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Australia Out for 74; Armstrong 'Sorry'; Phuket Occupancy; TUI Merger Plan; Hostage Bloodbath; FC Phuket Nabs Star

Friday, January 18, 2013
UPDATE

AUSTRALIA, at one stage 8/38, were all out for 74 in a one-day cricket match against Sri Lanka, a team some ''experts'' described as the worst bowling side every to travel to Australia. Sri Lanka scored 6/75 to win.

news.sky.com Ten million burgers have been removed from supermarket freezers across Ireland and the UK and are now expected to be destroyed after Irish authorities found they contained traces of horse DNA.

dailymail.co.uk The first ''sorry'' came after seven minutes - and there were only three more in 90 minutes - but Lance Armstrong was nothing if not candid, agreeing to answer any question Oprah Winfrey threw at him. Later in the interview, it became apparent this was not the case.

wsj.com Mr Armstrong said that like many other cyclists before him, he used EPO, human-growth hormone, testosterone and other drugs to compete. ''I'm a flawed character,'' Mr Armstrong said. ''I viewed this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times.''

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travelmole.com TUI Travel confirmed it is discussing the possibility of a cost-cutting merger with 56 percent German shareholder TUI AG. The Independent Directors of TUI Travel issued a statement to the London Stock Exchange following press speculation that TUI AG were looking at ways to combine the German company with its UK business to save over 500 million pounds.

independent.co.uk At least six Western hostages were killed when Algerian forces stormed a BP gas field in the Sahara. Twenty Britons remained unaccounted for, British sources said. Foreign Secretary William Hague called the attack ''an absolute tragedy.''

theage.com.au Authorities are warning that the hamlet of Licola, at the edge of Australia's Alpine National Park, is now isolated by fires. The road in is closed and a wind change is expected to push a massive blaze in the town's direction later on Friday. Licola residents have been told it's too late to leave.

news.sky.com The European Aviation Safety Agency has ordered airlines to ground Boeing's 787 Dreamliners over safety fears after an emergency landing in Japan. It follows a decision by the US Federal Aviation Administration and two Japanese airlines to ground all of their 787s after a sixth problem with the aircraft in less than two weeks.

bangkokpost.com Prayoonwitt Group, the firm owned by the Liptapanlop family, which built its fortune in the construction industry before segueing into property, has extended its purview to include aircraft charters. The creation of Jaras Aviation is seen as complementing the family's five-star Inter Continental Hua Hin Resort.

ctvnews.ca The father of Leo Del Pinto, shot while vacationing near the Thai town of Pai in 2008, says the Canadian government has let him down. Ernie Del Pinto says the Canadian government should be pressing harder to ensure his son's killer is brought to justice. During his release on bail, suspect Uthai Dechawiwat murdered his pregnant wife and is now serving a life sentence.

nationmultimedia.com Japan sought to strengthen its strategic partnership with Thailand by expressing an interest in taking part in the project to develop Dawei Port in Burma and other infrastructure development projects in Thailand.

eturbonews.com About 100,000 tourists from China and Hong Kong are expected to visit Thailand during the Chinese New Year next month and they would generate approximately 4.2 billion baht in tourism revenue, Tourism Council of Thailand president Piyaman Techapaiboon said.

nationmultimedia.com The stronger baht has not flustered the tourism scene so far but operators are monitoring the situation closely so that they can make adjustments to cope with any change in the business environment.

bangkokpost.com Floods hit Jakarta: Bill Barnett, managing director of Phuket-based hospitality consultant C9 HotelWorks, said he spent four hours trying to get to the airport before turning back to his hotel. ''While the airport might be open, you can't get there,'' Barnett said in an e-mail. ''What a mess. Lots of people trapped at hotels and no one seems to know what to do.''

jamaica-gleaner.com In terms of occupancy, the Caribbean now ranks third at 67.9 percent. Hawaii is at 77.8pc, Phuket at 70.9pc, Cancun/Chetumal, Mexico 67.3pc, Florida 66.4pc, Mauritius 65.2pc, and Central America 60.1pc. In revenue per room, the Caribbean ranks third at US$119.50, behind Hawaii US$157.80, and Mauritius US$120.90, but ahead of Phuket US$85.80, Cancun/Chetumal US$80.20, Florida US$75.90, and Central America US$69.60.

bangkokpost.com More than half the foreign tourists polled recently agreed that Thailand is their favorite destination in the Asean region, Bangkok Poll of Bangkok University reported.

thesun.co.uk Up to 350,000 Romanians and Bulgarians could flock to Britain when restrictions are lifted at the end of this year, a report warns.

bangkokpost.com If the international community continues to focus on Thailand's policy shortcomings while turning a blind eye to the ongoing atrocities against the Rohingya so it can still enjoy reaping benefits from investment opportunities in Burma (Myanmar}, there is one word to describe this gap between words and actions. It is called hypocrisy.

nationmultimedia.com Relief operations by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help Rohingya migrants are set to begin in earnest now that Thai authorities have given the go-ahead, agency spokeswoman Vivian Tan said.

bangkokpost.com The just-retired Secretary General of Asean, Surin Pitsuwan said Thailand was being watched by the world as to how it was going to treat migrants, either off-shore or on land, referring notably to the recent influx of Rohingya from Burma. Mr Surin emphasised his long-standing opinion that Asean should help address the Rohingya problem.

bangkokpost.com Taiwan and Thailand signed a crime-fighting agreement aimed at curbing a growing number of cross-border scams and other crimes, Taipei officials said.

hospitalitybizindia.com Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket has relaunched its renovated and revitalised meeting space in response to an increase in demand in 2013. A two-month ten million Baht renovation sees a flexible 2408 square-feet Dusit Laguna Hall able to accommodate up to 300 persons theatre-style and 150 for seated banquets.

thesun.co.uk Sir Elton John finally confirmed he has become a dad again - with partner David Furnish named as the baby boy's MOTHER on the birth certificate. Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John was born to a surrogate believed to be the same biological mum of first child, Zachary, two.

reuters Facebook's new search tool has strong potential to generate revenue for the social networking company, though it is unlikely to challenge Google as the world's dominant search engine, according to Wall Street analysts.

Phuket World Sports Wrap


lensois.com Former middle of RC Lens, Geoffrey Doumeng, 32, exchanges clubs but remains in Thailand. After a season at FC Chonburi, he joined FC Phuket, 13th last year.

bloomberg The International Olympic Committee has stripped Lance Armstrong of the bronze medal he won in the cycling individual time trial at the 2000 Sydney Games, and has written to the American requesting its return.

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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