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Penguins storm to 51-0 victory in Phuket Rugby 7s

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PHUKET TOWN: Like one of the tropical squalls that swept the Saphan Hin field from time to time during the second and last day of the Singha Phuket International Rugby Sevens tournament, the Penguins RFC side – representing England – swept all before them, burying Germany under wave after wave of attacks to rack up a final score of 51-0. On a sopping field that saw dozens of players slide over the try line to score, the Penguins took advantage of every ball dropped by the German team to score nine tries and convert three. By the second half, the humid weather was taking its toll on Germany, who tired visibly, fumbling the ball and passing erratically as muscles and concentration waned. In contrast, the Penguins never once lost their crisp passing skills, their high-stepping running or their glue-like catching abilities. After the final, German captain Rainer Rumm admitted that he had been surprised to see the Penguins in the tournament, given that the Penguins have a mixture of nationalities. But, he said graciously, “We are not disappointed. They are perhaps the best touring team.” He added that his team had enjoyed the “great hospitality” and would be back again if invited. The Penguins coach, Bill Calcraft, said: “It’s up to us to play as well as we can. It was difficult to judge the other teams – we have never seen them in action before. We hope people enjoyed the skills we displayed.” The crowd packing the stands gave the day a festive air. Even after Thailand (who went through to Division 1 after winning both their matches in yesterday’s first round) were beaten by Germany 22-5, supporters took the loss in stride and stayed to cheer the remainder of the spectacle. Wales, after a dismal first day, managed to claim the Division 3 title with a 33-7 victory over South Korea, while the Netherlands squeaked away with a 29-21 win over tough China to take Division 2. Semifinals: Division 3: Wales 21, Malaysia 10 Korea 15, Singapore 5 Division 2: Netherlands 26, Taiwan 7 China 26, Hong Kong 5 Division 1: Germany 22, Thailand 5 England 24, Belgium 5 Finals: Division 3: Wales 33, South Korea 7 Division 2: Netherlands 29, China 21 Division 1: England 51, Germany 0



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Phuket’s hotel and property players look north

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by Bill Barnett of c9hotelworks.com

One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late is the area north of Phuket over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga.

In Natai Beach, the entry of the Baba Beach Club and nearby Akyra has created renewed visibility for the broad West Coast stretch of white sand beach, extending north beyond Phuket.

Two upscale hotels are in the development phase in the vicinity, with one being flagged to an international hotel operator.

Up at the 1,000 plus rai Thai Muang mega-project, movement is once again underway, as is a nearby massive Japanese-led mixed-use project including a golf course.

Land values are currently running amuck in the Koh Kloi area where the AOT (Airports of Thailand) has reportedly acquired land for an upcoming Phang Nga airport which will provide Phuket with a second gateway alternative.

Premium land transactions are taking place, with the most notable being the recent trade of the former oceanfront site in Bodan that was to be at various stages first a Raffles and later a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Looking at Phuket’s light-rail initiative, one knock-on effect will be the eventual linkage between the island and larger connection to a broader rail terminus in Koh Kloi. This will likely spur real estate speculators to acquire peripheral locations.

As Phang Nga’s West Coast four land highway expansion moves forward to Khao Lak and beyond, Phuket’s Northern neighbor is seeing a renewed push in its tourism, property and infrastructure.

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Motorbike rider dies after colliding with ten wheeler truck in Thalang

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A male motorbike rider has died after colliding into the back of a ten wheeler truck in Thalang early this morning.

Thalang Police were notified of the accident along Thepkrasattri Road in the southbound lane through Thalang at 2am this morning. The conditions were dry and road was clear of traffic.

Emergency responders arrived to find the ten wheelers truck and driver,  55 year old Sirichai Konghom, waiting at the scene.

Nearby was a damaged motorbike. The 20 year old driver, Ittiphon Rodnokkaew, died at the scene.

Sirichai told police that he was driving from Surat Thani to Phuket. When he arrived at the scene he heard the sound of a collision at the back of his truck.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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Boating no-go zone set for  HRH Princess Sirivannavari visiting Phuket

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Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana is visiting Phuket today to inaugurate a new marine research vessel. A boats no-go zone has been set.

The Phuket Marine Office has announced “Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana is visiting Phuket today to inaugurate the new marine vessel at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC)”

“The official ceremonies is from midday to 5pm,  No boats may enter in the special zone during HRH Sirivannavari’s visit from midday to 5pm which are…

1. Latitude 7º48’42.36” North Longitude 98º22’21.70” East

2. Latitude 7º48’01.74” North Longitude 98º22’08.56” East

3. Latitude 7º47’49.25” North Longitude 98º24’33.99” East

4. Latitude 7º47’03.49” North Longitude 98º24’12.01” East?

For non-nautical types, here’s a more helpful map. The exclusion areas are between the PMBC and Koh Lon in Chalong Bay

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