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« Απάντηση #15 στις: Νοέμβριος 09, 2013, 09:04:00 πμ »
Russian tourist dies after Phuket massage

PHUKET: A Russian tourist died after suffering a heart attack in the middle of receiving a massage in Bang Tao (view here), on Phuket’s west coast, yesterday.

Sergey Taruraev, 37, was pronounced dead by medical staff at about 5:30pm, soon after his arrival at Thalang Hospital.

An ambulance was dispatched by the hospital after being notified at 4:30pm, by staff at a massage salon at the southern end of Bang Tao Beach, that a man had gone into shock while receiving a massage.

“The rescue team tried to revive him and rushed him to hospital. The medical team tried their best, but could not save him,” explained Lt Chatree Chuwichian of Thalang Police.

Ms Taruraev told police that she came to Phuket with her husband and their son, and were staying at the nearby Chava Resort at Surin Beach (map here).

“At about 3:30pm, I took our son shopping at Cherng Talay while my husband went for a massage,” Ms Taruraev told police.

The widow told told officers that Sergey had twice before undergone heart surgery.

Regardless, Lt Chatree told the Phuket Gazette, “At this stage, we will wait for doctors at the hospital to confirm the cause of death.”
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« Απάντηση #16 στις: Νοέμβριος 12, 2013, 15:34:35 μμ »
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority (PPEA) has announced a major blackout scheduled to affect residents and businesses in Chalong tomorrow.

PPEA staff will be carrying out maintenance work on high-voltage power lines.

“We will replace power cables in many areas this month to prevent unscheduled blackouts and fluctuations in power supply,” PPEA Operations Chief Yongyuth Podbutr told the Phuket Gazette today.

“The existing power cables are very old. In some areas, the cables are damaged and no longer have shielding, which makes them prone to short circuiting,” Mr Yongyuth said.

“When a tree or an animal comes into contact with an unshielded cable, this can cause a short circuit or even a fire,” he explained.

The scheduled blackout tomorrow, from 9am to 5pm, will affect the west side of Chao Fa West Road, from the PPEA substation (map here) to HomePro Village near Chalong Circle (map here).

The areas to be affected by the blackout include Chaofa Thani Village, Baan Nai Trok, Soi Baan Klang, Baan Bang Rae, Soi Bang Rae, Soi Yod Sane 1, Soi Yod Sane 2, Ananda Garden Hills, Soi Pradthana and Soi Anusorn.

Several other blackouts are scheduled for this month:

Wichit: November 14 (9am to 4pm)

Wichit Songkram Road, from in front of Surakul Stadium (map here) to Darasamuth School.

Chalong: November 21 (9am to 5pm)

Patak Road, from Chalong Circle to Soi Hin Khao on Kata Hill, including Chalong Center village, Patak Villa in Soi Anusorn and Phuket Shooting Range.

Rawai: November 26 (9am to noon)

Wiset Road, east side only, from Soi Ruam Uthit (opposite Muang Phuket School, just south of Chalong Circle) to Fisherman Way Housing Estate.


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« Απάντηση #17 στις: Νοέμβριος 19, 2013, 11:29:19 πμ »
PHUKET: -- Immigration Police today held a press conference to announce the arrests and pending expulsion of three foreigners.

The first was American Forrest Wayne, 41, who was arrested on Sunday (November 17) at the Bel Aire Resort on Sainamyen Rd, Patong, at the request of the US FBI.

He is wanted in Texas on a charge of statutory rape. (See earlier story here.) His permit to stay in Thailand was revoked and he is being held in custody in preparation for handing over to the US Embassy and FBI officers who will escort him back to the US.

Arrested yesterday evening (November 18) in Rawai was 56-year-old Georges C Sirre from Belgian. He was sentenced in Belgium to an 18-month jail term for molesting three girls under the age of 11, with the sentence suspended for five years. He had a Non-Immigrant B visa.

He is understood to have since contravened the terms of his sentence by selling sex toys over the Internet. His permit to stay, too, has been revoked and he will be sent back to Belgium.

The third case was that of Johan Daniel Wetzelmayr, 32, from Sweden, who was arrested on November 5 by Karon police for overstaying.

They discovered that an arrest warrant had been issued for him in August in Hua Hin, on a charge of embezzlement, relating to a motorcycle.

He will be sent back under escort to Hua Hin to face the court there, after which he, too, is likely to be expelled from the country.



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« Απάντηση #18 στις: Νοέμβριος 20, 2013, 07:18:49 πμ »
For years it has been impossible to park on most of the main streets in Patong because all the parking spaces were claimed by taxis, tuk-tuks and bike or car rental businesses, who annexed all spaces and took a very dim view of anyone else trying to park in them.

Arguments, punch-ups, scratching or paintwork or deliberately punctured tyres were the penalties members of the public could expect for daring to use space “belonging” to these land-grabbing groups.

On Monday (November 18) a meeting at Kathu Police Station in Patong heard about plans to give the roads back to the people, starting with Thaweewong Rd, Patong’s beach road.

The side of the road away from the beach – currently one lone line of tuk-tuks, will become a no-parking zone with red-and-white stripes along the sidewalk, though there will be a couple of yellow-and-white zones for dropping off or picking up passengers.

On the seafront side, parking space between the Absolute Sea Pearl Resort [Prachanukroh Rd] and Soi Bangla, traditionally occupied by rows and rows of cars, jeeps and big bikes for rent, will be divided into seven blocks, of which only 30 per cent only will be set aside for parking rental vehicles, the remaining 70 per cent being reserved for public parking.

Vehicle rental companies will have to clear all the vehicles out at 6 pm every day.

At the meeting, officials also discussed whether they should collect money for parking to reduce problems such as people leaving their cars in spaces all day and night. Governor Maitree Inthusut suggested a parking fee of B20 for three hours.

Pol Col Chiraphat Pochanaphan, Superintendent of Kathu Police, told the meeting, “The project is going ahead because ordinary people, tourists and the media have complained that black taxi drivers and motorbike operators occupy the parking lots in Patong which ordinary people have the right to use.

“The Thai Government has set a target of B2 trillion in tourism revenue by 2015, and has made the Royal Thai Police responsible for making tourists confident that they will not be taken advantage of, and that they will get assistance and convenience.”

Col Chiraphat said that besides improving Patong’s image, reducing quarrel and damage to vehicles such as keying or puncturing tyres, the project will also improve traffic flow in the crowded town.

The project to give back parking spaces to everyone is being undertaken after a concerted campaign to get the usurpers onside. This appears to have been successful, but time will tell whether it works any better in the long run than other such attempts in the past, all of which ultimately fell by the wayside.


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« Απάντηση #19 στις: Νοέμβριος 25, 2013, 08:23:13 πμ »
DRUG BUST PHUKET

Phuket Customs catch Indian drug mule with B15mn of ya ice


Aizawl Lalchhuanthangi, charged with smuggling meth from India into Thailand, hides her face at a press conference.

PHUKET: -- Customs officers arrested a drug mule attempting to smuggle 4.5 kilograms of ya ice (crystal methamphetamine) into Phuket from Delhi, India, yesterday.

The 37-year-old Indian woman, Aizawl Lalchhuanthangi, was presented at a press conference yesterday at Phuket International Airport.

“When Ms Lalchhuanthangi’s suitcase went through the x-ray machine our officers were suspicious, as it showed up all black inside – making it likely that it was constructed to hide things,” said Phuket Airport Customs Director Montira Cherchoo, who headed the press conference along with Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut.

“The suitcase was also suspiciously heavy, 19kg, given its size,” she added.

On searching Ms Lalchhuanthangi’s luggage, officers uncovered 11 bags of ya ice wrapped in black plastic and stuffed into to tea tins.

Additionally, they found 62 cloth bags containing ya ice hidden among the saris and other pieces of clothing in the bag.

Officials estimate that the drugs have a street value of 15 million baht.

Ms Lalchhuanthangi confessed to police that she boarded a plane in Delhi just before 1am yesterday morning with the intent of smuggling the drugs into Phuket.

She told police that she was paid 100,000 rupees (about 50,000 baht), and was supposed to be met at Phuket Airport by a Thai connection.

Tah Chat Chai Police charged Ms Lalchhuanthangi with possession and trafficking of a category 1 narcotic with intent to sell.





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« Απάντηση #20 στις: Νοέμβριος 27, 2013, 06:57:56 πμ »
PHUKET: As part of an apparently well coordinated national push, about 2,000 people from all walks of life – but all opposed to the government of PM Yingluck Shinawatra – this morning “occupied” Phuket Provincial Hall.




The occupation, with the mob taking over the grounds but barred from going into the building itself, is an echo of the happenings in Bangkok where huge anti-government crowds have occupied a number of government ministries.

The leader of the Bangkok protests, Democrat Party deputy leader Suthep Thaugsuban last night called for all ministries to be occupied, and for government opponents in the provinces to occupy provincial halls.

It is not yet clear how many provincial halls around the country have been besieged, but it is known that those in Trang, Satun and Nakhon Sri Thammarat were occupied this morning, and ASTV Online reported that police in Songkhla Province had called for reinforcements as crowds approached the provincial hall there.


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« Απάντηση #21 στις: Νοέμβριος 29, 2013, 09:43:36 πμ »
B80mn fraud

Stoney Monday founder faces trial in Phuket for B80mn fraud


Rell Vivien Hayes, 51, was arrested in Krabi.

PHUKET: -- The Australian who formerly ran the Stoney Monday Oasis Hotel in Patong has been arrested in Krabi and brought back to Phuket to face trial for embezzlement and six counts of fraud.

The alleged damages total more than 80 million baht.

Rell Vivien Hayes, 51, was arrested last Friday while allegedly selling property at an upscale resort south of Krabi Town.

He arrived under escort at Phuket City Police Station at about 4:30pm the same day.

The arrest follows the Phuket Provincial Court issuing two separate warrants for Mr Hayes’ arrest, in 2009 and in 2011.

The 2009 warrant was issued after American William Lawson Young successfully filed a claim against Mr Hayes for failing to complete a contract to build and hand over a house.

“After that, in 2009, Mr Hayes fled Thailand. We later learned through the Department of Special Investigation [DSI] that he had returned and was living and working in Krabi,” said Weerasak Promthong, the lawyer representing the six plaintiffs against Mr Hayes.

However, it was an 80mn-baht deal to sell land to five Australian investors that led to the second warrant being issued in 2011.

“In 2008, five Australian businessmen transferred 80 million baht to buy land for a resort project in Phuket,” Mr Weerasak said.

The deal was transacted through the Stoney Monday Elite Development Co Ltd, which at the time was owned by Mr Hayes’ wife, with Mr Hayes as a major shareholder, Mr Weerasak alleged.

“He transferred his shares to his Thai wife in 2011,” he explained.

The couple allegedly defaulted on the deal, and failed to transfer ownership of the land to the company as prescribed by the Australian investors
as per the agreement, Mr Weerasak said.

“The land was sold to another investor,” he claimed.

Mr Weerasak also alleged that Mr Hayes’ wife, who he declined to name, was reportedly convicted of fraud over the deal.

“The police arrested his wife for defrauding the five Australian creditors.

In 2012, the court sentenced her to two years in prison, but she was later released on a good behavior bond,” Mr Weerasak alleged.

Mr Hayes was later handed over to Phuket Prison, where he will stay awaiting his trial.
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« Απάντηση #22 στις: Δεκέμβριος 07, 2013, 09:26:31 πμ »
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Phuket Employment Office re-opens to process work permits

PHUKET: -- The Phuket Provincial Employment Office (PPEO), which processes work permits for foreigners, quietly reopened today.

“We are now back to working normally,” PPEO Chief Yaowapa Pibulpol told the Phuket Gazette.

“Our office was closed for two and a half days, from the afternoon of December 3 through the public holiday for HM The King’s birthday yesterday,” she explained.

“But right now, all of my officers are back at work.”

“I don’t want to make a big announcement that we’re open, out of respect for the sensitivities of the protestors,” she added.

“But I understand that work permits are very important for foreigners working in Phuket.

Our job is to serve, and we will do our best to do so regardless of which government party is in power in Bangkok,” she said.

Provincial Hall, where the Phuket Governor’s office is located, remains closed.

Governor Maitri Inthusut agreed to close Provincial Hall on November 27, acquiescing to the firm request by thousands of anti-government protesters who rallied in front of the building.

Since then, smaller protests have targeted individual government offices, though many such offices have reopened to continue their work.

Meanwhile, PPEO Chief Ms Yaowapa has assured that any foreigners whose work permits expired during the forced closure were not to be arrested for working without a work permit.

Regardless, she urged foreigners to file their applications for work permit renewals as soon as possible after her office had re-opened.

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« Απάντηση #23 στις: Δεκέμβριος 18, 2013, 06:33:53 πμ »
Phuket Police to target foreigners at night


Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Peerayuth Karachedi (right) has prepared his officers to target foreigners at night.

PHUKET: Foreigners passing through checkpoints at night will be stopped and searched as part of a new effort to ensure the safety of people and property on Phuket, police announced today.

The police initiative is motivated by two recent ATM robberies perpetrated by foreigners and the fact that the number of foreign suspects in criminal cases sharply increased this year, said Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Peerayuth Karachedi.

Officers at police stations throughout Phuket were instructed last week to begin stopping and searching foreigners at night.

“If we find any equipment that could be used in a robbery, officers will question the driver in detail,” Col Peerayuth said.

“There is no need to carry around this kind of equipment at night,” he added.

Two Vietnamese men are suspected of using a blowtorch to rob an ATM at the Boat Lagoon of 1.6 million baht on November 7. Police believe they left Thailand the following day (story here).

On December 3, a Mexican and two Colombians used a blowtorch to rob an ATM in Patong of nearly 300,000 baht. They were later apprehended in Bangkok (story here).

From January to November this year, 247 foreigners in Phuket were suspects in criminal cases, Col Peerayuth noted, while the number for 2012 was 193 and for 2011 was 194.

The breakdown for 2013 is as follows:

Working without a work permit: 67

Drugs: 55

Traffic violations: 35

Expired permit to stay: 30

Offense against property: 28

Offense against life or body: 11

Crime not stated: 11

Entered the country illegally: 10

“We have to be more strict in enforcing the law as the number of tourists and expats on Phuket is increasing every year,” said Col Peerayuth.

“We have both good and bad foreigners here, and it’s our job to try to prevent the bad ones from doing criminal acts in our country,” Col Peerayuth noted.



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« Απάντηση #24 στις: Δεκέμβριος 19, 2013, 14:54:23 μμ »
FIRE IN HOTEL

Reports of a large fire at Phuket Graceland hotel



PHUKET: -- There are reports of a large fire at the Graceland Hotel Resort and Spa which broke out just before 2pm today (December 19).

Suchart Hirankanokkul, the Managing Director of the Graceland hotel told The Phuket News, “It started in the laundry where some cleaning fluid, because of the heat, caught fire.

It’s mostly smoke. Everything is under control now."

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« Απάντηση #25 στις: Δεκέμβριος 29, 2013, 17:14:19 μμ »
Two dead, 26 injured after Phuket bus crashes on Patong Hill



A Thai woman and man were left dead, 26 were injured (including 15 Russian and 11 Thais) and eight vehicles were damaged when the Natalie Tours bus came flying down the hill, taking out vehicles in its path.

It crashed at the Family Mart at the bottom of the hill.

Found dead in the front of the bus was Phanthitha Jaruwat, 40, the bus tour guide.

Also found dead was Kanrat Kajornjit, 55, who was found in a Toyota Vios at the bottom of the hill.

From questioning witnesses, police said the bus picked up tourists from Phuket Town to Patong. The bus lost control and then crashed down the hill, before finally stopping at the Family Mart and crashing into a pole.

Police are investigating.



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« Απάντηση #26 στις: Ιανουάριος 06, 2014, 11:20:28 πμ »
Bag containing B500k and iPad returned to Phuket tourist


PHUKET: -- Italian tourist Alfredo De Santi, 37, was fortunate to get his bag containing B500,000 cash, a mobile phone, passport and iPad back, after he left it in a taxi.
Mr De Santi arrived in Phuket yesterday morning (January 5) and took a taxi from Phuket International Airport to the Nanai Residence Hotel.
Once he realised he had left his bag behind, he filed a report to the airport at around 9.30am.
At 10am, police officers received a report that 51-year-old taxi driver Phanom Baanbai had found the bag and it was returned.
Mr De Santi was very thankful for its safe return and commented to police: “I love Thailand”.




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« Απάντηση #27 στις: Ιανουάριος 06, 2014, 11:22:21 πμ »
Wallet containing B40k returned to Australian tourist in Phuket

Prasert Tubkaew, a tuk tuk driver from Karon, reported to Karon police that a tourist had left a wallet in his tuk-tuk at around 11pm last night (January 4).

Using the contact details inside the wallet, police were successfully able to return the wallet to the Australian visitor. She was thankful to have it returned, especially as it had around B40,000 inside.

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« Απάντηση #28 στις: Ιανουάριος 30, 2014, 23:35:03 μμ »
All safe after dramatic dive boat sinking near Phuket

PHUKET: Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet has published video of a the dramatic sinking yesterday (January 29) of a dive boat near Koh Tachai.


(Footage of the sinking follows advertisements)

Luckily, the Phuket-based dive boat Peter Pan was close by to rescue all on board the Ranong-based Aladdin, which began to take on water at around noon, sinking so fast that passengers had to leap for their lives, many of them having no time to put on life jackets.

Aftonbladet quoted Swedish dive instructor Dennis Karlsson who was on the Peter Pan when the distress call from the Aladdin went out.

"It was just a coincidence that our boat was there and could come to the rescue," the Swedish newspaper quoted him as saying.

The Aladdin capsized and took just minutes to sink in 25 metres of water.

"It was really, really serious. It took on a lot of water," Mr Karlsson said.

"People threw themselves headlong into the water. Some were sucked under the water with the boat before they resurfaced and were pulled out. It was really amazing that everyone survived."

No one was seriously hurt.

Mr Karlsson said he understood the boat was holed when it ran over something in the water which was ramed into the hull by the propeller."

He told Aftonbladet that passengers on the Aladdin told him they were on a four-day dive trip in the Andaman Sea, emabarking in Khao Lak.

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« Απάντηση #29 στις: Φεβρουάριος 09, 2014, 06:22:50 πμ »
A German citizen was found dead after his flying inflatable boat crashed into the sea off a beach in Phuket province yesterday.

The man was identified by the authorities as Mr. Bach Georg Erwin, 65.

According to witnesses, Mr. Erwin was seen commuting alone on the ultralight boat around Laem Kha Yai Beach. Prior to the crash, witnesses said, the engine had stopped working, but the German managed to restart it and traveled for another 500 metres before the engine exploded. The boat then crashed into the sea.

A hotel staff who reportedly witnessed the scene said he and other people rushed into the sea to help Mr. Erwin, but it appeared that he was already dead before they could reach him.

Mr. Aroon Solos, Mayor of Rawai Municipality, said Mr. Erwin′s body bore no injuries that were caused by the crashed flying boat, suggesting that he might have been killed by the impact with the water surface.

Autopsy of Mr. Erwin′s body will be conducted as soon as possible, police said.

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