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PHUKET: Beleaguered Thailand-based fans of the Oakland Raiders finally had a reason to cheer on Friday morning local time, when their team chalked up its first win of the season, 24-20, against AFC East division rivals the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football (TNF).

Even though playing in the friendly confines of Oakland Alameda County Coliseum, the 0-9 Raiders were big (+8) home dogs (underdog playing at home) going in against the Chiefs.

Kansas City went into the game tied at the top of the AFC West with the Denver Broncos at 7-3, with earlier wins in the season including a Week 4 annihilation, 41-14, of the New England Patriots.

Many earlier TNF matches have been blowouts, with some analysts complaining that the mid-week match-ups, now carried exclusively by the NFL Network, put profit before player safety because they don’t give players time to recover from the previous game, or sufficiently prepare for the match-up.
Defenders point out that both teams go into the games under the same conditions and also enjoy a “mini-bye” (typically 10 days of rest) before the next game.

That debate notwithstanding, the TNF games are a real treat for us so-called “international fans”, especially those of us here in Phuket, as they give us an extra slice of NFL action to enjoy during daylight hours.

Yesterday’s game was full of drama. Oakland’s rookie quarterback Derek Carr continued to look inconsistent early in the game, but the Raiders managed to build a two touchdown lead thanks to an impressive performance by their new starting running back Latavius Murray.

Murray rushed four times for more than 100 yards, much of that accrued on a 90-yard scoring run in which he blew right past the entire Chiefs’ secondary.

In what might have been a tremendous blow to the raucous and rowdy crowd in Oakland, Murray left the game seeing stars late in the second half after a serious hit to the head on a kickoff return left him temporarily unconscious. He also fumbled on the play. The Raiders maintained possession, but the loss of Murray shifted the balance of the game.

In the second half, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith threw two touch down (TD) passes and the Chiefs fought back to take the lead. But Carr rose to the occasion with a 17-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a 9-yard TD pass to James Jones with less than two minutes remaining.

The final minutes were gripping, with the Oakland defence getting lots of pressure on Smith, who had two big passes that should have been caught muffed by his receivers.

Much of the credit down the stretch had to go to Raiders veteran lineman Justin Tuck. In addition to his pressure on Smith, he called a head-up time out to save two younger teammates from a penalty after they foolishly celebrated a sack of Alex Smith with the clock still ticking.

After time ran out, the Raiders fans, who are famous for dressing up as if every game were played on Halloween Night, celebrated as if they had won the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, Quarterback Carr thanked his Lord and savior Jesus Christ for the victory.

“I thank Jesus. You know I have been through a lot of hard times and these losses have been hard. But I praise the name of God because he stayed faithful through it all… I can’t wait to see my teammates’ smiles because I play for my faith and I play for others,” he said.

This loss is one that could come back to really haunt the playoff-hopeful Chiefs. Next week they take on the Broncos at home before traveling to Arizona the following week to take on the 9-1 Cardinals.

WEEK 12’s Big Matchups

There are some sweet match-ups this week.

In what has been billed as a potential “Super Bowl Preview,” the Detroit Lions (7-3) will travel to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots (8-2). The Pats’ new power running back Jonas Gray, fresh off the practice squad, shocked fantasy football players by scoring four TDs and rushing for over 200 yards in their 42-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts last week. However, the Pats are unlikely to run the ball down the throats of the Lions, who have the stingiest run defence in the league and have kept the opposition to NFL-low 15.6 points per game. Expect the Pats to initially take to the air to extend their winning streak. Somchai’s pick: Pats.

The 9-1 Arizona Cardinals will travel to Seattle to take on defending Super Bowl champs and division rivals the Seattle Seahawks, who at 6-4 have their backs against the wall in the fight to make the playoffs. The Seahawks are almost always a lock to win at home, but it was Arizona who broke their 14-game home win streak with a gutsy 17-10 win last year. A key to success for the Cards will be scoring early and silencing the Seahawks famously loud crowd. Somchai’s pick: Cardinals.

— Somchai Huasaikul

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

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From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

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One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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