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Tiger in Trouble; Back Off, Thaksin Told; Bangkok 'Slaves' Free; Aussie Soars; Phuket Events

Thursday, April 21, 2011
UPDATE Singapore Airlines controlled Tiger Airways is under immense pressure in its Australian operations even after it says it has satisfied safety concerns raised by CASA in a ''show cause'' letter on March 23. Easter holiday plans of hundreds of travellers have been thrown into chaos after Tiger Airways cancelled two interstate flights from Melbourne - and said alternative services were not available until Saturday - amid safety concerns.

Phuketwan PhuketWATCH

A daily wrap of Thailand news, with a Phuket perspective, plus relevant reports from national and international media. Puea Thai de facto leader Thaksin Shinawatra is facing a rebellion by the party's northeastern MPs, who say his close ties to the red shirts is alienating voters. About 40 Puea Thai MPs have banded together to ask the former prime minister to stay out of the party's election campaign, a party source said. Budget airline Tiger Airways is at risk of being grounded by the Australian aviation regulator following a spate of safety and maintenance breaches. In a blow for the struggling airline industry, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority has issued Tiger with a "show cause" notice. Garuda Indonesia will increase frequencies on its Bangkok-Jakarta route to twice daily from June 17 to respond to stronger travel demand. Shortly after 7am, the Australian dollar had reached $US1.0717 before settling back to $US1.701. [Phuket should be better value for Aussies as their dollar rises.] More than 60 Burmese migrant workers who were kept prisoner and forced to work in a Bangkok garment factory were discovered by anti-human trafficking police. Burmese workers were paid a pittance and not allowed to leave the building, but one escaped and contacted the Burma Association Thailand for help. A power failure at Sydney Airport triggered the rescreening of the entire terminal, including many of those already on board aircraft waiting to take off. With 29 flights cancelled, one airline, Jetstar, said 2000 of its passengers were stranded overnight. Suspected arms smuggler Viktor Bout said US agents warned that he could face hunger, disease and rape in Thailand jails if he did not talk to them. Bout made the claim in a court document as his lawyers asked that charges against him be dropped. Around 100 detainees have set fire and destroyed at least nine buildings at Sydney's Villawood Detention Centre. A medical centre, laundry and computer centre have been destroyed with the damage bill to run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. An education department in one Malaysian state is sending effeminate boys to a boot camp to change their behavior, a move that's drawn fire from educators and activists.The move smacks of homophobia to many. Security researchers have discovered that Apple's iPhone keeps track of where you go - and saves every detail to a secret file on the device which is copied to the owner's computer when synchronised.

reuters Apple's quarterly results again smashed Wall Street's expectations, fueled by record iPhone and Mac sales, offsetting lower-than-expected sales of its iPad tablet computer. Longevity researcher Howard Friedman says the most important unanswered question is about work and retirement. "We know it's not good to retire and go to the beach," he says.

Phuket Coming Events

April 24 Ao Chalong Yacht Club Open Day
April 24 Easter Family Day, Friendship Beach, Rawai
April 25 Anzac night for Aussies, Lady Pie, Cherng Talay
April 28 Pierre-Yves Cousteau dinner at IndoChine
May New PPAO Hospital to open, Phuket City
May 1 National Labor Day public holiday
May 5 Coronation Day public holiday
May 13 Royal Ploughing Day public holiday
May 17 Visakha Bucha Day public holiday
June 12 Laguna Phuket International Marathon
June 23-26 Phuket Fun Fly paragliding, Nai Harn
July 3 Phuket Navy League US Independence Day fair at Headstart International School
July 15 Asarnha Bucha Day public holiday
July 20-24 Six Senses Phuket Raceweek
August 12 HM The Queen's Birthday public holiday
October Vegetarian Festival, Phuket
November 26-27 9th Phuket International Soccer 7s
November 27 Laguna Phuket Triathlon
December 3-4 6th Andaman International Soccer 7s
December 4 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship, Laguna

Phuket Coming Events 2012

March 18-28 National Youth Games, Phuket
Phuket Coming Events 2014

Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket
Phuket's Killer Bend Falls Today to a 'Dozer
Photo Album The bend that claimed six lives on Big Buddha Hill on Sunday was being obliterated today by a bulldozer in a dramatic instant response to the needless tragedy.
Phuket's Killer Bend Falls Today to a 'Dozer

End Phuket Taxi Blockades Now, Urges PM's Office
Breaking News A letter from the Prime Minister's office calling for no repetition of taxi blockades arrived but failed to stop more protests, a crisis summit has heard.
End Phuket Taxi Blockades Now, Urges PM's Office

Phuket Replay Doing It Senator Wichai's Way
Latest Jetskis, tuktuks, public transport and tourism . . . suddenly they're on the agenda for the Senate as former Phuket Governor Wichai Praisangob examines his options.
Phuket Replay Doing It Senator Wichai's Way

Anger at Land Deals on Popular Phuket Dive Island
Wrangle Over Rights Residents of Raya, a popular tourist dive destination off Phuket, are resentful that powerful investors have achieved land titles on their island home.
Anger at Land Deals on Popular Phuket Dive Island

Phuket Reefs Bounce Back with Silver-Lined Clouds
Latest Signs of regeneration have become evident on the Phuket region's coral reefs, the positive side to grey skies and downpours that brought damaging floods to Thailand's south.
Phuket Reefs Bounce Back with Silver-Lined Clouds


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