Winter expected to be warmer and drier than usual
Temperatures this winter are expected to be warmer than in previous
years and rainfall less than normal, according to Santani Chaichiangpin,
senior meteorologist at the Northern Meteorological Center. The upper North
is expected to be drier than on average and residents there are warned to
prepare for possible water shortages.
Chaichiangpin, senior meteorologist at the Northern Meteorological Center,
discusses possible water shortages.
October was the start of the cool season this year with temperatures
expected to drop by mid-November. It is forecast that the coolest
temperatures will occur before the New Year, with cool temperatures
extending into January. The temperature could drop to 14-16 °C in the upper
part of the region, 17-19 °C in the middle of the region, and 5-10 °C in the
Thunderstorms, strong winds and hail are forecast for November and December
while January and February could produce frost and fog, especially at higher
The cool season is expected to end by mid-February when the cool air mass
flowing out of China is forecast to lose strength.
Antique bicycle show raises funds to help man’s friend
Antique bicycles from around the world were to be found at the
Vintage Bicycle contest that took place October 31 at Chiang Mai’s JJ
of the Bicycle contest
Nothing more recent than 50 years old was allowed at the contest, which also
included an auction of bicycle related items to raise funds for the Lanna
Dog Rescue Foundation.
Bicycles were first introduced to Thailand when King Rama V brought a Dayton
bicycle from overseas. The last remaining Dayton bicycle in Thailand is
owned by a resident of Mae Chan District in Chiang Rai.
The bicycle enthusiasts also had the opportunity to buy and exchange parts
and bicycles as well as view the many vintage and antique bicycles on
Prem hosts series of Asia
Pacific IB School Workshops
Prem Tinsulanonda International School has been the host of two
international workshops, both International Baccalaureate events,
bringing a total of over 250 leaders from the educational world onto the
campus within the past month.
to the school attending the seminar.
The final weekend of September was the busier of the two events, with
215 teachers from all over the Asia Pacific region visiting the school.
This was the biggest single professional event of this type seen at Prem
in the past ten years and it was very rewarding for all involved.
Attendees came to gain a deeper understanding of the PYP curriculum to
further develop expertise in a range of subject areas. The Primary Years
Programme, which is a part of the International Baccalaureate
curriculum, was developed ‘for internationally mobile students preparing
for university’ but which has since grown and provides a challenging
education for students aged from three years of age all the way up to
nineteen years of age. The IB has seen significant development since it
first ran in 1968, experiencing exponential growth every five years, and
now being taught in private and state schools all over the world.
Workshops presented information on academic subject areas such as
Science and Social Studies as well as the engagement of young children
in school activities, and on how to think and operate with an
International mindset. Of particular note is the presence of three of
Prem’s own staff, Maxine Driscoll, Diana Van Mersbergen and Kathryne
Baragwanath-Smith who ran some of the workshops. Event organiser, Prem’s
President Emeritus, Lister Hannah, received positive feedback from the
guests regarding the quality of the workshops. The newly expanded
hotel-style Prem Residences was opened with a full house, with 90 guests
taking advantage of Mom Tri’s most recent development.
Baragwanath-Smith and Diana Van Mersbergen at the PYP seminars at Prem
The second International Baccalaureate event held at the school involved
five days of training workshops, or in effect, training for trainers.
This series of workshops was designed to instruct teachers on how they
may become workshop leaders themselves.
Again, feedback from the event was very positive, with one participant
listing the great care and support that they received and the friendly
staff as real pluses. Guy Roberts and Tania Lattanzio, IB Asia Pacific
Associate Professional Development Managers, felt that Prem was the most
suitable place to hold the event due to its location which promotes
social networking within the group because of its self-sufficient
campus. However they were also keen to point out that they have used
Prem for the last five years because it is a venue that can be relied
upon to meet their needs.
The International Baccalaureate will continue its world-wide growth
while continuing to evolve its teaching methods and content as new
academic findings develop. For Prem, the intention is to continue
offering the workshop and educational training provisions as a full-time
service where teachers from all realms of the educational sphere can
develop their skills.
World Pink Run 2009: Raising funds to help raise breast cancer awareness
The Chiang Mai Red
Cross Society, led by the wife of the Chiang Mai
Governor, Sunattra Nimanant took part in the
World Pink Run 2009 to benefit the Queen Sirikit
Center for Breast Cancer. She was joined by
Waraporn Keelapaeng, Patchanee Saengphuwong and
Wanarin Saengmanee, wives of the deputy
Governors. Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Pairote
Saengphuwong and Suriya Tancharoed, general
manager of the Chiang Mai Robinson Department
store, presided over the event and presented
awards to the winners.
Runners from across the country participated in
the World Pink Run 2009 to raise funds for the
Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer at
Chulalongkorn Hospital. The run, in which
participants could both walk and run, was
organized by the Chiang Mai Robinson Department
Store, Elga Company and Channel 3 to help the
Centre to promote breast cancer awareness and
regular breast exams for Thai women.
Members of the Chiang Mai Red Cross Society, led
by the Chiang Mai Governor’s wife, Sunattra
Nimanant, various running associations, aerobics
clubs and officials from differing government
sectors, all took part in the run which began at
the Robinson Department Store. The event was
presided over by Pairote Saengphuwong, Chiang
Mai’s Deputy Governor, who received a warm
welcome from Suriya Tancharoen, the General
Manager of the Chiang Mai Robinson department
It has been found that the majority of Thai
women diagnosed with breast cancer in Thailand
were already in the advanced stages of the
disease, leading to higher mortality rates than
necessary. The Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast
Cancer actively supports early detection and
breast cancer awareness in a bid to reduce the
mortality rates of breast cancer patients in
Chiang Mai City
Winter Food Festival
Heman Nakhon Phing festival to showcase local restaurants
Deputy Chiang Mai
Governor Chumporn Saengmanee, seated 2nd left is
joined by Chiang Mai City’s Winter Food Festival
organizers to announce the festival dates as
well as invite participants to join the Smart
and Beautiful Girl by B-ing contest and the
lookthung singing contest for school children
that will take place at the event.
The latest food festival to hit town, the
Heman Nakhon Phing, or Chiang Mai City Winter
Food festival, will take place from November 6
to 14 at Kad Cherng Doi. A one million baht
prize is to be awarded to the winner of the
Smart and Beautiful Girl by B-ing contest at the
Numerous local restaurants will be represented,
offering samples of their fare at this Sing
Pattana Chiang Mai company sponsored festival. A
lookthung singing contest for primary and
secondary students and free concerts from Thai
singers and bands will also be on offer if the
array of delicious foods does not tempt.