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– Sports news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community

Manchester United’s Jones ruled out of Real match
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PHUKET: Manchester United’s Phil Jones will miss the Champions League last 16 second leg at home to Real Madrid after failing to recover from an ankle injury, manager Alex Ferguson said.

The versatile defender or midfielder suffered the injury during last month’s FA Cup fifth round victory over Reading.

“He’s not fit,” Ferguson told a news conference yesterday.

Jones put in a top-class performance in the first leg of the European tie last month, man-marking Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo during the 1-1 draw.

Ronaldo scored with a towering header but Jones was not to blame.

“His performance over there was absolutely excellent,” Ferguson said. “It’s a miss but we can’t deem it as something we can’t manage, we’ve got options.”

Ferguson added that United’s main task against Real would be to put in a strong defensive performance to keep a lid on any breaks by the Spanish visitors.

“It probably will be the key to the game,” he said. “I believe they are one of the best counter-attacking clubs in Europe … we’ve got to find a way of coping with that but also having our own threat in an attacking sense also.”

One of those attacking threats could come from midfielder Ryan Giggs, who will make his 1,000th professional appearance in Tuesday’s match at Old Trafford.

“Tomorrow he will be involved at some point, whether it’s starting or on the bench I haven’t made my mind up but he will be involved and of course his experience of these occasions will be vital to us,” Ferguson said.

Tevez earns Manchester City 1-0 victory at Aston Villa
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PHUKET: Manchester City trimmed Manchester United’s Premier League lead to 12 points after Carlos Tevez pounced to earn the champions a 1-0 victory at struggling Aston Villa last night.

The Argentine produced a cool finish to punish a defensive mistake just before halftime and though not playing at full throttle City were rarely troubled as they claimed a victory that left Villa in the bottom three.

United, who face Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16 second leg on Tuesday, still look unstoppable in pursuit of a 20th English title with 71 points. With 10 games left to play City have 59 points and Tottenham Hotspur are third on 54.

Villa, needing a point to climb out of the relegation zone above Wigan Athletic, dominated the opening 20 minutes and nearly went ahead when Christian Benteke’s goalbound header was booted off the line by Tevez on the post.

City gradually settled into their rhythm and Pablo Zabaleta was unlucky not to give them the lead after 36 minutes when his shot was finger-tipped against the inside of the post by Villa keeper Brad Guzan.

Villa looked like reaching halftime unscathed but a moment of madness from defender Ciaran Clark undermined a hard-working first-half display by the hosts.

Attempting a fancy turn rather than a simple thump forward, he was dispossessed by Edin Dzeko and the Bosnian squared for Tevez who danced past Guzan before slotting into the net despite Clark’s attempts to get back on the line.

Tevez nearly increased City’s lead shortly after the break when he weaved across the area but his shot was beaten out by Guzan who was by the far the busier of the two goalkeepers.

Nothing much was coming back from Villa with City keeper Joe Hart being a virtual spectator before frantic late pressure from the home side brought no reward.

Mourinho wants to still be managing at Ferguson’s age
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PHUKET: Jose Mourinho hopes he is still managing in his seventies like Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson, the Real Madrid boss said as he prepared to face him in a Champions League clash “the world will stop to watch”.

At 50, the Portuguese has a couple of decades to go if he is to still be working at 71 like Ferguson, whose side host the Spanish champions in their eye-catching Champions League last 16 second leg tonight (kick-off 2:45am tomorrow morning time).

“I think it’s the kind of job where the better you are because it’s the kind of job where the experiences you live and the thoughts you give to your experiences makes you better,” Mourinho told a news conference.

“So yes I (can) imagine (it) … and I would love that God gives me health so I can do it. Sir Alex is unique, I don’t have any words to add to what everybody says about him and respect he has from everyone.”

With the tie between two of the continent’s heavyweights delicately balanced at 1-1, Mourinho said Tuesday’s game seemed an even bigger event than its billing.

“Tomorrow the world will stop to watch this tie,” he said. “This doesn’t look (like) a tie, it looks (like) a final, let’s see which teams arrive at Wembley (for the final) but I doubt that the expectation can be bigger than this one.”

Fantastic run
Although he said he had “no idea” what was going to make the difference between the two sides on the night, the former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Porto manager has plenty of experience of Manchester United encounters to draw on.

Not least the moment nine years ago when as Porto manager he dashed madly up the touchline to celebrate his team knocking United out of the Champions League.

With the experience of more than 100 matches in Europe’s elite club competition now, Mourinho reckons he would react differently if he knocked them out again on Tuesday.

“That match was my first season playing Champions League football,” he said.

“I think I can control in a different way my emotions – so if I lose tomorrow I don’t cry and if I win I don’t run 100 metres for sure.”

With both teams on good runs – Real having recorded back-to-back wins over arch rivals Barcelona and United clear in the Premier League – Mourinho said he had no idea what would divide them on the night.

“They are in a fantastic run,” he said, joking that United had won the Premier League already.

“But we are also in a good form in 2013. That’s the million dollar question – who knows what is going to make the difference.”

Real will hope it might be forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored the equaliser in the first leg against his former club.

Team mate Xabi Alonso, who used to face Ronaldo during his Liverpool days, was glad he was playing with him rather than against him.

“He’s in terrific form at the moment, he has been very decisive in many, many important games,” he said. “At the moment I am lucky enough to say he is on my side and I prefer to have him on my side.”

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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82 year old Frenchman killed in motorbike crash with ATV in Phuket

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PHOTO: A police officer examines the red ATV involved in a crash that killed an elderly Frenchman in Phuket

An elderly French man has died after an American woman lost control of her all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and crashed into his motorcycle in Chalong, southern Phuket. The woman was seriously injured. Police say the incident occurred on Soi Klum Yang in Chalong around 4pm on Thursday.

The crash involved a red ATV, and a black motorcycle ridden by the 82 year old Frenchman Robert Geoffray.

The woman, identified as 39 year old American Onome Alero Adeosun, suffered a broken right arm, leg and collarbone. Emergency workers found the elderly Frenchman lying unconscious on the road with serious head injuries. Medics performed CPR before sending both to Chalong Hospital, where the man was later pronounced dead.

His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for autopsy. The woman was transferred to Siriroj Hospital and is currently helping police with their investigation.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Salty tap water and dirty air – Bangkok’s environmental woes continue today

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PHOTO: Government House officials are turning to salt-tolerant plants - khaosod.co.th

Brackish tap water, with increased salinity caused by seawater back-flowing into the Chao Phraya River, is threatening the gardens in and around the Government House compound. Government House officials are seeking assistance from the Agriculture Department.

Several small tree species – Lamduan, Chor Sumalee, Rachavadi, Nom Maew and Hom Muenlee – are more vulnerable to brackish tap water. The gardens are watered from a supply pumped in from the Chao Phraya.

It’s been noted tha the saline level was around 400 milligrams per litre, still within the 1,000 mg/litre standard, but some of the species were already intolerant to the rising salinity.

Officials are seeking advice from the Agriculture Department about long-term measures to replant with species which would be more tolerant to the rising salinity of the water – situation they acknowledge will need to be managed in the short to medium term.

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SCREENGRAB: Air Visual

Meanwhile, air around the capital today continues to be universally poor to very poor with readings as high as 187 near Suvarnabhumi Airport. Light airs, dust problems from northern-easter provinces and hot continental air flowing across the capital, continue to haunt Bangkok. Even with many factories closed today, and traffic lighter than weekdays, Bangkok’s air has been recorded as the ninth worst city in the world for air pollution.

Right across the city the air quality readings are into the ‘unhealthy’ zone.

Chiang Mai, Lampang and Central Thailand are fairing no better – all with readings at least 3 times the Thai upper safe limit of 50 microns of 2.5micron particulate per cubic metre. The World Health Organisation sets its limit even lower at 25.

Pattaya has air quality readings today of 162, whilst even Phuket, in the south, is registering readings between 100 and 145 with reduced visibility today.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Three massive condo developments along Phuket’s up-market Layan Beach

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PHOTO: Northern end of Layan Beach - True-beachfront

by Bill Barnett – c9hotelworks.com

Two new condo developments are going ahead in the Layan Beach area of Phuket’s up-market west-coast beach strip. And there’s another one underway next to the Dream Beach Club at the northern end of the Layan beach strip. All in all, another 1,200+ keys added to the available rooms along the Bang Tao/Layan Beach area.

On the northern side of Bangtao Beach, next to Maan Tawan and nearby Banyan Tree Phuket is the upcoming Sunshine Beach development. With a plan for 771 hotel and residences units on 12.6 rai, the high-density project is targeting Mainland Chinese buyers with pricing points reportedly starting from 4 million baht. Construction is expected to start in June of this year and complete in 2022.

From our discussion with sales staff the developer has claimed they have reached an agreement with the government for beach fronting facilities in the National Park strip in front of the project.

While in Layan next to Lotus Gardens is the upcoming 400 unit Layan Green Park. Pricing points run from 2.5 million baht. Unit configurations will range from studio, to one, two and three bedrooms. Guaranteed returns of 10% for a period of 10 years are being promoted.

Phuket’s Layan area is seeing a surge in new real estate led projects and rising land values. At the same time as these two projects are underway, next to the Dream Beach is an oceanfront luxury project promoting sales of Grand Beach Villa and Ocean View Suites tagged as ‘N5’. The developer of the project is VIP Thailand who have another project in Rawai.

Based on our research the primary source market tragets of these three projects are mainland Chinese and Russian buyers. Local concerns in the Cherngtalay area over mounting traffic, water shortages and strain on municipal infrastructure are becoming issues.

Traffic in and around the central Cherngtalay shopping district is becoming increasingly clogged with little hope for respite other than improved traffic management.

SOURCE: C9Hotelworks.com

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