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BANGKOK: A total of 31 goals were scored in four high-intensity, memorable matches taking place on day 2 of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand.

In the first match, played yesterday evening at Bangkok’s Nimibutr Stadium, world number 3 Italy opened its Group D campaign in fine form, making easy work of Australia, ranked 30th, with a final score of 9-1.

The ‘soccer clinic’ was to the pleasure of a handful of Italian fans, in addition to many Thai supporters in attendance, and yet to the dismay of a large, yellow and green clad Socceroo contingent.

Italy’s nine goals were scored by eight different players – a testimony to how diverse the side’s arsenal of talent is.

The Azurri’s scorecard included, Rodolfo Fortino, Gabriel Lima, Marcio Forte, Sergio Romano, Humberto Honorio, Giuseppe Mentasti, Alex Merlim and Saad Assis who scored a double.

Australia’s consolation goal – the final of the match – was scored by Danny Ngaluaffe.

The second match of the group followed shortly after, and featured world no 6 Argentina pitted against world no 37 Mexico.

To little surprise, the Argentinians had no trouble with the Mexicans, and the 5-1 scoreline in favor of the South Americans repelled any doubts about who was the better side.

La Albiceleste’s goals were credited to Santiago Basile, Maximiliano Rescia, Martin Amas and Cristian Borruto, scoring twice; Mexico’s only goal came late in the game from Jorge Rodriguez.

At the same time of that match, Morocco and Panama opened up their Group B match across the capital at Huamark Indoor Stadium.

Though the Moroccans took a 3-1 lead in the first half, Panama woke up and came back to score seven unanswered goals in the second half to win 8-3.

Concluding the night was a thrilling Group B showdown between world no 1 Spain and no 7 Iran.

Without question, the match was the most intense and thrilling all evening, despite yielding the least amount of goals.

The two favorites of the group demonstrated the highest standard of futsal seen so far in this year’s championship.

Played in front of a near capacity crowd, which was slightly dominated by an energetic and vocal Iranian contingent, the match’s first half saw Spain take control with two goals scored by Miguelin and Lozano.

Iran came out of the locker rooms revitalized and managed to equalize with goals by Masoud Daneshvar and Hossein Tayebi.

Despite nail-biting counter-attacks by both sides in the roller-coaster final moments, neither side was unable to break the deadlock, and were left content to share the points at the final whistle.

The result keeps Panama at the top of Group B, though it is doubtful that the Central Americans will be able to maintain such prestige for long.

Four matches scheduled for today include the openers for Group E and F as follows:

Group E matches will be played at Huamark Indoor Stadium in East Bangkok as follows:

7pm: Czech Republic vs Kuwait
9pm: Egypt vs Serbia

Group F matches will be played at Nimibutr Stadium:

5pm: Guatemala vs Colombia
7pm: Russia vs Solomon Islands

Sunday evening (November 5), Groups A and C will enter their second round of matches.

Group A will feature two matches at Huamark Indoor Stadium

5pm: Paraguay vs Costa Rica
7pm: Thailand vs Ukraine

Group B will feature two matches at Korat Chatchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima province

7pm: Portugal vs Japan
9pm: Brazil vs Libya

Steven Layne willcontinue his live coveragefrom Bangkok for the Phuket Gazette.

— Steven Layne

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Female prisoner on the run after escaping from Phuket Hospital

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A female prisoner is on the run after escaping from Vachira Phuket Hospital during a doctor appointment. 58 year old Siri Phodam allegedly escaped after asking her convoy officer to use the toilet, in which after she took a long time to come back, was found to have escaped. CCTV cameras caught her dressed in a blue hospital patient shirt and a sarong leaving the hospital quickly. A Phuket prison officer says the woman is 158cm tall and has dark skin.

“Some of our own officers are searching for her, and we have also sent the prisoner’s description to all Phuket police stations. However, at this stage we have not found any clues.

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“If anyone finds a person matching the prisoner’s appearance, please inform us by calling 076 212 104.”

Siri was imprisoned after being charged with posessing illegal drugs and lived in Moo 2, Rawai.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Phuket’s annual vegetarian festival gets the green light – VIDEO

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WARNING: The content below contains photos and videos of self-mutilation that some may find disturbing.

Somehow Phuket’s annual vegetarian festival is to go ahead next month, but officials say they will ask participants to strictly observe social distancing. Good luck with that! For those who don’t know, the festival isn’t exactly known for the food. It’s known for blood, body mutilation and more blood.

During street processions for the weeklong event, also known as the Nine Gods Festival, so called “mah songs” are known to practice self-mutilation and are said to enter a trance-like state, channeling spirits through their body. “Mah” means horse in Thai, and many suggest the mah song acts like a horse for the spirit to ride.

Many mah songs pierce their checks, ears and lips, some with large swords and thick needles. Some slice their tongues continuously for hours, blood dripping down on the street. Others appear to be in a trace walk barefoot as firecrackers explode on the ground.

Mah songs march down Phuket’s streets for hours with a team of devotees to help tend to their wounds, adjust the piercings, wipe away drool and blood, and keep them hydrated. It’s understood that devotees wear white as a symbol of purity. It’s also reported that they abstain from eating meat, drinking alcohol and having sex during the weeklong festival.

It seems gruesome, but it’s actually very spiritual. Business owners and locals line the street, some setting up altars. Mah songs stop at each one and do a quick ritual. Some mah songs carry a black flag, waving it over onlookers who bow their heads and place their hands in the “wai” position. Some spend time blessing the elderly and handing out bracelets to children. During a procession last year, a woman held up a bracelet as said “the ‘Spirit’ gave this to my mother.”

This year, the festival will have to be a little different to abide by coronavirus prevention measures. The Bangkok Post says it’s the first festival since the outbreak. The head festival organiser Prasert Fukthongphol says “we will seriously enforce social distancing measures and require all participants to wear face masks.”

The grotesque piercings, noisy parades and visits to the shrine, are good news for Phuket’s tourism and bad news if you’re a vegetable. Many adherents to the Chinese-heritage local festival will go without sex, alcohol and meat for the week of so of the festival. The week of events and ceremonies hopes to scare away the bad gods again but, especially this year, attract some extra visitors to the festival.

Another Vegetarian Festival in Chon Buri has also been given the green light. The event is planned for October 16 to the 26. This year’s main event for the festival will be in Naklua at Sawangboriboon Thammasathan Foundation at the Sein Sua Chinese Temple, but many other events will be around the city throughout the week.

Phuket's annual vegetarian festival gets the green light - VIDEO | News by The Thaiger

Phuket's annual vegetarian festival gets the green light - VIDEO | News by The Thaiger

Phuket's annual vegetarian festival gets the green light - VIDEO | News by The Thaiger

Phuket's annual vegetarian festival gets the green light - VIDEO | News by The Thaiger

Phuket's annual vegetarian festival gets the green light - VIDEO | News by The Thaiger

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Pattaya News

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Officials says no illegal land encroachment at Phuket’s Sri Panwa resort

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After coming in for some negative online attention recently, the land title deeds of the Sri Panwa Phuket resort have been investigated and found “to be in order”. The 5-star hotel first attracted the attention of netizens when its owner, Vorasit Issara, publicly criticised anti-government activist Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, calling for her arrest. He also claimed she wasn’t Thai, a factually wrong and inflammatory statement.

His Instagram tirade prompted outrage from those who support the current protest movement, with netizens calling for a boycott of his property and leaving several negative comments on various review sites. Trip Advisor suspended the hotel’s account due to the online attack.

Shortly after, the Civil Society for State Welfare called on the Social Security Office to clarify its investment in the resort’s trust fund. This was echoed by at least one opposition MP and anti-corruption activists.

Responding to the land rights issue, the Phuket Land Office has issued a statement to say the hotel does not occupy state land. The resort stands on 56 rai of prime real estate, overlooking Phuket’s south-eastern coast. The land office has confirmed its paperwork is all in order.

Meanwhile, it’s understood Charn Issara Development, owners of the property, have threatened to sue the resort’s critics for defamation.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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