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  • Phuket very tolerant of gay lifestyles: Gazette poll

    Phuket very tolerant of gay lifestyles: Gazette poll

    PHUKET: Phuket society is very tolerant of people with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lifestyles, according to the results of the latest Phuket Gazette readers’ poll.

  • Phuket very tolerant of gay lifestyles: Gazette poll

    Phuket very tolerant of gay lifestyles: Gazette poll

    PHUKET: Phuket society is very tolerant of people with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lifestyles, according to the results of the latest Phuket Gazette readers’ poll. The poll, run to coincide with the Phuket Pride Festival held in Patong late last month, asked readers: “Overall, how tolerant is Phuket society of LGBT lifestyles compared to other places you have lived in or visited?” More than three-quarters of readers overall (77.4%) thought Phuket society was either “tolerant” or “very tolerant”, compared with 8.

  • Cop killer caught in Phuket

    Cop killer caught in Phuket

    PHUKET: Phuket City Police yesterday arrested an alleged hit-man and cop killer wanted in connection with two murders last year, one in Phuket and one in Trang. Samut “Moot” Keukgong, 44, was arrested by Phuket City Police at about 3:30pm at a snooker hall in Rassada, said the Phuket City Police report. Mr Samut signed a statement denying a charge of premeditated murder in the first case, claiming that he was acting in self-defense when he killed Sompong “Jack” Inchao-na outside his home in Rassada Village 3 on March 24 last year.

  • Phuket City Police chief transferred amid underage nightlife staff probe

    Phuket City Police chief transferred amid underage nightlife staff probe

    PHUKET: Phuket City Police Superintendent Chote Chitchai has been removed from active duty pending an investigation into underage staff working at Phuket Town nightclubs. Col Chote told the Phuket Gazette today that he received the instant transfer order on Saturday

  • Expert in earthquake-proof building design helps ease Phuket fears

    Expert in earthquake-proof building design helps ease Phuket fears

    PHUKET: One of Thailand’s leading experts in earthquake-proof building design has offered to conduct computer simulation tests to ensure that major buildings in Phuket do not succumb to the recurring tremors the island has been experiencing since April 16. The news was delivered directly to Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha by Assoc Prof Dr Paiboon Panyakapo, who heads the Engineering Institute of Thailand’s earthquake and wind load impact study unit based at the Sripatum University Faculty of Engineering in Bangkok. Dr Paiboon invited Governor Tri to provide the architectural plans of important buildings in Phuket so his team could input the data into a specially created computer program that simulates the stress on structures brought on by earthquakes and strong winds.

  • Switzerland appoints Honorary Consul for Phuket

    Switzerland appoints Honorary Consul for Phuket

    PHUKET: The Swiss Embassy in Bangkok has appointed long-time Swiss resident Andrea Kotas Tammathin as its first honorary consul for Phuket. Mrs Tammathin was formally presented to Phuket officialdom on Friday afternoon, when Swiss Ambassador Christine Schraner Burgener and Head of Chancery Bernhard Bienz met Phuket Vice Governor Sommai Prijasilpa at Provincial Hall

  • Samson Kiplagat Tennai celebrates Phuket’s Trail Masters win

    Samson Kiplagat Tennai celebrates Phuket’s Trail Masters win

    PHUKET: The second edition of the Columbia Trail Masters was held at the Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club (TSLC) on Sunday morning with larger than expected crowds and participants making it a huge success. There were over 350 runners of all ages competing in a 3km fun run, a 10 km trail run, as well as a 21km half marathon trail run. Mr.

  • Greater Phuket: Cyclists join Krabi Town 140-year celebrations

    Greater Phuket: Cyclists join Krabi Town 140-year celebrations

    PHUKET: A cycling enthusiast impressed crowds at the 140th anniversary of Krabi Town over the weekend, managing to peddle all the way from Greater Bangkok with his disabled father riding in tow in a three-wheeler.

  • Phuket underpass project unveiled

    Phuket underpass project unveiled

    PHUKET: Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosutthirak at Phuket”s Boat Lagoon Resort Tuesday, chaired the third and final public hearing on the Bang Khu intersection improvement project, at which it was announced that a two-lane underpass construction had been selected over

  • ‘Gold Den’ bandit back in Phuket for re-enactment

    ‘Gold Den’ bandit back in Phuket for re-enactment

    PHUKET: Phuket City Police yesterday led a recently-arrested gold shop bandit “Den” through a re-enactment of his June 2011 heist of a Phuket Town gold shop. The suspect, Krittasak “Den” Heetkaew, was