FABULOUS 103FM HEADLINE NEWS (26 APRIL ’23) FROM THAILAND & PATTAYA
2 booze bans next weekend in Thailand
A formal announcement has been carried by Thai media, stating that for the election period not one but two 24 hour periods will see a ban of sale of alcohol enforced. From 6PM through to the same time the next day, on both the 6th and 13th of May, the ban is a traditional one here, intended to see voters sober when choosing.
Banks introduce face recognition for large transfers
For bank customers using phone apps for transactions over 50K baht, new regulations are due to be enforced to protect account holders from fraud. Facial recognition is being rolled out this month for phone apps, without which amounts of over 50K a day will be blocked. Most major banks are asking customers to upload the newer app versions and offering in branch assistance to those who need help. Online banking, away from phone apps, is not so far affected but for those using their phone to pay, or scan and pay, the new program offers added security. To add facial recognition, you will need to go to branches, supply proof of ID and account and help will be given as of this week in advance of the changes.
Thai man fined for promoting booze online
Nonthaburi courts have fined a Thai man 150K baht and given him a deferred sentence as a result of advertising and promoting an alcoholic beverage on social media. The case, which dates back to 2020, saw him promoting a beer and COULD have resulted in fines up to half a million baht. Of greater significance, the case reflects the danger of pushing alcoholic products even on social media which remains, as always, unmoderated on the subject as, in most countries, alcohol advertising is allowed. Here, in Thailand, the law prohibits any promos which are seen as encouraging drinking, right down, technically, to beer mates and bottle holders in bars.
6 Chinese arrested for selling fake gold bars
6 chinamen have been arrested in the capital accused of selling fake gold bars. During raids police found several similar bars which have been checked by experts and support claims of a cunning trick. Seems they took them to sell to legitimate gold dealers. As proof that they were real they invited the buyers to slice them in half, showing gold through and through. Only problem is that each bar was a vertical sandwich, with junk at either end and gold in the middle. Two were nabbed at the railway station, they quickly outed their co-conspirators who were also caught.
After dark jet-ski accident investigated
Meanwhile at home and despite false news reports, it now appears that a Thai man, along with a young, 7 yr old boy who died in an after dark accident on a jet ski, was NOT hit by another rider, reported elsewhere as an Indian BUT crashed into heavy waves. Despite city regulations that have seen jet ski vendors warned NOT to rent out after dark as it is dangerous, the rented jet ski was being driven by a Thai man, who was paid to take a young boy for a ride on the waves. As the boy wore a life jacket, so the driver didn’t. Police reports indicate that the ski hit heavy waves, saw the driver thrown out, subsequently drowning, and the young lad recovered quickly but passed away whilst under medical care. Police interviewed the ski owners, who rented out the ski and NOT the rider of another. The grandparents of the lad had paid the driver 500 baht to give the lad a ride out on the waves, the renter tho is fully responsible for renting out the unit after dark and reports indicate that the marine department has regularly ordered renters to ensure skis are back from renters before dark, an order that appears to have been ignored by many. The driver was recovered by a large dive team, which was quickly rounded up and entered the waves, covering a large area before finding him below water level after 30 minutes. The ski renter is reported to have been fined 20K baht by marine police for renting after dark.
Volleyball world championships come to Pattaya
Good news for sport fans as Pattaya has been named as THE venue for the Volleyball world championships next month. With nine nations competing, it promises to be a riveting event seeing both male and female teams competing form such nations as the US, Australia, Taiwan, India, Japan and more.
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