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US ambassador visits Thai clean-tech company Equator Pure Nature

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PHOTO: From left: Ambassador Michael George DeSombre & Peter Wainman - Equator Pure Nature
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The United States Ambassador to Thailand, Michael George DeSombre visited American-founded Thai clean-tech pioneer Equator Pure Nature yesterday to discuss perspectives on US businesses and American-founded companies in Thailand, their contributions to Thai society, primarily during the Covid-19 pandemic, and their role in assisting the development of Thai entrepreneurs, particularly women.

Thailand is among countries recognised worldwide as having best managed the Covid-19 crisis and garnered well deseved praise from many quarters, including the World Health Organisation and the United Nations for containing the virus, through strict adherence to preventive measures such as social distancing, sanitisation, contact tracing and gradual reopening of businesses.

The last 5 months has been a life-changing experience for everyone in Thailand and a number of US businesses and American-founded companies including Equator Pure Nature, stepped up during this period to contribute in many ways to ease the strain the pandemic put on Thai society and the economy. For its part, Equator Pure Nature donated various items to vulnerable communities in Thailand. In April, in conjunction with Earth Day 2020, the company engaged a prominent local social media waste management influencer to help distribute Pipper Standard face masks and cleaning products to rural hospitals. Further donations were made in May to garbage collectors, orphanages and the blind and visually impaired community.

American entrepreneur and co-founder of Equator Pure Nature Peter Wainman thanked Ambassador DeSombre for his visit and recognition of the company’s social efforts and expressed his enthusiasm to assist in every way possible.

“We truly appreciate Ambassador DeSombre taking time out of his busy schedule to visit us today. Our ethos has always been to do well by doing good. We began by advocating a healthier household and environment with the use of natural products, and now we want to continuously lend a helping hand to the less fortunate in our society during these difficult times.”

Beyond social responsibility, Ambassador DeSombre and Wainman also discussed ways to help develop Thai entrepreneurs, particularly women entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship is a key driver of Thailand’s economy and job creation. Now that the economy is gradually restarting, the time is right to explore ways to guide local entrepreneurs on effective strategies to build their businesses.

The post pandemic environment is likely to throw up challenges that could be tricky to negotiate, with small businesses disproportionately affected. This is an opportunity for American businesses and American-founded companies to take the lead and engage with local entrepreneurs to provide invaluable knowledge to boost their confidence and guide them to the right path.

With women in Thailand increasingly excelling in business and influential leadership roles, it’s also important to strengthen entrepreneurial empowerment in women to help them overcome common constraints, thrive in their space and put them at the forefront of economic growth. Wainman expressed his desire to play a part in helping local entrepreneurs, in the hope that they can go on to build great businesses.

“From our experience doing business in Thailand for more than a decade, the country has a huge pool of talented young minds with great potential to become successful entrepreneurs.

“Recently, we had the opportunity to speak at the SPACE-F Incubator program in Bangkok conducted via Zoom and had a great time sharing knowledge and expertise on doing business in Thailand and Asia, as well as interacting with the entrepreneurs during the question and answer session. This is something that Equator Pure Nature intends to do often to spur them on to success and contribute to the society that is instrumental in where our company is today”

Equator Pure Nature is a global clean-tech company established in 2012 in Bangkok, after cofounder Peter Wainman suffered terrible allergic reactions to chemicals commonly found in household cleaning products in Asia. Given his personal experience and the troubling rise in worldwide allergy and asthma rates, Peter embarked on a mission to invent natural, hypoallergenic certified, non-toxic, household cleaning products, with cleaning power comparable to chemical products. After years of rigorous research and development, PiPPER STANDARD®’ hit the shelves in Thailand in late 2014. Equator Pure Nature has since become a leading Asian manufacturer of natural and environment friendly household cleaning products. Visit

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From left: Sirilak Narongtanupone – Cofounder & Managing Director, Equator Pure Nature, Abinash Majhi – Professional Board Member, Equator Pure Nature, Ambassador Michael George DeSombre – US Ambassador to Thailand, Peter Wainman – Cofounder & Chief Executive Officer, Equator Pure Nature & Khun Sawasdi Horrungruang – Chairman of the Board of Advisors, Equator Pure Nature

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    Toby Andrews

    August 6, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    This is a sneaky advertisement for the Equator Pure Nature Company disguised as a news item.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.


Sarasas school teacher charged with assault for allegedly abusing students

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The Nonthaburi teacher, who allegedly beat and mistreated kindergarten students, faces charges of physical assault and violating the Child Protection Act. The charges follow reports of abuse after classroom surveillance camera footage from the Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School spread on the internet. Videos show a teacher, identified as Ornuma “Khru Jum” Plodprong, pushing a child to the ground, dragging another across the room and repeatedly hitting the kindergarten students.

Your comments…

• School administrators must be investigated.

• About time. This kind of abuse is the norm in Thai schools and it’s about time they did something about it.

• How about the other 3 adults who were in that room when it happens . NONE of them went forward to help that poor kid.

• Many expat teachers I came across when my daughter was still at school were ‘illegal’ & while they should accept blame, the schools which charge for expensive expat teaching should be held accountable.

Police say more charges for violating the Teachers Act could follow. They say 8 parents are also planning on pressing separate charges. Following the reports of alleged abuse, the Office of the Private Education Commission, or OPEC, set up a committee to investigate all of the 42 Sarasas private schools around Thailand.

Khru Jum, along with staff who allegedly witnessed the abuse, were fired. OPEC teamed up with the Department of Mental Health to send psychiatrists to the school to evaluate children.

Other video footage from the Sarasas school in Nonthaburi, a suburb in Bangkok, shows a male teacher grabbing a student by the arm. The teacher was identified as a 25 year old Filipino man named Marvin.

The video has sparked an online backlash and immigration officials went to the teacher’s house to check his paperwork and also checked more than 70 other foreign teachers at the school. Immigration officials have now reported that the Filipino teacher is not legal to teach in Thailand, is only on a tourist visa and down’t have a work permit.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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7-Eleven delivery worker saves customer’s life

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7-Eleven employee reportedly saved a customer’s life who collapsed on the floor at the while taking a delivery in Bangkok’s Nong Khaem district. Wipassri Wanwichai had an asthma attack at the door and dropped to the ground, hyperventilating. The 7-Eleven delivery person Sumonsri “Tae” Pengthab called the emergency line and started giving her CPR.

“It would have been my last breath if it wasn’t for Tae. I am thankful and can say I have a good experience with 7-Eleven.”

Wipassri was taken to the hospital. The story was shared over the internet and the 2 later sat down for an interview. Tae said “clients are not gods, clients are family.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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When did Bangkok have its ‘good old days’?

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When did Bangkok have its golden era? Of course it depends on when you were visiting, how long you were here, where you stayed, and what you were doing at the time. But the city has certainly had some ‘eras’ in the past that people nostalgically and whimsically recall as ‘special’. Here’s a few of the responses about when Bangkok really hit its straps, when we asked people on The Thaiger Facebook page.

Everyone falls into the trap of remembering the ‘good old days’, but was there a time when Bangkok really did have a golden era?

Denny says that it was definitely in the 1970s when he first came to Bangkok with his wife. He said his friends thought it was a ‘very exotic’ choice at the time. Denny, from Massachusetts in the US, returned in the 1990s to live in the Big Mango but says it had lost a certain visceral appeal and was beginning to be ‘moulded’ as a tourist destination.

“Whilst I stood out in the 1970s no one really took much notice of me. By the 1990s some of the ‘ugly tourists’ had already made a reputation and we didn’t feel quite as welcome as we used to. Whilst in the 1970s there were still plenty of bicycles’d been completely replaced by the 1990s by the ubiquitous ‘motorcy’.

‘Simone’ said… “Late 80’s and the beginning of the 90’s, when the highest building was the Dusit Thani and the first disco was The Palace. You could just put a Motorola phone on a table at The Bubble and all girls were yours while the DJ was playing ‘One night in Bangkok’. You can write a book about those times.”

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Another writer ‘Retire’ thought the golden era was a few decades earlier.

“I think Bangkok really came to life in the 60s when it started developing it’s own pop culture style in clothing, furniture, music and cinema. It sort of regressed into a bad version of everything western later or. But there was a bright, glimmering decade when Bangkok was the hip Asian city.”

When did Bangkok have its 'good old days'? | News by The Thaiger

‘Helmer’ and his wife were posted to Thailand as for a large foreign company in the late 50s.

“When I first visited Thailand in the late 1950s I would stand out and people would stop me in the street to take a photo with me. It was very ‘Thai’ then and very few people had any English skills at all. It was a very difficult place to live as a foreigner at that stage and things slowly improved during the 60s until we had to leave in 1969. There was no high-rise in those days and shopping was all at local markets. The only cars driving around those days were all imported and they had just started filling in the old klongs to make new roads.”

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‘Malcolm’ thought the best places in Bangkok were out of the city.

“I think the late 80s in the tourist areas, then people discovered the real Thailand outside of these areas, some places are improving to this day but still not too touristy best to keep them a secret!”

‘Ray’ forecast posts from expats who would hang around the bar-girl scene at the time…

“Stand by for claims that “Thailand was so much better” when a bar girl would gush with gratitude and do cartwheels after receiving a 10 baht tip for fetching beers all afternoon and wiping down your fat, pock-marked back with an ice-cold towel.”

When did Bangkok have its 'good old days'? | News by The Thaiger

‘Glenda’ puts the golden era firmly in the 1970s.

“The 70’s, when we were posted there was magic. No big skyscrapers, one department store on Silom road and good shopping at small family shops. A couple of supermarkets and a great day out at what was then the weekend markets. We still visit but not what it used to be.”

‘Alicia’ first came to Bangkok in the early 2000s and recalls it as being an optimistic time for the city.

“They’d just opened the Skytrain (BTS) and the city was in its early phase of changing from ‘just another Asian city’ into a modern metropolis. I was teaching at the time, King Bhumibol was still making appearances at functions and the tourists were really starting to arrive in the millions, rather than in the thousands. Businesses seemed to be booming around that time and everything seemed happy and prosperous. It was the best five years of my life. Returning in 2017 it was a completely different city and appeared to carry the burden of a big city.”

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‘Gordon’ was much more philosophical about the question…

“The “Golden Era” is relative to the age, gender, race, sexual orientation, income, social status, nationality and experience of the individual person. Hence, the Golden Era simultaneously occurs at all times past and present, and at no time ever.”

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