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Celebrate HM Queen Sirikit’s 81st birthday by donating blood

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PHUKET: The Phuket Regional Blood Center (PRBC) is celebrating Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 81st birthday with a special blood donations event.

“This event will be held to show our respect to HM Queen Sirikit on her birthday and it will help us stock up more blood,” PRBC acting director Pornthip Rattajak said.

“We will give young plants to the first 200 people who decide to donate blood on that day. Furthermore donors have until the end of the month to sign a get-well message for HM Queen Sirikit,” Ms Pornthip added.

Having a short supply of blood is an ongoing concern of the center.

“Insufficient stock of blood is still a big problem even though during the school semester we got blood from students who helped us maintain a daily minimum stock of 200 units of A, B and O blood types,” said Ms Pornthip.

However, the blood type the center is desparately in need of is Rh negative, which is common among non-Asian foreigners.

“Because Phuket is a tourism destination, we need to keep a supply of A rhesus negative blood which we use almost everyday. We maintain a daily minimum of 20 units but currently the stock is low. We need A rhesus negative blood in order to continue treatment of a 66-year-old British national, Marc Harrington, who was injured in a motorcycle accident,” she added (Also, see this story).

To qualify as a donor you need to be between 17 and 70 years old (If you’re over 60 you need a certificate from a doctor). People who have multiple sexual partners, HIV, hepatitis B or jaundice, a history of drug abuse, considerable weight loss or are members of sexual minorities do not qualify as donors.

“You should avoid medications containing aspirin for three days before the donation. Donors must also wait for six months after having a tattoo or body piercing before donating blood or bone marrow,” added Ms Pornthip.

So if you’re up for it and want to do something decent, get enough sleep and avoid fatty foods the day before you show up to one of the following places to donate blood:

August 2: Trisara Phuket, (Talang), 1pm-4pm

August 5: Kan-Kroa Hall, Satree Phuket School, (Phuket town), 9am-2pm

August 6: Phuket Provincial Court, 9am-noon

August 7: Rajabhat Phuket University, 10am-3:30pm

August 12: Phuket Regional Blood centre, 8.30am-4:30pm

August 13: 1st Meeting room (3rd floor) Patong Hospital, 1pm-4pm

Mercure Phuket Deevana, 1pm-4pm

August 14: Homepro Village (Chalong brance), noon-4pm

August 20: Anupas and Family Company (Honda Showroom,Chao fa brance), 10am-3pm

August 21: Radisson Blu Plaza Panwa Beach Resort, 1pm-4pm

August 27: Vice President room, (Cherngtalay Subdistrict Administrative Organization), 10am-3pm

The blood center will accept donations at their headquarters on Rattanakosin 200 Year Road, next to Phuket Provincial Employment Office in Saphan Hin, on August 12 from 8:30am-4:30pm

For more information contact the PRBC (Tel: 076-251178. Email: phuketrbc@yahoo.com

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Grieving husband on a mission to take his wife’s ashes to all the places she longed to see

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Every day, Sakchai Suphanthamat can be seen pushing his cart along the highway, in the company of three dogs, two of whom he has picked up along the way.

Sakchai carries his wife’s ashes, on a pilgrimage to take her to all the places she longed to see while she was alive.

The Bangkok Post reports that the bereaved man started his journey three years ago. He left from Trang, the province where he married his wife, who died of tetanus in 2016.

She had always wanted to see Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai, Thailand’s tallest mountain, and so Sakchai decided to head there first. The journey of more than 1,500 kilometres took him over a year.

Sakchai, 40 years old and from Udon Thani, says his wife had also wanted to see the sea in Trat, south-east Thailand, and he decided to take her ashes there too.

The Bangkok Post reports that Sakchai has been left heartbroken. He says being left with nothing to look forward to after his wife’s passing led to the decision to embark on this epic journey with her ashes.

“I am determined to take her bones around the country. She liked the sea and wanted to stay close to it. She used to tell me that she wanted to visit the sea in Trat province in the East. During my journey I stop every three kilometres or so, so the dogs can have a rest.”

Sakchai and the dogs sleep under mosquito nets at night and local people who’ve heard about his journey bring food for him and the dogs. As Sakchai sleeps, his wife’s ashes are always by his side.

“I still love her and have vivid memories of our time together, even though she left me three years and four days ago.’’

See previous story HERE

SOURCE: bangkokpost.com

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Out of 37 countries, Thailand has the worst pension system, says Bloomberg

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Thai Residents reports that on Sunday, Bloomberg published an article on the world’s best pension systems, using information gathered from the 2019 Melbourne Mercer Global Pensions Index.

The survey looked at the pension systems of 37 countries with metrics including employee rights, savings, the number of homeowners, growth of assets, and growth of the economy. The purpose of the analysis was to determine what was needed to improve state pension systems and to gauge the level of confidence citizens had in their state pension system.

The Netherlands and Denmark were found to have the world’s best state pensions, with Australia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, and Chile next. Out of all 37 countries, Thailand finished last, with what the report described as an extremely ineffective and ambiguous system.

“Thailand was in the bottom slot and should introduce a minimum level of mandatory retirement savings and increase support for the poorest.”

Out of 37 countries, Thailand has the worst pension system, says Bloomberg | News by The Thaiger

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Thai Residents states that only those employed within the government system in Thailand are eligible for a pension based on salary. For most Thai citizens, pension amounts vary from 600 baht to 1,000 baht a month, depending on the recipient’s age.

A report carried out by The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) advises Thai citizens to have at least 4 million baht saved by the time they retire, but Thai Residents reports that 60% of Thai retirees have less than 1 million baht in savings, with one in three citizens who have reached retirement age are forced to continue working in order to survive.

SOURCE: thairesidents.com

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Tax on salt content being considered

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The Excise Department is considering imposing a tax on the salt content of food to encourage food producers to reduce the sodium content of snacks, instant noodles and seasoning cubes.

The director of the Office of Tax Planning said that the department is discussing a limit on the amount of sodium food can contain, in line with the standard set by the World Health Organization (WHO), which is 2,000 milligrams of salt per day.

In reality, Thai people consume an average of 1,000 milligrams per meal, making their daily intake well above WHO guidelines, according to the director.

He said any tax imposed would be at a level which would encourage food producers to reduce the sodium in their processed food without being punitive, adding that the proposal isn’t intended to generate more tax revenue, but to help protect the health of consumers. Excessive sodium in the diet can lead to high blood pressure and kidney disease.

Fish sauce, soy sauce and salt would not be taxed.

SOURCE: thaipbsworld.com

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