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Phuket Opinion: The uniform maketh the man

Next time you visit a financial institution, supermarket, shopping complex, or just about anywhere with so much as a parking lot that employs a uniformed security guard, take a moment to observe their manner. Watching some of these tinpot tyrants will give you an idea of how the symbolic power of a uniform can quickly go to someone?s head when they put one on.


Campaign launched to clear cable tangles from Patong streets

Communication companies have been ordered to clean up their act and remove any unnecessary cables from the utility poles that line the streets in Phuket before the national electricity authority does it for them.


DMCR officials pleased with progress of artificial reef at Maithon Island

PHUKET: Phuket Department of Marine and Coastal Resources officials said today (March 25) that they are impressed with coral growth rates on the one-year-old artificial reef near Koh Maithon.


One man dead, another injured after fleeing police traffic stop in Phuket Town

Phuket: One man is dead and another injured after attempting to flee police during a routine traffic stop near Rassada Pier in Phuket Town yesterday (March 24).


Motorcyclist, 18, killed in collision with taxi on Bypass Rd in Phuket

Phuket: An 18-year-old male motorcyclist died after he was struck at high speed by a taxi on the Bypass Rd in the early hours of the morning (March 25).


Phuket elephant camp accused of refusing to return stolen elephant

PHUKET: An elephant camp in Phuket stands accused of refusing to return a female elephant that the Phuket Provincial Livestock Office (PPLO) confirmed today (Mar 24) belongs to another person.


B55mn Phuket bridge slated to open after Songkran

PHUKET: A new bridge and road, costing B55 million and taking three years to build, located behind the King Power duty-free mega-store on Chao Fa West Rd, are expected to open after Songkran, The Phuket News has been told.


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Aussie sentenced, tuk tuk boss' killer, seat belts mandatory || March 24

PHUKET XTRA - March 24 Aussie man sentenced for killing girlfriend in jet ski accident! Seat belts now mandatory? Hunting Tuk Tuk boss killer, luggage X-ray scanners, Myanmar refugees going home, and teachers no longer need certification.


Two killed in Phuket resort shower electric shock

PHUKET: Police are investigating the death of two people killed last night (Mar 23) by an electric shock from a shower unit in a guestroom at a resort in Rawai, in the south of Phuket.


Hey, that?s my elephant in Phuket; says Krabi mahout

PHUKET: Investigations are continuing into claims that an elephant currently in the care of an elephant camp in Phukets Chalong area is in fact an elephant alleged to have been stolen from an elephant camp in Krabi 14 years ago.


Plans to make Phuket?s Bang Tao Beach ?virgin? an uphill battle, says Army

PHUKET: MaAnn Samran, Chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), has told the Royal Thai Army in Phuket that he plans to clear Bang Tao Beach of all vendors.


Phuket beach vendors given April 7 Laem Singh access deadline

PHUKET: Vendors at Laem Singh Beach in Kamala, on Phuket?s west coast, have been given until April 7 to access the beach ? after that date they will no longer be permitted to cross the privately owned land to operate their businesses on the sand.


Phuket tour company, guide to face legal action over coral walking, guide legality

PHUKET: The Department of Marine Coastal Resources (DMCR) are to move forward with pressing charges against a tour guide who was caught on camera along with two Korean tourists walking on coral reefs at Koh Racha Yai on Tuesday (Mar 21).


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Street food app, transgender prisons, & unhealthy Thailand? || March 23

PHUKET XTRA - March 23 New Phuket Street Food app! Unhealthy Thailand? Saving other marine animals after coin-swallowing turtle dies, transgender prisons, and ANZAC Day in Phuket


Phuket court hands suspended sentence to Aussie tourist Keating for jet-ski death

PHUKET: Thomas Keating, the Australian tourist charged with the death of his girlfriend in a jet-ski collision off Phuket last month, has been handed down as two-year suspended jail sentence and fined B5,000 for reckless driving causing death.


Out-of-control pickup ploughs into four vehicles in Phuket, two people injured

PHUKET: The driver of a motorbike and her passenger were seriously injured last night when an out-of-control pickup truck ploughed into their and other vehicles off Thepkrasattri Rd.


Phuket gunman in Patong tuk-tuk boss slaying hits ?most wanted? list

PHUKET: Police in Phuket have added Porjet ?Po? Sukwanli, the alleged hitman and the last remaining suspect wanted for the slaying of Patong Tuk-Tuk Club President Sakol Srisompotch last year, has been added to the Royal Thai Police list of most-wanted gunmen.


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Phuket golfer wins BIG! Coin-munching turtle, rhino horns || March 22

PHUKET XTRA - March 22 Phuket teen reigns supreme in Faldo Series Asia Grand Final! Rhino horn corruption? Coin-swallowing turtle dies, Philippine President meets Thai PM, and murder plot investigation continues.


Anzac Day services land in Phuket

PHUKET: The Australian Consulate-General Phuket this year will host the first government-led Anzac Day commemoration service ever to be held in Phuket, on April 25.


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Soi Dog wins! Motorbike crashes, Thailand?s happiness || March 21

PHUKET XTRA - March 21 Soi Dog wins short film award! Motorbike accident across Phuket, B71 billion traffic solutions coming, Thailand?s rises in happiness rankings, and probe into death of ethnic activist.


Phuket police hunt ?back pocket? gold thief

PHUKET: Police in Phuket are on the lookout for a woman who has twice entered gold shops on the island on the pretence of buying a necklace, and walking out of each shop with more than B20,000 in stolen gold tucked into her back pocket.


Phuket lifeguards assist overturned catamaran as heavy weather hits Surin Beach

PHUKET: Strong winds and rain struck Phuket?s Surin Beach yesterday afternoon (Mar 20), causing a rented Hobie cat to overturn and toss two tourists into the rough water.


Phuket flash floods cut off roads, fell power lines

PHUKET: Heavy rain across the island yesterday afternoon (Mar 20) cut off several roads and downed power lines, causing power outages across large areas of Phuket.


Phuket Chinese tour group seized assets sell-off raises B200mn

PHUKET: The last of the assets seized by Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) from the now-defunct Phuket-based zero-baht Chinese tour operator Tranlee Travel Co Ltd went under the hammer yesterday (Mar 20), bringing the total raised to state coffers to more than B200 million.


Phuket's Soi Dog Foundation wins ?People?s Choice? at British Charity Film Awards

PHUKET: Soi Dog Foundation, the Phuket-based street dog and cat welfare organisation responsible for fighting the Asian dog meat trade, has won the ?People?s Choice? award at the inaugural British Charity Film Awards in London.


Phuket?s ?critical? traffic woes getting B71bn ?mega-project? fix: Transport Minister

PHUKET: Thailand?s Transport Minister Lt Gen Arkhom Termpittayapaisith today branded Phuket?s public transport problems as ?critical? and promised that B71 billion was being spent on resolving the island?s stifling traffic woes.


Reckless driving charges for Ukrainian woman involved in Phuket crash

PHUKET: The Ukrainian woman involved in a road accident last Thursday which saw the roof of the vehicle she was driving ripped off is to be charged with reckless driving police have confirmed today.


Phuket police dodge drunk-driving probe for flying Honda CRV

PHUKET: Police say they have yet to ascertain whether or not the driver or the occupants of a ?flying? Honda CRV sedan that came crashing down on a three-wheeled motorbike with box sidecar in Koh Kaew yesterday morning was drunk driving.


Phuket sea gypsy museum to be given B50mn new lease of life

PHUKET: Officials have confirmed that B50 million is to be spent on renovating the abandoned sea gypsy ?museum? and cultural centre on Koh Siray.


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Island-wide checkpoints, Thai boxer stuns, coral restoration || March 20

PHUKET XTRA - March 20 Thai boxer?s stunning title win, Phuket checkpoints across island, a foiled plot to kill PM? Cheaper bio-fuel production discovered, and coral restoration project off Phuket waters.


Phuket rain brings slew of motorbike accidents on wet roads

PHUKET: Police are urging motorists to be careful on the roads after sporadic showers across the island over the weekend led to a spate of minor motorcycle accidents, many involving tourists on hills to main tourist beach areas of Patong and Karon.


Three injured as car flips after Phuket staff party

PHUKET: Three men are in hospital, one of the men with serious injuries, after the car they were travelling mounted the curb and flipped on Thepkrasattri Rd early this morning.


Phuket Opinion: Avoiding grief in breaking Phuket's taxi mafia

PHUKET: The recent crackdown on ride-sharing apps Uber and GrabCar should be a welcome sign for customers and supporters of these services here in Phuket. There are countless international examples of such companies successfully disrupting the entrenched interests of existing taxi services and the growing pains that accompany the process.


Driven legal: Army backs Phuket campaign for commercial drivers to have correct licences

PHUKET: The Phuket Land of Transport Office (PLTO) with support from Royal Thai Army soldiers on the island have launched a campaign to ensure that drivers of all commercial passenger vehicles in Phuket, including ride-sharing cars, at least have the correct driving licences.


Phuket sea fans, poached by smugglers, restored at reef

PHUKET: A team of volunteer divers planted 250 sea fans at a reef off Koh Maiton, off the east coast of Phuket, today (Mar 18) as part of a coral-restoration campaign.


Phuket wildlife experts fear for future of slow loris as development bites

PHUKET: A slow loris found wandering into a resident?s house in central Phuket last night has been handed over to wildlife officials for care and protection.


Phuket at ITB Berlin brings hopes of more European tourists

PHUKET: The Phuket delegation has returned from ITB Berlin, the world?s largest travel and tourism trade expo, with expectations of more European tourists coming to Phuket and the surrounding Andaman coast.


Phuket Governor hears Ukraine embassy call for longer tourist stays

PHUKET: The First Secretary of the Ukrainian Embassy in Thailand, Dr Oleksandr Zub, yesterday during a meeting with Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan called for longer stays for Ukrainian visitors to Thailand as way to help boost income generated from tourism.


DMCR to prosecute Phuket tour company

PHUKET: The Department Of Marine And Coastal Resources (DMCR) yesterday (Mar 16) started the ball rolling for prosecuting a tour company whose guide was caught on camera allegedly breaking off pieces off coral and using it to smash a sea urchin while diving with a group of Chinese tourists on Wednesday (Mar 15).


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: BIS Phuket International Day, deadly "Safety Zones", ex-wife burning || March 17

PHUKET XTRA - March 17 Up to 3 killings allowed in Safety Zones, man who set ex-wife on fire still on the run, embezzlement scandal widens, British International School, Phuket International Day, and 10 Thai universities in Asias Top 300.


Phuket Lifeguards remind beach-goers to be wary of sea urchins

PHUKET: The Phuket Lifeguard Service has put out a call to warn tourists and beach-goers about the dangers of walking on reefs at low tide.


South Korean who attempted suicide at Phuket shooting range remains in serious condition

PHUKET: Police have confirmed that the 42-year-old South Korean man who shot himself in an attempted suicide at the Patong Shooting Range on Monday is still in a serious condition at Vachira Phuket Hospital but that it is believed he will make a full recovery from his injuries.


Ukrainian woman, 26, is serious condition following car crash in Phuket

PHUKET: Police are still making investigations into an accident in Kathu yesterday that has left a 26-year-old Ukrainian woman in a serious condition at Vachira Phuket Hospital.


Phuket hunt continues for man who set ex-wife on fire

PHUKET: Thalang Police are still searching for the man who set his ex-wife on fire at a kindergarten in central Phuket last month in order to press charges, even though the woman who was set ablaze has chosen not to seek legal action.


Phuket sea gypsies join mass beach cleanup

PHUKET: More than 150 local residents, including many sea gypsies, staged a mass beach cleanup at Laem Tukkae on Koh Siray, east of Phuket Town, this morning (Mar 16).


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Hospital robots, Thaksin's taxes, fatal cow crash || March 16

PHUKET XTRA - March 16 Men drive into cow, Bang Tao beach drama unfolds, Thai PBS controversy, Thaksin to pay 16 billion baht in taxes? and Hospital robots to pack pills.


Three men injured, two seriously, when minivan rear-ends Phuket garbage truck

PHUKET: Three Burmese rubbish collectors were injured in the early hours of this morning, two seriously, when a minivan rear-ended their rubbish truck on Sakdidet Rd in Wichit.


Three-metre king cobra caught in Phuket village

PHUKET: A king cobra measuring three metres and weighing around seven kilograms was captured at a house in Bang Tao yesterday evening.


Phuket ?Table for Two?: Army wants a date with MaAnn over beach restaurant

PHUKET: The Commander of the Royal Thai Army unit assigned to Phuket wants to meet MaAnn Samran, chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) to hear why a beach club restaurant has been allowed to place dining chairs and tables on the sand at Bang Tao Beach.


Phuket crash cow: One dead, passenger injured as motorbike slams into livestock

PHUKET: One Myanmar national is dead and another injured after the motorbike they were riding struck a cow on Phuket?s busy bypass road last night (Mar 15).