Phuket Gazette - 2014-04-23 05:02 PM
PHUKET: A mob of angry residents this afternoon blockaded Phuket’s critical main artery, Thepkrasattri Road, amid outrage over the twin teenagers who raped a pregnant woman in the area on Sunday night.
The blockade, just north of the turnoff to Phuket International Airport, formed at about 2pm after villagers realized that police would not be bringing the...
PHUKET: Officers at Phuket International Airport have been asked to target people carrying large amounts of undisclosed cash in the ongoing battle to crack down on transnational crime.The request comes from Glenn Tankard of the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Mr Tankard was in Phuket early this month in his role as head of the Thai Transnational Crime Coordination Network (TCCN) central office in Bangkok.“Immigration at the
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PHUKET: Health officials at Phuket International Airport have ramped up efforts to identify any travellers arriving in Phuket who are suspected of carrying the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (Mers-CoV).The news follows the death of a Malaysian man from complications caused by MERS after returning from Saudi Arabia, in what appears to be the first fatal case of the disease in Southeast Asia (story here).“We rece
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PHUKET: Twin brothers confessed yesterday to the rape, sexual assault, assault and robbery of a 25-year-old pregnant woman along a dark stretch of road in northern Phuket on Sunday.“The suspects face all four charges, including ‘use of a vehicle, in a robbery and evasion of police,’” Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Peerayut Karajedee told the Phuket Gazette.“They claim that they had not originally intended
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PHUKET: Thalang District Electricity Authority (TDEA) has announced a major blackout scheduled to affect residents in Thalang tomorrow from 9am to 5pm. The scheduled blackout will affect areas along the southbound lane of Thepkrasattri Road, from the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives Thalang branch to the LPG gas station in Baan Li Porn.Thalang Hospital will be affected, but will run on its own generators duri
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityYingluck to leave politics if country wants it; hasn't raised issue with ThaksinThe Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said yesterday she is ready to step down if the people want her out, but added that she had not discussed the possibility of quitting politics with her brother, ex-prime
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityDisappearance of Karen activist prompts concernThe Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: Several organisations including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International Thailand, are pressing Thai authorities to speed up investigation into the disappearance of a leading Karen activist.Por Cha Lee Rakchongcharoen, also known as "Billy", ha
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityThaksin 'ready to sacrifice family'The Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is ready to "sacrifice his family" by ending its political roles so the country can emerge from the ongoing political impasse and move forward, his close aide said yesterday. However, Thaksin wants his political enemies
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityRed shirts to rally on eve of Yingluck verdictThe Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) will hold a mass rally of red shirts one day before the Constitutional Court delivers its verdict on whether Yingluck Shinawatra has lost her status as caretaker PM. The court decision will d
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityBrazil set to pass Internet bill of rightsReuters / Phuket GazettePHUKET: Brazil's Senate unanimously approved groundbreaking legislation on Tuesday that guarantees equal access to the Internet and protects the privacy of Brazilian users in the wake of U.S. spying revelations.President Dilma Rousseff, who was the target of U.S. esp
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityFirst sign of South Korea ferry disaster was call from a frightened boyReuters / Phuket GazettePHUKET: The first distress call from a sinking South Korean ferry was made by a boy with a shaking voice to a fire station, three minutes after the vessel made its fateful last turn.That call was forwarded to the coastguard two minutes la
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communitySaudi Arabia sentences eight to death for 2003 attacksReuters / Phuket GazettePHUKET: A Saudi Arabian court on Monday sentenced three more men to death, raising the number of people condemned for their involvement in a suicide attack on expatriate residential compounds in Riyadh in 2003 to eight, the state news agency reported.Another 40 people were sentenced to terms of two to 35 years for assisting the attacks in north-eastern Riyadh, which were part of a three-year campaign by al Qaeda that kill
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityU.S. force in Afghanistan may be cut to less than 10,000 troopsReuters / Phuket GazettePHUKET: The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 - the minimum demanded by the U.S. military to train Afghan forces - as the longest war in American history winds down, Obama administration officials briefed on the matt
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Special Report Just over a generation ago, there were few chairs or umbrellas on the sands of Phuket. Now, they cover up to 80 per cent of many popular beaches. Last June, the Senate Standing Committee on Tourism said their excessive numbers have a negative impact on tourists’ experiences. What’s happening, and who’s in charge? The Phuket Gazette’s Irfarn Jamdukor and Leslie Porterfield visit seven beaches to report.PH
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PHUKET: Child welfare and safety issues have been much in the news recently and our special report this week explores for our readers some of the options available locally to young mothers who are either unwilling or unable to support children they have given birth to. Few news stories generate greater emotional resonance than reports of abandoned babies. Yet it is very easy to forget that child abandonment issues are nothing
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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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PHUKET: By the time you read this, I hope you took a plastic bag with you to the shop to buy your copy of the Phuket Gazette. Songkran has once again come and gone, having been celebrated by the traditional bucket load.Most Phuket oldtimers I know choose to stay indoors during the Thai New Year, happily avoiding the deluges of ice-cold water tossed amid the stifling heat.I am usually – and rather ironically, among them – a
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Sayan Chanachaiwong, 56, has been Kathu District Chief for about five months. With a master’s degree in political science from Ramkhamhaeng University, he worked as district chief in the restive Deep South province of Narathiwat for more than nine years, most recently in Su-ngai Padi, before coming to Phuket.Here, he talks about his three priorities for Kathu.PHUKET: My focus in Phuket is completely different from my focus i
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Special Report The discovery of a newborn boy abandoned in the bed of a pick-up truck in front of a luxury resort on April 10 has highlighted the issue of unwanted pregnancies on Phuket. Many women, not knowing which way to turn, abandon their babies or seek illegal abortions. The Gazette’s Chutharat Plerin explores what options are available for pregnant women who are not prepared to be mothers. PHUKET: The baby boy, weigh
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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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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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