Not since the death in 1995 of Her Royal Highness Sangwal Talapad, known affectionately to the Thai people as Somdeth Ya – the Royal Grandmother – has something so deeply affected the people of Thailand as the death earlier this year of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana. Born a commoner, the daughter of a […]
Chiang Mai might be Thailand’s second largest city but anyone who has visited the northern tourist destination would hardly describe it as having the liveliest nightlife in Thailand. The more popular nighttime entertainment venues pump out a predictable but somewhat boring blend of commercial hip hop and dated trance, while the plethora of medium sized […]
Pakistani receives life sentence for murdering Thai: Australian gets four years for killing American
Just two days after the Chiang Mai Provincial Court handed down a four year sentence to 61-year-old Australian William Thomas Douglas for the March 2008 murder of American tourist Gary Bruce Poretsky, Thailand’s Court of Appeal was affirming a life sentence for a Pakistani man convicted for murdering a Thai woman in 2006. Mohammad Arif […]
This story was updated at 23:25 April 19, 2011 Additional material in red text The family of an American tourist murdered in the popular Northern Thailand tourist destination of Chiang Mai have reacted angrily to Monday‚Äôs provincial court ruling that means his killer will serve less than three years in jail and called on Americans […]
A 61-year-old former Perth resident will serve just two years and nine months imprisonment for the murder of a 46-year-old Hawaii resident in the northern Thailand city of Chiang Mai after making a cash payment of Bt100,000 (US$2,955) to a woman who claimed to be the girlfriend of the victim in a trial that lasted […]
A 61-year-old Australian man has appeared in a preliminary hearing of the Chiang Mai Provincial Court over the shooting death in March of an Hawaiian tourist. William Thomas Douglas, formerly of the Western Australian suburb of Willetton, is charged with the murder of 46-year-old Gary Bruce Poretsky at the Keari restaurant on March 23rd. At […]
The three day Poi Sang Long ceremony in Mae Hong Son traces it’s origins back to Buddhist legend which tells the tale of Prince Rahula, the son of Buddha, who gave up his worldly possessions to follow his fathers teachings and who became the first novice Buddhist monk and youngest ordained monk 2,535 years ago. In the ceremony young boys first have their heads shaved by parents and family members before being bathed, anointed with herbal waters and then dressed to resemble princes from bygone eras.
William Thomas Douglas, a former resident of Willetton in Western Australia, surrendered to Thai police on Saturday one and a half hours after he is alleged to have shot and killed Hawaiian resident Gary Booth Poretsky in a Chiang Mai restaurant following an altercation. After the hearing Douglas said he had “no regrets” over killing the American, who was visiting Thailand on a two week trip to receive dental treatment in Bangkok where high quality dentistry is considerably less expensive than in the US or Europe.
A 60-year-old former Perth resident faces the death penalty in Thailand after he was arrested over the fatal killing of a 46-year-old Hawaii resident in the northern Thailand city of Chiang Mai over the weekend. William Thomas Douglas, who claims to be a Vietnam War veteran, handed himself in to Chiang Mai police one and a half hours after shooting dead 46-year-old American tourist Gary Booth Poretsky in an all-night Thai restaurant popular with local Chiang Mai citizens. Douglas said he disliked American’s and thought ‘they talk down to everyone and consider themselves better than everyone.
Women have been hardest hit by Asia’s economic crisis, according to the annual economic survey by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). It is estimated that women, who formed 90 per cent of the textiles and electronics industries, represent 80 per cent of the unskilled labourers who have been retrenched.