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  • Monday, April 27, 2020 09:12 | Anonymous

    Today, millions of people around the world have recently started working from home (WFH) because of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. We would like to share some advice from Dr. Alisara Arirachakaran, Head of the Sports Medicine & Lifestyle Center 

    How to establish a designated workspace correctly?

    In your house you should only try to work in one area. Try not to do work on the bed or on the sofa. The best workspace is at a desk or table so that you can arrange proper ergonomics during your day.

    How to work from home productively with care for your body and mind?

    It is important to make sure that you stay healthy as well as sane during these difficult times. You can stay healthy by reducing junk food consumption, eating and exercising regularly.
    Staying “sane” may be a bit more difficult. Even mentally stable individuals might experience depressive tendencies due to social isolation, as it is a situation that most are not accustomed to. Spend 10-20 minutes each day calling family and loved ones, and video-call your friends from time to time to see how they are doing.
    Activities like playing games, watching series, and learning a new skill online can also be good activities to pass the time. Watching too much depressive news and thinking about all the things you can’t do may not be good for your mental health, so limit those activities to maybe only once a day, or even to every other day.


    What exercises or physical activities at home do you suggest to stay healthy and work effectively?

    I recommend that you maintain a regular exercise routine of 20-30 minutes per day, 3-5 days per week. Whether it is body weight training, lifting weights, using exercise bands, or other activities like yoga or Pilates. Having daily physical activity will keep you more alert and less groggy, pumping up your endorphins. Once you feel more alert you will be able to work more effectively as well

    Tips on motivation, setting goals, and scheduling tasks

    You should specify a list of long-term goals over a time period of weeks, and a list of short-term goals that you want to achieve on a daily basis. Maybe your goal today is to get in one work-out before dinner and to do all your laundry. Then set that list and do it! Try to sleep at the same time you usually do and get up at the same time every morning to maintain your routine. You should also aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. If you go to bed at 3 am because you were watching Netflix, that’s fine but make sure you sleep until 10 am. Then the next night try to go to bed earlier, bringing your routine back to normal. It’s important to maintain a healthy routine and achieve goals so that you still feel that your life has meaning during these difficult times.

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020 12:00 | Anonymous

    Written by  Bill Gladstone

    Having lived as an expat in Thailand for years, I know how difficult it can be to purchase a condominium.

    For many of my friends, this is a regular topic of conversation and there are rarely any straightforward answers. Word of mouth often gets the best results, as often you need to know someone who knows someone to help you get this done.

    Finding a property is not as simple as contacting an agent hoping they will understand all your needs and represent your best interests. For example, I’ve seen the same condo unit listed with different agents, but at different prices. The fair market price is often hard to find.

    This on its own can be a big problem. After multiple rounds of tough negotiations on a condo unit in the Sathorn Road area, a colleague of mine needed a loan to complete the purchase. Unfortunately, the price he and the seller agreed upon was well above the loan value the lender was willing to give. Eventually, the deal fell through and he had to start searching for a home again.

    Now seems to be a good opportunity to buy as market prices are becoming more reasonable. With Covid-19 worries and a weak economy, I’ve heard that both developers and resellers are willing to be more reasonable on price as they have been sitting on unsold units for longer periods of time over the past few quarters. This is also a good time to look at refinancing if you already own a condo, as the banks are offering more attractive interest rates.

    Recently, one friend of mine from Hong Kong did really well by starting his search with the lender first. In his case, UOB Bank’s international mortgage team was able to take his information upfront and clearly explain what he would need to do to secure financing once he found a home he was happy with. Based on his financial status, they were able to advise how much he could borrow, what type of interest rate he could expect, and help him prepare some of the paperwork in advance. Armed with this knowledge, my friend was able to find a condo unit in the Sukhumvit area both he and his wife liked, agree on a fair price with the seller and close the transaction as painlessly as possible. My friend said that with few professional mortgage lenders available to expats in Thailand, having the financing in place in advance provided real peace of mind in concluding his purchase of his home.

    If you’re an expat living here or abroad, and are ready to buy a condo in Thailand, doing your homework in advance can really save you time, money and prevent disappointment.

    If you need any assistance in purchasing a residential condo in Thailand, we are very happy to refer you to a professional international mortgage team. And if you have a personal experience to share related to this topic please do not hesitate to send it to Jen Meckhayai, the Executive Director of CanCham Thailand at ed@canchamthailand.org or submit your inquiry here.

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020 12:23 | Anonymous

    Bumrungrad International is now using recently imported disinfecting robots from the US to help combat COVID- 19

    Bumrungrad International is now using recently imported disinfecting robots from the US to help combat COVID-19. COVID-19 testing is available at Bumrungrad International Hospital.




  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020 12:06 | Anonymous

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    Course Structure

    • 2 hour live, online sessions
    • 1 session per week
    • 5 sessions per course
    • Small cohort size
    • Interactive and exploratory of real life application of concepts

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    Course Cost

    • THB 6,000 or US$200
    • To be paid upon agreement of course time

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    Course Logistics

    • Course time will be agreed upon by participants, taking time zones into account. 
    • This course uses the Zoom online meeting platform.

  • Monday, April 13, 2020 11:17 | Anonymous

    AURORA, Ontario, March 26, 2020 — Magna International Inc. (TSX: MG; NYSE: MGA) today provided an update on a number of actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “During this unprecedented time, we remain focused on the health and safety of our employees and the communities in which Magna operates, while continuing to support our customers around the world.”

    “I remain confident in our resilience in the face of rapidly changing developments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as our ability to respond to changing market conditions. We believe we are putting the appropriate plans in place to manage through these challenging times, while also focusing on opportunities that may further position Magna for the future.”

    - Don Walker, Magna’s Chief Executive Officer

    Magna has established internal task forces to assess, monitor and deal with the potential impact of COVID-19 on our business and share information across the company. We continue to adjust our operations and take actions to protect the health of our employees, suppliers and visitors.

    A number of our OEM customers, particularly in North America and Europe, have initiated production downtime or have reduced production rates. It is uncertain whether OEMs will extend production downtime or further lower production rates as circumstances evolve. While specific production schedules for our operations vary by location and customer, many of our facilities have reduced or suspended operations for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including as a result of government-ordered restrictions. For our facilities that continue to operate due to customer schedules, we are taking steps to safeguard employees through enhanced administrative controls, employee monitoring strategies, more rigorous cleaning practices and physical distancing.

    Following an extended period of production downtime in February, our operations in China continue to ramp up along with the overall local industry. While business activity continues to increase, it remains below the production levels anticipated earlier this year.

    Given the high degree of business uncertainty caused by COVID-19, we are withdrawing our outlook. We will next provide a general business update when we report our first quarter 2020 results and will resume providing an outlook at a future date. In the meantime, investors should take comfort from the fact that we have liquidity of approximately $4 billion including approximately $1 billion in cash and $3 billion in available, committed credit lines at February 29, 2020.

    “We are taking actions across our organization to reduce costs and capital spending in order to mitigate the impacts of declining vehicle production on our cash flow. By design, our balance sheet is strong, which we believe will allow us to withstand a potential significant downturn and capitalize on opportunities.”

    - Vince Galifi, Magna’s Chief Financial Officer

    Reflecting our commitment to the communities in which we operate, we are working creatively to help source and produce critically-needed supplies and equipment for the health care sector. Our global purchasing organization has been successful in securing significant quantities of masks for local hospitals and health care authorities.


    Louis Tonelli, Vice-President, Investor Relations louis.tonelli@magna.com, 905.726.7035


    Tracy Fuerst, Vice President, Corporate Communications & PR tracy.fuerst@magna.com, 248.631.5396


    We are a mobility technology company. We have over 165,000 entrepreneurial-minded employees, 346 manufacturing operations and 94 product development, engineering and sales centres in 27 countries. We have complete vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing expertise, as well as product capabilities that include body, chassis, exteriors, seating, powertrain, active driver assistance, electronics, mechatronics, mirrors, lighting and roof systems. Our common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (MG) and the New York Stock Exchange (MGA).


    Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking information" or "forward-looking statements" (collectively, "forward-looking statements"). Any such forward-looking statements are intended to provide information about management's current expectations and plans and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Forward-looking statements may include financial and other projections, as well as statements regarding our future plans, strategic objectives or economic performance, or the assumptions underlying any of the foregoing, and other statements that are not recitations of historical fact. We use words such as "may", "would", "could", "should", "will", "likely", "expect", "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "plan", "aim", "forecast", "outlook", "project", "estimate", "target" and similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements relating to Magna’s resilience; as well as our ability to withstand a significant downturn and capitalize on opportunities.

    Forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to us, and are based on assumptions and analyses made by us in light of our experience and our perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors we believe are appropriate in the circumstances. While we believe we have a reasonable basis for making any such forward-looking statements, they are not a guarantee of future performance or outcomes. Whether actual results and developments conform to our expectations and predictions is subject to a number of risks, assumptions and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, and the effects of which can be difficult to predict, including, without limitation:

    Risks Related to the Automotive Industry

    • economic cyclicality;
    • regional production volume declines, including as a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic;
    • intense competition;
    • potential restrictions on free trade;
    • trade disputes/tariffs;

    Customer and Supplier Related Risks

    • concentration of sales with six customers;
    • shifts in market shares among vehicles or vehicle
    • segments;
    • shifts in consumer "take rates" for products we sell;
    • quarterly sales fluctuations;
    • potential loss of any material purchase orders;
    • a deterioration in the financial condition of our supply
    • base;
    • OEM consolidation;

    Manufacturing/ Operational Risks

    • product and new facility launch risks;
    • operational underperformance;
    • restructuring costs;
    • impairment charges;
    • labour disruptions;
    • COVID-19 (Coronavirus) shutdowns;
    • supply disruptions and applicable costs related to
    • supply disruption mitigation initiatives, including as a
    • result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic;
    • climate change risks;
    • attraction/retention of skilled labour;

    IT Security/Cybersecurity Risk

    • IT/Cybersecurity breach;
    • Product Cybersecurity breach;

    Pricing Risks

    • pricing risks between time of quote and start of production;
    • price concessions;
    • commodity costs;
    • declines in scrap steel prices;

    Warranty / Recall Risks

    • costs related to repair or replacement of defective products, including due to a recall;
    • warranty or recall costs that exceed warranty provision or insurance coverage limits;
    • product liability claims;

    Acquisition Risks

    •  inherent merger and acquisition risks; acquisition integration risk;

    Other Business Risks

    • risks related to conducting business through joint ventures;
    • our ability to consistently develop and commercialize innovative products or processes;
    • our changing business risk profile as a result of increased investment in electrification and autonomous driving, including: higher R&D and engineering costs, and challenges in quoting for profitable returns on products for which we may not have significant quoting experience;
    • risks of conducting business in foreign markets;
    • fluctuations in relative currency values;
    • tax risks;
    • reduced financial flexibility as a result of an economic
    • shock;
    • changes in credit ratings assigned to us;

    Legal, Regulatory and Other Risks

    • antitrust risk;
    • legal claims and/or regulatory actions against us; and
    • changes in laws and regulations, including those
    • related to vehicle emissions.


  • Monday, April 13, 2020 10:53 | Anonymous

    As you continue to cover creative solutions in the face of shortages of hospital equipment, a team of Magna engineers (the largest automotive supplier in North America) have developed a sanitizing box using ozone tech to eliminate bacteria and odors that is compact and easy to get into the hands of medical professionals if it can be proven to kill COVID-19.

     In 2012, this skunkworks project proved capable of killing MRSA bacteria, and now we’re seeking a testing partner to validate if could kill COVID-19. Our Puro device is compact (the size of an oversized Yeti cooler) and ready for mass production and distribution if proven to kill COVID-19. Leveraging the tooling at an existing manufacturing facility, our company could have this device in the hands medical professionals within weeks. The key is Magna’s ability to scale quickly and distribute to those that need it – all we need is a testing partner – and we believe that partner is among your readers.

    I hope you will consider learning more about this creative solution that our company would like to contribute to helping those in healthcare have what they need during this unprecedented time.

    Click for short video about the Puro Sanitizing Box. Fact sheet attached.

    • The sanitizing device uses ozone technology to eliminate bacteria and odors from items that cannot be cleaned through traditional methods.
    • The device was tested against MRSA bacteria in 2012 and proved to kill it, and now Magna is seeking a testing partner to test against COVID-19.
    • Operated using proprietary software developed by Magna that controls the functioning of the unit.
    • Operates independently of any ancillary cleaning detergents
    • Capacity to hold larger unconventionally shaped items and is safe to use on everyday items from toys and sports gear to food preparation utensils.

    Recent news about PURO:


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  • Friday, April 10, 2020 10:37 | Anonymous
    Magna employees in Allende, Mexico, sewing masks to help address a shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Magna in Action during COVID-19
    Team Motto:  What can we get, what can we make?

    Demonstrating ingenuity of the team

    • With Magna’s technology, expertise, size and scale, we can quickly take action in times like a global pandemic.
    Entrepreneurial culture at its best
    • Our culture allows us to respond to changing market demands
    • Magna employees are problem-solvers by nature, and we are committed to supporting the communities where we work and live.

    Devoting time and resources to help global crisis

    • Magna design engineers with a fashion background (in our seating group) developed a pattern for others to follow in making mask covers.
    • In Europe, Magna’s seating facilities with specialized cut & sew capabilities ramped up production of much-needed masks to help address a shortage in Italy. In Russia, Serbia and the Czech Republic, Magna employees now produce 51,000 masks per day of two different designs (one more complex, with an additional filter pocket).
    • At our cut & sew facilities in Mexico as well, we are ramping up to 2,000 a day with a goal to reach the same levels we have in Europe. These masks are for use within the local community.
    • We have confirmed with medical health authorities that KN95 masks from China are needed.  Therefore, Magna has secured 510,000 KN95 masks (similar to N95) and donating them to various hospitals throughout North America.  In addition, our powertrain team in China secured 30,000 KN95 masks and shipped to Italy. 
    • Our divisions and employees around the world are donating gloves to hospitals, meals to health-care workers, and hygiene kits to shelters.
    • We are in active discussions with different automakers on providing parts for ventilators, face shields and more. 


    Tracy Fuerst, Vice President Corporate Communications & Public Relations

    tracy.fuerst@magna.com, 248-631-5396

  • Monday, March 30, 2020 16:55 | Anonymous

  • Monday, March 30, 2020 16:42 | Anonymous

    Bumrungrad International Hospital Announcement

    This is in response to the government's announcement of the emergency decree according to the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation, B.E. 2548 (2005) to be enforced nationwide from 26 March to 30 April, 2020 to control the COVID- 19 outbreak, with the Centre for Resolution of Emergency Situation or CRES set up at the Government House.

    Considering Bumrungrad International’s responsibilities and the necessity as a medical institution to provide continuous care for patients, we would like to inform you of our services as follows:

    1. Bumrungrad International Hospital is open for treatment as usual. Operation hours of some specialties and services might be adjusted as appropriate. Please check with our hotline by calling 1378. However, after 18.00 hrs., the following Clinics and Centers will be relocated to a different floor:

    • Breast Care Clinic
    • Children’s Center
    • Ear, Nose and Throat Center (ENT)
    • Endocrine Center
    • Eye Center
    • Heart Center
    • Joint Replacement Center
    • Medical Clinics
    • Nephrology (Kidney) Center
    • Neuroscience Center
    • Orthopedics Center
    • Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Center
    • Pre-op
    • Spine Institute
    • Surgical Center
    • Urology Center

    Please contact the Registration Counter on the G floor of the Bumrungrad International Clinic (BIC) Building to register and from there we will direct you to the new location of the respective center.


    • Dental Clinic (located on the 3rd floor of BIH Building) is now only open for emergency
    • cases.
    • Evening Clinic (located at the Liver Center) is now closed. Please go to the Registration Counter on the G floor for assistance.
    2. The Emergency Department is open 24 hours.

    3. Patients can visit the hospital to seek medical care as usual. However, when travelling during curfew hours (if any), please be prepared to show to officials your ID card, passport, or any other official ID and appointment slip (if any) except in urgent cases or emergencies.

    4. All patients and their families and hospital visitors need to go through COVID-19 screening points following the disease prevention measures.

    5. There are sufficient medicine and medical supplies to maintain services.

    6. The food court, restaurants, bank and shops within the hospital premises are open for business although operating hours may be adjusted as appropriate.

    7. For your convenience, please make appointments in advance at 1378. Bumrungrad International Hospital can offer off-site services for the convenience of patients and their families as in the following situations:

    • Providing consultation via smartphones (Telemedicine)
    • Prescription filling and home delivery of medication following doctors’ prescription.
    • Home visit service for blood sample collection according to doctors' instructions.
    • Home visit service for influenza vaccination
    • Home visit for immunological tests

    Thank you for placing your trust in Bumrungrad International Hospital.

    Bumrungrad International Hospital

    28 March 2020

  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:28 | Anonymous

    Samitivej Hospitals offer Free Consultation through Samitivej Virtual Hospital for the members of the CanCham Thailand.

    Samitivej Virtual Hospital is a real-time consultation with doctors via video call, available 24 hours a day. The service offers fast and easy access, allowing patients to communicate directly with Samitivej medical staff for online health consultation. The service is available through the Samitivej Plus application*, hospital website and LINE application @Samitivej. Samitivej Virtual Hospital service includes:

    • Real-time consultation with Samitivej’s team of doctors and nurses
    • Blood samples taken at home
    • Medication delivery (free delivery in Bangkok)
    • Vaccination at home

    Samitivej Virtual Hospital has been an accredited member of the American Telemedicine Association since 2019.

    Unlimited free online consultations through Samitivej Virtual Hospital.

    At the end of your payment process, please use the CanCham Thailand

    Promotional Code: CANCHAM20

    Click for an online consultation now

    Valid until 31 December 2020

    Should you have additional questions or are experiencing problems with Samitivej Virtual Hospital, please contact 02-022-2222 or info@samitivej.co.th.

    For more information about Samitivej Virtual Hospital, please CLICK HERE.

    *For first time Samitivej Plus registration, please make sure to use the same ID/passport number that you used to register as a patient at the hospital, so that our system can match your records.

    Terms & Conditions

    • Free online consultations for the first 15 minutes. Please enter the promotional code in the payment section at the end of your payment process.
    • The Promotional Code cannot be exchanged for cash or used in conjunction with other discounts or promotions by Samitivej Hospital.
    • The Promotional Code can be used for doctor consultation via Samitivej Virtual Hospital only.
    • The Hospital reserves the right to change any conditions without prior notice.

    Disclaimer: All advice and recommendations suggested by our doctors will be based on the medical information provided by the customer. However, this service does not constitute an official medical diagnosis and must not be used in emergency situations which require urgent medical attention.

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Phone: +66 (0) 2 266 6085-6 | Fax: +66 (0) 2 266 6087| info@canchamthailand.org

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