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Korean classical musicians to perform free Phuket concert for refugee children

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PHUKET: An ensemble of 10 top-flight classical musicians accompanied by 100 students will perform in concert in Phuket free of charge tonight (July 23) to raise funds for Myanmar refugee children living near the border town of Sangkhlaburi, in Kanchanaburi province.

The two-hour concert, to be held at the Andaman Embrace Resort & Spa on Haad Patong Road (map here), will begin at 6pm.

The ensemble of Korean musicians operates under an organization called Concert World and travels abroad to perform charity concerts twice a year, explained Sangsoo “John” Han, Regional Director of World Share Thailand.

“The Concert World benefit performances have been taking place for 13 years now, and this concert is being organized by World Share,” he added.

Most of the refugee families make broomsticks for a living, earning about 1,000 baht per family per month. There are no sewers and 60 per cent of households in the village do not have toilets.

Around 50,000 refugees live in the jungle close to the Myanmar border. The refugees are restricted to the area, with no electricity or running water in their homes.

To alleviate the conditions the refugees are living in, World Share is raising funds to provide a dormitory, nourishing food and medical services, and to support a border school.

The United Nations refugee villages in the area will no longer receive support from December next year, and the dormitories the refugee children currently stay in while receiving what education is available are already deteriorated and in the process of moving to a pay-for system.

“We would like to provide a dormitory for students around the ages of 10-15 and to help them to enter university or to become a working members of society,” World Share says.

In order to do that, World Share will provide accommodation, meals, pocket money, uniforms, textbooks, education and scholarships, if the children are accepted to a university.

Among the medical services to be provided is care for 15-year-old Suri, who was born with webbed fingers and toes and a fused spine, which prevents her from moving her arms and legs. She can’t chew properly, so her food needs to be chewed or otherwise ground down for her.

Suri’s mother passed away eight months after giving birth to her younger sister, so her father is homebound to take care of her and cannot work outside.

World Share’s support for medical services for Suri started on May 6, after staff received a letter from Sangkhlaburi Hospital.

World Share asked the cost and availability of surgery for the girl, and on June 24, through the help of the Sangkhlaburi District Office, Suri and her father travelled to Sirirat Hospital in Bangkok for an expert’s medical opinion.

A second checkup will take place on September 4 and an operation is scheduled for September 27. According to doctors, Suri will be able to hold things after surgery. She will even be able to walk and use her arms after physical therapy.

“However, the operation on her spine is impossible,” the report said.

Fund-raising for Suri is already underway, and will continue, said Mr Han.

“We need to cover the cost of the operation, physical rehabilitation and living expenses,” he explained.

The concert tonight is free, but donations are welcome at the event.

For more information, contact Natthakarn “Chompue” Chanmatakulvat on 084-545 7402, or send mail to wschomp@gmail.com

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

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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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