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Skyjumper Leaps from Space; Arrest Warrant for Thaksin; Phuket Veg Fest Guide; Phuket Events

Sunday, October 14, 2012
Editor's Choice: Today's Essential VIDEO

He's Done the High Jump!
Felix Baumgartner completed his leap from the edge of space early today (Thailand time).

UPDATE Depraved British DJ Sir Jimmy Savile's alleged catalogue of abuse could have spanned six decades and included around 60 victims, police say. Turkish civilian planes are no longer allowed to fly over Syria, Damascus has said amid growing tensions between the neighboring countries.

PhuketWATCH Daily Media Wrap

PHUKET: A daily wrap of Thailand news, with a Phuket perspective, plus relevant reports from national and international media. Thailand's Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant for ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, in the latest abuse of power charges brought against the controversial tycoon. Thailand's Foreign Ministry appears set to revoke the passport of ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, according to a high-ranking source in the ministry. The source noted that the ministry had requested another 30 days to respond to a recommendation by by the Office of the Ombudsman that it review the issuance of the document. The Foreign Ministry's likely U-turn on the issue of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's passport reflects a strategy of ''nipping in the bud'' any threat to the Yingluck government after realising the dangers of a political backlash if it refuses to revoke the passport issued to the fugitive leader last year.

afp Apple's widely anticipated unveiling of its iPad Mini is expected to come on October 23, the Dow Jones technology website AllThingsD reports. Reports have been swirling for months about the smaller version of the market-leading iPad, but Apple has made no comment. Richard Gollin, 64, launched a small claims action at Stornoway Sheriff Court over what he says are ''false and malicious'' criticisms of his guesthouse in Lewis, which TripAdvisor refused to take down. Sheriff Colin Scott Mackenzie ruled in TripAdvisor's favour over transferring the action to a higher court, which requires him to hire a lawyer and be exposed to unlimited expenses. A hotel boss ordered his staff to write bogus reviews of his hotel after it had a series of bad reviews online. Frank Long, who runs the Ramada Glasgow Airport Hotel, emailed his staff asking them to post glowing reviews of the hotel on TripAdvisor to boost its ratings. Germans, singer Herbert Gronemeyer believes - ''because our brain is more engineering-based'' - take an analytical approach to music. Last year Germany overtook the UK to become the world's third-largest music market. Psy, the Seoul singer, promises he'll write his second single in English. Let's hope he finds inspiration in the likes of Springsteen, David, Kelly, Dylan and McLean.

afp A court has blocked the export of 25 captive dolphins trained in the Philippines to become show animals at a Singapore casino, a Filipino official and animal rights groups said. Resorts World Sentosa's Philippine lawyers named in the suit could not be contacted. While in Phuket, crew members John C. Stennis Strike Group also had the opportunity to participate in tours including elephant riding, snorkeling, and trips to several islands surrounding Phuket. ''The tour to Phi Phi Island is something I'll never forget,'' said Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Kalifornia Hartsfield. ''I had a great time snorkeling and seeing the marine life. The tour guides were very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the islands we visited, and I learned a lot about the culture here.''

Phuket World Sports Wrap

afp ''The sport has moved on,'' International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid told AFP at the Tour of Beijing after the Lance Armstrong revelations. ''The peloton today is completely different.
There is big damage to the image of the sport, but the sport is going very well.'' Emergency services could have saved up to 58 of the 96 Hillsborough victims if they had responded quicker, it has been revealed. The news comes as Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecutions, starts to examine 450,000 pages of evidence to determine whether criminal charges should be brought.

Phuket Vegetarian Festival, Day By Day

Parades and Places to Beat the Traffic
LEARN where the parades are each day to avoid Phuket traffic hassles.

Phuket Coming Events 2012

October 14-22 Phuket Vegetarian Festival

October 21-24 Phuket International Sports Fishing titles

November 25 Laguna Phuket Triathlon

November 28 Loy Kratong Day

November 30 AustCham Phuket sundowners social and business networking

December 1 World AIDs Day

December 1-8 King's Cup Regatta

December 5 HM The King's Birthday

December 10 Constitution Day

December 15-20 Patong Carnival

December 25 Christmas Day

Phuket Coming Events 2014

November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket


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