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FC Phuket sustain first half dogfight with Airforce, new president appointment official

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PHUKET: FC Phuket came from behind in a closely contested match on Saturday night to draw with Airforce United 3-3 at Surakul Stadium in Phuket Town.

All six goals of the season’s 10th fixture were scored in the first 31 minutes of play, with both sides failing to break the deadlock throughout the rest of the match.

Opening the score in the 7th minute, the Airforce United “Blue Eagles” were wound up by a rousing marching-band cheer-squad of about 30 supporters who had commuted from Rangsit.

Airforce’s top gun, Nigerian forward Ononiwu Julius skillfully beat his marker on a cross giving Phuket’s reserve keeper, Worapot Sabaijit his first taste of Thai Yamaha 1 goal dust.

Phuket’s equalizer was delivered just two minutes later.

Brazilian midfielder Marcio Santos took a free kick from the right wing, crossing the ball to Ibrahim Kanoute, who was grounded when trying to penetrate the final defenses.

Following up on the loose ball, Poramut Krongborisut’s strike did not miss its mark.

Julius scored his second of the match and fourth of the season on 18 minutes, cashing in on another free kick to the dismay of a clearly inexperienced keeper.

The visitors widened the deficit three minutes later, this time from a perfectly weighted corner kick by Anut Inthachai.

Phuket’s Watcharapong Jun-ngam had the honors of scoring the next and last two goals of the match in the 23rd and 31st minutes.

With three goals so far this season, Watcharapong, who led the team in goals last season, is the team’s current leading scorer.

For all the goals and video highlights, click here.

Phuket’s new president, Pamuke Achariyachai, whose appointment was made official before kickoff commented on the result: “Today, we were even because many key players are sick and couldn’t play the game, but the rest did very well.

“Considering that we were down 1-3 and and came back to tie 3-3, I think they performed their best and I appreciate that.

“I am very happy to see many fans come to cheer the team,” Mr Pamuke went on to talk about the reason for accepting the position.

“Deep in mind, I love football. I have organized many football tournaments and support and encourage local youth and Kata Group staff to play football.

“When FC Phuket started to have financial problems, and they invited me to be the new president, I did not hesitate to agree to take the position.

“I couldn’t [stand to] see FC Phuket go down because I consider them as part of [creating a] Phuket reputation. I promise to lead the team to be successful as soon as possible.

“I just want to ask fans to believe in me, staff, and all the players.”

Asked about the team goal of this season, Mr Pamuke said, “We must finish in the top seven.”

Regarding the budget for the rest of the season, he said, “I just took the position, so we are now planning.”

The even result’s point sees Phuket move up one place into 16th, while Airforce dropped one ranking into 15th of the 18-team Thai Yamaha 1 football league.

Phuket’s next match is a tough away fixture against the league’s top ranked Ratchaburi Mitrphol FC.

Kickoff for the match, to be played at Ratchaburi Central Stadium on May 27, is set to commence at 5pm.

For updates, check the Gazette online.

— S Layne & P Choksakulpan

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Thai Airways to resume flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Phuket

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After nearly 9 months on the ground due to the coronavirus pandemic, along with problems balancing their accounts, Thai Airways will resume flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai as well as Bangkok and Phuket later this month. The flights will start back up on Christmas day.

Flights from Bangkok to the 2 key tourist provinces have been grounded since April 1. Starting December 25, the airline will run 3 flights a week on both routes. A source told the Bangkok Post that the new schedules will run until at least February 28.

Thai Lion Air, Thai Air Asia, Nok Air, Thai Smile, VietJet Air and Bangkok Airways have returned to the domestic skies since July and slowly adding frequency to their routes.

In addition to resuming the domestic flights, the Thai Airways is relaunching some international flights from January 1 to March 27 including weekly flights to Frankfurt, London, Copenhagen, Sydney, Seoul, Manila, Taipei and Osaka. Flights from Bangkok to Tokyo will be available 3 times a week and flights from Bangkok to Hong Kong will be available every day.

Thai Airways has been tackling bankruptcy throughout the lockdown and trying to make up for more than 300 billion baht in losses. Since many flights were suspended due to travel restrictions, Thai Airways has tried to make money by business ventures on the ground, like a pop-up restaurant serving in-flight meals and selling off unwanted equipment from their warehouse. There also disposing of much of their older fleet, including all of their Boring 747-400s.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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97 police officers investigated for fiddling Covid-19 payments

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97 police officers, from 41 police stations, are currently being investigated for an alleged scam involving Covid-19 payments meant for officers who worked extra shifts during the crisis. The case was assigned by national police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk in November, when it came to light that some officers may have fraudulently claimed allowances meant for others.

In one incident, an officer responsible for transferring extra payments to police on the southern island of Phuket transferred the money to his own accountant instead. At the time, the transfer was dismissed as a mistake (in his favour), with the officer in question receiving a warning, and payments then made to the qualifying officers.

Wissanu Prasatthong-Osot from the National Internal Affairs Police says the investigation should reach a conclusion within the next 10 days.

“The result of the investigation should be ready in 10 days. Currently, 97 officers in 41 police stations ranging from non-commissioned to generals are under investigation for being involved in the swindle. The bureau aims to provide justice to all policemen involved. After the investigation concludes, the victims will receive their full allowance, while the offending officers will be punished under the law and disciplinary standards.”

Nation Thailand reports that a full list of alleged offenders has been sent to Suwat, with Wissanu promising that none will escape prosecution.

“The National Police chief had also ordered the transfer of offending officers at the commander and sub-commander levels out of their areas as per the investigation procedures.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce to propose Guangzhou-Phuket tourism route

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A tourism route from Guangzhou, China to Phuket could help the island province recover from the recession brought on by the pandemic and lack of foreign travel, according to the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce. The president of the organisation, Narongsak Puttapornmongkol, says they plan to submit a letter proposing the route under a travel bubble scheme to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

The Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce is proposing a travel bubble with around 20 cities in China with no recent coronavirus infections and considered to be at a low risk of spreading the virus. Travellers from Guangzhou recently entered Thailand on the new Special Tourist Visa. It was the second flight of international tourists since travel restrictions were imposed in late-March.

“We believe that the Travel Bubble and the quarantine reduction will resolve the tourism business, which is a huge economic opportunity to recover.”

Once a vaccine is widely available, Narongsak suggests that those who wish to Thailand could also present their vaccination certificate or examination reports from the place of origin. He adds that the mandatory state quarantine period is likely to be reduced.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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