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Pattaya & Thailand LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (21 March 2023)

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Pattaya & Thailand LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (21 March 2023)

– Thailand dissolves parliament
A Royal Decree has been published announcing the dissolution of parliament and paving the way for the upcoming general election across Thailand within 60 days.  Likely it will be held sooner and meanwhile an ineffective caretaker government will sit in power, overseeing day to day activities but NOT able to introduce or debate new bills. Myriad wild promises have already been touted to voters ahead of the decision , song with genuine ones that have plans attached. The outcome in May is still open season for candidates, but there will certainly be some interesting changes.

– Chevron oil suspends production following oil spill
Chevron oil co has clarified that the gulf based Benchamas oil  and gas field saw operations suspended following an ingress of sea water into a crude oil store that lead to at least one death.  Accounting for just 1% of Thailand’s daily output, the field was due to be closed down in 2 yearrs time as supply has dwindled from its 2003 peak.

– Health concerns rise following smelting of radioactive canister 
Six dozen locals, comprising of foundry workers and local residents are due to be health tested, and perhaps continually tested in Kabinburi following the revelation that the missing canister containing a radioactive isotope, stolen from a nearby power plant WAS smelted prior to officials visiting the site and finding signs of its presence. The canister was smelted along with a mass of other scrap metals  according to the Prachinburi governor.   He went on to state that no signs of radiation were detected further than 10 metres in diameter from the bags of processed waste. The smelting plant remains off limits to all currently, as does a recycling plant in Rayong where sacks of processed waste were sent INTENDED FOR LOCAL LANDFILLS.  With a full enquiry due to take place at the power plant, from when the cylinder was stolen,  before being processed along with some 12 tons of other waste.  Experts claim that when heated, as it was, to 1200 degrees, the resulting rising ash and smoke is normally filtered, removing all but an estimated 10-15% of contaminate, this which would then enter the local air.

– DSI to step in with major crime cases 
Serious drug crimes, along with cases involving the distribution of images of those under legal age are to be, from now, handled exclusively by the DSI, the dept of special investigation. In a decree signed off by the government, those types of crime were added to a list including the wholesale retail of food or medical products that are either smuggled in or not registered for sale here  AND cases involving loans over 30 mill baht, where excessive interest rates are demanded.  This follows a decision that the DSI is nowadays a CLEAN police department after it closed down its intel operations team in January amid claims of corruption from chinese gangsters operating here.

– Thai beauty wins 2023 Miss Thailand crown
Good news for Thais as this year’s Miss Thailand 2023 was crowned in Bangkok.  With many competing for the accolade, it was a 24 yr old pharmacy graduate who won.  Chosen as representing the natural beauty of Thailand, BOTH her parents are Thai.

– Walking Street barriers cause inconvenience for wheelchair bound visitors 
Wheelchair bound visitors to Pattaya’s Walking Street are bemoaning the new chrome barriers installed from the main thoroughfare to side sois, the barrier poles, designed to stop motorbikes entering the pedestrian area, are too close together for wheelchairs to pass.  Pattaya, for sure, has its fair share of disabled visitors and it looks like city hall will need a rethink.

– Pattaya welder falls 2 floors due to improper welding protection 
Reports of a 19 year old employed as a welder on a construction site FALLING 2 floors to the ground and needing hospitalisation have highlighted the fact that STILL many who weld wear no eye protection or often just cheap sunglasses.  In this case it is believed that the teen wore a welding mask but either way  eyesight is hindered and can be damaged by so-called Arc EYE, and it’s assumed he stumbled from a concrete plinth.

– Thailand beats Bahrain in beach soccer championships
If you haven’t visited the FC beach soccer Asian cup competitions, at the end of soi 12 on JOMTIEN beach, and are a fan of football then you are missing out.  Widely acknowledged as seriously competitive teams from many countries are competing, yesterday saw Thailand win 2-0 against favourites Bahrain and the games continue through the week.  Well worth a visit and with the promise that the best 3 teams from THIS event will be invited to play in the FIFA version of the same..the heat.. is on.

– Heat is on in Thailand 
Talking of heat.. another hot day promised by the met office. Highs of 33, dropping to a hot 27 at night means that as we enter the hot season, the temperature WON’T cool down at night much, and will continue to increase quickly over the next few weeks.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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