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Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 Vol. 2 No. 5 25 Baht Out-of-court settlement agreed on, says dad British family feud nears end By PATRICK ROXAS The legal troubles that has hounded the relationship among members of a British family on Samui may finally come to an end after the parties involved recently agreed to an out-of-court settlement. Fred’s retirement villa Fred Lester, a retired will be forfeited in favor Englishman, told Samui of Alex and Jittanee. Gazette in an exclusive The agreement also interview he and his eldstipulates Fred has to est son Gregory have pay another Bt2 million yielded to the demands if the initial Bt2 million of his estranged son, is not paid on the said Alexander and his Thai girlfriend Jittanee “Judy” date. Fred confirmed he has Meunkid to pay them Bt2 to raise the amount and million in exchange for pay his son and Jittanee dropping the cases the on or before the October two have filed against 13, 2011 deadline or the them at the Suratthani family’s retirement villa Provincial Court. will be forfeited in favor Fred, 67, and Gregory, of Alex and his Thai girl44, has been locked in a friend. legal battle with Alex Although unsure where and Jittanee for some to get the Bt2 million as four years now over a of this writing, Fred said property and business he has agreed to the setownership dispute. tlement in order to get A copy of the out of back what is left of their court settlement obassets, which were tained by Samui Gazette frozen almost four years indicated that both Fred ago. and Gregory agreed to “Unfortunately what pay Alex and Jittanee Bt2 million on Oct. 13, 2011 or remains of our assets Turn to Page 3 all their assets, including UK MEDIA VISIT - Travel journalists from six top UK publications descended on the island recently to experience what Samui has to offer. From left: Christoph Leonhard, GM Amari Palm Reef Koh Samui; Jessica Flood, PR representative, HBS UK; Paul Scudamore, Travel Bulletin; Edward Gleave, OK! Extra Magazine; Sam Casey, Yorkshire Evening Post; Emma Dent, Bella; Duncan Forgan, ABTA and Scotland on Sunday; and Korawee Sapmanee,Communications Manager, Onyx Hospitality Group Top UK media visit Koh Samui TRAVEL journalists representing six top UK media publications checked in at the Amari Palm Reef Samui Resort recently to experience a little bit of the paradise that the island is and what the property offers to visitors. During their threenight stay, the press took in sights such as the Wat Samret and the rum distillery Magic Alambic, made a stop at Samui’s highest point overlooking the island from north to south, and tried out potential damages. More than 80 senior government officials and experts in agriculture and agricultural technology from both countries also attended the meeting. They exchanged opinions and experiences related to the maintenance of food security. The results of the Samui meeting will be compiled and presented to the “5th Thai-Indonesian Joint Agricultural Working Group Meeting” to be hosted again by Thailand next year. AGRI MEET - Members of the Thai and Indonesian delegations, led by their respective agriculture ministers, pose for posterity during a break in their recent Samui talks, which focused on food security. snorkelling in Angthong National Park. They also visited Koh Wau Ta Lap island, and ‘Talay Nai’ lagoon with its beautiful emerald-green water. Turn to Page 2 Thai, Indonesian agro ministers meet on Samui THREE related strategies on food security were drawn during the recent meeting of the agriculture ministers of Thailand and Indonesia, held on Koh Samui to discuss the issue. Thai Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Theera Wongsamut, met with his Indonesian counterpart at the Bhundhari Spa Resort and Villa on Koh Samui for the “2nd Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security,” hosted by Thailand. The main objective of the meeting was to ensure stability of food supplies in both countries. The two ministers agreed to jointly push forward three relevant strategies, which consist of the enhancement of both quantity and quality of produce by importing better seeds and fertilizers, the management of the usage and conservation of natural resources in an efficient way, and the application of information technology to the disaster warning and weather forecasting system in a bid to help save agriculturists from

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