Nov 14, 2017 Picture:  Hong Kong Designers Showcase Spring/Summer 2018 Collections 14 November 2017 – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), four Hong Kong fashion brands hit the runway in Tokyo, with support from the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Tokyo. As part of the 20th anniversary celebratory events for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the Fashion Hong Kong Month series, which coincided with Amazon Fashion Week TOKYO Spring/Summer 2018 (16-22 October), unveiled the latest fashion from Hong Kong through a series of fresh initiatives throughout October. The event drew fashion experts, buyers, journalists, bloggers and celebrities, as well as the online fashion crowd to view the latest designs of some of Hong Kong’s hottest designers. Fashion Hong Kong Month Harrison Wong’s namesake label HARRISON WONG and Polly Ho’s LOOM LOOP returned to the Fashion Hong Kong runway show in Tokyo, which...
TCL Multimedia Authorised as Joint Global Partner in Promotion of Justice League with Warner Brothers | Phuket News
Nov 15, 2017 Picture:  Launched 4K Ultra High Definition UHD Smart TV P6 Series and P2 Series (15 November 2017, Hong Kong) TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited (
Gridsum, Tencent Cloud and Shandong Guohui to Jointly Develop Industrial Internet of Things Cloud Platform in Shandong Province | Phuket News
Nov 15, 2017 Picture:  BEIJING, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Gridsum Holding Inc. (
Suspected Militants Kill 15 People in Southwestern Pakistan | Phuket News
Authorities said Wednesday they found “bullet-riddled” bodies of the men, with ages ranging from 20 to 32 years, from an isolated mountainous part of the remote Turbat district on the border with Iran. A senior district administration official, Darmoon Bawani, told VOA security forces have launched a search operation in the area, but no arrests have been made in connection with the killings. Bawani said the victims appeared to be economic migrants from the country’s most populous province of Punjab who were trying to illegally enter Iran for onward journey to European destinations. Hours later on Wednesday, unknown gunmen a motorcycle intercepted and opened fire on a vehicle carrying a senior police officer and his family members in the Baluchistan's provincial capital, Quetta. Police said the attack killed Deputy Superintendent Ilyas Jan and his son, and added the slain officer’s wife and another child received life-threatening injures. Baluchistan is central to...
Rights group urges China to ban abusive gay ‘conversion’ | Phuket News
HONG KONG (AP) — The Chinese government should stop hospitals and other medical facilities from subjecting LGBT people to conversion therapy that in some cases has involved electroshock, involuntary confinement and forced medication, a human rights group said Wednesday. The report released by New York-based Human Rights Watch, based on interviews with 17 people subjected […]...
Panama’s president makes first official visit to China | Phuket News
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela is making his first official visit to China after establishing diplomatic ties with the country five months ago. Varela left for Asia on Tuesday and planned to inaugurate a new Panamanian embassy in Beijing and a consulate in Shanghai. The Central American country switched diplomatic relations […]...
Taiwan remains a factor in potential U.S.-China conflict: scholars | Phuket News
WASHINGTON (CNA) – The issue of Taiwan remains a sensitive topic that could result in conflict between China and the U.S, scholars on Sino-U.S. relations said during a conference on China’s rising power on Tuesday. At the second annual “China Power” conference hosted by the Center for Strategic & International Studies, Graham Allison, a professor […]...
The Philippines' House speaker wants unions for same-sex couples and divorces for everyone | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - The conservative, majority Catholic nation is the only country in the world where divorce is not allowed....
Philippines: Duterte ally pushes for same-sex unions, divorce | Phuket News
PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte’s top ally in Congress proposed new bills to legalise divorce and same-sex unions on Monday, a move almost certain to meet fierce resistance from bishops in the mainly Catholic country. Opening the lower house for its second regular session, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said he would file a bill to legally recognise civil partnerships between people of the same sex. The Philippines would become the first Southeast Asian nation to legalise same-sex unions if he succeeds. Alvarez said citizens should be allowed to divorce legally as much as same-sex couples should be allowed to have legally recognised unions. “We must also be considerate of the fact that marriage may not be for everyone,” he said. “Presently, it even excludes certain groups of people from its fold. Our citizens should not be excluded from society just because of the person they love. They must also be treated with equality before...
Nationwide public smoking ban takes effect in Philippines | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - The implementation of the ban is a realization of President Rodrigo Duterte's 'dream of a tobacco-free future.'...
Philippines forced to confront long-term security challenges as Marawi stand-off enters third month | Phuket News
Two months after Islamist militants launched an assault on one of the biggest southern cities in the Philippines, the fighting drags on, and President Rodrigo Duterte has said he is prepared to wait for a year for it to end. The defence top brass has admitted it underestimated its enemy and is struggling to finish off the highly organised, pro-Islamic State (IS) fighters who swept through Marawi City on May 23 and have held parts of it despite sustained ground attacks by hundreds of soldiers......
Scot shot in chest hours before Philippines wedding | Phuket News
Tarek Naggar was wounded in the chest after refusing to hand over his wallet to three men....
Vietnam: Trump praises bilateral trade deals ‘worth billions’ | Phuket News
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump talked trade with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during a White House visit on Wednesday and welcomed the signing of business deals worth billions of dollars and the jobs they would create. The US Commerce Department announced 13 new transactions with Vietnam worth $8 billion, including $3 billion worth of US-produced content that would support more than 23,000 American jobs. These include deals for General Electric Co worth $5.58 billion for power generation, aircraft engines and services, its largest-ever combined sale in Vietnam. Caterpillar Inc and its dealer in Vietnam also agreed to provide generator management technology for more than 100 generators in Vietnam, the company said. SEE ALSO: Vietnam a ‘lonely voice’ between United States and China in South China Sea “They (Vietnam) just made a very large order in the United States – and we appreciate that – for many billions of dollars, which...
As US Retreats, EU and China Seek Climate Leadership at Summit | Phuket News
China and the European Union on Friday will seek to save an international pact against climate change that U.S. President Donald Trump appears to be set to pull out of. As China emerges as Europe's unlikely global partner on areas from free trade to security, Premier Li Keqiang will meet top EU officials at a summit in Brussels that will also discuss North Korea's missile tests. In a statement backed by all 28 EU states, the European Union and China will commit to full implementation of the Paris Agreement, EU and Chinese officials said. The joint statement, the first between China and the EU, commits to cutting back on fossil fuels, developing more green technology, and helping raise $100 billion a year by 2020 to help poorer countries cut emissions.
Trump hails deals worth 'billions' with Vietnam | Phuket News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump talked trade with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during a White House visit on Wednesday and welcomed the signing of business deals worth billions of dollars and the jobs they would create. ...
Trump and Vietnamese leader focus on trade during meeting in White House | Phuket News
US President Donald Trump discussed trade with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during a White House visit on Wednesday and welcomed the signing of business deals worth billions of dollars and the jobs they would bring. General Electric Co said earlier it had signed deals with Vietnam worth about US$5.58 billion for power generation, aircraft engines and services, its largest ever single combined sale with the country. “They just made a very large order in the United......
Trump and Vietnamese leader to focus on trade during meeting in White House | Phuket News
President Donald Trump will focus on America’s trade deficit when he hosts Vietnam’s prime minister Wednesday, while the Southeast Asian country is still shaken by Trump’s withdrawal from a regional commerce pact. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is the first leader to visit the Trump White House from Southeast Asia, where the US vies with China for influence. Billions of dollars in US-Vietnamese business deals are expected to be signed during his visit. The Oval Office meeting......
Vietnam condemns 6 to death for drug offences | Phuket News
HANOI -- Courts in Vietnam have sentenced six men to death for drug-related offences in two separate cases....
TPP sans US: Viable or no? Trade analyst weighs in | Phuket News
UNITED States President Donald Trump’s move to withdraw his country from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has left some of the remaining 11-member states scrambling to push on with the deal, despite America’s absence. But as these 11 signatories work on possibly salvaging the agreement – they’ve given themselves until November to decide – questions have been raised on the viability of keeping the deal alive. Among others, some have asked why the TPP remains a talking point when the world’s biggest economy has pulled out and why the world has heard so much more about the TPP than any other trade agreement. Stephen Olson, a Research Fellow at the Hong Kong-based Hinrich Foundation, an organisation that focuses on research on international trade, said there were two reasons for this. Firstly, he said, the TPP was widely seen as the “gold standard” of trade agreements, being the first such deal in the 21st century...
Trump may turn to Vietnam for help on South China Sea | Phuket News
Hanoi could emerge as a key player in Washington's long-term Southeast Asia push that's aimed at neutralizing Beijing's influence in the South China Sea....
Vietnam to Sign Deals for Up to $17B in US Goods, Services | Phuket News
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said Tuesday that he would sign deals for U.S. goods and services worth $15 billion to $17 billion during his visit to Washington, mainly for high-technology products and for services.
Vietnam dialysis: Seven patients die in hospital | Phuket News
One woman remains in intensive care and the health ministry begins a criminal investigation....
Indonesian politician denies corruption allegations after being identified by watchdog | Phuket News
The speaker of Indonesia’s parliament, once hailed by US President Donald Trump as one of Indonesia’s most powerful men, has denied any wrongdoing after being named a suspect in a corruption scandal in which officials allegedly pocketed more than US$170 million of government money. Setya Novanto told a televised news conference on Tuesday he would respect the legal process, but that there was no truth to the accusation that he stole more than US$40 million. He is staying on as......
Indonesia: Parliamentarian a suspect in corruption case – watchdog | Phuket News
INDONESIA’S anti-corruption agency is investigating a member of parliament for allegedly causing state losses of at least IDR2.3 trillion (US$173 million) during the implementation of a national electronic identity card, it said on Monday. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) identified the politician only by the initials “SN”, which local media took to be Setya Novanto, speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) and chairman of Indonesia‘s second-biggest political party, Golkar. KPK Chairman Agus Rahardjo said “SN” is suspected to have abused his authority to benefit himself or others while the electronic identity card, locally known as e-KTP, was put in place in 2011 and 2012. Novanto did not respond to requests for comment. Nurul Arifin, a spokeswoman for Golkar, said: “We are still waiting for official notice from the KPK that it had placed our chairman, Mr. Setya Novanto, as a suspect.” “The Golkar party follows and respects the process of...
Indonesian watchdog names MP as graft suspect | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesia's anti-corruption agency is investigating a member of parliament for allegedly causing state losses of at least 2.3 trillion rupiah (10 billion baht) during the implementation of a national electronic identity card, it said on Monday....
Indonesian watchdog names parliamentarian as suspect in US$173 million corruption case | Phuket News
Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency is investigating a member of parliament for allegedly causing state losses of at least 2.3 trillion rupiah (US$173 million) during the implementation of a national electronic identity card, it said on Monday. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) identified the politician only by the initials “SN”, which local media took to be Setya Novanto, speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) and chairman of Indonesia’s second-biggest......
Indonesia's Parliament Speaker Named Corruption Suspect | Phuket News
Indonesia's anti-graft agency has named the speaker of Parliament as a suspect in a corruption scandal in which officials allegedly pocketed more than $170 million in government money. The chief of the Corruption Eradication Commission, Agus Rahardjo, announced Monday that there is sufficient evidence to name Speaker Setya Novanto a suspect.   Anti-corruption police allege that a network of about 80 people, mostly legislators, and several companies used the introduction of a $440 million electronic identity card system in 2011 and 2012 to steal more than a third of the allotted funds.   Among those named in an indictment presented at the trial of two Interior Ministry officials in March are the justice minister, a former interior minister and two provincial governors.  ...
Indonesian Attempts to Curb Hardliners, Terrorists Worry Activists | Phuket News
A raft of recent moves by the Indonesian government to curb the presence of hardliners and terrorists has human rights activists worried. Last week came a presidential decree banning the hardline group Hizbut Tahrir (HTI), which advocates for a global Islamic caliphate. Then came proposed revisions to the national counterterrorism law that are “overbroad, vague, and would unjustifiably restrict basic rights,” according to Human Rights Watch. Finally, on Friday, the country banned the encrypted messaging application Telegram, citing its popularity among extremist and radical groups. Activists say the combination of actions present a considerable threat to Indonesian civil liberties. Some think they constitute a reaction to the visibility of political Islam during the contentious Jakarta gubernatorial election, when hardliner groups showed their power by staging huge rallies in the capital city. “The awareness was heightened with the anti-Ahok protests,” said Andreas Harsono, of Human Rights Watch. “It was a wake...
Telegram to block terror channels after Indonesian ban | Phuket News
Telegram promises to move quicker on radical content after Indonesia briefly shuts it down....
Why did all 7-Elevens in Jakarta suddenly disappear? | Phuket News
The closure of global convenience chain ­7-Eleven in Indonesia underlines the tough economic and regulatory landscape that could deter future investors from taking over the iconic brand’s franchise in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy. The publicly listed PT Modern Internasional, ­7-Eleven’s franchise holder in the country, said in its statement to Jakarta’s bourse that a lack of resources was the main reason it ceased operations at all 7-Eleven outlets......
Most Asia markets eke out gains after copper soars; dollar slides | Phuket News
Asian markets closed higher after a mostly flat open in a week that saw oil and copper prices touch multi-year highs....
Asian shares eke out gains after copper soars | Phuket News
Asian markets eked out gains after a mostly flat open in a week that saw oil and copper prices touch multi-year highs....
Asian shares little changed after copper soars | Phuket News
Asian markets were mostly flat on Thursday after the oil rally fizzled out and copper prices soared overnight....
Night entertainment venues in Bangkok under check by police | Phuket News
Metropolitan police checked several entertainment venues in Makkasan area on Friday night (Dec 29) to make sure that they strictly abide by safety regulations and operate under the laws. Checked by team of metropolitan and Makkasan police under the command of the Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy commissioner Pol Gen Panurat Lakboon included Onyx RCA discotheque on Rama 9 road. The check on entertainment venue was aimed at seeking cooperation from all business operators to comply with all safety measures. The safety measures include requirement for business operators to tell their customers not to play any fireworks which could risk triggering fire, as well as having proper and immediate evacuation plan in case of fire. The evacuation of all occupants out of the fire scene must be made within 12 minutes. The deputy commissioner said that during the New Year festival season, some entertainment venues or their customers might play firework although...
Prawit submits 'bling' explanation to NACC | Phuket News
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has sent a letter to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) explaining how he came into possession of at least one of several pricey watches and a flashy diamond ring not listed in his assets declaration....
NACC receives Gen Prawit’s clarification on luxury wristwatch and diamond ring | Phuket News
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has submitted written clarification on the acquisition of luxury watch and diamond ring to the National Anti-Corruption Commission, NACC president Pol Gen Watcharapol Prasarnrajkij told reporters on Friday (Dec 29). Pol Get Watcharapol said NACC deputy secretary-general Worawit Sukboon informed the NACC board at the meeting on Thursday that Gen Prawit had already submitted the clarification to the NACC office. The clarification document is being examined by the NACC office, he said, adding that the NACC spokesman would give details about the matter in a press conference soon. NACC president Pol Gen Watcharapol Prasarnrajkij The NACC on Dec 7 sent a letter to Gen Prawit, demanding him to explain his two items of accessory–a diamond ring and an expensive wristwatch–that he was seen wearing during a photo shoot of new cabinet lineup at the Government House on Dec 4. The two luxury items were not declared when he...
One killed, 50 hurt in Phichit bus crash | Phuket News
PHICHIT: A teenager was killed and about 50 others injured, 16 seriously, when a packed Bangkok-Nan passenger bus veered off a highway and plunged into a tree in Bung Na Rang district early on Saturday....
Afghanistan suicide attack: Dozens killed in Kabul | Phuket News
At least 40 people are killed and 30 hurt at a Shia centre and media offices in the Afghan capital....
BMTA signs B4.26bn city NGV bus deal | Phuket News
The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) on Wednesday signed a 4.26 billion-baht contract with a joint venture, SCN-CHO, that will supply 489 buses running on natural gas for vehicles (NGV)....
SET falls 2.94 to 1,749.95 at midday | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went down 2.94 points, or 0.17%, to close at 1,749.95 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 22.35 billion baht, with 4.2 billion shares traded....
Investigation on Dr Yorn’s hit-and-run case not yet concluded | Phuket News
The investigation into a hit-and-run case involving Dr Yorn Chiranakhon, a senior official of Health Centre Region 12 overseeing the South, has not been completed, said Dr Nathawut Prasertsiripong, a Public Health Ministry inspector who chairs the fact-finding committee. Dr Yorn is accused of being drunk when he allegedly rammed his car into Somchai Yamdee, a 22-year-old security guard who was closing the gate at the Public Health Ministry in Nonthaburi on Nov 10. Dr Nathawut said the committee has not reached a conclusion as its members hold different opinions over whether Dr Yorn was drunk and why he refused to undergo an alcohol test. The committee initially aimed to conclude the investigation in December.  But, with this problem, he expected the committee would be able to reach a conclusion in January. Dr Nathawut insisted that the investigation has been fair and transparent. The investigation result will be used in a...
Fujimori pardon sparks Peru protests | Phuket News
LIMA: Peruvians enraged over President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's pardon for authoritarian leader Alberto Fujimori were expected to march on Thursday in the biggest protests yet against the two men since the Christmas Eve measure was announced....
A family’s tears as two year old boy thrown from pick-up to his death in Nong Khai | Phuket News
Our picture shows a tragic scene as a family member cradles the corpse of a two year old boy killed in a road accident. The boy’s grandfather Meechai, 40, was taking him and his daughter to pick up his wife at a bank in the north eastern Thai city. He lost control of his Vigo as he passed the LPG station on the Ponphisai to Nong Khai Road, hit a tree in the central reservation then rolled many times. Chutithep was thrown from the vehicle and died from a fractured skull and head trauma at the scene. The driver was only slightly injured in the accident at 4pm yesterday. Police said CCTV from the gas station showed only one vehicle was involved. An investigation is underway. Sanook The post A family’s tears as two year old boy thrown from pick-up to his death in Nong Khai appeared first on Samui...
China Denies Any Sanctions-breaking Oil Sales to North Korea | Phuket News
China said on Thursday there had been no U.N. sanction-breaking oil sales by Chinese ships to North Korea, after a South Korea newspaper said Chinese and North Korean vessels had been illicitly linking up at sea to get oil to North Korea. The U.N. Security Council last week unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea for a recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil. The U.N. resolution seeks to ban nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to North Korea by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year. The U.S.-drafted resolution also caps crude oil supplies to North Korea at 4 million barrels a year and commits the council to further reductions if North Korea were to conduct another nuclear test or launch another ICBM. China has consistently said it is fully enforcing all resolutions against North Korea, despite suspicion...
'Pet charity' owner accused of fraud spree | Phuket News
It's a 2017 tale of fraud and deception: A 27-year-old woman is accused of setting up a fake charity for sick animals on Facebook, tricking the public out of a million baht, conspiring to impersonate a well-known lawyer on Line, and staging a fake kidnapping to extort money from her uncle....
China chides US, Germany after call for release of activist | Phuket News
BEIJING: China on Thursday told the embassies of Germany and the United States in Beijing they had no right to criticise an internal affair of China's justice system, after they called on China to release a prominent human rights activist....
Phuket readies for New Year long weekend | Phuket News
PHUKET: Most of the key government offices across Phuket started shutting down this afternoon (Dec 29) as the nation heads into a four-day holiday for the New Year....
Mumbai Fire Leaves 15 Dead, 50 Hurt | Phuket News
At least 15 people were killed and more than 50 injured in a fire that broke out in a restaurant in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, early Friday, officials said. The fire quickly spread from the top-floor restaurant through a four-story building, said fire official Balkrishna Kadam. More than 50 people have been taken to a hospital. The dead included 11 women, fire officials said. The building, in the formerly industrial area of central Mumbai, houses several upscale restaurants that had moved in over the last few years to make it a popular nightlife destination, the New Delhi Television channel reported. “There was a stampede and someone pushed me. People were running over me even as the ceiling above me was collapsing in flames. Still don’t know how I got out alive,”’ Mumbai gynecologist Sulbha Arora tweeted. She said she was at the restaurant when the fire started and...
Kamala Mills: Fire at Mumbai complex kills 15 people | Phuket News
The fire at a rooftop restaurant at the popular Kamala Mills compound has killed 15 people....
Fire in Mumbai restaurant kills 15, many hurt | Phuket News
NEW DELHI: At least 15 people were killed and more than 50 injured in a fire that broke out in a restaurant in Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital, early Friday, officials said....
Kamala Mills: Fire at Mumbai complex kills 14 people | Phuket News
The fire at the popular Kamala Mills compound has killed at least 14 people....
SRT inks contracts for the construction of five dual-track train projects | Phuket News
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) on Thursday (Dec 28) signed nine contracts with eight companies for the construction of the first phase of dual-track train project at an estimated cost of 69 billion baht. The contracts signing ceremony which was held at the Royal Princess Bangkok Hotel was presided over by Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.  Also presented at the ceremony as witnesses were Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith and his deputy, Mr Pairin Chuchotethavorn. The first phase of the dual-track train project covers five routes as follows:  from Lop Buri to Paknam Po; from Mab Kabao to Thanon Chira junction; from Nakhon Pathom to Hua Hin; from Hua Hin to Prachuab Khiri Khan and from Prachuab Khiri Khan to Chumphon.  The entire length of the dual track for the five routes is 702 kilometres. Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak Transport inspector-general Anon Luangboriboon, in his capacity as acting SRT...
Wave of rail links to slash logistics costs | Phuket News
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has announced the government plans to shift the country's main transport mode from road and air links to trains following the signing of contracts for five double-track railways....
Seven deadly days – seven vehicle collision – darkness and wet conditions blamed | Phuket News
What the Thai media has billed as the “seven deadly days” for New Year accidents got off to an inauspicious start this morning. Seven vehicles collided on the Pahonyothin Road outbound from Bangkok in Saraburi. A video of the aftermath was posted to Youtube as Por Teck Tung foundation staff and Wang Noi police sifted through the wreckage at 5.30 am this morning. Fortunately there was only one injury. Darkness and slippery conditions were blamed. Por Teck Tung told the media that motorists should be especially careful on the road between kilometer markers 52 and 80 because of the conditions. There had already been many accidents in this stretch that is in the jurisdiction of Wang Noi cops, said Daily News. Thai Visa /  Daily News   The post Seven deadly days – seven vehicle collision – darkness and wet conditions blamed appeared first on Samui Times....
Four killed and 15 others injured in two-car collision in Si Sa Ket  | Phuket News
Four persons were killed and 15 others sustained injuries after two pick up trucks collided in Si Sa Ket’s Kantharalak district yesterday (Dec 28). Kantharalak district police said initial questioning revealed that the collision happened after Sutin Inchuen, a driver of one pick up truck, swerved to avoid hitting a dog but lost control and crashed on the side of an oncoming pickup truck, driven Cham Saisuna, on Kantharalak-Ban Don Ao road. Sutin and three other passengers in his vehicle died at the scene, while 12 other passengers injured. Mr Cham and two passengers in his vehicle, including his wife and his child, were also injured. All were later admitted to Kantharalak hospital for treatment. Exact cause is still under investigation by police. The post Four killed and 15 others injured in two-car collision in Si Sa Ket  appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Nikkei’s 2017 rally heralds that Japan Inc. is back | Phuket News
Little is afoot in Tokyo to create the sustainable domestic demand-led growth that has eluded the Japanese economy for two-plus decades The Nikkei’s 19% rally isn’t completely irrational. Companies are cash rich and underpinned by an economy enjoying its best run in 16 years, unemployment at 23-year lows and investment banks heralding that Japan Inc. is back. The missing link, though, is wages. Average monthly cash earnings rose by just 0.6% in October, year-on-year. Worse, labor unions are lowering their ambitions for bigger gains in 2018. This disconnect raises valid questions about whether Nikkei bulls ran ahead of economic fundamentals not just this year, but in the last few.  Since Prime Minister Abe’s tenure began in December 2012, the Nikkei has gained an eye-popping 128%. Source link ...
Technical snag delays wage hike decision | Phuket News
A proposed increase in the daily minimum wage will not materialise this year due to
China denies oil-to-Pyongyang report | Phuket News
China on Friday denied reports it has been illicitly selling oil products to North Korea, after US President Donald Trump said he was not happy that China had allowed oil to reach the isolated nation....
Rooftop fire engulfs Mumbai Kamala Mills building | Phuket News
At least 14 people have died in the blaze at the popular Kamala Mills restaurant and shopping complex....
Huge fire at Lamphun Industrial Estate | Phuket News
A fire broke out at a huge electronic component factory in the Lamphun Industrial Estate in Lamphun province, injuring three people. The fire happened at about 9.30am today (Saturday) at Schaffner EMC Co Ltd located inside the industrial estate and at noon was still raging although over 30 fire trucks from Lamphun and Chiang Mai would join in to combat the fire. As the fire raged the entire factory building sporadic explosions were also heard. Two firemen and a factory employee were reported to suffer injuries from broken glasses during the sporadic explosion caused from chemicals stored inside the building. The fire was kept under control two hours later but firemen continued to spray water to keep the fire from spreading again. It was initially believed that the fire started first from the room where chemical substances were stored. The factory produced consumer electronic components, auto parts and accessories, etc....
Gunman opens fire on Cairo church; shootout kills at least 9 | Phuket News
CAIRO: A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire Friday outside a church in a Cairo suburb and at a nearby store, sparking a shootout that killed at least nine people, including eight Coptic Christians, authorities said. It was the latest attack targeting Egypt's embattled Christian minority....
Officials to educate public on bitcoin | Phuket News
The Finance Ministry will join with other authorities to educate people about bitcoin after the cryptocurrency's roller-coaster ride in recent weeks, says finance permanent secretary Somchai Sujjapongse....
Indian police kill Pakistan-based militant Noor Mohammad Tantray in Kashmir | Phuket News
At the funeral procession for Noor Mohammad Tantray on Tuesday, mourners chanted anti-India slogans as they carried the rebel commander’s body.  Leader in the Kashmir valley of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group, Noor was killed in a gun battle after being trapped in a house near the city of Srinagar overnight on Monday into Tuesday, Indian […]...
Pakistan Hands Over 145 Fishermen to Indian Authorities | Phuket News
A Pakistani official says 145 Indian fishermen have been handed over to Indian authorities at a border crossing near the eastern city of Lahore. Maj. Azam Sher said Friday that the Indian fishermen were previously released from a Karachi prison and transported to Lahore. The fishermen had been imprisoned during the past year for illegally fishing in Pakistani territorial waters. Another group of Indian fishermen will be released next month as a goodwill gesture. The country released 220 Indian fishermen in December 2016, a move reciprocated by India but with a smaller figure. Pakistan's and India's maritime agencies frequently arrest each other's fishermen. Detained fishermen from both sides languish in prison until such goodwill gestures are shown from either side....
Minnesota Prosecutor: Shooting Investigation Needs Time | Phuket News
Minneapolis’ top prosecutor on Thursday said more investigation is needed before he decides whether to charge a police officer in the fatal shooting of an Australian woman in July that led to the police chief’s resignation. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement that he would not decide before the end of 2017 as he had hoped in the death of Sydney native Justine Damond, 40, who was shot once by Somali-born Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor from his patrol car. “The investigation and review of the case will not be rushed. It is more important to get it right than to get it done quickly,” Freeman said. Noor has been on paid leave and has declined to be interviewed by Minnesota state investigators. Damond, who was living in Minneapolis and engaged to be married, had called police about a possible sexual assault near her house and approached...
China Criticizes US, German Embassies for 'Interference' | Phuket News
China's foreign ministry accused the American and German embassies on Thursday of interfering in its affairs after they objected to the prosecutions of an activist and a lawyer who handled sensitive cases. Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters a joint statement by the embassies calling for Wu Gan's release and for lawyer Xie Yang to be allowed to return to work was irresponsible. Wu, who criticized Chinese officials online, was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison on subversion charges. Xie was convicted of inciting subversion but spared a prison term after he admitted committing the offense.
Street racing youths sent for behavioural training at a military camp | Phuket News
The 191 Patrol and Special Operation Division police yesterday(Dec 27) sent more than 60 youths for behaviour-based safety training at a military camp in the bid to change their attitudes in street racing. The youths were accompanied by their parents to the behavioural training lessons with instructors from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, and the Ministry of Transport taking part in the training courses. Deputy commander of tourist police Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakparn said the training lesson will focus on traffic disciplines so that they will not repeat the offences again. He said so far two groups of youths had finished the training courses, and the trainees were not found to return to the courses again. Under Order 22/58 of the National Council for Peace and Order, if the trainees repeated the same offences, their parents will also be held reslonsible and penalised. Penalty for creating...
Focus on quality urged for tourism | Phuket News
Proactive strategies are needed to build up Thai tourism fundamentals in 2018 as authorities continue their efforts to make the country a quality destination....
UN Gathers Horror Stories from Rohingya Women Fleeing Myanmar | Phuket News
Rohingya women who say they fled mistreatment by the military in Myanmar have told tales of horror that leading human rights groups have documented. Now, living in massive refugee camps and settlements near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, victims must deal with past traumas and face new risks. Rejina is a grandmother who didn't want her last name used. She said she has felt empty inside since losing contact with her 15-year-old granddaughter, following the army's first wave of so-called clearance operations targeting the teenager's village of Khadi Bil in Myanmar's Maungdaw township. The military action in October 2016 followed deadly insurgent attacks on border guard posts in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state.
Children in Conflict Suffer from Shocking Levels of Violence | Phuket News
A new report by the U.N. children’s fund finds 2017 has been a particularly brutal year for children caught in conflict, as children around the world have been subject to shocking levels of attacks by the warring parties. The U.N. Children’s Fund says there is no safe place for children caught in conflict. The report finds children are being targeted and exposed to attacks and brutal violence in their homes, schools and playgrounds. This, in blatant disregard of international laws established to protect the most vulnerable. The report presents a numbing catalogue of abuse in conflicts around the world — in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and even in Europe, in eastern Ukraine. It reports children are deliberately targeted, used as human shields, killed, maimed and recruited to fight. Children are raped, forced into marriage, abducted and enslaved, and UNICEF says the physical and mental impact of this brutality upon...
Beatle and Bee Gee knighted | Phuket News
LONDON: A Beatle and a Bee Gee are among the celebrated British citizens selected for knighthood and other awards by Queen Elizabeth II....
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