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PHUKET: Saturday’s “southern derby” at Surakul Stadium lived up to expectations for an exciting match, but failed to produce any goals for FC Phuket and regional rivals Songkhla FC.

The game was originally scheduled for March, and with the fixture filled Phuket and Songkhla are now up to date for league games played.

Each of the 18 teams in League Division One have played 17 of the 34 allotted matches.
News of Phuket signing French goalkeeper Jonathan Matijas, the imminent return of Diarra Ali and the club being in talks with another French player may have been the catalyst for the home side’s urgent first-half play.

Phuket were certainly the stronger team during the opening 45 minutes, but were unable to capitalize on several opportunities.

Watcharapong Jun-ngam missed a great chance to put Phuket ahead early in the second half. His efforts only stirring Songkhla to life.

Likewise, Voravet Januthai’s 30-yard free kick in the 55th minute nearly found the target, but the ball instead rebounded off the post into space.

Phuket goalkeeper Leuchar Juntawong, aware that his hold on the number one jersey is in jeopardy, made several nervous saves, but managed a second clean sheet in as many games.

Songkhla remain in fourth place and know that dropping two points away against Phuket has put a small dent in their promotion hopes.

“I have to admit that FC Phuket is a good team, but our boys lost focus in the first half of the match. They recovered in the second half and I am satisfied with this draw,” said Songkhla Coach Worawut Srimaka.

Phuket have shown the ability to score goals and have shored up a previously leaky defense in their past five results

The Southern Sea Kirin now need to bring these two facets together when they face current league joint leaders Big Bang Chulalongkorn University (BBCU) in round two of the Toyota League Cup.

On Wednesday night both teams will hope to keep their Toyota cup dreams alive, squaring up at Surakul Stadium for the second time this year.

Their previous encounter on March 13 ended in a goalless draw which saw BBCU alone in pole position, while Phuket were beginning their climb up the table in sixth place.

BBCU is coached by Thai football icon Kitiasak “Zico” Senamuang. He has been capped 130 times for Thailand and scored 63 international goals.

Kickoff is at 6pm.

— Neil Quail

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Re-opening Thailand to tourism will be vaccine dependent

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Bill Barnett from c9hotelworks.com continues to follow the difficult journey of the Thai hospitality industry. Traditionally, now would be the start of the country’s highly profitable high season for the tourism industry. But not this year. Thai hotels find themselves in the middle of an existential crisis – either still closed, only partly open, or one of the few converted to limited ASQ traffic. The situation is dire, when you consider that between 15-20% of Thailand’s GDP is linked to tourism.

In a speech this week Thailand’s Prime Minster Prayut Chan-o-cha spoke clearly that only when a vaccine is approved, produced, and implemented, would the country open to substantial tourism. Given the current timelines and forecasts, this may not be likely until mid-2021 at the earliest, though subject to advancement if the process could be accelerated, which is unlikely.

For tourism and hotel stakeholders, the writing is on the wall that 2021, for the most part, will see a continued reliance on domestic travellers, and only in 2022 will there be a large-scale return in numbers of overseas visitors.

Given the winter spike in Asia, Europe, and North America of Covid-19, Thailand is not alone in relying on the vaccine to return tourism but the process will not be instant and the re-openings of borders will most certainly be staged.

HERE’s a list of 113 Alternative State Quarantine hotels.

The business reality for Phuket and across Thailand is to plan for the worst in the coming six months and only expect 2022 to see a notable uptick.

Currently, the hotel sector continues to advocate to the Thai government and Central Bank for debt and financing relief measures and assistance in a social security supplement to retain staff.

While it’s negative news, it at least allows for hotels to understand the challenges ahead, plan and adjust their operating models going forward. ‘Survive the downturn’ is the new mantra.

No vaccine, no entry. Read more HERE.

No vaccine, no flight. Read more HERE.

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Phuket workshop helps residents cope with high stress brought on by the economic crisis

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Hundreds of residents in Phuket’s Wichit subdistrict attended a workshop focused on reducing stress from to the pandemic-induced economic crisis. A psychologist was even on site to help those who had extreme mental stress and a Buddhist monk taught meditation techniques to reduce physiological effects of stress.

The event was planned in response to an online survey conducted by the municipality asking residents about how much stress they were experiencing from the economic climate. They found that some residents had serious stress issues brought on by the pandemic and financial problems, according to Wichit Mayor Kreetha Chotiwichphiphat.

“The loss of income due to the economic crisis brought on by the Covid-19 situation has resulted in some people in the area suffering serious stress, which can lead to serious mental health issues.”

Around 350 people attended the event. The mayor says it was the first step in caring for the residents’ mental health. Local officials plan to hold similar workshops in the future.

“It was a good opportunity for people to realise the importance of mental health and to learn techniques of how to deal with stress, which will help people to maintain their physical health and avoid developing mental health problems.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation opens Humane Education Centre at Mai Khao shelter

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The Soi Dog Foundation has officially opened its Humane Education Centre, the first of its kind in Thailand dedicated to the welfare of stray animals. The centre, located at the Soi Dog shelter in northern Phuket, forms part of the foundation’s Humane Education program. Rolled out in 2017, the program sees a team visit Thai schools to teach the next generation the basic principles of animal welfare and promote empathetic attitudes towards both owned pets and free-roaming strays.

The program has reached a total of 15,058 students and 861 teachers to date. With a dedicated classroom as well as educational tools and resources now on site at the shelter, Soi Dog will be able to expand the programme and reach an even greater number of young minds.

Co-founder and president of Soi Dog Foundation International John Dalley said, “The cornerstones of what we do – what I believe very firmly are the answers to the stray dog problem throughout Asia – are large-scale sterilisation of stray dogs and cats and education of, particularly, the next generation.

“We see all the time the problems that are being caused through us not respecting the environment and not respecting the other animals with whom we share this planet. That’s why education is so important.”

John also thanked the supporters and donors who made the construction of the centre possible. After cutting the ribbon, the students filed into the brand-new facility for the very first on-site class – a fun and interactive hour of roleplaying, brainstorming and problem solving.

Humane Education Manager Nuttawut “Film” Kumngern. said… “We want to encourage kindness toward animals, especially free-roaming dogs and cats, and teach youngsters to be responsible pet owners. This will sustainably reduce animal cruelty and pet abandonment.”

“We hope to one day see animal welfare incorporated into the curriculum in Thai schools, and our education centre is a great start.”

Soi Dog is ready to welcome school groups from Phuket and other provinces to the centre which can accommodate up to 40 students at any one time. Schools interested in participating are encouraged to email film@soidog.org

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