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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (5 January 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (5 January 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Graduates in Thailand struggle to find work
The increase in numbers of pupils going on to university here has seen Thailand catch up, sadly, with other countries, where the number of graduates finding work in their chosen field, or indeed in any field in the first year after leaving, has risen dramatically. Making up now the majority of those REGISTERED as unemployed, students not only face the choice of meagre or no work, but also know that as the next batch of students graduate, their chances of qualified employment become less and less.  According to statistics, nearly two thirds of the registered unemployed have ZERO work experience.

– Thailand to train 10,000 cyber experts
There is a glimmer of light on the horizon for some as the The National Cyber Security Agency is working with several universities to train upward of 10,000 cyber experts,  who will be offered employment in the online security world.  A growing need for qualified candidates has developed due to crimes carried out in social media and other online methods.   Computer graduates of late have mostly failed to find work as developers or engineers, and will likely welcome the opportunity

– 256 deaths on Thai roads during the holiday period
RTA reports finalized yesterday for the holiday period through to its conclusion on the 3rd show, a total of 2,083 traffic accidents  nationwide,  256 fatalities and 2,106 injuries.  As we reported yesterday, the majority of injuries and fatalities were to motorbike riders.  Speeding was blamed for close to 38% of accidents, drunk driving nearly 15%.

– Government launches ‘100 billion baht cattle’ campaign 
The government’s “100 billion baht cattle ” campaign is being promoted in rural areas, offering smallholders the chance to borrow 50K baht to purchase two cows, with the plan to encourage them to grow their businesses into a herd.  With figures bandied around that promise farmers mathematics that show those two could be bred and grow into a herd of 178 within a decade, the statisticians appear to have overlooked the increased land need, which would require further investment AND the fact that as the odds of a female calf are 50/50, each having to age at least a year before insemination, so around 2 years before calving themselves, and the selling of all males for meat, add to the day to day costs of husbandry, such as foodstuff and heath bills, the figures don’t quite add up, but the incentive is there and encouragement for sure.. for rural crofters.

– Pawnshop employees nabbed for 170 million baht theft 
2 women have now been arrested and charged with theft from their employer – a pawn brokers, with one caught at a border checkpoint this week. No small amount for user, 170 Million in a 2 year spree.  Nonthaburi courts had issued arrest warrants after police reports from the business owners who, so far, have NOT clarified how such a large amount over such a short period of time was never spotted sooner.  Seems the duo accepted gold from customers in exchange for cash, but substituted them then for fake gold, pocketing the original and reselling it.  The 30 yr old has admitted the theft but claims to have gambled most of it away.

– Thai student almost tricked into smuggling into Australia 
The wise father of a daft daughter here, called the police after she advertised her plan to travel to Australia to study and offered to carry any gifts or parcels on social media.  Her GENEROUS offer was taken up by someone online who wanted a cushion delivered to family members there.  Dad got to hear of the deal, whereby his daughter would be paid 3 and a half thousand baht. He called police and the cushion was found to contain 7.5 kg of heroin with a street value of over 20 MILLION baht.  Word is the daughter faces no charges and, red faced, will continue with her studies as police work to catch the cushion senders.

– A normal weekend for Pattaya city 
Meanwhile at home and locals can look forward to a NORMAL weekend here, with no events to fill the city with visitors.  With most having spent out for the month during the festivities,  this weekend is expected to see shops, malls and eateries return to norm and traffic very light, an excellent time to rediscover the city. Reports from around the city though are telling us that several bars and small businesses DIDN’T glean as much in the way of revenue as they had hoped for.  Many are talking of closure as the low season approaches and the numbers?  Well, we will see by March.  For sure the footfall of overseas tourists will decline for a while now.   Those with established loyal expat customers will fair well but for many, who target the 2 week millionaires..  it could be tough.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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