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Phuket ATM Warning; 'Gravely Concerned' UN Seeks Boatpeople Action; Europeans Quit Bali; Phuket Events

Saturday, March 16, 2013
UPDATE

bangkokpost.com A Thai Airways International flight from India on Saturday made a safe emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi airport when two tyres lost pressure.

smh.com.au India's Shikhar Dhawan has had a fairytale first Test innings. He made his century from 85 balls - the fastest debut century in the history of Test cricket - leaving Australia reeling. He was 185 at stumps, with India 0/283.

PhuketWATCH Daily Media Wrap

PHUKET: The daily wrap of Thailand news, with a Phuket perspective, plus relevant reports from national and international media. Beware of inconsistent imitations.

nationmultimedia.com Up to 26,000 people are killed in road accidents every year in Thailand, which puts the country in sixth spot in terms of road casualties. Of those killed, up to 70 or 80 percent are motorcyclists or their passengers.

bangkokpost.com Only 43 percent of Thais bother to wear a crash helmet when riding on a motorcycle, despite the campaign for 100% helmet compliance since 2011. Provinces with the highest percentage of helmet wearers are Bangkok, at over 80 percent, followed by Phuket, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan and Pathum Thani.

Phuket People


PhuketMAIL Hello, my name is Edgar from Portugal. I have been in Phuket, Kata center and I used my Visa Card in a TMB exchange money machine, and now my bank call me, warning me that somebody is using my card in Indonesia, and my friend's card is being used in Vietnam. It was a Blue machine int the junction of Kata Center to Kata Beach. Please make something for other peaple don't get trouble same way.

bangkokpost.com The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has asked the Thai government to verify recent reports that a Rohingya boat was towed out from Thai waters, and that shots were fired during the interception.

scmp.com Investigations by the UN's refugee agency have confirmed that Rohingya boatpeople were shot at by Thai authorities, sparking a warning that it was now ''gravely concerned'' at the situation.

straitstimes.com The UN's refugee agency called for the Thai government to probe reports its sailors shot at Rohingya boat people fleeing sectarian strife in Burma (Myanmar).

viet.rfi.fr (Translated from Vietnamese) In a statement, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said it had asked the government in Bangkok investigation information, the Muslim boat people Rohingya Burmese refugee runs riot in the Thai government had been shot.

prensa-latina.cu (Translated from Spanish) Thailand received the complaint of the High Commissioner for Refugees following an incident blames local coastguard sniping an emigrant ship Myanmense the Rohingya Muslim minority.

brecorder.com Citing survivors of the alleged shooting in late February, the UNHCR said at least three shots were fired by Thai sailors as they intercepted a Rohingya boat off Phang Nga, southern Thailand, and towed it further out to sea.

scmp.com Earlier, Thai security forces operated a secret policy of towing the Rohingya out to sea in unpowered boats and casting them adrift. Hundreds died in 2008 and 2009 before the policy was exposed and repudiated.

upi.com Eyewitnesses told Human Rights Watch the Thai sailors shot at a boat of approximately 20 Rohingya refugees in February off Thailand's southwestern coast, the BBC reported. ''Navy personnel fired into the air three times and told us not to move,'' one of the refugees said. ''But we were panicking and jumped off the boat, and then they opened fire at us in the water.''

nationmultimedia.com Coral bleaching around Thai islands in the Andaman Sea has made a dent in tourism numbers. Many foreign divers have flocked lately to St Luke Island in Burma (Myanmar) instead. ''They have turned away from Thailand because of the coral bleaching at key diving spots on our side,'' a source at A-One Diving Co Ltd disclosed.

thejakartapost.com European travelers may be starting to view Bali, especially the southern part of the island, as a less attractive holiday destination as accommodation prices soar uncontrollably: ''In the last five years, many European visitors have lodged complaints over the worsening environmental condition of Bali - lingering traffic jams, garbage, as well as the rising cost of hotels and accommodation facilities.''

thephuketinsider.com Tourism players in Central Vietnam have formed a marketing alliance to compete with leading Asian resort destinations such as Bali and Phuket.

eturbonews.com The chief of police in Phuket, Thailand, has asked for help to reduce the number of serious crimes against visitors in the popular beach resort. While announcing new crime figures for the island, police chief Maj-Gen Chote Chawanwiwat called for 5000 officers to help protect tourists.

bbc.co.uk The authorities in Indonesia have carried out their first execution for more than four years. Officials confirmed that Adami Wilson, a Malawi national convicted of drugs smuggling, was executed by firing squad north of Jakarta on Thursday night.

coconutsbangkok.com In a bid to reduce the financial costs of public hospitals operating in Thailand, the Ministry of Public Health is contemplating a measure which would, in effect, force foreign tourists to purchase travel and health insurance before entering the country. According to Pradit Sinthawanarong, the Minister of Public Health, roughly 2.5 million foreign visitors make hospital trips during their time here every year.

dailymail.co.uk A British woman was brutally gang-raped just metres from the holiday apartment she was sharing with her boyfriend in Spain's Costa del Sol, it has been claimed. The 31-year-old was attacked by three men in the early hours as she walked, alone, back from a night out in the southern town of Benalmadena.

independent.co.uk The Surin was refurbished last year, its villas lightened up with pale greys and metallics, and some very chic Californian 1950s interior touches introduced into the bright amber library and dining areas, all set into the cliff that overlooks the pool and beach. This is one of the most enjoyable and attractive hotels I've been to in years.

thephuketinsider.com Phuket luxury resort Sri Panwa will be sold into a property fund according to documents filed with the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Assets include 38 hotel units and 7 serviced apartments which have been valued at 1.9 billion baht.

Phuket World Sports Wrap


mirror.co.uk The celebrity pals who helped pull Paul Gascoigne back from the brink pleaded with him to give up booze for good. After rallying round to send the desperately ill star to the US for rehab, they told him he had been given the chance of a new life.

smh.com.au The Australian captain's first-ball duck - yes, you read that correctly - left the job up to the rest on day two of the third Test. There had been plenty of zeros popping up in Michael Clarke's scores since he took the captaincy. But they had generally been preceded by one of two other numbers as he racked up triple, double and single centuries.

Phuket Coming Events 2013


Until March 17 Festival of the Heroines, nightly performances marking the victory of sisters Thepkasattri and Srisoonthorn over the Burmese, Thalang. Details, Phuket Culture Office: 076 223-617

March 16 Phuket FC v Sriracha Suzuki FC at Surakul Stadium, Phuket City

March 21-24 Phuket Boat Show (Pimex) Royal Phuket Marina

March 31 Easter Sunday

April 6 Chakri Memorial Day (holiday the following Monday)

April 13-17 Songkran New Year Festival

April 14-21 Phuket Bike Week

April 22-28 Phuket Pride Week, with the theme ''Same Same Not Different.'' Grand Parade 4pm April 27.

April 28 Kata-Karon Mini-Marathon, Karon Park

May 1 National Labor Day

June 9 Laguna Phuket International Marathon

October 5-13 Phuket Vegetarian Festival

November 9 Asian Cup Triathlon Sprint, Patong

November 10 ITU Long Distance Series triathlon, Patong

November 17 Loy Kratong Day

November 24-December 1 Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest. Laguna Phuket

December 5 HM The King's birthday

Phuket Coming Events 2014


November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket

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