Pattaya & Thailand LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (14 March 2023)
‘Work from home’ advised due to dangerous smog levels
As smog continues to blight most of Thailand and much of SE Asia, so an advisory has been given to employers in many areas, including our own, for staff to work from home wherever possible, avoiding adding to the congestion AND avoiding travel through smoggy streets. As many areas saw rain showers yesterday, the effect and benefit was minimal seeing pollution levels remain high throughout the day. From the far north, to the east, central and eastern regions, levels were and are remaining in the so-called dangerous rating for much of the day.
Cargo boat raided for illegally importing gasoline
In Stun province, customs officials raided a cargo boat, finding some 5K liters of illegally imported gasoline. With petrol highly inflammable, and obviously no taxes paid, the cargo was treated with caution. The two crewmen were of course arrested and, as this is the second such find in recent weeks, it’s assumed that it’s a common contraband AND that those arrested a week ago spilled the beans, meaning this and other ships.
Four new budget airlines to operate in Thailand
The Thai Transport Ministry has posted that four NEW budget airlines have applied for airline approval in Thailand. With 7 already operating and all competing to be the cheapest, without frills, the new airiens can expect approval within a year and maybe good news for airports like Utapao which has less and less in country flights now but could broaden it’s services to cities such as Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok and Isaan if there is sufficient demand.
National Elephants Day in Thailand
Monday was the Thai National Elephants day and saw celebrations of the favoured beast in festivals in many areas including Pattaya at Nong Nooch. With the elephant a major part of Thailand’s history in welfare through forestry work and building, today they are more likely to be found in parks and tourist areas. The downside is that many within the parks have in recent months become more daring in their approach to remote villages and farms due to hunger, and so the level of love for the pachyderm varies. In Ayutthaya at the elephant palace, monks celebrated and blessed local animals and some 80 took part in a spectacular festival.
Wife of hides 12 million baht lottery prize from husband
A Thai man in Isaan has claimed his share of his wife’s 12 million baht lottery winnings according to an Isaan lawyer. Seems he and she were together for 20 yrs, with 3 children when she won the grand prize. But after cashing in, she married a local policeman. His case, though, isn’t likely to see results in his favour as, rather than a legal wedding, theirs was a hop over the traditional broomstick and so, under law, isn’t a legal hitch. Unsurprisingly, most in their village back the new millionaire on the block when she claims he did little for her during their time together. Either way she doesn’t plan to share.
Ladyboy bares all on Pattaya Police Station flagpole
A ladyboy, minus her wig, had to be enticed down, by police, from the flagpole outside the main police station yesterday. Screaming, threatening and occasionally displaying the family jewels, the midday display of wildness drew quite a crowd, before being removed and sent for psychological evaluation.
King Cobra captured in Chonburi
A bigger snake than that on display at the flagpole was captured in Ban Bueng Sunday, a rare golden King cobra. Snake handlers, who work for free, were amazed at its size, some 14 and a half foot long and weighing in at over 40lbs. It now remains in a rescue centre and will be released into the wilds this week.
6 tons of fish washed up on Bang Saen beach
And when an estimated 6 TONS of fish appeared on the beaches in Bang Saen, locals were worried that either a dangerous weather front was on the way OR there was pollution. Turns out that a large fishing trawler in the bay and close by had a hole or two, or twenty in their nets and as a result, the day’s catch spewed out and was washed ashore. One thing is for sure, there are plenty of fish out there in the bay, as was obvious, but the cleanup is ongoing and, thanks to the heat, becoming less than aromatic for those trucking them away.
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