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Workers give Phuket's Big Buddha a holiday makeover yesterday

UPDATE Hong Kong Ferries Crash, 38 Die; Tourist Assaulted; Bangkok Dousing Tipped; Phuket Events

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
UPDATE Hong Kong police arrested seven crew members from two boats in a collision that killed 38 holiday revelers, but they offered no theory about how the vessels ran into each other on a clear night in one of the safest and most regulated waterways in Asia. A collision between two passenger boats off Hong Kong has left 38 people dead, officials say. Twenty-eight people were pronounced dead at the scene. About 100 others have been taken to hospital. One survivor told The South China Morning Post: ''After 10 minutes out a boat crashed into ours from the side at very high speed. The rear . . . started to sink. I suddenly found myself deep under the sea. I don't know where my two kids are.''

PhuketWATCH Daily Media Wrap

PHUKET: A daily wrap of Thailand news, with a Phuket perspective, plus relevant reports from national and international media. At least 25 people died after two ferries collided in Hong Kong, knocking more than 100 passengers into the sea and triggering a massive rescue effort.

AP The boat was carrying about 120 people about 8.20pm to watch Mid-Autumn Festival fireworks when the accident happened near Lamma Island: ''After the crash, the other boat continued away, it didn't stop.'' A young Israeli woman was sexually assaulted after a full moon party in Koh Phangnan, Thailand, the Foreign Ministry confirmed. The woman was admitted to a Thai hospital with wounds to her face and is now waiting to be flown back to Israel. A bus containing mostly German nationals crashed into the back of a container truck and burst into flames on a road connecting Beijing to Tianjin, killing six people and injuring 14.

afp Bombing and shooting attacks have killed six people and left 27 wounded across the restive Thai south in two days of violence in the insurgency-plagued region, police said. The BBC is facing fresh questions about its decision to pull an investigation into sexual allegations against Sir Jimmy Savile after police disclosed that they questioned the TV presenter just five years ago. Air traffic and airlines operating at Don Muang saw smooth operations on its grand reopening after the airport was closed for massive renovations due to last year's floods. Bangkok residents can expect more downpours and likely flooding over the next few days. According to the Meteorological Department's forecast, thunderstorms will affect most parts of Bangkok and its adjacent provinces until next Monday. Strong passenger demand has led Asian-Pacific airlines to weather the global turbulence that has engulfed the industry better than other carriers despite economic woes and volatile oil prices. Scoot, the long-haul budget unit of Singapore Airlines and Tiger Airways, will jointly market tickets to destinations served by either company. Under the agreement, the two budget carriers will sell joint itineraries between Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur, where Tiger flies; and Sydney and the Gold Coast, served by Scoot. As an ethnic Kachin human rights activist from Burma, I have been supporting Aung San Suu Kyi since I was 13 years old. However, in the past year our expectations and hopes have faded day after day. She has never spoken out against the Burmese government's attacks against Kachin civilians nor the situation in Rakhine and government organised abuses against the Rohingya. Rohingya Muslims from Burma have been blamed for a wave of religious violence that swept through Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar over the weekend. The Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral in less than three decades, according to a new study which blames the killer Crown of Thorns starfish for its demise.

AP Officials say heavy smoke from fires set by slash-and-burn farmers has so thoroughly blanketed a city in western Indonesia that the airport has had to delay flights. State-run airline Garuda Indonesia is canceling all of this week's morning flights out of Sultan Taha airport in the city of Jambi. The hypermarket Tesco Lotus will increase its purchases of fruits and vegetables from Thai farmers by 30 percent to 80,000 tonnes, raising its export value of fresh food from Thailand by 10 billion baht this year.

afp A Malaysian court overturned a government ban on plans by an online news portal to publish a newspaper, in what the site's lawyer called a ''landmark case''. Independent portal Malaysiakini has over the past decade become a leading source of information in the Southeast Asian nation, where major newspapers and broadcasters are largely government-linked. According to the Wall Street Journal flight cancellations at American Airlines are running between 3 per cent and 5 per cent a day in an industry where a 1 per cent rate is considered a very bad day. Only about half of American's flights are arriving on time, compared with more than 80 percent for most large carriers. The Naka Island, Phuket: Flanked by turquoise blue waters, Naka Yai Island, just off the eastern coast of Phuket, is a newly opened resort. Endowed with white sandy beaches, shady coconut groves, and surrounded by natural mangroves, it provides a perfectly secluded haven to escape the stresses of everyday life. With a new venue, new layout and more exhibitors, ITB Asia 2012 is all set to open doors from October 17-19, 2012 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Phuket World Sports Wrap

PA England were ''not quite good enough,'' according to their captain, Stuart Broad, after the defending champions were knocked out of the ICC World Twenty20 by Sri Lanka.

afp Thailand's tourism and sports minister Monday told AFP he was confident the country would host its first Formula One race in 2014, with talks already at an advanced stage. Despite a spirited fightback by the home side - reduced to 10 men in the second half - West Ham United consolidated their position in the top half of the table. QPR 1 West Ham 2. While most of the world was lauding Europe's dramatic Ryder Cup turnaround in Medinah as one of the most sensational and unlikely comebacks in golfing history, in the US the question was: how the hell did Davis Love III's team conspire to lose a 10-6 lead on the final day? The biting case against Bulldogs prop James Graham in Sunday's Grand Final is considered so compelling that he is tipped to receive one of the longest bans in Australian NRL history.

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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" Under the agreement, the two budget carriers will sell joint itineraries between Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur, where Tiger flies; and Sydney and the Gold Coast, served by Scoot. "
Not much change except to provide one stop shopping. Australia is a large country. It unfortunately still does not give a link from Phuket to Brisbane, a destination that has gone begging for around a year now.
Anytime I flew that route with the previous carriers the planes were full.

Posted by innocent bystander on October 2, 2012 10:48

Editor Comment:

Yes, it's a mystery why there has been no replacement for Air Australia on the Phuket-Brisbane Phuket-Melbourne routes.

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