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Blackout mars mayor&’s policy launch

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PATONG: A blackout sparked a security scare and interrupted a policy speech by Patong Mayor Surasak Maneesri during the launch of his re-election campaign Saturday night. As the unscheduled lights-out struck the gathering of about 1,000 people, bodyguards rushed to pull the heavily-garlanded mayor down onto the stage and surrounded him in case there had been a security breach. The lights – and the show – soon went on again, though the first three minutes of darkness were followed by two more short blackouts. Eventually Mayor Surasak, target of an apparent assassination bid in June, decided to postpone his full policy speech for a later campaign gathering. The election, which pits the Mayor’s Patong Gao-na (Patong Progress) group against former mayor Pian Keesin’s Palang Patong (Patong Power) Party, is now set for November 16 and 17. Earlier the mayor led 23 members of the Patong Gao-na on stage at the football field next to Patong beach after the audience had enjoyed a free buffet and drinks and performances on two stages, including sets by popular Look Toong singers. Between blackouts, Mayor Surasak told the crowd, “You can see how many people have come to see us tonight. We have done a lot of work while I have been mayor. “There are still many things that need to be done [that are] especially relevant to tourism, including the sidewalks. Many have water drains higher than the road, so when it rains, we have floods.” The Mayor did not mention the anger of local businesses at power failures this monsoon season. Saturday night’s policy blackout was attributed to the great number of lights in use at the time.



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Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Cherng Talay will be shut off from March 19 – 31 at ‘some times’ during the day.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on moving main water pipes. Areas to be affected include parts of Cherng Talay.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634

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25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket

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A 25 year old electrical contractor has died after accidentally touching a high voltage power cabling in Chalong. Police say that the power was still connected when the man was working.

Pakasit Raksakam was working on the cabling when he accidentally touched a cable that was still live, according to fellow contractors working nearby. Rescue workers arrived on Soi Na Yai off Chao Fah West road to find co-workers attempting to revive the man. He was working six metres above the ground when the incident happened some time shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Pakasit was rushed to to the Emergency Centre of the new Chalong Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a contract worker with the Sapcharoen Company.

Work colleagues say that Pakasit from Thalang was an electrical contractor installing high-voltage cabling on power poles.

Chalong Police are conducting an investigation and speaking to other contractors to determine whether to press charges.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will be shut off from 9am to 5pm from March 25 – 31.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out in the repair and maintenance of the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water pumping station in Karon.

Areas to be affected include parts of Patong, Kata and Karon.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634 or 1662.

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