Habana to hang up boots

first_imgThe 34-year-old winger, whose contract at French club Toulon expires in June, confirmed the news on Instagram.”The inevitable moment has come knocking on my door and I’ve welcomed it in for a drink.” he said.Habana scored 67 tries in the 124 Test appearances he made for the Springboks and his last international appearance was in 2016 when he was also vice-captain.The electric winger underwent knee surgery last year and has struggled to make an impact at Toulon this season.”It’s been more than a year of hoping, trying, pushing and willing to get back on the field for one last time, to taste the sweet victory or encounter that gut-wrenching despair,” he said.”To hear the roar of the crowd or grab the pill out of the air. To make that last bone crunching tackle or score that last game winning try. But it’s unfortunately just not to be.”I, like most, would have liked my career to have ended differently, but sometimes things don’t turn out quite the way we hope for.”So at the end of this season, it’s time to say goodbye and thank you to the game I so dearly love.”last_img read more

Thai hospitals burdened by Aussies

first_imgThe Thai Health Ministry has called for all visitors to be required to pay for health insurance at immigration checkpoints or have the fee added to their air ticket. Foreigners without health insurance are draining the public healthcare system in Phuket.  Image: travelfish.org Tempted by lower living costs, Phuket continues to grow in popularity amongst not only holiday makers but retirees and long-term residents as well, with the Thai public healthcare system facing financial pressure from the high cost of caring for money tight foreigners, news.com.au reported.  Source = ETB News: LB With a total of around 900,000 Australian visitors to Thailand each year, Phuket’s public hospital faces expenses upwards of $AUD140,000 per year, not just for patients but for the deceased whose bodies aren’t claimed. Australians, mostly males in their 30s, are amongst the leading foreign patients seeking public healthcare because they don’t have insurance. Foreigners which experience an accident are initially taken to a private hospital but are often re-located to a public hospital after it is discovered they do not have insurance and cannot afford to pay the hospital fee. “Looking after foreigners, especially Westerners, who come to Thailand without any health insurance and then fall sick or have an accident is a great burden on our healthcare system and causes a lot of issues,” said Vachira Public Hospital deputy director Dr Nara Kingkaew. The popular tourist destination island of Phuket in Thailand is feeling the pressure on their public hospital system thanks to increasing numbers of Australian visitors without health insurance.last_img read more