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OUR COMMUNITY
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

DHF precautions needed again

Sawasdee Malaysia at La Luna

Photographic Exhibition By Appointment Of HM Scheduled For July in Chiang Mai

Foundation for the Education of Rural Children scholarships

UN helps fight child sex tourism

DHF precautions needed again

Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office, Department of Disease Control says Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) can happen at any time, especially in the rainy season.
Dr. Rathawut Sukmee, Head of Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health office said that the DHF situation in Chiang Mai in 2006 was that there had been 70 patients that had contracted DHF. Most of them were found in Muang district in which there were 18 patients, with 15 patients in Chom Thong district, and seven patients in San Pa Tong district.
Previously, DHF in Chiang Mai occurred once every two or three years, but it is predicted that there is likely to be more this year. However, numbers depend on many factors, especially prevention. During the non-seasonal period, great efforts have been made to search out and destroy the mosquitos breeding places to reduce the numbers of mosquitoes and mosquito larvae which will reduce the risk of an epidemic.
Dr. Rathawut also said that DHF is usually found during May – June which is the start of the rainy season. There are many pools of stagnant water and the weather is humid, creating an ideal growing environment for the e mosquito. Going by previous years, people’s lack of awareness of the need to take care of their houses and community, especially in the city, is the main cause of the outbreak of DHF every year. Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office would like to get the cooperation of residents to get rid off any of the mosquito breeding places in their gardens and community.
In case of the sickness, having a high temperature, headache, joint pains or in some cases, a rash, people should see their doctors immediately. Some patients who actually hemorrhage internally may go into shock, and feel cold, trembling and restless, which can lead to death without immediate treatment. Abate sand can be received at government hospitals, Provincial Public Health Offices, and District Public Health Offices.


Sawasdee Malaysia at La Luna

City View No.1 watercolor by Jansen Chow.

Some of Malaysia’s most exciting artists will display their works at La Luna Gallery in Chiang Mai during the Sawasdee Malaysia exhibition, which will open on July 14.
Among them are Europe-based Charles Cham and last year’s finalist from the Sovereign Art Foundation competition in Hong Kong, Eng Hwee Chu.
“It has become a tradition that each year at this time, we highlight art from another country in the region,” says Sommai Lumdual, director of La Luna.
“After Vietnam and Myanmar, the time has come to welcome Malaysia, which has a lot of talented but fairly unknown artists, in Thailand.”
Additionally, Ng Foo Cheung, Soon Lai Wai and Lim Ah Cheng will participate, as well as Jansen Chow, who is a new artist exhibiting impressive watercolours and oils of street scenes and landscapes.
New also for La Luna is the only female artist and finalist in the 2005 Sovereign Art Foundation Competition, Eng Hwee Chu, who has won a Philip Morris Grand prize and has had solo and group exhibitions at the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur.
The gallery hours for this exhibition during July 14 – August 31, are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. except Mondays. La Luna Gallery is at 190 Charoenrajd Road, Chiang Mai, telephone 053 306 678.


Photographic Exhibition By Appointment Of HM Scheduled For July in Chiang Mai

Murray Dickson
The Chiangmai Mail is delighted to announce the newspaper’s involvement in promoting the upcoming exhibition in Chiang Mai of a fabulous collection of photographs reflecting the genius of the Rama Dynasty.
The exhibition which is being brought to our city by Domi Duca Asia features very rare photographs dating back more than 120 years and is part of continuing celebrations to mark the 60
th anniversary of HM the King’s accession to the throne.
Entry to the exhibition, to be staged at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai between 8-11 July will be free of charge.
Through our association with Domi Duca Asia, the Chiangmai Mail will be producing a special “collector’s” souvenir feature covering the exhibition which will be published on July 1.


Foundation for the Education of Rural Children scholarships

Photo:Carson Prewett.
Representatives from the Foundation for the Education of Rural Children (FERC) and officials from the Hang Dong School District awarded scholarships to 62 needy children from 57 schools in a ceremony at the district offices in San Patong. Funding for the scholarships was raised at the foundation’s annual gala, which is held yearly in February at Baan Wongmalee. The children range in age from 7 to 16, and include special needs children. For more information, contact FERC at www.thai-rural-education.org.

Hang Dong School District administrator Yuwan Pujeenaphan addressing teachers and students.

FERC Scholarship recipient.

Frank Weicks and Rebecca Lomax with scholarship children.


UN helps fight child sex tourism

By eTN
Source: United Nations

Proclaiming a message of “zero tolerance” for child sex tourism in Sri Lanka, the United Nations is supporting a two-year action plan launched by the country’s tourist board to stop such exploitation, targeting visitors, children and adolescents, hoteliers, journalists, families and community leaders.
“A child who is a victim of sexual abuse may suffer serious, lifelong or even life-threatening consequences,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) senior program coordinator Yasmin Ali Haque said of the campaign, launched on Sunday.
“As the first country in South Asia with a national plan of action to combat child sex tourism, Sri Lanka has a unique opportunity to lead the way for other countries in the region.”
UNICEF is providing the Sri Lanka Tourist Board with financial and technical support. As well as mass media campaigns on television, radio and in newspapers, messages will be relayed to tourists through a range of devices such as in-flight magazines and videos, billboards, posters, car-stickers and flyers. Legal penalties for the sexual exploitation of children range from five to 20 years imprisonment.
While the exact numbers are not known, it is estimated that thousands of Sri Lankan children are drawn into prostitution every year, the majority of them boys, with money, clothes, pens, sweets, food and sometimes the chance to travel overseas.
They are exploited by foreign tourists, as well as by local people. The most vulnerable are those from poor and marginalized communities who have little supervision from their families.
Last year 549,000 foreign tourists visited Sri Lanka, with the figure projected to rise to 600,000 in the current year, and to 1 million by 2010.
The UN International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that 1.8 million children globally are exploited in the multi-billion dollar commercial sex industry, which includes child sex tourism.



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