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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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Re-opening Thailand to tourism will be vaccine dependent

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Bill Barnett from c9hotelworks.com continues to follow the difficult journey of the Thai hospitality industry. Traditionally, now would be the start of the country’s highly profitable high season for the tourism industry. But not this year. Thai hotels find themselves in the middle of an existential crisis – either still closed, only partly open, or one of the few converted to limited ASQ traffic. The situation is dire, when you consider that between 15-20% of Thailand’s GDP is linked to tourism.

In a speech this week Thailand’s Prime Minster Prayut Chan-o-cha spoke clearly that only when a vaccine is approved, produced, and implemented, would the country open to substantial tourism. Given the current timelines and forecasts, this may not be likely until mid-2021 at the earliest, though subject to advancement if the process could be accelerated, which is unlikely.

For tourism and hotel stakeholders, the writing is on the wall that 2021, for the most part, will see a continued reliance on domestic travellers, and only in 2022 will there be a large-scale return in numbers of overseas visitors.

Given the winter spike in Asia, Europe, and North America of Covid-19, Thailand is not alone in relying on the vaccine to return tourism but the process will not be instant and the re-openings of borders will most certainly be staged.

HERE’s a list of 113 Alternative State Quarantine hotels.

The business reality for Phuket and across Thailand is to plan for the worst in the coming six months and only expect 2022 to see a notable uptick.

Currently, the hotel sector continues to advocate to the Thai government and Central Bank for debt and financing relief measures and assistance in a social security supplement to retain staff.

While it’s negative news, it at least allows for hotels to understand the challenges ahead, plan and adjust their operating models going forward. ‘Survive the downturn’ is the new mantra.

No vaccine, no entry. Read more HERE.

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Phuket workshop helps residents cope with high stress brought on by the economic crisis

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Hundreds of residents in Phuket’s Wichit subdistrict attended a workshop focused on reducing stress from to the pandemic-induced economic crisis. A psychologist was even on site to help those who had extreme mental stress and a Buddhist monk taught meditation techniques to reduce physiological effects of stress.

The event was planned in response to an online survey conducted by the municipality asking residents about how much stress they were experiencing from the economic climate. They found that some residents had serious stress issues brought on by the pandemic and financial problems, according to Wichit Mayor Kreetha Chotiwichphiphat.

“The loss of income due to the economic crisis brought on by the Covid-19 situation has resulted in some people in the area suffering serious stress, which can lead to serious mental health issues.”

Around 350 people attended the event. The mayor says it was the first step in caring for the residents’ mental health. Local officials plan to hold similar workshops in the future.

“It was a good opportunity for people to realise the importance of mental health and to learn techniques of how to deal with stress, which will help people to maintain their physical health and avoid developing mental health problems.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation opens Humane Education Centre at Mai Khao shelter

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The Soi Dog Foundation has officially opened its Humane Education Centre, the first of its kind in Thailand dedicated to the welfare of stray animals. The centre, located at the Soi Dog shelter in northern Phuket, forms part of the foundation’s Humane Education program. Rolled out in 2017, the program sees a team visit Thai schools to teach the next generation the basic principles of animal welfare and promote empathetic attitudes towards both owned pets and free-roaming strays.

The program has reached a total of 15,058 students and 861 teachers to date. With a dedicated classroom as well as educational tools and resources now on site at the shelter, Soi Dog will be able to expand the programme and reach an even greater number of young minds.

Co-founder and president of Soi Dog Foundation International John Dalley said, “The cornerstones of what we do – what I believe very firmly are the answers to the stray dog problem throughout Asia – are large-scale sterilisation of stray dogs and cats and education of, particularly, the next generation.

“We see all the time the problems that are being caused through us not respecting the environment and not respecting the other animals with whom we share this planet. That’s why education is so important.”

John also thanked the supporters and donors who made the construction of the centre possible. After cutting the ribbon, the students filed into the brand-new facility for the very first on-site class – a fun and interactive hour of roleplaying, brainstorming and problem solving.

Humane Education Manager Nuttawut “Film” Kumngern. said… “We want to encourage kindness toward animals, especially free-roaming dogs and cats, and teach youngsters to be responsible pet owners. This will sustainably reduce animal cruelty and pet abandonment.”

“We hope to one day see animal welfare incorporated into the curriculum in Thai schools, and our education centre is a great start.”

Soi Dog is ready to welcome school groups from Phuket and other provinces to the centre which can accommodate up to 40 students at any one time. Schools interested in participating are encouraged to email film@soidog.org

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