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Irish teen pleads for justice over alleged Phuket corruption, death threats, kidnapping

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PHUKET: A video posted on the Facebook page “Justice for Jessie” has gone viral as 15-year-old Irish girl Jessie Vard pleads for justice for her family, who have allegedly suffered from years of police corruption, death threats, property fraud and kidnapping.

Jessie posted the video denouncing the Thai police and justice system ahead of her 61-year-old father, Colin Vard, appearing in front of press in Bangkok on February 12, asking for justice in a more than 64-million-baht property fraud case dating back to 2009.

“Thai people should know about Phuket [and] what happens there. [There is] so much corruption. Nobody can control the corruption. I think nobody wants to control the corruption,” Jessie says in Thai. “We lost our home and my father [lost] his business due to corruption. Now, we have no money and nowhere to live. [We are] scared to go out. We have spent five years running from evil.”

Jessie goes on to say that corruption has infiltrated many institutions and people in Thailand, including the police, lawyers, land officers and banks, echoing her father’s statement on the 12th.

“They all work together, the poor and innocent must lose,” she said. “My father nearly lost his life too. Many times people tried to kill him because he fights the corruption.”

Jessie alleges the Mr Vard recently came to Phuket to follow up on a tip-off that he received about a police report he filed having been changed, and evidence he provided having been removed. However, she says that he was threatened and chased off the island.

“I ask, is there any law or justice in Thailand? I carry this pain all my life. All our human rights have been taken from us,” Jessie says.

She then goes on to recount an incident about five years ago when men arrived at their home in Phuket and threatened to kill Mr Vard, and attempted to kidnap her and her brother. She claims that the local police failed to take appropriate action.

“My dad has spent five years trying to make [a] police report. Does my father have to die for us to get justice?” she asks.

“I ask all good and honest people to share my video and let the world see the good in Thai people, not just the bad. We need your support and help. Please share my page. Thank you.”

Journalist Andrew Drummond, who recently left Thailand for fear of his and his family’s safety, documented Mr Vard’s case in 2011.

“Two children of an Irish businessman [Mr Vard] were thrown into a well while his housekeeper, working with ‘organised criminals’, set about to defraud him of his mansion and six other houses on the Thai island of Phuket, it was claimed today,” Mr Drummond reported on May 1, 2011 (story here).

“We have been advised by the police to move location every three days. I have been told to change my phones and SIM cards and not to contact anyone who could be remotely connected with this,” Mr Vard told Mr Drummond. “I am virtually penniless. But what I cannot ever come to terms with is what happened to my children. They have nightmares every night and wake up screaming. They are reliving what happened to them in the well.”

At the press conference on February 12, Mr Vard handed Lt Gen Prawut Thavonsiri, a national police spokesman, the documents backing his case of the alleged fraud.

Gen Prawut promised to investigate the more than five-year-old case as soon as possible, the Thai news portal ‘Manager Online’* reported.

Jessie’s video, posted on February 3, has almost 50,000 views, as it suddenly started going viral yesterday.

* Correction: The report originally cited the MailOnline. The error is regretted.

— Voratuss Intasee



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Power outage hits parts of Thalang

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Electricity was shut off in Thalang today. The The Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) announced the outage.

Residents of Thalang have had to endure blackouts from 9am to 4.30pm today as the PEA continues its work on high power voltage systems in the area.

Areas being affected are from Makprok PTT Gas Station to Baan Mueang Mai Intersection and from Baan Mueang Mai Intersection to Mud Dok Khao Intersection on Thepkrasattri Road.

As always, the PEA apologises for the inconvenience. (Maybe we can sit in the PEA and enjoy their air-conditioning)

For more information contact the Operations and Maintenance Department of the Provincial Electricity Authority on 076 386 880 – 2

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Hot weather and Thailand’s boom-or-bust water issues (floods in wet season and water shortages in the hot season) are a part of our life. And it’s predicted that there will be hotter hot seasons and wetter wet-seasons in the future. Even if we’re not sure what the future brings we should all be conscious of our water usage, be more self-sufficient and empower ourselves to do something positive to protect Thailand’s precious water reserves.

Here are a few ideas that may help you become more water-wise…

• Shower with a bucket. Don’t let all that water pour down the drain and stick a bucket next to you whilst you shower. The plants will be grateful for an extra drink on hot days and save you using the hose sometimes. Whilst you’re at it, cut your 5 minute shower down to three minutes. Really, you can sing somewhere else! And, really, do we absolutely have to have four showers a day? No. A fresh spray of the deodorant and a fresh shirt will be perfectly OK during water shortages. For couples, well, shower together!

• Leave the water running whilst brushing your teeth? Try turning it off until you want to rinse out your mouth. All that useable water flowing down the basic drain whilst you’re brushing isn’t making your teeth any whiter! Same when you’re washing your hands or washing your hair. Turn off the tap whilst you’re doing all the scrubbing. These little habits could end up saving tens of litres every time you do these common tasks.

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• Boiling pasta? Rice? Eggs? Once the left-over water has cooled use it to water your indoor or outdoor plants. Just make sure the water has cooled first!

• Washing the car at a car wash is more efficient than doing it yourself at home. Car wash businesses recycle a lot of their water. Even better, drive around with a dirty car now and then – it’s not hurting you or the car and will save water by delaying your car wash.

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• Lawns use lots of water and daily watering during the hot season can soak up hundreds of litres of valuable. Letting your lawn go brown, be assured it will come back in the wet season. And long-term, landscape accordingly with water wise ground covers, succulents, and other plants that thrive in drought conditions. Lawns may be a luxury we can’t afford in these water-conscious times.

• Only run the dishwasher when it’s full. Even better wash the dishes by hand. Dishwashing machines are notable water wasters. Grab you partner or a friend and have a chat or a laugh for the five minutes it will take you to wash the dishes by hand. You could save up to 50-100 litres of water! And fill up the sink once and do all the washing together without leaving the water running all the time.

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• Whilst it hasn’t been a worry in the past, our useable potable water supplies around Thailand are becoming an issue that won’t be fixed immediately. Consider installing a simple rain catchment system. They can be cheap or expensive and should be considered if you’re building a new house as an integral part of the design. Your roof is an amazing water-catcher. Use it.

• Flush the toilet less often and with less water. Most modern toilets have a half-flush option and there are other tricks to reducing the re-fill in your toilet’s cistern – putting a brick into your cistern is one way (gently!).

• Water the plants early in the morning. You’ll need less water, since cooler morning temperatures mean less evaporation. It’s not a great idea to water in the evenings, since this can promote mould growth in the humid Thai weather and hot evenings. And you really don’t need to water the driveway. It’s not growing. No one is going to walk past your house and compliment you on your sparkling clean drive-way.

• The dog WILL survive without being washed every day, or week. Indeed our dogs used to survive perfectly well without being washed at all. If the family pooch does need a wash try and use some of the water you saved from the bucket in the shower and be careful not to leave the hose on whilst rubbing in the shampoo. As for the cat, it is genetically programmed to clean itself better than you could ever hope to. Leave the cat alone – it DOES NOT need to be washed.

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Mystery luxury house found under construction overlooking Bang Wad Dam in Kathu

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A luxury house, under construction, has been found on the Nark Herd Hills overlooking Bang Wad Dam in Kathu.

The issue came to light after aerial photos of the house went viral in local social media. Yesterday officials paid a visit to the new house.

A man name Taweep Phonputchai from Bangkok, a representative of the land owner, met with officials and presented the land title deed to officers. The land covers an area of about 10 rai.

The land used to be rubber plantation. Officials have checked and found that the land has a legal land tittle deed but are continuing their investigation into the new residence.

Meanwhile, look how low the dam is!

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