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fficials this week vowed to take quick action to rectify a growing pool of rancid, black wastewater from continuing to spill onto Surin Beach. The sepid wastewater was spotted by beachgoers last Wednesday (Nov 16), and reported to The Phuket News. “We will use a backhoe to fix that problem soon,” MaAnn Samran,
Chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), told The Phuket News reporters he called to his office to respond in person to the issue. Mr MaAnn did not elaborate on how a backhoe would stem the flow of wastewater onto the beach. He did, however, confirm that the B320-million project initiated in 2012 to expand the sewage system in the area and install a wastewater-treatment plant had yet to come onstream.
“The project is about 80 per cent complete, we are now only waiting for the Phuket Governor to sign approval for Phase II of the project,” he said. As promised in January, Mr MaAnn confirmed that Cherng Talay OrBorTor trucks were pumping wastewater from Surin and Bang Tao beaches every day at 10am, 1pm and 2pm. “This is only a temporary measure. The wastewater will go through filtration treatment and be stored at a
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treatment plant until we’re ready to treat it fully and release it elsewhere,” he said. Mr MaAnn explained that Phase II of the sewage-system upgrade had been already approved by the Department of Environment Quality Promotion (DEQP). “We have already sent the relevant documents to the Phuket Governor to sign his approval so we can go ahead with the rest of this project,” he said. “In the meantime, I have asked…
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Cherng Talay Chief MaAnn Samran called for local residents and businesses to stop dumping trash in the canal that feeds onto Surin Beach. Photo: Supplied
Gov vows action on clean beach water Continued from page 1 ...local officials, residents and business operators to help us keep drains free from rubbish. Please do not dump wastewater into the canal,” he added. Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan told The Phuket News on Wednesday (Nov 23) that improving the quality of the water at Phuket’s beaches was among his top priorities and that he would be looking into the issue personally. “Wastewater at Phuket’s beaches is on my list of issues that need to be resolved. My team will investigate and follow up on water quality this month,” he said. “This issue is being tackled now, but first we need to check the Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) in the water then we will coordinate with local administration organisations in each area to let them know what needs to be done next,” he added. Affirming his personal
role in improving beach water in Phuket, Gov Chockchai said, “Anything that happens on Phuket’s beaches or to our water sources that affects water quality, I must know. I will follow up on all information from officials taking care of this issue.” Gov Chockchai’s promise might be music to local resident Darapron Sandeenasiri’s ears. She told The Phuket News that many people had complained to the Cherng Talay OrBorTor about wastewater being pumped onto Surin Beach over the past two years. “The issue has not yet been resolved despite the president of the OrBorTor telling residents that there is an ongoing project to solve the problem,” she said. “I want to know whether the OrBorTor is really doing the project, or whether they just said they were as a way of addressing unrelenting complaints from local residents and business operators.”
74-year-old woman was taken into police custody on Monday (Nov 21) when she was found to be in possession of 58 kilograms of kratom. The arrest came following raids on two properties in the Saphan Ruam community in Rassada. At 10am on Monday, personnel from the 41st Military Circle led by chief of peace and order operations Maj Sathit Naikul together with defence volunteers led by Phuket District Office official Wiratdej Boonriangkhao raided two homes in Moo Baan Saphan Ruam Soi 6 after receiving a tip-off that the home owners had been selling drugs to local teenagers. Following the raids, it was announced that 58.5kg of kratom, 45 bottles of cough syrup and B13,000 in cash had been seized and one arrest made. Maj Sathit said, “When we arrived at one of the homes (No. 33) we saw one woman
Some of the kratom leaves were packed ready to be sold together with a bottle of cough syrup. come out, but she quickly fled the area. Inside the home officers found an elderly woman, Ms Jai, 74. She had many bags of kratom leaves placed in a sack and basket which were hidden in the bathroom and bedroom. “Some of kratom leaves were clearly ready to be distributed as they were bagged together with cough syrup,” he said. “Ms Jai told us that she is
from Khon Kaen and that she has no income. She and the home owner know each other and she looks after the house when the owner is away. She admitted that she sometimes helps sell kratom for the owner which she sells for B200 per set (two bundles of leaves and one bottle of cough syrup). “When we went to the other address (No. 30) there was nobody there to open the door so we asked a neighbour to
contact the owner. The owner still refused to cooperate, so the neighbour gained access to the property and during our search we found more kratom leaves, both fresh and cooked,” he added. Ms Jai was taken to Phuket City Police Station where she was to be questioned further. Police will also issue a summons for both homeowners to come to the police station to face charges.
Beach vendors file encroachment complaint MORE THAN 20 BEACH vendors from Nai Yang filed a complaint at the Damrongdhama Centre (Ombudsman’s Office) at Provincial Hall on Monday (Nov 21) requesting that officials investigate a land claimant who has allegedly not only refused to remove structures from the beach for the past two years, but has also added more.
Amnoy Pongtoy, 50, explained that the area in question covers five rai and now has a restaurant, spa and accommodation built upon it. The claimant to the land, Dang Laolang, was requested in September 2014 by officials from Sakoo Tambon Administration Office (OrBorTor) and the military to remove all illegal structures from the
site as per orders issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). “Officials declared that the buildings were illegal because they were built without permits. The claimant has also built new buildings on the land which were also ordered to be removed, but nothing has been done,” Mr Amnoy said. Eakkapop Thongtub
Amnoy Pongtoy (left), 50, files the complaint at the Damrongdhama Centre on Monday.(Nov 21).
Extra public holidays granted to make week-long New Year THE ROYAL THAI CABInet has approved extra public holidays on January 2 and 3, 2017 to extend the official holiday period for the New Year to become one week. Deput y Gover n ment Spokesman Col Thaksada Sangk hachan made the announcement after the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday
(Nov 22). The Cabinet decided to extend next year’s New Year long holiday weekend to four days by declaring January 2 and 3 2017 as extra public holidays, he said. Col Thaksada also confirmed that December 5 will still be celebrated as the birthday anniversary of
His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. There would be important royal ceremonies to commemorate the late King on Dec 5 of every year, Col Thaksada said. The ceremonies include religious rites and important activities of the Bureau of the Royal Household. thephuketnews
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n officer from Thalang Police Station has conf ir med to The Phuket News that a total of 63 people have been arrested in connection with last year’s Thalang riots. He also confirmed that a further 23 suspects are still at large. During a recent face-toface interview with The Phuket News reporters, Thalang Police Chief Col Somphong Thiparpakul said that so far police had arrested 63 suspects wanted in connection with the riots in Thalang in October last year. The riots were the worst street violence Phuket had seen in decades. Half a dozen police officers were treated for injuries while over twenty vehicles were vandalised by angry rioters who had encircled the Thalang Police Station in retaliation for the death of two teenagers on Oct 15 last year. During the interview last Wednesday (Nov 16), Col Somphong explained, “A total of 86 arrest warrants were issued for suspects involved in
Thalang Police Chief Col Somphong Thiparpakul. Photo: Supatra Sutham the riot. To this day we have arrested 63 of them. Most of these were arrested on separate warrants issued for drug charges. Their cases have been handed over to the Office of Phuket Public Prosecution.” Col Somphong said those who have been arrested are either out on bail, being held at Phuket Provincial Prison or at the Phuket Department
of Juvenile Observation and Protection (DJOP). “Most of the arrested suspects have been arrested before on drug or other charges so we have a record about them already. “However, we believe that most of the 23 wanted suspects who are still at large have already left the island and gone to other provinces. We
Moscow flight grounded by crunching stairs accident INVESTIGATIONS ARE still ongoing into how much damage was caused to an Aeroflot plane involved in an incident prior to take-off from Phuket International Airport on Monday night last week (Nov 14). The incident resulted in the Moscow-bound f light being cancelled. “At 9:30pm on Monday (Nov 14) an airport engineer was called to look into an incident and check damage caused to an Aeroflot plane’s door, which was said to have been damaged by airplane passenger stairs,” an airport staffer, who asked not to be named, told The Phuket News last Friday (Nov 18). The incident affected Aeroflot flight SU274/275. “As a quick-fix solution the engineer forced closed the door so that it would stay shut. “Following this, the Aeroflot Maintenance Control Center (MCC) was called in to move the Boeing 777 to the aircraft stand so that the damage could be assessed,” the staffer said. “We can confirm that @thephuketnews
The damage to the aircraft was caused by passengers stairs attached to the plane. Photo: Boris Suhanov nobody was injured in the incident and that all 284 passengers were provided with accommodation until an alternative flight was arranged. “An investigation into the damage caused to the plane is continuing.” Asked about the incident,
Airport Director Monrudee Gettupan said, “We know about this incident and understand that it was not serious. “As per our standard procedures, investigations into the incident are ongoing,” she said. The Phuket News
have informed police in other provinces to keep eye out for these wanted men and bring them in,” Col Somphong said. “I can assure you that we have not neglected this case. To the general public it may seem that we have not arrested anyone because some suspects are not in jail. Our job is to arrest them and pass the cases onto the public prosecutor.
“If some suspects are still out on the streets, this is because their families or community leaders have paid their bail, there is nothing we can we can do about this,” he added. However, the family and friends of one of the suspects, Uthai Suklien, disputes that Mr Uthai was involved in the riots at all. They say is a scapegoat for the unrest. A post on the Facebook page of Wipaporn Tawongsri on Nov 10 noted that even officers from Thalang Police Station had confirmed that CCTV images caught of a man with tattoos was not Mr Uthai. The post also stated that Mr Uthai was one man who had an arrest warrant issued for him and that his family must come up with B500,000 bail for public prosecutors. It goes on to say that his family is poor and questions how they would be able to find such money to post bail for him. In reply to this, Col Somphong said, “Most suspects arrested in this case would have denied any involvement even if we have hard evidence against them. In the case of Mr
Uthai, he was on the wanted list and I believe investigators had enough evidence to put him on it. I don’t think it is a mistake. “Beside, the suspect caught on CCTV looked exactly like him but with tattoos. Now people are saying that Mr Uthai does not have any tattoos so he is not the person in the CCTV footage. People can remove a tattoo nowadays, some even have temporary tattoos. We just never know. “However, his case is with public prosecutors now and it is up to them to decide. Everything we do must be done in accordance with the law,” he said. “Cases are no longer our responsibility after arrests have been made and details have been sent to the public prosecutors. If the public prosecutor does not want to proceed with the case due to lack of evidence then the case might be dropped. “Whether suspects including Mr Uthai are guilty or not it is up to the court to decide based on evidence collected,” he added.
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Police boost checks on buses, trucks POLICE IN KATHU HAVE relaunched a campaign to check the weight of heavy vehicles about to climb over Patong Hill from Kathu. Officers began checking motorists – and fining – traffic law violators at the Kathu Police Checkpoint last Friday (Nov 18). The officers are using a simple weighing device installed in a speed bump that vehicles must drive over in order to pass through the checkpoint, Sen Sgt Maj Tanongsak Churung explained. "Heavy vehicles are not permitted to climb over the steep hills into Patong from 7am-9am and 4pm-7pm on any day," he said. “Traffic on Patong Hill is very busy during these hours, which means traffic moves much slower at these times, and this greatly increases the danger of larger vehicles not being able to climb safely over the hill,” he said. Yutthawat Lekmak
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I recently saw on a website a photo from a police station in Pattaya that listed in Thai and English how much all the major traffic fines cost. Are the fines the same in Phuket? Do police stations in Phuket also have these signs posted so people know how much the fines actually are? – Dasha, Moscow
The traffic law is the same throughout the country, so all fines should be the same amount no matter where you are in the Kingdom. The penalties for the most common violations are: • No licence plate – B400 • Run a red light – B300 • Reckless driving – B400 • Illegal U-turn – B400 • Blocking traffic – B200 • Operating an illegal vehicle – B1,000 • Parking in a non-parking area – B200 • No vehicle insurance – B600 • Driving against the flow of traffic – B200 • No helmet (Passenger & Driver) – B200 • No driver’s licence – B400
A foreign man reacts while receiving a ticket for a moving violation in Phuket earlier this year. How much he had to pay should be public knowledge. Photo: The Phuket News / file • No owner’s registration – B400 • Overdue vehicle taxes – B400 • Using a vehicle, which makes noise louder than the prescribed limit – B1,000 Motorists should also be aware that much harsher penalties for drunk driving were introduced last year. Under the new laws, the BAC alcohol limit for professional and commercial drivers, and drivers under 24 years old, remains zero, and the legal BAC limit for all other drivers is 0.05%. The new penalties for drunk driving are: 1. Drunk driving: Up to one year imprisonment or a fine of B5,000 to B20,000
or both, and driver’s licence suspended for six months. 2. Drunk driving causing bodily or mental harm to others: One to five years imprisonment or a fine of B20,000 to B100,000 or both, and driver’s licence suspended for up to one year. 3. Drunk driving causing serious injury to others: Two to six years imprisonment or a fine of B40,000 to B120,000 or both, and driver’s licence suspended for up to two years. 4. Drunk driving causing death: Three to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of B60,000 to B200,000 and your driver’s licence will be cancelled. Whether you will be allowed to apply for
a driver’s licence again during your lifetime is up to the court. The full list of drivingrelated penalties, except drunk driving, can be found in Thai on our website, here: http:// www.trafficpolice.go.th/fine. php Police stations in Phuket have notices announcing these penalties posted in public view, but these signs are in Thai only. We do plan to have these penalties posted in police stations in English soon, as Phuket is a popular tourist destination. – Lt Col Theerawat Liamsuwan, Deputy Superintendent, Traffic Police Division, Phuket City Police
Migrant worker foreman arrested for conspiracy to murder ONE MAN HAS BEEN arrested and a second is being hunted following the murder of a 36-year-old Myanmar national last Sunday night (Nov 20), police have confirmed. Kamala Police led by Deputy Chief Lt Col Sophon Borrirak on Monday (Nov 21) escorted Mr Kyaw Sein Win, or “Bun”, 47, from Myanmar for further questioning after he was arrested in connection with the murder of a fellow migrant worker named by police as Mr Tazae, 36, at 11pm on Sunday. Lt Col Somnuek Damkaew received a call from
Mr Kyaw Sein Win, 47, told police that he tried to stop the attack. local residents at 1:30am on Monday to report that a large numbers of migrant workers were engaged in a mass brawl at a workers camp at Baan
Kwan located behind Phuket FantaSea in Kamala. Police were told that one man had died and another had been injured during the mélee. Lt Col Somnuek said one migrant worker named as Mr Moe Oo, or “Mo”, 36, told police that before Sunday night’s incident, the worker’s foreman, Bun, arrived at their shelter. He was inside his room while Mr Tazae was outside lying in a hammock listening to music. Mr Moe said, “Bun arrived with another man, Mr Owan, also a Myanmar national, and ordered Owan to attack Tazae. Owan smashed
Tazae’s head three times with a one-metre-long crowbar.” Mr Mo told police that he was so scared that he ran out of the room and sought refuge at his neighbour’s home. When he returned to his shelter he found out that Mr Tazae was already dead. Lt Col Somnuek continued, “Officers were able to apprehend Bun shortly after the incident and learned that both he and the victim had altercations and disputes over wages. “Bun told us that after the incident he took Owan to the motorbike taxi queue and came back to camp,” he explained on Monday.
Bun also told police that he was there when Owan attacked Tazae, but that he had actually tried to stop the attack taking place. “When Mr Tazae collapsed Bun said that he was frightened so he took off on a motorbike with Owan. Soon after he dropped Owan at the entrance of the soi,” Col Somnuek said. “Bun said Owan dumped the murder weapon into a canal next to the camp,” he added. Bun has been charged with conspiracy to murder and police have seized a Honda Wave as evidence. Eakkapop Thongtub thephuketnews
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Clearing the air
Phuket Airport clarifies connecting-flight, drop-off muddle The Phuket News email@example.com
n official at Phuket International Airport (PIA) has confirmed that passengers who are booked on a domestic flight to Suvarnabhumi or Don Muang airports with a same-day connecting outbound international flight should check-in at the Phuket Airport’s new International Terminal. All passengers with only a domestic flight should continue using the Domestic Terminal, the official said. PIA representative Tithinun Pissdu explained, “As we all know, PIA now has two areas for passengers to check-in: the new International Terminal and the old Domestic Terminal. “Since the opening of the new International Terminal we have seen many passengers, both Thais and foreigners, arriving at the wrong terminal because they believe they can check-in at either one as (they believe) both are open for all passengers to check-in in order reduce delays at the airport.
The bus driver said that brake failure caused him to lose control of the bus. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
Tour bus suffers brake failure on Patong Hill Tourists wait for answers from the Information counter at Phuket Airport. Photo: Yutthawat Lekmak “To clarify, if you are booked on a domestic flight to Suvarnabhumi Airport with a same-day international flight leaving Suvarnabhumi, then you must check-in at the Phuket’s new International Terminal,” she said. “Quite a few airlines, including THAI Airways (TG) and Bangkok Airways (check flight code), have connecting outbound international flights leaving from Suvarnabhumi that require passengers to check-in and clear Immigration and Customs at the new International Terminal here
in Phuket,” she explained. People boarding AirAsia flights to Bangkok and have a connecting outbound international flight with the same booking number can check-in at either the new International Terminal or the Domestic Terminal, Ms Tithinun noted. “However, if your outbound international f light from Bangkok has a different booking number, you must use the Domestic Terminal to board the AirAsia plane in Phuket,” she added. “If you have any doubt as
Imposter held over Army uniform A 27-YEAR-OLD PHUKET man is under investigation by the 41st Military Circle and police after he was found dressed in full military uniform and pretending to be military personnel in Chalong. Four army officers led by Chief of Peace and Order Operations Maj Sathit Naikul last Friday (Nov 18) escorted Prapoj Nunphakdee to Chalong Police Station to question him as to why he was pretending to be a high-ranking army officer. Maj Sathit said, “The Commander in Chief of the 41st
Prapoj Nunphakdee was taken in for questioning to answer why he was impersonating a military officer. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub Military Circle ordered a peace and order operation team to investigate Mr Prapoj, who was
pretending to be a Lieutenant Colonel while dressed in full military uniform.” Maj Sathit declined to name the location where officers found Mr Prapoj but revealed that if found guilty of impersonating a military official he could face jail time of up to one year and fined up to B2,000, or both. “Police will question Mr Prapoj further to see if he can be charged with fraud. They will also seek to find the motive behind his antics,” Maj Sathit added. Eakkapop Thongtub
to where you should check-in please come to the information desk or visit your airline counter. It is best that all passengers arrive at the airport at least two hours before their check-in time,” Ms Tithinun advised. Ms Tithinun also pointed out that some taxi drivers are still dropping off passengers at the wrong terminal. “The problem now is that many taxi drivers assume they have to drop foreigners off at the new international terminal without asking them where they are going,” she said.
A MOTORCYCLIST AND his passenger were hospitalised on Monday night (Nov 21) when a bus lost control and veered into the opposite lane, causing the driver of the bike to crash. The incident occurred on Phra Baramee Rd, in front of the Sea Pearl Resort on Patong Hill, at 10:23pm The bus was carrying 19 tourists at the time. Police led by Maj Teerasak Boonsang arrived at the scene with Kusoldharm rescue workers to find a tour bus rammed into a power pole on a retaining wall in front of the resort. The two injured motorists – Nattachai Chanmala, 33, and his passenger Ratchanok Masjula, 22 – were still
at the scene when police arrived. Mr Nattachai was taken to Vachira Hospital, while Ms Ratchanok was taken to Patong Hospital The bus driver, Uyporn Rattanasang, 51, told police that he was heading to Patong when the bus suffered a brake failure. He lost control of the vehicle, crossed over to the opposite lane and nearly crashed into the oncoming motorbike. Maj Teerasak said, “All passengers on board the bus were unharmed and were transported to their hotel by another vehicle. “We are investigating the incident and have yet to question the injured parties,” he said. Eakkapop Thongtub
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Sea gypsy traditional lifestyle in dire straits The Phuket News firstname.lastname@example.org
A The driver rear-ended the bus at around 5am last Sunday (Nov 20). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
Big biker rear-ends bus, hospitalised A 33-Y EA R- OLD M A N was taken to hospital last Sunday night (Nov 20) after he crashed his big bike into a bus parked on the side of the road in Koh Kaew. Phuket City Police Lt Surachart Thongyai was notified at 5am that a motorcyclist had been injured when he crashed into the back of a parked bus near the entrance of Soi Koh Kaew 29 off Thepkrasattri Rd northbound. Lt Surachart arrived at the scene with Kusoldhram rescue workers to find a damaged Kawasaki lying on the road behind a tour bus.
The driver of the motorbike driver, named by police as 33-year-old Piyapong Sawasdee, had suffered scrapes all over his body as a result of the crash. He was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital after receiving first aid at the scene. Lt Surachart said, “Witnesses said that the motorbike slammed heavily into the back of the bus which had been parked at the side of the road overnight. People assume the driver had rented a nearby room and left the bus there. We are currently looking for the bus driver.” Eakkapop Thongtub
bout 1,000 sea gypsies from along the Andaman Coast gathered Rawai Beach last Sunday (Nov 20) to air their grievances about the slew of problems the once-sea-faring nomads face in modern Thailand today. Chief of the sea gypsies’ concerns is forced relocation through court-ordered evictions to uphold claims to land that the indigenous people had long lived on uncontested, explained Sangsom Harnthalay, who heads the sea gypsy community on the popular tourist island of Koh Lipe in Satun. “This issue affects up to 12,000 people of many different types of sea gypsies, including the three main tribes: Moken, Moklen and Urak Lawoi,” he said. The Moken, Moklen and Urak Lawoi are found from as far north as the Similan Islands off Phang Nga, to Koh Siray and Rawai in Phuket, on Phi Phi Island and Koh Lanta Island in Krabi, and Koh Lipe
Forced relocation through court-ordered evictions for land that sea gypsies had been living on for generations was the key threat to the sea gypsies’ traditional lifestyle, those present at the Phuket event were told. Photo: PR Dept to the south in Satun. “There are more than 100 cases in which sea gypsies are being sued, including those in Rawai,” he said. “Twenty-one locations are being disputed, even though sea gypsies graves have been found in those areas, while two locations disputed involve homes that have already been registered with government,” Mr Sangsom said. Niran Panyang, representing sea gypsies in Rawai,
pointed out that the forced evictions threatened sea gypsies’ traditional way of life. “The tourism industry is greatly affecting sea gypsies’ traditional lifestyle, too,” he added. Phuket Vice Governor Snith Sriwihok was at the event, but said that he was present only so that he could report results from the proceedings to Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan on Monday (Nov 21).
“This is a very complicated issue, and many of the issues raised are to be passed on to the Ministry of Culture for consideration,” V/Gov Snith told The Phuket News. However, V/Gov Snith declined to present his personal opinion on the issues sea gypsies are facing. “I can’t give my own opinion about them. It is a sensitive issue, but I am ready to take action. My job is to help people,” he said.
Builder under fire for reef project THE PHUKET MARINE Office has filed a formal police complaint against a contractor for dumping rocks and sand onto a beach at the northern tip of the island while it was carrying out an artificial reef project for the Phuket Fisheries Office. Borpith Chomchiey, a transport specialist at the Phuket Marine Office, filed the complaint against Pattanimahaphan Construction Co Ltd directly with Tha Chatchai Police Deputy Superintendent Lt Col Watcharin Jirattikanwiwat on Tuesday (Nov 22). The complaint was filed after Mr Borpith and other marine officials inspected the site and found rocks and sand dumped on the beach beside a floating barge with a tugboat tied up alongside. On shore were three artificial reef blocks. In his statement to police, Mr Borpit alleged the company did not have a permit to resurface the land and build a pier at the site. As such, he accused the company of breaching the Navigation in Thai Waters Act of 1913. Mr Borpith asked police to investigate and bring the person responsible for the
The workers said they built the earth ramp to make loading the artificial reef blocks easier. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub project to face legal action. M r Bor pit h a nd t he Phuket Marine Office were alerted to the situation by Sarawuth Srisakukam, Chief of Mai Khao Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), who said he was unaware of the work being carried out until he saw photos of the site posted on Facebook by Sulaimarn Kaewngamdee on Sunday (Nov 20). Mr Sulaimarn had simply posted photos of a Daily News story alleging that a backhoe was digging up Mai Khao Beach. “We arrived at the site and discovered that they had deposited rocks and soil in the area by the sea. When we inspected the area, we noticed
the marine environment had been damaged by the debris. I ordered the contractor to temporarily stop work until it was all sorted out,” OrBorTor Chief Mr Sarawuth said. “The workers there told me that the contractor was hired by the Phuket Fisheries Office to load artificial reef blocks onto the barge. They were using machinery to resurface the area to form a pier so loading would be easier,” he explained. “Creating artificial reefs is good for our marine life, but the process must not destroy the surrounding environment. Those involved in such a project should know that, so I told them to stop work,” Mr Sarawuth added. Eakkapop Thongtub thephuketnews
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he gathering of sea gypsies at Rawai Beach last Sunday (Nov 20) brought forward a rare moment of honesty among officials in Phuket, albeit by a lone admission that they simply did not know enough about issues the island’s indigenous people were facing. The bare fact that Phuket Vice Governor Snith Sriwihok was honest enough to say that he was there only to learn, not offer his opinion, and he was to report what the sea gypsies had to say to Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan, speaks greatly of both men. Rarely does Phuket witness such an admission from highranking officials, even about such a topic that has gained headlines around the world. And to be truthful, it is not their fault. The annual transfers of Governors and other high-ranking officials around
the country each October is aimed at ensuring that no highranking provincial officials are in one province long enough that they are effectively left to their own devices to develop their “network of contacts”, business or otherwise. The downside side is that each October a new Governor lands in Phuket, along with new Vice Governors, who all very likely have no idea of the range of issues at play on the island, or the long history behind them. They simply do not know enough to come up with any sensible solution. This is not to excuse them from attempting to resolve problems once they learn about them, but at least they are learning about the problems before forcing a “solution” that no-one wanted. The same system of annual transfers is claimed to be used by the Royal Thai Police, but
a little further investigation reveals that is not really the case. At least with Phuket, they rarely venture far from this profitable isle – and if they do leave, they soon return. The list of Phuket police transferring out only to return again goes on and on, with most transferred only as far as Phang Nga before heading back. How effective this has been for the police is a matter of public opinion. But all this leads to one simple question: W hat’s worse? Keeping people in Phuket long enough that they might exploit their positions of power, or keep shifting them so they have little experience with the issues to be resolved, and likely won’t be around to be held accountable for them after they’re long gone? Looking at the effectiveness of the examples above, your guess is as good as ours.
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Re: Police arrest Australian fugitive Once again we see the RTP patting themselves on the back, but, it took information from Interpol, and the Australian Police, to get them moving, otherwise, nothing would have happened. Thailand’s border security is none existent. So many people, “except” the cops, knew this dude was in Bangkok. Rorii ...................................................
Re: Phuket Loy Kratong celebrations tarnished by tons of rubbish Just leave some bulk rubbish bins on site, or any type of rubbish bins, like they do in other countries and empty them the following day... problem solved. Pete Rawai ...................................................
Killing the goose
Re: Phuket tourists split over virgin beaches: Poll Most tourists come to Phuket from the cold parts of the world because of the sunny, warm climate, beaches and the
sea. In order to have a good holiday vacation it is necessary to provide them with proper clean beach facilties, toilets, beach chairs, sun umbrellas, and food and drinks etc. If you’re over 50 and have worked your whole life you are perhaps entitled for a little comfort and to lie in a beach chair from where you are more easily able to get up. It is the farang over-50 generation who has the cash to afford five-star resorts. They are the big spenders who enjoy a day on a clean beach, on beach chairs with sun umbrellas in peace and comfort. Young fit backpackers don’t mind lying on a mat, nor do most locals, but they are not the ones with the big cash. Beach holidays are supposed to be fun and not like a labour camp. First, clean up the trash which you can see all over Phuket, then clean up the dangerous traffic and enforce the laws against ignorant motorists. Remember, Phuket has only one destination to sell and if you want successfully sell a product like tourism and hospitality, you have to sell what your customers want and not what you would like as your
idea of great holiday – which is perhaps just shopping. If tourists don’t get it here, they will go to seaside resorts in other tropical countries where they have it. Mai pen rai. Concerned ....................................................
See no evil...
Re: All quiet on Patong tourist jet-ski accident negotiations It may be that the jet-skis are operating illegally and the Thai owners do not want to get involved in conflict with the Phuket Governor and the Tourist Police. Asterix ...................................................
Use your smarts
Re: There are plenty of clever ways put your old smartphone to good use For a Linux computer, try KDE-Connect to pair your Android mobile with your PC. This tool is amazing and it does too much to write about here. Fritz Pinguin ...................................................
Re: Disabled Phuket man completes 13 day journey to
pay respect to the late King Congratulations and very much respect to Mr Sompong for doing this journey. A great salute to him! Kurt ..................................................
The better part of valour?
Re: Three Thai airlines face CAAT clampdown .....and those three Thai registered airlines are? No one can actually say due to the threat of court action by one of the three. Sir Burr ....................................................
Rotten to the core
Re: Phuket Opinion: A close encounter with killer cops Good for PN...calling a spade a spade. I have long held that inept, poorly trained, unprofessional and lazy, corrupt police are at the root of nearly all problems in Phuket. With no change in policing in sight, we can hardly expect any other positive changes on this island. The existing police force needs to be disbanded and ordered by the NCPO to be replaced with military police. Ed Sanders
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016
Samet beset by graft, probe finds RAYONG
ational park authorities have launched a crackdown on businesses controlled by mafia groups on Koh Samet in Rayong province worth over B100 million a month. The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) is also taking legal action against inf luential groups on the resort island, said the DNP’s Marine National Park Management Director Natthaphon Rattanaphan. The crackdown comes after DNP director-general Thanya Netitham mak un signed a transfer order for the Khao Laem Ya-Moo Koh Samet National Park chief, and 79 other officials, in September following a probe into corruption practices. Earlier, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Gen Surasak Karnjanarat said he wanted order restored to the island. A panel was also launched to probe two former national park heads and other officials thought to be involved with malpractice.
The Department of National Parks says it has launched another campaign against ‘resort mafia’ controlling businesses worth B100 million at Sai Kaew (above) and other beaches on Koh Samet. Photo: Bangkpost file photo Mr Natthaphon said an initial inspection found all businesses valued at over B100mn on Koh Samet were operated by mafia groups, some linked to police officers. Most businesses were motorcycle, bicycle and jet ski rentals while other businesses involved rentals of speed boats, banana boats, and beach massage services. According to the inves-
tigation, 660 rental motorcycles, over 100 speed boats, more than 10 jet skis and banana boats, 179 beach masseurs, 51 hawkers, 60 taxis, 50 body painters and more than 10 Cambodian fire performers are involved. Of the speed boats, only one boat was registered legally. Tourists were required to pay B300 per trip for jet skis
Officials inspect the land where the marijuana was being grown. Photo: Chaiwat Satyaem
German nabbed for growing cannabis HUA HIN A GERMAN MAN WAS arrested on Tuesday (Nov 22) for allegedly growing more than 200 marijuana plants at his home. Soldiers and policemen, led by Hua Hin District Chief Roojpratheep Thammarapeepat, raided the house of the 46-year-old known by the Thai-German name Zher Kanogkhamsin at Moo 7 of Ban Sai Ngarm in Nong Plub sub-district on Tuesday afternoon. The raid came after police working undercover bought cannabis from Mr Zher. Officials searched the @thephuketnews
13-rai-property and found a marijuana plantation consisting of 200 small plants less than five centimetres high and another 43 plants about 50-80cm high being grown separately around the house. The higher ones were cultivated in the same space as vegetables. The team seized 1.5 kilograms of compressed marijuana along with some cannabis seeds, cannabis-infused whiskey and paraphernalia. Postal boxes were also found which led authorities to believe Mr Zher may have delivered cannabis to his customers in other provinces. The team also seized his car and motorcycle to check if they were ill-gotten gains.
Mr Zher, who has lived in Thailand more than 10 years and can speak Thai fluently, allegedly confessed he had grown the plants and other cannabis items belonged to him. But he claimed he had used them for medical purposes, such as for curing headache and making cancer drugs. By the 1999 Narcotic Regulation Act, possession of up to 10kg of marijuana carries the maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a fine of up to B50,000. Possession of 10kg or more is considered having it with intent to sell and the penalties range from 2-15 years in prison and/or a fine of B20,000 to B150,000. Bangkok Post
and banana boats of which B100 went to inf luential figures. Also, each masseur had to pay B500 a month to mafia members. Mr Natthaphon said all businesses will now be regulated. Jet ski, speed boat and banana boat services would be shut down as they could pose a risk to tourist safety. The authority wants to orient tourism on the island
to ecotourism services. Earlier, the national park reclaimed the beach by ordering operators to remove rental beds and umbrellas. Mr Natthaphon said the DNP had also discussed with the Rayong provincial governor a plan to close five of the seven piers on the island after the probe found the piers were exploited by mafia groups.
The gangs would send their members to piers to collect money from tourists. About 60 per cent was handed over to corrupt park officials and the rest to the gangs. The investigation also found B200,000 a month was paid to some Khao Laem Ya-Moo Koh Samet National Park officials. The act was a form of malpractice as the authorities exploited the country’s natural resources to benefit themselves. Since the transfer of officials, Mr Natthaphon said revenue at the national park had increased, rising four times last month to B4.8mn, compared to B1.2mn in the same month last year, even though it was low season. Mr Natthaphon said several operators on the island had called during the crackdown, saying they know influential figures including high-ranking police, military officers and politicians. He insisted the suppression drive would carry on, pledging to restore Koh Samet as an island for the public. Bangkok Post
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016
Govt: Thais linked to IS Authorities told that some groups provide financial support BANGKOK Bangkok Post
olice have for the first time claimed that “some Thais, mainly in the far South”, have links and provide support to the Islamic State (IS) group. The announcement came after Australian police informed Thai authorities that some groups of Thais were providing financial support to the IS. Australian police also found that over 100,000 Facebook users from Thailand visited IS-related online communities over the past year. Thai authorities had previously consistently denied any connections between Thais and the IS. Until now, insurgents in the South have refused to establish any links with foreign pro-terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda and the Jemaah Islamiyah group. While Malaysian, Indonesia and Singaporean nationals have been identified inside
Thai authorities had previously consistently denied any connections between Thais and the Islamic State group. Photo: via Bangkok Post Islamic State’s so-called “caliphate”, no Thai ever has been shown or identified as linked to the IS group. Tuesday’s (Nov 22) claim of links between southern Thais and Islamic State surprised most security experts
in Bangkok. Deputy National Police Chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said the information provided by Australian police was part of a probe which had linked some Thais to the radical Islamist group.
Australia has not commented publicly on the claim by Thai police. But the deputy national police chief insisted Australians had informed Thai authorities that “some Thais” have frequently travelled back and forth between Thailand and Syria. It was determined that those people lived in areas under the jurisdiction of Provincial Police Region 9 which covers the southern provinces of Songkhla, Satun, Trang and Phatthalung, and the Southern Border Provinces Police Operation Centre which is responsible for the southern border provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala, Gen Srivara said. He did not say how it had been determined. But Gen Srivara said police from the Central Investigation Bureau and the Special Branch Police have been instructed to investigate the matter and will report the findings to
the government. He did not say who issued the order for an investigation. Gen Srivara added police have been analysing the user names of the Facebook users which are being divided into six groups. He declined to reveal further details, only saying some of them may be IS sympathisers. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday said authorities were identifying the suspects and were prepared to take preventive measures and arrest anyone involved. “The whole world is affected by the IS threat. Every country is facing this problem,” he said. Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said the Special Branch Police and Immigration Bureau have been ordered to take precautions, adding Asean countries already have a cooperation agreement to counter terrorism. “Those Thais may just want to follow IS information without giving financial support to the group,” said Gen Prawit. Meanwhile, Apichart Suriboonya, commander of the Royal Thai Police’s foreign affairs division on Tuesday spoke at the UN General Assembly, representing Thailand and the Royal Thai Police. Expressing support for a draft resolution on cooperation between the UN and the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol), Maj Gen Apichart told the gathering that Thailand and the Royal Thai Police had been asked by Interpol to join Switzerland, Rwanda, Jordan and Jamaica to support the resolution on fighting transnational crime.
Maj Gen Apichart said that transnational crime and terrorism are expanding rapidly in an increasingly connected world, and stressed that combating these threats should not be restricted to police and state security officials. It is important to enlist cooperation from the civil sector and the private sector to boost efforts in tackling these challenges, he said, adding that intelligence operations will support these efforts. He also said t he U N should put in place mechanisms to channel information to combat transnational crime and terrorism directly to authorities at operational levels. This information should not be left in the hands of high-level officials for too long as a quick response to these threats is necessary so as to keep any damage to a minimum, he said. He added Interpol has such a mechanism – a communications network which covers 190 countries and is being extended to reach operational-level officials in several countries, including Thailand. With this network, Thai police have arrested up to 55 transnational crime suspects wanted by Interpol over the past three years, Maj Gen Apichairt said. The 193 member states of the UN later unanimously voted in support of the draft resolution. After the vote, Maj Gen Apichart said the communications network will become more formal and will serve as the main channel for UN member states to share intelligence to combat transnational crime and terrorism.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016
ASIA NEWS 11
Transplanting for free
Pakistani doctor caring for hundreds of thousands each year PAKISTAN
amped on the baking concrete outside a gleaming transplant centre, Karachi’s sick have come from miles around in desperate hope for a last chance at life. There, Dr Adibul Rizvi provides free medical care to hundreds of thousands of people each year, providing a much-needed alternative to Pakistan’s public health sector, which critics dismiss as chaotic, corrupt and vastly under-resourced. Rizvi, with a thatch of white hair as springy as his step, roams the crowded halls of his life’s work every day from 8am until midnight or later, visiting the bedsides of patients – children, criminals, VIPs alike. At 79 he is fuelled by love of his job, his enthusiasm evident as he recounts his 42-year odyssey from starting with an eight-bed ward to building one of the largest treatment networks in South Asia.
Rizvi walks to visit his patients in Karachi. Photo: AFP The achievement cannot be understated. His Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) is funded largely by charitable donations, some as small as $1 (B35) at a time, and has treated millions of people over the last four decades. More than 300 transplants and 260,000 dialysis sessions were carried out in 2015 alone, with follow-up treatments and medications provided for as long as it takes – all entirely for free. “Governments in a de-
veloping country... they cannot afford a state-of-the-art health service,” says Rizvi, describing the unimaginable poverty that staff in some of his 10 health centres across the country encounter. The government does give money, its funding accounts for some 30 per cent of SIUT’s budget, but not enough to fulfil Rizvi’s philosophy that “every human being... has got a right to access healthcare, to live with dignity”. The solution? Rizvi, inspired by Britain’s National
Siege cafe to become family home BANGLADESH THE OWNER OF A RESTaurant in Bangladesh where Islamist extremists killed 22 hostages, mostly foreigners, has said that he will turn the building into a home for his family and reopen the eatery elsewhere. Police have handed the Holey Artisan Bakery back to its owners after completing a four-month investigation into the siege by extremists linked to the Islamic State group. “Police have handed over the place to us. They’ve cleaned up the debris. We’re now going to turn it into a residential home where we’ll live,” owner Sadat Mehdi said. Mehdi, who lost five friends in the attack, said he wanted to send a message that “we are not defined by terror”. The Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s upscale Gulshan neighbourhood was popular with expats and the city’s wealthy. Japanese and Italian diners were among the 18 foreigners shot and hacked to death in the July attack. Mehdi said he would open two new outlets in other parts of the city. @thephuketnews
A British national and a student at a Canadian university were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the deadly siege at a cafe in Bangladesh. Photo: AFP The Bakery attack capped a three-year long campaign of murders by Islamist extremists whose targets included foreigners, rights activists and members of religious minorities. The siege went on for 10 hours before Bangladesh military commandos using
armoured vehicles stormed the compound to bring it to an end. Since the deadly assault, security forces have killed at least 40 Islamist militants including a Bangladeshi-origin Canadian who police described as the mastermind of the attack. AFP
Health Service, “went to everyone, and we made them partner”. But, when SI UT was founded in 1974, convincing Pakistanis to donate their hard-earned money for such a mission in the conservative Muslim country was a challenge. While the giving of zakat, or charity, is one of the five pillars of Islam, many believed organ donation went against sharia, or Islamic law. No organs; no transplants. To break the impasse, Rizvi had
to get the clerics on his side. “Luckily they all agreed... that organ donation is quite Islamic and should be done,” he says – though with the caveats that all heirs must agree to the donation, and that a Muslim’s organs could not be transplanted into the body of a non-Muslim. Even so, a lack of awareness in Pakistan about the value of organ donation is “pushing back our progress”, Rizvi admits. Pak istanis who enter SIUT’s main centre in Karachi are taken aback by its spotlessness and efficiency, traits virtually absent in many of the country’s other hospitals. In a bright paediatric ward the young patients receive dialysis, resting on white sheets set off by sky-blue walls painted with cheerful murals. Roaming the ward is medical social worker Sanober Ambreen, who describes her job as keeping the patients “calm and cool” throughout the uncomfortable procedure
with music classes, paintings, even talent quests. Children face an added hurdle: coming to the hospital at least twice a week for hours on end can see them drop out of school entirely, she says. Diminutive 17-year-old Hina Hameed, lying in her bed in a corner of the ward, is one of them. She has been on dialysis since she was four and quit school in seventh grade. “I wish I could resume my studies,” she says, vowing to do so if she ever gets a transplant. “I want to become whatever my mother and father dream for me.” Bustling through the hospital, Rizvi insists he has achieved nothing yet, and vows to take on no less an enemy than cancer itself next, calling it “doable”. He brushes off any suggestion of retirement. “My colleagues, they are working (the) same way. Most of them have become hypertensive, I have not,” he laughs. AFP
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016
Charterhouse open to women
Historic London home previously the abode to a few dozen men UNITED KINGDOM
rom the Black Death to Henry VIII’s break from Rome, a historic medieval refuge in the heart of London’s throbbing financial centre is destined for a new lease of life – by allowing women to move in. Nestled between building sites in the City of London, Charterhouse’s grey stone is the abode of a few dozen men who have to be poor and aged over 60 to qualify. But hundreds of years since the first stone was laid, a revolution is underway: Charterhouse is opening up to women and creating a museum open to the public. “Not everyone is overjoyed,” Stephen McGhee, a former orchestra manager and one of the current “brothers”, said during a media visit to the complex. “Some were happy, some not so happy. Whatever happens, it will have to be done very sensitively... and the newcomers will have to adapt to 42 men!”
Some of the darkest moments in British history were played out within the walls of Charterhouse. Photo: Matt Brown/Flickr After living abroad for more than two decades, first in Australia and then Thailand, McGhee said he wanted to return to London for his retirement. “I had just enough money to buy a cupboard in a kitchen,” the 64-year-old said. He searched online for a solution. “I saw a picture, there was a vacancy for a brother. I thought: ‘it is a holy place and I am not holy!’ “I applied online, I had
a formal interview, and I was accepted,” said McGhee, happy with his good fortune, after three-and-a-half years living within the community. Leaving the chaos of the City and crossing over the threshold into Charterhouse feels like entering a different world – a few centuries in the past. Some of the darkest moments in British history were played out within its walls. Charterhouse’s monastery was built in 1371 on
land which was used to bury victims of the “Black Death”, the bubonic plague which decimated London in 1348. Those struck down by the plague were still being exhumed in 2013, said Dominic Tickell, development director at Charterhouse. The friars lived in silence but broke their rule for 10 days in the 16th century, to debate Henry VIII’s break with the Pope. The dramatic split from Rome in 1535 led to the monastery being dissolved
and its friars put to death in an atrocious manner. The land on which the men once lived was passed to the Duke of Norfolk, who built a cloister and a palace. The Duke, too, met a violent end – he was decapitated for high treason in 1571. The Charterhouse complex was reinvented in the 17th century when it was bought by the wealthy Thomas Sutton, who founded a school, a hospital and a home for 80 impoverished gentlemen. The latter tradition continues, while the school was moved to Surrey in the 19th century where it is now a private boarding school. London’s Charterhouse today hosts 42 “brothers” who are chosen not for their religious affiliation but under strict criteria. They must be over 60, single, poor, prepared to live in a community and to be in good enough health to live independently. The majority of residents are artists, actors or musicians, but there are also teachers, a cook, a butcher and a priest. Actors living in Charter-
house take every opportunity to return to the stage, giving up their earnings for the community, McGhee said. “Most of them are vulnerable, lonely, isolated, poor, in social need and in good health. One of the criteria is that people can still make a contribution,” Tickell said during the media visit. While Tudor tragedies are centuries past, the stone walls, low ceilings and stained-glass windows retain a sense of mystery. Charterhouse benefits financially from its school fees – nearly £37,000 (B1.6 million) annually for each boarding pupil – and from its donors. Governors of the London institution include Queen Elizabeth II, her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, and their son the Prince of Wales, in addition to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Charterhouse also has a specialist nursing home for those approaching the end of their lives. “It is very rare that a brother leaves; almost all end their days here,” said Tickell. AFP
Vintage biplanes cross skies over Africa, land in Khartoum SUDAN A DOZEN BIPLANES TAKing part in a vintage air rally bound for Cape Town arrived in Sudan’s capital last weekend, with one participant walking away from a bad landing. The aircraft, dating from the 1920s and 1930s, took off on November 12 from the Greek island of Crete on their 13,000-kilometre journey to Cape Town. It is the largest group of vintage biplanes to attempt the journey across Africa, with teams from a dozen countries including Britain, Canada, France, Germany, South Africa and the United States. British pilot Maurice Kirk, 72, known as the Flying Vet, walked away from a hard landing in his Piper Cub at Khartoum airport, organisers said. He had only joined the rally early last Sunday, despite his Piper Cub not being a vintage biplane, and his plane had to be towed off the runway after the mishap. “He had a bad landing. His
A vintage Boeing-Stearman Model 75 biplane sits on the runway at Khartoum airport. Photo: Jiji/AFP plane is little bit scratched, but he is absolutely fine,” Vintage Air Rally spokesman Jeremy Martin said. “He missed the rally in Greece and Egypt... Today was the first day he had joined us.” Kirk has experienced several mishaps in the past, including in 2008 when he crashed in the Caribbean. He was rescued then by US coastguards, and to express his gratitude he later dropped in on the Texas ranch of former US president George Bush.
“He’s an adventurer... his plane needs a bit of repairing now,” Martin said. The vintage aircraft will join an air show in Khartoum on Monday (Nov 21), and after Sudan they fly to Ethiopia and other African states before the rally ends on December 17 in Cape Town. Last week the biplanes became the first group of aircraft allowed to land at Egypt’s Giza pyramids in 80 years. AFP thephuketnews
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016
BUSINESS NEWS 13
Russians on the rise 1.15mn tourists from Russia forecast for 2016, up 31% year-on-year TOURISM Anton Makhrov email@example.com
ourism and Sports Mi nister Kobkar n Wattanavrangkul has sounded an updated forecast on Russian arrivals to The Land of Smiles in 2016. In a recent interview for Russian TASS agency, Ms Kobkarn said that the Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MoTS) expects 31-per-cent growth year-onyear in arrivals. “As for the forecasts, there is every reason to believe that by the year’s end tourist flow from Russia will reach 1.15 million visitors. Year-on-year growth is expected to exceed 31%,” Minister Kobkarn told TASS. Earlier this year the Tourism Authority of Thailand
The Russians are back, and the figures are looking good. Photo: The Phuket News (TAT) forecasted about one million Russian arrivals to the Kingdom in 2016, up 13% from last year. “Arrivals from most of
other countries are also showing growth, but in the Russian market it turned out to be the most significant. We appreciate it. Russians are not
only coming back, they are discovering new destinations for themselves,” she added. Talking about new trends in the Russian market, Ms
Kobkarn pointed out an ongoing change in geographical preferences. According to Ms Kobkarn, the “vector of interest” has shifted from Pattaya towards the Southern provinces”, with Phuket being one of the destinations of high demand. “Russians love beaches. Previously, Pattaya used to be the main destination for them. Now they are discovering the Southern provinces for themselves. Thus Phuket is highly popular, after visiting which, maybe, many would love to go to Krabi province,” Ms Kobkarn said. Russian arrivals to Thailand breached the one-million mark for the first time in 2011 and totalled 1.32mn in 2012. The historical maximum was reached in 2013 when Thailand welcomed over 1.74mn visitors from Russia. Since
then arrivals had been on the decline, until the recovery began in February this year. Last week, Russian Association of Tour Operators (ATOR) reported that Thailand lists high among the most popular New Year destinations for Russian tourists benefiting from zero competition from Egypt, flights to which were banned by the Russian government last year. ATOR’s members include Russian tourism powerhouses Biblio Globus, Coral Travel, Intourist, Natalie Tours, Pegas Touristik and TUI Travel. “In recent years Egypt used to be number one on the list of the so-called ‘winter sun’ destinations. Thus now the list is topped by destinations that can offer a relative alternative to Egypt,” said ATOR Executive Director Maya Lomidze.
Expert speakers to debunk BDMS goes high-tech digital marketing in Phuket MEDICAL
BANGKOK DUSIT MEDIcal Services (BDMS) Southern Group has joined together with eight business partners to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish Thailand’s first “Intelligent Hospital” in Phuket. BDMS Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - Southern Group Dr Kongkiat Kespechara signed the MoU on behalf of BDMS at the King Carl Gustaf’s Conference Room on the third floor at Bangkok Hospital Phuket last Thursday (Nov 17). As CEO of BDMS Southern Group, Dr Kongkiat oversees operations at Bangkok Hospital Phuket, Bangkok Hospital Hatyai, Bangkok
MARKETING AN EXPERT PANEL OF speakers will be in Phuket early next month to demystify the world of digital marketing at a business dinner seminar organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (BCCT). The event, part of the BCCT’s renowned Phuket Business Dinner series and organised in collaboration with French, German and Netherlands-Thai Chambers of Commerce, will be held at the Amari Phuket, at the southern end of Patong, on Dec 1. “Is your social media strategy delivering the dream you had thought? Or, the more you try and the more advice you get, are you becoming more digitally confused?” asks the BCCT. To answer this critical question for business leaders in Phuket will be three experts in the field of digital marketing. Dr Ian Fenwick, professor and guru of digital marketing, will speak on “Digital disappointment and the pitfalls of online marketing”. David Barrett, CEO of Hype Global, will explain his position on “The excitement, energy and great potential of digital marketing”. @thephuketnews
THE EXPERTS (clockwise): Jon Cannon, David Barrett, Ian Fenwick and David Cumming. Jon Cannon, Executive Assistant Manager at the Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach and a board member of the Phuket Hotels Association marketing committee, will speak on “Social media, brings an industry perspective on the opportunities and challenges an operator, the benefits to reap or indeed the issues they may face”. David Cumming, VP and Area General Manager for Onyx Hospitality Group and a BCCT Board member, will
serve as moderator for the event. After the presentations, attendees will be invited to take part in the essential Question & Answer session. Attendance at the event costs B890, including interbuffet and soft drinks. Payment can be made directly at the door. This event is sponsored by The Phuket News, MeetInThailand, and Tile-it. The Phuket News
Hospital Samui, Bangkok Phuket International Hospital and Dibuk Hospital. The eight business partners who signed together to create the country’s first “Intelligent Hospital” were Xovic Thailand, Prime Medical, International Medical Software, Toyota Tsusho Electronics (Thailand), Advance Wireless Network, TWH Mobile Health International, Modern Form Health and Care, and Nakhon Phanom University. The top management from the eight business partners were given a brief tour of the Intelligent Hospital facilities, located at Dibuk Hospital, on Chao Fa West Rd in Wichit. “The centre aims to combine technological innovation and patient care to an unprecedented level, and is
BDMS CEO - Southern Group Dr Kongkiat Kespechara (left) speaks during a tour of the ‘Intelligent Hospital’. poised to be an education hub for medical care and nursing, using state-of-the-art technology and fully-synchronised simulation system,” said a press release issued this week. “Learning medical professionals/nursing students will have a unique chance to immerse themselves into lifelike, hands-on workshops and intensive training in light of excellent medical performance and clinical outcome,” the release added. The Phuket News
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016
Playing the Trump card FINANCE
Phuket Expat Finance firstname.lastname@example.org
rom the time Donald Trump announced his candidacy, no one in the media or the general public really took him seriously. After all, that speech on the escalator at Trump Tower insulted immigrants in general, and Mexican immigrants specifically. Surely, such a person could never get elected to the most powerful job in the world? We all know the answer to that question, and the man known as “The Donald” now goes by the moniker “President-Elect Trump”. Regardless of your political affiliation (or nationality), this regime change at the White House will affect you. Like it or not, major events in America tend to affect the global markets, as well as the world economy. So what are the possible economic ramifications of a Trump presidency? TAXATION Donald Trump (and most Republicans, for that matter) are proponents of Supply Side Economics – the theory that states when taxes on the wealthy are too high it curtails hiring, but if those taxes are cut the money magically trickles down to the rest of the economy. In 1980, then candidate
What the fallout will be from US President-elect Donald Trump’s economic policies is anyone’s guess. Photo: AFP George H. W. Bush coined the phrase “Voodoo Economics” for this now fully discredited school of thought. When taxes are cut on the wealthy, the money simply never trickles down. This is not a political opinion, but an economic fact. If the CEO of Wal-Mart or Apple were forced to pay a top personal tax rate of 50 per cent, or even 60%, would it impact the hiring decisions at those companies? No. In fact, during the period when America’s middle class was “born” (1930s-1960s) the top tax rate ranged between 74% and 91%… and the economy thrived. The enduring legacy of those tax cuts is the $20-trillion US National Debt (which was less than US$1 trillion
when Reagan took office in 1981). Donald Trump’s platform contains more tax cuts, so expect the debt to rise, but don’t expect any of that money to trickle down SPENDING
Donald Trump has proposed massive infrastructure spending to repair America’s roads and bridges, the maintenance of which have largely been ignored for years. If Trump is successful at passing some kind of infrastructure program, it would likely be a “big league” success. After all, the federal government has already claimed a number of similar success stories in its history. Roosevelt’s New Deal included massive infrastructure
spending in the 1930s; government spending on WWII in the 1940s was another shot in the arm to the economy; and Eisenhower’s federal highway system carried the policy of federal government-funded public works projects into the 1950s. Back then, however, there was the aforementioned 91% top tax rates to help fund these endeavours. Infrastructure spending, combined with significant tax cuts, would further balloon the debt. GLOBAL TRADE It is common practice for presidential candidates to “talk tough on trade”, and Trump was no exception. He vowed to build a wall on the border with Mexico
(and make Mexico pay for it); bring China before the WTO for currency manipulation; renegotiate NAFTA; tear up the TPP; and improve relations with Vladimir Putin and Russia. Trade Wars have never ended well for either side, the most famous example being the Smoot-Hawley Tariffs, signed into law by Herbert Hoover in June, 1930. In the words of former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke: “Economists still agree that Smoot-Hawley and the ensuing tariff wars were highly counterproductive and contributed to the depth and length of the global Depression.” Tough talk by past candidates have come to naught once they took office; let us hope the same is true with Trump.
EQUITY MARKETS Anyone who only looks at daily closing prices might think that equity markets responded well to his election, but as returns began pointing to a Trump victory, the S&P 500 Index futures were trading down as much as -5%, and Asian markets (open for business at the time) were in a tailspin. Conciliatory words in his acceptance speech stabilized stock markets, but it was the uncertainty of what “President Trump” might bring which sent shares reeling. There are many more
speeches to come, but there will also be policies and actions. As he is not a conventional politician, what exactly a Trump Presidency might bring is still uncertain. If there are no real surprises, then there is no reason to believe that the initial reaction of the futures markets will repeat itself. Any actions that “spook” the markets, however, will see investors punished. COMMODITIES AND CURRENCIES
As much as equities dislike uncertainty, precious metals love chaos. As equity and futures markets around the world were plunging on November 8th, gold and silver were soaring. Again, the moderate voice at the podium that night saw everything move in the other direction, but any trade war, international incident, economic crisis, stock market crash, etc. would be good news for metals. Likewise, because uncertainty usually results in a “flight to safety” into US Treasuries, any of the above would normally be accompanied by a strengthening US dollar. However things play out, the new President’s policies will have a profound impact on the economies of every country in the world. For more information and expert advice about investing in stock markets, email Phuket Expat Finance at chatwithus@ phuketexpatfinance.com
Boat Lagoon Yachting to showcase at PIMEX MARINE PRINCESS YACHTS AND Boat Lagoon Yachting will complete the line-up on Dock E at the Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), to be held at the award-winning Royal Phuket Marina’s international exhibition centre from January 5-8. Boat Lagoon Yachting is set to put six of its luxury yachts on display during PIMEX, announced event organiser Andy Dowden. The local agent represents world-class brands such as Princess Yachts, Jeanneau and Prestige. Featuring in Boat Lagoon Yachting’s showcase at the event will be the Princess V39, Princess 56, Princess 49, Princess 75 Motor Yacht, Prestige 500 and Jeanneau
The Princess 49 will be one of the global stars on display by Boat Lagoon Yachting at the Phuket International Boat Show (PIMX) at Royal Phuket Marina on Jan 5-8. Photo: Princess Yachts CAP CAMARAT 8.5 CC. “Boat Lagoon Yachting represents some of the most prestigious brands in the world of yachting and we are again proud to be part of the PIMEX Show,” said Vrit Yongsakul, Group Managing Director of Boat Lagoon Yachting. The Phuket News thephuketnews
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The search is on for talented Phuket youth
Choosing a university is a daunting task
Head into Phuket Town to get some spicy noodle soup that’s good for your soul > P21
Anda Yentafo’s signature seafood yentafo noodle soup is a riot of colours and taste, and only costs B160. Photo: Tanyalak Sakoot
Natalya Dougall, last year’s first-prize winner for Vocal Category 8-12 years.
Blaze Crause, last year’s first-prize winner for Instrumental Category 12-18 years.
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Siska Greene, last year’s first-prize winner for Vocal Category 12-18 years.
Phuket Youth Talent Competition Organisers are calling for entries from any talented youths that want their chance to perform live in front of an audience.
he local Youth Talent Competition will be held on Sunday, December 4, this year at Phuket Boat Lagoon’s Whitehouse venue. Organisers are calling for entries from any talented youths that want their chance to perform live in front of an audience. Spaces are limited to 50 entrants, and although the formal closing date for entries is November 25, the organisers will accept late entries as long as space is available. The contest, which is open to all students in Thailand aged between 8 and 18 years of age, will kick off at 11am on the Sunday morning (Dec 4). Students can enter into one of three categories: Junior Vocals for ages 8 to 12; Senior Vocals for ages 13 to 18; and Senior Instrumentalists for ages 13 to 18.
Fantastic prizes are the same across all three categories, with first-place winners receiving B5,000, studio time for recording and making a video of their music, Rockschool UK Vouchers and more. Second-place winners will receive B3,000 in cash, studio time for recording and a Rockschool UK Voucher. Third-place winners win B2,000 in cash and a Rockschool UK voucher. All cash prizes are sponsored by United World College Thailand (UWCT). Legend Music is sponsoring the studio recordings and YouTube videos. Rockschool UK are sponsoring exam vouchers and apparel. Class Act Media are the event’s media partners
and will provide the winners with press coverage. Boat Lagoon is the venue sponsor for the third time, having previously hosted the event at the Whitehouse and at Boat Avenue. To enter the competition, students should email email@example.com with their name, age and what category they would like to enter into. Entry is B700 per contestant and each contestant’s performance is limited to three minutes. So to all you budding musicians out there (parents tell your kids!) – Don’t hesitate and enter today! Start practising your performance now for a chance to win some great prizes.
Global call to end violence against women
oday (Nov 25) the United Nations and civil society will mark the International Day to End Violence against Women. That same day, the UN will kick off 16 days of global activism, until December 10, to halt this gross violation of women’s human rights that affects at least one in three women and girls globally. “It is a pandemic that we must stop. To do so, we need everyone’s help,” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN UnderSecretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. The global initiative “Orange the World: End Violence against Women and Girls” is led by UN Women on behalf of the UN Secretary-General’s global campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women.
The colour orange has been chosen for the issue to symbolize a brighter future without violence against women. During the 16 days of activism buildings and landmarks around the world will be lit in orange. Marches and rallies will mobilise women and men to demand an end to violence against women in countries from Pakistan to Papua New Guinea and Brazil. Everyone has a role in the efforts to end violence against women. Please demonstrate your support by wearing orange on the day and telling people why you are doing so. In a statement posted on the UN Women website Phumzile MlamboNgcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, implored people across the world to
do their part to end violence against women “We believe in and work for a world where women and girls can flourish and prosper peacefully alongside men and boys, sharing in and benefiting from societies that value their skills and accept their leadership. Violence against women and girls has a devastating impact on individuals and on the society. “Women and girls who experience violence lose their dignity, they live in fear and pain, and in the worst cases they pay with their lives. Violence cuts deeply into the liberties we should all have: the right to be safe at home, the right to walk safely on the streets, the right to go to school, to work, to the market or to watch a film. We should be able to expect that attackers will be punished, that justice will be done, and that we can get care and support for injuries. “Yet, still in many countries, the laws are inadequate, the police force is uninterested, shelters, heath care and support are unavailable, and the criminal justice system is remote, expensive and biased against women and in favour of the male perpetrators. Change to these elements has a cost, yet the price of no change is unacceptable. “Experts are unanimous that the benefit of ending violence against women and girls would far outweigh the investment necessary. We know that even relatively small-scale investments that are timely and well targeted can bring enormous benefits to women and girls and to their wider communities. “For example, in Timor-Leste a
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. Photo: Screengrab simple and very effective three-year program to provide a package of essential services for women who had experienced violence cost a fraction of one per cent of GDP, but had significant impact on women’s health and well-being. “Practical changes in market infrastructure, business training and provision of cashless payments transformed the environment, prospects and confidence of women stallholders in the markets of Papua New Guinea. “In Uganda, a community program brought together women and men, religious and community leaders, to change social norms, with a resulting reduction of 52% in intimate partner violence. “These successes shed light on practical ways in which we can make progress. We can make inroads into the underlying issues of inequality and prejudice within our societies that enable and enflame violence against women and girls,” she concluded. thephuketnews
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Choosing a university to suit you Deciding where to study can be hard, so you need all the help you can get
n Thursday, November 16, a total of 36 universities, colleges and higher-education institutions attended the BISP Higher Education Fair, the largest of its type on the island. The Phuket News spoke to British International School Phuket University Counsellor Dale Ford, who together with his colleague Jacqui Brelsford help to make it a success. We spoke to Dale about the ins and outs of applying to universities around the world and how best to prepare for this daunting step. So, 36 universities attended the event? It must take a lot of work to organise. How has the event developed over recent years and what made this year’s special or interesting? This is the third year that BISP has hosted large university fairs. These fairs were held in both October and November to dovetail with other international university events in the region. While BISP University Counsellor Jacqui Brelsford coordinates it, the fair couldn’t happen without help from several members of the BISP community. In addition to allowing students to speak one-on-one with admission officers, several presentations were offered about such topics as what it is like to study hospitality, engineering, business, or art and media, along with university options that exist in different countries. The fact you have other schools attending the event seem to suggest it’s the best of its kind on the island. Are there plans to expand and grow the event to include even more of Phuket’s schools and more universities? We are happy to welcome students and university counsellors from neigh-
of strong performance in class beginning in Year 10. Knowing that internal marks “matter” is important. Ultimately all universities want the same thing – they are looking for students who will thrive both academically and socially on their campuses. The best predictor of future academic success is past success in secondary school.
King’s College London was just one of 36 educational institutions attending the BISP fair. bouring international schools. Universities are more likely to come to Phuket if they can reach a larger audience of students in one location rather than going to individual schools. Currently our fairs are limited to students from international schools. We anticipate even larger numbers of admission officers will be coming in future years as universities learn more about the quality students in Phuket. The BISP university counsellors continue to strengthen relationships with admission officers and encourage more to come during the fairs or individual visits. What are the main things you hope students get out of this event? We want students to focus on universities that provide a best fit for their interests, abilities, and circumstances. Learning about university and course options around the world helps students make informed decisions when they select, apply and then choose which university to attend. Over the past four years BISP graduates have enrolled in over 100 universities in 19 different countries so it’s important that we welcome universities from around the world to our campus.
Canadian appointed as new head of UWC Thailand
he Board of UWC Thailand recently announced the appointment of Jason McBride as the new Head of School, commencing in August 2017. Jason is currently the Head of Stratford Hall School, Vancouver, a three-program IB World School and has previously worked in schools in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Mexico and England. Klaus Hebben, the Chair of the UWCT Board, spoke about the decision to appoint Jason. “Jason’s appointment represents the culmination of a worldwide search for the right person to lead the school over the next five years and we are honoured that an educator of Jason’s calibre will be joining us. He has vast experience of working in international education and a strong philosophical alignment with the UWC mission and values.” Jason succeeds the current Head of School, Julian Whiteley, who will remain on the Board of UWC Thailand. Jason adds, “I was drawn to the mission of the United World College movement and believe that there can be no higher purpose than to use education @thephuketnews
Jason McBride is married to Samantha and they have two daughters, Paige, aged 6, and Sienna, aged 5. as a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. In a shrinking, interconnected world, our children’s ability to be caring and principled will be essential to bring the world closer together. “I am excited to see how I can continue the work of the school in bringing the UWC mission to life by building the school culture and practices in support of this idealistic, yet vital aim, “he added. Jason, a Canadian citizen, is married to Samantha and they have two daughters, Paige, aged 6, and Sienna, aged 5. The Phuket News
What role does the event play in your process of guiding students as to which academic paths to pursue? The process of university counselling at BISP begins well before Year 13. By focusing on academic success, personal growth and exploration beginning in Year 10, students will be more successful in selecting and being admitted to universities. For some universities, especially in the UK, it can be important that students take a specific combination of IB subjects and earn particular scores related to what they want to study. These events can help younger students make appropriate subject choices. In the US, however, it’s more important that students earn good internal marks. In the US, IB exam results are less important than a four-year record
Does it help the BISP Faculty stay up to date on trends in university enrollments and new courses they offer? How? Jacqui Brelsford and myself are both new the BISP this year, but we are both well connected to the world of university admission. Conversations occur each time an admission representative comes to campus. In addition, as BISP university counsellors, we attend and speak at international conferences with a goal of deepening the relationships between universities and BISP along with learning about universities and courses that would provide a great fit for our students. Jacqui was an international student when she was in secondary school, which gives her a first-hand understanding about many of the issues faced by international students. Personally, I have over 25 years of counselling experience and was honoured to receive the International Association for College Admission Counseling’s Lifetime Achievement award in July this year.
Jaguar spots potential in Thai market Piyachart Maikaew firstname.lastname@example.org
ritish carmaker Jaguar Land Rover Automotive is upbeat about sales prospects in Thailand over the next five years, citing the country’s promising luxury car segment. According to Robin Colgan, Managing Director of Jaguar
Inchcape Thailand’s Charnchai Mahantakhun and Jaguar Land Rover’s Robin Colgan pose with the all-new Jaguar F-Pace SUV at last Thursday’s (Nov 17) press briefing. Photo: Bangkok Post
Land Rover Asia-Pacific, the luxury car market in Thailand has been as strong as other markets in Southeast Asia, with high demand for both sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and passenger cars. Thai consumers, meanwhile, are open to high-end vehicles because of their rising incomes, Mr Colgan said. “At present, the Thai luxury segment represents roughly 4-5 per cent of the overall car market which I believe has plenty of room to grow, compared with as high as 10% of the total car markets in many developed countries,” he said. Mr Colgan also attributed its sales prospects to the partnership with Inchcape, the British automotive retail and services company, as the new exclusive importer and distributor of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles and parts in Thailand. Earlier, the Jaguar and Land Rover brands were sold by authorised distributor and service provider City Automobiles Co, an affiliate of global automo-
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The all-new Jaguar F-Pace SUV will be priced in the range of B4.6mn-B5.9mn. tive company RMA Group. Inchcape set up a local subsidiary, Inchcape Thailand Co, in July with registered capital of B100 million. The company will handle the import and distribution of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles and parts in Thailand. “We will run the sole outlet and service centre on Rama IV Rd to support all Jaguars and Land Rovers in the country, while our partner is conducting a feasibility study looking at expanding the network in major provinces to support sales growth in the future,” Mr Colgan said. As of October, there were 10,437 Land Rovers and 2,340 Jaguars registered in the country. The Jaguar brand is categorised as more premium than Land Rover. From January-October this year, Land Rover sold 41 units, and Jaguar 36. Last year, Land Rover sales totalled 49 units, down sharply from 107 in
2014, while Jaguar sold 73, up from 57 in 2014. Charnchai Mahantakhun, managing director of Inchcape Thailand, said that given Jaguar’s strong sales, the company is set to beef up the brand in the Thai market. Last Thursday (Nov 17), Inchcape introduced the all-new Jaguar FPace SUV with prices in the range of B4.6mn-B5.9mn. Jaguar’s first-ever SUV is arriving on Thai shores with JLR’s new Ingenium diesel engine. The 180hp 2.0-litre unit is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels with torque-vectoring control at the rear. Highlighted features include 22-inch wheels, 12.3inch virtual instrument cluster and electric reclining rear seats. Mr Colgan said the parent firm is keen to import the Jaguar I-Pace, an electric vehicle, as part of the government’s policy to promote EV production. Bangkok Post
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aguar steals the limelight with all-electric I-Pace taking the fight straight to the Tesla Model X.
Not to be outdone by the pending Audi e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQ (and BMW’s rumoured i5) all-electric SUVs, Jaguar has confirmed its own variation for 2018. The I-Pace has been developed completely from scratch and sees an all-new body, next-generation interior layout and dedicated underbody architecture for batteries. There are two electric motors driving all four wheels and producing 400hp and 700Nm. The primary target of these Euro BEVs is no other than the Tesla Model X.
Mazda’s compact SUV enters its second generation with CX-9 wannabe design cues. The interior may have been redesigned, but the wheelbase remains unchanged at 2,700mm. There’s G-Vectoring control for enhanced driving and riding comfort, but the petrol and diesel engines and six-speed speed automatic are all carried over – amid a fiercely contested segment. Thai sales are hoped by late 2017.
Mini’s funky SUV has been renewed in second-generation form with a body bigger in all dimensions than before. Apart from the usual three- and fourcylinder petrol and diesel engines, there’s a plug-in hybrid sourced from BMW’s 2-series MPV models. The 1.5-litre petrol-electric combo drives all four
Subaru hopes to return to the seven-seat SUV arena with the large Subaru VIZIV-7. wheels via the brand’s ALL4 system. The Thai market launch is set for the first quarter of next year.
One of the early players in the Bsegment SUV has received a nip and tuck after being on the market for three years. The Ecosport gets more angular lights and grille design, as well as some interior enhancements to help lift a much-needed level of perceived quality. But what Thais could desperately be waiting for is the award-winning 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine in place of the crummy 1.5-litre non-boosted unit.
Subaru hopes to return to the sevenseat SUV arena with a large variation previewed by this VIZIV-7 concept. With an overall length measuring over 5 metres and wheelbase nudging 3m, it would be the largest SUV Subaru has ever made. The last time Subaru sold a threerow crossover was with the B9 Tribeca. Bangkok Post thephuketnews
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A house of health and care
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ocated in peaceful Rawai, Carewell’s House of Help and Care or Baan Tscuhai Duu Laa provides personal 24/7 care by some of the best trained nurses in the industry. Your loved ones suffering from Alzheimers’, dementia or stroke who require assisted living care can spend their retirement in a tropical, home-like environment that is quiet and relaxed. Carewell provides small, clear and familiar structures, constant personal carers, and personal free space and privacy. The highly-trained nurses (three per guest, per day) treat each guest with the utmost respect and dignity and strive to help them function at the highest level possible. Baan Tscuhai Duu Laa is currently home to 22 elderly guests, many of whom come from Switzerland where Founder and Director Anita Somaini trained and worked as a nurse and caregiver before moving to Thailand. “In Switzerland, I realised that the skills I had acquired during my training in Personal Care Services could not be employed in practice due to lack of time and resources at hospitals and care homes. Achieving the desired care standard was explicitly difficult to achieve, especially when caring for dementia patients,” said Anita. “When we moved to Thailand, I re-
alised that Thailand’s inherent culture and lower costs of living have given me the opportunity to bring my experience and knowledge together for the benefit of our guests, without sacrificing quality or quantity of care.” Carewell caters to all guests medical, dental, physical and social needs with a wide range of services and therapies. They also specialise in stroke rehabilitation and recovery in their Physiotherapy Centre, where three full-time therapists work closely with guests and tailor movement therapy treatments to individual needs. Spouses, family and visitors are also well accommodated at Carewell with many options for continuing to live with your spouse or taking a well earned holiday while knowing you're loved one is under constant, close care. Carewell takes full advantage of Phuket's tropical lifestyle with regular activities and excursions, including trips to local tourist sights and activities such as swimming, picnicking, massage and animal therapy sessions. Also, guests are treated to the delicious meals with the on-site restaurant “Café 9” serving traditional Swiss and Italian cuisine, Asian dishes with a specialisation in Thai food, and fresh seafood directly from the seafood market on the beach. Residents, guests and their visiting family and friends can also enjoy a variety of coffees and delicious desserts such as cakes, fruit tarts and fresh fruits.
A peaceful environment.
A private pool for fun and exercise. Baan Tschuai Duu Laa can provide care for elderly people “at home” in a wonderful setting and pleasant climate. Such a quality of care is either not available or only attainable at a premium cost, in Europe. Thailand is developing as a medical hub for both elective and non-elective
Plenty of daily activities. medical treatment and hospital clinics are up to a high standard in Phuket. For more information about what Carewell can offer your family visit: www.carewell-service.com or visit their facebook page: www.facebook.com/carewellservice
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Fantastic free fashion apps APPLICATION ABCS Amy Bensema firstname.lastname@example.org
ith the holiday season coming up, no doubt you want to look your best. Worried about painting the town red on a tiny little budget? Check out these best free fashion and beauty apps to download that will leave you looking your very best at the parties to come.
Available on: iOS and Android ShadeScout is a virtual reality, colour-inspired beauty app that allows users to spotlight makeup colours in different shades and try them on by simply using your camera to point and shoot. ShadeScout then searches and matches for similar colours that can be bought in-store. However, cosmetics such as lipstick, gloss, eyeshadows, blush and bronzers can be tried on first. ShadeScout is a great way to spend less time at the makeup counter and more time shopping!
Available on: iOS and Android Polyvore is a fantastic little app that lets you become
your own personal stylist while browsing thousands of clothes and accessories that are also available for purchase. Polyvore takes trends to the next level and really excels at helping gain wardrobe inspiration by browsing through the app’s editorial collections and fashion collages.
Available on: iOS SuperDuper is the perfect app for beauty junkies on a budget. SuperDuper functions as a pocket app that shows generic brands comparable to high-luxury brand cosmetics. Love Chanel but can’t afford it? SuperDuper can recommend something in a similar shade that is a whole lot cheaper.
Available on: iOS Lyst is retail therapy at its finest. Personalise your feed to display only your favourite designers and brands, and scroll through the app to “lyst” what you like. Once items go on sale, you will be notified. The app also features a variety of highquality fashion articles for the user’s perusal as well.
Sephora Pocket Contour
Available on: iOS and Android This app needs to be on every makeup enthusiast’s phone.
Sephora Pocket Contour is an app that contours your face for you. All you have to do is upload a photo of yourself to allow the app to determine your face shape. Sephora Pocket Contour then walks you through where you should put highlighter and bronzer to get that perfectly chiselled look.
Available on: iOS and Android After uploading your selfie, Visada then analyses your picture to develop a personalised comprehensive beauty profile. The app breaks down an assessment of your skin and eye care, offering up suggestions on how to improve your beauty regimen. For makeup and hair, Visada offers product suggestions in specific colours and shades to help you perfect your beauty routine to a tee.
Available on: iOS and Android This is a free mobile app which allows you to quickly share and discover tips. You can shop organic, up-and-coming brands. Whether you’re looking for all-natural lipstick, a toxin-free nail polish, or a gluten-free cake mix, you can find it here. Browse through our list of ever-growing tips and products to discover your favourites. In addition, Musely motivates you and your buddies to easily keep on track together with your wellness goals. It also has the latest skincare tips, fit-
ness routine, healthy recipes, makeup how-to, parenting hacks or lifestyle tools.
Find Your VS Shade
Available on: iOS and Android Find your VS shade app is a virtual hair colour makeover application that offers you a chance to try a range of 24 shades before you try it for real. All you have to do is take your own photo, draw the outline of your hair and then choose amongst the different shades. Once your hair makeover is complete, you can email the results to your friends.
Available on: iOS If you’ve ever wanted to turn your favourite vacation photo or a shot of your puppy into nail art, now’s your chance. NailSnaps allows you to use your camera roll or a new image to create customisable manicure designs for each finger. Once you’ve designed your masterpiece, you can purchase it and have it sent to your home. Not so crafty? You can also browse (and shop for) pre-made decals from your friends and nail artists Application ABCs is a monthly column highlighting the latest in tech, social media and mobile phone applications.
Zuckerberg urges people to stay ‘connected’ in brave, new world
Mark Zuckerberg talks at the Apec summit in Lima, Peru. Photo: AFP
acebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg last Saturday (Nov 19) called on world leaders to forge a more “connected” planet, something he said was under threat after Donald Trump’s US election win and Britain’s “Brexit” vote. Zuckerberg said in a keynote speech at an Asia-Pacific leaders’ summit that while globalisation and interconnectedness have their problems, the world must fight the urge to “disconnect.” “As we are learning this year in election after election, even if globalisation might (boost) prosperity, it also creates inequality. It helps some people and it hurts others,” he said. The 32-year-old billionaire said there was a “fundamental choice” to make in reacting to that inequality. “We can disconnect, risk less prosperity and hope jobs that are lost come back. Or we can connect more, try to do more great things, try to work on even greater prosperity and then work to aggressively share that prosperity with everyone.” The second option is better, but also harder, he said in his speech at the AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Lima, Peru. “Disconnecting is relatively easy. But connecting requires making big investments in infrastructure and generating the political will to make hard long-term decisions,” he said.
Facebook has made headlines with its projects on connectivity and internet access. The social network has developed solar-powered drones and a satellite to beam internet service to remote areas. The company has helped more than 40 million people get online, Zuckerberg said. His comments last Saturday came amid deep global uncertainty in the wake of the unexpected poll results in the US and Britain. Trump and the Brexit camp both appealed to working-class voters who feel threatened by globalisation and immigration, running on a populist politics of disillusionment with an increasingly borderless world. Trump vows to protect American jobs from cheaper labour overseas, while Brexit campaigners promise British workers will fare better outside the European Union than in it. Facebook, the world’s largest social network with 1.79 billion users, has been criticised by some as helping Trump to victory by giving a platform to fake election news and extreme-right blogs with untruthful attacks on Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton. Zuckerberg has dismissed claims that his company has influenced the vote as “pretty crazy.” AFP thephuketnews
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Pretty in pink The distinctively pink colour of yentafo noodle soup makes it stand out from the crowd! Anda Yentafo’s classic dish. Photos: Thanyalak Sakoot Mark Knowles email@example.com
ou have probably seen local restaurants or food carts in your area serving the popular local noodle soup known as yentafo – the soup is bright pink, which makes it hard to miss. This dish is another example of the ready adoption of Chinese noodle dishes into Thai food culture, particularly in places like Phuket with its deep Hokkien-Chinese roots. Its Chinese antecedent is known as yong tau foo and originated among the Hakkaspeaking people of Southern China. During its transition to Thai cuisine the dish has undergone an almost complete transformation, with only its name linking it back to its distant Chinese ancestor. Thai yentafo is characterised by its pink coloured broth, with its unusual colour coming from the unique fermented bean paste used to flavour a pork bone stock base and, more often than not, a dash of food colouring and some chicken blood to liven things up. Like most noodle soup dishes in Thailand, the ingredients can vary. Normally, however, it is served with thick rice noodles but you can usually request any noodle you like. Then a range of other ingredients are added according to the chef’s or diner’s preference. Most often you will get some fish balls, fish cake or squid, some mushroom or fungi, and it will be topped off with a pinch of chopped chives and a won-ton wrapper that has been deep-fried to give it a crisp, crunchy texture and bright yellow colour. As with many Thai dishes, the variations on this theme are manifold, but you can assume that most of them will include these ingredients. One of my favourite restaurants for this dish is Anda Yentafo, located in the heart of Phuket Town just near the Royal Phuket City Hotel. It is located in a small soi off Tilok-U-Thit 2 Rd, where it meets Phang Nga Rd, and is the main branch of the family-run enterprise which opens 24 hours a day. Their two other branches are located in Phra Baramee Rd, Patong and in Sakdidet Rd which leads to Cape Panwa. @thephuketnews
Simple and tasty khao man gai.
Keep an eye out for this sign near where Tilok-U-Thit 2 Rd meets Phang Nga Rd, you can’t miss it. Running restaurants has been in the family for a long time for owner Arcaede Thongyon, whose parents ran a noodle shop in their home province of Udon Thani. “My family ran a noodle shop in Udon Thani before I was born, so I grew up in one,” said Mr Arcaede. “I opened this yentafo shop because I love to do it and our shop is the first in Phuket that specialises in seafood yentafo. “Now we have three yentafo noodle shops, and in the future we want to have more one more in Kathu. We are now is in the process of finding the land to open it, but is not easy.” Mr Arcaede is understandably proud of his signature seafood yentafo (pictured in all its glory on the Life cover on p16) as can be seen from the giant plastic bowl of noodles sign on top of the shop. “The secret is in the sweet, tangy, spicy red sauce that gives this dish its iconic colour and flavour, other than
that it’s just a simple noodle soup! We use shrimp, mussels, fish balls, egg and squid, however, you can pick and choose what toppings you want, and people often like fried tofu and pork as well,” he said. While I heartily recommend that you try the restaurant’s signature dish, there are no shortage of options available to suit all tastes on the extensive menu – which is presented to you on a large coloured piece of cardboard with big pictures, and labelled in both English and Thai, making ordering easy. There are beef-based noodle soups as well as snacks such as deep-fried shrimp or chicken wings. I often get the deceptively simple but delicious khao man gai (or chicken on rice), but there are also chicken, beef and salmon steaks served with French fries and salad.
A simple fishball noodle soup.
Anda Yentafo’s famous seafood yentafo.
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016
From left: Accor management team members Richard Langonne, Ianic Mernard and Peter Williams.
A NIGHT FOR ACCORHOTELS STAFF APPRECIATION AT NOVOTEL PHUKET On November 18 at Novotel Phuket Phokeethra, the AccorHotels hotel team from Phuket and Krabi held an appreciation for their staff entitled “A Festive Evening”.
Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan (centre) with BDMS staff.
BANGKOK HOSPITAL TAKES CARE OF ATHLETES AT LAGUNA TRIATHLON Medical staff from Bangkok Hospital were entrusted by Laguna Phuket to take care of over 600 participants from all over the world joining the Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2016 at Laguna Phuket on November 20.
Andreas with his wife with guests.
CARIOCAS BISTRO AND LOUNGE GRAND OPENING PARTY There was a huge turn out at the Cariocas Grand Opening Party on Thursday (Nov 17). The kitchen was in full swing, pumping out delicious Mexican food for the crowd. Some of the hearty fare on offer included nachos smothered with cheese, beans, guacamole and more, and mouth watering tacos and enchiladas.
The team from Trocadelyo law firm.
Chef Belinda and Ian.
LA CHAINE DES ROTISSEURS PHUKET BRUNCH AT FIREFLY, THE PAVILLIONS The gourmands of La Chaine des Rotisseurs Phuket enjoyed Brunch at Firefly, the Pavillions on Saturday, November 19. Chef Belinda cooked up a fabulous brunch which included dishes such as Smoked Mushrooms with Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes.
Marianne, Jason, Fann and Tom.
‘LIVING IN PHUKET’ SHOWCASES A HUGE RANGE OF SERVICES FOR EXPATS
THANYAPURA VISITS CLASS ACT MEDIA TO TALK ABOUT IRONKIDS
A huge range of local businesses were at the “Living in Phuket” expo held at Bangkok Hospital Phuket on Nov 19-20. From all across the island, schools, restaurants, banking, real estate and telecommunications services, shopping, expat communities and sporting clubs all showcased their services and facilities to the expat community in Phuket.
Team members from Thanyapura visited the Class Act Media offices on Tuesday, November 22, to take part in a live radio interview to promote the upcoming Foremost Ironkids event.
PIWC NOVEMBER LUNCH AT PHUKET VOCATIONAL COLLEGE This month’s Phuket International Women’s Club (PIWC) luncheon was held on Thursday, November 17, at the Phuket Vocational College.
Mr Sukon Kaewtae, Director of Phuket Vocational College, with the ladies from the PIWC.
sea for an unforgettable experience of freshest seafood, generous selection of BBQ items, tempting desserts and delicious drinks. At Cosmo Restaurant. Everyday from 6.30pm until 10.00pm. 1,950 THB for adults, 975 THB for children under 12. Reservations, Cosmo Restaurant at The Nai Harn Phuket, firstname.lastname@example.org, 076 380 200.
Traditional Sunday Roast Angus O’Tool’s Karon Beach Lunch or dinner served from 2pm. Your choice of either roast beef, chicken, loin of pork or leg of lamb served with roast and boiled potatoes, three fresh vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. Only B350 per person which includes a free glass of house red or white. Opposite Centara Karon Resort. See: otoolsphuket.com.
WEEKLY BBQ EVERY FRIDAY Come join us for our WEEKLY BBQ EVERY FRIDAY at Two Chefs Kata Center, Karon, Kata Beach and Patong from 12-6pm! Indulge in All You Can Eat BBQ Pork Ribs, Cajun Chicken and Sides for ONLY 395 BAHT! Our BBQ is famous at Two Chefs! Come try us out and enjoy our mouthwatering pork ribs, flavorbursting chicken and more! Come for the FOOD Stay for the FUN at Two Chefs!!! www.twochefs.com.
All Day Breakfast at Cafe Siam Aussie bacon & egg rolls NOW at Cafe Siam. All day breakfast, just like mum makes. Lavazza Coffee, healthy snacks & salads. Find us at the Entrance of The Royal Paradise Complex, Patong. Mon - Sat 8.30am - 4.00pm. Facebook: CafeSiamGuesthousePhuket 081 676 9411.
For one night only, enter the gates of the Haunted Harbor for Phuket’s only Trick ‘R Treat & Halloween festival! Celebrate Halloween in costume while you Trick ‘R Treat & explore the Haunted Boardwalk. Find games, scares, prizes and fun around every corner with a variety of food and activities to choose from along with Boat Lagoon’s shopping and entertainment. For more info, pls visit www.phuketunderworld. com. Sponsored by The Phuket News. www.phuketunderworld.com, Boat Lagoon.
Pool Competition at Expat Sports Bar
Mussels night @ Shakers 1.2kg mussels served with french fries, your choice, your style: nature, marnière, provençale, garlic & cream or Thai style. Reservations recommended B295 baht P.P., email@example.com, 081 891 4381.
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OCEAN MARINA PATTAYA BOATSHOW 2016 24 to 27 November. At the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Pattaya. Demonstrating Pattaya’s image as one of Asia’s leading seaside resort hubs with outstanding facilities and the capability to host large scale international events. The show will stimulate tourism, as well as marine industry and related businesses such as boat building, boat sales, boat charter, boat parts and accessories, boat services, water sports and marina based property sales. Tel: 02 661 6800 and ask for Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Fun Brunch Phuket’s most popular brunch experience. Seafood, live station, entertainment, kid’s corner and massage corner. From 1,650++ THB. 12.00 - 15.30. Reservation: email@example.com 076 358 500.
Beef, Pork & Lamb – Cauliflower, Broccoli, Peas, Carrots, fried mushrooms, grilled tomatoes – Yorkshire pudding – roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes – gravy, mushroom sauce, mint sauce. Reservation recommended 350 baht P.P., firstname.lastname@example.org, 081 891 4381.
All you can eat BBQ night 6PM – 11PM: Beef, Pork, Chicken, Burgers, Sausages, Prawns & Squids, salad buffet, Choice of potatoes and sauces, bread, buns and garlic bread. Reservation recommended. 395 baht P.P. email@example.com, 081 891 4381.
Foremost invites 4-15-year-old kids to “Drink.Move. Be Strong” and join the junior version of IRONMAN, the Foremost IRONKIDS Thailand on November 26 at Thanyapura, Phuket. To register, visit: https://www. eventbrite.com/e/foremost-ironkids-thanyapura-t… Proudly sponsored by Live89.5.
Dine 4 Pay 3 Oriental Buffet Dinner Extravaganza Live Sports at Expat Hotel NRL, AFL, Soccer, Rugby Union. Any live sport, we will show it. Expat Hotel, Soi Taipan, Patong. www.expatsportsbar.com.
RUN TO GIVE 2016 Venue: Bang Wad Dam, Kathu, Phuket. Time: 5am 9am. Categories: 3 Km - THB 250 / 10 Km - THB 350. • Beneficiaries: Maha Jakri Sirinthorn’s Children’s Project and Pun Fun Pun Yim. • Online Registration is extended until 25 November 2016: https://goo.gl/forms/ PIQwUbN52cjksvCP2 Next registration / pick-up / collection schedule is on 24 and 25 November 2016 at CENTRAL and 26 November at BANG WAD DAM KATHU. Contact number 076-370100, 076-371410, 076-335770-4. Proudly sponsored by Live 89.5
Underworld Haunted Harbor & Trick or Treat
All you can eat Sunday Roast Buffet
The competition at 9pm - Expat Sports Bar at the Expat Hotel Soi Taipan Patong. See map at www.expathotel.com.
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Sunday Roast EVERY SUNDAY Come enjoy a Traditional Sunday Roast EVERY SUNDAY at Two Chefs Kata Beach, Kata Center, Karon and Patong for Only 395 Baht! Enjoy a Large ALL YOU CAN EAT selection of your favorites from 12-6pm! Featuring: Roast Aussie Beef, Pork Loin and Chicken. Roasted or Mashed Potatoes. Roasted Mixed Vegetables Flavoured with Thyme and Garlic. Yorkshire Pudding and Red Wine Gravy. Come for the FOOD - Stay for the FUN! www.twochefs.com.
Embark on a journey to the four corners of Asia and enjoy a lavish array of Thai, Chinese, Japanese and other Oriental recipes. Develop your taste buds and experience new flavours; ranging from spicy curries to barbecued meats and local noodle plates, while watching our Chefs work their magic in the lively kitchen every Wednesday from 18:00 – 22:00 for THB 999 per person at Bubbles Restaurant, Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas. Reservations, Bubbles Restaurant, Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas, firstname.lastname@example.org, 076 231 999.
All you can eat BBQ Ribs night 6PM – 11PM: All you can eat BBQ Ribs served with salad buffet, potato salad & choice of sauces. Reservation recommended. 350 baht P.P. shakersphuket@ gmail.com, 081 891 4381.
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BBQ Buffet on Saturday Night Come and join us along the shores of the Andaman
Every Sunday from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Enjoy an exquisite Sunday Brunch with a variety of seafood selection on ice such as crab, oysters, king prawns and more wide variety of cuisine available from classic dishes to signatures. Prices starting from 1,200++ Baht for buffet and free flow soft drinks. Reservations, HYATT REGENCY PHUKET RESORT, fnb.phuhr@ hyatt.com, 076 231 234.
Every Wednesday! All-you-can-eat Pasta and Pizza at Bellini
This is what Sunday lunches are meant to be - fabulous, fresh unlimited and Western and Asian tapas with friends and family crafted by the talented team of chefs at Banyan Tree Phuket. Starting at THB 2,000 net per person. Reservations, Banyan Tree Phuket, 076 372 400 # 5463.
Every Wednesday Eat all you can Pizza and Pasta for only 500 Baht. Drink all you can for only 450 Baht – or BOTH eat and drink all you can FOR ONLY 890 Baht with DOUBLE EXPRESSIONS LIVE! Wednesdays 6pm to 11pm at Bellini. email@example.com. Located at Chalong Circle, Chao-Fa East.
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Vindaloo, Naan, Rice, Salads, Chutneys / Achars, Pistachio Ice Cream, Gulah Jamun, Fruits. And extra dishes on the menu: ONIONBHAJI, BOMBAY ALOO, DAL MAKHINI, VANILLA ICE-CREAM. For only 499/nett and special reduced prices on drinks. 076-286464 Ext 4.
SAT Phuket Business Dinner Topic: Digital Marketing The BCCT in collaboration with the French, German and Netherlands Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to a Phuket Business Dinner topic: Digital Marketing or Digital Confusion? Cost: THB 890 including inter-buffet & soft drinks. Registration email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel. 02-651-5350-3. Proudly sponsored by The Phuket News.
Sri panwa & Baba Phuket host an Icon of Italian cuisine, the 2 michelin starred Chef Stefano Baiocco & his team from Villa Feltrinelli, Italy. Try this unmissable 8 course menu from the 1st – 7th December 2016, with authentic dishes & Italian ingredients expertly combined with the freshest local finds, that will come together to make a harmony of flavors. Book NOW! E: email@example.com T: 076 371 000.
Black Tie Muay Thai III
Youth Talent Competition Limited to 50 entrants, and the closing date for entries is 25 Nov. The contest, which is open to all students in Thailand aged between 8 and 18 years old, kicks off at 11am on the Sunday morning. Students can enter into one of three categories; Junior Vocals for ages 8 to 12, Senior Vocals for ages 13 to 18 and Senior Instrumentalists for ages 13 to 18. To enter the competition, email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, age and what category they would like to enter into. Entry is B700 per contestant. Proudly sponsored by Live89.5
Public Speaking made easier Christmas Fair Friday 02 December: 15.30 - 20.30 Art & Carfts, Cookie Decorating, Santa’s Grotto, Performances, Baked Goods, Food Stalls, Carols, Christmas Market and much more. UWCT & Thanyapura, Thanyapura Poolside, email@example.com.
O’Tools - Traditional Christmas Lunch & Dinner Will be served from 1pm on Christmas Day. Xmas Menu Starter: Prawn Cocktail or Melon with Port. Main Courses: Roast Turkey with Stuffing, Roast Potatoes, Fresh Seasonal Vegetables & Yorkshire Pudding (please ask). Dessert: Christmas Pudding wih Brandy sauce. Only 740 Baht inclusive per person. Free Christmas Present for the kids (0-16 Years). Book Now. Reservations, 093 696 1178.
Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous
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EVERY DAY 7 Nights 7 Themed Dinners at Rim Talay Make each night unique! Enjoy our themed dinners with the cool sea breeze. Curry Night @790 THB++, Thai International @750 THB++, Seafood BBQ @940 THB++, Thai Gala Dinner @690 THB++, Butcher Shop @market price, Ribs and Wings @620 THB++, Surf and Turf @950 THB++. The terms and conditions are subject to change without prior notice. Reservations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 076 340106-14 #8027.
Very International Phuket 2017 - Live the Island Life! Save the dates! Luxury & Lifestyle goods & services to be showcased at Royal Phuket Marina, alongside the successful Boat Show PIMEX. Meet the exhibitors during the day then be entertained by special shows at the outside venue in the evening. All global and local brands are waiting for you to visit. Keep up to date with what’s on, follow our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and register now!.
Looking to develop your public speaking and leadership skills? Ignite your career? Join Toastmasters Phuket and start making yourself a leader today! Invitation only. Contact Jason on 086 479 7471 for more info.
Indian Curry Night on Fridays Come to Navrang Mahal in Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa for an authentic Indian Feast First Week Friday and the Third Week Friday, in Karon Beach. Try out our delicious Aloo Tikki, Samosas, Chicken Tandoori, Aloo Gobi, Navrang Korma, Butter Chicken, Lamb
Gloves and Gowns: Muay Thai Chic! Celebrities and experienced Muay Thai fighters from Phuket step into the ring for a good cause. Guests will enjoy a drink reception, a delicious four course dinner and free flow beverages. When the gloves come off, the dance party starts in the ring! Booking essential; please contact #076-278-146 or email email@example.com. When: 3rd December 2016 Where: Outrigger Laguna Phuket. Tickets: 3,500 THB Proudly sponsored by Live89.5.
SUN Icon of Italian cuisine
(KRSR) from 10 to 12 December 2016, sponsored by Infinite Luxury & Kata Rocks, brings together superyacht owners, industry partners and luxury lifestyle media for three days of celebration in a relaxed social environment. The KRSR is by invitation only and open to both sailing and motor yachts measuring over 24 metres in length katarockssuperyachtrendezvous.com. Proudly sponsored by The Phuket News and Live89.5.
Weekly Special at Two Chefs Do you love flavourful, mouthwatering and innovative cuisine? Come try our wide array of international and local cuisine at Two Chefs! Enjoy our weekly specials and exciting daily Chef’s specials. They’re guaranteed to please! Every Monday Receive 50% Off All Desserts, Tuesday enjoy 20% Off All Tex Mex Dishes, Every Friday enjoy All You Can Eat BBQ Ribs & Chicken for 395 Baht from 12-6pm and Every Sunday enjoy All You Can Eat Sunday Roast for 395 Baht from 12-6pm. Don’t miss out! Come enjoy relaxing evening with our Two Chefs House Band nightly from 8pmlate. RESERVE Now: Kata Beach 076-333-370 Kata Center 076-330-065 Karon 076-286-479 Patong 076344-914 Website www.twochefs.com.
Phuket International Boatshow-PIMEX 2017 The 14th edition of PIMEX will take place at the award winning Royal Phuket Marina on Phuket’s east coast. The 2016 show attracted over 5,000 quality visitors. An annual event since 2003, the show is firmly fixed on the calendar as Phuket’s biggest trade show. Broadcasting Live89.5 FM live from the show each day. Entry is free. Come along and register and get a chance to win prizes. Not to be missed! For more details visit www.phuketboatshow.com Proudly sponsored by The Phuket News.
La Gritta Special Deal Take your taste buds on a culinary tour through some of the finest Italian flavours. Chef Patrizia has created a six-course discovery menu consisting of the appetiser, main course and dessert, priced at 1,590 THB++ per person. The terms and conditions are subject to change without prior notice. Reservations, lagritta@ amari.com, 076 292 697.
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016
Crossword by Myles Mellor & Sally York Across
1. Whose parents were Philip II of Macedon and Olympias? 2. Goulash originally comes from which country? 3. How many yards are there in a mile? 4. What is the name of the man behind bars on the Monopoly game board? 5. The Calypso Deep is the deepest part of which sea? Answers below, centre
59. Maryland team member 1. Obi, e.g. 64. Midback muscle, 5. Girls for short 11. Humanities degs. 65. Ancient Italic 14. Hodgepodge people 15. “Mourning 66. Highlander Becomes Electra” 67. German river playwright 68. Junks 16. Detergent brand 69. Organic radical 17. Keith, Danny, Laurie et al. Down 20. Trust 21. Golf score 1. Word with apple 22. Star in Perseus or Payoff 25. Sees to it 2. Miss. neighbor 27. Ball attendee 3. Newton, for one 31. Acid ___ 4. Modified car 32. Stephen of “Still 5. Patsy Crazy” 6. May event, for 33. Distinctive short atmosphere 7. Big name in 34. Good buddy construction 36. Movie tough guy 8. Splenic 42. Unified 9. Ferrell flick 43. Five-time U.S. 10. Thick blocks Open champ 11. Marine food fish 44. Sensitive subject, 12. Friends to some 13. Least ingenuous 45. Red letters? 18. Brush up on 48. Deficits 19. Sheep meat 51. Stuff 22. Word with wise 53. Chordophones or mass 54. Roll top? 23. German art song 55. Women’s ___ 24. Vex
26. Midnight meeting of witches 28. Most illmannered 29. Unit of energy 30. Slow 35. Curved file 37. Verb tense, in Classical Greek 38. “Catch-22” pilot 39. Ice melter 40. Lothario’s look 41. 1987 Costner role 45. Of service 46. Bow 47. They make you stand tall 49. Serfs 50. Charioteer 52. Listing 56. Spring bloom 57. The “B” in N.B. 58. Big cheese 60. ___ jacket 61. Dinghy propeller 62. Grazing land 63. Wright wing
Solutions to last week’s puzzles:
Answers to this week’s Pop Quiz: 1) Alexander the Great (born in Pella in 356 BC); 2) Hungary; 3) 1760; 4) Jake the Jailbird; 5) Mediterranean Sea.
GOT YOUR NUMBER
■■ Nov 25, 885 Siege of Paris: Viking forces sail the Seine River with a fleet of 300 longships and lay siege to Paris.
in three people in Europe died from the bubonic plague between 1347 and 1350.
■■ Nov 26, 1922 Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter the tomb of Pharaoh Tutank hamun in over 3,000 years.
of every five dog owners say it’s easier to get up in the morning because their dog greets them.
■■ Nov 27, 2001 A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet.
per cent of the US labour force will be Hispanic or Latino by the year 2060, says the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
■■ Nov 28, 1582 In Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway pay a £40 bond for their marriage licence.
times is how often a lion will copulate for every cub that survives to the age of one year, say wildlife experts.
■■ Nov 29, 1394 The Korean king Yi Seong-gye, founder of the Joseon dynasty, moves the capital from Kaesŏng to Hanyang, today known as Seoul.
water molecules in your body right now were very likely to still be in interstellar space fewer than 1,000 years ago. Source: Uberfacts
This week in history
■■ Nov 30, 1872 The first-ever international football match takes place at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow, between Scotland and England. The match finished in a 0–0 draw and was watched by 4,000 spectators.
Dressed for a Chinese ceremony in Phuket Town. Photo by Mark Knowles Got an unusual or particularly beautiful picture of Phuket? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
■■ Dec 1, 1913 The Buenos Aires Metro, the first underground railway system in the Southern Hemisphere, begins operation. Source: Wikipedia thephuketnews
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Due to serious health reasons, the owner must part with his beloved 80’ tour boat. New wiring throughout, power outlets, transformer and voltage meters. New upholstery throughout bar and entertainment area. Engines & generator fully reconditioned & serviced. All maintained to European standards. Ideal boat for quality day trip business. beachsando1@gmail. com, 080 695 3933.
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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES Business for sale
Phuket Car Rentals and Internet Shop is for sale as the owner has to return to his country to obtain a pension. The cost is US $27,000 and includes 4 cars, 2 scooters, 1 motorbike and 8 computers. Rawai is a pleasant area to live. The shop has pleasant accommodation upstairs. Ownership allows a work permit and 1 year visas. 0987075945, firstname.lastname@example.org
Beauty Salon with Equipment
For Sale, Nai Harn Beauty Salon with Equipment & lease, B290,000. Salon Equipment replacement cost is more than B300,000. All equipment shown as new. Must view to see excellent opportunity to purchase Salon for extremely good price in prime location. Call Nok for details 098 017 8818.
REST-BAR-LOUNGE RAWAI BEACH
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Looking for investor / partnership for Patong beach front location to start with Japanese and Indian restaurant. Narin, email@example.com, 081 826 9390.
Price reduced for quick sale
No, not a bar or guesthouse, but a manufacturing business for wooden window blinds. All the machinery and inventory of parts to be up and running in a matter of days. A very successful business in Phuket for over eight years. Price reduced to 2 mil Baht. Owner will partially finance. lamsden@ phuketemail.com, 081 487 4812. @thephuketnews
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES Restaurant for sale in Rawai
All new equipment, air conditioned, private terrace, unlimited parking. All offers considered. optispa@gmail. com, 088 386 9132, 063 067 4498.
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Restaurant set up for sale
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MEMBERSHIPS Life Time Family Membership
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Loch Palm Golf Membership
Lifetime Loch Palm Golf membership for sale. ฿485,000, the Loch Palm transfer fee of ฿72,000 will be shared equally between the buyer and seller. Contact J. Trenton Early, email@example.com
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323i. One owner since new. No accidents; excellent condition. 105,000km; cared for with BMW service. Full history available. 395,000THB, Thalang, Phuket, firstname.lastname@example.org, 086 989 0919.
Mercedes CLK 200 Cabriolet W-209 Brabus Package - seat 4. Excellent condition and fun to drive. 37,400km. 1,199,000 Bht. Eng - Thai 094 695 3536 / 063 992 3226.
Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G VVTI
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PROPERTY FOR SALE Apartment Country Golf Club House
One room with kitchen in main house Country Club. 6th floor with balcony 75sqm. Membership in Country Club included. Price 3.3 Million THB. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Per Dompert, 086 043 4315 (English and German)
Luxury 4 bed Villa ‘Price Reduced’
Opportunity for small Resort. Luxury 4 BDR Villa + 3 Bungalows + Land Plot, must see. (Price reduced, 19,990,000 baht, 3 Chanotes, 1075 sq m.), (4 BDR Villa, pool, gym, steam room + 1 x 2 BDR Bungalow), (Price reduced, 7,990,000 baht, 3 chantes, 792 sq m.), ( 2 Bungalows & Land Plot, 2-BDR + 1-BDR). www. phuketvilla.asia. Location - 7°47’23.1”N 98°18’53.4”E (call to view). Contact Chris 087 884 8972.
PROPERTY FOR SALE Beautiful Land in Rawai For Sale
Beautiful mountain view with option of sea view land of 742m2 for sale in Rawai with chanote title. For more information contact 085 790 2021.
Prime Land near Natai Beach
13 Rai. Prime flat land, Full Chanote. 5 mins to beautiful Natai Beach, 5 mins to Khok Kloi, 20 mins from Phuket Airport. Close to temples, beach & mountain views, perfect for large property or subdivide for development. B13,500,000, Antoine (Thai & English), 081 979 9307, email@example.com
X2 Vibe Phuket Bangtao
X2 Vibe Bangtao is low-rise, low density condo and with only 84 units that provides nice resort facilities and offers high quality finishings. 4.59mn baht. Phumarin, 139 Soi Cherngtalay 16, Srisoonthorn Rd, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket, firstname.lastname@example.org or 095 037 8150.
I have a number of FIRE SALE PROPERTIES from 1.5 MTB to 47MTB. Condos/Houses/Villas Please contact me if you are looking for bargains in the south of the island.080 124 1245, email@example.com
PROPERTY FOR SALE Ten Room Villa for sale
With 5 Rai land. 5 sleeping rooms, 5 bathrooms, 5 balcony, 2 kitchens, big living room, play room, lobby, car port. Hillside Maikhao Beach sunset seaview. Asking price 24 MB. julius_schuster2001@ yahoo.de, 087 267 1192.
House for Sale
3 bed, 2 bath, living/dining, Farang & Thai kitchens. Back/both sides under cover. Water fall/relax area. BBQ area under cover/car port. 4 aircons/7 fans. Very private, close to all services, 500 meters from Heroines Monument. 4.9 mil. o.n.o. Contact Randy. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cleat Condo, residence project in Krabi Boat Lagoon Marina. Price 3-9MB, size 37-119 Sq.M., 1 or 2 bedroom, marina view. For rent/sale. email@example.com
HERE IS THE FUTURE. 17 RAI FOR SALE
Between Kok Loi and Thai Muang, 38 km from the airport, we are selling a beautiful peice of land with 2 new houses. A perfect place for artists or a sport resort. The land is more than 17 Rai, full of old trees, with a big private lake and located directly behind the river. Chanote title. With a canoe it takes 20 min to paddle to the sea. A great opportunity for a fair price. Price 9.5M, Yupin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 081 817 4805 Thai, Eng, Deutsch.
Land For Sale
Land for sale. Anuphas Golf Ville, Kathu. 81 sq wah. Golf course view of Phuket CC. Quiet village, convenient location. E-mail for details Contact David, email@example.com thephuketnews
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PROPERTY FOR SALE Outstanding Beach Front Pool Villa
A rare opportunity to purchase a 4 bedroom beachfront villa in a 5* resort at The Village Coconut Island. A “snip” at 22m THB. Contact email aadmo@btinternet. com, Somjit, firstname.lastname@example.org, 081 9791945.
LAND NEAR WATERFALL FOR SALE
Beautiful, gently sloping land for sale near Bang Pae waterfall. Good road, 3-phase power. NS3 paper (upgrade applied for). 7 rai, B4m/rai. 087 884 9964 (En) or 087 272 5594 (Th). email@example.com
Modern home office for sale
Modern home office for sale located 400 m fr Central Intersection. 1 Unit has 1 commercial, 1 living space, 4 bedrooms & built-in bathrooms. Owner, firstname.lastname@example.org, 087 543 4716.
House for Sale
House at Land and House for sale. 2-storey with 3 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, balcony, jacuzzi, library, laundry. Near to kid playground, two swimming pools, sauna, gym. Enough land to build a second house on the same plot. Ekaterina Oseledets, 095 861 7571.
MAI KHAO LAND
Beachfront land in Mai Khao. East coast. 3 rai 2 ngan 24sqw. For sale: 45 million baht. 45 million.
Sale by owner Apartment ‘The Pearl of Naithon’ Leasehold
Total area 226,66 SQM including terrace 41,25 Sqm, 50 meters from the beach, 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms, Owner purchased at THB 22.5 million, now reduced to only THB 11.5 million for quick sales. MP + 66 (0) 89 814 1458.
PROPERTY FOR RENT House For sale or rent Baan Manik (Cherngtalay)
Attractive 3 bed, 2 bathroom detached house for sale or rent. Set in quiet surroundings but with easy access to Laguna, Boat avenue, PIA, airport, Surin, Bangtao and Layan beaches. The property boasts many additional features including, Auto-gate, Western styled kitchen, security system, natural stone floors, imported ceiling fans, 12volt LED Garden Lighting and air-con throughout. Asking 4.5 Million Negotiable Rent 25K Per Month Fully furnished or 20K per month unfurnished. 081 9686 051.
CHALONG BEACH FRONT LAND
Beach Front 40m. Long and short term. 1 and half rai(600sq.m.) Mr. Narin, email@example.com, 081 826 9390. @thephuketnews
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PROPERTY FOR RENT PRIME LAND+BLDG @CHALONG PIER
Seaview Building with land 50m to Chalong Pier for Rent/Long Term Lease. 1.5Rai+bldg. Ideal for Hotel, Community Mall, Restaurants Wirote, 081 931 5189.
Family Pool Villa Rawai
4 Bedroom 4 bathroom 5,000 Baht per night/3 bedroom 3 bathroom 4,000 Baht per night. Quality Furnishings. Contact: rawaihillvillasphuket @gmail.com or 091 654 6249.
Bedroom in shared house-Kathu
Near Kajonkiet Inter school, Loch Palm, close to Central, Big C, Tesco. Inclusive: WiFi, water, electricity, use of kitchen, washing machine. Month by month agreement with some deposit. 4000 THB/month. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 089 600 0041.
Apartment for rent
Quality 1 Bedroom serviced apartment 65sqm for rent. Central Patong. Short or long term. For details email email@example.com
Vassana Residence. Rawai
Fully furnished 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom. WiFi and cable TV included in price. 160M.S. in size. Jacuzzi in each Apartments. BBQ area on the roof. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Art, Rawai / NaiHarn, Eng.087 882 9604.
Kata Western Apartment
1 and 2 115M2 furnished apartments, full kitchen, huge covered terraces, mountain and seaview. 1 month minimum, 1 year lease starting 20,000/month. email@example.com, 084 840 1262.
Kathu Condo forSale/Rent
36 Sqm Fully Furnished with Pool & Fitness. Rent start 9,000 monthly. Close to Patong, Central Festival Phuket and Prince of Songkla University. Lily Line ID: 0841094466, flyfreelily@gmail. com, 084 109 4466.
Office/Shop for Rent
Ground Floor space with excellent positioning on Chalong Pier Road. For more information, please call 081 416 4177 or 076 381 341.
2 BDR Bungalow, Nai Harn Beach
For rent with “Free UBC Platinum cable TV”, security, air-con, fridge, stove, quiet area, at end of cul-de-sac, 12,500 per month. Call 098 017 8818 or 087 884 8972.
PROPERTY FOR RENT Two condos for sale/rent
2 condos for sale 48 sqm. - sale price $60,000 (developer’s price $116,000) & 54,5 sqm. - sale price $70,000 (developer’s price $128,000). Fully furnished, near Central, Big C, BIS, Lotus, hospitals, schools. Communal pool and gym. Short & long time rent available 48 sqm. – THB 10000-15000 per month; 54,5 sqm. – THB 15000-20000 per month + electricity&water, Ekaterina Oseledets, 095 861 7571.
ROOM FOR RENT
Room for rent in attractive house Baan Manik (not far from Anthem wakeboard park). Convenient location for access to Laguna, Boat avenue, Airport and PIA. House is equipped with, Air-con, Internet, Expat-TV, foreign kitchen, washing machine, fridge ect ect. 8000 Baht PCM + Share of Bills. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 081 968 6051 for a viewing.
Kamala Villa for rent
5 Bedrooms Villa available for long term, normally 10,000 Baht Nightly price Long lease 70,000 Baht monthly for 1 year minimum, Include pool, garden, courtyard maintenance. Suitable for large or two families. Wanphen, kamalagym2@gmail. com, 080 697 7729.
Villas & Apts Rent-Chalong
2- and 3-bedroom pool villas, 2-bedroom townhouses & studio apartments. Special prices from 700/night or 8,000/month. Rates include WiFi, maid service, cable TV, furnishings. Great location near Big Buddha. email@example.com, 086 282 6221, www.chalongapartment.com
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CHARMING APARTMENT NEAR BEACH, Nai Harn 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 130 sqm
Overlooking the lake in front of Nai Harn Beach, this apartment complex was completed in 1999, but kept to a high standard. Quiet common area pool.
1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 32 sqm
Hotel operated investment condo offering a 7 % net guarantee for 15 years 4 weeks free owners use. Construction well under way, there are limited sea view units available at this time.
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SEAVIEW CONDO NEAR COMPLETION, Patong
ENORMOUS POOL VILLA, Rawai
MODERN 1-BEDROOM APARTMENT, Karon
Spread across 3 levels with garden on the lower level, this 5-bedroom villa features spectacular views from the mountains in Rawai. Priced well-below comparable properties in the area.
Very competitively priced 1-bedroom at less than 70k per SQM for partial sea view. Two neighbouring units for sale by the same owner. Wonderful sea view lap pool on the roof.
5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 800 sqm
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1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 43sqm
SPACIOUS STUDIO OVEROOKING POOL, Layan Studio, 1 bathroom, 57 sqm
This leasehold studio offers a spacious terrace, open and bright. The colonial style development is very well maintained with lots of greenery, swimming pool, kidâ€™s pool and outdoor seating areas. Must-see development.
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2400 sqm
Standalone pool villa in a quiet location on an expansive 2400 sqm land plot. Completed last year and built with high quality materials with a modern feel. Out-
door dining area and separate building with home cinema. Must-see property.
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BRAND-NEW POOL VILLA, Ao Po
BRIGHT FREEHOLD CONDO, Kamala 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 77 sqm
Located hillside in Kamala with good common areas including 2 pools, reception and gym. With furniture included this apartment represents one of the best valued freehold properties on the West Coast.
FREEHOLD 3-BED DUPLEX, Bang Tao 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 216 sqm
Unique opportunity to own a townhouse style condominium under a freehold title. Great location by between main shopping amenities and Bang Tao Beach with the new Catch Beach Club a few minutes away.
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AFFORDABLE 1-BED IN CENTRAL LOCATION, Kathu 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 30 sqm
Beautiful view overlooking the surrounding lake this 1-bedroom is priced to facilitate a quick sale. Conveniently located near main shopping area in Kathu.
CHARMING TOWNHOUSE, Kamala 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 173 SQM
Situated within a gated community in walking distance to Kamala Beach, this 3-storey townhouse offers modern living and a spacious rooftop terrace. Only 26k THB per SQM.
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FREEHOLD SEAVIEW PENTHOUSE, Surin 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 262 sqm
Measuring 162 sqm internally with a wonderful roof terrace with Jacuzzi, BBQ and seating area. Just a short walk from Bang Tao and Surin Beach, the condominium has a proven track-record of netting 1.1m THB through rentals.
GOLF COURSE POOL VILLA, Kathu 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 256 sqm
Well-priced pool villa with views of Loch Palm golf course. Open plan living area and 3 well-appointed bedrooms, two of which are facing the pool deck.
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LAKEFRONT VILLA IN GREAT CONDITION, Laguna
4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 490 sqm
Situated on a lakefront corner plot of 1200 sqm, this classic Laguna has recently undergone full cosmetic repair. Terrific location near Boat Avenue and the Bang
This stunning oceanfront villa has hotel services connected if need be. 3 separate bedrooms in the main house and a 4th bedroom built in the footprint of the property, creating the feeling of waking up on the ocean. Must-see luxury property!
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OCEANFRONT SEA VIEW VILLA, Kamala
4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 530 sqm
HIGH QUALITY POOL VILLA, Cherng Talay
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 235 sqm
Situated within a gated community of 15 villas with full management services available. Large open living/dining room, spacious salt water pool and lovely sala which provides a hide away from the dazzling sun.
CHARMING 3-BED WITH BIG GARDEN, Chalong
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 200 sqm
Set on an expansive 1900 SQM land plot this standalone house is conveniently located between Wat Chalong and Chalong Pier. Completed in 2004, the garden space has endless opportunities to add additional value to the property.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016
Three in a row for PCG Victory over SCC leaves local side unbeaten in tour season CRICKET Mark Whetton firstname.lastname@example.org
ast Sat urday ( Nov 19), the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) hosted their last touring side for 2016, the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC). This was the 6th time SCC have toured Phuket and the “Sensible” Cup was at stake. Last year the SCC won the Cup by just four runs in a close fought match that went down to the wire, and this year the PCG lads were keen to reclaim the cup, which was somehow missing in action from the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) trophy shelf. PCG won the toss and sent SCC out to bat first in the 30 over match. Their openers R Shah and V Jeyaratnam got off to a slow but steady start and after six overs were 20 for the loss of no wickets. However, Jeyaratnam was cleaned bowled for 10 the very next over by A Runhaar. Shah soon followed being caught
An inauspicious start; Imtayaz Mustaq caught behind, PCG 0 for one at the end of the first over. Photo: Michael Way behind by S Hamilton. The next two SCC batsman, A Beer and S Chandran got the team back on track with a 22 run partnership before Beer was caught at mid-wicket for 14 off the bowling of S Wetherell putting SCC at 46/3 in the 14th over. After a short drinks break SCC resumed their innings but D Wright did not last too long at the crease being stumped off of the bowling of Wetherell
for just three runs. However, Chandran was joined at the crease by H Darwell and between them they put together a much needed partnership of 53 runs to take the SCC score to 105/4 after 26 overs. Darwell, who had made a respectable 23 runs from 36 balls, soon after retired. Next in was H Thompson, but he didn’t trouble the scorers and SCC found themselves on 109/5 in the 27th over. With
less than three overs to go Chandran and B Griggs upped the ante and took the side to 130 from their 30 overs. After lunch, PCG took to the middle to chase down 131 for a win. On paper the PCG side looked very strong, however, they soon found themselves in deep trouble when both openers went for ducks and Hamilton was caught for just one run. So with just three overs into their
innings, PCG found themselves on just one run for the loss of three wickets. However, P Morton and H Jordaan put on a 62 run partnership from just 46 balls. Morton eventually fell in the 10th over while on 26 from 24 balls and the PCG score on 63. Jordaan continued to find the boundary with relative ease which included six 6s and one 4. Local stalwarts Wetherell (6) and A Khan (12) also chipped
in with the bat, and when Khan fell the PCG score was 109 for six wickets in the 15th over. With plenty of batting and overs remaining, the game appeared to be well and truly in the PCG bag, but a couple of ducks to H McDonald and A Van Blerk soon changed the landscape and swung things slightly back in SCC’s favour with PCG needing 10 runs with three wickets in hand. Next to the crease for PCG was Runhaar, and it was he who hit the winning runs with a boundary through the covers to take the PCG over line to 133 runs. So in the end a comfortable win for the PCG with plenty of overs to spare. The PCG are always looking for new players and officials to assist with the running of cricket on the island. For further information about cricket on Phuket, visit the PCG website at www.phuketcricket.com or e-mail the PCG committee at phuketcricketgroup@gmail. com. They can also be found on Facebook.
Jer-Jer up the pace to claim Phuket Pinoy Cup 2016 BASKETBALL Kenneth John Ladigohon & Imelda Hong email@example.com
TEAM JER-JER ROMPED to victory after beating Team PBB 84-75 in the Phuket Pinoy Cup 2016 basketball final face-off held at Kajonkiet International School Gymnasium last Sunday (Nov 20). To cheers and yells from nearly 300 spectators, both teams set the scoreboard alight, but it was a rollercoaster affair as each team stole the lead from the other. It was not until the third quarter when players from both teams started to leap to play above the rims in their attempts to gain a clear lead over their adversaries. However, Team Jer-Jer’s up-tempo play in the fourth quarter led them to victory, creating a 9-point lead at the final hooter. “It’s not just about winning. It’s about teamwork,” said Joemarr Sabaricos of the Jer-Jer squad. In response, Biboy Causing of Team PBB said, “We
Winners of the Phuket Phuket Pinoy Cup 2016 basketball final, Team Jer-Jer. Photo: Jethro Agabao did not sustain our lead and lost some key opportunities when we needed them most.” This year’s Pinoy Cup league, sponsored by CIMB Bank, was organised with the help of members from the Phuket Seventh-day Adventist Church, of which many Filipinos on the island are part of. “Through the effort of Filipino community here in Phuket, we can be able to have this sporting event that enables the community to show unity through sports,” said Game Commissioner Redentor Habla. Aside from basketball,
other sporting events held as part of the Pinoy Cup include volleyball, badminton and table tennis. All winning teams received trophies. Although the Phuket Pinoy Cup is held with the hope of fostering camaraderie between Filipinos, the organisers assured that next year’s league – starting in May, 2017 – will be more exciting and bigger as they plan to open the sports events to other interested foreign nationals. For more information about the Pinoy Cup league, contact Mr Habla at dehnz1@yahoo. com or call 085-3564735. thephuketnews
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016
Double cheers for Laguna Golf at 17th Annual IAGTO GOLF
aguna Golf was honoured with a double win at the prestigious 17th annual International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) Awards 2017 held in conjunction with the International Golf Travel Market in Mallorca, Spain last week. Laguna Golf Lăng Cô was voted for the first time as 2017 IAGTO Golf Resort of the Year while Laguna Golf Phuket won the 2017 IAGTO Sustainability Award for Community Value. The gala ceremony was attended by 1,200 golf industry professionals from 70 countries. Mr Paul Wilson, Laguna Golf Assistant Vice President/Group Golf Director said, “Laguna Golf, part of Banyan Tree Group, is proud to be recognised by the established IAGTO Awards with two prestigious awards. Echoing the Group’s ethos of Asian-inspired hospitality and sustainability, IAGTO
Mr Paul Wilson, Laguna Golf Assistant Vice President/Group Golf Director (left) and Ms Chi Phan, Laguna Lăng Cô Assistant Vice President, Director of Operations with the award trophies at the ceremony. provides the platform for us to raise the bar and spur us to be forward-thinking in the continual strive for service excellence while leading the way in sustainability for a superior golf experience.”
Ms Chi Phan, Laguna Lăng Cô Assistant Vice President, Director of Operations added: “Winning the IAGTO Golf Resort of the Year award is a significant milestone and recognition to Laguna Golf
Lăng Cô team’s dedication in providing high quality resort and course facilities with exceptional experience. It comes on the heels of the recent 2nd annual Laguna Golf Classic hosted by Laguna Golf brand
ambassador and course designer Sir Nick Faldo and we are set to welcome our guests for the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in March 2017.” Commenting on Laguna Golf Phuket winning the IAGTO Sustainability Award for Community Value, GEO Chief Executive Jonathan Smith said: “Laguna Golf Phuket, in Thailand, has been dedicated to community relations and corporate social responsibility since its establishment in 1984 within the grounds of a disused tin mine. “By turning profits back into key ethically motivated purposes – cultural diversity, social equity, educational empowerment, promotion of health and sports, and environmental preservation – the resort is able to function as a community within a community, safeguarding its ecological and cultural heritage and promoting a shared prosperity. For this reason and the wider value it provides, Laguna Golf Phuket wins the Community Value category.”
HASH HOUSE HARRIERS Run: #1608 Saturday November 26 Run Start Time: 3:30pm Hares: SBJ, TFB Location: Ban Au Kung Directions: From Heroines Monument go East and go past the turning to Ao Por. After 550 metres turn right into the road sign posted as Ban Ao Kung (this is also the road that leads to the Radi Medical facility). Turn left after approx 1.25 kilometres (HHH sign), follow this road for about 1km then turn right at the HHH sign. This is a virgin laager site. Bus Pickup Schedule: Patong @ Expat Hotel: 2pm Kamala @ Black Cat’s Bar: 2:30pm More info: phuket-hhh.com
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016
The final showdown
Rosberg and Hamilton to go head-to-head in the duel in the desert FORMULA ONE BOX OF NEUTRALS Michael Lamonato firstname.lastname@example.org
eammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will duel for the 2016 world championship at the final race of the year this Sunday (Nov 27) at a tense Abu Dhabi Grand Prix finale. Just 12 points separate the title protagonists after 20 rounds of this record-length season, and though Rosberg holds the mathematical advantage, momentum is with defending titleholder Hamilton. The Briton has hit his stride at the close of the season, easily outracing his teammate in the United States, Mexico, and Brazil to slice his 33-point deficit down to just a dozen points. But the three-time champion timed his run to the finish poorly – Rosberg’s victory at the fifth-last race in Japan
Nico Rosberg's (right) rivalry with Lewis Hamilton has been the highlight of this F1 season. Photo: AFP won him enough points to guarantee him the silverware even if he cruised home behind Hamilton for the rest of the season, as he has duly done. The raw numbers in Abu Dhabi therefore paint a simple story: a podium finish, regardless of whether his teammate wins the race, will be enough to secure Rosberg his maiden
F1 championship. Though Rosberg has been reluctant to admit it, his driving has been abundantly cautious since Suzuka, the calculating German knowing too well that any racing overreach could put him onto the back foot in the face of his teammate’s scintillating form. Seizing on his teammate’s
relaxed demeanour, Hamilton, aggrieved for suffering the lion’s share of technical troubles this season – including a costly engine failure in Malaysia, which he briefly and incredibly suggested may have been the work of internal sabotage – has been quick to prosecute the argument that the quicker driver may not
win the championship. “I’m happy that with the same car I beat Nico [in Brazil],” Hamilton said after his win in Sao Paulo. “Nico’s driving at his best right now, and today he had nothing on me. “I am in an awkward position going into the last race. It doesn’t really make a big difference if I go and drive like I am right now, because I have already lost so much through the year. “The reliability has been really good, so the results are really showing that. “I can’t give up, because you never know what can happen. It’s unlikely, but you never know.” Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff isn’t considering Hamilton’s concerns about the validity of the title as chief amongst his worries, however, and is instead preoccupied with preventing a technical fault influencing the intra-team title showdown. “They are going to fight it out on track,” said Wolff. “We just have to give them two cars so they can do that.
“My biggest nightmare is a mechanical issue, but this is how it is.” In the Austrian’s mind will undoubtedly be the down-tothe-wire duel at Abu Dhabi in 2014, when Rosberg’s car suffered an energy recovery failure while in second place. He crawled home out of the points in P14, his championship hopes vanquished. Rosberg, to his credit, is refusing to deviate from his one-race-at-a-time approach in the lead-up to the biggest race in his life. “It’s going to be a great, exciting race weekend – a great battle for sure,” he said. “I’ve good experiences [in Abu Dhabi] in the past, but of course that’s not going to help me this year. “We all start from zero this year every time we go to a different track … so let’s see.” Undoubtedly either driver would make a deserving world champion – but only one will emerge with the title for Formula One’s most gruelling season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Thais advance to cup semi-final FOOTBALL THE ONLY GOAL IN THE 88th minute of Tuesday’s (Nov 22) football match let Thailand advance to the semi-final of the Southeast Asian football championship, AFF Suzuki Cup. The 1-0 victory over Singapore at the Philippine Sports Stadium was Thailand’s second win in the tournament. Thanks to a brilliant pass by defender Theerathon Bunmathan, forwarder Sarawut Masuk’s impressive header
realised the long-awaited triumph over Singapore which had emphasised defence and nearly successful counter-attacks. Sarawut was a substitute entering the field in the second half. Thailand’s head coach Kiatisak Senamuang thanked his players for their patience and success in their adjusted tactic in the last five minutes of the match. Both Thailand and Singapore had won the championship of the biennial regional tournament four times, and Thailand are hoping to break the record.
Thailand’s Sarawut Masuk (left) celebrates his winner against Singapore with teammate Teerasil Dangda. Photo: via Bangkok Post Defend i ng cha mpion Thailand, already with six points, will play against hosts the Philippines, today (Nov 25). Bangkok Post
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016
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Four things we learnt in the Premier League L ast weekend was week 12 of Premier League action and Chelsea went top, Liverpool slipped up at Southampton, Yaya Toure made a triumphant return for Manchester City and Arsenal hit Jose
Chelsea will take some stopping Few would have predicted Chelsea would be top of the table before the end of November after a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal on September 24 left them eight points off the pace in eighth place. But that is exactly where they are after last Sunday’s (Nov 20) 1-0 win at Middlesbrough gave Antonio Conte’s increasingly impressive side a sixth consecutive victory. Chelsea have not conceded a goal since switching to a 3-4-3 formation during the Arsenal game and Diego Costa has
Diego Costa has now scored 10 goals for Chelsea this season. Photo: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP rediscovered his shooting boots, netting for the 10th time to secure victory at the Riverside Stadium.
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TEAMS / INFO
Friday November 25 Cricket
Test 3 - Adelaide
Australia v. South Africa - Day 2
Motor Racing 16:00
Practice 1, Yas Marina
Saturday November 26 Rugby Union
Italy v. Tonga
Fiji v. Japan
England v. Argentina Scotland v. Georgia
Ireland v. Australia
Wales v. South Africa
Motor Racing 19:30
Qualifying, Yas Marina
Burnley. Man City
Liverpool v. Sunderland
Leicester v. Middlesbrough
Hull v. West Bromwich
Chelsea v. Tottenham
Test 3 - Mohali
India v. England, Day 1
Test 3 - Adelaide
Australia v. South Africa - Day 3 (D)
Sunday November 27 Rugby Union
Wasps v. Sale
Saracens v. Gloucester
Harlequins v. Bath
Rugby Union 12:50
France v. New Zealand (R) Italy v. Tonga (R)
Rugby Union 15:00 Soccer
Watford v. Stoke
Arsenal v. Bournemouth
Southampton v. Everton
Man United v. West Ham
Motor Racing 19:00
Raceday, Yas Marina
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Test 3 - Mohali
India v. England, Day 2
Test 3 - Adelaide
Australia v. South Africa - Day 4 (D)
Mourinho’s Manchester United with a late sucker-punch.
The overall competition winner receives a two day/one night private fishing charter to Racha Island on board Wahoo Yacht Charters Phuket’s Reel Blue. Total prize value: B180,000 The monthly competition winner for November 2016 will receive a B3,000 voucher to spend at Islander Sports Bar in Rawai.
Here we look at four things we learned from the Premier League last weekend:
Man United are getting there The Premier League table makes uncomfortable viewing for Manchester United fans, whose side are nine points below leaders Chelsea after winning just two of their last nine league games. Failure to beat Arsenal in last Saturdays (Nov 19) 1-1 draw means United have drawn three successive home league games for the first time since 1992. But the bare facts do not tell the whole story. Just as they had in their previous two draws – 0-0 against Stoke City and 1-1 against Burnley – United dominated the game, with Arsenal equalising in the 89th minute, via Olivier Giroud, in their only attempt on target.
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Jose Mourinho reacts after Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal challenged Manchester United’ Antonio Valencia. Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP United mustered 74 shots to their opponents' 19 in those three games. Had just three more of those gone in, they would be in the thick of the title picture.
Toure’s Man City exile over
As Yaya Toure marched back towards the Manchester City changing room at the end of Saturday’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace, the Ivorian was greeted by a rapturous reception. He had just marked his first Premier League appearance of the season with two goals, including the late winner, and his team-mates lined up to greet him with a huge cheer. After being frozen out by new manager Pep Guardiola, Toure looked set to move on, especially after his agent accused Guardiola of treating the midfielder with no respect. But he was finally given a chance against Palace and responded with goals in the 39th and 83rd minutes. To add to Toure’s
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Manchester City’s Yaya Toure (left) passes the ball as Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha tries to close him down during their game last Saturday. Photo: Olly Greenwood/ AFP joy, Guardiola – who once sold Toure to City from Barcelona – confirmed the 33-year-old would remain a part of his plans for the rest of the season.
Giroud’s goal at Old Trafford, an imperious back-post header from Alex OxladeChamberlain’s cross, was the 10th goal he has scored after stepping off the bench for Arsenal, making the France international the club’s most prolific substitute in the Premier League era. Manager Arsene Wenger has been using Alexis Sanchez as a lone striker this season, but with Arsenal struggling to create chances in their last two games – the draw at United having been preceded by a 1-1 stalemate with Tottenham Hotspur – the Frenchman conceded he was thinking of
Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud heads home his team’s goal against Manchester United. Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP restoring Giroud to his starting XI and dropping Sanchez into a deeper role. With four goals in four games, Giroud is staking a strong claim to a starting berth. AFP
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Members of the BISP Triathlon Academy are put through their paces in training.
BISP Triathlon Academy Coach Sergio Borges reveals his ambitions TRIATHLON Matt Pond email@example.com
ritish International School, Phuket (BISP) is quickly becoming a sports training centre to be reckoned with, with some members of their football, swimming, tennis and golf academies already performing at the highest levels in their sports for their respective countries. However, the sporting program at the well-known school is now taking a further step forward with the formation of the BISP Triathlon Academy led by Head Coach Sergio Borges, a man with more than 25 years experience in a sport that is a true test of an athlete’s endurance. As a competitive triathlete, Sergio has competed around the world in all race distances, including 25 Ironman, and also qualified for the Ironman World Championships on a remarkable eight occasions. Over the last two decades, he has also become a well-respected coach on the international circuit. Part of the school’s expanding High Performance College, the BISP Triathlon Academy was launched in mid-2016 and has three main goals for its students: developing athletes to be able to get college scholarships, become Olympians, and pursue a professional career within the sport. There was no triathlon academy prior to Sergio’s arrival, as he was specifically invited by the school’s
BISP Academy Coach Sergio Borges (centre) gives his students a pep talk. management to start the program as an addition to their successful football, swimming, tennis and golf academies. The new coach already has athletes from all over the world in his care. “This is very exciting for me,” Sergio told The Phuket News in a recent interview. “The BISP Triathlon Academy is a new program, which is still small. We currently have six athletes: two on the Development Team and four on the High Performance Team,” he said. However, the athletes he does have are already performing well. “Results so far this season are speaking for themselves, with two wins and a 6th place in a Junior ITU race in Hong Kong in October,” Sergio said. But it is Sergio’s aim to grow the
academy by bringing in youngsters from as far afield as the United States and develop them to becoming sporting greats. “In the near future my goal is to have at least 20 athletes in the academy and to develop the High Performance Team. I have already seen a lot of potential from athletes from Asia, the Middle East and the US who are looking for a great academic and sport program like we offer here,” he said. When asked what he brings to the academy, Sergio said, “Over the years I have worked with athletes of all ages. My coaching experience includes 15 years with university teams, but also with the USA National Junior Team and their U23s, so I bring a lot of experience – I also bring passion.” Asked how he would personally
see that his role in the academy had been a success, Sergio replied, “To always give my very best through education and teaching athletes how to really be high level performers. Everything I do I do with passion, and I want to pass this on to the athletes I coach.” With the BISP Triathlon Academy program still so young, Sergio admits it will take time for him to get his athletes where he wants them to be, and achieving consistently at a top level. “I think we are still far from being at a high performance level, not only at the school but in Asia in general. We need at least three to five years of hard and consistent training to start getting good international results. “Triathlon is, like many other sports, about consistent training
and patience. It takes a long time to develop Olympic-level athletes,” he said. But with talented athletes from BISP’s other sporting academies already winning international competitions, Sergio acknowledges that he is tasked with making the BISP Triathlon Academy a similar success story, and is already preparing his charges for intense international competition. “Right now we are building up to a race in Abu Dhabi in March 2017 (the ITU World Cup), where I will have athletes racing in the 12, 14 and 18-year-old divisions. We will also do local races [in Phuket] and a race in Singapore in January to keep athletes motivated and sharp,” he said. On a final note, Sergio said that he is in this role for the long-haul, and he is aiming high when it comes to how he sees the academy succeeding in the future. “I’m looking for long-term work here. I’m here to stay and will make the BISP Triathlon Academy program we have at the British International School, Phuket the best that any international school has. I always have, and always will, dream big!” For more information about the BISP Triathlon Academy visit www. bisphuket.ac.th/triathlon, follow their Facebook page at www.facebook. com/triathlonphuket, or email Head Coach Sergio Borges at: sborges@ bisphuket.ac.th thephuketnews