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JJ Markets to host free “Green Chiang Mai” live concert

Latest Ladies Night Out at UN Irish Pub enjoyed by all

Exciting new designer “takes” on traditional Hill tribe wear

Killing mosquitoes may not give protection against Dengue fever

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IT: New technology at regional parcel depot advances the fight against drugs

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Obama supporters take control of the UN!

Andy Archer
Over eighty enthusiastic Obama supporters attended a rally at the UN Irish Pub last Wednesday evening, resulting in the whole of the pub’s upstairs room being packed out with many on the stairs waiting to get in. The guests, mostly Americans, cheered Barak Obama’s historic speech accepting the Democratic nomination for the toughest job in the world – President of the United States of America. Chang Chiu, the Southeast Asia Field Director for Americans Abroad for Obama, explained the process of voting from abroad to Barak’s devoted followers. Many of those who attended this fun evening bought t-shirts supporting their man, and everyone left the meeting fired up and ready to vote for their Obama/Biden Democrat dream ticket. Those US Citizens who would like to vote but haven’t organised themselves yet can get their absentee ballot papers at www.VoteFromAbroad.org, but remember – deadlines for voting are rapidly approaching! If anyone has any questions, please contact [email protected] gmail.com.

 

JJ Markets to host free “Green Chiang Mai” live concert

George Powell
The newly-fashionable night-spot at JJ Markets will be hosting the ‘Best of 2007’ concert on September 26, both to promote “Green Chiang Mai”, a new CD featuring bands from last year’s JJ Talent Competition, and in aid of His Majesty the King’s Foundation.
The bands, including the 2007 winners, Simple Tone, as well as Noodle Duck, The Opposite, Rende-vous, Perjer and Pa Jadd, will give a mini concert, performing live songs from their CD. Since winning the talent competition at the Grand Finale last year, Simple Tone has performed at the Amari Rincome Hotel by special invitation of the GM, Wim Fagel, and the 4th Annual Charity Rooftop Party 2008. The music will consist of pop, jazz and rock, with each band playing for approximately 30 minutes.
For those who don’t know the location of this increasingly popular venue, JJ Markets is on Assadathorn Road, near Kam Thieng Market and Tesco’s – the concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Dignitaries have been invited to plant indigenous trees on the site, and other ‘green groups,’ such as Chiang Mai Friends Group and Chiang Mai Charity Calendar have been invited to take part. The incentive to produce the CD and give the concert came from the bands themselves, who are “born and bred” Chiang Mai kids, and very proud of their green city. The songs they chose for the CD communicate this feeling, and will be played along with other numbers throughout the evening. A slide show of photographs of the city will accompany the music. For further information please visit JJ’s website, www.jjchiangmai.com.


Latest Ladies Night Out at UN Irish Pub enjoyed by all

That well-known venue, the UN Irish Pub on Ratwitti Road was the selected venue for September’s Citylife Ladies Night’s quarterly bash, well attended as always.

Local ladies pictured enjoying the Citylife Ladies Night at the UN Irish Pub.

Every three months or so, the indefatigable Pim organises an informal night for Thai and expatriate ladies to meet and socialise, moving from venue to venue and leaving the men at home! This year the events have been held at The Pub, the D2 Hotel, the Darling Wine Pub and, this past Tuesday, the UN Irish Pub. Around 50 women attended the gathering, ranging from young Thai professionals to retired expatriates, making for a lively – and at times loud – event (much to the fascination of the men who were banned from the upstairs area, but were seen lurking, beer in hand, at the bottom of the stairs). The UN Irish Pub sponsored delicious and delightful finger food; Pim sponsored the lively music played by Alchemy Pop’s Matthew and Rebecca.
The next event is going to be a super treat and it will be held on December 10 at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi’s super-sexy Horn Bar. The Dhara Dhevi has kindly offered one free cocktail to all ladies as well as a whopping 50% discount off selected drinks, making prices on a par with most bars in Chiang Mai. Finger food will be provided courtesy of Pim – an announcement will be made closer to the date regarding details – so – watch this space!


Exciting new designer “takes” on traditional Hill tribe wear

Andy Archer
Last week, September 16, the Empress Hotel Chiang Mai played host to the 1st Seminar on the Development of Hill Tribe Projects which had been organised by the Highland Research and Development Institute (HRDI) a public organisation based on Suthep Road.

Pictured are designs from Noi Fai Ngarm’s collection using traditional weaves.

The event was put together by MJ Peechadetch Ratchanee, together with Tassanee Srimongkol, the director of development at HRDI, and Ruth Prachadetsuwat, and was attended by representatives of all the various Hill Tribes.
The aim of the seminar, organised under a project of His Majesty the King, was to demonstrate and teach Hill Tribe people how to develop and market their handicrafts and weavings for the tourist market. Direct explanations of how this could be done whilst still preserving Hill Tribe heritage and traditions were given, as was the most important aspect of all – what will sell! The aim in a nutshell – helping the Hill Tribe people to help themselves!
To this end, MJ Peechadetch Ratchanee invited two Chiang Mai-based fashion designers to stage a fashion show oriented towards Hill Tribe traditional wear.

Shown are designs including Thai silk from Tananan ‘Maew’ Willson’ collection.

 Noi Fai Ngam’s collection used designs made from traditional woven fabrics whilst Tananan Willson’s collection was a mixture of modern and traditionally colourful garments which also used Thai silk. Both collections were well received – with much amazement amongst the Hill tribe people who were surprised at what was possible given imagination and flair!
Rather than being “just another seminar,” this occasion had a purpose, as Hill Tribe people have been invited to participate in and sell their “new ideas” at the Royal Projects Fair to be held on December 12 at the Chiang Mai University Convention Centre. Also, a store dedicated to Hill Tribe goods is to be set up in Bangkok at the Central World Plaza, and will open before the end of the year.


Killing mosquitoes may not give protection against Dengue fever

Elena Edwards
Dengue fever, a possibly deadly consequence of this unusually wet season is again surfacing since a government warning was given in August that cases were on the increase. Reports indicate that the disease, known as haemorrhagic fever due to its thinning effect on the blood, is on the rise in Chiang Mai and that schools are spraying any suspected mosquito breeding grounds.
A research project carried out in Thailand recently by scientists from London University’s School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine indicated that killing the distinctively large, striped Aedes mosquitoes which carry the disease may actually increase the infection rate. Infections come in 4 varieties, or serotypes; if a person is infected with serotype “A” and, a year later, by serotype “B,” antibodies formed against “A” will bond with “B” antibodies, over stimulate the immune system’s response and cause the fatal form of the disease. If type “A” infection is almost immediately followed by type “B” infection, the “A” antibodies will destroy the serotype “B” infection. If a victim gets infected, via 4 different bites, with all 4 serotypes, protective antibodies will form for all 4 types.
Fewer mosquitoes, therefore, will lessen the likelihood of being infected by more than one serotype in a shorter period of time and developing effective antibodies as a result.


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Special events for the next week

September 24. The Expat Ladies’ Lunch Group will meet for this month’s food and fun session at Chez Daniel, and will be treated to fine Normandy-style French food at a bargain cost of only 200 baht per head, ex service charge. The menu includes quiche, chicken or a vegetarian option of pasta au gratin, ice cream and coffee or tea.

Dechdecha Pruksa, who will give a piano and violin recital as part of Payap University’s series of concerts.

Chez Daniel is located at 255/19 Superhighway Entrance off Chiang Mai Land Road, not far from Airport Plaza, and places are limited to 25, so if you’d like to be included, please contact Fran at [email protected] .com as soon as you read this!
September 24.
The Chiang Mai Friends Group, led by Boong, will assemble for their monthly meeting at the Maninarakorn Hotel, 99 Sridonchai Road, opposite the Boutique Travel Service office and just down from the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel. This is a great opportunity to join in with the very special efforts being made by this group of Thais and expats in the field of integration and green living. The meeting will convene at 5.30 p.m. for meet and greet and a buffet supper, with the “official” part beginning at 7 p.m. The guest of honour this month is Supajee Nilubol, the Chiang Mai Honorary Consul of Sweden, who will speak on “How a Thai lady become a Swedish Consul” All are welcome; if you would like to eat, please book in advance by contacting Boong on www.btsthailand .com/contact.php or 053-206-121.
September 26.
The next event in the series of fundraisers during the run-up to the 2009 Rooftop Charity Party is scheduled to take place at the Holiday Inn, and will feature its delicious seafood buffet. If you can’t live without shellfish and other denizens of the deep, don’t miss this one! The evening begins at 7 p.m.; tickets cost 600 baht and are available through Sally, the organiser, or the reception desk at Hillside 4 Condo Block on Huey Kaew Road. As a special treat, there will be a 20% discount on drinks.
September 26.
Payap University’s College of Music continues its successful series of concerts with a piano and violin recital by Dechdecha Pruksa. The recital will be given at the Saisuree Chutikul Music Hall on the university’s Mae Kaow Campus, and will begin at 7.30 p.m.
September 26.
The newly-fashionable night-spot at JJ Markets will be hosting the ‘Best of 2007’ concert on September 26, both to promote “Green Chiang Mai,” a new CD featuring bands from last year’s JJ Talent Competition, and in aid of His Majesty the King’s Foundation. If you enjoy a really fun night, this one’s definitely for you! See the advance notification elsewhere in the paper for full details.
September 27.
Another Payap College of Music concert! Something different this time, a recital to be given on the French horn by Suttipong Mukkatoak at Saisuree Chutikul Music Hall on Mae Kaow Campus, beginning at 7.30, and with free admission.


IT: New technology at regional parcel depot advances the fight against drugs

CMM Reporters
Following the recent discovery that postal services were being used to transport illegal drugs, two new high-tech scanners have been introduced at Den Chai Parcel Depot by the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB).
Regions 5 and 3 customs officers and police will now use Alpha 6 and Ion scanners to locate drugs concealed in parcels. The new Alpha 6 scanner is able to detect with 90% accuracy the presence of opium, heroin, cocaine amphetamines, ice or marijuana; the Ion scanner is then able to pinpoint exactly the location of these illegal drugs, and is also reputed to be highly accurate. On discovery of illegal substances, the suspect parcel will be opened, and police will be able to investigate and arrest both the sender and the receiver.
The Den Chai Parcel Depot is the collection and distribution depot for letters and parcels en route from Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Nan, Phrae and Uttaradit to other central depots and Bangkok. It is hoped that the new scanners will deter smugglers from distributing their illegal goods by post.