Art with heart: The bravest people in Colombia put conflict aside for naked human art installation

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Thailand is just one country among many that faces on-going tensions and the human toll that they take. Sometimes it’s hard to see past the newspaper articles, the talking heads on TVs and the social media status updates, to the bigger picture – the lives of real people. That’s where this inspiring video by Johnnie Walker and artist Spencer Tunick comes in.

It all started in June when Tunick, an American photographer famous for getting people naked (a good skill to have), traveled to Colombia.

Tunick uses nudity to make a statement about peace, unity and other important world issues that don’t get enough attention. Since 1994, he has photographed over 75 large-scale nude shoots worldwide.

In Colombia, Tunick met people from all sides of the conflict between the Government and Farc rebels. He met people who have lost loved ones and even literally parts of themselves all due to this decade-long civil war.

Tunick brought these folks together, naked as the day they were born, in one giant “human installation” to highlight a beautiful universal truth: that it is possible to overcome differences and move forward once you realize we are all just human underneath. The installation conveys the will of the people of Colombia to put the past behind them through the lens Johnnie Walker’s inspiring Keep Walking campaign.

Tunick says that these people are the bravest people in Colombia. Not just for getting naked (and that’s no easy feat; imagine walking around Ratchaprasong in your birthday suit!), but because they are able to forgive, and even stand alongside people they once considered enemies. There’s a lesson in there for all of us in Thailand, too, don’t you think?

Fast forward to today. The first ever peace agreement between the Colombian Government and Farc was rejected in a referendum last month and a revised peace accord is in the works. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Columbian President Juan Manuel Santos on Dec. 10, 2016 for his consistent efforts to bring the country’s ongoing civil war of over 50 years to an end.

With these history-making moments of conflict and peace in mind, Johnnie Walker’s video gets us thinking about what we can do to bring people together in our own neck of the woods.

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Thai-Myanmar film “TT & Donut” has its premiere in Yangon

THE FIRST-EVER cinematic collaboration between Myanmar and Thailand, “TT & Donut”, finally had its premiere last Sunday at the National Theatre of Yangon, drawing a celebrity crowd as well as such VIPs as the Chief Minister of Yangon, the counsellor (commercial) from the Royal Thai Embassy, Pakainay Leng-ee and ET, a fortune teller whose clients include Asia’s rich and powerful especially Thai politicians and high-ranking soldiers.

The event, which also featured a live broadcast for Myanmar TV, cost a small fortune to organise but the producers, Myanmar’s Golden Princess and Thai entertainment giant Bec Tero, felt it was well worth the price.

“TT& Donut” was introduced to the Thai media back in September at Paragon Cineplex as the first collaboration between Golden Princess and Bec Tero. The former had been looking for a Thai company with whom to work while Bec Tero was looking to expand its interests in Myanmar having successfully entered into a joint venture with Yangon-based media company and broadcaster Forever Group. Forever BEC Tero, as the company is known, produces TV shows and dramas for Myanmar’s MRTV-4 and Channel 7.

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But while the film has now enjoyed its premiere, it isn’t actually going on release until a little later. The latest schedule shows a Myanmar release either just before 2016 draws to a close or in January followed by a Thai release in March.

The film was originally to come out in Thailand in January but Golden Princess’s producer Thet Lwin preferred to delay out of respect to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He is also hoping to open back home with a bang, feeling it will serve as a springboard for the film’s success in Thailand. And while the film will have a broad release, the focus, he says, will be on Myanmar communities living across Thailand in areas such as Mae Sot in Tak province, Samut Songkhram, Ranong and Bangkok.

The film stars Myanmar superstar Pyay Ti Oo as wealthy bachelor Ti Oo or TT who is on a visit to Thailand when he is accused of kidnapping Donut (Chattarika Sittiprom), the daughter of a powerful mobster who is about to marry a prominent businessman. Life becomes complicated when she loses her memory after an accident, and she and TT are forced to go the run. When her memory finally returns, she wonders which of the two men she truly loves.

The film is directed by Adsajan Sattagovit who worked closely with the Myanmar producers and actor Ti Oo to develop the story. As it is his first time working with a foreign production, Adsajan tried to find out what Myanmar’s cinephiles like, while taking into account cultural differences and the strict censorship in Myanmar.

“It’s a romantic comedy but due to cultural differences, it’s hard to deliver comedy through dialogue so we use gestures and situations. But I believeit can communicate with a Myanmar audience,” says the director.

The film was shot mostly in Thailand at the request of Myanmar’s main investor. Like Thai producers, who prefer to use the beautiful scenery of Japan and South Korea as the backdrops for their films, he wanted to give the film a more exotic feel.

Adsajan satisfied those wishes by using such unseen places as a sheep farm in Ratchaburi and a warehouse by the Chao Phraya river with the Rama IX Brigde as the backdrop.

The shoot itself was stressful for Chattarika, the second runner-up in the Miss Thailand World 2014 pageant, who made her acting debut with the film.

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“Ti Oo helped me a lot. He is very talented and charming both in front and behind the camera,” says the actress, who has since appeared in a few TV dramas including the popular soap “Nakhee”, which has just finished showing on Channel 3.

The 38-year-old Ti Oo enjoyed working with a Thai film crew, saying he found them more systematic than their peers in Myanmar. The actor, who started his career as a 17 year old, has since found himself working in English, South Korean, Malaysian and Indian productions.

“I just do my best and never dream high when working with foreign films, I just work step by step and take all the new experiences as a way of improving my acting skills,” he says.

Actor and writer Lu Min, who has served as the president of the Myanmar Motion Pictures Organisation, for the last four years, is confident the co-production will help the Myanmar film industry become more systematic in its approach thus opening itself up to the international market.

“Our film industry is in transition,” he says. “Technically we are pretty well up-to-date and screening in digital format, but other aspects still need improvement, such as censorship and venues.”

Currently there are around 70 cinemas for 60 million people and half of them are in Yangon, where ticket prices range from Bt30 to Bt100.

More than 100 movies are currently being made every year – and the figure is rising – but theatre capacity is such that cinemas can only allocate showtime to around 20 films and the others have to wait in line. Censorship is another problem and Lu Min has been in recent discussions with the authorities to ease the rules. “Producers find it very difficult to work and often have to allocate bigger budgets to re-shoot the scenes the censors don’t like,” he says, adding that these challenges must be overcome if filmmaking is to develop,

Lu Min says he still loves acting and writing but that he is too busy as MMPO president to help fellow filmmakers.

“I think collaboration will help us to improve not just the quality of our films but also our marketing. Our film market is quite small and I would really like to see a bigger variety in stories and genres and an increase in movie theatres. Only then will we be able to expand,” he says.

Source: TheNation

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THAILAND – Ritual felling of cremation trees to be held at Kui Buri

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PEOPLE can witness a sacred ritual at the Kui Buri National Park today before the felling of four agarwood trees chosen for the royal crematorium.

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The ritual will take place between 2.09pm and 2.39pm. It will begin as soon as His Majesty’s Deputy Principal Private Secretary Wud Sumitra pours holy water and anoints the No 15 agarwood tree at the park to the sound of holy music from gongs and other instruments.

Chatchai Pinngern, chief of the Brahmin rituals office, will also take part in the ceremony, reading out loud the worship script and chopping the tree with a golden axe.
The royal astrologer will be present to sound the gong and three other chosen agarwood trees will be cut at the same time. The sacred ritual will be recorded by the National Archive of Thailand. HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed in his 89th year on October 13. Preparations are now ongoing for his royal cremation, for which agarwood is considered important. The four were among 19 agarwood trees found dead inside the park. Their heights range from 11 to 15 metres with widths from 142 to 203 centimetres, in accordance with criteria for the royal cremation.

The trees, which are labelled 10, 11, 14 and 15, were selected by Chamlong Yingnuek, director of the Royal Household Bureau’s Royal Rituals Division, and Chatchai Pinngern, chief of the Brahmin rituals office, as well as other officials from relevant departments.

11 Elephants and mahouts pay respects for the late King

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A PROCESSION of 11 elegant elephants and hundreds of mahouts performed a show of respect to much-revered HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej in front of the Grand Palace yesterday morning.

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They were all in elaborate, black attire as they joined the rest of the nation in mourning the passing of the great monarch.

His Majesty passed away at the age of 89 on October 13 this year.
All of the elephants performed in front of His Majesty during his visit to Ayutthaya’s Thung Makham Yong in 2012.

“This is the biggest mission in my life,” Pra Kosjaban Foundation’s chairman Laithongrien Meepan said yesterday leading the mahouts and tuskers.

In the capital, the procession started a respectful march from a military unit near the Grand Palace at 9.09am. His Majesty was the ninth king of the Chakri Dynasty.

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The leading elephant carried a portrait of the much-beloved King and his first white elephant during the march.

The awe-inspiring procession stopped in front of the Defence Ministry. All participants then faced the Grand Palace and observed a moment of silence in remembrance of the King. Mourners as well as the pachyderms laid prostrate before the late head of the state to express their full loyalty.

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Source: TheNation

Paris – Phuket – Bangkok – Magazine

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NEW IS OUR PARIS / PHUKET / BANGKOK MAGAZINE

In a short time, our magazine has known quite a few improvements: a more luxurious formula earmarked to seduce a wider audience, a new name to rubber stamp its national-scale calling (le Paris Bangkok outside Phuket), and content now fully translated into English in order to reach the whole expatriates community as well as Thai readers.

This cycle of evolution is coming to an end with a last innovation: as of September, the magazine comprises 100 pages (16 more pages) and becomes bimonthly (every two months). In order to guarantee an ever-growing exposure to our advertisers, its circulation is doubled to ensure its presence all the way through the two months that each issue will henceforth cover. Distribution will be widened and a restocking will occur for every distribution spots after one month.

The additional pages at the end of the magazine will be devoted to highlight businesses through a “Hot Spot” formula, offering our readers a choice of places to go and services to use.

Thailand – Tears of grief wash away conflict, divisions

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Mourners gather at Sanam Luang Saturday nigh to sing the royal anthem and light candles in memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Many tears have flowed over scenes of Sanam Luang depicted in millions of stories and photos shared in the past 11 days. But the grief also contains deep feelings of generosity and unity.

Since the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Aduyadej on October 13 in the 89th year of his life, loyal subjects across the country have thronged the Phra Mane Ground (Sanam Luang), a park adjacent to the Grand Palace, where the royal urn rests and royal and religious rites are taking place in tribute to the monarch.
At least 50,000 black-clad mourners have poured into Sanam Luang each day since the King’s passing, according to Maj-General Pongsawat Panchit, deputy commander of the First Region Army, which is responsible for security in the area.
Maintaining a calm and orderly atmosphere among such huge crowds is a challenge.
The social media is abuzz with complaints that not everyone is respecting the mourning period at Sanam Luang. Dismayed netizens say the sombre mood is being turned into a festive atmosphere. They complain about people taking selfies rather than paying respects to His Majesty, posing for the camera while they prostrate at the Grand Palace wall. The pictures and similar inappropriate posts are being shared on sites like Facebook, and street vendors shouting out their wares is increasing the carnival-like atmosphere, say critics.
But the negative perceptions are outweighed by the overwhelmingly positive feelings at Sanam Luang.
The criticisms are minor when you consider the bigger picture: Mourners in their hundreds of thousands sharing their sorrow, sometimes pausing to comfort one another with smiles of support.
I can see and feel love and sympathy everywhere I turn at the scene.
The crowds here can also feel the caring that exists between siblings. Photos released by the Royal Household Bureau show His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn comforting his elder sister Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya at the funeral rites for their father in the Grand Palace. Another shot shows him comforting his younger sister, Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn.
We saw, too, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn give a “wai” to her elder sister Princess Ubolratana as they were about to leave the funeral rites.
We can also feel the love and concern directed by the Royal Family towards loyal subjects. HRH the Crown Prince last Friday graciously provided free food via his royal guards to people who showed up in huge numbers at the Grand Palace to mourn the passing of his much-loved father.
During the day, Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali fried chicken at a Princess Pa Foundation food truck as free food for mourners at Sanam Luang.
The nighttime saw Princess Ubolratana emerge from the Grand Palace to greet the crowds outside, addressing them with a very touching speech that has since gone viral after being shared on social media.
“We are all from the same family. He [the King] is my father and also everyone’s father. … Next we must work together, move forward and not backwards,” the Princess told the crowd last Monday night.
She also distributed food, ranging from grilled pork with sticky rice to Chinese buns, and other necessities to the people.
The atmosphere of sharing and harmony has grown, fed by stories and photos, sympathy and generosity, shared among fellow citizens as they help each other through this time of grief and loss.
From the public sector to private companies to individual volunteers, ordinary people and students – Good Samaritans are helping without being asked to do so.
A friend of mine who joined more than 200,000 people in a heartfelt rendition of the Royal Anthem at Sanam Luang last Saturday offered a touching description on Facebook:
“I met good people at Sanam Luang,” he began.
“Yesterday I joined the singing. I came with nothing but my heart full of love for the King. I stayed there all day and night. I saw police ease the heat by spraying the crowd with water. I saw students help collect the garbage. People handed out black ribbons, desserts, foods… . Some helped push the elderly in wheelchairs.”
“Even at night [when candle-lit singing of the Royal Anthem rang out again] people shared candles and space for others to stand. When the ceremony ended many took transport services offered for free.”
“I felt the loving care and respect in their good deeds on the day. They sacrificed and followed the King’s teaching of ‘giving’. If the King were looking down to see how united and caring his children are, I believe he would smile happily. Thank you again.”
Last but not least, we can see and feel the loving tribute to the King.
The scene outside the Grand Palace demonstrated to the world the depth of feeling among Thais for their King and father of the nation.
Defying the heat and the rain, mourners queued in their tens of thousands at Sanam Luang to pay their respects. No words were needed; the scene was captured in pictures that revealed instantly the place His Majesty holds in Thai hearts.
When a loved one passes away, the feelings of loss reunite us as a family. But I would ask, why do we have to wait for such a terrible loss before we unite and love each other?

Source: The Nation

Thai foods on the market often contain dangerous formalin


Thai foods on the market often contain dangerous formalin

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There’s everything wrong with foods you can at buy fresh markets in Thailand. From a sample by the ministry in 39 fresh markets show that in 40% of cases of formalin is used to keep the food fresh for longer.
This includes a case of meat, vegetables and ready meals.

We go to Google Search:
How To Eliminate Formalin From Foods – Infozone24

http://infozone24.com/eliminate-formalin-foods/

Formalin is very dangerous for health. That is why, It is important to Know How To Eliminate Formalin From Foods. Let us know from this post.

How To Remove Formalin/Formaldehyde From Foods – sujonhera.com

http://sujonhera.com/how-to-remove-formalin-formaldehyde-from-foods/

Aug 13, 2013 … Formalin can be removed by sinking foods under water, salt water, vinegar mixed water. Formalin causes liver cancer, renal failure, Peptic ulcer …

Formalin in Food – BIMC HOSPITAL – Bali – 24 Hour Medical and …

http://bimcbali.com/medical-news/formalin-in-food.html

The widespread use of formalin, in preservation of fish, fruit and other food items is posing a threat to public health. The chemical used as a solution in water …

filtering – Remove formalin from food using chemical found in kitchen …

http://chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/799/remove-formalin-from-food-using-chemical-found-in-kitchen

Jul 14, 2012 … In some parts of the world food is stored with formalin so it looks fresh forever! This is astonishing, but true (See refs here). As formalin is very …

How to Detect formalin on Fruits, Fish and Vegetables by Shwapno …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkNyzPSjtNQ

Dec 6, 2013 … How to Detect formalin on Fruits, Fish and Vegetables by Shwapno Bangla … Do target practice on those bastards who use formalin in foods..

Formalin in fruits can be fatal | Dhaka Tribune

http://archive.dhakatribune.com/food/2013/jun/15/formalin-fruits-can-be-fatal

Jun 15, 2013 … But these heavenly foods aren’t that heavenly in our country. A section of unscrupulous traders were mixing formalin with foodstuff, including …

Centre for Food Safety – Risk in Brief – Formaldehyde in Food

http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/programme/programme_rafs/programme_rafs_fa_02_09.html

Jan 5, 2009 … In Hong Kong , formaldehyde is not permitted for food use. … Formalin, which is a solution of about 37% formaldehyde, serves as disinfectant …

Centre for Food Safety – Food Safety Focus – Formaldehyde in Food

http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/multimedia/multimedia_pub/multimedia_pub_fsf_06_01.html

Food Safety Focus (6th Issue, January 2007) – Incident in Focus … Formalin, which is a solution of about 37% formaldehyde, serves as disinfectant and …

Foods Known to Contain Naturally Occurring Formaldehyde

http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/whatsnew/whatsnew_fa/files/formaldehyde.pdf

1. Foods Known to Contain Naturally Occurring Formaldehyde. I. Fruits & Vegetables. Food type. Level (mg/kg). Apple. 6.3 – 22.3. Apricot. 9.5. Banana. 16.3.

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http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/health-ministry-warns-increasing-use-formalin-vendors-fresh-markets/

Feb 24, 2014 … Vendors are found to use formalin to keep their merchandise fresh. … The Public Health Ministry has warned consumers to be aware of buying fresh food and vegetable at fresh markets as now use of formalin among … Post navigation … order suspending Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra and Dr …

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