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KARON: Former England Test cricketers Adam Hollioake and Alan Mullally will take part in the Lighthouse Phuket International Cricket Sixes 2006 to be held from April 12 to 16 at the Karon Stadium.

Former England all-rounder Hollioake said, “I’m really looking forward to playing in the Phuket Sixes next month.

“It looks like it’s going to be a fantastic place to spend a week playing cricket – although it might be a little less intense than playing at the Oval or in Sharjah!”

Hollioake, 34, a successful former captain of the Surrey & England One-Day International (ODI) team in Sharjah and also the former coach of Hong Kong, retired from first-class cricket only two years ago. He played in four Test matches and 35 ODIs for England between 1996 and 1999.

He recently came out of retirement to play in a World XI against an Asian XI in a Twenty20 charity match in aid of Asian tsunami victims, played at London’s famed Oval in June last year.

Alan Mullally, too, says he is looking forward to coming to Phuket. “With 28 teams from around the world playing, the Phuket Sixes is a pretty large international tournament. I’m really looking forward to the experience of playing cricket in Thailand.”

Mullally, 36, a top left-arm seam bowler, played 19 Tests and 50 ODIs for England between 1996 and 2001.

He really made his mark in ODIs, not so much for his penetration as for his accuracy. His economy rate was so good that at one time he was listed as the second-best ODI bowler in the world.

“It’s a real coup to have cricketers of this caliber playing in the tournament,” said Michael “Cat” Maher, Chairman of the Co-Organisers of the Asian Cricket Sixes Tour.

“The presence of players of this caliber at the event is a great reflection on the amazing growth of the Phuket Cricket Sixes as an international cricket tournament since the first event just two years ago.”

Also adding his support to the Phuket Sixes is the former Australian Test batsman and regular competitor at the Phuket Sixes, Trevor Chappell, one of the three legendary Chappell brothers.

The Lighthouse Phuket International Cricket Sixes recently won a major award for the “Best Spirit of Cricket Initiative” from the International Cricket Council.

The competition features the popular, shortened version of cricket, enjoyable for players and spectators alike.

It starts on Wednesday April 12 at Karon Stadium, with the Finals taking place the following Sunday.

A 20-over charity match will be played under floodlights at the Karon Stadium on April 15 from 6 pm featuring all the tournament’s top players. Proceeds from the match will go towards the event’s chosen local charity, Childwatch. Entrance for spectators is free and all are welcome.

For further information regarding the Lighthouse Phuket International Cricket Sixes 2006, see the event website or contact Mark Burns, Media Director, Tel: +852 9636 5545or email: media@phuketsixes.com

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Phuket begs Kolour attendees to come for Covid-19 testing

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FILE PHOTO: Kolour in the park was more pleasant in 2018 before Covid-19.

Health officials in Phuket put out a public statement this week compelling all foreigners who attended clubs and Kolour events to report for Covid-19 testing. As many might expect, the response has been lacklustre at best. Spreading the message around the foreigner and expat community in Phuket, the message is aimed at the multitudes of people, mostly foreign who attended Kolour and related events that turned into a Covid-19 superspreader event. Many foreigners have not come forward, much to health officials chagrin.

Online and on social media, foreigners and Thais shed light on why this urgent public health request is going largely unheeded. Foreigners fear the repercussions of coming forward, especially since Thailand is not allowing staying home or elsewhere in isolation if someone tests positive for Covid-19. Quarantine is mandatory, and with infection numbers exploding across the country, many fear the less-than-posh comforts of being quarantined in an emergency field hospital.

Cost is the other factor that likely is preventing foreigners from turning themselves in to be tested for Covid-19. While Phuket health officials may test people for free, anyone found infected with Covid-19 will be financially responsible for all the costs of their treatment and quarantine. Foreigners with limited financial resources, especially after a year of holing up in Thailand to ride out the Coronavirus, may resist reporting to authorities when they cannot afford the mandatory quarantine and medical treatment.

Perhaps recognizing this hesitation, the message includes a plea for all attendees to self-quarantine and self-monitor for any symptoms over the next week, even if they fail to report or test negative. The note also reminds everyone to wear masks in public at all times. The statement to the public also instructed anyone who attended any of the Covid-19 spreading nightlife events to report to the Acute Respiratory Infection Clinic area of Vachira General Hospital to receive a Covid-19 swab test.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin brace for increased restrictions

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Three of Thailand’s biggest expat areas are seeing sharp rises in new infections, partly from pre-Songkran traffic. The Songkran holidays, now officially over (but will see many people taking today off and making a weekend Songkran extension), and the government says they are expecting to see a rise in the cases numbers reported in the popular holiday locations.

Chon Buri Public Health office says they now have a total of 910 infections since April 1. They have 103 new cases in the past 24 hours. Most new cases are in Bang Lamung district which includes Pattaya City with 47, Siracha with 12) & Chon buri City with 8.

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Meanwhile Phuket has a total of 142 infections recorded on the island with the Governor still insisting there will be no need for a lockdown. Here’s a breakdown of the areas and the numbers of recorded infections so far (below).

Governor Narong announced that the Phuket Infectious Disease Control Committee won’t be implementing an official lockdown, but will “strictly raise the intensity of public health measures to counter the spread of Covid-19″.

“Everyone should wear a face mask, maintain social distancing, wash their hands frequently and install the Mor Chana app (available for free from App Store and Google Play Store).”

A meeting of the CCSA, chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is expected to upgrade restrictions in red zone areas around the country, which includes Phuket and Pattaya. Read more about the latest red and orange zones HERE.

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For Hua Hin expats, there’s been 100 new Covid-19 infections announced in Prachuap Khiri Khan in the past 24 hours, 75 cases from Hua Hin. This takes the total in the province since April 1 to 625. Hua Hin accounts for nearly 90% of the district’s total cases.

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Footbridges stop luxury yacht travelling from Phuket to Samui

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PHOTO: Thailand's version of the Suez Canal blockage.

Footbridges in Phuket stood in the way of a luxury yacht travelling from its home in Phuket to Koh Samui when the boat was too tall to pass. Police received a call around 8 pm last night from the truck driver after his trailer carrying the yacht had trouble getting under one of several bridges for walkers to pass over the highway. The boat was travelling down Thepkrasattri Road, where it was stopped by the bridge near Baan Tha Reua School. The boat also had trouble at the pedestrian bridge at the Provincial Electricity Authority Thalang Branch and the bridge at Baan Lipon School in Srisoonthorn.

All the bridges were supposed to have a 5-metre clearance, though one observer speculated that all the repaving of the road over the years may have raised the road and lowered the clearance. Traffic police responded to the first bridge incident by sending officers to direct traffic and make sure bikes and cars didn’t pass and impeded progress on freeing the boat. The second incident about 30 minutes later was resolved by letting air out of the truck’s tires to lower it just enough to pass under the bridge. The third snag prompted the driver to go in person to the Thalang Police station to request help yet again.

This time police were less amused and suggested the truck driver try to resolve the issue himself and call back to the police only if he was unable to free the luxury yacht. A traffic police officer went to follow up with the stranded boat at the end of his shift and found the driver had given up and decided to return the yacht to its Phuket origin at Boat Lagoon Marina in Koh Kaew. The boat, now damaged from the bridge bumps, wasn’t going to make it to Surat Thani to be sailed to Koh Samui on this journey. The boat radar had broken off on one of the bridges. No word on any major damage to the pedestrian bridges.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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