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I-Tim awards scholarships

Thai pop singer speaks to Chiang Mai youth

Drug use by vocational students still a problem

Kids' Corner

Have you seen the rain and heard all the thunder and lightening that we have been having lately? The other day Marvin put on his swimsuit because he wanted to go out and play in the rain. He was hot and he thought that it would be a fun to cool down. I told him that it was not safe to do that because lightening is very dangerous. Did you know that you should not go outside or go swimming when it is lightening? The power from the lightening can electrocute you. So Marvin decided to stay inside and have a nice cool drink to help him cool down and he played a game with me. What do you like to so when it is raining outside? You can send your letters to:
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Bye from Marg and Marvin

I-Tim awards scholarships

Peter Booma Rudd, assistant executive director, I-TIM

The International Hotel and Tourism Industry Management School (I-TIM) has awarded two scholarships for both first year and second year students.

Mukarin Mayeo from Chiang Rai, Sakchai Puypantawong from Tak, Tanin Anu from Lampang, and Angela Storch from Brazil.

The second year scholarships were awarded to Mukarin Mayeo from Chiang Rai who completed the first year with a GPA of 3.50 and completed high school at Satreesatabutbumpen School Bangkok.

Sakchai Puypantawong from Tak received his Royal Best Student Award from Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

Another one went to Tanin Anu who completed the first year with a GPA of 3.86 and a full conduct score. Originally from Lampang, he completed M.6 at Pakkred Adult School, Nontaburi.

The two scholarships for first year students were awarded to Angela Storch and Wiharn Khamwaen. Angela graduated from Silverira Martins High School in Brazil and Wiharn, who is from Petchabun, graduated from the Sukhothai College of Dramatic Arts in Sukhothai.

I-TIM will again have scholarships available for the 34th intake which will commence in January 2005.

Sakchai Puypantawong from Tak received his Royal Best Student Award from Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on Friday July, 23, 2004. Sakchai Puypantawong completed M.6 at Takpittayakom School, Tak. His first year internship was in housekeeping at the Shangri-La Hotel and the second year internship at the Le Meridien (now Intercontinental) in front office.

Thai pop singer speaks to Chiang Mai youth

Wants to see more use of Kammuang

Autsadaporn Kamthai

Following a mini-concert in late July, well known pop singer Beau-Sunita Leetikul, and popular band ‘Potato’ (Grammy) spoke frankly about how they see the youth scene in Chiang Mai.

Beau (3rd from left) and the five members of the Potato band talk to their fans at the Number One Media building.

Beau feels that Chiang Mai teenagers have their own identity, which is quite different from teenagers in Bangkok. She is, however, worried by Chiang Mai’s teenagers’ ignorance of the Kammuang dialect. She said she has noticed that many do not use it frequently, though, in her opinion, Kammuang is part of the charm of the city and people who speak it are very lovely and unique.

The Potato band shared the same opinion that Chiang Mai’s teenagers have their own identity. Band members do not want local teenagers to absorb the Bangkok culture and lifestyle.

Potato band members agreed that Chiang Mai is still the city of their dreams, but one voiced his concern over the so-called Samurai gangsters that could affect the image of the livable and peaceful city of Chiang Mai.

Both Beau and Potato band admire the To be Number One campaign, claiming it is a good start for teenagers and could give them good direction in life.

Drug use by vocational students still a problem

Chiang Rai considered the highest risk city

Autsadaporn Kamthai

Due to its proximity to the border and the abundance of drug smuggling in the area, vocational students in Chiang Rai are a high risk group to fall into the abyss of drug addiction.

Kamol Thaiyapirom, Narcotics Control Board Northern Region coordination division director

In an attempt to stem the tide of this corruption of our youth, Chiang Mai Vocational College recently ran a training course on drug problems for college teachers. This was held at the Chiang Mai Phucome Hotel on July 28.

The training course was held because vocational and technical college students in all areas are considered a high risk group.

Saweng Saensinghchai, deputy director of Chiang Mai Vocational College said he believes the drug situation involving vocational and technical college students has diminished following the government’s war on drugs campaign.

However, all colleges still have to be wary, as there is still a chance that 5-7 percent of these students might become involved with drugs. Ya ba is reportedly the most popular drug with students.

Kamol Thaiyapirom, coordination division director of the Narcotics Control Board, Northern Region, revealed that the division found that 8.9 percent of drug users and addicts are youths. He said that Chiang Rai is ranked the city most at risk because it is located close to neighboring countries where many of the drugs are produced. Many illicit drugs are smuggled through that province.

Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok, Lampang and Nakhon Sawan were also ‘at risk’ cities because they have many universities and academic institutes.

Kamol also revealed the progress of the government’s program to prevent drug smuggling and spreading within communities. He said currently about 70 percent of communities in the campaign have become sustainable drug-free communities, while the remaining 30 percent are still part of the drug cycle.

The government’s goal is to ensure 95 percent of communities are sustainable drug-free communities by September this year.