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Phuket Sports: Pride, punishment and pain

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PHUKET: Singapore was a tragedy for Lewis Hamilton and McLaren. Hamilton would have been the clear winner, until his gearbox disintegrated and catapulted Vettel into first place, Button to second, and most importantly, Alonso into third place.

That changed what might have been. A resurgent Vettel is now hunting down Alonso, and Hamilton has dropped to the back of the chasing pack.

There are six races to go, and any of the leaders could take around 10 points per race out of Alonso’s lead. That assumes those in the hunt win with 25 points, and Alonso does no better than third.

So those less than 60 points adrift still have a mathematical chance of winning the Drivers Championship. To claw back 60 points would require the same driver to win all six races, which is unlikely, but Hamilton has said he is going for it.

Anyway, Vettel, 29 points adrift, Räikkönen, 45 short, and Hamilton 52 behind are still in with a shout. Webber and Button are too far behind now. But of course Alonso could yet have another disastrous race or two, closing the gap with those who chase him.

In Singapore, Renault supplied Magneti Marelli alternators – pre-dating the Monza and post-dating the Valencia fiascos – and none of the Renault engines failed. Red Bull is considering a new alternator supplier, but Renault may be close to understanding the problem.

At Monza they luckily recovered a Lotus alternator that only nearly failed, so unlike the Red Bull one, it was not all melted. They are even now examining its entrails.

In another development, Malrussia’s Charles Pic and his crew have received the unusual sentence of one day’s community service to the FIA’s Road Safety Campaign for unsafe behavior on track. This may seem more onerous than the usual 5,000 Euro fine, but remember Schumacher’s penalty in 1997, when he was required to take part in road safety work for the FIA. It became his Road to Damascus, and ever since he has been a road safety spokesman around the world.

And the rumor mill had been fed a tidbit. A leaked copy of the 2013 calendar shows three question marks and a puzzle. The question marks are over New Jersey, which is not yet an approved circuit, South Korea, where negotiations are ongoing, and the German GP whose location is not yet finalized. The puzzle is why there is a three week gap between Silverstone and the German GP. Could it be that there is a shadow race, mayhap a French GP in the wings?

The next race is on October 7. It is the Japanese GP at Suzuka, the Honda owned track where Vettel, Button, Alonso and Räikkönen have dominated the last five outings. Hamilton’s best showing was third in 2009. He won the Japanese GP in 2007, but at the rival Toyota owned Fuji Circuit, Hamilton Vettel and Räikkönen all must win, Alonso needs to hold on to third place and Button is a natural for the track.

It’s not over yet!

Next week’s race will be shown live on the big screen at the Green Man.

— The Digby

 

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For travellers to Phuket, testing is out, quarantine is in

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PHOTO: Phuket Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong (via Facebook)

The on-again-off-again plans for testing people for Covid-19 as they arrive in Phuket will be replaced by quarantine after May 15, according to Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong’s latest announcement. In an online video broadcast last night, the vice governor confirmed the new scheme after Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew first mentioned it in an executive meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday.

There are now 25 provinces on the Phuket red zone list that they instated on April 22, with anyone arriving from those places required to have proof that they are either fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 72 hours. Without proof, people have to take a rapid antigen test to confirm they did not have Covid-19 before they would be allowed on the island. The test was first set to be 300 baht for everyone, and later controversially made free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

There had been some back and forth with budget concerns of being able to provide the mass testing and who would pay how much for continued testing. Perhaps requiring people to quarantine in Phuket is cheaper than testing them when they arrive (cheaper for Phuket officials anyway).

The original scheme was set to expire May 15, and announcements were made about extending the plan and stopping testing right away. For now, this debate seems to have settled on replacing the testing with a mandatory quarantine upon entering Phuket.

The vice-governor explained that the rapid antigen test will continue through May 14, and then starting May 15, anyone who arrives without a vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Phuket will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They set a goal of zero new infections by the end of the next two weeks. And he stated they are committed to doing whatever it takes as “Phuket cannot continue with this risk”.

Speaking to The Phuket News… “We want to send a sign to the country that we are cleaning up our province. The 3 vice governors [in Phuket] have been ordered to take care of each district by cooperating with local administration officers as well as community leaders to do proactive screening,”

After announcing the quarantine plan for Phuket, the vice governor spoke confidently that in the near future the island will have enough jabs to vaccinate every person on the island. Religious leaders from any faith are currently being vaccinated because of their general proximity to people during religious ceremonies and practices.

Vice Governor Piyapong pled with people with the people of Phuket who were on the fence about Covid-19 vaccinations, anti-vaxxers, or those otherwise resisting getting the jabs needed to reach herd immunity.

“If you are still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, please come to get vaccinated”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Thailand News Today | Pfizer vaccines on the way, Phuket’s July re-opening | May 7

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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The Thaiger is seeking a full time video editor and production assistant for a new project based in Phuket. The role is open to a Thai national but with great English skills as well. You will need to be able to work to deadlines with a crazy bunch of stressed out news hosts, guests and the rest of The Thaiger team.

You’ll also need a general knowledge of the Thai news cycle as the content will be largely centred around daily news and current affairs. Knowledge of social media, and especially YouTube, will be an advantage.

Prior work in the TV or video production industry would be a requirement; we couldn’t care less about your educational qualifications. The role would be Monday to Friday.

The work hours would be earlier in the day, probably starting around 7am. There may be some occasional travel to Bangkok involved as well. Salary would be between 30-40,000 baht per month, depending on experience with opportunities for bonuses. The initial contract would be for 3 months, renewable.

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