Thailand & Pattaya LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (30 January 2023)
In Roi Et province a 50 year old Swedish man died after crashing a motorbike there, he had been speeding and lost control BUT then again he wouldn’t have known the roads too well, he had only arrived a few days prior, after an online relationship brought him finally to meet his beau.
With an election coming here soon, its been clarified that several of the smaller political parties need to up their game or else. Else that is, they will not have enough candidates to cover each of the 400 constituencies that see elections for local representation. Currently only three parties have sufficient candidates meaning that unless others register quickly, they can only, ever, become minority parties with little in the way of say in the future.
With thai media awash with the tales of a Taiwanese actress who claimed to have been exported to the tune of 27,000 baht after police put a vaping cigarette in her hands, claiming that she had no idea even what the e cigarette was. The truth, as is often the case, came out. Charlene An made her claim on social media, of course, and police here were quick to investigate, as was the Thai media who found CCTV footage frm the condo where she was staying, clearly showing her holding the cig as she nattered away on her phone. And again found her at a market doing the same thing, and once again smoking it. CCTV has also shown her to have been questioned in the street for 47 minutes, not the several hours claimed and none of the footage shows extortion or her being led, as she claimed, to a side alley without cctv. All in all then, the social media wannabee got caught on cam. Doing exactly what she claimed she had never done in her life.
In excess of 80% of all Thais have developed what’s described as hybrid immunity to covid 19, this according to medical specialists who believe that the combination of vaccines and catching other versions of the virus means that catching new one will be no worse than a common cold. 70% of Thais caught one form or another and 80% have been vaccinated. Thais continue to wear face masks, and visitors are reminded that wearing a mask where others do is at the very least a polite and respectful move.
Sections of road in Chachoengsao have been closed in an attempt to dissuade a herd of 80 wild elephants which have come out of the jungles in search of food and in so doing, raided numerous crop fields. Teams of wildlife experts have done their best to drive the animals away from farms but if they are truly hungry, nothing much will stop them dining on the local sugarcane crop.
The high speed rail link to the three main airports, 2 in Bangkok and our own Utapao is planned to be completed within 6 years according to the state agency involved. No word on who the so-called private consortium IS that is funding it BUT they will operate the service too, reaping the profits for 50 years, after which it is all handed over to the Thai state. 250KM an hour is the planned top speed, so the safety for passengers and of course motorists who cross the lanes is said to be a priority.
When a homestead was wiped out by fire last week, most thought they had lost everything. But as tenants along with the andlords family sifted through the charred remains it was quickly revealed that an 86 yr old widow will still be able to enjoy her twilight years. 3 million baht in cash and 30 baht weight of gold was recovered from her part of the building, all intact.
This past weekend saw the final few days of the Naklua walk and eat market that has seen tourists swarming there for food, games, entertainment and more. The next big city event is of course Songkran and plans are for that to be on the same scale as before covid.
The warning is out to avoid dropping cigarette butts or allowing fires to get out of control as the region is already tinder dry following an arid few months. With little in the way of rain, in many areas grass has turned to hay and as the fire brigade points out, it won’t take much to set it afire. For gardeners the outlook is more dry days so it’s time to man your hope pipes or risk your lawn turning brown.
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