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PHUKET: Manchester United claimed their 20th top-flight league title last weekend with their 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford. A first half Robin Van Persie hat trick sealed the win for United and ensured that the Premier League title went back to Old Trafford with four games of the season left.

Last season’s champions, Manchester City, lost 3-1 away to Tottenham Hotspur, meaning that United only needed three points to be crowned champions.

Van Persie opened the scoring in the second minute to ease the nerves and increase the level of expectation at Old Trafford. The Dutch striker then added two more goals before halftime, including running on to meet a searching 30-yard pass from Wayne Rooney that he volleyed from the edge of the box on his left foot past a helpless Guzan in the Villa goal.

Manchester United have won the Premier League 13 times and Ryan Giggs has featured in all of those campaigns. Ominously, Alex Ferguson claims that Giggs may have a few more years left at the top level.

Claiming this season’s Premier League title makes up for the heartache Ferguson and his team suffered on the last day of last season, when Sergio Aguero latched on to a pass from Mario Balotelli – the only assist of Balotelli’s eventful City career – to score the winner against QPR, with the last kick of the game to win the Premier League.

Ferguson made sure this season’s title race did not go down to the wire when he purchased Van Persie for 24 million pounds sterling from Arsenal last summer. The Dutch striker’s goals have been key to their success. His 24 league goals this season are more than strikers Wayne Rooney (12), Javier Hernandez (8) and Danny Welbeck (1) combined.

Luis Suarez was the center of attention again in Liverpool’s game against Chelsea. The Uruguayan striker conceded a penalty that Eden Hazard converted to put Chelsea 2-1 in front, Suarez then scored a 97th-minute headed equalizer to claim a draw for Liverpool. In between these incidents, Suarez was involved in a tussle with Branislav Ivanovic in the Chelsea box that resulted in Suarez biting Ivanovic’s arm. The referee missed the incident but the FA have charged Suarez with violent conduct which he has accepted, but he doesn’t feel that he should get a ban longer than three games as the match officials missed the incident.

Arsenal’s push for third place continued with a 1-0 win at Fulham. Defender Per Mertesacker was the unlikely scorer in an unconvincing win that finished with both teams down to 10 men. Steve Sidwell was sent off for Fulham in the first half for a dangerous tackle and Giroud was dismissed in the last minute of the game.

Paolo Di Canio continued Sunderland’s resurrection with a 1-0 win over Everton that pretty much ended David Moye’s team’s hopes for European qualification.

Stoke’s 2-0 away win at QPR helped move them away from the bottom three and all but doomed QPR to relegation. Peter Crouch, who Harry Redknapp has signed for two of his previous clubs, put Stoke in the lead just before halftime and a Jon Walter’s penalty in the 77th minute sealed the victory.

Other results:

  • West Ham 2 – 0 Wigan
  • West Brom 1 – 1 Newcastle
  • Swansea 0 – 0 Southampton
  • Norwich 2 – 1 Reading
  • Tottenham 3 – 1 Manchester City

— Andrew Scott

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UPDATE: Confusion over Covid-19 tests for visa extensions

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Confusion reigns today over if Covid-19 tests will be required for visa extensions. While Phuket News spoke with an immigration official who said no… you don’t need a Covid-19 test to extend your visa or apply for a work permit, Khaosod English wrote an article headlined “Covid-19 test will be mandatory for all visa extension.”

The Thai Immigration Bureau has not made any announcement regarding Covid-19 tests. Talk about Covid-19 tests for foreigners was brought up after a rule was published in the Royal Gazette last month, officially adding Covid-19 to a list of dangerous diseases, prohibiting those infected with any of the listed illnesses from entering the country.

Immigration Police Bureau spokesperson Archayon Kraithong told Khaosod English that proof of a negative Covid-19 test will be required for visa extensions, regardless of how long a foreigner has stayed in Thailand. On the other hand, Phuket immigration deputy chief Nareuwat Putthawiro told Phuket News that Covid-19 tests will not be required for visa extensions or work permit applications.

“We do not require any medical documents for an application to renew a visa, because there are few foreigners’ movements outside Phuket. Most of them live and work in Phuket, and have done so before the new wave of Covid-19… So they do not have to worry about it. Everything is still the same.”

Medical exams are required for most work permit applicants. The exams include a brief screening and a blood test for syphilis. At the moment, a Covid-19 test is not required for work permit applicants, although it certainly could be in the future.

“We have not received any notices about Covid-19 requirements for processing applications to renew visas. If we do receive any such orders, we will let the public know.”

SOURCES: Phuket News| Khaosod English

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Visitors to Phuket from “highest risk” areas must show Covid-19 test results

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People arriving Phuket from the “highest risk” areas are required to take a swab test by the staff at emergency operation centres (EOC) or show the test result document endorsed by the EOC staff made within 72 hours of their arrival. The revised order is effective from now until January 31, according to the Phuket Governor.

Those people who are on a brief business trip to Phuket need to show certificates from their employers describing the reason and necessity of their trips. If they want to leave their accommodations, they have to make a request to the EOC and clearly explain the reason as well as the time and destination. Visitors are also asked to avoid going to the community areas to avoid crowded gatherings.

It is noted that the revised order by the governor has not been officially promoted by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department. However, all visitors are still asked to register online via the Mor Chana contact tracing application and via www.gophuget.com according to the order re-issued on Friday.

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The road less travelled – trekking to the Kalim Viewpoint

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There are two well known ways to get from Kathu to Kalim or Kamala – one is across the Patong Hill, and the other is much longer, through Srisoonthorn and along the coastal road from Surin the Kamala (very scenic too).

But there’s also another way. Also very scenic but will take you about 2 hours through dense forest although there is a well-worn walking track. The track will take you from Kathu up to the Kalim Viewpoint. From here you can head back to Kathu along a different path, or down into Kalim, near Patong.

Starting about halfway down Soi Namtok in Kathu, you head up a nondescript road past the Flying Hanuman zipline attraction, although there’s no sign at the entrance to the soi (below). About the first kilometre is paved but then becomes increasingly ‘agricultural’ as you get higher into the hills, heading towards the Kalim Viewpoint. There’s also a small temple on the way up.

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PHOTO: The start of the trek, a small soi off Soi Namtok – Google Maps

It will take around 2 hours to trek up to the Kalim Viewpoint. The walking is quite strenuous and you’ll need to be wearing the right shoes and take plenty of water – there’s no 7/11s on the way! As you get nearer the top, to the viewpoint, the track becomes less drivable although the track is still quite open and easy to follow. If you’re feeling a bit lazy you can take a motorbike about halfway up the road until you’ll need to proceed on foot from there.

From the Kalim Viewpoint you can see across Kalim to Patong Bay and the land that stretches along the bay south of Patong Beach. From the top you can either make your way down to Kalim or another exit along the Kalim-Kamala Road, just near the Iguana Beach Club.

You can also head back another way to Kathu, a longer return track that skirts around the top of the Kathu Waterfall. A lot of that track gets very narrow and parts of it are up and down the hills, some of it very steep.

The views are amazing and you get to see a vast swathe of Phuket, still very close to popular locations like Patong, Kamala and Kathu, but untouched by any civilisation.

You’ll need to be in reasonable health to take on the trip but, just to go up to the Kalim Viewpoint and back, or down into Kalim, should take around 5 hours in total. On a scale of 1 – 5 for difficulty, we’d rate it a 3. An easy trek for experienced people but will need a bit of planning if you’re not an experienced trekker.

Even on a hazy day, as it was today, the views were amazing. But best to start off early morning when the weather is cooler. Well worth the time for the views and the opportunity to see more of Phuket, away from the bars and beaches.

Thanks to BT for the pics and information.

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