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PHUKET TOWN: In a long awaited project to provide accident victims with gainful employment, four disabled people are now monitoring screens in the CCTV control room at Phuket City Police Station.

Following a week of training on how to operate the cameras, the four new employees started work on February 11.

They are spending eight hours a day watching live footage of Phuket’s roads, alerting police to accidents and crime.

Originally conceived as a way to provide jobs for people in wheelchairs, the plan hit a snag when it was realized the CCTV control room was on the fourth floor of the police station, which has no elevator.

For our previous report click here.

The four people selected are all disabled, but can still scale the building’s staircase unassisted.

Thaweedetch Yotngam, 33, worked as a cook in a restaurant in Chalong until July 11, 2008, when he was maimed in a car accident.

Mr Thaweedetch spent almost a year in recovery and lost the use of his right hand.

His injury prevented him from returning to the kitchen.

“It was very difficult for me to find a job. Nobody would take me on. It was a really tough time for my family,” he said.

Mr Thaweedetch said he was very happy now. “I have been unemployed for many years, but now I can get paid.”

Sujin Sitthidetch, 34, worked as a gas delivery man until 10 years ago when he crashed into a truck on his motorcycle.

His hip was broken and his right leg was twisted. Unable to carry loads, he had to give up his job and worked for a low wage as a clerk at the gas company.

Mr Sujin is happier to be working at the CCTV center. “This job isn’t so hard, and at least I don’t have to carry heavy things – which I can’t,” he said.

“I’m happy to be earning 9,000 baht a month, which is the same as people with bachelor’s degrees,” he said.

They men are being paid 300 baht per shift. They work from 8:00am until 5:00pm, with a one hour lunch break. At some point in the future, they will begin to alternate shifts and a 3:00pm to midnight shift will be added.

The budget to pay their wages comes from the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office.

The Don’t Drive Drunk Foundation’s Victim Network in Phuket supported the scheme, helping to find suitable candidates able to climb stairs and with with some computer skills.

The President of the network, Nalinee Bunthawadchai, said the network had been running for four years.

“In that time we’ve never seen a company or any other organization open a position for one of our disabled members. It’s nice to help these people get back into society, earning some money to help themselves and their families,” she said.

Phuket City Police Crime Control and Suppression Division head Choengtiphat Dachknettanon said he hoped more people could be recruited for the project so the cameras could be monitored 24 hours a day.

— Kitima Pornmongkhonwat



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Some restrictions lifted for superyachts in the region

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Thailand is poised to ease rules on bareboat charters as well as introducing new measures to attract more luxury and super yachts into the region.

The new measures were laid out in a presentation called “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea” held at the 2019 Thailand Yacht Show and Rendezvous in Phuket.

Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder, outlined new measures to attract Superyachts in the meeting attended by officials from Thailand’s Customs Department.

Representing Thailand’s Customs Department, Kanchana Suwanicho, updated delegates on the rules applying for a temporary stay for yachts as well as outlining revisions for bareboat charter rules.

ttrweekly.com reports that, under the revisions, bareboat charters will not need to hire a Thai registered captain and engineer to be present on board vessels for the sailing duration.

“Out-dated rules are being reviewed, but due to recent boating tragedies involving foreign tourists authorities are concerned about potential safety lapses.”

Stating that Thailand wants to continue being the ‘Yachting Hub for Asia’ Kanchana said bareboat charters would not be required to hire a Thai captain and engineer, but the charterer would be required to show they had qualified personnel to assume full responsibility.

The Revenue department confirmed it was actively working to resolve a stumbling block linked to Superyacht charter licences.

“Once this stumbling block has been removed foreign flagged yachts, over 30 metres long, will be allowed to legally charter in Thailand. This will be a major boom for the industry both in Phuket and across the region.”

The easing of restrictions for superyachts coming to the region has been a major issue of the founder of the Thailand Yacht Show and Singapore Yacht Show, Andy Treadwell.

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Attendees of the “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea”

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Suspect hands himself in to police, denies charges in Saphan Hin shooting

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A suspect has handed himself in to police after an arrest warrant was issued over a Saphan Hin shooting last week. The suspect is denying the charges.

A Thai man was shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket last week. An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect shortly after as police went hunting for the suspect identified by witnesses.

Read more about the shooting HERE.

Wichit Police Chief Col Nikorn Somsuk says, “The suspect is 23 year old Jakkrit Sangsaard. Yesterday he presented himself to police for the shooting and carrying gun in public changes. He has denied the charges and been bailed.”

“At this stage we believe that the suspect and the dead man, Teerasak, had a previous conflict.. Teerasak stopped his motorbike and tried to fire a shot at the suspect but the gun misfired. The suspect then shot back. We are continuing our investigation.”

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Legal action taken against people who removed beer cans from beer truck accident scene

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PHOTOS / VIDEO:  Thanakrit Asulyakul / Mana Sombat / Kanlaya Singkangrang / Kritsada Mueanhawong

Legal action has already been taken against four people who ‘removed’ beer cans after a truck carrying boxes of beer cans overturned in Phuket on January 11.

A logistic company representative has filed a report with police after more than 80,000 beer cans, valued at more than two million baht, mysteriously “vanished” after the truck overturned in Rassada.

Read more about the incident outside a Rassada 7/11 HERE.

The Phuket City Police Chief Col Sompong Thiparpakun says, “Four people have now been arrested. They have admitted that they saw other people taking beer cans, so they did too. They say they have consumed the contents of all beer cans. ”

“If evidence can be provided that other people took these beer cans and sold them, legal action will be taken against them too.”

“It was illegal to remove these items from the crash scene.”

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