Digitizing The Workforce Of Thailand

It is the goal of International School in Bangkok is to produce outstanding individuals among its students. In order to pursue this goal the international school offers state-of-the-art facilities, well-experienced teachers and an extensive campus where students can develop their unique personalities. Once the students leave school, society can expect them to be responsible individuals prepared to pursue higher education.

If Thailand wants to take full advantage of Alibaba’s planned investment, it must narrow down education gap and digitize the workforce. Jack Ma, executive chairman of China’s ecommerce giant Alibaba presented its plan to turn Thailand as a digital and ecommerce hub. Alibaba’s Eastern Economic Development plan and digital development cooperation program served as challenge to Thailand to digitize its workforce if its wants to perform the role effectively.

Thailand has at least 427 undergraduate STEM courses available in 170 schools nationwide. Collectively, the schools were able to produce more than 26,000 graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics last year. However, a particular problem is the quality of instructions and the outdated courses that have not been adapted to rapidly changing technology.

Educational gap is the reason why investors like Alibaba are quite reluctant to make investments in high-value activities in Thailand. According to SaovarajRattanakumfu, senior researcher at Thailand Development Research Institute, the solution is to develop high quality digital manpower that can develop and use disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and massive data.

In many countries like Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, digital workers are developed through intensive training programs for approximately 6 months. Training focuses on the development of skills to solve real problems.

Thailand must also develop a workforce of software developers and programmers by building partnerships between schools and the private sector. In South Korea, institutions can apply to become ICT Model Schools once they fulfil curriculum requirements and availability of research facilities.

The well-rounded education that International School in Bangkok provides to students between 2 and 18 effectively prepares them for higher education. The students are taught that there is a world outside the classroom where they can pursue their passions, ambitions and interests.

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GE Under Pressure To Get Rid Of Auditor

Industrial titan GE has been having a bad year, as, among other things, their investigation insurance wasn’t enough to hold off an SEC inquiry. Now, the company is under pressure to get rid of its long time auditor, KPMG, the firm that’s been responsible for auditing their numbers since the President of the US was William Howard Taft in the early 1900’s.

A few shareholder watchdog group have brought up concerns that GE and KPMG have become lax with things like investigation insurance and auditing during their 109 years working together. Both the Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass-Lewis are asking that GE’s shareholders not ratify KPMG’s position as company auditor at the annual shareholder meeting.

They say that the long standing arrangement has thrown KPMG’s effectiveness as an auditing firm and relation with GE in doubt, and adding that a long-standing relationship with an auditor can lead to them being too close to each other, while bringing in a new auditor can uncover issues that would’ve otherwise needed investigation insurance thanks to being overlooked by the long-time auditor.

The question of whether or not to stick with KPMG is one of many issues GE and its shareholders are dealing with following a bad 2018. Thanks to several bad deal, the company is set to hit a cash crisis, which has resulted in its stock price and coveted dividend dropping by half. There’s also talks that the company is likely to be removed from the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The company’s earnings report in late April, however, offered some hope to the company, as the numbers suggested that the turnaround plan set by company CEO John Flannery is starting to work. However, the industry giant, is still having its accounting procedures under question.

The SEC investigation isn’t the first time GE has been under scrutiny; back in 2009, the SEC charged GE with accounting fraud, saying that GE used extremely aggressive accounting to provide misleading information to investors. The company forked over $50 million to settle the case, but did not deny or admit the veracity of the claims.

GE is currently getting suggestions, with groups like the ISS saying that the company’s under performance and issues with its business model and corporate culture, made abundantly clear with the issues of 2018, showed that the company could use more oversight.

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Better Alternative In Joining HDPE Pipes

In piping systems, stresses result from expansion and contraction. In order to compensate for misalignment and lateral, torsional and angular movements, flexible connector are used. The flexible connectors absorb the continuing movements in piping systems and at the same time reduce the noise and vibrations produced.

Polyethylene piping which is made from high density materials has numerous applications in the marine and agriculture industries as well as municipal, mining and landfill sectors. High density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes are widely used to transport potable waters, chemicals, wastewater, slurries, compressed gases and hazardous wastes.

The oil and gas industry makes use of HDPE pipes because of their extreme durability, corrosion resistance, high flow characteristics, flexibility and light weight. HDPE is also the preferred solution in many other end-use industries because of its advantages over other materials like PVC, cement, steel and other plastics.

The most common methods of joining HDPE pipes is through heat fusion where two pipe ends and subjected to heat and pressed together to create a permanent joint that will transform individual sections of the pipe into a single continuous pipe line. However, although heat fusion creates strong and reliable joints, the process has its share of challenges.

There are other techniques of joining HDPE pipes that are expected to gain traction over the coming years. Mechanical joining methods like electro fusion, flanged joints, flexible connectors, butt welding and mechanical compression coupling will become more prominent in the future.

The conventional technique of using heat to join HDPE pipes is slowly losing traction. While heat fusion is still popular, the new alternatives of plain end couplings and grooved mechanical couplings are becoming more popular because they are less challenging. Aside from reducing the challenges associated with heat-based joining, new coupling technologies manage to increase the life of the joint. Mechanical couplings are also easier to install on the HDPE joints.

The use of flexible connector ensures weather resistance and robust performance of the piping system. Flexible connectors can absorb the continuing movements that are usually experienced in piping systems because of varying ambient temperatures as well the differences in the temperature of the materials that are being handled.

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Continued Demand For Condo Units In Bangkok

This 2018, it is expected that there will be continued demand for the latest condominium that were opened to the public this year. Demand is especially higher in three hotspots – Charan Sanitwong, Thong Lor and Phaya Thai. Many are looking forward to the number of projects that are set to open in these areas. These condos are ideal for those staying long-term in Bangkok while a 4 star hotel in Sukhumvit will suffice for those who are staying for only a few days.

Colliers International Thailand is a property consultant firm in Thailand. Its research department’s senior manager is Phattarachai Taweewong and according to him Greater Bangkok will welcome an even higher number of condo units. In the previous year, there was a recorded 58,424 units while this year around 60,000 units will be launching.

He added that developers are set to build and launch more condo projects because they are confident with the current state of the property market in Thailand. They find great potential in locations that are close to the recently completed mass transit system. While things are not picking up so fast on the lower end of the market, there is good news for those that belong in the middle and upper end of the sector as they are deemed to continue being healthy.

The highest number of condo units to be launched is in Thong Lor as there are around 3,300 units available from 11 different projects. The minimum price is quite high because of the prime land costs in the area thus every square meter will cost 250,000 baht.

These new condominiums are developed by listed companies like Ananda and Land & House. Ananda is planning to launch a condo located at the end of Sukhumvit Soi 38 while Land & Houses project is located at the entrance and across Soi Thong Lor.

Sansiri’s future project is to be located in Sukhumvit Soi 34 with a total land area of 495 wah purchased for 332.7 illion baht from its previous owner Prasarttong-Osoth family’s  Bangkok Sky Sukhumvit 34 Co. As more developers are investing into condos, others are buying a 4 star hotel in Sukhumvit because of its potential in revenue.

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Factors To Consider Before Choosing A New Hairstyle

A good hairstyle plays a major part in enhancing the facial features. A properly done haircut will ensure to highlight your best facial features and enhance your appeal. Selecting a proper stylist is the first step to get a good hairstyle that suits your face. The two important points to keep in mind before you choose a hairstyle are the shape of your face and the texture of your hair.

A trusted salon will always recommend a haircut depending on the hair texture of the client. A haircut that suits your friend with straight hair may not suit you if you have wavy or curly hair. Always consider the suggestions of your Bondi hair salon before deciding on a new haircut or hairstyle. There are number of hair textures like fine, curly, wavy, coarse, straight, silky and oily. A good hair stylist will have a better idea on how to treat hair with different textures and the best styles that will enhance the looks. For example, curly hair requires long hairstyles to keep the frizz down while limp and flat hair needs short cuts to appear full and fluffy.

The face shape also plays an important role in selecting a hairstyle. Your trusted Bondi hair salon will recommend the hairstyle depending on your face shape. For example, long hair is not suitable for women with oval faces as it will make the face appear longer, a short haircut is not suitable for women with round face and long hair is not recommended for short heighted women.

A lot of other factors like your lifestyle, hair care routine and skin tone. Some high maintenance styles require regular maintenance and trimmings and are not suitable for people with busy routines. The experienced stylists at Bondi hair salon will have an open communication with the client and discuss all the factors before recommending a haircut.

Maintenance and upkeep of haircut is also essential to keep it looking beautiful. If you do not want to visit the salon often for regular trimming and maintenance, ask your stylist at Bondi hair salon to suggest a haircut that will grow out slowly and does not require regular upkeep.

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The Key Points To Check In A Warranty While Purchasing Artificial Grass

The decision to replace the lawn with artificial grass means a lot of investment for any homeowner. But like other house remodelling projects, the return of investment is long lasting. The high cost of the artificial grass is offset by its low maintenance costs and high durability. Fake lawn also helps you to save time and money. They are slip resistant and are safe for kids and pets.

The cost of installing artificial grass depends upon the size of your lawn, the variety of grass you choose for the lawn and other key factors. Though the initial cost may seem to be high when compared to the natural grass, its long durability negates the high initial expenditure. Moreover, many of the landscaping companies, who deal with artificial grass, provide easy finance schemes for the homeowners.

Warranty for the grass is very important factor to consider before you pick a dealer to install your artificial turf. The dealer should give a long-term warranty covering the important issues. There are three important issues to look for in a warranty for artificial grass:

  1. The warranty must cover the colour and freshness issues. Good quality artificial grass is UV resistant and retains its lush green colour even after continuous exposure to the elements.
  2. The warranty should cover the issue of stains. Artificial grasses from reputed manufacturers are stain resistant and can be easily cleaned with simple products in case of any spills and leaks.
  3. The quality of the fake grass depends upon the quality of materials used in producing it. The warranty should cover the materials used in production.

Choose a manufacturer who provides strong warranty covering all these key issues along with a detailed list of other issues that are covered by the warranty. Read the warranty carefully before you finalize a dealer for the artificial grass.

The decision of installing artificial grass is a tough call to make. There are many landscaping companies in the market, which provide different varieties of artificial lawns. Checking for the warranties provided by the manufacturer is very important before you finalize a dealer for your lawn. A reputed company will always be ready to help its clients with minor repairs and accidents that are not covered in the warranty.

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How To Make An Illustrated Map Interesting

Maps are not usually given much attention especially if you are not travelling to an unfamiliar place. However, an Illustrated Map is one of the most useful tools that you can equip yourself with especially if you are travelling on your and in unfamiliar terrain. Having a functional or useful map is enables a person to get from one point to another in less time and without the hassles. To make your travel more engaging, use illustrated maps instead of traditional ones. You can actually create an illustrated map for your next trip and here are some tips to make the map effective.

Familiarize the area

To create an effective illustrated map, research about the area. Gather the right information to make your map accurate. You can use existing maps as reference or you can just add colors and embellishments to make it more interesting. Determine the areas that need emphasis and highlight them with images.

Emphasize landmarks

Identify the landmarks in the area and place images on them. You can draw iconic images or apply colors on the map. You can also improve the size of the landmark images to highlight them. Another option is to add shapes or figures to visually elevate particular institutions such as rivers, churches, parks, etc.

Use the right colors

If you are going to use the Illustrated Map for personal consumption, you can pick your preferred color. However, if the map will be used by groups or other individuals, the colors should be appropriate to the users. For adult users, you can use modest colors while younger users would enjoy illustrated maps with vibrant and lively colors. Use few shades of colors to avoid overdoing your map unless you are creating one for kids.

Harmonize map elements 

The images and patterns that you are going to use should be coherent and consistent. Use a single representation of roads and use another for lanes and another for railroad, etc. do not use the same symbol for different elements because your Illustrated Map will be confusing. You can choose to use same symbols for similar elements such as commercial establishments, hospitals, churches and others.

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By Nikki Sanderson Posted in Tips