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His Majesty the King released from hospital

Free entry to Royal Flora in honor of HM the King

One of the quadruplets undergoes emergency surgery

Plea goes out for blood donors

Mandalay nightclub raided as Governor gets tough

Mexican sunflowers in full bloom

Samui Island declared a disaster zone

Drug money may be used for vote buying

First Astronomy Olympics to be held at CMU

Thai Farmers bank goes up in flames

Samurai gang leader arrested

Flipping the middle finger leads to brawl

Press Relations and Advanced News Writing Seminar

 

His Majesty the King released from hospital

His Majesty the King was released from Siriraj hospital in Bangkok last Wednesday after more than three weeks of treatment for weakness on his body’s right side and a colon infection.
Thousands of cheering, flag-waving well-wishers, as well as members of the royal family, were on hand as HM the King rolled out of the hospital in an electric wheelchair, then rose to his feet and walked slowly with the assistance of a walker.
He smiled and stopped to speak to several people at the hospital, where Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont and other government officials greeted the monarch on their knees.
“The king has now recovered, his blood pressure in normal, his colon has recovered and there is no longer a shortage of blood flow to the brain,” a statement from the Royal Household Bureau said.
An avid photographer, HM the King at one point pulled out a camera and took photographs of the adoring crowd that spilled out from the hospital grounds and lined the road to Chitralada Palace, his Bangkok residence, about 5 kilometers (3 miles) away.
Doctors advised HM the King to continue physical exercise to regain muscle strength, the palace said.
Still remaining at the same hospital is HM the King’s 84-year-old sister, HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana, who was hospitalized June 15 after doctors found abdominal cancer. AP

 

Free entry to Royal Flora in honor of HM the King

Saksit Meesubkwang
In honor of His Majesty the King’s 80th birthday celebrations the Royal Flora park will open its doors to the public from November 17 – 25 and wave the entrance fee.
The Governor of Chiang Mai, Mr. Wiboon Sa-nguanphong along with the Traffic Police, the Provincial Land Transportation Department and Royal Flora park officials made the announcement last week.
A special traveling exhibit in Honor of HM the King will include the history of his reign, his photographic skills, his work on creating artificial rain and his sufficiency economy theory. There will also be OTOP (One tambon-One product) goods on display and for sale.
The special exhibit has been touring the country and was first exhibited at Khon Kaen University. Following Chiang Mai the exhibit will travel to Chon Buri then to Bangkok at Impact Arena and end in the South at Ratchapat Songkla University.


One of the quadruplets undergoes emergency surgery

Nathakarn, the youngest of the quadruplets born at Maharaj Hospital underwent emergency surgery to correct bleeding blood vessels in the lungs and stomach.
The baby who weighed in at 1,460 grams and measured 43 centimeters at birth began suffering complications immediately after delivery and doctors decided to intervene surgically to save his life.

Mother Pranom Tapang holds one of her four boys at Maharaj Hospital. The quadruplets were born on October 25 and the youngest is recovering from emergency surgery. Courtesy of PR, Faculty of Medicine, Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital
Following the delicate surgery the team of doctors announced the operation was a success and tiny Nathakarn had been transferred to the intensive care unit where he will remain in an incubator until his condition improves. Doctors expect he will be healthy enough to leave the hospital within a month.
The mother of the quadruplets, Mrs. Pranom Tapang underwent in vitro fertilization to become pregnant and delivered four babies on October 25 at the Maharaj Hospital.
The historic birth, a first in Chiang Mai and only one of 19 in vitro fertilization quadruplets around the world produced some sadness as the mother admitted to the news media she feared she would be unable to care for the children due to her and her husband’s economic condition. She is a farmer and he is a janitor.
Since reporting on the birth of the four boys, residents of Chiang Mai have flocked to the hospital to make donations and Mr. and Mrs. Tapang have expressed their gratitude for the generosity of the kind people.
The parents who come from Mae Hong Son have named their four boys Nathanont, Nathawatt, Nathakhun and Nathakarn.
The first born Nathanont weighed 1,770 grams at birth and measured 40 centimeters. The second born, Nathawatt weighed 1,150 grams at birth and measured 42 centimeters. The third born Nathakhun weighed 1,140 grams at birth and measured 40 centimeters.
As the youngest Nathakarn recovers his three brothers are doing well and they and the parents should look forward to leaving the hospital within a month said the attending doctors. Source: Chiang Mai News


Plea goes out for blood donors

Saksit Meesubkwang
The Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital is making a plea for blood donors as it is facing a critical shortage and has had to postpone more than 40 operations in the past 10 days.

Soldiers from the Mule Battalion in Mae Rim district line up to donate blood as supplies have dwindled.
Dr Chairat Khunawikitkul, deputy Faculty of Medicine dean at CMU said the hospital is seeking donors of all blood types to meet their daily minimum requirement of 200 pints of blood.
At press time their stock had fallen to only 50 pints leading to a postponement of non-emergency surgeries until the supply can reach normal levels.
Military officers, soldiers, police, students and residents have turned up at the Maharaj hospital to donate blood but more is needed to keep capacity at normal levels to treat some 30,000 patients the hospital attends to every month.
Donors between the ages of 17 and 60 can show up at the Blood Bank on the first floor of the Maharaj Nakhon Hospital (Located across the street from the Holiday Inn Hotel.) Donors should have had a meal at least one hour before donating.


Mandalay nightclub raided as Governor gets tough

Saksit Meesubkwang
One of Chiang Mai’s most popular nightclubs was raided by 50 officers of the Administrative department that found the establishment in violation of established closing times.
Some 200 customers were forced to leave the dance floor and give up their drinks as the music stopped and the manager, Tanakrit Singhka was arrested. He has been charged with keeping an entertainment establishment open over the limit of time according to Chiang Mai District Chief Sakchai Jor Palit.
The famous club located on Moon Muang road just down from Thapae Gate is a popular gathering spot for the young Thai locals.
The Administrative officers then went on to raid a nightclub called “The Darks” located on the 3rd floor of a building on Moon Muang Road. There were also approximately 200 customers dancing and drinking the night away when the music stopped and manager Mr. Surachet Bun-In from Nan Province was arrested. He was charged with operating an entertainment establishment without a license and his case was transferred to Police Lt. Col. Samart Buntansa. “The Darks” has gone dark for at least 30 days as police determine further action.
District Chief Palit said he and his team were acting in response to numerous complaints that establishments were remaining open and also allowing underage customers.


Mexican sunflowers in full bloom

Saksit Meesubkwang
Now’s your chance to visit one of Mae Hong Son’s yearly natural wonders as millions of Mexican sunflowers begin to bloom on the slopes of the mountains around Mae Hong Son.

The famous Mae Hong Son Mexican Sunflowers on Mae U Kho Mountain have begun to bloom.

The sunflowers are expected to be in full bloom until the end of the month and begin to fade away in the early weeks of December.
Mr. Thongchai Wongrianthong, Governor of Mae Hong Son said that the Mexican Sunflowers Festival is being held on Mae U Kho Mountain and anticipates a record number of visitors this year.
The yellow flowers are also blooming on both sides of of Mae Ho in Amphur Mae Sarieng up to Mae U Kho Mountain offering beautiful views from an altitude of 1600 meters.
Mae U Kho Mountain is located 23 kilometers from Amphur Khunyuan, the roads are asphalted and 5 kilometers further on is Mae Surin waterfall, the highest in Thailand.


Samui Island declared a disaster zone

The airport on Samui Island reopened Friday morning after over 1,000 tourists were stranded when all flights were cancelled on Thursday due to bad weather conditions.
The first flight took place at 6am and travelers were on board, leaving to other destinations.
However, heavy rains are continuing in the province and flooding on Samui Island is still worrisome due to forest run-off and high tides. Local officials face difficulty in draining water into the sea.
Samui Island was declared a disaster zone Thursday after torrential rains pelted and flooding across the popular Gulf of Thailand tourist destination left many key locations and roadways awash or otherwise inaccessible.
Meanwhile, the meteorological department said a low pressure cell covering lower southern Thailand caused abundant rain and heavy rainfall from Chumphon southwards.
Local residents in Chumphon, Surat Thani, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pattani, Yala, Phangnga, Phuket and Krabi should take precautions for possible torrential rain and flash floods during this period. TNA


Drug money may be used for vote buying

Saksit Meesubkwang
General Wattanachai Chaimuanwong, an adviser to Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont on a visit to Chiang Mai said he is worried that cash from the sale of illicit drugs may be used for buying votes in the upcoming general election to be held on December 23.
The former Northern Commander added that “certain authoritative figures” who he did not name, could interrupt the general election.

Mr. Phongphan Riwthongthavee, the Election Commissioner, believes the elections in Chiang Mai will be peaceful and orderly.

The meeting was attended by Chiang Mai Governor Wiboon Sanguanpong and a group of other officials, who discussed an agenda that included security, narcotics, social order and the importance of neutrality during the political campaign period leading up to the elections.
The General stressed to the provincial leaders that the Prime Minister wants state officials to remain neutral while maintaining social order.
The Office of the Narcotics Control Board has reported that large amounts of drugs have been smuggled into Thailand, primarily Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son.
Meanwhile the Commissioner of the Election Committee in Chiang Mai believes that martial law will not affect the upcoming elections while the Commander of Region 5 Police is beginning to step up security.
Mr. Phongphan Riwthongthavee, the Election Commissioner said that it is a matter of national security and the preservation of social order and he does not foresee any obstacles in the December 23rd election.
Commenting on the recent assassination of the Director of the Phrae Provincial Administration, the Commissioner said that he believes that such violence would not occur in Chiang Mai. He added that the shooting was probably not the result of election differences but there may have been other factors.
Police Lieutenant General Theerasak Chukiatikhun, Commander of Region 5 Police said that he had instructed police commanders in all provinces to compile names of all those with influence and hit-men who they believe will be operating during the election period. Special investigators have been sent out to watch over their activities closely. Former gunmen whose names are on police records will be brought in for questioning and told to stop their former behavior otherwise they will be severely prosecuted.


First Astronomy Olympics to be held at CMU

22 countries to participate

Saksit Meesubkwang
The Faculty of Science at Chiang Mai University is preparing to host the first International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics to be held between November 30 and December 9.

Asst. Prof. Bunraksa Sundharatham, Director of the National Astronomy Research Institute makes the announcement that 22 countries will participate in the first ever Astronomy Olympics.

Asst. Prof. Bunraksa Sundharatham, Director of the National Astronomy Research Institute said that the Foundation for the Promotion of Academic Olympics under the Royal Patronage in cooperation with Chiang Mai University, the Ministry of Science and the Thai Astronomy Club will host the first International Astronomy and Astronomy Physics Olympics in honor of His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday and H.R.H. Princess Galyani Vadhana’s 84th Birthday celebrations.
The Astronomy Olympics has invited 22 countries to participate and 200 high school students are expected to participate.
The Faculty of Science at CMU hopes that the Astronomy and Astronomy Physics Olympics will initiate an educational curiosity at an international level and provide the opportunity for competitors to exchange knowledge in astronomy. The countries participating are Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Korea, Laos, Lithuania, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Sri Lanka and Ukraine.
Their website has additional information: www.ioaa.info


Thai Farmers bank goes up in flames

The city of Phayao’s Thai Farmers bank went up in flames resulting in a 30 million baht loss. No one was injured reported the firemen who spent over two hours trying to contain the blaze.
The early morning November 3 blaze consumed the entire three story building which was undergoing renovations according to the Phayao police spokesman.
Residents in the area said some laborers of a construction company were working in the building trying to finish their renovations on deadline. Apparently the workers had been moving electrical wires and equipment before the fire broke out.
Police have not yet determined the exact cause of the fire. Thai News


Samurai gang leader arrested

A 21-year-old self confessed Samurai gang leader in San Kamphaeng was arrested and charged with assault and resisting arrest according to the police.
Kritsana ‘Sad’ Nararak, a resident of Chiang Mai, was captured in front of the San Kamphaeng School.
While police proceeded to arrest “Sad” he alleged bit the hand of investigating officer
Police Senior Sgt. Major Korn Duangjit.
According to the police at San Kamphaeng Police Station, Sad and his fellow gangsters wandered around at night and wounded victims with their samurai swords. Earlier as reported in the Chiang Mai Mail one of his alleged accomplices was arrested and informed the police that Sad was the leader of the Samurai gang.
The police are now calling on all victims to identify the alleged leader as the investigation continues. CMM Reporters


Flipping the middle finger leads to brawl

Chalermchai Sangsuwan, 24, a mobile shop owner, and his sister, Bhudsara Intabhaya, 35, reported to the Muang Police Station to denounce an alleged assault by famed Thai TV and movie star Tao Somchai and several friends who they say beat them up at the Chiang Mai airport intersection road on November 3.

In the end TV actor Tao Somchai (left) and Chalermchai Sangsuwan shake hands and put an end to their brawl dispute at the Chiang Mai Muang Police Station.
The victims who showed up at the police station with a bruised right eye met with Police Lt. Col. Visut Wongyai who is investigating the assault.
Chalermchai and Bhusara were driving their car when a group of men blocked their way and dragged Chalermchai and his sister out of the car. Chalermchai said that Somchai knocked him down and kicked him in the face several times while the other men struggled with the victim’s sister causing bruises to her body.
“I saw the attackers running at me so I held a knife to protect myself. When I realized that one of them was Tao I said sorry to him, but he fought me to get the knife and was slightly wounded in his hand. The fighting was half an hour long but nobody dared to intervene until the police arrived,” said Chalermchai.
“I want to call for justice. Although Tao is a famous star, he can’t attack people like this,” added Chalermchai.
TV star Tao also arrived at the police station with his friend, Preecha Narkmai, and lawyer, Rattapol Phutrod. He accused the alleged victims of attempted murder. Tao said he was just for defending himself.
According to Tao’s testimony, he and two friends were riding home after hanging out at a beer garden. He was on a motorbike and being followed by his friends in two vehicles. He and his friends stopped at the intersection at the front of Chalermchai’s car. While they were waiting for the green light, Chalermchai honked the horn and allegedly gave Tao the middle finger which led to the late night brawl.
Subsequently both parties met at the police station, shook hands and ended their dispute. Case closed. Thai News


Press Relations and Advanced News Writing Seminar

Khon Kaen University’s Vice President Vinai Chaiharn recently organized a two-day seminar for 60 public relations officers under the KKU PR Network at Srithong Riverside Resort and Sports Club, Khon Kaen, Northeastern province. Mekong Institute’s representative also participated in the seminar, which was aimed at creating more advanced news writing skills and also building up good relationships with local and national mass media.



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