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General Discussions / Re: What does make an expat depressed ... depression test
« Last post by nan on October 17, 2018, 12:33:58 PM »
you can test your depression below ...

although there are some options in Thailand for people who are depressed that need someone to talk with. the problem being is the awareness of these services to expat’s in need of them.

from the is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. Most people go through periods of feeling down, but when you're depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days, you realy need to talk.

Some people think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They're wrong – it is a real illness with real symptoms. Depression isn't a sign of weakness or something you can snap out of by pulling yourself together. it affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms. They range from lasting feelings of unhappiness and hopelessness, to losing interest in the things you used to enjoy and feeling very tearful. not nice at all when you are feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly, having no appetite or sex drive, and various aches and pains.

being depressed where you may simply feel persistently low in spirit, while severe depression can make you feel suicidal, that life is no longer worth living. can be easily triggered by difficult times and problems that you are going through. below is a link to Depression self-assessment test

link depression test 

link edited by Thaiga
Animals & Wildlife / Owner rejects B20m offer for rare, prized fighting cock
« Last post by Newsy on October 17, 2018, 12:29:03 AM »

Owner rejects B20m offer for rare, prized fighting cock

Chao Hong Thong, a prized example of the rare Luang Hang Khao (white-tailed yellow) breed of fighting cocks, struts his stuff in tambon Bang Phli in Samut Prakan. The owner has rejected offers as high as 20 million baht from eager would-be-buyers. (Photo by Sutthiwit Chayutworakan)

The owner of a prized fighting cock has turned down a record 20 million baht offer for the champion bird, saying she loves the rooster too much to ever part with him.

The bird is named "Chao Hong Thong", has a one metre-long tail, and is of the rare Luang Hang Khao (white-tailed yellow) breed.

He is owned by Bussarin Choeybanditthakul, who raises fighting cocks in tambon Bang Phli.

On Sunday she took Chao Hong Thong to the home of the mayor of Bang Phli municipality, Pattanapong Jongrakdee, where a representative of Sunthorn Jarumon, the chairman of the Snooker Association of Thailand, was waiting to see the bird.

He said Mr Sunthorn had learned that a family in the tambon had the rare Luang Hang Khao breed, also known as the King Naresuan the Great breed. Legend has it that anyone who possesses this breed of fighting cock will receive windfall gains.

Mr Sunthorn adored this variety of fighting cock and wanted to acquire Chao Hong Thong to help conserve the breed and to boost the charisma of his clan, he said. 

However, Ms Bussarin insisted she would not sell the bird, even though she had previously been offered as much as 20 million baht, a record price which Mr Sunthorn's representative offered to match.

Ms Bussarin explained that since she acquired the rooster she had accrued good fortune and she loved Chao Hong Thong as if he were her own child. Over the years, Chao Hong Thong had bred many other fighting cocks and generated several million baht for her and her family.

She said she was willing to sell “Chao Hong Fah", another fighting cock of the same breed but with a shorter tail than Chao Hong Thong. Ms Bussarin set the price of Chao Hong Fah at 5 million baht.

The association representative said he would inform Mr Sunthorn, and give her his reply.

Mayor Pattanapong said his community bred many native fighting cocks. Some were very beautiful.

To help conserve the native birds, the municipality was organising a cock fighting contest on Oct 20 at  Bang Phli Ratbamrung School. Chao Hong Thong would be on show there, as a magnet to draw visitors to the event.
Animals & Wildlife / Re: Two million stray cats and dogs by 2027
« Last post by Newsy on October 17, 2018, 12:24:19 AM »

Two million stray cats and dogs by 2027 if no action taken to register and sterilise, forum told

 Stray dogs and cats must be registered and sterilised, otherwise their population will reach 2 million in 10 years, the Livestock Development Department has warned.

The number of stray cats and dogs was estimated at 820,000 last year, and the total will reach 2 million by 2027 and 5 million in 20 years if nothing is done, Livestock Development Department deputy director-general Somchuan Ratanamungklanon said during a panel discussion held by Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Veterinary Science on Tuesday.

The forum was held to discuss the hotly disputed pet registration bill, which if passed would make it mandatory to register cats and dogs, in order to encourage responsible ownership.

The draft law has been opposed by many who think the registration fee of Bt450 per animal is too high.

The Livestock Development Department promised to reconsider the fee, including waiving fees for a few years after the law is passed.

 “We will also consider waiving fees for those who have sterilised their pets,” Somchuan said. He promised that the registration fees would not be a burden, but reiterated the importance of licensing pets and putting strays in shelters instead of letting them roam the streets and reproduce at will.

“Stray dogs often cause danger and can spread diseases like rabies, and their poo is unsanitary and can spread diseases related to parasites,” the deputy agency chief added.

According to the Information Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases at Chulalongkorn University, 40 per cent of stray dogs also carry the rabies virus.

The panellists, including Livestock Development Department officials, top veterinary professors and a senior news editor, agreed that the pet registration law was necessary to curb the population of stray dogs and cats.

Registration and reproduction control are a sustainable way to reduce the number of strays, said Prof Dr Roongroje Thanawongsuwech, dean of Chulalongkorn’s Faculty of Veterinary Science.

 Not only does sterilisation control their population, it actually makes pet less likely to develop breast and prostate cancers and makes them less aggressive, he explained.

The dean proposed that the government should waive registration fees for a few years, and help reduce the cost for people to get their pets neutered and spayed.

He also proposed that vets should get a tax reduction if they help sterilised animals.

However, some questions remain about the government’s ability to shelter such a large number of unwanted cats and dogs.

According to Theerawut Suwathanachou, a senior veterinarian at the Livestock Development Department, right now there are only 10 government shelters and 84 private shelters nationwide.

There are also about 40 temples registered as dog shelters.

The pet registration bill is now being reviewed by the Livestock Development Department and will be forwarded to the Council of the State, the Cabinet and the National Legislative Assembly before it is enforced.

Chalermchai Yodmalai, the editor of Naewna newspaper and one of the panellists, said he hoped the law would be passed before the general election.

“Most people do not oppose the registration per se, but they are not happy with the fees,” he said.

People online have been discussing the costly registration fees.

Many believe that the fees could make many owners abandon their cats and dogs, and that unwanted puppies and kittens would also be less likely to find a home.
Transport & Traffic / Thailand To Devise Safety Master Plan (Aviation)
« Last post by Newsy on October 17, 2018, 12:19:41 AM »

Thailand To Devise Safety Master Plan

As part of its effort to meet international safety standards, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has embarked on a Safety Master Plan (SMP) to review and revise regulations and procedures. According to the director general of CAAT, Chula Sukmanop, the authority will finish its work by 2022.

Chula said the new SMP will feature key performance indexes that Thai-registered airlines and all local aviation authorities will have to meet.

“When implemented, the authorities concerned would be compelled to inform CAAT of any oversight they make or face the consequences,” Chula pointed out.

To assist Thai civil aviation in moving forward the government has appointed the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s technical division—CAA International (CCAI)—to review, draft, and implement new International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) compliant aviation regulations and procedures.

Under the second phase of the exercise, which has just commenced, CAAI will review all of CAAT’s regulations against ICAO’s. It also must review its practices and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards.

CAAI will redraft CAAT’s regulations to align with the local aviation industry’s requirements and operations and assist in the development and preparation of the procedures manuals. It will also develop and prepare checklists for the respective sectors of the industry for implementation and enforcement of regulations and procedures.

CAAI started working with CAAT on the first phase in 2016.

Chula acknowledged that CAAT’s present policies were outdated and needed review and changes to meet international standards and requirements. ICAO continues to watch the Thai regulatory body closely to eliminate the risk of oversights and accidents.

In October 2015 ICAO issued a warning to Thailand after it found safety concerns and organizational issues in the local industry. The international body then barred Thai carriers from introducing new routes.

Two months later the Federal Aviation Administration downgraded Thailand to Category 2 with a stern warning that the country had fallen short in terms of pilot qualifications. In 2017 ICAO lifted sanctions after the agency carried out an audit.

According to ICAO’s latest audit list, Thailand ranks below the global average in all eight effective implementation categories. Thailand counts 27 airlines operating under its authority, including 13 full-service and low-cost carriers and 10 charter outfits. Four freight companies operate in the country.

In a separate development, CAAT plans to introduce a new law that will permit only Thai funds to hold shares in local carriers. Fund managers must also be Thai. Chula said the CAAT will submit the proposal to the Cabinet for approval.
Home: Britain / Re: The Brexit - Still one-in-four chance of no-deal Brexit
« Last post by Newsy on October 17, 2018, 12:17:03 AM »

Still one-in-four chance of Britain leaving EU without deal: economists

There is still a one-in-four chance Britain and the European Union part ways in less than six months without reaching a deal, according to a Reuters poll taken as EU leaders prepare to meet in Brussels later this week.

The stubborn problem of resolving the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit land border with Ireland thwarted an effort over the weekend to clinch a deal before this week’s EU summit as negotiators admitted defeat after marathon talks.

Both sides want to finalize talks by mid-November to give parliaments in London and Brussels time to approve a deal before Britain otherwise crashes out in March, an outcome that would plunge businesses and millions of citizens into a chaotic and costly legal limbo.

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces stiff opposition at home and abroad to her plans and is struggling with deep divisions in her own party. Boris Johnson, her former foreign minister and figurehead of Britain’s Brexit campaign, said talks were “now entering the moment of crisis”.

May said on Monday she continues to believe a deal is achievable and real progress had been made in recent weeks on both the withdrawal agreement and future relationship. She also said progress had been made on Northern Ireland, the UK’s only land border with the EU.

When asked what probability they attached to the likelihood of a disorderly Brexit - where no divorce deal is reached - economists questioned largely before the talks hit an impasse gave a median 25 percent, unchanged from a September poll. The highest forecast was 80 percent.

“A deal is still more likely than not,” said Kallum Pickering at Berenberg. “At any rate, the range of possible outcomes remains wide. But then again, did anyone seriously think this would be a walk in the park?”

The most likely eventual outcome is the two sides reaching a free trade agreement, the poll taken Oct. 9-15 found, as has been predicted since Reuters first began polling on this two years ago.

In second spot was leaving without an agreement and trading under basic World Trade Organization rules. Holding in third place was Britain belonging to the European Economic Area, paying to maintain full access to the EU’s single market.

Keeping its position as least likely was Brexit being canceled. No respondent pegged this as most likely.


With little clarity as to how Britain will part ways with the EU, the respondents did not expect the Bank of England to adjust monetary policy until after March’s departure.

They forecast that it would lift the Bank Rate by 25 basis points to 1.0 percent in the second quarter of next year and follow that up with a matching increase in early 2020.

British inflation jumped after the Brexit vote, mostly driven by a slump in sterling, and is not expected back at the BoE’s 2 percent target until late next year. It will average 2.5 percent this year and 2.1 percent next, the poll said.

Growth will remain robust, albeit slower than expected for Britain’s peers. The UK economy is predicted to expand 1.3 percent this year, 1.5 percent in 2019 and 1.6 percent in 2020, the poll of over 80 economists found.

When asked about the chance of a recession in the coming year, economists collectively gave it a relatively low 20 percent. That rose to 25 percent when asked about the coming two years.

“Unless the Brexit negotiations collapse, the likelihood of a full-blown recession remains low,” said Peter Dixon at Commerzbank.
Transport & Traffic / Bangkok airport capacity to be tripled as tourism booms
« Last post by Newsy on October 17, 2018, 12:12:40 AM »

Bangkok airport capacity to be tripled as tourism booms

Suvarnabhumi Airport already handles 20 million more travelers than intended

Airports of Thailand has unveiled a 260 billion baht ($7.96 billion) plan that will roughly triple capacity at the country's largest airport over about a decade to meet rising demand.

Suvarnabhumi Airport, the country's main international gateway, opened in 2006 and has an annual capacity of 45 million passengers. But actual usage has hit 65 million as more tourists arrive from overseas, the operator says. A lack of boarding gates and long lines are among the problems that have resulted from the overcrowding.

Expansion will be carried out over four phases, expansion phase 2 to 5, after which the airport will be able to service 150 million travelers annually. Boarding gates will more than triple to 157 from 51 now. The original master plan had called for a total capacity of 135 million, but the plan was revised to accommodate a larger capacity, with demand looking to expand faster than previously anticipated.

Phase 2, which is currently under way, will expand the main passenger terminal's west side and add a satellite terminal at a cost of roughly 60 billion baht. Those additions, expected to open in 2020, will bring the number of boarding gates to 79 and capacity to 60 million.

Capacity will finally get out in front of demand after the 64 billion baht third phase, which includes the building of a second terminal connected to the existing one and a third runway. AOT expects Suvarnabhumi to be capable of handling about 90 million passengers in 2022, when construction is slated for completion, but only expects to receive just under 80 million that year.

Later steps, slated for completion around 2030, will expand the existing terminal's east side while also building a third terminal, a second satellite and a fourth runway. By adding two more runways, the number of flights landing and taking off from the airport will increase to 120 per hour from 68.

Don Mueang International Airport, about 30 km northwest of Suvarnabhumi, will continue to operate. AOT will mainly use Suvarnabhumi for full-service carriers like Thai Airways International and Don Mueang for budget airlines.

Like other emerging Southeast Asian nations, Thailand lags behind in infrastructure development. The Suvarnabhumi expansion was started under the current military government's campaign to improve infrastructure, but future administrations could delay or revise the plan after elections next year.

AOT, which is 70% owned by the government, is steadily improving its earnings. Net profit climbed 18% to 19.9 billion baht for the nine months ended in June on an 11% jump in sales to 46.9 billion baht.

The company's sales are mainly derived from airport usage fees collected from carriers and passengers, as well as income from commercial tenants like duty-free shops. Earnings are stable because AOT operates all of Thailand's major airports. An increase in tourists is providing a tailwind as well.

AOT is Thailand's second-most-valuable company with a market capitalization of 900 billion baht, making it popular with investors. It trails only oil group PTT, which is also partly government owned.

Yet the airport operator's monopolistic position has also drawn criticism. AOT was put on the defensive late last year after complaints of inflated food prices in its airports.

Armed driver in road-rage incident at govt complex

A hot-headed motorist pulled a gun and pointed it angrily at a following vehicle during an unexplained road-rage incident inside the grounds of the government complex on Chaeng Watthana Road in Bangkok's Laksi district.

Video here

Senior NACC official named as road-rage gun-pointer

The man who pointed a gun at another motorist at the government complex on Chaeng Watthana Road has been identified as a high-level official of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) after a video clip of the incident went viral on social media.

Media reports quoted NACC secretary-general Worawit Sookboon as saying the road-rage driver was assistant secretary-general, and he had ordered   to make a report on the incident immediately.

Mr Worawit said he had watched the video, in which the driver of a black Honda Accord car drew a pistol and pointed it angrily at the driver of the car behind him in the grounds of the government centre in Bangkok's Laksi district.

Pol Col Parinya Lueang-uthai, chief of Thung Song Hong station, was quoted as saying the owner of the Honda car lived in Thanyaburi district of Pathum Thani and police would bring him in for interrogation.

If it was a fake gun, he would be charged with intimidating another person. If it was a real gun, he would face firearms-related charges, Pol Col Parinya said.

A video of the incident was posted on a Facebook page titled hia khab rod (water lizard driving a car) on Monday. Voices were muted in the dashboard camera clip, which was dated last Wednesday afternoon.

Subtitles on the clip explain the vehicle with the dashcam travelled along Chaeng Watthana Road from Prapa Canal and turned right into the government complex.

The black Honda car followed as they entered the complex grounds. As the dashcam driver slowed down in the face of oncoming traffic, the driver travelling behind suddenly hooted the horn and overtook, travelling fast in the left lane.

After being followed by the dashcam car, the driver of the black Honda car is seen stopping, getting out, gesturing angrily and pointing a pistol at the following vehicle. A woman passenger also gets out and glares, pacing back and forth.

When two security guards quickly show up, the armed man is hustled back into his car by the woman, who also gets back in before the clip ends.
General Discussions / Re: What does make an expat depressed
« Last post by thaiga on October 16, 2018, 05:18:41 PM »
Part of the reason expats are more susceptible to mental health issues is the absence of the family and friends network they relied on for support back home

Yes nan agreed, so more the reason to learn to look after and fend for yourself, as some so called friends, you might fall over if you happen to lean on them. you know the chances you take when you decide to make thailand your home, you know your going to be alone, even in the understanding department, Err! what did he say, no good turning around and asking someone, you won't get understood. your on your own son, as they say. you have to learn to look after yourself, no.1.

if you have some money and your worried, don't bring all, just in case, something to fall back on. if you cant and you don't have much money and your relying on luck, if either runs out thats when the depression could set in, if you come here on a wing and a prayer and things go wrong in the partner department. its not nice and easier said than done, but its possible to start again, rather than go back home and sit unhappy there.

as some of the expats reading this post could tell you, no good running back, its possible to move on in los, new home, new wife. different enviroment can be the medicine of life. if your pocket stretches that far, you can manage on very little if you realy need to and with very little money at least you will know your loved by your new partner. after all we are all hansum men.

on saying that it would crucify some including myself, must be hard to start all over again, take my hat off to the guys that never run back.
so be nice to the wife ;)
Transport & Traffic / Re: Driving in thailand - Armed driver in road-rage incident
« Last post by thaiga on October 16, 2018, 05:09:39 PM »
Armed driver in road-rage incident at govt complex

A hot-headed motorist pulled a gun and pointed it angrily at a following vehicle during an unexplained road-rage incident inside the grounds of the government complex on Chaeng Watthana Road in Bangkok's Laksi district.

Video here

General Discussions / Re: What does make an expat depressed
« Last post by nan on October 16, 2018, 03:03:42 PM »
I feel sure that there are more happy expats than sad, but it is not at all nice if you are depressed, we all have our ups and downs, found an article that might explain a few things by

Depression is the number one mental health issue faced by expats

In a survey on mental health issues faced by expatriates, depression turned out to be most prevalent condition (with a 50% increase between 2014-16), followed by anxiety (28% prevalence increase).

Aetna International’s report on 5,000 members, Expatriate mental health: Breaking the silence and ending the stigma, also found that globally, women between the ages of 30-49 are the most likely to seek treatment for a mental health concern.

The research focused on expats, given that just 6% of expats have been found to be concerned about mental health issues before relocating. ” Dr. Mitesh Patel, medical director, Aetna International, explained: “Part of the reason expats are more susceptible to mental health issues is the absence of the family and friends network they relied on for support back home.”

He added: “By comparison, more than a quarter (of expats) were concerned about heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. In addition, we found among the people surveyed, that expats on assignment expressed a reduced need or desire to take action prior to arrival.”

According to data between 2014-2016, mental health claims increased the most in Europe (33%), followed by the Middle East and Africa (28%), and the Americas (26%) not far behind. Southeast Asia saw the least increase in mental health claims during this period at 19%.
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