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Brilliant new bird in the sky over Chiang Mai

Diarrhoea most common in Chiang Mai

Brilliant new bird in the sky over Chiang Mai

SKAL members and guests at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai.

Murray Dickson
Members of SKAL International, Chiangmai & North Thailand, were last week treated to a “virtual” flight on board a Hong Kong Express EMBRAER 170 Jet to Hong Kong. Our virtual flight took off from the luxurious Four Seasons Resort with the airline’s Director of Engineering, Nigel Parker at the controls. Hong Kong Express launched its twice weekly direct flights between Chiang Mai and Hong Kong last June to become the only carrier to currently offer direct, scheduled services between Changers and Honkers. Acting Captain Parker ably assisted by Skalleague and Acting First Officer Marc Dumur brought us up to speed on the Brazilian built, Embraer 170 Twin Jet.
Just in case you’ve never heard of Embraer, this highly respected manufacturer has specialized in designing, developing and servicing technologically advanced regional jet aircraft for more than 35 years. Nigel says the 76-seat Embraer 170 takes engineering design, performance, efficiency and environmental standards to new levels of excellence. The aircraft is currently operated by a number of airlines around the world including US Airways and Switzerland’s Crossair.
So what gives this aircraft top-marks in the technical sweepstakes? Consider these features: The advanced double-bubble cross-sectional design, results in a stronger fuselage. It has state-of-the-art cockpit avionics integrating Honeywell Primus Epic digital avionics and fly-by-wire technology systems which are even superior to some modern wide-body jets.
The Embraer 170 delivers unprecedented performance efficiency as well as exceptional turning, take-off and landing capabilities. To cap all of this off, the Embraer 170 engines produce noise levels within the Stage IV requirements and are in compliance with regulations imposed by some of the world’s most restrictive airports. All very good reasons, says Nigel, why his airline “Embraced the Embraer,” he concluded our “virtual” flight by describing the excellent passenger comfort and outstanding in-flight service offered by Hong Kong Express; if it is anywhere near as good as the fabulous food and service provided by Four Seasons Resort G.M. Andrew Harrison and his crew, the good folk of Chiang Mai will be flocking off to Hong Kong on Hong Kong express in their droves.
The next SKAL meeting will be held on Thursday August 31st at Palaad Tawanron. Further details from Eleanor Hardy, Email: [email protected]


Diarrhoea most common in Chiang Mai

A study of contagious diseases in Chiang Mai has found that diarrhoea ranked as the most common contagious disease, whilst hemorrhagic fever is the eighth. Despite this, the Public Health Office expressed concern about hemorrhagic fever, especially during the remaining six weeks of rainy season. “We are worried about the spread of hemorrhagic fever and urge Chiang Mai residents to take extra care of their hygiene and living environment, to be careful about what they eat and to try to destroy common household mosquito sources,” the Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office advised.
Dr. Surasingh Wisarootrat, deputy head officer of Chiang Mai Public Health Office, revealed that the study, which was conducted between January and June of 2006, showed that diarrhoea was the most frequently contracted contagious disease, coming in first place in all Chiang Mai’s districts. The most common cause of the disease was from eating contaminated food or from poor hygiene whilst cooking.
Whilst hemorrhagic fever is in eighth place, health officials fear that it will spread further during the remainder of the rainy season. There were 456 suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever between January and June 2006, 221 of which were confirmed. New patients are continually being discovered. The total number of hemorrhagic fever cases during 2005 was 160 suspected cases, so this year’s increase indicates a worrying trend. Fang district had the largest number of patients, most being immigrants who lacked knowledge of the disease and reluctant to go to the doctor, thus aiding the spread of the disease. The Public Health Office has responded by holding a series of information campaigns in order to raise the public’s awareness of hemorrhagic fever.
There have been no reported cases, in either humans or wing livestock, of H5N1 bird flu in Chiang Mai. As with hemorrhagic fever, the Public Health Office has been running a series of information campaigns and urging the public to report any suspicious wing livestock deaths immediately. The Health Office also advises Chiang Mai residents to thoroughly cook any wing livestock and that anyone suspected of catching bird flu should see a doctor immediately. In addition, rehearsals will be held in July and August of this year to prepare health officials for the possibility of a bird flu outbreak.