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A player is repaired during a friendly rugby match between Phuket Vagabonds and a USS Nimitz team at Thanyapura. The Nimitz sails today

Unrest Rips Turkey; Boatpeople Caged in Phang Nga; Aussie Guard Slept, German Fled; M, F and Third Sex

Saturday, June 1, 2013
UPDATES All Day, Every Day Turkey is entering a second day of violent protests, with fresh clashes between police and demonstrators in Istanbul and the capital, Ankara. The protest began as a sit-in over plans to redevelop Gezi Park in Istanbul's Taksim Square, but escalated after police used tear gas.

afp Sri Lanka and Thailand called for enhanced defense and maritime security cooperation to tackle terrorism, President Mahinda Rajapakse's office said. [In other words, boatpeople.]

TNN India and Thailand signed a treaty for the extradition of fugitives wanted for terrorism, transnational crimes, economic offences and other serious crimes which will shortly eliminate a safe haven for criminals wanted in India.

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. Headline: Rohingya kept crammed into filthy cages in Thailand. Quote from one Rohingya: ''We have no peace, we are dying here. We are stuck in this cage.'' This place typically hosts five to 15 men - not 276 - and the smell of sweat, urine and human waste was overpowering. The heat and mosquitos were oppressive and the men seemed to share a deep sense of despondency. Our translator was forced to plead with them not to kill themselves.
THE crowded dormitory cells filmed in Phang Nga Immigration, north of Phuket, are comparable with Phuket Prison, where inmates are jammed solid and cannot move after dark. The Rohingya, however, are not allowed out of their ''cages'' to exercise. A spokesman from Thailand's Foreign Ministry said: ''The Thai authorities concerned are aware of the crowdedness issue of the existing immigration facilities. That notwithstanding, alternative arrangements are being identified, and this is a matter of priority.''

Cruel Cages North of Phuket

Where Boatpeople Are Kept in Inhumane Conditions

Phuketwan Thai authorities are not especially fussed about crowded conditions for Rohingya caged in Thailand as long as it delivers the message: Don't come here. You will not be treated well. A fugitive being escorted from Australia back to Germany has demonstrated how he slipped away from his Australian security escort and left Suvarnabhumi airport through an exit door to a VIP building. The German ex-convict said he simply wanted to enjoy Bangkok's tourist sites before going home. Carlo Konstantin Kohl, 25, told police he had heard about Patpong, khao San Road and Soi Cowboy. Kohl said his Australian guards were asleep. Personal wealth growth in Australia (10.4pc) has outpaced Europe (5.2) and the United States (7.8) but it was behind China (19.7), Hong Kong (12.5) and India (12.6). Thailand is struggling to legalise hundreds of thousands of migrant workers. Unregulated brokers are taking advantage of the situation and overcharging by as much as 700 percent to help register them. Three Malaysians and two Thais are behind bars after an assault on a bodyguard accompanying a member of Malaysian royalty holidaying on Phuket. A source said the Malaysian men were part of the entourage and the incident was an ''internal affair that will be dealt with when they return to Malaysia''. Investigators have found that a maintenance blunder forced the crew of a British Airways jet to make an emergency landing at Heathrow last week with one engine on fire, after an engineer left access panels on both engines unlatched. Thailand's fishing industry is a global powerhouse. It exports around $7.3 billion worth of seafood annually, making it the planet's third-biggest exporter after China and Norway. But the length of its coastline alone isn't what got Thailand there. Instead, it probably has more to do with the fantastic profitability of its business model. Specifically, the labor inputs: brutally underpaid laborers, and often outright slavery. Thirty anti-smoking agencies will soon submit a letter asking the government and Finance Ministry about measures to prohibit cigarette companies from taking part in Corporate social responsibility activities. People who do not identify as male or female have achieved formal legal recognition in Australia for the first time. The NSW Court of Appeal ruled in favor of activist 'Norrie' and overturned a decision that everyone must be listed as a man or a woman with the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages. From his refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr a ''well-known liar'' whose ''ignorance is only eclipsed by his arrogance''. New press restrictions are due to come into effect in Singapore, requiring news websites to apply for licences. Singaporean journalists and bloggers are criticising a new media regulation that they believe will stifle independent news and information about the country.

afp Veteran US talk show host Larry King has announced he is joining Russia Today, a Kremlin-funded English-language TV station that primarily broadcasts Moscow's views on world affairs.

AP A New Mexico man faces multiple charges after police say he was having sex with a woman while driving drunk and crashed, ejecting the woman from the vehicle.

Phuket World Sports Wrap Samantha Stosur has progressed to the third round of the French Open with a 6-4 6-3 win against Kristina Mladenovic. Sir Bradley Wiggins has been ruled out of defending his Tour de France title because illness and injury have left him insufficient time to train for it.

REIGNING World Champion Pete ''PJ'' Jacobs has confirmed he will race the inaugural Challenge Laguna Phuket half distance triathlon on December 1 - setting up an intriguing contest with fellow Australian Chris ''Macca'' McCormack, the defending title-holder and two-time World Champion, for a slice of the race's 25,000 Euro prize purse.

Phuket Coming Events 2013

June 9 Laguna Phuket International Marathon

June 22-24 Baba style traditional wedding, Old Phuket Town

July 6-7 Phuket Air Show and Family Picnic, Phuket Air Park

July 17-21 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek

July 22 Arsarnha Bucha Day

August 12 HM The Queen's Birthday

October 5-13 Phuket Vegetarian Festival

October 23 Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

October 29-November 3 Womens' volleyball, Karon beach

November 9 Asian Cup Triathlon Sprint, Patong

November 10 ITU Long Distance Series triathlon, Patong

November 17 Loy Kratong Day

November 24-December 1 Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest. Laguna Phuket

December 5 HM The King's birthday

Phuket Coming Events 2014

January 9-12 Phuket International Boat Show, Royal Phuket Marina

November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket


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A question often on my mind about Singapore and its strict regulations is; will Leeq uan Yu bequeath Singapore back to the publice when he dies or will the Lee family maintain ownership?

Posted by Plastik bin Lina on June 1, 2013 12:15

Editor Comment:

I am not sure what you are implying but the New York Times lost a libel case for inferring that there was a connection between the election of the current Prime Minister and his father. Lee was not corruptible. The whole family is ''clean.'' Perhaps you are merely referring to Lee's pervasive influence as 'ownership'? Any other interpretation would be foolish.


It is horrifying to watch the Channel4 video from the cells at Phang-Nga immigration. These people are NO criminals and yet they are treated worse than animals. How can the responsible officials go home to their beloved families and have a good nights sleep after a day at work?
This just show a completely lack of humanity. Disgraceful.

Posted by OJ on June 2, 2013 07:41

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