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  • Pattaya mayor bows to critics, delays new roadwork until overdue projects finished
    Bending to vitriolic criticism during his campaign, new Pattaya Mayor Poramet Ngampichet conceded to delaying new infrastructure-improvement projects until current, behind-schedule, public works are completed. Speaking at a June 28 meeting called to address Pattaya’s chronic flooding problems, Poramet acknowledged that his Rao Rak Pattaya group of city candidates was blasted from all sides for […]
    Pattaya mayor Poramet Ngampichet said that to avoid criticism, he would hold off on launching four more planned flood-drainage projects until current jobs are done.

    Bending to vitriolic criticism during his campaign, new Pattaya Mayor Poramet Ngampichet conceded to delaying new infrastructure-improvement projects until current, behind-schedule, public works are completed.

    Speaking at a June 28 meeting called to address Pattaya’s chronic flooding problems, Poramet acknowledged that his Rao Rak Pattaya group of city candidates was blasted from all sides for the seemingly never-ending roadwork and pipe-laying projects started by group leader and former mayor Sonthaya Kunplome.



    Election rivals said Poramet, Sonthaya’s hand-picked successor, would simply continue the failed development strategies of the past decade.

    Poramet admitted that if four more planned flood-drainage projects were to launch, city residents would erupt in anger. So, he told city council members and bureaucrats that those projects must wait until currently underway jobs are done.

    Currently almost all of the infrastructure work underway involve the laying of new, larger pipes to carry storm runoff from higher elevations to the sea.

    Almost all of the infrastructure work underway involve the laying of new, larger pipes to carry storm runoff from higher elevations to the sea. The heart of the work is along Pattaya’s railway-parallel road, where work is badly behind schedule.

    But, once those projects are done, Pattaya’s flooding situation will be much improved, Poramet said.

    In the meantime, the mayor said the city will use prison labor to clean drainage and sewer pipes along Pattaya Beach Road, Wong Amat Beach and Thepprasit Soi 7, which has been hit hard by flooding due to being torn up as part of another, long-delayed roadwork job.

    Pattaya also will continue to dredge the Naklua, South Pattaya, Suapaw and Nok Yang canals, Poramet said.












    30 June 2022
    Pattaya News
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=402677
  • More parking, guard shack coming to Pattaya City Hall
    Pattaya City Hall plans to increase parking space for visitors and a shack for security guards. Mayor Poramet Ngampichet met with guards in the parking lot June 28 and was informed that they have no shelter from the hot sun or rain. So, when it rains, they leave the parking lot gate unattended, because they […]
    Pattaya mayor Poramet Ngampichet speaks with city hall’s head of security, promising to provide his men and women with better facilities to protect them from the elements.

    Pattaya City Hall plans to increase parking space for visitors and a shack for security guards.

    Mayor Poramet Ngampichet met with guards in the parking lot June 28 and was informed that they have no shelter from the hot sun or rain. So, when it rains, they leave the parking lot gate unattended, because they aren’t paid enough to get wet.



    The mayor promised to build a guard booth to protect them from the elements.

    As for the lot, it currently has 410 spots, but most of those are occupied by city workers, leaving only 60 for the public.

    He said plans will be laid to increase the number of visitor spots.












    30 June 2022
    Pattaya News
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=402673
  • Short-lived ‘Pattaya Wall’ aimed at keeping Na Jomtien beach vendors out
    It wasn’t exactly the Berlin Wall, but a sheet-metal fence erected for a day on Pattaya’s oceanfront border with Na Jomtien Subdistrict sparked both curiosity and concern. Visiting the area at Jomtien Soi 19 June 28, Pattaya Mayor Poramet Ngampichet said the temporary fence, which was taken down, Tuesday, was to assist Na Jomtien administrators […]
    Pattaya city erected the steel fence to prevent vendors from the Na Jomtien side to set up their illegal stands on the Pattaya side.

    It wasn’t exactly the Berlin Wall, but a sheet-metal fence erected for a day on Pattaya’s oceanfront border with Na Jomtien Subdistrict sparked both curiosity and concern.

    Visiting the area at Jomtien Soi 19 June 28, Pattaya Mayor Poramet Ngampichet said the temporary fence, which was taken down, Tuesday, was to assist Na Jomtien administrators in their efforts to evict illegal vendors from Na Jomtien Beach.



    The eviction of the dozens of vendors who had occupied the beachfront, rent-free, for the past two years might have prompted vendors to move into Pattaya Beach instead, Poramet said. The city wanted to make it clear that wasn’t allowed.

    Na Jomtien officials took the hard line on vendors who took over the sand and sidewalk after informing them that the Covid-19 pandemic leniency had come to an end. They legally could not be allowed to encroach on public property any longer.


    You are leaving the Na Jomtien Sector and entering the Pattaya Sector. Vendors forbidden, Obey traffic rules.

    Pattaya always has banned freelance vendors from setting up food, beverage and trinket stalls on the beach. Parcels for beach-chair vendors and massage permits are highly controlled.

    The fence put up on the Na Jomtien border was simply to reinforce that, Poramet said.

    Tourists seemed befuddled at the Pattaya Wall while others worried it would hurt tourism.

    Having made their point, Pattaya City officials removed the fences allowing people to freely travel across the Pattaya-Na Jomtien border gain.












    29 June 2022
    Featured
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=402663
  • 2 months after ‘crackdown’ on Tree Town parking, nothing changed
    Two months after promising to crack down on parking on Soi Buakhao, where motorbikes have blocked already narrow traffic lanes, nothing has changed. So Pattaya police said they’d try again. Motorists and business owners have complained loudly and repeatedly about the dozens of motorbikes parked along 50 meters of the central Pattaya street by the […]
    A traffic policeman stands on the ready to chase off any vehicles attempting to park along Soi Bua Khao in front of Tree Town.

    Two months after promising to crack down on parking on Soi Buakhao, where motorbikes have blocked already narrow traffic lanes, nothing has changed. So Pattaya police said they’d try again.

    Motorists and business owners have complained loudly and repeatedly about the dozens of motorbikes parked along 50 meters of the central Pattaya street by the Tree Town Market bar area.



    Traffic has been reduced to a crawl due to lanes being partially blocked by parked bikes and the motorcycle-taxi stand opposite Tree Town.

    On April 28, traffic police ordered all parked bikes removed and instructed Tree Town security guards to prevent parking on the street, insisting vehicles must be parked inside the bar complex itself.

    No Parking signs are placed along the road, but as they say when the cat’s away the mice will play.

    Of course, the police didn’t bother to actually enforce their dictate, so nothing changed.

    After more complaints, police came out again June 28, telling merchants repeatedly that there was no parking by Tree Town from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

    They promised that, this time, there would be regular traffic-police patrols.












    29 June 2022
    Pattaya News
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=402658
  • Pattaya ladyboys steal gold from 8th Indian
    In what is rapidly becoming a long story with no ending, another Indian tourist had a fat gold chain ripped from his neck by a transgender thief. In the eighth incident since April, Gulshan Kumar Baghel, 30, was walking on Pattaya Beach at 2:30 a.m. June 28 when he was accosted by a group of […]
    Gulshan Kumar (left) tells police of the nasty incident on beach road when he was forcibly accosted by ladyboys who ripped off his 120,000-baht gold chain.

    In what is rapidly becoming a long story with no ending, another Indian tourist had a fat gold chain ripped from his neck by a transgender thief.

    In the eighth incident since April, Gulshan Kumar Baghel, 30, was walking on Pattaya Beach at 2:30 a.m. June 28 when he was accosted by a group of transgender prostitutes. While one hugged and made lewd propositions, cohorts undid the clasp on the necklace and all made off to split the spoils.



    Baghel said the chain was valued at 120,000 baht.

    The Indian was able to pick one suspect from a book of mugshots at Pattaya Police Station but, as with the other seven cases, cops were unable to find the thief or recover the gold.


    Gulshan Kumar makes a police report, but, as with the other seven cases, cops were unable to find the thief or recover the gold.












    29 June 2022
    Pattaya News
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=402652
  • Pattaya to close Dongtan Free Zone during daytime storms
    Pattaya will close Dongtan Beach to traffic during daytime rain zones to prevent cars from washing floodwaters onto the sand. Inspecting the latest repair work to the beach June 27, Mayor Poramet Ngampichet said storm damage is a continual concern on Jomtien Beach and heavy machinery is required to fill in all the trenches carved […]
    Storm damage to the beach around Dongtan Free Zone has become so severe that the mayor has ordered the stretch of road closed to traffic during heavy rainfall.

    Pattaya will close Dongtan Beach to traffic during daytime rain zones to prevent cars from washing floodwaters onto the sand.

    Inspecting the latest repair work to the beach June 27, Mayor Poramet Ngampichet said storm damage is a continual concern on Jomtien Beach and heavy machinery is required to fill in all the trenches carved out by rivers of runoff.



    Residents in the area told the mayor the damage reoccurs every time it rains more than an hour.

    Poramet said there is a budget for a water-drainage project linking Dongtan Beach with Soi Boonkanjanaram, but it clearly isn’t enough.


    More long-term flooding mitigation will be studied but, for now, the Free Zone, where vehicles can pass and park during the day, will be closed during heavy rain that occurs between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., as vehicles push more water onto the sand, he said.

    Mayor Poramet Ngampichet inspects the ongoing work to repair and reinforce the sand embankments to prevent the beach from eroding so easily after heavy rainfall.












    28 June 2022
    Pattaya News
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=402595
  • Pattaya Walking Street repaving further behind than 2 weeks ago
    The resurfacing of Walking Street continues at a snail’s pace, with workers having to relevel the nightlife strip again. On June 15, the project to pave Walking Street with decorative bricks was said to be 27% complete. During his June 27 inspection, Pattaya Mayor Poramet Ngampichet was told the job actually is only 20% complete, […]
    Oops! Mayor Poramet notices that the level of the newly paved brick road is much higher than the drain covers. Back to the drawing board for the contracting engineers.

    The resurfacing of Walking Street continues at a snail’s pace, with workers having to relevel the nightlife strip again.

    On June 15, the project to pave Walking Street with decorative bricks was said to be 27% complete. During his June 27 inspection, Pattaya Mayor Poramet Ngampichet was told the job actually is only 20% complete, as contractor DD Infrastructure Co. had to start over in some places.



    The company had put down bricks only to find the street wasn’t level, so they ripped up the bricks and recompressed the soil again.

    The project – which calls for resurfacing of the street basically destroyed by the Provincial Electricity Authority’s 10-month-and-running project to bury overhead electrical and communications wires – was supposed to begin April 1 and wrap by Aug. 28.

    DD Infrastructure began work 6 weeks late and now is aiming to deliver the project by the end of September.


    Pattaya Walking Street is beginning to take shape, unfortunately with such tardy work, it won’t be finished until September.












    28 June 2022
    Featured
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=402599
  • 100-year-old Pattaya woman to be honored
    When Ladda Rattanaoran was born, King Rama VI of Siam sat in the Grand Palace, the kingdom had only 10 million people and democracy was still a decade away. On June 27, Ladda passed a physical exam with flying colors. Well, as flying as a 100-year-old can muster. Nongprue Public Health Department nurse Nittaya Jittireungkiat […]
    Pattaya City health officers paid a visit to 100-year-old Ladda Rattanaoran to give her a physical checkup which she passed with flying colors. They also gave the spritely centenarian food, consumer products and face masks.

    When Ladda Rattanaoran was born, King Rama VI of Siam sat in the Grand Palace, the kingdom had only 10 million people and democracy was still a decade away.

    On June 27, Ladda passed a physical exam with flying colors. Well, as flying as a 100-year-old can muster.



    Nongprue Public Health Department nurse Nittaya Jittireungkiat and subdistrict social workers called on Ladda at her home in the Ban Euarthon Naklua housing project, finding her still sprite for her age.

    Ladda’s family said she had an ear infection recently, but after a visit to the doctor, it was clear now.


    They gave the centenarian a bag of food, consumer products and face masks and invited her to a July 8 ceremony where she’ll be honored for her long years in Nongprue and Pattaya, which she predates by 30 years.












    28 June 2022
    Around Pattaya & the East
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=402605
  • Pattaya City Expats Club learns why Monkey Pox is not a cause to panic
    Monkey Pox – Panic, Pandemic or Pandora’s Box? This was the primary topic at the Wednesday, June 22, meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) by Professor Andy Barraclough. Preceding his talk, Deacon Lloyd Hobbard-Mitchell from Pattaya’s St George’s Church gave a brief presentation on their “Healthcare – On a Mission to Share” program. […]
    Lloyd Hobbard-Mitchell tells his PCEC audience about St George’s program to lend expats medical equipment if they are in need. Further, that it is available to all that are in need. But they are in need of more donations of or for medical equipment.

    Monkey Pox – Panic, Pandemic or Pandora’s Box? This was the primary topic at the Wednesday, June 22, meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) by Professor Andy Barraclough. Preceding his talk, Deacon Lloyd Hobbard-Mitchell from Pattaya’s St George’s Church gave a brief presentation on their “Healthcare – On a Mission to Share” program.



    First up was Lloyd who began by giving information on his background. He is English and has extensive experience in social welfare. His talk focused on the Church’s efforts to help relieve the discomfort and distress of sick people in the Pattaya community by freely lending medical equipment which otherwise the beneficiaries might not be able to afford. One such item was an oxygen condenser, which has been used for two expats with terminal diseases which caused serious breathing problems. Thus, their last days were at least spent more comfortably.



    Lloyd explained the program and mentioned the donated equipment they currently have available. But there is a need for more equipment to be donated to the program. Visit the Church’s website at https://stgeorgespattaya.com/healthcare-equipment-lending-scheme/ for more information on their activities and needs. He emphasized that their Church is inclusive of all and anyone in need can contact them for assistance.

    Professor Andy Barraclough provides a very informative talk about Monkey Pox including how it is transmitted and its symptoms. Further, that there is no need to panic, despite all the recent news reports, as it is a known disease and is not a pandemic like Covid-19.

    Following Lloyd’s talk, the main speaker, Professor Andy Barraclough, provided the Club with one of his usual, interesting and comprehensive presentations on an important health issue. As usual, he prefaced his remarks by noting that he is not a medical doctor and you should always seek advice from a medical professional for any health advice.


    But he is imminently qualified to provide general information on health matters, always citing the authoritative sources for that information. He is an emeritus professor of Public Health and Director of Training at the Empower School of Health. He regularly hosts and presents webinars and online training through the Empower School of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Professor Andy then provided a very informative talk about Monkey Pox which has recently been on the forefront of medical news in the media. Some of it is accurate, but as usual, there is a lot of misinformation about it going around. The following were key points from his talk.

    MC Ren Lexander presents the PCEC’s Certificate of Appreciation to Deacon Lloyd Hobbard-Mitchell and Professor Andy Barraclough for their presentations.

    He said that Monkey Pox is not a new disease. It’s first identification as a human-to-human disease was in Africa in 1970. It one of many “neglected tropical diseases” meaning it has not received much attention or funding for medical research. However, since it is now afflicting people in the USA and Europe, it has become an issue that is drawing much attention despite that as of 6 June 2022, only 1,002 laboratory confirmed cases of Monkey Pox has been reported to WHO from Europe and North America. Further, no deaths have been reported.



    Although it might be said that Monkey Pox is not really serious, the public outcry probably relates more to the emotional impact it causes. He showed several photographs of children with the disease and said it has a definite impact which is both physical and mental as you imagine it inflicting your children and grandchildren.



    Professor Andy then proceeded to explain what Monkey Pox is, its symptoms, treatment, and expected outcome. He noted that about 85% of those that have had the Small Pox vaccination may be protected, but even if you have been vaccinated, there is no way to know if you may be in the 15% not protected.

    Member Ren Lexander conducts a post presentation interview of Deacon Lloyd Hobbard-Mitchell. To view a video of the interview, visit the PCEC’s YouTube Channel at
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWMVQYjJqc8.

    Although it is called “Monkey Pox, human infection has occurred from handling other infected animals through direct contact with their blood, bodily fluids, or external lesions or consumption of inadequately cooked meat of infected animals. But, he said, for most human infections, the source is not known.



    He described how human-to-human transmission results from close contact with infected respiratory droplets, skin lesions, or contaminated objects. He emphasized that the concern that man to man sex is often the source, is not valid. Many cases have been reported by walk-in sexually transmitted disease clinics because in many countries, they are the only facilities to get immediate treatment. Thus, those infected whatever the cause go to those clinics so they can get treated quickly.

    Member Ren Lexander conducts a post presentation interview of Professor Andy Barraclough. To view a video of the interview, visit the PCEC’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fo-ZbcAcIU.

    He noted that Monkey Pox can only be confirmed by laboratory test. There are several diseases that have similar symptoms. But that having blisters on the palm of hands and soles of feet is a good indicator as that is unique to Monkey Pox. Treatment for monkeypox is mainly supportive. The illness is usually mild and most of those infected will recover within a few weeks without treatment.



    Upon conclusion of the presentations, MC Ren Lexander brought everyone up to date on the latest events. This was followed by George Wilson conducting the Open Forum where attendees can make comments or ask questions about Expat living in Thailand, especially Pattaya. For more information about the PCEC, visit their website at https://pcec.club.

    Professor Andy Barraclough presented this slide as he described the ways that Monkey Pox can be transmitted.












    28 June 2022
    Around Pattaya & the East
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=402586
  • Glue-sniffer with headache climbs tall pole in Pattaya
    A glue-sniffer with a headache apparently thought he’d find relief at the top of a 15-meter utility pole in Pattaya. The man in his 40s was spotted both stealing a can of glue and entering a stranger’s apartment, only to get tossed out. Then he climbed up the pole on Soi Khopai 13, June 25. […]
    The glue sniffer suffering a massive headache is perched at the top of the 15-meter utility pole hoping to find relief.

    A glue-sniffer with a headache apparently thought he’d find relief at the top of a 15-meter utility pole in Pattaya.

    The man in his 40s was spotted both stealing a can of glue and entering a stranger’s apartment, only to get tossed out. Then he climbed up the pole on Soi Khopai 13, June 25.



    Witnesses tried to talk sense into the glue-sniffer, but failed. Finally, police and rescuers arrived and put a ladder to the side of the pole and convinced man to come down.

    The man only agreed, however, if he could get some headache medicine and a trip to the hospital. Police obliged, after a stop at the police station.

    Police placed a ladder beside the roof next to the utility pole and convinced the ailing man to come down.












    27 June 2022
    Pattaya News
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=402483