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Phuket Lifestyle: QSI Tigers unveil new den; QSI fun run

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PHUKET: Quality Schools International (QSI) Phuket unveiled its new and improved sports den, with students rushing the field after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The US$120,000 (just over 3.7 million baht) new facilities include a multipurpose basketball court, a football field enveloped by a 100-meter running track and a new garden and waterfall.

Emotions ran high at the opening ceremony with large crowds turning out to hear school director Patrick Buckley give a heartfelt speech, which paid tribute to the efforts of all involved in the major facility upgrade.

“We are celebrating our new facilities, and also that at QSI Phuket, we don’t give up on our kids.”

“Our new facilities communicate to our students and their parents that we want to give them the best educational opportunities, and sport is a very important aspect of our curriculum.”

In a fitting tribute to the home side, their new football pitch is made from a surface called “Tiger Turf”, an apt name when your team logo, name and mascot is a roaring tiger. The new facilities will be used for T-ball, football, basketball, tennis, badminton, track and field activities and the football field will be used for the flag raising ceremony each morning before classes, a QSI Phuket tradition.

Facility upgrades have been a top priority at QSI Phuket since director Buckley joined the school in August last year. The majority of construction work was scheduled over the Christmas holiday break, and although work has been ongoing, students and teachers have been able to see the remarkable transformation at the school each day.

Before work began, the upper playground usually reserved for primary students, was a little more than a dusty patch of land with a climbing frame. Today the new sporting arena has ample space and safety for students to hone their athletic abilities.

Brad Kenny, advisory board member and whose company ESP oversaw project development, said the new facilities has given the school and everyone concerned with it, a huge boost.

“This is a fantastic achievement for everyone concerned.”

Among the many people director Buckley thanked on the day, was CJ Prieur, director of Seara Sports southern Thailand.

Seara Sports were responsible for re-fitting the new “Swiss Flex” 800-square-meter basketball court. Mr Prieur said students decades from today will still be able to enjoy the ultra-durable Swiss Flex court. He added that Phuket interest in synthetic sports courts and pitches is in high demand, with artificial pitches popping up all over the island, including a brand new 5,000sqm soccer field in Patong.

Fun run Saturday March 10

You still have time to get in shape for QSI Phuket’s next Fun Run.

This is the 10th annual event for QSI Phuket and promises to be another fun-filled day for all involved.

The event has evolved from a community outreach project into a fully-fledged running event, attracting serious athletes and those hellbent on fun.

Races range from 1 to 12-kilometers and all members of the public can join. The all-day event is for the whole family, with carnival-like booths and games.

The event will be held at Bang Wad Dam on March 10, from 9:30am to 5:00pm.

The parents, students and teachers of QSI Phuket will continue their tradition of providing staff and materials for the event, which means the only thing left for community members to do is enjoy themselves.

Entry fee is 200 baht per entrant, 100 baht per student, and pre-registration is possible at QSI Phuket until Friday, March 9.

Additionally, registration on the day of the event begins at 9:30am.

As part of the festivities, there will be live music and 91.5 Phuket FM Radio personality, DJ Dorris.

There will also be food and drink vendors, as well as a silent auction with top-notch prizes from sponsors around the island.

The Phuket Gazette sponsors this event, for more information, check out qsischool.org.

— Fraser Morton

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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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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Professor: Military government too interested in tourism – not people’s welfare

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A professor of Rangsit University has criticised the previous military government for focusing too much on tourism and not enough on the welfare of the Thai people. The professor was speaking at Chulalongkorn University at a seminar discussing street stalls and urban development.

She questioned the National Council for Peace and Order’s policy of clearing street vendors in all but a few areas such as Yaowarat and Khao San Road that mainly cater to tourists.

She claimed that the NCPO – in power since the coup of 2014 until this year’s election – was more interested in economic development through tourism than in the welfare of the public.

Having affordable street food options was not just about tourism, she said, it was vital for poor workers who have migrated from the countryside, adding that it was part of an informal rather than a formal economy.

“For years people had earned their living from selling goods and services, including food, on the streets.”

This in turn provided an affordable option to eat for workers who came to Bangkok on for large investment projects. The issue, she said, was not just about tourism but the wider economy that might benefit.

The professor noted that CNN had once called Bangkok the best place in the world for street food but this had changed with the sanitized food trucks that have appeared since stalls and vendors were banned from most areas.

The Thaiger notes that banning street vendors has divided the capital. Many are happy that the sidewalks are easier to navigate, but others – including tourists – have said that the lifeblood and character of the city has suffered.

SOURCE: Naew Na | ThaiVisa Forum

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