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Phuket’s Annissa Flynn wins Flowboard Worlds in Cancun, Mexico

Tanutam Thawan

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Female athletes in Thailand have added another major achievement by winning the 2017 World Flow Boarding Tour Finals in Mexico.

Phuket’s Anissa Flynn is already acclaimed as one of the best womens’ surfers in Asia after winning the Asian Womens Open surfing tour at aged 12 and has now added a World Championship to her growing list of big wins.

The 2017 Flow Tour ended at the World Flow Boarding Finals held at Aqua World Water Park in Cancun, Mexico.

Finalists attended the five day event which also saw the athletes visit world famous ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula and ended with a huge party at the Hard Rock Hotel for the prize awards ceremony, Mexican banquet and live music.

The Asian team consisted of Nur Alysha Mohamad Rizwan and Annissa Tita Flynn in the Women’s Flowboard division, Tum Nonsee and Muhamad Nazri in the Men’s Flowboard as well as other athletes who were unable to attend because they couldn’t get their visas in time due to the tightened restrictions now in place.

Day 2: Let's the competition begin… World Flowboarding Champ…

Let the competition begin… there were moments full of adrenaline, but also were a lot of fun and a great atmosphere, we will be waiting for you tomorrow with the finals! ?‍♂?‍♀Que empiece la competencia, se vivieron momentos de mucha adrenalina, pero sobre todo mucha diversión y un gran ambiente, los esperamos mañana con las finales! ?‍♂?‍♀#WorldFlowboardingChampionships #WeCreateFUN La Tula Cochileña Santo Remedio Aguas Locas Cancun RoXy Mexico Banana Boat Latinoamérica flowboarders FlowRider

Posted by Aquaworld Cancun on Sunday, November 5, 2017

Annissa Flynn represented Phuket’s SurfHouse Kata and Thailand. She managed to win this year’s event after previously finishing in second and third positions at the World Finals in the past.

Coming in second place was young Nur Alysha Mohamad Rizwan who beat Annissa in the Asian Final, recognised as having a terrific future in the sport.

Annissa was ecstatic at winning and her Facebook account said it all…

“I will never forget this day! This is the day that a kid like me becomes a WORLD CHAMPION!! I am so thankful to mom & dad – you guys are awesome! The best boards in the business Mak flowboards and most of all Roxy Thailand – if not for you guys I’ll have never been here! Aqua World for putting on the event and all flowboarders for making the event possible! Next stop Utah!!”

Annissa is sponsored by Roxy Thailand, Mak Flowboards and SurfHouse Kata Beach and Patong.

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Bodyboard Male :

1st Daniel Tarapchack

2nd Sean Beckwith

3rd Place Jonathan Hintz (Canada)

Bodyboard Female:

1st Morgan Seaberth (All of them from USA)

2nd Cathy Seabert

3rd Hayley Balderrama

Flowboard Male:

1st Sean Silveira (For the sixth time! Not consecutive, but he regained the title two years later)

2nd Muhammad Nazri

3rd Jake Chipman

Flowboard Female :

1st Annissa Flynn

2nd Alyssia

3rd Austyn Victoria

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Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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Buddhists call for boycott of Hilton & Waldorf Astoria Hotels with the opening of Siddhartha Lounge

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OPINION: The Buddhist Times

Since its creation in 1996, Buddha-Bar Paris has been using the name and image of Buddha in it’s Bars and Hotels throughout the world. Typically the franchises use large statues of Buddha in their Bars and around dance floors and in restaurants similar to a Buddhist temple.

What makes the use of Buddha’s image in these bars most insulting to Buddhists around the world is that Buddhism does not support the consumption of alcohol. So to use the Buddha’s image as decoration to promote the consumption and sale of alcohol and as a prop on dance floors and in restaurants is especially disrespectful and hurtful to Buddhists.

Now comes a further insult with the Buddha-Bar franchise opening the Siddhartha Lounge at Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah. (Siddhartha Gautama being the full name of Buddha).

According to the Knowing Buddha Organisation in Thailand what the Buddha-Bar franchise is doing is not only disrespectful but it is immoral. The foundation points out that “Respect is Common Sense”.

Buddhists feel hurt by the misuse of the name and image of their father, as people of other faiths would be if the image of Christ or Mohammad were used to promote bars and nightclubs.

The Buddha–Bar, restaurant, and hotel franchise created by French-Romanian restaurateur Raymond Vișan and DJ and interior designer Claude Challe, with its original location having opened in Paris, France in 1996.

Raymond Vișan, according to Wikipedia, had the idea of establishing the chain of restaurants and bars which came from his fascination with the Orient. However at the age of 60 Visan suddenly died of terminal cancer. The franchise was continued by co-founder Claude Challe and Vișan’s wife Tarja, who took over the reins of the Buddha Bar franchise upon Vișan death.

Critics of the Vișan’s and Claude Challe say that these self described artists and creators have created nothing but bad Karma and Sin for themselves. They suggest that Buddha-Bar franchise is a form of “grotesque Plagiarism ” which has merely hi-jacked a 2500 year old religion, using the name and image of Buddha, who imparts peace, compassion and loving kindness, for the purpose of selling alcohol and making money. As any case of plagiarism it is expected that Buddha-Bar and Waldorf Astoria will soon find them selves in the courts say Buddhims advocats.

Buddhist around the world are calling the Boycotting of Waldorf Astoria Hotels Hilton Hotels, Buddha-Bars and the music of Claude Challe, demanding that they stop using the image of Buddha and instead creat their own brand.

The views expressed in this editorial do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of The Thaiger or its staff

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30,000 baht reward offered after prisoner walks away from Bangkok prison

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Police in Bangkok are offering a reward of 30,000 baht for information that leads to the capture of an escaped convict. The Daily News reports that Pol Col Chanaworasin Suphaphanarak, the chief of Prachacheun police in northern Bangkok, confirmed the reward yesterday.

Phraiphiw Phumiphu, a convicted thief, escaped Bangkok Remand prison on Saturday. It’s understood he had been working outside the prison gates when he ran off.

Press reports say the escaped prisoner is “unstable”, while the poster issued to publicise the reward for his capture describes him as “dangerous.”

It’s understood Phraiphiw previously served a jail sentence for theft but had re-offended.

SOURCE: Daily News | ThaiVisa

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21% of Thai teenagers are gambling

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PHOTO: Gambling, local style, Rai Et, north-east Thailand – Pinterest

Early in October the Thai Health Promotion Foundation met to discuss the gambling situation in Thailand in 2019. Also present were the Centre for Gambling Studies, Stop Gambling Foundation and related groups.

The meeting was set up after a report revealed that more than half (57%) of the Thai population, or 30.42 million people, gamble. The director-general of the Centre for Gambling Studies at Chulalongkorn University shared the report, which was based on data from a survey of 44,050 people across 77 provinces.

The figure is an increase of 1.49 million people from 2017. While most Thai gamblers are of working age, 2.4% of the total were aged between 15-18 years. This means that 21% of that age group are gambling.

According to California’s Council on Problem Gambling, youth, like everyone else, gamble for many reasons, including entertainment; socialisation; competition; loneliness, and boredom; to get rich quick; to impress others; be the centre of attention; make new friends, and because winning provides an instant, temporary boost of confidence.

“The California Council on Problem Gambling lists depression as one reason youth turn to gambling, noting that depression can just as easily be an effect as a cause. This is especially important to note in a country like Thailand.”

In an article in The ASEAN Post, it was noted that in December 2017, Thailand’s Department of Mental Health (DMH) reported that an estimated one million teenagers are believed to suffer from depression, many of whom go untreated, with two million more are at risk, making upward of three million among a population of eight million teens then.

The DMH said that stress and anxiety may affect a student’s ability to concentrate and perform well at school, and they may show several warning signs, such as lack of attention, loss of interest in daily activities, lethargy, sadness, and sleeping issues.

“It is clear from studies that depression and gambling go hand-in-hand: the unfortunate case in Thailand is that it is affecting children too.”

SOURCE: The ASEAN Post

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