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Holland’s herring harvest at the Rydges Amora

Yale Whiffenpoofs World Tour 2004

Computer age helps small and medium sized businesses

New Zonta president for Chiang Mai

CMU students take a group study tour of Copeland Corporation

Female footballers to fight out Group B in Chiang Mai

Holland’s herring harvest at the Rydges Amora

Dutch celebrate their fishy traditions

Reinhard Hohler

Last Saturday night, Arie de Keijzer, general manager of the Rydges Amora Tapae Chiang Mai Hotel, was host to a special party to mark the Dutch herring season.

The marching band around the pool was a part of the opening act, even playing the national anthem, the Wilhelmus.

The flags of the nine nations bordering the North Sea were paraded by Dutch costumed Thai maidens and a sumptuous dinner buffet set up around the roof swimming pool awaited the curious visitors.

The mood was cheerful until late at night. Seen here, HHH Kiwi dancing!

This was Arie’s second Herring Party to showcase the century old tradition at the start of the herring season in Holland, actually beginning at a port near Sandford at the Atlantic coast. The first catch is always reserved for the Dutch Queen.

Irish Chef Adrian W. O’Herlihy (right) from the Amari Rincome Hotel tried his first ever Dutch herring and from the look on his face not even the cheery mood of GM Arie can convince him 100%.

Arie enthusiastically organized a "Herring Eating Contest" that was ironically won by a fast beer-drinking German guest, who could have then be called Herr Herring! The international buffet also offered Dutch specialties such as bitter ballen, deep-fried crispy oat herring and cider sauce with Dutch apple pie as one of the many deserts, and 130 guests feasted on the mildly salted herrings washed down with Heineken draft.

Dutch girls on stage with a gorgeous kneeling captain, Captain Arie J.M. de Keijzer himself!

The party faded out after midnight, as many of the Dutch guests were getting ready to watch the European football match between the Netherlands and Sweden. For "captain" Arie dressed in a Dutch national coloured shirt, you could see where his allegiance lay.

We from Chiang Mai Mail are already hoping Arie de Keijzer and his team has a successful Dutch Herring catch in 2005.

Yale Whiffenpoofs World Tour 2004

Super singing for their supper

Marion Vogt
Photos by Michael Vogt

While everybody understands that cities like Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok, Katmandu, Nepal, Johannesburg, Dubai, Cairo, Istanbul, Moscow, Rome, Barcelona, or Dublin are almost essential for a group on a World Tour, it is nice to know that Chiang Mai can be added in between. As it was for the world’s oldest and best known collegiate a cappella group, the Whiffenpoofs.

Resident Manager Chanin ‘Jeff’ presents the Whiffenpoofs with flowers on behalf of everyone there.

Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be the Whiffenpoofs touring the world for three months. The group of 2004 had done their homework and no musical instruments were in sight when the 14 young men in formal suits walked into the Amari Ballroom, and started with a traditional Bohemian Marching Song, followed by ‘Something like the Blues’. The flawless harmonies were consistently pitch-perfect, but the Whiffenpoofs supplemented that precision with a warm stage presence.

Should their future jobs fail, they all would have a future in show biz.

They had their serious moments too, especially while performing the song ‘Time After Time’ in a most poetic way. Before the audience began to relax completely, ‘Dan Shin’ stepped up front and his Asian looks paired with his romantic voice and the sunny boy touch made the audience come alive. Soon Dan Shin was joined by three more colleagues who made the Boys Group delivery funny, relaxed and harmonious. The line between delivering an artistic production and a popular musical clown act can be very thin but even the impersonation of Kevin Costner was as every bit as attention grabbing as last year.

A cappella singing and acting continued to delight the audience.

Throughout the 40 minute set the Whiffenpoofs showed that through their voices and acting talent alone they could make any song their own and should their future professions as politicians, scientists or psychiatrists do not work out, they have a truly solid talent to fall back on.

Just as always, in concerts for American presidents, the Dalai Lama, the late Mother Theresa and many thousand others throughout the world, the ambassadors of music ended the concert with their most famous song "The Whiffenpoof Song" written by two of the founding members and popularized in recordings by Rudy Vallee, Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley and others.

The Chiang Mai concert ended much too soon, and we hope that they will be back with new songs, new ideas and the same high spirits in 2005.

Computer age helps small and medium sized businesses

Phitsanu Thepthong

IBM Thailand organized a seminar on software and IT business solutions to help small and medium enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs run their businesses better.

The "IBM-SME Solution Fair 2004" was held on June 24 at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel in Chiang Mai with 100 eager participants attending.

Jesada Kraisingkorn, deputy managing director for industrial business and administration of IBM Thailand. (Photo by Saksit Meesubkwang)

IBM had organized the seminar in cooperation with leading IT dealers in the North, Chi Chang Computer, and the SME Bank.

Jesada Kraisingkorn, deputy managing director for industrial business and administration of IBM Thailand, said more technology for public use would be installed at Chiang Mai city facilities, especially at the international airport and the proposed subway.

She said 90 percent of businesses in Thailand were SME’s. "That translates into 800,000 entrepreneurs and operators with investments of over 50 million baht. The sector is growing fast."

Jesada noted that in recent years, SME businesses in Thailand were maturing and boosting the Thai economy. The government exhorted SME’s to become more efficient in running their businesses, especially in the fields of information technology for increased production, financial control, budgeting and administration.

"This is so that we can be competitive internationally," she said. "Both SME Bank and IBM have given full support in term of hardware and software to help stimulate businesses," she said, adding that now it was "the age of IT challenges and change with IT applications and choices".

Sawitre Suthiphan, manager of IBM’s Business Development Division, spoke on the company’s Business Solution Center, while Suraphol Chariyarangsrirattana, director of Credit and Leasing Division, SME Bank, spoke on supporting business with SME loans.

New Zonta president for Chiang Mai

Jiraphat Warasin

Zonta International held their installation of its new president and executive committee of the Chiang Mai branch on June 26.

(Standing from left) Onsri Thammasat, Somboon Sooprasert, Chao Kokaew Prakaikavin na Chiangmai, Jiamjit Boonsom, and front row, from left, are Dr Chao Duangduan na Chiangmai, and Dandy Gomez.

Founded in New York in 1919, Zonta International is a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions working to advance the status of women. Members volunteer their time, talents and money to local and international service programs, as well as scholarships and award programs to further women’s education, leadership and youth development.

Past president Jiamjit at the installation ceremony, followed by new president Hope.

More than 200 guests came from Zonta clubs in Chiang Rai and Phitsanulok to attend the ceremony at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel.

Dr Chao Duangduan na Chiangmai, president of the Chiang Mai Cultural Council and Ornadda Tantipat, president of Chiang Mai Provincial Red Cross and president of Zonta International for the Asia Region, presided over the installation ceremony.

Hope Watcharaprecha is the new president of the Chiang Mai club. She took over from past president Jiamjit Boonsom. The new committee for 2004-2006 consists of Daranee Parker (president), Dr Amphawan Aphisariyakul (first vice-president), Dr Thomson (second vice-president), Margaret Bhadungzong (secretary) and Onsri Thamamsat (treasurer).

President Hope said that she would follow the former president Jiamjit’s policy, emphasizing helping people (especially women) with HIV/AIDS, social and public services, other charitable projects, as well as women’s role and status in the fields of law, politics, economic and ethics, in keeping with the aims of Zonta International.

At the ceremony, the flags representing the clubs were brought forward by the Chiang Mai club’s past president Jamie Boons; Saeng-arun Thepawan, president of Zonta Club of Chiang Rai; and Kanchana Ngao-rangsri, president of Zonta Club of Phitsanulok.

CMU students take a group study tour of Copeland Corporation

An opportunity to combine theory and practice

Michael Vogt

Being part of the Department of Physics policy to complement the theoretical aspect of its students’ education with the practical aspect of industry, the chance of an industrial experience was taken up gladly by the Chiang Mai University (CMU). 45 students and staff received an invitation from Bruce Hoppe, MD of Copeland Corporation, to visit Copeland’s production plant in Rayong, at the Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate (a.k.a. Detroit of the East), for a private tour of the world renowned Copeland Corporation production plant.

MD Bruce Hoppe with the Chiang Mai participants.

The group, headed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Narin Sirikulrat, was personally warmly welcomed by Bruce Hoppe. He introduced his company saying, "Copeland Corporation is part of the Climate Technologies group of Emerson Electric Corporation. Emerson Electric, a 14 billion US dollar industry is headquartered in the U.S.A. In 1996, Copeland built their first plant in Asia. They chose Thailand over many other potential sites in Southeast Asia because of several key factors including a supportive business environment, stable political situation, and an excellent workforce."

MD Bruce Hoppe welcomes the 45 students from Chiang Mai on their study tour.

Using an A-V presentation, Bruce continued, "Copeland builds very reliable, efficient, scroll type, air conditioning and refrigeration compressors. Their performance and reliability make Copeland Scroll compressors a popular choice of the best air conditioning and refrigeration system manufacturers around the world. Most people do not know what an air conditioning compressor is, but it is the heart of every air conditioning system. The compressor is mounted inside the cabinet that sits outside your home or office. Since you never see the compressor, most people do not even know that they have a Copeland Scroll compressor."

After a 2.5 hour tour the students were as impressed as they were exhausted, but learned much from this extraordinary visit.

The Emerson Electric plant is located in the Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate in Rayong, being one of the first built there. In 2001, Emerson doubled the size of their Thailand plant to approximately 26,400 square meters to accommodate their rapidly growing sales. This year they moved an assembly line for larger size Copeland Scroll compressors, called the Summit model, from the U.S. to their Thailand plant to support their growing Asian market.

The plant tour for the CMU students required them to conform to Copeland’s safety policy. Safety goggles were issued to be worn at all times and safety briefings given. Bruce spoke proudly of his company and his vocation. "The Emerson-Thailand plant has a great reputation in our industry and within the company. Everyone in the plant is proud of their quality record. We are consistently rated as the plant with the best quality record in Copeland worldwide. When people visit our plant, they are always impressed by how neat, clean and well organized it is. The Emerson-Thailand plant is ISO 9001: 2000 and ISO 14001 certified, which demonstrates our commitment to quality, having good management systems, and being a good corporate citizen of Thailand."

The students were guided through the Rayong plant, with Bruce informing the students about every step of the production line saying, "Our approach to operating in Thailand is to take the best of American systems and practices, then blend them with the best of Thai culture and ingenuity, to make a unique Emerson-Thailand plant culture." Impressive enough is the fact that Copeland has now worked 5.8 million man hours without a lost time accident.

After an exhausting two and a half hour walk, the students were given the opportunity to ask questions about what they had seen and experienced. A very in-depth practical experience for our students.

They were personally farewelled by MD Bruce Hoppe, the man whose company had given them an experience that will greatly benefit them in their studies and future life.

Female footballers to fight out Group B in Chiang Mai

Nopniwat Krailerg

Chiang Mai will host the Group B football competition of the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship 2004. The opening ceremony will be held at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium on November 11.

In Group B, Africa, China, Brazil and one European country will battle it out in six matches on November 11, 14 and 18. The Group A matches will be played in Bangkok, while Phuket will host the Group C countries.

The FIFA committee came to Chiang Mai to inspect the readiness of the football fields here. It has given the thumbs-up for the facilities and accommodation. According to Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Kwanchai Wongnitikorn, all football fields have been found to meet world standards.

Group A comprises Thailand, a team from Europe, Australia, and Canada, while in Group C, Korea, USA, and two teams from Europe will fight it out.

The Group B players will be accommodated at Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel, said Kwanchai.