Pattaya & Thailand HEADLINE NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (24 November 2022)
From King Chulalongkorn hospital, a press report indicated that HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has been successfully treated for cardiac issues that saw her taken there at the start of the week. The Royal Household Bureau confirmed the same, explaining that she underwent RFA treatment which is a minimally invasive technique without any complications.
In the South of Thailand, the continued investigation into an explosion caused by a car bomb at a police accommodation block, which saw one killed and dozens injured. Now looking to question at least one person, a female, spotted previously driving the pickup truck that was later packed with explosives and detonated, reducing the ground and first floors of the complex to virtual rubble. With security in the region heightened, the family of the dead officer received a state compensation package worth close to 4 million baht, temporary housing has been arranged for families, left with nothing, in some cases, from their own homes and medical costs for all injured ARE being covered too.
FIFA, the committee that organizes the world cup has, according to Thai media, complained that transmissions here are being picked up in other countries, presumably neighbouring countries, and are upset enough to threaten to pull transmissions TO Thailand unless signals are better controlled. Reality is of course that that’s impossible for air transmissions and virtually impossible even over the internet, phones or satellite. The broadcasting commission of Thailand is aware of the issues raised and have asked broadcasters to restrict transmissions. As of yesterday, Thai police report 656 arrests nationally over the past 4 days involving online and live betting on the World Cup. With any form of gambling here illegal, 7 of those arrested were bookmakers, the balance.. gamblers.
Yesterday we reported on the huge storm front which filled the gulf area for much of the day. Once again, Pattaya saw it go around our area as it headed in different directions, a similarly large front remains across the bay area from South to Bangkok and whilst it may pass over, the storm clouds are full. The warning remains for small boats NOT to go out in the bay of Thailand.
As teams searched for an injured elephant in Nakhon Nayok, a motorist remains hospitalized after crashing into it on a main highway. Damage to the vehicle was such that medics needed the jaws of life to prise it open and recover the The 49 year old man who told that elephant fled into the dense woodland, as of yet it hasn’t been found.
Meanwhile at home and in Pattaya, tourist police have taken us back in time to pre-covid days as they resume a roundup of body sellers on beach road. Citing increasing claims of pickpocketing teams in one night herd some 36 ladyboys to the police station where all were “recorded for posterity”, actually creating an updated file on each for future ID reasons. This along with a warning NOT to solicit, and the promise that regular checks will be carried out throughout the tourist season.
Beleaguered New Nordic group have warned investors and creditors NOT to deal with ambulance chasing types who have continued to market themselves as a cure to recovering debts from the group which is filing for bankruptcy protection. It appears someone somehow got their hands on a customer list file and has used it for marketing. This as the group awaits the result of a court application for protection FROM bankruptcy which might allow it to recover to some extent, but would, according to the group, also give creditors the right to approve or reject business reorganization plans. This as in other countries, where the bankruptcy doesn’t apply, New Nordic IS still marketing so called investment programs, albeit without income guarantees but only the promise of returns based on actual income.
Despite predictions of rain at any point, Pattaya is preparing for the huge fireworks festival at the weekend. Beachside venues will be packed for sure and motorists are warned that the frontage and second road are best avoided from tomorrow afternoon.
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