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The 11th Annual Phuket International Cricket Sixes Tournament 2014 wrapped up on Sunday after eleven hard-fought matches.

Match one
The final play-off match one saw Wild Men From Borneo (WMFB) against the Southern Stars. The Wild Men went out and scored 33 runs with Scarface retiring hurt on 11. The Southern Stars won.

Match two
The first semi-final in the Plate division saw the Southern Stars taking on the Phuket Juniors. The Southern Stars made a very good score of 69, which proved too much for the young Phuket players who made 39 in reply. Ron Elliott again batted well, before retiring on 30, and Scott McNamara made a handy 27 not out. The Phuket Juniors’ Jasper made 14 not out.

Match three
In the second semi-final in the Plate division the CBBs defeated Bat-69/St Xaviers from Kolkata in an exciting match. The Bat-69 made three for 52 with Karan Suri making 23 runs. The CBBs chased the score down in the fourth over making 56 for the loss of no wickets. Imran from Imran Sports retired on 32, with Eggy not out on 14.

Match four
The first Bowl division semi-final saw the Storm Chasers from England take on Mount Compass from South Australia. Mount Compass batted first and posted an imposing 77 runs. Nash batted really well to retire on 32 and Martin scored 20. Diwan bowled a brilliant over with only six runs coming off it for the Storm Chasers. The Chasers batted well however fell short of the target to make 60 runs with Diwan following up with a handy 23. Mount Compass’ Payton Roocke bowled a very tight over for six runs only.

Match five
The Sharifally Huzifers played the Desa Bangles in an all Malaysian affair with the Bangles running out winners 54 to 55. The Huzifers ran out of steam a little after some great performances in early rounds and simply did not make enough runs. David batted very well for Desa and retired on 31, with Pal making 16.

Match six
Matches started to become interesting in the Cup semi-finals. In the first semi-final MG7 made an imposing 90 runs with Faisal making 22 and Bharat making 27 not out. Etihad chased well with a very good innings by Sreekanth retiring on 32 and Chirag scoring 16. However they fell short of the target making 72.

Match seven
The second semi-final saw the second team from Kuwait, the MG7 Warriors, taking on the Wolfpack from Australia. In an extremely exciting match, the Wolfpack made two for 68. This impressive target proved not too challenging for the MG7 Warriors: the score was passed in the fourth over; with Casino making 31 before retiring and Roy making 26 not out.

Match eight
The Shield Final was an all WMFB match, with their number-one team taking on their number-two team. WMFB 1 batted first, posting a good score of 69, with Ginger retiring on 30 runs. WMFB 2 chased the score very sensibly making 72 in the final over to take home the Shield. Freebie and Noddy made valuable contributions with each making 26 runs.

Match nine

Plate Final: The CBBs backed up last week’s win in the 3rd Annual Kata Group International Cricket 7s Bowl Final with a tremendous performance to take out the Plate Final. Batting first, the CBBs made an imposing score of 85, with Wayne Morrison retiring with 32 and Eggy making 22 not out. The Southern Stars batted well to make 76, but were unable to threaten the CBBs score. Scott McNamara retired on 32 and Jake Wright made 24 not out. Stretch from the CBBs closed the Matchbowling the final over and only going for 11 runs.

Match ten
Cup Final: The Cup Final was an all Kuwaiti affair, with MG7 taking on the MG7 Warriors. MG7 had played very well all week, however after being surprise losers yesterday, they played brilliantly today in both the semi and the final. Batting first, MG7 made an imposing score of 89 with Faisal retiring on 31 and Usman 34. MG7 Warriors chased well, but were never really in the hunt making 63. Casino (19 runs) and Asim (23 runs) batted well but could not make it at the end.

Match eleven

Cup Final: The Cup Final was an All Kuwaiti Final with MG7 taking on the MG7 Warriors. MG7 played very well all week, however after being surprise losers on the previous days play, they played brilliantly in both the semi and final. Batting first MG7 made an imposing score of 89 with Faisal retiring on 31 and Usman 34. MG7 Warriors chased well, but were never really in the hunt making 63. Casino (19 runs) and Asim (23 runs) batted well but could not make it at the end.

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Tourism officials slash Songkran travel expectations by half

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The TAT, ever the optimists regarding anything tourism related, even domestic tourism, predict that the Bangkok clusters that have emerged in the week before the Songkran break could reduce traffic and spending by up to half.

Today the CCSA is reporting 789 new infections and one additional death. 522 were local infections, mostly walk-ins to Bangkok hospitals, 259 were discovered through track and tracing. The remaining 8 were found in quarantine from overseas arrivals. In Phuket, another 17 cases have been reported today, taking the island’s week total to 43.

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A 68 year old man from Nakhon Pathom province died on April 4 but wasn’t reported until today. The CCSA report that he died from Covid and “complications”. 33 other former patients have recovered and been discharged.

Last week the TAT estimated 3.2 million domestic trips would circulate 12 billion baht for the Thai economy. But the Tourism Authority has now slashed their estimates by half after hotels, airlines and bus companies reported mass cancellations in the last few days. Other provinces are reporting less than 20% cancellations. Although this weekend will see a lot of travel, Songkran doesn’t formally start until next Tuesday and the TAT expect there could be additional fallout as travellers decide to have a staycation for Songkran instead heading home.

Bangkok Post reports that 70% of travellers to Prachuap Khiri Khan and Hua Hin have already cancelled hotel bookings. Similar cancellations have been reported in Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai. Many other provinces, particularly in the north east and north, are also enforcing quarantine on arrivals or additional paperwork to try and protect their provinces from any of the Bangkok clusters.

8 north eastern provinces rare now requiring 10 or 14 day quarantine periods for anyone arriving from areas where new clusters have been reported. Chiang Mai provincial officials say that tourists from Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom, Bangkok, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi – basically Bangkok and surrounding provinces – must complete a 14 day mandatory quarantine or conduct a test for Covid when they arrive.

The reality is that the travel and quarantine changes are outstripping the ability to communicate them all. Anyone crossing into other provinces in the next few day, especially if you’re travelling from Bangkok and surrounding provincial ‘red zones’ can expect some additional paperwork or a Covid test. Or even quarantine.

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Phuket student protests and is flunked as “not loyal to the nation”

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FILE PHOTO: Student protests led to one student not graduating due to being “not loyal to the nation, institution of the monarchy”

After participating in protests for student’s rights, a Phuket student was barred from graduating 9th grade, moving from middle school to high school, charged with being “not loyal to the nation, institution of the monarchy”. The student had advocated against mandatory uniforms and for student’s liberties. He told reporters that the school started paying attention to his actions last year when he participated in rallies in solidarity with students across Thailand. The school’s student affairs office received a copy of posts he made on social media encouraging others to join the cause. The school ordered a stop to his political actions, but he and his friends disregarded warnings and violated school rules when they handed out white ribbons to classmates. They received a warning from the student affairs office.

Student protests have increased after pro-democracy demonstrations surged in July last year, empowering many Thai people to speak out against injustices, including students’ rights and liberties. People from schools across the nation have been banding together in solidarity to bring their issues to public light.

On graduation day, all the students were promoted into high school, except for the one student protestor, says the Bad Student protest group. The theme of the day focused on dedication to the monarchy, country and religion, and specifically how students should be obedient. The student said he has received support from friends, but his parents remain neutral and his teachers have been completely silent on the matter. He is frustrated that he was punished for his right to express himself. He plans on testing with incoming students to re-enrol in the same school, and if he is not accepted because of the disloyalty charge, he will pursue legal ramifications, suing the school for blocking his right to an education over the student’s protests.

The student believes he needs to speak out to prevent school administrators from imposing on more students’ rights. He advocates for diversity in schools and ending prejudices, with increased liberties and freedoms for students.

“Schools must teach children to be able to think by themselves, not force children to think like them. Schools should create opportunities for students to express their ideas more freely.”

SOURCE: Prachatai

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16 more Covid infections reported today in Phuket

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Phuket is reporting 16 more infections today. It follows visits from Bangkok and last weekend’s Kolour Beachside parties that have resulted in a number of new Covid infections. The number of new infections has reached 26. But deputy governor Vikrom Jakthee says the province has been successful in containing the new outbreak “due to its quick response measures which now include shuttering bars and nightlife venues.

One of the confirmed cases is a male teacher from Headstart International School in Kathu who, after attending the parties on the weekend, was back teaching students on Monday and Tuesday. The school has sent a letter to all parents advising them of the situation and organising testing for anyone who may have come in contact with the teacher.

The closure order in Phuket comes just as the island province was expecting to get an influx of visitors for Songkran, the Thai New Year. Many bar and club owners were expecting some increased traffic during the holiday week. Phuket officials say they will explain to bar and club owners why they decided to close the venues during the critical week for business.

Vikrom previously cited the start of the island’s Covid vaccine roll-out of Covid starting to head towards a herd immunity in time for the province’s proposed July reopening to international tourists. But he admitted that the sudden appearance of the coronavirus on the island again will force officials to reevaluate the schedule for reopening. He also said that almost all cases were in younger age groups of people in their 20s and 30s.

“Today, the number of infected people reported in Phuket has reached 26, many are from entertainment venues. This figure is relatively high. It jumped from 10 to 26 cases. We will invite operators of entertainment places in for discussions.”

Partygoers who went to any of the Kolour Beachside parties in Phuket last weekend are being asked to visit a local hospital for a Covid test. The parties hosted more than 3,000 people, drawing concern after a musician tested positive for Covid-19, having attended all 3 parties. The Phuket Provincial Government and Phuket Provincial Public Health Office released a statement yesterday advising all partygoers to get tested.

“Those who attended the Kolour parties from April 2 to 3 at Shelter Phuket Dance & Night Club in Patong, Cafe Del Mar Phuket in Kamala and Illuzion nightclub on Bangla Road in Patong are asked to get tested.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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