6th annual IBAP workshop
Simon Greenslade, IB Workshop Coordinator,
For the sixth consecutive year the Prem Center, on behalf
of the International Baccalaureate Organization Asia-Pacific (IBAP), has
hosted a series of regional teacher training workshops. The eight workshops
were for IB teachers of primary and secondary age children and took place in
January and February.
Three workshops focusing on the teaching of the Primary
Years Program (PYP) started the annual conference season at Prem and
attracted almost 100 teachers from Syria and Papua New Guinea during the
third weekend in January. The workshop presenters included some of the most
experienced PYP teachers in the region, including PTIS’ own PYP
Coordinator Amanda Gulliver.
The second and third rounds of workshops were for
teachers of the IB Diploma and focused on Chemistry, Maths, Economics,
Computer Science, and Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS).
The workshops were a resounding success. The IB Diploma Associate
Regional Manager, Nigel Forbes-Harper, said, “As always Prem has provided
an ideal venue for participants to engage in discussion of their IB
subjects. Participants from all over the Asia-Pacific region have found the
environment and organization conducive to learning.”
Mae Hong Son tourism badly affected after THAI breakdowns
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
In a press release endeavoring to explain his
company’s position regarding the recent loss of air service between Mae
Hong Son and Chiang Mai, Taewan Damronghad, manager of Thai Airways
International (THAI) Mae Hong Son office said that Thai Airways normally
used two ATR 72 airplanes flying between the two cities. On January 13, one
of the planes was sent to Bangkok for its annual maintenance check leaving
just one plane serving eight flights a day from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son.
However, on January 15, this plane developed a fault requiring it to be
taken out of service for repair. The repairs were expected to take only
three days, but the problem with the aircraft proved to be more severe than
first thought and it was still not known when the plane would return to
service. He contacted the head office in Bangkok to enquire when they
expected the aircraft to be back in service and was told that the company
would effect repairs as quickly as possible as they were fully aware of
their responsibilities to customers who had already booked tickets to fly
Wisoot Buachum, head of Mae Hong Son Tourism Authority
of Thailand stressed that tourism in Mae Hong Son province depended heavily
on air travel and after the planes were taken out of service, it massively
affected tourism in the area. He added that many businesses had lost money
because tourist numbers fell drastically, with many hotels having to return
deposits when bookings were cancelled.
Jaroon Khamnuanta, president of the Mae Hong Son Hotels
Club said that the province’s economy was hit hard when the airline
stopped the scheduled flights. THAI knows that a high proportion of the
income of the province is derived from tourism and must realize the effect
that losing the revenue from 150-200 visitors per day would have on local
businesses. He added that surely a company the size of THAI could find
other planes to fulfill their obligations to continue an airline service to
the area. This is a situation that needs resolving urgently not only
because of the negative image this portrays to tourists, but more
importantly, the detrimental effect it is having on the province’s
Rajabhat University, in Mae Hong Son have lost some of their teaching
staff because several lecturers who usually travel by plane from Chiang Mai
to teach there, have been unable to do so since the flights were stopped.
To travel by road is not an option, due to the fact that it takes several
Chiang Mai University presents Golden Elephant Awards
Kittiyaporn Kanjam and
Pinutda Suwanchaisri (Student Trainee MFLU)
(Hon.) Dr. Kasem Watthanachai, Privy Councilor and President of Chiang Mai
University Council (middle) as the chairman of the ceremony together with
Prof. Dr. Pongsak Angkasit, President of CMU (right), and Prof. Grp. Capt.
Dr. Tawan Kangwanwong, Vice President of Chiang Mai University Council
(left) participated in the merit making ceremony
Chiang Mai University held a merit making ceremony on
the occasion of the 42nd
anniversary of it’s founding, on January 25, 2006 attended by many staff
and students. The occasion offered the opportunity to present the “Golden
Elephant” prizes to three excellent researchers, certificates to
administrators who retired this year, honorable plates to professors who
were appointed by the King in the 2005 academic year, and the Prof. (Hon.)
Dr. Kasem Watthanachai Prize to the teacher whose work has contributed most
in developing the virtue and morality of the students.
After the religious ceremony the “Golden Elephant”
awards were made to Assist. Prof. Dr. Sasiphen Puangsaijai of the
Humanities and Social
Sciences department, Assoc. Prof. Nantha Leksawat of the Health Science
department, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sanit Rattanaphumma of the Science and
The Golden Elephant award is presented to the researcher in any
department, who excels in knowledge, has excellent academic qualifications
and teaching abilities, has morality and virtue, good human relations, and
Money wisely spent
I also get something? A new diaper maybe?
The Hillside Rooftop party in January raised, with the
help of many Chiang Mai citizens and businesses, 766,000 baht. As agreed by
the committee, no cash was given out to the recipients of the largesse, but
goods or items needed were to be purchased instead.
In the three weeks after the party, separate bank
accounts were set up for Baan Kinkaew Orphanage and the Down Syndrome
Center in Chiang Mai. Both of these accounts will pay the electricity bills
direct from the electric company.
Viengping Orphanage however was in need of goods and
people went out with a huge list to go shopping. Items purchased included
breathing aids, 16 cases of dried milk lactose free, cases of dried milk,
three dozen baby potties, sandals in various sizes, 78 pairs of shoes, 60
pairs of flip flops, dozens of towels, diapers, underwear, T-Shirts,
shorts, night gowns, milk bottles, teatys, sanitary napkins, jeans and
peddle pusher pants. It takes a lot to feed and clothe all these children!
One would imagine that the committee of this huge event now takes a
rest, but next years party is already in the first planning stages, once
again for early January.
and bigger ones, everybody got their share of needed goods, essential
living items which take the pressure off for a while.