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Button dominates F1 opener

PHUKET: Jenson Button of McLaren reveled in his “dream start” at e opening race of the 2012 Formula 1 season at the Albert Park Lake street circuit in Melbourne.

Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull managed to gain second by making good use of the safety car on lap 37 to pit, and emerged ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who finished 4.075 seconds off the pace in third.

“I thought I would be in a good position to have a go at Jenson, but two corners and he was gone,” said Vettel.

Hamilton started in pole position, but during the “launch phase” he suffered a lack of traction and his teammate passed him to take the lead and remain there for the entire race.

‘t my day,” said Hamilton. “I just have to keep my head down and my day will come.”

Mark Webber, in front of his home crowd also suffered from a poor start and dropped to ninth; however, the second Red Bull driver managed to fight back to gain fourth spot at the finish.

Fernando Alonso took fifth for Ferrari, though only after Williams’ Pastor Maldonado touched the artificial grass and crashed into the wall after harrying the Spaniard for eight laps.

This weekend the action moves to the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, with the race due to start at 3pm Phuket time.

The track is one of the most demanding on the F1 calender, with tight cornering and long straights providing drivers with ample opportunity to overtake.

It is expected that McLaren and Red Bull will contest the podium, with Button and Hamilton relishing the opportunity to build upon last week’s result.

It is thought Sepang will also show the shortcomings of Ferrari’s car. More importantly for many is: Will Kylie Minogue show?

Derby heats up the race

Tottenham Hotspur’s match with Cheslea at Stamford Bridge is the pick of action this weekend, and will give the Blues’ caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo his first major test in the Premiership.

Fernando Torres finally broke his 24-match dry spell with two against Leicester as they advanced in the FA Cup, and if he can continue to find the net it will be a huge bonus to Chelsea in the scramble for that vital fourth spot .

Whilst Chelsea are in a good vein of form after the departure of Andre Villas-Boas, the Spurs are not.

Harry Redknapp has offered counseling to his players following the incident at Bolton.

At the foot of the table, QPR, Wigan and Wolves all have difficult away-matches and will probably be happy for a point in their respective battles to avoid relegation.

Bolton Wanderers, who are just one point above the drop zone, will face the Blackburn Rovers who are in 16th, five points ahead.

Owen Coyle will see the game as a must-win for Bolton in their own bid for safety, and it will take all of his managerial experience to pick his side up following last weekend’s sad incident concerning Fabrice Muamba.

Welsh grand slam the Six Nations

Wales took the Six Nations title and their third Grand Slam in eight years beating the French 16-9 in a closely fought battle at the Millennium Stadium.

Emotions were running high before the start with a minute’s silence observed for former Welsh Grand Slam winning captain Mervyn Davies, as well as Jock Hobbs, the ex-All Blacks skipper.

The Dragons have to thank Alex Cuthbert and his moment of individual brilliance when he carved his way through the French defensive line to give Wales the advantage 7-3, after Dimitri Yachvili had put the first points on the board for “Les Bleus”.

Leigh Halfpenny converted Cuthbert’s try and added a penalty, before Yachvili kept France in touch with another three points.

Whilst Rhys Priestland and Halfpenny both had kicks come back off the uprights, it was Halfpenny, probably player of the tournament, whose 52-yard penalty took the game away from the French for Wales to run out Grand Slam victors.

England had their best win of the competition with victory over Ireland 30-9, secured by the domination of their front row.

Scotland’s failure at the Stadio Olimpico, losing 13-6, as Giovanbattista Venditti’s try seperated the teams, collected the Wooden Spoon for the first time since 2007.

Cricket: Sachin Tendulkar gets his 100th International Century

India’s Sachin Tendulkar finally secured his 100th international century to become the first player to reach this historic milestone, after being in the “nervous nineties” twice since March last year.

To put the record into context, the second leading century maker is Ricky Ponting, on a ‘lowly’ 71.

He scored the record-breaking run against Bangladesh with a single off Shakib Al Hasan, and was eventually dismissed for 114.

Tendulkar has scored 15,470 Test runs and 18,260 in the one-day game.

Tennis: Federer eyes more Grand Slams

Swiss superstar Roger Federer is setting his sights on more Grand Slams, after winning his third-straight tournament in Indian Wells.

The 16-time Grand Slam winner had to fight off a cold and a strong field to capture his fourth Indian Wells title.

Federer said after beating John Isner 7-6 (9/7), 6-3 in the final that his biggest wish this year is to win a gold medal at the London Olympics and to reclaim the World No 1 ranking.

Many were starting to write Federer off when he turned 30 and his game dropped off a bit.

Football: Fabrice Muamba Update

FOOTBALL: Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed and was rushed to hospital following a heart attack during the FA Cup quarter-final tie against Tottenham last weekend.

Muamba, only 23-years-old, was born in the DR of Congo, though represented England in the Under-21s, making 33 appearances.

Medics spent six minutes resuscitating him on the field before transferring him to the London Heart Hospital.

His condition is now stable, and his family have offered thanks for all the support and prayers given.

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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.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

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.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

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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Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works

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The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.

The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.

The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.

Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.

As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.

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