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Chiang Mai fails to make Thailand football quarterfinals

Prince Royal’s College defeats Dara Academy School

Lampang Mountain Bike race to take place August 10

Chiang Mai Pool League

Fitness Tips

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

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Chiang Mai fails to make Thailand football quarterfinals

Chiang Rai downs the locals 4-3

Supatatt Dangkrueng

Lead-ups for the quarterfinals in the Thailand Village and Tambon headmen tournaments were held at the 700 Years Anniversary Sports Complex on July 12. In the main match, Chiang Rai defeated Chiang Mai 4-3 and in the other friendly match between Chiang Mai Press Club and Fang District officials the result was a 3-all draw.

Chiang Rai (yellow shirts) defeated Chiang Mai (white shirts), 4-3.

Chiang Mai Press Club player tries to swerve.

In the Chiang Rai-Chiang Mai match, Chiang Rai looked to be unassailable by half time, holding a 3-0 advantage. However, in the second half Chiang Mai came back and scored 2 goals in the 67th and 78th minutes. In the final minutes Chiang Rai scored another goal, just before Chiang Mai scored again in the 80th minute. However, the full time whistle blew, leaving the score at 4-3.

Chiang Rai retains its unbeaten record and now passes through to the quarterfinals.

In their previous matches, Chiang Rai defeated Lamphun 2-1, while Chiang Mai had a very one-sided victory over Lampang 7-0.

Prince Royal’s College defeats Dara Academy School

Prince Royal’s College defeated Dara Academy School on July 11 in a Chiang Mai student basketball competition at the Municipal sports stadium. Various other sports are also taking place during this competition, including 5-player soccer, petonque and basketball.

Lampang Mountain Bike race to take place August 10

Still time to get on yer bike!

Nuttanee Thaveephol

Lampang Mountain Bike Club has opened the entry list for the Lampang Mountain Bike Race 2003 to be held next month. It will be an opportunity for the local youths to show their prowess and the best will see themselves up against national and international riders in the future.

Mon Phaya Chae National Park will be used for the race route, after the start which will be at the Lampang City Hall. There are three classes being contested. Class A covers the full 25 km distance, class B 20 km, and class C a leisurely 10 km pedal.

Registration can be done on the morning of the race from 6-8.30 a.m. and the race itself will begin at 9.15 a.m. August 10.

For additional information, contact the Lampang Provincial Public Relation Office and Lampang Sports Club: 054 265 061 and 01 881-5950 every day during office hours.

Chiang Mai Pool League

Fitness Tips: Ephedra’s safety under scrutiny

The death of a healthy 23-year-old baseball player in February 2003 has refocussed attention on the harm from ephedra diet supplements. This young man died from heat stroke during spring training and the examiner certified that ephedra contributed to his death.

Researchers recently reviewed 530 articles in an effort to assess the efficacy and safety of ephedra and ephedrine for weight loss and athletic performance. The report, which appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), concluded that there is strong evidence to support the claims that it increases the risk of major health problems.

The review showed that while ephedrine and ephedra promoted modest short-term weight loss, they also increased the risk of psychiatric, autonomic or gastrointestinal symptoms as well as heart palpitations. There was insufficient evidence to support their use for enhancing athletic performance.

Another report in the current edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine details the enormous number of adverse reactions to ephedra reported during 2001 to US poison control centres. Although ephedra products account for less than one percent of all herbal product sales, they account for 64 percent of the adverse reactions reported. This makes it 220 times more likely to cause an adverse effect than all other herbal products. It is even 100 times more likely to cause a reaction than kava, which has been banned in many countries.

So what do we have here: stuff that might take off a bit of weight in the short term, but it also increases the risk of psychiatric, autonomic or gastrointestinal symptoms as well as heart palpitations and it’s 100 times more likely to cause an adverse reaction that will effect your health than some other stuff that was deemed dangerous and was banned in many countries. Further, will it keep the weight off? Can you keep taking it for the long term without increased health risk?

No and No.

So yet another “magic pill” solution to being overweight is proven to be ineffective and dangerous, what a surprise!

Short term, mid term, long term and lifetime you simply cannot beat a healthy eating plan and regular physical activity.

Peel appeal

According to many studies, when you remove the peel or skin from fruits and vegetables, you lose a lot of nutrition since it’s a concentrated source of fibre, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.

According to research at Cornell University, apple skin seems to have an anti-cancer effect. Whole apples have a much greater effect on cancer cells than peeled ones. The researchers found that the skin from one average-sized Idared apple has the same antioxidant potential as 820 milligrams of vitamin C.

Similarly, the results of a recent Finnish study show that potato skin is rich in antioxidants and has more fibre, iron, potassium and B vitamins than the flesh, gram for gram.

Some laboratory studies suggest that citrus peel helps detoxify potentially cancer-causing compounds and reduces the activity of proteins that trigger abnormal cell growth. Citrus peel can be grated into tomato sauce, fish or chicken dishes, or baked goods. It can also be added as strips to salads or to a cup of tea.

Carpe’ Diem

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked up from the “ONON” pub (Moon Mueng Soi 1) at 16.00 once every 2 weeks. Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

CSH3 is a mixed Saturday hash which is picked up from the H3 Pub on Moon Mueng Road every Saturday at 15.30. Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

CUMH3 is a male hash which runs from the “ONON” Pub every consecutive (from CH3) Tuesday. Pick up is at 16.00.

BH3 is a female hash (Harriettes) that runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month.

All information either from Fish and Chips, H3 or “ONON” Pub. Or look at the websites at:

It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!