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  • Tom 10:57 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , anti-AIDS, , campaig, , Chatuchak Park, HIV positive patients, , , , teenager, teenagers, ,   

    Bangkok launches campaign to counter AIDS 

    The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and anti-AIDS networks has kicked off a campaign to promote the use of condoms and educate the public about AIDS.

    Deputy Governor of Bangkok MD Malinee Sukhawetworakit yesterday presided over the anti-AIDS campaign at Chatuchak Park after statistics suggested a number of new HIV positive patients in the capital city increased. MD Malinee said there were accumulated 350,000 patients over the past 25 years or 0.4% of the Thai population.

    Currently, 26,000 patients of those infected are still alive. In Bangkok alone, there are 57,000 patients, with 2,400 new cases this year.

    Most HIV positive patients were unaware of their disease and transmitted it to other people, the deputy governor said.

    The campaign stresses on providing knowledge about the disease and creating an understanding, especially among teenagers of age below 24 and other risk groups. (NNT) –

  • Tom 8:34 pm on September 14, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Asian social networking, avatar, , , , Cyworld, DeNA, , , Facebook gifts, , GREE fishing game, Habbo, Meanwhile, , MySpace, networking sites, , New York Times, online game, online games, pet, Pet Society, play games, Playfish, playing, playing games, PopCap, purchasing, QQ, Qzone, social games, social network, , social networking sites, , teenagers, Tsuri Star 2, Tudou, , virtual, virtual money, virtual pets   

    Asian social networking sites profit from virtual money 

    The Australia-based uSocial is selling friends and fans to Facebook members. Reuters photo.

    The Australia-based uSocial is selling friends and fans to Facebook members. Reuters photo.

    By selling an array of virtual products from avatar clothes to e-furniture, Asia’s social networking sites appear to have solved the conundrum of how to leverage big profits from their extensive user bases.

    It’s simple, they say, the money might be virtual but the profits are all too real.

    Chinese university student Tan Shengrong spends about 20 yuan ($2.90) per month purchasing outfits for her pet penguin avatar or playing games on QQ, an instant message portal on Qzone, China’s most popular social networking site.

    It might not seem like a hefty sum, but every fen, or cent, is money in the bank for Tencent Holdings, which owns Qzone and saw an 85 percent increase in its second quarter net profit this year compared to 2008 despite the economic downturn.

    “They keep growing even though the economy’s bad because they keep making millions from cents from millions and millions of people,” said Benjamin Joffe, head of Internet consulting firm Plus Eight Star. (More …)

  • Tom 7:46 pm on August 30, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: adults, , , , bookship, bookshop, , Christian, , Doulos, Guinness, Guinness World Records, Jesus Christ, Klong Toey, , MV Doulos, , publications, , , teenagers, Thai publications, , Titanic,   

    Doulos ‘bookship’ comes to Thailand 

    Doulos 'bookship comes to Thailand

    After three years of waiting, finally, one of the world’s most prominent floating “book” ships, the MV Doulos, is visiting Thailand again. Currently, the ship is docked at Klong Toey Port, welcoming all bookworms until August 23.

    The MV Doulos is the world’s oldest active ocean-going passenger vessel, according to Guinness World Records. She was built in 1914, making the ship a close sister of the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Doulos has visited more than 100 countries over the past 30 years, upholding a mission to bring knowledge, help and hope to people around the world. (More …)

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