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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]: 

Latin American envoys visit green hotel

Dujduan installed as YWCA chairwoman


Magic and Mayhem at Jameson’s

Repeat treat for music lovers

Latin American envoys visit green hotel

Chatchawal Supachayanont (standing, 4th from left) and the Latin American Group led by Manoth Suksabjarern (standing, left), director of TICA, during the hotel inspection.

Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA) and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports recently organized a site inspection of Dusit Resort, Pattaya’s facilities with a group of government officials and attachés from the Latin American region.
Dusit Resort, Pattaya’s general manager Chatchawal Supachayanont and the hotel’s Green Leaf Committee welcomed the group led by TICA director Manoth Suksabjarern. The group visited the 462-room resort to observe the hotel’s facilities with reference to its environmental management and as a hotel certified with “Five Leaves” by Green Leaf Foundation.
The hotel’s Green Leaf committee, led by Prawes Akanimart, laundry manager, and Lily Eduardcoce, training manager, made a presentation of its environmental programs which include energy and water conservation, chemical and waste reduction, landscape and gardening, as well as the hotel’s environmental and social contributions in the community. A hotel inspection followed after the presentation.
“We are proud to be chosen by TICA as the showcase hotel when it comes to environmental management. We are always happy to share our technical knowledge and practical solutions on conserving our resources and improve efficiency in environmental management,” Chatchawal Supachayanont said.
TICA is a division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This program is a part of the ministry’s Buakaew Roundtable International 2007 program aimed at exchanging ideas and increasing ties between Thailand and collaborating countries. Envoys from Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Uruguay were invited by TICA to observe the Thailand’s environmental management vis-à-vis its tourism industry.

Dujduan installed as YWCA chairwoman

YWCA members congratulate the new YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center president.

Vimolrat Singnikorn
Dujduan Ruangwettiwong was installed as the new chairwoman of the YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center on June 14 at the Diana Garden Resort for a two-year term that will run until 2009.
Dujduan, who was elected on March 13, takes over from outgoing president Nittaya Patimasongkroh. Amongst those present to offer their congratulations to Dujduan were Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn, mayoral adviser Itthipol Khunplome, and secretary general of the YWCA Walaiporn Wiriyakowin.
Dr Olivier Meyer, president of Rotary Club Pattaya Marina took the occasion to present 47 scholarships to the Warm Family Project, one of the YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center’s long-running programs. The scholarships are valued at a total of 84,600 baht.
Dujduan announced that a charity ballet would be held early in October to raise income for the association, and help to support four main projects, namely the Warm Family Project, which supports educational scholarships for needy students, the Chalarm Pueak (White Shark) project, aimed to help a selected group of 40 students studying in Pattaya City schools who excel in their studies, but are in need of financial support. Each would receive 10,000 baht for three years to get them through high school with the option that some could also be go on to study in universities.
Other projects include the Lunch project for underprivileged school children and the Love Pattaya Love Environment project. In association with Pattaya City School number 7 this most successful campaigns is held to raise awareness and concern over the local environment. Recently the members initiated a garbage for eggs exchange program, whereby residents were encouraged to bring in their garbage and get eggs in return.
Another new project, which will be submitted to the association, is the Gymnastic Aerobics Project, designed to encourage youngsters to aim for participation in country level competitions.

Nic Demet and Dr. Olivier Meyer co-present 47 scholarships to the YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center’s Warm Family Project in the presence of city officials and local dignitaries.


Carl Engel religious ceremonies June 30

Carl Engle, three time Pattaya Sports Club president, MD of PESCO and owner of the Grapevine restaurant and bar, passed away this past week after surgery to battle cancer. Carl’s cremation will be held at Wat Po on Naklua Road on Saturday, 30 June, at 4:00 p.m. RIP Carl, you will be missed.

Magic and Mayhem at Jameson’s

Dr Iain Corness
It was one of those spur of the moment decisions. “Let’s have one of those music and magic afternoons on Sunday,” said Rick Bryant to Landlord Kim Fletcher over the 30th bottle of Heineken that evening. (Of course Rick will deny this, as he has never been known to drink so little on any evening!)

New ace guitarist Leo Payne fronts the All Stars for the opening sets.

Many phone calls later, and re-arranging of schedules, last Sunday it all came together. Pop and the All Stars, Dr. Magic, Rick and Harpic and Pattaya families arriving at Jameson’s Irish Pub en masse. Mention should also be made at the outset of the arrival of the new ace guitarist Leo Payne, fronting the All Stars for the opening sets. However, mother and father, Nui and Jason Payne, insisted he have his afternoon bottle (definitely not Heineken) and a lie down during the second set.
The afternoon was a re-run of similarly successful Sundays held at Jameson’s a few months ago, but there were some important differences. Rick and Harpic made a popular performing appearance (more please Harpic, but get a better guitarist, try Leo Payne next time), and Dr. Magic’s chickens that appear out of hats and suchlike had become fully grown roosters (was it really that long ago)!
However, the kid’s area was still there, with the children under the care of the lovely Lola, as always. Marisa Corness spent most of the afternoon with the coloring books, the romance with Leo Payne being over, it seems. She had been warned by Dr. Iain about being thought of as a ‘groupie’. As protection she had also brought along her ‘little’ brother (AKA Hercules) who spent the afternoon pushing chairs around the pub and stealing the magician’s umbrellas, much to the delight of the Bryant Berry table, not to be confused with the Rick Bryant table, although Jake Bryant was seen in earnest conversation with Bryant’s eldest daughter. Yes, confusing.
The music was strong and very much appreciated by the throng, including some great Rolling Stones spots by David de Rijke (ask him how he got the nickname ‘Monkey’). As the performances flowed on (a large alcoholic flow), rubber masks seemed to be the order of the afternoon, until the children told the adults to behave and took them home for the evening.
Certainly a fun and family afternoon, and the next one will be on July 22. Kids, bring your parents, they will enjoy themselves with the music while you can have time to yourselves with the luscious Lola.

Repeat treat for music lovers

Enjoy once more the performance of Bundit Ungrangsee and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in a repeat showing of the ‘Classics meet Jazz’ concert on PMTV this Saturday.

Due to fantastic feedback and numerous requests from viewers, PMTV will again be showing highlights from the ‘Classics meet Jazz’ concert at the Alangkarn Theater.
Award winning Bundit Ungrangsee conducts the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring an exquisite rendition of Concerto de Aranjuez for guitar by J. Rodrigo, Rhapsody in Blue by G. Gershwin, music composed by HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej and a traditional Korean folk song: “This Place”.
The show is rounded off with an exclusive interview with Bundit Ungrangsee.
It will be shown on Saturday the 30th of June at the following times:
Sophon at 8:00am - Midday- 4:00pm- 8:pm and Midnight.
Chonburi 9:40am- 2:00pm - 8:40pm and 40 minutes after midnight.
Jomtien 9:00am- 12:30pm - and 9:00pm
Sattahip 8:00am - 1:30pm - 5:00pm- 8:00pm and 11:00pm

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