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Thailand Offers Course For Women Who Marry Foreigners

03 September 2017 - 06:32

The Social Development and Human Security Ministry is offering a free course to help Thai women cope with the highs and lows of interracial marriage and avoid potential scams or falling victim to human trafficking when moving abroad.

As Thai society becomes more accepting of interracial marriages, some women view them as a way to better their economic status, the ministry says.

"Our course will teach women how to conduct themselves, about the laws of their destination country, and how to prepare before going," said senior ministry official Patcharee Arayakul.

"This is to reduce the risks of women being scammed or being a victim of human trafficking," added Ms Patcharee, who is the director of the ministry's division of gender equality.

Although there is no recent data on such marriages, a 2004 government study showed more than 15,000 women from one of the poorest regions, northeastern Isan, had married foreign men, and sent a monthly total of 122 million baht to their families.

The course covers "legal rights, how to seek help through relevant Thai authorities, as well as exploring issues of culture shock," said Dusadee Ayuwat, an associate professor at Khon Kaen University who helped to design it.

The practical advice was very useful, said one woman who attended the day-long course, paid for by the ministry.

"I was more interested in the legal aspects rather than the culture shock," said the woman, who declined to be named.

The course could be useful for some Thai women, said Ploynisa Duangdararungrueng, a former spa manager who is married to German national Ralf Wacker.

"Thai women, especially those from the northeast region, are soft-spoken and submissive," she said. "They must learn to respect themselves and their culture."

Her husband said the course could prepare women for the reality of life in the West.

"For a lot of women, life in the West is like a fairy tale, but in reality it can feel extremely isolating moving to a small town," said Mr Wacker, who urged Thailand to offer a similar course for Western spouses.

"If the Western man does not understand the family dynamics, this can cause a lot of problems."


Hooters Is Closing Its Restaurants Because Millennials Aren’T Interested In Breasts Any...

29 August 2017 - 05:30

Millenials have recently been tried in the court of public opinion for “killing” industries from diamonds to fabric softener. But a new study may have them all beat: Millenials have now been accused of killing the breast industry.

An unnamed adult entertainment website (hint: it rhymes with Corn Pub) recently commissioned a study of American search histories. The company, which likes to keep abreast of changes in viewing habits, found that millennials (18-24) are 19% less likely to search for “breasts” when looking for their night-time viewing material. They’re also far less likely to search up “natural breasts” and far more likely to search up “fake breasts,” which I’m sure the “Millenials are psychologically-damaged narcissists” crew would have a field day with.

And the, uh, the mammary industry is suffering for it. Hooters, the iconic “breast-aurant” that made its name serving up wings and breasts for the customers’ appreciation, has faced sagging sales in the past few years. Between 2012 and 2016, the business has shrunk by 7%, and they’ve responded by closing restaurants across America.

Amid worries that the business is going bust, Hooters has started to rebrand itself. It’s focussing more and more on takeout, and even opening some fast-casual restaurants featuring (gasp!) fully-clothed waiters.

That’s right! Their new side business, called “Hoots,” leans more towards the wings than the breasts, and features an updated menu to boot.

Only time will tell whether this move will be enough to bring the chain back into America’s bosom.

Sarah Pederson, professor of communications and media at Robert Gordon University, believes it’s just a passing trend. As she told Playboy, “We tend to have responses against what was previously in fashion. At the moment larger breasts are out, though I’m sure they’ll come back.”


Excessive Masturbation Is Hurting China’S Military

28 August 2017 - 02:51

CHINA discharged eight per cent of failed recruits under accusations of “excessive masturbation”, a shocking release from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has claimed.

In a report disseminated by the PLA, the vast military confirmed 20 per cent of the new recruits from an undisclosed city who failed the fitness exam did so because they were overweight, while a further 8 per cent were released for having an enlarged testicular vein.

The report claimed this may have been “related to sitting too long on computer games, excessive masturbation and too little physical activity”.

The nation attempts to keep a firm grip on the fitness of their recruits following massive expansions to their forces in recent years which have made them the third largest military in the world.

The PLA were later forced to release a statement confirming their troops were all combat ready.
A spokesman said: “China’s recruitment process has strict rules and procedures.

“The quality of our recruits is guaranteed, and the headwaters of our military will flow long and strong.”

“Recruitment is the foundation of national defence, and high-quality recruits are crucial to the military’s combat capability.”

Earlier this month North Korea’s continual threatens to the US – and President Trump’s relentless pressuring on China – forced President Xi Jinping to respond with firepower.

Missiles were launched in a blaze of smoke and fire across the Yellow Sea on Monday as the PLA’s navy tested its gargantuan ordnance.

The ferocious fleet was sent out to test fire from one of its 35 Destroyers – the Taizhou.

Impressive images of the drill emerged online just weeks after the PLA showed off its ground units.

Thousands upon thousands of commandos were pictured marching across the desert through Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia.

Days later President Xi told troops they should be poised for attack.

He said: “No one should expect us to swallow the bitter fruit that is harmful to our sovereignty, security or development interests

“We will never allow any people, organisation or political party to split any part of Chinese territory out of the country at any time, in any form.

“The Chinese people love peace. We will never seek aggression or expansion, but we have the confidence to defeat all invasions.”


Yingluck On The Run?

25 August 2017 - 04:16

The Supreme Court issued a warrant for the arrest of former prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday after she failed to appear for the ruling in her rice-pledging trial, pleading a health problem.

As thousands of supporters gathered near the court in Laksi district, the judges rejected her explanation she was suffering from vertigo after her lawyer failed to present a medical certificate.

The court also ordered the seizure of her 30-million-baht bail bond. On Thursday Ms Yingluck told her supporters via Facebook to stay at home on Friday and not go to the court.

Reports said she was last seen when making merit at Wat Rakhang Kositaram in Bangkok on Wednesday.



Thailand Ranked Among The Cheapest Places To Buy A Beer

24 August 2017 - 08:20

A new study has ranked Thailand among the cheapest countries in the world to buy a beer.

The study, carried out by UK based FX comparison site Travelex, who produced an International Beer Index for 2017, looked at the average price of half a litre of beer in 32 countries which are popular holiday destinations for British holidaymakers.

The study ranked Thailand in 6th place, where the average price of a beer was found to be Bt60.

The cheapest country to buy a beer was found to be Bulgaria, followed by Czech Republic and Hungary which were in 2nd and 3rd.

The most expensive country to buy a beer was found to be the United Arab Emirates where the average price of a beer will cost you AED 40 - approximately Bt362!

Ten Cheapest Places to Buy a Beer (based on per 0.5 litre draft).

1) Bulgaria/BGN Lev 2.00 (£0.97)
2) Czech Republic/Koruna 30.00 (£1.07)
3) Hungary/Forint 350.00 (£1.09)
4) Mexico/MXN Peso 25.00 (£1.15)
5) Portugal/Euro1.50 (£1.35)
6) Thailand/Baht 60.00 (£1.45)
7) South Africa/Rand 25.00 (£1.55)
8) Poland/Zloty 7.00 (£1.56)
9) Jamaica/JM$ 250.00 (£1.61)
10) Barbados/Bda$ 4.00 (£1.65)

Ten Most Expensive Places to buy a beer (based on per 0.5 litre draft)

1) United Arab Emirates/AED 40.00 (£8.81)
2) Norway/Krone 80.00 (£7.61)
3) Switzerland/CHF 7.00 (£5.81)
4) Sweden/S Krona 60.00 (£5.62)
5) Denmark/Krone 45.00 (£5.50)
6) Finland/Euro 5.80 (£5.23)
7) Republic of Ireland/Euro 5.00 (£4.50)
8) France/Euro 5.00 (£4.50)
9) Australia/AU$ 7.00 (£4.24)
10) Canada/CA$ 6.00 (£3.60)

Another study carried out by Travelex earlier this month also ranked Thailand as the best destination for Brits travelling on a budget, the Daily Telegraph reported.

According to the study, Travelex found that Brits could travel for 44 days in Thailand on just £500, spending around £11.43 per day, approx Bt487.

A day’s spending was judged as three meals, four soft drinks, two beers, a coffee, and two journeys on public transport each day.

Thailand came in at 1st place with 44 days, considerably longer than Mexico in 2nd place, where Brits could stay for 26 days £500.

Top 10 cheapest countries (based on how long £500 would last)

1 Thailand, 44 (days)
2 Mexico, 26
3 Jamaica, 25
4 Bulgaria, 23
5 Czech Republic, 23
6 Hungary, 22
7 Poland, 22
8 Turkey, 22
9 South Africa, 18
10 Portugal, 17