LIST hosts table tennis tournament
warm up for competition.
Lanna International School (Thailand) hosted its fifth
annual Table tennis tournament on Saturday, September 16. Seven of the
area’s international schools participated in the fast-paced and exciting
The Boys’ Singles category was the most hotly contested category. Dow of
NIS, Teddy of LIST, Richard of NIS, and Tanit of CMIS made it to the
semi-finals; but it was Dow who defeated Tanit in the finals and took home
Dow and Richard, the NIS doubles team, took the trophy after a hard match
with the LIST team, Teddy and Danny H.
The trophy-winner in Girls’ Singles was Chompu, who defeated Nice of NIS.
The girls then teamed up to win Girls’ Doubles by defeating Ploy and Lucy
The strategy, power and speed which the players demonstrated made it clear
that table tennis is not a “parlour game” but a sports event, ably
organized and run by Thomas Vanness of the Parent Teachers Organization and
LIST Athletic Director “Cat” De Schaepmeester, assisted by “Knot”
Refreshments were sold by Lanna Student Council to help fund future events.
CMU researchers succeed in planting electron tree
Researchers from Chiang Mai University’s Fast neutron Research Facility
have become the first Thai research facility to succeed in planting an
tree from the researchers’ experiment.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jitlada Thongbai, head of research at the Fast Neutron
Research Facility, announced the success of the project last week. Electron
trees are naturally occurring, such as on the skin of someone who has been
struck by lightning. After the lightning strike, tears in the capillaries
beneath the skin sometimes produce an electron tree, though this will fade
in a relatively short period of time. The electron tree phenomena was
originally discovered 200 years ago by a German physicist experimenting on
static electricity. The Fast Neutron Research Facility produced electron
trees by bombarding a piece of clear acrylic with 6 McV electrons at 99.5%
velocity, increasing the acrylic’s charge to up to 1 million volts. The
electrons eventually break down and spread out from cracks on the acrylic.
The Fast neutron Research facility received funding from the National
Research Council of Thailand and the Department of Physics, Chiang Mai
University. The success of the experiments have highlighted Thailand’s
potential to participate in scientific research on a global level.
Charity Petanque competition “Mahidol 2006”
September 17 and 18 saw the Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University,
organise the 14th annual petanque competition in honour of HRH Prince
Mahidol of Songkhla and HRH the Princess Mother. Funds raised at the
competition will be donated to poor patients at Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai
Hospital and to support Thai petanque atheletes.
team looking forward to their throw.
The competition, “Mahidol 2006”, was to celebrate Mahidol Day on
September 24. The competition began on the morning of September 17, with
more than 100 teams from clubs, institutes and organisations. The winners of
the male competition received HRH the Princess Mother’s cup and the female
winners received HRH Princess Kalyani Vadana’s cup.
The sport of petanque has received support from HRH the Princess mother
since 1970. Whilst living in Switzerland 55 years ago she became very fond
of playing petanque, and on learning that its popularity had spread to
Thailand 35 years ago, she asked officers of the Petanque Federation to
continue promoting the sport. In 1984 HRH the Princess Mother took the
Petanque Federation under royal patronage.