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Phuket to host Suzuki Cup

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PHUKET CITY: Phuket has been designated as the new Thai venue for Group B play in the AFF Suzuki Cup. Formerly known as the Tiger Cup, the tournament is the biggest in Southeast Asia and the only regional football competition to feature senior squads of all Asean nations.

A spokesperson for the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) confirmed that Phuket will host matches on December 6, 8 and 10 at Surakul Stadium in Phuket City.

The FAT decided that Phuket is the best alternative due to the ongoing unrest and disruptions to air travel in Bangkok.

“There’s too much trouble in Bangkok, so we’ve decided to switch the venue,” Thai FA chief Worawi Makudi said. “All parties have agreed this is the best solution to the problem and Phuket is a very suitable alternative because it is not affected by the political situation. And Malaysia, Vietnam and Laos can all fly directly to Phuket International Airport.”

Eight teams will compete for the AFF Suzuki Cup trophy and the US$100,000 in prize money. The top six seeded ASEAN nations, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, will be joined by qualifiers Laos and Cambodia to make up the final field of eight nations.

The competition consists of two group stages followed by semifinals and finals, which will be contested over two legs on a home and away basis.

Phuket will be playing host to Group B, which consists of Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Laos. Group A, which will be based in Jakarta, comprises Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar and Cambodia. The top two teams from each group will go on to the semifinals.

Surakul Stadium, which got a 38-million-baht upgrade to host the Fifa Women’s Under-19 Championship in 2004, has already been approved by Fifa, Mr Worawi said.

In the last AFF Suzuki Cup final in early 2007, Singapore won a heartbreaker with the winning goal coming in the 82nd minute of the second leg, played in front of a capacity crowd at Supachalasai Stadium in Bangkok.

This year, the Thai team, managed by former England international Peter Reid, will be strong favorites to win the title for a fourth time.



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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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