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Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Trans pimp charged with human trafficking! Phuket eyed for travel bubble pilot? || August 14
PHUKET XTRA - August 14 || Brought to you by PVCPhuket.com Cambodian transgender madam charged with human trafficking! |:| Phuket eyed for travel bubble trial next month |:| 17 new Covid cases in Thailand! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
UN chief hopes Israel-UAE deal can help two-state solution
WORLD: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said yesterday (Aug 13) he hoped the Israel-UAE deal can help realize a two-state solution with the Palestinians for peace in the Middle East.
Revival of global flights tops agenda, Phuket cited best suited to receive first international tourists
BANGKOK: Tour operators plan to speak with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) about lifting restrictions on international commercial flights in the fourth quarter to allow the Safe and Sealed plan to take shape.
House grills Nate over ‘Boss’ move
BANGKOK: Deputy Attorney-General Nate Naksuk was grilled on Thursday (Aug 13) during a joint sitting of two House committees that demanded to know why he did not indict Red Bull scion Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya.
Phuket travel bubbles to begin with test group
PHUKET: Royal Thai Army Deputy Commander-in-Chief Gen Natthapol Nakpanit, who also serves as the chairman of the ad hoc committee to consider easing the enforcement of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, under Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), has said that travel bubbles to Phuket may begin as early as the beginning of next month with a small test group arriving via Bangkok.
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Indefinite flight ban! Two dead in latest bombing? Rainy Phuket! || August 13
PHUKET XTRA - August 13 || Brought to you by PVCPhuket.com Indefinite international flight ban |:| 4-day weekend in September approved |:| Phuket wet weather forecast to continue |:| Two rangers dead in latest South Thailand bombing |:| Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Four-day holiday announced for Sept  
PHUKET: The Cabinet has approved for Sept 4 and Sept 7 to be declared national public holidays, state news broadcaster MCOT has announced.
Phuket wet weather forecast to continue
PHUKET: The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) is forecasting scattered thundershowers and heavy rain to continue across Phuket and other Andaman coast provinces through to next Tuesday (Aug 18).
Patong hotels, beach chair operators move to change Phuket’s reputation as expensive
PHUKET: Hotels in Patong and local beach chair operators have banded together to create deals to offer free inclusive tours and heavily discounted rates to tourists in the hope of creating a new image of Phuket as an inexpensive holiday destination.
New status sought for Thai soup
THAILAND: The Ministry of Culture is applying to have Thailand’s world-famous hot and sour prawn soup, Tom Yum Gung, registered with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
 
The Thaiger
Cambodian transgender woman arrested for human trafficking in Sa Kaeo

Police in the eastern Sa Kaeo province, near the Cambodian border, have arrested a Cambodian transgender woman and charged her with procuring girls under 18 and arranging “swinging” parties for customers via Twitter. Officials from the Provincial Administration’s law enforcement operations centre made the arrest during a raid on a room at a resort in the province’s city district last night. They were acting on a tip from an anti-human trafficking organisation that a Cambodian national was procuring underaged girls to provide sexual services for clients in Sa Kaeo and elsewhere using a Twitter account. The centre monitored the account […]

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Pattaya motorcyclist suffers severe injuries in collision

A motorcyclist in North Pattaya sustained serious injuries in a collision with a sedan last night. Emergency responders were notified of the accident, at a North Pattaya intersection on Sukhumvit Road, at 9pm. Police, emergency responders and reporters went to the scene to find the motorbike driver, who had suffered serious injuries, lying on the road. He was not immediately identified. Nearby, the rescue staff found a damaged sedan and motorbike. The sedan’s driver, 30 year old Natanon Rueaksanga, was waiting at the scene. A witness 57 year old Rueng Suta, a taxi motorbike driver, told The Pattaya News that […]

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UPDATE: SET suspends trading of Thai Airways shares

UPDATE: Trading in Thai Airways shares was suspended by the Stock Exchange of Thailand this afternoon after auditors declined to sign off on its financial statements for the six months to June 30. Auditor Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Jaiyos said it couldn’t reach a conclusion on the statements due to issues including a lack of liquidity and debt defaults, which created “material uncertainty” and may affect the value of assets and liabilities. ORIGINAL STORY: Embattled, bankrupt Thai Airways suffered about 28 billion baht in losses for the first 6 months of this year, mainly attributable to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has […]

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Richard Barrow is dusting off his luggage in case he can’t renew visa

Yesterday, Richard Barrow, a popular British blogger who has been living and working in Thailand for decades, says he had a surprise visit from the immigration bureau in regards to the renewal of his visa. Kapook reported the incident on their page saying that many Thai people admire the work he does for Thailand as a tourism and expat influencer. Richard bemoaned on his Facebook page that “things didn’t look good” for an extension of his visa to stay in Thailand. “Bangkok Immigration came to inspect my workplace. They were here for 3 hours. Looks like they will not extend […]

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Chulalongkorn students vow to protest despite last-minute ban

Pro-establishment Chulalongkorn University today abruptly cancelled a planned student protest at its Phra Boron field, citing “security and safety issues”. Nevertheless, student protesters told reporters the protest will go ahead despite the ban. Today’s is the latest in a series of anti-government rallies planned by students for the coming weeks. Student-led protests have swept the country since July, with demonstrators calling for a rewrite of the military-drafted Constitution, the dissolution of parliament, and the end to the harassment of activists by the state. More recently they’ve increased their demands to a 10 point manifesto. As the rallies continue, some speakers […]

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Thai Airways loses 28 billion baht in the first half of the year

Embattled, bankrupt Thai Airways suffered about 28 billion baht in losses for the first 6 months of this year, mainly attributable to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seriously impacted its operations and crushed global travel, grounding fleets and shuttering many airlines altogether. The airline’s acting president said today that the pandemic has led to many countries, including Thailand, closing their borders and imposing lockdown measures, including travel restrictions, resulting in substantial reductions in both domestic and international travel. Thai Airways, he said, has had to reduce its flights in line with reduced passenger loads. For the first quarter of this […]

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Uni students defy rain to hold pro-democracy rally; more planned

In the latest of what have become near daily protests calling for change, some 100 students protesters defied the rain early yesterday evening at Bangkok’s Srinakharinwirot University to voice anger at the government and demand a return to democracy. Speakers took turns addressing their peers huddled under an awning at about 5pm. A a fourth-year International Relations student told reporters: “Protesting to repel the dictators is necessary, of course, but it will mean nothing without changing the law.” He was one of a series of speakers calling for the Constitution to be rewritten to shift the balance of power back […]

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Thai minister encourages hotels to stop price-gouging expats

The thorny issue of dual pricing has raised its ugly head again, this time with the current offerings for hotels as Thailand slowly winds up its tourism industry again. Tourism and Sports Ministry, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, is asking hotels to offer “fair packages to expats and resident foreigners, and avoid price discrimination”. He said that there are 2 million foreign residents who would be able to travel domestically at this stage and contribute to a local revival of tourism before the borders are re-opened for general tourism. The ministry suggested that expats should be encouraged to travel domestically instead of heading out […]

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Covid-19 update: 17 new cases found in quarantine, deaths unchanged at 58 (August 14)

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported this morning that 17 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in state quarantine over the previous 24 hours. The new patients are all Thai returnees, 15 from India and 1 each from Australia and the United States. The new cases bring Thailand’s total number of cases to 3,376 since the beginning of the outbreak. Today marks 81 consecutive days without a domestically transmitted case, since May. There were 4 new recoveries in the previous 24 hours making the number of discharged patients 3,173. There were no new fatalities leaving the death toll […]

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NZ Covid-19 oubreak spread beyond Auckland with 12 new confirmed cases

In a major blow to New Zealand’s efforts to contain Covid-19, health officials there announced today that the resurgent coronavirus outbreak has spread beyond Auckland, its largest city. Health Minister Chris Hipkins said there were 12 confirmed cases of local transmission and 1 probable, following the shock reemergence of the virus in Auckland on Tuesday. He said 2 of the infections were found in the North Island town of Tokoroa, around 210 kilometres south of Auckland. The infections outside Auckland come despite a strict lockdown, including masked police blocking roads to seal its borders. Hipkins played down fears the failure […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
House panel chief unconvinced by officer's testimony to Boss inquiry
The head of a House committee has alleged a forensic police officer admitted to him he was following orders when he made a low assessment of the speed of Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya's supercar when he hit and killed a motorcycle policeman in 2012.
Trading in THAI shares halted, auditors decline to sign off on accounts
Trading in Thai Airways International Plc shares was suspended by the Stock Exchange of Thailand on Friday after auditors declined to sign off on its financial statements for the six months to June 30.
TEST YOURSELF: No office, no problem!
Co-working spaces help people connect
More Covid-19 cases, most from India
The government on Friday reported 17 new cases coronavirus disease infection, all quarantined returnees, mostly from India, raising the total to 3,376.
Revival of global flights tops agenda
Tour operators plan to speak with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) about lifting restrictions on international commercial flights in the fourth quarter to allow the Safe and Sealed plan to take shape.
House eyes NACC probe in bribe saga
Parliament will ask the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to inquire into an alleged bribe-taking attempt by a House sub-committee, said House Speaker Chuan Leekpai.
Students told to mind monarchy message
The authorities are looking to identify people who rallied for monarchy reforms at Thammasat University on Monday, according to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
House grills Nate over 'Boss' move
Deputy Attorney-General Nate Naksuk was grilled on Thursday during a joint sitting of two House committees that demanded to know why he did not indict Red Bull scion Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya.
Beware of mutant Covid, says expert
Thailand should begin preparing for possible "genetic code alterations" of the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19, warned Thiravat Hemachudha, director of the Health Science Centre of Emerging Diseases at Chulalongkorn University, on Thursday.
PM: Stay above politics
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday urged Thais to reject the politics of hate and division and work together to address the urgent economic problems affecting the lives of people throughout the country.
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Three soldiers wounded in Pattani shootout
PATTANI: Three soldiers were wounded in an exchange of gunfire with armed men on Friday in Yaring district, where security officers were hunting for the bombers who killed a ranger on Thursday.
Toddler in coma after hours in hot van
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: A two-year-old boy remained in a coma on Friday, three days after he was left alone in a scorching hot van outside a childcare centre in Phibun district for six hours.
Jobs for the homeless
A new project by the Mirror Foundation seeks jobs for the homeless so they will have money to improve their lives. | Jetjaras Na Ranong
Cambodia calls off water festival in October
PHNOM PENH: The Cambodian government has said it will cancel the three-day Water Festival scheduled to take place in late October in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Released Belarusians describe beatings, torture in election crackdown
MINSK: Hundreds of people in Belarus were being released from jail on Friday after they were detained in a post-election crackdown, with many giving harrowing accounts of beatings and torture.
Mercedes-Benz previews interior of new S-Class
Three best official pictures so far inside Stuttgart’s all-new flagship limo due for debut in full next month.
House panel chief unconvinced by officer's testimony to Boss inquiry
The head of a House committee has alleged a forensic police officer admitted to him he was following orders when he made a low assessment of the speed of Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya's supercar when he hit and killed a motorcycle policeman in 2012.
Thailand Elite Card aims to lure expats seeking virus haven
Thailand’s “pay to stay” visa programme for wealthy foreigners is seeing an expansion opportunity, with visions of the country becoming a haven for expats thanks to its relative success in containing the coronavirus.
Speedy help for victims of road rampage
The Justice Ministry will speed up assistance for people injured when a wealthy businesswoman crashed her Mercedez-Benz into several other vehicles during a drunken rampage late on Tuesday night.
Women cling to lobster pot during 15-hour ordeal at sea
DUBLIN: Two cousins who were blown out to sea paddle boarding off Ireland's west coast were found clinging to a buoy on a lobster pot after a 15-hour ordeal, media reports said.
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