Phuket Gazette - 2014-04-17 08:28 PM
PHUKET: Chalong Police are seeking arrest warrants for two Russians who have fled the country amid an investigation into a fatal hit-and-run of a 16-year-old boy in Phuket in the early hours of April 5.
Thananbavorn “Lotus” Durongpan was struck and killed while riding his motorbike along Patak Road near Chalong Circle, just after 1am, explained Capt...
PHUKET: No road deaths were reported in Phuket yesterday, the sixth day of the Songkran Seven Days of Danger national road-safety campaign, but one more injury was added to the official tally.During the 24 hours from midnight on April 15 to midnight on April 16, only one victim of a road accident was reported admitted to a hospital for treatment of injuries.The injury brought Phuket’s Songkran holiday road toll to one dead a
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PHUKET: Phuket hosted Miss Universe Australia 2010 for the Songkran holiday while she was in town shooting an Australian TV program to showcase tourist destinations in Thailand.Jesinta Campbell, 22, was chosen by Australian travel show The Getaway to be the face of a six-episode series covering tourist hot spots in Phuket and Phang Nga, said Anoma Wongyai, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket.“The Getaway c
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PHUKET: Phuket’s road death toll remains at one after "five days of danger", but four injuries were added to the casualty tally after yesterday.Between midnight on April 14 and midnight on April 15, four road accidents were reported, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket office (DDPM-Phuket).Three involved motorcyclists, two of whom had blood alcohol levels higher than the legal limit, and
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PHUKET: Doctors at Patong Hospital have confirmed that three foreigners died yesterday after collapsing from heatstroke.Russian tourist Igor Kiselev, 59, was rushed to hospital for medical treatment after he passed out at Karon Beach, Patong Hospital Director Sirichai Silpa-archa confirmed to the Phuket Gazette this morning.“He died en route to the hospital. Medical staff tried for one hour to revive him before they pronounc
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityAll eyes on CAPO meeting with top ministry officialsThe Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: The spotlight will be on this afternoon's meeting between the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) and permanent secretaries, as the stance of the top officials might reflect Thai political future in the event that the caret
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityToll hits 204 as revellers start returningThe Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: As large numbers of people yesterday started to travel back to work from the Songkran holidays - and many others continued to enjoy water splashing in their home towns - the Road Safety Centre said the first four days of Songkran had seen 2,027 road acc
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityDrunk driving ramps up Songkran road death tollThe Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: Some 161 people have been killed and 1,640 injured in 1,539 road accidents in the first three days of Songkran - with most accidents the result of drink driving, the Road Safety Centre reported yesterday. While the death toll was lower than last y
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityThais forget their woesThe Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: The Songkran festival appears to have cooled down Thai politics, at least for a short while, given the reduction in political violence, and a break in politicians' activities during the five-day holiday, which began on Saturday. Revellers enjoyed themselves with tradition
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communitySearch continues for South Korea ferry sinking survivorsReuters / Phuket GazettePHUKET: South Korean coastguard and navy divers resumed searching on Thursday for about 290 people still missing, many of them students from the same high school, after a ferry capsized in sight of land.Grieving family members gathered on the quay of th
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More than 300 people missing after South Korea ferry sinksReuters / Phuket GazettePHUKET: More than 300 people were missing after a ferry sank off South Korea, the coastguard said on Wednesday, with a three-fold increase in the number of passengers unaccounted for put down to a miscalculation by officials.The ferry was carrying 477 people, of whom 164 were confirmed rescued, coastguard officials said. Two people were confirmed
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityCruise liner sinks off South KoreaReuters / Phuket GazettePHUKET: One person has been found dead in a South Korean ferry that is sinking off the southwest coast, a coast guard official said on Wednesday.There was a loud impact and noise before the ferry started sinking, a passenger who had been rescued from the vessel told YTN news
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityJordanian ambassador seized in Libya, kidnappers demand prisoner releaseReuters / Phuket GazettePHUKET: Jordan's ambassador to Libya was kidnapped on Tuesday by gunmen who demanded an Islamist militant be released from a Jordanian jail in exchange for the diplomat's freedom.The masked gunmen shot and wounded the driver of Ambassado
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Special Report Each month thousands of people seek treatment at Phuket hospitals for breathing difficulties, eye and nose problems and even nausea – all brought on by dust and other forms of air pollution. The Phuket Gazette’s Irfarn Jamdukor investigates.PHUKET: The Phuket health chief has revealed the disturbing news that in February alone more than 2,500 people in Phuket Town received hospital treatment for ailments br
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Special Report A housing developer faces legal action if he continues filling in a lake north of Samkong. Soil-dumping as part of an anti-erosion project may continue as long as health issues are addressed.The Phuket Gazette’s Irfarn Jamdukor reports.PHUKET: Rassada Municipality is preparing to file a police complaint if the lake filling at the Srisuchart Grandview housing estate, located on the bypass road, extends beyond
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Special Report Six men were arrested in November for illegal possession of more than 50 kilograms of eaglewood. One of the men was caught with an illegal .45 handgun under his pillow. Today, those six men roam free, all released on suspended sentences.Here, the Phuket Gazette’s Irfarn Jamdukor investigates the island’s illegal logging trade.PHUKET: Six men were arrested during a morning raid of two neighboring houses near
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Special ReportPassports stolen in Phuket that were used to board ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have placed Phuket in the center of an international maelstrom. Thousands of passports are reported lost or stolen in Thailand each year, and the region is gaining a reputation as a gateway for international asylum seekers to reach Europe.The Phuket Gazette’s Saran Mitrarat and Amy Sawitta Lefevre for Reuters in Bangkok
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PHUKET: When I first came to Thailand, I came to travel. I went north and south, south and east. Sadly, since I moved here permanently, I find myself lacking the time to explore this country, and if I manage to secure some time off, I travel abroad. Luckily, there is a way to travel even when short on time and without having to venture too far away – through food. These are everyday journeys, at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Former Phuket Senator Tunyaratt Achariyachai, 59, represented Phuket in Thailand’s Upper House for six years. She graduated with a master’s degree in public administration from Manila University in the Philippines.Here, Ms Tunyaratt identifies her proudest achievements during her term as senator and what she still sees as the critical issues facing Phuket.PHUKET: When I was voted into office, some people doubted my ability
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PHUKET: The opening of the Karon Police Station in 2012 to serve the southwest of the island was a well-intended move, one expected to take pressure off the Chalong police who were previously responsible for the entire south of the island.Events in recent months have shown that the truncation did not stop the scandals that have plagued the Chalong Police Station for so many years, collectively undermining its reputation and ab
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Kajohnsak Kaewjarus, 49, took up the position of chief of the Phuket Provincial Health Office on October 1 last year. Phang Nga born and raised, Dr Kajohnsak graduated from Mahidol University with a master’s degree in general surgery. Here, he talks about Phuket’s top health concerns and gives his prognosis on how to treat them.PHUKET: After spending only a few months in Phuket, I can tell you that the nature of the popula
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PHUKET: Despite extreme measures taken to ensure the safety of his vehicle, a man woke up to his pickup truck “hovering” above the ground – without wheels.“I woke up at about 9am and was shocked to find my truck floating in the air with no wheels,” said 54-year-old Bumroong Sri-on at his house in Hat Yai, about 220 miles from Phuket.“I parked my truck in front of the house the night before and engaged all the anti-
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PHUKET: A Myanmar national survived more than 12 hours alone in the sea by holding onto two coconuts.The 21-year-old man, who identified himself as Poy, was pulled from the water by men on a longtail fishing boat at about noon on February 4 in Bo Phut, Koh Samui.Mr Poy had been working on a construction site in Koh Pha Ngan. On Monday night, he and four friends were drinking on the beach.“At about 11pm, my friend and I got i
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PHUKET: Motorists in Phuket who think traffic is bad here should prepare themselves if they are planning a visit to Pattaya, where a man last week caused a huge tailback on a major road after falling asleep at the wheel of his Jeep.It took other citizens and police officers an hour to awaken the dozing driver, who clung to his unconscious state for so long that officers began to suspect he was dead.A caller alerted Pattaya Cit
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PHUKET: Villagers in two provinces at the opposite ends of Thailand are celebrating the births of mutant piglets – after successfully using the lucky freaks to divine winning lottery numbers.The first queer porker was born in a village in the Lamplaimat District in Buriram Province in the Northeast. The animal had five legs, two tongues and fangs sticking out of its mouth. Its feet, rather than having trotters, were capped with five eerily human toes.Choi Saenram, 67, said when he saw that the pig was not like the rest of the litter, he took it from its mother and began looking after it, fee
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