A heart attack victim on a life support machine on Phuket is expected to leave hospital this week. Briton Gareth Harnett, 29, collapsed within days of arriving in Phuket - but did not have holiday health insurance. Patrick Dyett, who has been co-ordinating fund-raising on Phuket, broke the news: ''The doctors are happy for him to [fly home] as long as he rests in Phuket for a week.''
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Phuket Governor Maitree Inthusut is to head a special investigation team to combine administrators and private enterprise following concerns about Russian businesses on Phuket, the governor told a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall in Phuket City. Taxi drivers, local mayors, Tourist Police, Phuket Marine Office 5 and the Labor Office will be represented on the special committee.
Phuket expats face toughers work-permit criteria: Following complaints by locals that foreigners were snatching their jobs, the Phuket Employment Office has revealed that 8635 foreigners in the province currently have work permits - most of them from the United Kingdom and working in tourism. Phuket Employment Office head Yaowapa Pibulpol explained that Phuket was a tourist city, hence its economy depended on hotels, resorts, accessory shops and restaurants.
The Commerce Ministry has found 329 companies in Chon Buri and Prachuap Khiri Khan that are suspected of breaching the Foreign Business Act by having Thais acting as nominees so that foreigners can hold majority control. The ministry is looking at cases in three other major tourism provinces - Surat Thani, Phuket and Krabi.
FBI agents stormed an underground bunker to rescue a five-year-old boy being held by an armed survivalist who died in the raid. Authorities were forced to act after growing concern for the suspect's mental state, observing him with a gun and ultimately ''fearing the child was in imminent danger.''
A facial reconstruction based on the skull of Richard III has revealed how the English king may have looked. A skeleton found under a car park in Leicester has been confirmed as that of the king. Richard was killed in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 at the age of 32 after just two years on the throne.'
Thai AirAsia's fleet modernisation marked a new chapter with its first Airbus A320 jet installed with energy-saving wing tips. AirAsia aims to to ''dominate'' the Thai skies, increasing coverage of Indochina and Burma (Myanmar). TAA has decided to suspend its Chiang Mai base, one of three Thai hubs, on March 1 this year as it looks to consolidate its Bangkok hub, Don Muang Airport.
YouTube has removed the 'Rosetta Stone Thai' spoof video clip produced by US late-night TV show's 'Saturday Night Live' that portrays Thailand in a negative light, mocking the country as a destination for sex tourists. Apinand Poshaya-nond, deputy permanent secretary for culture, has confirmed the removal.
Russian-born press baron Evgeny Lebedev has won a licence to run a new digital television station for Londoners, Britain's broadcasting regulator announced. The new London Live channel operated by Lebedev's Evening Standard Television will be the British capital's first dedicated television channel, broadcasting 18 hours a day to around four million homes.
Three young French male tourists filed a complaint at Pattaya Police Station, claiming they were beaten up by security guards whilst celebrating a birthday at the Mixx Discotheque at Bali Hai. Apparently, the tourists were mistaken for another group who were acting rowdily by throwing ice at other customers. They were supposedly beaten with batons and an electric shock device as they tried to exit from the club.
This year is expected to be a golden one for the hotel industry, with a parade of new openings in major tourism provinces thanks to improved political stability, which has created a better investment climate, and the upcoming Asean Economic Community single market in 2016. Major negotiations are underway in Phuket, Bangkok, Pattaya, Samui and Chiang Mai.
When the new look Phuket Outrigger (former Laguna Beach Resort) opens this March 15, it will be the only property in the destination resort to offer an exclusive club product. While club floors and lounges are a mainstay in urban business hotels, they are often left out of resorts.
Best Western International Inc, the world's second-largest closely held hotel chain, will open its first Burma property in 2013, taking advantage of friendlier investment rules and a shortage of rooms in the country. The Phoenix-based group is considering locations including Yangon and Mandalay.
Burma's government has reached an agreement with ethnic Kachin rebels to work to end a bloody conflict that has cast a shadow over the country's progress in moving away from almost half a century of repressive military rule.
Former Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Surin Pitsuwan, advocates for the bloc to take care of the Rohingya ethnic minority in Burma (Myanmar), one of its member states, at least in humanitarian terms.
A huge special economic zone called Iskandar for expatriate escapees from Singapore is one of over a dozen big-ticket projects under the Malaysian government's so-called economic transformation program, designed to help attract higher-value industries and boost foreign investment in the country.
Thunderbirds are back for a brand new series on ITV. The cult series will return to screens in 2015, 50 years after it first went on air. Called 'Thunderbirds Are Go!' the new series will combine CGI animation and live-action model sets, and will ''affectionately pay tribute'' to the classic show.
European police warned that the integrity of football was at stake as they revealed they had smashed a criminal network fixing hundreds of matches, including in the Champions League and World Cup qualifiers. A five-country probe had identified 380 suspicious matches targeted by a Singapore-based betting cartel.
Europol, the European Union's criminal investigations arm, said a Champions League match in England was believed to be corrupt and Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet reported it was Liverpool's 1-0 win over the Hungarian team Debrecen in the Champions League group stage. There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by Liverpool.
Fifa has called for longer prison sentences for criminals involved in match-fixing after Europol said more than 700 matches worldwide are suspected of having been manipulated.
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