FABULOUS 103FM HEADLINE NEWS (2 MAY 2023) FROM THAILAND & PATTAYA
Cyanide Sarah claims another 5 lives
As the case against Thailand’s mass killer, Cyanide Sarah is said to be 80% complete, a further 5 victims have been added potentially to the list, including the daughter of a Kampangpet lady who was close to her. Victims range in age and include both males and females, all thought to have lent her money before being poisoned. Reports indicate that her ex husband, a policeman himself, is NOT involved in her activity in any way and the paternity of the child she is said to be carrying has NOT been reported to the media as she remains firmly behind bars.
Diesel prices to drop in Thailand
Diesel prices are set to drop in Thailand from Thursday, prices at the pumps will be cut by half a baht following a meeting of the Oil Fund (Fuel Fund) last week and the decline in world fuel prices. More cuts may be on the cards too and for hauliers, the saving is a large one.
Prachinburi declared clear of any dangerous chemicals
A university team of experts has declared the Prachinburi area CLEAR of any form of radiation or contamination this week, following the theft of a cylinder which contained cesium -137 earlier in the year that caused a scare. Air, soil and plant samples were tested and showed nothing of concern according to their report
Over 13 million Thai’s receive state welfare cards
Over 13 million Thais have qualified for the state welfare cards which give food and utility credit to the poor. Close to 730 million baht has been allocated by the finance ministry to the program that allows gas and electricity credit along with food and staple provisions to be bought to a small but helpful limit. Many, however, were refused the card as in reality they didn’t qualify. They have the opportunity to appeal but, in most cases, likely wont.
Huge Indian casino raided at Pattaya Hotel
A 32 year old Indian man, along with his Thai wife have been arrested in connection with one of the biggest Casino discoveries of recent years, right here in Pattaya. In the early hours of Monday morning, a large contingent of local and national police ring fenced a conference area at the Asia Pattaya Hotel just off Pratumnak road, before entering the rooms which were filled with over 100 people, all happily gambling away, despite the law here forbidding such. A few tried to escape, but failed as 94 men and women, 86 of whom are Indians, were schlepped off to Pattaya police stations filling the cells to the brim. Each is reported to have paid 50K baht for the curry and chips extravaganza, that included transport, hotel and accommodation to what had been regularly advertised as a casino experience in Thailand. For them, the swap from king size en suite rooms to communal cells with shared toilets is, perhaps, the least of their worries, as they all face courts here BUT with National holidays those hearing could see them staying longer than expected as guests of the police. Far from the first foray into gambling, the couple are claimed to have spent 2 million baht on equipment to provide all forms of casino gambling, along with free food. With rumors of claims that they had PAID for protection, which obviously didn’t keep them safe, Police confiscated the equivalent of 200 MILLIN baht in Indian currency, believed to have been the profits from just a single evening, along with professional gaming tables for baccarat, roulette poker and blackjack. Police estimate that the real turnover over a period was over a billion baht. The Hotel? Well, they claim they had no idea that the 100 guests were gambling and hadn’t questioned the reported 120K baht daily rental for the conference space OR the specific request that hotel staff not enter, even for cleaning. An investigation now begins to determine HOW this operation had been allowed to continue unabated for an obvious “while” , to what extent the hotel was involved and IF anyone in authority had turned a blind eye. Meanwhile, many will without doubt miss their return flights and for them, gambling will be restricted to which cockroach will get the highest on their cramped cell walls.
Brit involved in fatal Pattaya accident
In other local news, the passenger on a motor scooter died following an accident on the Sukhumvit involving a British expat. It appears, and has been caught on camera, that the 64 year old expat rear ended them with his car, causing both to fall and the deceased lady was subsequently driven over by a pickup truck that was in the same lane. Just 37 yrs old , she was a local caddy , the Thai lady was pronounced deceased at the scene.
4-day weekend holiday for Thailand
Pattaya city is preparing for a the 4 day weekend, starting Thursday, as the nation celebrates the coronation day of HM the King. As traffic is predicted to be heavy so stores are stocking now, ahead of time and its advisable to avoid the center, perhaps shopping early, as whilst the city thrives, traffic will often be at a standstill.
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