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Following the government’s announcement, Central Embassy is temporarily closed with the exception of Eathai Market (Supermarket) selling a variety of household and consumer goods as well as food delivery and take-away services such as from Eathai, to serve customers 10am-10pm daily. The Vejpongosot pharmacy will also be open from 11am-8pm. Restaurants offering food delivery and take-away services include: ATM Tea Bar, Bangkok Bold Kitchen, Broccoli Revolution, EASY! Buddy, Eathai, Hong Bao, Koi The, Kub Kao' Kub Pla, Peppina, Thong Smith, Thongsweet by Thong Smith, SIWILAI Café, SIWILAI CITY CLUB, Som Tam Nua, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Water Library. Eathai Market (Supermarket) and Vejpongosot pharmacy also offer take-away service as well. Special promotions are available for customers during this time. Orders can be made through various food delivery services, such as online application services or in-house delivery. In addition, customers may contact individual restaurants and collect their orders at the Order & Take Away Point, adjacent to the Eathai entrance on Level LG. For health and safety standards, Central Embassy, as part of their strict precautionary measures, require all staff go through thermal screening points and wear masks prior to entering the premises. Hand sanitisers are consistently provided for customers and delivery staff. Seating in the waiting area is set up so delivery staff are at least one metre apart and not facing each other. In addition, all staff and visitors must show their staff or national ID to confirm their identity before entering the building. For the convenience of customers, the staff are at the entrance of the Eathai area, to assist on Level LG. To visit Central Embassy, and for the Order & Take Away collection, a car park is open, and for those travelling by the BTS SkyTrain, customers can exit at the skywalk at Ploen Chit, and take the elevator down to Level LG. For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2QAtvK0

Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, and many other camps in Thailand have closed their doors due to the current Coronavirus situation, which apart from resulting in unspeakable hardship for the elephants, could seriously hurt Thailand’s tourism industry in the future if no support is forthcoming soon. This is the opinion of Saengduean “Lek” Chailert, owner of Elephant Nature Park and founder of Save Elephant Foundation, who believes many of the closures will be permanent.  “I have been to visit many of the camps and the situation is very serious”, she says. “The elephants have been chained up since the tourists stopped coming. They are very stressed and upset. Some have started to attack each other from being chained up all day and several have bite wounds as they are fighting over food. The pregnant elephants are also stressed and not doing well at all.” What does that mean for the future? “If there is no support forthcoming to keep them safe, the elephants will either starve to death or may be put onto the streets to beg. Alternatively, some may be sold to zoos and some may be returned to the logging business (which officially banned the use of elephants in 1989 due to its cruel nature). It's a very bleak outlook unless some financial help is received immediately,” says Lek. At Elephant Nature Park, which houses more than 3000 animals, many disabled or emotionally unstable, a frantic fund-raising effort is underway for food and medical needs. Some of the elephants need intensive, regular veterinary care. On her Facebook post today, Lek thanks donors, saying: “I have been in touch with more than 30 elephant camp owners to help them find a way out. My ability to help these animals is an extension of your generosity, I cannot do it without your help. There is no amount too big or too small to impact the lives of these animals. 100% of each donation is tax deductible and goes directly to Elephant Nature Park. I will share these donations with elephants in other camps as appropriate.” HOW TO DONATE TRUNKS UP (https://jointrunksup.org) is a certified supporting organization which is currently MATCHING all donations, dollar for dollar, up to US$45,000. Donations can be made via the site. Where the money will go: US$30 will feed an elephant for a day US$20 will feed a dog or cat for one week US$10 will feed a pig, cow or buffalo for one week US$8 will feed a monkey for one week US$5 will feed a rabbit for one week

The best way to boost your immune system is on a wholefood, low sugar diet.  The more nutrient dense foods you can get in on the daily, the better. There are five significantly potent immune boosting nutrients that will give your body an extra wall of defense. Zinc Zinc is a well-loved mineral in the immunity world.  It nourishes and supports the innate (first defense) and adaptive immunity (long-term, has memory).  Zinc is a co-factor for over 200 enzymatic reactions within the body, with many of these being immune dependent mechanisms.  It supports the thymus gland in adaptive T-cell production/regulation and acts as a free-radical scavenger.  We love zinc as it supports against viruses and bacterial pathogens and promotes healthy function and integrity for our white blood cells: macrophages, neutrophils, natural killer cells, T-cells and lymphocytes. Food Sources:  Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, egg yolks, seafood, oysters, beef Vitamin C This is probably your go-to nutrient when it comes to immune boosting superstars, and all for the right reasons!  Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is one of the bodies most essential antioxidants, and unfortunately we need to get it from external sources.  Vitamin C has shown to significantly strengthen the body’s immunity, particularly during times of stress and infections.  White blood cells have high concentrations of vitamin C that are essential to all levels of defense against free radicals, pathogens and inflammation.  It helps to upsurge white blood cells (first defense and adaptive) communication, durability and pathogen killing abilities! Even better, if you have those nasty lymphatic inflammatory conditions, vitamin C contains substantial detoxification and anti-inflammatory properties.  This is a great nutrient to have on hand for viruses, bacterial infections – especially for systemic or respiratory conditions. Food Sources:  green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, kiwis, papaya, strawberries, mango, red peppers, and cabbage. Kiwis and strawberries are some fruits that are high in Vitamin C.   Vitamin A Vitamin A comes in many different molecular structures, retinyl palmitate is one of the most abundant forms and retinyl esters are found mainly in animal products such as: eggs, liver, fish oils, milk and butter.  Plants provide us with the precursors to Vitamin A in a carotenoid form, this proceeds to further biochemical reactions to make Vitamin A.  Plant sources are mainly found in orange coloured fruits/vegetables and dark green leafy vegetables: papaya, squash, carrots, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, kale, and pumpkin.  Carotenoids have potent antioxidant effects in the body and can improve our immunity by nourishing our white blood cells and lymphatic detoxification.  Vitamin A is excellent for skin and gut integrity, which is our first line of defense from the exterior pathogenic world. Vitamin D Vitamin D is best sourced from UV sunlight, it is obtained through 2 pathways: activation within the skin and through the diet.  If you receive adequate levels of sunlight, usually you would not need to supplement vitamin D.  Unfortunately, many of us live in rather gloomy climates where supplementation is vital.  Vitamin D has been shown to significantly regulate immunity and to support auto-immune conditions.   This wonderful fat-soluble vitamin also

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, many countries have imposed travel and immigration restrictions which have an impact on Bangkok Airways flights. In addition, Thai government has approved to postpone Songkran holidays which falls on 13-15 April 2020 until further notice in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Thailand. Bangkok Airways announces ticket handling policy for passengers, holding Bangkok Airways’ tickets issued worldwide on or before 17 March 2020 with travelling period until 30 April 2020, who no longer wish to travel will have the following options; 1.       Reservation change (rebook) All tickets issued on or before 17 March 2020 with travelling period until 30 April 2020 are allowed to rebook for a new travelling date up to 31 March 2021 without rebooking fee/ no show fee. Fare difference due to different booking class (RBD) is payable upon reissuance. All group booking, reservation, deposit made or paid on or before 17 March 2020 with travelling period until 30 April 2020 are allowed to rebook in the same booking code (PNR) for a new travelling date up to 31 March 2021 without rebooking fee. Fare difference due to different booking class (RBD) is payable upon reissuance. 2.       Route Change (Reroute) All tickets issued on or before 17 March 2020 with travelling period until 30 April 2020 are allowed to reroute for a new travelling date up to 31 March 2021 without rerouting fee. The fare difference, fuel surcharges and taxes are payable on reissuing of new tickets. 3.       Refund Policy All refund applications for the tickets issued on or before 17 March 2020 with travelling period until 30 April 2020 will be eligible for full refund (no fee) when a supporting document, such as government’s travel restriction, a cancellation of incoming flights, a doctor certificate and etc. is submitted for consideration. Passengers who booked their tickets through travel agencies are advised to contact their agents for assistance. Passengers who booked their tickets directly through Bangkok Airways may contact Bangkok Airways call center 1771 or +662-2706699 (24 hrs) or contact Bangkok Airways Sales Offices nationwide and overseas.

The Siam Adventure Club family recently gave a heartwarming welcome to their newest family member, Rascal the Bulldog. This cute and cuddly British Bulldog will be one of the first characters that will greet guests as they step into the premises of Novotel Phuket Surin Beach Resort. Rascal, a lovable and charismatic puppy, is sure to bring smiles & happiness to both adults and children alike, spreading joy all around with her bubbly nature. Every morning, Rascal can be spotted with her best friends, Elfie and Eloise as they bring cheers to all families who are enjoying breakfast. After getting her daily dose of affection, Rascal starts enjoying her fun-filled day, exploring all the wonderful amenities that the resort has to offer. It’s not a surprise that she is becoming everyone's friend. As the newest addition to the Siam Adventure Club family, Rascal is definitely finding her feet in this new atmosphere whilst brightening everyone’s day. Her charismatic presence at the resort forges a new and unique hospitality experience for all guests to treasure their unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. For more information on Siam Adventure Club: https://siamadventureclub.com

Max Mara, Whitechapel Gallery and Collezione Maramotti are delighted to announce Emma Talbot as the winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women. This prestigious prize supports UK-based female artists who have not previously had a major solo exhibition. The London-based artist works in painting, sculpture, installation, and drawing. Her practice investigates personal narrative, inner landscapes, and our relationship with nature and technology. As the winner Talbot will spend six months in Italy on a bespoke residency planned for later this year, creating a new body of work to be shown in 2021 first at the Whitechapel Gallery and then at the Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Today Edge, the New York’s highest outdoor sky deck, officially opened to the public offering unparalleled 360-degree views of the iconic city skyline. Beginning at 1:00 PM, the first ticketed visitors stepped out onto Edge’s outdoor viewing area featuring a thrilling glass-floor, angled glass walls, and outdoor skyline steps from the 100th to 101st floors of 30 Hudson Yards. Visitors also experienced the immersive, multi-room ‘Journey to Edge’ show telling the history of New York City’s newest neighborhood from construction over an active rail yard to sustainability achievements and more. To mark the opening, Edge has also launched a nightly light show designed by L’Observatoire International which will run from sunset to midnight daily through 4 April. Hudson Yards also announced today a program offering New York City public school groups free visits to Edge and Vessel every Tuesday. The program kicked-off today with fifth grade students from neighboring elementary school P.S. 33 in Chelsea getting a sneak peak of the entire experience prior to the first ticketed guests. NYC Public School bookings can be made online at www.edgenyc.com/group-bookings “The overwhelming public response to Hudson Yards over the past year – making us part of everything from their morning coffee run to a place to celebrate special occasions – has been incredibly humbling. With the opening Edge, one of the final pieces of the first phase of Hudson Yards, it was important to us to extend an invitation not only to the world to experience our great city from new heights, but also to New Yorkers who have made us part of the City’s cultural fabric. We are proud to ensure Edge is accessible to New York Public School students which we hope will inspire the next generation of New Yorkers to fall even more in love with this great city,” said Stephen Ross, Chairman of Related Companies. “Our goal at Oxford is to connect people to exceptional places, and Edge is another incredible attraction that Hudson Yards has to offer New Yorkers and visitors from across the globe. It’s truly one of the best views of one of the best cities in the world, and we’re excited for everyone to experience it first hand,” added Michael Turner, President of Oxford Properties. A bar, located on the 100th floor, offers a glass of champagne or signature cocktail and light bites to enjoy indoors or outdoors on the sky deck. Situated one floor above Edge, on the 101st floor, is Peak a stunning restaurant, bar, and event space operated by hospitality group RHC. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) and extending out 80 feet from the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards, Edge redefines the New York skyline. Its monumental triangular form completes the tower’s architectural dialogue with the city. A marvel of modern engineering and structural design, the 765,000-pound observation deck is comprised of 15 sections, each weighing between 35,000 and 100,000 pounds, bolted together and anchored to the east and south sides of the building. The 7,500-square-foot outdoor viewing area is surrounded by

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, THE FIRST CAPITAL OF CUBA, IS WHERE SALSA WAS BORN. WITH DEEP AFRICAN ROOTS, HERE THEY CELEBRATE THE MOST RICHLY MUSICAL CARNIVAL OF THE AMERICAS. Outside the bus station, a vast revolutionary plaza stretched out. Lurking to one side was a boxy trishaw with a high passenger seat. The young black driver hissed, “Meet me over there on the corner!” I lugged my bags across the broad avenue and climbed aboard. Instead of gliding down the boulevard into Santiago, we turned up a side street and trundled through poor barrios where shirtless black people idled on the porches of crumbling villas. “I have to watch out for the police,” explained the sweating pedicabbie. “I’m not supposed to carry foreigners.” Many zig-zags later we hit the city centre, where narrow colonial streets rode upon steep hills. Seeking lodgings, up hill and down dale, my diligent tricyclist knocked on door after peeling-paint door until finally one old lady said “Sí”. I had struck lucky: dear old Tatica became my Cuban auntie. Now what should I pay this guy? He had worked long and hard in the searing July heat, doing his best to help me, and breaking the law, in order to get the magic door-opener of US dollars. So, knowing it was almost half the typical Cuban monthly salary, I gave him five bucks. “Gracias,” he grinned, happy to add it to his dollar fund, which would gain him entry to a dollar store, full of imported and otherwise unobtainable goods. When you know what burdens the locals labour under, when you experience the Caribbean island’s glorious pluses, Cuba’s difficulties for the independent traveller – transport, accommodation and food are all challenges, the dual currency money system is mind-boggling – melt away like the ice in your rum fizz. Cubans are friendly and gracious, the cities are airy, peaceful and straight out of the 50s – 1950s, 1850s, 1750s, whatever. And the music, ah, the music is heavenly. Especially in Santiago. The old seaport of Santiago de Cuba lies in the far east of the 1250km-long island, and is Cuba’s second city. Founded by the Spanish conquistadors in 1514, from 1515 to 1607 Santiago was the capital of the colony of Cuba, and ever since has been the main city of Oriente, the eastern province. Pirate attacks prompted the construction of the mighty El Morro Castle at the mouth of Santiago Bay. Copper from nearby mines was Santiago’s main export, African slaves for working the sugar plantations were its chief import, to its shame, but eventually to the world’s immense cultural benefit. With its large natural harbour, an inlet in the mountainous coast, Santiago developed as the port and commercial centre for the sugar and rum industry, with a large black population. A culture of mixed Spanish, French and African origins brewed throughout the 19th century and blossomed in the 20th. Musical styles blended from African percussion and European melodic instruments – “the love affair of the African drum and the Spanish guitar” as the Cuban musicologist

HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya, SIRIVANNAVARI Creative Director, will showcase SIRIVANNAVARI & S’HOMME Spring/Summer 2020 collection on Thursday, March 12th, 2020 which will mark the start of the brand’s 15th Anniversary celebration campaign. SIRIVANNAVARI Spring/Summer 2020 collection named ‘Mythos Poética’ will reminisce about the signature details of the maison throughout the past 15 years.  The collection will make the audience to fantasise as if they are enjoying all the masterpieces in Louvre. The highlight of the collection will spot on the complicated structure of the looks, exquisite embroidery and the graphic prints drawn by the Princess.  The collection will offer the wide range of products from women and men’s ready to wear, leather goods, fashion accessories and jewellery. SIRIVANNAVARI Spring/Summer 2020 collection will be showcased on Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at 19:00 hrs, Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon Shopping Complex.