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PHUKET: The Thalang Cricket Team defeated Island Cricket Club in baking 35บC conditions at the Alan Cooke Ground in Thalang last weekend.

Thalang entered the match without their captain Bill Stahmer and key run scorer Justin Thomatos, while the ICC were without medium pace bowler Pir Sami.

TCT’s stand-in captain Andrew McMillan won the toss and chose to field first.

In the 2nd over of the day, Deepak Mehra became the second ICC player this season to top-edge a ball onto their own head, and he went off to the casualty ward with a nasty gash above his eye.

In the 4th over, ICC’s main run scorer Junaid Mohammad (9 runs) picked out Thai cricketer Pao in the deep and was caught.

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Runs were difficult to come by and ICC could only manage 38/1 at the 10-over break. The second session was all TCT’s, as ICC lost regular wickets to be 76/5 after 20 overs.

Neill Culpan was back to his destructive best with the ball, picking up two wickets from his first four overs. On both occasions the ICC batsman stood their ground out in the middle, and left the decision up to ACC level 1 umpire John King.

Darshan Vaigankar and Balesh Desai (33) led a recovery for ICC in the next 10 overs as they worked the ball around off the Thalang medium pace bowlers and spinners to reach 135/6 from 30 overs.

In the last session, Vaiganker became another victim of Culpan’s speed, out leg-before wicket for 64 runs, as TCT tied down and dismissed the ICC playmakers.

Even with the return to the crease of Mehra, ICC were all out for 174 runs in the 40th and final over. Best with the ball for TCT was Culpan (3/18) and Craig Murphy (2/19).

After a hearty lunch break meal at the boundary bar, Thalang began their innings in terrible fashion. Simon Wetherell was caught at slip, Pao was adjudged LBW and then Jean Matthee was caught at slip. All three wickets were off the bowling of Arun Virdikar in the 4th over.

TCT were 11/3, but ICC were playing with a fielder short after Mehra’s decision not to wear a helmet earlier in the day.

The gaps in the field were quickly exposed by Culpan and McMillan as they hit a 48-run partnership from the next five overs.

The 10th over of the innings saw Virdikar strike again with Culpan (25) caught by Ventrapatt at slip and Paan caught behind.

At drinks Arun Virdikar had the tremendous figures of 5/28 and had bowled ICC into a very strong position in the match.

Carl Baxter joined McMillan at the crease, but neither found the middle of the bat and both were soon caught behind by ICC keeper Shah Ullah off the bowling of Yedu Ventrapatt.

TCT were 7/102 in the 18th over when Craig Murphy joined Garry Lane. The two experienced Thalang all-rounders took TCT through to the 25th over before Lane (28 runs) had his stumps knocked over by Ravi Naik.

TCT’s season was then well and truly on the line with 46 runs required to win with just two wickets in hand. On a day when the bowlers were reigning supreme, Runhaar and Murphy showed that cricket is still a game for batsmen as they worked the ball into the gaps for 10 overs before Murphy sent the last ball of the 35th to the fence to seal a victory for the Thalang team.

Runhaar retired injured soon after as TCT’s top run scorer at 43 not out and Martin Hill (0) from two balls showed just how close the game was.

Virdikar was the star of the ICC bowling attack with 5/42 while Yedu finished with three catches for 3/39. Murphy (36 runs), McMillan (35 runs) and Lane (28 runs) had done just enough to keep last year’s premiership team Thalang in the finals hunt.

This weekend the ACG will play host to the Phuket Sixes Cricket tournament on Saturday and Sunday and then the last three rounds of the Phuket Cricket League will be played with all things pointing towards Phuket Cricket League final’s places being decided in the very last match of the season, when ICC may need to beat the highly fancied Laguna eleven.

— Andrew McMillan

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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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Police have yet to investigate illegal hiring of foreign teachers at international school in Phuket

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Chalong police in Phuket say they have yet to start investigating the illegal hiring of foreign teachers at an international school in Rawai, south of the island. Palm House International School allegedly hired foreign teachers illegally in which 2 were arrested by Phuket Immigration police on November 4.

Somkiet Sarasin, the leading investigator of the case, says the 2 Brits were informed that police were processing a charge of working illegally in the country against them, in which both denied the charges. Somkiet says the 2 were released on bail, but did not confirm the amount of bail that was set by the police.

“They are still staying in Thailand. I am not worried. I have their passports. I am not available to explain [any details] because the investigation is still ongoing.”

“This is normal for an investigation when the suspects deny the charge against them. I have to check more information against their claims. This case will probably be concluded next month.”

However, the investigation has yet to begin, with Somkiet saying he has not even questioned the owner of the school, despite his claims the case would be finished next month.

“The investigation into the school will take time. The investigation into the two British people must be finished first.”

Such allegations of foreign teachers working illegally have recently been in the news after Sarasas Witaed Sainoi Pitiyakarn School, in the central province of Nonthaburi, saw 7 foreign teachers probed for being hired illegally. That school, along with others in its private network, made nationwide news after CCTV caught a Thai teacher hitting, pushing and dragging a young student in the classroom. Such widespread violence against students has long been a sad component of many Thai schools, in which some of the teachers are unqualified and unlicensed to teach, but are hired anyway.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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