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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Japan provides generous grant for forestry work

World’s largest barter network opens in Chiang Mai

US Consulate to close for renovations from Sept. 3-10th

Nok Air to raise funds for Cardiac Children’s Foundation

Farangs learn some little known Thai rules

Mozart piano extravaganza at Payap

Japan provides generous grant for forestry work

Japanese Consul General Junko Yokota (right), and Ruang Suksawat, Chairman
 of the Foundation of Human Resources for Community Development during
the signing ceremony.

The Japanese Consul General in Chiang Mai Junko Yokota held a signing ceremony with the Foundation of Human Resources for Community Development, a non-governmental organization that works on forest projects for sustainable development.
The Japanese government has graciously provided a grant worth 2,373,500 baht for the
Grassroots Human Security Projects in Lamphun province for further studies and development.

 

World’s largest barter network opens in Chiang Mai

At the recent launch of Bartercard Chiang Mai. From left to right, Mr. Thanakorn Chamnankij, National Sales Manager, Ms. Panada Dusitakorn, Sales & Marketing Manager, Mr. Graham Brain, Managing Director, Ms. Lalin Chia, Brokerage Manager, and Mr. Worawat Rojrangsee, General Manager.

Bartercard, the world’s largest business-to-business Trade Exchange, continued its Thailand expansion with the opening of its newest franchise operation in Chiang Mai, throwing its doors open to new members and the local business community.
Thailand’s General Manager Worawat Rojrangsri joined Managing Director Graham Brain in introducing local entrepreneurs and new Franchisees Lalin Chia and Panada Dusitakorn.
The Chiang Mai operation is off to flying start, with 30 members already signed up in its first month of operation. They will benefit from being part of an existing international network of member companies, as well as the Thailand customer base in Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket.
The two women were partners in a healthcare business that joined Bartercard in 2003. They immediately saw the benefits that being a member brought to the business by reducing cash expenses, converting excess stock into Trade Baht, and improving cash flow. After watching Bartercard grow and expand into Pattaya and Phuket, they felt that the time was right to take the local franchise both as a business opportunity and as a way to help stimulate the slow economy by generating more business and profits for its members.
They have initially targeted the service industry in Chiang Mai, especially accommodation, restaurants, travel services, advertising and media, and will gradually link to other related businesses. They expect to see at least 20-30 businesses joining every month, as Bartercard allows its members to prosper in both good times and tough times.
Khun Panada feels that companies in Chiang Mai are ready for Bartercard and will be very receptive to a cashless business system. “We already have demands from existing members for accommodations, restaurants, OTOP products and other services in Chiang Mai. This means that new members already have a whole list of suppliers where they can trade their services and products for.”
The company operates in a unit of currency known as the Trade Baht (TB) which is recognized by the Thai government as having the equivalent value of one baht for tax purposes.
It is a business-to-business (B2B) market place that facilitates transactions electronically via the Internet, selected swipe card facilities and telephone “e-commerce”, or by a transaction voucher similar to that used with a credit card.
For more information visit their website at www.bartercard.com


US Consulate to close for renovations from Sept. 3-10th

The U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai will temporarily suspend consular services from September 3 through the 10th.
Visa applications and American citizen services at U.S. Consulate will be unavailable during these dates due to planned renovations of the Consular Section. During this period, the Consular Section will provide only emergency services for American citizens.
Please note that the U.S. Consulate as well as U.S. Embassy in Bangkok will be closed Sept. 3 for the US Labor Day holiday. The Chiang Mai Consular Section will reopen for full services on Monday, Sept. 10th.
In addition, the Consulate will also be closed Monday, August 13th in honor of HM the Queen’s birthday.
For further information: http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/consulcm/index.htm


Nok Air to raise funds for Cardiac Children’s Foundation

Nok Air has launched a “Nok Gives Life” social contribution project, which coincides with Nok Air’s 3rd anniversary celebrations. The “Nok Gives Life” project works to raise funds for the Cardiac Children Foundation of Thailand, Under the Royal Patronage of H.R.H. Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra.
Last year Nok Air raised a total of 1,760,000 baht from the “Nok Gives Life” campaign, a donation that enabled life giving surgery and treatment for 74 young patients.
“Nok Air is pleased to continue our “Nok Gives Life” social contribution project. The concept is on each Nok Air anniversary we want to create new opportunities for those children who are in need”, said Mr. Sehapan Chumsai, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Nok Air.
Nok Air has produced special “Nok Gives Life” key rings which are available for sale until 10 September 2007. The key rings sell for 40 baht each and can be purchased on board all Nok Air flights and all Nok Air and SGA Airlines airport counters, including Don Muang, Suvarnabhumi Airport, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Pai, Chiang Rai, Udon Thani, Loei, Phuket, Hat Yai, Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Krabi and Hua Hin.
“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Nok Air in continuing this project two years in a row, an onwards, and for the donation they will be making to our foundation,” said Professor Boonchob Pongpanich MD. FACC, President of the Cardiac Children Foundation of Thailand. “Most Thais are not aware of heart disease in children, or that children can suffer from heart disease and that only timely heart-surgery at the earliest possible age is the only way to change the fate of these children. This limited knowledge may be due to less media attention, and I do hope, together with Nok Air this will soon change.”


Farangs learn some little known Thai rules

David Hardcastle
A few aspects of Thai law little known by many foreigners and three amusing “golden rules” to keep Thai wives content were included in a half day seminar held by the provincial Attorney General’s Office on July 21st.
Despite only sporadic advance notice, there was a capacity audience at the Lotus PSK Hotel to hear a variety of senior Thai legal officials advising Thais and foreigners on their rights.
When a foreigner gives money to his Thai spouse to buy land - and maybe house - he can take out a renewable 30 year lease known as a ‘usufruct’ giving him right of occupation for that period. For the younger among us farangs it’s good to know that it’s renewable for a second period of 30 years. What is less well known is that the usufruct survives a divorce, and the Thai spouse cannot sell the property during that period. All laws apply to heterosexual couples only, as Thai law does not recognize gay partnerships.
Dr. Uthai Arthivech, acting executive director, Office of International Peoples Rights Protection, who is fluent in English and French, added that Thailand has an Ombudsman system for resolving disputes and this is open to foreigners.
“If you feel you have been unjustly treated, the Ombudsman may be able to mediate, but you must take along all the facts - and only the facts”, he stressed.
The International Peoples Rights Protection program and the Ombudsman service is conducted from the offices of the Provincial Public Prosecutor at the Sallaglang, Mae Rim, which also offers a free, up to date English language booklet on all current visa requirements and property acquisition.
Khun Prasopchoke Wasikachat, stepping briefly outside his serious role as Senior Public Prosecutor, rounded off the meeting with three “golden rules” to keep Thai wives happy:
“Number one: gold or diamonds on every special occasion. Number two: she does not want to share you with anyone else. Number three: in the house, she is the boss!”


Mozart piano extravaganza at Payap

 Professor Bennett Lerner with his Piano Club students ready to play
on Friday, August 3rd.

The Piano Club of Chiangmai, in cooperation with the Music Department of Payap University, presents Music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with performers: Aunchisa Tapanankornvut, Sitang Jittapirom, Aim Sangboon, Santi Saengtong, Phitcha Thanuparbrungsan, Achira Asawadecharit and Arnun Jukisalapong.
The event will be held Friday, August 3, 2007 at 7:30 PM at the Luce Chapel, Payap University (Mae Kao Campus). Admission is free.



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