Phuket Gazette - 2014-04-21 05:32 PM
PHUKET: The investigation into the deaths of four workers in a Phuket Town sewer last month has ruled that the two companies involved will face fines only.
The news follows the Phuket office of the Department of Labor Protection and Welfare (DLPW) concluding its investigation on Saturday.
“The next step is to send the case to Phuket Governor Maitri...
PHUKET: The chief of the Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) has issued a warning over the improper use of life jackets following a Chinese tourist drowning while snorkelling off Racha Yai Island on Saturday.Chalong Police were notified of the tourist’s death at about 3pm after the body of Ting Hong, 29, had been transferred from Racha Yai Island to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town.“Ms Ting’s friend said that th
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PHUKET: Police are trying to establish the identity of a body, believed to be of a foreign man, found floating off Pansea Beach this morning.The gruesome discovery was made by Santisuk Patkhim, a beach guard at the upscale Amanpuri Resort.Mr Santisuk secured the body then called Kusoldharm Foundation rescue workers to help bring it to shore.“So far our hotel has not received a report of any missing guests,” Mr Santisuk tol
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PHUKET: Governor Maitri Inthusut has ordered police to investigate the illegal construction site of the Phuket bungy-jump tower where two men died and one was seriously injured on Friday (story here).“I received a report that the bungy-jump tower was illegal. The owners were issued a permit to construct a building 12 meters tall, but they erected a structure reaching up to 52 meters,” Governor Maitri said.The governor blam
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PHUKET: Phuket officials pushed for a 300-million-baht water-treatment plant on Friday after Kamala residents filed a complaint about stinking black wastewater.Officials and residents chalked the rancid water up to laundries and residents washing clothes and releasing the untreated wastewater into a canal that connects to the sea, said Krit Sariya, chief of the Kamala branch of the Community Organizations Development Institute
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityRed shirts to rally on eve of Yingluck verdictThe Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) will hold a mass rally of red shirts one day before the Constitutional Court delivers its verdict on whether Yingluck Shinawatra has lost her status as caretaker PM. The court decision will d
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityThree Chinese sought in B10mn watch heistThe Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: Three Chinese suspects have left the country after allegedly stealing a Mont Blanc wristwatch worth over Bt10 million from a luxury shopping mall in the heart of Bangkok, Immigration Police Bureau chief Lt-General Panu Kerdlarpphol said yesterday. The st
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityAll eyes on CAPO meeting with top ministry officialsThe Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: The spotlight will be on this afternoon's meeting between the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) and permanent secretaries, as the stance of the top officials might reflect Thai political future in the event that the caret
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityToll hits 204 as revellers start returningThe Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: As large numbers of people yesterday started to travel back to work from the Songkran holidays - and many others continued to enjoy water splashing in their home towns - the Road Safety Centre said the first four days of Songkran had seen 2,027 road acc
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityProsecutors extend Korea ferry captain's detention as death toll mountsReuters / Phuket GazettePHUKET: South Korean prosecutors investigating a ferry disaster said on Sunday they would seek to extend the detention of the ship's captain and two other crew by 10 days as they tried to determine the cause of an accident that may claim
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityMalaysian plane lands safely after landing gear scareReuters / Phuket GazettePHUKET: A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane with 166 people on board landed safely at Kuala Lumpur airport early this morning after being forced to abandon a flight to Bangalore because of problems with its landing gear, the airline said.Defence Minister and Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in a tweet: 'All landed safely - going there now!"Malaysia Airlines had said earlier that the Boeing 737-800, carry
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PHUKET: An avalanche sweeping down Mount Everest killed at least 12 Nepali guides on Friday in what may be the deadliest single incident on the world's highest peak.The avalanche struck a perilous passage on the main route to the summit as sherpas were preparing the way for climbers at the start of the season. Nepal's tourism ministry listed the 12 dead and four others missing, presumed buried in the snowslide.Scottish film ma
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket's international communityAt least nine Nepali guides killed in Everest avalancheReuters / Phuket GazettePHUKET: An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest on Friday, killing nine Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season, a Tourism Ministry official said.The avalanche hit the most popular route to the mountain's peak a
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Special Report Just over a generation ago, there were few chairs or umbrellas on the sands of Phuket. Now, they cover up to 80 per cent of many popular beaches. Last June, the Senate Standing Committee on Tourism said their excessive numbers have a negative impact on tourists’ experiences. What’s happening, and who’s in charge? The Phuket Gazette’s Irfarn Jamdukor and Leslie Porterfield visit seven beaches to report.PH
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PHUKET: Child welfare and safety issues have been much in the news recently and our special report this week explores for our readers some of the options available locally to young mothers who are either unwilling or unable to support children they have given birth to. Few news stories generate greater emotional resonance than reports of abandoned babies. Yet it is very easy to forget that child abandonment issues are nothing
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Special Report Each month thousands of people seek treatment at Phuket hospitals for breathing difficulties, eye and nose problems and even nausea – all brought on by dust and other forms of air pollution. The Phuket Gazette’s Irfarn Jamdukor investigates.PHUKET: The Phuket health chief has revealed the disturbing news that in February alone more than 2,500 people in Phuket Town received hospital treatment for ailments br
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Special Report A housing developer faces legal action if he continues filling in a lake north of Samkong. Soil-dumping as part of an anti-erosion project may continue as long as health issues are addressed.The Phuket Gazette’s Irfarn Jamdukor reports.PHUKET: Rassada Municipality is preparing to file a police complaint if the lake filling at the Srisuchart Grandview housing estate, located on the bypass road, extends beyond
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PHUKET: By the time you read this, I hope you took a plastic bag with you to the shop to buy your copy of the Phuket Gazette. Songkran has once again come and gone, having been celebrated by the traditional bucket load.Most Phuket oldtimers I know choose to stay indoors during the Thai New Year, happily avoiding the deluges of ice-cold water tossed amid the stifling heat.I am usually – and rather ironically, among them – a
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Sayan Chanachaiwong, 56, has been Kathu District Chief for about five months. With a master’s degree in political science from Ramkhamhaeng University, he worked as district chief in the restive Deep South province of Narathiwat for more than nine years, most recently in Su-ngai Padi, before coming to Phuket.Here, he talks about his three priorities for Kathu.PHUKET: My focus in Phuket is completely different from my focus i
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Special Report The discovery of a newborn boy abandoned in the bed of a pick-up truck in front of a luxury resort on April 10 has highlighted the issue of unwanted pregnancies on Phuket. Many women, not knowing which way to turn, abandon their babies or seek illegal abortions. The Gazette’s Chutharat Plerin explores what options are available for pregnant women who are not prepared to be mothers. PHUKET: The baby boy, weigh
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PHUKET: When I first came to Thailand, I came to travel. I went north and south, south and east. Sadly, since I moved here permanently, I find myself lacking the time to explore this country, and if I manage to secure some time off, I travel abroad. Luckily, there is a way to travel even when short on time and without having to venture too far away – through food. These are everyday journeys, at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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PHUKET: Despite extreme measures taken to ensure the safety of his vehicle, a man woke up to his pickup truck “hovering” above the ground – without wheels.“I woke up at about 9am and was shocked to find my truck floating in the air with no wheels,” said 54-year-old Bumroong Sri-on at his house in Hat Yai, about 220 miles from Phuket.“I parked my truck in front of the house the night before and engaged all the anti-
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PHUKET: A Myanmar national survived more than 12 hours alone in the sea by holding onto two coconuts.The 21-year-old man, who identified himself as Poy, was pulled from the water by men on a longtail fishing boat at about noon on February 4 in Bo Phut, Koh Samui.Mr Poy had been working on a construction site in Koh Pha Ngan. On Monday night, he and four friends were drinking on the beach.“At about 11pm, my friend and I got i
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PHUKET: Motorists in Phuket who think traffic is bad here should prepare themselves if they are planning a visit to Pattaya, where a man last week caused a huge tailback on a major road after falling asleep at the wheel of his Jeep.It took other citizens and police officers an hour to awaken the dozing driver, who clung to his unconscious state for so long that officers began to suspect he was dead.A caller alerted Pattaya Cit
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PHUKET: Villagers in two provinces at the opposite ends of Thailand are celebrating the births of mutant piglets – after successfully using the lucky freaks to divine winning lottery numbers.The first queer porker was born in a village in the Lamplaimat District in Buriram Province in the Northeast. The animal had five legs, two tongues and fangs sticking out of its mouth. Its feet, rather than having trotters, were capped with five eerily human toes.Choi Saenram, 67, said when he saw that the pig was not like the rest of the litter, he took it from its mother and began looking after it, fee
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