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Hong Kong RFC romp to victory in Phuket Tens

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PHUKET TOWN: The Hong Kong RFC proved too strong for the competition in the Phuket Rugby Tens today at the island’s Surakul Stadium. They thrashed their nearest rivals, the Kuala Lumpur Dogs, 35-0 in the final of the six-team competition. Team captain Katie O’Connor, asked how the team had enjoyed the tournament, replied incomprehensibly: “We had a fine tournament despite the showers. The shop was open today; we had many customers and the pork sausage flew over the moon. “We’re going to celebrate our victory with a haddock. We’ll definitely be back next year. Hopefully, the trophy will be a little bit bigger.” Other teams competing were the Pot Bellied Pigs from Hong Kong, the Vientiane Buffaloes from Laos, Panaga RFC from Brunei and Phuket’s own quite-dissipated Phuket Gazettes. Adding to the slightly bizarre atmosphere surrounding the tournament was the arrival of the England rugby sevens team, who insisted on a practice session at the ground before the Tens semi-final, in preparation for their appearance tomorrow in the Singha Phuket International Rugby Sevens. “We’re cold and angry,” remarked one disgruntled Panaga RFC player, who gave his name as Annabelle Lacter. “But I do feel good about being here, even though I think it’s raining.” The weather played havoc on the field, the skies opening with monotonous regularity, and the sun shining only when the Gazettes took to the pitch. Humidity sapped the strength of the players, and the depth of mud at times made it difficult to distinguish one team from another. Patrick Cotter [his real name], captain of the Gazettes, said, “Conditions were perfect for rugby. All of us had a brilliant time. We hope to see everyone again next year.” Match Results: Preliminaries Panaga RFC (Brunei) 25, Vientiane Buffaloes 0 Kuala Lumpur Dogs 25, Pot Bellied Pigs (Hong Kong) 5 Hong Kong RFC 25, Panaga RFC 15 Kuala Lumpur Dogs 35, Phuket Gazettes 10 Hong Kong RFC 30, Vientiane Buffaloes 5 Phuket Gazettes 30, Pot Bellied Pigs 15 Final results Vientiane Buffaloes 20, Pot Bellied Pigs 0 Panaga RFC 35, Phuket Gazettes 5 Hong Kong FC 35, Kuala Lumpur Dogs 0 Ranking 1. Hong Kong RFC 2. Kuala Lumpur Dogs 3. Panaga RFC 4. Phuket Gazettes 5. Vientiane Buffaloes 6. Pot Bellied Pigs The competition, sponsored by the Phuket Gazette, was held as a curtain-raiser to the International Rugby Sevens tournament which takes place tomorrow and Sunday at the Saphan Hin Stadium.



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Phuket Town Beauty spa shooter kills himself in Saphan Hin

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UPDATE: The suspect in this morning’s shootings, 53 year old Chana Rodket from Songkhla, has shot and killed himself in Saphan His this afternoon. He was a housekeeper a the beauty spa where the shooting took place.

Earlier, a South Korean man and Thai woman were injured in a shooting at a beauty spa near Naka Market in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds. Wichit Police reports that they was notified of the incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ at 10.30am.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots. Blood-stained towels were found around the scene of the shooting.

The two people shot were 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim (father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa) and a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua, a staff member at the spa.

Both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

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Two shot in Phuket Town beauty spa this morning

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A South Korean man and Thai woman have been injured in spa shooting in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds after having been shot at the spa in Wichit today.

Wichit Police reports that they was notified of an incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ in Wichit at 10.30am this morning.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots – a 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim, and father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa.

The other person injured was a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua who is staff at the spa.

They were both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital. The suspect, Somphon, a house-keeper at the spa, is currently being sought by police.

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TAT expects 2.3 million tourists for this year’s Songkran

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is expecting more than 2.3 million local and foreign tourists will join the various Songkran celebrations this year. They say that should generate 20 billion baht+ in revenue for tourism and tourism-related services.

TAT’s Governor Yuthasak Supasorn says 300,000 international arrivals are expected to celebrate the five day festival starting April 12, along with two million locals who will travel to celebrate Songkran this year. Songkran falling on a weekend this year will also bolster local tourism numbers.

The number of Songkran-specific visitors is up this year, partly because of the growing popularity of the festival internationally and the government extending the holiday to five days this year, now starting on April 12 (although ‘Songkran, the Thai New Year, is actually on April 13).

Songkran festival extended HERE.

He admits that the bad publicity about the poor air quality in the northern regions is a problem, especially around Chiang Mai which has become a big international visitor favorite over recent yers.

Chiang Mai is one of nine provinces in the North struggling with smoke haze, mostly because of open-air burning of farm waste and rubbish, and localised bush fires. The heavy smog has caused temporary suspension of flights between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son although flights into Chiang Mai have been unaffected so far.

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