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Phuket News
PLTO approves Phuket Smart Bus for operation, service to begin Feb 28
PHUKET: An official press release sent to The Phuket News today (Feb 19) by Phuket City Development (PKCD) confirms that the Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) has approved their Smart Bus initiative and that the service is set to commence on Feb 28.
Phuket campaign targets Patong hotels for illegal wastewater discharge
PHUKET: Local environmental officers today (Feb 19) began testing wastewater discharged by hotels in Patong in response to raw sewage flowing into Patong Bay some 11 days ago.
Phuket Int’l Airport responds to air-con complaint
PHUKET: Officials from Phuket International Airport have today (Feb 19) issued a press release in response to a post made on social media yesterday (Feb 18) regarding uncomfortable conditions in the airport’s Domestic Terminal.
Anuphas Vividhkarn’s withdrawal leaves Phuket without Honda dealers
PHUKET: After 32 years, Anuphas Vividhkarn will cease to serve as a the sole Honda car dealer in Phuket, it was announced at a press conference at the Novotel Phuket Phokeetra Hotel in Phuket Town on Saturday (Feb 17).
Nai Thon residents call for action over untreated wastewater
PHUKET: A reporter from The Phuket News was informed by angry villagers in Nai Thon this morning (Feb 19) that untreated wastewater is allegedly being released into the sea at Nai Thon Beach and stinking up the area.
Missing Thai man’s body found in canal behind house
PHUKET: The body of a Thai man who had been missing since last week has been discovered in a hyacinth-covered canal behind his home in Rassada. He is believed to have died drowned after excessive alcohol consumption.
Park chief puts wildlife first
KANCHANABURI: “Hard times create heroes,” they say. That would be a perfect description of the position which the latest chief of the western Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi, Wichien Chinnawong, finds himself in after the recent events at the park.
Calls to track ‘brothel king’ cash
BANGKOK: Police reform advocates have urged the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) to trace the money trail of a fugitive massage parlour tycoon accused of human trafficking.
Former dishwasher gets his star
FRANCE: When Lebanese chef Alan Geaam first arrived in Paris two decades ago he found himself sleeping on the streets, lost and penniless with hardly a word of French.
Cheeky smuggler caught with cocaine in fake buttocks at Lisbon aiport
Portuguese police have detained a man who arrived at Lisbon airport on a flight from Brazil wearing fake buttocks that contained about a kilo of cocaine, police and reports said Tuesday.
 
Phuket Gazette
Tourists leave their mark on Railay Beach

Tourists seeking to leave their mark on Thailand have vandalised a cave tunnel leading onto Krabi’s popular Railay Beach, carving their names and other graffiti in the rock walls and stalactites. Hard objects were used to scrawl names and messages along the 200 metre passage, said Somboon Ngafa, chairman of the Railay Bay Tourism Association […]

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Firefly’s direct Penang flights go daily from March 25

Firefly are upping the direct flights from Penang to Phuket from four a week to daily starting March 25. The regional airline is owned by Malaysian Airlines and flies ATR 72s with 70 seats. Flying out of Penang, Firefly flies internationally to Banda Aceh on Sumatra, Indonesia and Phuket. Locally it serves Langkawi and Kota […]

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Illegal immigrant arrested over fake US bank notes

A 29 year old Nigerian, Chukwuemeka Anslem Njibigbo, has been arrested after exchanging a fake 100 dollar bank note at the Kasikorn Bank in Central Festival Phuket. Police received a report from the bank about the fake $100 bank note. After checking, police found that the Nigerian man went to exchange the money on February […]

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Truck crash-reverses into ditch in Karon

Traffic is closed between Patong and Karon as police and emergency responders try and clear a nearly-overturned container truck at the bottom of the hill between the Novotel Karon and Centara Beach resort. Police are expecting it to take at least a couple of hours to clear for traffic. PhuketKARON TRUCK REVERSE-CRASHES INTO ROADSIDE DITCHDetails […]

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PIA air-conditioning breaks down, again

…and this woman’s not happy about it. Hundreds of Facebook users have given their support to a woman’s complaint about a breakdown of air-conditioners at the Phuket International Airport, which she says causes heat to be trapped and body odour to spread inside the passenger building. “Is this a model of a green airport?” Facebook […]

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Phuket’s Rajabhat launches a fun run

Phuket Rajabhat University Alumni has kicked off a fun run to ‘encourage a healthy lifestyle’. More than 2,000 runners registered for the event. Early yesterday (February 18), Phuket’s Vice Governor, Sanit Srivihok chaired the opening ceremony of the new fun run together with executives and seniors of the university as well as students and locals […]

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THAIGER TODAY Monday, February 19

Airport has 200,000 passengers in one day | Bikie gang member locked out of Australia after visit to Pattaya | German and Thai held over under-age prostitution | Popular farang YouTuber dies | Phuket’s Ao Po Grand Marina gets dragged into Premchai investigation | Four soldiers injured in explosion in Narathiwat | 7/11 looking to […]

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Public cynical about justice for ‘influential people’ – Survey

Although the investigation into construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta’s alleged illegal hunting is ongoing, the public says they have little confidence that he will ever be punished if found guilty. Nearly two-thirds, or 64.2 per cent, of people recently surveyed believe the case, where Premchai and three others are accused of poaching and possessing wildlife in […]

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Personal grudge behind killing of rubber tapper in South – Police

An elderly rubber tapper was shot dead early on Sunday morning in a rubber plantation in Narathiwat’s Yi Ngor district. Police suspect the fatal shooting might stem from a personal conflict, although they have not ruled out issues related to the deep South’s unrest and national security as a possible motive. Following a 6.20am report […]

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Time to make her move

By Somroutai Sapsomboon It has been almost six months since former PM Yingluck Shinawatra fled the country, just before a court verdict in a criminal case that stemmed from her government’s corruption-plagued rice-pledging scheme. She has lived in seclusion overseas for months until, shortly before the New Year, she was spotted in public in London. […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
BoT looks to widen agent services
The Bank of Thailand plans to extend the business scope of banking agents to money withdrawals and retail payment services, expected to take effect from next month.
Coolism: Radio is not dead
The radio industry is not dead despite declining ad spending — listeners have just shifted to online channels, says Prinn Muensuksaeng, managing director of Coolism Co, the operator of Cool Fahrenheit radio.
GDP outlook rosy after strong 2017
The government has expressed confidence in the country’s economic outlook after Thailand posted its strongest growth in five years in 2017, driven by robust exports and tourism.
Nok Air plans profit from route expansions
Nok Airlines Plc, operator of low-cost airline Nok Air, aims a turnaround to profit this year thanks to expansion of domestic and international routes.
Yachting faces barriers to growth
As regulations in Thailand pen in the local growth of the high-end yachting industry, Thai yacht distributor and service provider Boat Lagoon Yachting looks to neighbouring countries to fuel its expected 20% turnover growth.
EEC aerotropolis study likely to wrap up in 2019
The government expects the EEC aerotropolis’ feasibility study to be completed in the next 18 months, says EEC Office secretarygeneral Kanit Sangsubhan.
Toward a perfect mane
Client complaints had celebrity colourist Rita Hazan solving their problems by creating her own product line in 2011.
Allianz aims to be leader in digital
Alliance Ayudhya has set its total premium target at 34 billion baht this year as the company aims to position itself as a leading digital insurer, among other strategies.
Water banks set to ease city flooding
City Hall is speeding up its ambitious plans to prevent chronic flooding by building underground “water banks” and water retention areas.
Ex-police chief raps terror charge
Former police chief and senator Pratin Santiprabhob yesterday denied terrorism charges pressed against him, calling them “silly and lacking substance”.
 
NationMultimedia.com
Govt House security hunts for ‘superstitious’ suspects who lit incense
Police stationed at Government House will check surveillance camera records to identify the person or people who lit 36 incense sticks in front of the Prime Minister’s Office building last week.
Big rise in Thais seeking to adopt a child
The number of people registering themselves as potential adoptive parents jumped nearly seven-fold between 2011 and 2016.
Destitute fund probe reveals ‘solid evidence’ of fraud at five centres
EVIDENCE SUGGESTS state officials in at least five provinces have embezzled state funds intended for the destitute.
Junta vows ‘soft’ approach as multiple groups mobilise
March on Govt House by power plant protesters today poses another key challenge to NCPO order.
‘We Walk’ NHRC complaint alleges intimidation
“WE WALK” activists have asked the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to review alleged intimidation by law-enforcement officers during their long march to Khon Kaen championing social justic issues.
BOT prepares for mobile banking agents
Central bank rejects online rumours of new licences as small loans permitted.
Obec reassures parents over 40-student classroom goal
THE POLICY to have schools limit classroom sizes to 40 students is flexible, and more classrooms could be opened up to ensure children get taught, Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) chief Boonrak Yodphetch said yesterday, as he sought to soothe worries expressed by both parents and administrators.
Premchai probe focuses on slain leopard’s missing sex organ
THE SEXUAL organ of a black leopard found slain during the recent arrest of Italian-Thai Development president Premchai Karnasuta and his three companions in Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary has disappeared, leading the investigators to believe that it was consumed by the suspects.
St Gabriel’s director capitulates after protest against alleged affair and diversion of funds
PARENTS HAVE petitioned Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin and Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha over a perceived lack of integrity regarding the director of the prestigious St Gabriel’s College.
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
Anthropologist Shalardchai remembered for scholarship and advocacy efforts

FRIENDS AND family of the late anthropologist Shalardchai Ramitanondh planned to gather Tuesday to say goodbye at his funeral held at Chiang Mai's Hai Ya Cemetery. Shalardchai was one of Thailand's most respected anthropologists and a prominent advocate of women's rights for half a century.


Thai unis droop

Mahidol University retained its overall rank as No.97 in Asia. Its staff had 2,107 articles on research in 2017, while No.1-ranked National University of Singapore had 6,150 academic articles or articles in the press.


Police investigate as dogs rescued from Chiang Mai breeder

Three pitbulls and three pomeranian dogs, allegedly kept in "cruel" conditions, were rescued from a breeding farm in Chiang Mai's Hang Dong district on Saturday afternoon. The move followed a complaint to police about alleged "animal cruelty" filed by Santisook Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation co-founder Namfon Hilgers.


Thailand mourns 'Father of Thai Orchids'

VENERABLE PROFESSOR Rapee Sagarik, a remarkable scholar and the nation's most esteemed horticulturist, known as the "Father of Thai Orchids", passed away peacefully at 7am yesterday in Vibhavadi Hospital at the age of 95. He was born in Bangkok on December 4, 1922 and was married to Kallaya Sagarik. They have four children.


Chiang Mai kicks off 16th Chinatown festival

The 16th Chiang Mai Chinatown Festival was kicked off in Mueang district on Friday with shows highlighting culture of the Chinese community of the northern city. Many tourists from China and Thailand attended the opening ceremony, held at 10:10am at the main grounds in front of Waroros Market on Wichayanon Road.


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Lamphun's Tai Lue community welcomes visitors to see them maintain their traditional ways in the face of modern influences Napa Suyayai, 68, sits comfortably on the bench of her wooden loom in the outdoor workroom of her house. It is the weaving centre of Tai Lue of Ban Thi community in Lamphun.


Scoop: Coming Up On the Amazing Race Tonight on CBS

On the episode "The First Rule of Amazing Race Club" - For the first time, the Race travels to Bahrain, where one team's game is on the line when one of them misplaces their passport. Also, scorpions are ON THE MENU for Racers in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on a special two-hour episode of THE AMAZING RACE, Wednesday, Feb. 14 on the CBS Television Network.


Brandeis gave Danielle Gaskin '18 a bird's-eye view on global health

Even before she arrived on campus via Laurel, Maryland in the fall of 2014, Danielle Gaskin '18 knew she wanted to pursue a career in public health, though Brandeis widened her perspective more than expected. The now-senior and Health: Science, Society and Policy and International and Global Studies double-major has certainly stuck with her plan: she will graduate in May and then work toward a PhD in either International Health or Population and Family Health.


Dawn of a new you

Based in a tranquil setting in Chiang Mai, a wellness centre offers holistic treatment to those with a variety of mental health and addiction issues On hearing the catchy chorus of Michael Buble's Feeling Good, Athisin and Athiporn Poolsawaddi found an evocative name for their start-up, The Dawn, an English-language medical rehab and wellness centre located on the banks of the Mae Ping River, in Hang Dong, Chiang Mai. The Poolsawaddi brothers lived in New York for 10 years before coming back to Thailand and pursuing different career paths prior to plunging into the medical tourism industry as fraternal business partners.


NARIT to push for 'Dark Sky Certification' of Doi Inthanon

The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand is planning to push for the certification of Doi Inthanon as a place dark enough for star observation to the international standard. Suparirk Kharuehanon, chief of astronomical academic service at the institute, said on Monday that the Doi Inthanon mountaintop in Chiang Mai province had been dark enough for observing the Milky Way this past Saturday.


 
Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
BoT looks to widen agent services
The Bank of Thailand plans to extend the business scope of banking agents to money withdrawals and retail payment services, expected to take effect from next month.
Warrants sought in lottery row
Arrest warrants for offenders in the 30-million-baht lottery fraud case could be issued in the next two days, according to the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB).
GDP outlook rosy after strong 2017
The government has expressed confidence in the country’s economic outlook after Thailand posted its strongest growth in five years in 2017, driven by robust exports and tourism.
Nok Air plans profit from route expansions
Nok Airlines Plc, operator of low-cost airline Nok Air, aims a turnaround to profit this year thanks to expansion of domestic and international routes.
EEC aerotropolis study likely to wrap up in 2019
The government expects the EEC aerotropolis’ feasibility study to be completed in the next 18 months, says EEC Office secretarygeneral Kanit Sangsubhan.
FPO declares landlords can lock in windfall tax exemption
Landlords who lock in bumper profits from selling land near transport infrastructure projects can be exempt from the land windfall tax if they buy and sell the same plot during the same four-year implementation period of the Treasury Department’s land appraisal prices, says a tax expert at the Fiscal Policy Office (FPO).
Water banks set to ease city flooding
City Hall is speeding up its ambitious plans to prevent chronic flooding by building underground “water banks” and water retention areas.
PM to visit demo farm near capital
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will be in Nakhon Pathom for a one-day visit on Wednesday to see how government-led agriculture policies are being implemented.
Brown Line monorail, expressway take shape
Feasibility studies for a 22km Brown Line monorail from Khae Rai to Lam Sali with an accompanying expressway will be complete by June, according to Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP).
'Journalists' refuse to reveal sex scandal story
The Thai Journalists Association’s (TJA) insisted Monday it would not disclose the full results of a probe into alleged sexual harassment involving a news agency executive and a female subordinate.
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