Artikel posted in 2012

  • Patong Hospital ramps up flood defenses

    Patong Hospital ramps up flood defenses

    PHUKET: A project costing 16 million baht to better protect Patong Hospital from flooding is expected to be completed by January 7, Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha and Pheu Thai Party Government Spokesman Prompong Nopparit were told on Friday. The news follows Patong Hospital flooding during the

  • Push for new Patong Road in protected Phuket forest gains ground

    Push for new Patong Road in protected Phuket forest gains ground

    PHUKET: Officials are hoping to have enough public support by October to start the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) for

  • Phuket Opinion: More disasters guaranteed

    Phuket Opinion: More disasters guaranteed

    PHUKET: The Tiger Discotheque tragedy on August 17 demonstrates yet again that when it comes to “disaster preparedness” Phuket seems to be battling invisible demons, continually hit in the back of the head by obvious threats we had somehow managed to either ignore or even identify as a possibility. The latter is of course best exemplified by the 2004 tsunami. Since then, Phuket has been the stage of many highly-publicized tsunami evacuation drills, with Navy helicopters magically appearing off Patong Beach just minutes after the hypothetical “tsunami” is scheduled to arrive, and emergency rescue workers suddenly appearing to whisk mock victims – smiling and covered in ‘blood’ – to the relative safety of Soi Sansabai.

  • Phuket Police nab serial snatch bandit

    Phuket Police nab serial snatch bandit

    PHUKET: Police on Wednesday arrested a serial snatch-and-run thief who allegedly committed at least 12 robberies in Phuket Town over the past month. The suspect was identified as 20-year-old Wuttipong Uonpong, listed as a resident of Ayutthaya

  • Loan shark bagman shot in Phang Nga

    Loan shark bagman shot in Phang Nga

    PHUKET: A debt collector for a local loan shark survived a bullet wound to his back inflicted by a gang of teenagers in Phang Nga yesterday afternoon.

  • Thailand’s coral reefs 50% gone: Phuket marine biologist

    Thailand’s coral reefs 50% gone: Phuket marine biologist

    PHUKET: With coral reef systems in Thai coastal waters at a “crisis” level, the director of the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) has vowed to step up his department’s efforts to mitigate the damage caused by the fishing industry and other human factors. “Currently, our natural coral reefs are not half of what they used to be – we are in a crisis,” said PMBC director Pinsak Suraswadi on Tuesday

  • Families of Phuket disco fire accept Bt1mn compensation

    Families of Phuket disco fire accept Bt1mn compensation

    PHUKET: Families of the two

  • Poll: Should Phuket be exempted from election-day alcohol bans?

    Poll: Should Phuket be exempted from election-day alcohol bans?

    PHUKET: Alcohol sales will be

  • PM Yingluck Shinawatra invited to speak at Phuket Halal Expo

    PM Yingluck Shinawatra invited to speak at Phuket Halal Expo

    PHUKET: The organizers of the annual Phuket Halal Expo, to take place early next month, have invited Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Asean Secretary-General Dr Surin Pitsuwan to give speeches at the event, which will have special activities in Patong and Phuket Town. Officially entitled “Phuket Andaman Halal for Tourism 2012″, the expo is intended to showcase the island’s Muslim culture, history and cuisine

  • Thailand News: Police kill drug suspect in shoot-out

    Thailand News: Police kill drug suspect in shoot-out

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Drug pusher shot dead by Bangkok police Phuket Gazette / The Nation PHUKET: Police shot dead a drug suspect during an operation to stop the distribution of 1.5 million methamphetamine tablets onto Bangkok’s streets yesterday.