Don't be too serious right now, just remind yourself to avoid the spread of viruses that are too far away. The best thing at this time is that you should live in the house and away from your family.
Government officials announce to tell people who have lived anywhere, continue to live.
Moreover, the patriarch There are orders to measure that can be done. Distributing food to the public to meet the needs as well
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Chatting to new people
EPISODE 191212 / 12 DEC 2019
Many people feel uncomfortable about the idea of talking to people they don't know, but this is something that could be good for their state of mind. Neil and Georgina discuss research that says that seemingly inconsequential conversations with new people can have a beneficial effect on our mood and wellbeing. And our presenters feel good about teaching you related vocabulary!
This week's question
According to the Oxford English dictionary, approximately how many words are in use in the English language?
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think that something is smaller or less important than it really is
to pluck up (the) courage
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Gillian Sandstrom, Social psychologist, Essex University
Gillian Sandstrom, Social psychologist, Essex University
TDRI urges all-out efforts to contain Covid-19, urgent cash handouts to low-income earners
Mar 24. 2020
A large number of Thai labourers and migrants leave Bangkok for their hometowns, as many businesses in the capital temporarily shut down.
By The Nation
The government must quickly mobilise national resources to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and urgently and adequately provide financial support to low-income groups affected by the impact of the pandemic. Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), an independent think-tank, urged the government to step up efforts both to contain the virus and help the poor.
The research house said the government has to give priority to prevent the spread of the virus, deploying sufficient resources to deal with the pressing issue. The government has to ensure efficiency of screening, monitoring and quarantine of those who could spread the disease as they travel across the country now.
Patients have to be given proper treatment. Overtime payments, life insurance and health insurance coverage must be offered to medical personnel.
“The government should not worry about short-term fiscal position or economic growth in the short-run, but instead give top priority to public health,” said the research house.
It warned that given the rising number of new Covid-19 cases, Thailand may soon enter a crisis situation where the country's health infrastructure may not be able to handle the outbreak and potentially lead to loss of many lives, as has happened in some countries.
The TDRI urged the government to provide adequate and timely support for low income and unemployed people. The government plans to extend the coverage of Social Security Fund to include unemployment caused by communicable disease, but that is not sufficient, said TDRI. It suggested that the government also look after those who currently are not covered by the fund. For example, taxi drivers account for 70 per cent of the informal labour force, said TDRI.
Every Thai family should be given cash handouts by the government. For example, a family with one or two members should get Bt1,500 per month for three months, those with three to four members Bt2,500 per month, and Bt500 for each extra member.
The Finance Ministry should review the database of its welfare card programme by cutting out families with higher income such as owners of land and property worth more than Bt3 million, those saving more than Bt100,000 per annum or those having salary above Bt15,000 for each member of the family. So the eligible families could be estimated to be about six to seven million, TDRI said.
The current Finance Ministry database is not accurate as it leaves out a large number of low-income earners estimated to be five to six million, or about 64 per cent of total low-income earners, TDRI noted.
The government is urged to support small and mid-sized businesses throuh rent assistance or partial labour cost in order to prevent layoffs.
The government should also cancel subsidies on tap water and electricity bills because such a support is not benefiting the right targets and even rich families are able to avail of the subsidies.
The government should run business in crisis mode not business as usual and it should not get complacent if new cases of infections decrease. The government should communicate with the public more efficiently in order to get full cooperation from them, the research house added.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet is expected to consider cash handout measures at Tuesday’s (March 24) meeting.
Lack of critical thinking makes Thailand's competitiveness ranking slip
Oct 10. 2019
By Wichit Chaitrong
Thailand could improve its competitiveness among nations by tackling its weakest points – a lack of critical thinking in teaching, failure to dominate any markets, and unsafe drinking water, according to Switzerland-based World Economic Forum.
Thailand’s ranking among 141 economies has dropped to 40th place from 38 in 2018 in the just-released WEF Global Competitiveness Index.
Singapore tops the rankings, overtaking the United States, while Vietnam jumped 10 spots to 67th
place, according to a survey by the WEF, which seeks to promote public-private cooperation.
Kobsak Pootrakool, deputy secretary-general to the prime minister for political affairs, on Wednesday (October 9) acknowledged Thailand’s ranking slipping even as some scores rose. “It’s like a running competition – if our pace is slower, others will overtake us, so we have to run faster,” he said.
Assistant Professor Wilert Puriwat, dean of the Chulalongkorn Business School, which is allied with the WEF, said that, If Thailand wants to improve its ranking, labour skills must be improved.
“The survey found that skills among new university graduates have declined, especially in the area of critical thinking,” he said.
The way students are taught needs to change, he said, noting that Thailand’s score on critical thinking in the classroom was the world’s lowest at 37 out of 100 points. In assessing skills possessed by the future workforce, the survey names Finland first for critical thinking in teaching, with 89 points.
“We’ve failed the exam and it can’t be fixed by simply retaking the test – we need to restart learning,” Wilert said, alluding to Thai students routinely performing poorly on tests compared to foreign counterparts, a lag blamed on the traditional reliance here on rote learning through memorisation.
The WEF urged Thailand to encourage creative and critical individual thinking in the classroom instead.
Finland ranks second for skills of current workforce, scoring 75.8 points compared to Thailand’s 52.2. The WEF recommended better staff training and increased attention to digital skills.
Noting the only a few large Thai companies dominate the domestic market, muscling aside smaller contenders, Wilert said Switzerland provides a model for spreading dominance among many firms by helping smaller ones gain market share. Switzerland ranks first in the sharing of market dominance, he noted.
“This will take time since the few big firms have dominated the market for so long,” he said.
Although tap water has become widely available widely across the country, it is not as safe to drink as that found in developed countries, said Wilert.
The index covers four main categories.
First is proving an “enabling environment” and assesses institutions, infrastructure, ICT adoption and macroeconomic stability. Second is “human capital” and examines health and skills.
In the third, product markets, the labour market, the financial system and market size are compared. Fourth is the “innovation ecosystem”, which looks at business dynamism and capacity for innovation.
In all there are 103 separate factors examined for which up to 100 points can be awarded.
Thailand’s 68.1 GCI ranking places it in the top 40 among the 141 economies surveyed, but it it progressing more slowly than other countries, Wilert noted.
Its identified weaknesses are in institutions, innovation capability, product markets and skills. Its strengths are the financial system, public health and macro-economic stability.
The score for institutions dropped from 55.1 in 2018 to 54.8 this year, the ranking from 67 to 60. Corruption and an inefficient legal framework for challenging regulations were the key damaging factors, the WEF said.
The score for infrastructure fell from 69.7 to 67.8 and the ranking from 71st to 60th place due to continued reliance on an inefficient railway service.
“Improvement in the rankings will come if there is rapid progress in several areas, such as reducing corruption, improving infrastructure and workforce skills, and boosting the level of domestic market competition,” Wilert said.
March 24, 2020