Monthly Archives: August 2016

Forget About The Bombings; Play Pokemon Go In Thailand

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The Thai Junta has plans of using Pokemon Go in a desperate attempt to boost tourism after the deadly bombings that targeted popular tourist destinations. Tourism is a large contributor to the Thailand economy that is why the government is making all efforts to present the Southeast Asian nation as a safe destination for holidaymakers.

According to the Bangkok Post, the junta will collaborate with the developers of Pokemon Go, the global game phenomenon to plant Pokemon Gyms and Pokemon Stops at popular tourist destinations in order to encourage visitors. If the number of rare Pokemons is increased in several tourist destinations in Thailand, it will boost tourism since everybody wants their chance to catch the elusive characters. There is no word yet whether the locations that were hit by the bombings will be used for the promotions of Pokemon Go. Some of the popular spots in Thailand that were hit by the blasts are Hua Hin and Phuket.

If you are not convinced that Pokemon Go can boost the tourism of a country, consider McDonald’s Japan as an example. Since 2014, the fast food giant has been posting losses until it struck a deal with the developer of the game app, Niantic to turn the 3,000 restaurants into Pokemon Gyms. People can eat their Happy Meals during hard-fought Pokemon battles on their smartphones.

According to the Bangkok Post, local communications firm True Corporation has completed a deal with Niantic to select the locations for the Pokemon Stops and Gyms to provide an additional incentive to tourists to visit the area.

The bombing attacks in Thailand have killed 4 people and injured 20, most of them foreigners. No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the bombing but it certainly hurt the nation’s tourism. Hopefully, with Pokemon Go, foreign tourists will be more confident to visit Thailand.

East Coast Real Estate is one of your best options if you want to stay permanently in Thailand. The East Coasts boasts of the best beaches, dramatic sceneries and the best of authentic Thai cuisine. There are islands that are relatively untouched by mass tourism where you can have a holiday in peace and quiet.

Citizenship Offered By Cyprus To Investors From Thailand

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Cyprus is courting investors in Thailand by giving them a lifetime citizenship in the European Union as long as they invest 100 million baht. The country of Cyprus aims to have more capital and they are focusing on Thailand. They are enticing investors by offering an easy access to migrant permission which will make them an instant citizen of the European Union just by investing.

According to a statement from the High Commissioner in Cypriot, Demetrios Theophylactou, the country is aiming to have more capital coming from the investors in Thailand for improving specific sectors such as tourism, property, infrastructure, gas, oil and energy.

There are various incentives which will be given by the Cypriot government to investor who will be willing to accept the deal.

It features competitive deals that are better than other countries in the European Union such as a lower tax for capital gains and a lower minimum for the capital investment which makes it easier for the migration process when coming to the Europe. For those who will invest 300,000 euros, they will be able to acquire permanent residence status while those who will invest 2.5 million euros will be able to get citizenship from the Cypriot government.

Theophylactou also added that now is the best time to improve the investment opportunities as well as give incentives to investors coming from Thailand since the economy of Cyprus is already diverse and it has started to prosper. The country is now adapting a modern economy that is free market as well as based in service.

There are many competitive advantage when choosing Cyprus such as its strategic location when it comes to the EU as well as euro zone, the framework is strongly legal and being regulated, easier to conduct business, there are incentives, the infrastructure is good as well as the quality of life that awaits there.

Theophylactou is also the high commissioner representing Cyprus in India but also accredited when it comes to Thailand. He has already met with Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Prime Minister of Thailand. Cyprus interest in Thailand investors may have stemmed from the fact that Thai real estate is booming.

Introducing Yale University’s Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

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The gender-neutral bathrooms in over 23 buildings at Yale University were introduced during its 315th commencement. The university advertised these bathrooms in their website. It included a map of where these bathrooms can be found. School officials mentioned that it is one of the steps to make the school open to its transgender students and staff with their visitors also in mind. Yale also changed a long established rule that now allows its transgender graduates to use their preferred names on their diplomas instead of those in their birth certificates.

According to the dean of Arts and Sciences, Tamar Gendler, the gender-neutral bathroom is about public signaling with Yale wanting to be the leader in this front. Yale’s Equal Opportunity Statement covering all students and employees prohibits discrimination of any kind. A senior who is transitioning as a male mentioned how the transgender community felt a change after Caitlyn Jenner’s transition showed a spotlight for transgender issues. He regards this year as a monumental year in Yale with the amount of changes happening regarding transgender rights.

Professors now address students using preferred pronouns. Yale is also allowing transgender students to modify their identification card names with no charge. Yale’s health plan also covers medical procedures, reassignment surgeries and hormone suppression therapies.

Yale is one of the schools which is changing their rules and policies in relation to transgender rights. The University of Vermont started to address their transgender students with their preferred names and pronouns just last year. In addition, Smith College started accepting students who identify themselves as females even though they were born as males. They made headlines given that they are an all-women’s school. On the other hand, Harvard allows students to use which bathroom they feel comfortable in.

Yale’s gender-neutral bathrooms were once tagged as men’s or women’s rooms. They now say “All Gender Restroom” with figures of a man and a woman next to a figure wearing pants and dress. While these campus bathrooms may not be like home bathrooms with Vanity Units and luxurious furniture but the thought that one can be himself or herself in these bathrooms is just as good as being home.