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Cambodia Crisis; Facebook founder ‘in Bangkok’; Tsunami Tourism Message Urged

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
UPDATE
Thongchai Permpoon, returns the camera to its Swedish owners

bangkokpost.com The government will send representatives to
negotiate with Cambodia after Cambodian soldiers arrested seven Thais,
including a Democrat MP and a yellow-shirt activist, Foreign Minister
Kasit Piromya said. Khun Kasit said the seven Thais travelled to
inspect the disputed border area and were apprehended by the Cambodian
military.
xinhua Thousands of passengers remain stranded in Moscow’s major
airports due to the icy rain that swept central Russia during the
weekend. Local media said that hundreds of flights have been canceled
and delayed as severe freezing rain caused serious power outages, with
some 20,000 people affected by the weather.

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A daily wrap of Thailand news, with a Phuket perspective, plus relevant reports from national and international media.

bangkokpost.com Tourism operators in southern provinces have
urged the government to stress to travellers that they should believe
in the tsunami warning system and not fortune tellers. Some travellers,
mainly Thais, have cancelled package tours to the Similans and other
nearby islands over the New Year because they fear a tsunami would hit
the region on December 30 as predicted. Yanyong Khopeth, a Tourism
Council of Thailand member, added: ”This message should be sent to our
major tourism markets such as the United Kingdom, Sweden and Germany.”

nationmultimedia.com Mark Zuckerberg, famous for founding the
Facebook networking website, was spotted chilling out with mates at a
Bangkok bar on Monday night. Zuckerberg came to Thailand to attend the
wedding of Chris Cox, a vice president of Facebook and a long-time
friend. Cox’s wedding to a Thai woman will take place at a restaurant
in the Sukhumvit area tonight.

Phuket Update Thongchai Permpoon, 39, has become the
latest tuk-tuk driver to be acclaimed for returning an expensive camera
to a Swedish couple staying in Kata who left it in the back of his
vehicle on a shopping trip to Phuket City on Christmas Day.

reuters.com Thailand forced 166 men, women and children back
into Burma Saturday even though they were fleeing fighting in their
villages, prompting a reprimand from the UN refugee agency. Fifty
women, 70 children and 46 men at Wa Lay site in Tak Province, were
ordered to leave, the UNHCR said in a statement.

rian.ru A Thai prosecutor’s office has dropped a child
molestation charge against acclaimed Russian pianist and conductor
Mikhail Pletnev, Pletnev’s lawyer said. The Russian musician, who
established the RNO in 1990, owns a small piece of property in Pattaya
and spends several weeks there each year.

todayonline.com The boat that capsized on Sunday – leaving four
Singaporeans dead and one missing – was inspected and declared
seaworthy only a month before the mishap. Before that, in May, the
22-year-old boat’s annual operating licence was renewed. It was set to
expire in June next year, according to the Mersing Port Department.

mtv.com Christmas Day was more than just a festive holiday for
Elton John, as he and his husband, David Furnish, welcomed their first
child, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John. The monumental occasion puts
the iconic singer into a league of fellow gay celebrities who have
ventured into the world of parenthood.

Press Association Neuroscientists are examining whether
political allegiances are hard-wired into people after finding evidence
that the brains of conservatives are a different shape to those of
left-wingers.

bbc.co.uk Scottish Labor have called on local licensing boards
to enforce the “tagging” of bottles of alcohol to help reduce under-age
drinking. Under the scheme, off licences are given a unique code to
mark bottles so they can be traced to a specific store.

xinhuanet.com The prices of most herbs used in traditional
Chinese medicine rose by 30 percent this year in Singapore. Local herbs
wholesalers contribute the price increase to the stronger Chinese
currency and herbus supply shortages, local English daily the Straits
Times reported.

Phuket Coming Events

December 29-January 1 Colorful Phuket Countdown 2011, Phuket City
December 30-January 1 2011 New Year Countdown, Patong
December 30-January 9 Phuket Red Cross Fair, Saphan Hin park, Phuket City

Phuket Coming Events 2011

January 6-9 Pimex boat show, Royal Phuket Marina
January 22 QSI International fun run day at Bang Wad Dam, Kathu
January 23 Great Phuket Rubber Duck Race Day, Laguna Phuket
February 9-13 The Bay Regatta – Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi
February 11 Phuket Chinese New Year Day
February 23-26 Phuket Gay Pride Festival, Patong
February Phuket International Blues and Rock Festival 2011
February 26-27 Phuket Spicy Soccer 7s, Phuket International Academy
March 14-19 ADFEST 2011 at Movenpick Resort, Phuket
March 27 Earth Hour commemoration on Phuket

Phuket Coming Events 2014

Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket

Phuket Scamster Tries ‘I’m the Governor’ Fraud
Latest Phuket authorities warn that an impersonator is trying to
scam local authorities and businesses by asking for funds for sport in
the name of Governor Tri Augkaradacha.
Phuket Scamster Tries ‘I’m the Governor’ Fraud

Phuket Newborn Found Crying in Jungle Bag
Latest A new born child on Phuket faces a New Year with his
identity unknown after a man heard a baby cry and on investigation
discovered a boy in a bag in the jungle.
Phuket Newborn Found Crying in Jungle Bag

FC Phuket Hits the Road for One Million Baht
Latest Still delighted at the thought of last weekend’s last
match and the prospect of Division One, FC Phuket fans are bound for
Bangkok and a million baht showdown with Buriram FC.
FC Phuket Hits the Road for One Million Baht

Phuket Land Ownership: ‘Keep It for Thais’ Call
Latest People on Phuket have been advised to make sure land is
not sold to companies where foreigners are in control. The Director of
the Phuket Land Office also says prices keep spiralling upwards.
Phuket Land Ownership: ‘Keep It for Thais’ Call

Phuket Nightspots Warned of Safety Needs
Latest A senior official in the Interior Ministry has warned
Phuket nightspots that safety regulations should be followed to prevent
a disaster destroying Phuket’s reputation.
Phuket Nightspots Warned of Safety Needs

Phuket’s Two 2011 Countdowns: Helmets and Headliners
Latest Midnight on New Year’s Eve will bring Phuket’s helmet
crackdown of 2011, the island’s police commander says. Two big NY
countdowns will compete for the largest audience.
Phuket’s Two 2011 Countdowns: Helmets and Headliners

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