Mayor wants to eliminate rubbish problem in Chiang Mai City
Rubbish bins and recycling programs around the City
By Supoj Thiamyoj
The Chiang Mai Municipality along with 7 private organizations signed an
agreement to completely get rid of garbage in the city on March 24 at the
Central Airport Plaza.
The Municipality signed the agreement with the
Businesswomen and Occupations Association of Thailand, Chiang Mai Branch,
Central Chiang Mai Airport Plaza, Kad Suan Kaew shopping center and hotel
complex, Siam Commercial Bank, Urban Development Institute Foundation, Pakee
Khon Hug Chiang Mai and Rimping Supermarket.
Artchaawan Limlenglert, left, the president of
Businesswomen and Occupations Association, Chiang Mai branch, as a
representative of the 7 private organizers presented the signed cooperation
agreement to Mayor Taasanai Buranupakorn, right.
Mayor Tassanai Buranupakorn added that the new
cooperation among the government and private sector will help to reduce the
rubbish problem in Chiang Mai. There will be educational campaigns to
encourage people to throw their rubbish away rather than burn it, as well as
rubbish bins will be placed around the city’s corners and in 10 communities
around the city.
Each Saturday, Municipal Garbage trucks will collect the
rubbish. Additionally, there will be bins for plant and food material so
that the City will produce compost from leaves and other produce.
More than 24 schools in the municipal area have set up
their recycling banks, with separate garbage collection systems for each
type of refuse. The first one opened for the public at the Three King
Monument, from 9.00 a.m. – 12 p.m., the second one will be at Tha Pae gate,
and the third one will be set up at Changpuak gate.
Mayor Tassanai said if individual or organization would
like to join in the city development and help keep the city clean and tidy,
to call the Call Center, Tel. 086 – 4296647 to 9.
US Consulate visit to Chiang Mai Expats Club reveals new fees for US Citizens Services
By Shana Kongmun
Michael K. Morrow, U.S. Consul General and Andrew Veprek, Consular Chief
of the U.S Consulate here in Chiang Mai attended the Chiang Mai Expats Club
meeting at the Shangri La Hotel on Saturday, March 27 to answer questions
and let American citizens know some important upcoming changes.
US Consul General Michael K. Morrow joins Alan Hall of
the Chiang Mai Expats Club at the meeting at the Shangri La on March 27.
Mr. Morrow talked to the crowd about the role of the
Consulate in Chiang Mai, stressing its primary mission is to serve the
growing American community in the North. There are currently around 7,500
American citizens living in the 15 Northern provinces served by the
Consulate. Additionally, tourists are also helped when they lose a passport,
encounter difficulties or accidents or death.
The Consulate also has 9 Drug Enforcement Agency
representatives who work closely with the Office of Narcotics Control Bureau
(ONCB) and the National Security Bureau (NSB) in fighting drug trafficking
in Thailand. He said from the 70’s and 80’s when Thailand was one of the
biggest heroin producers in the world, it now produces “virtually no illicit
drugs whatsoever” and he praised the role of the Thai government in fighting
drug production. However, Thailand remains a major transit point for drugs
coming out of Myanmar and Laos and they continue to maintain vigilance in
those areas. In fact, he added that in the first two months of the year more
than 6 million yabaa pills were seized in Thailand.
Additionally, the U.S. Consulate works to support Burmese
human rights activists adding that the U.S. is a major destination country
for the resettlement with around 10,000 Burmese and Hill tribes being
resettled in the United States in the past decade.
One of Mr. Morrow’s prime goals is to increase American
investment in the I.T. economy in the North, noting that the government has
realized it needs to diversify the economy in the North. The recent Creative
Economy Conference was a huge success and IBM has recently opened an office
in Chiang Mai.
Environmental concerns, deforestation and water issues
remain a concern but additionally, public diplomacy is a key issue for the
Consulate. Exchanging views, with educational and cultural exchanges taking
Finally, he announced the Fourth of July party will be
organized by the V.F.W branch here in Chiang Mai and will be held Sunday the
4th at the Municipal Stadium.
U.S. Consular Chief Andrew Veprek made some very
important announcements regarding American citizen’s services fees. Within a
month, fees for notarial services are expected to rise to $50 and an $82 fee
for additional passport pages will be instituted. Additionally pages are
currently free. He encouraged everyone to get this done if needed. Stressing
that an appointment must be made online to have pages added. You can visit
the Chiang Mai Consulate website and click on American Services at http://
Additionally, the cost of a new passport will go from $75
to $135. He noted, however, that every passport issued out of the Consulate
is the business size passport that holds additional pages.
The Consulate will be closed Songkhran week.
However, Friday April 9 the Consulate will be open for drop in visits from 8
AM to 11 AM.
He encouraged citizens to register with the Consulate in
order to receive warden messages, warnings and in case of emergencies it
allows for family to be contacted for instructions. He also noted that there
are no IRS services at the Consulate and there will be no visits from the
IRS for taxpayer assistance.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are available for American
Citizen’s services appointments and Mondays and Wednesdays are set for Visa
services. Be sure to make an appointment before going.
Women’s Day at City Park
Members of Zonta join together to celebrate International
On March 8, 2010, Laura Godtfredsen, president of Zonta
Chiang Mai International celebrated International Women’s day by planting
yellow roses in honor of women around the world at Zonta Rose Day. President
elect, Jiamjit Boonsom, past president, Hope Watcharaprecha and Zontian
Celeste Tolibas-Holland each planted a flower bush in honor of women
fighting for various causes including health, legal rights and education.
The newest rose garden is in Chiang Mai City Park, planted among other
bushes to celebrate in past years.
Through Zonta’s efforts to help and celebrate many
advances for women worldwide, there is a growing awareness to the global
needs and equality for all. Come enjoy the new lives of the yellow rose
bushes, and remember each of them stand for different advances for women
that have been achieved.
Manga Japanese animation brought to hill tribes children
The Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, together with
Negibose Thailand Co., Ltd., a Bangkok-based Japanese manga (cartoon)
distributor, is organising the “Mobile Japanese Animation Cinema”
Project, which offers the chance for Thai children in remote
villages to enjoy Japanese animation films on the big screen.
This year, the project is aimed mainly at children from
hill tribes in Chiang Rai province. The project screened the film. Ruam Jaim
Tumoane, Doi Sa Ngo and Saen Jai in Chiang Rai Province on the 25, 26th
and 27th of March.
“Sergeant Frog (Keroro Gunso) Movie 2: The Deep Sea
Princess”, a comedy that follows the attempts of a platoon of frog-like
alien invaders to conquer Earth was shown shown on the big screen..
Mr. Tokuro Ambe, Vice-Consul, said “We want Japanese
animation to attract not only children in the cities but also those in the
mountains, and we hope that when these children grow up, they will still
hold fond memories of the Japanese people, who produced these funny
animation films and who came all the way to their villages to show them.”
The project is supported by the tambon administrative
organisation of each host tambon and Rose Media & Entertainment, the
copyright holder of the film in Thailand.
Any tambon administrative organisation or school that is
willing to host a future event under this project is requested to contact
the Consulate-General of Japan by phone at 053-203367 (Ext. 104) or by e-mail
at [email protected] tttmaxnet.com.
The French Connection
in Chiang Mai!
Musically speaking, this has been a week where the French
connection has really come to life in Chiang Mai. On Friday
in the music salon at the home of the Murase family, the Friends
of the Chiang Mai Music Festival celebrated the 200th
anniversary of the birth of Chopin with a dazzling performance
of his 24 Preludes played by the inspiring and delightful
Japanese pianist Yoko Kakishita. Miss Kakishita was on true
professional form – she opened her recital with the Chopin
Fantasy in F minor where she captured with great passion the
contrasts between the more somber F minor passages and the
radiant major passages. The Preludes, played without a break but
with a slight pause between sections, are a great challenge to
any pianist – Miss Kakishita showed from the very start that she
had a total understanding of the changing moods and of the
different nuances that each Prelude possesses. The Prelude No 7,
a Polish mazurka, was given a noble and impressive
interpretation; Prelude No 13 showed Miss Kakishita’s great
ability to convey the endearing and delicate nature of the
intoxicating melody, contrasting superbly with Prelude No 18
which was bursting with energy, the arpeggios coming across with
startling force and panache. This was truly a most memorable
performance from a superstar in the making and it was played to
a capacity audience who were rapturous in their praise for this
dynamic young artiste.
Contrasting somewhat with this was the performance of
three pieces by Gabriel Faure at the Saisuree Hall at Payap University on
Saturday March 20th. Visiting professor and conductor
Dr Henri Pompidor from Mahidol University had gathered together a large
ensemble of instrumentalists and impressive choir, all from the Duriyasilp
College of Music within Payap University. Together and under his strictly
controlled baton, the good-sized audience were treated to three pieces –
Faure’s well known and much loved Pavane, followed by a lesser known
youthful work, Cantique de Jean Racine and concluded with a full performance
of the celebrated Requiem. Horns harp, electron, flute and strings formed
the ensemble and the fifty-strong choir in immaculate dress provided a
delightful backdrop. Throughout, the singing was wonderful and the two
soloists in the Requiem coped extremely well with their respective parts
which demand a great range of notes and large contrasts in tone. The
ensemble generally played well, despite the often poorer tone quality of the
violins. Nevertheless it was a wonderful opportunity to hear these works and
to relish the beautiful and haunting moments captured so eloquently in the
Requiem, notably the Sanctus, Pie Jesu and the In Paradisum, repeated as an
encore. Chiang Mai has a great deal to offer the public in musical terms and
both these concerts did great justice to these two contrasting French
Under the Spotlight: Santi Saengthong
By Jay Pee
Santi Saengthong, aged just over 40, is a calm reflective
man who has accomplished a great deal in his life so far, and to
the great benefit of the Chiang Mai musical community and
beyond. Santi began life in Phitsanulok where, after finishing
high school, he went on to study English and linguistics at
Naresuan University in that city. As he was transferring from
school to University, Santi discovered what was to become the
first love of his life, music. He began a little earlier at age
13 studying electric organ, but four years later took piano
lessons and became far more serious-minded about his learning.
After graduating from Naresuan University in 1990, Santi came to
Chiang Mai and settled into a further linguistics course at
Payap University. However, the course at Payap was quite
unsuitable for his needs so he transferred his energy and skills
to pursuing a career in music, a move that has resulted in the
development of an attractive and vibrant Music School being
established close to Kad Suan Keow.
Santi Saengthong brings music to Chiang Mai students,
offering his passionate belief in talent to everyone he meets.
Santi made the decision to quit Payap after considering
his options – he had reached a reasonably high standard in his music making
and while at Phitsanulok, had already organized two highly successful
chamber recitals. Building on that initiative and using his considerable
enterprising skills, he initially set up the Santi Music Studio with a view
to helping other like-minded music lovers pursue their careers in this
field. Fortunately for the Chiang Mai community, the enterprise was
successful and four years ago, the now locally famous Santi School of Music
was founded with his business partner Khun Nusara Limpatchanakul and it has
gone from strength to strength. Every week some 130 or so students undertake
lessons and associated studies there, with about 13 teachers, many of them
part-time, working away in practice rooms and small recital rooms. Santi
himself has a huge schedule of work – not only is he full-time in his own
school teaching piano and acoustic skills, he also works two days a week at
Prem Tinsulanonda International School in Mae Rim teaching in the music
department there. Using his entrepreneurial skills to the full, Santi is not
content with just teaching – he draws on those earlier Phitsanulok
experiences and organizes many successful public concerts, many of which are
charitable events which benefit, among others, those who are blind or
students in schools that are poorly endowed with musical instruments.
He spares little time for himself – but when he does, he
prefers to travel or devote himself to photography. Much of his higher order
musical skills are self-taught, but he has enhanced these through sitting
public examinations, and on one occasion took himself off to Manchester in
the UK where he studied the organ over a two-month period, using that
opportunity to expand his musical knowledge by attending as many concerts
and recitals as he could fit in! He is a passionate believer in developing
the musical talents and strengths of young people and he never fails to
promote their music-making for their benefit and for that of the wider
community. When asked if he had plans for the future, his response was
typical of this dedicated and sincere musician – ‘to build a good sized
acoustically decent concert hall for the Chiang Mai community’. But in
addition, it is also his dream to expand his school and bring more students
under his guidance to learn and to perform so that they too may come to love
music as so many others under his tutelage have done already.
The inevitability of spam
By The Computer Quack
Probably the biggest single annoyance on the Internet is
unsolicited commercial email (UCE), or Spam as it is more
commonly known. Spam has been circulating on the Internet since
the 80’s, when the Internet wasn’t even publicly available.
It is big business, and although illegal in most
countries, it is very difficult to prevent, because most of it originates
either from countries where the legal system is ineffective, or from
“Zombie” PCs, which have been infected with Trojans. There are hundreds of
thousands of “zombie” PCs out there and they can be triggered at any time to
send millions of emails.
It is extremely difficult to stop all Spam, and if you
manage to do so, there is a good chance you are stopping some legitimate
messages as well. However, there are several techniques you can use to
filter out the majority of spam mail, which we will describe below.
If you have Microsoft Outlook (2003 or 2007), there is a
tool called the Junk Mail Filter. This scans your incoming email for known
spam characteristics, and if it finds what it thinks is a spam, it moves it
to your Junk Mail folder. You can periodically scan this folder to make sure
it hasn’t moved a good message by mistake, and then empty it. This is
probably the best way to handle spam.
The Junk Mail Filter is free, and updates are provided by
the Microsoft Update process described above. Simply search for “Junk Mail”
in Microsoft Outlook or Office Help for instructions on how to set up Junk
If you subscribe to an Internet “suite” of products from
one of the leading vendors, such as McAfee or Norton, they have their own
Spam filtering products which do a similar job.
You can normally set the detection level to low, medium
or high, and it is your own choice as to how strict you want to be when
looking for spam messages.
If you use web-based email, such as Hotmail or Yahoo mail,
or even a Batelco email account, there are settings you can use to filter
Junk Mail in the same way.
Questions? Contact [email protected]