Mae Wang students receive new dormitory from Japanese government
Mae Wang students are
joined by Japanese Consul General
Junko Yokota at the opening of their new dormitories.
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for
the Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), has donated 3,322,000
baht for a project entitled “The Project for Construction of a Dormitory for
Students at Bankadwittayakom School in Maewang District, Chiang Mai Province”.
Mrs. Junko Yokota, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai and Dr. Suchida
Phongaksorn, Advisor to Office of the Basic Education Commission,
Ministry of Education were present at the opening ceremony of the dormitory
at Bankadwittayakom School on July 8, 2010.
Under the 15-year free education policy, the Thai
government is committed to reducing financial burdens on households for
basic education starting from the pre-primary education level to the upper-secondary
education level. However, in mountainous areas, students still have
difficulty in accessing secondary education due to the limited transport to
schools remote from their homes, the burden of transportation costs, and the
long commuting time. Therefore, such students have to stay at dormitories
near schools. It can be said that securing dormitories for students is
crucial to expanding their educational opportunities.
Bankadwittayakom School, serving more than 645 students,
is the only public secondary school which covers both lower- and upper-secondary
education in Maewang District. The school accepts students from around the
district as well as from the neighboring districts. As a result, 25 percent
of the students are children from ethnic minorities, such as Hmong and
Karen. However the school had no dormitories for male students and they
stayed separately in some houses for teachers. Therefore, the school could
not respond to all the needs of applicants due to the poor conditions and
the limited capacity of accommodation for students.
In response to a request from Bankadwittayakom School,
the Government of Japan has provided funds for the construction of a
dormitory to provide male students with a safe and sanitary living
environment and an appropriate learning environment. In this academic year,
some 50 students are planning to lodge in the new dormitory. It is expected
that the support will contribute to easier access to secondary education
especially for ethnic minorities and those from low income households living
in mountainous areas. Moreover, it will bring them greater options for
advanced education and employment after leaving the school. For more
information about GGP, please contact Mr. Sato, Consul or Mr. Tsuda
and Ms. Hoshii, Coordinators for GGP. Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang
Mai. 053-203-367. (PR)
Dutch Honorary Consul hosts insurance seminar
The Designated Honorary Consul for the Netherlands, Peter
A.N. van Loo joined with Peter Smith of AA Insurance brokers. to host
several large insurance companies at the Shangri La Hotel on Friday, July 2.
Residents of the local Dutch community were invited to attend, and given the
fact that the Holland – Brazil game was on later that evening, and with the
promise of the Shangri La Hotel’s big screen tv to watch afterwards, the
turnout was quite high.
The Designated Honorary Consul for the Netherlands opens
the insurance seminar at the Shangri La Hotel on Friday, July 2.
Representatives from LMG Pacific Healthcare, IAG, AXA,
Interglobal and ThaiHealth were on hand to chat with the guests beforehand.
One elderly gentlemen cornered Tom Thomson of LMG about insurance for those
over 70, assuming it impossible to receive. Mr. Thomson told him that while
difficult, it’s not impossible and that a thorough physical would be
required before any policy could be given. At the seminar itself, each
representative spoke to the crowd, explaining their companies’ strengths and
policies. With most reiterating the importance of having a broker to
negotiate with your insurance company, explaining that the personalized
attention from a broker was generally more beneficial.
Policies ranged from travel insurance, home and property,
business, life and of course health insurance. Marine, auto and golf
insurance was even discussed. The question and answer period was cut short
as time ran out before the big game but many of the guests went home
informed, and later, quite happy as their team won 2-1. For further
information on future seminars, please contact the local AA Insurance office
at 053-230-127 or [email protected]
Proud to be Thai; national identity to be promoted
The Ministry of Culture is forging ahead with its project
of Thai national unity to promote the national identity and encourage Thai
people to reconcile and reunite.
On June 23, the Office of National Identity Promotion,
Office of the Prime Minister’s Office, invited Chiang Mai Governor Amornphan
Nimanant and members of the Chiang Mai Provincial Culture Office to learn
about the “Thong Trairong Thamrong Thai” project, and the training courses
for volunteers to re-establish national unity and identity later this year.
Peeraya Mongkolnat, the Cultural specialist in charge of
the Chiang Mai Provincial Culture Office said that the Committee on National
Identity Promotion is focusing on the current situation of Thai politics and
the cause of social conflicts.
“Many Thai people seem to lack national unity and
harmony, which has resulted in negative effects on the economic and social
areas”, she noted.
The project was organized with the intent of using the
Thai national flag and national anthem as a media tool in launching the
promotional campaign to make Thai people feel proud of being Thai again.
She said that brochures about Thai nationality and using
Thai flag would be printed out together with the training courses and
seminars to be held in regional provinces; Chiang Mai in the North, Khon
Kaen in the Northeast, Nonthaburi in the Central region, Chonburi in the
East and Songkhla in the South.
A contest will be held in the provinces with best flag
decoration of buildings and houses, with categories for government agencies,
private companies and the general public. The training course will invite
300 youths from each province across the country starting at the end of
Chiang Mai set to become health center
The Chiang Mai Health Promotion Meeting was held at
the Empress Hotel on July 2 andf 3. Seen here are the many dignitaries
and participants in the meeting with Chiang Mai Governor Amornphan
Chiang Mai Mail
Plans are in place to promote Chiang Mai as a health
and beauty destination with world class spas and health care leading the
way in a promotion titled “Long Stay with Lanna Ways’ promoting both
traditional massage, spa therapy, herbal therapy as well as medical
Chiang Mai Governor, Amornphan Nimanant, who opened
the Chiang Mai Health Promotion Meeting 2010 at the Empress Hotel on
July 2 and 3, said he felt confident that Chiang Mai was ready to step
forward as a world class health and beauty destination. With high
quality medical standards the Governor expects that it will attract
older people targeting Asian and Middle Eastern countries.
Governor Amorphan told the gathered crowd of
Ambassadors, Consuls, medical professionals and spa owners that he feels
confident Chiang Mai could be developed as a center of health and beauty
for the international markets by introducing its integrated and unique
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejajiva’s government is
pursuing a policy of promoting Thailand as a world class health care
“We are focusing on the development of quality,
standard health care, as a leading medical and nursing provider, as the
number of seniors is increasing steadily over the next 20 years and it
will be an important market,” he remarked.
Governor Amornphan said Chiang Mai has high potential
because of the strength and quality of its medical and dental services
which rate highly.
“Additionally, the spa and massage business, which
today’s meeting theme is called “ Experience Natural Balance with Lanna
Culture”, shows off our unique Lanna ways, with taste, touch, smell and
sound along with the beautiful unique architecture.
“Northern Food, Lanna traditional medicine, herbs,
massage and Lanna music, we can say that we are number one in these
fields for these services integrated with our culture. These could be
further developed for the tourism sector,” he added.
The “Chiang Mai International Health Promotion
Meeting 2010” was held by the Chiang Mai Provincial Authority together
with the Chiang Mai Provincial Commerce Office and Chiang Mai Health
Services Promotion Association. Nathisa Pitchayanont of the Office of
Chiang Mai Provincial Commerce said that the meeting had elicited a
great response with 373 Thai and 168 foreign business owners,
Ambassadors and Consuls had attended the meeting.
Prof. Dr. Kanikar Ponpatkul, the President of Chiang
Mai Health Services Promotion Association said at the meeting that
Chiang Mai province was quickly developing its spa, massage and health
services businesses, “with the highest number of massage training
schools in the country, it has the fullest human resources and body of
She said that these kinds of services are becoming
more popular, adding that it is urgent that Chiang Mai become more
proactive promoting itself globally as a beauty and health services
New U.S. Consular Fees in Effect Starting July 13, 2010
A new fee schedule for consular services will take effect
July 13, 2010 at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. The new
schedule includes higher fees for U.S. passports, Consular Reports of Birth
Abroad, and notarial services, as well as lower fees for some services. It
also introduces a fee for additional pages in U.S. These changes are meant
to ensure that the U.S. Department of State recovers the true costs of
consular services through user fees as required by law. The new fee schedule
will cover actual operating expenses for the 301 consular posts abroad, 23
domestic passport agencies, and other centers that provide consular services
to both U.S. and foreign citizens.
For full details of the fee changes and a complete list
of the new fees, please visit http://travel.state.gov/news/news_5078.html or
the U.S. Consulate General, Chiang Mai website at: http://chiangmai.usconsulate.gov/service/changes-to-consular-fees.html.
Heavy rains expected in August
The Meteorological Department here has warned of heavy
rains caused by tropical storms and depressions during the monsoon season
starting at the end of July and August this year.
Chamnong Kaewchapha, Director of the Meteorological
Department‘s the Northern Center warned of heavy rain caused by tropical
storms and depressions during the end of July through August.
Chamnong Kaewchapha, Director of the Northern Region
Meteorological Center, said the extremely hot, dry weather during the past
summer was a result of the El Ni๑o phenomenon with temperatures exceeding 40
Celsius in many provinces.
However, he said the El Ni๑o phenomenon had finished in
May and the weather is back to normal with rainfall in lower volume at the
beginning of rainy season during June and July.
From the end of July onwards, the low pressure areas from
South China are expected to pass by the Northern Thailand, resulting heavy
rain from July through September as normal. Tropical storms and depressions
are expected in August and September and heavy rains would be found coming
from Vietnam and across mainland South East Asia into Northern Thailand.
New Maejo University
President Royally appointed
His Majesty the King appointed Asst. Prof. Dr. Chamnien
Yosraj as the new President of Maejo University, effective July 8. Dr.
Chamnien will be succeeding Dr. Thep Pongpanitch who just completed his
Asst. Prof. Dr. Chamnien Yosraj, left, with outgoing
President Dr. Thep Pongpanitch.
Dr. Chamnien reiterated the goal of developing Maejo
University into a leading university in agriculture at the international
Asst. Prof. Dr. Chamnien, a native of Lamphun, graduated
with an M.S. and a Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of the
Philippines at Los Banos under a SEARCA scholarship (South East Asian
Regional Center for Graduate Study in Research and Agriculture).
Dr. Chamnien, 57, was a lecturer in Animal Science and
Technology and the past Vice President of Maejo University.
Emergency rule extension to have little impact on economy
The government’s decision to extend the use of the
emergency decree in 19 provinces including Chiang Mai and the capital will
affect the country’s economy, particularly tourism, only slightly, according
to Bank of Thailand (BoT) governor Tarisa Watanagase.
Previously, she said, many voiced concerns the emergency
might discourage foreign investors to visit Thailand. However, figures
released in May showed that foreign arrivals dropped by some 11 per cent
particularly in Bangkok and its environs while the number of foreign
tourists in other areas decreased very slightly.
Even so, she said, the situation must be closely
monitored in the long run, but it is expected that tourism will pick up
because the European debt crisis has eased.
Regarding the government’s decision to extend measures to
reduce living costs of low-income earners, Mrs Tarisa said they should not
be taken for too long because it could affect investor decisions.
The measures should be ended at an appropriate time.
Extending the measures will not fuel the state fiscal burden, because some
of the measures only require a low budget for implementation, but it will
distort the market mechanism.
“The government’s decision makes it necessary for the
Monetary Policy Committee to reassess the inflationary pressure. Even so,
the committee will definitely raise the policy interest rate within this
year,” she said. (MCOT online news)
in Lampang vandalized
Chiang Mai Mail
Police reported that an unidentified person smashed up
ATM machines in the city on 6 and again on July 8. Police and bank staff are
reviewing CCTV footage to see if the vandal can be identified.
Two ATM machines in front of the Provincial Electricy
Authority of Thailand (PEA) were severely damaged on Thursday, July 8. One
ATM machine belonged to Krung Thai Bank while the other was a Government
Savings Bank machine. Witnesses reported seeing a man in an orange shirt,
wearing a helmet, stop his red Honda Dream motorcycle in front of the
machines and smash them with a large piece of marble.
This is the second time in two days that ATM;s have been
vandalized. Lampang is one of 19 provinces still under the Emergency Decree.
Twin sisters from
Kamphaeng Phet in drug bust
Acting on a tip off, the Pha Muang Task Force set up a
road block with the Chai Prakarn police in Ban Pha Hong on Highway 107 where
they caught twin sisters from Kamphaeng Phet province who were carrying
1,800 yea baa pills with the intent to sell.
Patcharaporn in blue and Patcharaphan in white, were
charged with possession of yabaa after the passenger bus they were
travelling on was stopped and searched at Ban Pha Hong check-point in Chai
The military personnel and police intercepted and
searched a passenger bus from the Transport 999 Co. where they found the two
young women with 1,800 yabaa pills hidden in the suspects’ handbags.
The suspects were identified as Miss Patcharaporn
Youngtabtae and Miss Patcharaphan Youngtabtae, both 17 of Kamphaeng Phet.
They were detained by the Chai Prakarn police for further questioning and
Foreign Affairs Unit of the police liaising on cases with locals
The Foreign Affairs Unit at The Provincial Police Bureau,
Region 5 was launched September of 2009 to work closely with the Provincial
Police Headquarters nationwide and is working coordinate cases that involve
foreigners, according to Pol. Col. Chuchwarin Bunnag, the superintendent.
Previously the unit was located at the Royal Thai National Police Bureau.
Pol. Col. Chuchwarin Bunnag, Superintendent of the
Foreign Affairs Unit here at Provincial Police Bureau, Region 5
“If there are any cases that concern foreigners then the
Foreign Affairs Unit will be the one coordinates so as to help local police
deal with cases involving foreigners in a more efficient manner because
there are not enough local police offices and staff that can communicate
clearly and directly with foreigners,” he said in an interview with Chiang
Mai Mail on July 8.
Pol. Col. Chuchwarin Bunnag, Superintendent of the
Foreign Affairs Unit was first attached in Region 5 and is accompanied by
Pol. Lt. Col. Adoon Sijanta, Deputy-Superintendent of the Foreign Affairs
Unit and more than 10 staff to help create good relationships between
foreign agencies organizations located in the area and local police in the 8
northern provinces, as well as tourist police and immigration police.
He said that this Foreign Affairs Unit would be involved
in handling cases with the Embassies and consulates, “In case of requests
from embassies and consulates who are having problems, we would get involved
with concerned working agencies to manage the issue.”
Pol. Col. Chuchwarin added that there are several Thai
and foreign delegations visiting the Unit, while some have contacted the
Unit for working in cooperation on helping find Thai and foreign criminals
or deal with transnational crimes.
“At present, the main job is to work in cooperation with
tourism organizations in the North, where criminals usually pretend to be
tourists or visitors to the border areas near China, Laos, and Myanmar.
There are many drug trafficking cases and illegal immigrants crossing the
borders into Thailand,” he remarked.
“In the near future, we hope to have close cooperation
with other government agencies in the Upper North, as well as from private
and tourism organizations and the mass media for the exchange of information,”
Lao dams don’t impact
Mekong River: Lao energy minister
Dams on the
Lao tributaries of the Mekong River have no impact on the low water levels
currently characterising the Mekong River, said the Lao PDR Minister of
Energy and Mines, who affirmed that his country will abide by international
agreements if it builds more dams on the Mekong River.
Members of an extraordinary committee studying the
alarming drop of the Mekong River’s water level, Democrat MP Suthat
Ngernmuen, chairing the committee, visited Thailand’s neighbour to the
northeast to gather data on dam construction and water management in the
branches of the Mekong River in Laos.
Minister of Energy and Mines Soulivong Daravong reported
to the Thai parliamentary committee that Laos considered the impact on the
Mekong River in its operation of the dams.
The Nam Ngum and Nam Theun dams haven’t affected the
water level in the Mekong River as the waters reserved in the dams will be
finally released into the Mekong River. In the past dry season, water from
the Nam Theun dam helped increase the water level in the lower Mekong River,
so it is not too dry, the Lao minister said.
“We have studied so many planned dam construction
projects but there has been no decision to build any so far. Two dam
projects in Saiyaburi and southern Laos near Cambodian border have been
studied,” he said.
He confirmed that Laos will comply with international
agreement and regulations transparently, particularly regarding the
Saiyaburi dam which is believed to be of potential benefit to both Thailand
According to the initial investigation, there are no
problems related to flooding but the dams will affect fish stocks. A
solution will be worked out on that, he added.
Khempheng Pholsena, Minister to the Prime Minister’s
Office, clarified to the committee that the Lao economy this year has grown
7.8 percent and is targeted to grow eight percent. However, Lao development
is expected to be done in parallel with environmental conservation, the
minister said. The Lao PDR is targeting an increase in forest areas from the
existing 41 percent of the country to 70 percent in 2020. (MCOT)