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PHUKET: The island’s professional futsal (five-a-side indoor football) team Phuket United is set to begin pre-season training for the Thailand Futsal League (TFL) 2012-2013 season, scheduled to kick off unofficially by next month.

Speaking on the phone from Bangkok, the team’s secretary, Samak Rattanatilok na Phuket, informed the Gazette that the team has finally received confirmation from the TFL about the season’s unofficial start in October.

Mr Samak was in the capital to attend a meeting with TFL team representatives and league organizers on Wednesday.

“We will start to finalize contracts with our Thai players, so that we can start to prepare for at least two friendly matches next month.

Asked about the status of the team’s star striker, Rogerio Moreira, Mr Samak was adamant that the Brazilian, who helped Phuket win the CAT national championship last year, would return to Thailand to play for the team.

“Rogerio will begin his contract in November, when the season officially starts. Meanwhile, we will finalize our Thai lineup,” he said.

Mr Samak added that Phuket United are in negotiations with another high-profile Brazilian player, Jackson Santos.

Santos, who previously played for ‘I am Sport FC’, told the Gazette that he really wants to join Phuket United alongside good friend Rogerio, believing this would enhance their performances for the team.

Rogerio echoed the sentiment, saying, “If Santos is signed to Phuket United, we would play really well together.”

Though Rogerio had recently signed a contract with the “Andaman Pearl” for the 2012-2013 season, an indefinite season delay had cast a shadow of uncertainty over the status of many of the league’s high-profile foreign talent, including Moreira and Santos.

“After our [Phuket United’s] successful qualification campaign at the end of last year, my wife and I had a conversation with the team president to negotiate my contract for the 2012-2013 season.

“I explained to him that I am not willing to leave my wife behind in Brazil [to play the season in Phuket], and I took it that he understood and accepted this. But after returning to Brazil during the break, I didn’t get any clear, concrete confirmation about my contract or starting date,” he told the Gazette.

Following that conversation, the Gazette contacted the club’s acting president, Preechawut Keesin, who said, “Due to the delay for start of season, we could not confirm anything for sure… now that we have official confirmation about the start date, we’re ready to start finalizing our squad.

“I can’t give any specific details about negotiations with Rogerio and Santos right now, but can say that they are key players that we are looking to secure for the team.”

Mr Preechawut added that the team will soon open an office across the street from Surakul Stadium, near the recently-opened Phuket FC office.

The team’s home matches will be held in the recently-built, air-conditioned 4,000-capacity gymnasium at Saphan Hin, which was completed ahead of the National Youth Games held in Phuket in May-June.

Phuket United are among 16 teams nationwide who will compete in the league.

Futsal World Cup draw
The organizers of the FIFA Futsal World Cup were left red-faced after the draw for the tournament, which will kick off in November in Thailand, was marred by confusion over rules, forcing the officials to make a revised draw (click here for draw results).

Four-time champions Brazil were originally drawn in Group C alongside Asian champions Japan, Portugal and Colombia, but the rules state that two teams from the same continent cannot be in the same group, with the exception of Europe, which have seven participating teams in the 24-team event.

The officials became aware of the mistake only after the initial draw was completed. After a 10-minute delay, the official who conducted the draw returned to the stage and explained the error.

African champions Libya were then assigned to Group C in place of Colombia in what was widely regarded as the most difficult-looking group, while the Colombians moved to Group F with Russia, the Solomon Islands and Guatemala.

Hosts Thailand are in Group A, which also features Ukraine, Costa Rica and Paraguay. Group B consists of two-time champions Spain as well as Iran, Panama and Morocco.

Argentina were slotted in Group D alongside Mexico, Italy and Australia, while Egypt, Serbia, the Czech Republic and Kuwait are in Group E.

Thirachai Wuthitham, the chairman of the National Futsal Development committee believes that Thailand are in a difficult group, given that Costa Rica are the Concacaf champions, while Ukraine and Paraguay stand at the eighth and ninth spots, respectively, in the world rankings, both above the Thai side in 11th place.

Additional reporting by Phuket Gazette partner news publication The Nation.

— Steven Layne

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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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