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Vol. XIII No.6 - Sunday March 23, 2014 - Saturday April 5, 2014


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Happy birthday to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

The Chiang Mai Mail joins the nation in wishing HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn a very happy birthday.

The Chiang Mai Mail joins the Kingdom of Thailand in wishing Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn a very happy birthday on April 2. We join in with our most humble wishes for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for a long, healthy and happy life.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was born on April 2, 1955, the third child of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Chulalongkorn University, a first class honor, and a gold medal in History in 1976. She earned an M.A. in Oriental Epigraphy (Sanskrit and Cambodian) from Silpakorn University in 1978, and an M.A. in Pali and Sanskrit from Chulalongkorn University in 1980 and a doctoral degree in Developmental Education in 1987.
HRH the Princess has developed special interests in agricultural extension to improve school children’s nutritional conditions; supports education from pre-school to tertiary levels; and mother and child care. She has also concentrated on helping the handicapped, especially in using information technology (IT) to develop independent living and learning skills.
HRH the Princess has been Executive Vice President of the Thai Red Cross Society since 1977; Executive Chairman of the Chaipattana Foundation (in charge of His Majesty’s development and environmental preservation projects), Ananda Mahidol Foundation (to promote higher education), the King Rama II Foundation (to conserve and promote Thai Culture); President of the Sai Jai Thai Foundation (to support disabled veterans), Prince Mahidol Award Foundation (to award prizes annually to members of the international community for outstanding performances in the fields of medicine and public health); and Adviser of the Committee of Thai Junior Encyclopedia Project by Royal Command of H.M. the King.
 


Happy birthday HRH Princess Ubolratana

The Chiang Mai Mail humbly joins the Kingdom of Thailand in wishing Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana a most happy birthday on April 5.
Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Phannavadi was born on April 5, 1951, in Lausanne Switzerland. She is the eldest child of Their Majesties the King and Queen.
HRH Princess Ubolratana is a very devoted leader of young people in the campaign against drugs, and as such has instituted and keenly watches over the To Be Number One project, encouraging family values, music and sport as alternatives to drug use. She has also set up the Khun Poom project to assist autistic children in Thailand.
In 2008, HRH Princess Ubolratana played the main role in the Thai film Where The Miracle Happens. She has been an active supporter of the Thai film industry for many years promoting Thailand as a destination for filming, production and post-production.


Choking smog affecting the province

Smoke related illnesses on the rise

Smoke fills the air of Chiang Mai in this photo taken in front of City Hall at 9:35 a.m. on March 17, 2014.

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The choking haze that has filled Chiang Mai skies has seen PM10 or Particulate Matter numbers continue to rise, affecting the health of people in Chiang Mai. The city was starting to see the affects on March 8 as burning forests and fields from neighboring provinces and countries drifted into the valley, filling it with smoke.
The Air Quality and Noise Management Bureau, Pollution Control Department reported that the PM10 numbers have been continuously increasing, adding that the smoke has started to affect the health of Chiang Mai people as people have already started experiencing problems with respiratory ailments.
Especially hard hit are the southern districts of Chiang Mai where most of the hotspots are found; Om Koi, Mae Cham, Hot, Doi Tao and Mae Wang have the most hotspots. The PM10 levels in the Muang district started to exceed the standard at 120 micrograms per cubic meter from March 11, 2014 onwards.
At 8.00 a.m. on March 19, 2014, the Air Quality Monitoring Station at Chiang Mai City Hall found PM10 at 168 micrograms per cubic meter, Yupparaj Wittayalai School at 170 micrograms per cubic meter. The air quality in the northern region on March 19 found PM 10 numbers in Mae Sai Health Office in Chiang Rai at 186, in Lampang at 139, Lamphun was at 115 and Nan at 127. Phrae saw PM10 numbers of 135, Phayao 168 and Tak at 110 while Mae Hong Son was at 179. All numbers exceed standards and are considered to have an impact on public health.
People are advised to avoid outdoor activities and to avoid exercise especially. They are advised to wear a face mask and visit the doctor if they get ill. According to the Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office, Chiang Mai has already had more than 1,900 patients with respiratory disease and in the North there have been more than 52,000 patients.
Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo said that now the problem of smoke pollution in Chiang Mai has started affecting the quality of life of the people. It is a huge disaster which impact on health, quality of life and tourism industry of Chiang Mai. The governor commanded all relevant agencies to promote public awareness of the problems of forest fire and smog, for local government to help reduce the amount of dust in the air, and to strictly enforce the law against offenders and arrest them immediately.
Dr Surasing Wisarutrat, deputy chief of Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office warned that those at risk, especially children, elderly and patients with respiratory tract should be extra careful and warned people to see a doctor immediately if they have chest congestion, difficulty breathing and sore eyes.


Chakri Day is April 6

Chakri Memorial Day falls on Sunday, April 6 this year. As it falls on a weekend, Monday April 7 will be the substitute public holiday. Government offices and some businesses will be closed. Chakri Day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty and the founding of Bangkok by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke in 1782.


8 districts facing drought conditions

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai districts report to the provincial government on a weekly basis so that the government can monitor the situation closely and distribute water to people if needed. The government implemented a plan to set distribution points that are convenient to the public in each village in high risk areas.
Chiang Mai has been divided into 5 zones with government agencies support for water trucks. They have also prepared water pumps and equipment to alleviate drought and examined water resources and containers.
As of March 13, 8 districts, 29 sub districts and 212 villages have been hit by drought affecting 77,871 people. The districts with the worst conditions are Doi Tao, Om Koi, Hang Dong, Doi Lo, Phrao, San Pa Tong Chai Prakan and Hod. Two districts are seeing a shortage of water affecting 21,005 people. The impact on agriculture has affected 71,856 rai.


Chiang Khong Crown Prince Hospital receives funds from Japanese

Overwhelmed hospital to improve medical services

Somprat Munjit, Director of Chiang Khong Crown Prince Hospital and Akhiko Fujii sign an agreement for funds to improve medical services for the hospital.

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to 3,494,000 baht for “The Project for Improving Medical Service for Residents in Chiang Khong District, Chiang Rai Province”. On 7 March, 2014, Mr. Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Somprat Munjit, Director of Chiang Khong Crown Prince Hospital, jointly signed the funding contract at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.
Chiang Khong District borders Laos to both the north and east across the Mae Khong River. Chiang Khong Hospital is a central hospital located in the east of Chiang Rai Province and there is no end to the number of cross-border patients coming over from Laos. The hospital treats these Lao patients from a humanitarian standpoint as well as the local residents. It also conducts referral services to hospitals in Chiang Rai City for seriously ill patients.
However, a shortage and the aging of ambulances along with outdated medical equipment at the hospital cause difficulties in providing prompt patient transportation and adequate medical treatment. Procurement of a new ambulance and new medical equipment is thus an urgent issue to be addressed.
In response to a request from Chiang Khong Crown Prince Hospital, the Government of Japan will bear the costs of purchasing a wagon type ambulance and updated medical equipment. The fourth bridge spanning the river to connect Thailand and Laos opened in December last year. It is part of R3E Asian Highway that passes through Laos to China. Besides, the ASEAN Community is due to be established in 2015. It is clear that Chiang Khong District will prosper as a key transit point and the flow and the volume of both people and goods will increase dramatically in the future. This timely support to Chiang Khong Crown Prince Hospital is expected to significantly strengthen the medical system of the region.
The Japanese government intends to continue supporting projects which contribute to improving the medical and healthcare services through its Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects scheme (GGP). Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP). 053-203-367 or [email protected]


Military Camp hospital to treat public for smog related health problems

Army sends out mobile clinics

Col. Suwit Wangyao, Deputy Chief of Staff of Ad Hoc Headquarters and staff visited Saengwa Khwanchon at Nakorn Ping Hospital recently to reward him for his efforts in fighting forest fires in Mae Wang.

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The commander of the 3rd Army and of the Ad Hoc Headquarters for Forest Fire and Smog Control ordered the Military Camp Hospital to send out mobile clinics to treat people in the area whose health is suffering from the increased smoke and haze. Lt. Gen. Satit Pittarat said that the Ad Hoc Headquarters was closely monitoring the forest fire situation in the North and was communicating with the military units in the area.
He also ordered the Military Camp Hospital to set up mobile clinics to treat people with respiratory problems, stock up on masks and medicine to distribute to people and for medical personnel to provide advice on health care. He also reminded people to avoid outdoor activity and to refrain from exercising outdoors.
The Ad Hoc Headquarters of Forest Fire and Smog Control of 3rd Army Area also supports the campaign to educate and inform people about the dangers of burning and to support those who help fight fires in high risk areas. Col. Suwit Wangyao, Deputy Chief of Staff of Ad Hoc and staff visited Saengwa Khwanchon at Nakorn Ping Hospital. Saengwa is a resident of Huai I Khang in Mae Win sub district, Mae Wang district and was recently injured in a fall after joining other villagers to extinguish the forest fires upstream on Doi Mon Ya at the night of March 11. The Colonel offered Saengwa a reward of cash and goods as well as three blankets to help boost morale of those who help to fight fires and to encourage others to join.


Chiang Mai City ready for drought conditions

PWA confident city will not run out of water

The Assistant Manager of the PWA Chiang Mai branch Kanokwan Suwannachot says the city is ready to cope with drought conditions and believes that this the city will not face water shortages.

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The province suffers drought conditions annually from March to June during the hot, dry season. The PWA Chiang Mai Branch has responsibility for preparing the water supply for 137 square kilometers including eight districts; Muang, San Kamphaeng, Sarapee, Doi Saket, Hang Dong, San Sai, San Pa Tong and Mae Wang.
The PWA Chiang Mai Branch draws water from four stations; Paton Water Station which draws water from the Ping River, Mae Kuang Water Station which draws water from Mae Kuang Dam, U-Mong Water Station which draws water from the Mae Taeng Irrigation Canal and the Mae Wang Station which draws water from the Mae Wang River. The four stations produce about 5,000 cubic meters per hour. The Chiang Mai Branch also receives water from the Provincial Waterworks Authority Lamphun branch and Provincial Waterworks Authority Mae Rim branch.
The PWA Chiang Mai Branch has coordinated with all agencies involved to ask for reserve raw water to produce water supply from 33rd Military Circle and Regional Irrigation Office 1. This includes installing a pipeline to enhance the water pressure in low water flow area and preparing water trucks to distribute water to people who ask for help due to low water flow or no water.
The PWA Chiang Mai Branch has constructed a water station in Mae Faek Sub-district in San Sai and a mobile plant in Padaed Sub-District by using water from the Mae Ping to help cope with water supply demand. The PWA Chiang Mai Branch is confident that the stations will be able to distribute reserve water adequately when facing drought situation and support the expansion of the city in the future and believes that this year the city will not face water shortages.
The PWA Chiang Mai Branch provides service to those who have trouble using water and asked that people conserve water and prepare water containers for use in times of emergency. For problems with water or to report a broken water pipe the Call Center is open 24 hours: 1662, or 053-233479-80 Ext. 116.


NARIT welcomes the public to view the skies

Visitors welcome to the Doi Inthanon Observatory

Amateur astronomers and interested students were lucky to have the opportunity to view the skies through NARIT’s 2.4 meter telescope.

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NARIT boasts the biggest telescope in South East Asia and lucky members of the public and media were invited by the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) to the Thai National Observatory in Doi Inthanon National Park to experience the wonders of the sky and stars through their telescope.
The 2.4 meter telescope was opened for visitors to take part in the 5th annual “Open Sky to Find the Stars” activity held by NARIT. The highlight of the night was the ability to view such far off objects as the Orion Nebula, M42, the Eskimo Nebula and those closer to home such as the magnificence of Jupiter.
Over 100 visitors and media, both Thai and foreign were excited to join Ubonrat Kongrapun, the Chiang Mai Public Relations Officer to meet with Dr. Saran Poshyachinda, NARIT Deputy Director on Academic Affairs who gave a tour of the facility and the visitors the chance to peer through the eyepiece.
Mr. Jelger Lemmens, a Dutch amateur astronomer, said that he is very interested in the subject and was excited to be able to come from the Netherlands to participate in this event and learn more about Thai astronomy. He said that in his opinion, Thailand has great potential for the development of astronomy in South East Asia with knowledgeable and expert personnel. He was very impressed that NARIT provided such opportunities for youth and people those interested to visit and study at the Thai National Observatory.


Provincial Court opens psychosocial clinic

Counseling to be provided for defendants

Justices and police discuss the newest counseling center as well as the use of video conferencing for bail hearings that will reduce costs and time spent traveling to Court for officials.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Chiang Mai Provincial Courts opened a psychosocial counseling center to provide counseling to defendants in cases ordered by the Courts. Chief Justice of Region 5 Prakit Suwanpromma presided over the opening ceremony on March 7, 2014 and noted that in addition to the counseling center the Courts have created an IT network linking the Courts so that there can be more effective management of cases.
The Clinic was established to provide counseling in cases ordered by the Court’s judges in cases such as domestic violence and drug abuse. The judges hope that this will allow mediation and compromise in such cases and allow for trained officers to work with the defendants.
The Court is adapting to modern technology in adjudicating cases allowing for video conferencing, as well as clearly documented steps that people can check on mediation, requests for bail and provisional release, those who have been jailed and allowing litigants and visitors the ability to check on the progress of their cases. The Court already uses video conferencing in bail cases and the video conferencing on cases for officers in the Chiang Mai Provincial Court, Chiang Mai Central Prison and Women’s Correctional Institution will reduce the time and cost of travel.


Senate campaign heats up with 13 candidates running for office

Election scheduled for March 30- ban on alcohol sales in force

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Thirteen candidates are competing for a seat in the Senate the Office of the Chiang Mai Election Commission announced, candidates include a former senator, former Deputy Governor, doctor, academic, lawyer, former government officials as well as community leaders.
Dr. Suchart Jaipakdee said that the Office of The Election Commission of Thailand or ECT is ready to hold elections and believe that there will be no violence as senators are not affiliated with any political party. Campaigning so far has been smooth and the ECT expects 75% of eligible voters to go to the polls.
The candidates for Senate are: Sompong Khaikham, number 1. Number 2 is Phethai Techolan, number 3 is Adisorn Kamnerdsiri and Chamnan Chanruang is number 4. Number 5 is Pongpun Chaiwan, number 6 is Thaworn Kietchaiyakorn, number 7 is Kritsanapong Phrombuengram and number 8 is Pornsak Sangkawan. Number 9 is Apiwat Kunarak, number 10 is Pol. Sub Lt. Samapol Kasammala, number 11 is Sampan Chatmongkolpan, number 12 is Vachira Ruangpornvisuti, and number 13 is Dr. Boontha Chailert.
The Senate elections will be held on March 30, 2014 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. The pre-election will be held on March 23, 2014, and in Chiang Mai will be held at the International Convention and Exhibition Centre. There will be a ban on alcohol sales from 6 p.m. March 29 to midnight on March 30, 2014.


Red Shirts from 17 Northern provinces rally in Chiang Mai

Calls for separate Lanna state rejected

Red Shirt supporters clogged Chiang Mai roads as caravans of cars and motorcycles traveled to the Convention Center from the 17 Northern provinces.

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Tens of thousands of Red Shirt supporters traveled to Chiang Mai from the 17 Northern provinces to rally at the International Convention Center on March 8, 2014. The supporters streamed into the city on the highways as they headed to the Convention Center causing some traffic delays as cars and motorcycles passed in large groups.
The rally, the Democratic Movement in the North of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) was held to demonstrate their power to protect the Prime Minister and government after the election. The rally was led by UDD leaders Jatuporn Promphan, Natthawut Sai-kuea and Thida Thawonset who addressed the crowd from the stage and vilified the People’s Democratic Reform Committee: PDRC of Suthep Thaugsuban. The speakers also rejected claims that they wanted a separate Lanna state.
Northern Red Shirts of the lower Northern provinces joined up in front of the Hang Chat Police Station in Lampang before joining up with Mahawan Kawang, Chairman of the Chiang Mai Tuk Tuk Cooperative. Over 100 Tuk Tuks waited for the group on the Superhighway at the Chiang Mai - Lampang Road before moving to the International Convention Center.
Traffic clogged the roads as the groups of Red Shirt supporters filled the roads causing traffic jams around the city. Once they all moved to the International Convention Center they stayed there until late into the night.


Father and son die in internet café fire

A father and his son were killed in a fire in an internet café on March 13, 2014, the mother and daughter escaped the fire with injuries.

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San Kamphaeng firefighters and police rushed to the scene of a shop house fire at 4:30 a.m. on March 13, 2014. The building, the scene of Tum Electronic Shop was ablaze when firefighters arrived and it took them more than 30 minutes to put out the fire.
After the fire was out police and forensic experts examined the scene of the fire and found 20 computers in the internet café on the ground floor. The second floor was used as computer equipment. In the bathroom of the 2rd floor they found the body of Thiradech Kasemchokekchampol, age 38 and the body of his 15 year old son on the terrace. The firefighters believe they were trapped in the fire that started on the ground floor and spread to the second and third floors. Waraporn Kasemchokekhampol the 37 year old mother and their 13 year old daughter were injured in the fire.
Investigators believe the fire may be caused by a short circuit but will investigate to find the exact cause.


Property valued at 50 million baht seized for trafficking

Fang 21 houses and 7 cars taken by police

The Saehan family saw 21 properties valued at 50 million baht seized as the result of the drug trade recently.

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Assets valued at over 50 million baht were seized from a family accused of drug trafficking in Chiang Mai on March 6, 2014. On March 1 police arrested 3 men with 610,000 methamphetamine tablets hidden in a secret compartment in a Mitsubishi pickup truck in Phitsanulok. Two other cars used to navigate and guard the shipment were also seized. The suspects confessed that they had been hired to smuggle drugs from Chiang Mai to Bangkok.
Police tracked the drugs to the Saehan family at Karnkanok Ville 2 in San Sai and seized properties of suspects believed to be involved in the drug trade. Twenty one houses and commercial buildings were seized as proceeds of the drug trade, 7 cars and 4 motorcycles with a total value of 50 million baht.
Meanwhile, Narcotics Control Board Region 5 reported that they have seized over a billion baht in assets resulting from the drug trade in the North since 2000.


Facebook car thief caught in Chiang Rai

The suspect confessed to police that he met a nurse on Facebook and met her for drinks where he drugged her drink and stole her car.

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Police arrested Siriwech Sithiwech, age 27 of Nakhon Si Thammarat on suspicion of drugging and robbing an Udon Thani nurse. The suspect confessed to police that he had met the woman on Facebook and met her at a hotel in Udon Thani. It was there he told the police that he drugged her drink, took her up to a hotel room where he stole her iPhone, a gold necklace, 4,000 baht in cash and the keys to her white Honda Civic.
Udon Thani police issued an arrest warrant for the man but he had taken the car to Chiang Rai where he planned on driving the stolen car to Phayao to visit his wife. They tracked him to Phan District in Chiang Rai on March 11, 2014 where they arrested the suspect and charged him with theft.


Police Volunteer killed in car crash

A police volunteer was killed in a car crash inside the moat on March 15, 2014.

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A police volunteer was killed and a sub-lieutenant was seriously injured after their car smashed head on into an electric pole on March 15, 2014. Rescue personnel rushed to the scene inside the moat where they found the police truck totaled and the two injured men. The accident occurred at 8 a.m.
Pol. Sub Lt. Phutthisan Inta, Sub- patrol inspector of Muang Chiang Mai police station, was driving the truck and was seriously injured in the accident while the passenger, 39 year old Pakorn Klongnum, died later at the hospital. The cause of the accident is under investigation.


1.65 million Yaba tablets seized in 8 days

Two women were arrested by the Narcotics Suppression Police smuggling 350,000 Yaba tablets in Phayao.

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Over 8 days from March 9 to March 17, police seized over 1.65 million methamphetamine tablets in 7 different arrests around the North.
On March 9, 2014 7 men from Chiang Dao were arrested with 192,000 methamphetamine tablets stamped with the WY logo on Chotana Road in Mae Rim. Police had the gang under surveillance and saw them receive the drugs in Fang, they tracked them in two cars as they returned to Chiang Mai and intercepted them in Mae Rim where they found the drugs packed in bags. The suspects confessed that they had been hired to carry the drugs to Central Thailand. Police are expanding their investigation to find more members of the gang and are taking action to seize property.
Mae Sai Police received a report that a drug trafficking gang would be sending drugs at a transport company on March 10, 2014 on Highway 123. Police set up an ambush to arrest the gang near the transport company. The police saw a black motorbike parked nearby and asked the driver to check it but he pulled out a gun hidden under his jacket and opened fire on the police. Police returned fire killing the suspect. They found 190,000 methamphetamine tablets in a black bag near the body.
A 34 year old woman from San Kamphaeng and a 25 year old woman from Nan were arrested by Narcotics Suppression police with 350,000 methamphetamine pills in Chun District in Phayao. The police had learned that the gang planned smuggling drugs from Wiang Pa Pao in Chiang Rai to send to Sukhothai in a Mazda pickup truck and an Isuzu truck. Police stopped the vehicles but the Isuzu pickup managed to escape. Police found drugs hidden in a large plastic water pipe in with home decorations. The two suspects confessed that smuggle the drugs to Sukhothai for 200,000 baht. Police later seized property belonging to the women in San Kamphaeng valued at 5 million baht.
On March 12 the Border Patrol Police arrested a 33 year old Chiang Dao man with 30,000 methamphetamine tablets at a restaurant in San Sai. The police had information that the man was smuggling drugs to deliver to a buyer in Chiang Mai and tracked him to the restaurant where they arrested the suspect. He confessed to police that he had been hired for 10,000 baht to smuggle drugs from the border to Chiang Mai.
On March 17 the police announced two separate arrests that resulted in the seizure of a total of 488,000 methamphetamine tablets.
In the first case police arrested a drug trafficker on the Chai Prakan – Phrao road with 340,000 methamphetamine tablets hidden in the modified chassis of a car. The suspect was sending the drugs to a buyer in Bangkok. There was that a second car involved but the driver managed to escape from police.
Three drug traffickers were arrested with 108,000 methamphetamine tablets on the same day on the Mae Malai- Pai Road in Mae Taeng. The three suspects confessed to police they brought the drugs from the border in Chai Prakan to smuggle to Central Thailand.
Two men from Mae Taeng were arrested by police with 440,000 methamphetamine tablets in a pickup truck. Narcotics Suppression Police reported that they had information on a gang that as smuggling drugs from the border in Chiang Mai and intercepted the truck and surveillance car in Mae Rim. Later police seized property belonging to the suspects in including a 5 rai longan orchard in Mae Taeng, 98,000 baht in cash and other property with a total value of 5 million baht.


Lifetime achievement award for “Auntie Boon”

Recognition of her tireless efforts in HIV research

Somboon Suprasert or Auntie Boon (right) seen at last year’s International Women’s Day conference with a participant.

By Margaret Bhadungzong
In recognition of United Nations International Woman’s Day, the Zonta Club of Thailand will present the Rose Award to Somboon Suprasert for her lifetime of service as respected researcher in the field of HIV and Aids.
Mrs. Suprasert, 82, known affectionately as “Auntie Boon”, received the award at a dinner sponsored by 400 Thai Zontians on March 9 in Bangkok.
Somboon Suprasert epitomizes the achievements the Zonta International seeks to emphasize in the worldwide women’s movement. She always followed her personal belief to do the best she can and not just what’s necessary. She proves there are no boundaries for women.
Mrs. Suprasert came to Chiang Mai in 1960’s when she was Director of the Tuberculosis Unit under the Ministry of Public Health. By 1972, she had persuaded the national government to establish the Department of Family Medicine in the Chiang Mai University Medical Faculty. She was a researcher on a major health project undertaken by Johns Hopkins University in the field of HIV and Aids. She was the charter president of the Zonta Chiangmai Club in 1997.
More recently, Ms. Suprasert was conveyed an honorary doctorate by the North Chiang Mai University for her years of service disseminating health education to raise the quality of life for hundreds of residents in northern Thailand.
The Zonta Club of Chiangmai 1586 is part of Zonta International whose mission is to advance the status of women worldwide. The Chiangmai Club does this through community service, annual fundraising and fellowship.


PAO holds Seminar on educational problems facing Chiang Mai

President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn said that one of the biggest obstacles facing education in Chiang Mai was the inequal access to education for disadvantaged children.

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Chiang Mai’s biggest obstacle in education is the inequality of educational access for children, President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn said at a seminar held recently. The President noted at the PAO is responsible for improving and promoting education in the Chiang Mai area according to the Provincial Administrative Organization Act, B.E. 2540 (1997).
President Boonlert said that the Chiang Mai PAO has been developing teachers and personnel, supporting materials for teaching and others. He noted that in basic education in Chiang Mai, including both formal and non- formal education, there are a total of approximately 1,120 institutions, 350,000 students and 14,000 teachers and personnel.
He added that in addition to the inequality of access to education that sees many disadvantaged children, disabled children, hilltribe children and alien children unable to obtain schooling or have access to limited schooling, often due to living in remote regions, that another issue is that Chiang Mai students do not continue on with their education and educational management has no unity.
At the seminar, President Boonlert said the PAO had accelerated efforts to solve these problems and increase the quality of education of students of all institutions as Chiang Mai students need to be prepared for the competition they will face with the onset of the AEC.


Chiang Mai Governor donates funds to help farmers

Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo donates 50,000 baht of his own money to the fund to assist rice farmers after the rice pledging scheme collapsed.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo donated 50,000 baht of his own money to the fund to assist rice farmers left in limbo from the rice pledging scheme. The Governor donated the money to a fund set up at the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Co-Operatives (BAAC) office Chiang Mai on March 5, 2014 through Sommart Buppako, Deputy Director of Affairs Department, upper north branch of BAAC and Sakchai Khamruangrit, Director of BAAC Chiang Mai.
The fund was established at the BAAC to help farmers who are suffering after not receiving payment under the government’s rice pledging scheme. The fund was set up as a short term solution to assist farmers in need and is funded by the Thai public and their generosity to help farmers while they await money from the government.
The fund is limited to 20% of the debt that the rice pledging scheme owes the farmers and the Bank said that it is managing the funds in the account that is also receiving interest.


B-Boy dance contest at Promenada won by Bangkok team

Hug Academy, in cooperation with Promenada Resort Shopping Mall held the B-Boy Battle 2014 on March 15, 2014. The dance competition featured teams from around Thailand competing in b-boy dancing, a new form of breaking that features athletic moves coupled with dance. The competition saw prizes valued at over 30,000 baht handed out to the teams. The international judges from Oman, Switzerland and Thailand chose Hippo Vised Skill out of Bangkok as the top dance team competitions that ran all day. Runner up teams came from Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Lampang.


Harbour business owners file complaint with Governor

Business owners at the Harbour Community Mall filed a series of complaints with the Chiang Mai Governor asking for mediation to resolve the outstanding issues.

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A group of business owners at the Harbour Community Mall on Huay Kaew Road handed over a petition filled with complaints against the mall’s owner to Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul acting as Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo’s representative on March 11, 2014 at City Hall.
The group, which was led by Kittiya Wittayanin, stated that the Harbour Community Mall which has been operated for more than a year by Nakorn Kornherun, Founder of Wuttisak Clinic Co., Ltd. had not fulfilled its promises to market and promote the mall. The business owners state that the mall had presented a comprehensive marketing and advertising plan to attract tenants but later did not follow through and advertise as promised.
The group claims that more than 95% of the businesses in the mall have shut down and many of the people are suffering from loans taken out to start business in the mall, noting that many of them had to fit out the shops themselves and that the extra cost had not been recouped.
Recently, there had also an announcement to sell the mall to another company however, the group filed a lawsuit against the mall under the Consumer Protection Act in Chiang Mai Provincial Court in mid-2013. Twenty three people are in the action asking for damages of 32 million baht. The case is still in process in the Courts so the group has asked the Governor to mediate with the mall to take responsibility in the matter and reimburse business owners for costs of fitting out and refund the 3 month deposit to everyone who rented a space.


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Happy birthday to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

Happy birthday HRH Princess Ubolratana

Choking smog affecting the province

Chakri Day is April 6

8 districts facing drought conditions

Chiang Khong Crown Prince Hospital receives funds from Japanese

Military Camp hospital to treat public for smog related health problems

Chiang Mai City ready for drought conditions

NARIT welcomes the public to view the skies

Provincial Court opens psychosocial clinic

Senate campaign heats up with 13 candidates running for office

Red Shirts from 17 Northern provinces rally in Chiang Mai

Father and son die in internet café fire

Property valued at 50 million baht seized for trafficking

Facebook car thief caught in Chiang Rai

Police Volunteer killed in car crash

1.65 million Yaba tablets seized in 8 days

Lifetime achievement award for “Auntie Boon”

PAO holds Seminar on educational problems facing Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Governor donates funds to help farmers

B-Boy dance contest at Promenada won by Bangkok team

Harbour business owners file complaint with Governor

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