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Phuket News
Teen pilot completes round-the-world feat
BELGIUM: Beaming and waving her arms in the air, teenage pilot Zara Rutherford was euphoric last Thursday (Jan 20) after completing a solo, round-the-world flying odyssey with the dream of getting into the record books.
Foreign property lures are rejected
BUSINESS: The Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday (Jan 21) put the brakes on proposals to increase foreign ownership quotas for condominiums from 49% and expand property leasehold rights for foreigners from 30 years to 50 years.
Briton killed, compatriot badly hurt in knife attack
KANCHANABURI: Police have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the killing of a Briton and wounding of his compatriot in front of a rented house in Muang district of Kanchanaburi in the early hours of yesterday (Jan 22).
Phuket Opinion: Phuket’s great disconnect
PHUKET: There was a lot of talk and misdirection this week in the explanations given by Peerawat Promkladpanao, from the Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Committee of the NBTC, about internet connection rates in Phuket, with the focus all on 5G, and a lot of skipping about talking about baseline cable connections. Right now what needs to be explained is what is being done to develop Phuket’s IT infrastructure as a critical element of driving Phuket’s economic future.
Phuket marks 412 new COVID cases, one death
PHUKET: The latest Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID situation report has marked 412 new local infections confirmed across the island yesterday (Jan 22), bringing the total number of people recognised as infected with COVID-19 in Phuket since Apr 3 to 30,082.
Turtle lays first eggs of the year at Ao Sane Beach
PHUKET: Officals have confirmed that a green sea turtle laid over 100 eggs late last night (Jan 21) at Ao Sane beach in the south of the island.
No further signs of the Bang Tao Beach crocodile
PHUKET: There have been so further sightings of the crocodile that was spotted off Bang Tao Beach yesterday afternoon (Jan 21), with tourists and beach-goers reported to be enjoying a dip in the water regardless.
Health concerns ahead of CNY, students returning to class
BANGKOK: The Department of Health has expressed concern ahead of the upcoming Chinese New Year and with students returning to classrooms, urging all to fully adhere to best practice anti-virus health and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Telecomms commission discusses 5G coverage in Phuket
PHUKET: Officials from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) were in Phuket yesterday (Jan 21) to monitor, evaluate and discuss the state of telecommunications across the island, with a specific focus on 5 infrastructure and connectivity.
Phuket Immigration extends visas for tourists stuck in Hotel Isolation
PHUKET: Phuket Immigration Chief Col Thanet Sukchai is having officers visit hotels to ensure that tourists are not caught out by their permits to stay in Thailand expiring while they are observing the mandatory 10-day Hotel Isolation after testing positive for COIVD-19.
 
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Local farmers accused of setting 100 elephant traps near sanctuary

Officials from the Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary in Loei province filed a complaint with police about neighbouring villagers, accusing them of setting more than 100 elephant traps. The neighbours were alleged to have set the traps to protect their farms from elephants eating their crops. The sanctuary officials brought several of the elephant traps with them to the police as evidence. In Thailand, the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act bans the setting of animal traps with violators found guilty of the offence in court facing fines of up to 1 million baht and up to 10 years in prison. Green […]

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Free Covid-19 testing events in Bangkok daily throughout January

With Covid-19 infections on the rise, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration launched a series of testing events in 80 communities around the city through the end of January. The campaign is aimed at proactive testing to identify and hopefully contain infections as the highly contagious Omicron variant spreads quickly through the city and the country. The series of testing events began yesterday and will run through the end of the month, with testing facilities fanning out across the capital. In the interest of expedience, people will be tested with antigen test kits which return test results in about 30 minutes. Anyone […]

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Thailand tourism industry hopeful with the return of Test & Go

With the reintroduction of the Test & Go programme that allows people to enter Thailand without a multi-day quarantine, organizations in the tourism industry are hopeful for growth in international travellers in February and beyond. The programme was reinstated, albeit with some revisions that were not met with a particularly welcoming reception, and will be open for travellers again on February 1. The new version of Test & Go was almost universally panned by tourists and travellers for added complications and cost, now requiring a second RT PCR test with a pre-booked hotel on the fifth day after arrival, and additional […]

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COVID-19 SUNDAY: 7,686 infections, 13 deaths,

Today, the CCSA reported 7,686 new Covid-19 infections, down 426 since yesterday, and 13 Coronavirus-related deaths, down 6 from yesterday. Since April 1, 2021, in the latest wave of the virus in Thailand, a total of 2,348,627 confirmed Covid-19 infections have been reported, with 22,032 total deaths from the pandemic.   In the 24 hour period since the last count, the CCSA has reported 7,445 recoveries, up 137 from yesterday. Since the beginning of the third wave of Covid-19 on April 1, 2021, a total of 2,271,228 have recovered from a Covid-19 infection. There are now 83,459 people currently receiving […]

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Government plans to gather data, combine tourism databases

In an effort to organize data and bolster tourism for the future, government agencies are looking at merging the databases of tourism-related agencies, businesses, and organizations. They plan to create a unified database in order to bring together all the information in an organized system. A campaign was launched, supported by the Department of Tourism, the Department of Provincial Administration, and the Department of Health Service Support who each signed on to an agreement of creating a merger of their databases. The amalgamation of data is aiming to begin with the service sector first. The database will also benefit public health […]

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Cannabis is becoming legal, but prosecution still a grey area

Now that cannabis has been removed from the narcotics list in Thailand, what’s the deal with it? Can you buy it? Sell it? Grow at? Use it? The legal status of the plant-formerly-known-as-a-drug has been a murky grey area in Thailand and legal experts are telling people to hold off on taking any action until the rules are clarified and solidified. Cannabis may have been removed from the narcotic list, but regulations and secondary laws governing its usage and possession have not yet been amended in line with its new legal status, according to the government’s legal guru Deputy Prime […]

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Truck with 20 tonnes of smuggled pork caught at Laos border

With pork prices skyrocketing and shortages looming, people are turning to chicken until it began being affected too, then crocodile meat, while many merchants call for an increase in the importation of pork products, and accusations fly of companies hoarding frozen pork. Now, instead of the more common busts of trucks full of meth pills or marijuana, police at the Lao border have seized the cargo of a transport truck carrying 20 tonnes of illegally smuggled pork. The 18-wheeler was pulled over by animal quarantine centre officers on the Thai side of the border after crossing the Mekong River on […]

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Attacker arrested in stabbing of 2 British men in Kanchanaburi

Police in the western province of Kanchanaburi now believe that a man they took into custody is responsible for a brutal knife attack on two British men that resulted in one of their deaths. Yesterday morning at 8:49 am, police found and apprehended a 23-year old Thai man that many suspected was the assailant in the stabbing. New reporting revealed that Prasut Thipthep was arrested very nearby the crimes he’s alleged to have committed when police found him just across the street from the house that had been rented by the British men who were attacked. He was said to […]

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What should tourists avoid when they come to Bangkok? | Vox Pop

https://youtu.be/M7iF6vxjj7E How does the Thai culture differ from the western culture. As a country filled with tourists, expats and foreign visitors, we go around the streets of Bangkok to ask them how they feel about Thai culture. What should tourists avoid when they come to Bangkok? Join Natty in our latest episode of ‘Voice of the People’ and find out!

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New Sandboxes announced, but are they redundant after February 1?

(All the information in this article is based on CCSA announcements last Thursday and published articles on the Tourism of Thailand website and other government media) Businesses in the entertainment, nightlife, bar and sex industry in Pattaya are breathing a sigh of relief as international tourists will, again, be able to visit the seaside party town as part of the government’s Thailand Pass updates. Not all of the Chon Buri province are being included in the reboot. From February 1, the CCSA announced they are reopening the districts of Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, Si Chang, and Sattahip (but only Na […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Crypto meltdown erases $1 trillion in value
Bitcoin has now shed more than 50% from its record high in November while adding further momentum to the latest meltdown in cryptocurrencies.
Buddhist monk who brought mindfulness to West dies in Vietnam
HANOI: One of the world's most influential Buddhist monks, Thich Nhat Hanh, died in Vietnam Saturday at age 95, his Zen teaching organisation said in a statement posted to the peace activist's Twitter account.
Free counselling for foreign retirees
Thailand is stepping up its assistance for foreign retirees and their Thai spouses by providing free counselling on inheritance and other legal issues under international laws.
Foreign property lures are rejected
The Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday put the brakes on proposals to increase foreign ownership quotas for condominiums from 49% and expand property leasehold rights for foreigners from 30 years to 50 years.
Pork raids target cold storage facilities
Authorities raided refrigerated warehouses in several provinces on Friday as part of a crackdown on the hoarding of pork amid shortages that have sent prices soaring.
Our bloated bureaucracy bodes only ill
The government has grown ever larger over the past decade. The fact would be hailed as positive news if the affairs of governance were a private enterprise.
PM upbeat despite threat of new party
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha vowed not to give up fighting for the good of the country on Friday amid speculation that he would face growing political pressure following the departure of 21 MPs led by Capt Thamanat Prompow from the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP).
Rock icon Meat Loaf dies at 74
The American singer and actor Meat Loaf, famous for his rock anthem Bat Out of Hell, part of one of the best-selling albums of all time, has died at age 74.
Two oil majors to exit Myanmar
The oil majors TotalEnergies and Chevron Corp, partners in a major gas project in Myanmar, have decided to withdraw from the country, they said on Friday, citing the worsening humanitarian situation following last year’s coup.
Families flee as 25 houses tumble into canal
SAMUT PRAKAN: Families fled their homes as 25 houses collapsed into a canal as the bank crumbled away in Bang Phli district on Thursday night. No casualties were reported.
 
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Prayut to visit Saudi Arabia to foster ties
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will visit Saudi Arabia from Tuesday to Wednesday as a guest of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Government House announced on Sunday.
Sadom fends off chasing pack to win Singapore Open
Sadom Kaewkanjana won the SMBC Singapore Open golf on Sunday with a comfortable three-shot victory over South Korea's Kim Joo-hyung and Japan's Yuto Katsuragawa.
Syria battle between IS, Kurdish forces kills over 120: monitor
HASAKEH, Syria: A fierce battle raged in Syria for a fourth day Sunday between US-backed Kurdish forces and Islamic State group fighters who have attacked a prison, killing at least 120 people including seven civilians, a war monitor said.
10m meth pills, 100kg ice seized
Police seized a total of about 10 million methamphetamine pills and 100 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, in three separate actions in Chiang Rai and Nakhon Sawan provinces on Saturday night, according to police reports.
Bid to prevent oil slick reaching Gulf of Thailand shore
The Marine Department and Royal Thai Navy are trying to prevent oil leaking from a sunken tanker from reaching the coastline in Chumphon and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces.
Cop charged with reckless driving, causing female doctor's death
A crowd control policeman has surrendered to police and admitted to driving a big bike that hit and killed a female doctor in Bangkok on Friday, according to media reports.
NGOs vow to stop bill policing their activities
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are preparing a vigorous campaign against a controversial draft bill to police their activities.
Thousands mourn Thich Nhat Hanh, bringer of mindfulness to the West
HUE: Thousands of mourners packed a pagoda in Vietnam's Buddhist heartland on Sunday to pay tribute to the late Vietnamese monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, credited with bringing mindfulness to the West.
Olympic 'curse' strikes again as Beijing costs mount
BEIJING: The "curse" of Olympic overspending looks set to strike again at the Beijing Games, with stringent Covid measures and loss of ticket sale revenues pushing up costs for China.
Coming soon: police body cams with facial recognition
Twenty years after he planned the controversial barrier between Israel and Palestinians, Dany Tirza is developing a security tool that requires no cement: body cameras with facial recognition technology.
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