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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (7 May 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (7 May 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Mysterious species with ‘blade-shaped fangs’ discovered Thai cave 
A team of Thai and non-Thai experts on snakes have confirmed the discovery of a previously unknown species which has blade-like fangs and the rare ability to climb vertical rock faces. Said to survive on a diet of gecko eggs, the newly named ‘Cave Kukri Snake’ was found on a high rock face to the south of Thailand. With three now found, experts believe that more will be living in the local caves.

– Unidentified lifeless woman found handcuffed by Thai river 
In Roi Et Province, police are investigating the demise of a local middle-aged woman found near a riverside and still wearing handcuffs. With no documentation found, her identity remains unknown. Families with a missing member are being asked to contact the police there, as a full autopsy is due to be carried out in the capital.

– Education official recommends suspending school classes on very hot days
The Secretary-General of Thailand’s Basic Education Commission has recommended that state schools where temperatures rise to dangerous levels should send pupils home rather than house them in poorly vented classrooms. The extreme heat has been observed in other Asian countries as well, and the alternative would be online learning. With state schools currently on the long holiday, the real problem will only arise when children return to class. If, by then, the heatwave hasn’t subsided, the choice will be left to school principals.

– Uncovered manhole tragedy sparks safety crackdown in Thailand
When a motorbike rider in a Bangkok underpass lost control and crashed yesterday, he slid across the hardtop and into an uncovered drainage gulley. According to authorities, the covering had been stolen by thieves for scrap, leaving it open and leading to other injuries and his hospitalization. The third report of accidents involving uncovered manholes in just a few days has led to a citywide order for civil servants to check for others. Last week, a man fell into an uncovered manhole and lost his life. Years ago, it was common for petty thieves to steal covers and sell them for scrap. Dealers who accept them are, however, open to fines and legal charges.

– Thai school embraces gender identity with hair policy
In the northeast of Thailand, a Nakhon Ratchasima school is making headlines as, according to the director, children who identify as a different gender than the one they were born with are allowed to wear their hair accordingly. While uniforms must be worn according to their birth gender, the move is seen by the director as a valuation of valued equality among all groups of students.

– Severe smog engulfs Northern Thailand
Nearly every northern province in Thailand was yesterday blanketed with some of the worst smog on record, with Chiang Mai registering the fourth worst air quality globally. In all, 11 provinces were listed as having high, red-level air quality. Weather-wise, huge storms blanketed much of the nation; however, for our region, we only saw dark clouds.

– Thai Chamber of Commerce opposes minimum wage hike proposal
The Thai Chamber of Commerce plans to announce today its objection to the government’s announced plan to raise minimum wages nationally to 400 baht daily. With its vice-chairman, also the managing director of a massive seafood processing operation, it appears that those against the plan, announced by the Labour Minister at the start of the month, fear for profit margins and an increase in their prices to customers as a result. It’s the poorer regions and businesses which traditionally stick to the bare minimum which will be most affected; for other areas, such as our own, the capital and tourist destinations, very few are paid the basic wage as demand for workers is usually higher than supply.

– Rayong chemical dump fires reignite amid pollution concern
Meanwhile, yesterday saw fires return to the Rayong chemical dump which caught fire on the 22nd of last month and took days to douse, amid reports that the company which had operated it has other waste storage facilities in the area. This week, it is believed that smoldering embers led to the return of high flames and smoke; however, locals tell us that the fire has never completely stopped, as dangerous chemicals and waste have still to be removed from the controversial site, raising concerns over potential soil and water table pollution.

– Bangkok Pattaya Hospital hosts free seminar on Prostate & Libido
Bangkok Pattaya Hospital is arranging a free seminar for foreigners concerned over their prostate or libido issues. The event will see recognized experts addressing an audience of up to 60, and the hospital’s top specialist is our guest this morning at 11. That interview will be rebroadcast at a later date too.

– Bike-theft gang busted in Pattaya raids
Four men have been arrested in the Nong Pru area after raids at the weekend revealed another bike-stealing gang who operate to order. Their operation was revealed in the statement given by a local drug dealer, usually in return for a less stiff jail sentence. Cops recovered 13 bikes which were known to have been stolen, along with bike parts from others. During the raids, one of the felons tried to escape in his pickup truck, but his exit was thwarted.

– Teenage tourist’s motorbike crash in Jomtien raises rental safety concerns
If the authorities ever needed even more evidence to stop bike rental companies from renting big bikes to those without experience or proper licensing, Sunday night provided just that, as a 19-year-old Polish man lost control and crashed after speeding through Jomtien before crashing into the bike and sidecar belonging to a local. Who was in the right? Doesn’t matter really, but he was lucky to still remain alive. No such luck for the Kawasaki bike owner, though; that was trashed.

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