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Thailand News / Re: Buddhist amulets - elvis
« Last post by thaiga on September 17, 2018, 06:34:46 PM »
is elvis in the building ;D
Transport & Traffic / Re: 1,800 Bangkok vans to be banned from road
« Last post by bunky on September 17, 2018, 04:08:39 PM »
some of these guys work long hours, there are so many vans here, my experience of using them, the drivers seem polite and it is a lot quicker than the noisy smokey ancient bus.

very cheap. but it seems so is life
General Discussions / Re: Finding a Wife or Girlfriend - Sunday’s Seven’s top 10 tips
« Last post by bunky on September 17, 2018, 03:53:15 PM »
look out bunkys back

life will be no easier than it would be with a lady from your home country = it will be hard work that means

Many men—mostly retirees or very unattractive men come to find a wife... no woman in their home country will pay them the time of day = that is far from what some believe or will admit to

you lie and you cheat = that is strong words, could mean some forum guys, the hit and run mob

The notion that you can get off the plane, quote a price to the first woman you see, and take her to your hotel room is a myth and an insult. = stories they have listened to back home, the insult can be very dangerous

No matter how old she is, your girlfriend will be emotionally immature = really  ;)
Thailand News / Land of lady boys?
« Last post by thaiga on September 17, 2018, 02:43:03 PM »
Land of lady boys? Thailand is not the LGBTI paradise it appears

Sexual minorities in the Land of Smiles face discrimination in education, work and their love lives, though attitudes – and the law – are beginning to change

It is a country known to the world for its gay parties and transgender beauty pageants, a Land of Smiles that is welcoming to all.

But tell that to members of Thailand’s LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) community and you might receive a puzzled frown.

While Thailand is one of the most progressive countries in Asia regarding LGBTI rights, and its capital Bangkok often tops lists of gay-friendly tourist destinations, activists in the country say the gay community suffers not only from a lack of recognition, but from laws and a society that actively discriminate against them.

“Abroad you may think that in Thailand there is a very open space to express your gender identity if you are LGBTI. But in reality, it is very hard to express our identity because we don’t have the legal support,” says transgender activist Kath Khangpiboon.

Kath has suffered this discrimination at first hand. In 2015, she lost her teaching job at Thammasat University after issues surrounding her gender identity were brought up by the university committee.

She was informed she was “no longer suitable” to teach at the institution – Thailand’s second-oldest university – because of inappropriate behaviour on social media, referring to a post on Kath’s Instagram account featuring a photo of a penis-shaped tube of lipstick.

“Thammasat never said that my case was discrimination. They said that there was a problem with my behaviour on social media,” Kath recalls. “But to me it was related to my identity, to my natural behaviour. It was bias.”

According to Kath, the university had never previously shown concern over the social-media activities of its lecturers.

Thai law does little to protect the LGBTI community from discrimination. Same-sex marriages are not recognised and transgender people cannot change their gender on ID cards and other official documents.

Meanwhile, prejudice against the community means its members struggle to be accepted as lawyers, doctors or social workers and are ...

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A korat farmer was robbed of 2.5 mil baht after he went into the monkhood to be ordained for Buddhist Lent. he had just harvested 200 rai of land and had not got the time to bank the money. reported
Thailand News / Buddhist amulets worn by 70 per cent of Thais, survey finds
« Last post by thaiga on September 17, 2018, 02:03:02 PM »
Buddhist amulets worn by 70 per cent of Thais, survey finds

More than 70 per cent of Thais wear Buddha amulets, a Suan Dusit Poll has revealed, whether as a matter of faith or worship, belief in its protective power or as a gift from respected seniors.

The most popular amulets are those bearing the likeness of the monks Luang Pu Thuad of Wat Chang Hai (47 per cent of all amulets worn) and Phra Somdej Toh (21.9 per cent).

The survey conducted among 1,126 people nationwide from September 11-15, found that 12.9 per cent wore Luang Por Sothorn amulets, 9.4 per cent Luang Phu Toh's Phra Pidta (Close Eyes) amulets and 8 per cent Luang Por Ngern of Wat Bang Klan.

Forty-one per cent of amulet wearers acquired them via “Chao Phra” purchases, 32 per cent got them from their parents, 7.7 per cent received them from respected seniors and employers, 7 per cent from other relatives, 6 per cent from grandparents, and 5.5 per cent from friends or relationship partners or free from a temple.

Nearly 57 per cent of Thais wear an amulet out of faith, spiritual dependence, or its protective power, 25 per cent due to personal religious belief, and 14 per cent out of tradition and Buddhist practice. Four per cent wear them for other reasons, including as a fashion item.

Nearly 43 per cent said the Thai Buddha-amulet market was growing fast and becoming more popular, 20 per cent found it more commercial amid price speculation, and 13.6 per cent believed the sluggish economy was slowing the market.

Another 12.3 per cent said the Chao Phra purchase system should be standardised and complained about forgeries, while 11.3 per cent saw it as a niche market where interested people could exchange items and information.

Typhoon to bring heavy rain in North, Northeast Sept 17-19

Typhoon Mangkhut, now over the South China Sea, is expected to cause heavy rain in the North and Northeast during Sept 17-19, prompting the Thai Meteorological Department to issue a warning of possible flash floods, river overflows and landslides.

According to the department's 11am weather forecast, as of 10am on Sunday typhoon Mangkhut was about 160 kilometres southeast of Macau, Guangdong County, China, with a maximum sustained wind speed of about 140 kilometres per hour.

The storm was moving west-northwest at a speed of about 30km/hr and is expected to hit southern Guangdong on Sunday night. It is then likely to weaken into a tropical storm, tropical depression and finally a low-pressure area.

From Sept 17-19, heavy rain is predicted in the North and Northeast of Thailand. People should beware of possible flash floods, river overflows and landslides.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon over the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand will become stronger, leading to continuous rain, sometimes heavy, across the Central region, the East and the South's west coast.

From Sept 16-20, waves in the Andaman Sea are expected to be 2-4 metres high, accompanied by thundershowers, and 2-3m high in the upper Gulf of Thailand. All vessels are advised to proceed with caution and small boats to stay ashore.

People along the coastline should beware of inshore surges, the department said.

story in full:

Typhoon lashes south China after killing 28 in Philippines

Police officers rescue a man from a flooded street during Typhoon Mangkhut in Lei Yu Mun, Hong Kong, China, on Sunday. (EPA photo)

 Typhoon Mangkhut barrelled into southern China on Sunday after lashing the northern Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that left at least 28 dead from landslides and drownings.

Nearly half a million people had been evacuated from seven cities in China's Guangdong province, the gambling enclave of Macau closed casinos for the first time and the Hong Kong Observatory warned people to stay away from the Victoria Harbour landmark, where storm surges battered the sandbag-reinforced waterfront.

 Winds of up to 100mph recorded as deadly Typhoon Mangkhut arrives in Hong Kong and China - at least 40 people were killed in the Philippines during the storm
Education and Teachers Forum / 'Pracharat School' plan gets bigger
« Last post by Newsy on September 17, 2018, 11:16:14 AM »

'Pracharat School' plan gets bigger

Another 1,300 small- and medium-sized schools and 21 new business enterprises have joined Phase 2 of the government's "Pracharat School" initiative in which private companies are invited to help fund and develop public schools under the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec).

Under the project, private companies work with school principals, teachers, local community leaders and students to develop and increase the competitiveness of students in public schools.

The first phase covered 3,351 schools to which 12 sponsors lent support. Private firms provided training-development programmes for schoolteachers on career-related skills and content for subjects such as science, engineering, mathematics and languages.

"The number of Pracharat schools now stands at over 4,600. However our long-term target is to have 7,424 throughout the country or one for each tambon," Education Minister Teerakriat Jareonsettasin said.

Dr Teerakiat, who also heads the Public Private Partnership for Education Public Sector Team, said countries achieving successful education reforms made use of support from the private sector.

"In some schools, the impact of this project may not manifest itself immediately and may take up to 10 years to show results, but if the public and private sectors keep working together we will see success in the future," he said.

Obec secretary-general Boonrak Yotpetch said the government also wants more schools under a public-private partnership scheme, a new initiative under the Pracharat School project.

Private and public partnership schools are bit different from Pracharat schools as they can operate more independently. Their managers can appoint school directors and teachers themselves, without needing to undergo complicated bureaucratic procedures. They can also manage their own budget. Their curricula can be adjusted to best reflect local context or global trends, depending on the policies of their executives.

"We now have about 80 participating schools. We hope to have at least 225 in the future," he said.
World News / Re: Casualties of the trade war - US to impose tariffs on $200bn Chinese goods
« Last post by Newsy on September 17, 2018, 11:13:24 AM »

US to impose tariffs on $200bn in Chinese goods: Reports

US President Donald Trump has decided to impose tariffs on US$200 billion in Chinese imports and could make the announcement in the coming days, US media reported.

Citing anonymous sources, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal reported that the tariffs would be set at 10%.

Trump has already imposed 25% tariffs on steel imports and 10% on aluminum, as well as 25% on $50 billion in goods from China.

The prospect of new tariffs undercuts hopes of an imminent reduction in trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters declined comment on the timing of a possible announcement, but said: "The president has been clear that he and his administration will continue to take action to address China's unfair trade practices. We encourage China to address the long standing concerns raised by the United States.''

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that it was invited to hold new talks. Envoys from the two countries last met on Aug 22 in Washington but reported no progress.

Beijing has rejected pressure from the United States to roll back plans for state-led development of Chinese global champions in robotics, artificial intelligence and other fields.

Washington, Europe and other trading partners say those plans violate China's market-opening commitments. American officials also worry they might erode US industrial leadership.

Forecasters have warned that the worsening conflict between the world's two biggest traders could cut up to 0.5 percentage point off global economic growth through 2020 if all threatened tariff hikes go ahead.

China has tried without success to recruit Germany, France, South Korea and other governments as allies against Washington. Some of them have criticised Trump's tactics but many echo US complaints about Chinese market barriers and industrial strategy.
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