Patients treated in hallways at overcrowded Samui Hospital

Patients treated in hallways at overcrowded Samui Hospital

SAMUI: Locals in Samui have lodged complaints about overcrowding at Samui Hospital leading to makeshift arrangements to accommodate patients in the hospital’s hallways. Patients and their families say that the hallway is hot, uncomfortable and mosquito ridden. “Currently, we only have 133 beds, but about 160 patients to cater to,” said Samui Hospital Director Dr Theerasak Virtanon. “Additionally, we have locals and foreigners from Koh Phangan coming to Samui for treatment.” Dr Theerasak added that the hospital had been raising funds to build another emergency ward. “The building is compete, but we are finalizing

- Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 11:09 AM
His Majesty the King signs Thailand's new constitution

His Majesty the King signs Thailand's new constitution

BANGKOK: His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn yesterday signed the country’s new constitution – the 20th – giving it royal endorsement and setting in motion a process for the next general election, which is expected late next year. Through a court secretary, HM proclaimed the new charter’s promulgation in a televised royal ceremony that included local and foreign dignitaries, including Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha. The new constitution was published in the Royal Gazette about an hour after the ceremony was completed. The solemn and ritual-laden ceremony, held at the historically significant Ananta Sa

- Friday, April 7, 2017 | 05:05 PM
Two foreigners arrested in alleged extortion sting

Two foreigners arrested in alleged extortion sting

CHIANG MAI: Police arrested an Australian and a Dutch national in Mae Rim district in Chiang Mai yesterday afternoon, for allegedly trying to extort an Australian restaurant owner out of 1.7 million baht. The chopper-riding suspects say they are innocent. The alleged victim, aged in his 50s, told police that the duo threatened to kill his family if he failed to pay the money. The victim said that the men told him they had spent that amount trying to collect a debt from his former business partner on his behalf. He added that he had previously revealed to the Australian man his suspicion that his ex-business partner had ch

- Friday, March 17, 2017 | 05:00 PM
Immigration sealed for fugitive monk

Immigration sealed for fugitive monk

THAILAND: Immigration police have been ordered to prevent Phra Dhammachayo, the former abbot of Dhammakaya Temple, from fleeing to neighboring countries, Immigration Police Bureau commissioner Lt General Nuttathorn Proesunthon said yesterday. “The 'modern' system and technology of the bureau, which is linked to all exit points, will help block the fugitive monk from leaving the country,” he added. The monk was stripped of his patriarch rank by His Majesty The King a week ago (story here). “It’s impossible that he will be able to flee via legitimate channels. Authorities concerned are instructed to keep a clos

- Monday, March 13, 2017 | 10:55 AM
Swiss expat admits abusing more than 80 boys in Thailand

Swiss expat admits abusing more than 80 boys in Thailand

THAILAND: Swiss authorities yesterday confirmed that a man suspected of sexually abusing more than 80 boys in Thailand will be going on trial to face numerous allegations including molestation. It was reported that some of his victims were as young as nine years old. “The unnamed man has admitted to taking thousands of pornographic pictures of the boys, but denied allegations that he molested any of them or pushed some into prostitution,” said prosecutors in a statement in the western Swiss canton of Fribourg. The abuse is alleged to have taken place between 2001 and 2014. The man had previously been convicted of sexuall

- Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 02:15 PM
Six killed in bus accident tied to school budget issues

Six killed in bus accident tied to school budget issues

PRACHIN BURI: Budget constraints may have contributed to the deaths of four teachers and two students who were killed yesterday when a double-decker bus on a school trip plunged into a ravine in Prachin Buri’s Na Di district. The accident took place on Highway 304 on the route from Nakhon Ratchasima to Na Di. The two-lane road, which is known to be dangerous, is steep and curvy along a 12-kilometer stretch. An initial investigation of the scene revealed that a burning smell had spread in the bus just before it went out of control, hit another car, several electricity poles and a road barrier, before plunging about 20 mete

- Friday, March 10, 2017 | 03:10 PM