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Founding partner of Pavilions Himalayas honoured for charitable work in Nepal

Tanutam Thawan

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One of the founding partners of The Pavilions Himalayas, Douglas Maclagan, is to be honoured for his work helping underprivileged children in Nepal. The award is considered as the Nobel Prize for Children, and endorsed by UNICEF.

World of Children, which provides funding and assistance for vulnerable children worldwide, has selected Mr Maclagan as a Humanitarian Alumni Honoree for 2018, a prestigious award only given to people who have dedicated their lives to helping children in need.

Mr Maclagan has previously received the World of Children Health Award, which was presented in New York at UNICEF’s head office in 2009, as well as The Gusi Peace Prize in 2004 and the Unsung Hero’s award, presented by The Celebrities Guild of Great Britain in 2007. He also received a personal letter of appreciation from former US President Bill Clinton for his work with the ‘Clinton Global Initiative’ in 2008.

As founder of the Child Welfare Scheme HK, Mr Maclagan has spent a quarter of a century providing education, healthcare and social opportunities to disadvantaged children in Nepal. CWS has built 14 day care health centres, 15 earthquake schools, vocational training centres, a primary advanced city pediatric health clinic, rebuilt 49 child friendly schools, a children’s home for HIV affected and infected children, and a recently opened Hospitality Training School located close to The Pavilions Himalayas where the trainees receive practical education.

“I am extremely honoured to have been named as World of Children’s Humanitarian Alumni Honoree,” said Mr Maclagan. ““We have reached just under a million children over the 25 years we’ve been operating, and since formal registration in 2003 CWS HK has been reaching over 41,000 children and young people every year with our services.”

To support the award, World of Children will also help generate much-needed funds to continue Mr Maclagan’s charitable work in Nepal. CWS Hong Kong will receive a donation of US$20,000, and its supporters are encouraged to raise additional funds in the lead-up to the awards ceremony with World of Children matching further donations dollar for dollar. Mr Maclagan and Child Welfare Scheme HK are aiming to raise US$10,000 from their own campaign, which will then be matched by World of Children to reach a grand total of US$40,000.

The funds raised by the campaign will be used to build the second phase of the FAB School in Pokhara, which provides local students with a year-long training programme leading to a recognised qualification, and most importantly, a guaranteed job at the end of the course.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to raise funds for the next phase of the FAB School, which will provide vocational training to children from all over Nepal who have previously been trafficked, giving them hope of a brighter future,” added Mr Maclagan.

The Pavilions Himalayas, co-founded by Mr Maclagan, is a social business designed to show the world that the more you give as a business the more you get back. The resort achieves sustainable growth, which in turn funds its social activities and makes the destination a better and fairer place for those who wish to work in the fastest growing global business that exists today – tourism and hospitality.

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The Pavilions Himalayas features 14 luxurious, eco-friendly villas near Phewa Lake, Pokhara.

“Our goal is to ensure that 50 percent of families in the local village enjoy direct, sustainable employment within the resort, while the other 50 percent – the farmers – learn additional skills to develop their own businesses and provide us with the produce we need,” explained Rajiv Desraj Shrestha, General Manager, The Pavilions Himalayas.

Other ‘give-back’ goals at The Pavilions Himalayas include setting up a social enterprise from which a large portion of net profits (50%-70%) will be used for urgent social and environmental programs. The social business model will also be used to encourage other companies to make a positive impact, nationally and internationally.

Mr Maclagan will be honoured at the annual Hero Awards Benefit on April 19th in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles at an event attended by many Hollywood celebrities.

Founding partner of Pavilions Himalayas honoured for charitable work in Nepal | News by The Thaiger

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Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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Tax on salt content being considered

Greeley Pulitzer

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The Excise Department is considering imposing a tax on the salt content of food to encourage food producers to reduce the sodium content of snacks, instant noodles and seasoning cubes.

The director of the Office of Tax Planning said that the department is discussing a limit on the amount of sodium food can contain, in line with the standard set by the World Health Organization (WHO), which is 2,000 milligrams of salt per day.

In reality, Thai people consume an average of 1,000 milligrams per meal, making their daily intake well above WHO guidelines, according to the director.

He said any tax imposed would be at a level which would encourage food producers to reduce the sodium in their processed food without being punitive, adding that the proposal isn’t intended to generate more tax revenue, but to help protect the health of consumers. Excessive sodium in the diet can lead to high blood pressure and kidney disease.

Fish sauce, soy sauce and salt would not be taxed.

SOURCE: thaipbsworld.com

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Water shortage warnings in 22 provinces

Greeley Pulitzer

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People living in 22 Thai provinces are being warned to prepare for shortages of drinking water during the upcoming dry season, due to start on November 1st.

The warning was issued by the National Water Resources Office, citing low levels in reservoirs, which are the main sources for tap water production waterworks in 22 provinces.

Areas at risk identified by the office are in northern, north-eastern, eastern and southern provinces.

Measures have been adopted by agencies charged with dealing with water shortages. including dredging water channels to allow greater volumes of water to flow into reservoirs, drilling underground wells, enlarging storage ponds and the purchase of water to supply to those in urgent need.

The Royal Irrigation Department has announced that people should use water sparingly.

There are currently about 6 billion cubic metres of usable water in reservoirs in the affected provinces, with 5 billion cubic metres reserved for consumption and ecological preservation, leaving only 1 billion cubic metres for use in agriculture.

This means farmers in the Chao Phraya river basin may not be able to grow a second crop of rice this year.

SOURCE: thaipbsworld.com

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Green Day heading back to BKK in 2020

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Green Day, five-time Grammy Award winners, are embarking on a global tour in 2020, including a stop-over in Bangkok during March. The rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame inductees will perform a series of concerts throughout Europe, UK, North America and Asia.

“Green Day Live in Bangkok” takes place on March 11, 2020 at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani. But it’s not their first time. Green Day sold out concerts in their last Thai live gigs in 1996 and 2010.

Formed in 1986 in Berkeley, California, Green Day is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with more than 70 million records sold worldwide and 10 billion cumulative online streams of their music and performances. Their 1994 breakout album “Dookie” is widely credited with popularising and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock, catapulting a career-long run of No 1 hit singles.

In 2004, Green Day released the rock opera “American Idiot”, selling more than 7 million copies in the US alone and taking home the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. In 2010, a stage adaptation of “American Idiot” debuted on Broadway to critical and commercial acclaim. Entertainment Weekly called Green Day, “The most influential band of their generation,” while Rolling Stone said, “Green Day have inspired more young bands to start than any act this side of KISS, and that doesn’t seem to be changing.”

Green Day Live in Bangkok 2020 is on March 11, 2020 at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani.

Ticket prices start at 2,000 baht and tickets go on sale on November 2 at all ThaiTicketMajor outlets via www.livenation.co.th or www.thaiticketmajor.com or call: 02 262 3838 for more information.

SOURCE: The Nation

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