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PHUKET: Despite overwhelming odds, Phuket FC’s Coach is confident that his side can share the points in tonight’s away match against Thai Division 1 top-side Bangkok United.

Speaking on the phone from the Thai capital this morning, Coach Anuruck “June” Srikerd told the Phuket Gazette that his side’s defensive game is tight and wouldn’t concede goals very easily.

“Even though we’re the underdogs, playing against a great team on their turf, I believe we have a good chance to get a point tonight,” he said.

The match, to be played at the Thai Japanese Stadium in Bangkok’s central Din Daeng district, is both sides’ 32nd match of the 34-fixture season.

With the season rapidly winding to a close, the outcome will have major implications for both sides.

In second place of the 18-team league, Bangkok (67 points) have openly vowed to prevail in all of their remaining matches – not only to be one of three teams to secure promotion to the elite Thai Premier League, but also to stay in contention for the Division 1 championship title, a contest currently being led by Ratchaburi Mitrphol FC (72 points).

Meanwhile, Phuket in 13th place, one spot ahead of this year’s five-team relegation pot, are at high risk of falling back down into the dreaded Division 2-regional league-bound zone.

Despite tonight’s fixture being both sides’ third match of the week, considering the high stakes, energy levels are expected to be high.

While Phuket’s starting 11 has yet to be confirmed, the list will not include high-profile Brazilian keeper Alonso Goleiro, who was kicked out of the team’s training camp on Thursday for allegedly violating team rules.

Coach June told Siam Sports reporters that Alonso had invited a girl into the camp’s accommodations.

“When I joined Phuket [at the end of last month], I had talked to and agreed with every player that they would have to strictly follow the rules so that we can meet the daunting goal of surviving the threat of relegation.

“However, Alonso broke a big rule and thus cannot train or play with us [for at least the Bangkok Utd match]. As for his [ultimate] punishment, it’s up to the team,” he was quoted in the report.

Alonso, however, denies any wrongdoing, telling the Gazette this morning that the girl in question was not his personal guest.

“She was the girlfriend of a good [male] friend who is also Thailand’s national goalkeeper coach… Actually, this is an internal problem… The coach has it out for me and other foreign players,” he said.

Kickoff is set for 6pm with fans in Bangkok encouraged to join the Phuket FC’s traveling cheer squad.

For those who can’t make it, the match will be broadcast live on national cable, True Channel 74. Nok Sanarm cafe, a favorite with many hardcore Phuket FC fans, across from Surakul Stadium, will also be airing the match.

Bangkok United’s last five results:
3-0 win away vs Songkhla FC
0-1 loss home vs PTT Rayong
2-0 win away vs Krabi FC
1-0 win home vs Royal Navy
3-0 win away vs Chanthaburi

Phuket FC’s last five results:
1-1 draw home vs Pattalung FC
1-5 loss away vs Saraburi FC
0-1 loss home vs Sri Racha FC (First match with current head coach)
0-2 loss away vs Suphanburi
5-2 win vs Khon Kaen FC

Other Division 1 matches to be played this weekend:
Saturday, October 13:
Sri Racha vs Pattalung – 6:30pm
Songkhla vs PTT Rayong – 6pm
Korat vs Chanthaburi – 6:30pm

Sunday, October 14:
JW Rangsit vs Krabi – 3:30pm
Rajpracha vs Royal Navy – 4pm
Bangkok FC vs Saraburi – 5pm
Suphanburi vs Airforce Utd – 6pm
Khon Kaen vs Ratchaburi – 6pm

Division 2 Promotion Playoffs – Week 2 of 10

Saturday, October 13:
Trang FC vs Rayong FC – 6pm
Thai Honda vs Trat FC – 4pm
Chiangmai FC vs Sri Saket – 6pm

Sunday, October 14:
Roi Et Utd vs Ayutthaya FC – 5:30pm
Rayong Utd vs Pitsanulok FC – 5:30pm
Pak Nam Po vs Pattani FC – 6pm

— Steven Layne

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Phuket airport ready for tourists after finishing Covid screening labs

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Phuket Airport is officially ready for tourists as authorities say they have finished installing Covid screening labs in an effort to welcome international travellers. The 5T Model for Covid-19 is being used at the airport with the goal of screening large groups of people in a quick and efficient manner. The Phuket health chief says the 5T’s stand for Target, Testing, Treating, Trusting and Tracing.

Phuket has one large airport at the north end of the island but is separated into two separate terminals – a domestic terminal (the original airport terminal), and a new international terminal opened in 2016.

The target category refers to the target groups of tourists while the tracing stands for software that will be used to monitor their movements. The testing category refers to Covid tests that will be implemented to travellers upon arrival along with the treatment and trust categories signifying the readiness of resources for medical treatment and confident communications between all parties respectively.

The Covid-19 lab container module has been set up at Phuket airport’s Terminal X (the terminal opened for charter flights opened in 2014) and will be tested tomorrow with its operation to start on September 30. As large groups of tourists could arrive (later in the year, the lab is reportedly capable of testing 96 people at a time with test results becoming available in 6 hours. What the airport would do withe tested passengers whilst waiting for 6 hours, has not been detailed at this stage.

Such a readiness plan to welcome foreign tourists originally singled out Phuket due to its popularity with travellers, and as a so-called guinea pig model to test in a controlled environment (Phuket is an island joined to the Thai mainland by a single 300 metre road bridge). Once dubbed the Phuket Model, authorities have proposed to rename the plan to “Special Tourist Visa” due to the confusion and opposition it reportedly caused. The scheme is reportedly now being proposed for all areas of Thailand but only allowing foreigners from specific countries.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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Phuket’s Sri Panwa Resort’s land title deed to be investigated for legality by DSI

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Back in the news again. Phuket’s Sri Panwa Resort’s land title deed is now to be investigated by the Department of Special Investigation after a petition was filed to determine whether the deed was procured legally. Veera Somkwamkid, the secretary-general of the People’s Network Against Corruption, filed the petition along with 167 pages of documents pertaining to his accusations that Thawatchai Anukun, a land fraud suspect, had unlawfully issued land title deeds to plots of land in Phuket before he mysteriously died in a detention room while in DSI custody in 2016.

He was allegedly being investigated for falsifying land deeds between the years of 1998 and 2001. Veera claims before the title deed was issued on the plot, the land was part of a forest known by locals as Pa Kae.

“Back then, 10 families that had occupied the plots for about 40 years had title deed requests rejected. The reason given was the land was part of a forest reserve used by the navy.”

However, Watchara Buathong, Phuket’s current land official, says the Sri Panwa resort had legally acquired its 56-rai, none of which was ever state land. Local resident Khwanjai Khumban, backed this claim, saying her father and cousins had sold most of the land to the resort, and she could produce documents to account for at least 12 rai of the disputed area.

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Meanwhile, the Social Security Office, is also under fireas it is being asked to explain why it invested in the hotel’s trust fund. The department, which is under Thailand’s Ministry of Labour, in which its minister says he doesn’t know if the property has been legally built and points to the responsibility to the DSI to investigate. This was echoed by at least one opposition MP and anti-corruption activists.

The hotel, situated on Cape Panwa, in Phuket’s Muang district, has been under recent scrutiny due to its owner, Vorasit Issara, accusing Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, a co-leader of the anti-government United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration group, of offending the monarchy at last weekend’s protest at Sanam Luang.

Vorasit posted on Instagram that Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul should be jailed, further falsely claiming that she is not Thai when, in fact, Panusaya was found to have been born in Nonthaburi and is a Thai citizen.

“This bullshit has got to stop. She is not Thai. Who is she working for? This one needs to be in prison”.

Such a statement has received wide backlash from netizens with some taking to Trip Advisor and other websites to post bad reviews of the resort, prompting it to suspend advertising on such sites.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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Female prisoner on the run after escaping from Phuket Hospital

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A female prisoner is on the run after escaping from Vachira Hospital in Phuket during a doctor’s appointment. 58 year old Siri Phodam allegedly escaped after asking her prison escort officer to use the toilet. But she took a long time to come back, and was found to have escaped. CCTV cameras caught her dressed in a blue hospital patient shirt and a sarong leaving the hospital quickly. A Phuket prison officer says the woman is 158 centimetres tall and has dark skin.

“Some of our own officers are searching for her, and we have also sent the prisoner’s description to all Phuket police stations. However, at this stage we have not found any clues.

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“If anyone finds a person matching the prisoner’s appearance, please inform us by calling 076 212 104.”

Siri was imprisoned after being charged with posessing illegal drugs and lived in Moo 2, Rawai.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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