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Phuket News
‘Au revoir’, baguette! France goes burger-mad
FRANCE: Baguette lovers may be horrified to learn that in 2017, for the first time ever, hamburger sales were higher in France than the classic jambon-beurre sandwich.
Cornering the market
CHINA: They may not have the wealth or financial savvy of Warren Buffett, but you will be hard-pressed to find more passionate punters than the silver-haired stock-pickers at Shanghais curbside investment forum.
Ireland overturns abortion ban in landslide vote
IRELAND: Ireland voted by a landslide to ditch its strict abortion laws in a landmark referendum that Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said had finally lifted decades of stigma and shame.
Phuket Opinion: Foreigners are not the only bad guys!
PHUKET: On April 1 this year The Phuket News ran an April Fool’s story titled “Phuket launches ‘Good Thais In, Bad Thais Out’ crackdown” laughingly targeting Thai people who travel to Phuket only to carry out crimes that tarnish the island’s tourism image as a “world-class tourism destination”.
Going green in Guadeloupe
FRANCE: Yellow is the new green in the French Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe. Bananas are the island group’s top agricultural export, and there is growing awareness that farming practices need to change as yields drop and damage from pesticide use rises.
Man arrested for knife rape attack on neighbour
PHUKET: Police have arrested a man who attempted to rape his neighbour’s wife at a worker’s camp in Chalong by attacking her with a knife while her husband was out late Wednesday night (May 23).
16 foreign inmates to be sent home from Thailand
NATIONWIDE: The Department of Corrections plans to transfer 16 foreign prisoners back to their home countries to serve out their sentences in a bid to ease chronic overcrowding in Thai prisons.
Pakistan’s women motorcyclists ditch the side saddle
PAKISTAN: Perched proudly on their brand new pink motorcycles, the recruits take to the road, the latest batch of women to demolish boundaries set for them by men in Pakistan.
Visakha Bucha Buddhist holiday brings alcohol ban to Phuket
PHUKET: The major Buddhist holiday Visakha Bucha Day will be honoured next Tuesday (May 29) with most government offices closed.
Red-shirt weapons seized, plot derailed, say police
BANGKOK: Police have arrested five suspects and seized a large number of weapons in several provinces and claim to have foiled a red-shirt plan to create disorder during the May 22 pro-election rally earlier this week.
 
The Thaiger
Airport expansion plans, exactly a decade ago

In the wake of this week’s AoT announcement about the two new airports – one for Phuket and Chiang Mai – it’s only ten years ago, exactly, that funding was announced for the expansion of Phuket International Airport. Digging into the archives the article from May 23, 2008, says that in 2009 the AoT was […]

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Chonburi sting nets suspects and drugs

A police sting operation led to the arrest of three young male suspects and the seizure of 218,000 methamphetamine pills, 4,150 grams of crystal methamphetamine or “ice” and 700 Ecstasy pills in Chon Buri province’s Sri Racha district. Police Region 2 chief Pol Lt-General Jitti Rodbangyang told a press conference on Sunday that the suspect, […]

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Getting THAT ‘plane’ pic at Phuket Airport

The Phuket International Airport runway is built right on the beach, Nai Yang Beach. The actual runway, running east/west, finishes about 150 metres before the actual beach. So, when planes are landing from the west they come down really low over the people on the beach just before it touches down. Pilots like to land […]

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Whale sharks threatened with extinction

SPECIAL REPORT By Piyaporn Wongruang, The Sunday Nation Its head was down, while its tail was up to the air, after being tied up tightly with a rope attached to a big reel on that trawler. Once in a while, the three-metre-long whale shark jerked, prompting its tail to sway, suggesting that it was still […]

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Swede, 24 found hanged on Patong Hill, Phuket

A 24 year old Swedish man has been found hanged on Patong Hill. Patong Police were notified of the incident at behind the tiger shrine (Pun Tuao Kong Chinese Shrine) on Phra Baramee Road, at the top of Patong Hill, yesterday (May 26). Police and Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived at the scene to find the body of […]

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Thaiger Radio News – Sunday

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New airports in Phuket and Chiang Mai will ‘ease congestion’.

There’s been mainly positive response to the news that the AoT have approved the construction of two new airports – one in Phuket and one in Chiang Mai. The Director of the Thai tourism department says the decision is an important part of the support needed for ever-growing tourist arrivals. Yuthasak Supasorn, says it is a […]

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Ten boys set to face gang rape charges after attack on 15 year old

Ten boys are facing charges of rape after a 15 year old school girl was attacked in Ratchaburi. The story received wide coverage after it was featured on Amarin TV. Following the TV show, Bang Pong police spoke to the victim and her family. Now armed with evidence they are set to charge ten boys with rape, […]

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Welcome to your long weekend, sort of.

Welcome to your long weekend, interrupted by a day of work on Monday. Tuesday, May 29, in Visakha Bucha Day and will be commemorated as a public holiday around Thailand. There are a quite a number of important Buddhist holidays throughout the year, but the most significant is Visakha Bucha Day. This day commemorates three […]

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Thaiger Radio News – Saturday

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Kim 'agrees to Trump's summit terms'
SEOUL: South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un committed in their surprise meeting to sitting down with President Donald Trump and to a "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula."
Revenue Department denies VAT hike plan
The Revenue Department says reports on social media that it plans to increase value-added tax (VAT) to 9% in the next fiscal year are fake news.
Porsche 911 GT3 facelift (2018) review
The Porsche 911 GT3 has been given a mid-life update. And the good news for enthusiasts is that turbo power hasn’t reached it yet.
Thanathorn elected leader of Future Forward Party
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, co-founder of the newly-registered Future Forward Party, has been unanimously voted the party leader.
Cops urge no shelter for rogue monks
Police are threatening legal action against anyone who provides shelter for the two senior monks who are wanted for alleged temple fund embezzlement and still at large.
Bang Sue megastation project reaches halfway mark
Construction for the Bang Sue Central Station, set to replace Hua Lamphong as the capital's main rail transport hub, is now almost 50% complete, SRT Red electric train line project director Kumpol Boonchom says.
Fluctuating fortunes hit THAI Airways
Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) is now in a final reform phase that looks set to hit turbulence as it goes from red ink to profit.
Worlds apart: Maniq confront modern life
A cluster of children from the Maniq ethnic group are doing something their ancestors may have never been able to picture -- watching a TV show.
Pattaya waste project under fire
PATTAYA: Pattaya municipality is eyeing an unused landfill at Khao Mai Kaeo as a site for building an incinerator, but local officials overseeing the area appear reluctant to welcome this new waste management project.
It's the corruption, stupid
After promising the nation a Mercedes Benz C-500 of an anti-regime protest, activists produced a three-owner 2007 Toyota Corolla gathering. It impressed and struck fear into the hearts of, well, no one.
 
NationMultimedia.com
Newly elected Future Forward leader Thanathorn vows to dump 2017 charter
THANATHORN Juangroongru-angkit was predictably chosen yesterday to be the leader of the Future Forward Party, which he co-founded with the agenda of not only becoming the prime minister but also dumping the current, junta-written 2017 Constitution.
SPECIAL REPORT: Junta plays economic card in EU trip
PM Prayut heads to Europe on highprofile trip with business deals high on agenda.
Many more temples may have embezzled state funds
THE FOURTH round of investigations into the embezzlement of state funds meant for temple development has found at least another 30 temples alleged to have broken the law, with damages worth Bt100 million, a source at the Counter Corruption Division (CCD) of Royal Thai Police revealed yesterday.
Fourth petition in a fortnight - this time Dr M's nomination for Nobel Peace Prize
PETALING JAYA: Mahathir Mohamad has become the subject of an online petition lobbying for the Prime Minister to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize this year.
Six of the best as Pavit bounces back from injury with record win
2014 Order of Merit winner Pavit Tangkamolprasert set a record of six Asian Development Tour titles winning the Betagro Championship in Nakhon Pathom on Sunday.
Experts expect only minor coral bleaching this year
Worst cases are identified in Phuket, Krabi, Chumphon, Rayong.
Fusion of humans and tech to change role of marketing
Humanity is in the middle of an amazing journey as the human body and mind is fused to technology – symbolically and increasingly literally – and it has huge implications for the marketing industry, according to Chris Stephenson, head of strategy and planning at PHD Asia Pacific, which is part PHD, the global communications planning and media-buying agency.
AOT finalising TOR for Suvarnabhumi duty-free concession
BIDs for the concession to operate the duty-free zone at Suvarnabhumi, the country’s largest airport, are likely to be called soon.
Coral bleaching found off Phuket
The marine ecology division of the Marine Biological Centre has reported on research about coral bleaching in the areas around Phuket.
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
AoT board approves second airports for Phuket, Chiang Mai

The board of Airports of Thailand has approved construction of second airports for Chiang Mai and Phuket with a combined planned investment of 120 billion baht. AoT president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn said on Friday the board approved the plans in principle for fiscal years 2019-2023, with each project allocated 60 billion baht, Thai media reported.


World's oldest ballet story to delight Bangkok audiences

Rising Star Dance Studio, one of Bangkok's premier centres for ballet training and performance, will delight Bangkok audiences with performances of La Fille Mal Gardee, the oldest ballet story still performed, on June 2 and 3 at the M Theater on New Phetchaburi Road. Partial proceeds from the performances will be donated to benefit the Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand and the School for Life in Chiang Mai.


Crashed Air Force jet may have hit power cables

The initial probe into the crash of a military training jet on a golf course near Bhumibol Dam in Tak province on Tuesday afternoon shows the aircraft may have hit power lines in the mountainous area, a military source said on Wednesday. Although the two pilots managed to eject seconds before the Aero L-39 ZA/ART aircraft nosedived and burst into flames, only Group Captain Jirasak Ngamwongsri survived, though with serious injuries.


Ford Thailand faces B24m class action suit

Attapol Piawacha, one of Ford's unhappy customers in Chiang Mai, joins a protest against the company at Ford Sales and Services Co Ltd in Bangkok on March 14 last year. The Civil Court has accepted a class action case against a subsidiary of Ford Thailand filed by 308 car owners for 24 million baht in damages.


Junta gets thumbs-down in varsity survey

A survey of 2,175 university students found that most respondents believed the military coup did not solve the country's problems, and the performance of the General Prayut Chan-o-cha-led government during the past four years was "bad or very bad", according to the poll by the Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights. The respondents were from 19 universities including Thammasat University, Chulalongkorn Univ-ersity, Prince of Songkla University, Khon Kaen University and Chiang Mai University.


Five woodball players from Perlis among nation's top 12

Five Perlis woodball players are among the top 12 in the country who have successfully qualified for the eighth World Cup Woodball Championship in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this July. Perlis State Woodball Association president Datuk Dr Ir Kamarudin Hussin said the three men and two women players had won several medals during the 2018 National Woodball Tournament held at the Woodball Course in Taman Metropolitan Batu, Kuala Lumpur, last week.


Undesirables out

Tourist Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, centre, leads a team of police and officers from other agencies in a raid on an entertainment venue in Bangkok in the early hours of Thursday. Thirty-six foreign nationals and one Thai were detained during Tourist Police-led raids on 104 locations across the country in the early hours of Thursday.


36 foreigners detained in coordinated raids

Tourist Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, centre, leads a team of police and officers from other agencies in a raid on an entertainment venue in Bangkok in the early hours of Thursday. Thirty-six foreign nationals and one Thai were detained during Tourist Police-led raids in 104 locations across the country in the early hours of Thursday.


Four years after coup, Thais tire of corruption and democratic delays

When Thailand's army took power in a bloodless coup four years ago, it promised to bring happiness back to the "Land of Smiles" and return the country to democratic rule within two years. FILE PHOTO: Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gestures during a news conference after a weekly cabinet meeting at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, January 9, 2018.


video Thai Airways' safety instruction video 'lacks Thainess'

Thai Airways International has missed a chance to promote the Thai identity in the new safety instruction video showed on its aircraft, an academic said on Monday. Rungsit Kanjanavanit, the vice president of the Sueb Nakhasathien Foundation, said on his Facebook page that the carrier had missed an opportunity to display Thai flora and fauna to the world in the 5.27-minute-long clip.


 
Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
US warships sail near 'China's islands' in South China Sea
WASHINGTON: Two US Navy warships sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China on Sunday, US officials said, in a move that drew condemnation from Beijing.
Kim 'agrees to Trump's summit terms'
SEOUL: South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un committed in their surprise meeting to sitting down with President Donald Trump and to a "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula."
Hong Kong march marks Tiananmen massacre
HONG KONG: Hundreds marched through Hong Kong on Sunday ahead of the 29th anniversary of China's massacre of pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
N.Ireland under pressure to legalise abortion
DUBLIN: Pressure mounted on Sunday for British-ruled Northern Ireland to liberalise its strict abortion laws after a historic referendum in the neighbouring Republic of Ireland overturned its ban.
26 Syria regime, 9 Russia fighters 'killed by IS'
At least 26 Syrian regime forces and nine Russian fighters were killed in an Islamic State group attack earlier this week in Syria's eastern desert, a monitor said Sunday.
US warships sail by S. China Sea islands claimed by Beijing
WASHINGTON: Two US Navy warships sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China on Sunday, two US officials told Reuters, in a move likely to anger Beijing as President Donald Trump seeks its continued cooperation on North Korea.
Sukhothai villagers oppose biomass power plant
SUKHOTHAI: Villagers in Ban Ko Mai Daeng in Si Samrong district of this central province have voiced opposition to a plan to build a biomass power plant in their village, saying they fear environmental effects.
Revenue Department denies VAT hike plan
The Revenue Department says reports on social media that it plans to increase value-added tax (VAT) to 9% in the next fiscal year are fake news.
Fed-up Spanish cities are bursting Airbnb's bubble
MADRID: Spain may be one of the world's top tourist destinations, but many people in its biggest cities have grown exasperated with Airbnb-style rentals.
Thanathorn elected leader of Future Forward Party
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, co-founder of the newly-registered Future Forward Party, has been unanimously voted the party leader.
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