CHIANG MAI, PHUKET: Pity the poor housefly. Free of the ethical dilemmas facing humans, all it can aspire to in its short, frenetic life is to pass its genes onto the next generation. But with drought conditions lingering on in much of the country, flies are apparently finding it more difficult to locate piles of moist excrement in which to lay their eggs. The next best option, it appears, is inside the body cavities of unsuspecting mammals – preferably in buffalo or other large creatures with big noses and little ability to ward flies off. Perhaps it was only a matter of time before flies would discover that the body cavities of humans offered similarly cosy advantages. The first such instance reported recently happened in Phuket, where doctors at Wachira Phuket Hospital removed some 50 blood-engorged maggots from inside the ears of Anan Temtan, 84. K. Anan’s relatives rushed him to the hospital on April 26 after he used cotton buds to relieve intense itching in his ears but ruptured his eardrums in the process, causing blood to stream from his ears. A doctor used tweezers to remove some of the maggots before resorting to a vacuum tool to suck the remaining maggots out. “We believe flies might have gone inside his ears to lay eggs, which hatched into larvae, causing the itching,” said hospital Deputy Director Dr Somsak Nonthasri. Anan’s granddaughter, Wimolrat Temtan, 19, said K. Anan had recently helped clean up a market in his neighborhood. Dr Somsak said he was surprised that K. Anan had not come to see a doctor sooner. Most people with something inside their ear canals would not be able to stand it for very long, he said. The next victim reported as falling prey to fly maggots was an unsuspecting pig farmer in Chiang Mai. The 38-year-old woman, whose name was not reported, didn’t realize she was host to dozens of infesting larvae until her left cheek became so badly swollen that she needed an immediate operation. Dr Tawee Thanuparp-rangsan at Nakhon Ping Hospital in Chiang Mai said the 38-year-old patient came to see him at the end of March, complaining of severe pains in her left cheek. “I checked her nasal cavity and found many fly maggots there,” he said. The doctor explained that the maggots had been feasting on tissue inside the patient’s nasal cavity, leaving large festering wounds. The maggots had already eaten away so much tissue that some of the patient’s bones were exposed, he added. The woman was immediately anesthetized and operated on and Dr Tawee removed 34 fly maggots from inside the woman’s nose. “She then needed antibiotics to treat the bacterial infection for five straight days before being allowed to return home,” he said, adding that the patient was a pig farmer exposed to a large numbers of flies on a daily basis. “Probably while she was sleeping, a fly went up her nose and laid its eggs, which then hatched into larvae,” the doctor speculated. Dr Tawee believed this had been Thailand’s first reported case of fly maggots growing in a human nose – but will it be the last?
JetSki crashes into shop in Kamala, Phuket
PHOTOS: Newshawk Phuket
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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