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Gold Line October Launch Derailed Until December

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Gold Line October Launch Derailed Until December

The Bangkok Mass Transit System announced today the scheduled October launch of the new 3-station Gold Line will be delayed until December.

The BTS CEO Surapong Laoha-Unya said testing on systems and signalling was ongoing that he was certain all three stations would be ready by the end of the year.

The unexpected news comes after earlier announcements the project was on track for an October launch following 3 months of testing with new Bombardier Innovia APM 300 electric trains that arrived in mid-June.

The 1.8 kilometre long Gold Line will connect with the BTS Silom Line at Krung Thon Buri with Iconsiam (Charoen Nakhon station) and Khlong San making up the total of just 3 stations with 42,000 passengers expected to use the new line each day.

Trips on the unmanned trains will be a flat 15 baht fare.

An extension along Somdet Chao Phraya Road will see Memorial Bridge added as a fourth station and is expected to operational by 2023.

Developer Krungthep Thanakom, the business arm of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, hired Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc – the operators of the BTS Skytrain – to procure trains, operate the service and handle maintenance work in a 30-year contract.

The public-private investment project hasn’t used any public funding as it has been bankrolled by Siam Piwat, the owner and operator of Iconsiam, to the tune of $62 million who kindly donated the line to the city of Bangkok.



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Elderly Dutch Man Drowns Off Pattaya Beach

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Elderly Dutchman Drowns Off Pattaya Beach

No foul play is suspected in the death of an elderly Dutchman whose body was found floating in the sea off Pattaya beach on Friday evening.

The body of 74-year-old Johannes Van Schaik was spotted by locals floating in the sea close to Walking Street around 7pm.

A missing persons report had already been filed with police by his worried wife earlier in the evening after he failed to return from an afternoon swim.

Elderly Dutchman Drowns Off Pattaya Beach

Rescue volunteers from the Sawang Boriboon Foundation used a boat to recover the body as a crowd of onlookers gathered to watch including the wife of the deceased.

His wife Sukjai, 41, was inconsolable and was comforted by members of the public.

Police believe the man died of natural causes and sent the body for an autopsy.



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Groundbreaking Ceremony For New 8.8 Billion Baht U.S. Consulate In Chiang Mai

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Groundbreaking Ceremony For New 8.8 Billion Baht US Consulate In Chiang Mai

The US Ambassador and other dignitaries broke ground today on the new U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai.

Big wigs on the end of a shovel included Ambassador Michael George DeSombre, Consul General Sean K. O’Neill, Thai Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi, and Chiang Mai Governor Charoenrit Sanguansat.

The new consulate will be located on the Super Highway replacing the decades building on Witchayanond Road by the Ping river built in 1950.

Groundbreaking Ceremony For New 8.8 Billion Baht US Consulate In Chiang Mai

The new Consulate General will provide a secure, modern, and resilient platform for the conduct of U.S. diplomacy in northern Thailand.

Ennead Architects of New York is the design architect for the project and B.L. Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama is the construction contractor.

Throughout this project, an estimated $45 million will be invested in the local economy. The project will employ an estimated 600 American, Thai, and third-country nationals.

Approximately 70% of the workforce will be recruited from the local labour pool.

The project is expected to be completed in 2023.



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Online Sellers Must Display Prices Or Face Fines

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A new law has come into effect stating that any goods or services for sale online must show a price with violators facing fines of up to 10,000 baht.

The announcement of the new law was published in the Royal Gazette also states all prices must be displayed using Arabic numerals.

Rewards of 2,500 are on offer for those reporting violators to authorities.

The new law applies to all online sales including advertisements on chat apps such as Line and WhatsApp plus Facebook, Instagram and normal websites.



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