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PHUKET: In the final match of the first round, and one of the most highly anticipated matches so far this season, Jabudays took on the undefeated Laguna at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) on last Sunday.

Many thought this match might see the Laguna side capitulate to a very strong Jabudays side, the only side to defeat them in 2012. The match lived up to expectations, with the result only decided in the final over, when Jabudays were bowled out for 197 just short of the 206 run target set by Laguna.

With the ACG outfield looking in pristine condition, Laguna had no hesitation in electing to bat after winning the toss. However, all did not go according to plan early on, with opener Andrew Cole run out in the 2nd over followed shortly thereafter by Sameer Khan who was caught at deep mid-on in the 4th over.

With two wickets down for only 11 runs, the Laguna side looked in an uncomfortable position. However, Bill Stahmer (76) and Stuart Reading steadied the ship to hold out a very accurate Jabudays attack going back to the clubhouse at the 10-over drinks break with just 36 runs on the scoreboard. Upon returning, they managed to push the run rate along until their 64-run partnership came to an end when Reading was bowled in the 18th over with the score on 75.

At the 20-over drinks break, Laguna were 4 wickets down for 94 runs. Meanwhile, Stahmer, the league’s oldest player, continued on with gritty determination and a string of handy partnerships until he was finally dismissed in the 32nd over with Laguna 9 wickets down for 181 runs.

Jabudays had their tails up and were looking to bowl out Laguna for less than 200 runs. However, Darren Shaw and Shah Ullah put on an undefeated last wicket stand to take the score to 9 wickets for 205 runs at the end of 35 overs. Pick of the bowlers for Jabudays were Anand Chand (1 for 8) and Naeem Ul Haq (1 for 30).

Jabudays took to the field after the lunch break feeling confident they could chase down the Laguna score. However, they too suffered an early loss when captain Anand Chand was caught at backward square leg in the 4th over with only 8 runs on the scoreboard. Imtiyaz Mushtaq (58) and Deepak Mehra (28) took the attack to Laguna returning to the clubhouse with 1 wicket down for 60 runs at the 10- over drinks break, well ahead of the Laguna run rate.

Laguna then introduced their slower bowlers, which slowed the run rate, but they were in desperate need of a breakthrough if they were to have a chance of winning the match. They eventually broke the 86-run partnership when Meehra was dismissed in the 19th over with the score on 94 runs.

At the 20-over drinks break, Jabudays were only two wickets down for 103 runs and Mushtaq was looking in formidable form. Laguna knew they had to pick-up wickets to stem the run flow. They achieved immediate success with a wicket in the 21st over, followed by the prized scalps of Mushtaq and Ali Khan in the 22nd over.

S Nawez (33) and Surender Kumar put on a 37-run partnership until Kumar was dismissed by a sharp catch by Stuart Reading at backward point with the score on 143 in the 27th over. Val Guiraud then claimed the scalp of Nawez in the 29th over and was on a hat-trick after bowling Balesh Desai for a golden duck. At 8 wickets down for 164 at the 30 over mark, and with 42 runs to claim victory from 30 balls, it was still anyone’s game.

Vikram Sharma and Paresh Bokari put on a valuable 35-run partnership taking the score to within reach of the target, until a match winning run-out by Shoeib Mushtaq with a direct hit from deep mid-wicket with the score on 191 in the 33rd over.

With 15 runs required from 12 balls, the balance had tilted towards a Laguna victory but it was not until the last Jabudays dismissal in the final over before the outcome could be certain. Jabudays were eventually bowled out for 197 runs, just nine short of their target. Pick of the bowlers for Laguna were Val Guiraud (3 for 44), Sami Ullha (3 for 48) and Shoeib Mushtaq (2 for 21).

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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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Phuket sees 300 million baht boost over long holiday weekend

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand says that Phuket has received a much-needed 300 million baht boost over the 4 day long weekend with around 54,000 tourists flocking to the island from last Thursday through to yesterday.

Phuket Office Director Nanthasiri Ronnasiri, reports that the average expenditure per visitor was about 5,500 baht, which was higher than the average spend for a Thai tourist to Phuket 2 years ago. She also noted that random checks on hotels showed that occupancy rates climbed to about 35%, with most guests staying 2 nights. But most of Phuket’s hotels remain closed.

Nanthasiri also says that many of the tourists concentrated themselves in the Phuket Old Town area, especially around Thalang Road, Phang Nga Road, and Dibuk Road in order to enjoy at the Sino-Portuguese shophouse architecture and historical locations. In fact much of Phuket Town, including its many markets and alley eateries, were doing roaring business, The Thaiger can vouch for the heavy traffic, on the roads and footpaths, over the past 4 days.

“This special holiday made Phuket tourism livelier, even though it was not as same as the situation before the Covid-19 pandemic.”

In fact, despite the welcome surge of visitors, it was still a long, long way from its previous tourist levels with much of the west coast, which has largely catered for the international tourist traffic, was still very quiet in places like Patong, Kata and Karon.

Phuket wasnt the only destination that has profited off of the long weekend as Chiang Mai saw droves of Thai tourists visiting its Royal Park Rajapruek as well as the northern city’s other nearby national parks and tourist areas. Visitors came from all over to see the blossoming of flowers in a beautiful display at the park as well as enjoying the air-purifying flowers as they relaxed. Tourists were able to rent a bicycle for 60 baht if they wanted to exercise while taking in the scenery and could also pay a visit to the orchid greenhouse, which hosts a variety of orchids in bloom. TripAdvisor recommends to set aside 2 hours to visit the park.

Next holiday weekend, on November 27 and 28, Pattaya is expected to get a tourism boost as its annual fireworks festivalis set to bring in travellers who have taken advantage of package deals offered by some beachside hotels. Such packages were offered for advance bookings, where holidaymakers could view the firework shows on the rooftops of their hotels. The firework displays are said to be long with breaks of entertainment-packed shows, featuring live music and student bands amongst others.

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