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Chelsea fight back as Bayern, Juve move clear
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PHUKET: Chelsea came from two goals down at Manchester United to draw 2-2 in a thrilling FA Cup quarter-final yesterday that capped a bad week for the Premier League leaders who were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Their conquerors in midweek, Real Madrid, beat struggling Celta Vigo 2-1 to stay 13 points behind Barcelona who defeated bottom side Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 with Lionel Messi scoring for a record 17th successive La Liga game.

Bayern Munich maintained their title push with a 3-2 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf to go 20 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and Juventus moved nine clear in Serie A with a 1-0 win over Catania.

ENGLAND

Manchester United and Chelsea drew 2-2 as the quarter-finals of the FA Cup took the spotlight and there was a thrilling Premier League match at Anfield where Liverpool came from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2.

United raced into an early 2-0 lead before holders Chelsea fought back to draw at Old Trafford and force a replay.

The winners of that game will face Manchester City in one semi-final at Wembley after the Premier League champions beat Barnsley 5-0 on Saturday.

Wigan Athletic beat Everton 3-0 in their quarter-final to reach the semis for the first time where they will face either Millwall or Blackburn Rovers.

Queens Park Rangers boosted their Premier League survival hopes with a 3-1 win over Sunderland, although they stay bottom of the table.

SPAIN

Barcelona stretched their lead at the top of La Liga to 13 points when Lionel Messi scored for a world record 17th straight league game in a 2-0 victory at bottom side Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.

Atletico Madrid lost their perfect home record when they were beaten 1-0 by Real Sociedad yesterday and city rivals Real leapfrogged them into second after Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in a 2-1 success at struggling Celta Vigo.

Barca fielded a weakened side against Depor with an eye on tomorrow’s Champions League game at home to AC Milan and Messi came off the bench to score with a delightful late chip after Alexis Sanchez had put Barca ahead in the first half.

Barca said Messi had surpassed Polish forward Teodor Pewterek, who scored in 16 straight outings for Ruch Chorzow at the end of the 1930s.

With 11 matches left, Barca lead on 71 points, with champions Real on 58 and Atletico on 57.

GERMANY

Bayern Munich’s record-breaking season showed no signs of abating as they twice came from a goal down to beat promoted Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-2 and set a Bundesliga record for the best start after a winter break with eight straight league victories.

Goals from Franck Ribery in the 73rd and Jerome Boateng four minutes from time turned the game in favour of the Bavarians, who have now won all ten of their matches in all competitions this year.

Bayern are 20 points clear at the top of the table and with nine matches to play, they only need only three more wins to take the title.

Champions Borussia Dortmund suffered a renewed setback in the league, slumping to a 2-1 defeat in their Ruhr valley derby against Schalke 04 to stay on 46 points but hold on to second place after Bayer Leverkusen remained a point behind following a 1-0 defeat at Mainz 05.

ITALY

Juventus extended their lead at the top of Serie A to nine points when substitute Emanuele Giaccherini scored in stoppage time to give them a 1-0 win over Catania.

Serie A top scorer, Edinson Cavani missed a second-half penalty as second-placed Napoli, who drew their previous four games, lost 2-0 at Chievo, where Boukary Drame and Cyril Thereau scored the goals.

Third-placed AC Milan won 2-0 at Genoa, leaving them only two points behind Napoli.

Amauri scored a hat-trick in the last 15 minutes as Parma beat Torino 4-1 and Colombian Victor Ibarbo also scored three goals in Cagliari’s 3-1 win over Sampdoria, played behind closed doors because of problems at the Is Arenas stadium.

FRANCE

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 23rd and 24th league goals to help Paris St Germain move four points clear of Olympique Lyon at the top of the table with a 2-1 victory at home over bottom club Nancy.

Lyon were held to a goalless home draw by third-placed Olympique Marseille, who have 50 points.

St Etienne, fourth on goal difference with 48 points, recovered twice from a goal down to draw 2-2 at Stade Rennes.

The promising Stephane Bohaken’s first two league goals earned Nice, in fifth, a 2-0 home victory over champions Montpellier.

NETHERLANDS

Ajax Amsterdam enjoyed a 3-0 home win against PEC Zwolle to go top of the Dutch league as PSV Eindhoven dropped to second after slumping to a 2-1 defeat at Heerenveen.

Ajax have 54 points after 26 matches, while PSV are one behind and level on points with Feyenoord, who beat Roda JC Kerkrade 1-0 thanks to Graziano Pelle’s 20th of the season.

PORTUGAL

Benfica thrashed Gil Vicente 5-0 at home to maintain their slender two-point lead over Porto at the top of the Portuguese Premier League.

The Lisbon club’s South-American contingent were on fire with Argentine duo Eduardo Salvio and Nicolas Gaitan, Paraguayan defender Melgarejo and Brazilian striker Lima all scoring.

Northern rivals Porto kept up the chase with a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Estoril ahead of their Champions League last-16, second-leg match at Malaga on Wednesday.

Benfica are on 58 points from 22 matches and Porto on 56.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Phuket is set to get its own version of the popular game MONOPOLY and its creators want your help with ideas for the specialised tokens. ‘MONOPOLY: Phuket Edition’ was announced last month which will see the street art on the board game replaced with that of famous places around Thailand’s famous tourist destination. Such art will include beaches, hotels, shops, markets and other popular attractions.

Jennifer Lau from Winning Moves UK, is producing the game under official license from Monopoly brand owners, Hasbro. Lau says the tokens will feature a holiday theme. The token’s departure from the original theme of wheelbarrows, boots, iron, and thimbles as well as popular sports cars and hats.

“We have had a wealth of emails and suggestions coming in for Phuket, so thank you for each and every single one of them! We are taking them all into consideration whilst putting together the design of the game.”

“We wanted to change the tokens so that they would be more suitable for an island like Phuket, where so many people like to go on holiday to.”

“There will be six themed tokens that replace the original and we want to hear your suggestions for what these tokens should be!”

Bangkok has already been featured in the Monopoly game as it came out for purchase back in 2018.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket is rehearsing procedures to ready themselves for the Covid‐19 vaccine administration green light. A rehearsal at Vachira Hospital’s Lan Muang Khao open area was held late yesterday to iron out any kinks in the administration process. Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong watched over the procedures along with other health officials.

Pichet says the first vaccine round of 4,000 doses should arrive early in March, with the 2nd and 3rd set of doses, 16,000 and 48,000 respectively, to arrive in April and May.

“The government recognises the importance of the affected areas of the economy where the epidemic situation of COVID-19 must be stopped and has allocated the COVID-19 vaccine to Phuket Province to build herd immunity, restore the economy, return a smile to Thailand.”

“We are preparing to COVID-19 mass vaccination to build confidence among the people that they will receive a quality, safe vaccine and to receive follow-up care after it has been administered.”

Pichet says Phuket’s first target groups to receive the vaccine include medical and public health personnel, with others on the frontlines to come next.

Then, workers aged 18-59 years old, people with underlying diseases including chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity will follow.

“People with severe neurological conditions and pregnant women should be wary of taking the vaccine, as well as women who are breastfeeding and people with immunodeficiency.”

The procedure to get vaccinated starts by recipients undergoing screening by having their temperatures taken, and then sanitising their hands before entering the administration area. Then, they will move their way through a series of steps, detailed below:

Step 1: Register

Step 2: Record weight and blood pressure

Step 3: Pass the screening process by have their medical history and risk assessment recorded and then signing a consent to receive the vaccine

Step 4: Wait for vaccination

Step 5: Vaccination

Step 6: Rest for 30 minutes, while being observed for symptoms. Then scan the official Line account “หมอพร้อม” (“Doctor Ready”)

Step 7: Pass a final check before receiving a document confirming vaccination

Pichet says health workers will follow up with vaccine recipients after 1,7, and 30 days from being vaccinated to monitor any adverse reactions.

Those who are set to receive their second jab will have appointments made for them. Those who receive the Sinovac vaccine will be scheduled to have their second doses 2 to 4 weeks after the first. AstraZeneca vaccine receivers will be scheduled for their second doses 10 to 12 weeks after the first.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket police officer charged with attempted murder for shooting and critically injuring a noodle vendor

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The drunk, off-duty police officer in Phuket who has caught on camera shooting and beating a noodle vendor on Bangla Road is now facing attempted murder charges as well as charges of carrying a firearm in public without a necessary reason and firing a weapon in a public area. The commander of the Phuket police station said he ordered investigators to prosecute the officer Pornthep Channarong with every criminal charge that can be applied.

The officer had gotten into an altercation just before dawn yesterday and shot a young vendor who was walking by. Surveillance camera footage show the 25 year old suddenly falling to the ground after being shot. The officer walks up and shoots the vendor at a close range, but it appears the second shot did not hit the vendor. The officer also slapped the vendor in the face, picked him up and shoved him over, and then kicked him as he lay on the ground.

The vendor has a 4 year old daughter and 3 month old son. His wife says normally he works as a motorbike driver, but he was helping his mother selling noodles. He was shot while he was walking back from collecting a noodle bowl, she says. The vendor is in critical condition and being cared for at Vachira Phuket Hospital’s intensive care unit. He’s in need of Type B blood.

“For his condition, the doctor told me that the bullet went through his lung. He lost a lot of blood. We need a lot of Type B blood for him.”

A disciplinary investigation into the incident was launched by police and Pornthep was officially dismissed from the Royal Thai Police force. Region 8 Police Commander Kitrat Panpetch says the incident does not reflect the police force in Phuket.

“The incident was caused by an officer who did something wrong that our organisation does not want. We are a big organisation with more than 200,000 officers under our control. Our officers are not all bad like this.”

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pornsak Nuannu says he has reminded the police chiefs across the island to discuss reasons for carrying firearms in public.

“Carrying firearms is to prevent any type of crime that may happen, not to commit a crime by themselves like this incident. If I see any police doing such a thing, I will decisively proceed in terms of both officer discipline and criminal charges.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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