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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (17 May 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (17 May 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Heavy storms and floods forecast for 25 provinces in Thailand
Authorities in 25 provinces have been ordered to be on standby for a huge monsoon front from today through next Friday. As emergency services prep for flooding, here in the east, our province along with Rayong, Chantaburi, and Trat are also on storm watch too. For residents in flood zones, it’s time to move possessions to higher floors perhaps, as with a virtually nationwide warning, we are likely to see flash flooding.

– Foreign Chambers of Commerce raises concerns over minimum wage hike
The Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand has expressed concerns regarding plans to raise the minimum wage across the nation to 400 baht a day from November. The latest statement claims that the economy is not ready for the small but significant wage hike, stating that policies must be in place for productivity gains based on committed plans. Otherwise, the economy is just paying more for the same task, which then contributes to inflation, but not much else. It goes on to suggest that there should be grants or subsidies to help improve skills, technical capacity, and innovation.

– Thailand’s unemployment rate rises
Thailand’s unemployment rate year-to-date shows close to half a million claiming to be unemployed, and of that group, close to 20% have been out of work for over a year. A deeper look at the results shows that close to 60% claim that their unemployed status is a result of their having quit their jobs, while less than 6% were laid off by employers.

– Tiger cub wanders Thai streets 
In Chachoengsao, locals called the police after a rather aggressive tiger cub was spotted wandering the streets. Experts and vets were called in, making the cub even more agitated, until a tactical approach led to its safe capture. Now in a holding center, it’s been established that the animal is a liger, a homebred tiger and lion mix, and was a pet. It’s not likely that the cub will be returned to its owner though, and instead, an investigation is to begin today into whether he owned it legally and whether he took adequate care of it.

– Foreigners busted for drug dealing in Thailand
On Phuket, when police approached a Russian man, said to run a car rental agency and deal in crypto, they were offered 4,000 baht worth of cocaine. Denis was taken into custody for questioning and implicated his associates. This led to the arrest of two Nigerians who, when called upon, revealed another stash. They, in turn, named their Mr. Big, another Nigerian, and a raid on his home found 855 ecstasy pills, 470 grams of cocaine, and 130 grams of methamphetamine.

– Late night fire at Pattaya shopping mall 
Meanwhile, a potentially massive mall fire in Pattaya was prevented early this morning by a combination of extreme fire safety and alarm systems within the Royal Garden Plaza and the speedy response by the fire department, along with hoses on board that could reach the third floor. It is believed to be the result of faulty electric equipment used by a vendor within their rented shop. Smoke billowed from the plaza as alarms were set off, and staff at the then-closed mall tackled the blaze quickly. By morning, other vendors were checking their wares as a full cleanup operation was called for due to smoke damage. Good news for the mall owners and customers, though, as the night proved positive that it, at least, is a well-organized mall with systems in place for every eventuality. Approached from the beach road entrances by the fire service, the turnout of engines was both speedy and in great number, with no injuries reported.

– Fire at 12th floor Pattaya condo 
This, as 2 km down the road, fire teams had to battle a 4:30 AM fire on the 12th floor of a central condo, Pattaya Tai, where a small fire in a condo kitchen spread quickly to become a large one. There, teams doused huge flames billowing from the balcony as most residents were evacuated for safety reasons and for fear of smoke inhalation. Using stairwells, said to have been somewhat filled with smoke, the alarm was raised by the foreign condo owner, who quickly notified condo staff. They, in turn, were banging on all doors to wake residents before the alarms went off. By dawn, residents were allowed back inside, with most sitting up to try and fan their rooms, removing the odors of smoke. Again, no one was injured.

– Expats arrested for working illegally in Thailand 
On Koh Phangan, a Russian and Burmese woman were both arrested and charged with operating an unregistered and illegal daycare center. As the daycare welcomed children of expats, it was reported to the authorities who established that neither were licensed or registered, and the business didn’t have an operator’s license either. Both claim to have been employed by another foreigner who is now being sought. The arrests followed similar ones at a wakeboard business, also operated illegally by a Russian man along with a Ukrainian and Moldovan, again without a license or registration. A key issue in both businesses is the matter of third-party insurance, or the lack thereof, had anything untoward happened to their wards.

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