Phuket Gazette - 2014-04-24 02:34 PM
PHUKET: Doctors and disaster medicine specialists from nine Asean countries are in Phuket to attend a workshop aimed at sharing knowledge and upgrading disaster response systems.
Participants at the “Asean Disaster Medicine Workshop”, being held from April 23 to 25, described emergency response systems and international cooperation mechanisms in their own countries.
They also took part in a simulation...
PHUKET: The long-awaited, 70-million-baht one-stop yacht center at Chalong Pier opened on Monday only to see system bugs force officers to register all inbound yachts and crews by hand.“Monday was our first trial day for the center, and we had a lot of tourists come to Chalong Pier,” explained Phuket Provincial Administration Office Transportation Division Chief Prasit Yotharak.“We soon realized that our system had many
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PHUKET: Four police officers were removed from active duty last night to bring an eight-hour blockade of Phuket’s critical Thepkrasattri Road to an end at about 11:30pm.The officers – Lt Akarapol Siwilai, Sub Lt Manus Faipetch, Sgt Maj Sansak Choti and Sgt Yongyuth Ritplud, all of the Tah Chat Chai Police Station – were transferred to Phuket Provincial Hall with immediate effect.They will face an inquiry into allegations
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PHUKET: A pump meant to reduce the risk of fire by sucking up old oil short-circuited and burst into flames on a ferry in Ao Por on Tuesday afternoon.All three men working on the ferry when the flames broke out jumped overboard and were rescued by a nearby boat.“The ferry was old and the men were cutting up its steel to sell as scrap,” said Lt Col Chatchai Sakdee of the Phuket Marine Police.Ayana Pathan, a manager of Andam
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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 twin brothers to the scene to re-enact their crimes.The twins, 17, conf
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityRecesssion looms as MPC to further trim growth forecast in JuneThe Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: The Bank of Thailand's Monetary Policy Committee will lower its forecast for the Kingdom's 2014 economic growth at its next meeting in June. Paiboon Kittisrikangwan, secretary of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), said at its meet
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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– World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityAustralia rules out link between debris and Malaysian planeReuters / Phuket GazettePHUKET: Authorities ruled out any link between debris picked up on an Australian beach and a missing Malaysian jetliner on Thursday as a tropical cyclone again threatened to hamper a 26-nation air, surface and underwater search of the Indian Ocean.The debris, found on Wednesday on a beach at the southern tip of Western Australia state, was seen as the first lead since April 4 when authorities detected what they belie
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityBody of Korean boy who raised alarm on sinking ferry believed foundReuters / Phuket GazettePHUKET: The body of a South Korean boy whose shaking voice first raised the alarm that a passenger ferry with hundreds on board was in trouble has been found, his parents believe, but a DNA test has yet to confirm the find, media said on Thur
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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: 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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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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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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Cricketers from around the region gathered on Phuket for the 2014 Sixes and Sevens tournam...
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Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut has confirmed...
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