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Football inspires Thai people like no other sport. Whether a player, spectator or follower of an English Premier League team, Thai people are passionate about the sport and unwavering in support of their team. Thai youngsters play football from an early age at schools, on the streets, in the parks and dream of one day becoming a professional like their favourite international football stars.

For some Thai youngsters, that dream has just come true courtesy of global mobile phone brand TECNO Mobile.

From June 2-6 more than 70 lucky Thai youngsters are taking part in a once-in-a-lifetime four-day football clinic with coaches from 2018 English Premier League Champions Manchester City Football Club at Prem Tinsulanonda International School School in Chiang Mai.

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“Sport, and football in particular, is unique in its ability to bring people together. Through our “TECNO BlueSquad” initiative we want to not only give youngsters the opportunity to learn football skills from the best in the world and develop their talent, but also to develop confidence, leadership and discipline, whilst learning the importance of teamwork. We wish to encourage them to dream big and aim high – perhaps one day they will become professional footballers and play in the English Premier League,” said Philex Meng, CMO of TECNO Mobile.

Football has developed rapidly in Thailand. The country is home to some of the best leagues in Asia with Thai teams competing on the regional stage and professional footballers playing in leagues around the world. The Thai Men’s team will compete in the Asian Cup in January 2019, the Women’s team have qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in February 2019, and with the FIFA World Cup due to kick-off in Russia later this month, interest in football is at an all time high.

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Leveraging their global partnership with Manchester City FC, TECNO Mobile launched the “TECNO BlueSquad” initiative in 2017 when they hosted 13 youngsters from across Africa to Manchester City FC’s Etihad Stadium, in the UK. That was followed with a joint football clinic for school children in Vietnam last month, and now, for the first time in Thailand, TECNO Mobile and Manchester City FC are training Thai youngsters in “The Mancity Way”.

The football clinic provides a fun and educational environment away from the classroom in which youngsters can learn and grow, encouraging them to believe in themselves and follow their passion. Participating youngsters will be inspired with then meet football idol and Manchester City FC legend Shay Given, who is in Asia for the first time.

Having launched TECNO Mobile into Thailand in 2017, Chiang Mai is a strategic regional market and David Chan, Country Manager of TECNO Thailand explained: “We wanted to offer something new for Thai football fans and our customers. “Experience More” is at the heart of TECNO Mobile’s DNA and that is very much what these football clinics are about. We believe in providing our customers with the best quality product and to enrich their recreational lifestyle. Working with Manchester City Football Club globally and partnering with them on the TECNO BlueSquad initiative allows us to reach out globally while at the same time engage with local communities.”

TECNO Mobile’s partnership with Manchester City FC brings customers and fans of both closer together. Through the company’s “Glocal” approach to development, TECNO Mobile provides customised high-quality products through its sales network covering more than 40 emerging markets around the world.

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FACTS ABOUT TECNO:
• For 12 years have focused on a camera-centric smartphone with optical research (the objective is to produce smartphones that can take the most beautiful photos, especially selfies).
• TECNO operates in more than 40 countries globally.
• 167 million sets of mobile phones have been sold from 2006-2017.
• 300,000 units sold per day worldwide.
• 100 days and 12+1 month after-sale guarantee.

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Thai woman tests positive for Covid in Chiang Mai, 72 people found to be in close contact

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A 29 year old female Thai returnee from Myanmar has tested positive for Covid in Chiang Mai, after visiting the hospital with flu-like symptoms. She was the only local case reported, out of 5 other positive tests, with officials saying she is believed to have contracted the virus in Myanmar. The positive test on November 27, came after she was out and about, with authorities saying 326 people are suspected of coming in contact with the woman. The woman reportedly visited a mall to eat Japanese shabu, watched a movie, visited a karaoke bar, and used public transportation before her positive diagnosis.

Of those suspected 326 people who came in contact with the woman, 105 were deemed at high risk of infection with 149 deemed at low risk. Officials said 72 people were in close contact with her. The mall operator says those who were found to be in contact with the woman will proceed to a 14 day quarantine period.

The woman reportedly came down with symptoms on November 23 and went to the Nakornping Hospital the next day to be checked out. Now, the Chiang Mai governor has ordered all affected venues to be disinfected, including the Central Festival Chiangmai mall, which closed at 4 pm for a “big cleaning” yesterday.

Officials from the Disease Control Department have provided the woman’s whereabouts at a briefing on Saturday as part of the contact-tracing exercise. Sopon Liamsirithavorn, director of the Communicable Diseases Division, has presented a timeline of her movements:

  • From October 24 to November 23, the woman was in Myanmar. On November 23, she developed a fever, watery diarrhea, and lost her sense of smell.
  • On November 24, she still had a fever and developed a cough and a headache. Around 5 am on that day, she travelled from Myanmar to the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai by public van.
  • Around 11 am on November 24, she left Chiang Rai for Chiang Mai by bus.
  • At 2.51 pm the same day, the woman arrived at her condominium in a Grab car. That night, she used another Grab car to visit a karaoke bar in the Santitham area with two friends. They smoked a cigarette and shared it.
  • On November 25, she stayed overnight at a condominium with one of the friends who had returned from the entertainment venue around 2 am. Two other friends who lived in the room opposite came to the room to drink alcohol.
  • About noon on November 25, the woman left the condominium in another Grab car. She arrived at her condo building at around 1 pm.
  • Between 3.30 pm and 8.30 pm, she used another Grab car to visit a shopping mall and watched a movie there, had meals, and went shopping. She wore a face mask most of the time. She later used another Grab car to return to her condominium.
  • On November 26, the woman took a Grab car to a private hospital in Chiang Mai for a medical check-up around 3.30 pm after she lost her sense of smell, had watery diarrhea, and a body temperature of 36.9 celsius. She underwent a Covid-19 test.
  • Around 10pm, she was sent to Nakornping Hospital for another Covid-19 test. On November 27, the tests turned out positive.

A full announcement is set to be made by the Chiang Mai governor and Thai public health authorities when more information has been confirmed.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | Reuters

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Tourists flock to Chiang Mai Royal Park Rajapruek over the long weekend

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Over the long holiday weekend, more than 1,500 tourists a day flocked to the Royal Park Rajapruek in Chiang Mai. Most of the visitors were Thais from other provinces to enjoy the beautiful display of seasonal flowers adorning the park grounds. The Ratchaphruek Flower Gardens are considered a “must-see” when visiting the northern capital. The expansive gardens are incredibly picturesque. Bike rentals are available and, for less active travellers, a tram is available to take you around.

One unique place to visit during the tour was the orchid greenhouse, where a variety of orchids are currently in full bloom. TripAdvisor recommends about 2 hours to get around the park.

Another attraction to the park was its dedication to featuring toxin-absorbing and air-purifying plants that draw in tourists to relax in the fresh air and natural beauty of the park. However, all visitors are asked to wear face masks and to observe the normal Covid-19 protocols of washing hands and socially distancing to protect themselves and others from any possible infections.

Other northern National Parks and mountains also had a high level of visits over the 4 day long weekend.

Thailand yesterday recorded 11 new cases of Covid with 1 case being locally-transmitted at a refugee camp in Tak province. The Burmese refugee reportedly snuck out of the camp and crossed the Thai-Myanmar border for a visit, and then returned to the camp. The refugee was displaying symptoms and later tested positive for Covid. Such an illegal crossing has seen Thailand impose stricter controls over its border with Myanmar after the latter nation saw a spike in virus cases.

SOURCE: The Pattaya Mail

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5 injured in Chiang Mai collision after driver falls asleep at the wheel – VIDEO

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5 passengers in a public transport vehicle have been injured after a pickup driver fell asleep at the wheel and slammed into them. Nation Thailand reports that the collision occurred on San Kampaeng Road in the northern province of Chiang Mai.

Rescue workers had to use specialist equipment to free the passengers, who were trapped in the bus. They managed to get them out just before the vehicle burst into flames, with another group of rescuers extinguishing the fire. The injured passengers have all been taken to hospital.

Police have launched an investigation into the collision, with the 29 year old pickup driver, Jetsada Norakaipan, admitting he fell asleep at the wheel.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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