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London 'Copter Crash; Phuket Gains 10bn Baht Superstore; 787 Dreamliners Grounded; Phuket Events

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
UPDATE A helicopter has crashed into a crane at a building site in Vauxhall, south London. Two people have been confirmed dead. The stricken aircraft cartwheeled to the ground and exploded into flames before crashing into a street during the rush hour. Burning wreckage and aviation fuel covered the road as eyewitnesses reported seeing cars on fire and hearing people screaming. Japan's All Nippon Airways is to ground its entire fleet of 17 Dreamliners, broadcaster NHK reported, after a 787 made an emergency landing in western Japan, the latest in a series of glitches. Dreamliners have recently had a number of problems, including a cracked cockpit window and an electrical fire. As a result, Japanese and US authorities have launched investigations into the aircraft.

reuters British supermarket chain Tesco said it had withdrawn a number of beef burgers from sale after samples were found to contain horse DNA in tests.

PhuketWATCH Daily Media Wrap

PHUKET: A daily wrap of Thailand news, with a Phuket perspective, plus relevant reports from national and international media. Central Retail Corporation, Thailand's leading retail operator, will spend more than 10 billion baht to develop a new luxury lifestyle complex in Phuket. Chief executive Tos Chirathivat said the new Phuket development will be on a 136-rai plot opposite Central Festival Phuket and will be opened in 2016.

Phuket Update The Phuket project is to include the biggest convention centre in the South - one of the reasons why the government's Phuket project at Mai Khao was canned. But if as reported CRC is opening the complex to cater to Phuket's ''more than 12 million international tourists a year,'' CRC could be in for an income shock. The accurate figure is about 2.4 million overseas visitors a year. It's still the market with the highest potential after Bangkok. Following a buoyant year for Thailand's MICE industry the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (Public Organisation) or TCEB is confident of continuing growth in 2013. MICE visitor numbers to Thailand in 2012 reached 895,224, exceeding TCEB's target. Facebook has announced a major addition to its social network - a smart search engine it has called graph search. The feature allows users to make ''natural'' searches of content shared by their friends. Search terms could include phrases such as ''friends who like Star Wars and Harry Potter''.

Pattaya Update A Danish man fell from the 23rd floor balcony of a condo tower and was killed at a Jomtien Beach in Pattaya. He was David Roegen, 22. Cycling could be dropped from the Olympic program if Lance Armstrong's ''confession'' later this week implicates the sport's governing body of covering up a widespread doping scheme, International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound said. Cancer is Armstrong's most famous condition, but the obsessive gene is probably his most influential one. What are his chances of redemption? Quite good. Even President/crook Richard Nixon managed a comeback of sorts. Tiger is just about out of the woods. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra ordered navy chief Adm Surasak Rounroengrom to tighten coastal patrols on the Andaman Sea to prevent Rohingya from entering Thailand. An informed source claimed many Rohingya got assistance to travel to Malaysia before but now the country had less demand for these workers: ''Due to the agreement signed with Bangladesh, Malaysia has hired more Bangladeshi workers.''

AP The Thai government might seek help from Burma (Myanmar) in identifying the nationality of 857 people from the beleaguered Rohingya minority who are accused of entering Thailand illegally. Authorities were also considering pressing charges of illegal entry against the refugees. [Rohingya are stateless. And they have yet to be officially declared ''refugees''.]

mcot Thailand's Cabinet agreed to grant an additional three-month grace period to illegal migrant workers to stay in the country so that they could complete their registration process. Human rights lawyer Surapong Kongchantuk, chairman of the Lawyers Council of Thailand's human rights subcommittee on ethnic minorities, the stateless, migrant workers and the displaced, said the classification of ''illegal immigrant'' is better than being a stateless person because it allows for repatriation. A man who was due to fly back to the UK from Thailand after a legal dispute lasting three years has been told he is still not free to leave. Lee Chestnutt was accused of criminal damage and stealing furniture by a landlord who has now appealed. A young Australian woman left partially blinded by a cocktail in Bali is warning others to watch out for nightclubs on the island that lure backpackers with cheap drinks. Miekaela Krogh was celebrating finishing high school and it was her first trip overseas. Quite how many died in Vang Vient while tubing was hot depends on who you ask. Common consensus is that at least 20 died in 2011, while seven - including two Australians - had died in 2012 before the government crackdown. British daily newspaper The Guardian has announced its intention to launch a digital edition in Australia. The Bali administration will be earning billions of rupiah in additional revenue annually through a new fee to be charged for the extension of work permits for foreign workers. Hot Right Now star Rita Ora, 22, is on her way to Thailand for a holiday. A new airport will be built in the southernmost province of Laos, Attapeu, at an estimated cost of US$46 million, to attract tourists and investors to the remote, undeveloped area. Jetstar Asia's profit fell 80 percent last financial year as the Singapore-based budget airline faced a bigger fuel bill and tough competition. Derisory returns from an eight year investment in Jetstar Asia cannot ever pay for a significant part of an order for more than 100 Airbus A320s.

AP The World Wildlife Fund urged Thailand to ban all ivory trading, warning that rising demand for tusks is fueling an unprecedented slaughter of elephants in Africa.

Phuket World Sports Wrap Andy Murray began his Australian Open campaign with a swift straight-sets win over Robin Haase in Melbourne 6-3 6-1 6-3. Bernard Tomic made such a thumping start to the 2013 Australian Open that the country will again dare to imagine he will still be there near the end. An obscure qualifier awaits in the next round, then prospectively Roger Federer on Saturday night. Serena Williams still won 6-0, 6-0 and, despite the pain, the swelling and the treatment her rolled ankle would require, she insisted she would be out on the court on Thursday. Thai teen Luksika Kumkhum pulled off the biggest upset of her career with a stunning 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 win over world No 39 Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden in the first round of the Australian Open. In the steaming heat and humidity of Kochi, and in front of a crowd approaching 70,000, India exacted retribution for their defeat in Rajkot, thrashing England by 127 runs to level the series.

Phuket Coming Events 2013

January 30-February 2 Bay Regatta, Phuket Phang Nga Krabi

October 5-13 Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Phuket Coming Events 2014

November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket


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