Power ceases once no one is taking you seriously anymore. That thought came into my mind when I read the Sangha Council’s renewed threats to ban female ordination once and for all in Thailand.
As China's first full year of rebalancing draws to a close, how has President Xi Jinping done? Reasonably well, it seems. Growth appears to be moderating gently, stocks continue to soar and most economists still foresee a soft landing rather than market-shaking meltdown for the world's second-largest economy.
Re: “NCPO tells govt to speed up reforms”, (BP, Dec 17).
Even though analysts have tried to convince the public that it is external factors — such as depressed oil prices, global terrorism or the tumbling of the US Dow Jones index — that has sent the Thai stock market into a nosedive, no one can deny that local factors, especially a series of rumours, have made things worse.
The series of troubles and embarrassments caused by Chinese tourists over the past few years has continued, but never fails to take me by surprise.
Phyu was 17 when she left school and decided to leave her home in Mandalay, Myanmar. She wanted to contribute to the family's income after her father became too ill to work. A broker persuaded Phyu to go and work in China. She was told that she could get a good job as a sales girl or as an accountant.
A referendum of sorts was held in Lang Nern community in tambon Nong Preu of Chon Buri's Bang Lamung district last Friday. The issue at stake is not about politics but one which is emotional and sensitive. It concerns a local charity organisation, the Glory Hut Foundation, which is sheltering 48 HIV patients in the community.
As I write this, I am in the US conducting some training for a new software system. While a lot of work went into the specifications, design and expected results, when I was actually presented with the system a number of things became apparent. For those involved in business analysis, systems analysis, design and related fields, the following will not be a surprise, but for those on the other side (the user community) here are some observations.
The Department of Land Transport last week decided to ban part of the service offered by US-based taxi company Uber, citing safety concerns and a lack of regulation.
Recently scientists concluded that 2014 is on target to be the hottest year recorded. Also, this past weekend delegates from around the world wrapped up the twentieth world conference on climate change in Peru. They agreed upon a watered-down deal. The deal for the first time demands that every country curb its greenhouse gas emissions, but has left unresolved the issue of exactly how much each country must cut. Each country is next year invited, but not required, to reveal how much emissions they plan to cut.
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