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Four teams advance to semi-finals in Chiang Mai youth football tourney 

Young cheerleaders reach for the sky at Mahidol Fair

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Four teams advance to semi-finals in Chiang Mai youth football tourney

Metinee Chaikuna

Chiang Mai’s youth football tournament for 18-year-olds started August 23-24, and four teams made it through to the semi-finals scheduled for August 30. Finals are scheduled for August 31 at Chiang Mai Municipal stadium.

Montfort College (red & white t-shirt) scored two second half goals to defeat Dara Academy 2-0.

Sixteen football teams representing many educational institutes in Chiang Mai began the tournament, and after the first two days, only four were left standing. Chiang Mai Kanawit School, San Kamphaeng School, Payap Technology Institute, and Montfort College earned places in the semi-finals.

Payap Technology Institute (yellow t-shirt) beat Hang Dong Raj Uppatum School 2-1, after each team scored a goal in the first half.

The first semi-final match on August 30 will feature Chiang Mai Kanawit School against San Kamphaeng School beginning at 2 p.m. At 4 p.m. on the same day, Payap Technology Institute will take on Montfort College.

Winning teams in the semi-final matches will meet in the finals on August 31. The final winner will represent Chiang Mai in the National Youth Football tournament, Region 5, which will be held in October in Nan.

Neither Montfort College (red & white t-shirt) nor Dara Academy could score in the first half.

The Football & Footsol Association, and Chiang Mai Sports Club in cooperation with Chiang Mai Municipality, organized the tournament to find a team to represent the Chiang Mai Youth teams in the regional tournament in October.

Winners of the Nan competition will earn the title of best youth football teams in the North and will go on to compete with representatives from other parts of Thailand.

Young cheerleaders reach for the sky at Mahidol Fair

Nuttanee Thaveephol

A small audience at Mahidol Fair on August 23 was treated to enthusiastic cheers, flips, choreographed steps and a human pyramid three layers high during a cheerleader contest arranged by six health science faculties.

The Leotard girls vigorously said no to drugs, and were great fun to watch.

Many young cheerleaders participated in the contest, using varied styles of dancing, despite no cash prize available. Winners received certificates and trophies.

One of the most outstanding teams was the Yupparaj Vittayalai School Spiral Team, with 14 boys and girls who displayed fantastic rhythm.

The well-choreographed Pinky Team performed step-by-step exercises in their flashy uniforms.

The little Leotard Team, which included only girls, was also one to watch, as were the performances by other competitors.

Although the small program did not attract much interest, the appreciative audience was all happy to see the youths playing sports rather than ingesting drugs.

Fourteen cheerleaders from Yupparaj Vittayalai School’s Spiral Team form a human pyramid three layers high.

The first place winners received certificates and a trophy from Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat. The first runner-up prize was presented by Assist Prof Dr Nipon Tuwanon, Chiang Mai University president, and the second runner-up received certificates and a trophy from the dean of the Faculty of Medicine.

Fitness Tips: The latest word on diabetes

G’day readers, time again to look over what we can do to help ourselves to avoid the greatest health risk in 1st and 2nd world countries, yep, I know, my dad has told me a million times not to over exaggerate (yes that was a small joke) so I left out 3rd world countries, they have the opposite problem with food. 1st and 2nd world countries over eat and under exercise where as 3rd world countries are starving.

Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing epidemics in the world. This is not surprising as one of its main causes is obesity and this, in turn, is also one of the fastest growing epidemics in the world. Typically, diabetes has been regarded as a ‘downstream’ disease with only a medical solution. However, more and more research is suggesting that nonmedical, lifestyle changes can aid, and in some cases even correct the problem.

Let’s look at some of the latest findings in diabetes research and what this means for the 7-8% of Australians who already have the disease and the 15% who have been diagnosed as ‘pre-diabetic, and may get it in the next ten years. There is nothing special about Australian society in this aside from the fact that Aussies are 2nd in the world in the total number of obese people, behind America.

To increase activity, aim the message

Epidemiologists often use mortality, or death rates, as the best indication of a disease cause. However, being alive but disabled in many instances is sometimes a fate worse than death. So a measure of Disability Affected Life Years (DALYs) has come to be used as a better measure of disease effects.

Inactivity and DALYs

Inactivity is now thought to be the second most preventable cause of DALYs in Australia (after smoking). Hence efforts are being made to work out how to motivate the sedentary and inactive sections of the community to become more active. Perhaps the best-known model of behaviour change is a model of stages of change developed in the US in the 1970s and refined since then. This suggests that people go through at least 6 stages in changing behaviours from unhealthy to healthy. The first, a pre-contemplation stage, is where no thought has been given to change; contemplation is where the individual is thinking about it, but hasn’t yet decide to change; decision is where a time and date has been set to act; action is when this occurs; maintenance is where the behaviour continues to be managed and maintained, and transformation represents a change that has occurred for life.

Putting the stages of change into action

Scottish researchers recently tested the value of the stages of change approach by allocating diabetic patients to one of the first three stages for select motivational advice. Those who were selected as being in any of the first three stages were then given motivational techniques to get them active, appropriate for that stage, by an experienced psychologist. Those in a control group were simply given a booklet with instructions on how to become more active. After 6 months, all of those in the motivational groups had increased their daily activity levels as measured by an electronic activity counter worn on their belt. In the meantime, their HBA1c score, which is a blood measure of the severity of their diabetes, had decreased by around 4%. Those in the control group on the other hand had significantly decreased their activity levels and their HBA1c had risen by around 4%.

Take home message:

The implication of this is that where motivation strategies are tailored to the stage of readiness of the individual, much greater success is achieved in getting patients active and presumably improving health indices.

For reference

Kirk A and others. Increasing physical activity in people with Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care, 2003; 26: 1186-1192.

Chiang Mai Pool League - featured Match of the Week Outback Down Under

Viking 5 - 4 Outback

Match of the week came from the Viking Bar where the high flying home side hosted the struggling Outback team. The visiting squad’s manager, Scottish John, encouraged his team to oil their wheels with ice cold draught Carlsberg both before and during the match.

His unorthodox tactics appeared to be paying dividends when Outback surged into a shocking 3-0 lead. Captain Nick swept aside Matt with his atypical thai-phoon style and, as Paul and Julian did similar numbers on Dylan and Em, respectively, it seemed that the Vikings were heading towards an embarrassing whitewash.

Inevitably, Outback’s luck soon changed and they quickly squandered their comfortable lead. New recruit, Rob, looked like extending his team’s margin but watched agonizingly as the white followed the final black into the pocket.

The Vikings’ “Oh Captain my Captain” held his nerve to defeat Dave, another new kid on the block, in a tense, high quality black ball game.

Em equalised with a comfortable victory over Rick, and with a good turn out in the bar, all eyes turned to the doubles as the tension mounted.

Julian and Paul, encouraged by John’s promises of free beer, renewed Outback’s lead, only to watch Mem and Et draw level. The home team had wisely saved their strongest pairing for last and Em’s team took the match in a disappointingly one sided decider.

Viking remain in a healthy position with their eyes on their title, whereas Outback will feel hard done by to remain without a match point to their name.

(Each week we will be delivering increased coverage of the pool league, providing a more comprehensive insight into the bars and characters involved - Please email any noteworthy match incidents to [email protected] com and you could be next week’s pool star).

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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!

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Not sure who the hell I am suppose to send this to so I am sending to the only address that I know and crossing my fingers that it gets to where it needs to be. After I push this lovely send button I take no more responsibility for this unasked for addition to my already busy schedule.

Here goes nothing...

Don’t ask me what happened before I was graciously handed the pen and paper by Wombat. All I know is that I was minding my own business when I was called to the middle of the circle and told that I had to take notes. From what I recall Wombat had a chicken hanging around his neck, Burrito Butt had two “awards” properly placed around her neck, and DC and BS were splashed as the hares.

Our visitors from Hawaii, Israel, and Hong Kong all admitted to being sex tourists or paid sex tourists and given a splash. Little did they know that there were many more of those to come. Madam Butterfly and Deep S sat on ice as Tight Muscle did the willy, yum yum. Who the hell is Bob was caught without a hash t-shirt and given a splash. And seeing as none of them had a joke or a song we were blessed with a joke from DC. Then Kiwi B was punished for neglecting his t-shirt selling duties. Shay got caught with his mouth open and given a splash for flapping the jaws.

H Plugger came to the center and admitted that he had a case of mistaken identity. Apparently he is into spankings and “accidentally” spanked the wrong women. Unplugged and Bone Collector paid the price with a splash. Burrito Butt was given the hash crash for clearing a nice path for everyone down the side of the hill and Miss Piggy was accused of being brain dead because her beverage area was a mess. The returnees, Sticky Vicky, Unplugged, Bob Wow, and somehow Rag Head snuck in there, were splashed and gave their sad excuses for their absence.

Head Hacker called in the hares and thanked them for making us spectacles in the zoo and also splashed the streetwalkers X-Virgin Sister and Bow Wow. Wombat caught Melvin and Tight Muscle leaning and DC was quick to follow suit, pointing out Miss Fortune and her lean. Again we were blessed with another one of DC’s songs. What came to follow, although hard to imagine, was worse than Dyke’s song. Deep S, Madame Butterfly and Miss Fortune were involved in some serious mistreatment of the awards.

X-Virgin Sister shamed the hares for telling the little ladies the way and also pointed out that Bow Wow was a pants model and Head Hacker was her designer. Wombat again took center stage and complained about the length of the hash brief and ordered a splash to the hares. Miss Fortune was given the yacker because she was yack yack yacking away about the ants in her pants and once again DC broke into song. The On On was announced and thank heavens the circle was closed.

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