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Phuket News
Southern Thai prison sealed off after more COVID cases found
NAKHON SRI THAMMARAT: The Correctional Institute for Young Offenders in Muang district of Nakhon Sri Thammarat province has been sealed off after 130 more COVID-19 infections were found among detainees, provincial governor Kraisorn Wisitwong said on Sunday (Sept 19)
Phuket drug bust nets over 1kg ya ice
PHUKET: Phuket Police have arrested four people in a series of raids that seized in total more than 1kg of crystal meth (ya ice) and 35,312 methamphetamine pills (ya bah).
Phuket officials mull easing domestic entry requirements
PHUKET: Phuket officials have tabled making further changes to the requirements for domestic visitors to enter the province in the hope of providing a means to boost the island’s flailing economy.
Government prepares to recruit Thais to address labour shortage
BANGKOK: The Thai government aims to promote employment for Thais in industries facing labour shortages and is preparing to recruit Thais to fill more than 400,000 jobs left vacant by migrant workers due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
DDC closes in on new dose target
BANGKOK: The Department of Disease Control (DDC) is aiming to complete its inoculation target of giving the first COVID-19 vaccine shot to at least 50% of the population by the end of next month. It also hopes to provide 1 million doses in just one day later this month.
Phuket Opinion: To those who care
PHUKET: Over the past year and still ongoing are many efforts by local people to help those in need. Many of those efforts have gone overlooked. They must be appreciated, and while the nation’s focus is on reopening tourism, those efforts are still much needed to help those suffering in the continuing economic crisis.
Phuket marks 242 new COVID cases
PHUKET: The latest Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID situation report has marked 242 new local infections confirmed across the island yesterday (Sept 18) bringing the total number of people recognised as infected with COVID-19 in Phuket since Apr 3 to 8,539.
Second COVID death from outbreak at Phuket Prison
PHUKET: Officials have confirmed that a second inmate who contracted COVID-19 while incarcerated at Phuket Provincial Prison has died from being infected with the virus.
Forest ranger killed in gaur attack in Khao Yai
PRACHIN BURI: A forest ranger was killed and another one injured in an attack by a wild gaur while they were patrolling in Khao Yai National Park on Friday (Sept 17).
Meth, gun seized in Phuket drug bust
PHUKET: Thalang Police arrested two suspects and seized 310 pills of methamphetamine (ya bah) and a gun with ammunition in Pa Khlok yesterday (Sept 17).
 
Thaiger
Meth busts yield 882,000 pills and 5.6kg of meth in Songkhla

2 drug busts over the last few days in Hat Yai and Bang Klam netted over three-quarters of a million methamphetamine pills and over 5 kilogrammes of crystal meth. Police in Songkhla had been conducting surveillance in order to uncover both suspected drug dealers before carrying out the raids that found 882,000 meth pills. On September 13, police arrested a 31 year old in Hat Yai who was in possession of 5.6 kilogrammes of crystal meth and an additional 282,000 meth pills. The police confiscated the drugs as well as a Honda car and 18 other articles that they took […]

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Coup anniversary marked by car mob with over 1000 vehicles

A massive car mob of protesters numbering well over 1,000 vehicles braved the heavy rain to call for the prime minister’s removal and to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the coup that began the trend of military control over Thailand. This latest in a continuous succession of protests against the current leaders of Thailand marks the anniversary of the coup on September 19, 2006, that knocked Thaksin Shinawatra out of power and was a precursor to the 2014 coup that brought PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to power. Redshirt activists drew parallels and connections between the two coups that happened 8 years […]

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Government speeds rollout with 152.9 million vaccines this year

A government spokesperson announced yesterday that between now and the end of October they intend to disperse 24 million Covid-19 vaccines as manufacturers are beginning to have more stock available for Thailand import. Thailand is now expected to receive total of 152.9 million vaccines by the end of this year to battle the Covid-19 pandemic, an amount that will cover 70% of the country’s population, 50 million people total. Moderna and Sinopharm are expected to deliver vaccine shipments in October, with Moderna’s Spikevax branded vaccines expected to be available for purchase at private hospitals soon. The Thai Red Cross Society […]

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Phuket domestic travel rules need streamlining, officials discuss

Officials in Phuket met yesterday to consider ideas about how to ease travel restrictions for domestic travellers in hopes of enabling domestic tourism to grow. With current harsh restrictions, mostly people with an imminent need to travel in and out of Phuket can jump through the hoops to access the island. Many business owners say they have seen little benefit from the international Phuket Sandbox plan and need travel restrictions eased (as well as nightlife reopened) The meeting took place at the Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday and was called specifically to look at the problem of how to allow domestic […]

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Nida Poll: PM Prayut shouldn’t take over PPRP or form new party

A new Nida Poll about the recent shakeups in the government with PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and 5 cabinet members defeating a vote of no confidence shows that only 16% of people believe that the Prime Minister should become the new leader of the Palang Pratharath Party, while many feel it’s time for him to move aside and make way for new leaders to emerge. The poll was conducted between September 13 and 16 with 1,317 respondents answering questions by phone. Those surveyed were over the age of 18 and located throughout the country and represented a range of all jobs […]

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Nakhon Si Thammarat prison sealed off as infections climb

A prison in Nakhon Si Thammarat that earlier in the week announced it had a Covid outbreak, has been sealed off after over 100 infections were discovered among inmates, says Governor Kraisorn Wisitwong. The Correctional Institute for Young Offenders, which, despite its name houses many prisoners over the age of 60, has announced that 130 more infections have been found. Currently, over half of the prison’s population, 1,325 out of 2,315 people, has tested positive for Covid. Kraisorn has ordered a field hospital to be built inside the prison to treat patients who have mild symptoms. None of the 61 […]

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Covid-19: Detailed info on vaccinations, hospitalisations, and provinces

Covid-19 numbers continue to slowly fall as today’s report from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration saw 117 deaths and 13,576 new infections in the past 24 hours. 131,095 people remain under medical supervision while 12,492 people have been released from medical care in the last 24 hours, bring the total recovered from the virus to 1,330,238. 395 of the infections were uncovered within Thailand’s prison system, where nearly 66,000 total Covid-19 cases have been found since April. Another 2,509 possible cases are pending after testing positive using less reliable antigen test kits, but they will not be counted in […]

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Lack of migrant workers forces government to appeal to Thais to fill vacant jobs

A shortage of migrant workers has driven the Thai government to appeal to Thais to do the jobs that have been left vacant. The Phuket News says there are over 400,000 jobs that need to be filled after migrant workers were unable to fill them due to Covid restrictions, which prevented them from entering Thailand. Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin says that many industries need labourers because migrant workers have been forbidden from entering Thailand to work, says the National News Bureau of Thailand. Migrant workers have been prohibited from coming into Thailand to work since March of last year. Suchart […]

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Songkhla motorcycle showroom catches on fire, no injuries reported

A motorcycle showroom, N.A. Minibike Company, caught on fire in the southern Thai province of Songkhla early this morning, around 7am. Police say no one was injured as a result of the fire. 7 fire trucks were sent from the Nakhon Hat Yai Municipality to tackle the fire at the N.A. Minibike Company on Supasan Rangsan road. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to put out the fire. 3 people who were stuck on the second floor of the building, the shop’s owner, his son and daughter, plus 4 dogs were rescued. The firefighters used ladders to get them out […]

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Covid-19 prison death yesterday the second this week in Phuket

Today’s Phuket Covid-19 updated reported one new death, and now details are emerging on it, the second death of an inmate in prison. Phuket Provincial Prison officials have confirmed that an inmate has died of a Covid-19 infection after an outbreak discovered 2 weeks ago. The death was a 24 year old man who had lived in Baan Bang Duk in Mai Khao before being incarcerated. He had been moved from the prison in Phuket to Thalang Hospital for treatment for Covid-19. Police were notified by staff of the hospital that the prisoner had died of the infection while under […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
14,109 new Covid cases, 122 more deaths
Thailand logged 14,109 new Covid cases and 122 more fatalities during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry said on Saturday morning.
Artist returns stolen finger
A finger bone of late national artist Thawan Duchanee, which was stolen seven years ago, has been returned to his son after a superstitious artist claimed that hanging the stolen relic by his easel boosted his painting talent.
Thai FDA waits for final results on tot jab
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now waiting for the results of the Phase 3 trial of the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine on young children before it approves the vaccine for use on children as young as three years old.
Tourism to reopen despite Covid, minister says
Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has confirmed Bangkok, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chiang Mai will begin implementing their tourism reopening plans on Oct 1 as planned.
Cabinet approves measures to lure long-term wealthy foreigners
The cabinet has approved measures to attract ‘high potential’ foreigners to stay in Thailand long term, with a five-year target of one million wealthy new residents.
Building passion for results is critical
Most leaders I speak with are now engaged in one or more types of transformation. Their business has changed, they are responding or getting ahead, but many are not seeing the expected transformation results. Why?
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Official arrested for pocketing B13m Covid money for disabled
An official in charge of finance at the Social Development and Human Security Ministry was arrested on Sunday for allegedly stealing 13 million baht earmarked for disabled people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Philippine boxer Pacquiao announces bid for presidency in 2022
Philippine boxer and Senator Manny Pacquiao has announced his candidacy for next year’s presidential elections, presenting a potential obstacle to President Rodrigo Duterte’s succession plans as the race for the top post takes shape.
Huge drug hauls in Songkhla, 2 arrested
SONGKHLA: Police seized a total of 882,000 methamphetamine pills and 5.6 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine in two separate actions in Hat Yai and Bang Klam districts last week, Provincial Police Region 9 commissioner Pol Lt Gen Ronnasin Pusara said at a press conference on Sunday. Two suspects were arrested.
Car mob rallies against tanks, troops and Prayut
Pro-democracy protesters wrapped Bangkok's Democracy Monument with a black sheet hung with pictures of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the climax of a "car mob" rally that started hours earlier at Asoke intersection.
Hong Kong opposition trade union group to disband
HONG KONG: A Hong Kong opposition trade union coalition, the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, said on Sunday it would disband, adding to several civil society organisations that have ceased operating in the financial hub this year.
Putin's party set to retain parliament majority after polls
MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin's party was set Sunday to retain a majority in parliament on the last day of three-day elections in which most Kremlin critics were barred from running.
Prison sealed off after more Covid cases found
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: The Correctional Institute for Young Offenders in Muang district of this southern province has been sealed off after 130 more Covid-19 infections were found among detainees, provincial governor Kraisorn Wisitwong said on Sunday.
Myanmar military convoy hit by roadside bomb near Yangon: junta
Myanmar anti-junta dissidents have carried out a bomb attack on security forces near Yangon, with several killed in an ensuing firefight, the military and media said.
Indonesian militant leader killed in shootout, police say
JAKARTA: Indonesian security forces have killed the leader of militant group East Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT), which has ties with Islamic State, police said on Sunday.
Former Malaysia PM Najib may seek re-election as MP despite conviction
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has not ruled out seeking re-election to parliament within the next two years, he told Reuters in an interview, undeterred by a corruption conviction that would block him from running.
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