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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 police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid

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Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

Police also found 2 mobile phones and a red Honda PCX, registered in Phuket, as evidence. Both suspects have been charged with posessing a Category 1 drug with the intent to sell.

Other suspects arrested at the same time include 36 year old from Chiang Rai, 42 year old Sarawut ‘An’ Srichanon, from Ranong and 31 year old Pornthep ‘Iew’ Thepchampa, who were charged with the same crimes in Chalong after police found more drugs in their possession. 33 year old Kamon ‘Kung’ Sae-ngow, was arrested as well after police found kratom juice and leaves at a house in Rassada. He was taken to Phuket City Police station and was charged with a Category 5 drug possession.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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Phuket Muay Thai fighter is the first Thai national to compete in UFC

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The upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night event in Abu Dhabi will feature Thailand’s only national marking her third fight with the UFC, the world’s largest mixed martial arts competition. 24 year old Loma Lookboonme, from Burirram in northeastern Thailand, will fight in the event on October 3, 2020.

Loma is a Muay Thai fighter who has adapted her MMA skills to fight in the UFC where she currently trains at the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket. Loma qualified for the national team at the age of 19 and has fought in over 12 nations worldwide. She currently trains 6 days a week starting daily at 6:30am with a 3 kilometre run. In the UFC, she will be competing against China’s Angela Lee who is the undisputed champion of the 52 kilogram fist weight category.

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Loma’s parents are former Muay Thai fighters and her 2 sisters currently compete as well. She reportedly started training at 8 years old after being inspired by her father, whom she describes as her “hero.”

Like most Thais in such fighting sports, Muay Thai offers a way to rise out of poverty-and fighting for the UFC can be financially lucrative. But Loma says her only Thai sponsor is the gym where she trains, with the rest of her sponsors being from foreign brands. She says she is trying to get more Thai sponsors but feels that maybe she needs to win the UFC first before Thai brands notice her.

Loma lost her last fight and says her new opponent gives her nothing to lose. She says her goal is to get into the Top 10, but is not sure when it will happen. Loma says for now, it would be good to fight against someone in the Top 10 to help her prepare for her future.

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Phuket airport ready for tourists after finishing Covid screening labs

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Phuket Airport is officially ready for tourists as authorities say they have finished installing Covid screening labs in an effort to welcome international travellers. The 5T Model for Covid-19 is being used at the airport with the goal of screening large groups of people in a quick and efficient manner. The Phuket health chief says the 5T’s stand for Target, Testing, Treating, Trusting and Tracing.

Phuket has one large airport at the north end of the island but is separated into two separate terminals – a domestic terminal (the original airport terminal), and a new international terminal opened in 2016.

The target category refers to the target groups of tourists while the tracing stands for software that will be used to monitor their movements. The testing category refers to Covid tests that will be implemented to travellers upon arrival along with the treatment and trust categories signifying the readiness of resources for medical treatment and confident communications between all parties respectively.

The Covid-19 lab container module has been set up at Phuket airport’s Terminal X (the terminal opened for charter flights opened in 2014) and will be tested tomorrow with its operation to start on September 30. As large groups of tourists could arrive (later in the year, the lab is reportedly capable of testing 96 people at a time with test results becoming available in 6 hours. What the airport would do withe tested passengers whilst waiting for 6 hours, has not been detailed at this stage.

Such a readiness plan to welcome foreign tourists originally singled out Phuket due to its popularity with travellers, and as a so-called guinea pig model to test in a controlled environment (Phuket is an island joined to the Thai mainland by a single 300 metre road bridge). Once dubbed the Phuket Model, authorities have proposed to rename the plan to “Special Tourist Visa” due to the confusion and opposition it reportedly caused. The scheme is reportedly now being proposed for all areas of Thailand but only allowing foreigners from specific countries.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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