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PHUKET: Four goals each side of half-time saw a rampaging Phuket FC rout the hapless Chanthaburi FC “Hares” 8-1 last night.

There was some concern that Phuket FC might be overconfident going into the match. The Islanders were coming off a big win against Bangkok FC, their first home win of the season, and taking on last place Chanthaburi, winless all year and recently suffered two lopsided thrashings at home: 0-7 and 1-9.

However, word that the Hares’ foreign players had rejoined the team after resolution of a pay dispute led the Phuket FC coaching staff to warn the boys not to take the team lightly. Another cause for concern was Brazilian goalkeeper Alonso da Silva was among four Islanders serving a penalty suspension.

Concern turned to worry just two minutes into the match, when what seemed an innocuous cross by Chanthaburi forward Prawit Wasuntara created confusion between Phuket FC’s reserve keeper and his defender, with the ball deflected into net at the near post.

Some 2,200 fans who turned up for the match, almost double last week’s total, were initially stunned – including a small contingent of die-hard Chanthaburi supporters dressed in yellow who made the long-haul bus ride to the match.

However, fears that the opening salvo marked the emergence of a new breed of “killer rabbit” turned out to be short lived. The Islanders took the wake-up call in their stride, with Phuket’s star defender Nene Bi going on the offensive and blasting home a botched save right on the goal line in the sixteenth minute.

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Subsequent goals by Poramut (Mutt) Kronborisut and then a pair by lanky Ivorienne import Ibrahim Kanoute just before the break signaled that the rout was on as the teams went into the lockers rooms with the Islanders up 4-1.

The second half kicked off in the same manner as the first had ended, with Phuket playing the part of the Energizer Bunnies while the disorganized and underpowered Hares looked more like “The Other Brand”.

With goals having come at a premium for Phuket all season, they responded as if on an Easter Egg Hunt, with goals by Thawin Butsombat (min 53) and Yseongwon Byeon (min 65) followed by a brace from Wacharakorn Klaithin (mins75, 85).

After the match, Phuket’s often dour-faced coach Milos Joksic could hardly contain a smile. He declined to name a ‘man of the match’, saying that the whole team played ‘perfectly’.

The return to health of Thawin Butsombat, the forward who suffered a broken leg in May last year against Thai Honda FC, as well as the performance by Kanoute were both very positive developments, he said.

Coach Milos promised an even better performance by the team in its showdown with Krabi FC on July 7, saying Alonso and other starters would again be available to play.

Asked about a comment attributed to new team president Pamuke Atchiriyachai that the team would be “trying to get a draw” against higher-ranked Krabi, he said that the players trained for and went into each and every match with a single objective: winning.

Phuket FC will get a good workout tomorrow night when they play a friendly match against Wuachon (Fighting Bulls) United, currently ranked 7th in the Thai Premiere League, or TPL.

The team was formed in January this year after Newin Chidchob bought out promoted Thai Division 1 League side Buriram FC and sold the rights to Songkhla FC, which still maintains a team in Thai Division 1.

Wuachon Utd now plays out of Tinsulanonda Stadium in Songkhla Town, drawing as many at 35,000 fans to matches.

In the only other match yesterday, JW Rangsit won at home against Gulf Saraburi, 2-1.

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Approval sought for multi-billion-baht Phuket medical hub

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Industry officials are seeking the go-ahead for a project to transform over 140 rai of government land in Phuket into a world-leading medical hub. The project is budgeted at 3 – 4 billion baht, depending on which report you read. Kitkong Tantijaraswarodom, from the Federation of Thai Industries, believes the development of a medical and wellness hub in the sub-district of Mai Khao, north Phuket, will help revive the southern island’s battered economy. Phuket has become increasingly reliant on a steady flow of tourists over the past 2 decades.

The southern division of the FTI covers Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Patthalung, Surat Thani, Ranong, Satun, Chumphon, and Songkhla.

“The FTI will ask the government to green-light the project during the scheduled mobile cabinet meeting on the island on November 3.”

Kitkong says businesspeople in the south are anxious for the government to approve the project, which will provide both locals and foreign medical tourists with state-of-the-art medical care. The facility is expected to include long-term care, hospice and rehabilitation services, in addition to a dental hospital, sports therapy centre, and a medical training school for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and medical laboratory scientists.

The chair of the FTI’s southern chapter is also calling on officials to provide small and medium-sized businesses with additional support, in the form of access to loans, in order to deal with cash shortages.

“In the short term, the FTI wants the government to help SMEs, especially those in the tourism sector.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Man’s body discovered hanged in a Phuket Town apartment

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A man has been found hanged in Phuket Town apartment yesterday. Police are treating the cases as a suicide at the moment.

The man was found hanged from the apartment’s ceiling fan. His lifeless body was discovered around 11am after neighbours complained to the manager about the smell coming from the man’s room.

Police and the local Kusoldharm Foundation rescue workers attended the scene. Police later confirmed the incident happened in room on the 3rd floor of an apartment lock in Soi Phoonphol Soi 1, Talat Nuea in Phuket Town. Police said the man was 35-45 years of age and had a 29 year old girlfriend from Chumphon. He was paying 1,000 baht a month and had been renting the room for 2 months. Police estimate that the man had been dead for at least 3 days.

Police told media that the man had used, what appeared to be a dress, tied around his neck and then to the room’s roof fan. The apartment manager told police that he had been late on on his recent rent, speculating that the man may have been suffering financial hardship.

The man’s identity has not been released at this stage.

His body was taken to Vachira Hospital for an autopsy.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

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Bangkok Airways add 3 new local routes to their schedule

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Some domestic routes are being added as local routes continue to expand. This time Bangkok Airways has announced it’s resuming its Samui-Phuket, Phuket-Hat Yai and Phuket-Pattaya/Rayong (U-Tapao) flights.

The first additions to the schedule will be the Phuket-Samui flights resuming this Sunday, October 25, and the Phuket-Pattaya flights start again next Tuesday, October 27. The Phuket-Samui flights will be operating on Sundays and Wednesdays only on the airlines’ ATR72 turbo prop regional planes, same as before.

A casual search on the Bangkok Airways website, for a return flight from Phuket to Samui on November 1, then back to Phuket on November 8 indicates the cheapest fare (promo) is 2,430 baht. Coming back, the cheapest fare we found, again labelled ‘promo’, was 2,630 baht. Bangkok Airways operate as a “full service” airline and don’t compete with the country’s discount airlines. But they operate these three routes exclusively – like it or leave it.

Bangkok Airways say that the flights will be operated “with the highest preventive measures and standards”. Around the country the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand have eased a few of the onboard restrictions, including the start of catering services which were originally banned under the initial flight rules when domestic routes started flying again at the start of July.

The daily direct services between Phuket and Hat Yai are also being operated on the ATR72 aircraft. The flight to Ha Yai leaves Phuket at 8.40am and arrives at Hat Yai at 9:.45am. The return flights leave Hat Yai back to Phuket at 10.25am each day. The route was very popular for the airline before the ‘disruption’ when airlines had their fleets grounded in April.

The service between Phuket and U-Tapao, linking the party city with the party island, will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, again with the ATR72. Phuket to U-Tapao will leave at 12.10pm and then from U-Tapao to Phuket at 4pm on the three days. U-Tapao is about a 50 minute drive from Pattaya and the airport also serves the greater Rayong area.

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