Tourism News

Tourism News Phuketwan Tourism News
facebook recommendations


Sign up now for our News Alert emails and the latest breaking news plus new features.

Click to subscribe

Existing subscribers can unsubscribe here


Kidnap Aussie Found in Grave; Lawyers Protest Over Foreigners; PM to Host Trafficking Summit; Aussie Mum Seeks Thai Justice

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
UPDATING All Day, Every Day Kidnapped 38-year-old Australian Hells Angles motorcycle gang member Wayne Rodney Schneider was found dead in an improvised roadside grave in Chonburi province. A police team went to the area as indicated by the GPS signal from a hired pickup and found a recently disturbed piece of soil and after one hour of digging, the naked body of a man was recovered. Announcing the birth of their baby girl this morning, Mark Zuckerberg has said that he'll give away 99 percent of his Facebook shares - worth $45bn - committing himself to improving the world his daughter will live in.

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 Stories Thai lawyers were getting ready to launch a rally in Bangkok today to voice their objection to an amendment to the Thailand Lawyers Act 1985, which would reportedly allow foreigners to practice law in the Kingdom. An explosion near a metro station in Istanbul, Turkey, injured at least five people and brought the transport system to a halt. The US FAA has downgraded Thailand's aviation sector, setting the stage for further bans of Thai-registered airlines worldwide.

Human Trafficking in Thailand Editorial: Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha has been clear about the importance of addressing human trafficking. His specific orders have led to dozens of arrests. On Friday, he will host the government's second international ''migrant summit'' in six months. His foreign ministry said it is clear that ''more needs to be done to solve this problem effectively and permanently.''

Phuket World of People An Aussie mother staged a sit in at the Thai Parliament to complain about rampant corruption in Thailand. The victim is her son Jack Hansen-Bartel a former studentsof the New International School in Thailand (NIST) who was savagely beaten in a police controlled party bar in Koh Samui. An arrest warrant has been issued for a 26-year-old Australian man for allegedly conspiring with four others to kidnap an Australian motorcycle gang leader from his home in Pattaya. In the early hours of Monday morning, Wayne Rodney Schneider was beaten unconscious outside his home in Pattaya, 260 kilometres south of Bangkok, and taken away by five masked men in a black utility truck. Editorial: Rather than directing protests against the US ambassador and other foreign critics of the lese majeste law, the military junta, the conservative elite and the ultra-nationalists should be addressing the points of contention.

aap An Australian journalist who was found not guilty of defamation has now found himself in legal limbo after the Thai public prosecutor was granted a further 30-day extension to lodge an appeal against the verdict. The unexpected extension has left Phuket journalist Alan Morison, publisher of Phuketwan, and Thai reporter Chutima Sidasthian anxious about the future. South Korea and Thailand began accelerated development programs about the same time as the US began its moon shots. Two of three have succeeded.

afp The International New York Times said its printer in Thailand removed a piece on the moribund state of the kingdom's economy, forcing the edition to carry blank spaces including on the front page. It is the second time in the last 10 weeks that the paper has said its local printer declined to run an article in a country where media freedoms have been increasingly curtailed since last year's military takeover. A tourist who drowned in a hotel swimming pool on a dream holiday in Thailand had ''never been so happy,'' an inquest heard. Rachel Turner, 42, found face down in a swimming pool on Koh Chang on May 17, had four times the legal limit of alcohol in her blood. Sandwell Coroner's Court made a ruling of . accidental death.

AP The printer of the International New York Times in Thailand refused to print an article portraying a gloomy outlook for the country, leaving in its place a large blank space at the centre of Tuesday's front page.

Phuket Update Keemala, the latest high-end resort to open on Phuket's west coast, officially opened to guests with its 38 pool cottages, tree houses and villas overlooking Kamala Village and the Andaman Sea. ''Tree Pool Houses'' use building techniques to give the impression that the structures are suspended from trees.

reuters Fishing boats carrying decomposed corpses have washed ashore in Japan in recent weeks, leading to speculation they are rickety North Korean vessels that have strayed dangerously far from port under the impoverished nation's push to boost its catch.

afp New York became the first US city to adopt salt warnings on restaurant menus for food containing more than the daily recommended limit, in a bid to fight heart disease. Ghana's fight against corruption has been dealt another setback after the country was ranked as the second most corrupt African nation behind South Africa. Among gifts for president Obama in 2014 now-former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott sent Obama a ''9.5' white and blue longboard with friendship flags and the Presidential Seal.'' To complete the image of cool, he threw in a pair of ''black leather boots.''

Around the Region

reuters Malaysia plans to raise the minimum age for alcohol consumption from 18 to 21, it said in a filing to the World Trade Organisation. It did not say when the change would take place, but said it was part of a strategy aiming to prevent underage drinking and limit the accessibility of alcohol to high risk groups.

Phuket World of Sport City Football Group, which owns Manchester City, have announced a $400m investment from a Chinese consortium that buys it a 13 percent stake and values CFG at $3bn, with Khaldoon Al Mubarak, the chairman, stating this will ''leverage the incredible potential that exists in China''.

afp In-form Kevin De Bruyne struck twice as Premier League leaders Manchester City overpowered Hull City 4-1 to lead three top-flight teams into the League Cup semis.

afp There were no positive drug tests detected before or during the 2015 World Cup in England, the sport's global governing body, World Rugby, announced.

Coming Events on Phuket 2015

November 29 Phuket King's Cup Regatta

December 5 HM The King's Birthday

December 26 Tsunami memorial ceremonies

Coming Events on Phuket 2016

January 7-10 Phuket International Boat Show


Comments have been disabled for this article.



Posted by James on December 2, 2015 08:57

Editor Comment:

What James meant to say: I'm really sorry, Ed, that Phuketwan is closing. It's the best source of news not just on Phuket but from around the region and the world. I will miss your fantastic free service. My humble apologies for being a troll without a brain. It comes naturally to me. I'm a vindictive, selfish person, which is why you, as my complete opposite, have my enduring admiration.


Why not publishing James letter for better comparison?

Posted by herbert on December 2, 2015 11:16

Editor Comment:

Anonymous trolls are only encouraged by publication of their malicious outpourings, herbert.


Good on Zuckerberg. $450 mil should keep him fairly comfortable ...

Blank spaces on the front cover of the Intl. NY Times ?!? Wow. Where can I buy a copy ?

Posted by James on December 2, 2015 12:32

Saturday January 23, 2021
Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa


Facebook Twitter