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Phuket News
Chulu West climb for Soi Dog aborted by snowstorm
PHUKET: The attempt by Phuket residents Yanisa Kingmala-Beven and her husband Rohun to climb Chulu West in Nepal to help raise funds for Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation has been aborted by a snowstorm that prevented any climbers from reaching the peak.
Australia voters end decade of conservative rule
SYDNEY: Australia’s conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison conceded election defeat Saturday (May 21), hours after voters issued a stinging rebuke of his party’s inaction on climate change.
Two cops sidelined after teens assaulted
BANGKOK: Two police officers in Nakhon Pathom face an investigation after a video showing one of them kicking two handcuffed teenagers, stomping on their heads and beating them with a belt went viral online.
Phuket Opinion: Putting transparency on the map
PHUKET: Nisit Chansomwong, Director-General of the Lands Department, made a special trip to Phuket on Friday (May 20) to announce local official’s access to a new app and web interface showing exactly the size, shape and location of a plot of registered land in Phuket.
Phuket marks 28 new COVID cases, no deaths
PHUKET: The latest Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID situation report has marked 28 new local infections confirmed across the island yesterday (May 21), bringing the total number of infections recorded since Jan 1 to 52,858.
TAT upgrades tourist arrivals forecast
BANGKOK: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has readjusted its estimate for foreign arrivals this year after seeing the target of 1 million visitors per month come earlier than expected.
Phuket readies for another food festival, with hemp on the menu
PHUKET: Phuket will hold another food fair, the Food Festival 2022, at Saphan Hin from May 28 to June 5, to highlight the cultural identity of Phuket Town as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.
Water supply outage to affect all of Phuket Town
PHUKET: Residents and businesses throughout much of Phuket Town will see their mains water supply shut off on Tuesday (May 24) while workers clean the water tanks used to feed the water-supply system.
EGAT touts boosted power supply to Phuket
PHUKET: Kitti Petchsantad, Deputy Governor of Transmission Systems of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), has announced that EGAT has completed the project to improve the transmission system to southern regions of Thailand, effectively, doubling the electrical-supply capacity to Phuket.
Russia says Mariupol battle at end as Ukrainian defenders surrender
MARIUPOL: Russia has declared victory in its months-long operation to capture the strategic port of Mariupol after Ukraine ordered the last of its troops holed up in the city’s Azovstal steelworks to lay down their arms.
 
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2 Chon Buri factory workers suffer burns after fire

A fire has rapidly ripped through a Chon Buri factory yesterday in the province’s main city district, burning 2 workers. Both men, 44 year old Suthep Chinram and 18 year old Suthat Duangnate, were rushed to a hospital. Suthat sustained slight burns, and was choking on smoke. Suthep’s sustained serious burns. Police are now investigating what caused the fire. Thai media reported that there was an explosion while the two workers were mixing oil, and then flames erupted. The fire reportedly spread through the industrial paint and thinner factory quickly, and 15 firetrucks arrived on the scene to put it […]

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Japan government says masks not needed outside if you don’t talk too much

Japan’s government is saying it’s not necessary for people to wear masks outside, as long as they aren’t talking to others a lot. On Friday, Health Labor and Welfare Minister Shigeyuki Goto, said that even indoors, masks aren’t necessary if people are not talking a lot, and they can properly socially distance. The recent change to the Japanese government’s position on masks reportedly comes in light of the increased risk of heatstroke in the country as it heads into summer. Shigeyuki noted, however, that the government still recommends wearing masks on crowded trains. “Even if you pass by other people […]

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Alcohol ban in Pattaya and Bangkok today until 6pm

There’s an alcohol ban in Pattaya and Bangkok today. It will last until 6pm tonight. Alcohol sales will be banned in Pattaya and Bangkok due to the Pattaya mayoral election, and the Bangkok governor election. Polling for both is being held today. In Bangkok voting is across 50 districts where 31 candidates are vying for the position of Governor – the only provincial electorate in the country where the Governor is elected through popular vote. In all other 76 provinces around Thailand the Governor is appointed by the national government. 55 year old Dr. Chadchart Sittipunt is the hot poll […]

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Bangkok virologist says Thais should stay calm over monkeypox

Amidst a recent global outbreak of monkeypox, which is usually only found in Africa, an acclaimed virologist at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University is saying Thais should stay calm, or jai yen. Last week, a handful of European countries, the US and Australia, reported their first cases of monkeypox, a viral infection similar to smallpox. But the virologist, Dr. Yong Poovorowan, wrote on his Facebook page on Friday that monkeypox is nothing new. He said it is similar to chickenpox, but much less severe and transmissible. Dr. Yong said that monkeypox hasn’t been found in Thailand since 1970. Dr. Yong added that […]

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Bangkok is off to the polls today to elect a new Governor

4.4 million eligible Bangkokians head to the polls today to vote for a new Governor. Out of the 77 provincial electorates in Thailand, only Bangkok has an election for the top post. Mostly, the Governors are titular rather than political appointments and spend a lot of their time opening pre-schools and planting trees. The provincial governors are hand-picked by the central government, but not BKK. In Bangkok, the position of Governor inevitably ends up with a political dimension as aspiring Bangkokian take a tilt at the post. Today’s election sees 31 candidates fronting up in, what’s been, a colourful election […]

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Phuket Food Festival 2022 will feature hemp recipies

As Phuket hosts Thailand’s biggest light festival, Aqua Lumina, another event on the island province is on the way next week. Phuket’s Food Festival 2022 will start on May 28 (Saturday) and run until June 5. It will be held at Saphan Hin Centre Stage area, on the east side of Phuket Town, from 4pm – 11pm every night. This will be the first time the festival is held ever since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out over 2 years ago. There will be over 60 food stalls. The president of the Phuket Municipal Food Traders Club, Panachai Wasanarungruangsuk, said some […]

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UPDATE: Suspect in assault case with Russian woman in Chon Buri released

THE LATEST The suspect who police said admitted to assaulting a Russian woman in Chon Buri has now been released from police custody last night. This was after the suspect had just been summoned to the Nong Prue Police station on the same day. Police told local media they couldn’t issue an arrest warrant without a positive testimony from the victim. They said that since the victim is still recovering from the traumatic experience she couldn’t provide a positive testimony, or identify the suspect. The police said they therefore had to let the suspect go. The police report said the […]

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5 countries’ representatives walk out when Russian official speaks in Bangkok

Thailand may be claiming ‘neutrality’ following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but representatives of 5 countries at a Bangkok event today certainly weren’t. Two Thai officials and 2 international diplomats told Reuters that at the Apec trade ministers’ meeting in Bangkok today, representatives of 5 countries walked out when Russia’s economic development minister Maksim Reshetnikov was speaking. The 5 who walked out were representatives of Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the US. Representatives from 21 countries attended the meeting, which aims to discuss economic prosperity. A Thai government source said the representatives walked out in protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. […]

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Thailand’s biggest light festival kicks off on Phuket shores

Thailand’s biggest light festival arrived on the shores of Phuket’s Nai Harn Beach yesterday. Officials from the Tourism Authority of Thailand welcomed partiers to the Aqua Lumina Illumination Festival with, as you’d expect, lots of colourful lights. The Phuket edition of the festival is set to last until May 31. Aqua Lumina’s theme in Phuket is “Land of the Guardians of the Andaman”. As with all the Aqua Lumina festivals, it is displaying lit up sculptures and multimedia shows, as well as projection mapping with 3D images with light. Local musicians are performing at the festival, with street vendors serving […]

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Chon Buri teen tries to steal air conditioning equipment while high

An 18 year old man in Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri province allegedly tried to steal various air conditioning equipment while high on paint thinner yesterday. The air conditioner store clerk told Nong Prue police he saw the suspect sneaking into the back of the store, and going through the equipment. The Pattaya News reports that the unnamed suspect couldn’t answer questions because he was intoxicated. Police and a ‘Good Samaritan’ reportedly caught the alleged thief red-handed in the store, trying to steal the equipment. He was held in police custody, awaiting the next legal steps. The air conditioner store […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Two cops sidelined after teens assaulted
Two police officers in Nakhon Pathom face an investigation after a video showing one of them kicking two handcuffed teenagers, stomping on their heads and beating them with a belt went viral online.
Protest walkout at Apec talks in Bangkok
Representatives of five economies including the United States and Japan walked out of the Apec trade ministers’ meeting in Bangkok on Saturday, in protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a Thai government source said.
5,377 new Covid cases, 37 more deaths
The country registered 37 more Covid-19 fatalities and 5,377 new cases during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Saturday morning.
Capturing the anarchy in the Sex Pistols
LONDON: “Are we doing any spitting?” asked a man in the crowd at the 100 Club, a small, red-walled underground space, redolent of spilled beer, cigarette smoke and a thousand lost nights, just off London’s Oxford Street.
Bars call for end to midnight closing
Vendors of alcoholic beverages and hotel and retail operators are calling for the further relaxation of nightlife entertainment rules and an extension of opening hours until 2-4am as pubs, bars and karaoke lounges struggle to survive.
Govt mulls ending Thai Pass
The Ministry of Public Health has given a loose time frame for when it will decide upon dropping the Thailand Pass for foreigners.
Booze ban slapped on city, Pattaya for polls
Liquor sales will be banned from 6pm on Saturday until 6pm on Sunday in Bangkok and Pattaya due to the Bangkok gubernatorial and Pattaya mayor elections.
This vintage car is world's most expensive
LONDON: A 1955 Mercedes-Benz, one of only two of its kind, was auctioned off earlier this month for a whopping €135 million (US$143 million), making it the most expensive car ever sold, RM Sotheby's announced Thursday.
UK, India, Germany top source markets
The Covid situation in China, which has some 40 cities under full or partial lockdown, bodes ill for the return of Chinese visitors to Thailand this year.
Czech EU presidency 'to forge closer ties'
When the Czech Republic takes the presidency of the Council of the European Union during the second half of this year, it plans to bind the Indo-Pacific region more closely with the EU.
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
One killed, three injured in Songkhla accidents
SONGKHLA: A woman was killed, and three others were injured in two accidents on Kanchanawanich (Hat Yai-Songkhla) road in Muang district early on Sunday, police said.
4,739 new Covid cases, 31 more deaths
The country registered 4,739 more Covid-19 cases and 31 new fatalities during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Sunday morning.
Democrat wins Ratchaburi by-election
The Democrat Party clinched a seat in the House of Representatives after its candidate beat two rivals in a landslide victory in a by-election in Ratchaburi's Constituency 3 on Saturday.
Another good day for Kingdom
Tennis star Luksika Kumkhum claimed her second SEA Games gold medal while the sepak takraw quard teams and the shooting squad completed a double on Saturday.
Young Elephants aim to surprise Vietnam in final
Thai men's team coach Mano Polking said yesterday the Young Elephants will enter Sunday's SEA Games football final as the "underdogs" against "a better prepared" Vietnam side.
Buriram, Swat Cats face off Sunday
Thai League 1 champions Buriram United will be chasing their second trophy of the season when they face Nakhon Ratchasima in the FA Cup final on Sunday.
Judicial precedent 'needed' to prevent coups
Today eight years ago the military did what many feared it would do -- engineer the coup that toppled the Pheu Thai Party-led government. Naming itself the National Council for Peace and Order, the coup maker argued it had to seize power to break the legal and political impasse. To its critics, there can never be justification for usurping power.
The Bangkok decider
After nine long years, the 4.4 million voters in Bangkok finally get their chance to elect a governor from a diverse pool of candidates on Sunday.
Thais willing to join talks on US Indo-Pacific regional pact
The government has asked the Foreign Ministry to announce Thailand's intention to join talks on the US' newly proposed multilateral trade agreement, known as the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF).
Russia targets Ukraine's last link to besieged east
BAKHMUTSKE, Ukraine: The wounded coal miner peered through his shrapnel-splayed windshield and tried to ignore the flopping noises coming from his blown tyres as he drove along Ukraine’s last link with the besieged east.
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