Thailand & Pattaya LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (2 February 2023)
A look from your window this morning will show limited visibility and that isn’t fog but smog. Levels here in Pattaya, the capital and many other regions are way into the dangerous so called red zone and it’s recommended that you wear a mask when out and about. Yesterday in Pattaya the smog didn’t lift throughout the day, as it often does. Those with breathing difficulties SHOULD consult a doctor who, in many cases will use nebuliser machines to make breathing easier. Such machines? Well, they can be bought in major pharmacies too AND room filters will reduce the smog content quickly, available from all department stores. The so-called safe limit is 50 micrograms per cubic metre. 53 provinces reported higher levels and at 5am this morning Pattaya showed 140, Bkk 169 and Prachinburi 175.. For comparison, LA for example showed just 20.
3 ex police, sentenced to death for the muder of a Ratchaburi waitress 6 years ago have seen their sentences confirmed by the supreme court this week. She, a tomboy, was romantically involved with a local bar singer, who in turn was the subject of the affection of a local police colonel. His underling took her life.
In Surat Thani , yesterday saw searches resume for a 36 yr old German tourist who leapt from a ferry near Koh Phangan on Tuesday and has not been seen since. No word on why he jumped but fellow passengers confirmed that he had jumped into the rough waters of his own volition.
And the reminder is out to always carry ID here, not just because it is the law but, as highlighted in the case of one British man, so that you can be identified in case of an accident. 61 year old Anthony Murphy crashed his bike and died weeks ago but with no ID he had to be listed as a John Doe by authorities who did keep him in storage as investigations progressed. A chance conversation between a pal here and another in the Uk was the first indication to his family that he had died. Had he had ID, the embassy would have been informed and the family quickly notified. ID also enables hospitals to access record and medical insurance coverage.
By now nearly 12000 drivers are the proud, or not so proud, hearers of notification that they have LOST points on their licences, all since Jan 9th when the system went into place. Everyone begins the year with a start point of 12, for every violation points are deducted until driving no longer becomes an option.
Cambodia’s ransom renaming of Muay Thai kick boxing in the southeast Asian games hosted there has seen the Thai team boycott the competition in protest. Renaming of events is not allowed after this year following rules issued by the overseeing committee but if you happen to be watching on tv, and see mention of Kun Kmer, that’s really muay thai.
Meanwhile at home and in Pattaya, with a new chief of police installed, a local police senior sergeant major has been transferred to an inactive post pending investigation into claims that he demanded 60K cash from a Chinese tourist, when was smoking an e-cigarette. With a major enquiry in the capital into similar extortion from a Taiwanese, the chonburi authorities are taking this issue very seriously and are more aware than ever of the common use now of mobile phones to record incidents. The local occurrence was reported among tour guides in a chat room, where a guide reported that the so-called fine had been reduced from 60 to 30K after negotiation. E-cigs and vaping IS illegal here however fines are best settled at the police station with receipt. In this instance, an investigative committee wil review all evidence including local CCTV and, we presume, cams on the traffic officers uniform which are supposed to be obligatory now.
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