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Phuket youth football team wins international championship

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PHUKET: Four teams from Cruzeiro Football Academy at British International School Phuket (BISP) brought home gold, silver, bronze and shield medals from the Bangkok International Youth Football Festival 2015, held on April 25-26.

Head Coach Jonathas Candido said the Under-11 team earned championship gold, the U9 squad struck silver, the academy’s U15 team garnered bronze and the U13’s took shield.

“The Bangkok International Youth Football Festival 2015 provided a great opportunity for our academy teams to play against some of the best football academies in Asia,” Mr Candido said. “It was a big challenge for our players due to the high level of quality and the number of games played in the two-day tournament.

“But our teams impressed with great organization on and off the pitch. All players showed excellent behavior and respect for all the referees, coaches and other players,” he added. “The results were very good, but the way that our teams played was the highlight of the tournament.”

The U11 boys got off on the wrong foot in their first match, losing to Singapore’s JSSL Arsenal Sanchez on a last-minute break-away goal, but rebounded to pick up 4-0 and 9-0 wins over Aksil Shanghai and Bangkok Soccer league.

The victories were highlighted by the performances of William Potter, a midfield master class from Rainer Oeijord, who tallied two goals and the powerful play of forward Lloyd Vidotto.

In the next game, FC Bangkok and BISP engaged in a defensive struggle that ended in a 0-0 draw. In the final match of the day, the boys from Phuket cruised to a 3-1 win over Delhi’s YFI Rovers. Jonah Duchowny’s 20-yard stunning strike was the pick of the three goals. The win lifted BIS Cruzeiro into second place in the league heading into the quarter finals.

“With our own Cruzeiro game philosophy, our teams played in a smart way, keeping the ball with quality, quick transitions, balance, and aggressiveness, while always looking to score,” Mr Candido explained.

The U11 BISP team jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first five minutes against Gold Star Hanoi to start the second day of competition and held on for a 3-2 victory that put them in a semi-final match with JSSL Arsenal Wilshere.

“With an academy of more than 1,700 players and on a six-game winning streak their confidence was high,” Mr Candido noted.

JSSL took the lead on a close-range strike two minutes in, then BIS Cruzeiro countered when Joseph Hunter rounded the keeper for the equalizer. A James Hogan header off a corner by Duchowny rocketed Phuket into the finals and a re-match against JSSL Sanchez.

Another slow start by BIS Cruzeiro led to JSSL taking the lead until Hunter tied the score at 1-1 with a calmly placed penalty kick.

“Both sides had chances in the remaining minutes and tough tackling from Daniel Christensen and Luke Carrick, and a string of impressive saves from Theo McIntyre kept the score tied,” said U11 Coach Simon Bray.

The game moved into extra time and within minutes a break away attack saw Christensen pass to Carrick, who turned his man before laying the ball off to Hunter, who sent the winner home off his left foot into the bottom corner to secure victory and the championship.

The BISP U9 team took silver with an two-day overall record of 7-1, losing 2-1 in the championship match against JSSL Wilshere.

“The final game was a very tight, close game against a very strong and organized team,” said Coach Tim Pearson. “We took the early initiative with Oliver Mclean-High hitting the post in the opening minutes and other chances just slipping away from the team.

“The opposition then scored an unfortunate free kick from distance and then another goal to seal their win,” he added. “Overall, the weekend was an amazing experience for these boys who played their hearts out in every game. They conducted themselves as professionals at all times and played some beautiful football and all have very bright futures ahead of them.”

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30 dolphins greet visitors to Similan Islands

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Tourists were treated to the sight of a school of dolphins in the Similan Islands off the Phang Nga coast on Sunday.

Tour organisers said that around 30 dolphins swam close to the boat six or seven miles offshore, creating excitement for passengers. It was the first time dolphins had been seen in the vicinity since October 15.

The Similan Islands National Park director said they were bottlenose dolphins and were among several species now returning to the area following a five-year closure of the park for environmental rehabilitation. Food is again plentiful there for them, he said.

Tourists are forbidden to feed wildlife lest the free handouts alter the animals’ natural behaviour, and the park’s waters are also very sensitive to contamination from human disease and marine debris, according to the director.

SOURCE: nationthailand.com

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Phuket hotels slashing the price of rooms

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by Sophie Deviller

Hotels on Thailand’s most popular holiday island are being forced to slash prices, with rooms left vacant and beaches sparse as Thailand’s tourism chiefs struggle with a plunge in Chinese visitors caused by the US trade war and a stronger baht. Phuket was the most visited destination in the country last year, after Bangkok, and a good gauge of the state of its crucial travel industry.

Tourism accounts for 18% of Thailand’s gross domestic product and Chinese holidaymakers make up more than a quarter of total arrivals. But while 2.2 million people from the country visited in 2018, according to official figures, the numbers for January-September were down almost 20% year on year.

Claude de Crissey, the French Honorary Consul in Phuket and owner of about 40 rooms in the Patong Beach area, says Chinese tourists are usually present even during the current low season.

“That was not the case this year,” he said, adding he had to lower his prices by as much as 50%.

The problem is not only in Phuket, with hotels also struggling to fill rooms in the seaside resort of Pattaya on the mainland and on Koh Samui.

Trade tensions with the US have already made some Chinese reluctant to take holidays owing to uncertainty back home, while the Thai baht has risen about 10% against the yuan this year.

A boating disaster off Phuket’s coast that killed 47 Chinese holidaymakers in July 2018 also scared some off.

“We are worried,” said an industry insider, declining to be named due to the sensitivity of the topic in a country where tourism provides tens of thousands of jobs. Adding to the headache is the fact that more than 3,000 new hotel rooms are being constructed on the island, raising the question of who will fill them.

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“In terms of business, it’s not good,” said Kongsak Khoopongsakorn, vice-president of the association of hotels in Thailand and director of Vijitt Resort.

“Because … we have more hotels, more rooms to sell, we have more restaurants, more coffee shops.”

Still, tourism authority chairman Yuthasak Supasorn said he remained “optimistic.”

“We should reach our goal of 39.8 million foreign visitors.”

However, that is only up from 38.2 million in 2018, much less than the jump seen from the previous year’s total of 35.6 million.

Counting on India

Now hoteliers and tour package operators are targeting visitors from elsewhere, particularly India, which experts see as a huge untapped market.

A rapid expansion of the middle class in India, increased direct flights and visa-free travel have prompted Thailand to revise forecasts upwards.

It now expects two million Indian tourists this year, after an increase of nearly 25% on-year in the first seven months. But for now, the lower arrivals is evident on the streets of Phuket.

“I’ve never seen anything as bad as what it is at the moment,” said Paul Scott from Australia, who said he has been coming to Thailand for 15 years.

He mainly blamed the stronger baht for the drop-off but also the fact that Thailand wasn’t the untouched vacation paradise it once was. “Now it’s not so new … and it’s not cheap,” he said.

SOURCE: AFP

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The 15th Mai Khao Marine Turtle fun run attracts more than 4,000 runners

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4,000 runners from Thailand and overseas took part in the 15th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run and Half Marathon 2019 yesterday, starting from the Phuket Gateway.

The event is expected to raise 700,000 baht for the charity, now in its 15th year. The money raised goes towards to The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, which is committed to protecting the marine and coastal environment, and ecosystems, for the wellbeing of sea turtles that nest in the Mai Khao beach and the surrounding areas.

The annual race also provides funds for thePhuket Marine Biological Centre’s Injured Turtle Rehabilitation Program and The Third NavalArea Command’s Turtle Hatchery Program.

The race was in its 15th year and runners of all ages and abilities took part in the race. The morning’s racing was divided into five categories – the 21.1km half marathon, 10.5km mini- marathon, 5km fun run and 3k family run and VIP participants for all the races. The route of 21.1 kilometre race took runners northwest along the Haad Sai Kaew beach towards Thao Thepkasattri bridge, past the rural road No. 3006, run along the road – Pi Lai viewpoint area returned back along the T. Baan Tha Nun to the iconic Sarasin bridge before finished the half marathon in the Phuket Gateway.

For Mini Marathon 10.5 km – Over all category, Mr. Chinnawat Changlek clocked 39 minutes and 40 seconds to clinch victory in the male half marathon, winning prize money and a trophy with the signature of Phuket’s Governor. The winner in the female mini marathon was Surakarn Wanna with a time of 47 minutes and 47 seconds.

Winners also received a prize gift voucher as well as a medal. Congratulations to all participants.

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