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Phuket United end losing streak, beat Leo Bang Seu at home

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PHUKET: A 4-1 second-half run secured victory for Phuket United (7-4) in their match against Leo Bang Seu on Saturday night in Phuket Town.

The much needed win ends the Andaman Pearl’s five-game losing streak.

Played in front of about 500 fans at the Saphan Hin Indoor Sports Complex, the match was both team’s 20th of the 30-fixture Thai Futsal Premier League 2012-2013 season.

Unquestionably, the man of the match was Phuket’s leading scorer, Jackson Santos, who scored four of the Andaman Pearl’s seven goals.

The Brazilian winger is now the fourth top scorer in the league with 23 goals this season.

The match’s first goal came from Santos in just the second minute of play.

However, Leo Bang Seu was quick to answer and crept ahead 3-1 with goals by Prapaat Yu-samran (3 and 10 minutes) and Su-ruck Soodchieo (8).

Phuket’s Kittipong Son-suwan answered with a goal in the 11th minute, while Santos scored his second goal and the equalizer a minute after that.

The teams went into the locker rooms with a 3-3 deadlock at half time.

It was the home team who came out more refreshed with Kittipong scoring his second of the match in the second minute of the second half.

Two minutes after that, a beautiful pass from Kittipong assisted Santos to complete his hat trick and put the Pearl up 5-3.

The Phuket assault continued with a goal by Akkadet Chuaiklai in the 28th minute.

Leo Bang Seu’s Prapat completed his own hat trick with a goal three minutes later to bring his side back into contention, trailing 4-6.

The visitors brought their keeper out of the nets in a power play, but Phuket’s defense proved solid.

Taking advantage of a vulnerable Leo defense, Phuket rallied several counter attacks.

One of Phuket’s shots was caught by the Leo keeper while clearly standing behind the goal line, but the referee did not blow the whistle, which enraged fans.

However, a Phuket counter attack in the 36th minute would settle the score once and for all. Brazilian right-winger Marcos found Santos beating his marker on the opposite side, who then sent his piercing shot under the cross bar – a shot so powerful – it loosened the net from the cross bar.

The referee had to stop play in order to reattach the net but fans were euphoric.

The result moved Phuket up to 8th place with 30 points from 10 wins and the same amount of losses, while Leo Bang Sue remain in the table pits in 15th place.

Phuket are the only team in the 16-team TFPL to not have drawn another team, though there is little doubt that many of their losses could have – should have been draws.

The Pearl boarded a bus on Sunday, bound for Chiang Mai, where they will stay for the next few days to prepare for their next league match on Wednesday against Lampang United, just south of Chiang Mai.

Lampang United are in 7th place of the league with 31 points from 10 wins, a draw and eight losses.

Although the Pearl beat Lampang 7-3 in Phuket early in the New Year, Lampang prevailed in their last meeting, the FA Cup match in which Phuket were eliminated.

Other TFPL results over the weekend

Nonthaburi 8 – 7 CAT FC

Highways Dep 3 – 7 Si Saket

Samut Songkhram 6 – 0 Royal Navy

Thai Port 2 – 0 Bangkok

Prachin 5 – 3 Samut Prakarn

(Chonburi, Samut Sakhon, Lampang Utd and Surat Thani did not play)

— Steven Layne

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70% of Phuket’s tourism businesses are closed, many for good

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Most tourism businesses in Phuket have closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and they probably won’t be up and running again until foreign tourists are let back in Thailand. Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew says around 70% of tourism businesses have closed, most of them just temporarily, but some have shut down permanently. But the statistics are not quite that simple, with the east side of the island, largely inhabited by locals with the central business district of Phuket Town and some of the more popular expat towns, doing far better than the tourist magnets of the west coast. The Thaiger estimates that on the west coast the number would exceed 90%.

Before the pandemic, tourism to Phuket brought in 450 billion baht a year with 400 billion baht from foreign visitors while the other 50 billion baht was from domestic tourists. Thailand has been trying to increase domestic tourism to help revive the industry after the pandemic. Phuket’s governor says it helps, but not enough.

“Their visits can help solve some of our economic problems, but they cannot replace the need of foreign tourists.”

66.8% of tourism businesses in Phuket have closed temporarily while 2.8% have closed permanently, according to data by the Digital Economy Promotion Agency. (Again the percentage along the west coast is MUCH higher – just take a drive through Paton, Kat, Karon). Phuket’s governor is trying figure out how to recover the economy. And fast.

“By the end of September, the number of businesses to be closed will increase up to 70% for sure.”

While many businesses are closed, the governor says Phuket is “almost 100% ready to welcome foreign tourists.” The governor says he can’t give an answer to when foreign tourists will arrive in Phuket, but he claims they’ve “prepared every step,” from checking in at the airport to hotel quarantine. They’re just going to install some new temperature check machines at the Phuket International Airport and review the procedures for welcoming the tourists.

“We have to work and prepare carefully to welcome foreign tourists… We have to gradually open our door to welcome small groups of people first, in order to test our system, and then open for bigger groups.”

At the moment, only 3 venues in Phuket have been approved to operate as alternative state quarantine facilities. Anantara Phuket Suites & Villas has 100 rooms available, Anantara Mai Khao Phuket has 36 villas and Trisara resort has 15 villas. All are 5 star venues with a commensurate 5 star cost.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Thailand’s Social Security Office forced to explain investment in Sri Panwa Phuket Resort trust fund

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The Social Security Office, a department under the direction of Thailand’s Ministry of Labour, is being asked to explain its investment in the trust fund of Phuket’s Sri Panwa Phuket Resort. The demand comes as members of the opposition and political activists call for an investigation into the property’s land rights. The owner of Sri Panwa Phuket, Vorasit Issara, has been condemned online recently, with his property attracting multiple negative reviews, after he criticised anti-government protest leader, Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul.

Thai PBS World reports that the Civil Society for State Welfare is calling on the SSO to clarify its investment in the Sri Panwa Hospitality Real Estate Investment Trust, thought to be worth around 500 million baht. Nimit Thian-udom says that, while the SSO’s investment does not break any laws, the board must explain the reasons behind the investment decision and clarify the return on that investment. In addition, he says the SSO should attach more importance to good governance when choosing where to invest.

The call for clarity is echoed by opposition MP Chirayu Huangsap, from the Pheu Thai Party, who calls on the Labour Minister to explain the investment. He adds that any discrepancies will be reported to both the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission.

The land rights of the luxury Sri Panwa Phuket resort, which sits on prime land atop Phuket’s Cape Panwa, overlooking the south-eastern tip of the island, are also being called into question. Veera Somkwamkid, from the People’s Network Against Corruption, says he is looking into the property’s land rights and will pass his findings to the Department of Special Investigations.

For his part, the Labour Minister, Somsak Thepsuthin, says he doesn’t know if the property has been legally built, saying it’s up to the DSI to investigate and that a complaint does not need to be filed in order for them to do so.

Meanwhile, review site Tripadvisor has had to suspend reviews for the Sri Panwa resort, as anti-government netizens exact their revenge on the proprietor by posting negative feedback on the property.

“Due to a recent event that has attracted media attention and has caused an influx of review submissions that do not describe a first-hand experience, we have temporarily suspended publishing new reviews for this listing.”

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chachoengsao join UNESCO’s learning cities

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3 cities in Thailand recently joined UNESCO’s membership of so called “learning cities” which are said to promote “lifelong learning” and sustainable development. Chachoengsao, Chiang Mai and Phuket joined the UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities. Altogether, 55 cities from 27 countries, adding up to 230 cities in 64 countries around the world, according to UNESCO.

“These cities are outstanding examples of how lifelong learning can become a reality at local level. They have proven that effective lifelong learning policies and practices can support the development of inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and contribute to the 2030 Agenda.”

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning David Atchoarena says the recent new members have shown that they can make “lifelong learning a reality,” even after enduring the pandemic.

“With unprecedented urgency, the Covid-19-19 pandemic has underlined the necessity to build more resilient education systems for the future. With more than half of humanity living in urban areas, cities must be at the centre of this undertaking.”

David says he hopes it will inspire other cities in Thailand to follow.

“I very much hope that we will see many other cities from Thailand joining the network and working on providing lifelong learning opportunities for all to ensure a sustainable and peaceful future.”

The mayor of Chachoengsao, Kolayuth Chaisang, says his goal is to provide “effective education, thoroughly and equally to all citizens.” According to the Bangkok Post, the city is a key urban centre both economically and culturally.

The mayor of Chiang Mai, Tussanai Buranupakorn, says he wants to revitalise the city, while also maintaining the cultural significance. The city has a number of educational institutes, which goes along with UNESCO’s learning city principles.

Phuket is a hub of sustainable creativity, according to the Bangkok Post. The mayor of Phuket, Somjai Suwansupana, says he wants to preserve the city’s “identity, local wisdom assets and the charm of our multiculturalism.”

SOURCES: UNESCO |Bangkok Post

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