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Electricity glitches for Samui and Koh Phangan

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The Thai media are claiming there’s an electricity crisis on the holiday islands – Samui and Koh Phangan. Thai Rath reports that electricity authorities in the south of Thailand are residing to the recent articles and complaints. There have been so many power cuts recently that things are desperate, according to Thai Rath.

Authorities say that the problem lies in the undersea cables from Khanom on the mainland. But there was no explanation what the actual problem was and it remained a mystery.

Panumas Limsuwan was inspecting one of the sub-stations in Mae Nam yesterday trying to get to the root of the problem.

SOURCE: Thai Rath

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DSI crackdown on foreigners using Thai nominees: Law firm raided in Bangkok, Phuket and Samui

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Four offices of the same investment advisory firm have been raided in Bangkok, Phuket and Samui. Coordinated raids on the offices of what appears to be a single advisory firm were conducted by the DSI (Department of Special Investigations), police and Board of Investment representatives.

Pictures showed that the company is DFDL Thailand Legal and Tax.

This company offers “investment advisory expertise”.

The raids were conducted in relation to the use of foreingers using Thai nominees to allow matters like land purchase and the operation of businesses restricted under the Foreign Business Act.

Nominees have increasingly been used to circumvent the laws on foreigners owning land in Thailand and other business related matters.

Two raids took place in Phuket (offices in Cherng Talay) and two other raids at a branch in Koh Samui and the Head Office of the company in Sathorn, Bangkok. The Manager told investigators that the business of the company is involved in purchases amounting to 2 billion baht.

One of the men facing questions over the use of nominees and financial fraud at the Phuket head office in Thalang is Piyasiri Wattanavrangkul.

SOURCE: News 1 Live

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28 year old Norwegian found dead in car on Koh Samui

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Police are investigating a Norwegian tourist found dead inside his car on Samui last Monday.

28 year old Aspen Anray Solian was found dead in the driver’s seat on Thaweerat Phakdee Road in Tambon Maret.

A doctor says he had died about one or two hours before he was found. Police say the body showed no signs of violence.

A bakery shop worker said the tourist often dropped in to the store to enjoy baked goods and a drink. After the tourist arrived at about 4.30pm, he remained in his car with the windows shut.

The worker wondered why the tourist had not left his car after more than an hour and so knocked on the window when he discovered the man was dead.

The worker says he knew the tourist well because he was a months-long yearly visitor to Koh Samui.

He says the tourist arrived with a friend three weeks ago but the friend had left.

The body was sent for a post-mortem at Surat Thani Hospital.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Warning out for Samui ferry as waves reach 3 metres in Gulf of Thailand

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The Samui Harbour Office has issued warnings to the ferry operator to be careful in both directions on the Surat Thani run with waves up high as three metres today in the Gulf of Thailand.

The office has also prohibited small boats from leaving the shores of Koh Samui. The ferry boat operator was warned to check lifejackets and all safety facilities on their boats.

Latest forecasts issued by the Thai Meteorological Department says that the monsoon trough on Wednesday and Thursday will lie across the upper North and the upper north-east due to the active low pressure over the South China Sea, while the strong southwest monsoon will prevail across the Andaman Sea, and east through the Gulf of Thailand.

The department warned that strong winds and 2-3 metre high waves are forecast in the Andaman Sea, along with waves of about two metres high in the upper Gulf, and above three metres in areas experiencing thunderstorm cells.

“All ships should proceed with caution, and small boats should stay ashore.” the department warned.

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