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SIX LIVES LOST Crash survivors Ms Wah, 21, left, and Ms May-Win, 41, in bed, recover from the accident that claimed the lives of six people last weekend.

DRIVER NOT TO BLAME: VICTIM The Thai driver, who was killed along with five of his passengers last weekend, is not too blame for the accident, says one of the survivors. Six people died in the accident which occurred on the road to the Big Buddha when a pickup truck carrying 25 Burmese construction work-

ers clipped a six-wheeled bus carrying 12 Australian tourists and overturned. Speaking to The Phuket News from her hospital ward, passenger Ms Wah, 29, said the driver Thongdaeng Piwjan, 41, was a good driver and was not at fault. “The driver is the construc-

tion sub-contractor of the project that hired our Burmese worker group. He volunteered himself to take us to visit the Big Buddha. He drove quite slowly and carefully,” Ms Wah said. Five of the Burmese died at the scene, while another thirteen and the Thai driver

were taken to hospital for treatment. The driver later died from his injuries. Six of the injured remain in the intensive care unit of Vachira Hospital. Most are suffering from broken bones and head injuries. No one on the tourist bus

– operated by tour company Siam Safari – was hurt. The crash occurred on the dangerous bend on Big Buddha hill which has been the scene of a number of serious accidents in recent years. Continued page 2 Second accident on hill P2 Road being widened P2





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Accidents prompt work to widen perilous hill road

Work is currently underway to widen the dangerous stretch of road that claimed the lives of six people at the weekend. The construction, which began Monday, is being funded and organised by the Phra Phuttha Ming MongkholSatthar 45 Foundation (Big Buddha Foundation), with some donations also coming from the public. Foundation president Mr Suporn Vanichkul said the work was vital to decrease the number of accidents on the perilous bend which leads up to the Big Buddha, the scene of a number of serious accidents in recent years. He told The Phuket News that “This is the way to respect the Big Buddha. No one wants to see more accidents, so I decided to take on this responsibility immediately to ensure the safety of our local people.” He also warned drivers to check their vehicles before tackling the hill, and to limit

A tuk-tuk makes its way slowly around the perilous bend. the weight or number of passengers being transported to avoid a repeat of the weekend’s accident. It is hoped the construction will be completed within a week, although engineering difficulties may cause minor delays, Mr Suporn said. Chalong police Supt Col Kraithong Janthongbai was at the site today inspecting progress of the work, while police officers were also present directing traffic. The 18 metre stretch of land being used for the expansion was donated by the four owners.

Mr Suporn Vanichkul (white suit) supervises the construction work to expand the road.

While political tensions boil in Bangkok, the Election Commission is quietly preparing for the upcoming national election by training election officials throughout the country. But on Tuesday (April 19), Thailand Election Commissioner Sodsri Sattayatham made some not-so-quiet assertions of the readiness of the commission to stage the election and on the divided political environment. “I can confidently say on

behalf of the commission that we are ready to do our work. We are now just waiting to see if the PM will go ahead and dissolve parliament next month as he has indicated.” She made the statement at the start of a five-day training course for election officials at the Royal Phuket City Hotel this week, which ends Saturday (April 23). She also voiced an opinion on speculation that the military will attempt to influence

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the outcome of the election by preventing the Puea Thai Party, loyal to former PM Thaksin Shinawatra, from taking power. “As I am a normal citizen, I don’t think a coup will benefit anyone or will help improve the country,” she said. She said most people would not want to see the country take a backward step from democracy by having a dictatorial administration, and urged participation from every side.

She also reinforced the strict lese majeste rules enforced by the commission, saying parties who breach them can expect to face punishment. “I would like every party to respect the rules. Our monarchy is respected by everyone, therefore each party should consider carefully their campaign actions.” Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiwa has said he will dissolve parliament next month.

Faulty brakes, overloading cause of crash Continued from page 1 The horrific images of one of the deceased – three-year-old Burmese girl Nanja – ignited intense media debate this week over who should take responsibility for the consequences of the accident. While no individual accountability has been laid, police said faulty brakes were the most likely cause of the accident. Ms Mee, 30, step-sister of one of the injured, told The Phuket News that no one realised the brakes were in trouble until the pickup began its descent down the hill. She said the condition of the truck was not roadworthy. O n e of t h e i nj u r e d ,

29-year-old Burmese Ms Wah, who is also taking care of her injured 41-year-old sister, Ms May-Win, said she smelled something burning in the engine just before the accident. She passed out suddenly and woke up again in hospital. Phuket Provincial Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (ODPM) Chief San Jantawong said that while the accident was likely to have been caused by faulty brakes on the pickup truck, its overloading of passengers also contributed to the high death toll. “The ODPM, traffic police and transport officials need to help each other to prevent such accidents from happening. A pickup truck is designed to

transport goods and not this many people. This is a major lesson for other pickup truck drivers on the road,” Mr San said. A similar accident in central Thailand last week also claimed the lives of 16 Burmese migrant workers in an overcrowded pickup truck. Of the eight people who died on Phuket’s roads over Songkran, six were Burmese migrants. The employer of the injured and dead Burmese has taken responsibility for arranging funerals for the deceased and taking care of the injured. During the Songk ran holiday, ODPM said road safety officers checked vehicles around the island some 60,000

times, booking 4,207 drivers and riders for having no licence, not wearing helmets,

being drunk, speeding, not wearing safety belts and using mobile phones while driving.

More carnage on Buddha hill Another accident occurred Tuesday morning on the road that claimed the lives of five Burmese migrant workers and their Thai driver at the weekend. The t r uck car r ying chopped rubber trees overturned on the same bend of Big Buddha hill as the fatal accident. The driver suffered only minor injuries, but it added

to growing calls for authorities to address the dangerous stretch of road. Pol Lt Nithikorn Rawang of Chalong Police Station said the driver, whose identity has not been revealed, left his truck in neutral gear during the ride down the hill. The injured driver was taken to Vachira Hospital Phuket for treatment.



Still no solution to taxi dispute Phuket authorities are still desperately trying to resolve a dispute with local taxi drivers to prevent a repeat of this year’s Deep Sea Port blockades, as a meeting on Wednesday failed to find a solution. The port, a gateway for thousands of cruise ship passengers who enter Phuket on day-trips, has been the target of several blockades by local taxi drivers who say their clients are being stolen by tour operators. The blockades have damaged the image of Phuket as a cruise ship destination, with some now seeking alternative stopover destinations. “It’s excessively damaging

to Phuket tourism,” said Bhurit Maswongsa, Vice President of Phuket Tourist Association (PTA). “Some tour agencies have consequently shifted their customers from Phuket to Khao Lak and other destinations such as Malasia and Singapore. Phuket has been promoted as an insecure place with a high risk of scams and rip-offs.” Mr Bhurit said that many illegal taxis were operating around the port, lured by the high potential returns from tourists who have no other means of transport from the more remote eastern side of the island. Mr Meythee Tanmanatrakul, the honorable consultant

to the Southern Thai Hotels Association, pointed out that a taxi driver can earn $US50 (B1,500) for a half day trip, and $US80 (B2,400) for a full day. With 10 to 12 cruise shops arriving in Phuket each month, taxi drivers can earn a potential B24,000 per month from cruise ship passengers alone if they pick up tourists for full day trips – well above the average wage for unskilled workers from less than half a month’s work. But the drivers have also been subject to complaints about frequent stops at jewelry and souvenir shops, where they can attract commissions of 30-40 per cent of sales.

Mr Meythee said many of these illegal drivers assemble into gangs that resist Phuket authorities or harass tourists. The Australian owner of a major tour company which attracts 450,000 visitors a year to Phuket was severely assaulted by one such gang of drivers. It joined reports of similar violence against tour operators and tourists by taxi gangs. Phuket Professional Guide Association President, Panompol Thummachartniyom said, “The taxi drivers need to understand the process of tour operations. Tour operators help bring a lot of tourists to Phuket, which in turn benefits the local people. None of these

operators can survive with a 50-50 share with taxi drivers, since the tour operators are the party that invest enormous capital to organise the tours to Phuket in the first place.” This year’s first blockade happened on March 22 when the Burke-class destroyer USS Decatur was anchored at the port. It was followed by the recent three-hour blockade of passengers from luxury cruise liner Silver Spirit on April 6. Following that blockade, taxi drivers and Sea Tour travel agency made a deal to share passengers in a 50-50 split. Another meeting will be held on May 4, when it is hoped a long term solution can finally be reached.

Phuket keeps flood donations flowing As the southern provinces recover from flood damage, donations are still being received in Phuket to help flood victims with one more truck leaving last week with donated dried food, clothing and water for Phattalung province. The truck had collected the donated provisions from the three Chinese shrines in Phuket of Jui Tui, Pud Jor and Kiew Tian Keng. Governor Tri Augkaradacha, Phuket Mayor Somjai Suwannasupana and Phuket MP Rewat Areerob were at the Jui Tui Shrine to send the truck on its way in a ceremony on Wednesday. Jui Tui Shrine President Theerawuth Sritularak said the three shrines were still accepting donated items to

help people rebuild from the damages to their rubber plantations and livelihood. “We sent these items to the Pattalung governor on behalf of Phuket people, and we will still continue to collect for flood victims,” he said. While the fund-raising drives, organised by at the governor’s office for both Japanese tsunami victims and southern floods, are winding down, bank accounts for receiving money donations have not yet closed. Gov Tri received more cash donations for the southern floods on Wednesday: B8,765.75 from the Phuket Indy Market’s vendors; B8,000 from Lime Life Co Ltd; and B46,800 from the Thai-Vietnam Ethnic Club in Patong. – Janyaporn Jornjarun

Governor Tri Augkaradacha helps to load rice bound for flood victims in Phattalung province.

Mr Yutthana, left, hands a letter to Phuket Reporter Club President Peerapong Polpramul.  – Photo: Sarapee Srithamarat earned our living for many years. We have been asking since 2003 and were told by the Land Office in 2004 that the island is not eligible for the Chanote deed under the Interior Act 43,” Mr Yutthana said. “We tried to appeal on the grounds that we had earned our living here for a long time, but we received the same answer.

IN BRIEF New mayor elected Former council president of Thepkrasattri Municipality, Piyawat Jirajamorn, has been elected mayor of Thepkasattri Municipality, replacing Mr Prasong Trairat who has served as mayor for the last five years. Unsuccessful candidates were former deputy mayor Manote Chotiwaranon and Mr Boonsong Chuaenaka. Six people were elected members of the municipal council in Area 1: Mr Phayung Chanasuek, Mrs Kritsana Cherdchom, Mrs Supaporn Autatkul, Mr Sathon Chaipong, Mr Watchara Sombat and Mr Damrongrit Chaiyo. Six others became council members for Area 2: Ms Sirirat Trairat, Mr Wasin Dabsok, Mr Piyadech Chueachalard, Mr Yutthana Khanma, Mr Ekkapon Jantawong and Mr Somchat Limthong. Some 3,308 municipal residents (72 per cent of registered voters) voted in their local government poll. .

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Locals appeal on land title deeds Racha Yai island locals have appealed to Phuket’s Damrong Dham Centre, accusing the Land Office of discrimination in issuing land titles on the island. Representatives from Racha Yai, led by Mr Yutthana Jandee, met with Phuket Reporters Club President Peerapong Polpramul at 3pm Tuesday, handing over an appeal letter to pass on to Damrong Dham Centre. Mr Yutthana said local people are skeptical about the “Chanote” (full title deed) land titles being issued by the government office. He said it has been impossible for locals to get Chanote on the island, while large-scale investors and business operators have been routinely issued the full title deeds by Phuket Provincial Land Office. “We have requested the Chanote title for the land where we have been living and have


“But on April 5, one of our members received a letter from the land office requesting that he identify his land border on April 22 because the land office would be issuing a Chanote title of a nearby land to a company,” he said. Mr Yutthana said that the local people are seeking clarification from the government.

Eight die on roads Eight people died and 52 people were injured in 43 road accidents around the island during the Songkran’s “Seven days of danger” period between April 11 to 17. Six people died on Sunday morning (April 17) when a pickup truck carrying 25 Burmese construction workers, on their way back from paying respect to the Big Buddha, crashed into a six-wheeled passenger truck carrying 12 Australians on a tour, and overturned. Phuket Provincial Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (ODPM) Chief San Jantawong said while this tragic accident was likely to have been caused by faulty brakes on the pickup truck, its overloading of passengers also contributed to the high death toll. “The ODPM, traffic police and transport officials need to

help each other to prevent such accidents from happening. A pickup truck is designed to transport goods and not this many people. This is a major lesson for other pickup truck drivers on the road,” Mr San said. The first holiday fatality was recorded on April 16 at 5.30 am when 49-year-old Norapat Sutharak died sfter a motorcycle he was riding collided with a minivan. A Burmese woman was also killed on Saturday morning after being hit by a vehicle outside SuperCheap. Du r i ng the holid ays, ODPM said road safety officers checked vehicles around the island some 60,000 times, booking 4,207 drivers for having no license, not wearing helmets, being drunk, speeding, not wearing safety belts and using mobile phones while driving.

A fisherman was found dead on Bangkhontee beach last weekend after attempting to move his boat during high tide. Chalong police reported the death of 43-year-old Masen Bangjak from Baan Bang Khon Tee on Sunday (April 17) at 10.30 am. No signs of visible injury were found on Mr Masen’s body, and witnesses told police they found him shortly after he went to bring his boat closer to the beach during high tide. It is assumed at this stage the man fainted and drowned, but his body has been sent for an autopsy at Vachira Hospital to determine the cause of death. .

Prisoners in Scouts training Their indoor survival skills may already be second to none, but 80 inmates from Phuket Provincial Prison had the chance to hone their outdoor skills with a Scouts training course this week. Held for both male and female prisoners from April 18-21, the course was designed to cultivate compassion for life and social cohesion. Phuket Vice-Governor Weerawat Janpen presided over the event.



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New auction venture for island Established Phuket company Safeway Asia is bringing a brand new business venture to the island. Safeway owners Gordon Adamson and John “Lucky” Micchia are launching the south’s first auction business and will hold a public auction on May 28. Mr Adamson said public auctions provide a no fuss way to sell. “Public auctions are a proven way of achieving a fair and sometimes higher than expected prices for unwanted goods. There’s no negotiation, or people changing their mind after the price has been agreed upon,” he said. Based in Thalang, the auction house will start by holding auctions once a month, but Mr Adamson said that number could increase depending on the interest. He said there will be a large variety of goods up for auction. “We can sell anything from machinery to cars, furniture to surplus stock.’’ The pair are also keen to target government departments clearance sales. Mr Adamson said the south was well overdue for an auction business. “I regularly go to Bangkok to buy goods and I’ve always

Gordon Adamson, left, and John Micchia prepare for their first asset auction on May 28. thought we needed one here. It will be the first down here.’’ The average commission charged on the sale of the goods will be 10 per cent, but Mr Adamson said that can vary due to the cost of advertising. “Any agreed advertising

would be deducted from the proceeds of the sale. “Demands for certain products vary from one province to another so more advertising creates a bigger demand for a bigger variety of goods.’’ After the fall of the hammer, the successful bidder

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will pay a deposit, and then be obligated to pay the balance within three days before taking possession of the purchased goods. The auction itself will be conducted by a qualified auctioneer, ensuring the best price for the seller.

IN BRIEF Party for Japan A party for Japan fundraiser will take place on April 27 and is being organised by the Rawai Nai Harn Business Association. Tickets are B1,000 including three drinks, the DaVinci buffet and a live band. For further information phone Mark Norris on 080 525 1400.

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be held in the ball room of the Sheraton Grande Laguna on Saturday, May 7. For a donation of just B3,500, guests will enjoy a free flow bar, canapes, a delicious four course gala dinner, fabulous entertainment and music. All money raised on the night will go to the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation, who are changing the lives of children in Phuket. For further information email chantal.fernandes@gmail. com or phone 089 874 2942.

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Talented youngster Thitichaya Leelayana will perform with other rising stars at Trisara on April 30. A classical piano recital featurAll proceeds will be 6.45 pm. After an intermission ing six 12 to 19-year-old Thai matched by Niyom Pattama- on the deck, recital part II will rising stars will take place at saevi Foundation and donated be held from 7.15 pm to 8 pm Trisara on Saturday April 30. to the Japanese Consulate for with a four-course dinner The repertoire of the eve- the benefits of Japan Tsunami (paired with wines) from 8 pm onwards. ning consists of masterpieces orphans. To make a reservation The evening will begin by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, with refreshments on the deck email Brahms, Rachmaninov, De- at 5.30 pm with the recital part or phone 076 301 308. The bussy and Prokofiev. I being held from 6.00 pm to cost is B5,900++ per person.

One man was killed and four injured after being shot by an off-duty soldier last week. Police said the shooting occurred after an argument between Sgt Wisut Duongkaew, 27, and five men at the Return Pub in Cherng Talay area on the morning of April 14 . The confrontation began when one of the five men accidentally bumped into Sgt Wisut’s table. An argument

followed, and one of the men smashed a bottle on Sgt Wisut’s head before others joined the attack. Sgt Wisut then drew his gun and began firing. All five men were injured, and one later died at Phuket Vachira hospital. The soldier, from Narathiwat province, was charged with possession of a military firearm while on inactive duty.




IN BRIEF Three die in southern gunfights A volunteer ranger and two teenagers died in a clash with suspected insurgents in Pattani province on Monday night. Earlier that night, a paramilitary ranger outpost at Nam Dam village in Nong Chik district came under gunfire attack. Rangers returned fire and the assailants fled, chased by a team of 10 rangers in a patrol truck. The ranger team was ambushed at a bridge on the Ban Bothong-Yabee Rd in the same district, sparking an exchange of gunfire. Two teenage passers-by on a motorcycle were hit by stray bullets. Volunteer ranger Chalermpol Srisuk, 35, Hassan Mama, 15, and Abdulloh Waeya Arbu, 19, were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead. In Narathiwat province, a group of 10 suspected insurgents fired on a roadside police checkpoint early Tuesday. The heavily-armed attackers on board a pickup truck and a six-wheel truck attacked the checkpoint kiosk on the Narathiwat-Tak Bai road in Tak Bai district at about 1.30 am but retreated after police returned fire.

Puea Thai predicts 265 seats The Puea Thai Party deputy party leader Plodprasop Surasawadi said on Tuesday that his party expected to win at least 265 House seats in the general election, including 16 to 18 in Bangkok. He made the prediction at the opening of the party’s election centre in Bangkok’s Khlong Sam Wa district. The 265 seats would allow the party to form a comfortable single-party government. The ceremony was attended by Bangkok MPs Vicharn Minchainant, Anudit Nakhonthap and Karoon Hosakul and more than 100 people in red shirts.

Police free Burmese workers

Some 60 Burmese workers from a garment factory in Bangkok, whose owners detained them and forced them to work 16 hours a day for low wages, were freed by police on Tuesday. One complainant said he was paid B200 a month instead of the B7,000 he had been promised.

Police examine the aftermath of a car-bomb blast that killed a soldier in downtown Yala on Monday.

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More bombings rock south The Songkran holiday ended in more bloodshed in the far south after a car bomb was triggered in downtown Yala on Monday morning, killing one soldier. The radio-detonated explosion appeared to target

a passing pickup carrying seven army rangers. Sgt Maj Apisit Yualprang was killed in the blast, while 25 others were injured, including the other six rangers in the truck. The blast came in an area

that had been specifically highlighted as a hot spot for potential car bombings. The security lapse is being blamed on fatigue following massive security exercises over the Thai new year festival. It was followed by an-

other bombing in Narathiwat’s Rueso district, also on Monday, which seriously injured two police officers as they pursued two insurgent suspects. Security forces in the southern provinces of Yala,

Narathiwat and Pattani will remain on high alert in the leadup to the seven year anniversary of the Krue Se mosque killings on April 28, in which 32 alleged militants were gunned down during a raid by officers.

Close-fought election looms in early July Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Monday that he expects elections to be held by early July. Abhisit, the British-born, Oxford-educated head of the establishment Democrat Party, has previously said he would dissolve the lower house of Parliament by early May for what is expected to be a hardfought vote. The move would pave the way for a vote in late June or early July as by law polls must

be held between 45 and 60 days after house dissolution. “It is clear that an election is likely to be held between the end of June and early July,” Abhisit said on Monday during a speech to youths who have volunteered to work during the polls. He said that after years of economic and political turbulence, an election would be an opportunity for the country to move forward. Thai society remains bit-

terly divided following the country’s worst civil violence in decades in April and May of last year, when there was a series of street clashes between anti-government protesters and armed troops in Bangkok. The mass protests by the “Red Shirt” opposition movement -- which was seeking immediate elections -- left more than 90 people dead, mostly civilians. The Red Shirts view Abhisit’s government as un-

democratic because it came to power in a 2008 parliamentary vote with the backing of the military after a court ruling threw out the previous administration.

The red-clad movement, which is broadly loyal to fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, has held a series of peaceful one-day rallies in the capital in recent weeks.

Exports fuel strong recovery Thailand’s exports jumped 30.9 per cent in March from a year earlier, hitting a new all-time high in a boost to the country’s economic recovery, government figures showed Wednesday. The value of exports surged to $21.3 billion, up from $16.2 billion in the same month of 2010, helped by strong overseas demand for Thai products such as jewellery, plastic, rice and rubber, the Commerce Ministry said. The strong performance eased worries that Thai exports would suffer from the impact of the devastating March 11

earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Exports to mature markets including Europe, Japan and the United States increased 25.4 per cent, while shipments to dynamic markets such as South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Asia soared 33.9 per cent. Imports also struck a record high of $19.5 billion, marking a rise of 28.4 per cent from a year earlier, partly due to increased energy import costs. Thailand posted a March trade surplus of $1.8 billion, slightly higher than the figure for the previous month.

The Thai economy returned to growth in the fourth quarter of 2010, snapping out of a brief technical recession on the back of solid exports and private consumption. The central bank raised its benchmark interest rate in March for the fifth time in eight months, in an attempt to curb inflation in the face of higher commodity prices. The Bank of Thailand was due to hold a policy meeting later Wednesday with many analysts predicting another rate hike to keep a lid on rising consumer prices. - AFP




IN BRIEF Burried baby discovered A newborn baby boy has survived being buried alive in a rooftop garden in Singapore. The baby was found by an elderly man who heard mewing sounds and thought he was going to the rescue of a cat. Blood was found in a stairwell and police found a bundle of bloody clothes hidden in bushes close to where the baby was buried. The boy was taken to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and authorities are trying to find his family.

Girls fined over nude display Several girls who danced topless in Bangkok during last week’s Songkran Festival were fined by police. The dancers were filmed gyrating to thumping music in the heart of Bangkok last Friday, and video of it circulated widely. One clip was seen by nearly one million people before it was removed. The Minister of Culture, Nipit Intarasombut, demanded that “society come out and criticise’’ the dancers. Three girls aged 14, 15 and 16 turned themselves in.

People holding wooden and metal sticks demonstrate in Nigeria’s northern city of Kano where running battles broke out between protesters and soldiers on April 18 as President Goodluck Jonathan headed for an election win. Protesting youths challenged soldiers deployed to the streets, who sought to push them back. – Photo AFP

Violence after Nigerian poll The defeated opposition candidate in Nigeria’s presidential election, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday alleged widespread vote irregularities, but urged calm following deadly riots. “In the [Niger Delta re-

gion] and the southeast, there were no elections and our supporters weren’t allowed to vote,” the ex-military ruler said. He added however that “I urge people to calm down and be law-abiding as we are

pursuing these irregularities with [the electoral commission] with a view to ensure justice for them.” President Goodluck Jonathan was on Monday declared winner with 57 per cent of the vote in polls, and many

observers have lauded the conduct of the elections as a major step forward in a country with a history of ballot fraud. Jonathan’s victory sparked riots across Nigeria’s north that left many dead, thou-

sands displaced and hundreds wounded. The vote exposed deep divisions in Africa’s most populous nation. Jonathan is a southern Christian and Buhari is a Muslim from the north. - AFP




Activists save dogs from death Hundreds of dogs being trucked to Chinese restaurants were spared a culinary fate after about 200 animal lovers mobilised to stop them ending up on dinner tables. A truck crammed with the dogs was forced to stop on a highway in eastern Beijing by a motorist who swerved his car in front of the vehicle then used his microblog to alert animal rights activists, reports said. The dogs, many apparently stolen from their owners, were being transported from the central Chinese province of Henan to restaurants in Jilin province in the northeast, the China Daily said. It said 430 dogs were rescued, while another newspaper put the number at 520. Eventually, about 200 animal lovers and activists gathered around the truck in eastern Beijing during Friday’s drama - and after a 15-hour standoff that jammed traffic the dogs were freed early on Saturday when an animal protection group purchased them for 115,000 yuan ($17,600). The interception of the dogs was the latest bold action by pet-lovers in China, where growing awareness of animal rights is colliding with centuries-old culinary practices.

There have been regular reports in recent years of citizens attempting to block trucks carrying hundreds or even thousands of cats to meat markets in southern China, where cat meat is particularly popular. Activists said many of the dogs still had collars with bells and name tags, indicating they had been stolen from their owners and that the trucking company transported a load of dogs to Jilin each week. The consumption of dog and cat meat, both of which are believed to promote bodily warmth and are thus popular in winter, remains widespread in China despite a surge in popularity as pets. However, earlier press reports have said authorities were looking into drafting a law that could outlaw the practice. The reports on the dog rescue suggested the truck company was unlikely to face legal action as it had all the necessary permits to transport the animals. The healthy dogs without identifying collars would be available for adoption in one month while the sick ones, suffering variously from dehydration and infectious diseases, were sent to pet hospitals in Beijing. – AFP

Chinese animal lovers prepare to release rescued dogs at the China Animal Protection Association, after a convoy of trucks carrying some 500 dogs to be sold as meat was stopped along a highway in Beijing on early April 17, 2011. There were about 58 million pet dogs in 20 major Chinese cities at the end of 2009 and the figure is rising about 30 percent each year, according to a survey, as pet owners in China spend an estimated two billion USD a year on their animals. – Photo AFP

Taliban target French Wedding set to spark tourism bonanza Defence Minister The French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet, who is visiting Afghanistan, was the target of an attack inside the Afghan defence ministry in Kabul, the Taliban said, claiming responsibility. A suicide bomber in army uniform stormed the Afghan defence ministry in Kabul on Monday, military and security sources said, as local media reported three people were wounded in the incident. A security source speaking anonymously said that a suicide attacker had been killed after entering the building. “He has not detonated, he has been shot. His suicide vest is still on him,” the source said. Local television reported that three people were injured in the attack. A separate military source, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said three insurgents had entered the high-security building and were killed, one of whom was “possibly” a suicide bomber. “Three insurgents have been killed. Afghan security forces are in the process of clearing the building,” the source added.

The French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet. A Western security source said the Afghan defence minister Abdul Rahim Wardak was not injured in the attack. An AFP reporter at the scene said that dozens of Afghan troops had been deployed to the area and the army had blocked roads in the vicinity. There are around 130,000 international troops in Afghanistan helping Afghan government forces fight a near 10-year insurgency led by the Taliban. Afghan security forces are frequently targeted by insurgents - on Saturday, five foreign troops and four Afghans were killed in an attack claimed by the Taliban on an army base in Laghman province, eastern Afghanistan. – AFP

Britain’s hotly-awaited royal wedding will more than double the number of visitors to London and showcase the tourism industry to a global television audience of two billion people. Tourism chiefs predict an extra 600,000 tourists from home and abroad will flock to London to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, pushing the total number of visitors up to 1.1 million. Those well-wishers are forecast to spend around £50 million (B2.5 billion) on the day of the wedding, as they party in style on the streets

of the capital. “We are hoping that for years to come, tourists are going to come here off the back of the royal wedding and generate a real legacy for British tourism,” said Mark Di-Toro, spokesman for national tourist authority VisitBritain. “The great thing about tourism is that it covers so many sectors – restaurants, travel, flights, taxi drivers. It’s the fifth biggest industry in the UK,” he told AFP. However, the real prize for the tourism industry is arguably the estimated two billion people who will watch

William and Kate tie the knot, as the showpiece event is shown live on television around the world. “The royal wedding will certainly strengthen the image of the country as a destination with rich culture, architecture and tradition but also raise the profile of the royal family,” said Euromonitor travel analyst Nadejda Popova. “It will also help showcase the country -- a necessary marketing boost in tough economic conditions.” However, not all commentators predicted such a rosy outlook.

“No doubt there will be some tourists -- but the economic impact is likely to be small,” said Professor Stefan Szymanski at London’s City University. “London is full of tourists for most of the year in any case, so this event won’t make much of a difference to total tourist income.” But he conceded that it would provide a valuable advertising platform. “From that perspective, its value is clearly quite high. But as with all forms of advertising, one can never be sure just how much extra revenue it brings.” – AFP

Teacher ties up young student A teacher at an Australian school has been suspended after allegedly tying a fiveyear-old boy to a chair with a skipping rope as punishment for misbehaving, a report said Wednesday. Police told the West Australian newspaper they received a report from a school east of

Perth that a female teacher used the rope to restrain the child on two occasions. She allegedly tied his hands behind his back for about one minute before releasing him and when he continued being disruptive, she reportedly roped him to a chair in the corner of the classroom

for about five minutes. The newspaper said another member of staff witnessed the incidents and informed police, who have asked the Education Department to investigate. The department said the teacher had been suspended while their Standards and Integrity Unit conduct a probe.

Western Australia’s Director General of Education, Sharyn O’Neil, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation she was disappointed to hear of the incident. “Teachers are in a special position of trust, and so this allegation is particularly disappointing,” she said.





Q&A: Getting a driving licence We all know that road rules here can be a bit flexible. But one thing that can save your neck, particularly in the event of an accident, is to hold a valid Thai licence. Here are the answers to some common questions about getting one:

an additional form of legitimate ID. Who is eligible for a Thai licence? Anyone residing in Thailand can apply for a licence. You’ll just need to show a valid nonimmigrant visa, a residential address certified by your embassy (or simply a work permit if you have one), and a medical certificate stating good health. Bring an extra two passport photos (2.5-inch) and two photocopies of your passport, and you’re good to go.

Is my home licence valid in Thailand? Probably not. The only countries whose domestic licences are legal in Thailand are Laos, Singapore and Malaysia. Of course, one of the advantages of holding a Thai licence is that you’re free to drive legally Do I have to sit a test? in those countries as well. If you have a valid international licence, you can simply Why do I need a licence? swap it for the corresponding For day-to-day driving, you Thai licence. Otherwise, there might be able to sneak your are a number of tests you way around getting one. But if will need to pass. By most the worst is to happen and you accounts though, the allowed are involved in an accident, margin for error is generous. you may find yourself in a world of trouble if you don’t Is there a separate licence have a valid licence. for cars and motorbikes? Your insurance company Yes, and you will only be able is also unlikely to come run- to transfer your international ning to your aid unless you licence to the corresponding have a valid permit, meaning a Thai one for a car or motorpotentially expensive hospital bike. visit if you drive home after one too many. The licence Is the test in English? will also be attached to your Yes, Phuket offers its tests in passport number, giving you English as well as in Thai.

It’s still probably best to take a Thai friend or colleague if you can though, because the language skills of office staff may vary. What is the cost? For a motorbike licence, B55. For a car, B105. You can also pay B100 extra to have it printed on a more durable plastic smartcard. How long is the licence valid for? The first licence is valid for one year, but each subsequent renewal will give you five years’ validity. Once you have the initial licence, the renewal process is relatively easy. How long will it take? You will have to be at the Phuket Provincial Land Transport Office to register between 8.30am to 9.50 am, and by the time you sit through the information sessions and testing, you won’t be done until after 2pm. Renewals can also take the better part of a day by the time you decipher the queuing processes. For more information about the process, simply visit the Phuket Provincial Land Transport Office website at:

Letters to the editor Overloaded pickup truck

Another week, another tragedy involving an overloaded pickup truck. When are the authorities going to get serious about enforcing some basic road safety laws here on Phuket. It’s not exactly subtle – almost every journey on our roads involves being passed by a truck overladen with people, usually Burmese labourers. Or maybe it’s just that we don’t care because the victims are all too often Burmese? Terry Rutherman Chalong

Wasted lives What can we do or say when we read each week about the carnage on our roads? It’s particularly tragic when young motorcycle riders end their lives in a burst of reckless speed. The side of the road again putting out goodness knows what potentials that these young lives had. It’s their karma, dictated by what they had done in this or past lives? Maybe. But such a waste. Sompong Phuket

Good words

I am happy to report to you that I have been hearing good words about your newspaper from my friends and aquaintances. They say that it is a refreshingly change, has more substance and bigger variety of subject matter. I agree with them mostly, and encourage you to keep it up. Tawatchai Rawai

Dog for adoption

Congratulations on producing a first-class newspaper where readers can keep abreast of both local and international news. We would like to thank The Phuket News for featuring a weekly dog for adoption from the Soi Dog Foundation. The feature has led to many enquiries and two of the dogs featured were adopted as a result. Hopefully more people will choose the rescue option, rather than buying puppies from the weekend markets and pet shops, where most of the dogs on sale come from puppy mills in other areas of Thailand. Many of these puppies, which are too young to be vaccinated, subsequently end up as stray dogs because they are frequently unhealthy and need extensive veterinary treatment. This simply adds to the stray dog problem here. In addition they are coming from areas where rabies is endemic. Phuket has been rabies free for a number of years, but whilst ever the authorities allow these puppies to be brought on to Phuket, there is a real danger of rabies being reintroduced. John Dalley Soi Dog Foundation

Have your say We welcome letters to the editor. Letters must be under 250 words. You can email editor@thephuket or fax your contribution to 076 612 553. Please include your name, address and contact telephone number.




Phuket’s visionary leader K

The statue of Kor Sim Bee situated on the top of Kao Rang hill.

ao Rang, the hill in Phuket Town, was once the favourite place for young lovers to hide among its dense trees and shrubs to escape the prying eyes of strict parents. In his younger days, Grandpa readily admits that he went there in the evening with friends to spend enjoyable hours peeking through the bush and giggling at the amorous young couples. But the cosy lovers’ hideaway changed when the statue of Kor Sim Bee, Governor of Phuket, was erected on the top of the hill; it attracted more visitors and fewer lovers. Looking at the statue of the short and stocky man, Grandpa wonders why it is located on the top of that hill. The bronze eyes of Kor Sim Bee gaze down on his town that is now crowded with cement buildings and people. When he became governor of Phuket in 1901, it was a place for mining tin. He foresaw the future decline of the town if its inhabitants relied too much on digging under the ground for veins of tin that would one day disappear. Sure enough, when the market was flooded with an over-supply of tin, there was a crisis in Phuket’s economy and poverty appeared after decades of prosperity on the island. “Many mines were closed by bankruptcy. People didn’t get paid

Grandpa’s yarns from their jobs and everything became more expensive,” Grandpa recalls. The degradation of nature and sudden poverty forced Governor Kor Sim Bee to adopt the solution of introducing agriculture to the province. He brought rubber trees from Malaysia and encouraged locals to plant them on barren land left over from mining. Coconuts and oil palms became productive plants and growing rice and grazing animals were encouraged in non-mining areas on the island. The result was the defeat of poverty. People could now live more comfortably through the decades, and the last tin mine finally closed in 1992. But Kor Sim Bee met a tragic end when he was shot dead by a subordinate in 1913. It was rumoured that the reason for the murder was a secret love affair that historians may hesitate to include in his biography. Perhaps the reason why Kor Sim Bee’s statue is on Kao Rang is to allow his spirit to watch over the town that he governed with such good care. From there he would have seen mine pits make way for rubber plantations and then the growth of the present bustling city.

It’s a war zone out there Barrie Buck

General Manager Siam Guardian Services How long have you lived on the island and why did you move here? Three years and I came here to set up SGS Security Company. What is best thing about living here? Phuket has many attractions. The first is obvious: the beaches and scenery. The second is that Phuket and Thailand can still offer the opportunity to become happy and successful if you are prepared to put the work in. What do you do to relax? I love reading, and I am a secret Gordon Ramsay fan as I love to cook, and I get uptight when it turns out all wrong. What hobbies or sports are you interested in? I love all sports but I enjoy adrenaline sports the most. I love parachuting, base jumping, scuba diving, and my Kawasaki Ninja is very dear to me. I really enjoy golf but my clubs are not kind to me, football, rugby and cricket also take up some of my time

either playing or watching. I like boxing and go to the local Muay Thai fights which offer a superb night of boxing, sweat and atmosphere. I also really enjoy working out at the gym but my body fights me all the way into not going. So far I am still winning. Favourite food or dish? My favourite dish is Tom Kai Gai pet-pet maak, or Somtam again very spicy. I am also partial to very spicy Indian food especially late at night after a beer. After all I am English. What kind of music are you into? I have no particular genre I listen to all the time, but I do enjoy Eminem, Linkin Park, Alicia Keys, Cold Play and Supertramp. What is the best tip you have for people moving to Phuket? Anybody having any preconception of road sense here on the island: forget it. It’s a war zone out there and you need eyes everywhere.

Exposed What is the funniest thing that has happened to you while living on the island? I had a particularly nasty bicycle accident on the hill coming into Naithon and grazed myself in quite a few places, some quite painful. I made it back home to Cherng Talay and my girlfriend at the time said she would get to the pharmacy as she had the perfect answer. You know what they say about ‘a little knowledge’ She came back with this blue liquid and informed me this is the Thai version of the magical sponge and proceeded to wipe my scars with a cloth doused in what I now know was neat alcohol. The scream was so loud our next door neighbour came running in to see what the problem was. Looking back now I can see the funny side but at the time! Notice when I said ‘girlfriend at the time’, she did not last long after that. The alcohol I had later with ice and a slice; its the best thing for alcohol.

Barrie Buck is an expert in the security field. The person you admire the most and why? My old boss from the military. He was able to get the most out of his men and still gain respect from the people he commanded, and they in turn would lay their life on the line for him. He also promoted loyalty and trust and all he asked in return was it was reciprocated. If you could come back as any other person who would it be and why? Easy, George Best, but I would get myself a decent agent straight away. The man had it all except people he could trust. Nobody in the game before him or since had the talent he had. The demise of this legend wasn’t purely down to George, the people around him became pilot fish and when he needed guidance they were no where to be found.



RURAL EXODUS: Utai Muansang (right), a rubber tapper, and his young neighbour Thorntep Kamkum. Both earn their living beyond the developed corners of Phuket.

is Phuket a warning sign? T

hey have formed the backbone of Thai society for centuries, yet the words “wealthy” and “respectful” are rarely, if ever, used to identify them. Instead, farmers and rural workers are forced to live on the fringes of a society that deem them lower-class citizens. “It hurts me when I think about the attitudes of others,” said Agkara Thitithaworn, a Phuket farmer who was awarded the prize of “Thailand’s best farmer” in 2008. “Thai people call us lower class or peasants. Our children grow up embarrassed to tell others that their parents are farmers. Ours is not a noble profession.” Mr Agkara recalls working as a manager for an agricultural export company. When filling out job application forms, not one prospective employee said that their parents were farmers. Instead they wrote “private business operators”. Many children hesitate to tell even their teachers about their parents’ profession. The total percentage of farmers in Thailand today is about 40 per cent. That has decreased from 60 per cent 20

By Paritta Wangkiat (Mai) REPORTER

years ago. And with the majority of current farmers now aged over 50, the modern generation are likely to witness the end of Thailand’s once-dominant agriculture industry. On Phuket, the end has already come. “Farmers make up only around three per cent of people living on the island,” said Charlie Sitthibutt, a researcher at the Phuket Department of Agriculture. “Because of Phuket’s limited land availability, and a low uptake of new farmers, Phuket imports 90 per cent of agricultural goods from other provinces. It is no wonder that the cost of living is so much higher here than in other parts of Thailand.” Mr Charlie estimates that, if Phuket were cut out from the outside world, the island would have enough food to sustain itself for only one week. He said that Phuket has the potential for high farming yields, but people instead pay more attention to the lucrative tourism and real estate sectors. This is a similar story to many

other areas of Thailand, where agriculture is being pushed aside as affluence grows. “We’re going too far with tourism,” Mr Agkara said. “Thailand is an agricultural country that is advancing in the image of rich western countries. The picture of foreigners in office dress, working in air-conditioned offices and receiving high incomes has become the ideal picture of success for generations young and old.” A popular cliché among Thai farming families supports Mr Agkara’s views: that a father says to his child they should “receive an education. Get a job and make money. Don’t work in the field like me.” Many farmers go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that this change can happen. T he descend a nt of a farming family, Worawong Tasanakul is an engineering student whose parents sold their plantation so they could buy him an Apple laptop. “My parents said the money was to support my education and get me out of the cycle of farming. They now have to rent land to cultivate,” he said. Around 80 per cent of farmers are indebted. Many

Agkara Thitithaworn lives happily on his goat farm and orchard on Phuket, despite those around him turning to more lucrative professions. farmers rent land to cultivate. Many more cannot fix the price of their product, and are instead forced by middlemen to lower their profit margins. Add to that the seasonal difficulties of changing weather patterns, and the life of a farmer is one of uncertainty and instability. “Farmers need to educate themselves in new techniques like farmers in developed countries,” said Wanpen Prukwiwat, director of the Phuket Agricultural Research and

Development Centre. He said a lot of farmers have lost money through failed experiments with chemical fertilisation, and still work under a system not dissimilar to serfdom where they lack bargaining power. With all these conditions conspiring against the farming community, it is hardly surprising that many want out. But if the current exodus proceeds, Mr Wanpen predicts it will not be long before the whole country is paying a pre-

mium for agricultural goods in the same way that Phuket residents already do. “It’s a shame to see many nations amassing wealth and weapons in the name of development,” Mr Agkara laments. “A real powerful nation is not the country that has weapons. It is the country that can provide basic conditions of life to its citizens such as food. We need to place more value on our farmers before we find ourselves unable to feed our own people.”



Asian Cricket Sixes Tour Director Michael Mayer.

Player of the Day Sonia ‘Alby’ Mangelsen and umpire Rex Evans.

Making friends off the pitch

The 2011 Phuket International Cricket Sixes opening gala dinner was held on Thursday April 14 at the Karon Sea and Sands Resort. There to capture some of the tournament’s characters was The Phuket News sports editor Dan Ogunshakin.

Former Aussie international Karen ‘Rolts’ Rolton and Nicole ‘Nic-Nic’ Murphy.

Willeton Crows’ Richie ‘the Geeza’ Oliver gives the band a helping hand.

Sarah ‘Rah-Rah’ Thamm and Jason ‘Hollywood’ Kohlmorgen of the Cockatoos.

From left to right: Tim ‘Socrates’ Caimakamis and tournament organisers Ian ‘Reds’ Liddell and Rob ‘Chops’ Bernard.







tattooist on Phang-nga Rd in Phuket Town was busy fixing one of his own designs on an arm of a young farang male customer, joking and laughing as he was doing the work of continuing the long tradition of human body decoration. How wou ld you li ke your skin to be permanently adorned with some of these designs and why do you think that some of us want to carry art in this way? These pleasing designs that the tattooist had on the walls

of his workshop seem to have their origin in the creativity of designers in Japan. The decorative swirls hark back to far-off places in our cultural imagination where dragons are still alive and well. Flowers bloom, fat carps swim and theatrical masks hide faces. Invariably, a skull peeps through in the stronger blackand-white design, as an everpresent reminder of death that is never far away, waiting to reclaim the skin that now may be showing a reminder of it.

MAKING ART Jittagarn Kaewtinkoy This week’s artist Jittagarn Kaewtinkoy was born in 1979 and completed his Bachelor of Fine Art at the Rajamangala Institute in 2001. In his recent solo exhibition at the Tavibu Gallery in Bangkok, the artist painted a series of portraits and paintings of well-known politicians and iconic personalities, trying to explore their commitment to freedom and justice. The paintings often place these leaders into two categories of good or bad. As someone who says he is committed to freedom, justice

and transparency himself, the artist questions his subjects’ intentions; whether they are sincere or simply exploit their positions as leaders and role models. A contemplative observer, Jittigarn’s cartoon-like characters, painted with irony in bright colours and style reminiscent of contemporary Chinese art, seem appropriate as the leaders try to strut the world’s stage to the best of their limited capability. Jittigarn has exhibited his work at home and also in the USA last year.


ot long ago at the Gay Pride parade at Patong, many of the gay and transvestite participants were decked out stunningly, as prancing and dancing works of street art. This young man/woman was likewise eyecatching as she/he calmly rode on the back of a pickup truck, amid the wild street celebrations raging all around. The self-possessed air, with its confident and contented narcisism, plus the good looks shone forth. The memory of an observer can wander back to much-quieter places, such as the Uffizi Gallery and other locations in wonderful Firenze, Italy, where there were glimpses of similar facial expression on Michelangelo’s statue of David, a bronze sculpture by Rafael Sanzio and Rafael’s own painted self-portrait (incidentally complete with a similar hat). There is the same sensitivity here, plus an uncertainty, perhaps derived from the parader being poised at the shifting boundary between the sexes.


Phuket, like the rest of Thailand, still offers good value to golfers at courses such as Red Mountain, pictured.

Thai golf courses still ‘offer best value’ A survey by Asian golf holiday company Golfasian has shown that Thailand is still one of the least expensive places in the world for a round of golf. A recent survey by the company, looking at midweek high season visitor rates, found that the average round of golf cost 29% less in Thailand than at similar clubs surveyed in six other countries. The most expensive golf course was the Emirates Club’s Majlis course, home to the Dubai Desert Classic, where a round costs US$271 (B8,200). At the other end of the scale, the lowest rate was US$111 (B3,300) at Bangkok’s Muang Kaew Golf Club, where the price even includes a massage. “We knew from the feedback we were getting from our regular customers, that golf [in Thailand] was very reasonably [priced],” said Mark Siegel, founder of Golfasian and President of Golf In A Kingdom. “However, we were very surprised that our survey showed that there really

was such a large difference between Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai or Bali. “For example, a round of golf at Black Mountain Golf Club in Thailand’s Hua Hin, which recently hosted both the Asian Tour Masters and the prestigious Royal Trophy, was only US$130 [B3,900]. This compares with another Asian Tour venue, Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore, where they charge US$238 [B7,200] a round, without a caddie.” Siegel explained, “For our survey to be fair, we compared rates with similar top championship courses in Thailand and abroad. Many of the courses selected have held international golf championships, and all offer a first-class golfing experience. “Apart from the cost of actually playing 18 holes on some great courses, another plus factor for golfers holidaying in Thailand is that the cost of lodging, transportation and food and beverages is also lower.”


OPEC ‘concerned’ at high oil prices The Secretary General of OPEC Abdullah El-Badri said on Monday that oil producers are “concerned” at current high crude oil prices fuelled by sweeping unrest in the Middle East and speculation, but added that markets are adequately supplied. “The [high] oil price is a concern. We see that there is a US$15-20 premium risk at this time,” El-Badri told reporters when asked if OPEC is concerned about soaring crude prices. He was speaking ahead of a roundtable meeting for Asian energy ministers who are expected to discuss the impact of oil prices on the economy. At the meeting, Gulf oil producers assured consumers that there are sufficient crude supplies to help stem rises in oil prices. “Certainly, Saudi Arabia’s position in the world oil market is based on its commitment to maintaining spare capacity for the sake of price and market stability,” Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi said. Al-Naimi told the energy ministers’ meeting that the kingdom had spare capacity to

increase output by more than 3.5 million barrels a day, which Riyadh can use whenever the need arises. The previous day he said Saudi Arabia was ready to supply crude as demanded by customers, but he acknowledged that the kingdom’s output fell to 8.29 million barrels a day in March from as high as 9.1 million in February. Kuwaiti Oil Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah alSabah said the situation now is different from in 2008, when oil prices shot to an all-time high of US$ 147 a barrel, because of unused capacity. “The situation in 2011 is quite different from 2008 due to the availability of surplus capacity in crude oil production and refining capacity as well as the high inventories,” Sheikh Ahmad told the meeting. But he said the “volatility of prices poses a significant dilemma”, attributing the sharp rise in crude prices to a combination of factors. “The increase in oil prices is due to the loss of large volumes of sweet [Libyan] crude from the market, expansionary monetary policy, a weak dollar,

fear of spread of political unrest to other producers, and resilient demand in Southeast Asia,” the Kuwaiti minister said. He also said that speculation is rife in oil trading, with traders driving prices higher and amplifying price signals. Oil dipped in Asian trade on Monday as traders locked in profits after gains last week, but analysts said prices could still go higher. Meanwhile, in New Delhi, India’s central bank governor warned that a sustained rise in oil prices, along with social and political turmoil, could jeopardise global economic recovery. “Apart from inflationary pressures confronting emerging and developing countries, there is the danger of a slowdown in the global economy, unless oil prices moderate from current levels,” central bank head Duvvuri Subbarao said. “The global recovery may be jeopardised by a sustained rise in oil price.” Subbarao was speaking to the spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund at the weekend, joining a chorus of voices including that of the

IMF itself warning of perils facing the revitalisation of the world economy. His remarks were posted on the central bank’s website on Monday. Global oil prices are at a two-year-high, with Brent crude prices at around US$123 a barrel, as violence and unrest across the Middle East and North African countries show little sign of abating. A variety of risks, including political and social turmoil in parts of the world, combined with natural disasters, have created uncertainty about global recovery, Subbarao added. “We have to remain vigilant and be prepared to deal with all threats, old and new, as we repair and rebuild. The global problems we are facing today are complex and not amenable to easy solutions,” the bank governor said. Global food prices were also a source of worry, Subbarao added. “World food prices have surged considerably due to concerns about low future supplies because of bad weather and low inventories, raising concerns about food security,” he said. – AFP

GM launches cheap car for China’s middle class

Toyota car plants start up again

GM’s Baojun 630, aimed at drivers in China’s second- and third-tier cities

Toyota Motors on Monday resumed operations at all its domestic plants that had been halted since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, but with volume still at around 50 per cent due to a shortage of parts. “The plants are operating at about 50 percent of capacity due to the shortage of auto parts,” a Toyota spokeswoman said. The firm plans to continue with the current output until June 3. The plants that resumed operation Monday included the firms’ sites in quake-hit Miyagi and Iwate prefectures. A component supply crisis has strangled auto production in Japan and elsewhere, including Thailand, in the wake of the March 11 disasters. Analysts say this will last several more months amid continued power outages. Many key component manufacturers are based in the worst-hit regions of Japan, their facilities damaged by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake or inundated by the tsunami that followed. – AFP

Seminar to look at lighting innovation The Colour of Light International Seminar & Networking Event tomorrow (April 23) will be “an illuminating insight into the future of design and innovation in the world of colour and lighting”, say the ever-so-slightly-tongue-incheek organisers. Participants will learn about innovations in energy-saving technology and how colour and light are being used in clever ways to build the next generation of modern architecture and design. Organised by Prodigy One, the Colour of Light International Seminar is the second in a series of design-oriented seminars supported by the Phuket Architectural Society. Highlights of the seminar, at the Westin Siray Bay Resort

& Spa, will include talks by light and colour industry leaders, plus a networking dinner. Speakers will include Robert McKinnon, CEO of Osram Thailand, talking about innovations in LED technology; Mike Mastroyiannis, MD of Traxon Technologies, a pioneer in solid state lighting applications; and Prof Thanit Chindavanig, Associate Professor at the Energy Research Institute Deputy, along with representatives of Kohler, Tiffany Décor, TOA Paint, Jardine Schindler and Mitsubishi Electric. The seminar runs from 9 am to 5:30 pm, with dinner beginning at 7:30 pm. Seats are limited to 100. To check if there are any left, visit index.html

Rubber producers in Thailand can be assured of solid sales for years to come as car makers continue to push ever deeper into China, seemingly not as worried as OPEC about the price of oil (see lead story). On Monday General Motors unveiled the first model of its new car brand aimed specifically at China, aiming to strengthen its sales lead in the world’s top auto market. The Baojun 630, an affordable yet sporty 1.5-litre-engine sedan, has been produced by

GM and its partners Shanghai Au­t o­motive Industry Corp and Wuling Motors and was unveiled ahead of this week’s Shanghai Auto Show. “GM is proud to be introducing our newest brand to the people of China,” said Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group. “The Baojun 630 will address the growing demand across the country for affordable personal transportation.” The compact sedan will be

priced between $10,000 and $15,000, Wales said. It was designed for young drivers in China’s second- and third-tier cities in the country’s vast interior, home to tens of millions of people with growing buying power. Having conquered China’s coastal areas and first-tier cities such as Beijing and Shangahi, carmakers are looking inland to extend their phenomenal growth in a market that saw sales rise more than 32 percent to 18.06 million units last year. – AFP



Celebrity Cruises preparing to launch new Asian cruise itineraries

The Celebrity Millennium will take a break from cruising the Americas and head for Asia.

Celebrity Cruises will venture into new waters next year, launching Asian itineraries aboard its recently renovated cruise ship Celebrity Millennium, aimed primarily at the Australian cruise market. In 2012, the Millennium, one of the cruise line’s largest ships, will set sail into nine new countries including Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan and Cambodia. The ship, which can carry 1,950 passengers and 999 crew, will make its way from Australia for a 17-night cruise into Singapore, from where it will reposition itself from Hong Kong to Shanghai on a cruise which offers Hong Kong and Beijing port of calls. Passengers will also be able to choose from a 14-night Singapore to Hong Kong cruise and two 14-night Southeast Asia round-trip cruises

Golden Tulip reveals big Asian ambitions Dutch hotel management company Golden Tulip, which currently manages 230 hotels worldwide, has announced that it aims to have 100 hotels in Asia under management by 2016. The company’s corporate director of sales and marketing, Joy Sapanon, told TTR Weekly that the focus would be on Southeast Asia, China and India. In a press release, the group

said that it was aiming to be managing 30 new properties in Southeast Asia, 30 in China and 40 in India within the coming five years. The company, which started operations in Thailand last year by taking on the management of the Mangosteen Resort in Rawai, will begin running hotels this year in Pattaya and Hua Hin. It already has one property under management in Bang­kok,

the Golden Tulip Sovereign Hotel, which was formerly run by Radisson. Elsewhere in Southeast Asia, 20 hotels in Indonesia will be branded under Golden Tulip, one in Phnom Penh and others in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu. “We are also looking for investment opportunities in other destinations in Southeast Asia such as Vietnam,” Ms Sapanon told TTR Weekly.

“But Vietnam is not an easy destination to break into so we need a strong partnership to understand the government system … and construction laws in Vietnam.” In India, Golden Tulip already manages seven hotels and the company intends to make that 20 by the end of the year. In China it’s a similar story, the aim being 25 hotels by the end of 2011 compared with three right now.

AirBerlin to boost Phuket service

starting from Singapore with overnight stays at Bali. A Christmas and New Year special has also been set up to take passengers from Singapore on a two-week cruise with extended overnight calls in many ports including Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Hong Kong and Singapore. “Celebrity Millennium won many hearts when she was previously based in Australia, and we expect many fans will be glad to see her again,” Celebrity’s commercial manager Adam Armstrong said. The company’s website shows that in January 2013, Celebrity Millennium is scheduled to call in at Phuket during a 14-night cruise that will go from Singapore to Lombok, Komodo Island, Bali, Port Klang, Penang and Phuket, before sailing back to Singapore.


Chinese ‘will make 65m trips abroad in 2011’ More mainland Chinese tourists are expected to spend money on overseas travel this year, according to a report released by the China Tourism Academy (CTA) last week. The CTA’s Report on China Outbound Tourism Development 2011 estimates that mainland tourists will make 65 million trips to foreign countries as well as Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan this year, up from 57.39 million in 2010. They are expected to spend US$55 billion (B1.6 trillion) overseas, up from US$48 billion (B1.4 trillion) in 2010, the report said. Since 2009, mainland travellers have been the fourth-

biggest spenders among tourists in the world, said Ma Yiliang, a researcher at the CTA’s International Tourism Development Institute, who helped compile the report. The only countries outspending them are, in order, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom. “The main reason for this [ranking] is that mainland tourists like to shop during their trips,” Mr Ma said. The CTA surveyed more than 2,000 tourists in six big cities last year, and found 26.85 per cent of the respondents said they spend more money on shopping than they do on on food, hotel rooms or other expenses combined.

JW Phuket gets new GM and marketing director The JW Marriott group has made two senior appointments at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa. Named as General Manager is Irishman Toni Pedroni, who joins the resort from Seoul, where he was General Manager of the Renaissance Hotel. While there he was named General Manager of the Year for Asia Pacific in 2010. He has spent 20 years in

international hotel management, holding posts in Europe, the Middle East, the US and Pacific Islands. Michelle Currey has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing. She was previously Cluster Director of Business Development in Shanghai. Before that she was with Palazzo Versace and Mandarin Oriental.

Germany’s second-largest airline, AirBerlin, is expanding its flights between Berlin’s Tegel Airport and Phuket from November this year. In addition to its current high season schedule on Fridays and Sundays, AirBerlin will add flights every Tuesday. AirBerlin offers its passengers round-trip “Rail & Fly” tickets. Flights between Berlin and Phuket can be booked through the airline’s website at

Castlewood sees big future in Phuket Like many other companies in Phuket, Singapore real estate investor Castlewood Group, which is currently building a 195-room hotel at Bang Tao Bay, is looking east rather than west for profits, as Europeans balk at the exchange rates that have been making Asia increasingly expensive in their currencies. This factor and a proliferation of direct flights and

a shorter travelling distance have been attracting increasing numbers of Chinese, Indonesian, Korean and Indian tourists heading for luxury holidays in Phuket and also investing in condominiums and apartments. Castlewood’s 8over8 Hotel, which will be run by its own management unit of the same name, is expected to open its

doors by late next year or early in 2013. The firm noted that the lower numbers of Europeans arriving in Phuket were more than compensated for by Asian visitors, pushing arrivals up by 29.61 per cent in January. It added that predictions of 2011 seeing three times as many tourists as 2010 seem feasible.



Patong hillside stunner The sale price for this large apartment on the edge of Patong has just been reduced by almost half, from B11.5 million to B6.5 million. The living area of the property covers 260 sqm, so that works out at an extremely reasonable B25,000 per sqm. The apartment is perched

A NEW HOME between the ocean and jungled mountains, ensuring panoramic views from all floors, particularly the spacious roof-terrace. Below the roof-terrace, the interior consists of an openplan living space, dining room, western kitchen, three

bedrooms, five bathrooms, a jacuzzi in the master bathroom, and a study/office. Air conditioning and ceiling fans are fitted throughout. There is also a private covered parking space. The exterior is painted white, as is the interior, with a mixture of white ceramic tiled

and wooden floors. The price includes the Nor Sor 3 title deed. A furniture package is also available. For further information contact Patrick Lusted at Siam Real Estate Tel: 076 288 908 or email: or visit the website at

Above left, the panorama from the roof terrace, across Patong to the ocean beyond. Above, every floor has views.

Using a Thai company to own a holiday home In our previous article (April 8) we outlined the potential negative tax consequences relating to corporate income tax for a Thai company to own a holiday home in Thailand. We also detailed the potential personal income tax liability of a director using such holiday home as his residence as well as the potential withholding tax liabilities that the Thai company itself would incur as a result of such use. Income and withholding taxes are national taxes which are collected by the Thai Revenue Department pursuant to the Revenue Code of Thailand. However, there is also a local authority empowered to collect an additional tax payment for which such a Thai company may be liable. In this second part of our two part article, we take a closer look at this local tax, the House and Land Tax (“HLT”) and its consequences for a Thai company owning a holiday home in Thailand. Also, since it seems to be a common belief that the way to avoid the tax liabilities to which a Thai company is susceptible is to use an offshore company instead, we

also take a look at whether that is true. Is the use of an off-shore vehicle, such as a BVI company, to own such a holiday home in the Kingdom, truly a tax free proposition? As stated, the HLT, in contrast to corporate income tax, personal income tax and withholding tax, is a so called “local tax”. Other local taxes are the Signboard Tax and the Local Development Tax. A local tax is not collected by the Thai Revenue Department. The municipality, or it’s equivalent depending on the location, is entitled to collect such local tax in order to use the proceeds to maintain and develop the area under its jurisdiction. The HLT is imposed at a rate of 12.5 per cent on structures and land used in connection therewith if the owner of such structures and land receives, or should receive, rental income from these. In simplified terms: if a Thai company owns a holiday home in Thailand, that Thai company will generally be liable to pay HLT. However, there are exemptions from HLT liability as provided by the House and Land Tax Act (“HLTA”). The most applied

By Jerrold Kippen Tax & Law Expert Duensing Kippen

exemption is found under Section 10 of the HLTA. It is applicable if the “houses or other structures (are) inhabited by the owners thereof or by the agent to protect the place (…). It is not unreasonable to think that this exemption might apply where the director of a Thai Company is the one staying in the house. And, indeed, the treatment of a Thai company that owns a holiday home in the Kingdom and whose director uses such holiday home in relation to this exemptions from the HLT was legally disputed for quite some time. One argument that the Section 10 exemption applies to a juristic person, like our Thai company, was made based on the juristic person’s legal representative, like the director of our Thai company, being an “agent to protect the place”. After all, the legal representative of a Thai juristic person is a legal agent of the said juristic person. Thus, it was argued, that by way of the legal representative living in the house

the “agent” “protected” “the place”. However, in 2006, in its ruling no. 1410/2549, the Supreme Court did not concur with this reasoning. Instead, the Supreme Court ruled that an “agent to protect the place” requires that the said agent be actually assigned to protect the building and not just allowed to live there. Thus, a juristic person owning a structure and having its legal representative residing in the building for dwelling purposes is not eligible to that part of the Section 10 HLTA exemption. To apply the Section 10 exemption in the above-mentioned case, it was further argued that where the legal representative of a juristic person inhabits the building, it should be considered equivalent to the juristic person, i.e. owner of the building, staying there itself. However, a year later, in 2007, the Supreme Court in its ruling no. 689/2550 disagreed. The Supreme Court held that a juristic person can use a structure it owns as, for example, a registered address and in the course of its business, and it therefore does not need its legal representative to dwell there. And, since the individual

legal representative of a juristic person is a different legal person, the legal representative dwelling in the building for residential purposes, is not the equivalent of the juristic person itself inhabiting the building. Therefore the “owner” exemption provided under Section 10 of the HLTA does not apply to such a case. On the other hand, many holiday owners are using offshore vehicles to own their holiday house or condominium unit in Thailand. The common belief is that such off-shore corporations are an efficient vehicle to avoid any taxation in the Kingdom. However, this is generally not the case when it comes to HLT. HLT is imposed on structures and is payable by the owner of such structure. As such the, HLT and the Supreme Court rulings detailed above are equally applicable to any off-shore vehicle owning a house or condominium unit in Thailand. Thus, such an off-shore vehicle is not shielded from the tax liability that arises in accordance with the HLTA when it’s director resides in the company’s house/condominium unit. Like any Thai

company that owns a holiday home in Thailand in which its director resides, the off-shore entity is liable to pay HLT. The purported off-shore tax saving structure thus fails in relation to HLT and that puts the users of these off-shore corporate structures in the same potentially expensive disadvantage as those using Thai companies for such purposes. In closing, but which will not be discussed in detail here, it should also be noted that the use of an off-shore company to own a holiday home here in Thailand may also attract corporate income, personal income and withholding tax liabilities similar to those discussed in Part I of this article in the case of a Thai company. And, in fact, the use of a offshore “tax haven” company, such as a BVI many run the highest risk of such additional tax liabilities. DUENSING KIPPEN is a multi-service boutique law firm specialising in property and corporate/commercial matters. The company can be reached at: or for more information, visit them at:




A strange sight indeed – a mother cat feeds a rat.

Lee Redmond of the USA.

Weird body obsessions.... Lee Redmond of the USA, who has not cut her nails since 1979, grew and carefully manicured them to reach a total length of 8.65 metres, as measured on the set of Lo show dei record in Madrid, Spain, on February 23, 2008. The longest nail is the right thumb at 90 cm. The last recorded measuring for the longest toenails in the world was from another American in 1991. Back then Louise Hollis of California won hands down with a combined length of her 10 toenails measuring 2.21 metres. The world’s longest documented hair belongs to China’s Xie Qiu-ping at 5.627 metres when measured on May 8, 2004. She had been growing her hair since 1973 from the age of 13. On August 9, 2001, Elaine Davidson, of Edinburgh, Scotland, had a record-breaking total of 720 piercings. She first broke the record in May 2000, when a Guinness World Records official examined her and found 462 piercings on various parts of her body, including 192 on her facial area alone. In March 2010, Elaine reported a whopping total of 6,725 piercings. The total weight of her jewellery is estimated to be about three kilograms. The record for the loudest burp is 107.1 db achieved by Paul Hunn from UK on the set of The new Paul O’Grady show, London, UK, on September 24, 2008. Kim Goodman (USA) can pop her eyeballs to a protrusion of 12 mm beyond her eye sockets. Her eyes were measured in Istanbul, Turkey, on November 2, 2007 Randy Gardner holds the scientifically-documented record for the longest period of time a human being has intentionally gone Kim Goodman of the USA. without sleep not using stimulants of any kind. In 1964 as a 17-yearold high school student in San Diego, California, Gardner stayed awake for 264 hours (eleven days), breaking the previous record of 260 hours held by Tom Rounds of Honolulu. The ultimate in multi-layered tattooing is represented by the chainsaw juggling, unicycling, sword-swallowing Lucky Diamond Rich (Australia, born New Zealand), who spent over 1,000 hours having his body modified by hundreds of tattoo artists. He began by having a full collection of colourful designs from around the world tattooed over his entire body. But not content with stopping there, Lucky opted for a 100 per cent covering of black ink, including eyelids, the delicate skin between the toes, down into the ears, and even his gums. Lucky Diamond Rich.

Arch-enemies form unlikely bond


ans of cartoon nemeses Tom and Jerry have reason to be outraged over the show’s factual authenticity – in Thailand, cats and rodents apparently form quite different partnerships. In Samut Prakan Province’s Pra Pradaeng District, the neighbours of Sompong Koocharoen were puzzled to see a two-year-old female cat breastfeeding a small baby rat along with one of her own new-born kittens. Mrs Sompong said her cat had just delivered three kittens on March 1, but two of

them had been separated from their mother and adopted by a friend. She said that a week after the kittens were separated, the mother returned home with a young baby rat – its body still red and hairless – and put it beside her kitten. “I thought she would give food only for her baby, but she let the rat drink her milk along with her kitten,” Mrs Sompong said. The unlikely family have become a neighbourhood sensation, with community members inundating the household with photo requests.– Story from Matichon Online



These couples were recently married on Phuket Island.

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Origami at hospital arents struggling to fill those extra school holiday hours can send their kids to a free origami class this weekend, run by Phuket International Hospital (Siriroj Hospital) and Phuket Origami Club. Organisers say the activity provides an educative way for children to fill their free time, focusing on creative thinking and imagination by folding from real-life animals such as flamingos, penguins and raccoons. This follows a similar activity held at the hospital earlier this month. Two classes will be held this Saturday (April 23), with the morning class at Rajabhat University from 10 am to midday, open to all ages and abilities. The afternoon class from 4 pm-6 pm at Siriroj Hospital will be for kids only, led by origami expert Ekkasit (Pom) Khemnguad. For more information, contact the Siriroj Hospital marketing department on tel: 076 249 400.


Hospital staff Wariya (Nuch) Innatanapong teaches the kids how to fold the paper during a previous origami class.

Class of the week


Battle of the Smartphones Smartphones have been around for a number of years - first made popular by companies such as Nokia, Palm Computing, and RIM (producers of the Blackberry), but it wasn’t until Apple came along with its iPhone that smartphones became truly mainstream. While early mobile devices were primarily productivity tools meant for business users, the iPhone successfully brought music, video and entertainment into the mix, giving it much broader market appeal. Since then, a multitude of manufacturers have tried to out-do Apple, and a glut of operating systems have flooded the mobile phone space in the last few years. Last year, however, saw the emergence of two clear leaders: Apple Inc. – the incumbent – with their iOS platform, and Google’s upstart Android OS. Apple’s iOS powers all the iterations of both their iPhone and iPad, and Google produces Android for smartphones and will soon be releasing a new version specifically tuned for tablet PCs. It’s clear that 2011 will be another punch-up with Apple releasing the iPhone 5 and a new version of iOS, and Android trying to beat them at their own game and take


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the lead in market dominance. So, how exactly do these two contenders stack up? Apple is known for two things – incredible industrial design, and simplicity of its software. The intuitive nature of their programs gives them the broadest reach of any manufacturer across all demographics. Give an iPhone to your grandmother and chances are she will be making calls in no time. Apple achieves this simplicity by spending tens of millions of dollars on user interface design and user experience research, and tightly controlling its environment. Apple doesn’t license its software to other manufacturers, and it allows them to make absolutely sure that everyone’s experience with one of their products is exactly the same. This stranglehold, while advantageous, is also one of its biggest downsides. Google designed Android to be an open platform. Any developer wanting to tweak the OS or develop an application for the masses is free to do so. This flexibility ensures that features and applications are made available as fast as they can be thought up. It took Apple 3 years to

bring copy/paste functionality to iOS – this would never happen in the Android world. While in theory an open platform is a great idea, it also leads to splintering of the OS and a much more complex environment to navigate. Android users tend to be very tech-savvy - the learning curve on Android can be much steeper than the iPhone. Content will always be a driver for hardware and software adoption – currently, Apple’s App Store has the clear lead by a wide margin. They have more than double the amount of applications available for their OS, and their success with the iTunes store provides even more ubiquity. That being said, Android is attracting a massive following due to its open nature, and Google is quickly closing the gap - phone manufacturers are releasing new Android phones on a weekly basis. The jury is still out on who will be the eventual champion, but 2011 will be a fun ride.

The singing and dancing class that was taught by two singing stars, Witchayanee (Kaem) (making a V-sign, back row) and Chinapak (Kate) Piaklin (waving, on her left), at the Bangkok Hospital Phuket on April 16. If you would like a class from your school to appear here, please email a photo file, of at least a megabyte in size for good printing, to

Amish Mehta is the managing director for an IT company specialising in solutions for the hospitality industry and other SMEs. Email: amishm@ or telephone 086 274 7756.



Sonkran being celebrated in Karon.

Water fighting on Soi Bangla, Patong.




Songkran Festival in Kata.




THE CROSSWORD – CRYPTICALLY YOURS Across 1. Mr Elk in revolution in Red Square. (7) 4. Card wraps us and shirt in sweet sauce. (7) 8. Hear convict stir state? Confusion! (13) 10. All like borer, perhaps. (3) 11. Let it stand, lad – hat, that is. (7) 13. No, I mean small wife. (3) 14. Ass goes around by the pit. (5) 17. 8 dn, later. (3) 18. Bend car into part of circle. (3) 20. Fine linen made from university town river brick, mostly. (7) 23. Trope lit no intersection with directions. (7) 26. Mom who wants to build a new school. (3) 27. Knock before sheet. (3) 28. A bloom moved from its bed. (5)

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YOUR STARS TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20): This is a time to assess and reflect upon your goals. Past actions at work may catch you up; good or bad, you will get the feedback. Finances will be much better than before because you will receive a greater flow of money than usual. Fantasy and imagination in love is very much strong now.

CANCER (Jun 21-Jul 22): This week is very good for your social standing and career decisions. Your job will pick up pace and you will be much clearer about your goals. You are motivated and ambitious. It is a good time for promotion or seeking a better opportunity with wider horizons. But move slowly; conflict with seniors/authorities is possible.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): This week your attention will be on finances. At work, leading a group or working in a team will be possible. Friends and associates hold more importance and you may feel some ups and downs from this. It is possible that others may misunderstand you.

LEO (Jul 23-Aug 22): This week you are restless. You feel adventurous and want to expand your activities whether at work or in your personal life. At work you are energetic, and your restlessness may rub others the wrong way, especially if your explorations are hampered by others.

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 22): This week you may get upset at being pushed around by others. Ignore this and focus on getting relaxed and taking everything at your own pace. Prioritise your work and tie up loose ends by clearing out unnecessary clutter. It is time to pamper your partner. LIBRA (Sep 23-Oct 22): This week, care should be taken when communicating with others. Don’t deliver the wrong information or promises that you would not able to fulfill. For some Librans, it may be the time to rethink existing relations. Clear the air rather than making a break. You may feel a little drained now, but this will pass.

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): You will be busier this week than normal and a new project or position at work will demand your attention to the point of exhaustion. You may also have to deal with difficult people. For some Scorpios, power play may also be part of the picture. Patience is the key word now. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): Some ups and downs are experienced this week, particularly in relationships and finances. It’s probably not the best time to launch a new creative project, but it’s a good time for reworking an existing one. Don’t take major career decisions. Communications will not prove fruitful.

31. Little Philip’s seed. (3) 32. Anchorage occupant? (7) 34. Did mix telephone initials. (3) 35. Being zapped is, in a manner of speaking, a cert – maybe. (13) 38. Have an inkling he’s wanted by the police. (7) 39. It’s said Edie the cat is complex. (7) Down 1. Town has 1,000 plus a master and Los Angeles. (6) 2. Cow sounds off in Thai village. (3) 3. Upend parasite in tin. (3) 4. Goddess, we hear, is in a number of episodes. (5) 5. Deer Point worker is stale. 6. 36 dn occupant I follow on street to find expert witness. (8) 7. Horrible din tests oral experts. (8)

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8. Could Cassius be molded? (4) 9. A monstrous lake. (4) 12. Precise levy. (5) 15. Feathered snake? (3) 16. Warship that stands by, in short. (3) 19. Metallic sound in jail. (5) 20. Useful for trimming nails – or ships! (8) 21. Rush poem perplexed dream god. (8) 22. Witty reply as to quiet art on points. (8) 24. Or, they say, a paddle. (3) 25. Dawn gives directions about nothing. (3) 28. Worker I opposed. (4) 29. King of gods makes no noise. (4) 30. Little Edward’s swirls, (6) 33. Abandon the bad smell in art. (5) 36. Spacecraft for Foreign Office? After you! (3) 37. Yes, French use no consonants. (3)


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CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): This week your energy level will be high – just take care to channel it into something constructive. At work, you may face some opposition. Someone may be hurt or angry about something that happened in the recent past. Dissatisfaction in your job will force you to search for new opportunities, but avoid hasty decisions. AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): This week finds you busy with mundane matters. Focus on pending tasks or health issues. Too much work and too little play will make you feel tense. You will be motivated at work but some delays will make you feel irritated.

PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20): Throughout this month your focus is on material security, but this week it is time for a little bit of relaxation and taking care of inner calm. At work managing outstanding obligations will be a priority. Sudden pressures or meetings may also require you to reschedule your daily routine. ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19): Focus your attention to maintain things around you and bring balance. You may feel that others are taking advantage of your gentleness and now you will try to dominate others. This will create ripples around. At work, things may not go as smoothly as desired. You may face delays.



Feeding 9 billion


One year after the US oil spill A dead endangered sea turtle is seen after it washed ashore on April 16 in Pass Christian, Mississippi. Local turtle activist Shirley Tillman says she has discovered 20 dead sea turtles in Mississippi in the month of April alone and suspects they are dying due to the effects of the BP oil spill. Endangered sea turtles and dolphins are still dying in high numbers in Mississippi, which continues to be impacted by tar balls and weathered oil. The National Wildlife Federation reports that sea turtle strandings on the Gulf Coast were seven times the normal level in March. April 20 marks the one-year anniversary of the worst environmental disaster in US history.  – Photo AFP

s the World Bank and International Monetary Fund convene for their annual spring meetings in Washington DC on April 14, soaring food prices are high on the agenda with the question of how to feed the projected world population of 8.9 billion in 2050 – the majority of whom will live in developing countries. “More poor people are suffering and more people could become poor because of high and volatile food prices,” warned World Bank chief Robert Zoellick, noting that some 44 million people have already been driven into poverty since last June alone due to the rising cost of food. “We have to put food first and protect the poor and vulnerable, who spend most of their money on food,” he told the International Press Service. While Zoellick saw high and volatile food prices as “the biggest threat to the poor around the world” today, global food scarcity is not yet a problem for the world’s population, which is expected to exceed seven billion this year. But analysts warn that the demand for food – driven not only by the greater number of mouths

to feed but also by rising incomes in emerging economies – will outpace agricultural production in the coming decades. “The world is not short of food today,” said Hafez Ghanem, assistant director-general for Economic and Social Development at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation. However, “Overall demand is growing at about two per cent while yields are growing at one per cent.” “Now if you project to the future up to the year 2050 when the world’s population will increase by around three billion people… which implies the demand for food will be 70 per cent higher than what it is today,” he continued at a discussion hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The urgency to “do something” is especially intensified in the developing world, where 30 to 80 per cent of disposable incomes are spent on food, highlighting an extreme vulnerability to high prices; where the bulk of today’s two billion malnourished people and one billion hungry people live; where food insecurity is common; and where analysts predict those two to three billion additional people in 2050 will have been born.

Haitian human waste biodigesters make good cheap fuel Desperately poor Haiti is finding a cheap source of fuel in recycling human excrement, a move that could help put a dent in a cholera epidemic and slow the country’s pervasive deforestation. The “biodigester”, which converts organic waste to biogas and a liquid fertiliser rich in nutrients, requires little infrastructure: toilets linked to a sealed, brick-lined well connected to a basin. Seventy of these devices are up and running, while another 70 are in the works. Deprived of air, the bacteria thriving in human excrement eat 85 per cent of the refuse while producing

methane gas, explained Martin Wartchow, pointing his lighter above a small tube hanging out of the rank. A powerful flame was immediately set ablaze. “The remaining 15 per cent of organic waste is thrown out with the excess water in a green area where they biodegrade,” continued the hydrologist, who is working with the Brazilian nongovernmental group Viva Rio in Port-au-Prince. “Not a single chemical product is used and at the end of the line, the water we collect is completely clean.” The engineer plunged his hand in a basin filled with filtered, clear and, incredibly,

odorless liquid. “We even raise fish here.” Recently completed at a Viva Rio centre that hosts over 600 young Haitians each day, the installation is due to be linked to a cafeteria under construction to replace wood coals. Indeed, engineers behind the project hope to reverse Haitians’ heavy reliance on wood fuel for cooking and heating due to the lack of cheap sources of energy in the country, the poorest in the Western hemisphere. As a result, Haiti has seen rapid deforestation. Only 1.5 per cent of the western portion of the isle of Hispaniola

why your fresh coconuts have become more expensive, these worms, some reaching up to three centimetres long, and the winged adults they later become may be the main reason. Rhinoceros beetles are mainly a pest of coconut and oil palms but also attack other palm species. They bore into the centre of the palm crown where they injure young growing tissues and feed on the exuded sap. The pupal stage lasts 1728 days. Adults remain in the pupal cell for 17-22 days before emerging and flying to palm

crowns to feed. The beetles are active at night and hide in feeding or breeding sites during the day. Most mating takes place at the breeding sites. Adults may live 4-9 months and each female lays 50-100 eggs during her lifetime. Beetle eggs, larvae, pupae and adults may be attacked by various predators, including pigs, rats, ants, and some beetles. They can also be killed by two diseases: the fungus Metarhizium anisopliae and the Oryctes virus disease. – Norachai Thavisin

Meet the natives


ach week The Phuket News introduces an animal or plant that is found on the island of Phuket.

This week’s natives were wriggling hard to try and get out of a bucket as they were being sold alive for B300 a kilogram at a market. Like grasshoppers, crickets and silkworms, they were waiting to be taken home and fried for food. Meet the larvae of the destructive Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (Oryctes rhinoceros). If you have been wondering

the country shares with the Dominican Republic is now covered with forests, a massive decrease from 80 per cent when discovered by Christopher Columbus in the 15th century. “The United Nations have funded many studies to find solutions to replace wood coals. But all they had to do was to go to Nicaragua or China,” said Wartchow. In Nicaragua, some 70,000 biodigesters have already been built, and 1,000 times more in China. The system, just now being implemented in Haiti, also provides a solution to simply and efficiently treat

human excrement -- a major problem in the squalid tent cities that sprung up after the devastating January 2010 earthquake, which killed more than 250,000 Haitians and left 1.3 million homeless. The cholera epidemic exposed the dramatic consequences of Haiti’s lack of a true sewage system. The water-borne bacterial disease, which thrives in unhygienic conditions, has claimed 4,700 dead so far. “Since the epidemic, we have had many requests from clinics that had thrown their waste into the canals until then,” said Wartchow. But once a biodi-

gester is installed, there is still much work to do, especially in educating locals to using the new devices. In February, several of the installations were placed in the Santos 17 camp, home to 2,700 people in the suburbs of Port-Au-Prince. They were erected next to new temporary shelters built out of wood and sheet metal. But the kitchens that were supposed to be hooked up to the gas produced by the toilets were not accessible. “People still need to be educated about this,” he said, adding that the promised stoves never came. – AFP

Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (Oryctes rhinoceros).




The tropical modern house

by Raul A. Barreneche, Ritzzoli, 2011, hardback, 240 pages. An elegant and colourful tour of some of the most ambitious examples of residential design in some of the most breathtaking settings in the world. The author has searched the globe - including such

spectacular locales as Hawaii, St Barts, the British Virgin Islands, Brazil, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and India - to bring together a collection of luxurious modern homes designed by such luminaries as Isay Weinfeld, Marcio Kogan, Kerry Hill, and Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, among many others. These architects experiment with combining modern technology and exotic local materials to produce rich designs of teak, metal, stucco, concrete, and glass. Spectacular swimming pools and breezy outdoor rooms figure prominently; “green” eco-conscious features are a seamless response to the tropical settings of many of the featured houses.

Mini shopaholic

by Sophie Kinsella, Random House, 2011, paperback, 446 pages. Becky Brandon thought motherhood would be a breeze and that having a daughter was a dream come true - a shopping friend for life! But it’s trickier than she thought. Two-year-

old Minnie has a quite different approach to shopping. She can create havoc everywhere from Harrods to Harvey Nicks to her own christening. She hires taxis at random, her favourite word is “mine”, and she’s even started bidding for designer bags on eBay. On top of everything else, there’s a big financial crisis. People are having to cut back - including all of Becky’s personal shopping clients - and she and Luke are still living with Becky’s Mum and Dad. To cheer everyone up, Becky decides to throw a surprise birthday party - on a budget - but then things become really complicated. Who will end up on the naughty step, who will get a gold star and will Becky’s secret wishes come true?

Legitimacy crisis in Thailand

by Marc Askew, Silkworm Books, 2010, paperback, 320 pages. Intense political and ideological polarisation has characterised the Thai state and society in the wake of the coup of

2006. Conflicts centre on the legitimacy of institutions and the uses and abuses of power alongside the parallel crisis of state legitimacy posed by the ongoing violence in the country’s deep south. This collection of essays explores themes and issues arising from the polarisation that has dominated domestic affairs and impacted on international relations in the years 2008 to early 2010. Bringing together essays from Thai specialists as well as Western scholars in the region on key topics connected to the country’s current legitimacy crisis, the book concludes with an insightful analysis of the key challenges facing the country politically, institutionally and economically.  –

MOVIES named Christina (Michelle Monaghan). Suddenly, the train blows up and he wakes up in a capsule, to find that he is in a top secret air force program called The Source Code. This is a program that allows someone to relive the last eight minutes of a person’s life before they die. Stevens’ job is to relive a life on the train to find a terrorist who bombed the train and identify him before he detonates a dirty bomb in Chicago.

World Invasion: Battle LA For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world – Buenos Aires, Seoul, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying real-

ity when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world’s greatest cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It’s up to a marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take

on an enemy unlike any they have ever encountered before.

Source Code Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a pilot who was in Afghanistan but suddenly wakes up on a train into Chicago; he is in another man’s body and is talking to a woman

Rio (animation)

From the makers of the hit Ice age series comes a comedy adventure about taking a walk on the wild side. Blu is a domesticated Macaw who never learned to fly but has to do so to fight kidnappers in Rio de Janeiro and save Linda, the best friend a bird ever had.

As some movies and movie times change every Thursday morning, after The Phuket News has gone to press, the accuracy of the following information cannot be guaranteed. For up-to-date information, visit tinyurl. com/4qgutm, or phone the cinemas: Phuket 076-209-000 and Patong 076-600-555. AT SFX COLLISEUM PHUKET THIS WEEK Hazart (Thai) (15+):  11:30, 13:40, 16:15, 18:15, 20:15 King Naresuan 3 (Thai/Eng):  12:00, 14:00, 15:15, 17:10,  18:30, 20:20, 21:40 Rio (Eng/3D) (G): 11:15, 13:20, 15:30, 17:45, 20:00, 22:15 Source Code (Eng) (15+):  15:40, 17:40, 19:45, 21:50 Suck Seed (Thai/Eng) (15+):  13:30, 22:15 World Invasion (Eng) (13+):  11:30, 12:30, 15:00, 17:30, 20:00, 22:30 World Invasion (Eng/Frn) (13+):  13:30, 16:00, 18:30, 21:00

AT SFC JUNGCEYLON PHUKET Hazart (Thai/English subtitle) (15+): 13:50, 16:00, 18:00, 20:05, 22:05 King Naresuan 3 (Thai) (S):  12:40, 15:50, 19:00, 22:10 Rio (English) (G):  11:30, 13:35, 15:40, 17:45, 19:50, 22:00 Source Code (Eng):  11:15, 13:20, 15:25, 17:30, 19:35, 21:40 World Invasion (Eng):  11:20, 12:30, 15:00, 17:25, 20:00, 22:30

MUSIC Blood pressures (2011) The Kills Domino

Wasting light (2011) Foo Fighters Roswell/ RCA

After teaming up with Jack White to form the Dead Weather, and making two superbly raunchy blues-hound records in two years, Alison Mosshart brings it on home to her original guitar mate Jamie Hince to reunite the Kills.

The Foo Fighters’ new LP Wasting Light is arguably the best Foos album since 1997’s The Colour and the Shape. Grohl, bassist Nate Mendel, drummer Taylor Hawkins and guitarists Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear cut this action the ancient punk-rock way – to analog tape in Grohl’s garage – and it shows in the razorback blur of the guitars and the hard-rubber slap of the drums.

Mosshart always sings like she can’t wait for the song to end so she can bury a machete deep in the scalp of her latest doomed lover — but something about her brings out the beast in her guitar dudes. The chemistry between Mosshart and Hince must be more intense than ever, because their fourth album is also their finest.

The album reunites Grohl with producer Butch Vig, who worked on Nirvana’s 1991 monster, Nevermind, and brings the same nuanced approach to weight and release here.

Tomboy (2011) Panda Bear Paw Tracks Panda Bear’s music may be tranquil, but he is clearly an artist who thrives under pres-

sure. His new album Tomboy follows two of the most inf luential and acclaimed albums of the past decade – his full-time band Animal Collective’s 2009 masterpiece Merriweather Post Pavilion,

and his 2007 breakthrough solo disc Person Pitch. On Tomboy, he proves himself more than capable of living up to the high standards of those groundbreaking works, showcasing his gift for

contrasting lovely, starry-eyed vocal melodies with droning electronic sounds in compositions that are more concise and densely structured than the sprawling tunes on Person pitch.  –


Looking down


on Kuala Lumpur B angkok may have more tall buildings than KL. It may have spicier food and spicier nightlife. But Kuala Lumpur has one boast that Thailand has not even tried to match: the Petronas Twin Towers. Between 1996 and 2003 Malaysia had a bigger one than anyone else. More than that, it had two of them. Today, Dubai’s Bourj Tower is the world’s biggest zab, but still Malaysia’s Petronas Towers hold the record for the tallest pair of towers in the world. Some statistics. Height: 452 metres. Floors: 88. Stainless steel cladding used: 83,500 sqm. Concrete used: 160,000 cubic metres. Weight per tower: 300,000 tonnes. This is very big. The tow-

ers can be seen from pretty much anywhere in the city and the surrounding Klang Valley. There’s huge demand for the official tours, which cost 25 ringgit (about B230) for the express lift ride up to the Sky Bridge that straddles the towers at the 41st floor, or 40 ringgit (about B360) for an extra ride up to the observation deck on the 86th floor. It doesn’t take long to get up there; the lifts travel at 420 metres a minute. The towers may be a juvenile expression of corporate and government hubris, an international nose-thumbing at richer nations, but a ride up the high-speed elevators, ears popping, to take in the view from the Sky Bridge and

then the observation deck is an absolute must. Cars are tiny little blobs of colour. The Kuala Lumpur City Centre mosque looks toy-like. People are too small to be seen. Other skyscrapers look – well, they don’t scrape the sky, do they? For an hour or so you get to see the world through the attitudes of the Petronas bosses. It’s enlightening. And thrilling.  – Alasdair Forbes

The view from the top. Clockwise from left, floor-to-ceiling glass on the 86th floor adds to the feeling of vertigo; the KL City Centre park looks like a child’s toy; other skyscrapers don’t scrape the sky quite the way the Petronas Towers do.

At night, clever lighting makes the towers look as though they are made of crystal.



Street Fashion Jirawan Rattanawanee, a business management graduate from Phuket.

Her shirt (B1,890) and her long skirt with attached belt (B1,800) were bought from Jaspal shop in Central Festival. She paid B9000 for her DKNY watch, B3,900 for her Guess hand bag and B1950 for her VNC shoes at Central Festival.

Ramona Stucki,

a tourist from Switzerland. Her hat (B400) was bought from Jungceylon. She bought her dress (B850), shoes (B500) and earrings (B350) from Switzerland.

Windows to the soul

Must haves.....


yes are the windows to the soul, or so the saying goes, but they can also be one of the most visible indicators of how tired and stressed we are. Not to mention how old. But can eye creams help stop those crow’s feet from forming, or do we have to give up smiling forever? Can cucumber slices or cold tea bags help reduce dark circles or puffiness, or should they stay in the kitchen? Associate Professor Greg Goodman, from the Dermatology Institute of Victoria, says when it comes to problems around the eyes - specifically puffiness and dark circles - it all comes down to genetics. The problems just become more pronounced as we age and our faces change. “You are what you’re born with, you are your bones,’’ he said. Bags and puffiness can result from a bulging of the fat pads that cushion our eyes in their sockets. The muscle around the eye normally holds it back but as people age, become stressed or don’t get enough sleep, the muscle wall can weaken. As we get older and the cheeks drop, this bulge, or puffiness, can become more noticeable.

“When you’re perky and happy and have been on holidays your muscle tone just seems to increase.’’ “As you get tireder and tireder the muscle tone sags a bit and the secondary defence, that muscle tone that keeps the eye pads back if the wall is weak, then that will show more.” Dark circles are mostly caused by shadowing on the face, although sometimes the skin can change colour in that area, he says. People with thin skin may also notice their blood vessels are slightly visible under the skin. As for eye creams, they’re useful to a point, he says. “They work well for early wrinkling and they’re probably as active as anything else is in the eye area. They have no role in stopping movement [that causes wrinkles] or in bags or in puffiness.’’

Above: Sea shells clothes pin B350. Right: Handbag B2,400. Below right: Handmade sandal B850.

Accessories from Island Paradise at 8 Phang-nga Road in Phuket Town.



Jantra Moosikim cooks to order.

The big selection of accompanying dishes for the khao tom.


(police sergeant major) that serves cheap and good khao tom kui. Situated opposite the Phuket Police Station on Yaowarat Road, the restaurant is owned by Pol Sen Sgt Maj Boonnid Moosikim and his wife Jantra Moosikim, who started serving this simple and nutritious food some 13 years ago. Early evening to late, diners here have the pleasure of choosing from a large selection of pre-cooked dishes, such as fried sweet pork, fried fish or fried vegetables, or order spicy salads and omelettes

Energy supper fter working hard all day and maybe also until late at night, your empty stomach may be in need of some quick energy food, such as a big steaming bowl of Khao Tom Kui porridge. Khao Tom, Thai for boiled rice, is normally eaten hot as breakfast or late supper, accompanied by cold condiments such as dried shrimps, salted eggs and pickled vegetables. Kui in Thai means poor labourer or tramp, so one folklore version says that this dish was provided by their employers as free food for the

Street eats original Chinese workers who came to work in Phuket from China in the past. Another version has it that the name came from poor Chinese who worked hard as labourers during the day and got drunk and fought at boiled-rice stalls in Bangkok’s Chinatown in the age of King Rama VI. So these ruffians were called Kui. A recommended restaurant for this porridge is Nai Daab

Acclaimed winemaker to visit Phuket wine connoisseurs will be in for a treat tomorrow night (Saturday April 23) when acclaimed French winemaker Pascal Jolivet visits the island. The award-winning vintner’s creations will be showcased at the The Pavilions boutique hotel, which will host a six-course degustation dinner created by Executive Chef Alec Lomas and his team. Each dish has been designed to complement one of Jolivet’s wines. Jolivet established his estate in 1987, making it one of the youngest in the Loire Valley. He is now regarded as one of the region’s most energetic winemakers. A strong advocate of natural process, Jolivet lets each parcel of grapes vinify separately in stainless steel tanks, fermenting slowly to allow the natural yeast to emphasise the character and the wine to express itself fully. Jolivet made his name as a pioneer of cross-cultural wine making, taking French grapes to New Zealand’s New World soil in Hawkes Bay, and introducing New Zealand wine maker Trinity Hill to traditional French techniques. This resulted in one of his best selling wines: the fresh and vibrant Metis Sauvignon Blanc, which will be featured during the dinner.

Khao Tom Nai Daab is open every evening on Yaowarat Rd. to be freshly-cooked, all for B20-50 a dish. These are then served with steaming bowls of khao tom, which comes almost free at one baht a bowl, or steamed

rice at five baht a bowl. From 5 pm to 11 pm then, the restaurant is normally filled with happy regular customers, both Thai and foreigners. Two shops nextdoor also conve-

niently serve desserts of fruit salad, ice-cream and deep-fried dough stick with soybean milk. Bon appetit, or the equivalent in tramp Chinese. – Sukunya Phoonpong

de France Restaurant, who will guarantee a wonderful culinary experience to all members and guests. For more information and bookings visit: lachainephuket. com.

citing” all you can eat brunch. A delightful array of menu specialties complemented with champagne, red and white wine. Sunday April 24, 11am-4pm. For bookings call SILK Restaurant & Bar 076 338 777 – ext. 680, or email silk@

IN BRIEF Dinner cruise This month “Diner Amical” of the “Chaine des Rotisseurs Bailliage Phuket” will be held aboard MV Mermaid I from Mermaid Liveaboards. The dinner cruise is hosted by committee member Claude de Crissey and Executive Chef Christian Garigliet of Cafe

Brunch @ SILK Celebrate and enjoy an “Egg-

Pascal Jolivet. Pascal Jolivet’s Sancerre and Pouilly Fume have also been hailed as some of the finest wines coming out of the Loire, and his winery has twice won Wine & Spirits Magazine’s ‘Best winery of the year’ award. His Sancerre Blanc has also been featured twice in the Wine Spectator Awards’ ‘Top 100 wines of the year’ list. The evening will commence at 6.30pm with canapés and cocktails at the hotel’s Plantation Restaurant. The cost is B2,600++ per person. For reservations contact Francois Poletti: fb.phuket@thepavilionsresorts. com or call 076 317 600.



Busy bar has vintage ambience

IN BRIEF Hong Kong DJ to play Andara brings you Hong Kong DJ Miles Slater, who will spin beats as you sip sunset cocktails overlooking Kamala Bay. Chill out to soulful music, disco, nu-jazz, soul and afrobeat at the Poolside Silk Restaurant & Bar. Playing until Sunday 24 April, 4pm-7pm.

Arsit to spin sets

Ploenchit is a vintage-styled watering hole in the Sino-Portuguese old town.


ld bric-a-brac and a moder n culture have fused together in Phuket Town to create Ploenchit – a unique watering hole for both Thai and ex-pats alike. The vintage-styled bar was started when six friends decided to create something that reminded them of their childhood days. A juke box, old postcards, movie posters, lamps, retro

chairs and furniture are scattered around the venue, creating a harmonious and relaxing atmosphere for patrons. Ploenchit is housed in an old Sino-Portuguese shophouse. The indoor drinking zone is covered by a wooden ceiling, while the outdoor zone is covered by the arch of walkway. Many local well-known bands play at Ploenchit and while most of the songs are

played and sung in Thai, the music is enjoyed by all who pop in. There is food and drink available, and prices range from B100-120 for a big bottle of beer, to B300 to B400 for Thai liquor. There is imported liquor and cocktails as well. There is also a pool table . Ploenchit Bar is at 22-24 Deebuk Road, Old Phuket Town, open from 5 pm-12 am every night.

Top: Live music daily. Above left, Playing pool in peaceful atmosphere, and above right: Enjoying the ambience.

StereoLab & IndoChine Surin Beach Club are proud to bring you Retox’s head honcho Arsit to their beachside club tomorrow night (Saturday April 23) from 9pm. With over 15 years experience, he’s played at some of the world’s most renown clubs such as Karu and Avalon. His eclectic sets have had him played alongside some of the world’s renown artists such as John Digweed and Steve Lawler. Not just happy with being behind the decks, Arsit established Retox Sessions bringing in world class talent and hosting parties in Bangkok as well as in this region.



Lets dance the Cha-cha, Bachata, Samba, Rumba with DJ Miscaro and Oy. Starts 8pm at Les Anges Restaurant. Snacks buffet available from 8-10pm. B350++ per person. Free entrance. Dress code: Colourful. Contact Anna and Didier on 084 051 7455 (Thai, English), 084 306 2016 (French, English). www. or Murat on 081 797 3364, www.

APRIL 23 IRONKIDS EVENT Phuket’s newest sporting facility has secured a key par tnership with World Triathlon Corporation’s

global youth programme, IronKids, and will celebrate the collaboration with this first regional event.


The Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club’s partnership with IronKids will include four events each year., or 076 336 000 ext. 1608.

APRIL 24 FRIENDSHIP BEACH EASTER EGG HUNT Easter Sunday is “Family Day” at Friendship Beach. For the kids there’s the “Great Friendship Beach Easter Egg Hunt” starting at 3.30pm, great prizes to be won, a fun child’s candy basket for every hunter, a special kids menu, and the beautiful beach-side pool. For Mum and Dad the April promotion “Happy Heineken Hour(s)” from 3pm-7pm. Heineken draught at B60 plus usual enticing menu of edible delights. Residents: don’t forget your Residents card for 12 per cent off. Contact 089 728 5304 or

Organised by the Rawai Nai Harn Business Association. Tickets are B1,000 including three drinks, the DaVinci buffet and a live band. Please help support the people of Japan while having a great time. Contact Mark Norris on 080 525 1400 or mark@

MAY 07 INTO THE BIG BLUE At the Andaman ballroom at the Sheraton Grande Laguna guests will enjoy free flow bar, canapes, a sumptuous four course gala dinner and fabulous entertainment. Throughout the night there will be fantastic auction and raffle prizes on offer.

List your events on our website and here for free To attend make a donation to Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation of B3,500 per person, or sponsor a table of 10 for B35,000. Contact Chantal on 089 874 2942 or

MAY 27-29 13TH PHUKET RUGBY 10S Just a few short months away from the 2011 Overgaard Phuket International Rugby Tens tournament which is now in it’s 13th year. One of the highlights of the Asian amateur circuit the tournament will once again take place over three days and feature 36 teams in two competitions for the open and the veterans titles. Welcome back both champions, old friends from Melbourne. The Moorrabbin Rams and Carel Schutte and his team of Kriel Roosters all the way from somewhere near Zimbabwe. Also along with teams from the UAE, Australia, Vietnam, Singpaore, Hong Kong and Japan. Karon Stadium, Karon beach.


est 7s tournament in Asia with over 80 teams from 20 countries that will compete during two weekends. Also with the 6th Andaman International Soccer 7s on the December 3-4 there is a lot to look forward to this year.

The IBAP business fair is back. The exhbition will feature exhibitors from all industries in Phuket and beyond. As well as local exhibitors, this year the show will also feature celebrity appearances, lots of prizes and free giveaways and much more. Spaces are limited. For info contact Events Thailand on info@ www.

NOVEMBER 26 AND 27 - 9TH PHUKET INTER. SOCCER 7S The one and only Phuket Soccer 7s will celebrate its 9th anniversary this year. This tournament has developed into one of the larg-

Register your team now on, www. Or call direct on 086 999 8839.

DECEMBER 3-10 PHUKET KING’S CUP REGATTA The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is Asia’s largest regatta comprising five days competitive racing in the tropics, with six nights of some of the best regatta parties to be found anywhere. Celebrating its 25th anniver sar y, the regat t a regularly attracts over 100 boats and 1000+ participants from all corners of the globe. The jewel in the crown of the Asian Yachting Circuit, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta has become “the one to win”. For more information on



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NORTH FRIDAY Friday Beach BBQ Enj oy b e ac h B B Q at Catch Beach Club, Surin (from B1,190++ per person). 7pm-10pm. Call 076 316 567, or book@

SATURDAY You Too Can Cartoon at TSLC Join us in two wondrous cartooning workshops for all ages by a famous cartoon artist Iskander Walen at Thanyapura. Contact Joanna on 076 336 000. April 30 - May 03, time 9am-4pm.

SUNDAY Champagne Brunch At the beachfront bar with fantastic jazz trio. Come and indulge on Roederer Champagne or a wide variety of wines. 11.30am4pm. Trisara Resort. Reservations 076 310 100,

Contact Joanna on 076 336 000. April 30-May 03, time 9am-4pm.

Beach BBQ Enj oy b e ac h B B Q at Catch Beach Club (from B1,190++ per person). 7pm-10pm. Reservations call 076 316 567, book@

SOUTH FRIDAY Chaine des Rotisseurs Dinner This April “Diner Amical” of the “Chaine des Rotisseurs Bailliage Phuket” will be held onboard MV Mermaid I from Mermaid liveaboards hosted by our own committee member, Mr. Claude de Crissey and Executive Chef Christian Garigliet of Cafe de France restaurant who will guarantee a wonderful culinary experience and a thoroughly enjoyable dinner to all members and guests. April 29, time 6pm11pm. For more information and booking please visit website http://www.

SUNDAY Sunday Brunch At Pacifica Restaurant, Movenpick Resort & Spa, Karon. Call 076 396 139.


Sunday Brunch

Salsa Class Rawai

Enjoy the original Sunday brunch in Phuket at Twinpalms. 12-3pm (from B1,190++ per person). Call 076 316 577.

Salsa Class in a studio, back of Green Man Pub, For more infor mation

You Too Can Cartoon at TSLC Join us in two wondrous Cartooning workshops for all ages by a famous cartoon artist Iskander Walen at Thanyapura. Contact Joanna on 076 336 000. April 30-May 03, time 9am-4pm.

MONDAY You Too Can Cartoon at TSLC

THURSDAY Rawai Ballroom and Latin Dance Near Chalong Circle. More information on http:// Hope to see you on the floor.

EAST FRIDAY International Business Association of Phuket (IBAP)

Join us in two wondrous Cartooning workshops for all ages by a famous cartoon artist Iskander Walen at Thanyapura. Contact Joanna on 076 336 000. April 30-May 03, time 9am-4pm.

Next meeting May 13. For more details please visit Contact Denny on 089 973 3483, or treasurer@


Royal Phuket Marina Introduces “A Night at the Movies” Showing this month the classic Humphrey Bogart movie “Casablanca”. The movie will be shown on our giant outdoor screen located at the “grassland” area

You Too Can Cartoon at TSLC Join us in two wondrous Cartooning workshops for all ages by a famous cartoon artist Iskander Walen at Thanyapura.

A Night at the Movies

at the end of the Marina Broadwalk. Entrance is free including free popcorn. Cash bar also available. Show time : April 29 at 8pm. For bookings and further information please call Khun Murat on 081 797 3364.

tions call 076 310 557 or

Indian Night at RPM


“Indian Feast” at “Les Anges”. Enjoy authentic Indian cuisine from 7-10pm. Home-made Indian buffet food will be prepared and served by Phuket’s finest Indian Chef Padam Kahtri. The best home - made authentic Indian food on the Island. B495 net per person. Reservations call 081 797 3364 or Chef Pascal 081 968 0738.

Steak Buffet Night

SATURDAY Wine Tasting @ Wine Lovers Second edition of the monthly wine tasting. April 23, 6pm-9pm, come and join us for a special evening 3 white and 3 red wine plus tapas buffet for B499 only. 10% on the selected wines. Contact Khun Gumrai on 076 384 663 or

WEDNESDAY Salsa Class RPM Salsa class at RPM from 7.30 -9pm, information


Fillet Friday


Enjoy the best steak deal in Phuket! Fillet steak, salad, potato and a beer for B250. From 6-9pm at 5!5! Bar OTOP shopping centre.

BBQ ribs Only B250 per person at Shakers. Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong. Free pick up Patong and Kalim areas. Reservations please call 081 891 4381.

SATURDAY Phuket’s Sexiest Foam Party!

Sunday Roast Buffet

BBQ Buffet Only B295 per person at Shakers. Rat-U-Thit R o a d , P a t o n g . Fr e e pick Patong and Kalim areas. Reser vations please call 081 891 4381.

Steak Buffet Night By the pool at Level Four Restaurant, Millennium Patong. B790++ per person. Reservations recommended, please call on 076 601 704,

TUESDAY 20% off all Pizza’s At Shakers. Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong. Free pick up Patong and Kalim area. Reservations please call 081 891 4381.

Italian Buffet Night

SUNDAY Family Brunch on The Boardwalk

At Club Yamu by Twinpalm. Noon till 3pm. Enjoy delicious pasta, BBQ, Thai home cooking. For more details and reserva-


B350 per person at Shakers. Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong. Free pick up Patong and Kalim areas. Reservations call 081 891 4381.

At Club Yamu by Twinpalm. Noon till 3pm. Enjoy delicious pasta, BBQ, Thai home cooking. 076 310 557 or

Sunday Family Brunch

20% off all Pizza’s At Shakers. Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong. Free pick up Patong and Kalim areas. Reservations please call 081 891 4381.

By the pool at Level Four Restaurant, Millennium Patong. B790++. Reservations recommended, please call on 076 601 704,

Saturday Family Brunch

Les A nges at Royal Phuket Marina Introduces “Family Brunch on the Boardwalk ” Join each and every Sunday from 24th April onwards, starting 11am-3pm. Mums and dads dine on the sumptuous buffet, including one complimentary welcome cocktail, whilst the kids can enjoy all their favorites including pizza, hamburgers, hotdogs and homemade ice cream. B795++ Adults, include one glass of house wine, 50% discount. Children under 12 and five eat for free. For reservations please call Les Anges on 076 360 803 Or Chef Pascal on 081 968 0738.

wine for 4 paying adults. Re se r vat i o ns re c o m mended 076 601 704 or

Sexiest foam party and swimsuit contest join us for some really wet fun every Saturday at The Hard Rock Cafe Phuket, located at The Courtyard by Marriot, Patong. 8pm till late. Call us for advance ticket sales on 076 336 381 or csr@phuket-hrc. com. Cover charge B599 includes 2 drinks, towel, showers, Hard Rock souvenir and tons of sexy fun.

At The Bistro. Millennium Resort Patong. B 595++ per person. Reservations recommended, please call on 076 601 704 or

WEDNESDAY BBQ ribs Only B250 per person at Shakers. Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong. Free pick up Patong and Kalim areas. Reservations please call 081 891 4381.

BBQ Seafood Buffet By the pool at Level Four restaurant. B1,200++ per

person. One free bottle of wine for 4 paying adults. Re se r vat i o ns re c o m mended. Please call on 076 601 704,

Live Music in Kamala Live music in the Kamala Magic Garden. See more details on http://w w w.

THURSDAY Cheap Charlie’s Rooftop BBQ all you can eat and live entertainment B150 per person. Nanai Road b et ween Royal Crown and Soi Banzaan. 082 221 2922.

European Buffet Night At The Bistro, Millennium Patong. B595++ per person. Reservations recommended, please call on 076 601 704,

SATURDAY BBQ Buffet B295 at Shakers, Rat-UThit Road Patong. Free pick up Patong and Kalim areas. Reservations please call 081 891 4381.

Live Music in Kamala Live music in the Kamala Magic Garden. See more details on http://w w w.

DAILY Bacon & Stone Art Exhibition BIS Year 13 public showing at Brush Restaurant and Lounge, Kalim, till A p r i l 2 5 . N o o n -1a m . Event supported by BIS and Brush. Fore more details call on 076 340 348,

Escentika Spa Millennium Resort Patong. A very special promotion on offer, 50% discount for all massages and 30% discount for all treatments from the “a la carte menu”. Advance bookings are recommended. For more details please call 076 601 944.

April Chicky Net Brunch Chicky Net is the so cial network for women living in Thailand. Join the monthly brunch at Irish Times Pub, Patong. April 23, 12-3pm. info@

BBQ Seafood Buffet By the pool at Level Four Restaurant. Millennium Patong. B1,200++ per person. One free bottle of


Adopt a dog

Jet is a beautiful, young, jet-black, male flat-coated retriever, approximately 18 months old. He was close to death when rescued by a tourist three months ago from the government dog pound. Not much is known about Jet except that he had a previous owner. Now in good condition, he would make a loyal companion dog for someone. Jet loves people but tends not to get on with other dogs. Spansa, the red cocker spaniel featured here recently, has now found a new home. If you are interested in adopting a dog please do not buy from the markets. Soi Dog Foundation has over 200 dogs and puppies available for adoption at any time. For more information on how to adopt visit All animals are fully vaccinated and desexed. Young puppies will be desexed free of charge as soon as old enough.


Pet of the Week

Send us a photo of you and your pet. Each month the best photo will win a prize. Email: news@ thephuketnews. com

Kathu residents Martin and Fiona Jelf sent in this photo of their beloved dogs. Pictured, back row: Fiona Jelf with Jey Jey (Father, pictured on right) and Li Li (Mother, pictured on left). Front row, from left: Jay Jay, Lei Lei, Jingle, Lo Lo and La La. This photo of the pups was taken when they were one month old. They are now eight months, but Martin said it was impossible to gather them up for a photo as “they are running like bullets in the garden’’.


Hard-working accountant “M

y dream was always to be a businessman rather than an accountant,” said Teetatch “Joe” Sinthuvalee, JWS Consulting accountant and company partner. But at just 31 years of age, Mr Joe has already achieved both to become an executive of a high profile accounting and law firm with four offices across Thailand. He says he started work as an accountant at a very young age after graduating from the international accountancy programme at Thammasart University. At the time of enrolling in his degree, Joe was still uncertain about what he should study as he had passed the entrance exams for engineering and economics as well as accountancy. But his parents’ guidance helped him settle on the accountancy programme. They had seen the success of Joe’s elder sister as an accountant, and they recommended the programme to him. “My family has a big influence in my life; my father runs his own successful business after working for a number of companies, so I wanted to become a businessman like

him,” he said. His first employer was the global accounting company Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC). He says hard work as a student combined with his university’s reputation were the reasons he, and 10 of his friends, were invited to join the company immediately after graduation. His first position was as the assistant to the auditor, a position Mr Joe says he did not enjoy at all, as he had to rotate among a number of senior auditors; some of them were good, but many of them were quite difficult to work for, especially for a young accountant with little experience. However, Mr Joe did not give up. His aim was to be senior auditor and he told himself if he could pass the first step, the next one wouldn’t be so difficult. “I started to like my job after three years, once I became senior auditor. The work was more about management rather than accountancy work. I had the chance to talk to company executives, which I felt was not as boring as the earlier work,” he said. Around this time Mr Joe

also started to develop an accountancy consulting firm on top of his full-time work for PWC so that he could fulfill his dream of being a business owner. The company did well, and later Mr Joe quit his full time work after four years and began studying for a masters degree. He graduated with an MBA from Sasin Graduate Institute of Chulalongkorn University two years later. “I started my business when I was young because I would like to give happiness to those people around me. My future family will be happy if I build up everything for them, and I think that a good return from my business can help with that a lot. Fortunately I could do this because of the support of my own family,” he said. Managing four offices is now proving tough though. Mr Joe says if he had known that working as an accountant was going to be so difficult, especially running his own business, he probably would have gone with another high paying career, such as engineering. “I was expecting to see the Phuket office up and running by itself after three years, but it has now been five years, and

JOBS Reggae Musicians

Cook Helper Thai, age not over 30 yearsold, one year experience in field. Contact jobs.phuket@ or 076 602 500.

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Accountant and JWS partner Teetatch “Joe” Sinthuvalee. fice, the chance for them to travel abroad each year. I even try and give them interesting jobs, sometimes moving boring jobs to the Khon Kaen office to help them feel satisfied in working with us,” he said. Mr Joe added that keeping good staff is important because it effects the outcome of his work. He believes that to satisfy his clients, he must first satisfy his own employees. “While other account con-

sulting companies are targeting the number of clients, my company is emphasising the quality of work. Each staff member in my company takes care of a maximum of 15 clients per year so they can focus on the quality of their work. That’s maybe another reason why I could not reach the goal which I set for the Phuket office to be self sufficient within three years,” Mr Joe added.

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Looking for musicians to form cool new reggae band in Phuket. Contact Idren 087 895 7284 or movidaflow@

Order Taker

I still have to follow up and manage the office myself. The main problem for us is the turn over of employees,” he said. As Phuket is in a solidperiod of economic growth, Mr Joe says there are a lot of accountant positions available. He says that most of his staff who have resigned are leaving to work in the hotels because they have seen their friends get good service charges during high season. “Although my company has always taken care of our employees, they are still tempted by good service charges from hotels. They don’t realise that this is only for a few months during high season, and that their annual salary at my office is still higher than what they would get at a hotel, even including those service charges,” he said. Mr Joe says he enjoys his work, and likes to run and manage his business at the highest level of quality for the sake of his clients. He says he also expects his staff to become quality accountants who enjoy and love their work, so they will be different to the image of accountants people normally have. “I offer my employees a good environment in our of-


Sport & Recreations Attendant Thai, age not over 30 years old, one year experience in field. Contact jobs.phuket@, 076 602 500.

Handy Man Urgent Needed Fur niture premium outlet galler y zone. Strong-hard working, works 6 days 10am5.30pm. We offer good salary and benefit. Contact Ning 076 350 465.

Food and Beverage Attendant Thai, age not more than 35 years-old, one year experience in field. Contact jobs. or call 076 602 500.

Senior Web Programmer Web&IT Agency is currently searching for a Senior Web Programmer/Developer. Interested? Please send your CV/Resume, recruitment@

Talent/Performer for Event Company Event Company is looking for bands, singers, dancers and

Personal Assistant

AT H A N O R , c o m p a n y specialised in human resources consulting located at Boat Lagoon is looking for a P.A. - Efficient in working with Microsoft Pack Of fice. - Having a good command of English. Please send CV with picture, references, and covering letter by email to Ahanor on

any kind of single or group performers. Please send your CV to hr@phuketeventcompany. com.

Human Resources Manager. I/C CSR Thai, age not over 35 years -old, two years experience in field. Contact jobs.phuket@ or call on 076 602 500.

Duty Engineer Thai, age not over 30 yearsold, one year experience in field. Contact jobs.phuket@ or call on 076 602 500.

Training Manager Thai, age not more than 35 years-old, with a minimum of two years experience in field. Contact jobs.phuket@ or call on 076 602 500.



To advertise in our classifieds visit CONTENTS Accommodation- Available....................32 Animal Care................32 Apartments &- Villa Rentals...............32 Articles for Sale.........32 Audio & Video Equipment.................32 Boats & Yachts..........32 Building Suppliers....32 Business- Opportunities............32 Business- Services................32-33 Cars for Rent..............33 Cars for Sale..............33 Cars Wanted..............33 Clubs &- Associations........33-34 Computer- Sales-Repairs............33 Diving Sales &Equipment.................33 Diving Services.........33 Jewellery &- Accessories..............33 Landscaping- Services.....................33 Motorbikes- Sales & Rent...............33 Personal Services...............34-35 Pets for Sale...............35 Pool Tables- Sale & Rent.................35 Property & Concierge- Services.....................35 Property for Rent.......35 Property for Sale.......35 Trade Directory..........36

ACCOMMODA TION AVAILABLE Two Bedroom House One air-con. internet, hot water, two TV, DVD, two fridges. from May or June to September. Must take 3 months, B12,000 per month, call 0872801721.

Cheapest Rooms Condo Rental Cheap rooms. B2,500, B2,800, B3,000 per month, fully furnished for rent weekly, monthly in Phuket Town near “Supercheap” dealer. Call 082 420 3134.

Uthai Thip Guest House Room for rent in Patong beach. Good rates, contact 081 895 6751.

Andaman Cove Condos Three luxury condos for rent inside the Evason Phuket. View www.anda for more details.

Nern Khoa Guest House And Sanit bungalows for rent in Kamala. WiFi internet service. 076 385 766.

Privacy Room for Rent Clean, full-furnished, fan, private bathroom. Nearby

Bangneaw School. Call 089 926 6502.

Tanamas House The perfect holiday in private bungalows scattered across a garden. Call 076 205 218, www.tanamas

ANIMAL CARE Chaofah Pet Hospital 8/28–29 Moo.9 Chaofah East Road. 076 283 365, 083 501 8488.

APARTMENTS & VILLA RENTALS Nice Apartments Kata Beach Nice clean safe apartments for rent in Kata beach, all with air-con. cable TV, kitchen, fast internet. Ari 086 595 8512.

Apartments in Chalong Furnished studios for rent. Rooms 30-55sqm. Rooftop pool. From B9,000 per month. www.chalonga

Apartment for Rent Studio in Patong with pool and 24/7 security. For daily or monthly rent. Contact Antony 089 728 4005.

Apartment & Room in Patong

ARTICLES FOR SALE Gaui Quad Flyer 330X Can make aerial photos, with accessories and spare parts only B23,000. More detials go to www.

Assets to Cash South Thailand Auctions is receiving goods now. Turn your unwanted assets into cash. Contact Gordon 081 892 4804 or Lucky 087 276 0592.

Panasonic PABX 1 year old (K X-TEM 824BX) with reception/6 a d d i t i o n a l ex t e n s i o n phones. B10,000 (New B25,000) Contact Rob on 081 084 1730 or jo

All Contents of Disco for Sale Sound, lightings, effects systems of a disco from the best imports factory for sale. Used a few hours during 6 months only. Call 082 420 3134.

Full Leather Sofa 100% cream leather. Lshape, 2x2 metre. Foot/ storage stool included. Ver y good c ondition. B30,000 or nearest offer. Call 086 278 0007.

Apartment for longterm rent B8,000-20,000 per month. Room from B800B1,500 per night. www. Call 076 512 151.

Big Home near BIS and Boat Lagoon Fully-furnished. Internet, yard, gated community, 6 BR, 2 living rooms and kitchen. 5 min. to Boat Lagoon and British International School. Contact Lung John 076 239 435.

Kata poolside Apartments One bedroom, serviced apar tments in central Kata. ADSL/WiFi, pool and kitchen. Only B15,000 per month. 081 091 8908.

Bangtao Apartment for Rent

Golf Cart For Sale GemCar 4 passenger with luggage rack, new battery, perfect condition. New B460,000, sell for B300,000. 081 487 4812.

Zee Zee Interior Big Sale Old Java Funiture On Sale. Grey collection and old Java brown. 30% Discount off old Java items. Contact Mam and Ling on 076 620 095.

Olympus Camera and UW Housing The set is two years old, still in very good conditions. With two batteries and recharger. B6,000. Call 080 145 5925.

AUDIO & VIDEO EQUIPMENT All Contents of Disco for Sale Sound, lightings, effects systems of a disco from the best imports factory for sale. Used a few hours during 6 months only. Call 082 420 3134.

BOATS & YACHTS Sea Kayak For Sale Fiberglass single with all accessories paddles cover skirt. Cost B34,000 new, will sell for B20,000. Call Larry 081 497 4812, ams

Fortress Anchor

Teak & Fabric Garden Sala Surplus exhibition display tent, beautiful teak columns and rafters, polished marine grade stainless steel fittings white architectural fabric, approx. 4 x 4 metres at column bases, fabric larger, absolutely pristine condition, substantial discount on new price, warranty applies, great opportunity to own a 5-star sala structure at discounted price. Contact Shades 084 184 5162, info@

For sale, never used. Fortress G-23 aluminim anchor in original canvas case, for boats 24-41 ft. price B3,000. Call 086 272 2810.

47ft Ketch Vagabond 47, sound vessel, needs work and love, priced to match at B1.5 million. Clean quick sale. Contact Graeme on 08 4 18 4 5162 or graeme@shadesasia. com.

Furnished, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two pools, gym, sauna, WiFi and 24hr security. B60,000 per month or B20,000 per month. For more details please contact direct on 081 892 7082.

Phuket Country Club Membership

Hans Christian 38T Traditional

Golf membership for urgent sale at B500,000 including 2 slightly-used golf clubs. Contact Geraldine, 087 465 1087.

Patong House Short Term

New Above Ground Pools-Intex

For more info on this Hans Christian 38T and other great yachts for sale. Please see www., or email to kwan-boatshed

Just now available. Two bedrooms in hear t of town. Air-con. cable etc. Self-contained and private B12,000 per week. Laurie on 081 984 1562.

New, boxed Intex brand A b ove G r o u n d Po o l great for a relaxing swim. Selling to clear. 8ft from B2,500. Contact positive

cleaning and more. Call 081 894 0462 or info@

Beneteau 50 These Beneteau 50’s share the same Bruce Farr hull as the Beneteau First 53f5 and sail really well. Call for details on 084 842 6146.

Siam Cooling System Marine air-conditioning, Koh Keaw. Contact Stephane on 081 891 9442, or

SkyHigh New Amazing Boat Choose the style and difference, cruise with DreamCruiseAsia on SkyHigh the unique boat in Phuket. www.dream

JWharram Tiki 30 Thai registered 2009, Wharram Tiki 30 cruising catamaran, ready to sail, sleep 6 in 3 bunks B1,999,000. Contact Eric on 086 001 5641 or eric@

Jeanneau 52.2 This beautiful blue Jeanneau 52.2 looks to be in very good condition, US$440000. kwanb o at s h e dp h uket @ h ot

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2 With four double cabins plus saloon. Great sailing performance great familly cruising boat. www.

Stand Up Paddle

Casa Nine Co.,Ltd Mosaics, tiles, stones, wall plaques, hand-made, ceramics, decorative items. More details contact 081 514 8547, or info@casa

KV Southern

Waterproof flooring. Engineering, product architectural, product repair system. For more details call 081 828 2457.

Water Proof Phuket Waterproof, water stop and water swell. Design, construction for factory and home structure roof. Call for details 081 401 7778.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES Bar For Sale Bangla Soi Gonzo Bar at front of soi. All the key money paid with 4 years to run on contract. Only B1,0000 rent per month. B2.9 million. 088 440 9324.

Great Business Opportunity Established, successful and very profitable. Non tourist related. Email for full details.

Restaurant-PizzaBar Sale/Rent Sale/Rent B2.8 millions or B20,000 per month of a large, nice and busy restaurant, pizzeria, lounge Bar in Nai-Harn, Rawai. Call 08 2420 3134.

Coffeeshop and Restaurant for Sale

Phuket’s first and only SUP dedicated shop. Visit www.standuppaddlethai. com. Contact Mam on 081 985 2478 or jim sup

In Kathu. Completely setup. Price B45,000. Monthly rent B16,000. Call 087 271 1627.

LW100E New Compressor

Possibilities to add or set up a different business in the same premises. Two stories, 55sqm. Price B2.5M. For more details call 081 956 1042 or visit on com.

Unused, can run 3 different versions 40 0V, 3 phase, 220V, single phase, gasoline engine, 200 and 300 bar switch. Make an offer. 087 280 1721 or jessicacrazy@

New Power Catamaran for Sale All f ibreglass with f ly bridge. Almost completed with teak decks. Requires only interior fit out. Tony on 081 891 2688 or tony@


Marine Cleaning Service

Phuket Pro-Built

Cleaning service for boats and yachts in Phuket. Ch e m - D r y of fe r s expert carpet and furniture

Construction, renovation, electrics and shop fitting. Call 089 909 8604,

Shop for Sale Fish Spa Patong

Teach in Thailand or anywhere TEFL TESOL teacher training now ready for the New year. Many jobs, ED Visa, stay 1 year and learn Thai,

Unique Business Opportunity Partner for new business in the south of Thailand. Auctions Phuket, investment one million baht. Covering the whole of southern Thailand. Contact Gordon on 081 892 4804 or gordon_asia@



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advisory services by certified public accountant (CPA). Call for more info on 089 688 0020.

South Thailand Auctions Phuket Turn your unwanted assets into cash, collecting goods now for our May Auction. Gordon 081 892 4804.

Take One Display Box Simple, effective, inexpensive way to promote your local business in Phuket. 081 084 1730.

Retirement Visa for Thailand

Property Care Services Complete cleaning solutions for villas, apartments, schools, hospitals and more, 076 376 557.

Fine 9 Design Fine living arcade, design and decoration. Call 081 337 7682 or finenine99@

Auditing Services by CPA Auditing and business

Retirement visa for German nationals. No proof of capital(B800,000) necessary! We take care of all formalities. Contact Tim on 084 065 8036.

Minibar Service Thailand A distributor of J.P. Chenet French wines, British and Belgian Beers. Contact 081 172 008.

Sawasdeesign Studio Construction, renovation, architectural, interior, graphic and lighting designs. Best work and maximum satisfaction.

Call for details on 084 059 5656.

Twintech Hospitality technology systems. POS systems for food and beverage management, hotel and porper ty booking systems. Call 081 270 6565. or

Rijira Semi- commercial and commercial kitchen equipment, spare parts and service. Contact 076 221 013 or

Amarin Design Service includes feasibility study, master plan, architectural, Interior, landscape and conceptual design. Call for further details 081 626 6393 con

accommodation, business travel, visa runs. More information please visit on or contact Monge Louis on, call 086 266 0484.

Cars and motorbikes for rent. The best prices. Call for more details on 081 539 3399 or hiinternet

Suanluang Wedding & Studio

Truck for Rent to Lady

One-stop wedding. Providing a wonderful party including gowns, wedding cakes, engagement rings, decorations, limousines. Call Ball on 076 221 976.

Aquatira Zen

Parn Car Rent Mor torbike for rent in Phuket town opposite Royal Phuket City Hotel. Contact Khun Parn on 081 979 7805

CARS FOR RENT Phuket New Car Rent

A++ Accounting-for all your business needs, specialising in book-keeping, accounting and software for SME companies. Contact Khun Noon or Khun Carol on 089 474 4647 or admin@aplusplussoft

For availability and rates contact 080 991 3366 or booking@phuketnewcar w w w.phuket

Daily tour, bespoke travel,

4 door, f irst class in surance truck for rent B12,000 per month, for 3 months from June to August, you must be a lady. Call 087 280 1721.

Interior, furniture design, fitted and loose furniture packages, project management, professional photography. www.aquati

Accounting & Business Services

Global Services Agent

Naiharn Car Rent

Phuket Car Rentals Motobikes and fully-insured cars at very reasonable prices. Visit www. for more details Call Rudi on 076 288 808.

Island Tour and Car Rent The islands cheapest car rental. For more information go to www.tour, 076 522 039-41 or suksavat@ho

MV Motor Motorbike, bike, car for rent. For more details visit or call 083 390 8847.

Cabrio Rental Phuket All kinds of cars for rent. Contact Ronald on 089

971 5664 or cabriorental

CARS FOR SALE 2005 BMW 323I Silver, 91,000km. Expat owner. Excellent condition, dealer ser viced. B1.2M. Call 086 272 2810.

Nissan 12 seat Minivan E x tra c ondition. New paint, low profile tires & B40,000, mags. CD player, air horn, driving lights and more B220,000 ONO. Call 081 607 2805.

Toyota Yaris For Sale Model 1.5G A/T in metalic grey, year 2007, 29,800km price at B400,000. Contact

Isuzu D-Max 4DR For Sale Top of line 2005 D-max 3.0 liter, diesel turbo, 4WD. Bridgestone tires, iPod/USB/CD Stereo. B460,000. 089 195 4005.

Nissan 250 V6 Top of the range 2010 model. Automatic. Only 18,0 0 0km. all the extras. Excellent condition. B1.39M. Call for more details on 086 278 0007.



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Toyota Vigo 4x2

Apple Keyboard Brand New

3 years old, only 86,000km. Top of the range. Automatic, many extras. B590,000 or nearest offer. Must be seen. Call 087 276 0529.

Mazda 3 Maxx 2.0 lt auto sedan 2005 top model with leather interior and Sunroof. 87,000km. Good condition, full service history. B575,000. 080 208 7454.

CARS WANTED Older Car Wanted Looking for a foreign owned small car, for girlfriend, manual or auto send details to picharly@

CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS Phuket Sports & Tennis Club Tennis, beach volleyball, petanque, pool, dar ts, table tennis, fishing lake, bar and more. Everyone we l c o m e w w w.p h u ke

Rawai International School

Brand new Apple iMac English keyboard, long model for sale. B2,600. Call 081 892 5538, na

Cheap PC Tw o u n i t s - B 3 , 8 0 0, B 4,500. Email for details,

English Computerman Sales, service and repair. Hardware/Software. WLAN a speciality. Free telephone advice. 084 625 7744.

Apple iMac Mouse Brand new Apple iMac mouse for sale. B900. Call 081 892 5538 na

DIVING SALES & EQUIPMENT Assorted Dive Gear Used dive gear including 2 pairs fins, one Mares regulator, one US Divers regulator and male lg shorty, prices negotiable, 086 272 2810.

Gast Brand Hookah Compressor

Akona, Genesis, Sherwood, Feel Free, Ikelite, HPRC, Apeks, L&W Compressors, Halcyon and others. Call for more info on 075 637 926-7. sales@

ta. Call for more info on 076 321 773.

Diving Trip & PADI Open Water

All your chopper needs, located on the hill before Safari heading south from Patong. Get ready for bike week 2012. Call 076 292 079 or contact Khun Bang on 087 382 2494.

One or three day trips, liveaboard to Similan Islands: B20K (B25k reg. price) 10 dives (8/day, 2/ night), PADI open water: B13K (B15k reg. price). Contact Daniel on 086 951 8560.

Friendly, professional dive centre in Kata. For all your diving needs training, daytrips and live aboard. Contact us on 076 333 043.

Island Divers One day beginner courses up to pro level. Professional and friendly. Contact 089 873 2205 www.

JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES Phuket Pearl Gem Brand new, genuine quality Phuket pearls. 100 styles, perfect gift, online store. Contact Mathura, 0 8 0 03 8 03 8 8, w w w. phuketperalgem.c om, p huket p e a r l g e m @ h ot

PCD ten. rated eight cu. ft per min. at seven bar, oil less with tank and water trap, hoses, two regs and more B20,000 ONO. 081 607 2805.



Singapore Club Phuket

All 4 Diving

Cherng Talay area. Professional design and care. Call 076 318 266.

5/4 Sawatdirak Road, Patong Beach. Call 076 344 611.

Phuket Home Services

Akido of Phuket Martial arts for adults and children. Classes Mon. Wed. Fri 5-6pm and 6:307:30pm. School break classes and seminars. David 086 007 4010.

Paradise Diving Asia All courses and diving trips. Boat charter and Individual Tours. www. Contact 076 328 278. info@

One Stop Dive We supply products from

Southern Big Bike Chopper Shop

Oceanic Divecenter PADI 5* IDC

The Rawai Progressive International School. A private school for children 3-12, offering Montessori education. 076 383 201.

Calling all Singaporeans in Phuket to join “Singapore Club Phuket ”. Contact Robin 081 803 7189, 076 303 500. rob



We design and build salas, pergolas and decks. We can also offer custom design and build water features and ponds. 076 324 400, www.phuketho

Terra-Cotta Arts Phabaramee road. Authentic Khmer and Thai reproductions in terracot-

implants, root canal treatment, dental prosthesis, periodontal treatment. Khun Ubon 076 612 699.

Chinese Translation

Sawan Anda Boat Charter

English to Chinese, Thai to Chinese translation. Chinese translation by native translator. Please email for detail. phuke

English Lessons Improve your English 1 on 1 or in a small group with lessons by TEFL certified teacher. Call 089 886 8576 for information.

Phuket Private Tutor

Aardvark Rentals Honda Waves from B250 0 a month. Au tomatics from B3,000 month. Airblades and Clicks from B3,500 a month. Only photocopy of passport is required. And no rip offs or scams on repairs to the bike. We have a good local mechanic. Contact Simon on 087 418 3552.

For Sale Honda Phantom 200cc For Sale. 2005 Honda Phantom 200cc 18,730 kms. Excellent condition, new spark plugs, green book, 1 year Insurance. B46,000. Contact Jesse on 0854771129.

Cheapest Rental Motorbikes Cheapest rentals motorbikes weekly, monthly, yearly. Free delivery. 08 2420 3134.

Cheap Motorbike/ Scooter Hire motorbike/scooter hire from B150 a day, in Patong, Phuket Town, Karon, Kata, ect. Free delivery.

Cagiva Stella 115ccm Yellow/black/carbon, orig. 7,5km, kickstar t, new mags and tyres, green book, 2002, great condition, only cash B17K. Call Marc on 081 719 6061.

Triumph Bonneville 100T For sale B475,xxx. Only 15 months old and only 9,000km. Call for photos 081 985 2478.

PERSONAL SERVICES Bee & K Laundry Service Located at the Promanade (Nanai Road) Patong and Kathu (drop off). Express

service, pick up and delivery available. Good rates and open 7 days a week. Call 085 819 8524.

Phuket International Tuition Assignments IGCSE grade 1-12 IB qualified English-speaking teacher British International. Call 084 192 4975.

Teaching English and Italian TEIFL teachers (Teaching English and Italian as foreign language) are available for lessons and courses, books provided. Call James or Mino on 084 851 8099.

Sports Therapy

Enjoy individual boat trips to some islands near Phuket with our boats, Wally Tender and White Turtle. Contact Kirana 081 956 8611.

Phuket Visa We offer consulting and ser vices on c ompany registration, work permit, visa, accounting, auditor, legal advice. Please c a l l 0 81 8 9 2 9 9 6 0.

Monkey Jungle Cruise River Rovers Tours Co Ltd. Contact Gordon for bookings on 089 875 8691 or go to www.river

Phuket Baby Rentals Bring the baby, not the gear! Make your stay with the family in Phuket easier. 076 226 524 info@

Phuket Dental Cosmetic

Deep tissue 14 years strucural intergration. Alleviating chronic pain in all trigger points total rejuvenation, 085 889 7758.

Established in 2004 by three dental surgeons focusing on esthetic work. Call 076 236 823.

Naturopathic Chiropractor

Phuket Herbal Sauna

More than “just a chiropractor” Specialising in “pain relief”, www. Contact Dr Richard 080 530 9555.

Of fers good value for money and is one of the better herbal saunas on the island. 076 280 910.

Ban Boran Textiles Specialises in hand-made item, woven cotton and silk clothing, scarfs, jewelry, bags and other unique Thai items. 076 211 563.

Bon Cafe Phuket A producer of premium coffee blends and powdered mixes as well as selling, maintaining, servicing and repairing all major brands. Contact 076 355 60 0 -1or visit for more details.

Phuket Guide Travel ID:33/04498 we operate all group tours to PP islands, Phang-nga Bay, Similan Island. Ticket reservation, car rental. Call 081 970 2628.

Dedon Member of Chanintr Living. For more infomation please call 089 471 7707,

DN Dental Clinic Near Tesco lotus Phuket Town. Services: dental

Phuket Language School Tired of visa runs? Get a student visa and study Thai for free. Visit www. phuket-language-school. com. 084 008 5673.

Fine Art Photography Award-winning photographer Christopher Swift ( offering excellent works of fine art. Call 084 690 2217.

One To Go Phuket Tours, Hotel reser vations and tickets. Call 076 364 082 or www.onetog

Image Editor Top quality image editor (see my site at http://www. can do excellent work on any image work you need. Call 084.690.2217.

Nazmee Tour Daily tours and ticket service. Rimhad road, Kamala beach. Contact Phan on 083 102 7218, phan_mahsuritour@hot

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To advertise in our classifieds visit PERSONAL SERVICES CONT. Private Yoga Instruction

By fully-qualified, amiable, “Yoga Alliance” San Fran teacher. From B1,000/ hour. 089 800 4845.

Lamont Handmade designs, accessories, furniture, lighting, framing, sculptures. Surin Plaza. 076 271 621.

Rawai Progressive School International private school for ages 3-12, offering Montessori education.

Canal Village Laundry Professional dry cleaning for your important garments. Canal Village Laguna. 076 271 313.

Havana Cigar Shop Opposite HomePro Village Chalong. Khun Vasanh 081 956 2024.

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Cricket greats teach youngsters

Picture above: A young Phuket cricketer’s batting technique receives a makeover from Trevor Chappell.

Picture above: Chappell corrects the wrist action of a Phuket junior bowler. Picture left: Junior cricketers received one on one coaching from former international Trevor Chappell.


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While the bowling was strictly overarm, Trevor Chappell gave a group of local youngsters the chance to hone their cricketing skills with some of the game’s legends at Bansapam School last Monday (April 11). The former Australian allrounder, synonymous in cricketing folklore for his role in the infamous underarm delivery against New Zealand in 1991, led the training session in the leadup to the island’s international sixes tournament last week. And while the techniques were slightly unorthodox, the passion was definitely there as around 15 youngsters braved the searing midday sun for the chance to get some tips from the legend. Chappell got some help from former Australian women’s star Karen Rolton, widely-regarded as the female equivalent of Don Bradman, and international indoor cricket veteran Will Badger, as explaining the concept of line and length proved a difficult linguistic hurdle. Several of the juniors then went on to form the PCDC Natives side in the sixes tournament, firm crowd favourites following their competition debut last year. And while they certainly

weren’t on anyone’s list of teams to take out the top prize, there were some positives to take out of the biggest cricket event on the Phuket calendar. “They’ve improved hugely. Our dream is to see these guys win the cup one day, then we know we’ve done our job properly,” tournament coordinator Rob Bernard said. “They’re the future of cricket on the island.” Chappell was also encouraged by the talent on display. “They’re a bit unorthodox, but they hit the ball well,” he said. “They maybe won’t win the tournament this year, but they’ll definitely win some games. “It’s great to see because in the future you’ll have Thais that have learned a bit about the game, and they’ll be able to pass that on.” The young talents were also showcased at the O’Toole’s Phuket Junior Cricket match last Friday. Cricket is developing a small but solid legion of Thai followers around the country, with a domestic side taking out the coveted Bowl trophy at the Chiang Mai International Sixes tournament a fortnight ago.  – Dane Halpin

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FC Phuket shine on home soil A man-of-the-match performance from midfielder Nirun Panthong and goals from Sarach Yooyen, Nenebi Sylvestre, Nithirot Sokuma and Watcharapong Chan-ngam gave FC Phuket an easy win against Chiang Mai on their return to home soil, arresting a run of two straight defeats. The Southern Sea Kirin went into the match on the back of away losses against Bangkok United and PTT Rayong FC, but once teenage midfielder Yooyen – restored to the side after suspension – gave the home side an early lead, smashing the ball in from a tight angle, coach Surachai Jirisirachote’s men rediscovered their swagger and never looked like losing. Ivorian centre half Nenebi made it 2-0 on 41 minutes with a powerful downward header from a brilliant cross from Nirun before Nithirot and Watcharapong made it 4-0 with two well-taken goals after the break. The win takes FC Phuket up to fifth in the league, seven points behind early leaders Buriram FC albeit having played a game less.

A record crowd of approximately 5,200 filed through the gates of Surakul Stadium on a balmy Sunday night, hoping to see if the Southern Sea Kirin could get their season back on track. Two consecutive defeats had derailed a promising start to the season but the home side gave the crowd something to cheer about early on when Yooyen opened the scoring after just seven minutes. A clever throw in from fullback Ronnachai Jinaket found Yooyen in space behind the Chiang Mai defence, and despite the angle being against him, his powerful right-footed shot found its way into the net after deflecting in off goalkeeper Bunjong Thongsook. The first half ebbed and flowed for the next 30 minutes as both sides carved out opportunities to score; a combination of good defending and goalkeeping at either end kept the scoreline at 1-0 and the match finely balanced. Towards the end of the half, FC Phuket increased the tempo of their play and were rewarded after 41 minutes. A short corner on the left

between Ronnachai and Nirun gave the latter a couple of yards of space and his sublime resulting cross was powerfully headed down and over the line by Nenebi. The second goal knocked some of the resolve from the visitors and a lacklustre start to the second half by Chiang Mai resulted in more pressure being exerted by the home side. Yooyen fired over from a Nirun freekick, Nenebi headed wide following a flick on by striker Kone Adama before the big Ivorian scuffed a good chance at the keeper all within the first six minutes of the restart. The visitors almost found an unlikely way back into the match when they forced two quick corners and FC Phuket were indebted to some resolute defending from Nenebi to keep the score at 2-0. The failure to seize that opportunity caused the Chiang Mai heads to drop even more. On 76 minutes a three-on-one break led by captain Suphat On-Thong found Thawin Butrasombat, whose pull back was controlled by substitute

FC Phuket stars attack a corner from Sarach Yooyen. Nithirot before he slotted the ball past Bunjong to make it three. Watcharapong, also on as a substitute, gave the scoreline the gloss the performance deserved when he headed in yet another excellent cross from

the superb Nirun to make it 4-0 and send the FC Phuket faithful home happy. Now they must hope that the Southern Sea Kirin can start to replicate their home form on the road. – Dan Ogunshakin

FC Phuket: Theerawat; Suphat; Ronnachai; Nenebi; Rapeepan; Nirun; Choi; Yooyen (Nithirot, 70); Coulibaly; Thawin (Seksit, 85); Adama (Watcharapong, 74). The Phuket News Star Player: Nirun Panthong - Ran the show and was involved in all of FC Phuket’s best play. Next Match: Bangkok v FC Phuket, April 24

Tigers get the hump as Camels take Cup

Above: Saurav Chatterjee; Below: Aussie Karen Rolton.

An impressive performance with bat and ball earned the St Francis de Sales Camels a narrow 2011 Phuket Cricket Sixes Cup final win over tournament favourites Corner Tigers of Pakistan, as the team from Islamabad slumped to an agonising three-run defeat on a hectic day of finals action. The Camels, comprised of players from Melbourne, Australia, and Bahrain, posted a competitive total of 56-3 from their five overs and managed to prevent the 2010 runners up from overhauling their total thanks to a tidy last over from Nick Eilers. The Tigers finished stranded on 53-3, unable to hit the four runs they required from the final ball to win, prompting wild celebrations among the victorious Camels.

On a day of fast and furious action, there were also finals wins for Leeming Spartans, the Southern Stars and the Cockatoos – all representing Australia – in the Plate, Bowl and Spoon competitions respectively. A brief tropical downpour aside, finals day on Sunday April 17 took place in glorious sunshine and roasting temperatures at Karon Stadium. The final of the Spoon division brought together two Australian teams: the Cockatoos from Adelaide and Phuket Sixes rookies Gold Coast Falcons from Queensland. Cockatoos posted an excellent score of 75 without loss. The Adelaide side were ruthless with the ball in hand thanks to good overs from Trina Rosenberg, Rolton and

Sarah Thamm, and, although Falcons skipper Zaac Latter retired on 20 not out, the Gold Coast side ended their run chase 30 short on 45, giving the Adelaide outfit the win. The Bowl Final featured two more Phuket Cricket Sixes newcomers in the Southern Stars from Australia and MG7 of Kuwait. It proved a one-sided affair with the Stars setting MG7 a challenging 73 to win from four overs. The Kuwaiti side’s run chase was kept in check by some miserly bowling as they struggled to 31-2 at the close, and the Southern Stars were crowned Bowl champions in their first tournament. The Plate final was another all-Australian clash featuring St. George’s River from Sydney versus Phuket regulars

Leeming Spartans of Perth. St. George put on 67-1 from their five overs but their total was restricted by some tight bowling and fielding by the Spartans. In reply, Leeming batsman Shane Hersey and Saurav Chatterjee batted aggressively, making 30 not out and 28 not out respectively and taking the Spartans past the total with just one ball to spare. Earlier in the day, the young Thai boys from the Phuket Cricket Group Cricket Development Programe (PCGCDP) made a little cricketing history by winning their first ever match at the Phuket Sixes. Fittingly they defeated a fellow Phuket side, the Karon Sea Sanders. The whole team contributed and were all beaming with smiles after the win. – Mark Burns

Laguna snatch defeat from jaws of victory Despite needing just six runs with four wickets in hand, Laguna Cricket Club somehow contrived to lose a match from a position of almost certain victory to hand a delighted Patong Cricket Club the Island Furniture Cricket League Final on Sunday, April 10. Chasing a total of 170 from 35 overs after winning the toss and putting Patong CC in to bat, Laguna appeared

to be cruising to victory with more than five overs remaining when an astonishing collapse saw them lose their final four wickets for just three runs. Patong had looked firm favourites to lose the match with more than 30 balls to be bowled before a stunning triple wicket maiden from bowler Joshi Naresh and a run out completed a memorable come from behind victory.

Anthony van Blerk top scored for Patong CC with a priceless 58 and he was aided by Amil Rawat who made 46, helping the batting side to a competitive 169 albeit it with 10 overs remaining. Joji was the pick of the Laguna CC bowlers, returning to clean up the Patong CC tail and finish the innings with figures of five wickets for 38 runs.

In the Laguna response, batsman Andrew Cole made an unbeaten 57 in a good partnership with captain Stuart Reading who scored 43 before falling to Rishi Sadarangani. Joshi Naresh proved to be the difference with his inspired three-wicket maiden which shattered the Laguna tail. Patong CC: 169 all out (24.5 overs). Laguna CC: 168 all out (29.5 overs).

38 INTERNATIONAL/PHUKET SPORT England Premier Team Man Utd Arsenal* Chelsea* Man City Tottenham* Liverpool Everton Bolton Newcastle Aston Villa WBA Fulham Stoke City Birmingham* Sunderland Blackburn Wigan Ath Blackpool West Ham Wolves




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FIXTURES April 22-29 England Premier League Fixtures (Times in Thailand) Saturday April 23 Man Utd v Everton 18:45 Aston Villa v Stoke 22:00 Blackpool v Newcastle 22:00 Liverpool v Birmingham 22:00 Sunderland v Wigan 22:00 Spurs v West Brom 22:00 Wolves v Fulham 22:00 Chelsea v West Ham 23:30 Sunday April 24 Bolton v Arsenal 22:00 Monday, April 25 Bl’burn v Man City ( Tues) 02:00

Australian NRL Round 7 (Local Times)

Friday April 22 Eagles v Panthers Tigers v Broncos

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Saturday April 23 Sharks v Cowboys 17:30 Bulldogs v Rabbitohs 19:30 Sunday April 24 Raiders v Knights Eels v Titans

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Monday April 25 Roosters v Dragons 16:00 Storm v Warriors 19:00

Super 15 draw for April 22-23 (Times in Thailand)

Italy Serie A


Friday April 22 Blues v Rebels


Saturday April 23 Crusaders vs H’landers 14:35 Red v Waratahs 16:40 W’n Force v Bulls 19:05 Sharks vs Hurricanes 22:05 Lions v Chiefs (Sun)00:10 Bye: B’mbies, Ch’tahs, Stormers

AFL (Aussie Rules) (Times in Thailand) Saturday, April 23 Port v G Coast 12:15 Carlton v Adelaide 16:10 Sunday, April 24 North Melb v R’mond 13:40 Monday, April 25 Essendon v C’wood 11:40 Dockers v Bulldogs 17:45 Tuesday, April 26 Hawks v Geelong 11:40 Bye: Demons, Sydney Swans, West Coast Eagles

Beach volleyball at Karon beach in 2009.

Photo By: Kittisak Nualvilai

Preparations are on track for Phuket to host the 4th Asian Beach Games in 2014. That was the consensus to come out of a meeting on April 14 between Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Of Tourism and Sports, Sombat Kuruphan, and committee members of the Olympic

ber 24, 2014, and it was suggested that the Phuket Sport Authority create a mascot and logo for the games. Mr Sombat said “Thailand needs to publish more materials advertising the Asian Beach Games, particularly targeting youths who will relay information to their parents.”

Phuket gets tick of approval for games

Emerald Blue take victory Nick Band’s Emerald Blue took advantage of the absence of Minx, the winner of the Racing Boat class in race one of the Victron Energy Series of sailing, to secure a comfortable victory over rivals Simone and Linda in the second of eight races. There were also wins for Sidewinder in the Multihulls category and Chetak in the Cruising class on a quiet day

Super 15 Rugby Table after Week 9 Team

Reds Crusaders Stormers Blues Highlanders Sharks Waratahs Bulls Rebels Hurricanes Brumbies Chiefs W.Force Cheetahs Lions

Council of Asia (OCA) and sports agencies of Phuket. Among the outcomes of the meeting was a decision to add beach polo to the list of events, bringing the total number of sports included in the games to 17. A date was set for the opening ceremony on Novem-


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on the water with only six boats competing. Varying winds and one boat not following the course correctly provided some drama and emotional ups and downs in race two on April 10, with the fleet of six following an aroundthe-island course that finished with a sausage in Chalong Bay. First off the line in the downwind start was the catamaran Sidewinder, which sped off to take line honours in a no contest win against Niña, her sole competitor in the Multihulls. The real battle of the day was between newcomer Linda and long-time Ao Chalong Yacht Club (ACYC) racer Emerald Blue in the Racing Class. Although Emerald Blue made the better start, Linda soon passed her and led around Koh Bon, reaching the channel markers six minutes ahead of her rival when she stopped sailing. Emerald Blue sailed past and gestured for Linda to move

forward, who resumed the route although now trailing the good-natured crew of the ketch, finishing almost nine minutes later. Simone, the remaining boat in the class, finished a distant third, suffering from the effects of a dirty bottom. Chetak, the only boat in the Cruising class, sailed a comfortable yet good race to complete the course. Race three of the Victron Energy Series will be staged on May 8. ACYC are hosting an open and family fun day on Sunday (April 24) and club members are inviting everyone to come and enjoy the waterside bar/restaurant, gardens and clubhouse. The open and family fun day will feature dingy sailing, kayaking, a jumping castle, live music, raffles, silent and live auctions, plus a BBQ lunch priced at B250 for adults, B100 for kids.



Nadal wins Monte Carlo again Rafael Nadal pronounced himself “a lucky guy” after sweeping to a seventh straight title at the Monte Carlo Masters by dispatching fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday. “It would have been impossible to imagine a few years ago winning seven titles here,” Nadal said after a victory in two hours and 16 minutes, his 12th of 16 against his good friend. “I’m a lucky guy to have done this by age 24.” Nadal faced a few minor challenges on court in postcard-perfect conditions with a sleek, discreet mega-yacht tethered just offshore at the Mediterranean playground. “I’m very emotional, it’s so fantastic to win again in Monte Carlo,” said Nadal, the only man to win six titles at the same event – let alone seven. “I feel the most emotions at the Masters events and it’s so special here.” “I was nervous in the last game, especially on the second match point, but I’m happy with how I closed out the match,” added the champion, who has once again embarked on the road to Roland Garros next month in the best possible way. “I felt more tired on court

Spain’s Rafael Nadal jubilates after winning the match against his compatriot David Ferrer during the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament tennis match final, on April 17, 2011 in Monaco. He won in two sets : 6-4, 7-5.  – Photo AFP than usual, but these are the kind of matches that help the physical and mental fitness for the rest of the clay season.” Nadal was playing his third straight final after losing to Novak Djokovic in title bids last month at Indian Wells and Miami. “I’ve played a lot of tennis but the last six weeks have been very positive, I have a lot of confidence.” Nadal was 24 hours re-

moved from his three-hour struggle with an injured Andy Murray, who played their three-set epic with a right elbow injected with painkilling cortisone. Murray and his team drove the 600 kilometres to Barcelona on Sunday, where he will have a medical examination and decide over the next few days if he can play in the ATP event as second seed behind Nadal.

Ferrer admitted that he had again been beaten by the best. “Rafa is incredible on clay, he’s everywhere at the same time,” said Ferrer. “He’s the best player on clay in history.” Nadal has ruled at Monte Carlo since losing his only match in the principality in his 2003 debut year as a 16-year-old. He has now won 37 straight Monte Carlo matches with a 39-1 record at the tournament.

Sunday’s win marked the 44th career trophy for Spain’s top player, who now owns a record 19 titles at the Masters 1000 level and has beaten compatriots in all nine of the all-Spanish finals he has played. Nadal won a 30th claycourt trophy, tying him for third place in the post-1968 Open era with Bjorn Borg and Spain’s Manuel Orantes. The victory was also revenge for Ferrer’s straight-sets win over Nadal in an Australian Open quarter-final three months ago. Nadal and Ferrer duelled as familiar opponents in a 74-minute opening set, with a run of three straight breaks putting Nadal in 3-2 command. The world number one used his edge to take the opener and break for a 2-1 lead early in the second. But a few errors crept in as Nadal double-faulted and fired an errant backhand to hand the break back for a score of 4-4. That amounted to little as the king of clay broke again for a 6-5 lead and closed it out on his second match point a game later when Ferrer miscued a volley. – AFP

SPORTS SHORTS No facelift for Warnie Legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne has denied having cosmetic surgery after it was rumoured that the leg spinner had undergone a facelift. Warne has looked younger than his 41 years in recent photographs, prompting speculation that he had gone under the knife. The popular Victorian, who retired from international cricket in 2007 but continues to play in the lucrative Indian Premier League for the Rajastan Royals, said it was rubbish.

NRL Star on assault charges: Rugby League star Anthony Watts is facing the axe from the Sydney Roosters after being charged with assaulting a woman, who he allegedly punched in the face. Australian media reports said that Watts and team mate Todd Carney had been drinking together before the assault took place, although Carney was not involved in the incident. If Watts is found guilty, it is likely that he will be kicked out of the club.



Reds and Crusaders aiming for top spot

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson watches their UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg football match against Marseille at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on March 15.  – Photo AFP

United on the brink of record 19th title As the 2010/11 Premier League season enters its final throes, Sir Alex Ferguson is on the brink of achieving what he set out to do when he first sat on the Old Trafford hotseat: “to knock Liverpool off their f***ing perch”. The two English giants have been locked on 18 titles since 2009 and with just five matches remaining, United have a healthy lead over their nearest rivals Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for the title. A win in the early kick off

against Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday would take the Red Devils one step closer to achieving a record 19th title, something made all the sweeter given Liverpool’s trials and tribulations this season. Despite being bitter rivals of their more successful city neighbours, Everton won’t make it easy for United as they can top another great second half to the season by catching Kenny Dalglish’s Reds; motivation enough for anyone

who dons the famous blue of the Goodison club. At the wrong end of the table, the battle to avoid relegation is extremely tight. As things stand, only eight points separates Wolves at the bottom and Newcastle United in 9th. Having beaten Manchester United and Chelsea at Molineux, Wolves will fancy their chances of three points against Fulham, heaping the pressure on their rivals, many of whom face daunting away trips.

Birmingham, West Brom and West Ham United all face tough assignments with away matches against Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea respectively; all three sides look unlikely to add to their points tallies this weekend. Wigan, who moved out of the bottom three last weekend with a 3-1 win at Blackpool, are away again. This time the Lactics face Sunderland, another side desperate for three points which would help propel them to safety.

Hamilton roars back into title contention In the land where the dragon has played a large part in tales of myth, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton produced a fire-breathing performance of his own to ignite the Formula 1 season in a race that will go down in Chinese sporting and F1 folklore. What had threatened to be yet another Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull procession was turned on its head by the McLaren driver whose tactics proved right on the mark, coming just one week after a disappointing race in Malaysia. Hamilton almost didn’t make it on to the track after a fuel leak caused his MP4-26 to not start, but his crew patched up the McLaren just in the nick of time and sent him on his way some 30 seconds before the pit light turned red. Had he missed it, the 2008 champion would have been forced to start the race from the pits. The 25-year-old made it to the track in time and delivered a performance

of pace, aggression, nerve and control that served to remind F1 fans why he is considered to be the most exhilarating driver to watch. It was Hamilton’s first victory since the Belgian Grand Prix eight months ago and one that suggested at last that the Austrian-owned Red Bull racing team aren’t going to have things all their own way. Vettel, the defending champion and winner of five of his last six races, dominated all three practice sessions and qualified an astonishing 0.7 seconds faster than the McLarens of Jenson Button and Hamilton. At that stage, many predicted another cake walk for the young German but as soon as he was passed by Button at the first corner, the dynamics of the race changed and the drama started to unfold. Button, the 2009 champion, was now in control and looked set for back-to-back wins in China until a catastrophic error during

his first pitstop threw the race wide open again. For reasons he can’t probably even begin to explain, Button drove into Vettel’s pit box rather than his own, allowing the Red Bull man who had followed him in to snatch the advantage back. That mistake was just the beginning of the drama as Red Bull and Vettel opted for a twostop strategy compared to the three-stop strategy employed by McLaren and Vettel’s team mate Mark Webber. The Australian endured a torrid time in qualifying but the extra tyres he had in reserve allowed him to surge through the field from 18th position to secure his first podium finish of the season after passing Button for third on the penultimate lap. After Hamilton’s final tyre change, the young Brit began to quickly work his way through the field, one breathtaking manoeuvre

after another until all that was left was Vettel. The German’s hard Pirelli tyres were losing grip and subsequently his RB7 was slowing as Hamilton’s fresher tyres allowed him to pass Vettel on lap 52 before holding out for the win. The introduction of Pirelli as the tyre manufacturers has already helped the FIA in achieving its goal of more overtaking in the sport; the deliberately faster degrading rubber is causing drivers to slow during the race, is making pitstops more frequent and strategy more important. As yet the flexible rear wing or DRS hasn’t been the innovation the sport’s governing body had hoped, but after a season of little overtaking in 2010, F1 has still moved to the other end of the spectrum thanks to Pirelli. Vettel still leads the championship by a healthy 21 points three weeks out from the Turkish GP.

After wins in round nine of the 2011 Super 15 season, the table topping Queensland Reds and the Crusaders of Canterbury both face home fixtures against teams from their respective countries as they look to cement their places at the top. The Reds overcame 2010 runners-up the Bulls in their previous outing and now come up against the New South Wales Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow (April 23). Ewan McKenzie’s men will be looking for revenge against the New South Wales side; it was the Waratahs who inflicted the Red’s only defeat of the season to date, overpowering the Queenslanders by 30 points to six in week two. Since that defeat, the Reds have won five games out of five and also received four points courtesy of a bye in round four. The Waratahs slumped to a 31-17 defeat against the Auckland Blues in round nine and are likely to find life difficult against the now high-flying Reds spearheaded by the brilliant Quade Cooper. The Crusaders of New Zealand, the most successful side in the history of Super Rugby, have a home fixture against fellow Kiwis, the Highlanders. Both teams enjoyed wins away from home in round nine; the Crusaders beating the Chiefs 3416 and the Highlanders overcoming newcomers Melbourne Rebels by 40 points to 18. After a slow start to the season which included a defeat to the Blues and a remarkable 0-0 draw with the Hurricanes, the Crusaders have won their last six fixtures and received four points courtesy of a bye to sit alongside the Reds on 35 points. The Highlanders themselves are enjoying a good season in fifth place with 30 points and will not make life easy for captain Richie McCaw and his men.

Hawks face Cats in AFL

The big clash of round five in the AFL sees the Hawthorn Hawks host Geelong at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday. The two sides have made strong starts to the 2011 season, with the visiting Cats one of two teams still boasting a perfect four from four along with league leaders Collingwood. The Hawks lost their first match of the season but have rebounded in style, winning their last three to move themselves into third spot on the ladder. The clash between the two should prove a tight encounter with both teams fairly evenly matched. The Hawks lead the two teams in terms of points per game with an average of 98.5 to the Cats’ 85, but Geelong have been solid in defence so far this season conceding just 55.5 points per game to the Hawks’ 74.8. Towards the other end of the table, newcomers Gold Coast Suns head into Saturday’s match against Port Adelaide looking for a much needed win. Port began the season in disastrous fashion, losing their first three matches before picking up a win against local rivals the Adelaide Crows in round four. The Suns received a bye in the first round and have subsequently found life in the league heavy going, suffering three heavy losses and conceding more than 100 points in each game. There were some signs of encouragement for the Suns in their last outing against the Melbourne Demons, however. The AFL newcomers took an early lead in the game, kicking the first two goals and also outscored the Demons in the third quarter. The Gold Coast outfit will welcome back AFL star Gary Ablett to their line up after he missed the previous outing with a calf injury.