Month: November 2016

Thailand Education For Expats –Discussion On International Schools And How To Distinguish One

There was a point in time that schools in Thailand advertise themselves to be International schools, but lack the qualifications of being one. It was used as a marketing tool to get more enrollments. That is why in 1994, the International Schools Association of Thailand was formed. This is mainly to set standards and validate institutions who claim to be International Schools. To be admitted a member of this association, the school must teach International Curriculum, either American or British among many others. Secondly, there must be a high percentage of non-Thai students attending the said institution. And lastly, there must also be a high percentage of non-Thai instructors and educators teaching in the institution. To be standardized as an international school, Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, has followed these simple guidelines to make sure they do not mislead foreign nationals seeking international studies.

For people looking for an international school, Bangkok standards in the present surely do not disappoint. As more Thai parents aspire to get their children taught with international approach and style, they condense international schools lessening the general percentage of Non-Thai students. To counter this, secondary schools called ‘bilingual schools’ were put up. Not to confused with international schools, bilingual schools do not necessarily follow international standards but adopt some of its systems and still have international style taught.

What makes a school international, in detail, varies, and even arguable at times. Many institutions expressed disagreement with the criteria. They said that it is still possible to produce global citizens even without meeting the technical guidelines. Even though many institutions echo the same sentiments, the criteria are still in place to produce a strong distinction between International Schools and other schools. And the more criteria is met, the higher the tier is. After the technicalities have been met, the approach varies. There are a handful of different curricula that can be adopted. However, the International Schools Association of Thailand has one different approach. Though different languages are taught to comply with international standards, they still aim to establish a good command of the Thai Language. This is to maintain a strong representation of Thailand in the international community.


Massive Growth For Signage Market In Australia

Australia’s digital signage market’s worth is expected to be $133 million by 2020. This is according to the market research company, Frost & Sullivan.

The results from the Frost & Sullivan report

The report which Frost & Sullivan published titled as “Australian Digital Signage Systems Market 2015” showed that the digital signage market including sales on digital signage displays, software, media players and content management increased by 12.1% in 2014 and reached $133 million. This solid growth in the market is expected to continue through the next years with a 13.9% CAGR during 2015 to 2020.

Digital and billboard signage around Australia

The fast growth is contributed by the increase in market opportunities specifically in the financial services and also on outdoor segments with a greater proportion of bigger roll-outs. Australian shopping centres and retail chains installed digital signage systems and some other forms of advertisements to increase traffic. Other industries like telecommunications, fast food chains and banking also have an increasing market need for digital signage.

Many major roll-outs of outdoor signage have also been made by Australia’s public transport sector. They are found in places like the train stations in some major cities and at the domestic and international airports. Billboard signage retain its use at some public locations instead of the digital signs being used.

The corporate sector also is taking advantage of this new trend and is putting high definition video walls in office towers, car parks, foyers, and lifts. There’s been strong demands from tier one banks and financial institutions, and tier two banking sectors had strong momentum in the past 12 months.

Big players in the digital signage systems

The market of digital signage systems is moving from having outsourced software, hardware and services components to having internally managed and lower cost cloud based systems.

The telecommunication providers may be the biggest players in this sector because of their capacity in controlling and monitoring all network elements like carriage, applications and mobile.

This can be used with the technology trends like touch interactivity and mobile marketing.


Whether it be a digital signage business or handmade signs in Sydney, the market is booming in Australia, and it looks like nothing is stopping it.

How to Do a Daily and Weekly Quick Assessment on Commercial Cleanliness

Commercial cleaners are entrusted the vital task of keeping the workplace thoroughly cleaned for a healthy and comfortable working environment. Most Melbourne commercial cleaning companies are reputable and a master in their fields, just one glimpse at the outcome and you will immediately satisfied. But commercial cleaning is not only keeping things in order or the place smelling good, the service you are paying for are elaborate and specific, so you need to take the time to evaluate if all services agreed upon in the contract were delivered. Also, make sure that proper protocols were followed in the procedure.

Prepping the workplace

This industry pride themselves to be trained and professional, following a system methodically in service delivery. In an urban metropolis setting, Melbourne commercial cleaning services do not only take care of the property but also the welfare of the people working in their area of assignment. When doing extensive cleaning, the cleaners must put up a sign to avoid accidents, like the risk of fall or accidental contact with toxic chemicals. This is so that passers-by can take an alternate route, and save both parties from any inconvenience. Imagine just finishing mopping a corridor, and then somebody casually walks over the wet floor. It may be hazardous since the floor is wet plus you will have to redo the work.

Daily cleaning routines

Visually check the area for any types of debris or trash that are scattered. Check for any stains or spots on the walls, carpets, floors, or furniture. Check desktop surfaces for accumulated dust, or knobs and handles for any grease marks. Check if the garbage bins are emptied. Restrooms should also be spot clean with paper towels and tissue rolls refilled. These should be covered in the daily routine cleaning. Call the attention of your commercial cleaners to get these issues straightened out.

Weekly cleaning routines

Check for dust accumulated on filing cabinets, cubicle divisions, shelves, photocopier machine, and other common areas. Ask if desks, telephones and keyboards were already disinfected as well. Check the state of the door jams, heating vents, ledges and window sills if they need dusting. These should be taken cared of on a weekly basis.

Lutz-Manrique Family Funeral – Mourned In Sydney After ‘Tragic Gas Death’

Relatives and friends farewelled the Lutz-Manrique family in their funeral at Sydney upper north shores in Wahroonga, two weeks after Police discovered their bodies inside their home in Davidson. Maria Lutz, 43, husband Fernando Manrique, 44 and their children Martin and Elisa, were suspected to be victims of deliberate gas poisoning as a gas set-up was also found in the ceiling.

Shocked members of the St. Lucy’s School community also joined the mourners. Both children of the Lutz-Manrique family had autism and attended the said school at Wahroonga. The family’s funeral directors in Sydney arranged a solemn requiem mass at the Holy Name Catholic Church despite the streaming of grieving friends and relatives, emotionally remembering the much-adored Lutz-Manrique family. Relatives of Maria Lutz, mostly arriving in Sydney from Colombia, remembered her as a woman of tenacity and resilience, and a very loving mother to Martin and Elisa.

Suspected gas murder-suicide

Their home in Davidson was forced entered by the police after the school alerted the authorities when Mrs. Lutz did not show up for Canteen duty. Reports have earlier suggested that house pipes which carried Carbon Monoxide lead to the tragic incident. Witnesses also said they saw Mr. Manrique building a pipe network into their roof which points the investigation to be possibly a murder-suicide. Friends of Mrs. Lutz also testified that she pleaded her husband that they return to her family in Colombia to get help from them in caring for their autistic children, but Mr. Manrique refused.

Disability did not cause deaths

Warren Hopley, Principal of St. Lucy’s School, commended Mr. Manrique who have, in no doubt, loved his children. He added that the matter on why he snapped should not be blamed on the children’s disability. Josie Gigliotti, the parent of Elisa’s classmate, said Maria Lutz also did not show any hints of difficulty in coping.

Tragedy exposure may help spread awareness

The family expressed they make no judgments and do not blame anyone for the circumstances which lead to the Lutz-Manrique family’s death. Though further exposure could only add to their pain, they hoped that this will bring awareness on the psychological, economic and social stresses that parents of children with autism bears.

Relatives requested the funeral directors in Sydney for a private cremation before they take the remains back to Colombia.


When Moving House Becomes A Nightmare

Rosemary Alfredo assumed that moving house is relatively easy because she is only heading one block away at a corner in Boston’s North End. She hired Father and Son Moving and Storage out of Billerica because they gave Alfredo a quote that was cheaper than other estimates. The quote was provided after Alfredo gave every detail of the items that have to be moved.

Moving day was in late June but the moving company did not show up. Alfredo had to take another day-off from work to get done with the move. A young and inexperienced crew arrived and it was apparent that they did not know what to do. According to Alfredo, every piece of furniture ended up with scratches, cracks and dents. However, this was not yet the worst of the ordeal.

When a half of the furniture was finally moved to the one-room apartment, one of the movers told Alfredo that they cannot unload the remaining stuff if they were not given an additional $3,600. This was clearly a case of extortion.

Kenn Pike of Lowell had a similar experience. Pike was living on disability benefits and he felt threatened when the movers doubled the quote. For Pike, the additional charges were financially devastating and he felt like he was being robbed at gunpoint.

Alfredo and Pike did not know that Father and Son Movers had a chequered past. In 2012, the moving company was required to pay $75,000 to disgruntled customers and more than $50,000 in state fines. In spite of the punishment, complaints did not stop and the Attorney General continued to receive calls from angry customers.

Customers are particularly vulnerable when the moving company is in possession of their belongings. It is very important to shop around and ask questions about additional charges. Always get a written estimate and do not rely on over the phone quotes because they are non-binding estimates.

Reliable and trustworthy furniture removal in Sydney strives to make moving a happy experience for its customers. An accurate estimate will be provided immediately and all details discussed properly to help you reach an informed decision.

Is It Right To Use Baits To Lure Sharks To Come Closer?

An underwater photographer experienced a horrifying close encounter with his subject when the great white shark broke into his cage. Shocking incidents have been reported from the Gulf of Mexico over the past years. The waters are certainly filled with sharks which makes diving in the Gulf of Mexico an adventure for the fearless.

According to underwater photographer, Brian Skerry, the bait might have lured the great white shark to come closer to the diving cage. Usually, boat crews throw a rope with tuna tied to it to encourage the shark to swim closer. As the shark gets closer to the bait, it opens its mouth, closes its eyes and ends up running into the cage.

Divers in the cage are in no danger of being bitten but they can be smashed to death by the 2,000-pound shark if it remains in the cage. According to videographer, Brian Ernst, he together with the crew was terrified that the diver might be slammed by the great shark when it was trying to get away.  Divers must be knowledgeable on how to leave the cage safely without letting the weights tied to the waist to pull them to the ocean floor.

Shark cage incidents are becoming common because they are easily enticed by the scent of tuna. On the other hand, the incidents have not diminished the enthusiasm of divers to experience shark cage diving. The fact is, sharks are actually awesome and won’t try to break into a cage. It is the bait that lures them to try and enter a diving cage.

Shark cage diving allows divers to experience a great white shark firsthand. It also raises awareness of the shark’s dwindling numbers that require some efforts to help in their preservation. Incidents in shark cage diving means that sharks have to be given the respect they deserve.

Similan islands is one of the top rated diving destinations of the world. If you go diving in Similan islands, you will experience an amazing variety of marine life and hard and soft coral species that you will not find anywhere else in the world.


3 Indications Of A Trusted Law Firm In Thailand

You can easily find a lot of law firms on the internet if you are looking for a lawyer to represent you in your dealings abroad. But if you are looking for a Trusted Law Firm in Thailand, you may have to dedicate extra time to find one. There are several law firms around but you can never be sure which of them offers reliable services to foreign nationals like you. If you want to hire a dependable lawyer from a trusted law firm, consider the following ideas for your reference.

A Global Presence

While you can easily hire a lawyer who is expert in international law, it would be better if the firm he belongs to has an international presence which means that they have handled numerous cases and legal transactions in different parts of the world. It would also be a plus factor if the law firm has a station or satellite office in the country that you intend to do business in.

A Good Number of Clientele

You will know that you are dealing with a Trusted Law Firm in Thailand when they have a steady string of clients. If the lawyers are busy handling different legal transactions, this means that they are trusted enough by their clientele and they are well recommended by their previous clients. Read reviews to get additional information about the law firm and if they collect reasonable fees from their clients. A trustworthy law firm also offers financial schemes and arrangements for clients who cannot pay upfront for the services.

A Notable Legal Expertise

Review the cases handled by your target law firm. Did they get more favorable legal battles for their clients? What is the percentage of cases that were settled amicably or the number of cases won against the total number of cases handled by the firm? If you need to be assisted legally abroad, look for a Trusted Law Firm in Thailand with legal expertise that you require. There are legal experts in taxation, commercial litigation, banking, family, corporate, properties, employment and many more.