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Valentine’s roses leap in price this year

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Roses are red
Violets are blue
A red rose used to cost 15 baht
Now it’s 52!

The price of roses has spiked to almost double from that of the past two years. The popular Valentine’s gift was retailing for up to 70 baht each, a substantial increase from last year’s 50 baht average around Bangkok.

In Bangkok, flower vendors at Pak Khlong Talad wholesale market hiked the prices for local roses to 30-150 baht depending on the grade, and for imported roses to 300-2,000 baht, with those from the Netherlands, Kenya and Japan carrying higher tags because of their large size and bright colour.

The price hike was due to higher costs demanded by suppliers as well as increased transport expenses, they said. Fewer people had showed up to shop for roses this year, possibly due to the economic slowdown, they said.

Flower shops in Phayao’s Muang district say they had received fewer orders for rose bouquets compared to the two previous Valentine’s Days.

Having seen a 50 per cent drop in rose bouquet orders, Sasirpreeya Songsi, owner of Sasi Florist Shop in tambon Ban Tom, said suppliers were selling roses at nearly double the price of recent years for 300-350 per bunch.

Vendors at Phayao Arcade Market said they sold roses at 10-20 baht apiece, but were carrying a limited number to sell due to their supplier’s price hike. They slightly increased the price to 20-30 baht today to ensure no losses, but recognised that people may not be able to buy them if the cost went beyond this range.

In Chiang Mai’s Muang district, many people showed up to shop for flowers at Ton Lam Yai Market where vendor Ploenjai Janthaen said red and white roses were most sought after. Individual roses carried a tag of 70 baht, compared to last year’s 50 baht, while rose bouquets ranged from 300-2,000 baht and special mixed-colour roses fetched 150 baht apiece.

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SOURCE: The Nation



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“X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner” arrest numbers hit 8,400

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by Kittipong Maneerit

More foreigners detained and likely to be deported. Seems to be a never-ending supply of illegal foreigners hiding in Thailand. X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner has been an almost weekly campaign to round up and deport overstaying and illegal foreigners over the past two years.

Another 490 foreigners were caught this week in the latest Immigration Police dragnet involving simultaneous raids at 229 locations around the country.

It was the 46th such crackdown bringing the total number of locations searched to 7,145 and the number of arrests to 8,400.

Immigration Police Bureau announced that 338 of the people arrested were charged for entering Thailand illegally – 110 from Laos, 141 from Myanmar, 85 from Cambodia and one each from Vietnam and India.

14 others,3 each from India and Vietnam, 2 each from Laos and Cameroon and 1 each from Myanmar, Cambodia, Switzerland and the US, are accused of overstaying their visas.

85 Thais allegedly failed to report within 24 hours they had foreigners staying on their premises.

The 27 from Myanmar, 9 from Cambodia, 4 from Laos, 3 from India, 2 each from China, Vietnam and Russia and 1 each from France, Poland, South Korea and Canada allegedly either failed to report their stay at specified addresses or violated the law on Foreign Worker Management.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Earth Hour next week, everyone invited to join Bangkok by switching off lights

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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is inviting Bangkokians to join in “60+ Earth Hour 2019”, by turning off electrical appliances and lights for one hour from 8.30-9.30pm on Saturday, March 30.

The rest of Thailand is also invited to join in the annual environmental initiative. The BMA has participated in Earth Hour since 2008 by encouraging Thais to switch off lights to show their concern for the planet.

The BMA says they’re joining 262 organisations to participate in the event. Bangkok’s main celebration venue will be Central World Plaza on March 30.

The BMA say that last year’s event, when 121 organisations and establishments took part, was a success with 2,002 megawatt reduction in power usage during the ‘lights-off’ hour which was calculated to have a cash value of 7.86 million baht or a reduction of 1,026 tons of carbon dioxide.

Started as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now celebrated in 188 countries as a global moment of solidarity and action to save the planet.

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Summer storm cell hits Bangkok

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A sudden and brief summer storm swiftly passed through Bangkok’s Lak Si and Don Mueang areas yesterday afternoon.

The storm left some damage in its trail, including toppled small trees on Soi Vibhavadi 60, clogged drains and an under-construction Vibhavadi-Rangsit pedestrian bridge’s metal scaffold falling onto a car at Lak Si Intersection.

The stormy weather took place around 3.30pm and lasted over 10 minutes.

The Thai Meteorological Department had previously warned about storms, gusty winds, hail stones and lightening in upper Thailand from March 23-25 and continues to warn people to avoid open fields, big trees or billboards during the storms.

Forecast for the Central areas of Thailand…

Up to March 23, hot to very hot during the day. Minimum temperature 23-27°C. Maximum temperature 36-40°C. During March 24 – 27 2019, hot during the day. Isolated to scattered thunderstorm with isolated gusty and hail. Minimum temperature 22-26°C. Maximum temperature 33-38°C. Southeasterly wind 10-15 km/hr.

SOURCES: The Nation | TMD

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