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Looking for a hot date? Don’t worry, the Thai government is stepping in the matchmaking game in case you haven’t found your soulmate. The Bureau of Reproductive Health is launching a campaign this week with the hopes of boosting Thailand’s birth rate. The bureau is hosting a singles’ meetup on May 14 with registration for the event opening up today.

Thais are not the only ones eligible for the dating event, as foreigners are allowed to join in on the fun, which has been named the Marriage for Building Nation. But despite the yearly campaigns aimed at increasing the birth rate in the nation, the numbers of new citizens continue to fall. And, surely, with the Covid-19 pandemic placing strains on households, the financial aspect of having a child may prove too much of a burden as Papawee Thairak, a researcher at the Bureau has alluded towards.

“Whether or not people have children depends on many factors, including self care. For the people interested in having children, we want them to be prepared.”

Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Department of Health says last year only saw 600,000 new births, a record low for the country, with a likelihood of births decreasing even more this year.

“We need to have 1.5 births per woman to replace the population, or else in the future there will be a large aging population that will put its strain on the government.”

Sathit cited trends toward higher education, more people staying single, people marrying later, and uncertainty over providing for children as the main reasons for Thais holding off on having children.

But nonetheless, the campaign is moving forward by offering the meetup and vouchers for prenatal care in a not so veiled attempt at wanting participants to get down with each other. But only those who aren’t looking to hook up and have actually been together for over 1 year can take advantage of the voucher if they plan to have their first child.

“We want people who are interested in having children to have access to get medical care. We also want singles to meet as well.”

Whether or not the event will produce more offspring, an employee says there have been so many applicants that the system has crashed. Registration will go until March 31, but the website is only in the Thai language.

The organisers say if you are a foreigner, to fill in your passport number in leiu of a citizen identification number.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Births going down in any country is a bad sign.
    In Thailand it is no surprise.
    A gang of dictators in power, who are likely never to allow a government election, and continuing mismanagement of the economy due to unreasonable restrictions, claimed to be necessary to supress the tiny danger of a virus.
    The fox is in the hen house, the cows are in the corn.
    And the fox in the hen house is causing the hens to stop laying.
    You watch, if P.M. Prayut Cha Cha Cha left, Thais would be banging away like rabbits up any dark alleyway.

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      Singharacha

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 7:45 pm

      Your comment is dishonest.
      Nowadays, for Western politicians, Western MSM and Western financiers, “dictator” means a government that does not submit to their will of hegemony and interference.

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        Toby Andrews

        Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 10:55 am

        Yes well very soon there will be no more Western financiers “interfering” in Thailand.
        Thailand has now lost credibility and is a bad risk.
        You Thais have become spoilt children. You took western money for granted, even thought you had a right to western money.
        Let us see how many fat Thais there is in a years time.

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    Grumpy John

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    I haven’t discussed it with my wife but if they need me I am available for services to the nation. Thailand is my home now an even though the government think of me as a permanent tourist I love living in Thailand. I already have 7 kids but a few more would be a nice addition to my family.

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      Toby Andrews

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 5:58 pm

      I commend G John for his sense of gratitude and responsibility.
      There is no time to waste, start tonight and keep going.
      Maybe you could start a Fund me account to finance your worthwhile efforts . . .

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      Mel Burn

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 9:07 am

      Sperm donation

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    Dirk

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    The Thai government can ban selling condoms in 7/11’s and pharmacies… that should show an increase in the birth rate before 2022.

    Really, women putting off having children because of little to no financial resources to raise them, is actually a responsible intelligent decision with aforethought.

    And unfortunately there are too many single Thai ladies that have children. Too many Thai men do not provide money to the mother after she has child(ren). This is probably the biggest reason why single ladies, who are mothers, flock to cities like Bangkok and Pattaya to work in the bars and massage shops and leave their children in the care of their own mother.

    These financially destitute ladies leave their smaller cities and villages where there is no or little work in the hopes and dreams of finding foreign boyfriend who can take care of them and their family.

    Not too smart for the Thai government to try and set up dating programs or websites. Especially during a pandemic is wrecking financial havoc for millions of Thai people.

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      Mel Burn

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 9:08 am

      Absolutely true. Right on the money

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    Jean-Pierre

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    “The Bureau of Reproductive Health” ?
    I might be wrong, but to me, it sounds a little …. mmmmhhh … how to say this … a little odd ?…

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      Singharacha

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 8:25 pm

      Well now! This title “The Bureau of Reproductive Health” is perfect. Would you prefer “The Bureau of Reproductive Sickness” ? Maybe…?

      It expresses the will of the Thai government to keep the Thai nation healthy, in this case maintaining the level of the Thai population, and also to have healthy Thai children.
      It is good.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    If you want people to breed stop screwing them. Get the king to put some of his billions to good use and not himself……..shit have I just given myself 87 year jail sentence?

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      Grumpy John

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 1:41 pm

      Are you still with us Jesus??? Or have you been whisked away to start your 87 years of no 90 day reporting and no visa runs and no chance of being denied permanent residency.

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    Jim kelly

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Who in their right mind would want to bring an innocent new born baby in to this fucked up world we live in at the moment!!! YET ANOTHER RIDICULOUS, STUPID IDEA from these morons clutching on to power!!

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    EdwardV

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 12:19 am

    The real problem comes from urbanization. Couples living on the farm have plenty of room for large families and a need for them too (free labor). Couples living in a small condo in BKK not only don’t need a large family, it’s prohibitively expensive and most of all there isn’t the room for one. As with every country in the world that’s tried to fix this problem, there is no real solution. Thailand has the second lowest birth rate in SE Asia, only outdone by Singapore (which doesn’t count). The low birth rate doesn’t only create future budget issues, less people to pay taxes to support more older people. It also changes the dynamics of the economy. Thailand already doesn’t have enough 20-30 year old’s to be a consumption driven economy. They have been an export driven one for some time now. The problem comes from the fact world wide consumption has already peaked, the population pyramid for the world just like Thailand is inverted. Means export driven economies will have more trouble going forward. The other problem is as what happens as a larger percentage of the population becomes older and older. Thailand in 15-20 years will stop being an export driven economy and become a post growth one. Right now only Japan is in that class so there isn’t a lot of examples out there. The japan method might not work well with other countries. They are the world leader in automation and robotics, but more importantly they are de-sourcing their manufacturing base (in comparison to out-sourcing). They are moving the entire production base to their target markets. Large risk in doing so, but it helps take care of the fact they have less and less workers.

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      James Pate

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 4:38 am

      EdwardV: Very well said. You made a lot of really good points.

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    toby_james

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 2:05 am

    GoodThaiGirl was the greatest website in the history of dating. Too bad the feminists at Google and Facebook despised it.

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    Dave

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 3:51 am

    They needn’t worry…. just call on their Chinese brothers to send down a few hundred thousand single guys to sort out the problem.

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    EdwardV

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 3:57 am

    “1.5 births per woman to replace the population” – that’s incorrect. I don’t know if she misspoke, or they misquoted her. The replacement rate is 2.1 kids, the 1.5 number is Thailand’s birth rate. I’m surprised with a rate this low, Thailand is doing so little. Another decade at this level (and it’s expected to go lower, much lower) and Thailand’s demographics become terminal. Of course there are countries in worse shape like Japan, South Korea, China, Germany, Italy and Russia. However that should be small comfort as it doesn’t help Thailand. Even so, many countries are at least trying by offering long maternity leaves, monetary bonus’ for children, tax breaks, and subsidized or even free child care. Honestly most of them are not making a lot of difference, but in a few like in France and Sweden seem to be helping a lot.

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    James Pate

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 5:01 am

    The government should leave hook-ups to Tinder, etc. Singapore and Japan have declining birthrates because people live in tiny boxes in the city, where the jobs are. Who in their right mind would want to have more kids when they don’t have time or money for them? The government should focus more on providing more opportunities for good jobs upcountry where young people have room and clean air to raise a happy family and are not lured to Bangkok for work, which often leads to separation and dysfunction. Perhaps more EEC type projects could help. Although I don’t like the match-making aspect of this program, better pre-natal care and tax breaks are good ideas, for starters.

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    Pieter Wilhelm

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Decreasing birtrates are fine! Mother earth is heavily over poulated.

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    Pieter Wilhelm

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Decreasing birtrates are fine! Mother earth is heavily over populated.

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    Dave Macarelli

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 5:16 am

    If Prayuth resigned, the birth rate would rise again. The youth feel a sense of hopelessness now. With the dinosaurs in charge, there is no future. And the response to this pandemic has shown how heartless they are. There is no sympathy for the masses, yet they are expected to keep reproducing! The people are getting smarter.

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    Anthony J Hartnell

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 8:10 am

    In order to replace the population, the birthrate must be 2.1 children per woman, not 1.5 as stated.

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    TechnoJoe

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Its too late. Newer generations are less likely to want kids. Too much confusion about the future, and loss of family values.

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Phuket is set to get its own version of the popular game MONOPOLY and its creators want your help with ideas for the specialised tokens. ‘MONOPOLY: Phuket Edition’ was announced last month which will see the street art on the board game replaced with that of famous places around Thailand’s famous tourist destination. Such art will include beaches, hotels, shops, markets and other popular attractions.

Jennifer Lau from Winning Moves UK, is producing the game under official license from Monopoly brand owners, Hasbro. Lau says the tokens will feature a holiday theme. The token’s departure from the original theme of wheelbarrows, boots, iron, and thimbles as well as popular sports cars and hats.

“We have had a wealth of emails and suggestions coming in for Phuket, so thank you for each and every single one of them! We are taking them all into consideration whilst putting together the design of the game.”

“We wanted to change the tokens so that they would be more suitable for an island like Phuket, where so many people like to go on holiday to.”

“There will be six themed tokens that replace the original and we want to hear your suggestions for what these tokens should be!”

Bangkok has already been featured in the Monopoly game as it came out for purchase back in 2018.

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A Thai policeman is making headlines after getting a slap down from his own mother after he attempted to marry his mistress. The man went as far as scheduling a wedding, with monks present to bless the union, but his mom and real wife of 16 years, along with their kids, aged 5 and 15, crashed the party.

Nipapan Peuchpen, his legal wife, brought her marriage license to the nuptuals that took place in Chai Nat province, arguing that her husband had no right to marry another woman.

“This is our marriage license. I don’t know how they can go through with this.”

The policeman told his wife that the monks were already here, and that she wasn’t a guest and to go home. Then the man’s mother showed up and slapped him in the head. According to Khaosod English, the mother issued a statement to Amarin TV.

“I always taught him to not mess around with adultery. I warned him so many times. Now he has to reap what he sowed. At first, I understood that being adulterous to some extent was normal for men. But I didn’t think he would go this far.”

“I want this to be a lesson to all women! If you know a man already has a family, don’t be a homewrecker. I don’t understand why the bride got married to him, knowing that he was already married.”

Nipapan and her lawyer filed a legal complaint to the Chai Nai Juvenile and Family Court against the policeman’s girlfriend, asking for compensation for trying to marry her husband when he was already married.

Thailand has always been a culture where adultery has somewhat been tolerated, as many Thai men have lovers on the side, called a Mia Noi. But, legally, only 1 marriage can be registered at a time.

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Facebook is under fire as Australians accuse the social media giant of censoring news along with emergency services in an apparent blackout. This morning, residents logged in, saying they weren’t able to post links to news articles or view the Facebook pages of any news outlets worldwide.

The move that has essentially blocked Australia from being in the loop, comes after its government proposed laws that would make social media outlets pay for news content to be shared onto their sites. But Facebook’s retaliation efforts also created chaos as fire, meteorological and health services nationwide began to experience problems with their pages, even during several public emergencies.

In response to the angry backlash, a Facebook spokesperson said official government pages shouldn’t have been affected by the announcement this morning, and that the company would fix any pages that were inadvertently impacted.

Human Rights Watch Australia director Elaine Pearson, however, is concerned as she says the block has also impacted Indigenous community pages, charities, and even Facebook’s own page. Pearson described the move as an “alarming and dangerous turn of events.”

“Facebook is severely restricting and censoring the flow of information to Australians. Cutting off access to vital information to an entire country in the dead of the night is unconscionable.”

Despite being unable to access news organisations’ pages on the site, misinformation pages and fact-checking pages are still within reach, prompting many to call into question the role that journalists play in news gathering. The big question that critics have is how media organisations that employ qualified journalists, who go through a fact-checking process, are being blocked from the site, yet misinformation campaign pages and well-known conspiracy pages are allowed to be displayed.

Facebook’s manager for Australia and New Zealand, William Easton, says the proposed law, however, “fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content.”

Easton says Facebook could either try to comply with a law that ignores the reality of such a relationship, or stop allowing news content on its services in Australia.

“With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter.”

Easton says the numbers don’t add up and favor news publishers heavily as they reap hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue by having Facebook disseminate their stories. He points to the proposed law as penalizing the social media platform for content that it “did not take or ask for.”

On the contrary, Australia’s watchdog for competition has revealed consistently that the breakdown for every $100 spent on online advertising deprives media outlets of revenue that is needed to support journalism. Google captures $53 of the $100, while Facebook captures $28. The rest is divided amongst others.

Australia isn’t alone in the push to even out the playing field, as other countries are mulling such moves to make tech platforms share revenues with news media outlets. But the choice to block the news before a decision is made by the courts could set a dangerous precedent.

The legislation put forth by the Australian government has already passed the House of Representatives in recent days, and is now on its way to being considered by the Senate.

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