HIV/AIDS training for 14 representatives of 14 countries held in Chiang Mai
The trainees, representing 14
A training course on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care for Children and
Vulnerable Young People was held from July 24 to August 4 at the Faculty of
Nursing, Chiang Mai University, in cooperation with UNICEF and the Thailand
International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA).
The aim of the course was to inform the trainees about the HIV/AIDS
situation amongst teenagers and children, to exchange information about the
disease in these two groups and to discuss ideas on how to prevent and
control the disease.
The course also hoped to develop cooperative networks between the trainees
and the host organisations. There were 20 trainees representing 14 countries
from the South-East Asia region.
At the end of the course Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thanan Anumanratchaton,
vice-president of Chiang Mai University, presented the trainees with
certificates at a ceremony held in the Park Hotel, Chiang Mai.
Pantip Plaza deals with any computer troubles
Has the mother board on your computer ever stopped
working? Has your computer ever been infected with a virus? Has your laptop
screen ever suddenly gone blank? If you have ever experienced these or any
other problems with your computer Pantip Plaza is probably the best place
in Chiang Mai to get it repaired.
computer repair at Pantip Plaza.
Pantip Plaza features numerous shops, both large and small, that provide
any computer service you care to mention. You can have your PC, laptop, or
printer fixed, upgrade your computer or get knowledge on how to avoid
computer problems from specialists, all at a reasonable price.
Some shops specialize in one particular area. The Main Board Service Shop,
for example, on the second floor, will fix any problem with your
computer’s main board for just 99 baht, and will return your money if the
problem cannot be solved.
Both KPN and Morgan on the fourth floor will build computers according to
your individual specifications.
PW Shop on the third floor will not only fix your computer, but also
teaches how to fix computers to anyone who is interested.
WNK, Kodang, Chonun and Smart Tech Solutions all sell second hand
No matter what your problem or question may be regarding computers, Pantip
Plaza will be able to help in out in no time at all.
Pantip Plaza is located at Sang Tawan crossroads on Chang Klan Road, near
the Night Bazaar. For more information phone 053 288383 ext. 104.
Relocating with children, part 2
Schechter, Special Educational Needs teacher, Lanna International School
Relocating is stressful for everyone involved. It is often traumatic for
children who have never experienced such a dramatic change in their lives
and often have little say in the decision to move. Your child may need some
time and special attention during this transition. Here are some suggestions
to make the process less stressful for your family:
1. After moving day it is a good idea to get your child’s room in order
before taking on the rest of the house. A regular schedule for meals and
bedtime will also add a sense of familiarity for both you and your children.
Give children chores to do so that they feel a part of the transition.
Younger children can help unpack their things, older children can supervise
the younger ones and help set up the new house. Also take time off from the
flurry of moving to explore new sites around the neighborhood. You all
deserve a break.
2. Set realistic expectations at school. Let academic study take a back seat
for a while. In the early days following a move it is more important for
children to make friends and learn about the school. Learning best takes
place when your child feels comfortable and stable. Remember that he or she
is learning a new culture, a new school system a new language and new
friendship patterns. These are all forms of learning that may prove more
important in life than the math or history facts in the classroom.
3. Regardless of their age, children need to make friends. The importance of
friends goes well beyond having fun. Children who have difficulties making
friends are more likely to encounter problems with learning in school, and
have social difficulties throughout life. It is not the number of friends
that is important, but the skills that come with making and keeping friends,
such as sharing, cooperation, kindness and acceptance. If your child is
having problems making new friends, take the initiative. Invite a classmate
or his family over for a visit, or join a group activity.
4. If your child is experiencing difficulties for a prolonged period
following the move a family therapist may be able to provide some helpful
5. Be proud of your children. They are accomplishing many important tasks in
the early days of a transition. They will soon acclimatise academically,
make friends and speak a new language (even if it is the local slang).
Remember that children are resilient, flexible and creative. If they feel
your love and support, they will be able to use these talents most
Shopping at JJ Good Taste
If you are looking for somewhere to buy top-quality
handicraft products at a reasonable price the JJ Good Taste at JJ Market
may be for you. The market is located on a new road at Khamthiang Market,
one kilometre away from Sriphum Corner.
hill tribe costume, available at JJ Good Taste Market.
Especially popular is the JJ Sidewalk Shopping Day that takes place every
Friday, at which almost 130 stalls offer products similar to those found at
Sunday’s Walking Street market.
JJ Good Taste offers 40 shops selling products such as ceramics, modified
Lanna costumes, wooden furniture and much more. Apiradee Tantivejkul,
project manager for JJ Good Taste said that prices on the products for sale
at JJ Good taste were kept low by offering low rental fees for shops.
She added that in the near future the market will expand to provide
restaurants and an art market on Saturday to display the works of Chiang
Mai’s artists and art students.
New Orleans All Star Brass Band oncert scheduled for September
The Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University, is to stage a free jazz
concert featuring “The New Orleans All Star Brass Band” at Chiang Mai
University Convention Hall on September 25. The concert is scheduled to
start at 7 p.m. and is to celebrate the occasion of HM the King’s 60th
anniversary of his ascension to the throne.
New Orleans All Star Brass Band
The New Orleans All Star Brass Band, also known as “The Survivors” have
been performing together as a group since November 2005. The group was
originally organised to thank several African and Middle-Eastern nations for
their contributions to victims of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New
Orleans last year. The group consists of three generations of renowned brass
and jazz musicians.
The event is a result of cooperation between Chiang Mai University, the US
Embassy to Thailand and the US Consulate of Chiang Mai. The organisers hope
to promote interest in arts and culture in Chiang Mai and to strengthen
cultural ties between Thailand and the USA.
Rotary inaugurates peace and conflict studies for professionals
Local professionals can apply for program through local rotary clubs
A new Rotary-sponsored program teaching the theory and
practice of professional mediation and conflict resolution began on July 3
at Chulalongkorn University. The new Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies
Program is a three-month curriculum in peace studies, conflict resolution
and mediation aimed at middle and upper-level professionals from
government, non-governmental organisations, and the private sector. The
program is offered through the university’s Rotary Center, sponsored by
the Rotary Foundation.
The program is designed to meet the need for a regional peace studies
curriculum in Southeast Asia. The program offers a reasonably-priced,
intensive, short-term curriculum developed by international and regional
experts on peace and conflict studies, who also teach the courses. Courses
are taught in English. The Rotary Foundation expects each participant’s
employer to cover the full cost of the program. However, the Rotary Peace
and Conflict Studies Selection Committee does offer a limited number of
full and partial fellowships for qualified applicants whose employers
cannot afford the full cost. Completion of the program earns a Certificate
in Peace and Conflict Studies from Chulalongkorn University.
Former Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Bhichai Rattakul, a past president of
Rotary International, said, “I hope that through this program, peace is
not just a piece of paper but a practical tool to end possible
The inaugural class is a diverse group of 15 students from 11 countries.
Their ranks include mid-to-upper level government workers, NGO officers,
educators, military and law enforcement officers, lawyers, media
professionals and union leaders. “Participants are mature and
enthusiastic individuals who have extensive experiences in various fields
relating to peace and conflict,” explains Tom Woodhouse, a program
lecturer who is also a professor at the University of Bradford in England.
Class member Zelie Pollon, from the United States, says the program already
has taught her that conflict can be viewed as “an agent of change.”
Applications are currently being accepted for the January 2007 and July
2007 sessions. For more information or to obtain a Rotary Peace and
Conflict Studies Program application form, interested individuals should
contact their local Rotary clubs or email Bangkok.PeaceStudies @rotary.org.
More detailed program information, including profiles of current
participants, is available at www.rotarychula.org
Rotary also offers a separate two-year, graduate-level, peace studies
program at six Rotary Centers for International Studies based at major
universities in Argentina, Australia, England, Japan and the United States.
The program admits up to 60 fellows each year. For more information, visit
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united
worldwide who provide humanitarian services and help to build goodwill and
peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians who are
members of more than 32,000 Rotary clubs in nearly 170 countries.