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« Απάντηση #105 στις: Μάιος 15, 2015, 17:20:26 μμ »
PHUKET: Lifeguards should return to Phuket's beaches next Wednesday after almost eight weeks during which swimmers were not protected, according to reports.

The contract for 88 lifeguards at 13 beaches and a budget of 22 million baht is due to be signed tomorrow. Some training will be needed before patrols resume. At least one drowning was reported during the absence of the lifeguards.

http://phuketwan.com/tourism/phukets-lifeguards-back-soon-tourist-beaches-almost-eight-weeks-22465/

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« Απάντηση #105 στις: Μάιος 15, 2015, 17:20:26 μμ »


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« Απάντηση #106 στις: Ιούλιος 07, 2015, 20:12:50 μμ »
Cash out Phuket: Kbank to close services for 48 hours


Kbank will suspend all of its services for 48 hours next week. Photo: Nist6dh



PHUKET: Kasikorn Bank (Kbank) has advised all bank customers on Phuket to plan ahead as it will be closing all banking services, including ATMs, for 48 hours next week.

Customers will be unable to use Kbank services from 10pm on Friday, July 17 to 10pm on Sunday, July 19.

“We are aware that this will affect a lot of our customers. However, we will be back with better service for all of our clients,” Nartwadee Thongtip of the Phuket Kbank branch in Phuket Town, told the Phuket Gazette today. “Please prepare your transactions prior to the weekend.”

Ms Nartwadee declined to provide any specific information about what system and service efficiency changes were being made to improve the banking experience for customers.

Those with Kbank credit cards will still be able to make transactions, confirmed Ms Nartwadee. For more information visit www.kasikornbank.com or call the K-Conact Center anytime of the day at 028-888 888

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« Απάντηση #106 στις: Ιούλιος 07, 2015, 20:12:50 μμ »


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Heavy rain, large waves alert issued for Phuket, Andaman and Gulf of Thailand
« Απάντηση #107 στις: Ιούλιος 20, 2015, 09:01:56 πμ »
PHUKET: The Thai Meteorological Department (MET) has issued a weather alert for Phuket, the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, warning of waves of up to three meters.
 
According to the alert from today, the MET is expecting thundershowers in 60 per cent of the area as a result of the Southwesterly Monsoon winds.

The alert also advises all sea vessels to proceed with extreme caution and to continuously monitor the weather.

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« Απάντηση #108 στις: Αύγουστος 27, 2015, 16:09:05 μμ »
Phuket's Pricey Soi Bangla May Hide Public Land: Patong Mayor to Lead Investigation

PHUKET: Ownership of a large section of Soi Bangla, the popular tourist walking street in Phuket's tourist hub of Patong, has been thrown into dispute by claims that it is public land - just like the holiday island's beaches.

Property in this central part of Patong would be among the most expensive on Phuket. Yet at least 28 businesses on land here may be removed if their titles are no longer legal.

The principle that saw commerce cleared from Phuket's beaches and illegal beach clubs and restaurants bulldozed flat along the foreshores last year has now reached the heart of Phuket's party town.

The Mayor of Patong, Chalermluk Kebsub, was today appointed to lead a three-person investigation to probe the legitimacy of the businesses that now occupy the contentious one rai of Soi Bangla land.

Before 1994, the land was definitely public but the local administration at the time, run by former mayor Pian Keesin, established norsorlor titles that at the time, satisfied the needs of local residents and voters.

These days, times have changed and the clearance along Phuket's beachfront led people with long memories to complain to the Governor of Phuket about the present occupiers of the public land in Soi Bangla.

With norsorlor titles, the rights of the occupier vanish if the person granted the title is no longer involved in the business.

Soi Bangla has changed more than a little since 1994, becoming first a thatch and bamboo destination for Phuket's pioneer tourism industry and these days including some of the most expensive property values on the island.

Seventeen ''owners'' have responded to the call for those with claims on the land to come forward. A long period of haggling and claim and counter-claim is anticipated.

The meeting today at Phuket Provincial Hall in Phuket City will be awaiting a response from the mayor and her investigators.

http://phuketwan.com/tourism/phukets-pricey-soi-bangla-hide-public-land-patong-mayor-lead-investigation-23055/

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Woman 'Bitten by Shark' at Phuket Beach Suffers Foot Wound
« Απάντηση #109 στις: Σεπτέμβριος 01, 2015, 17:43:27 μμ »
Woman 'Bitten by Shark' at Phuket Beach Suffers Foot Wound

PHUKET: An Australian woman ''bitten'' while in the sea off a Phuket beach was treated today for a deep wound in her foot amid a mystery about what had caused the injury.

Lifeguards took Jane Neame, 32, to Patong Hospital after the incident at neighboring Karon beach about 8.30am.

Phuket biologist Dr Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong said the would had the appearance of a shark bite but that the Andaman region was believed to be free from sharks that posed any danger to people.

''It's difficult to know what it might have been but it could have been perhaps a metre long,'' he said.

Sharks on Australian and South African beaches occasionally kill surfers and swimmers but Karon lifeguard chief Utane Singsom said in 20 years on the beach, he'd never heard of anyone suffering sharkbite.

Ms Neame was taken to Bangkok Phuket Hospital later in the day where doctors operated to repair her foot.

http://phuketwan.com/tourism/woman-bitten-shark-phuket-beach-suffers-foot-wound-23094/

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« Απάντηση #110 στις: Σεπτέμβριος 08, 2015, 13:53:32 μμ »
Thief Beaten By Locals After Robbing Female Tourist On Patong Beach
 

This clip of a thief getting some rough justice from locals at Patong beach on Phuket was shared last night by Facebook user Wasan Klubdee.

He didn’t give any info on what happened before he started filming other than saying the guy getting a kicking had been caught stealing.

After the crowd slap the thief about and give him a few kicks he is dragged back to the beach by a Thai guy with some of the biggest moobs you’ll ever see before they take money from him and return it to a female tourist who it has to be said, looked a little stunned by what’s going on in front of her.

I wonder if it had been a big Indian bloke in Speedos and not a young slim thing in a skimpy bikini they’d have done the same thing.

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« Απάντηση #111 στις: Σεπτέμβριος 08, 2015, 15:59:35 μμ »
Piya Isaramalai and Sara Entertainment were found guilty of causing death by negligence, causing physical and mental injury and trading after hours, Phuket Prosecutor Patthira Phumisutthaphol confirmed.

The sentences for all three charges against both parties were handed down on July 20, she added.

“The court sentenced Piya Isaramalai to three years in prison and he and Sara Entertainment were fined a total of B600,000,” Ms Patthira said.

“As Piya had never been charged or imprisoned before, the court reduced the penalty to two years’ suspended sentence.”

The maximum penalty for causing death through negligence is 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to B20,000, Ms Patthira confirmed.

By court order, Piya must report to his probation officer six times in two years, Ms Patthira added.

Piya and Sara Entertainment were also ordered to pay a combined B4 million in compensation to the families of those who died in the blaze, and a further B1,614,862 for funeral services and other expenses related to the deaths of the four people.

The flames claimed the lives of British tourist Michael Tzouvanni 24; French tourist Emmanuel Becard 30; Thai nationals Duangporn Budklor, 34, and Nipaphat Sudtasorn, 36.

Tiger Group lawyer and vice president Thamrongsak Boonrak confirmed that Piya and Sara Entertainment will not appeal the verdicts or sentences handed down.

However, he told The Phuket News that the family of one of the foreign victims has refused to accept court-ordered compensation.

“They have asked for more money, so they have to file the case to court again,” he said.

“We have lost over B137 million in this case during the past two years,” added Mr Thamrongsak. “We have to support all of our workers in 47 bars and take care of so many things.

“I hope this case will come to an end very soon or otherwise the Tiger Group will come to an end first. And if we come to an end, can you imagine that how many people will be out of jobs in Phuket?”


 http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-jail-term-suspended-for-tiger-disco-inferno-deaths-54018.php#sthash.7AYTrSqz.dpuf

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« Απάντηση #112 στις: Σεπτέμβριος 21, 2015, 16:33:44 μμ »
Two Philippine politicians wanted for murdering a prominent environmental activist have been arrested in Phuket after more than three years on the run.

Crime Suppression Division commander Pol Maj Gen Akradej Pimolsri said Monday that Joel Reyes, 63, former governor of Palawan province, and his brother, Mario Reyes, 54, a former municipal mayor in the same western province, were apprehended Sunday following a tip from Interpol.

The two had been living in Phuket for three years.

The CSD commander said the two brothers, who ran an ore-mining business, are charged with the 2011 murder of Gerry Ortega, an anti-corruption crusader who opposed their mining operations. He also hosted a radio show on which he frequently accused the suspects of massive graft.

The Reyes brothers slipped out of the Philippines sometime in March 2012 after that country's Justice Department indicted the pair for murder and a Palawan court issued warrants for their arrests. Each has a 2-million-peso (1.5-million-baht) reward on their heads.

The fugitives had been living in a rented house in Rawai of Phuket's Muang district since 2012, Pol Maj Gen Akradej. He said the two would initially be charged under the Immigration Act as Joel Reyes entered the country illegally and Mario had overstayed his visa.

Once prosecuted under the Immigration Act, the fugitives would be deported to back to the Philippines to stand trial, he said.

Pol Maj Gen Akradej said both Reyes brothers confessed to having fled their arrest warrants to hide in Thailand, but said they were ready to be deported home to fight the case. They thanked the Thai authorities and people for their time in Thailand and hoped for a return visit.

Ortega was shot in the head at point-blank range while shopping in the capital of Palawan, an island known as the Philippines' last environmental frontier but which has suffered from illegal logging, mining and overfishing.

The gunman was caught trying to flee the scene and police said his weapon was owned by one of Joel Reyes's lawyers.

"The arrest of the long-wanted Reyes brothers provides an opportunity for pursuing the ends of justice," said presidential spokesman Herminio Coloma in a statement reported by AFP.

The spokesman thanked Interpol and Thai police for their help in arresting the Reyes brothers.

Aside from alleged environmental crimes, Ortega had accused Joel Reyes of syphoning off millions of dollars in revenues from a gas field off the coast of Palawan when he was governor.

Patty Ortega, widow of the murdered activist, told AFP a task force assigned to capture high-profile fugitives had informed her of the arrests. She expressed relief but also said she was worried about whether the Reyes brothers could still evade justice.

"We still feel anxiety. Our judicial system is not that fast. We know our opponents have a lot of advantages. They have money, influence. They slipped through immigration. So it is not far from our thoughts that something else might happen," she said.

"I want to see them handcuffed and facing a court and in jail.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/701204/fugitive-philippine-politicians-nabbed-in-phuket


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« Απάντηση #113 στις: Οκτώβριος 08, 2015, 15:34:42 μμ »

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« Απάντηση #114 στις: Οκτώβριος 08, 2015, 15:54:30 μμ »
PHUKET:– Video footage has emerged online which allegedly shows a group of Phuket bouncers attacking two foreign tourists.

The 48 second video clip was posted by Facebook user วิเชียร เจือจุน who claims the incident took place on Wednesday night outside a nightclub on Bangla Road.

It is not clear what prompted the attack on the two foreigners, who try to protect themselves from the four or five attackers.

One of the foreign men can be seen lying on the floor taking several kicks to the head from two of the men who are presumed to be security staff from a nearby nightclub.


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« Απάντηση #115 στις: Νοέμβριος 03, 2015, 10:47:06 πμ »
Phuket Taxi Driver Barred for Six Months as Facebook Post Exposes Tour Scam


PHUKET: A Phuket taxi driver has been fined 1000 baht and suspended for six months after ''kidnapping'' a newly-arrived tourist and trying to sell him package tours before he had even reached his holiday resort.

Phuket Governor Jamleran Tipayapongtada sanctioned the penalties yesterday in meeting with driver Muhummad Arobt Musor and tourism industry authorities after the story of the rip-off broke on Facebook.

Montira Sakom told what happened in a post on the popular social media site.

She and her foreign boyfriend landed at Phuket International Airport on Saturday and caught a cab.

Instead of taking them directly to their resort destination in Patong, the driver went to Thalang where the couple were ushered into the Infinity Tour counter.

Efforts were made to sell package tours to the reluctant foreigner until he left, removed his luggage from Khun Muhummad's vehicle, and found another taxi.

The ''kidnapping'' of arriving tourists is a well-known scam in which taxi drivers try to build on the excessive fares they charge on Phuket by also gaining illicit commissions.

People who say greed is Phuket's biggest problem may have a point.

Santi Pawai, the Phuket Director of Tourism and Sport, told yesterday's meeting that he went to the Infinity Tour office and warned them of sanctions if the scam was repeated.

The taxi driver said he had only been a driver for four months and dropped off at the tour office ''to ask for directions to get to Patong.''

Khun Santi said the taxi driver's version of events sounded a little suspicious.

The quick action by authorities indicates a readiness by Governor Jamleran's new administration to deal with issues that have not been addressed until now.
 


http://phuketwan.com/tourism/phuket-taxi-driver-barred-six-months-facebook-post-exposes-tour-scam-23493/

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« Απάντηση #116 στις: Νοέμβριος 05, 2015, 08:31:43 πμ »
Tourists Win: Phuket Governor Says Bring Your Umbrellas, Sit Where You Like on Beaches

PHUKET: Tourists may bring their own equipment to Phuket's beaches and sit on chairs under umbrellas wherever they like, Governor Jamleran Tipayapongtada said yesterday.

In a reversal of previous policy, the governor told a ''meet the media'' gathering at Phuket Provincial Hall: ''If you are hot, bring an umbrella. When you are finished, take it off the beach, take it home. It's simple.''

Until yesterday, one of several problems with the proposed ''10 percent zones'' being introduced at all Phuket beaches was that tourists who brought chairs or sunbeds would be obliged to sit in the delineated zones.

Governor Jamleran, who recently took on the job of the holiday island's top administrator, clarified what tourists can expect after many months of confusion since the military cleared commerce from Phuket's beaches in June last year.

In response to a question from Phuketwan he said: ''If you are a tourist, you may bring your own equipment and sit anywhere on any beach. We will not arrest tourists who bring their own equipment. We will not do that.''

Phuketwan had asked whether the new rules were designed to suit the tourists, or local vendors.

At yesterday's meeting, it was also made plain that the ''10 percent zones'' would be for local workers only. People from other provinces would not work in them, providing tourists with hire mats and umbrellas, food and drink.

''Window shopping'' vendors selling sunglasses and other items are also banned from all beaches. In the past, Burmese or Cambodians have often taken on these roles.

The governor said that the numbers of umbrellas available for hire would be very carefully limited, but the number could increase or decrease depending on demand.

The plan is for the registered beach vendors in the ''10 percent zone'' to be obliged to form an association, so they pay tax.

''We are trying to help the vendors,'' the governor said. ''If the businesspeople cannot follow the rules, it will be the end of the 10 percent zones.''

Land Titles officials will peg out five ''10 percent zones'' at Patong beach on Friday. Patong beach is to be the role model for implementing the idea at all Phuket beaches by November 15.

Phuketwan has been an advocate of the ''sit where you like'' concept for sunlovers on Phuket's beaches.


http://phuketwan.com/tourism/tourists-win-phuket-governor-says-bring-umbrellas-sit-like-beaches-23513/

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Phuket targets biker gangs after Aussie Hells Angels slaying
« Απάντηση #117 στις: Δεκέμβριος 04, 2015, 14:58:39 μμ »
Phuket targets biker gangs after Aussie Hells Angels slaying



PHUKET: Police in Phuket ramped up security measures geared toward tracking international bike-gang members following the gunpoint abduction and slaying of Australian Hells Angels motorcycle gang member Wayne Rodney Schneider in Pattaya this week.

“We have been given specific orders to focus on bringing to justice foreigners committing violent crimes, as well as those operating as members of a mafia or gang,” Phuket Provincial Police Commander Teerapol Thipjaroen told the Phuket Gazette.

“We are not working alone to deal with these types of criminals. We are coordinating our efforts with the Tourist Police and Immigration Police. Our task is to collect records of who is coming on and going off the island and who is living here.”

However, the records aren’t enough, Col Teerapol said.

“We need the help of local residents. If you see anyone suspicious, please contact police immediately,” he said.

Col Teerapol also called on landlords and hotels on the island to ensure that they are reporting foreign guests to immigration, as is required by law.

“Even if you are just hosting a foreigner on your property, you need to inform immigration of their presence,” he noted.

Phuket Immigration Inspector Napat Nusen confirmed that any private home owners who failed to report a foreigner staying with them within 24 hours of their arrival could be fined 1,600 baht per unreported person.

Granted, Phuket does not have the same reputation for foreign biker gangs as other parts of Thailand; however, there have been instances of foreign criminal activities on the island, such as in the case of Brett “Kaos” Pechey, former president of a Bandido chapter in Brisbane. Wanted for extortion and riot charges in Queensland, Mr Bechey was confirmed to have been staying on the island last year. As of the beginning of this year, Australian authorities were working with Thai officials to extradite him (story here).

In 2013, Two Australian tattoo parlor owners were charged with attempted murder after opening fire with an unregistered firearm in the heart of Phuket’s party town, Patong. They were attempting to ‘strike first’ against an alleged Danish mafioso in connection with a dispute about a ‘big bike’ worth about 300,000 baht (story here).

“We cannot take it easy on these types of criminals. We live in a small town environment, so we need to be vigilant and make it clear to the world that Phuket is not a place for criminals,” added Col Teerapol.

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Authorities aware of Islamic State terrorist arrivals in Phuket
« Απάντηση #118 στις: Δεκέμβριος 04, 2015, 14:59:41 μμ »
Authorities aware of Islamic State terrorist arrivals in Phuket since October


Santi Udomkiratak, the Russian Federation Deputy Honorary Consul to Phuket, said the National Security Council received the warning in October. Photo: Chutharat Plerin

PHUKET: Despite the recently leaked memo from Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) warning that Islamic State (IS) terrorists had been despatched to Phuket, Thai authorities had been aware of the situation since October, confirmed the Russian Federation Deputy Honorary Consul to Phuket.

"Myself and some Thai officials were made aware of the situation in October," Santi Udomkiratak, the Russian Federation Deputy Honorary Consul to Phuket, told the Phuket Gazette.

However, it wasn't until November 27 that Thailand’s National Security Council issued a warning that ten possible terrorists entered the Kingdom between October 15-31. According to the warning, the group split on arrival with four heading to Pattaya, two to Phuket, two to Bangkok and two to unidentified locations. The warning did not name the suspects."

Mr Santi explained that after receiving the warning, he was immediately in contact with the Phuket Provincial Police and the Phuket Governor to ensure all necessary security measures were put in place.

“The warning specifically noted that security should be increased around Russian buildings and personnel, so we have installed more CCTV at the consulate and increased the frequency of our security rounds,” he said.

The memo also urged authorities to increase security around facilities and people whose home countries are in alliance with Russia, such as the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium and Australia.

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Teeraphol Thipjaroen confirmed that he is aware of the memo.

“There is no reason to make a big deal about this and cause panic. We have been on full alert and taking all necessary actions to prevent any attacks,” Col Teeraphol said.

“Authorities are doing their best to hunt down the suspects. Nonetheless, we still need the cooperation of the community. If anyone sees any suspicious activity, please inform the police.”

Col Teeraphol earlier this week called on landlords and hotels on the island to ensure that they are reporting foreign guests to immigration, as is required by law
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Project to bury Patong power cables underground to start by July
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Project to bury Patong power cables underground to start by July

PHUKET: A B200-million baht project to bury the overhead power cables on the Patong beach road is slated to start by July next year, it was revealed this week.

Friday 18 December 2015, 08:51AM

Panya Laochu, Deputy Governor of Construction and Project Management at the national Provincial Electricity Authority office in Bangkok, announced the plan at a meeting at the Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa, in Patong, on Wednesday (Dec 16).

“A 33KV power-supply cable will be installed along three kilometres of the beach road, from the Klong Pak Bang bridge (at the southern end of Thaweewong Rd) to the intersection with Ruamjai Rd,” Mr Panya said.

“The contract has been signed and comes into effect in April 2016, allowing 18 months for the contractor to complete the project. We believe construction will begin in July 2016,” he added.

After the first phase of burying the power cables along the beach road is complete, the PEA will set its sights on the rest of Thaweewong Rd.

“The beach road is just Phase 1 of the plan,” Mr Panya explained. Phase 2 will be from Ruamjai Rd to Soi Bangla; Phase 3 from Soi Bangla to Sawatdirak Rd; and Phase 4 from Sawatdirak Rd to the Dolphin Circle at the northern end of Patong Beach.

“I am glad to be a part of such a project in a tourism location such as Patong,” Mr Panya said. “And we are happy to be working with Patong Municipality in this public works project, too.”

Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup explained that Patong Municipality will contribute B77 million to the project.

“I am so glad that Patong will be look better after all the construction is finished,” she said. “I hope that the power cables along Soi Bangla will also be installed underground in the near future. I have a vision that one day Patong will not have any power poles at all,” she beamed.

Mayor Chalermluck also assured that disruptions to traffic would be minimal.

“We will ask the Patong Police to help regulate traffic in or to avoid any major traffic jams,” she said.

Vatcharin Prapa, head of the PEA office in Patong, assured residents and the 500 local business owners along the beach road that power disruptions will be minimal while the project is carried out.

“If we do need to cut off any power supply, we will notify local people first,” he added.

“Also, Patong will receive extra power supply from the substation in Karon, which should stabilise power supply – and reduce blackouts – by March 2016,” he said.

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Project to bury Patong power cables underground to start by July
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