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UWC Thailand presents free screening of “SCREENAGERS”

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UWC Thailand presents free screening of “SCREENAGERS” | The Thaiger

In keeping with UWC Thailand’s (UWCT) commitment to helping students, parents and the wider community develop a ‘Good Heart, Balanced Mind, Healthy Body’, the school is hosting a complimentary showing of the internationally acclaimed film ‘Screenagers’ for families across Phuket on Friday, November 2 at 8:30am.

In ‘Screenagers’, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Physician and filmmaker Dr. Delaney Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, ‘Screenagers’ reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

“This is truly a film that anyone who has children in their life needs to see. In fact, it’s just as useful for adults who are facing their own struggles with balancing the invasiveness of today’s technology. We are delighted to be able able to show the film for free thanks to the generous funding of our Parent Support Group,” said Jason McBride, Head of School for UWCT.

The film is not just Ruston’s personal voyage; however, as she enlists the help of more than eight experts across relevant fields, from the director of the Center for Integrative Brain Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute to Pulitzer Prize-nominated authors.

Along the way, the film unearths some thought-provoking statistics including the fact that today’s youth are spending an average of 6.5 hours a day on screens, that 23% of kids online engage in cyberbullying, and that for each hour of television kids watch per day, they consumer an extra 167 calories. Additionally, the dopamine released in the brain from screen time is the very same as from other habit-forming behaviours like drinking alcohol.

“Research confirms that the more time students spend on devices, the less likely they are to complete their homework and the poorer their performance at school, but it isn’t the academic impact that has us so concerned as a school, it’s the impact on mental health and physical wellbeing,” explains McBride.

“At UWCT we try to combat this with mindfulness, healthy eating, exercise, and digital citizenship, but devices are pervasive and the challenges they create for young people’s mental health really are cause for concern. As educators and parents, we need to act.”

A 2017 study by the UK’s Royal Society of Public Health, found that seven in 10 teens said Instagram made them feel worse about body image and half of 14-24-year-olds reported Instagram and Facebook exacerbated feelings of anxiety. Facebook, two-thirds found, made cyberbullying worse. Even more troublesome are those who choose to forgo real-world interactions and simply live in the digital space–reluctant to interact and incapable of detaching from their devices.

“This is a challenge unique to our children’s’ generation and equally so for today’s parents-regardless of where they live or what school their children attend. As educators we are compelled to help families navigate this changing digital landscape. At UWCT that means a commitment to digital citizenship, offering mindful parenting sessions in our on-campus Mindfulness Centre, hosting renowned Buddhist Scholar Alan Wallace for a two-day seminar from November 17–which is also free for the Phuket community –and providing a cost-free venue to show ‘Screenagers’ to anyone who is interested. This isn’t a “teen” problem or a “school” problem–it’s an “everyone” problem.  

In order to manage seating, Phuketians interested in attending are asked to please the school directly via [email protected] Please note that spaces are limited.

For more information, please contact:

Samantha Gayfer, Senior Manager of Communications & Philanthropy

EMAIL: [email protected]

Free showing of Screenagers

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Soi Dog Foundation responds to rabies and dog registration stories

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Soi Dog Foundation responds to rabies and dog registration stories | The Thaiger

PHOTO: Bangkok Thailand Soi Dog

Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation has sent The Thaiger a response to an article published on October 16. The story was sourced from our Bangkok partners ‘The Nation’ and, according to Soi Dog, contains some glaring inaccuracies. You can read the original article HERE.

We reprint the response from the Soi Dog Foundation below…

“The Department of Livestock Development (DLD) carries out a survey, twice a year, in an attempt to count the number of dogs and cats in the country, both owned and stray. In 2016, it counted 7.3 million dogs and 3 million cats in Thailand, excluding Bangkok. This year the number of dogs was recorded by the DLD as 7,770,969, excluding Bangkok.

We at the Soi Dog Foundation carried out a census of free roaming dogs in Greater Bangkok two years ago and came up with a figure of 640,000, so a realistic number for dogs nationwide is somewhere around 8.4 million, not – as your story states – 820,000.

Another figure given in your story is that 40 per cent of stray dogs in Thailand could carry the rabies virus. If this were true, there would be hundreds of human deaths a year, if not thousands, and the carcasses of dead dogs would be scattered all over the place.

A story published by The Nation on September 28 (“Expert says rabies still not under control and official statistics may be misleading”) gave a DLD figure of 15.3 per cent for the first nine months of this year.

But even that is highly suspect. It was based on a very small sample – just 8,472 dogs. And those were 8,472 dogs that had been caught by the DLD, and their brains examined post mortem for the virus because they were believed to be rabid.

Plainly, to base a percentage infection rate on a sample made up entirely of dogs that are already suspected to have rabies is utterly misleading. It would be like saying, “We checked a bunch of people thought to have diabetes and found that 15 per cent of them did indeed have diabetes.”

The real figure must be much lower. We believe it is between 1 and 4 per cent.

At the root of all the problems being discussed is, in fact, Thailand’s ineffective garbage disposal problem system, which allows a high number of dogs to survive and even get fat by scavenging from trash bins.

Trying to remove 8 million-plus dogs to “shelters” is futile, and carrying out culls (which would probably be illegal under the Cruelty Prevention and Welfare of Animals Act of 2014) would be equally ineffective. Here’s why:

  • The cost of building shelters to hold 8.4 million dogs would be astronomical and the annual budgets for running them would equally expensive. It would be a huge drain on the national treasury.

  • Dumping dogs in government pounds would probably lead to large scale suffering and death, as was seen earlier this year when, as a result of the rabies panic, 3,000 dogs were crammed into the government animal quarantine facility in Nakhon Phanom. In just weeks, around 2,300 died from disease, starvation and wounds from fighting.

  • Dogs that were not caught in this proposed nationwide roundup, or which avoided being killed in a nationwide cull, would swiftly move into the territories of the dogs that had been removed, breeding rapidly and replacing them.

  • A female dog can have up to three litters of pups a year, each litter averaging seven pups. This means that one female and her offspring – and their offspring and so on – can become 67,000 dogs in six years. This is why an extended campaign of “catch, neuter, vaccinate and release” is so effective.

  • Even if all the dogs could be removed, the garbage problem remains, Other species would take over, notably cats, who breed even more rapidly than dogs, and monkeys. If they, too, were impounded – and cats and monkeys are far harder to catch than dogs – then the country would see an explosion in rat and mice populations. Outbreaks of bubonic plague transmitted by rats and their fleas would be far more frightening than rabies.

As we have seen in Phuket, large scale sterilisation, coupled with vaccination, works, not only in reducing numbers but also in eliminating rabies. It does require large scale investment, though far less than sheltering would, and spread over several years.

As to the issue of compulsory licensing of pets, whether there is a fee or not, we believe this is not a viable solution. It has been tried by other countries and then abandoned because the majority of dog owners – numbering in millions – simply decided not to comply.

Does Thailand have the resources to find, arrest and bring to court millions of dog owners, in order to extract small fines from them, always assuming that the authorities can prove in the first place that the dogs actually have “owners”?

We doubt very much that the government will find this is an effective measure for controlling Thailand’s population of strays, reducing abandonments or reducing the spread of disease. Indeed, it is likely to have the opposite effect.

SDF Founder John Dalley, Soi Dog Foundation, Phuket

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Fire destroys plastic water pipes in Rassada

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Fire destroys plastic water pipes in Rassada | The Thaiger

PHOTOS & VIDEO: Kritsada Mueanhawong & Newshawk Phuket

Last evening (Monday) a fire swept through a storage area for huge pipes in Rassada which were to be used for the Phuket City Municipality flood problem-solving project.  No injuries was reported as the blaze engulfed the storage area.

At about 6.30pm, at the rear of the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation (OrBorJor) hospital, a fire started where piping for the Phuket City Municipality flood relief project were being stored.

Firefighters with five fire engines arrived at the scene to discover the blaze. It took more than an hour to bring the fire under control.  In the meantime social media was abuzz with the plumes of black smoke which could be seen from kilometers away. About 30 plastic water drain pipes were damaged with an estimated replacement value about 6 million Baht.

52 year old Rapeepong Songtawee, a staff member of the Siampan Wattana Company says “the company is renting the area for about one year to store this infrastructure equipment which was to be used in the construction on Surin Road, Phang Nga Road and Soi Weerapong Hongyok. No one was taking care of this place.”

Kongka Sangmuang, the head of worker camp nearby, says he noticed the fire start. So he called other workers to help put out the fire.

Mr Kongka told police that he also saw 35 year old Surapit Tipprasong who always drinks in this area, was drinking alcohol before the incident happened. When the fire started he ran out from the storage area. Mr Surapit was taken to the Phuket City Police Station to assist police with their enquiries.

Mr Surapit insisted he didn’t know anything about the fire. Police have charged him with being drunk and disorderly in public.

At no stage was the OrBorJor hospital under any threat from the fire.

Forensic Police are continuing their investigation to find the cause of the big fire.

PHUKETA big blaze at the rear of the Or Bor Jor hospital in Rassada. The fire is reported to have started in big rubber pipe storage area. More information to follow. Thanks to Newshawk Phuket for the video.

Posted by The Thaiger on Monday, October 22, 2018

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Phuket Administrative Court officially opens

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Phuket Administrative Court officially opens | The Thaiger

The Phuket Administrative Court has been officially opened which provide service for the Krabi, Phang Nga, Ranong and Phuket provinces. The Administrative Courts adjudicate on cases relating to people and private business versus state-run departments, enterprises and political entities.

The official launch ceremony was held this morning at the new Phuket Administrative Court in Mai Khao and led by Piya Patangta, President of the Supreme Administrative Court, the Phuket Governor Pakkapong Tawipat and Somyot Wattanapirom, director-general of Nakhon Si Thammarat Administrative Court who is currently temporarily acting as the director-general of the Phuket Administrative Court.

Director-general Somyot says, “the new Phuket Administrative Court covers an area of 26 rai of land in Mai Khao which will operate for the Krabi, Phang Nga, Ranong and Phuket provinces.”

“In the past five years there have been 867 cases of which 367 cases were related to Krabi, 147 cases for Phang Nga, 62 cases for Ranong and 291 cases for Phuket. These cases have been sent to Nakhon Si Thammarat Administrative Court in the past.”

“Now a full administrative court has been set up here in Phuket. So that cases process will be faster than before.”

The Phuket Administrative Court is located in Mai Khao near the top of the island for easier access for Ranong, Krabi and Phang Nga people.

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