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Changes In The Route Of High Speed Railway Project

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Many locals and tourists staying at Holiday Inn in Rayong are ecstatic when it was announced that the new high-speed railway project will be stopping at Rayong’s inner city. Guess it was too early to celebrate as the government decided to change the route of the railway. The high-speed train was originally expected to terminate at the inner city of the province of Rayong. Now, the new point of termination is at U-tapao airport. According to officials, the change was decided due to safety concerns and another factor which is speed development.

EEC Office’s secretary general, Kanit Sangsubhan, said that the government is thinking about the safety of the passengers in case an unfortunate accident is to occur while at the industrial estate of the Map Ta Phut since the train will pass by this point before it finally terminates at Rayong.

Map Ta Phut is found in the Eastern Seaboard with U-tapao on the east and Rayong on the west.

Mr. Kanit added that the government has already decided to move the last station from Rayong to U-tapao airport. With the original plan, the railway will go through the industrial estate of Map Ta Phut which means that the project will face delay due to the requirements needed such as an assessment to see the effect on the environment.

The first phase of the high-speed railway between Bangkok and Rayong was intended to cover four different sections including Phaya Thai to Suvarnabhumi airport link, Bang Sue to Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi to U-tapao airport and Bang Sue to Phaya Thai.

This month is expected for the project to announce its reference terms and bidding might start in the next few months.

Mr. Kanit also clarified that the high-speed project is one of the most essential developments intended to increase the confidence of the investors. There are other projects in line such as the EEC law and the airport expansion of U-tapao. Either way, the railway will bring convenience as passengers can easily travel from Bangkok to Holiday Inn in Rayong or other accommodations they have booked in the area.

Vernon’s Central Elementary Affected By Boiler Issues

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The students of Vernon’s Central Elementary would be more than happy to enjoy the advantages of high efficiency boilers, as they went to the school, dressed in heavy and warm clothing, after an announcement by Superintendent Jeff Byrd, Vernon ISD, made an announcement on the 12th of February, Monday, regarding an issue in the school.

Central Elementary’s boiler is out of order since February 12, and students had to attend classes prepared for cold weather as a result. Byrd says that the issue was due to a leak in the school’s boiler system which led to its shutdown.

The boiler issue would, naturally, affect how the day of the school’s students would go, with changes made to their schedule in order to account for the boiler issue. Instead of eating in class, as usual, the students had their breakfast in the school cafeteria, which was kitted out with portable heaters. Following that, the students then headed to Wilbarger Memorial Auditorium for a movie.

Central Elementary Principal Kacy Hunter, says that they had to overhaul the school’s daily schedule for the time being, replacing the study hall, computer time and the extracurricular activities.

The school officials made the changes due to the fact that the school had no heat throughout the night of February 12, which meant that the school might be too cold for the students the following day.

Following their movie watching on the 13th, the students went back to the school for lunch, whilst maintenance workers checked the classrooms in order to make sure that their temperature wasn’t dangerous for the kids.

Principal Byrd says that the school is educating students, but not if it comes at the cost of their safety and security.

Byrd has revealed by the morning of February 13 that a replacement boiler was already on the way to the school, and, if schedule holds, the boiler will be there by February 16, Friday, which will put an end to the discussions about the advantages of high efficiency boilers, and help keep the kids warm.

Byrd encourages the kids to still be dressed in warm clothes, despite the warmer temperatures expected on the 14th and 15th of February.

NYCHA Developments To Get New Boilers

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An announcement was made by Mayor Bill de Blasio regarding an investment worth $200 million which is going to be used in changing old boilers as well as upgrading the heating systems in 20 different developments under the NYCHA. The plan is set to be completed before 2022. There are many different types of boilers and the ones used by the developments have been considered during the budget allotment.

The funding will be used on sites that require upgrade the most such as those experiencing severe heat and lack of hot water majority of the times. The program aims to replace old boilers and upgrade the heating controls to more modern ones. After the replacements and upgrades are completed, around 45,000 residents will be enjoying the new facilities.

Through the upgrade, NYCHA will be able to save an annual cost of $5 million which is spent on heating costs.

According to de Blasio, this program is similar to the investment they made when they replaced old roofs because it is geared towards solving one of the main problems of the residents of NYCHA. The management expects that thousands of residents will feel the improvement once it is completed. Due to the cold winter which is not like any before it, the old boilers as well as the pipes were subjected to extreme temperature. He added that they are trying to solve the main issues thus they are encouraging their partners, both in the state and federal level, to do similar.

For the fiscal years between 2014 and 2027, De Blasio has pledged to give $2.1 billion for the capital infrastructure of NYCHA while between fiscal years 2014 and 2022, the operations of the agency can expect a funding of $1.6 billion.

Alicka Ampry-Samuel, council member and Committee on Public Housing’s chairman, said that they are praising Mayor de Blasio for his decision and for prioritizing the residents of NYCHA. They recognized that a number of developments are facing challenges especially in different types of boilers and heating system. The $200 million will help them especially now that their funding has been reduced by the federal government.

Getting The Best Deals For A Spacious Room Hotel In Sukhumvit

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Thailand is a tropical paradise located 15 degrees north of the equator, with temperatures ranging from 19 to 38 degrees Centigrade. It has a magnificent coastline with several amazing and breath-taking beaches. The country is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South East Asia. Many travellers from the west also come here to this country for its beautiful scenery and warm weather.

Some of the finest hotels are located in Thailand. From cozy beachfront bungalow guesthouses to 5-star hotels with luxury spas, there are accommodation facilities of every type to suit the various travellers coming to the country. The best room rates are available between May to August during its off-peak season, while the highest room rates are charged between December till February, the peakiest tourist season. You will also find spacious room hotel in Sukhumvit that are great for such accommodations. Below is a short list of Thailand hotel deals for the discerning tourist:Servi

FuramaXclusive Sathorn

This is a boutique-style hotel, conveniently situated in the heart of Silom. You will find nearby shopping malls, convenience stores and banks. The Chong Nonsi BTS sky train station is just a three-minute walk away. The spacious room hotel in Sukhumvit come with Wi-Fi Internet connection. Guest room rates start at 1900baht.

Imm Fusion Sukhumvit

This spacious room hotel in Sukhumvit is part of the Imm Hotel Group and is situated about 20 minutes away from Suvarnabhumi Airport through the expressway. If you want to go to the BTS, you can reach the area just a walking distance away. Popular shopping centres like MBK Shopping Center, Siam Paragon, Erawan Bangkok, Central World Plaza, Siam Discovery, the Emporium and Siam Center are situated nearby. Room types include Standard, Deluxe and Superior rooms with rates starting as low as 850baht.

Thailand offers many more hotels with excellent accommodation facilities at extremely competitive prices. One just needs to spend a little time to discover the great hotel deals. If you like, you can search the Internet for options before you come visit Thailand. This will assure you that you really have a spacious room hotel in Sukhumvit to accommodate you.

Places Worth Visiting In Southeast Asia

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TripAdvisor has already released the top 10 places that have gathered a significant level of interest from tourists in Southeast Asia. The top spot was bagged by Ramayana Water Part because it has the highest interest looking at the year-on-year rate which is at 74 per cent. Travelers wishing to visit this top attraction should stay in a hotel near Water park in Pattaya for security and convenience. The ranking was based on the TripAdvisor Attractions Trend Index which monitors the searches of online users within Southeast Asia.

There are requirements to be included in the list such as having a minimum of 5,000 sessions for the year 2016 and the attractions rating on TripAdvisor must not reach below four bubbles. The countries included in the Southeast Asian region are Philippines, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, East Timor, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Laos and Myanmar. Here are some of the top attractions based on TripAdvisor.

Ramayana Water Park. The water park is located in Pattaya, Thailand. It is ranked as the third best in Asia.

Campuhan Ridge Walk. Found in Ubud, Indonesia and offers a beautiful view of the rice fields. It is best to visit early in the morning at 6 AM to fully appreciate its beauty.

Borobudur Temple. This is awarded as the top landmark in the country of Indonesia. It is found in Borobudur and is known to be the biggest Buddhist temple in the entire globe.

Ubud Kajeng Rice Fields Walk. Located in Ubud, Indonesia and know for its beautiful views which are untouched yet because only a handful of tourists have been to the place.

Lake Symphony. This attraction is quite popular in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as it is part of the KLCC Park. It has an 82-meter fountain with daily light and sound show.

Jatiluwih Green Land. The site is recognized as Unesco World Heritage Site and is located in Tabanan, Indonesia.

Tirta Gangga. Water palace constructed in Karangasem, Bali. The pool contains fresh water and perfect for cooling down during the hot summer months.

If you are visiting Thailand only, make sure to get a hotel near Waterpark in Pattaya in order for you not to miss the top attraction in Southeast Asia.

Cleaning Companies Given Permission To Recruit Cleaners From Additional Countries

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A new pilot scheme was introduced by the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore. This will give 15 cleaning companies in the country the permission to hire part-time cleaners from four additional countries. These companies are offering part-time cleaning services to homeowners in Singapore. All over the world there is a rise in demand for household cleaners thus the increase in number of domestic agencies such as high-end domestic agency in Dubai.

As of writing, the cleaning companies are only legally allowed to hire cleaners with work permit from a number of countriesincluding North Asia, China and Malaysia.

With the new scheme, the cleaning companies will be given the opportunity to hire form additional countries such as Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

The program by the MOM is called HSS or Household Services Scheme which is created in order to assist the industry in answering the increasing demand from homeowners to hire part-time cleaners.

The MOM said that the companies under the scheme including Amahs on Wheels and Home Cleanz re hiring workers that will fulfill part-time services like cleaning and they can be hired in various households.

The workers’ accommodations will be provided by the company which will hire them. This is a different setup from foreign domestic workers or FDWs that are staying in with the specific household that hired them.

According to Josephine Teo, the second minister for home affairs and manpower, said that there are households in Singapore that employ foreign domestic workers to take care of the household chores like cleaning and maintaining the house.

Mrs. Teo said that this will motivate families to hire part-time services for their cleaning needs alone. This will help reduce the increasing demand for foreign domestic workers which should be prioritized for those requiring a caregiver.

Looking at the cost, it is not cheaper when foreigners are hired for part-time work compared to the locals. In fact, the prices are the same to both local and foreign. Singapore is not the only country to do this as there is high-end domestic agency in Dubai that provide part time cleaning services as well.

Office Sharing Spreads Throughout Southeast Asia

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In Bangkok, a new, co-working office space owned by the Amsterdam-based Spaces is will be opening in February 2018, one of many office sharing spaces taking up prime office & retail space not only across Thailand, but across the whole Southeast Asian region.

For Spaces, a subsidiary of Switzerland’s International Workplace Group, this new site is their first foray into Thailand, but the second location for the company in the region, having set up in Singapore back in 2016. Among Spaces’ many clients are giants like Booking.com, GoPro and PayPal, among others. It currently has plans to increase their 80 sites to 250, with the Southeast Asian market to include Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, to name a few.

Office sharing started in North America as an effect of the startup culture, providing entrepreneurs with prime office & retail space for a fraction of the usual cost. In Southeast Asia, co-working is still in its infancy, but with expatriates and local entrepreneurs driving up demand, the office sharing market is set to grow.

CB Insights, a managing consulting firm, estimates that co-working spaces could make up 15% of the Southeast Asia’s prime office & retail space by 2030; compared to 2018’s 5%s. Cushman & Wakefield, meanwhile, forecast that co-working space demand across Asia will grow at about 10-15% annually.

Meanwhile, in other areas in Southeast Asia, Common Ground, a Malaysian startup firm, opened its very first co-working space in Kuala Lumpur at March of 2017, and, according to the company, the 17,000ft2 of space they managed to hit full occupancy within four months. They are just one of many co-working space operators across the country providing supply for the region.

Property consultancy firm CBRE published a report of co-working space, detailing costs, and giving out their advice for those moving into the co-working operation market. According to them, market operators need to keep their costs in check, as well as keep an eye on supply-demand dynamics, with competition in the field intensifying as more and more co-working spaces open across Southeast Asia. This increase in supply will drive up occupancy costs and clamp down profit margins.

CBRE says that the most important points for running a co-working space is building a community, providing an experience, and opportunities for both learning and profit for users.