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Happy Birthday HRH Princess Ubolratana

Chiang Mai Royal Rain makers flying 3-4 sorties daily

Thai Red Cross Society Chiang Mai “Anonymous Clinic” reports

“Painting by His Majesty” at the Arts and Culture center

Vadim Tchijik concert at the Alliance Francaise

Christopher G. Moore speaks at the Chiangmai Expats Club

Accolades for Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai

Happy Birthday HRH Princess Ubolratana

Chiangmai Mail humbly joins the Kingdom of Thailand in wishing Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana a most happy birthday on April 5.

Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana was born on April 5, 1951, in Lausanne Switzerland. She is the eldest daughter of HM the King and Queen. HRH Princess Ubolratana has shown a very keen interest in the way Thailand is being promoted.


Chiang Mai Royal Rain makers flying 3-4 sorties daily

Saksit Meesubkwang
The drought crisis continues, with many farmers unable to plant crops as the creeks have dried up. Because of the mountainous regions, water cannot be trucked in either.
Suraphon Panusamphon, Doi Saket district-chief officer, Chiang Mai stated that there are two areas in the district facing a drought crisis, namely Tambons Pa Miang and Thep Sadet.
Somchai Rueangsuthinaruphap, head of the Upper North Royal Rain Making Office, Chiang Mai revealed that his organization, which is located at Wing 41, Chiang Mai, started solving the drought crisis in the Northern area since March 1, 2006.
Chiang Mai Royal Rain Making Office has to wait for suitable weather conditions to occur before they can operate to make rain. The Northern Meteorological Center informed them that the weather has started to be humid and that this was the right conditions necessary to make artificial rain. So far they have conducted several sorties and they have all been successful; especially in the lower part of Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, and Tak where there have been many requests for their services.
The Royal rain-making service is still doing its utmost to produce rain for the drought-stricken communities, flying 3-4 operations each day in order to relieve the drought crisis.


Thai Red Cross Society Chiang Mai “Anonymous Clinic” reports

Nopniwat Krailerg
Patcharee Chuariyakun, head of Red Cross Office 3, reported on the AIDS situation in Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office kept an up-to-date register of AIDS patients; and in the period since 1988 until November 30, 2005, it was found that there were a total of 19,377 AIDS patients, of which 5,538 had died. Among this total number, 13,670 were male and 5,707 were female, most of whom were laborers. The main cause of infection was from sexual intercourse, with males contracting the infection through promiscuous behavior whilst working away from home and infecting their wives on their return.

Patcharee Chuariyakun, head of Red Cross Office 3.

The Anonymous Clinic, Thai Red Cross Society Chiang Mai Branch was first opened on trial on March 24, 2003 and officially established on October 10, 2003, the brain-child of Paen Wannamethi, the secretary of the Thai Red Cross Society.
Most of people who were diagnosed as having the infection were in the 25-29 age-group, staying in Chiang Mai and surrounding areas. But nowadays, there is an increasing incidence of teenagers also being diagnosed with the disease.
The Anonymous Clinic has organized AIDS awareness activities for over two years now. They have created AIDS prevention programs in workplaces, published AIDS awareness bulletins in academies; and have set up training programs to instruct nurses who are taking care of AIDS infected patients.
In Thailand, from the recent report published by the Office of Epidemiology (August 2005), it was found that there were 366,888 people suffering from AIDS, of whom 90,059 had died. Information from (AIDS Division, Bureau of AIDS, TB and STIs, Department of Diseases Control, Ministry of Public Health, 2005).


“Painting by His Majesty” at the Arts and Culture center

Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Chiang Mai mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn, announced that there will be an exhibition called “Painting by His Majesty” at the exhibition room, 2nd floor of Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Center on April 1-9, 2006.
This exhibition is just one event in the forthcoming Chiang Mai International Arts and Culture Festival which has been organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand: Northern Region 1. Also, in the Art Pavilion near the parking area of the museum, there will be an art exhibition featuring works from six academies in Chiang Mai.
Those who are interested can get more information at the reception counter or call 0-5321-9833 on Tuesday to Sunday; also seasonal festivity holidays (except Monday) from 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.


Vadim Tchijik concert at the Alliance Francaise

Vadim Tchijik will give a violin recital at the Alliance FranÁcaise on Monday April 24th, 2006 at 7.30 p.m. The program will include works of J.S. Bach, Paganini, and Kreisler. Tickets will be on sale at the Alliance at 350 baht, tel: 053 275 277.
Vadim Tchijik is a winner of many prestigious international violin competitions such as N. Paganini Competition in Genoa, P.I.Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, R. Lipizer Competition in Gorizia; winner of International Competition in Portogruaro (Italy), Juventus Award (by the European Council), N. and L. Boulanger Foundation Award and Natexis Banque Populaire Foundation Award in Paris, O. and V. Ritter Foundation Award in Hamburg and G. Cziffra Foundation Award (France).
He has performed with Moscow Symphony Orchestra, North Nederland Symphony Orchestra, Kharkov Philharmonic, Orchestra di Teatro di Genova, Freiburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Ulianovsk Philharmonic, Gunma Chamber Orchestra, Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra, Yaroslavl Philharmonic, Plano Symphony Orchestra and many others, conducted by Michel Tabachnik, Anton Nanut, Peter Csaba, Paolo Peloso etc.
He is very often invited to participate in prestigious music festivals and in various radio and TV broadcasts in many countries. His concerts always receive highest acclamations by critics.
Born in November 1975, he started to study the violin at the age of six and gave his first concert when he was only eight. He finished the famous Tchaikovsky Central Music School in Moscow for the gifted children, First Prize unanimously at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Lyon, then he completed his post-graduate studies at the High Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Artist Certificate at the Southern Methodist University Meadows School of Arts in Dallas, Chigiana Music Academy in Siena and always obtained the highest honors.


Christopher G. Moore speaks at the Chiangmai Expats Club

The Chiangmai Expats Club (CEC) meeting was held on Saturday, March 25, at the Chiangmai Orchid Hotel. Following the regular order of business, Tom Matty, CEC vice-president, introduced the guest speaker, Christopher G. Moore, world renowned writer, commentator and speaker. Moore, who hails from Canada and now living in Bangkok, has authored one best-seller after another during his more than twenty years as a writer.
Christopher took the podium and shared with his audience of nearly 90 club members, his writing experiences and the many courses of action to consider should a person decide to make professional writing a career.

Christopher G Moore addressing the CEC.

He also shared several thought-provoking anecdotes about some of the characters in his novels (including the Chiangmai Mail’s Executive Editor who had a ‘bit part’ in Pattaya 24/7), and held the audience’s attention with humorous and interesting experiences he has had as a novelist since leaving his previous job as a law professor more than twenty years ago.
Several club members took the opportunity to purchase signed copies of Christopher’s books, including Gambling on Magic, A Killing Smile, and Cold Hit, three of his best-sellers.
If you are a lover of orchids, you won’t want to miss the Expats Club meeting on Saturday, April 8. Folbert Bronsema (Expats Club member) will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about growing and caring for this beautiful plant which produces complex flowers and which grows worldwide, especially as epiphytes in tropical forests.

For more information, email [email protected] or www.chiangmaiexpatsclub.com.


Accolades for Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai

Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai.

Phatthawut Wutthipraphanphong
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, has been named as Hideaway of the Year by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, in an annual survey that singles out the world’s most captivating hideaway hotels and resorts for special recognition.
The Hideaway Report, a connoisseur’s guide to peaceful and unspoiled places, considers for inclusion only properties that are located in peaceful and scenically pleasing surroundings.
“We are delighted to have been awarded by this highly respected publication,” says Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi’s General Manager Mark Bradford. “This really shows that, although our resort has been open for only one year, we are gaining recognition from the travel industry and discerning travelers alike.”
“At this extraordinary new resort you feel as though you have been granted privileged access to a palace and temple compound of astonishing grandeur,” says the review that accompanies the award. Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi also appears in the UK Tatler Travel Guide 2006 as one of the top hotels in the world.
“The new Mandarin Oriental is a fandango of a resort”, comments Tatler, in this prestigious guide. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts, currently operating 22 luxury hotels with a further eight under development.