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Kid Expo: Everything a family needs

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PHUKET: QSI International School Phuket will hold its first-ever “Kid Expo” this month, on April 27, from 1-5pm.

The event will bring together dozens of local businesses that offer services and activities for children, aiming to provide “everything a family needs” in one place, so parents can see what is available for their children to do here on the island.

The expo will see companies offering a huge range of activities aimed at young children and teens, including horse riding schools, sports schools, language schools, babysitting services, museums, art schools, scuba diving courses, sailing lessons and much more.

“At QSI, we have a strong community spirit and we want to put that back into the community, so this is why we have organized the expo,” said QSI Teacher Sarah Foster-Gross.

“A lot of us [at the school] have families and we are always thinking ‘what can we do on the weekend? What can we organize for our children to do after school? What can we do over the school holidays?’

“It is very hard to get all that information at one point, so it’s about giving back to the community and helping parents by bringing everyone together in the one place.”

Over 35 businesses have booked their booths and organizers are encouraging any business on the island to get involved and take advantage of the opportunity to showcase their goods and services to a target market of children and parents.

“It’s quite a wide breadth of businesses, we will have a lot of sporting activities, but also art activities, birthday party organizers, language schools and we are also looking for associations where teenagers can volunteer their time. So any business that wants a chance to talk directly to parents and children about their services should book a booth.

“Many exhibitors will be organizing special discounts to offer parents on the day,” added Ms Foster-Gross.

As part of the expo there will also be a “Kid’s Bazaar”, where, for 100 baht a space (BYO mat), children can bring their old toys, books and sporting equipment to sell and trade with the other children. This will be the perfect opportunity to dig out those old unused toys and get some new ones, and will also be a great learning experience for the children.

The bazaar is also aimed at freeing up parents to browse the many booths at their leisure to discuss and book activities and buy products for their children.

“We will also have companies doing demonstrations of their products, as well as food stalls, Muay Thai displays, music and activities for children. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide day-care services, so parents will be responsible for supervising their children,” said Ms Foster-Gross.

For more information or if you are interested in booking a booth for the QSI International School Phuket “Kid Expo”, contact Anneliese Storm at 076-304312 or email: anneliese-storm@pkt.qsi.org

This event is sponsored by the Phuket Gazette, PGTV and the ‘Phuket Today’, the island’s only national television show, broadcast daily on True Visions (channels 85 and 59).

— Mark Knowles

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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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Water shortage warnings in 22 provinces

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People living in 22 Thai provinces are being warned to prepare for shortages of drinking water during the upcoming dry season, due to start on November 1st.

The warning was issued by the National Water Resources Office, citing low levels in reservoirs, which are the main sources for tap water production waterworks in 22 provinces.

Areas at risk identified by the office are in northern, north-eastern, eastern and southern provinces.

Measures have been adopted by agencies charged with dealing with water shortages. including dredging water channels to allow greater volumes of water to flow into reservoirs, drilling underground wells, enlarging storage ponds and the purchase of water to supply to those in urgent need.

The Royal Irrigation Department has announced that people should use water sparingly.

There are currently about 6 billion cubic metres of usable water in reservoirs in the affected provinces, with 5 billion cubic metres reserved for consumption and ecological preservation, leaving only 1 billion cubic metres for use in agriculture.

This means farmers in the Chao Phraya river basin may not be able to grow a second crop of rice this year.

SOURCE: thaipbsworld.com

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