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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
5% cap proposed in windfall tax bill
The new windfall tax will likely be capped at 5% of the increases in land valuations before and after a state project is built in an area, according to a tax official.
Excise chief soothes fear over tax on duty-free spirits
Director-general of the Excise Department Kritsada Jinavijarana has come out to ease the concern among drinkers that they could later be taxed for duty-free spirits.
Theft by officials in aid for poor scheme widespread
More embezzlement of financial aid intended for the destitute has been uncovered as graft busters expand their investigation in rural provinces, and the corruption appears to be well organised.
Thaksin calls for party unity ahead of promised election
Fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra met lawmakers from the Pheu Thai Party in Hong Kong where he called for party unity ahead of an approaching general election, party members said on Monday.
St. Gabriel's College director stands aside after protest
The director of Saint Gabriel's College has stood aside after students, parents and alumni protested and demanded his resignation on Monday morning, accusing him of poor management in appointing new staff.
Cambodia drops pornography charges against 9 of 10 foreigners
PHNOM PENH: A Cambodian court has dropped charges against all but one of a group of 10 foreigners who were charged last month with producing pornography at a party in the tourist town of Siem Reap, the court said on Monday.
GDP up 4.0% in Q4 of 2017
The economy expanded by 4.0% in the last quarter of 2017 and should rise by 3.6-4.6% this year, according to the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB).
Rep Gowdy urges to look more at FL shooter than the "instrumentality"
Rep Trey Gowdy said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he "applauded" the Florida students that were pushing for stricter gun laws, but said it would be a "disservice" if they only looked at the "instrumentality" and not the shooter. - Reuters
Russian medalist suspected of Olympic doping
A Russian medalist is suspected of doping at the Pyeongchang Olympic Games, which could thwart Russia's attempts to emerge from a drug-cheating scandal. - Reuters
Calls to track 'brothel king' cash
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.
 
NationMultimedia.com
BOT clarifies banking agent plans after social media report leads to bank licence misunderstanding
The Bank of Thailand (BOT) on Monday clarified its planned new regulations regarding licensing in the banking sector, after many people had mistakenly understood that it would be granting a new banking licence to the 7-11 convenience-store chain.
Marines drink cobra blood in US-Thai war drills
US and Thai marines slurped snake blood and ate scorpions in a jungle survival programme on Monday as part of the two nations' annual Cobra Gold war games.
St Gabriel’s director steps down amid protests
Assistant Professor Vinai Viriyavidhayavongs, the director of Saint Gabriel’s College, announced that he would temporarily step down from his duties pending an investigation into his alleged wrongdoing.
Changes to traffic flow in Ram Khamhaeng area from Feb 23 during construction of MRT station
The city-inbound exit point from the Ram Khamhaeng elevated section near Soi Ram Khamhaeng 8 for motorists heading to Rama IX will be closed from 11pm on February 23 onwards, in order to make way for construction of section II of the MRT Orange Line’s eastern route (Thailand Cultural Centre to Min Buri).
Police officer’s New Year largesse investigated
A senior policeman’s Chinese New Year gifts to fellow policemen did not constitute a crime, but might have been a breach of discipline, a Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner said on Monday.
Black day for prestigious Saint Gabriel's College
Hundreds of teachers, parents, students and alumni of a prestigious Bangkok school, Saint Gabriel's College, held a protest on Monday, calling for the resignation of its director, Brother Assistant Professor Vinai Viriyavidhayavongs.
Thai economy continues strong growth in fourth quarter
The Thai economy grew by 4 per cent year-on-year (yoy) in the last quarter of 2017, while full-year growth was 3.9 per cent, up from 3.3 per cent in 2016, said Porametee Vimolsiri, Secretary General of the National Economic and Social Development Board on Monday.
Pheu Thai says joining election protests would be counter-productive
The Pheu Thai party is shunning a call from groups to join their protests against a delay in the general election, saying the campaign would only be weaker if politicians took part in the rallies.
Briton, 67, arrested for robbery at luxury Bangkok hotel
A 67-year-old British man was arrested in Bangkok early on Monday for allegedly robbing and drugging a fellow countryman in his hotel room.
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
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.


Royal rainmaking operations prepared for North

The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation is preparing rainmaking operations in the northern provinces to relieve seasonal haze and monitoring airborne particulate matter level. DRRAA Director-General Surasee Kittimonthon confirmed the department is preparing for royal rainmaking operations in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phrae, Phayao, and Tak, to help relieve seasonal haze which usually occurs in the northern region during March and April.


 
Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
14 killed in Mozambique dump collapse
MAPUTO, Mozambique: At least 14 people were killed when a rubbish mound collapsed in a poor district of Mozambique's capital Maputo, crushing several nearby homes, emergency services said.
Indonesia raises aviation warnings
JAKARTA: Indonesia on Monday raised flight warnings around the Mount Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island to their highest level after it sent a towering plume of ash more than 7km into the air, its biggest eruption this year.
UK academic who blackmailed victims jailed for 32 years
LONDON: A British academic who blackmailed victims into sending him increasingly depraved images which he shared on dark web forums was jailed for 32 years on Monday after admitting 137 offences which included encouraging the rape of a four-year-old boy.
Merkel brings possible successor to Berlin
BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed Monday that the governor of Germany's tiny western state of Saarland run her party's day-to-day operations -- putting her in prime position eventually to succeed Mrs Merkel as leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union.
Iranian rescuers find wreckage from plane crash
TEHRAN: Iranian search and rescue teams on Monday reached the site of a plane crash that authorities say killed all 65 people on board, Iran's Press TV reported.
5% cap proposed in windfall tax bill
The new windfall tax will likely be capped at 5% of the increases in land valuations before and after a state project is built in an area, according to a tax official.
Excise chief soothes fear over tax on duty-free spirits
Director-general of the Excise Department Kritsada Jinavijarana has come out to ease the concern among drinkers that they could later be taxed for duty-free spirits.
Wreckage of an Iranian plane said found in central Iran
LONDON: Wreckage of an Iranian plane that crashed with 65 people on board on Sunday was found in central Iran, state media reported.
Theft by officials in aid for poor scheme widespread
More embezzlement of financial aid intended for the destitute has been uncovered as graft busters expand their investigation in rural provinces, and the corruption appears to be well organised.
Thaksin calls for party unity ahead of promised election
Fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra met lawmakers from the Pheu Thai Party in Hong Kong where he called for party unity ahead of an approaching general election, party members said on Monday.
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