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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (18 October 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (18 October 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya


– Panther-slayer released from jail
A construction company owner left jail this week after serving most of the time due.  Found guilty then of killing a black leopard along with other protected animals in a shoot that he arranged , he will remain on house arrest.  He, the former president of one of the largest construction companies in Thailand,  was sentenced to 3 years 2 months back 2 years ago following an arrest in 2018.

– Thai Princess urges improved water management
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, daughter of King Rama 9 and sister to the king of Thailand, acting in her capacity as the FAO Special Goodwill Ambassador for the Asia-Pacific,  met with UN officials in Bangkok this week and called for better water management across South east Asia. HRH is a favourite of the public here, dubbed the princess angel for her lifetimes work for the country and went on to state clearly that food crop growing needs to be updated to match the current water supplies and that water supplies should NOT be stopped and blocked in waterways, something that often causes catastrophe to their countries and regions downstream.

– Rivers & waterfalls dangerously overflowing from Thailand’s storms
Heavy rains have caused chaos at many outdoor events and favoured places to visit around the country.  In Phetchabun province, 19 rowers had to be rescued from their craft, during a competition there, after their coxsen lost control in raging waters.  No one was prepared to change the date of the event, due it being a traditional race and part of a series of religious related ceremonies but the PASAK river, like all others, was less than welcoming.   The boat split in two after hitting a ridge, onlookers threw lifejackets to those in the water and all were recovered. White water rafting and the like has been banned in many areas seeing tourists turned away for their own safety and in Kamphaeng phet, waterfalls there, along with numerous others around the country have been closed to the public for their own safety.  Normally great places for picnics and fun, they have become dangerous due to the volume of water.

– iPhone scam turns fatal for Thai teen
In Nakhon si thammarat, a 19 year old who was scammed online hanged herself in her parents home this week.  Sold on the promise of the latest Iphone, she borrowed 20K baht from friends and family to cover the advertised down payment, the problem is of course, it was a scam.  As police traced the owner of the bank account used to receive her money, it was assumed they were a mule for the sellers, so the sellers themselves are being sought.  A warning then to parents to keep an eye out as the primary reason for her demise was.. the shame and fear of being punished by her parents.   She believed she was buying from a legitimate phone shop in Chiang mai, but that shop.. doesn’t even exist..

– Loan sharks slay debtor’s daughter 
In Khon Kaen, an illegal loan shark gang of enforcers shot and killed the daughter of a debtor after a row over payments. Seems her father had paid off the loan, in full plus interest but the collectors still wanted months more of 400 baht a day payments.  Police found the home to have been ripped apart, presumably in a search for valuables and the 48 year old beyond recovery.

– Local police to shine in new attire
Local police will be a lot more visible after this week as newly introduced Hi Viz waist jackets have been issued to all.  No longer invisible at night, due to the traditional brown uniforms, the concept is that all will easily be able to identify a policeman if needed.   The jackets go on trial for 3 months, with some happy to be seen and others feeling a little over exposed.. Either way, a similar experiment is being carried out in other tourist cities.


– “”My car can see ghosts!” says Thai Tesla owner

The attest myth about battery powered cars has been knocked on the head by a University expert after a Thai couple bought a Tesla and had read, on the internet, that the onboard sensors can SEE GHOSTS.  The new car owners sped to a local temple graveyard to see if it was true.  They posted clips that purported to show the images of the dead that went viral, as it has in other countries but bringing us down to reality, experts tell us it’s a computer glitch and the car needs an update.  Either way, they had their day.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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