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Scotland Votes No; Killers May Have Shared Smoke; Phuket Airport Ultimatum; New ISIS Victim; Lost Flight Anger

Friday, September 19, 2014
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ft.com Voter turnouts of up to 90 percent confirmed that the Scotland No camp's vaunted ''silent majority'' was turning out to reject independence.

AP President Barack Obama has decided not to impose sanctions against Malaysia and Thailand for failing to meet minimum standards in combating human trafficking.

reuters A man has shot and killed his daughter and six grandchildren in the small north Florida town of Bell, in what authorities have called a murder-suicide, according to media reports.

bangkokpost.com Airports of Thailand must shorten the delay that has plagued upgrades of Bangkok's Don Muang and Phuket airports to next July. Chairman Prasong Poontaneat, wants completion dates brought forward because it seems to be taking longer than expected. Phuket's new terminal was supposed to be opened in October.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/aviation/433089/aot-kicks-upgrades-into-overdrive

PhuketWATCH Daily Media Wrap


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

Today's Top News Items


news.com.au With no arrests and an apparent lack of new leads, it is unclear where the police investigation can turn after nearly four days scouring sparsely populated Koh Tao. Thailand's key high season for tourists is just two months away and authorities are desperate to reassure visitors after a year which saw takings slump because of political turmoil.

bangkokpost.com The search for the killers of two British tourists on Koh Tao has focussed on two men who shared a cigarette and whose semen was found on the murdered woman's body.

bbc.com Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has apologised for suggesting that tourists in bikinis were vulnerable to attack - unless they were unattractive. His comments came just days after two British holidaymakers were murdered on a beach on Koh Tao.

nationmultimedia.com The number of air travellers from the United Kingdom to Thailand has not been affected by the murders of two British nationals at a resort island in the South of Thailand, airline officials said.

afp International travel numbers rose 4.6 percent in the first half of 2014, boosted by strong growth in the rest of Asia, and in the Americas and parts of Europe, the World Tourism Organisation said.

Latest on the Ebola Outbreak


reuters Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said. Authorities in the region are faced with widespread fears, misinformation and stigma.

Phuket World of People


bbc.com A new video has been released showing a British man believed to be held hostage by Islamic State (IS) militants. The man says he is journalist John Cantlie and that he is a prisoner.

theage.com.au All that is needed for an Islamic State attack to occur in Australia is a ''determined individual, a knife, an iPhone and a victim,'' Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, adding that it was feared the alleged terrorist plot foiled in Sydney would have been carried out ''within days''.

csmonitor.com Australian authorities have charged two people and arrested several more in a massive sting operation over an alleged Islamic State-related plot to abduct and publicly behead a member of the public in Sydney.

theage.com.au Australian security police have seized the passports of several of the Melbourne relatives and associates of jailed terror cell leader Abdul Nacer Benbrika as they investigate cell members for recruiting local jihadists to fight in Syria and Iraq.

Phuket Update Popular brewer ThaiBev has reacted to complaints about booze being connected with next week's nine-day no-alcohol Phuket Vegetarian Festival by removing green Chang logos signifying the company's beer product and replacing them with blue logos associated with the company's bottled water. Chang is a festival sponsor, with logos on traditional yellow street flags.

Phuket Update Police on Phuket are investigating claims that three youths attacked a British couple on a motorcycle as they slowed to negotiate a speedbump in a quiet street in Thalang. Wednesday night's attack was brief, the couple said, and they were not injured. Police say they've never recorded a previous assault of this kind and urged motorcyclists to avoid quiet, dark roads.

Phuket Update Doctors have urged the mother of a newborn found dead in garbage in a small Patong street to come forward in case she needs medical or psychiatric treatment.

cbsnews.com The unborn baby of a Chicago teenager suspected of murdering her mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase while on vacation in Bali is reportedly getting its own attorney.

contactmusic.com 'Twilight' star Jackson Rathbone suffered a near-death experience when the pilot of a plane he was a passenger on in the US was forced to make an emergency landing after an engine exploded.

cnn.com A foreign language can be the best aphrodisiac, so we went in search of the hottest accents.

Around the Asean Region


news.com.au Malaysia Airlines has issued an angry rejection of a book proposing to know what happened to flight MH370, and threatened legal action against its authors. A strongly worded statement issued by the airline said it was appalled by the claim the pilot ''intentionally turned off the oxygen supply in the cabin and activated the autopilot feature''.

usatoday.com German private detectives, acting on behalf of a mysterious client, are offering a $30 million reward for evidence showing who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 that crashed in eastern Ukraine with 298 passengers and crew aboard.

channelnewsasia.com Almost 200 hotspots detected in South Sumatra in Indonesia have blanketed several regions of the island in a haze, affecting neighboring countries Singapore and Malaysia.

dvb.no Only eight percent of displaced Muslim children in western Burma's Rakhine State have access to secondary education, according to a senior education coordinator.

bloomberg Vietnam has introduced a rule compelling state-owned companies to list shares more quickly following initial public offerings (IPO) in an attempt to accelerate a privatisation program lagging behind schedule.

Phuket World of Sport


businesstimes.com.sg Singapore will be counting on its marquee Formula One race to help make up for a 30 per cent drop in Chinese tourists this year. The three-day event, including the night street race, clocks more than S$100 million in tourism receipts and opens a window on the country for a global television audience.

telegraph.co.uk After 260 years, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, based at St Andrews, has voted to let women join as members following years of protests.

Coming Events on Phuket 2014


nationmultimedia.com Phuket's famous Vegetarian Festival returns to the resort town next Wednesday and almost all the locals and many of the visitors will be refraining from consuming meat or alcohol and shunning sex for the entire nine days.

September 24-October 2 Vegetarian Festival, Phuket

October 23 Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

November 6 Loy Kratong

November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket

December 5 King's Birthday

December 10 Constitution Day

December 25 Christmas Day

December 26 10th Anniversary, 2004 Tsunami

December 31 New Year's Eve

Coming Events on Phuket 2015


February 13-15 Phuket Yacht Show

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Slow down, the Phuket new building will be finnished in October. The builders just forgot, as always, to mention what year?

Posted by Robin on September 19, 2014 09:29

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President Barack Obama has decided not to impose sanctions against Malaysia and Thailand for failing to meet minimum standards in combating human trafficking.

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FAULT.
They will never learn - at least it is a past experience.

Posted by Sue on September 19, 2014 14:33

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It is hard to learn from future experiences!

Posted by Manowar on September 19, 2014 15:56

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So the vote is in and Scotland has voted to remain within the United Kingdom. How very disappointing for those that voted to be an independent Scottish nation. A terrible blow but a future referendum is sure to be on the cards in the future.

One thing is for sure and that is the No voters cannot claim a massive victory given how close it was. Percentages and statistics are one thing, but it was far closer than most thought possible.

Now the vote is finalised, hopefully this will bring about a badly needed reformation of the British constitution and a fairer more equitable sharing responsibilities. It will hopefully awaken Westminster to the reality that the UK does not start and end within the M25.

Next to come will be the referendum on whether the UK will remain within the EU. For Westminster, read Brussels, for Salmond read Cameron and it will be a re-run. Certainly both sides, pro and anti Europe will have taken many lessons from the Scottish referendum.

Many in the UK are tired of being dictated to by the EU and Brussels. Tired of having its national identity, laws and borders being eroded by laws, rules and regulations disctated by others. Tired of having illegal immigrants flood in, despite the rules and laws, tired of those illegal immigrants being allowed to remain by Brussels. Tired of supporting failing or failed EU member states, predominately former eastern block countries. Tired of having those people coming into the UK and sponging off the welfare and NHS.

There is a growing tide of those that want to leave the EU and who can blame them? I envy those countries that aren't tied to such a mill stone. It's not about isolationism, racism or nationalism. It's about fixing the UK. Too long the UK has been the goto nation of America. It's about time the UK put itself first, stop apologising for being a former Emire and sort the UK out, before giving handouts to the sick nations of Europe. Too long these people have taken ungrateful advantage of a generous nation and it's time it stops. Let others do their bit for a change.

The only way to do that is to free itself from the shackles of Brussels and the EU, a failed experiment in unity.

Posted by Lord Melchett on September 19, 2014 18:08

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@ Lord Melchett. I agree with you. The NO voters believed in the fairy politicians delivering on their promises. They should come and chat to the rice farmers here, to learn if politicians are honorable. England is no longer full of English persons but full of other breeds and they are being pussy whipped into believing they will be ok.

Posted by Robin on September 19, 2014 20:28

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@Lord Melchett

Establish the facts first, and only then comment on them:

"the No voters cannot claim a massive victory given how close it was"
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2,001,926 NO
1,617,989 YES
383937 margin??? or ???24%
???Is TWENTY FOUR percentage points or, roughly one fourth of Yes voters, that CLOSE? ???You've disremembered the laws of arithmetic that you last time studied in school 50 years ago.

" stop apologising for being a former Emire???"
???"people have taken ungrateful advantage of a generous nation "???
???"Tired of having illegal immigrants flood in, despite the rules and laws, tired of those illegal immigrants being allowed to remain by Brussels. ???"
?????????" Tired of having those people coming into the UK and sponging off the welfare and NHS. ???"
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???"Illegal immigrants" obviously came from outside EU - namely, from the former Crown colonies, that the Empire allowed too giving its (moral) liability toward thereof. The fact that the Empire wasn't very successful in integrating them into a mainstream society, and many of them never had any employment record, it only the Empire's fault, nobody's else, it had to work harder, be more inventive and creative in designing tools and methods how to engage these people with more success.
Greater India, Caribbean, part of Africa - these were these are the places where these people came, and by allowing them in the Empire pays the bill that is long overdue.
Your, Lord Melchett, well-being like a pension assets or other assets, thank to which which you' re now have an opportunity so blissfully and worry-free care about a dung of your pony in tropical climate, undoubtedly is built in its part on sucking blood from colonies and exploiting them.
???But the Empire's bills on it has been never settled???.

Let's take Rohingya issue, who have been forcefully moved by British as a cheap labor: besides current Myanmar authorities responsibility, it is even more of the former Empire to settle the issue that this people do not suffer, at least diverge part of the former Empire assets like 10,000USD [er head in ten years, to re-settle the community, establish infrastructure and tech them modern skills - yes yes, share your money! probably your pension could get few tens pounds smaller as a result, or your income tax rate will be up by 1%, but that what the UK ultimately will have to do, early or later:it is by far not the end, it is only beginning. Germany settled successfully so many WWII related claims, so the former Empire is not in very different position,and have to settle its bills

?????????" the EU, a failed experiment in unity.???"??????
"Next to come will be the referendum on whether the UK will remain within the EU. "
"Many in the UK are tired of being dictated to by the EU and Brussels. Tired of having its national identity, laws and borders being eroded by laws, rules and regulations disctated by others. ???"???
So the vote is in and Scotland has voted to remain within the United Kingdom. How very disappointing for those that voted to be an independent Scottish nation. A terrible blow but a future referendum is sure to be on the cards in the future.
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Chamberlain's son, Lord Melchett, while cleaning pony's dung, lost the point, that the European Union in first has been formed for geopolitical reason to decrease probability of a next major war in Europe. All the rest of issues related to what is the EU and its features are subordinate to that goal.
But, yes Lord Melchett's, Chamberlain's "genes" of brain cells say to him : Money comes FIRST:
let's launder all the money stolen around the world by corrupt politicians and officers, let's provide them with the best real estate, banking and financial services, residence permits, because they brings us so much many and so easy: lawyers and accountants of all kinds, bankers, agents, construction industry, and of course bell-boys, gardeners, waiters and plumbers who serves, are so happy to see these.
These money makes Brits well-off, but other, mostly already poor countries, become even poor, because the UK likes to accept stolen money, and AMLO seems to be non-existent.

"British connection" : absolute majority of offshore destinations used to suck blood from poor nations today, either by form of tax evasion, or simply to hide stolen in course of corruption . are crown dependencies under the UK jurisdiction: BVI, Cayman is. Guernsey, Jersey, Bermuda, TCI as well as Bermuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, Gibraltar, that because of lack of political will of UK to cut robbing other countries budgets for the benefits of the UK lawyers, accountants and their gardeners.

" It's not about isolationism"
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Open a lid to see the world:
You foolishly forgot that 4 main freedom for the UL beyond the EU will be curtailed,and it applies as well to Brits working and living in the EU, to the City that will become to big degree irrelevant if it will be beyond the EU,. as well as freedom of movement of UK produced goods as well as most of services. ???

Removing UK from the EU either to EFTA/EEA member status or similar to Switzerland, will only remove UK ability to influence EU decisions at all: EFTA members receive the EU laws that they have to adopt : by fax:" and without a lot of discussions, and if these laws are not transposed, then there will be simply no access to the EU marker. Waste majority of the EU laws are within an area that to be adopted by EFTA members.??????

You foolishly again forgot that it is the FORMER empire, that share in global economy dropped from ca.4% 30 years ago to roughly 2% today, and will continue to drop.


You better talk about the things you know well - your pony dung, not about the thing which you simply don't understand, since your irrelevance on these issues is astounding, and is aking those retired, but also retarded law enforcement officer of BVI -who being appointed there as cop, prosecutor and judge, in McMillan case convicted a person in murder that took palce on Tortola is. basing on only evidence - cellmate, serial criminal's , compulsive liar's evidence that the man allegedly confessed to him about murder.
Degree of their dementia correlates well with the one on your opinions on the EU and world affairs.

So continue to indulge yourself with selfmisinforming , take a warm bath full of illusions decorated with rose petals and hand-picked selected granules of organic Grand Cru pony dung of "Melchett Shallow" brand

Posted by Sue on September 20, 2014 03:45

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Sue, once again you have shown your lack of education and proving again that the suggestion of any competence in either science of mathematics is fantasy.

Total voters approx. 3,620,000
Yes voters 1,618,000 or 44.7%
No voters 2,002,000 or 55.3%

The margin is therefor 10.6% not 24% as you again incorrectly state.

The requirement for change would have required 5.35 in every 100 no voters to vote yes, for the yes vote to have succeeded.

If you want me to explain how that works please ask and I will have my 7 year old son explain it to you.

Posted by Manowar on September 20, 2014 06:04

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@Manowar: Why continue flogging a dead horse? I think we've all had enough of Sue and if the Ed can take a hint from a near Oscar Wilde quote: 'By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the likes of Sue'. Really it shouldn't be like that.
If he/she/it had something coherent to say then publish it. If it lacks substance and is full of garbled pomposity, then just ditch it. Let's get back to how it was!

Posted by Pete on September 20, 2014 08:14

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Pete, agreed and will refrain where possible

Posted by Manowar on September 20, 2014 08:44

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Hahahahahaha hahahaha!
@Stupid. You really are a wit. "establish the facts and then only comment on them..." My how funny you are. You would not know a fact if it came up and slapped you in your porcine face. That's as far as I read your tripe I am afraid. I am not ready for sleep yet.

I am a British citizen and an Englishman with Scottish ancestry so am eminently more qualified than some keyboard troll like you, who believes that their view is correct based upon no knowledge. And you're clearly not from the UK, most likely some backward eastern block backwaters.

I shan't even bother to try dissecting your recent offering of tripe because that would be pointless; yet again you make no sense. I think I shall start calling you Thrush from here on in. Not that you would understand that.

There's a growing number of people within the UK who want to exit the EU. Fact. The EU is a failed experiment. Fact. I am not going to bother debating or trying to educate you. It's like flogging a dead donkey. Pointless and messy.

I am fairly pro life but after trying to read your incompressible pastings, I've decided I am in favor of abortion in cases of incest.

You appear to think you're so clever, I bet you could sit on a carton of ice cream and tell what flavor it is.

Honestly I'd like to see things from your point of view but I can't seem to get my head that far up my as.

Now seriously, get yourself to the doctors. The symptoms are quite simple.....Diarrhoea of the mouth; constipation of the ideas.

It's a real shame the Phuket authorities didn't know about you before clearing the beaches. They could have just sent you in, with your camera and you could have sucked the life out of the place. The owners would have had no choice but to close.

Now I really must get back to completing my manure statue dedicated to you. Chin chin...

Posted by Lord Melchett on September 20, 2014 13:41

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Lord Melchett, can I assume you won't be inviting the East European gypsies back this coming polo season for work experience in the correct preparation of a polo field. Was is just too hard or did the pony's raise objections?

Posted by Manowar on September 20, 2014 15:59

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My dear Sue, this is your Papa???. Your mother is very upset since your escape from camp. He say to me every morning, when Sue came home, he is my best daughter.
We read now we find you publish ideals on computer screen. These people you talk to, they are bad, not understand how we think.
Who is this boyfriend of you, Mr Google, he feed your brain with all funny idea. Your brother, Mary, she say to me, Sue now very important person, he can print words very long and not makes sense to me.
You know, I obtain you best education a plumber dad and cereal box can provide. Your brothers wife, your sister, she want same educational as ewe but cannot buy much boxes now, since Papas plumbing business shut down after Chernobyl cleanup finish. Mama is still iron worker in abestos mine. They say she like you, balls of steel, but I never see that side.
We see you are woman of world now, can communicate good on politicals. and country.
We cannot think what you say but we not educate same as ewes.
Many big events happening in family trailer park soon, aunt Jakob bond with your niece Vlad now he separate from his sister.
We also test regular for side effects of nuclear, no problems except still hard to sleep night because face glow in dark. No problem with genetic, they say random that we have 2 groups of Siamese twins.
We glad you fit in new environ well and peoples respect you educate.

Posted by Sues Dad on September 21, 2014 05:39

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@ sues dad. You are talking cr - -. I know sue very well and every time I visit her mom, her dad comes to greet me. He normally barks and wags his tail. So you are an imposter sir.

Posted by Dingo on September 21, 2014 09:31

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Dingo, her mum, he tell me you deliver some meat but not tell me deliver bone as well!

Posted by Sues Dad on September 21, 2014 10:58


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