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PHUKET: Island-based Australian racing driver Dylan Young announced that he has signed a deal to compete in a second season of the 2013 MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship, with gracious support from Wahoo Phuket, Kata Rocks and Indigo Pearl.

The series will commence this weekend with the first two races being held alongside the Airtel Indian Formula 1 Grand Prix in New Delhi today until Sunday.

The 2013 MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship will feature 14 races in total over four rounds. The cars are based around a formula 3 chassis from Dallara in Italy and powered by 210 brake horsepower Renault engines that allow the drivers to race at speeds up to 260km/h.

Positioned just two levels below formula 1, the MRF Challenge series will be broadcast via ESPN Star Sports to around 35 million viewers across Asia and the highlight will be the opening races this weekend, where Young explains it will be important to impress in front of the watchful eyes of the formula 1 team bosses.

“It will be a tough weekend considering I haven’t been in a race car since December last year, but I have to make the most of the opportunity when racing at a formula 1 event,” Young said.

“I’ll be up against some seriously strong competition with the other drivers that have been racing in Europe all year but there’s no better test than that. Realistically I don’t think anyone is expecting miracles straight up this weekend but I’m absolutely pumped to get back out there and represent Phuket on the pathway to formula 1 and from there heading into round 2 I’m sure we can really begin to take the fight towards the front.”

Young has secured sponsorship support for a second season from Indigo Pearl Resort Phuket who backed his campaign in 2012, along with a key personal benefactor who is supporting Dylan’s career progression. The rest of the island is taking notice too, as Dylan has recently signed two new sponsors for the opening races with Wahoo Phuket and Kata Rocks coming onboard.

Richard Pope, CEO of Kata Rocks commented on the partnership:

“We are delighted to be able to continue to support his racing. The sport of motor-racing it is a tough game, and it is a very positive reflection on Dylan’s tenacity and winning-drive that he is working every channel to develop his talent and brave the odds. Kata Rocks is pleased to be able to support Dylan in India and we look forward to championing more events that will continue to bring one of Phuket’s leading sportsmen into the international limelight.”

At this stage Young is only confirmed for the opening round at the F1 Grand Prix in India and stressed that he needs to find continued support to ensure he will be on the grid when the series heads to the Bahrain F1 Circuit in support of the FIA World Endurance Championship event from November 28-30.

“Finding the required budgets has, and always will be, difficult in motorsport – so that’s why I want to thank Wahoo Phuket, Kata Rocks and Indigo Pearl for their support at the opening round along with someone who is believing in me behind the scenes.

“They know who they are. We are aiming for international recognition for myself as a driver as we continue to get closer to formula 1 but also importantly to generate awareness for Phuket on the international sporting stage.

“Therefore I’m hoping we can continue to find the necessary support to ensure I keep carrying the Phuket name further towards the top level. That is a paramount goal that Wahoo Phuket, Kata Rocks, Indigo Pearl and myself are willing to work together on as I head towards formula 1,” said Dylan Young.

For more information visit dylanyoungracing.com.

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Phuket told to prepare “response plan” in case of second Covid-19 outbreak

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As Phuket awaits foreign tourists, city officials are told to prepare a “response plan” in case of a second wave of Covid-19. An official from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports held a workshop in Phuket today to discuss the risk of another outbreak as the country opens up to those on the Special Tourist Visa.

The ministry’s permanent secretary Chote Trachu says now that the country is allowing tourists (who are required to quarantine upon arrival) an infection “may somehow slip through.” He says a response plan needs to be in place in case this happens, adding that there should be corporation from the Ministry of Public Health and Ministry of Defense.

“If any tourists are found to be infected, the disease must not be allowed to spread among the people. There should be no panic, and public health officers will investigate the case. Tourist Police will track down the suspected person in an investigation with the Ministry of Public Health.”

Chote says all provinces – not just Phuket – should have a response plan. Although tourists must go through a mandatory 14 day quarantine upon arrival, Chote says there are some cases where the incubation period for Covid-19 is longer than 14 days.

“There are a variety of cases. Sometimes, the infection does not show after 14 days, or even 15 or 16 days. Each situation is different.”

Recently, a woman in Koh Samui tested positive for the coronavirus 5 days after she was released from a Samut Prakan quarantine facility. Traces of the virus were found on gym equipment the woman used at the quarantine, leading health officials to suspect she was infected before arriving to the island.

“We urge Thai people to not let their guard down. Everyone must wear masks, wash their hands and take care of personal hygiene. This will help prevent them from contracting the disease.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Approval sought for multi-billion-baht Phuket medical hub

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Industry officials are seeking the go-ahead for a project to transform over 140 rai of government land in Phuket into a world-leading medical hub. The project is budgeted at 3 – 4 billion baht, depending on which report you read. Kitkong Tantijaraswarodom, from the Federation of Thai Industries, believes the development of a medical and wellness hub in the sub-district of Mai Khao, north Phuket, will help revive the southern island’s battered economy. Phuket has become increasingly reliant on a steady flow of tourists over the past 2 decades.

The southern division of the FTI covers Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Patthalung, Surat Thani, Ranong, Satun, Chumphon, and Songkhla.

“The FTI will ask the government to green-light the project during the scheduled mobile cabinet meeting on the island on November 3.”

Kitkong says businesspeople in the south are anxious for the government to approve the project, which will provide both locals and foreign medical tourists with state-of-the-art medical care. The facility is expected to include long-term care, hospice and rehabilitation services, in addition to a dental hospital, sports therapy centre, and a medical training school for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and medical laboratory scientists.

The chair of the FTI’s southern chapter is also calling on officials to provide small and medium-sized businesses with additional support, in the form of access to loans, in order to deal with cash shortages.

“In the short term, the FTI wants the government to help SMEs, especially those in the tourism sector.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Man’s body discovered hanged in a Phuket Town apartment

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A man has been found hanged in Phuket Town apartment yesterday. Police are treating the cases as a suicide at the moment.

The man was found hanged from the apartment’s ceiling fan. His lifeless body was discovered around 11am after neighbours complained to the manager about the smell coming from the man’s room.

Police and the local Kusoldharm Foundation rescue workers attended the scene. Police later confirmed the incident happened in room on the 3rd floor of an apartment lock in Soi Phoonphol Soi 1, Talat Nuea in Phuket Town. Police said the man was 35-45 years of age and had a 29 year old girlfriend from Chumphon. He was paying 1,000 baht a month and had been renting the room for 2 months. Police estimate that the man had been dead for at least 3 days.

Police told media that the man had used, what appeared to be a dress, tied around his neck and then to the room’s roof fan. The apartment manager told police that he had been late on on his recent rent, speculating that the man may have been suffering financial hardship.

The man’s identity has not been released at this stage.

His body was taken to Vachira Hospital for an autopsy.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

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