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Phuket News
UN envoy’s access to China’s Xinjiang under scrutiny as trip begins
BEIJING: China has called a mission by the UN rights chief a chance to “clarify misinformation” ahead of her visit to Xinjiang today (May 24) as Uyghurs warned a public relations stunt may lie in wait.
THAI auctions the bare bones
BUSINESS: The financially troubled Thai Airways International (THAI) will auction off the airframe of an old Boeing 737-400 tomorrow (May 25), according to its TG Warehouse Sale Facebook page.
TAT targeting 50% occupancy rate
BANGKOK: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has rolled out this year’s recovery target based on hotel occupancy, spending and cabin factor to ensure the revival of Thai tourism following the country’s full reopening on June 1
Phuket marks 21 new COVID cases, no deaths
PHUKET: The latest Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID situation report has marked 21 new local infections confirmed across the island yesterday (May 23), bringing the total number of infections recorded since Jan 1 to 52,890.
Extra charge laid in Chon Buri Russian attack case
CHON BURI: A 37-year-old man arrested and charged for attacking a Russian female teacher last week in Chon Buri has been additionally charged for using violence to sexually attack and detain another person, police have said.
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Protester covers himself in paint, Teachers told to hold off haircut punishments || May 23
PHUKET XTRA - May 23 || Brought to you by @PVC Phuket || Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket #PhuketNews #Thailand
New Phuket prison already 85% full
PHUKET: The new Phuket Provincial Prison, built at a cost of B789 million on 108 rai in Srisoonthorn, central Phuket, is already 85% full, a news release by local public relations officials has confirmed.
Phuket readies for first cruise liners
PHUKET: Phuket maritime authorities are preparing for Phuket to receive one of the largest cruise liners in Asia as the country reopens to cruise tourism.
No injuries, damage reported after Patong fire
PHUKET: No injuries have been reported after a fire broke out at a building with rooms for rent on Ratchapathanusorn Rd in Patong last Saturday (May 21). Damage to property is believed to be limited and has not been reported by officials either.
Chalong Underpass daytime closing to continue until May 25
PHUKET: The Phuket Highways Office has announced that Chalong Underpass will be closed during the day from May 23 until May 25 while workers examine and fix lights and water pumps.
 
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11 Malaria patients found in Thailand’s east, blood from monkeys on Koh Chang tested

The eastern Thai province of Trat has reported 11 malaria patients, 9 from Koh Chang and 2 from the Bor Rai district. The type of malaria found in the residents is the parasite plasmodium knowlesi. The disease was first detected in the local monkey population and then transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Blood from random monkeys on Koh Chang has been tested in efforts to control the spread of the disease. According to the report, the officers had tested the monkeys’ blood to locate the source of malaria 2 months ago, when the 9 cases were reported. However, the officers […]

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Dozens of Rohingya die off Myanmar coast after boat capsizes on way to Malaysia

A boat carrying at least 90 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state to Malaysia capsized off the coast of Myanmar on Saturday, killing at least 14 people, mostly children. More than 50 passengers remain missing after the boat capsized during a storm and 23 survivors were detained by police in Pathein district in Myanmar’s Ayeryarwady region. The UN reports that at least 17 passengers are feared dead. The refugees, fleeing persecution by the Burmese junta, paid traffickers 1,500 – 2,500 USD each to get to Malaysia via boat, where they hoped to find employment, some survivors told Radio Free Asia. […]

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5,000 prisoners in Thailand are suffering from mental health illness

There are 260,000 prisoners across 143 jails in Thailand, and around 5,000 convicts are dealing with mental health problems. Psychologists revealed anxiety and depression is most common among prisoners sentenced for drug-related offences. A large number of offenders already suffer from mental illness before arrest while others deteriorate once they are jailed, according to the Corrections Department. Prisoners are treated by psychologists in the penitentiary if inmates have mild symptoms such as depression, anxiety and stress. However, those with severe symptoms are sent to the hospital for treatment. Most of the prisoners are suffering in Bangkok and Thonburi jails. There […]

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Thai man held hostage by Laos bandits found dead in Mekong River

The body of a Thai man held hostage by Laos bandits has been fished out of the Mekong River. Kingpai Khattiyanond washed ashore in Muang district, Nakhon Phanom province on Sunday, where his dead, bloated, tattooed body was found bound and gagged. The 35 year old man was wearing a white short-sleeved shirt and black trousers, his hands were tied behind his back with rope, his legs were bound, mouth gagged with a piece of cloth and his head had been hit hard with what seemed like a blunt instrument. Police said the man’s body was badly swollen and decomposing […]

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Thailand’s genomics centre to launch monkeypox tests in next 2 weeks

The Centre of Medical Genomics from Ramathibodi Hospital is developing a Monkeypox test from the genetic codes obtained from Portugal and Belgium. The test will provide the result within 24 hours, and it is expected to be ready for use in the next 2 weeks. The official Facebook page of the Centre of Medical Genomics announced on May 21 that they are developing the Monkeypox test. The centre said they quickly worked on the test just as a precaution if any cases are detected in Thailand. At this stage there are NO cases reported in Thailand. The Centre revealed that […]

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Cruise ships set to return to Phuket for first time since pandemic

The southern island of Phuket is set to welcome back the cruise ships, for the first time since the start of the pandemic. According to a Bangkok Post report, the Spectrum of the Seas will dock in Phuket next month. Pichet Songtan from the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre Region 3 says officials have given the ship, which is operated by Royal Caribbean International, permission to dock. The Spectrum of the Seas has 16 decks and can transport 4,188 passengers, at a full speed of 22 knots, according to the Bangkok Post. It’s understood the cruise ship will resume travel […]

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Breathtaking sea view condos in Pattaya with starting prices under 200,000 USD

One of the best things about Pattaya is its incredible condos with breathtaking ocean views. Imagine coming home from a long day to a spectacular view of the sea stretching out before your eyes – sounds like a dream! If you’ve been thinking about buying a condo with a gorgeous sea view, check out these absolutely stunning condos in Pattaya. The best sea view condos in Pattaya Note that prices are estimates at the time of writing and are subject to change. 1. Resort-like lifestyle surrounded by ocean Price for sale: 160,000 USD (5,500,000 THB) to 955,000 USD (32,900,000 THB) […]

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Woman finds cockroaches in Cafe Amazon hot chocolate in eastern Thailand

A Thai woman finished drinking her cup of Cafe Amazon hot chocolate when she felt like there was something in her mouth. She was almost sick when she spat multiple baby cockroaches out into a glass. Cafe Amazon issued a statement apologising for the incident on their Facebook page yesterday and temporarily closed the store that served the cockroach-infused hot chocolate on Sunday in Rayong province, eastern Thailand. A Thai factory worker bought a hot chocolate from the famous coffee shop and drank the entire cup before realising there were several baby cockroaches in her mouth. She said she was […]

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Fire on Philippines ferry kills 7 passengers, 120 rescued, 7 still missing

A fire on a passenger ferry in the Philippines has left 7 people dead, with another 7 still missing. According to an AFP report, 120 have been rescued so far. The fire broke out on the Mercraft 2 at around 6.30am local time yesterday (5.30am Thai time). The ferry, which has a 186-passenger capacity, was transporting 134 passengers and crew from Polillo Island to the island of Luzon, according to the report. It’s understood the fire tore through the vessel, with passengers left with no choice but to jump overboard, according to the coast guard and other witnesses. Armando Balilo, […]

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Thai tourism officials aiming for 50% hotel occupancy rate this year

Tourism officials in Thailand have set a target of 50% hotel occupancy this year, in order to revive the tourism sector, following a further easing of restrictions from June 1. According to Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, hotel occupancy dropped to 29% during 2020 and then plunged to 14% in 2021. It needs to climb back up to 50% to create more jobs and drive economic recovery. Yuthasak says that by targeting high-spending tourists, average spend should be about 62,580 baht, similar to the 60,000 baht spend reported during Phuket’s sandbox re-opening scheme and the 77,000 […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Groups slam draft law to curtail public protests, non-profit groups
A group of non-profit organisations on Monday staged a protest in front of the UN's Bangkok headquarters against government efforts to implement a public gathering control law.
TAT targeting 50% occupancy rate
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has rolled out this year's recovery target based on hotel occupancy, spending and cabin factor to ensure the revival of Thai tourism following the country's full reopening on June 1.
Chadchart's win omen of 'democracy', says Thaksin
Chadchart Sittipunt's landslide win to become Bangkok governor was the product of strategic voting by pro-democracy supporters and will be repeated in the next general election, according to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
The best protection
Child car seats are designed to protect children from injuries or death or at the very least reduce injuries during vehicle collisions. Unfortunately, many Thais, including some healthcare workers, are not aware of the importance of these seats.
DDC ramps up anti-monkeypox measures
The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has introduced strict rules for screening visitors travelling from countries where monkeypox has been found.
Capital vote 'not a bellwether'
Academics say the victory of independent candidate Chadchart Sittipunt in Bangkok's gubernatorial election and the gains made by the Pheu Thai and Move Forward parties in the capital's councillor polls only reflect the political sentiment in major cities.
Live updates: The Bangkok vote count
Live updates on the vote count in Sunday's election for Bangkok governor.
Punk laureate Patti Smith granted France's highest honour
As a child, punk-poet icon Patti Smith was instructed never to accept anything from strangers -- which meant one day she was forced to decline a campaign button she coveted and everyone else had.
Bangkok governor election 2022
People in Bangkok visit polling stations across the capital on Sunday (May 22) to vote for their governor for the first time in nine years.
Judicial precedent 'needed' to prevent coups
Today eight years ago the military did what many feared it would do -- engineer the coup that toppled the Pheu Thai Party-led government. Naming itself the National Council for Peace and Order, the coup maker argued it had to seize power to break the legal and political impasse. To its critics, there can never be justification for usurping power.
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Japan hosts Quad summit seeking unity on countering China
TOKYO: Leaders of Japan, India, Australia and the United States met in Tokyo on Tuesday, looking to put China on notice as it expands its military and economic influence in the region.
UN envoy's access to China's Xinjiang under scrutiny as trip begins
BEIJING: China has called a mission by the UN rights chief a chance to "clarify misinformation" ahead of her visit on Tuesday to Xinjiang as Uyghurs warned a public relations stunt may lie in wait.
Malaysia bans poultry exports in latest food protectionism move
Malaysia’s government met with the country’s biggest poultry producers to discuss subsidies and ensure continuity of local supply as the nation moved to ban exports of chicken in the latest food protectionist move in the region.
Central bank mulls joint sandbox for NDID
The Bank of Thailand plans to collaborate with other regulatory agencies on setting up a co-regulatory sandbox to test digital identity verification through the National Digital ID (NDID) platform in the second half as part of efforts to further drive the digital economy.
FTI retains car output target
The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) has maintained its car production target of 1.8 million units this year though many manufacturers have temporarily shut down factories due to a shortage of semiconductors.
Final preparations for 'Parliamentary Club' opening
The government is gearing up to open a recreational club in parliament that is equipped with facilities that include a ballroom, golf simulator and spa.
2% of inmates are mentally ill
Over 5,000 inmates in 143 prisons across the country are suffering psychological problems, the Corrections Department has reported.
4,144 new Covid cases, 36 more deaths
The country registered 36 more Covid-19 fatalities and 4,144 new cases during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Tuesday morning.
Ministry says PDPA will be enforced on June 1
The Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry insists the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) will be enforced on June 1 as scheduled, despite calls from the business sector for its postponement due to a lack of preparedness, particularly among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
GSB ready to assist THAI, Oil Fuel Fund
The Government Savings Bank (GSB) stands ready to extend loans to Thai Airways International (THAI) and the Oil Fuel Fund to boost their liquidity if the government adopts a policy for it to do so, said GSB chairman Prapas Kong-Ied.
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