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Pamuke the winner in Chamber chaos

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PHUKET: Pamuke Achariyachai, President of the Kata Group of Hotels, was elected Chairman of the Phuket Chamber of Commerce today, following three months of confusion that climaxed in the resignation yesterday of his predecessor, Charn Wongsatayanont, Managing Director of Phuket Jet Tour. K. Charn resigned as the result of a protest from a member that the former chairman’s membership and those of many other members were not legitimate. “I’ve worked for the Chamber of Commerce since 1987,” K. Charn said in a statement released yesterday. “I have done a lot of work and I have tried to protect the image of the chamber. “That image may have been tarnished by attempts to usurp positions in the committee and by the confusion that has reigned in the past three months. “Even if I were able to continue as chairman, I don’t think I could do the job smoothly,” he wrote, “so I have decided to resign.” The protest that sparked K. Charn’s resignation was based on the fact that applications to join the Chamber must be supported by two existing members. Some memberships were voided after they were found to have only one signature. In a chain reaction, this in turn affected others whose applications had been supported by the disqualified members. As a result, 74 members of the Chamber – more than a third of the total 220 – were disqualified. These included Wisut Tangwittayaporn, who had raised the issue in the first place. The situation was worse in the 21-seat committee. Checks by the Department of Internal Trade resulted in 12 being disqualified, leaving just nine people on the committee. Of these, four voted for K. Pamuke as chairman, two voted for Kreingsak Suksomboon, the manager of Bank Thai plc, and the remaining three abstained. After his election, K. Pamuke said, “The first thing I’m going to do is to clear up the confusion over membership. Sometime next week we will hold elections to fill the empty seats on the committee. “I don’t think this problem will cause people to lose faith in us. “As to my future policy, I want to try to bring together all business clubs and organizations, under the umbrella of the committee of the Chamber of Commerce. “Other priorities are to have our own offices and to push the chamber more into the international arena, especially when it comes to tourism matters.” K. Charn was elected to a second two-year term as chairman just four months ago, defeating K. Pamuke by 11 votes to 10.



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UPDATE: Water truck driver presents himself to police after motorcycle death on Kata hill

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A water truck driver has presented himself to Karon Police after yesterday’s road accident on Kata Hill that killed a female motorcycle rider.

She died after skidding on oil spilled on the road, falling off the motorbike and being crushed by a water truck in Kata last night. Two others motorists following being also crashed and sustained injuries.

Read more about yesterday’s incident HERE.

This morning the water truck driver, Apichart Sripan, has himself to Karon Police for questioning over the incident.

Karon Police report that a drug and alcohol test has been conducted returning a zero result. But he has been charged with reckless driving causing injury and death.

In our earlier report, police say witnesses report the truck stopped 100 metres down the road. They say the driver got out of the truck to inspect the wheels. Witnesses tried to take photo of him but he got back into his truck and sped away.

UPDATE: Water truck driver presents himself to police after motorcycle death on Kata hill | News by The Thaiger

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68 Ridley’s sea turtles hatched on Phang Nga beach – VIDEO

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: The Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand

68 Ridley’s baby sea turtles have hatched on Tha Sai Beach in Thai Muang, Phang Nga and made their way to the sea last night.

Ridley’s sea turtles, a protected species in Thailand, have returned recently to Phang Nga beaches to breed over the past few months following a 23 year absence.

Read more about the return of the Ridley’s turtles HERE.

Last night 68 baby Ridley’s sea turtles, from 81 eggs survived, hatched and headed straight for the Andaman Sea. Two of them didn’t hatch and 11 eggs weren’t fertilised.

Bon voyage little turtles!

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Motorbike driver dies, another person injured after car driver slams into them

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A female motorbike driver has died while a male car driver has sustained injuries after a second car driver fell asleep at the wheel in Thalang crashing into them.

The incident happened on Srisoonthorn Road in Thalang at 2pm yesterday (Wednesday).

Police and emergency responders arrived to find a damaged motorbike and two damaged cars.

Police report that the car driver, Dechawat Taechanitisawat, fell asleep at the wheel. He lost control of his vehicle before colliding with the motorbike whose driver was 34 year old Ms Tanakorn Chadaphon and another car driven by 39 year old Pradit Ruecha.

They were both rushed to Thalang Hospital where Ms Tanakorn was later pronounced dead.

Police are continuing their investigation and will charge Dechawat Taechanitisawat.

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