Pattaya & Thailand LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (30 March 2023)
17 arrested for Thai police entrance exam cheating
With several news articles recently reporting on corruption WITHIN authorities here, the national police chief has ordered the arrest of 17 who engaged in corruption BEFORE people even got their uniforms. Seems they sold entrance exam questions and answers to prospective candidates. Last year saw over 1100 apply to join the police via the entrance exam, under a thousand passed, with most of those who failed accused of cheating. As in previous years, cheats are banned for life or re-applying and going forward plans are in place to reduce the chances of candidates getting the heads up ahead of time
Wildfire engulfs mountain in Thailand
The Centre of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation aside the fire department and assistance from the military are working to douse a huge forest fire in Nakhon Nayok’s forested Khao Laem area. Despite rains in many areas, others remain tinder dry and one spark, discarded cigarette or crofter’s fire can cause a disaster. At the wildlife site yesterday, teams were working to create fire breaks to prevent the spread BUT with winds around, the inferno is expected to continue for some while
Swedish man sentenced for online sales of Thai youngsters photos & videos
A Swedish man, still living with his parents in his home country, was sentenced there yesterday to 4 and a half years jail after a joint Swedish-Thai investigation that revealed that he had accessed youngsters via social media and persuaded them to divest themselves of clothing before sending him photographs and video clips. That’s bad enough for sure, but he later uploaded them to a social media group which charges members a fee to access it. Thai police alerted the swedes to his activity and it is hoped that authorities will check out the thousands of so called users globally, details of whom were stored by the website which offered some 75K pictures and 20K video clips.
AOT given green light for ‘airport city’ next to Suvarnabhumi
At Bangkok’s main airport plans put on hold due to zoning regulations, have been approved by the interior ministry for the so-called AIRPORT CITY. Over 700 rai of farmland is to see roads and infrastructure added before the erection of buildings which will become a hub for monitoring the quality of exports, a distribution centre for export goods and warehousing. Once finished, AOT predict up to 50% increase in airbound haulage.
Man charged for spray-painting on Emerald Buddha temple wall
A 24-year-old man arrested for spray-painting graffiti on the exterior wall of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok on Tuesday evening now faces charges that could add up to 7 years behind bars. The temple is within the Grand palace complex and teams were quickly allocated to remove his work from the otherwise spotless perimeter, leaving it , as it was, by day’s end.
Storms hit Thailand, swerve Pattaya
Storms hit much of Thailand including our own region yesterday, bringing flooding and high winds to many areas but, as the maps showed, they cowered from the city of Pattaya, bringing us little in the way of respite and instead just a light breeze. As the black clouds gave our region the swerve, all we heard was the distant thunder and lightning. For others, it wasn’t so easy, and a warning remains in place for most regions, including our own, to expect storms at any time thru to Monday.
Kids Fair at Terminal 21
Terminal 21 in Pattaya hosts a kids fair thru to the 9th of January, with bargains on clothing for children, along with sports and fun events in free prize giveaways for the youngsters. Everything from sports goods thru to toys are on special offers in many areas and worth a visit.
Discounts for Fab 103 listeners
And the newly branded Bayphere hotel in Na Jomtien launches this weekend, welcoming visitors and locals to enjoy what’s on offer. Luxury rooms apart, a high end Italian restaurant, along with a beach cabana bar both promise discounts and specials to all. From this weekend on, mention fabulous 103fm when you book or arrive at the Bayphere Hotel for an instant discount on meals and more.
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