Efforts in place to prevent the spread of forest fires
Fire barriers erected in high risk areas
The Ad Hoc committee is working to prevent and
control forest fires and have identified high risk areas and implemented
measures to prevent the spread of forest fires in those areas (file photo)
The Acting Chief of the Natural Resources and Environment Office
Chiang Mai said that the Ad Hoc Center to prevent forest fires that was set
up to survey and control forest fires during the most high risk period, 80
days from February 1 to April 21, 2014 has organized efforts at the district
levels to erect fire barriers, create upstream dams to ensure water supply
and remove fuel for forest fires by promoting the “Branches and Leaves Bank”
for composting instead of burning, and promoted the use of organic
fertilizers in agriculture.
Acting Chief Prayad Ananpradit said that video conferences are being held
every Wednesday between all participants to coordinate efforts to prevent
forest fires. Eight sub-districts in Om Koi and six in Mae Chaem have been
identified as being at high risk as well as two other unnamed sub-districts.
Since February 1 there have been 18 reports of forest fires, which were
extinguished completely, 195 rai of forest land was damaged by fire. Doi Tao
had the most hotspots followed by Hot, Mae Chaem, Chom Thong and Om Koi. K.
Prayad reported that 50 hotspots had been reported in the first ten days of
He noted that this year had started off better than last year, and that the
air quality and number of fires was lower than the same period last year.
However, the Office has commanded the Forest Fire Control Station in the
area of Royal Initiative Project and Om Koi Forest Fire Control Promotion
Center to prepare for forest fires by making fire barriers around villages.
Overall, the occurrence of hotspots has been reduced by 10% from the same
period last year.
Territorial Defense Volunteers celebrate 60 years
Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo salutes
the flag of the Territorial Defense Volunteers in honor of the 60th year of
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Territorial Defense Volunteers is a civilian force working
with military and police to maintain peace and order in the country, to
assist in natural disasters and provide support as needed. The
Territorial Defense Volunteers were established 60 years ago and their
Founding Day falls on February 10.
This year Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo, as Commander of the
Territorial Defense Volunteers, presided over the Founding Day ceremony.
The ceremony, held to build up morale and promote pride in their work,
was held at the Chiang Mai Volunteer Territorial Defense Camp where the
Volunteers swore to uphold the vows of the Volunteers.
A plaque was dedicated to the Volunteer Territorial Defense Company and
Angkana Puthiwinyoo; President of Ministry of Interior’s Ladies
Association Chiang Mai offered 66 scholarships from the Association to
the children of Territorial Defense Volunteers, government officers and
officers who perform work for the Territorial Defense Volunteers.
Southern districts face drought conditions
Kuakoon Manasumphunsakul, Head of Water
Allocation of Chiang Mai Provincial Irrigation Office reported on water
capacity in provincial dams on February 11, 2014.
Although Mae Ngat and Mae Kuang Dams have more capacity than they did this
time last year the Head of Water Allocation for the Chiang Mai Provincial
Irrigation Office warned that southern sections of Chiang Mai Province could
see drought this year.
Kuakoon Manasumphunsakul, Head of Water Allocation of Chiang Mai Provincial
Irrigation Office, reported on the water situation on February 11, 2014
noting that in 2013 Chiang Mai had accumulated rainfall about 4% higher than
average by the end of December. The Ping River currently has around 73.64
million/cubic meter of water, a bit lower than average. The tributary in Mae
Taeng District has a flow rate of 6 -7 cubic meters per second and it is
being sent into Muang district canals to supply water for the Night Safari,
Royal Park Rajapruek and agricultural areas in Hang Dong and San Patong
The amount of water flowing in the Mae Rim River is about 0.2 cubic meters
per second, a slow flow for the river, flow rates are expected to decline
steadily for all rivers.
Mae Ngat Dam has 227.78 million cubic meters of water, or 85.30%. The
government plans to allocate about 15% of the total, or 26 million cubic
meters to various sectors, thereby ensuring that the Ping River has enough
water for water supply and weirs.
Mae Kuang dam currently has a capacity at 44%, or 103.66 million cubic
meters. Combined these two dams has 78.50 million cubic meters more than
this time last year. Most of the medium reservoirs in the north of Chiang
Mai such as Chiang Dao, Fang, Mae Ai and Chai Pakran have enough water;
exceeding 80%. However, in the south they have already begun facing problems
in San Patong and Mae Wang as water is at only 40%. Hot and Doi Tao face the
risk of water shortages. However, the office has prepared 66 pumps and 6
water trucks with a capacity of 6,000 liters each to supply water to
agricultural areas during the dry season.
Chiang Mai Music Fest
moves to Promenada
March 1 and 2
Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn joins
festival organizer Yut Wanichanond of Earth, Wind and Fire, Jeerarat Meengam
of the TAT Chiang Mai, Tjeert Kwant CEO of ECC International and
representatives from the hotels and sponsors.
By Shana Kongmun
The Chiang Mai Music Fest will be at the Promenada Resort Shopping
Mall on March 1 and 2 and will offer free hourly shuttles with the last one
leaving the mall for Centara Duangtawan Hotel at the Night Bazaar and Imm
Hotel at Tha Pae Gate at midnight.
The Music Fest will see such headliners as Matthew Mole, the first South
African artist to enter the iTunes album chart at No 1 with his debut album.
Other headliners include Hot Water, a South African rock band, Iyeoka, an
award winning Nigerian-American poet, recording artist, singer, activist,
educator and TEDGlobal Fellow. Popular Chiang Mai band Super Rittard will be
performing as well as Singaporean group Take Two, Thomas Keissling from
Germany, Akasha from Malaysia and special Kolingtang performances from
Indonesia. All shows are free to attend.
The shows will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the last concert beginning at 10:30
p.m. Shuttles will hourly from Tha Pae at Imm hotel and Centara Duangtawan
Hotel at the Night Bazaar starting from 3 p.m. with the last shuttle
returning to the city at midnight. Other shuttle stops will include Kantary
Hills Hotel on Nimmanhaemin road, CMU Faculty of Economics, Payap
University’s Mana Canteen and Kairos Square, Le Meridien Hotel, Amora Tha
Pae Hotel and the Holiday Inn. These shuttles will depart from 11 a.m. with
the last one returning at 9:45 p.m. All shuttles are free.
Chef Gustavo of Holiday Inn will be offering
tacos and other delicious foods along with all the other hotel and food
sponsors including d2 Hotel, Rimping and many others.
Great food is, of course, one of the hallmarks of the Chiang Mai Music Fest
and this year will see Mexican food from Holiday Inn’s new chef from
Acupulco in Mexico, d2 Hotel, Imperial Mae Ping, Centara Duangtawan, Khum
Phaya Resort, Rimping, vegetarian food from J Kitchen and many more. More
info online at chiangmaifest on Facebook or at www. chiangmaifest.com.
Chiang Mai joins One Billion
V-Day to stop domestic violence
Chiang Mai residents joined NGOs and other
groups to hold a V-Day One Billion Rising flashmob at Tha Pae Gate on
February 15, 2014.
Around the world women, men and children joined in V-Day One Billion
and Rising events as part of a global campaign to end violence against
V-Day was created sixteen years ago by Eve Ensler, the author of the play
“The Vagina Monologues” to raise awareness and end the violence against
women and girls. Last year they started the One Billion Rising campaign, in
reference to the estimated one in three women worldwide, or roughly one
billion women, who will be raped, beaten or abused in her lifetime.
Chiang Mai residents joined with NGOs and groups to join in the campaign at
Tha Pae Gate on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. to perform as a
flash mob to raise awareness of the violence women face every single day.
The V-Day campaign said that people in 207 countries joined in the event,
with most offering flash mob performances in public places to raise
awareness. More information on V-Day can be found at www.vday.org.
Governor kicks off campaign to prevent forest fires
The Governor announced that Thailand has signed
an MOU with the Shan State of Myanmar to help prevent and fight forest
Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo led the kickoff of the campaign to
prevent forest fires and smog at the “Leaves and Stick Bank” in Mae Hia in
Chiang Mai as part of the governmental policy that all sectors must work
together to resolve the fire and smog problems. The kickoff, on February 6,
2014 at 9:15 a.m., saw Muang District Chiang Mai along with related
government agencies and people from the Doi Suthep- Pui National Park,
Control Wildfire Chiang Mai, Protected Areas Regional Office 16 Chiang Mai,
Forest Management Bureau No.1 (Chiang Mai Province) and local governments
join in. The Mae Hia Subdistrict Chief Officer Thanawat Yodjai reported on
The Governor joined I signing an MOU to solve forest fire and smog problems
and added that he would like to thank all agencies, including public and
private sectors and the corporate world for recognizing the importance of
participation in such an important campaign. He noted that in the past ten
years Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand has been faced with challenges on a
scale never before seen with drought and forest fires. He added that the
government would like to see cooperation with the neighboring Shan State of
Myanmar in preventing fires and to that end has signed an MOU with them to
fight forest fires and the smog problem together.
donates sports equipment
Phumphat Prombutr, Acting Central Administration
Director of Pinkanakorn Development Agency (Public Organization) donated
sports equipment to Wachara Laiprawat, head of the Pha Dang National Park in
Fang district for the park officers to use in sports competitions that took
place at the Pha Dang National Park Office from February 11 to 24, 2014.
air quality remains good
The global hotspot map focusing on Thailand, as
of February 18, 2014. Updated views can be found here:
Air quality remained at acceptable levels at the beginning of
February; the government reported that the Air Quality Monitoring Station
reported 41 micrograms per cubic meter of PM10 and the AQI at 51 at City
Hall on February 5, 2014, Yupparaj Wittayalai School had a PM10 of 27 and an
AQI of 34 while Bhubing Palace had PM10 of 10 and an AQI of 13. By February
18 the numbers for Yupparaj Wittalayai School were a PM10 of 20 and an AQI
of 44. On the same day, Lampang had a PM10 of 94 and an AQI of 84.
They reported that on one day they saw 11 hot spots; 6 in Doi Tao district,
2 in Om Koi district and one each in Chom Thong, Mae Chaem and Doi Lo.
However, upon dispatching officials to the scene they found the fires had
been put out. Readers can view the hot spot map for Asia here:
The 33th Military Circle has held publicity campaign activities to educate
people about how to put out forest fires and how to prevent fires. The
Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office also organized training sessions
for personnel in all districts for Village Health Volunteers to help prevent
smog and fires and established a center to receive reports on patients
affected by smoke.
Chiang Mai’s air quality index can be found here: http://aqmthai.com/. A map
for Air Quality in Thailand can be found here:
Japanese government funds
construction of water supply
systems for hill-tribe villages
Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang
Mai, and Mr. Thomas Benton, Country Director of Adventist Development and
Relief Agency Thailand (ADRA Thailand), at the hand-over ceremony of the
facilities at Jasae Village, in Mae Suai, Chiang Rai Province on February
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human
Security Projects Scheme (GGP), has provided funds amounting to 2,816,417
Baht for a project entitled “Construction of Water Supply Systems in Tha Ko
Subdistrict, Mae Suai District, Chiang Rai Province”. On 11 February 2014,
Mr. Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Thomas
Benton, Country Director of Adventist Development and Relief Agency Thailand
(ADRA Thailand), were present at the hand-over ceremony of the facilities at
Jasae Village, in Mae Suai, Chiang Rai Province.
The hill tribe villages in Mae Suay District have lagged behind in the
development of sufficient social infrastructure. In particular the lack of a
sustainable supply of sufficient clean water was a major concern for
villagers especially in the 10 targeted villages in Tha Ko Subdistrict. They
suffered from chronic water shortages and contamination, which affected
their health and became increasingly serious. The improvement of water
supply systems was thus an urgent need. Under these circumstances, ADRA
Thailand, which has been working among the hill tribe communities of these
areas since 2006 using a sustainable community development approach and has
many years’ experience in the provision of water supply systems, planned
this project with the participation of local people as well as the
understanding and cooperation of the local government.
In response to a request from ADRA Thailand, the Government of Japan bore
the construction costs of the gravity flow water supply systems for the 10
villages. Now villagers have access to a clean, sufficient and sustainable
supply of water which thereby contributes towards improvements in the health
and sanitation of the villages. (GGP)
Japanese Film Festival features animated films
The Garden of Words is the opening film for the
Japanese Film Festival which features anime films this year.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Japan Foundation Bangkok is holding the annual Japanese Film
Festival in Chiang Mai from February 27 to March 2, 2014 at the Major
Cineplex on the 4th floor of Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport, Saelee Wanlop
of the Consulate General of Japan in Chiang Mai announced.
The festival will feature animated films, both modern and classic, including
such Little Norse Prince Valiant dating back to 1968, Arcadia of My Youth
from 1982 and the more modern Garden of My Words from 2013 and A Letter to
Momo from 2012.
Supported by the Embassy of Japan in Thailand and Japan Airlines, the
Festival begins on February 27, 2014 at 7:3 p.m. with a screening of the
Garden of Words, while Arcadia of My Youth opens at 6.30 p.m. on February
28. Chibi Maruko-Chan (Ono-kun and Sugiyama-kun) starts at 2.00 p.m. on
March 1 followed by Shot Film Package (Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor + The
House of Small Cubes + Karo & Piyobupt at 4.00 p.m. and A Letter to Momo at
6.00 p.m. The final day, March 2 sees Little Norse Prince Valiant at 2.00
p.m., The Girl Who Leapt Through Time at 4.00 p.m. and Colorful at 6.00 p.m.
Tickets are only 50 baht, and on sale at the ticket booth of the Major
Cineplex, 4th floor in Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport from February 20
Chiang Mai Green Beauty Scented works to improve Chiang Mai’s environment
Lakkan Srihong, a coordinator for the community
network Chiang Mai Green Beauty Scented introduces their latest projects.
Chiang Mai Green Beauty Scented, which recently took part in the
concert for Chiang Mai’s big trees, is a community network working to
protect and rehabilitate Chiang Mai’s green areas which have been steadily
decreasing. Established in 2009, Lakkan Srihong, a coordinator for the
group, said that they currently have three ongoing projects. The first of
which is the Fulfill Big Trees for a Greener Chiang Mai, which works to
preserve and protect Chiang Mai’s stately trees.
Chiang Mai has many big old trees but they are pruned incorrectly so they
have asked for coordination form the Faculty of Architecture at Maejo
University to provide lessons in the proper pruning of trees to the Natural
Resources and Environment officers. The officers are responsible for over
200 big trees in the old city and 300 big trees on the Chiang Mai – Lamphun
road in Yang – Nerng Subdistrict.
The project began with a survey of the trees and then intensive training in
proper arborist techniques to examine and maintain tree health. Thirty
volunteers from various communities took part in the training and will take
care of the 500 trees over the next two years.
The second project is “Suan Pak Hug Muang (Vegetable Garden, love the city)”
which is working to increase green space by promoting the cultivation of
organic vegetables for consumption, starting from the family level for
kitchen and community gardens. Program participants can propose projects to
the network, if the project be approved to get funding support 5,000 baht
for family level and 25,000 for the small project level. The duration of the
project is 10 months from May 14 - February 15.
The third project is working to collaborate with local governments to
rehabilitate the 14 public parks in the city. The network is working to
re-plant and take care of city parks, the latest at Kanchanaphisek Park and
Rama 9 Royal Park Chiang Mai. More information on Chiang Mai Green Beauty
Scented can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GREEN.BEAUTY. SCENTED.
Chiang Dao Municipal Councillor arrested for drug trafficking
New fundraising technique for Mayoral campaign
Samneang Sopana, age 50, a
member of the Thung Khao Phuang Municipal Council in Chiang Dao, was
arrested with 50,000 Yaba tablets, he planned on selling the drugs to fund
his campaign for Mayor.
The police announced the arrest of Samneang Sopana, age 50, a member
of the Thung Khao Phuang Municipal Council in Chiang Dao with 50,000
methamphetamine tablets on February 14, 2014. Also arrested were Aekachai
Saengchan age 29 and Suphannee Sai age 31.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruwdrew revealed that the drug trafficking gang had
bought drugs from the network of Lt. Col. Yi Sae at the border to smuggle
and sell in Thailand in Chiang Dao district. Region 5 police tracked the
gang for some time before arresting them. The Municipal Council member
confessed that he had been selling drugs to raise money for his mayoral
campaign in the next election.
Police arrested two drug traffickers from Central Thailand at the Dong Yang
Checkpoint in Phrae at 5:30 a.m. on February 16, 2014 with 818,100
methamphetamine tablets hidden in a secret compartment over the rear wheel
wells. Police searched the black Mitsubishi pickup truck after police
stopped the pair at the checkpoint and noticed they were behaving
suspiciously. Nirut Thongumphai age 24 of Nakhon Pathom and Ranlana Nuritmon
age 19 of Ratchaburi confessed to police that they were smuggling the drugs
from Chiang Rai to sell in Nakhon Pathom.
Lampang Police announced the arrest of a Chiang Mai man with 32,000 Yaba
tablets hidden in his car on February 18, 2014. Charoon Sriumphondaoruang
age 23 of Hot district in Chiang Mai was stopped at the police checkpoint in
Sobprap and when officers checked his car found the methamphetamine pills.
He confessed to police that he had been hired to smuggle the drugs from a
gas station in Doi Saket to the Mor Chit bus station in Bangkok for 100,000
Fang district saw a major raid by 1,220 officers of Region 5 police,
Narcotics Control Board region 5, Pha Muang Task Force, Border Patrol Police
33 and administration led by Pol. Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruwdrew Deputy
Commissioner of Police Region 5 as part of a crime clearance campaign. They
targeted 125 areas where they suspected drug transactions took place,
arresting 235 people on drugs and other offenses. The police also arrested
Lamai Sriwichai, a Village Headman in Chiang Dao sub district in Chiang Dao
district with 19 methamphetamine pills, his urine tested positive for use.
Officers seized 353,897.50 methmphetamine pills, 1.10g of Heroin, 1.55g of
Marijuana, 100.05g of Opium, 16 guns and 163 bullets.
Fraudulent phone seller on Facebook caught by police
Saowalak Khamkhun, age 18, confessed to
police that she had defrauded over 30 people on the internet with a fake
A girl who posted photos of an iPhone for sale on Facebook was
arrested by Region 5 Police for fraud.
Saowalak Khamkhun, age 18, was arrested by police on February 17, 2014
after complaints that she had posted a second hand iPhone for sale on
Facebook but after half the payment was made would post the victims
wheat flour, glass and other worthless items in place of the phone.
Between December 2013 and January 2014 police received multiple
complaints that a user named Mo May was defrauding people on the
internet. After sending the victim the package she would block the
customer and also open the ID card of another person to open new bank
accounts to receive the money.
Police investigated the CCTV camera footage of the bank where she had
opened the bank account under the fake name to find her.
She confessed to police that she had perpetrated the fraud on over 30
victims over the internet. She told police that she had sold a real
iPhone 5 to someone but after sending them the phone she did not get
paid. She told police that she was saving the money to buy a new iPhone
Hotel maid confesses to
stealing from Chinese tourist
Chantira or Koi Dechwilai confessed to
police that she used her position as a maid at a local hotel to rob a
Chinese tourist’s room.
A Chinese tourist reported to the Muang District Police station
that cash from his wallet had been stolen from his room at a Tha Pae
gate area hotel while he was out. Mr. Li Zhong filed the report with
police saying he had left his belongings in his room while he traveled
outside Chiang Mai and when he returned found 1,100 Yuan missing from
his wallet, approximately 6,000 baht.
Police investigated the hotel and questioned witnesses and interrogated
Chantira or Koi Dechwilai. They viewed her as a suspect because as a
maid for that floor she had access to every room and also did not return
to work after the theft. Police searched for her and once they found her
and arrested her she confessed that she had stolen the money from the
Chinese tourist’s room.
New Year’s Eve bag snatcher arrested
Smart phone technology defeats serial thief
Serial bag snatcher 40 year old Chaiyut
Intanon was captured by police after they used technology from the
smartphone of a Chinese tourist to track him down.
Police announced the arrest of a serial bag snatcher on February
11, 2014. Chaiyut Intanon, age 40 was arrested for stealing a black
iPhone 4S and a woman’s purse on New Year’s Eve. Police received a
report from a Chinese tourist that a man on a motorcycle had grabbed her
purse and driven off at 9 p.m. on December 31, 2013 on Sri Phum Road
near the District Office.
Police used the smart phone’s technology to track down the phone as well
as their contacts with area second hand mobile phone sellers to track
the phone and the suspect. They arrested the suspect at his home in San
Sai where they uncovered the stolen iPhone.
The suspect confessed that he had also stolen a bag from a Chinese
tourist on Singharat Road in October, 2013 and had also burgled a home
in San Sai during the same period.
Fake bomb creates chaos in the city
Police detonated the package to uncover a
fake bomb placed near the Mae Jo intersection of the Super Highway.
Police believe that a package designed to look like a bomb was
placed at the road near Nim Transport on the Super Highway to create
chaos in the city and create fear.
Mae Ping Police received a report of a suspicious object at 12:45 p.m.
on February 10, 2014 and coordinated with the Explosive Ordinance
Disposal team (EOD) of the Border Patrol Police to disarm the object.
The EOD rushed to the scene and police closed the road at the Mae Jo
intersection of the Super Highway creating a traffic jam.
Pol. Col. Mondop Sangjamnong, Deputy Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial
Police control officer along with the EOD team investigated the object
green beer cans wrapped with black tape and cables on the outside. The
EOD fired a high pressure water cannon at the object and then remotely
destroyed it at 1:15 p.m. Investigating officers found that it was not a
bomb but only beer cans wrapped with tape. Police believe the object was
placed to create chaos and panic.
Red shirt group destroys PDRC Chiang Mai stage
Police evacuate PDRC from stage
Members of the Red Shirt Freedom Chiang Mai
group destroyed the stage of a planned PDRC “Love Chiang Mai Love Thailand”
rally at Wat Jet Yod on February 16, 2014. The event was cancelled before
the group arrived.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A group of about 30 members of the Red Shirt Freedom Chiang Mai
Group led by Apichat Insorn or DJ Auan traveled from Chang Puak Gate to Wat
Jet Yod to confront the Love Chiang Mai Love Thailand demonstration
coordinated by the PDRC Chiang Mai in front of Wat Jet Yod on Sunday,
February 16, 2014 at 1 p.m.
However, police managed to evacuate the group from the area before the
slingshot and club wielding group arrived. The Red Shirt group destroyed the
stage set up by the PDRC and burned their signs before departing.
Panupong Weratantayaporn, a coordinator of PDRC Chiang Mai said that as soon
as he heard of the planned Red Shirt visit he cancelled the event. Damaged
property included the stage, ice coolers and the national flag but no one
was injured since a clash between the two groups was avoided.
Encouraging healthy behaviors in kids
Municipality holds seminar for educators
Rung Sripo, Deputy Permanent Secretary of
Chiang Mai Municipality presided over the seminar held to educate local
schools on the importance of teaching good health habits to children
The Chiang Mai Municipality held a seminar on February 6, 2014 at the
Municipal Building to offer training and insights to educators on the
importance of emphasizing healthy lifestyle habits in children from a
very early age.
Rung Sripo, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Chiang Mai Municipality, who
presided over seminar, said that people have many bad health habits such
as eating foods that are too salty, eating too much sugar or foods too
high in fat, as well as eating fast food, soft drinks, coffee, smoking
cigarettes and drinking alcohol. Many people do not exercise as they
have much more sedentary lives than before and that the changes in
society with both social and economic conditions are contributing to an
unhealthy, high stress lifestyle.
The Secretary noted that most of these behaviors are started in
childhood and need to be counteracted early on so as to maintain healthy
lifestyles. The Chiang Mai Municipality recognizes the importance of
these unhealthy habits and organized the project by inviting
administrators of schools in the Chiang Mai Municipality to learn. The
Secretary noted that now is the time that all sectors must work together
to create good health habits in children and youth to make sure the
country develops in a healthy, sustainable and high quality way.
Governor releases fish to make merit on Makha Bucha Day
Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo
releases fish to make merit for Makha Bucha Day.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo released fish in
the Ping River on February 13, 2014 to make merit in advance of
one Buddhism’s most important days; Makha Bucha Day.
The Governor and Phra Thep Kosol, Dean Monk of Chiang Mai
presided over the ceremony that began at Buddha Satan where
students were given certificates for their work to benefit
Buddhism and support and promote Buddhist activities on holy
days by Governor Wichien.
The Governor noted that the fish release was just one of the
activities scheduled for Makha Bucha Day, and added that he
appreciated the efforts of students to work for Buddhism because
their work benefits not only themselves but their families and
communities as well. After his address to the audience the
Governor went to the Ping River to release the fish.
Chiang Rai kids with Cerebral Palsy
receive help from Japanese government
Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of
Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Jaroon Jittiwutikarn, Chairman of
Ruam Mit Foundation for Youth, jointly signed a funding contract
for the project at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai
on February 12, 2014.
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for
Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing
funds amounting to 3,196,100 baht for “The Project for the
Rehabilitation of Children with Cerebral Palsy in Chiang Rai
Province”. On February 12, 2014, Mr. Akihiko Fujii,
Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Jaroon
Jittiwutikarn, Chairman of Ruam Mit Foundation for Youth,
jointly signed a funding contract for the project at the
Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.
There are almost 16,000 handicapped people registered in Chiang
Rai province, 200 of whom have Cerebral Palsy. Children with
Cerebral Palsy are found much more among poor and highland
ethnic group families because of teenage pregnancy and hard work
during pregnancy. In particular, the handicapped children
without citizenship have difficulty in receiving the protection
and rehabilitation affirmed in the human rights charter and lose
their chance for recovery and self-reliance.
The Ruam Mit Foundation for Youth has carried out rehabilitation
training for children with Cerebral Palsy and their parents in
cooperation with Mae Lao and Mae Fah Luang hospitals in Chiang
Rai province since 2011. As a result the children have recovered
remarkably and regional rehabilitation network for the children
is being created.
In response to a request from Ruam Mit Foundation for Youth, the
Government of Japan has decided to provide funds for the
construction of a rehabilitation center and the running of a
rehabilitation program for children with Cerebral Palsy by the
Foundation. It is expected that this will enhance support for
handicapped children in Northern Thailand.
The Government of Japan intends to continue supporting projects
for handicapped people through its Grant Assistance for Human
Security Projects scheme (GGP).
English band wins GBOB World Final
The Global Battle of the Bands
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The world finals for the Global Battle of the Bands
(GBOB) was held at Central Festival on February 8, 2014 and saw
bands from Australia, Bahamas, Belarus, Czech Republic, England,
Greece, India, Malaysia, Moldova, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria,
Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Ukraine, Thailand and Vietnam
compete for the top prize.
GBOB is a live music competition from amateur and professional
bands from around the world that must perform original music and
must perform live in order to qualify. The event was sponsored
by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, MTV Thailand, Singha
Corporation Co., Ltd., Nok Air and Chiang Mai Musicians Singers
Actors Association (CMSAA).
Firekind, a British band from Southwest England, took the top
prize of 1 million baht and the chance to work with a world
class production team. Doctor Victor from the Czech Republic
took second, Need from Thailand took third, Crawford Brothers
from Australia took fourth, fifth place went to Vox Mira from
Belarus and Dudes from Norway came in sixth.
Night Safari welcomes 3 year old giraffe
Donated by Zoological Park Organization
The Zoological Park Organization of Thailand under the
Royal Patronage of HM the King (ZPO) donated a 2 year and 10
month old giraffe to the Chiang Mai Night Safari on February 10,
Dr. Sarawut Srisakun, Director of Chiang Mai Night Safari
revealed that the delivery of the giraffe was part of the MOU
signed last year by the two organizations to build up
cooperation by exchanging animals and cross training staff
The Chiang Mai Night Safari previously sent 3 gorals to the ZPO
and the ZPO sent the giraffe to the Night Safari. The
cooperation between the two organizations is important as some
animals cannot be traded but can be exchanged for propagation
and study within the relevant agencies. The Chiang Mai Night
Safari has successfully bred 20 gorals and the Zoological Park
Organization as succeeded in breeding the Red-shanked douc which
will be donated to the Night Safari in the future.
Dr. Sarawut Srisakun of the Chiang
Mai Night Safari announced the delivery of a new giraffe from
U.N. advisor visits ERDI to discuss renewable energy research
DR. Jiang Mingjun inspects
ERDI-Nakornping research on renewable energies.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Dr. Jiang Mingjun, General Observer and Special Advisor of The
United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) visited the
Energy Research and Development Institute – Nakornping to
discuss the establishment of a learning center for renewable
energy and a sustainable development network organization of the
United Nations at Chiang Mai University.
Assoc. Prof. Prasert Rerkkriangkrai, Director of ERDI-Nakornping
and Dr. Pruk Aggarangsi, Deputy Director of ERDI-Nakornping
welcomed Dr. Jiang Mingjun General Observer and Special Advisor
of The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Dr.
Mingjun is also the founding President and Director-General of
Global Parties Climate and Ecological Alliance: GPCEA and
President of Global Parties Climate and Ecological Alliance:
GPCEA. They were joined by the management team of the Be Green
Group; the Be Green Group produces energy from fast growing
trees that are easily renewable.
Dr. Jiang Mingjun focused on the research and development of
innovative activities, especially, innovation of transformation
biomass into energy both from anaerobic fermentation process or
biogas production and transformation of solid biomass into oil
and gas by pyrolysis and gasification.
Dr. Jiang Mingjun said the U.N. has been involved with a variety
of effective technologies that the institute has focused on
researching such as Biogas technology CMU-CD, CMU-CSTR and
CMU-CBG. He will work to deploy and publish the research to
member countries of the U.N. He also praised the vision of the
institution in efforts to reduce dependence on fossil energy and
to take advantage of hybrid renewable energy in all its forms in
order to develop power consumption sustainably. Dr. Jiang said
the development of technologies based on environmentally
friendly ideas and the use of resources must be as effective as
possible. He also pledged to support the dissemination of
knowledge of Chiang Mai University to countries around the world
to help promote the need for sustainable development.