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Phuket Sports: Marlins reel in the Islanders

Legacy Phuket Gazette

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PHUKET: The Islanders fell back into into the five-team relegation zone following a 1-0 loss last night to 3rd place Sri Racha Suzuki FC.

Despite a wide margin in league points, the competition, played in front of 3,100 fans, was evenly matched with the Sri Racha “Blue Marlins” enjoying only slightly more possession than Phuket.

Indeed, it was looking as if Phuket FC – reinforced with the leadership of a capable new head coach, Anuruck “June” Srikerd as of Wednesday – were going to earn at least a point last night.

The crowd were on their feet on a number of occasions with near-scoring chances enjoyed early on by Phuket’s Narakorn Wisetthanakarn and Koreans Boash Chun and Seongwon Byeon.

However, Sri Racha’s Thai keeper Chanin Sae-ie coordinated well with his Brazilian backs, team captain, Douglas Cobo and Diego Mendes, who greatly limited Phuket’s attacking game.

For much of the game, Phuket’s midfielders Niran Panthong and Roland Vargos stepped up their game to reinforce Nenebi Slyvestre and Nonthapan Jiensathawong.

Sri Racha also kept up their attack and their two leading scorers, Argentine Gaston Raul Gonzalez (11 goals) and Japanese Korjima Seiya (9 goals) were unable to beat Phuket’s Kampon Phatomakkakul, who made a number of commendable saves.

Unfortunately for Phuket, Sri Racha’s African-Belgian import Nlome Ndebi Berlin came off the bench to replace Gonzalez in the second half.

Berlin proved to be a menace for Phuket’s defense, breaking through on a number of neck-hair raising runs.

Finally, in the 86th minute Berlin broke through again, this time beating Phuket’s keeper who had run out in a desperate attempt to clear the ball, with the Belgian comfortably sending the ball through to the open goal and netting his fourth of the season.

Phuket responded and earned a few set-play chances in dying moments, with one header by Ivorian Kanoute appearing to have bounced over the line before being cleared by the Sri Racha defender.

Despite four minutes of added time, Sri Racha were able to hold on to their lead to the final whistle (click here to see the action).

The result secures the Marlins 3rd place standing – the final promotion place. Though Sri Racha are tied on points with Bangkok United, they lead on goal difference with both trailing leaders Suphanburi by only one point.

The loss drops Phuket into 14th place and the final relegation zone.

With only five matches remaining – three away and two at home – the Islanders find themselves in dire threat of relegation.

Their next match, this Saturday, October 6, is a tough away fixture against 2nd place Suphanburi. With little time to recover, the Islanders will fly back to Phuket – courtesy of President Pamuk Atchirachai – to take on Khon Kaen FC at home in a midweek, Wednesday, October 10, match at Surakul Stadium.

Currently one place below Phuket, Khon Kaen are in just as much threat of losing their Division 1 standing as Phuket, so tensions are expected to be high for both sides playing for survival.

Phuket will immediately hit the road, set to play current 4th place side, Bangkok United three days later on October 13.

Phuket will have a week’s rest before their next match, away at Rajpracha on October 20, before returning home for their season finale at home against JW Rangsit FC.

Other Division 1 Results this weekend:
Songkhla 2 – 1 Rajpracha
PTT Rayong 0 – 1 Nakhon Ratchasima
Krabi 0 – 2 Bangkok United
Royal Navy 4 – 0 Khon Kaeng
JW Rangsit 3 – 2 Bangkok FC
Chanthaburi 1 – 3 Suphanburi
Ratchaburi 4 – 0 Saraburi
Airforce Utd 1 – 2 Pattalung

— Steven Layne

 

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12 Covid-19 violators busted drinking on Patong Beach

Neill Fronde

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PHOTO: A group drinking on the beach was arrested for violating Covid-19 restrictions. (via Freepik)

12 violators of Covid-19 restrictions, of Thai and foreign origin, have been arrested and taken into custody by police for gathering and drinking in public on Patong Beach. The Covid-19 measures currently in place in Phuket ban all get-togethers involving alcohol, limiting the number that can drink together to just 2 people. The group were arrested for violating this order and for drinking in public.

According to the police the group had 3 foreign men in it along with 5 Thai women and 3 Thai ladyboys, so for those keen at maths the details of the 12th person were not revealed. The Covid-19 rule violators were arrested Friday night in Patong on the walkway along the beach on Thaweewong Road, the popular beachfront road.

Police noted the specifics of their liquor stash, confirming that the group had 2 bottles and 8 cans of Thai beer, 2 imported beers, 4 wine coolers, 4 soda waters, and 2 bottles of Thai liquor. The stash was confiscated by the police.

The perpetrators were brought to Phuket town to the Phuket City Police Station. There they were met by the Phuket Vice governors and medical personnel from Vachira Phuket Hospital. The medics administered swab sample Covid-19 test to each member of the group of restriction violators.

The Vice Governor reminded people that these restrictions were put in place after more than 20 people tested positive for Covid-19 from a small group of people drinking together. That is why the regulations allow just two people together when alcohol is involved. He stressed that police and government officials have been instructed to crack down on violators to try to quickly curb the spread of Covid-19 for a chance at reopening to international tourism July 1st.

Officials asked the public to work together to attempt to eliminate the spread of Covid-19 in Phuket and instructed anybody who sees violators of the Covid-19 restrictions to contact the police immediately. Sentence and fine details were not yet available for the group of 12.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Covid-19 mask violators in Phuket forced to exercise

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PHOTO: Pushups instead of a 6,000 baht fine at a Phuket checkpoint yesterday. (via video screenshot)

For those who have more pounds on their body than pounds in their pocket, exercise punishment seen in Phuket yesterday for mask violators may or may not be welcome. Officials have walked back the strict 6,000 baht punishment for the first warning against someone not wearing a mask and were spotted forcing those who have gone out without a mask to do exercise on the street.

The people forced to exercise were at a Covid-19 checkpoint in the Rawai subdistrict, where the Chalong Police along with local medical workers were checking people yesterday. The checkpoint was set up in an effort to push one hundred per cent mask compliance to stop the spread of Covid-19 on Phuket.

Not only were they checking everyone who passed by to make sure they had their masks, but also to correct those who were wearing their masks improperly. We’ve all seen the people who seem to think that a mask on their chin or underneath their nose is somehow just as effective as a properly worn mask, or at least that they can get away with “wearing a mask” while limiting their personal inconvenience.

Officials were quick to point out that the overwhelming majority of people passing through the checkpoint, both foreigners and Thai, did have their masks with them and were wearing them properly. But they did catch more than 10 people not wearing their face mask or not using them correctly.

Authorities decided to let them off with a first soft warning by moving bodies instead of moving baht. Police made violators do exercise right there on the street in hopes of shaming them into making better decisions next time. All violators did have their names and details taken down with a promise that if they were caught again proper traditional fines would be handed down.

No word yet on any plans to make this punishment into a Tik-Tok Channel.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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Thai public health and tourism ministers on Phuket to push the July 1 Sandbox reopening

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Bangkok has sent a couple of ministerial heavyweights to Phuket today to keep pushing the July 1 ‘Sandbox’ bandwagon, insisting that Phuket will open to fully vaccinated tourists from July 1.

The Deputy PM and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul ,along with the Sports and Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, are doing the island PR tour today delivering a message from the PM Prayut Chan-o-cha who is confirming that Phuket will open to fully vaccinated international tourists from the start of July.

Phuket has continued to rack up between 10-20 new Covid infections each day over the past week and still has hundreds of people listed as ‘active cases’. As of today 22% of the island has been vaccinated.

The original Phuket Sandbox model was intended to be quarantine-free. That issue was not made clear during today’s PR trip from the 2 ministers. The full details of how Phuket will open to international tourists, how those tourists might get to Phuket, or where they will visit on an island with its tourist infrastructure shutdown, have not been provided at this stage. It has also not been discussed how long the international tourists will have to remain on Phuket before travelling to other parts of the country.

The Phuket Governor welcomed the prime ministerial delegation to Provincial Hall at lunchtime saying that Phuket would progress with its plans to launch the Phuket Sandbox from July 1.

“All stakeholders who are frontline warriors working to solve the problem of the Covid epidemic situation have earned the goodwill and concern from Prayut Chan-o-cha, who also believes that Phuket is ready to prepare for the opening of the Phuket Tourism Sandbox on July 1 for sure.”

Phuket Province generated several hundreds of billions of baht of income for the country per year and Thailand relies heavily on tourism income. Indeed, second to Bangkok, Phuket was the government’s golden goose delivering decades of high tourism receipt returns.

Speaking to The Phuket News, Anutin said…

“The government is ready to act as soon as possible. This has been clearly proved, such as by the large number of vaccine doses that Phuket has been allocated to vaccinate the people in the area to cover all groups and be as safe as possible as the ‘Phuket Model’.

“When the economy is good, everyone gets better, so use patience to believe that good things will follow”.

Another 100,000 Sinovac vaccines arrived on the island to be formerly handed over today by Minister Anutin. An additional 100,000 doses will arrive on Tuesday.

AstraZeneca vaccines are also due to arrive from June, daily reserved for people over 60 years old or people who have other health conditions which require the AZ vaccine instead of the Chinese manufactured Sinovac.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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