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Christinas win Phuket Rugby 10s

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KARON: Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, from Dubai, beat The Jailers, from Rugby, England, 17-12 to win the 6th Phuket International Rugby 10s, held at Karon Municipal Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. The Cup final for the Clive Williamson Memorial Trophy on May 30 was a tribute to the top-quality rugby played throughout the tournament, with the “Christinas” lifting the cup in their second appearance in the Phuket 10s. The first couple of minutes of play saw both teams settling in with some clean rucks and probing runs. Determined to show their opposite numbers how to “clean out” a ruck and maintain possession, big forwards on both teams put in crunching tackles and strong charges up the center of the field. The Christinas found their way across the try line first after some quick passing and several phases of flowing rugby, finally scoring through Wayne Marsters on the right wing. Throughout the rest of the first half, The Jailers struggled to contain the Christinas’ star backs, borrowed from semi-final teams to make up the squad. Five minutes later, the Christinas’ Nnambi Ezulike found space down the right wing and sprinted down the sideline at a blistering pace to score the Christinas’ second try, which was converted for an extra two points. He was followed just two minutes later by Jean-Pierre O’Reilly, who scored after a fine solo run, breaking through The Jailers’ defense. The second half opened with breaking runs and well-placed kicks, resulting in creative and entertaining end-to-end rugby. The Jailers were eager to put points on the board and the Christinas were just as keen to increase their lead. Three minutes into the second half, quick passing saw the Christinas charge upfield only to lose possession with a fumble just yards from an open try line. The Jailers punished the mistake immediately with a strong run downfield ending with a pass to Scott Fitzgerald, who scored jubilantly between the posts and converted the kick for two more points. Now inspired, The Jailers played some brilliant rugby down the left flank and after five phases of play scored again through skipper Mathew Davis. The Christinas replied with more crunching tackles, only to have the compliment returned by Jailers’ forwards. The referee, ruthless all afternoon in penalizing any handling errors, added at least an extra four minutes to the second half for clock stoppages to allow players regain their feet and clear vision. The Jailers, now dominating all facets of play, went for a last charge for a try, only to run out of time. Final score: Christinas 17, Jailers 12. Earlier in the afternoon, the Melbourne Rams beat the Old Bill from Hong Kong by three tries to two to win the Plate final in another entertaining exhibition of individual skills and team play – and more crunching tackles right through to the final whistle. Crowd favorites in the Bowl final were the British Club Bangkok’s second-string team, BC Pinks, whose wholehearted play against the much bigger Pot Bellied Pigs from Hong Kong had the crowd on their feet cheering. The smaller Thai players did well not to be injured in the Pigs’ tough tackles, and proved convincingly that a clean pair of heels is mightier than mass by winning the match 26-0.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

The world's fastest growing tourist destinations | News by The Thaiger

Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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