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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

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

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.

Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited announces today that the airline has elevated their precaution and transmission prevention plans for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pneumonia as it takes the current outbreak very seriously. The measures apply not only to the airline’s operation but also to its three airports since health and safety of passengers and staff are the company’s utmost priority. The elevated precaution and prevention plans are as follows: Aircraft cleaning and disinfection: The airline steps up the cleaning and disinfecting of aircraft to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The cabins and cockpits of all aircrafts will undergo disinfectant misting and sterilization procedures. In addition to that, the airline has been cleaning the cabins using a high-level disinfectant on all areas such as passenger seats, seat pockets, lavatories, cabin galley since the beginning of the outbreak on daily basis. In the event that a suspected COVID19-infected passenger is found on any Bangkok Airways flight, the airline will have the aircraft cleaned and sterilized immediately. Airports: The airports will disinfect and clean all key areas such as check-in counters, passenger lounges, food & beverage kiosks, baggage store, and wheelchairs with strong disinfectants. The airport will also perform primary screening by using a held-held thermometer to check each passenger’s temperature.  If any passenger is found with high body temperature or symptoms, the staff shall notify public health officers at such port immediately. All three airports have prepared adequate amounts of cleansing hand gels for passengers and employees. There will be an increased frequency of general cleaning in high-traffic areas. Service employees: All service staffs (ground staff and cabin crews) are required to wear protective face masks when on duty as well as protective gloves when serving food. In addition, the company has rolled out a policy to prevent employees from traveling to the high-risk countries as well as requesting all employees not to travel at this at this time unless absolutely necessary. The company’s precaution and prevention plans are in accordance with the standards and guidance of national authorities such as Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand as well as international organizations such as International Air Transport Association (IATA) and World Health Organization (WHO).

Von-Thattaworn Sugunnasil, designer and founder of VVON SUGUNNASIL, held an exclusive celebration “3 DAYS AFTER V” A FILM BY VVON SUGUNNASIL for the launching of “Signet necklace,” a classic necklace adorned with gemstones in geometric cutting style wearable for all occasions. It is presented through VVON SUGUNNASIL’s stylish debut film. The fashion film tells as love story happened 3 days after the Valentine’s Day shown in the launching event of a jewelry from VVON SUGUNNASIL collaborating with SARRAN, the luxurious jewelry brand renowned for its premium material and elaborate designs. This fashion film is not only the debut of the brand’s jewelry but also shows the new collection’s concept of fabulous taste and elegance as well as the meticulous production process from material selection to tailor-made cut which is a unique character of VVON SUGUNNASIL. Von-Thattaworn Sugunnasil, designer and founder of VVON SUGUNNASIL, talked about his inspiration for this film “I want to represent the identity and lifestyle of our brand to be more clearly and invite everyone to wait for the new collection this year because we design this collection to be “effortless look” but still contains the brand's identity.” Moreover, he told about the newly launched jewelry that “I want this necklace to add more character to mix and match with both day and night outfits. It’s wearable for both man and woman. In addition, I used gemstones to decorate because I want wearers to feel more confident.” “Signet necklace”, the classic design necklace adorned with gemstones in geometric cutting style have three colors. Each gemstone’s color empowers different thing such as Agate (black) can prevent people from dangers. Mother of Pearl (white) encourages spirit and peace, boosting more peaceful moment with others and can attract people. Yellow Pearl (yellow) creates more life power and encouragement as well as enthusiasm. With its special material and modern yet classic design, everyone can wear this necklace to complete their look in all occasions with only 11,900 baht. Experience VVONSUGUNNASIL’s debut jewelry now, at the flagship store of VVON SUGUNNASIL, at Soi Somkid.

To celebrate the once-every-four-year birthday for those who were born on 29 February, Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse offers a very rare yet exclusive for the leap year babies this 29 February 2020. FREE 1 bottle of Sparkling Wine at Yào Rooftop bar for the first 29 persons, who was born on 29 February, to book the table for 29 February 2020 directly with Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse FREE lunch or dinner buffet at Praya Kitchen for anyone who was born on 29 February and, even more special with 29% discount offered for every single one in your table who join the birthday celebration. The promotion is offered for a minimum 2 booking guests, including the leap birthday person. The Leap Year promotion at Praya Kitchen and Yào Rooftop Bar at Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse is reserved for direct booking with the hotel only at 02 088 5666 or booking through Facebook Messenger; facebook.com/marriottsurawongse. Available on 29 February 2020. ID card is required in order to redeem. For more information and reservation, contact 02 088 5666 or visit www.bangkokmarriottsurawongse.com.