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PHUKET: Six knots, then eight knots. Grey skies, then blue. That was the weather prediction for day 2 of the 2012 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek and as the boats left the anchorage, the winds were light but building.

Two windward/leewards for IRC Racing, Firefly and Racing Multihull classes, and longer island courses for IRC Cruising and Classic classes was the order of the day and Race 1 got underway in a fresh eight knots of breeze.

Thai boat Brace! Brace!! Brace!!! (Paul Murphy) got the best start but no sooner had the Chinese-built Katsu (Ben Copley) passed her, Thai regular Kevin Whitcraft and his crew on Wan Marang closed in, rounding the bottom mark less than a boat length behind. Wan Marang went on to pass Katsu and take line honors in Race 1. Despite the lively finish to the end of the race as a storm came through, Chinese team Jing Jing (Rick Pointon) sailed well to win Race 1 on corrected time.

After a delay waiting for the winds to fill in, Race 2 started under glorious blue skies with seven knots of wind building to 10. OCS for Katsu, Wan Marang and Ruby Tuesday saw them unable to recover and Jing Jing raced on for another win. Two from two today.

In Sportsboats Brace! Brace!! Brace!!! got a flyer in Race 1 but was soon caught by Longitude (Rolf Heemskerk) who rounded the leeward mark two boat lengths ahead. Longitude went on to take line honors by a single second from Brace! Brace!! Brace!!! However, on corrected time, the win went to Thai boat Surf Patrol (Ray Waldron). In the Race 2 four boats in the fleet rounded the bottom mark together, including Brace! Brace!! Brace!!! who came off best and went on to win both line honours and on corrected time.

Coming off the back of a 2-1 yesterday, Skandia Endeavour of Whitby (Stuart Williamson) slipped off the pace in the first race which saw Australian-entry Moya Hin (Peter Jones) take both line honors and the win on corrected time in Race 1. In Race 2 today, Moya Hin took her second line honors but lost out on corrected time to an improving Skandia Endeavour of Whitby.

IRC Cruising got to stretch their legs on a scenic coastal course and Sail in Asia (Mike Downard), sailed by a crew of students learning to sail in Thailand, made the best start taking an early lead which they never relinquished, to secure the daily double – line honours and the win on corrected time.

The Phuket-built Firefly One-Design boats enjoyed some exciting racing today, especially when the winds picked up during the passing storm in Race 1. Bows dug throwing up the spray in as the fleet rounded the top mark in gusting winds of 15+ knots. Voodoo (Hans Rahmann), who scored two firsts yesterday, put in a good performance to win both races and despite it being a clean sweep so far, only a few minutes are separating the top three places each race. Today’s minor places were shared between Premier Cru (Peter Dyer), Twin Sharks (John Newnham) and Moto Inzi (Roger Kingdon).

Miss Saigon (David Liddell) got off to a slow start in Race 1 in the Racing Multihulls class with the SeaCart 26 Sweet Chariot (Henry Kaye) first off the line. The lights airs didn’t suit Sweet Chariot and DaVinci (Mark Pescott) charged to the front. Despite her slow start and a poor spinnaker hoist leaving her tangled on the downwind leg, Miss Saigon was second over the line behind DaVinci, who secured line honours and the win on corrected time.

In Race 2 DaVinci secured another win, making it four from four, but the racing was tight as Miss Saigon took line honors by a single second. Rob Cullen and crew on Nina are racing consistently with two thirds today placing them third overall with two days to go.

McBob The Boat (Joe Gruba), the stunning Hans Christian 38T in the Classic class, got a good start and sailed a solid race around-the-islands to take line honors and the handicap win today. She moves to the top of the class standings, tied on points with Seraph (Captain Bao).

Races continue tomorrow off Cape Panwa Hotel.

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By media release.

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Phuket is set to get its own version of the popular game MONOPOLY and its creators want your help with ideas for the specialised tokens. ‘MONOPOLY: Phuket Edition’ was announced last month which will see the street art on the board game replaced with that of famous places around Thailand’s famous tourist destination. Such art will include beaches, hotels, shops, markets and other popular attractions.

Jennifer Lau from Winning Moves UK, is producing the game under official license from Monopoly brand owners, Hasbro. Lau says the tokens will feature a holiday theme. The token’s departure from the original theme of wheelbarrows, boots, iron, and thimbles as well as popular sports cars and hats.

“We have had a wealth of emails and suggestions coming in for Phuket, so thank you for each and every single one of them! We are taking them all into consideration whilst putting together the design of the game.”

“We wanted to change the tokens so that they would be more suitable for an island like Phuket, where so many people like to go on holiday to.”

“There will be six themed tokens that replace the original and we want to hear your suggestions for what these tokens should be!”

Bangkok has already been featured in the Monopoly game as it came out for purchase back in 2018.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket is rehearsing procedures to ready themselves for the Covid‐19 vaccine administration green light. A rehearsal at Vachira Hospital’s Lan Muang Khao open area was held late yesterday to iron out any kinks in the administration process. Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong watched over the procedures along with other health officials.

Pichet says the first vaccine round of 4,000 doses should arrive early in March, with the 2nd and 3rd set of doses, 16,000 and 48,000 respectively, to arrive in April and May.

“The government recognises the importance of the affected areas of the economy where the epidemic situation of COVID-19 must be stopped and has allocated the COVID-19 vaccine to Phuket Province to build herd immunity, restore the economy, return a smile to Thailand.”

“We are preparing to COVID-19 mass vaccination to build confidence among the people that they will receive a quality, safe vaccine and to receive follow-up care after it has been administered.”

Pichet says Phuket’s first target groups to receive the vaccine include medical and public health personnel, with others on the frontlines to come next.

Then, workers aged 18-59 years old, people with underlying diseases including chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity will follow.

“People with severe neurological conditions and pregnant women should be wary of taking the vaccine, as well as women who are breastfeeding and people with immunodeficiency.”

The procedure to get vaccinated starts by recipients undergoing screening by having their temperatures taken, and then sanitising their hands before entering the administration area. Then, they will move their way through a series of steps, detailed below:

Step 1: Register

Step 2: Record weight and blood pressure

Step 3: Pass the screening process by have their medical history and risk assessment recorded and then signing a consent to receive the vaccine

Step 4: Wait for vaccination

Step 5: Vaccination

Step 6: Rest for 30 minutes, while being observed for symptoms. Then scan the official Line account “หมอพร้อม” (“Doctor Ready”)

Step 7: Pass a final check before receiving a document confirming vaccination

Pichet says health workers will follow up with vaccine recipients after 1,7, and 30 days from being vaccinated to monitor any adverse reactions.

Those who are set to receive their second jab will have appointments made for them. Those who receive the Sinovac vaccine will be scheduled to have their second doses 2 to 4 weeks after the first. AstraZeneca vaccine receivers will be scheduled for their second doses 10 to 12 weeks after the first.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket police officer charged with attempted murder for shooting and critically injuring a noodle vendor

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The drunk, off-duty police officer in Phuket who has caught on camera shooting and beating a noodle vendor on Bangla Road is now facing attempted murder charges as well as charges of carrying a firearm in public without a necessary reason and firing a weapon in a public area. The commander of the Phuket police station said he ordered investigators to prosecute the officer Pornthep Channarong with every criminal charge that can be applied.

The officer had gotten into an altercation just before dawn yesterday and shot a young vendor who was walking by. Surveillance camera footage show the 25 year old suddenly falling to the ground after being shot. The officer walks up and shoots the vendor at a close range, but it appears the second shot did not hit the vendor. The officer also slapped the vendor in the face, picked him up and shoved him over, and then kicked him as he lay on the ground.

The vendor has a 4 year old daughter and 3 month old son. His wife says normally he works as a motorbike driver, but he was helping his mother selling noodles. He was shot while he was walking back from collecting a noodle bowl, she says. The vendor is in critical condition and being cared for at Vachira Phuket Hospital’s intensive care unit. He’s in need of Type B blood.

“For his condition, the doctor told me that the bullet went through his lung. He lost a lot of blood. We need a lot of Type B blood for him.”

A disciplinary investigation into the incident was launched by police and Pornthep was officially dismissed from the Royal Thai Police force. Region 8 Police Commander Kitrat Panpetch says the incident does not reflect the police force in Phuket.

“The incident was caused by an officer who did something wrong that our organisation does not want. We are a big organisation with more than 200,000 officers under our control. Our officers are not all bad like this.”

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pornsak Nuannu says he has reminded the police chiefs across the island to discuss reasons for carrying firearms in public.

“Carrying firearms is to prevent any type of crime that may happen, not to commit a crime by themselves like this incident. If I see any police doing such a thing, I will decisively proceed in terms of both officer discipline and criminal charges.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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