Lanna Canoe and Kayak Team takes top spots in national rowing competition
Karn Khansuwan and Anusorn Sommitre, national athletes
from Lanna Canoe and Kayak Team, earned overall male K2 gold medals last
weekend in the Thailand Paddle Boat National Competition at Huay Tung Tao
Reservoir, Chiang Mai.
the podium - overall male K2 gold medals for Karn Khansuwan and Anusorn
Sommitre from Lanna Canoe and Kayak Team, silver medals went to Nakornping
Club and bronze medals to Raja Navy Team.
Nakornping Club finished second, whilst the Raja Navy
Team took third.
Two sisters also made a big splash in the August 16-17
competition, as Pimchanok and Piyamala Narinthornsorasak from Lanna Canoe
and Kayak Team won 2 silver and 3 bronze medals.
The Rowing and Canoeing Association of Thailand, Chiang
Mai Sports Association, and the 33rd Military Circle, in cooperation with
the Southeast Asia Canoe Federation, Asia Canoe Federation, and
International Canoe Federation organized the competition.
Maj. Gen. Thawat Jarukalas, vice-president of the
tournament committee said that the event was held to encourage Chiang Mai
people to participate in rowing activities and as a way to solve drug
problems among youths.
15 teams competed from throughout Thailand, joining 40
competition programs divided into 8 canoeing programs, 24 kayaking programs,
and 8 traditional boat competition programs.
Thai Cheerleader Championship, northern round took place last weekend
As part of the “To Be Number One” project, the
Cheerleader Thailand Championship northern stage got underway at Central
Airport Plaza August 16-17 with many teams participating.
Teams from 17 provinces in the northern region took part
in this northern competition. The judging for northern representatives was
held on August 18 to determine which high school team and which university
team would advance to the final round on October 18.
winning team celebrates their hard-earned trophy and prizes.
S.K.T Cheer from Sukhothai Wittayakom School won the high
school level competition, earning a first prize of 20,000 baht and HRH
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup.
The team from Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat Institute, named
Crown, won the audience’s heart and first prize at the university level.
Chiang Mai hosted the second stage of the contest; the
first stage was in Nakhon Ratchasima a week earlier. All contestants are
vying for HM the Queen’s Cup and Princess Ubolratana’s Cup.
The cheerleader competition is a joint project between
the Public Health Ministry’s Mental Health Department, Office of Narcotics
Control Board, Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai and other co-sponsors.
Latin dance sport bring taught in Chiang Mai
Mrs. Chularat Phongtudsirikul, associate general
secretary of Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) Chiang Mai, said that
the YMCA has begun to teach “Latin Dance Sport”, to encourage healthy
lifestyles. The Latin - American dancing style has become famous both in
Thailand and other countries.
youths won first prize in a recent international youth dancing competition.
“It is a very good news that recently our own youths
won first prize in an international youth dancing competition ... and that
Sucharee Wongchai is now our tutor,” said Mrs. Chularat.
She added that youths aged between 8 & 11 years old
can apply for tutoring. Classes will be held on Saturdays and Sundays from 1
- 2 p.m. and 4:30 - 6 p.m.
For more information, contact 053 2201 819, 053 221 820
ext. 1102, 1104.
7th Family Fun Rally scheduled for next month
From Amari Rincome Hotel to Angkhang Nature Resort
Amari Rincome Hotel in Chiang Mai and Angkhang Nature
Resort in Fang announced the public is invited to take part in a great
weekend of fun and sports in the form of a car rally being called the 7th
Family Fun Rally September 27-28. The aim of the event is to allow people to
“get in touch” with the natural beauty of Angkhang Mountain Resort.
This is a wonderful way to spend a weekend and a great
opportunity to renew acquaintances, plus meet new friends.
The event is for the whole family, and will include
games, activities, prizes and trophies. His Serene Highness Prince Bhisadej
Rajanee, chairman of the Royal Project Foundation, will present prizes to
The application cost is from 730 baht (for a child, aged
3-12 years), 3,100 baht for additional twin room, the same car, 2,150 baht
for additional single room, and 1,950 baht for single for additional person,
and 3,490 baht net for two persons and one car, including one night’s
accommodation at the Angkhang Nature Resort plus breakfast, lunch, dinner
and snack. Prices include 2 coffee breaks, lunch, dinner, breakfast, and one
night at Angkhang Nature Resort on September 27.
During the evening entertainment and reception, all
participants can enjoy a mini-concert presented by Red Jazz, and led by
For more information and reservations, please call 053 -
221 044 or email: [email protected]
Chiang Mai Pool League
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: http://www.thai-american.com/hhh/
It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money
plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!
CMSH3 Run 580
Hares: Bone Hur and Burrito Butt. A rumour I had heard is
the Kenyan Team for the New York Marathon are shifting camp to use this run
for their training. This made me a bit frantic but all looked well, and as
we milled about awaiting the start everyone seemed normal: Frank N Stein
read his Hash Trash in a crouching position with a cloud of smoke
threatening to cover him and the derelict truck he was beside; may have been
a good thing it would have hidden the 50 cigarette butts around him?
Kiwi B’d was selling his wares including his latest
items, g strings with On On printed on the tiny front, not On In as earlier
suggested. Anyway enough gossip.
The run started with great enthusiasm by all. On we went,
then On and On and On, after what seemed an eternity of torture we came to
the first check. Left or straight we all mused? Wombat raced on straight,
kicking up a small dust trail and was never seen again till the end, and on
paper the entire time. Our visiting Hasher from Bangkok (who’s name I
don’t know if I was told or just drank the correct amount after the run
and can’t remember?) led the way left with Daglocks in hot pursuit
followed by Better Knot and others at a more leisurely pace (due to
exhaustion). By this stage we were on to a dirt road which made a pleasant
change from the gravel one and had turned a corner also, and funny as it may
seem were also running on paper?!
With the blistering pace the crowd thinned and all was
quiet except for Dyke Converter’s calls of “ON YOU” followed by his
grumbling of, “The b’d’s aren’t calling”. We met a few smiling
locals on the way who offered no end of encouraging words of which being
dumb I understood none.
Finally after about 40 minutes we came to “B” where
Burrito Butt was smiling and handing out refreshments to the FRBs who were
no where to be seen. So ON ON this time for variety on a tar seal road,
after dodging multiple cars and bikes and more encouraging locals, still
nothing, just On and On and On. Luckily we passed Bone Hur driving in the
opposite direction so that spurred us on. Finally we changed to a concrete
road to compress our vertebrae the final bit and snap our hamstrings for
good measure. Another 1/2 hour saw us arrive back at “A”. Funnily no
sign of Daglocks or our visiting friend, they finally staggered in 1/2 hour
later after taking a 6km run to a dead end on paper as well. All’s well
that ends well it seems?
Write up by Better Knot
We were again able to witness Burrito Butt star in Hares
on Ice with yet a new co-star, the unwitting Bone Hur. Wombat opened the
circle and immediately put these 2 worthless on ice. Then, to try to show
that he’s not a complete [email protected]#$, Wombat gave the hares a chance to give out
a splash each before receiving the deluge of splashes that was sure to
follow. Nice try, Womsie. They both blew it, gave false splashes and had to
drink it down themselves.
While the hares remained on ice, Wombat brought in
Scamper for leaving his pants in the back of X-Virgin Sister’s car.
Scamper looked a bit dazed at the thought of being in XVS’s car without
his pants but did the down-down admirably. Next in was Daglocks to lose his
[email protected]#$& and then in came Burrito Butt to be given double honors-both the
[email protected]#! and the [email protected]#$&.
JM Hole P took the circle and honored those foolish
enough to run the 7 km stretch of tarmac necessary to do the whole run. They
were (in no particular order) - Quazzimoto, A Vice, Better Knot, Head
Hacker, Dyke Converter, Wombat, Square Rooter, Daglocks, BF and, of course,
HP. What Dykie hated was that since it was straight back on tarmac, he was
not able to run off paper. The JM then brought in the returnees - Quazzimoto,
Nomad, A Vice, BF, Where the Hell is Bob and Square Rooter. We also had a
Virgin - Yaa from Eesan and finally he splashed Superman for running long.
The circle went back to Wombat and he brought in BF for
throwing butts on the ground. PTC was splashed for leaning and being
disrespectful and Kiwi B’d got the yacker yet again. He then punished
Pamela for not putting his byline on his critique of Wombat’s run last
Wombat then punished the slugs, BS and Kiwi B’d and
punished Head Hacker and Daglocks for having a private party and put Better
Knot on ice as an accomplice. He then splashed Smiling O and Fish & T
for not owning up to being slugs as well. He then splashed a whole bevy of
late comers - Superman, Super B, Bend Over, Sun Spot, Quazzimoto and A Vice.
Wombat finally got out of the circle and the Web W, Head
Hacker took over. He splashed Burrito Butt for fixing a Hash sign by putting
it on top of another Hash sign on top of a red & white sign. Good Work,
BB! He brought in Dyke Converter for throwing cans away and then Frank N.
Stein for being smarter than the average monster.
X-Virgin Sister took the circle and brought in BF for
complaining that the circle was too long and that he wanted to sit down. So
she directed him to sit on the ice. She then brought in all the “ladies”
for being victims of this run.
The wings were given to HP and Bone Collector and since
we were out of beer, the circle was closed.
Helping drinkers feel good
Yet more research highlights the benefits of alcohol
G’day readers, you’ll like this one, a health and
fitness article with proof that a drink can be good for you. But before
you go on, read between the lines: ‘moderation’ is the word and
alcohol is just another form of energy. If you don’t regularly burn off
the energy that you consume it will be stored. How much? Just as a
sideline, a 330ml bottle of Heineken is worth 130 calories which
transposes to 8 minutes of running at a speed of 12.5 kilometres per hour
on a flat treadmill. If running is not your thing then walking at a medium
to brisk pace (5km/hour) for 29 and a half minutes will burn off the
energy in that bottle of beer.
of these (not all at once) could be good for your health.
As long ago as the late 1980s, the men’s ‘waist
loss’ program, GutBusters, claimed that alcohol (a) is not fattening per
se, and (b) has positive health benefits. Since that time, much research
has supported these postulations. In the first place, biochemical evidence
shows that although there are three biochemical systems for the metabolism
of alcohol, none result in alcohol being converted to fat. If energy
intake is reduced, particularly through the reduction of fat, alcohol can
be enjoyed with good weight losses.
Alcohol and health
On the second issue, research has now convincingly
shown the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption, so much so that
an editorial in the January 2003 edition of the prestigious New England
Journal of Medicine discusses the question of whether alcohol use should
be standard medical advice - at least for post heart attack patients. This
follows from a large study of over 35,000 health professionals by
researchers at Harvard University which showed that not only is heart
attack risk reduced in drinkers, but it decreases almost linearly: (a)
with the amount of alcohol consumed (at least up to 50g/day) (b) with the
number of days it is consumed (regular consumption is healthier than
‘bingeing’), (c) irrespective of whether it is consumed with or
without meals, and (d) irrespective of the type of alcohol drunk.
Wine and blood fats
In more detailed work carried out at Curtin University
in Western Australia, Dr Sebely Pal has examined the effects of red wine
on aspects of ‘bad’ cholesterol in women with high cholesterol levels.
Unlike previous studies, which just looked at total cholesterol, Dr Pal
has broken this down into sub-components (Apo B 100; Apo B48), which are
known to be associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
Surprisingly, she and her team have found that de-alcoholised red wine
reduces these apoliproteins (carriers of ‘bad’ cholesterol) even more
than red wine containing alcohol. However, the wine containing alcohol is
still as effective as some of the best known cholesterol-lowering drugs in
reducing the problem.
In further examining why this may be the case, Dr
Pal’s team has extracted some of the chemicals in red wine (known as
polyphenols) that are known to have anti-oxidant properties. In cell
cultures in a test tube, it is these that have the biggest effects on
apolipoprotein lowering. Other forms of alcohol contain different phenols
which may explain the benefits of all kinds. So the glass of wine each day
is worth it just for the blood cleaning and it will cost you 90 calories
which, again, will need a 21 minute walk to ensure you don’t store the
excess energy. Excess energy in the body is stored in the muscles, to a
lesser degree in the liver, both as sugars and anything in excess of the
storage capacity of the muscles and liver will be stored as fats - all
over the body - internally and externally.
Take home message
The good news out of all this is that overweight
individuals can continue to drink alcohol in moderation and get health as
well as weight loss benefits - provided overall energy intake is reduced.
1. Pal S and others. Red wine polyphenolics increase
low density lipoprotein expression and activity and suppress the secretion
of Apo B100 from human HepG2 cells. Journal of Nutrition, 2003 (in press).
2. Mukamal KJ and others. Roles of drinking patterns and type of alcohol
consumed in coronary heart disease in men. New England Journal of
Medicine, 2003; 348 (2): 109-118.