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PHUKET: Football officials in Phuket have high hopes that the island will become the next haven for the AFC’s Vision Asia program.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC), headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, is the governing body of Asian football and one of the six Confederations making up FIFA. Responsible for running football in Asia, including Thailand, the AFC manages the Vision Asia Project which it set up to develop grassroots and youth football across the continent. (Further details at the-afc.com)

Eam Thavornvongwongse, president of the Phuket Sports Association, sees the Vision Thailand Project Phuket as a good opportunity to realize a lifelong wish โ€“ to see more players from Phuket wearing the national team jersey.

“I would like to see the re-emergence of players from our region… [but] there is still a lot to be done before Phuket football becomes more organized and systematic.” He wants FC Phuket, currently second in the Southern Region of the province-based Thai Second Division, to gain promotion to the First Division next year.

FC Phuket is sponsored by the Phuket Gazette. For details of the Club’s background and recent performance, see front page of the current issue of the Gazette, on newsstands this morning. (Subscribers to the online Digital Gazette, click here.)

Update: Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2010

sailworld.com
The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is entering its 24th year, and the Organising Committee continue to innovate new twists.

Race Director Simon James says: “We have undertaken a review of Classes and Courses and have sought feedback from participants to see how the sailing can be improved and ensure we are catering to the vast diversity of boats and participants we have.”

In addition to the introduction of the Modern Classic Class (i.e., ‘less young’ boats), developments in 2009 saw the re-introduction of dinghy sailing and a re-designed monohull Cruising Class.

More changes are said to be in the pipeline.

The Phuket Gazette and PGTV are sponsors of this premier Phuket-based event.

Protests damaging Thai tourism

The Sydney Morning Herald
Thai tourism is taking a battering as the latest gruesome protests in Bangkok have frightened off visitors to the Kingdom, better known for its white sands and smiles. Thai Travel Agents Association President Surapol Sritrakul said the crimson protests had led to many tour cancellations, particularly in key Asian markets, estimating that tourism figures were down 20-30 per cent on the yearly average. “Blood is scary. Many people think the protests could be violent. They think the blood could come from killing. It’s not a good image for Thailand,” said Surapol.

Meanwhile, for a different and closer-to-home perspective on the crimson capers’ impact on key tourism destination Phuket, at least, see yesterday’s NEWS Hound here.

PM wants to unite Thailand

BBC
Thailand’s PM Abhisit Vejijjiva appears confident with the way he has handled the anti-government demonstrations in Bangkok so far, but admits the country was divided, and not just between the cities and the rural areas. “I’m saying that the divisions do run deep, and that political differences occur in a democracy,” he said. “But we have to stick to the rule of law.”

Mr Abhisit said he was doing all he could to bring Thailand together, including policies to help the economy in the countryside, adding that he had offered to meet the red-shirt protest leaders in order to tackle their grievances.

Thailand’s exports booming

Earth Times
Thailand’s exports rose 23.15 per cent year-on-year in February, to 14.4 billion dollars, as agricultural exports jumped and the sales of Thai products to developing Asian countries grew, the Commerce Ministry said yesterday. It was the fourth month in a row that Thailand saw a year-on-year rise in exports, the country’s main engine for economic growth.

Imports in February shot up 71.2 per cent to13.96 billion dollars, leaving Thailand with a trade surplus of 439 million. The Commerce Ministry expected Thai exports to grow 14 per cent this year and reach a total value of 170 billion dollars.

No cancellation of Lao flights to Thailand

Asianewsnet.com
Lao Airlines is optimistic that the political turmoil in Bangkok will not have a major impact on its business operations. The state-owned aviation company’s marketing director, Sitthideth Douangsiththy, says the airline will continue flights to Bangkok as normal โ€“ despite the fact that the Lao government has issued a warning advising its citizens not to travel to Thailand.

Passenger numbers on Lao Airlines’ Vientiane-Bangkok flights have not changed since the demonstrations began last Friday, he said. The Thai capital is a vital regional transport hub, so the vast majority of tourists travelling to Laos do so via Thailand. So any disturbances there also affect Laos.

— Gazette Editors

 

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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… โ€œWe 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,โ€

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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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.

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