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Crews on many fishing boats live and work in appalling conditions

'Slave' Ship Nabbed; Killer Blast Rocks Tianjin; Jimmy Carter Cancer Spreads; Dinghy Sinks, 70 Drown

Thursday, August 13, 2015
UPDATING All Day, Every Day At least 44 people have died and 520 injured in a series of massive explosions that ripped through warehouses in Tianjin, north-eastern China, shortly before midnight on Wednesday. D.C. Council member David Grosso said he is considering introducing legislation this fall that would decriminalise prostitution in the city and provide sex workers with resources to be safe and get out of the business if they want to.

AP The Indonesian fisheries minister says a massive Thai refrigerated cargo ship believed to be loaded with slave-caught fish has been seized by the navy and brought to shore after an AP report alerted authorities about its presence in the country's waters. The leader of Myanmar's ruling party has been removed from his post, an official said on Thursday, after a shock police swoop on party headquarters that laid bare a power struggle among key political players ahead of elections.

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

Top Stories On the occasion of Her Majesty the Queen's birthday and Mother's Day yesterday, Thais nationwide united to wear blue symbolising the Queen's birthday color and make merit or engage in social activities, while people also expressed gratitude to and went out with their mothers. Thailand's economy could feel a pinch if Chinese tourists balk at the higher cost of international travel a cheaper yuan will cause, said Krisda Chinavicharana, director-general of the Fiscal Policy Office at the Thai Finance Ministry. But Mr Krisda said any uptick in Chinese industrial activity from a cheaper yuan could help Thai exporters of items such as rubber, chemical products, plastic pellets and computer parts, which account for 55 percent of the country's exports to China. The United States is ''deeply concerned'' over last week's long prison terms for lese majeste and claimed, ''No one should be jailed'' for expressing their views.

Phuket World of People Massive, deadly explosions have erupted in the major Chinese port city of Tianjin, sending a fireball and mushroom cloud into the night sky and causing at least 17 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The explosions were sparked at a warehouse for dangerous material near the port, officials and state media outlets say Amnesty International has approved a policy to endorse the decriminalisation of the sex trade. At its decision-making forum in Dublin, the human rights group approved the resolution to recommend ''full decriminalisation of all aspects of consensual sex work''. You would never have guessed it, but Amnesty was once the most clear-headed and focused of organisations. Jimmy Carter, 90, the former US president who went on to become an indefatigable elder statesman and diplomatic troubleshooter, has disclosed that his liver cancer has spread. Almost 70 people drowned while trying to sail from Libya to Italy in an inflatable dinghy, survivors have reported. The migrants were in international waters when the vessel began to deflate shortly after leaving Libya. Motorists and passengers in England and Wales are being warned they will soon be breaking the law if they smoke in a vehicle carrying a person under 18. From October 1, they face fixed penalty fines of 50 pounds -with drivers at risk of being fined twice if they have failed to stop a passenger smoking and are smoking themselves. After five years of eluding prosecution on sexual assault accusations and an extradition warrant from the US, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is about to see Sweden's ability to prosecute him on three of the four allegations expire under the statute of limitations. Up to one billion passengers could have boarded AirAsia flights by 2025 as the group that pioneered budget air travel in Asia hopes to join the world's top airlines.

AP Hillary Rodham Clinton relented to months of demands that she relinquish the personal email server she used while secretary of state, directing the device be given to the Justice Department.

Around the Region India and Southeast Asia have far more dangerous roads than North America or Europe, according to the report. And Thailand tops the list of unsafe roads in all the countries we have travelled through.

Phuket World of Sport New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith will miss 6-10 weeks with a broken jaw after being ''cold-cocked'' by teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali in the locker room.

Coming Events on Phuket 2015

August 23-30 Por Tor (Hungry Ghost) Festival

September Quicksilver surf carnival at Patong beach

October 15-23 Phuket Vegetarian Festival

November Patong Festival

November 20 Laguna Phuket Triathlon

November 25 Loy Kratong festival

November 29 Challenge Laguna Phuket 2015

November 29 Phuket King's Cup Regatta

December 5 HM The King's Birthday

December 26 Tsunami memorial ceremonies


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Has anyone watched and have seen last night Perseids Perseids on the sky?

In W Phangnga unfortunately it was almost 100% overcast,and in addition NorthEastern direction view is obscured by mountains.

Posted by Sue on August 13, 2015 10:51


Dear Ed

Sometimes good things happen to good people.

Jane Dixon QC the human rights lawyer and Past President of Liberty Victoria has just been appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.

She wrote a letter to the Thai Ambassador in support of you, which letter was published in Phuketwan on Sunday 26 January 2015.

You and Khun Chutima have many supporters in high places.

Ian Yarwood
Solicitor - Perth, Australia

Posted by Ian Yarwood on August 13, 2015 13:06


Yes I did sue. Quite good for about 34 minutes until the clouds covered the sky again. I thought it was the second cumming.
Anyway the world is ending on the 13th or the 23rd of September 2015. May I ask all of you, to please sign cheques in my favour, for the 30th of September 2015?
That way, if we all pop off this mortal coil, nobody will be any the wiser.
However, if we don't, I will be a custodian of lots of money to help other folks.
Thank you.
P.S. My spell checker in Win 10 is useless as a bee in a hailstorm, microsoft take note.

Posted by Robin on August 13, 2015 13:15


Here is the link to the Thai refrigerated cargo ship believed to be loaded with slave-caught fish.

Posted by WhistleBlower on August 13, 2015 14:21


''No one should be jailed'' for expressing their views.

Why doesn't America practice what it preaches.

Posted by Tbs on August 13, 2015 19:37

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