May and Mai from Jomtien.
2 helpful women on holiday
from out of town.
The Pollution Solution Group had the honor on Sunday May
29, to have 2 different sets of young girls at 2 different locations on
Jomtien Beach offer their help and a cold drink. The first 2 are May and Mai
and they live in Jomtien, the older 2 were on holiday from out of town.
We find that by setting examples it makes more people
aware of the need for “all of us” to do our part and help in the removing of
man made dangers that could harm or kill a child, sea life or contaminate
They were all happy to get some free literature and will
bring it to their schools.
Today they learned that each danger that they remove is
one less chance of a baby or sea life ingesting becoming ill or even dying;
also preventing our ocean from being contaminated.
They helped in the removing hundreds of toxic cigarette
butts, bottle caps, plastic, foam, bar-b-q sticks and camera batteries. Many
people watched and became more aware of not leaving litter behind.
The Pollution Solution Group is making a difference one
day and one beach at a time.
Aka KOTO Keeper Of The Ocean
Immigration closed for holiday
(Last month 16-5-2011) I went to Jomtien Immigration to
renew my 90 day visa, only finding it closed. Not very happy, I was about to
leave when the door opened and a female employee said to me and a few others
they are open for 90 day renewals only. For all other transactions they will
reopen Wednesday 18th, which I was happy about, but in
the short time I was there dozens got turned away. Why can’t they put a
notice in the office and on the internet stating all holiday closure dates
for the year? It’s not rocket science?
Ed’s note: We think it was quite a nice thing they
did, giving up part of their holiday to assist you and some of the others. I
can’t imagine a government office doing that in the West. And as far as
rocket science is concerned; you are a guest in a foreign country. It’s up
to you, not them, to figure out when the holidays are. This isn’t rocket
science, just look on the web. Or, you could always read the Pattaya Mail
- we always announce government holidays, usually on front page.
Hitting your head against a stone wall
I believe the comments by Dr. Prasertson are exactly what
the Thai educational system needs but would require years of planning, a
huge sum of money and, for the most part, many people like the good Dr. to
Regrettably Thailand has none of the above. If only
officials spent less time arranging festivals, changing uniforms, had fewer
paid, time off holidays, meaningless award ceremonies, endless mindless
meetings leading nowhere, and had the qualifications, competency, and desire
to truly advance Thailand into at least the 20th century...
The Dr. should consider he is making proposals to people
who planned the Air Link, a rail line to nowhere, Highway 7 without proper
safe exits, upgrading U-Tapao airport, supported buying 12 military aircraft
and some 30 yr. old submarines for billions ! Would, “Hitting your head
against a stone wall” come into consideration here?
In reply to Eric Bahrt
I once again have to put up with (reading a letter
from) Eric Bahrt - I wish the Pattaya Mail would give him a rest
and not publish his biased thoughts.
Eric seems to think that only talented people follow
a non-meat diet. How sad that he should think like this.
Perhaps Eric should carry out some research on his
pet (no pun intended) subject, he would suddenly find his opinions
dwarfed by the number of meat eating intellectuals. The number of meat
eaters vastly outnumbers the vegetarian variety by millions to one. Has
this happened purely by chance? I think not.
What would happen to the Inuit nations if they
decided to become vegetarian? Same question for the nomadic tribes of
Mongolia, the African continent, South America, etc.
Come to terms with the world Eric. You and your
compatriots can live in your own little world and let the rest of us
battle onwards and upwards.
Bring on the filet mignon, medium rare please.
Global warming crisis
Record carbon emissions and extreme temperature
changes leave our climate on the brink. According to estimates from the
International Energy Agency, greenhouse gas emissions increased by a
record amount last year, to the highest carbon output in history,
putting hopes of holding global warming to safe levels all but out of
reach. Much will depend on what happens to emissions of carbon dioxide
and other greenhouse gases in the future, since they can remain in the
atmosphere for decades.
The rise exceeds the range of normal variability,
negatively impacting on the goal of preventing a temperature rise of
more than 2 degrees Celsius, which scientists say is the threshold for
potentially “dangerous climate change”. Last year, a record 30.6
Gigatonnes (Gt) of carbon dioxide poured into the atmosphere, mainly
from the combustion of fossil fuels (gas, oil), an estimated annual rise
of 1.6 Gt.
With prospects for our children’s future getting ever
bleaker, a universal sustainable action plan must be devised in order to
reduce carbon dioxide emissions and halt global warming. The Earth’s
surface temperature may be 30-50% more sensitive to atmospheric carbon
dioxide than has been previously reported and with more extreme
temperature changes in the global mean, of possibly 15 degrees or more,
concerned awareness must focus on participatory solutions now!
Dr. Charles Frederickson
‘Yim Yim’ project aims to improve Immigration Office service quality
Chonburi Immigration’s “Yim Yim” (smile) mascot is introduced at the
opening ceremony for Immigration’s new service minded campaign.
The Chonburi Immigration Office stepped up its
campaign to provide better service with the launch of its “Service
More than 80 immigration officials joined 20 other
bureaucrats at the Nova Platinum Hotel for the start of the “Yim Yim”
initiative. The mascot for the program was first introduced before
officials sat down for lectures on the need to be friendlier and more
The program follows a directive earlier this year
from top immigration officials to bring levels of service up to
Lectures covered topics such as immigration officers’ public
conversations, showing proper Thai etiquette in dealings with others and
illustrating a willingness to serve.
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