Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Thursday 9th August 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Thursday 9th August 2012PHUKET
The Nation – DNP speeding up checks on land encroachment
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has given a deadline for officials to finish within 30 days their checks on forest encroachment in the national park area of Phuket province.

Bangkok Post – No red shirts allowed
The Criminal Court hints that few red-shirt leaders are likely to have bail revoked, but has barred supporters of the accused men from the court compound during Thursday’s bail hearing – and put up barriers and tapes to enforce the order. – Their Majesties to help improve livelihoods of far South residents
Their Majesties the King and Queen have been concerned about people in all troubled areas across the country, including the violence-plagued southernmost region, and as a result the royally-sponsored Chaipattana Foundation has been asked to create more jobs to improve the livelihoods of residents in the region, according to its head.

The Nation – Fines more effective than jail: TDRI
Fines, not jail terms, are a more effective deterrent against repeat crimes, an official from the Thailand Development Research Institute told a seminar yesterday.

Bangkok Post – Rice fight
The economy czar and the Democrats’ former economy minister went head to head over the rice price scheme, in a political battle certain to continue.

The Nation – DSI asked to speed up investigation into 91 deaths during 2010 riots
Department of Special Investiga-tion (DSI) director-general Tharit Pengdit yesterday called a meeting to speed up inquiries into the deaths of 91 people during the 2010 political riots.

Bangkok Post – Boxer Kaew secures Olympic medal
Kaew Pongprayoon assured himself of a place on the Olympic boxing podium and a shot at fighting for gold.

ASIA – Gu Kailai’s murder trial beginsGu Kaila
The wife of Chinese politician Bo Xilai goes on trial charged with murdering a British businessman, a scandal that has rocked the country’s political system. – China inflation at a 30-month low
China’s inflation dips to a 30-month low in July, giving policymakers a bigger cushion to boost stimulus measures to spur economic growth. – More deaths in Philippine floods
Nineteen people are now known to have died in severe floods in the Philippines, as officials warn heavy rain will continue to fall. – Samsung checks child labour claim
Electronics maker Samsung is sending a team to check on allegations that one of its Chinese suppliers employs underage workers. – India bus accident kills 31
At least 31 people have been killed and more than 30 others injured after a bus fell into a gorge in India’s north-eastern state of Meghalaya.

UK – Games ‘must change school sport’
David Cameron says there needs to be “a big cultural change” towards sport in schools if Britain is to capitalise on Team GB’s best Olympics gold medal haul since 1908. – Interpreter checks ‘non-existent’
Interpreters from a private firm have been working in courts in England and Wales without criminal record checks, the BBC is told. – University tuition fees ‘affecting applications’ says panel
The rise in university tuition fees in England is having an impact on applications, an expert panel has said. – Effort set to track air pollution
The largest and most comprehensive effort to research air pollution in Britain is underway in London and the skies above it. –  Hoskins retires on Parkinson’s diagnosis
British actor Bob Hoskins is retiring from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

AFRICA – Egypt officials sacked over Sinai
Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi sacks the country’s intelligence chief and the governor of North Sinai, just days after an attack by militants that killed 16 border guards.

EUROPE – France to ‘return to recession’
France’s economy will fall back into recession this quarter, the country’s central bank predicts. – ‘Some euro members could leave’
Some eurozone members may have to leave the bloc as the debt crisis goes on, according to Otmar Issing, one of the euro’s architects. – Sect ‘kept children underground’
Members of a Muslim sect in the Russian region of Tatarstan are charged with cruelty against children after allegedly keeping them in catacombs for years at a time.

MID-EAST – Battle rages in key Syrian city
Fierce fighting is taking place in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, with government forces and rebels both claiming advances in a key district.

US – July hottest US month on record
July 2012 has broken the old record set in 1936 during the Dust Bowl era to become the hottest month ever in the US, scientists say. – California debt ‘like Greece,’ says Romney
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took a potshot at California’s bedraggled economy, comparing it to the crisis in Greece. –  Naked, drunk country star Travis arrested
US country singer Randy Travis has been charged with drink driving and threatening police after being found naked and combative when he crashed his car.

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