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PHUKET TOWN: FC Phuket will kick off the new football season against Phattalung at Surakul Stadium on Sunday.

The team endured a disappointing first campaign, failing to win a single home game and finishing second to last in the Football Association of Thailand’s second division, southern section.

The team, which has changed its name from Phuket FC to FC Phuket, looks set to be far stronger and better organized this year.

No longer the ‘Sea Dragons’, the club is now nicknamed the ‘Southern Sea Kirin’, after a mythical fire-breathing beast sometimes known as the ‘Chinese Unicorn’.

Training sessions have been taking place daily at the Fifa pitch at Cape Panwa since October and the current squad of 26 has been carefully selected.

New coach Arjhan Songgamsub comes from Thai Premier League Champions Muang Thong United, bringing a wealth of experience from both Thailand and around Southeast Asia. He has a reputation as one of the best coaches in Thailand.

Coach Arjhan has been supervising rigorous training sessions to ensure the team is ready for the 2010 season. He warns fans with high expectations to be patient as the team will need time to develop its chemistry.

“We will not know how good this team is until we have played nine or ten games because there are a lot of new players who have never played together before,” he said.

FC Phuket’s pre-season form has been encouraging, particularly the 2-1 win over Division One side Narathiwat last week. Narathiwat were promoted to Division One after winning the second division, southern section last year.

Fans will be hoping the Kirin can record their first-ever home win against Phattalung this Sunday.

There is also expected to be a large contingent of Phattalung supporters at the game, as Phuket is home to several thousand natives of that province.

FC Phuket Supporters Club co-president and Phuket 91.5FM radio host Dan Ogunshakin said, “They’ve got a new set up and it’s a lot more professional. They have signed some sort of agreement with Muang Tong United, bringing in a lot of players, and they have been working hard every day. So they are looking in a lot better shape and look much more organized,” he said.

Sunday’s match kicks off at 5pm. Tickets are 50 baht and children are admitted free. For more information and updates visit: www.phuketfc.blogspot.com/

— James Goyder



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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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