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General Discussions / Re: What does make an expat depressed
« Last post by thaiga on October 18, 2018, 04:52:55 PM »
although social media is a godsend to many of us, it is never truly a substitute for proper, human, face to face contact. living in thailand especialy at first can be a challenge in itself. but we are all different, like the saying, one mans meat is another one's poison. you realy do need to have a purpose in your life, if you have worked all your life, then retire, of course your going to need a hoby or something to do or you will begin to feel useless. some get a sense of failure not having a role in life, not earning a wage, thinking or hoping the pension will be enough to live on, all adds up to depression.

How do you plan your life if your not sure this is the life you want, so going back home is not as easy as you think, oh yes your friends might still be there, the place might be the same, but the hardest thing about going back is, your not the same as when you left. them that have gone back might find their life now in their home country was worse than when they left to come here, as its us that changes.

if you like thai people and thai food, you got it made, but remember you"ll never separate the two ;)
General Discussions / The comforts of Thailand
« Last post by thaiga on October 18, 2018, 03:23:23 PM »
The comforts of Thailand

Getting away from all the depressions some go through in Thailand, would be nice to think we have made the right choice in making this our home. so lets look for some home comforts in this thread, the good things we have here, that are not the same as back home, might even make the depressed feel a little happier to think they made the right choice in coming here.

we moan about customer services, why, because what we are use to in our own country, but looking on some things they are even better here than back home, for instance. yesterday mrs.t. was cooking in the out house, when i hear moans and groans, the gas has run out, put another shilling in the meter i yelled, no answer, or not one i could understand. :cussing so she phones the mum n pop shop, 5 minutes later a three wheeled motorbike arrives in the drive with a gas bottle on board, the young boy disconnects the old gas bottle, reconnects the new one, paid and gone before you know it.

 that's just one of many differences to back home.
General Discussions / Re: What does make an expat depressed
« Last post by thaiga on October 18, 2018, 02:42:42 PM »
I wouldn't dare to contradict you! But couldn't it also be not having all this comfort back at home, having to go to a foreign country for that?
you could be right - comfort is the word - comes in all different ways - comfort of the warm climate, must be good for you, getting on in life, aches and pains in a cold land, no thanks - comfort of a loving relationship - even comfort for the hardened drinker with the cheap prices.  :drink

Wait a minute this won't do, this is the depression thread  :-[ and what a lot of attraction it has found.
 loads of views, not from depressed people i hope, stay cool 8)                 

Museum & The Arts / VIDEO: Banksy's self-shredding picture
« Last post by Johnnie F. on October 18, 2018, 02:13:40 PM »
Transport & Traffic / Re: Driving in thailand - foreign couple on a motorcycle
« Last post by thaiga on October 18, 2018, 02:09:45 PM »
clip from Koh Samui showed a foreign couple on a motorcycle - not clear does the guy reverse on them @ 0:45

Provincial mass transit projects expedited, think tank in limbo

The government is revving up construction of mass transit projects in Phuket, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima and Khon Kaen, worth a total 194.29 billion baht.

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, who chaired yesterday's meeting of the Land Traffic Management Commission, said a national think tank for transport policy and mass transit development in those provinces needs to be sped up to boost the provincial economy and ease traffic congestion.

The meeting yesterday acknowledged the progress of provincial mass transit development. plans, include the 58.5-kilometre light rail (tram) in Phuket, worth 39.40 billion baht, running from Tha Noon in Phangnga; three tram routes in Chiang Mai spanning a combined 34.84km with total investment of 95.32 billion baht; three light rail routes in Nakhon Ratchasima spanning 28.14km, worth 32.60 billion baht; and a 22.8-km light rail in Khon Kaen, worth 26.96 billion baht.

Chaiwat Thongkhamkoon, the transport permanent secretary, said the cabinet already approved a draft of a royal decree to permit the Mass Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) to implement Phuket's tram project.

The tram will run from Tha Noon in Phangnga to Chalong intersection in the south of Phuket.

The MRTA will build the first phase from Phuket airport to Chalong circle, with 24 stations worth 30.15 billion baht.

The cabinet also approved a draft of a royal decree to allow the MRTA to pursue tram development in Chiang Mai. The project comprises three routes -- the Red Line with 12 stations of 12.45km, worth 28.72 billion baht; the 10.47-km Blue Line, worth 30.39 billion baht; and the 11.92-km Green Line with 10 stations, worth 36.19 billion baht.

Yesterday the commission also approved a master plan of Nakhon Ratchasima's light rail project with three routes -- Green (11km with 18 stations worth 8.4 billion baht), Orange (9.81km with 17 stations worth 5.2 billion baht), and Purple (7.14km with nine stations worth 4.8 billion baht).

According to Mr Chaiwat, the commission also approved the Khon Kaen municipalities to implement the first phase of the 22.6-km Red Line (Samran-Tha Phra), a north-south route with 16 stations worth 30 billion baht.

Khon Kaen appears to have made the greatest progress towards the government's smart city scheme. The development has been propelled by the province's strong private sector, notably third-generation Chinese entrepreneurs aged 40-50 who have been friends since childhood.

They jointly established the Khon Kaen Think Tank Group on Jan 9, 2015 with the goal of finding the most appropriate city development plans to improve transport infrastructure in the province.

The think tank established Khon Kaen City Development Co shortly after, with registered capital of 200 million baht, and has since been working with Khon Kaen's Muang district and adjacent municipalities to raise public awareness and form a feasible joint investment in infrastructure funds for a public transport system.

Mr Chaiwat said the commission acknowledged the feasibility study of the light rail development in Phitsanulok. The MRTA has been authorised to handle the project.

The project comprises two phases, with the first phase covering six routes spanning 80.5km worth 3.2 billion baht, and the second phase covering two routes spanning 30.1km worth 911.42 million baht.

For Bangkok, the commission also endorsed a 3km expansion of the Pink Line to Muang Thong Thani, worth 3.37 billion baht, and a 2.6km expansion of the Yellow Line to link the Green Line at Phahon Yothin with 24 stations worth 3.77 billion baht.

The committee approved the Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning Office to build the first phase of road along the Chao Phraya River in Nonthaburi, which will span 9.8km and be worth 5 billion baht. Construction is expected to take 2-3 years.
Energy & Environment / Re: Korat to announce drought disaster zones
« Last post by thaiga on October 18, 2018, 01:41:48 PM »
Korat to announce drought disaster zones

Nakhon Ratchasima governor Wichian Chantharanothai plans to convene a meeting of government agencies on Friday to find ways to tackle the worsening drought in the northeastern province.

Wichian said on Thursday that he would also announce drought disaster zones after the meeting, covering 14 districts that have been hit by a shortage of rain.

The disaster zones will be based on figures of damage to be officially presented by the Nakhon Ratchasima's Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office.

The meeting will be attended by agricultural officers for districts and the province, the chief provincial irrigation officer, the provincial chief disaster prevention officer and representatives of all waterworks offices in the province as well as representatives of all hospitals in the province.

Wichian said the hardest hit districts included None Thasi, Khong, Bua Yai, Sida, and Huay Thalaeng.

The Nakhon Ratchasima's Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office has reported that 550,000 rai of paddy fields and 140,000 rai of other crops in 14 districts have been hit by the drought. The figures of damage increased as officials surveyed the damage in the districts.

Many villagers have complained that their lush green paddy fields turned into dry weed fields after the rains stopped, shortly after they had planted their rice.

Scams & Crime / 2 thai guys that say they feel sorry for foreigners (video)
« Last post by Newsy on October 18, 2018, 11:56:25 AM »
2 thai guys that say they feel sorry the foreigners

Isaan News / housing project for the poor in Khon Kaen
« Last post by Newsy on October 18, 2018, 11:51:53 AM »

A housing project for the poor in Khon Kaen inspires plan to lift lives of 4 million families

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THE SUCCESS of the Ban Mankong housing project for the poor in Khon Kaen province has inspired the military government to adopt an ambitious goal of creating accommodation for 4 million poor people over the next 20 years.

More than a thousand underprivileged families live in houses built by community savings in the province’s Chum Phae district, courtesy of low-interest loans from a government housing agency, the Community Organisations Development Institute (CODI).

“We are self-reliant. We have formed a community group, acquired a collective land title and we pay our house loans by ourselves,” said Chum Phae community leader Sanong Rauysungnoen, at a panel held to commemorate World Habitat Day and World Cities Day hosted by UNESCAP and UN Habitat.

From humble beginnings …

The Ban Mankong housing project started nationwide in 2003. The panel discussion was held to commemorate one project – a collaboration between the Chum Phae town municipality and the CODI along with those people, including Sanong, who were sorely in need of a house.

The Chum Phae district started with only eight housing projects for 400 poor households but expanded to 13 projects covering a further 600 households, Sanong said. “First, there were as many as 3,000 households who wanted a house, but when they knew the house was not given for free and they had to save money to buy it, some left the project, leaving only 395 households in real need,” she said.

Under the scheme, low-income families have managed to buy a home through loans with generous conditions they could never have dreamed of getting from commercial banks.

According to a book about the Chum Phai community published by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, the first phase started in 2003 with 30 houses, worth about Bt4.3 million in total.

It took the community two years to save the down payments before construction began. After that, each family paid about Bt1,200-Bt1,400 a month. Within the next two years or so, the first 30 Chum Phae households will have paid off their entire loans. As many as a thousand houses have so far been built for the poorest people in Chum Phae, which has become a model for other communities nationwide and inspired the Housing Master Plan launched in 2017.

Under that master plan, about 4 million households now living precariously will enjoy decent houses and good livelihoods by 2036.

The three agencies responsible for the housing scheme are the CODI, the National Housing Authority and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.

The CODI alone is expected to provide accommodation to 1 million poor people.
Education and Teachers Forum / Finnish education sector offers invaluable lessons
« Last post by Newsy on October 18, 2018, 11:46:06 AM »

Finnish education sector offers invaluable lessons

 Local educators attend summit to learn how Finland tops in rankings.

THAILAND HOPES to learn and perhaps implement the highly successful educational reform of Finland, where nearly a third of the adult population was uneducated a mere six decades ago.

Today, Finnish education unarguably ranks among the world’s best.

 More than 100 Thai teachers and educators attended the Educa 2018 Pre-Conference Finnish Teacher Education Forum at Kasetsart University yesterday in the hope of learning exactly how Thailand can improve its educational quality.

For much of the 21st century, Finland has been one of the very top performers in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa), a study administered every three years that tests the reading, maths and science abilities of 15-year-olds in developed nations.

Low scores

 Thailand has not fared well. Thai students’ scores in 2015 PISA showed a drop despite the fact that the country has been pumping more and more funds into its educational sector and trying hard to implement educational reform.

At yesterday’s forum, Professor Hannele Niemi from the University of Helsinki told participants that the idea of “free school for everyone” was solidified in her country in 1968 through the Comprehensive School Framework Law.

“That law also stipulated that all citizens shall have an equal opportunity to receive basic education regardless of age, domicile, financial situation, sex, mother tongue or residence,” she pointed out.

Niemi, who is also research director for Unesco, said the law also engaged municipalities as local providers of education.

Finland’s educational sector has since gone from strength to strength. In 1970, a new law was passed to prescribe massive in-service training for all teachers.

During the 1980s, Finland’s educational sector started placing a strong emphasis on mixed ability groups, special-needs education support, inclusion and assurance that a learner can always continue in the system.

“Our school law of 1998 then accorded importance to responsibility, civilisation and connection to national development,” Niemi said. “Pupils are groomed for growth into humanity and into ethically responsible membership in society.”

She added that Finnish education also sought to provide pupils with knowledge and skills needed in life.

Sanna Vahtivuori-Hanninen, adviser to the permanent secretary of Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture, believed teacher education was a key success factor in Finnish education. A high percentage of Finnish teachers hold a master’s degree.

“Because we have highly qualified

 teachers, we can produce excellent students,” she said.

In Finland, teachers are well respected and the profession is popular. Very few teachers jump to other fields. A survey by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development reflects that Finnish teachers are happy with their profession. Findings show that more than 80 per cent of Finnish teachers say they would choose to become teachers if they were told to decide again.

“Teachers and high-quality teacher education are the core of the Finnish education system,” Vahtivuori-Hanninen said.

She added that Finland was also supportive of teachers’ life-long professional development.

“We also support their collaboration and networking,” she added.
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