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Phuket News
Japan’s ‘Insta-gran’ finds fame
JAPAN: A madcap Japanese great-grandmother armed with a camera and an appetite for mischief has shot to fame for taking side-splitting selfies – many of which appear to put her in harm’s way.
Financial Thaimes: The cost of learning – Who is paying for your children’s university fees?
Are you an expat living in Phuket that has a young family, or maybe you are in the planning stages? If you have children, you may already be paying for tuition fees at a local international school, unless you are lucky enough to be on an expat contract with everything included by your employer. Whatever the case may be, when your youngsters are old enough to go to university, there isnt going to be anyone to help you or your children foot the bills unless you come from a wealthy background.
Phuket Opinion: Patong, you’re swimming in it
PHUKET: Full praise to Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) Permanent Secretary Dr Wijarn Simachaya for blasting point-blank at the heart of the issue of raw sewage flowing into Patong Bay this week – exposing thousands of tourists to potential infection from a toxic cocktail of faeces and whatever else is dumped into the Pak Bang Canal in Phuket’s busiest tourism town.
Phuket Governor urges stricter enforcement of coral protection measures
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong yesterday (Feb 16) convened a meeting of government officials where he urges strict enforcement of coral protection laws on Racha Island, south of Phuket.
Phuket students returns wallet full of Chinese New Year cash to owner
PHUKET: A Thai woman was reunited with her wallet by Phuket students after she dropped it during her lunch break at Saphan Hin yesterday (Feb 16).
Phuket Gov urges stricter enforcement of tourist bus safety measures
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong yesterday (Feb 16) convened a meeting of government officials where he called on them to strictly enforce the tour bus safety measures implemented after a spate of accidents in mid-2017.
Phuket police hunt man who cut off wife’s hand, slashed stepson
PHUKET: Police are hunting for a Thai man who last night (Feb 16) viciously attacked his wife, cutting off her left hand, and injuring his stepson who had tried to intervene to protect his mother.
‘We Walk’ for democracy reaches destination, more walks to come
KHON KAEN: After a rough start and 800,000 steps, “We Walk” activists arrived at their destination in Khon Kaen on Friday, declaring it a success and with more walking protests to come.
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Maya Bay to close! Bus driver asleep? Thailand is least miserable! || February 16
PHUKET XTRA - February 16 Maya Bay to close for 4 months! Tour bus driver fall asleep in fatal crash! Thailand least miserable in the world! 7 arrests in 8 days at Phuket checkpoint? 80,000 petitioners call on Deputy PM to be removed? Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Probe into alleged rape by DSI official to take six months
BANGKOK: The Justice Ministry will conclude its investigation into the alleged rape and blackmail of a businesswoman by a senior official of the Department of Special Investigation within six months.
 
Phuket Gazette
Time to make her move

By Somroutai Sapsomboon It has been almost six months since former PM Yingluck Shinawatra fled the country, just before a court verdict in a criminal case that stemmed from her government’s corruption-plagued rice-pledging scheme. She has lived in seclusion overseas for months until, shortly before the New Year, she was spotted in public in London. […]

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Ao Po Grand Marina gets dragged into Premchai investigations

PHOTO: aopograndmarina.com Italian-Thai Development president Premchai Karnasuta is subject to another encroachment investigation as a firm in which he is major shareholder is accused of encroaching on mangrove forests and the public sea in Phuket. Jatuporn Buruphat, director general of the Marine and Coastal Resources Department, said on Friday that he had instructed officials to […]

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Machete attack in Chalong

A jealous husband has slashed his wife and step son with a machete, resulting in severe injuries for both. Chalong Police have revealed that on Friday night they received a report that there had been an attack on two people – 47 year old Yaowapa Kowai and her son, 22 year old Songpon Thongsai. Yaowapa […]

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Fire in Ban Thai’s spa in Patong 

About noon today (February 17), Patong police receieved a report about a fire in Spanakarn, a 4-story spa business, located inside the Ban Thai Hotel. The fire started in a room named Rachawadee on the third floor of the building. A staff member, Naetdao Kongsoongnern, who was a witness to the fire, told the police […]

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Anupas announces farewell to Honda cars in Phuket

Anupas Vividhkarn announced it will end its four-branch Honda car sale representative offices and showrooms across Phuket and Pang Nga today (February 17) after 32 years in business. The Managing Director, Montri Hongyok, chaired the press conference today (February 17) at Novotel Phuket Phokeetra Hotel along with the Deputy Managing Director, Montawee Hongyok. “All shops […]

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Dirty water stains our beaches. And our reputation.

Comment by Tim Newton Waste water, drainage, ‘dirty water’, organic sewerage, run off… call it what you want. It’s an ongoing blight on Phuket’s best assets – it’s beautiful stretches of beaches. In the past week, alone, black, sludgy run-off has been reported at Patong, Kamala, Surin and Karon. Officials have been getting their photo-opportunities, […]

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Tourist visa extension mobile service for Krabi

Krabi Immigration has launched a mobile van service for visa extensions targeting foreign tourists staying in Ao Nang. Krabi Privincial Immigration Office Superintendent, Pol Col Suparuek Pankosol, along with immigration officers, launched the mobile van and services at Ao Nang Beach yesterday (February 16). The new service will allow tourists to report their extension (other […]

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Senior DSI official faces probe over alleged rape, extortion

A disciplinary investigation is to begin next week into claims that a Department of Special Investigations official took a video of him raping a 38 year old Pattaya businesswoman at gunpoint in May 2015 and then used the tape to blackmail and extort 2 million baht from the woman. Justice Ministry deputy permanent secretary Thawatchai […]

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Tougher screening for public transport drivers

Beginning on March 1, applicants for licences to drive public transport will have to submit a medical certificate in a form approved by the Medical Council of Thailand. The Department of Land Transport announced this week that the aim is to standardise its processing and increase efficiency in screening out people with health conditions that […]

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Kalasin rape, shooting suspect turns himself in

The 29 year old suspect, who allegedly shot a male third-year university student in the cheek in Kalasin’s Na Mon district early on Tuesday morning before abducting and raping a female sophomore student, has surrendered to police this afternoon (February 16). Rubber tapper Thisanu Phonarat, surrendered to Kam Moung police officers at a gas station […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
CSD wraps up lottery fraud probe
Police are to meet on Monday to wrap up the investigation summary of the 30-million-baht lottery fraud case and to announce who will be charged, according to Crime Suppression Division (CSD).
Smog choking Bangkok expected to ease
The smog choking Bangkok is expected to ease this week as the weather forecast predicts rainfall for 30% of the capital over the next four days, said permanent secretary of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry Wijaran Simachaya on Saturday.
Korea suicide spurs illegal job crackdown
Authorities have vowed to get tough with job brokers who lure people into working illegally in South Korea via social media, a factor believed to be connected to the suicide of one Thai worker.
S44 misused to bail out big business
Earlier this week, General Rolex -- also known as Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon -- came out to say that the government had agreed in principle to give the winners of the 24 digital television and the 4G telecommunication licences a break from what is being perceived as being a loss-making venture.
What, we worry?
Last week filled out the cast of the least-awaited drama in Thai TV news history, The Untouchables: Bred Men Walking, starring the Watchman, the FAT man and the Catman.
From baby boomers to grand old dogs
With the Chinese New Year celebrations in full swing, it will probably come as no surprise to learn that Crutch was born in the Year of the Dog, which might explain a few things -- the mug shot for this column for a start. However, to be fair, that photograph was taken after I'd had a bit of a rough night.
Take shark fin off the menu for good
Thailand once again is under the international spotlight. A global report has pinpointed Thailand as a country with high consumption of shark fin, which is popular in Chinese food and traditional medicine but which raise conservation concerns.
Celebrity product endorsement blues, call centre pillage, May's day of love
FDA probes fake ads
Resigning is for quitters
The truth and the military make strange bedfellows. This is not, necessarily, a savage indictment on Thailand's current military regime. It's true of any military. When ranked from most important to least, qualities such as courage, fortitude, strategy, strength and unity are considered characteristics way, way more important to the military than trifling, annoying tenets such as truth and honesty...
Shining example
Has it ever happened to you that you are passing by a park or a field or a pasture and suddenly you see a silver light flying by or something shone and you did not know what it was, or suddenly you saw something shiny going straight up into the air and coming down swirling and looking beautiful? Most likely you saw an ashy drongo in flight or in one of its sallies.
 
NationMultimedia.com
King grants royal water for Rapee’s bathing ceremony
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn will graciously grant royal water for the bathing ceremony of Professor Rapee Sagarik, whose funeral will be held at Wat Phra Si Mahathat Bangkok on Monday at the Sala Puangjinda pavilion.
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.
Airbnb lists recommended travel destinations based on Chinese zodiac
According to Chinese beliefs, many aspects of people’s lives are determined by the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. Hence, in this Lunar New Year, United States online home-rental service Airbnb has shared several travel destinations suggested for the 12 signs.
Yingluck gets ready to make her move
FUGITIVE EX-PREMIER MAY SOON HOLD PRESS
Protests planned to demand poll in 2018
ACTIVISTS DECLARE ‘ROAD MAP’ OF ANTI-JUNTA PROTESTS TO RESTORE DEMOCRACY
U-tapao Airport to see a big jump in visitors
U-TAPAO International Airport passenger numbers are expected to double this year and new investment of Bt200 billion to expand the airport’s capacity under the Eastern Economic Corridor Initiative (EEC) is expected to start next year, government authorities say.
Leaving the money at home
Banks leap into the future with QR code sales and app-based loan approvals as they withdraw from bricks and mortar storefronts
Two med-tech accelerate winners touted for commercial success 
THE COMPANY behind a post-stroke brain-monitoring system, and another company with a cloud-based healthcare information platform have won the TCELS Life Sciences & MedTech Acceleration Programme 2017 competition.
No double standard in Premchai case, court insists
On Friday, police filed their second 12-day detention request against the president of Italian-Thai Development Plc, Premchai Karnasuta, as the first detention round for interrogation was due to end today.
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
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.


NARIT to push for 'Dark Sky Certification' of Doi Inthanon

The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand is planning to push for the certification of Doi Inthanon as a place dark enough for star observation to the international standard. Suparirk Kharuehanon, chief of astronomical academic service at the institute, said on Monday that the Doi Inthanon mountaintop in Chiang Mai province had been dark enough for observing the Milky Way this past Saturday.


Royal rainmaking operations prepared for North

The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation is preparing rainmaking operations in the northern provinces to relieve seasonal haze and monitoring airborne particulate matter level. DRRAA Director-General Surasee Kittimonthon confirmed the department is preparing for royal rainmaking operations in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phrae, Phayao, and Tak, to help relieve seasonal haze which usually occurs in the northern region during March and April.


Day of the absurd

The approach of Valentine's Day means we are heading into the annual silly season, although some might argue that in Thailand it is the silly season all year round. Valentine's is admittedly one of the most spurious celebrations of the calendar, which probably explains why it becomes more popular here every year.


Turning sunset years into gold

Set in Maerim valley, 20 km away from the Lanna province of Chiang Mai, this retirement facility is owned and managed by 66 years old British businessman Peter Brown and his Thai wife. Opened in 2013, it won the Most Outstanding Care Resort of the world award in 2016.


 
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Villager slain in rubber plantation
NARATHIWAT: A villager was shot to death in a gun attack while tapping latex in a rubber plantation in Yingo district early on Sunday, police said.
Prayut govt gets low score in performance rating: Suan Dusit Poll
The government under Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has received a low score of 5.35 out of 10 in its overall performance as it has about one year to go before a general election according to its political roadmap, an opinion poll conducted by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll, revealed on Sunday.
Man killed after motorcycle rams into stationary truck
BURI RAM: A man was killed after a motorycle he was driving rammed into the rear of a stationary 18-wheel truck in Muang district late on Saturday night, police said.
CSD wraps up lottery fraud probe
Police are to meet on Monday to wrap up the investigation summary of the 30-million-baht lottery fraud case and to announce who will be charged, according to Crime Suppression Division (CSD).
Smog choking Bangkok expected to ease
The smog choking Bangkok is expected to ease this week as the weather forecast predicts rainfall for 30% of the capital over the next four days, said permanent secretary of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry Wijaran Simachaya on Saturday.
Korea suicide spurs illegal job crackdown
Authorities have vowed to get tough with job brokers who lure people into working illegally in South Korea via social media, a factor believed to be connected to the suicide of one Thai worker.
Transport ministry urges acquisition of minibuses
The state-run Transport Co Ltd has been instructed to intensify efforts to acquire 64 rental minibuses to replace the existing inter-provincial vans on short-distance routes in the interests of public safety.
Army takes over security in Rio
RIO DE JANIERO: Brazil’s president has defended putting an army general in charge of Rio de Janeiro’s security forces to contain a rising tide of violence, saying the circumstances required extreme measures.
Huge trash piles wash up on Koh Talu beaches
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: A huge amount of garbage has been found floating off three beaches on Koh Talu in Bang Saphan Noi district, prompting concern that it will affect coral reefs and egg-laying sites of endangered sea turtles.
'We Walk' ends with pledge to uphold democracy
The We Walk march has ended after 28 days, with activists pledging to uphold their goal of universal welfare which they insist could be realised only when democracy is restored.
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