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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (29 February 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (29 February 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Chaos urges changes to Immigration at Bangkok’s airport
Delays of 90 minutes at airport immigration, on occasions, have been determined as unacceptable by the heads of the immigration services there who sometimes handle up to 6000 passengers an hour.  With a target of a maximum of 30 minutes, 800 more staff will be added to the team with all booths manned at busy times, new gates will be added to reduce congestion and a new software application will be introduced too to speed up the process. With AOT encouraging airlines to open check-in counters four hours prior to departure as opposed to the current 3.

– ‘It was all consensual’ cries Bangkok serial rapist
In the capital, an alleged serial rapist who targeted underage school girls has been arrested.  The 40-year-old is claimed lately to have broken into a home and assaulted a 13-year-old BUT at least 4 other cases are being attributed to him and others, police fear, have not been reported. Previously, he was jailed in 2017 for similar attacks.  Found hiding at his girlfriend’s condo block, he told police that all the acts were consensual.  That thought isn’t true and even if it had been, the ages of his victims would preclude that as being a defense.  Police are asking any other victims to come forward, even anonymously to make statements.

– Bangkok’s UK Visa application center relocates 
For non-Brits needing visas to the UK, news this week that from March 18th the  UK Visa Application Centre will be relocated to  VFS (Thailand) Ltd., The Shoppes at Belle Grand Rama 9, 1st Floor, Rama 9, Huay Kwang. From then on, and perhaps a day or two before, services at the Trendy building will cease.  The new centre is easily accessed by the MRT and close to the Phra Ram 9 station.

– Public warned of online scams as over 2,000 duped in single province
In  KHON KAEN – Police have mounted HUGE warning signs advising the general public to avoid online and phone scams.  For that area alone, according to them, some 2000 people have reported being scammed and the DO NOT CLICK ON LINKS signage is aimed at reducing that quickly.  Nationally, scams can be reported on the online fraud hotline 1441.

– Thailand considers 2nd minimum wage hike this year
The committee which sets minimum wages nationally has agreed, following recent controversy, to review again the rates set for 10 tourist areas. Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Chon Buri, Surat Thani, Krabi, Songkhla, Phang Nga, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Rayong will all see cost of living and inflation rates taken into account for THEIR region in new calculations and figures are expected within a month.   January saw a rise of between 2 and 16 baht a day announced, which was derided by many and seen as unfair.

– Elderly Pattaya man survives self-inflicted shot to head
A luckless 74-year-old who tried to blow his head off with a gun, failed, seeing medics recovering him from his Nongprue home.  Seems the elderly man had had enough of life, and perhaps illness so loaded his revolver and shot, the bullet though travelled the wrong way, or perhaps the right and passed through his forehead, allowing medics to rush him to the hospital.

– Over 70 arrested in raid of Pattaya rave 
In Sri racha, cops raided a house at 4AM after reports of a wild party, only to find close to 70 teenagers holding a rave. With many drunk and a proliferation of drugs obvious, parents were due to be notified as many were held for questioning, no word on the organizers.

– Lifeless body of foreign tourist found on Bang Saray beach 
Yesterday saw Bang saray police recover the lifeless body of a 35-year-old Russian woman from the beach where cleanup crews found her at dawn. Dressed to exercise and with her possessions intact, it’s believed she passed away from natural causes.  A full autopsy has been ordered as is standard for all non thais who die here.

– Clampdown on noisy bars in Pattaya 
Locals near the entertainment zones in the city have complained to authorities about the loud and continuous music levels coming from multiple outlets.  With the competition between some bars to see who can be the loudest, some have resorted to double glazing and wall insulation to no avail.  Others who run businesses, such as rooming houses, are seeing tenants leave because of the noise and hotels are seeing tourists move to quieter locations.   That, added to recent statements FROM the regional authorities, is likely to see a clamp down on late-night music from open bars which has worsened since the late-hour openings were allowed.

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