PEA says electricity cables not to blame for overhead disgrace

PEA says electricity cables not to blame for overhead disgrace

PHUKET: Governor Norraphat Plodthong met with officials from the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) yesterday to discuss possible solutions to the messy overhead cables in Patong. The plan to bury the mess in Patong began two years ago, with a 230-million-baht project to cover the three kilometer stretch of Thaweewong Road (story here). After receiving a horde of complaints about the unsightly cables on Sawatdirak Road, PEA officials insisted, as is standard, that electricity cables are not to blame. “We finished burying our electricity cables at the beginning of this month. The wires you still see on the

Friday, May 26, 2017 | 05:10 PM

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Phuket City museum ‘temporarily’ closed after grand opening

Phuket City museum ‘temporarily’ closed after grand opening

PHUKET: Officials have announced that the newly-launched Peranakannitat Museum is temporarily closed until exhibitors return all the items borrowed from Phuket residents to display during the grand opening ceremony held in Phuket City last week. However, they could not give an estimated date as to when that might be. The issue came to light after dozens of people complained on social media about not being allowed to visit the museum after Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the grand opening on May 17 (story here). Phuket City Municipality yesterday issued a letter outlining the rea

Friday, May 26, 2017 | 01:39 PM

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Law, Life and Society: Collecting unpaid debt in Thailand

Law, Life and Society: Collecting unpaid debt in Thailand

PHUKET: With the Thai economy stagnating, household debt is reaching record levels. According to the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the average household debt reached nearly 300,000 baht in 2016. This amount is higher than the annual income of the average Thai family. In case of default, the first thing is to ensure that the loan is enforceable. Title IX, Chapter II of the Civil and Commercial Code outlines the requirements for consumer loans. A loan exceeding 2,000 baht must be written and signed by the borrower. Repayment or cancellation of loans exceeding that can only be proven with a document signed by t

Friday, May 26, 2017 | 01:00 PM

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New P-REA president highlights plans for developing Phuket

New P-REA president highlights plans for developing Phuket

PHUKET: Boon Yongsakul, Phuket-born businessman and Deputy Managing Director of Boat Development Company, was chosen as the new president of the Phuket Real Estate Association (P-REA) in a ceremony held at the Phuket Boat Lagoon earlier this month. Mr Boon will hold this position for two years. “It is a great honor to be chosen as the president of the P-REA. My first priority will be to enhance the standard of this association and bring it on par with other international organizations,” said Mr Boon. “It is vital to bring in foreign investors in order to strengthen the future of Phuket real estate,” he added. He also

Friday, May 26, 2017 | 11:27 AM

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Heavy downpours damage property in Phuket

Heavy downpours damage property in Phuket

PHUKET: Heavy rain and strong winds caused a large tree to fall over and damage houses in Chalong this week, causing about 100,000 baht worth of damage. “The incident occurred at Soi Bangre, Moo 1 at about 2pm on Wednesday. A fallen tree, about 70cm in diameter, wrecked the wall of a guesthouse and damaged another house and a car parked nearby,” said Supawatakan Kunlak of Chalong Municipality. A staff member at the guesthouse told police that no one was injured. Municipality workers spent an hour clearing up the clutter. The owner of the guesthouse and the tree said that he would 'partially' compensate the others whose

Friday, May 26, 2017 | 10:56 AM

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Phuket fishing boat rescues sunken Burmese vessel

Phuket fishing boat rescues sunken Burmese vessel

PHUKET: A Phuket-bound fishing boat rescued 15 crew members of a sunken Burmese vessel yesterday afternoon. The boat was carrying cargo from Penang, Malaysia to Myeik, Burma. The crew left on May 18 and were due to arrive on Saturday, but their boat was wrecked after experiencing stormy weather and strong waves near Racha Noi Island. “The Burmese boat, Aung Sein Myat, was carrying various items, including consumables, palm oil, cement and gloves. It was damaged by strong waves, causing the engine to become swamped with water,” said Maj Nattapong Pruktharathikun of the Phuket Marine Police. The captain ordered t

Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 05:06 PM

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