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Combined university effort updates doctors on neurovascular disease

British Council launches new logo

US and UK veterans observe Veterans Day in Chiang Mai

Dot & Friends need your help

Novotel Hotel organizes special promotion to welcome winter season

Combined university effort updates doctors on neurovascular disease

Since 2000, Mahidol University in Bangkok and Paris-sud University in France have been cosigned to create an “International Masters Course in Neurovascular Disease” for medical doctors.

Seventy doctors participated in the Mahidol University in Bangkok and Paris-sud University in France’s “International Masters Course in Neurovascular Disease” November 3-8 at Chiangmai University.

The course provides knowledge about disease of the vessels in the brain, head, neck and spine.

Attendants of the course come from countries all over the world, including Europe, Africa, USA and Asia.

The most recent course was held November 3-8 in the convention hall on the 15th floor of the Sujinno Building in Maharaj Nakorn Chiangmai Hospital, when 70 attendants participated in the 6-day session.

The next course will be held in March, 2003.

British Council launches new logo

The Honorary British Consul and Director of the British Council, David Hopkinson invited scores of guests to witness the launch of the British Council’s new identity and logo.

Honorary British Consul and Director of the British Council, David Hopkinson (2nd from left) and friends display the British Council’s new logo.

Similar events are currently taking place in 109 countries all over the world, and Chiang Mai was due last Tuesday. The event took place in the Council’s gardens on Bumrungraj Road.

Embedded into a cocktail reception, and accompanied by a live performance of the ‘Mangrove Steel Band’, which had all guests dancing, the launch-cum-garden party was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

US and UK veterans observe Veterans Day in Chiang Mai

On November 11, US and UK veterans observed Veterans Day at the foreign cemetery near the Gymkhana Club, Nong Hoi, Muang Chiang Mai.

Last Monday, many US and UK tourists to and residents of Chiang Mai went to the cemetery to observe 1 minute of silence in memory of all men and women in the armed forces.

The day is an official recognition of the end of the first modern global conflict, the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals, World War I. The 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month was the exact time when the First World War came to an end back in 1918 and is remembered throughout the world.

On May 13, 1938, twenty-seven state legislatures in the United Sates declared November 11 to be a legal holiday, dedicating the day to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.”

In 1954, the United States Congress, at the urging of veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in the word “Veterans” to honor American veterans of all wars.

November 11 is a celebration to honor veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good and to preserve the heritage of freedom.

Dot & Friends need your help

by Marion Vogt

With Christmas just around the corner, we all are thinking about what kind of presents we should buy for the family. However, it is good to know that there are people out there who are not only taking care of their own family and friends, but also of the needy ones. There are many underprivileged around us, and all you have to do is just open your eyes and you will see.

Dot & Friends need your help!

Earlier this week, I met a lovely lady, who did indeed open her eyes, and realized misery and need, and for many years she has been instrumental preparing Christmas parties for HIV-positive children right here in Chiang Mai; children who were born with this disease, and whose lifespan is very limited.

This lady is none other than Mrs. Dot Delaney, and she and her friends personally guarantee that a few dozen children can enjoy a day out with good and healthy food, games, and even receive a bag of presents delivered by Santa Claus himself. And, as sad as it is, for some of them it might be the last Christmas they can take pleasure in.

With the help of Mr. Steve and Mrs. Dot from the ‘Rejoice Children’ Charity, which also works tirelessly to support these children’s injections and medications, they look for the neediest of the needy. And, depending on funds and helpers, these kids are invited to a Christmas treat at “The Pub”, a very well known establishment for expatriates, located on Huay Kaew Road. This event will take place on Saturday, December 14, from 1500 - 1700 hours.

If your question now is, “How can we help?”, the answer is simple. If you have some spare time to help feed the children, or play little games with them, just drop by on that particular 14th December.

If you prefer to give money, this is perfectly in order, but if you have well maintained toys, clothes or blankets at home which you do not need anymore, you may want to consider donating them to these children. Please bring anything you wish to donate to “The Pub”, from this Saturday onwards. The sooner, the better, and the more they will receive, the more children can be invited to join in the fun and excitement of that particular day.

Mr. Christopher, the owner of “The Pub”, as much as Mattana, the F & B Supervisor, will be delighted to hand any donation you might wish to leave there to Mrs. Dot & Friends. Any help is not only ‘welcome’, but also ‘needed’.

Novotel Hotel organizes special promotion to welcome winter season

Ms Atcharaporn Badtiya, the public relations officer of the Novotel Hotel, Chiang Mai announced that the food and beverage department of the hotel has organized a special promotion for welcoming the winter season.

Everyone who visits the Tantawan Restaurant located on the 3rd floor who orders off the menu will get a free soft drink in the restaurant’s “Order one get one free” promotion.

This promotion continues until the end of this year.

Ms Atcharaporn also reminded everyone who loves to dine buffet style that the Citrus Restaurant offers an international lunch buffet from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. for 199 baht. And from now until the end of the year, bring all your friends, because every five customers having the lunch buffet together will only be billed for four.