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Chinese takes top honors in Phuket programming meet

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PHUKET CITY: IT whizzes from universities across Asia convened in Phuket last week to compete in an international computer programming contest.

The Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) took place at Prince of Songkla University on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sixty teams of three students each from universities in Thailand, China, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, South Korea and Hong Kong competed to solve computer programming problems.

A team from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China eventually triumphed. They will compete against the winners of other regional contests at next year’s finals in Harbin, China.

A team from the National University of Singapore were runners up, followed by a Vietnamese team from Ho Chi Minh City University of Science.

Of 27 Thai teams, the highest placing was to a team from Kasetsart University that finished 19th.

PSU’s four teams finished 54th, 57th, 58th and 60th.

The ACM-ICPC contest has taken place every year for more than 20 years.

This year’s face-off at PSU was the first time the contest has taken place in Thailand.

It was sponsored by IBM and SIPA, the Thai software promotion agency,

Dr C J Hwang, ACM-ICPC Asia director, praised the enthusiasm of the PSU and SIPA staff who organized the event.

“Although this was the first time, I was very satisfied with their world-class performance, including the problem setting, judging and management,” he said.

There are now 300,000 students competing in the contest across the world, he said.

“The contest aims to raise the potential and skill of the students, training them to apply theory to practical problems,” he said.

Siripon Mektanatip, manager of SIPA’s Phuket branch, was pleased with the performance of the Thai students.

“It’s obvious that Thai students are now very smart computer programmers” he said. “The contest is like a stage from which they can show off their talent and develop their potential.”

He said SIPA hoped a Thai university could host the ASM-ICPC World Final in 2014.

“The chance of being chosen is quite high,” he said.

For more information about the contest click here. 

— Pimwara Choksakulpan



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Motorbike driver files official complaint after accident from fallen cables in Kata

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A motorbike driver has filed a report with police against a cable company after he became tangled up in their cabling while driving to work in Kata.

26 year old Chakaree Yawaekaree filled the report with Chalong Police against the local cable company.

Mr Chakaree told Police that he was driving to work in Kata on Friday morning. When he arrived at the scene he ran into the cabling that had dropped down, just above the road level. The cables hooked his motorbike and caused him to crash and fall off. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for scrapes, grazes and a badly injured right knee.

Chalong Police say they are continuing their investigation. They say the cables belong to a private company and that this kind of incident happens “very often”.

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Motorbike driver dies after colliding with sedan on Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a sedan driven by a Russian driver who was allegedly making a “risky” U-turn on Thepkrasattri Road in Koh Kaew yesterday.

The incident happened at 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and other emergency responders arrived to find a white sedan, a motorbike and a pickup truck.

The motorbike driver had sustained serious injuries – 19 year old Weerapat Chamnina – and had already been rushed tp Mission Phuket Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police report that a white sedan, whose driver was a 37 year old Russian man, Maxim Shadrin, was heading along the southbound lane of Thepkasattri Road.

Police speculate that he was trying to make a U-turn but was allegedly out of the lane of traffic making the turn.

The motorbike collided with the rear of the man’s sedan.  The motorbike driver bounced off to the other side of the road (northbound lane).  Then a pickup truck hit the motorbike driver.

Police are continuing their investigation and examining all the CCTV footage.

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54 year old Swede dodges traffic in Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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PHUKET: Achadtaya Chuenniran

A 54 year old Swedish tourist is now in custody after running around Thepkasattri road yesterday morning dodging cars and causing traffic mayhem. Luckily no cars came in contact with the man police described as ‘mentally ill’.

A video clip from the incident shows the man running in and out of the traffic on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang. The incident happened around 2.30am.

The road had to be closed for 20-30 minutes as police apprehended the man, unhurt. The motive for his dangerous antics have not become apparent at this stage.

The man, who remains named was taken to Thalang Hospital for checking then was transferred to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town. Police revealed that his visa expired on the same day so they’ve contacted the local Swedish consular officials to check on the man’s family and travel situation.

The Swede is currently being evaluated and treated in the hospital’s psychiatric wing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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