Army reverses decision on Phuket sun loungers

Army reverses decision on Phuket sun loungers

PHUKET: The Royal Thai Army has declared that sun loungers are now allowed in the 10 percent zone at Patong Beach. The decision was handed down yesterday afternoon by army and beach management committee officials, who decided to reverse the Royal Thai Navy’s ruling declaring them illegal in December last year (story here). The same outcome is expected for other Phuket beaches, but no timeline has yet been announced. Following the announcement, vendors at Patong Beach immediately brought dozens of loungers and other furniture down to the beach. Army Region 4 Deputy Commander Pornsak Poonsawat and other officers

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 02:38 PM

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Rescued black bear falls to death from chopper

Rescued black bear falls to death from chopper

THAILAND: A wildlife activist yesterday criticized Khao Yai National Park officials for allowing an Asian black bear to fall to its death from a helicopter earlier this month during a rescue operation to return it to nature. Thongchai Saengprathum, secretary of the Khao Yai Foundation, said the officials concerned should face legal action for negligence. The bear reportedly woke up aboard the helicopter while it was being flown in to the national park in Prachin Buri. It had not been put inside a cage, but was instead covered by a net and put on board. As the helicopter flew over forest land, the animal panicked and fell t

Monday, February 27, 2017 | 01:14 PM

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Thai government warns of heatstroke, high temperatures

Thai government warns of heatstroke, high temperatures

PHUKET: Rising temperatures have raised the risk of heatstroke, the Public Health Ministry warned yesterday. It is predicted that temperatures may soar as high as 43 degrees Celsius (109.4 F) over the next seven weeks. The ministry’s permanent secretary, Dr Sopon Mekthon, advised people to drink two liters of water a day during summer to lower the risk of heatstroke and dehydration. According to the Disease Control Department, at least 21 people succumbed to heatstroke in Thailand between March 1 and April 17 last year. The victims were between 29 and 72 years old. Most of them died in public places. The risk of heatst

Monday, March 13, 2017 | 11:49 AM

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Swiss expat admits abusing more than 80 boys in Thailand

Swiss expat admits abusing more than 80 boys in Thailand

THAILAND: Swiss authorities yesterday confirmed that a man suspected of sexually abusing more than 80 boys in Thailand will be going on trial to face numerous allegations including molestation. It was reported that some of his victims were as young as nine years old. “The unnamed man has admitted to taking thousands of pornographic pictures of the boys, but denied allegations that he molested any of them or pushed some into prostitution,” said prosecutors in a statement in the western Swiss canton of Fribourg. The abuse is alleged to have taken place between 2001 and 2014. The man had previously been convicted of sexuall

Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 02:15 PM

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Emerald group accused of illegal activities in Phuket

Emerald group accused of illegal activities in Phuket

PHUKET: Three projects by a major real estate developer in Phuket are under investigation and alleged to be illegal, both in terms of land documents and construction of buildings. A group of 20 people from Rak Chue Siang Phuket (or ‘Love Phuket Reputation’ group) came to submit a letter of complaint against ‘Emerald Development Group’ at the Damrongdharma Center at Phuket Provincial Hall. The 'protesters' were led by Niran Wachawet, and some of them claimed to be victims of the company’s allegedly illegal operations. The details of each project were mentioned individually in the letter. The first project

Friday, March 3, 2017 | 06:00 PM

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Another thieving airline employee arrested in Phuket

Another thieving airline employee arrested in Phuket

PHUKET: An AirAsia baggage handler was arrested on Friday afternoon for stealing jewelry worth 80,000 baht from a passenger’s luggage at Phuket International Airport the day before. Thasayu Boonsop, 26, confessed to theft following a complaint lodged at Sakoo Police Station by Amika Maha, a passenger on AirAsia flight FD3015 from Bangkok to Phuket on Thursday night. “Ms Amika checked in with three bags, one of which contained a box with a gold and diamond bracelet worth about 65,000 baht and a ring worth about 15,000 baht. The next morning, she checked her bag and found the box to be empty,” said Sakoo Police Superint

Monday, March 6, 2017 | 12:34 PM

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