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PHUKET: The island is gearing up to host the fifth annual Football Senior World Cup 2010 tournament that kicks off on May 31.

The tournament is to be held in Phuket for the first time since 2006, when the island hosted the inaugural event. Play in this year’s tournament, which runs from May 31 to June 5, will include teams from eight nations:

GROUP A: Thailand, Iran, England, Armenia

GROUP B: Australia, USA, New Zealand, Taiwan

To ensure fairness, the 11 starting players must meet strict age requirements, with the goalkeeper at least 38 years of age and other members of the lineup as follows:

Age 38 to 44 years: 3 players

Age 45 to 49 years: 4 players

Age 50+: 3 players

Group A matches will be played at Surakul Stadium in Wichit, while Group B matches will take place at Karon Stadium.

During group play there will be two games daily at each venue, starting at 4pm and 6pm.

Admission is free to all matches and fans will have a chance to watch football stars of the past in action right here in Phuket.

Seniors World Cup organizing committee chairman Thepitak Chansuthep told the Gazette that the side from Iran will have several players who have represented that country in the FIFA World Cup.

The Thai national team will be staying at the Phuket Orchid Hotel, while the other teams will stay at Centara resort in Karon, he said.

The tournament is organized by the Seniors Football Association of Thailand (SFA) in association with the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization. The Tourism Authority of Thailand is promoting the event, which has corporate sponsors including PTT, Honda, Chevrolet and Isuzu.

In order to maintain the competition into the future, the SFA will try to establish a new organizing body during the tournament: the Federation Internationale de Senior Football Association (FISA).

Thus far Thailand has hosted all four events, all organized by the SFA and played in Thailand:

1st Seniors World Cup (Phuket): Champions โ€“ Thailand

2nd Seniors World Cup (Chonburi): Champions โ€“ Germany

3rd Seniors World Cup (Phitsanuloke): Champions โ€“ Thailand

4th Seniors World Cup (Udon Thani): Co-champions โ€“ England, Australia

With headquarters in Thailand, FISA would have three stated objectives: acting as the main source of information for seniors football in all aspects; exploring opportunities for senior footballers to benefit youth; and using sport as way of building friendships and social networks around the world.

During the 2010 World Cup, the SFA will invite senior football associations or clubs from all around the world to become FISA committee members and vote for the chairman and sub-committee heads. Once established, the committee will create polices and operational guidelines and set up a website and office in Thailand.

The organizers say this year’s tournament will be a boon for Phuket tourism at a time when hotel occupancy rates are falling.

— K. Pornmongkhonwat & S. Fein

 

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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.

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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