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PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Cop turns robber? More traffic woes! B4.4 million shoes? || December 18
PHUKET XTRA - December 18 More traffic for Chao Fa West Rd? Cop turns robber? Toons shoes fetch millions! New traffic tickets on the way! A terrible way to go! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Phuket Poll: Should tourists driver’s licences be recognised as legal?
PHUKET: The Transport Ministry this week launched standard forms for Traffic Police to use in issuing traffic tickets and offered alternative ways of paying fines issued for minor traffic violations as part of its drive to improve road safety.
Phuket’s Chao Fa West Rd to be reduced to one lane southbound until Dec 28
PHUKET: Traffic Police stationed at Chalong Police Station have today confirmed that the southbound side of Chao Fa West Rd will be reduced to just one lane until December 28 as road-widening works are carried out.
Task force swoops on Australian drug suspect’s business
PATTAYA: A joint task force raided a business owned by an Australian drug suspect and his wife in Pattaya early yesterday (Dec 18) and found it to be operating without permits, police said.
New bar-coded traffic violation tickets not in use in Phuket yet, confirmed
PHUKET: The Chief of the Phuket City Traffic Police and Dep Supt of Phuket City Police Station Lt Col Teerawat Liamsuwan has today confirmed that, contrary to other media reports, new bar-coded traffic violation tickets are not yet in use in Phuket but are likely to be later this week.
British expat, 54, dies in Phuket after heart attack behind the wheel
PHUKET: A 54-year-old British expat, who was the managing director / owner of a professional building service company located in Cherng Talay, died on Saturday night after suffering chest pains and falling unconscious behind the wheel of his car in front of the Cherng Talay Wittayakom school.
26 dead in landslides after Philippine storm
PHILIPPINES: Landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Kai-Tak have killed 26 people and 23 more are missing in the eastern Philippines, authorities said yesterday (Dec 17).
More smoke than light in e-cigarette row
BANGKOK: Electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, are back in the public eye following a series of police crackdowns on e-cigarettes which are illegal under Thai law.
Cop’s ‘debt woes’ led to gold theft
PATTANI: A police lieutenant attached to Nong Chik Police Station in Pattani province has been arrested for allegedly robbing a gold shop in Thung Yai district of Nakhon Sri Thammarat province on Wednesday (Dec 13).
Receiving their final marching orders
UNITED KINGDOM: Pens at the ready, a dozen trainee Father Christmases are getting their final instructions before heading out to Britain’s department stores, tourist landmarks and private parties for the festive season.
 
Featured – Phuket Gazette
Luxury property on the hillside of Ao Sane to be partially demolished

The 12-meter high beach villa project on the cliff at Ao Sane has been proven to be illegal according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The owners have been instructed to demolish the upper structure to meet the legal height of 6 meters. Meanwhile, Phuket’s Governor has set up a committee to investigate […]

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What makes a good rental villa?

by Ian Macaulay www.AquilaPhuket.com Not everyone who has gone through the process of owning or building a villa will want to rent it out.  Even if you don’t, rentability can have a significant impact on the asset and resale value so it’s well worth being aware of a given property’s potential appeal to the rental market. […]

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Patong and Rawai worst hit from floods

DATELINE: 1pm, August 15. The torrential rain in Phuket is affecting several at-risk areas including Patong and the Sea Gypsy Village in Rawai. Several hours of heavy rains have resulted in some parts of Patong to be underwater, especially on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road where smaller vehicles and motorbikes could barely move through. More than […]

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‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’. Thailand in the middle of the world’s human trafficking hot spot.

Today is ‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’ – a day where we reflect on the many victims of trafficking who live among us, but have been forced into silence due to threats to their life, retaliation against their family, feelings of hopelessness, or being enslaved and physically unable to speak out. The day has […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Passport forger sentenced to almost 44 years
A Bangkok court has sentenced an Irish man to 43 years and 10 months in jail for attempting to kill a policeman, forging passports and moving the dismembered body of an American businessman in a high-profile case last year.
Lead singer of South Korean boy band Shinee dies
SEOUL: The lead singer of South Korea's top boy band Shinee died on Monday after being taken to hospital unconscious, several news outlets including the Yonhap news agency reported without giving any source for the information.
A day in photos
An outdoor class for pupils in Surin and a brief road blockade in Bangkok are featured events on Dec 18, 2017.
Rights group reports more destruction of Rohingya villages
BANGKOK: Satellite imagery shows that Rohingya villages in Myanmar continued to be destroyed even as Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement last month to return refugees from the ethnic Muslim minority who had fled their country amid violence, Human Rights Watch said Monday.
2018 Toyota Rush eyes for the Honda BR-V
Seven-seat SUV has been designed by Daihatsu and comes with 1.5-litre petrol engine to sit below the C-HR.
Cash and carry Makro ready for business in Phnom Penh
Makro has opened its first supermarket in Phnom Penh, providing a one-stop shopping solution to a wide range of businesses.
Holiday Time 2017
Throughout the festive month of December, Holiday Time presents intriguing selections of celebration suggestions.
Bonanza or bubble?
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings (ICO) and virtual tokens are creating a buzz worldwide and Asia is no exception. Practical daily applications are already emerging, some as mundane as paying for a Big Mac in Thailand, while governments wrestle with the bigger issues related to security and financial regulation.
Trump allies say Mueller unlawfully obtained emails
An organisation established for US President Donald Trump’s transition to the White House said on Saturday the special counsel investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election had obtained tens of thousands of emails unlawfully. - Reuters
St Nick scales skyscraper to deliver gifts to Berlin kids
A man dressed as Santa Claus abseiled down a Berlin tower on Sunday to deliver presents to local children. - Reuters
 
NationMultimedia.com
Weather alerts issued in South for oncoming storm Kai-Tak
The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) and related agencies on Monday issued weather alerts for storm Kai-Tak, which is expected to make landfall in the southern region this coming weekend.
SHINee’s Jonghyun dies in hospital
K-pop boy band SHINee’s Jonghyun died in hospital Monday. He was 28.
Rights violations of migrant fishermen focus of new Fishermen’s Centre
Key stakeholders have joined forces to tackle human trafficking in the fishing industry by creating a Fishermen Centre, to provide assistance to industry labourers.
South warned of torrential rain, rough seas
Residents in the South are being warned to brace themselves for more rain from Friday to Sunday.
Opportunities open up for people with disabilities
More than 20,000 people have registered to exercise their vocational rights as per the Empowerment of Persons With Disabilities Act 2007’s Section 35, according to Department of Employment (DOE) director-general Anurak Tossarat.
Growing pressure taking its toll on ‘tired’ Prawit
Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan said on Monday that he felt tired amid the mounting pressure on him to resign.
Mercury to further plunge by 3-5 C on Tuesday
Bangkok and the upper areas of Thailand will see temperatures further drop by three to five degrees Celsius from Tuesday to Thursday, the Meteorological Department said on Monday.
Market eviction protest clogs Pratunam traffic
Traffic was brought to a near standstill in Bangkok’s Pratunam area on Monday morning at the sight of 200 vendors protesting their eviction from Chalermlarp Market.
Prawit ‘knows nothing’ about a military political party
Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan has dismissed renewed speculation about a bid to set up a military backed political party named Pracharat or the People’s State Party.
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
CPN eyes 20 residential projects over next 5 years

Central Pattana Plc , the retail property development arm of Central Group, has set its sights on developing a combined 20 residential projects by 2022 as part of a strategy to branch out from shopping malls and sustain revenue in the long run. According to a CPN executive who asked not to be named, the new residential projects to be developed during 2018-22 will come under various formats, including condominiums and townhomes.


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Family desperate to bring son home after devastating bike crash in Thailand

Family and friends of a man left with life-changing injuries after crashing his bicycle in Thailand need to raise A 45,000 to bring him home. He has been travelling in the South-East Asian country as part of a round-the-world trip with friends.


Rescuing boys from Thailand's northern sex trade

For five years Krit worked in seedy bars and dingy massage joints in Chiang Mai's red light district [Clare Wiley/Al Jazeera] - Krit hangs out near McDonald's most days, polishing the hood of his green tuk-tuk and waiting for customers. He can make as much as 3,000 Thai baht in a day driving tourists around this northern city.


Thailand to clear air with Laos, Myanmar

Thailand is working with Laos and Myanmar to address the problem of cross-border haze pollution caused by the illegal burning of forests. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Surasak Karnjanarat made the remarks at yesterday's meeting on measures to prevent and solve the problem of forest fires and haze caused by wildfires in the North.


The time on my Lorex

I love your column and am amazed at the patience you have. I am an ex pat and live in Chiang Mai near the university.


Motorcyclist films horses running through traffic in Thailand

A motorcyclist in Thailand filmed a trio of runaway horses galloping through traffic for more than a mile on a busy road. Tanapath Duemrongtumkiri, 28, said he was riding about 8 a.m. Monday on a busy road in Chiang Mai when he spotted the three horses running alongside cars.


Movenpick Hotels Appoints Mark Willis as President for Asia

MA venpick Hotels & Resorts has appointed experienced hospitality professional Mark Willis as President - Asia as it looks to drive forward its success in the region. Mark will join the global hospitality firm's executive team in January, responsible for overseeing MA venpick's entire Asian operation, including its expansion strategy that targets 30 properties by 2020.


San Carlos gets 'Asean Clean Tourist City' award

SAN Carlos City in Negros Occidental is among the recipients of the 1st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Clean Tourist City award. The awarding ceremony is scheduled on January 26, 2018 during the Asean Tourism Forum at the Shangri-La Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


Bizarre moment three horses gallop down a MOTORWAY

The nags are believed to have been tethered up before breaking free in the mountainous northern area of Chiang Mai on Monday morning. He filmed them for more than a mile at around 8am before they reached a set of traffic lights and slowed to a canter, then cleverly took a slip road to the left.


 
Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Passport forger sentenced to almost 44 years
A Bangkok court has sentenced an Irish man to 43 years and 10 months in jail for attempting to kill a policeman, forging passports and moving the dismembered body of an American businessman in a high-profile case last year.
Algerian nabbed at Suvarnabhumi on theft charges
An Algerian has been arrested on theft charges as he was returning to Thailand at Suvarnabhumi airport on Sunday.
Holiday travel chaos ahead after Atlanta airport outage
ATLANTA: While power has been restored to the world's busiest airport, the travel woes will linger for days.
Lead singer of South Korean boy band Shinee dies
SEOUL: The lead singer of South Korea's top boy band Shinee died on Monday after being taken to hospital unconscious, several news outlets including the Yonhap news agency reported without giving any source for the information.
A day in photos
An outdoor class for pupils in Surin and a brief road blockade in Bangkok are featured events on Dec 18, 2017.
New ban proposed for people who do not vote
CHIANG MAI: A panel vetting the MP organic law has discussed an additional penalty for eligible voters who have failed to cast the ballot -- they may not work for a public service for two years.
Landslide kills at least 8 Indonesian miners on slope of volcano
JAKARTA: A landslide on the slopes of Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano on Java island on Monday killed at least eight people mining sand and stones and injured eight, the country's disaster mitigation agency said.
Vietnam stocks lead SE Asian peers on Sabeco stake sale
Vietnam shares rose more than 2% on Monday, helped by a US$5 billion stake sale in state-owned Saigon Beer Corporation (Sabeco) in the country's biggest ever privatisation process, while Philippines rose on bargain-hunting after last week's losses.
Tokyo's baby panda appears before selected guests, media
TOKYO: A baby panda made a special appearance Monday before Tokyo's governor, a group of local schoolchildren and the media one day ahead of its official public debut, and quickly captured their hearts.
IS claims attack on spy agency centre in Afghan capital
KABUL: Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack near a training facility of Afghanistan's main intelligence agency in the capital, Kabul, on Monday as gunmen exchanged fire with security forces.
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