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Pong powers home to win Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

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PHUKET: Blue skies and consistent winds marked the final day of the 2012 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta in fitting style yesterday as teams and their boats assembled at the start line in a final bid to resolve their class contests. Some results had effectively completed on Friday, but most of the classes were anticipated to deliver a thrilling final day action.

Frank Pong and his Jelik team powered home in first place in IRC Zero class, ahead of Thai team Won Ma Rang. Less than three minutes separated them at the close with the Hong Kong team eventually coming out on top after a week-long battle. His Jelik boat had raced at and won the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta before, in 2007.

“We decided last night just to have a good clean race and keep out of trouble. Won Ma Rang crossed ahead of us, but we picked up more wind on the opposite side. It was a close race, but we had a point-score advantage going into the final round,” said Pong.

I have to say, Won Ma Rang has really come forward compared to two years ago. They practice hard and have great people. We’re both here every year, and I’ve been here four or five times with this boat. It’s been four years since our last win! We’ve been blessed with six perfect days – even the reserve day had good wind! Deservedly, the Phuket King’s Cup is itself the King of Regattas in Asia,” he added.

Jaray Tipsuk, skipper of Won Ma Rang, said, “The conditions were great for racing, and it was a very enjoyable challenge. This is my 25th Regatta, so I know the race well and always expect a strong challenge. The crew will be the same next year when we return to race in next year’s Phuket King’s Cup Regatta. Our next race is in the Singapore Straits so we will prepare for that now.”

Steve Manning’s Walawala 2 team performed very strongly in the final IRC1 clash, finishing first by three minutes. However, the victory wasn’t enough as David Fuller’s Ichi Ban team took overall honors by four points with Foxy Lady 6 finishing second.

In IRC2, the second Ichi Ban team lead by Matt Allen was also victorious. They finished ahead of CPO.1 Wiwat Poonpat’s Royal Thai Navy 1 boat by six points. 10. Royal Thai Navy 2 skippered by Commander Peera Sagurtam finished the week in fourth place.

In Platu One Design class, there’s been an enjoyable week-long contest between Thailand’s Tuay Lek and three Japanese boats. Junichi Ishikawa won in the final race, skippering The Beaver to take the win, with Tuay Lek coming home in second. The class finished with Tuay Lek on top by just a two-point margin. This class has hosted a magnificent title fight this year, and Thailand’s “home team” have come out on top.

Premier class has also seen a great contest unveil itself over the course of the week. Pine-Pacific won the final two races, but it was Richard Dobb’s Titania of Cowes that won the class, making it back-to-back Phuket King’s Cup Regatta wins for the British team.

In the final Modern Classic class race, Peter Wood’s Windstar team performed well for the victory, ahead of Tim Costello’s Patrice III. However, Patrice III won the class by a single point.

Mojo, skippered by Peter Wilcox, came first in the final Multihull class, beating nearest rival, Fantasia skippered by Andrew Stransky. The boats have been neck-and-neck all week, and at the end of the final race, just a single point separated the two teams in the class with Mojo taking the overall title.

Han’s Rahmann’s Voodoo team have been on hot form all week, and recorded another strong victory in the final race of the Firefly 850 Sports class. There was a 10-point gap between them and runners-up, Dyer Straits— Media release

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Phuket prepares to welcome first Chinese tourists in over 6 months

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The first group of Chinese tourists to arrive under the new Special Tourist Visa scheme are expected to land in Phuket on October 8. The Bangkok Post reports that a flight from Guangzhou in southern China will carry 120 tourists, who will spend their first 14 days in alternative state quarantine.

Arrivals who do not pass the initial health screening will be transferred to specially chosen hospitals, as “Patients under Investigation”. Those who do pass the screening will be transported to alternative state quarantine once they’ve gone through immigration processing.

Natthapon Nakpanich, from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, says the resort islands of Phuket and Koh Samui will be the first to welcome travellers under the Special Tourist Via scheme. He points out that Guangzhou has not recorded any new cases of the Covid-19 virus for a prolonged period, meaning next week’s tourist arrivals are deemed “low risk”.

Natthapon says there will be a limit of 300 on the number of foreign tourists admitted each week, but this will be reviewed after the first phase of the re-opening. All arrivals will be subject to 14-day quarantine, although the Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has suggested reducing this to 7 days eventually.

Thiravat Hemachudha from the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Disease Health Science Centre is not opposed to the idea.

“We can study this with foreign visitors who will arrive next month. During the 14-day quarantine they will be tested on the first, the seventh and the fourteenth day. If they are free of infections, we can shorten the quarantine to 7 days.”

However, not all are in agreement, with a doctor from Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University cautioning against any shortening of the quarantine period.

Meanwhile, Phuket governor, Narong Woonsiew, says the province is ready to welcome the new arrivals, with Covid-19 labs in place at Phuket airport, and officials due to carry out a full dress rehearsal today.

Thanit Sermkaew, chief of the Phuket Public Health Office, says over 1,200 rooms at 9 hotels have been chosen as alternative state quarantine properties, with a total of 73 hotels, providing over 5,800 rooms, applying for consideration.

It’s expected around 5,000 rooms will be needed to accommodate tourists arriving under the SETV scheme, once they’ve finished their quarantine period.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Woman arrested for abandoning newborn baby on a bench in Phuket

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Police tracked down and arrested a Burmese woman who allegedly left her newborn baby on a bench in Phuket’s Patong area last week. The mother faces charges of abandoning a baby.

The newborn was left in a reusable shopping bag on a bench behind a Krungthai Bank branch. A woman in the area heard the baby crying and found the newborn in the bag along with a bottle of milk, diapers and clothing. Police reviewed surveillance camera footage shows a woman, police later identified as Ei Ei Phyu, leaving the bag on the bench.

Police say the woman gave birth on September 9 at a local hospital in Surat Thani’s Phun Phin district. Ei Ei allegedly took a van from Surat Thani to Phuket on September 22 and stayed with a friend in Patong. The early the next morning, she allegedly left her baby on the bench before boarding a bus back to Surat Thani.

Burmese workers in the Patong area told police Ei Ei used to work at a local Indian food restaurant before she moved to Surat Thani to work as a rubber tapper. Ei Ei allegedly told police she is not in the position to raise a child.

In earlier reports, police said the baby is healthy and does not appear to have any injuries.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Phuket police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid

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Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

Police also found 2 mobile phones and a red Honda PCX, registered in Phuket, as evidence. Both suspects have been charged with posessing a Category 1 drug with the intent to sell.

Other suspects arrested at the same time include 36 year old from Chiang Rai, 42 year old Sarawut ‘An’ Srichanon, from Ranong and 31 year old Pornthep ‘Iew’ Thepchampa, who were charged with the same crimes in Chalong after police found more drugs in their possession. 33 year old Kamon ‘Kung’ Sae-ngow, was arrested as well after police found kratom juice and leaves at a house in Rassada. He was taken to Phuket City Police station and was charged with a Category 5 drug possession.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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