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  • Phuket Opinion: Creating a family for the ill far from home

    Phuket Opinion: Creating a family for the ill far from home

    Anita Somaini, 51, is the owner of Baan Tschuai Duu Lää, a nursing facility in Rawai. She has degrees in nursing, emergency nursing and pharmacology and worked for 20 years in hospitals, geriatric institutes and pharmaceutical companies in her native Switzerland

  • BREAKING NEWS:  Protesters keep Phuket polls closed for national election

    BREAKING NEWS: Protesters keep Phuket polls closed for national election

    PHUKET: Protesters successfully shut down Phuket polling stations by 8:30 this morning. “Phuket elections have been terminated for today,” Phuket Election Commission Director Kittipong Thiengkunakrit told the Phuket Gazette

  • Phuket Opinion: Safe Phuket roads still nowhere to be found

    Phuket Opinion: Safe Phuket roads still nowhere to be found

    PHUKET: It is hard to imagine that only two countries in the world have more deadly roads than Thailand. Yes, Phuket Land Transport officials should take a measure of pride in the reduction of road accident deaths in recent years, but the island obviously has far to go before conditions on the roadways can be considered anything close to acceptably safe. The “culture of carelessness” that pervades Phuket roads, and Thai roads in general, has been addressed numerous times in this space; yet, it remains the most fundamental and intractable factor in road deaths.

  • Phuket Opinion: Airport expectations hit rough turbulence

    Phuket Opinion: Airport expectations hit rough turbulence

    PHUKET: Phuket is an international tourist destination – few can argue differently. Islanders may whine that it isn’t what it used to be, but even they are likely to admit that one of the benefits of progress is having an international airport, with international standards.

  • Hurdles mount for successful Phuket elections

    Hurdles mount for successful Phuket elections

    PHUKET: Uncertainty looms over Phuket polls as hurdles multiply for a successful national election tomorrow. Perhaps the most significant obstacle to be jumped is getting the party list ballots for Phuket out of Chumphon Province and distributed throughout the island. Protesters in Chumphon are preventing staffers at a post office housing the ballots from distributing them to other southern provinces, said Phuket Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn.

  • Phuket yachties petition against boat stay law as wave of contract cancellations hits

    Phuket yachties petition against boat stay law as wave of contract cancellations hits

    PHUKET: The yachting and marine industry in Phuket has launched a petition calling for Customs officials to repeal the new regulation limiting boat stays in Thailand to a maximum of two months during any one visit.

  • Phuket’s X-Terminal to be tested by Russians, Chinese

    Phuket’s X-Terminal to be tested by Russians, Chinese

    PHUKET: Phuket’s X-Terminal officially opened yesterday and will begin serving the island’s two largest source markets on Wednesday. “The first two weeks are trial weeks for the terminal.

  • Video Report: Phuket protesters block police transfer of election ballots

    Video Report: Phuket protesters block police transfer of election ballots

    PHUKET: Phuket anti-government protesters are blockading the Thalang Police Station in an effort to prevent the transfer of ballots to voting stations for the national election tomorrow. A large crowd of protesters gathered outside of the police station, where the ballots are being held, at about 9pm yesterday. Five protesters, chaperoned by Thalang Police Deputy Superintendent Pisit Chunpet, were allowed to verify the ballots’ location.

  • Phuket doctors unable to save girl found at Nai Harn Beach

    Phuket doctors unable to save girl found at Nai Harn Beach

    PHUKET: Doctors were unable to save the 12-year-old girl pulled unconscious from the bottom of the sea yesterday afternoon at Nai Harn Beach. “The Varissara Thongkham was pronounced dead at about 4pm,” a Vachira Phuket Emergency Medical Service officer told the Phuket Gazette this morning

  • Phuket bus ban trial date pushed back, limited to traffic-heavy hours

    Phuket bus ban trial date pushed back, limited to traffic-heavy hours

    PHUKET: The Patong Hill bus ban, set to begin by the end of February, will only bar buses and large trucks from crossing Phuket’s most infamous hill from 6am to 9am and 4pm to 7pm.