PHUKET: The daily wrap of Thailand news, with a Phuket perspective, plus relevant reports from national and international media. Beware of inconsistent imitations. Airports of Thailand Plc announced a corporate restructuring geared towards coping with a tougher operating environment and future challenges presented by the Asean Economic Community. The most visible change is the creation of two high-ranking positions: senior executive vice-president for strategy and senior executive vice-president for aerodrome standards. TV presenter Rolf Harris has been charged with nine counts of indecent assault and four of making indecent images of children, British police have said. Laguna Phuket has launched a new master planned residential development adjacent to the destination resort. Called Laguna Park the project is aimed at upper midscale buyers and offers villas and townhomes. Barack Obama could take military action against Syria without British support, senior Obama administration officials said. British PM David Cameron was forced to abandon plans for a military strike following defeat in a parliamentary vote on the issue. Rubber farmers in central, north and northeast provinces have accepted a government subsidy offer and called off plans for major action next week – with southern farmers still blocking the highway and railroad, but wavering over whether to accept the deal. Ladda Tammy Duckworth, the first US congresswoman of Thai descent, promised yesterday that she would do her best to establish closer ties between Thailand the US. Duckworth lost both her legs when the Black Hawk helicopter she was piloting got hit by an RPG in 2004 in Iraq. Editorial: These [Rohingya] escapes cannot happen without help from corrupt officials and the human traffickers could not be happier. Allow local Muslim communities to provide temporary shelter and care for the Rohingya boat people.

mcot Sixteen Vietnamese and 23 Cambodians were arrested when Thai authorities seized nine Vietnamese trawlers at a pier in Rayong. A second German tourist has died following a drinking session in Indonesia – more than a week after his brother also died. But despite suggestions their booze could have been toxic bootleg, local police say they will not investigate. A 53-year old English tourist, Mark Anthony Strickleton, was stabbed in the neck as he was walking back to his hotel from Pattaya’s famous walking street. The assailant was later arrested.

dpa Singapore was urged to end the use of judicial corporal punishment after a security guard was sentenced to three months in jail and three strokes of the cane for spray-painting the word ”Democracy” on a war memorial. Foreigners who wish to visit Burma can now enter the country through three border crossings on the Thai-Burmese border, according to a report by The Bangkok Post. Previously, the only legal points of entry for visitors intending to travel in Burma were the international airports in Rangoon, Mandalay and Naypyidaw. We came by boat: How refugees changed Australian business. Huy Truong, who came to Australia as a boat person at age seven, says the country should ”do our best to embrace, settle, integrate and provide … a safe environment” to today’s asylum seekers.

afp A British grandmother sentenced to death for trafficking drugs worth $2.4 million into Bali is a step closer to the firing squad after Indonesia’s top court rejected her appeal. Lindsay Sandiford now only has two more chances to avoid execution, a judicial review of the top court’s decision or a presidential pardon.

aap Comedian Adam Hills says coverage of the Australian election in the UK has reinforced the British view that most Australians are ”hopeless hicks”. Facing a squished budget, the town hosting Spain’s annual tomato-throwing festival, La Tomatina, is charging a fee for the first time and Australians are apparently happy to pay to indulge in the world’s biggest food fight. Serena Williams took another emphatic step in defence of her US Open title by crushing Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan 6-3 6-0 to reach the third round of the year’s final Grand Slam.

aap Aaron Finch blasted the highest ever individual score in a Twenty20 international to power Australia to a drought-breaking 39-run win over England. Opener Finch smashed a remarkable 156 off 63 balls as Australia earned their first win in any international cricket format in more than 200 days.

August 30 Evening Hungry Ghost festival parade

August 31 Phuket FC v Ayuthaya FC

September 6 Phuket tourism pioneer Wichit Na Ranong at Amcham, Indigo Pearl

September 13 IBAP at A2, Bypass Road. Female Entrepreneurship in Thailand. Ms. Ulrike Guelich, Lecturer and Researcher at the School of Entrepreneurship and Management, Bangkok University, Bangkok.

October 5-13 Phuket Vegetarian Festival

October 12 Phuket Soi Dogs Foundation 10th anniversary party, Andara

October 23 Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

October 29-November 3 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, Karon

November 17 Loy Kratong Day

November 24-December 1 Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest. Laguna Phuket

December 5 HM The King’s birthday

January 9-12 Phuket International Boat Show, Royal Phuket Marina

November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket