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Thai football rocked by match-fixing allegation

Posted by Nuttapon_S On February - 19 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The Japanese referee in charge of the match has reported he was approached by unknown

persons and asked to help fix the result. Buriram won the game 2-1, to clinch their second successive title plus an AFC Champions League play-off place.

Football Association of Thailand president Worawi Makudi said he would open an investigation into the accusation, reported to Asian soccer’s governing body, the AFC, by the Japanese official. “We have already received the report the Japanese referee sent. I’ll discuss the incident with Fifa and AFC officials as well as with Interpol when I travel to Malaysia on Thursday for a seminar about the problem of match-fixing. We have already sent them all the relevant evidence we have about the game in question,” said Worawi. “However, we will also be discussing the issue at the association’s board meeting tomorrow. We already have a committee to take care of the matter.”

Worawi said it remained unknown what impact the investigation would have on Buriram’s participation in Asia’s Champions League. Buriram beat Australia’s Brisbane Roar on penalties to book a berth in the group stage earlier this month.

The allegation in Thailand comes amid revelations of a match-fixing scandal across 15 countries and centred on the influence of organised crime syndicates based in Asia. Europol’s investigation has so far led to dozens of arrests.

TAT apologises to Brit cyclists’ families

Posted by Nuttapon_S On February - 18 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) chief has apologised to the families of the British couple who were killed by a car in Chachoengsao province while on a cycling trip around the world.

TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni told FM 100.5 on Monday that the agency would find ways to help the families of Peter Root and Mary Thompson, both 34, who died when a pickup truck ran over them on a road in Phanom Sarakham district about 2.30pm on Friday.

The pickup driver, identified by the district police as Worapong Sangkawat, a native of Ubon Ratchathani’s Sri Muang Mai district, told police that his vehicle hit the British cyclists while he was reaching down to pick up a cap on the floor.

He was reportedly released on 300,000 baht bail, and will face police charges.

The Guernsey couple’s bodies are being kept at Phanom Sarakham Hospital pending further arrangements by their respective families.

The couple had started cycling around the world two years ago, and had travelled through Europe, the Middle East, China and 23 other countries without incident before coming to Thailand.

The pair, who met 14 years ago as art students, updated their adventure regularly on www.twoonfourwheels.com.

Poll: Traffic is Job 1 for governor

Posted by Rattana_S On February - 18 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Solving Bangkok’s worsening traffic problem must be the priority of the capital’s next governor, an Abac Poll survey has found.

Pollsters at Assumption University interviewed 3,631 eligible voters between Feb 8 and 15 about what they wanted from the March 3 gubernatorial election.

Asked what they would propose to city residents if they were running for election, 22.5% of the respondents said they would solve traffic jams, while 12.5% of them said they would solve the high cost of living.

Hundreds of thousands of new cars have hit the streets in the wake of the government’s wildly successful tax-rebate programme for first-car buyers. Some longtime residents believe traffic is as bad as in the mid-1990s before the capital had any mass transit.

A total of 8.2% of respondents said they would make Bangkok an illicit drug-free city, 5.6% would tackle problems of uncollected garbage and water pollution, and 4.3% said they would ensure 24-hour safety and a crime-free city.

Other respondents raised issues such as corruption suppression, additional public parks, extension of electric train routes, free boat and public bus rides, building shelters for homeless people, improving education, bicycle lanes, and suppressing gambling dens.

Asked what disappointed them about previous Bangkok governors, 46.8% said they had failed to carry out their promised policies, and 11.8% said failure to solve problems of illicit drugs, traffic jams, uncollected garbage and flooding.

Meanwhile, 7.8% said they were disappointed with continuing corruption, 6.9% were critical of slowness in helping people affected by floods, and 6.5% said they didn’t like vote buying and slandering rival candidates during election campaigns.

Other complaints about past Bangkok governors included overlooking the problems of poor people, having conflicts with the central government, high prices of consumer goods, installation of fake CCTV cameras, and lacking the courage to make decisions.

Asked about developments that had satisfied them, only 18.2% said past Bangkok governors had carried out policies as promised and 8.1% said they had developed Bangkok, making it a better city.

Other satisfactory achievements included construction of giant tunnels to helped ease flood problems, provision of additional bicycle lanes, construction of electric rail lines.

Asked about empowering the Bangkok governor to resolve major problems in the city, 34.4% agreed, saying problems would be rapidly settled without so much political interference, but 19.3% said the Bangkok chief already had more than enough authority.

Three blown up in Pattani bloodbath

Posted by Rattana_S On February - 18 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Insurgents launch 50 coordinated attacks

Insurgents kept security authorities running in Pattani Sunday with a string of up to 50 coordinated bombing and arson attacks.

They included a bomb blast outside a restaurant in Pattani town about midday which killed three defence volunteers. The bomb was hidden in a pile of clothes outside the restaurant. The blast also injured dozens of people.

The blast was part of a spate of coordinated attacks by separatist militants in Pattani’s Muang and Yaring districts which started at 6pm on Saturday.

Authorities believe the militants intended to create unrest by detonating bombs at various locations in the hope of sparking chaos.

The deadly explosion took place just before noon outside a three-storey restaurant near the clock tower circle in the municipal area.

Two defence volunteers, Wirot Janthasiri and Sukree Duereh, were killed on the spot. The third victim, Itthipol Ahsae, was pronounced dead at hospital. The explosion also damaged a car and 10 motorcycles.

Authorities said two bombs were set to go off. One was detonated but was not fully functional. Both bombs, weighing 10kg each, were hidden inside fire extinguisher canisters.

About an hour later, a bomb was found near a fire-gutted Diana supermarket and successfully defused before it went off.

The supermarket, located on Udom Vithi Road, was damaged 12 hours earlier in a blaze which was triggered by a firebomb explosion. No one was injured.

Another explosive device was discovered at 6.40pm on Saturday outside Paisal shop on Udom Vithi Road. It was set to go off shortly before midnight.

This device went off about 7pm near a karaoke bar on Ramkomut Road, injuring one person. It was not fully functional.

A third device, a motorcycle loaded with a 50kg bomb, was successfully defused. Police collected fingerprints for examination.

Two firebombs were found and defused at two different shops before Diana supermarket was set ablaze.

As the firefighters battled with the blaze, a fire broke out at a four-storey electrical appliance store. An elderly couple was rescued.

Simultaneously, a firebomb exploded at a cooking ware store on Suwan Mongkol Road. The shop owner was quick to put out the fire.

A defence volunteer shelter, a mobile telephone signal tower and closed-circuit television cameras were set on fire in three arson attacks in Yarang district Sunday morning, as the spate of attacks continued.

The first fire in Yaring was reported about 3.30am when the living quarters of the village defence team of Ban Pulato Rayo was set alight with the attackers using motorcycle tyres soaked with petrol.

At the same time, a mobile telephone signal tower at Ban Posan was torched with old motorcycle tyres. The damage was estimated at 8 million baht.

Five closed-circuit cameras at three locations were burned down, including the one in front of Yarang Hospital.

Pitak Korkiatpitak, mayor of Pattani’s Muang district, said he was reluctant to link the weekend attacks with the deaths of 16 militants in Narathiwat last week. “The insurgents strike whenever they see a chance. We have to step up security and surveillance,” he said.

About 50 heavily armed gunmen stormed a military base in Narathiwat on Wednesday but were repelled in a counter-attack which killed 16 assailants.

Some observers believed the militants would stir up more violence to avenge the deaths of their colleagues.

Police said potential suspects were filmed by surveillance cameras in four spots.

They were apparently new recruits working under rebel leader Masorreh Duerameh.

Pattani police chief Pol Maj Gen Ekkaphob Prasitwattanachai insisted Sunday surveillance was not lax.

“We’ve placed the town under surveillance as intelligence estimates suggest there were 50 coordinated attacks. We managed to prevent attacks in eight spots,” he said.

The atmosphere in Muang district was grim. Most businesses were closed and people stayed indoors.

Bomb disposal squads, fire trucks and ambulances were on standby and checkpoints sprang up every 300 metres across the town to screen vehicles and people.

Narathiwat, Yala and five districts of Songkhla were placed on the highest security alert following the Pattani violence.

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