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  • Phuket jet-ski thug gets first taste of swift tourist court justice

    Phuket jet-ski thug gets first taste of swift tourist court justice

    PHUKET: The first cases heard in Phuket’s tourist court, which involved a jet-ski operator who attacked two tourists on Kata Beach, were resolved less than 36 hours after the incidents happened. Danaichet Yomjinda, 25, who pled guilty to charges of assaulting the two men on Friday with a “No Swimming” flagpole, was issued a 1,000-baht fine and put on probation for two years (story

  • Phuket hitman Rambo denies death squad charges

    Phuket hitman Rambo denies death squad charges

    PHUKET: Joseph Manuel Hunter, 48 – nicknamed “Rambo” and arrested at his rented Phuket home last Thursday, as originally reported by the Phuket Gazette (story

  • Phuket tour bus brakes fail, driver avoids disaster

    Phuket tour bus brakes fail, driver avoids disaster

    PHUKET: Faulty brakes almost resulted in a tour bus smashing into a house on Patong Hill last night, in a near-repeat of an accident that occurred at almost the same location about four months ago (story

  • Russian dive instructor drowns at Racha Noi Island

    Russian dive instructor drowns at Racha Noi Island

    PHUKET: A Russian dive instructor who worked in Phuket drowned off Racha Noi Island on Saturday afternoon. Denis Lipatov, 39, was at the island with friends when he developed a cramp while swimming at about 5pm

  • Phuket’s new ‘top cop’ arrives on the island

    Phuket’s new ‘top cop’ arrives on the island

    PHUKET: Phuket’s new Provincial Police Commander, Maj Genl Ong-art Phiewruangnont, has arrived in Phuket.

  • Phuket Opinion: Hailing a new era

    Phuket Opinion: Hailing a new era

    Prasat Pechwang, 56, is a Phuket native. He earned a BA from King Mongkut’s University of Technology in North Bangkok, majoring in Electrical Engineering. He started working at Saudi Oger Company Ltd in 1981 and moved to We-Ef Lighting Company Ltd in 1987.

  • Phuket Opinion: The testing paradox

    Phuket Opinion: The testing paradox

    PHUKET: Obtaining a driver’s license on our island is a paradoxical task. It is an ostensibly simple process, all done within one building and in eight hours, driving lessons optional – which may rev your confidence up – but it’s fussiness has been known to trip up even those with decades of driving experience.

  • Phuket Opinion: ‘Tis the season to crack down

    Phuket Opinion: ‘Tis the season to crack down

    PHUKET: A recent crackdown on Westerners working illegally in the marine leisure industry has generated a great deal of comment from readers, yet the debate focused almost solely on Thailand’s notoriously vague definition of what constitutes work, while missing out on some fundamental aspects of the issue. Comments posted on the Gazette website failed to reference the fact that arrests of foreigners for labor and immigration law violations seem to cluster in the low season. Before we explore that issue further, it needs to be understood that Thai authorities have two quite different definitions – legally and linguistically – of what constitutes “foreign labor”.

  • Rubber protests yield gains in Phuket

    Rubber protests yield gains in Phuket

    PHUKET: Rubber protests in recent weeks in Southern Thailand are now paying dividends for plantation owners in Phuket and the rest of the nation. Though the direct demands of the protests, which included a government subsidy for sheets of rubber were not met, the government has allocated a total of over 21 billion baht to be paid out to households legally owning rubber plantations.

  • Kata jet-ski operator attacks Israeli tourists

    Kata jet-ski operator attacks Israeli tourists

    PHUKET: Two Israelis, a father and son, were attacked and injured by a jet-ski operator wielding a “No Swimming” flag-pole on Kata Beach yesterday afternoon. The attack was motivated by damage to the jet-ski the pair had rented, the attacker – who was arrested soon afterward – told the police