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Smith denies resigning as NDWC chief

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BANGKOK: Dr Smith Dharmasaroja late this afternoon denied reports in the Thai media that he had resigned his position as Director of the National Disaster Warning Center (NDWC), which is responsible for issuing tsunami warnings.

In a telephone interview with the Gazette, Dr Smith said that he told a press conference in Bangkok yesterday that he was only considering resigning – out of frustration from the lack of support from successive governments in funding the work of the NDWC.

The NDWC was set up after the 2004 tsunami to avoid a repeat of the huge loss of life in that disaster.

Dr Smith, 72, was widely quoted in the Thai media as having already resigned his position.

He was a vocal critic of the Gen Surayud Chulanont government for failing to establish the NDWC as an independent agency with its own budget and spending discretion.

The NDWC continues to be administered by the Meteorological Department.

However, Dr Smith said that he was still contemplating handing in his resignation. “I am still thinking about it because the central government still does not support the NDWC with any form of budget or staff, or improve the center by making it independent. To achieve anything we must have help from other organizations,” he said.

“Also, the Office of the Auditor General of Thailand has criticized the NDWC for making a profit and has accused us of not working hard enough, which they said creates a bad image for Thailand in foreign eyes – and all of that is not true,” Dr Smith said.

“Now our staff are very dispirited. We waited for any form of support from the previous central government, but none came. Now there is a new government and we have still received nothing. I don’t know how long we must wait,” he said.

“My health is still not good after the car accident a few months ago, and I plan to meet the Minister of Information and Communications Technology soon,” he added.

While returning to Bangkok from a tsunami-related conference in Phuket, the pickup Dr Smith was traveling in ran off the road in Ranong on January 23. He suffered minor injuries in the crash, including a blood clot in the brain.



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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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