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Bolt cutters are used on Patong premises yesterday in a casino hunt

iPhone 5 on Sale; Phuket Casino: All Bets Off; Yingluck-Style Shuffle; Microsoft's Tablet; Burma Toll Mounts

Friday, October 26, 2012
UPDATE Apple's iPhone5 will be available in Thailand on November 2 from three mobile operators and at Apple's authorised resellers, an industry source said.

PhuketWATCH Daily Media Wrap

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

Phuket Update A massive Phuket raid involving about 50 officials on premises at JJ Plaza behind the Jungceylon shopping mall in Patong failed to find the illegal casino that authorities had been told was operating there. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra confirmed she was seeking royal endorsement for a sweeping Cabinet reshuffle - a move seen as a bid to cushion the impact of the censure debate by the opposition at the end of the month. A government source said the reshuffle would affect 23 cabinet seats and involve 14 new faces. Many see Yingluck as astute in deciding to draw public attention away from flaws that the Democrats aim to attack, giving people some hope that the government remains on top of the situation.

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A BRITISH self-made millionaire lived in terror of his young Thai wife in the last days of his life. At least 56 people have been killed and hundreds of homes torched since Sunday, as clashes spread in Burma's Rakhine state, officials say. The latest clashes are the first serious outburst of violence since June when a state of emergency was declared in Rakhine after 90 people were killed.

reuters The United Nations called for calm, saying large numbers of people were reported to be seeking refuge in already overcrowded camps near the state capital, Sittwe. There were widespread unconfirmed reports of razed and burning homes, gunfights and Rohingya fleeing by boat. Microsoft has taken a big step into mobile, unveiling a revamped version of its flagship Windows system and offering a closer look at Surface, its entry into the hot tablet market. The new Windows 8 operating system and tablet on sale today mark a new offensive for the US tech giant seeking to keep pace with Apple and Google amid a dramatic shift away from PCs to mobile devices. Low-cost carriers are expected to increase their passenger traffic through Thailand by 18 percent to 24 million next year before topping 31 million in 2015, according to a new analysis by the Kasikorn Research Center. The number of possible sexual abuse victims of Jimmy Savile has risen to 300, Scotland Yard has confirmed. Thailand is swarming with cheap but risky cosmetic clinics, thanks to two powerful forces: Their prices are designed to attract the poor, and Thai society defines beauty as fair and delicate. It looks down on the ethnic facial features associated with the lower classes - the wide noses and dark skin most of the country possess.

ap PepsiCo Inc. has invested $170 million in a new factory in Thailand to stay ahead in one of the few markets where it outsells Coca-Cola after ending a longstanding bottling agreement with a local company. The Black Ivory blend, made from coffee beans digested and excreted by Thai elephants, is billed as producing a particularly smooth cup. But it is not cheap, with Anantara Hotels saying the ''naturally refined'' coffee costs $1100 per kilogram - making it one of the most expensive blends in the world. Police arrested a trio of thieves for pickpocketing a tourist on a minibus. The victim's wallet was still missing some cash, which police later found hidden in a female suspect's genital area. The thieves have been arrested many times, so police had them under continuous surveillance. A Brazilian student is set to sell her virginity for a staggering $780,000 after she put it up for auction online. A man called Natsu, from Japan, fended off strong competition from American bidders Jack Miller and Jack Right, and Indian big-spender Rudra Chatterjee, to secure a date with 20-year-old Catarina Migliorini.

Phuket World Sports Wrap Brendan Rodgers said Stewart Downing's confidence was in need of repair at Liverpool after the England international's stunning goal against Anzhi Makhachkala took the club to the top of their Europa League group. Army United came from one goal down to beat Chiang Rai United 2-1 in the semi-final of the Thaicom Foundation FA Cup. Army will take on Buriram United in the FA Cup decider on November 4. Thailand were beaten 7-5 by Panama in their final game of the All Stars Futsal Festival.

afp Tiger Woods wowed huge crowds at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia as he ripped five birdies over his last nine holes to lie three shots off the lead after the first round.

Phuket Coming Events 2012

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 16-18 Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, Bang Tao beach

December 25 Christmas Day

Phuket Coming Events 2013

October 5-13 Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Phuket Coming Events 2014

November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket


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