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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (30 June 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (30 June 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

– High-speed railway construction delay
Bad news for our region as officials responsible for the planned High speed rail link have announced a delay in construction that will see at least an extra year added to the finish date. Seems the construction group is still waiting on approval of INVESTMENT PRIVILEGES frm the board of investment, meaning that the finish date is now set back to a minimum of 2028.

– Choice of new Thai PM still up in the air
The Move Forward Party and its planned coalition partner Phua Thai MAY negotiate a deal between themselves regarding the number of cabinet ministers per party and WHO will become speaker of the house. Amid conflicting reports, one thing is clear, that both want the coalition plan to work. And for that, they have to create a united front, along with other minor parties, to manage a majority vote. With previous meetings between the two cancelled, they are now expected to be held privately between now and Monday. July 3rd, Monday, is set to see HM the King officially opening parliament and Tuesday see the house of representatives select their house speaker. The choice of PM remains up in the air still, as until there is a vote, which includes the senators alongside MPs, the future of K Pita, elected leader of the winning future forward party in the elections remains UP IN THE AR. Public sentiment, however, is seen as backing him.

– Woman loses leg on Bangkok airport’s moving walkway
In the strangest of accidents, a Thai lady flying to Nakhon si Thammarat from Don Muang Airport is said to had tripped over her own suitcase and fallen while on a moving walkway within the airport complex somehow seeing her leg slip down between the rollers and the grill at the end of the walkway, resulting in emergency services being forced to amputate on site and remove her quickly to a local hospital. No one has yet explained HOW the accident occurred or how she managed to slip into the obviously extremely narrow gap but last night there was still faint hope that the severed limb could be sewn back on. A major enquiry is underway AT the airport as authorities confirmed that they will cover all expenses and compensation.

– Chinese make up 10% of Thailand’s tourists
The number of Chinese tourists visiting Thailand year to date makes up over ten percent of the total tourist count as reports show that 1.3 million arrived here, of a total 11 million international visitors.

– Couple nabbed in 24 million baht Forex crypto scam
Another crypto scam couple has been nabbed in Chiang Mai accused of duping so called INVESTORS online into putting their savings into a failed venture that saw only them get rich. Interestingly when arrested, the husband accepted full responsibility and his wife claimed that she too was innocent and that he had used her bank accounts without her fully understanding. Well, they had plenty of time to put their story together knowing that they would eventually be caught and police have noted that she had an open arrest warrant for similar dealings from a year ago. Either way they duped people into taking training courses online to invest in currency and FOREX trading before netting some 24 MILLION baht . He now claims that he wasn’t as good as he had claimed and that he lost money from his own trades.

– Cops accused of demanding 500k baht bail from Kazakhstan thief
A Kazakhstani THIEF who, along with cohorts robbed victims on koh samui is now claiming that HE was a victim, in that when he was caught, he was persuaded to fork out 500K baht to get bail and, hopefully, see charges dropped. The thief’s wife attempted to get him released from police cells pending a court hearing but, according to the thief’s lawyer, officials demanded a huge cash payment. There so far is no evidence to back up the claim, and with his penchant for illegal activity his word may not be taken.

– Thai man slices member while cutting grass
And in Issan, a local contractor met his maker after being hired to cut grass and undergrowth in a park area. Seems the man chose to remove the standard blade from the strimmer and rig up a disc cutter, designed for cutting steel to the powerful tool. That came adrift and embedded itself in his groin. Causing severe damage to his wedding tackle. The other had warned him of his stupidity in the past but according to them, he wouldn’t listen.

– Pattaya to host Shotgun Championship in November
Meanwhile at home, the Pattaya Mayor has announced approval of a shotgun championship here at the end of November. The world shooting competition is expected to host some 700 shooters and attract crowds to a rare event which is far more exciting than rifle shooting as with shotguns, the target.. is always on the move. Set to be held in the grounds of the sports stadium here, safety is of course a key issue and those competing will be able to bring in their own weapons BUT cartridges are to be supplied here and not brought in from overseas in luggage.

PLEASE NOTE : For the month of July Seahorse ferry will be on dry dock. Usual service resuming in August

– Wild police chase around Rayong as Thai man steals lorry
This week saw a crazed 31 year old local national spot a heavy goods vehicle parked with the key in the ignition, jump in the cab and speed off. Police and others gave chase seeing him damage some 20 vehicles as he put pedal to the metal. He wasn’t about to give up either, when cornered he rammed a police vehicle and wasn’t put off when police shot out most of the vehicle tyres either. His trail of damage extended 30 KM before he finally crashed and was arrested.

– Will Walking Street’s businesses be demolished for a marina?
Is this the final nail in the coffin for beachside businesses in Walking street? Well, it seems that the marine department has applied for approval to extend the Bali Hai Marina to accommodate cruise ships. The 7 and a half billion baht investment would see a complete revamp of the area and is unlikely to allow the back ends of the bars and clubs remain as an eyesore to tourists. At least two HUGE cruise ships would be able to dock at any one tme under the plans, now published, and if approved, construction could begin within 3 years.

– The Loft Pub construction begins
And if you go down to the lake today, you are in for a surprise, as the family orientated Loft pub and grill appears to be shuttered up with steel panels. NOT so says the owner, and she gave us a tour yesterday. It’s business as usual with no effect on the dining and drinking areas at all, but following the Loft.. is getting a makeover. With Sundays and other days too often seeing it full to the gills, the building is being extended AND brand new bathroom facilities added including services for those in wheelchairs. Mon, the owner, tells us that once finished, the indoor area will almost double in size and new features are being included to make it even more attractive to families and couples. The steel shuttering, in the carpark is simply to keep the site safe for all and the kitchen team look forward to feeding you without hindrance.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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