In The News: Olympic Torch Relay
[quote]I paticipated the torch relay today in Bangkok so I took some photos to you. :)[/quote]
[quote]A group of Chinese people gather at the gate that ethnic Chinese in Thailand build and present to the King of Thailand as a gift on his 60th brithday.[/quote]
[quote]It's full of exciting, entertaining, and of course, patriotism. Chinese people cheering and screaming happliy as they wait for their moment.[/quote]
[quote]Security is the primary concerns. Polices are deployed every where. 2 helicopters from police wings with the sniper boarding watching from the sky. [/quote]
[quote]This photo is perfectly show what the Chineses think about the protest around the world. And every Thais hope everything will be alright during the relay.[/quote]
[quote]But for now, the main threat is temperature. If you want to know how hot it is, just asks this BBC reporter.[/quote]
[quote]And it's begin. The torch will pass China town to Rajadamnern road where the military killed people in the Bloody May to finish in front of Arnantasamakorm Throne Hall.[/quote]
[quote]Obviously, the chaos does not come from protesters. It's come from reporters around the world trying to get the best photo.[/quote]
[quote]The torch is out of the light about 2 times and are replacing by the back up one. With respect, can we called a "Made in China Syndrom"?[/quote]
[quote]80 men and women, boys and grils, from almost every parts of socity join 10 km. run. Including Somrak Comesing, Thailand first Olympic gold medal winner.[/quote]
[quote]And also, minister of Tourism and Sport is waiting to give the bless to the torch.[/quote]
[quote]The relay hit the highest stess point when the torch pass UN office, where the free Tibet group set up their fort, in the eye of polices.[/quote]
[quote]But the most violent sence is when supporters and protesters meet and attack each other with words and booes.[/quote]
[quote]Later I found out that this group of supporter is "The Torch Guard" which is the Chinese civilian who try to help officers protect their beloved torch.[/quote]
[quote]And the relay ended peacefully. Seem like everyone listen to the police who try to say that. "Be polite and please think about the image of Thailand to the world". And it's work![/quote]
In The News: Olympic Torch Relay
i watch it on tv 'n i've seen many guys in white t-shirt 'n black cap surround the torch , good time for RTP'swat without their blue suit in operation.
Chris Benjakul , one in 80s runner was stole his torch , i think i've heard it from tv reporter.[/QUOTE]
I did not see that incident but I think it's not a free tibet group. I did not see any free tibet group except in front of UN office.
Maybe you like this. p-)
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger of Royal Thai Police Wings in Olympic Torch Relay. woot
In The News: RSAF Black Knight In Thailand
Today RSAF Black Knight from Republic of Singapore Air Force open its sqn. for the press to see their work and also they give a special show. I took some photos to you. Sorry there are no time to explain each photo.
PS. RSAF Black Knight come here in Thailand by the invitation of RTAF to celebrate 25 years of defense relationship between RTAF and RASF. RSAF Black Knight will performs in front of Thai people on 24 April 2008.
PS.2 Black Knight 4 get sick. So only 5 jets will perform. :)
In The News: Cyclone Nagris
[B]RTAF C-130H To Rangoon; The First Foreign Aid Allowed To Fly In[/B]
[quote]Thai Jasmine Rice and RTAF C-130H at the back[/quote]
[quote]BBC News - Burma's ruling generals have given a UN plane permission to land, with a small team of experts on board. But they are reluctant to allow a significant number of international relief workers into the country.[/quote]
[B][I][SIZE="4"]Going, going... not![/SIZE][/I][/B]
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej called off plans for a flying weekend visit to Burma, concluding late on Friday that not even he can talk the military junta into accepting international aid for its suffering cyclone victims.[/B]
[B]Mr Samak had said earlier on Friday that he would fly to Burma, talk to the junta members, and use his personal influence to open the doors to civilian aid workers. [/B]
[B]Hours later, after talking on the telephone with his counterpart Thein Sein, he said the trip would be a waste of time. [/B]
Thien Sein told Mr Samak he was welcome to travel to Burma on Sunday, but the regime was adamant that no foreign aid workers will enter Burma, now or ever.
"So there is no point of me going there," he said.
Prime Minister's Office Minister Vichienchote Sukchotirat said Mr Samak was not giving up. Two Thai envoys inside Burma will try to impress on Burmese officials the necessity of getting expert aid to an estimated one million suffering Burmese villagers.
[B]If there is any sign the Burmese will negotiate the issue, he will immediately go to Burma, said the Thai premier. [/B]
Mr Samak has cultivated warm relations with Burma's military rulers, even in the face of strong domestic criticism. After an official visit in March, he described the military dictators as "good Buddhists," despite the September crackdown on dissent in which they killed at least 31 people.
[B]US Ambassador to Thailand Eric John met with Mr Samak Thursday in a bid to seek Thai help in airlifting $3.25 million of emergency aid to Rangoon. Thailand even offered to use its own aircraft to fly in the aid, but the generals said "No." [/B]
All countries and aid agencies have met with red tape and delays from the regime in their effort to provide relief to the victims of Cyclone Nargis, which crashed into central Burma last weekend. It left about 23,000 people dead, 42,000 missing and more than a million homeless and in need of food, water and medicine.
[B][I][SIZE="4"]Parachute drops possible[/SIZE][/I][/B]
Compiled by BangkokPost.com from Agency reports
[B]Day Seven: Relief agencies say the Burmese military junta wants cash and supplies, but will not allow cyclone relief teams into the battered country. The US is considering parachuting emergency aid to what the UN says are 1.5 million "severely affected" survivors.[/B]
[B]Diplomatic efforts are underway to convince the military junta to allow in the aid. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke by telephone with China's foreign minister urging him to pressure Burma, spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters Thursday. [/B]
The United Nations estimated at least 1.5 million people in Burma have been "severely affected," UN humanitarian affairs chief John Holmes said. Holmes told reporters he was "disappointed" with the lack of progress being made in getting UN aid in.
[B]In Washington, US aid officials on Thursday implored the military junta to allow them access to the country in order to help victims of a cyclone over the weekend that has left tens of thousands of people dead. [/B]
[B]While Ky Luu, director of the US Agency for International Development's (USAID) foreign disaster assistance office, did not rule out the possibility of air drops of supplies, he said that approach carried so many problems related to infrastructure and cooperation from the government on the ground that it was unlikely. [/B]
[B]"Yes, we're looking at it, but the immediate needs are for open access for the current existing operational partners and for the regime in order to open up to provide for additional relief workers to get on the ground," Luu said. [/B]
[B]US military officials stressed that airlifts would only be a possibility if the Burmese government gave its okay. [/B]
[B]"It's sovereign airspace and you'd need their permission to fly in that airspace. And it's all tied to sovereignty, which we respect, whether it's on the ground or in the air," Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told reporters. "And right now we just don't have any way to get into that airspace with their permission." [/B]
[B]The US military has several ships within days of Burma that could deliver aid, Defence Secretary Robert Gates said. [/B]
[B]"We are fully prepared to help and to help right away. And it would be a tragedy if these assets - if people didn't take advantage of them," Gates said. [/B]
As those impacted by the storm suffer from the destruction of their homes and lack of access to clean water and food, the Burmese government needs to speed access for international assistance, US officials said.
"We need a decision made soon. I mean, you know, we're approaching almost a week here, when the cyclone hit the impacted areas, and we need to get commodities in as quickly as possible and establish in- country a logistics in order to move commodities out," Luu said.
[B]"So it's a full court diplomatic press to try to get a different response than we've had thus far out of the Burmese regime," he said. (dpa) [/B]
[B]Earlier report: [/B]
[B]Relief agencies say that the Burmese military junta wants cash and supplies, but will not allow cyclone relief teams into the battered country. Late Thursday in Bangkok, US Ambassador Eric John told the media that Burma had not given permission for US relief flights. [/B]
[B]The US military stepped up preparations for a humanitarian mission to Burma. The US Air Force staged relief flights in Thailand while awaiting for word from the Burmese dictators. [/B]
[B]China urged its close ally to work with the international community to help overcome the disaster. [/B]
[B]Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in Beijing on Thursday that China hopes the Burmese generals "cooperate with the international community" to help overcome the disaster quickly. [/B]
Gregory Beck, of the International Rescue Committee, said the struggle to get aid workers and supplies into the country continued.
"We can't delay on this. This is a huge disaster and the longer Burma waits the worse it's going to become."
"We're outraged by the slowness of the response of the government of Burma to welcome and accept assistance," US Ambassador to the UN Zalmay Khalilzad, told reporters.
[B]"It's clear that the government's ability to deal with the situation, which is catastrophic, is limited." [/B]
[B]The ******* news agency reported that the junta blocked United Nations efforts on Thursday to airlift urgently needed high-energy biscuits to survivors of last Saturday's cyclone, which has killed as many as 100,000 people. [/B]
Paul Risley, a spokesman of the UN's World Food Programme in Bangkok told the agencyh three flights were waiting to take off from Dubai, Dhaka and Thailand with 50 tonnes of biscuits. A fourth shipment aboard a scheduled Thai Airways cargo flight was likely to bring some biscuits later Thursday.
He told that the WFP was in "constant touch" with the military junta to obtain the flight clearance for the first major airlift of international aid, but there has been no word from officials.
The ruling generals, paranoid about foreign influence, issued an appeal for international assistance after the deadly storm struck Saturday. But they have since dragged their feet on issuing visas to relief workers even as survivors face hunger, disease and flooding.
[B]Survivors have insufficient fuel to burn the rotting corpses of the dead as the country's military junta continues to block access for aid groups, reported a CNN reporter who has been in Burma for at least two days. [/B]
[B]The international community is growing increasingly frustrated with the junta's lack of progress in granting visas for relief workers and giving clearance for aid flights to land. [/B]
[B]They are concerned the lack of medical supplies and clean food and water threatens to increase the already staggering death toll.[/B]