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Phuket News
First day of traffic lights sees slew of accidents
PHUKET: Police have issued a public warning for motorists to exercise caution at the “Kuan Dindaeng Intersection” on Thepkrasattri Rd in Rassada, north of Phuket Town, after a slew of accidents caught unwary road users off-guard today (Feb 21) during the first day that traffic lights were in use at the junction.
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Buried alive! Traffic tantrum? Murder confession recanted! || February 21
PHUKET XTRA - February 21 Buried alive in Phuket landslide! Suspected murderer recants confession! Protests against coal-fired power plants halted! Fugitive siblings, former prime ministers in Singapore? Traffic tantrum in Chalong? Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Car impaled at Chalong Underpass construction site
PHUKET: Police have yet to confirm whether the driver of a white Mazda 2 “Elegance” sedan found impaled on steel re-inforcement rods, or “rebar”, at the Chalong Underpass early this morning (Feb 21).
Preaw in court, now denies killing karaoke bar girl
KHON KAEN: Preeyanuch “Preaw” Nonwangchai, on trial for the murder and dismemberment of a karaoke bar worker, has changed track in court and denied killing the young woman. She and the four other defendants earlier confessed to the charges, which include premeditated murder.
Phuket Town roads to close for Chinese New Year ‘Back to the Past’ festival
PHUKET: Several roads in heart of Phuket Town will be closed in the afternoons and at night during the three days of the “Chinese New Year – Back to the Past” festival, which begins today (Feb 21).
Phuket court issues arrest warrant for man who cut off wife’s hand
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Court on Monday (Feb 19) issued an arrest warrant for a man who last Friday cut off his wife’s hand during a heated argument.
Phuket Town landslide buries construction workers
PHUKET: One worker has died and another remains in hospital after the pair were buried in a landslide at a construction site near Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town this morning (Feb 21).
Honda assures Phuket dealer on its way
PHUKET: Honda (Thailand) has confirmed that a new official car dealer and service agent will open in Phuket, but say they cannot confirm the new centre’s opening date.
Watch out, PM tells critical graftbuster
BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha lashed out at a key member of the government’s anti-corruption drive yesterday (Feb 20) after the man urged him to take action over an expensive collection of luxury watches worn by one of his deputies.
Retired policeman tipped to win B30mn lottery row
KANCHANABURI: The B30-million lottery ticket dispute involving a teacher and a retired policeman is coming to a close with the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) set to conclude that they belong to the retired police officer.
 
Phuket Gazette
7 Krabi King cobras reported in one day – 5 captured and released

The Ao Luek Rescue Team in Krabi received a report last night (February 20) at 8.30 pm from 23 year old Nutchanart Bangyabyeo, saying that she found a 4 metre king cobra under the dish washing sink. The team put a snake catcher under the sink and the cobra showed up after 5 minutes. The […]

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THAIGER TODAY Wednesday, February 21

Four die in a Krabi road smash | More of the Bangkok driveway-blocking drama | A BIG find on a Gulf beach | Suthep announces new political party | New engine-size tax for motorbikes | Government caves into power plant protesters.

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Bangkok’s Great Driveway Drama – surrounding markets ordered closed

The Bangkok governor has ordered the immediate temporary closure of five markets operating in Seri Villa housing project in Prawet district, in a bid to find an acceptable solution to the decade-long dispute between residents and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) over the presence of the markets. Bangkok driveway dispute drama. Posted by Phuket Gazette […]

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TAT seeks help to stop damage by Chinese tourists

Frequent cases of Chinese tourists damaging coral reefs and other fragile sea natural resources have prompted the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to seek help from its Chinese counterpart. Phanu Woramitr, director of the TAT office for Hat Yai, Songkhla and Satoon said on Tuesday that TAT has sent a letter to the Chinese tourism […]

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Road closures for Old Phuket Town

Phuket municipality has announced road closures during the 19th Old Town festival and Chinese New Year celebrations. On February 21 to 23, from 3:00pm to midnight, the following roads are be closed: Thalang Road Soi Romanee Krabi Road, from the intersection of Thalang Road and Yaowarat Road until the Thai Hua Museum Soi Pradit Takuapa Road, […]

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Worker dies, another injured, in Samkong worksite landslide

PhuketLANDSLIDE IN SAMKONG KILLS WORKEROne worker died and another injured following a landslide on a work-site in Yowarat Road in Samkong near the Vachira Hospital. Posted by Phuket Gazette on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Emergency responders are working to extract a worker from a construction site in Samkong near Vachira Hospital this morning following a […]

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Thailand Yacht Show 2018 – starts tomorrow (Thursday)

Some of the world’s most prestigious marine brands are assembling at the Ao Po Grand Marina for the third edition of the Thailand Yacht Show. It starts tomorrow (Thursday) and runs until Sunday. Buyers, charterers and locals are invited to climb aboard and experience the watercraft – superyachts, catamarans, sailboats, sports-fishers, dinghies, tenders, water sport […]

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Rare animal – a moonrat – found in Krabi

A small creature that looks like a mouse, with a nose and mouth shaped like a pig, has been found in Krabi. It is believed to be a moonrat. Krabi Defense Volunteer Officer, 53 year old Pornchai Sudrak, who found the animal, explains that he was jogging near his house in the evening and heard […]

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Four killed on a dangerous corner in Krabi

A pickup truck reportedly lost control on a curve, crossed the traffic island in the middle of the road and crashed into another pickup truck on the opposite lane, killing four people in Krabi province. The accident occurred last night on Phetchakasem Road, Nuaklong – Klongthom route. At the scene, Nuaklong police found a gray […]

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Suthep’s party to support Prayut as post-election PM

From The Nation Suthep Thaugsuban, core leader of the now-defunct People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), plans to found a political party to support Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha becoming premier after the next general election, a former Democrat party-list MP has claimed. Watchara Petchthong said on Tuesday that the party would be named the People’s […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
World's ugliest fish examined
SYDNEY: More than 100 rarely seen fish species were hauled up from a deep and cold abyss off Australia during a scientific voyage, researchers said Wednesday, including a cousin of the "world's ugliest animal" Mr Blobby.
PAD guards jailed for seizing NBT studios in 2008
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sentenced 79 members of the now-defunct People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to jail for seizing control of the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT) during protests against the Thaksin Shinawatra-backed government.
Singaporean in church fraud case tries to flee on boat
SINGAPORE: A Singaporean man convicted over a high-profile fraud case at a megachurch was caught Wednesday trying to flee in a boat before he was due to start his sentence, police said.
Singapore will tax digital services from 2020
SINGAPORE: Businesses providing digital services, such as the streaming of entertainment content, will have to pay the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from Jan 1, 2020, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said.
2018 Ferrari 488 Pista revealed with 720hp
Go-faster model of 488 GTB is claimed to be just as quick as the LaFerrari from 0-100kph.
Export growth highest in 62 months
The value of exports rose by 17.56% year on year in January, the largest increment in 62 months, Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said on Wednesday.
Pakorn will be new SET president
Senior executive vice-president of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) Pakorn Peetathawatchai has been named the new president, succeeding incumbent Kesara Manchusree.
No more delays, DSI warns 'Oak' in KTB case
Investigators have agreed to hear from nine more proposed defence witnesses in the money laundering case against Panthongtae "Oak" Shinawatra, but say the process must be completed by March 15 to avoid any further delay.
Driveway aunties' rage attack leads to markets' closure
The Bangkok governor has promised to close down three illegal markets operating at the Seri Villa housing estate where two angry aunties attacked a market-goer's parked pickup truck blocking their driveway.
Trump Jr. arrives in India to pitch condos
The eldest son of the US president arrived in India to help promote the Trump Organization's condominium developments. - Reuters
 
NationMultimedia.com
Governor shuts controversial markets
TEMPORARY MEASURE AIMED AT FINDING SOLUTION TO DISPUTE BETWEEN RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES
Prawit given more time to clarify on watch case
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) expects to get a clarification from deputy premier Prawit Wongsuwan over the controversial luxury watch case next month, further extending the deadline for the anti-graft agency to wrap up the politically-sensitive case.
Amid scepticism, Thai Niyom scheme kicks off
ORGANIC FARMING leaders and experts in Nakhon Pathom province, where the government’s grand Thai Niyom scheme kicked off yesterday, remain sceptical despite Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and his government showing they were serious about its implementation.
Activists seek court ruling on junta’s political assembly ban
TWO ACTIVISTS yesterday asked the Constitutional Court to rule whether a junta order banning political assemblies violates the Constitution’s endorsement of people’s rights and freedom.
Yellow shirts jailed as top court upholds verdicts
THE SUPREME Court yesterday sentenced 84 yellow-shirt protesters who stormed the state-run NBT television station in 2008 to jail terms ranging from three to eight months, upholding a verdict by the Appeals Court.
Worry over the human rights of Japanese ‘baby factory’ toddlers
A CHILDREN’S-RIGHTS activist yesterday raised concerns about the fate of 13 children that Thai authorities will hand over to the rich Japanese man who fathered them through commercial surrogacy.
Respect urged for the elderly as report shows evidence of increase in abuse, abandonment
ELDERLY people in Thailand are most at risk of abuse, abandonment and being duped out of money by their own children or those close to them, and the number of senior rape victims is also on the rise, according to a recent study that was revealed at a Bangkok seminar yesterday.
Cooking for kids
The Bangkok Chefs Charity coming up next week not only raises money for needy kids, but also trains the future stars of the dining trade
See K-pop star Kang Min Hyuk this weekend
Kang Min Hyuk, the drummer for South Korean pop-rock band CNBlue, will have a second Bangkok concert on Saturday (February 24) – “Romantic Sailing” at The Mall Bang Kapi’s MCC Hall.
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
Rich Japanese man wins custody of 13 surrogate children

Surrogate babies that Thai police suspect were fathered by a Japanese businessman who then fled from Thailand are shown on a screen during a news conference at the headquarters of the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok August 12, 2014. The Central Juvenile and Family Court on Tuesday allowed a 28-year-old Japanese man to take home 13 children born to surrogate women in Thailand, granting him sole parental custody.


Anthropologist Shalardchai remembered for scholarship and advocacy efforts

FRIENDS AND family of the late anthropologist Shalardchai Ramitanondh planned to gather Tuesday to say goodbye at his funeral held at Chiang Mai's Hai Ya Cemetery. Shalardchai was one of Thailand's most respected anthropologists and a prominent advocate of women's rights for half a century.


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.


 
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World's ugliest fish examined
SYDNEY: More than 100 rarely seen fish species were hauled up from a deep and cold abyss off Australia during a scientific voyage, researchers said Wednesday, including a cousin of the "world's ugliest animal" Mr Blobby.
Influential US preacher Billy Graham dies at 99
WASHINGTON: Reverend Billy Graham, the influential Southern preacher who became a spiritual advisor to several US presidents and millions of Americans via their television sets, has died, his family said Wednesday. He was 99.
US-Russia ties will be hard to repair: Moscow
MOSCOW: Moscow on Wednesday said it would be "very difficult" to improve US-Russia relations, which have plummeted to Cold War lows on accusations of election meddling and crises in Syria and Ukraine.
Tourists in Cambodia up 54% in Chinese New Year
The number of tourists, local and international, travelling in Cambodia during the three-day Chinese New Year holiday increased by 54.5% in 2018, reaching 864,770, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Ministry of Tourism.
KFC falls fowl in Britain with chicken run
LONDON: Hundreds of KFC outlets remained shut in Britain on Wednesday due to a supply crisis, leaving fans craving a fix of deep-fried chicken.
PAD guards jailed for seizing NBT studios in 2008
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sentenced 79 members of the now-defunct People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to jail for seizing control of the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT) during protests against the Thaksin Shinawatra-backed government.
Singaporean in church fraud case tries to flee on boat
SINGAPORE: A Singaporean man convicted over a high-profile fraud case at a megachurch was caught Wednesday trying to flee in a boat before he was due to start his sentence, police said.
Singapore will tax digital services from 2020
SINGAPORE: Businesses providing digital services, such as the streaming of entertainment content, will have to pay the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from Jan 1, 2020, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said.
Sri Lanka bus explosion injures 19, including 12 soldiers
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka's military says an explosion in a passenger bus has injured 19 people, including 12 military personnel.
Man admits drowning psychotic, drug addled brother
SURAT THANI: A 35-year-old man has confessed to killing his psychotic, drug addled brother by tying him up and then tossing him into a village pond
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