Public Health officials in Saraphi District, Chiang Mai Province, issued a public warning for villagers to stop eating malaeng laay (“striped bugs”, scientific classification not provided), after a middle-aged man died after downing three of the insects during a whiskey drinking session. News of the death was reported by Taan Jongkham, headman of Tambon Chompoo Mu 9, on August 25. Gaen Thep-phanom, 47, and two friends were drinking whiskey at a local shop in the early evening of August 24 when a woman arrived and gave them a bag of the roasted insects, Taan said. Villagers commonly pick the large bugs and roast them in a pan before eating them, often as an accompaniment to whiskey, he explained. “They are edible – I know because I have eaten them myself,” said the village headman. After a few hours, Gaen had eaten three of the insects, savoring the bitter taste. His drinking buddies, less impressed with the flavor, consumed one apiece. After two or three hours, the two other men left for home, but K. Gaen stayed on, drinking on his own until about midnight. That’s when he started to get stomach pains – bad ones. The shop owner heard his agonized groans and cries for help coming from the shop’s bathroom. Entering, he found K. Gaen ashen-faced, his innards in spasm. The shop owner and some other villagers rushed K. Gaen to nearby Banthi Hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival by doctors; his heart had stopped beating en route. An autopsy was performed on the his body and samples of the roasted insects were sent to the lab at the provincial medical science center for analysis. Village Headman Taan said that the other two men who had eaten one bug each also reported suffering from headache, stomach ache, intestinal spasm and vomiting. Wira Dechakij, an official at the Saraphi District Public Health Office, said his agency was working with local village heads to educate people about the dangers of snacking on poisonous insects. He said that a survey of local residents indicated that people knew they were dangerous to eat, but that sometimes people under the influence of alcohol felt emboldened and gave in to the temptation to eat the bugs. Malaeng laay are commonly found living among the many agati, or ton khae, trees growing in the area, he added.
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Not often we get to write this headline… “JetSki crashes into shop in Kamala”.
The jetski was being towed by a Saleng (motorcycle and side-car) through the streets of Kamala this afternoon when, for reasons we don’t yet (probably brake failure), the whole shebang went AWOL and ended up running into the front window of some tourist shops.
The jetskis are a common sight going through the backroads of the various west-coast shopping areas at the start and end of each day, on their way to the beach to hire to tourists, usually in a convoy with the jetski staff riding shotgun on top.
This time it was a lone JetSki, being towed by a saleng, that somehow veered off the street and into the roadside Kamala shops.
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China has the most atheists. Indonesia and Philippines the most believers.
China is the least believing country in the world but belief in a God gets 100 per cent mention in countries like Indonesia, Bangladesh and Philippines, according to the survey by Gallup International.
According to the survey exploring religious tendencies of 66,000 people in 68 countries across the world, 62 per cent of people in the world define themselves as religious, 74% of people globally believe we have a ‘soul’ and 71% believe in a God. Another 56% believe in heaven, 54% in life after death and 49% in hell.
China has the highest percentage of atheists in the world with 67% not believing in any religion. Every seven out ten people are atheists, more than double than any other country. 23% consider themselves as non-religious. Less than 10% identify themselves as religious in China.
China’s atheist percentage is followed by Japan, a long way behind in second place at 29%, Slovenia (28%) and Chech Republic (25%). Despite rapid industrialisation and urbanisation religion has stayed relevant in the South Korean region with only 23% identifying as atheist.
European countries like Belgium (21 %), France (21%) , Sweden (18%) and Iceland (17%) also have a large percentage of believing population.
Bangladesh, Indonesia and Philippines are the most believing countries with entire population claiming to believe in God, soul, hell and heaven. Thailand and Pakistan have 99% believing population, followed by India, Vietnam and Mongolia.
The survey shows that the levels of religiosity diminish as income and education levels increase. While 66% of people with low income affirm to be religious, this percentage drops to 50% among people with higher incomes. The same trend is verified in relation to education levels: 83% of people with lower education level are religious against 49% of higher level.
According to the survey there is a connection between religiosity, beliefs and socio-demographic characteristics like age, income and education level. As education and income levels grow higher, religiosity levels tend to go down. Also, the expression of different beliefs is higher among young people.
The level of education has a considerable influence on the perception of religion by the society. Women and young children show higher percentage for spiritual forces.
SOURCE: Data Leads
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