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Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Crushed after crash! Vague on Phoenix charges? Suspecting murder! || Dec. 19
PHUKET XTRA - December 19 Crushed after a crash |:| Vague on Phoenix charges |:| Fighter’s parents suspect murder |:| Did cops fail over gang-rape of minor? |:| B5,000 for reporting unsafe driving Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Passenger handed B5k reward for reporting ‘multitasking’ bus driver
PHUKET: The Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) has handed over the B5,000 fine levied on the driving caught on video letting his 7-year-old son handle the steering wheel of an interprovincial bus in Phuket last Friday night (Dec 14) to the woman who posted the incident online.
Phuket’s market mix has evolved: Down but definitely NOT out
PHUKET: There are many mixed messages emerging over Thailand’s key tourism arrival results in the wake of a series of accidents coupled with a global economic shift. Attention has been focused on Phuket – often considered Thailand’s gem – and the recent lack of tourists, especially from China.
Phuket TAT chief strikes back at low tourism numbers claims
PHUKET: Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office Director Kanokkittika Kritwutikon has struck out at claims online that Phuket is suffering an incredibly low number of visitors during the current tourism ‘high season’.
Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous Driving Growth Of Marine Leisure Tourism In Thailand
PHUKET: The fourth edition of the Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous is set to take place in Phuket 10 to 13 January 2019 during the island’s peak season at the centrally located Royal Phuket Marina. Targeting yachting enthusiasts and wealthy lifestyle-seekers from all over the region, the Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous has become a key marketing platform and revenue generator for the industry, as well as positioning Thailand in its rightful place as the primary Asian destination in the world yachting arena.
Phuket Marine Chief oblique on Phoenix dereliction of duty charges, assures ‘no illegal tour boats’
PHUKET: The Acting Chief of the Phuket Marine Office, Wiwat Chitchertwong, was silent yesterday (Dec 18) on questions about marine officials being prosecuted for dereliction of duty for allowing the tour boat Phoenix to put to sea, in the wake of the investigation into the Phoenix sinking on July 5, killing 47 Chinese tourists.
New copyright protection centre debuts
BANGKOK: A new government centre was launched yesterday (Dec 18) to protect parties affected by widespread infringement of intellectual property online, with the goal of stopping offenders’ activities over the course of one to three days while waiting for the results of a formal investigation.
Cops ‘failed to act’ over gang-rape of minor
BANGKOK: Police in Saraburi are facing a probe by the Crime Suppression Division into their alleged inaction following a complaint against five teenagers for allegedly gang raping a 12-year-old girl.
Woman knocked from motorbike, crushed by truck on Phuket’s main road
PHUKET: A woman was crushed under the wheels of a 10-wheeled truck on Phuket’s busy Thepkrasattri Rd this morning (Dec 18).
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Students save man! ’Phoenix’ boat destined to fail? Leopard sharks at Similans!|| Dec. 18
PHUKET XTRA - December 18 Students save man from suicide! |:| ’Phoenix’ boat illegally approved |:| Leopard sharks return to Similans dive site |:| Busting fake goods rings |:| Phuket bus oil leak fell motorbikes Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
 
The Thaiger
UPDATE: The Hangover – Pattaya

A 64 year old Thai woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing cash and valuables from a British man after he bought sex from her and another woman. Pattaya police say that Penchan Hale was arrested in Bangkok on Tuesday for allegedly drugging and stealing from 56 year old George Andrew Lerce last Saturday night. […]

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A Sarburi father alleges gang rape of his 12 year old daughter. A policeman called her a ‘slut’.

PHOTO: The grocery shop in Saraburi province where the alleged rape took place. A government official in Saraburi province, just north-east of Bangkok, has resigned after footage appeared of the official trying to force a 12 year old girl into saying she wasn’t gang-raped. The official, identified as Sangwan Sitthipanya and described as “a leading […]

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Parents call for police to investigate suspicious death of Muay Thai daughter

Parents of the World May Thai women’s champ, found hanged in her room on Monday, say that they believe her death is suspicious and not suicide. They say, for a start, the rope mark around her nick is too low, believing that this is evidence that she was more likely strangled than hanging herself from […]

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Thai arrested over refusing to return a tourist’s lost phone

A Thai man has been arrested for refusing to return a smartphone to a Russian tourist who dropped it on a South Pattaya road three days ago. Pattaya police chief Pol Colonel Apichai Krobphet said 64 year old Niyom Sukcharoen faces a theft charge for refusing to report finding the Xiaomi Mi8 smartphone which been […]

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“Chiang Mai red buses are a rip-off” – Ratchanont Suprakob

The infamous red song thaews of Chiang Mai are being slammed as a rip-off by a popular Thai actor. The song thaews are a popular public transport around the northern city. “Guy” Ratchanont Suprakob hopped onto his Instagram account with a video of himself walking in the northern Thai capital spraying the local transport option. […]

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Orient Express luxury brand announces first hotel in Mahankhon

The King Power Mahanakhon Building in Bangkok, Thailand’s tallest, will have the world’s first Orient Express Hotel. At 78 storeys high, the Mahanakhon Building is currently the tallest building in Bangkok, pushing the slightly shorter Baiyoke Tower into second place. Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, CEO of King Power Group, said they spent over 100 million baht on […]

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Political parties throwing extravagant dinners to raise election funds

The pro-Junta Palang Pracharat political party is expecting to raise 600 million baht from a grand fund-raising dinner named “One Thailand”. The event will be held tonight at Muang Thong Thanee in Bangkok. The Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) appears to be winning over business leaders and the elite after selling most of the tables for […]

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Reward offered to passenger who reported Phuket’s multi-tasking bus driver

PHOTO: The Phuket PR Office A 5,000 baht reward has been offered to the passenger who filmed and posted video of Phuket’s ‘multi-tasking’ bus driver. The Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) has fined the Phuket to Songkhla bus driver who, last Saturday, was captured on video, driving a bus full of passengers, with his young son […]

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New red flags set up at Maya Bay to prevent tourist swimmers

The Mu-Koh Phi Phi National Park Officers have set new red flags around Maya Bay to prevent boats and tourists swimming into the area. Red flags and signs have also been placed at the Bay’s entrance that to prevent entry and swimming into the closed bay. National park officer say that there were some tour […]

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Former prisoner shoots man’s son as ‘revenge’

A man, who had recently been released from prison for attempted murder, has shot and killed a man’s son. Police believe the father had ‘dobbed’ him into authorities on a weapon’s charge and was acting as revenge. But the father claims that it was all a misunderstanding and his son was now dead for no […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Death sentences for police gang that killed teenager
TRANG: Two policemen and a man were sentenced to death -- and a police colonel and two others to life imprisonment -- for killing a 17-year-old boy in Songkhla province and dumping the body in Trang in September last year.
SET index gains on rate hike, other SE Asia stocks end firmer
The Stock Exchange of Thailand index jumped more than 1% on Wednesday after the Bank of Thailand increased its policy rate, while other Southeast Asian stock markets ended mostly higher, as reports of a potential US-China meeting in January boosted sentiment.
Son murdered, husband killed himself: woman fights on for justice
Her son was stabbed to death. When a court dismissed the case against his alleged murderer, her husband committed suicide. But Rewadee Talhasuntorn has not given up: she's appealed the dismissal and is fighting for the inclusion of a key witness to the brutal crime.
Facebook purges more Myanmar military-linked accounts
Facebook has announced its third and biggest purge of military-linked accounts in Myanmar, where critics have charged the social network did too little to block inflammatory material that fuelled hatred, particularly against the Muslim Rohingya minority.
Migrant workers look back at China's economic boom
When Japanese recruiters plucked Liu Xueqin from her provincial hometown 33 years ago to work in an electronics factory in Shenzhen, she was happy to get a well-paid job and unaware of the small role she would play in China’s dramatic economic rise. - REUTERS
ITD boss Premchai begins court fight in black leopard case
KANCHANABURI: Construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta remained tight-lipped before the media as his turn came to testify in the alleged black leopard poaching case on Wednesday.
Porsche extends T treatment to 718 Boxster and Cayman
A new badge has appeared on Porsche’s two-seat sports cars featuring a more dynamic driving experience.
Texas police rescue man from burning car
Handout video supplied by Chambers County Police Department shows two officers rescuing a man from a burning vehicle that had crashed near Winnie, Texas. - REUTERS
Interest rate raised for first time since 2011
The Bank of Thailand, in a widely expected move, raised its policy rate for the first time in more than seven years, aiming at building up policy space amid growing economic and political uncertainty.
100 days left: Brexit chaos or an 11th-hour salvation?
Wednesday marks 100 days to go before Britain hits its deadline to leave the European Union. Reuters explains the three scenarios thrown onto a government in turmoil. - REUTERS
 
NationMultimedia.com
Maya Bay boundary installed to block tourist access
Hat Noppharat Thara–Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park head Woraphot Lomlim on Wednesday said officials installed tiny boundary buoys and red flags to warn tourists not to swim into Maya Bay, which has been closed indefinitely to allow a full recovery of the coral reef, mangrove forest and general ecosystem.
Cabinet reveals new year ‘gifts'
A free internet connection, a free tour of 10 Bangkok temples, Bt40,000 funeral assistance and free emergency medical treatment for 72 hours at all hospitals are among the “new year gifts" that the cabinet has approved this week, said government spokeswoman Col Thaksada Saengkachan.
Latest : EC to allow foreign observers to monitor February election
The Election Commission on Wednesday decided to allow foreign observers for the upcoming national election expected in February.
Phuket tourist numbers still high: TAT chief
In response to disputed, negative stories about Phuket tourism, Kanokkittika Kritwuttikorn, the director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office said the island remained popular.
Prayut appoints temporary Amlo chief
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has appointed acting secretary general of the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) to the role.
Thai woman, 64, arrested for tourist ’theft' in Pattaya
A Thai woman, 64, was arrested for allegedly stealing cash and valuables from a British man after he bought sex from her and another woman, police said.
Premchai ‘excited’ as he appears in court to face black-leopard poaching charges
Construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta said he was excited when he appeared at court in Kanchanaburi’s Thong Pa Phum district on Wednesday to defend himself on poaching-related charges.
Urgent : Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named Manchester United caretaker manager
London - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was on Wednesday named as Manchester United's caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
Krungsri Consumer joins hands with Six network to support ‘Creative Economy’ 
Krungsri Consumer, a leading provider of credit card, personal loan and sales financing businesses, has teamed up with Six network – a Startup in the Blockchain – Cryptocurrency business, and a provider of Decentralized Service platform for creative workforce, to facilitate an access to financial products and services for freelance creative workers and online content providers who use Six network’
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
Northern Thailand: Where the wild Himalayan cherry blooms

You don't have to travel far to experience cherry blossom season. Each year from December to January, the highlands of northern Thailand - where the weather is cold and the region is swept by the chill breeze of winter - transform into a fervent pink forest.


Elephant tourism: the fight in Asia against unethical operators steps up

Separated as babies from their mothers, kept tightly chained in the sun with scant food or water, prodded with bull hooks to perform - Asia's elephants suffer Groups promoting the right way to interact with the animals urge tourists to report and put up social media posts about cruel practices they see Rows of elephants chained up in cramped stables, saddles resting heavy on their backs. Mahouts - trainers - standing close by, clutching sharp bull hooks.


Elderly Belgian urges motorist who hit her to come forward

An elderly Belgian woman who was injured in a hit and run in Chiang Mai has urged the motorist who injured her to come forward and apologise. Chiang Mai police deputy chief Pol Colonel Piyaphan Pattharapongsin on Tuesday said police were still trying to locate the driver of black car that hit and injured 78-year-old Gabriele Maria Elle at 6 pm on December 9. The woman was hit in front of a 7-Eleven shop on Hang Dong-Samerng Road in Hand Dong district's Tambon Nong Kwai.


Chiang Mai man jumps to death from condo rooftop

A Chiang Mai man suffering from depression following a business failure jumped to his death from a condominium rooftop in front of his relatives on Tuesday morning, say police. Apirak Chansawang, 40, died on the ground outside a luxurious 32-floor condominium in tambon Wat Ket of Chiang Mai's Muang district.


Vote for your schoola s holiday drive

Vote for your favorite school fundraiser or charity event for our Weekly Drive series. The winner will be featured in a Life Facebook video.


Syarul Azman and Lilian glad their hard work paid off

Gold medallists Syarul Azman Mahen Abdullah and Lilian Tan are happy that their hard work and struggles paid off at the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Relating the difficulties they faced, Syarul Azman thanked Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman for helping him get the RM20,000 awarded to him under the National Sports Incentives Scheme almost a year ago.


One occasion, one beauty

Unless you have been in hibernation you will be aware that Thailand is currently hosting the 2018 Miss Universe contest which climaxes tomorrow at the less-than-entertaining hour of 7am, presumably to cater to primetime audiences in the United States. We've seen the 94 beautiful contestants grinning from ear to ear and doing all sorts of useful things, like promoting silk weaving and cooking their own exotic Thai dishes.


DSI storms major websites streaming illegal content

Department of Special Investigation officials at one of 19 locations raided for illegally streaming movies and football matches. Department of Special Investigation officials have shut down several major websites that illegally streamed movies and football matches with links to online gambling and pornography.


New research may help save more heart attack victims

Chiang Mai University 's award-winning researcher Dr Siripong Palee, has expressed hope that his research on mitochondrial change to prevent cardiac muscle injury during acute heart disease will save more patients in the future. Siripong, a researcher under the Cardiac Electrophysiology Research and Training Center at CMU Faculty of Medicine, won the "International Early Career Investigator Award" during the "AHA Scientific Session 2018" conference on cardiovascular disease, which was held from November 10 to 2 in Chicago.


Fashioning a culture

Chiang Mai Design Week is now taking place at different venues around the city, offering a contemporary addition to the more traditional landscape. Chiang Mai Design Week 2018 is now under way to highlight creative designs and crafts that can be found in everyday life in the northern capital.


 
Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
China reports African swine fever outbreak in Guangdong
BEIJING: China confirmed on Wednesday the first African swine fever outbreak in southern Guangdong province, as the highly contagious disease continues to spread through the world's largest hog herd.
Death sentences for police gang that killed teenager
TRANG: Two policemen and a man were sentenced to death -- and a police colonel and two others to life imprisonment -- for killing a 17-year-old boy in Songkhla province and dumping the body in Trang in September last year.
SET index gains on rate hike, other SE Asia stocks end firmer
The Stock Exchange of Thailand index jumped more than 1% on Wednesday after the Bank of Thailand increased its policy rate, while other Southeast Asian stock markets ended mostly higher, as reports of a potential US-China meeting in January boosted sentiment.
Son murdered, husband killed himself: woman fights on for justice
Her son was stabbed to death. When a court dismissed the case against his alleged murderer, her husband committed suicide. But Rewadee Talhasuntorn has not given up: she's appealed the dismissal and is fighting for the inclusion of a key witness to the brutal crime.
Facebook purges more Myanmar military-linked accounts
Facebook has announced its third and biggest purge of military-linked accounts in Myanmar, where critics have charged the social network did too little to block inflammatory material that fuelled hatred, particularly against the Muslim Rohingya minority.
Ex-Goldman Malaysian banker charged over 1MDB scandal
KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian former Goldman Sachs banker was formally charged in court Wednesday over the multi-billion-dollar scam surrounding sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.
Hodeida truce 'dead duck' if rebel breaches persist: coalition
DUBAI: A hard-won truce in the battleground Yemeni city of Hodeida will collapse if rebel violations persist and the United Nations does not intervene, the Saudi-led coalition said on Wednesday.
ITD boss Premchai begins court fight in black leopard case
KANCHANABURI: Construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta remained tight-lipped before the media as his turn came to testify in the alleged black leopard poaching case on Wednesday.
Fugitive arrested for murder of kindergarten teacher
A 31-year-old fugitive was arrested in Nonthaburi province early on Wednesday and charged with repeatedly stabbing and then cutting the throat of his girlfriend, a kindergarten teacher, in Songkhla's Hat Yai district in July in 2011.
'Thousands' of EU diplomatic cables hacked: report
BRUSSELS: Hackers apparently connected to China accessed thousands of sensitive EU diplomatic cables, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, in the latest embarrassing data breach to hit a major international organisation.
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