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Phuket Court dismisses sex case against PIA teacher

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PHUKET: ABC News reports that child sexual assault charges against a Tasmanian teacher working in Phuket have been dropped.

Andrew Clements, 51, was arrested in March for the alleged assault on a four-year-old boy.

The teacher strongly denied having committed the offence, alleged to have taken place while he was employed at the prestigious Phuket International Academy (PIA).

He had been dismissed from the school in December 2009, but the school told the Phuket Gazette on March 30 this year that there was “absolutely no connection between his dismissal from the school and the criminal charge which he now faces.”

When Mr Clements appeared in Phuket Provincial Court for a hearing on Monday (June 14), he was simply told that the charge against him had lapsed due to lack of evidence.

Yesterday, ABC News reported that Mr Clements had been inundated with calls from the media, and that he was no longer commenting because he was sick of the attention.

The Advocate newspaper in Australia had in March reported that Mr Clements was a former professional basketball player who represented his country, and that a former Tasmanian teammate had told the paper he was “shocked, just shocked, to hear the allegations.”

“There will be a lot of people in basketball that know Clemo that would be thinking that would not be true,” he said.

Phuket eco-complex now friendly

Property Report
Construction has finished on the new Häfele Design Centre in Phuket. With 16,000 square metres of space on five levels, the centre is promoting itself as the first “sustainable and European-infused alfresco lifestyle shopping village” in Phuket.

The building of the Häfele Design Centre was a collaboration between OIA (general planner, architects and interior designers), DCM (general contractor), Comcon (project management and quantity surveying services), Warnes (structural engineering) and EEC Lincolne Scott (mechanical and electrical engineering, lighting design).

Häfele is the ‘marquee tenant’, with other retailers oriented towards home and interior design, property, and construction.

The building, already a landmark on Phuket’s bypass road, features a 4,200 square metre “floating” roof which provides shade and – when heated from the sun – spurs airflow, reducing the need for air conditioning usage.

The official grand opening date is tentatively scheduled for October or November.

Thais surprise the world

The Korea Herald
Thailand‘s economy surprised economists and policymakers by growing 12 percent year on year in the first quarter of 2010. It was the nation’s highest growth rate in 15 years and one of the worlds’ fastest rates registered to date this year.

Exports were particularly brisk due to continued recovery of Thailand‘s major trading partners, including China, the ASEAN countries and the United States,” Thai finance minister Korn Chatikavanij said.

However, he said the recent political unrest that started in March has considerably weakened the strong growth momentum. He estimated the second quarter growth rate to come in at 6 percent year-on-year, still high when compared with most countries around the world.

Thai downgrade for human trafficking

Business Week
Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam all regressed last year in their efforts to battle trafficking of men, women and children for labor or commercial sex, according to the U.S. State Department.

The department’s 10th annual report grades 175 nations on their efforts to fight this modern form of slavery. The U.S. is listed for the first time, placed among those countries that are doing their best to comply with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the American law against human trade.

Thailand “has expressed its disappointment” with the report, foreign ministry spokesman Thani Thongphakdi said by telephone. “We believe that the report did not give due recognition to Thailand’s efforts to address the trafficking problem,” he said.

— Gazette Editors

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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain

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The Thailand Meteorological Department issued a weather warning for southern Thailand with torrential rain forecast to hit the region throughout the weekend. The heavy monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand and south of the country is being blamed for the rough weather, with the TMD predicting flash flooding in many areas.

(Phuket, Hat Yai and Hua Hin’s forecast below)

“Waves are expected to reach 2 metres in height in the lower Gulf of Thailand and possibly higher at the height of the storm. Ships are advised to proceed with caution.”

For the north and northeast of Thailand, the TMD forecasts strong winds and cooler mornings as the arrival of the “winter” season, coupled with a moderate high-pressure system, causes temperatures to dip.

Hua Hin’s five day forecast

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Phuket’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

Hat Yai’s five day forecast

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SOURCE: The Nation | weather.com

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

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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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