THOUGH THE story of Mae Nak Phra Khanong, a woman who died in a difficult childbirth over a century ago, no longer scares Thai mothers-to-be, nearly one out of every three babies still arrives via C-section in Thailand. The reason for this is that mothers choose to go under the knife due to fear of labour pains, superstitious beliefs or to take advantage of the packages offered by private hospitals. “In Thailand, 35 per cent of all babies are born by caesarean section, but the World Health Organisation puts the ideal rate at 10 to 15 per cent,” Professor Dr Pisake Lumbiganon, president of the Royal Thai College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said. The high rate of C-sections in Thailand, he said, can be attributed to a lack of health literacy, as most women -– including those working in healthcare – believe a C-section is safer and better than natural delivery. Also, Pisake said, going under the knife allows parents to manage their time … [Read more...] about An ‘auspicious’ beginning?
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caption Don’t squander your long weekend. source Alexey Lesik/Shutterstock • In honor of Memorial Day, some people in the US are enjoying a long weekend. • Business Insider reached out to some experts on how to set yourself up for success when you have an extra day off. • Their suggestions focused on prioritizing tasks, setting technology guidelines, and spending time with loved ones. Memorial Day is here, and that could mean you have an extra day off to add to your normal weekend. But how should you spend your long weekend? If you’re not sure how to make the most of the next few days, we’ve got some ideas. In addition to reflecting on the sacrifice of those who lost their lives while serving in America’s military, here are 17 things successful people can do before and over long weekends: They plan ahead source Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock.com Many successful people plan out their … [Read more...] about 16 things successful people do over long weekends
MANILA - The scheduled 6-month closure of Boracay will cover even structures that comply with the law to give way to a major cleanup of the country's most famous holiday island, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo-Tulfo said Thursday. President Rodrigo Duterte has approved Boracay's total closure starting April 26, his spokesman Harry Roque announced Wednesday. Duterte's directive entails banning all local and foreign tourists from the island, and shutting down all structures there, Teo-Tulfo told DZMM. "Lahat, whether compliant ka o hindi, lahat talaga magsakripisyo dito," the official said. "Turista, talagang definitely, wala nang turista, whether local or foreign, na papasok," she added. The government will also demolish some 900 structures within the 30-meter shoreline easement or no-build zone, and those in wetlands or forest lands, said Teo-Tulfo. Boracay, on the northern tip of central Panay island, is a top destination for local and foreign tourists and … [Read more...] about News Boracay closure to cover even compliant establishments: tourism chief
We’ve all been there. You’ve gone to the Eiffel Tower on your first day in Paris. Now you’re three hours deep in queues and your schedule for the rest of the weekend has been thrown off. Then you reach the top of the iconic tower, take in your surroundings, and realise that the very best thing about Paris’s skyline is missing from your view. There are many tourist traps which sound great in theory but will eat into your holiday in a big way. Once you go, you realise that – although they look great on a postcard – they aren’t entirely worth the visit. But there are plenty of landmarks that are worth the wait. Business Insider asked travel experts from the likes of Lonely Planet, Rare Escapes, and KAYAK for their favourite European landmarks that are actually worth visiting. Scroll on to discover their top 26, ranging from London’s Big Ben to the ornate gardens of Manoir d’Eyrignac in France.The Shard in London, UK. … [Read more...] about 26 tourist landmarks in Europe that are worth lining up for, according to top travel experts