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Favorite teams drop like flies in Phuket Thailand Open volleyball tourney

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KARON, PHUKET: After the posting of the seeds for this week’s SWATCH FIVB World Tour event in Karon, pundits figured that the gold medal participants at last week’s international stop in China would face each other in the third-round of the US$190,000 Phuket Thailand Open.

Instead, only one of the final two teams advanced as expected, as Switzerland’s Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkehr were upset in the second-round yesterday afternoon by 24th-seeded Ying Huang and Xi Zhang of China (21-11, 11-21, 20-18) in 50 minutes.

Top-seeded defending champions Jen Kessy-Boss and April Ross of the US advanced as expected. They will play the 17-year old Huang and Zhang in an opening winner’s bracket match today.

It is the third meeting between the two sides on the tour, with the Americans winning the previous two.

The undefeated Americans advanced to today’s play with a convincing two-set win over 16th-seeded Marie-Andree Lessard and Annie Martin of Canada.

The Phuket Thailand Open is the last of 16 women’s events on the tour calendar.

Six other undefeated teams advanced to today’s competition, led by two teams from both The Netherlands and Russia along with pairs from Spain and the United States.

The Dutch duos of fourth-seeded Sanne Keizer and Marleen Van Iersel and the qualifying pair of 12th-seeded Danielle Remmers and Sophie van Gestel were scheduled to play the opening match today, with the winner advancing to the quarter-finals against either Kessy/Ross or Huang/Zhang.

The Russian pairs are 22nd-seeded Maria Bratkova/Evgenia Ukolova and 23rd-seeded qualifier Ekaterina Khomyakova/Anastasia Vasina.

Other teams with 2-0 records are second-seeded Angie Akers/Tyra Turner of the United States and 30th-seeded qualifiers Elsa Baquerizo/Liliana Fernandez Steiner of Spain.

With ninth-place guaranteed, Elsa and Liliana will post their best tour finish together to better a 13th place finish in Poland earlier this year.

With the Spaniards playing Bratkova and Ukolova for the first time on the tour, Khomyakova and Vasina will also be challenging Akers and Turner for the first time.

Turner claimed a 2008 Phuket Thailand Open silver medal with Nicole Branagh after losing the finale to Kessy-Boss and Ross.

Sixteen other teams remain in the double-elimination competition with one defeat each.

The main draw continues through Sunday, with the semi-finals being played Saturday afternoon followed by the medal matches the next day. The winning team will split the US$30,000 (1,050,000 baht) first-place prize.

The Phuket Gazette is once again proud to sponsor this world-class event.

For the most up-to-date results and live scoring click here and here.

— SWATCH FIVB World Tour press release

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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