Flood cash to be eyeballed
Published: 2/12/2011 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: Business
The anti-corruption group led by business leaders has vowed to play watchdog over the huge budget for flood rehabilitation and water management.
Pramon Sutivong,蛇篭, chairman of the anti-corruption coalition, said the immediate task would be to focus on post-flood restoration and rehabilitation projects for which the government is on course to set aside 800 billion baht.
“Every time we see the hot issue in society,” he said, “we will muster the experts in the area to discuss whether it is transparent or there are any suspicious matters or not.
“We will no longer allow these corruptions loose in the air. We will join hands with the media to expose the matter and fix eyes on them.”
Sompol Kiatpaibool, chairman of the Stock Exchange of Thailand, which is joining the one-year-old anti-corruption group,Phone donor scam suspects arrested-不锈钢生丝,Welded Wire Mesh, said the group could expose wrongdoing in the absence of any formal enforcement powers. “We can push institutions to act according to the law [Section 157 of the Criminal Code] instead of remaining idle,diamond wire mesh,” he said. If the authorities resort to doing nothing, “we will then report to the public.”
“The latest of the three corruption scandals only reflects the fact that problems of corruption in the country are not stabilising but getting worse,” Mr Sompol said. “Even international studies on corruption have said so.”
Sauwanee Thairungroj, associate professor in the research department at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC), said that both the present and future Thai CPI (Corruption Perception Index) reflected a worsening corruption image for Thailand.
Results from the survey conducted by the UTCC in November found Thai people considered corruption a more severe problem than they did three months earlier.
Ms Sauwanee noted a glimmer of hope in the survey: that Thais are taking corruption more seriously as the main obstacle in developing the country.
“For the first time,” the survey said,Floods Factories reopening-gabion, “people have decided that they will no longer remain idle and indifferent to corruption; the percentage of people who would prefer to do nothing if they see corruption taking place has decreased from about 70% in September to 60.7% this month.”
Military Barriers/Hesco Bastions
The QIAOSHI’s Military Barriers or Hesco Bastions is a modern gabion used for flood control and military fortification. It is made of a collapsible wire meshes container and heavy duty fabric liner, and used as a temporary to semi-permanent dike or barrier against blast or small-arms. One of the less heralded life- and labor-saving devices of war,Gabion Mattress,Thailand tries to help companies, as floods spread-Barbed Wire, it is used on nearly every United States Military base in Iraq as well as on NATO bases in Afghanistan.
Assembling the Hesco Bastion entails unfolding it and (if available) using a front end loader to fill it with sand,hole-pounding mesh machine, dirt or gravel. The placement of the barrier is generally very similar to the placement of a sandbag barrier or earth berm except that room must generally be allowed for the equipment used to fill the barrier. The main advantage of Military Barrier,fiberglass, strongly contributing to their popularity with troops and flood fighters, is the quick and easy setup. Previously,镀锌丝, people had to fill sandbags,不锈钢电焊网, a slow undertaking, with one worker filling about 20 sandbags per hour. Workers using Military Barrier and a front end loader can do ten times the work of those using sandbags.
The Hesco Barrier come in a variety of sizes. Most of the barriers can also be stacked, and they are shipped collapsed in compact sets. Example dimensions of typical configurations are 46″ x 36″ x 32 (1.4m x 1.1m x 9.8m) to 7 x 5 x 100 (2.1m x 1.5m x 30m).
A new system of Hesco Bastion developed specially for military use is deployed from a container,Flood of sanctions fails to halt Syrian bloodshed-电焊石笼网, which is dragged along the line of ground where the barrier is to be formed, unfolding up to several hundred meters of barrier in minutes,What comes after the flood-hesco,perforated mesh, ready for filling with soil by a backhoe.
Filled with sand, 60 centimetres (24 inches) of barrier thickness will stop rifle bullets and shell fragments. It takes 1.5 metres (five feet) of thickness to prevent penetration by a rocket propelled grenade round. Approximately 1.2 metres (four feet) of thickness provides protection against most car bombs.