Month: May 2016

Thousands Of Myanmar Workers Stopped Working In Thailand, Returned Home

It has been reported that around 50,000 Myanmar workers who are employed in the fishing industry of central Thailand have resigned from their jobs and decided to go back home. While many are still left, there are reports circulating that many more are going to follow suit.

According to the head of fisheries association based in Samut Sakorn province, Kamjorn Mongkoltreeluck, thousands of migrant workers that have been under their employment for many years have decided that they wanted to go back to their home country. They also expressed that they will not be coming back again to look for jobs in Thailand.

Samut Sakorn is located about 35 kilometers away from the southwest part of Bangkok and it contains the largest fishing, food processing as well as frozen seafood industry in Thailand.

Majority of the Myanmar migrants have been employed as workers under the fishing and food processing industry, other are unskilled laborers that work in the construction sector and some are home maids.

According to Kamjorn, many of these Myanmar migrants have decided to resign from their jobs because the fishing boats they are using have been anchored for too long since it either does not have the proper monitoring equipment or it is not equipped with operating licenses. Using these boats will mean that they are not following the regulations set by the Fisheries Department or they may be caught by the European Union for it is considered IUU or Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported fishing business.

Based on the regulations from the department, it is also require for the fishing boats to be out in the open sea and fishing for a maximum limit of 220 days every year and must stay anchored on shore for the remaining 145 days.

The EU is a constant buyer of fishery products from Thailand amounting to $500 million US every year and they have expressed their desire to the Thai authorities that there must be no illegal migrants or under-aged workers nor there be abused going on aboard the trawlers. These Myanmar workers decided to look for jobs in their own country rather than opt for jobs in Thailand.


Budweiser Remains Patriotic In Spite Of Rebranding

Budweiser is one of the bestselling beers of the United States not to mention that the brand is also significantly popular in many countries. Budweiser is packaged as an all-American beer with its red, blue and white can. While Budweiser is technically part of a Belgian company Anheuser-Busch it has been known for its patriotism and sponsorship of most American sports.

However, things do change and although Budweiser is already well known throughout the world, it has to increase its global presence. Budweiser has been consistent with its American patriotism with its new seasonal packaging screaming America. According to AdAge, Budweiser is set to feature the word “America” on its front with different nationalistic phrases that includes “Land of the Free” and “Home of the Brave.” The new packaging will also include “From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream Waters” and “Indivisible since 1776.”

Budweiser packaging has certainly evolved through the years but are consumers prepared to accept the new packaging? Opinions will certainly vary but there will always be loyalists who will stick it out with the brand whether it is packaged in stars and stripes and Lady Liberty or patriotic phrases. The new design may appear classier and more high-end to some audiences while others will remain indifferent to the change. For beer lovers, packaging will not affect purchase preferences particularly since that it is only the packaging that will be changed not the contents.

Budweiser is expected to capitalize on coming seasonal events that will include the Olympics, Fourth of July and Copa America Soccer Tournament that will be taking place in the US this summer. New ads are set to appear this June and it is very likely that some Olympic athletes will endorse the product.

Rebranding is certainly important for a product as well as its promotional designs. Paper Mart offers businesses in the United States an assortment of packaging supplies, gift boxes, gift bags and cardboard boxes that are pleasing to the eyes. Paper Mart also offers customized packaging through printed bags and boxes using the design studio app. Customization of packaging will differentiate your brand from the competitors.


Overcoming The Challenges Of Standup Paddle Boarding

If you will watch videos of standup paddle boarding, it looks quite simple and uncomplicated. Many people actually assume that they only need to buy an inflatable paddle board, fill it with H2O, stand up and paddle in the waters. However, if you will watch Kai Lenny’s new video on the coast of Maui, you will be awed at how much he pushes the boundaries of the water sport with a paddle board that appears to defy the laws of physics.

Kai Lenny is a professional standup paddle boarder from Maui. He is a six-time SUP world champion who also participates in other water sports like big-wave surfing, wind surfing and kite surfing. In fact, his name Kai was derived from a Hawaiian definition of water.

In Kai Lenny’s most recent video, you will be able to view the highlights of standup paddle boarding. Kai used a different paddle board where more speed equals to more lift. His foil board includes a set of strategically placed angled wings that are attached to the bottom of the board so that it can glide through the water while lifting the board up into the air.

Hydro foils are common on boats, kayaks and surfboards but there has been no explanation of its fluid dynamics aside from the fact that it usually relies on sails, tow-in methods and waves for propulsion. However, Lenny manages to increase his speed by using his incredible strength and skill with the paddle. He has strong knowledge of the sea and can read different wave patterns. He knows when and how to paddle vigorously while keeping his vertical balance on the paddle board.

Lenny on his foil board is a sight to behold particularly if you will give notice to his superhuman balance and paddling skills that helps him achieve greater speed with less friction. But while Lenny makes it look easy to stand up on the paddle board, mere mortals will not achieve this balance anytime soon. Best SUP boards are lightweight and made in different shapes and technologies for every body weight, height and ability.


Interesting Facts About The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

If you’ve grown up during the 90s and the 2000s, then you probably know about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, or TMNT, has existed for over 32 years now and it has become one of the most popular fictional brands in the world. People definitely love these crime fighting humanoid turtles. Who wouldn’t love them? They’re turtles who mastered the art of Ninjutsu! TMNT isn’t just a popular franchise, it is actually a pop culture phenomenon and the names Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael aren’t just famous artists during the Renaissance, they’re also names of the four teenage mutant ninja turtles that had captured the hearts of kids worldwide.

Even with over three decades of existence, it would seem that TMNT isn’t ready to hit the shelves just yet. In fact, the franchise is actually getting bigger and bigger with another feature film being released this June.

Here are some interesting facts about the teenage mutant ninja turtles that you should definitely know about.

  1. TMNT started with a silly joke. True TMNT fans would know that the franchise began with a dumb joke one night while Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were both hanging out. Laird was so engrossed with the show he was watching on TV and Eastman wanted to give him a good laugh so he drew a turtle standing upright wearing a mask and carrying a nanchaku. Laird found it very funny and interesting so he began to draw his very own ninja turtle and the rest was history.
  2. The first TMNT picture was sold for $71,000. Unbelievable right? But it’s true. The picture that Eastman and Laird drew during the night they conceived TMNT was actually bought for $71 thousand but if you consider how successful the franchise is and what its worth, then that really is worth the price.
  3. Donnie was supposed to be named Bernini. All of the ninja turtles were named after famous Renaissance artists but originally, they were supposed to have Japanese names. However, Laird and Eastman both thought that they didn’t sound silly enough that is why they opted to use Italian Renaissance artist names instead. Donnie was supposed to be named after Gian Lorenzo Bernini, an Italian artist and architect. But they opted to go with Donatello instead so that they’d have another name that ends with ‘o’.

For more information regarding TMNT, you can visit TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com.