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Phuket Sports: Explosions, excitement, errors – F1

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PHUKET: Every man jack in the Green Man, Phuket cheered when Sebastian Vettel’s transmission failed. The race had suddenly become exciting. The Championship was teetering towards interesting.

Silverstone re-invigorated the season with exploding tyres and Sebastian Vettel’s gearbox failure. It was certainly not the parade behind Red Bull that I had feared.

Kimi Raikkonen was let down by his team’s inexplicable error in not giving him new shoes under the safety car; they lost a certain second place.

Lewis Hamilton lost a tyre, but was favoured by the safety car to finish fourth, and with his team-mate winning, it was a great day for Mercedes.

Webber had a great drive for Red Bull, and was unlucky not to win. Fernando Alonso’s third place was a boost for his challenge.

The five exploding tyres at Silverstone were probably a latent possibility all season, which I am guessing is why Pirelli had Mercedes conduct that strange test in Barcelona.

The proximate cause of the Silverstone problem seems to have been sharp edged kerbs on fast corners. But Pirelli listed a series of team-created causes, including: teams mounting the asymmetric rear tyres the wrong way round; and the use of lower than recommended tyre pressures.

Pirelli still insists that the current tyres if used correctly are perfectly safe. Teams are now forbidden to swap the tyres around.

But in any case, Pirelli has announced that the Kevlar-belted rear tyres tested in Canada will be used in Germany, replacing the 2013 steel belts. A new tyre range will be introduced from Hungary combining the 2012 tyre characteristics with 2013 compounds.

The tyres for the Hungary onwards will have the structure, construction and belt of the 2012 tyre, with the 2013 compounds. This new tyre, as agreed with the FIA, will be tested by the teams and their 2013 cars at Silverstone from July 17-19 using race drivers instead of the previously scheduled young driver test.

Pirelli is also asking for regulation changes to give them access to real-time data from teams on pressure, temperature and camber angles.

So it’s on to the Nürburgring, one of the most technical circuits where drivers have to manage slow, technical corners. Tyre degradation is likely to be high as well. Do not expect safety cars. It’s the sort of track where Ferrari should do well, and Lotus should also be bullish. Mercedes has its tail in the air, and Red Bull would dearly love a great result, so we are set for a great spectacle.

My eyes will be on Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, even if Fernando’s facial hair seems to be rivalling Lewis Hamilton’s for eccentricity.

Join me at The Green Man, Phuket (click here for map) for the race on Sunday at 7pm. Qualifying at the same time on Saturday. See you there!

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Phuket airport ready for tourists after finishing Covid screening labs

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Phuket Airport is officially ready for tourists as authorities say they have finished installing Covid screening labs in an effort to welcome international travellers. The 5T Model for Covid-19 is being used at the airport with the goal of screening large groups of people in a quick and efficient manner. The Phuket health chief says the 5T’s stand for Target, Testing, Treating, Trusting and Tracing.

Phuket has one large airport at the north end of the island but is separated into two separate terminals – a domestic terminal (the original airport terminal), and a new international terminal opened in 2016.

The target category refers to the target groups of tourists while the tracing stands for software that will be used to monitor their movements. The testing category refers to Covid tests that will be implemented to travellers upon arrival along with the treatment and trust categories signifying the readiness of resources for medical treatment and confident communications between all parties respectively.

The Covid-19 lab container module has been set up at Phuket airport’s Terminal X (the terminal opened for charter flights opened in 2014) and will be tested tomorrow with its operation to start on September 30. As large groups of tourists could arrive (later in the year, the lab is reportedly capable of testing 96 people at a time with test results becoming available in 6 hours. What the airport would do withe tested passengers whilst waiting for 6 hours, has not been detailed at this stage.

Such a readiness plan to welcome foreign tourists originally singled out Phuket due to its popularity with travellers, and as a so-called guinea pig model to test in a controlled environment (Phuket is an island joined to the Thai mainland by a single 300 metre road bridge). Once dubbed the Phuket Model, authorities have proposed to rename the plan to “Special Tourist Visa” due to the confusion and opposition it reportedly caused. The scheme is reportedly now being proposed for all areas of Thailand but only allowing foreigners from specific countries.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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Phuket’s Sri Panwa Resort’s land title deed to be investigated for legality by DSI

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Back in the news again. Phuket’s Sri Panwa Resort’s land title deed is now to be investigated by the Department of Special Investigation after a petition was filed to determine whether the deed was procured legally. Veera Somkwamkid, the secretary-general of the People’s Network Against Corruption, filed the petition along with 167 pages of documents pertaining to his accusations that Thawatchai Anukun, a land fraud suspect, had unlawfully issued land title deeds to plots of land in Phuket before he mysteriously died in a detention room while in DSI custody in 2016.

He was allegedly being investigated for falsifying land deeds between the years of 1998 and 2001. Veera claims before the title deed was issued on the plot, the land was part of a forest known by locals as Pa Kae.

“Back then, 10 families that had occupied the plots for about 40 years had title deed requests rejected. The reason given was the land was part of a forest reserve used by the navy.”

However, Watchara Buathong, Phuket’s current land official, says the Sri Panwa resort had legally acquired its 56-rai, none of which was ever state land. Local resident Khwanjai Khumban, backed this claim, saying her father and cousins had sold most of the land to the resort, and she could produce documents to account for at least 12 rai of the disputed area.

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Meanwhile, the Social Security Office, is also under fireas it is being asked to explain why it invested in the hotel’s trust fund. The department, which is under Thailand’s Ministry of Labour, in which its minister says he doesn’t know if the property has been legally built and points to the responsibility to the DSI to investigate. This was echoed by at least one opposition MP and anti-corruption activists.

The hotel, situated on Cape Panwa, in Phuket’s Muang district, has been under recent scrutiny due to its owner, Vorasit Issara, accusing Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, a co-leader of the anti-government United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration group, of offending the monarchy at last weekend’s protest at Sanam Luang.

Vorasit posted on Instagram that Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul should be jailed, further falsely claiming that she is not Thai when, in fact, Panusaya was found to have been born in Nonthaburi and is a Thai citizen.

“This bullshit has got to stop. She is not Thai. Who is she working for? This one needs to be in prison”.

Such a statement has received wide backlash from netizens with some taking to Trip Advisor and other websites to post bad reviews of the resort, prompting it to suspend advertising on such sites.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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Female prisoner on the run after escaping from Phuket Hospital

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A female prisoner is on the run after escaping from Vachira Hospital in Phuket during a doctor’s appointment. 58 year old Siri Phodam allegedly escaped after asking her prison escort officer to use the toilet. But she took a long time to come back, and was found to have escaped. CCTV cameras caught her dressed in a blue hospital patient shirt and a sarong leaving the hospital quickly. A Phuket prison officer says the woman is 158 centimetres tall and has dark skin.

“Some of our own officers are searching for her, and we have also sent the prisoner’s description to all Phuket police stations. However, at this stage we have not found any clues.

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“If anyone finds a person matching the prisoner’s appearance, please inform us by calling 076 212 104.”

Siri was imprisoned after being charged with posessing illegal drugs and lived in Moo 2, Rawai.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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