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PHUKET: The island’s pro futsal team, Phuket United, suffered their fifth straight loss on Wednesday night, losing at home 1-2 to the state-owned telecom corporation flagship team, CAT FC.

Played in front of about 500 fans at the Saphan Hin Indoor Sports Complex, the match was both sides’ 19th of 30 fixtures in the Thailand Futsal Premier League (TFPL) 2012-2013 season.

Phuket’s leading scorer, Jackson Santos activated the scoreboard half way through the first half with a beautiful goal from the top of the area – his 19th of the season to put his side up 1-0 at the half.

However, the visitors came out refreshed in the second half, with Panuwat Chanta finding the equalizer in the 29th minute.

Phuket pressured the goal and had many chances to retake the lead, but the visitors’ defense was in fine form.

An own goal resulting from miscommunication between Phuket’s keeper and Brazilian winger Marcos sealed the fate for the Andaman Pearl late in the second half, and the Pearl were not able to make up for it.

After the match, CAT FC’s coach Narongsak Kongkaeo, or Coach Noi, told the Gazette that he was pleased with the result.

“It was a tough match and Phuket played well. But luck was on our side in the end and I’m glad that we secured three more points, especially on the road.”

Asked about his season goal, Coach Noi remark: “Of course I set the bar high every season – and that is to finish in the top three if not five.”

CAT’s only foreign player in the night’s lineup, Brazilian winger Roberto told the Gazette that his team was relieved.

“We were tired after the 11 hour bus trip to Phuket. In the last 4 to 5 games, our teamwork has improved much. Although we were quite lucky about the last goal, this win has been a boost for our confidence.”

The atmosphere in the home team’s locker room was host to a different mood.
A greatly disapointed club director and major benefactor for the team, ‘Ko Lek’ gave a serious lecture to the boys.

“In [11-a-side] football, this many consecutive losses would be unacceptable, and the coaches and managers would be expected to move aside so someone else more capable could come and replace them…

“Every time we lose, we say we’re going to start all over and try again. So I want you all to think hard about how you’re going to do it [start over] this time.

“The next game will be an important assessment match. If you want to continue to see me here, then I suggest you all think real hard how you are going to turn things around.”

The homecoming loss last night followed a tiresome two week road campaign in which Phuket played two FA cup matches – a win against ATP FC and knockout loss to Lampang United – as well as three league defeats, to Chonburi, Si Saket and the Royal Navy, respectively.

As a result of the loss, Phuket fell into 9th place of the 16 team elite league, while CAT FC moved up in 8th.

Phuket’s chance to redeem themselves will be this Saturday, when they will play Bangkok based club, Leo Bang Sue FC.

The match will kickoff at 7pm at the Saphan Indoor Sports Complex.

Adult tickets are 100 baht. Children under 150 cm are admitted free.

Other TFPL Results from Wednesday night

Si Saket 5-2 Samut Songkhram
Bangkok 6-2 Highways Dep
Leo Bang Seu 3-4 Lampang Utd
Thai Port 3-2 Prachin
Surat Thani 4-3 Samut Prakarn
Samut Sakhon 3-3 Royal Navy
Chonburi 5-0 Nonthaburi

— Steven Layne

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Phuket begs Kolour attendees to come for Covid-19 testing

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FILE PHOTO: Kolour in the park was more pleasant in 2018 before Covid-19.

Health officials in Phuket put out a public statement this week compelling all foreigners who attended clubs and Kolour events to report for Covid-19 testing. As many might expect, the response has been lacklustre at best. Spreading the message around the foreigner and expat community in Phuket, the message is aimed at the multitudes of people, mostly foreign who attended Kolour and related events that turned into a Covid-19 superspreader event. Many foreigners have not come forward, much to health officials chagrin.

Online and on social media, foreigners and Thais shed light on why this urgent public health request is going largely unheeded. Foreigners fear the repercussions of coming forward, especially since Thailand is not allowing staying home or elsewhere in isolation if someone tests positive for Covid-19. Quarantine is mandatory, and with infection numbers exploding across the country, many fear the less-than-posh comforts of being quarantined in an emergency field hospital.

Cost is the other factor that likely is preventing foreigners from turning themselves in to be tested for Covid-19. While Phuket health officials may test people for free, anyone found infected with Covid-19 will be financially responsible for all the costs of their treatment and quarantine. Foreigners with limited financial resources, especially after a year of holing up in Thailand to ride out the Coronavirus, may resist reporting to authorities when they cannot afford the mandatory quarantine and medical treatment.

Perhaps recognizing this hesitation, the message includes a plea for all attendees to self-quarantine and self-monitor for any symptoms over the next week, even if they fail to report or test negative. The note also reminds everyone to wear masks in public at all times. The statement to the public also instructed anyone who attended any of the Covid-19 spreading nightlife events to report to the Acute Respiratory Infection Clinic area of Vachira General Hospital to receive a Covid-19 swab test.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin brace for increased restrictions

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Three of Thailand’s biggest expat areas are seeing sharp rises in new infections, partly from pre-Songkran traffic. The Songkran holidays, now officially over (but will see many people taking today off and making a weekend Songkran extension), and the government says they are expecting to see a rise in the cases numbers reported in the popular holiday locations.

Chon Buri Public Health office says they now have a total of 910 infections since April 1. They have 103 new cases in the past 24 hours. Most new cases are in Bang Lamung district which includes Pattaya City with 47, Siracha with 12) & Chon buri City with 8.

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Meanwhile Phuket has a total of 142 infections recorded on the island with the Governor still insisting there will be no need for a lockdown. Here’s a breakdown of the areas and the numbers of recorded infections so far (below).

Governor Narong announced that the Phuket Infectious Disease Control Committee won’t be implementing an official lockdown, but will “strictly raise the intensity of public health measures to counter the spread of Covid-19″.

“Everyone should wear a face mask, maintain social distancing, wash their hands frequently and install the Mor Chana app (available for free from App Store and Google Play Store).”

A meeting of the CCSA, chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is expected to upgrade restrictions in red zone areas around the country, which includes Phuket and Pattaya. Read more about the latest red and orange zones HERE.

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For Hua Hin expats, there’s been 100 new Covid-19 infections announced in Prachuap Khiri Khan in the past 24 hours, 75 cases from Hua Hin. This takes the total in the province since April 1 to 625. Hua Hin accounts for nearly 90% of the district’s total cases.

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Footbridges stop luxury yacht travelling from Phuket to Samui

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PHOTO: Thailand's version of the Suez Canal blockage.

Footbridges in Phuket stood in the way of a luxury yacht travelling from its home in Phuket to Koh Samui when the boat was too tall to pass. Police received a call around 8 pm last night from the truck driver after his trailer carrying the yacht had trouble getting under one of several bridges for walkers to pass over the highway. The boat was travelling down Thepkrasattri Road, where it was stopped by the bridge near Baan Tha Reua School. The boat also had trouble at the pedestrian bridge at the Provincial Electricity Authority Thalang Branch and the bridge at Baan Lipon School in Srisoonthorn.

All the bridges were supposed to have a 5-metre clearance, though one observer speculated that all the repaving of the road over the years may have raised the road and lowered the clearance. Traffic police responded to the first bridge incident by sending officers to direct traffic and make sure bikes and cars didn’t pass and impeded progress on freeing the boat. The second incident about 30 minutes later was resolved by letting air out of the truck’s tires to lower it just enough to pass under the bridge. The third snag prompted the driver to go in person to the Thalang Police station to request help yet again.

This time police were less amused and suggested the truck driver try to resolve the issue himself and call back to the police only if he was unable to free the luxury yacht. A traffic police officer went to follow up with the stranded boat at the end of his shift and found the driver had given up and decided to return the yacht to its Phuket origin at Boat Lagoon Marina in Koh Kaew. The boat, now damaged from the bridge bumps, wasn’t going to make it to Surat Thani to be sailed to Koh Samui on this journey. The boat radar had broken off on one of the bridges. No word on any major damage to the pedestrian bridges.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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