Thứ Hai, 2 tháng 6, 2014

Van Crash Kills 13; No Retreat from Democracy; Phuket Tourist Misplaced ... British police searching for Madeleine McCann have sealed off part of the resort in Portugal where she disappeared in April 2007 at the age of three as they prepare to start digging today. An overloaded passenger van hit a trailer truck in Chaiyaphum’s Kaeng Khro district, killing 13 people on board and injuring another four on Monday morning. Leaders of Thailand’s Red Shirt movement will this month create an organisation on foreign soil but will steer clear of Cambodia, according to Jakrapob Penkair, an exiled founding member of the group. Mr Jakrapob said that talks are now taking place with officials from a number of Western countries. At least 40 people have reportedly been killed in a bombing at a football pitch in northeast Nigeria.

PHUKET: The daily wrap of Thailand news, with a Phuket perspective, plus relevant reports from national and international media. Beware of inconsistent imitations. Thailand is not retreating from democracy and seeks understanding from its economic and strategic partners while the country undergoes political reforms, a top Thai official said. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Thailand’s permanent secretary for foreign affairs, was responding to criticism by US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel who noted Thailand’s ”retreat from democracy” and announced that the Pentagon was suspending military assistance and engagements with Thailand. About 100 protesters shrugged off a military warning about anti-coup rallies and gathered inside and outside Terminal 21 mall in the Asoke area of Bangkok. Security forces arrested a 60-year-old woman at the Ratchapasong intersection who wore a mask to show her disapproval of the coup. As police arrested her, she shouted ”help me” and said she did nothing wrong. In Chiang Mai, numerous small protests popped up.

reuters On May 19, there were around 28,000 inbound bookings for Thailand a day, according to sample figures from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). But on May 23, the daily tally was 5000 cancellations. After six months of political drama and negative economic reports, the recent bulletin about rice farmers being paid for their pledged rice was a rare bit of good news. Smiles from poor rice farmers gave many in the nation a momentary respite from a torrent of woe. According to a British newspaper, the man who ploughed down two British cyclists, Peter Root and Mary Thompson, and killed them both after they had cycled through 23 countries has been given a 1000 baht fine and two years probation. Vorawong Sangkawat, 25. accidentally killed the couple in February 2013 when he lost control of his truck in Chachoengsao Province. The couple, both 34, had spent 18 months cycling around the world before they were killed in Thailand.

Phuket Update Swedish tourist Karl Berglund, 67, reportedly approached Region 8 police volunteers while they were patrolling in Patong on Friday to say he had misplaced the resort where he had booked in before taking a walk. He was accommodated that night in a guesthouse and Mr Berglund was reunited with his resort the following day. Peter Sunde, founder of file sharing site Pirate Bay, has been arrested following two years on the run after being sentenced to a prison term and fined several million dollars for copyright violations.

afp Flights resumed over northern Australia as major ash plumes cleared from an Indonesian volcanic eruption that stranded thousands of passengers. Australian journalist Peter Greste and his two al-Jazeera colleagues remain behind bars after an Egyptian judge again denied bail at their trial on charges of conspiring with the banned Muslim Brotherhood to damage Egypt’s reputation. They are now entering their sixth month of incarceration. About 3000 people in Hong Kong braved the hottest day of the year so far and rival protesters on a march to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. There have been at least 500 reports of abuse by ex-BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, research has found. Most of the alleged victims were between the ages of 13 and 15, but the youngest was two. Today everything is done by computer and everything is linked online. We could theoretically work at home or on a Phuket beach by logging on to the office system online and submitting our stories. Mary Soames, the last surviving child of British World War II leader Winston Churchill, has died. She was 91. The mystery of how a Malaysia Airlines plane flew into oblivion and the challenge of finding new ways to track aircraft hangs over the annual conference of airlines that opened in Doha. In an unexpected response, Lieutenant-General Wang Guanzhong, deputy chief the General Staff of the People’s Liberation Army, accused Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel of ”coordinating” and ”supporting” each other in their comments targeted at China at a Singapore conference. All available resources are being used in the search for missing British man Gareth Huntley, the Malaysian government has insisted. Mr Huntley, 34, has not been seen since going trekking on Tioman Island on Tuesday. With the 2014 Fifa World Cup starting next week in Brazil, experts fear the country is about to become swamped by a tidal wave of internet betting. Football betting has increased at an alarming rate since it was introduced to Thailand at the end of the last century, and punters are getting younger.

aap World No.1 Adam Scott was left to ponder a costly double bogey and some rotten luck as Japanese young gun Hideki Matsuyama claimed his first US PGA tour victory in the Memorial. Matsuyama, 22, became the youngest winner of the Jack Nicklaus-hosted tournament when he beat American Kevin Na in a play-off with a par at the first extra hole at Muirfield Village. Latvian Ernests Gulbis has condemned Roger Federer to his worst French Open defeat in a decade as Novak Djokovic remained calmly on course for a maiden Roland Garros title. Federer, 32, suffered his earliest loss in Paris since 2004. The question is no longer whether Qatar should host the World Cup; it is whether Fifa should be allowed to survive in its present form.

afp Qatar’s 2022 football World Cup organisers vehemently denied any wrong-doing after a British newspaper alleged a top official paid more than $5 million to secure support in the bidding process. Real Madrid midfielder Gareth Bale wooed hundreds of Indonesian fans on Sunday in a personal promotional tour of Jakarta on the back of his team’s Champions League glory.

afp A Brazilian court has sentenced football legend Pele’s son Edinho to 33 years in prison for laundering money for drug traffickers, media reports said.

July 11 Arsanha Bucha Day

July 16-20 Phuket Race Week yachting, Cape Panwa

August 12 Queen’s Birthday

September 24-October 2 Vegetarian Festival, Phuket

October 23 Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

November 6 Loy Kratong

November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket

December 5 King’s Birthday

December 10 Constitution Day

December 25 Christmas Day

December 26 10th Anniversary, 2004 Tsunami

December 31 New Year’s Eve

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