HRH Princess Sirindhorn takes photo with PROMPT telescope
NARIT donates books, demonstrates telescope
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn received
astronomy books from NARIT and took a photo of the Swan Nebula through the
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT), Ministry
of Science and Technology gave books in the series “Thai Astronomical
Civilization” to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and demonstrated the
use of the Thai Southern Hemisphere Telescope via computer.
Prof. Pairat Tachayapong, Managing Director of NARIT, and Assoc. Prof.
Bunraksa Sunthontham, Director of NARIT, staff of the institute, and the
production team of the series “Thai Astronomical Civilization”, offered the
series for use by Her Royal Highness usage to give to schools in the royal
project. This series was produced after the series “Thai Kings and
Astronomy” as a memoir of Thai astronomy’s origin. The series consist of 3
books: the History of Thai astronomy, Royal Court astronomy, and Thai folk
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn who also took a picture of the M17 Omega
Nebula or Swan NebulaSagittarius.
Assoc. Prof. Bunraksa Sunthontham reported that the Thai Southern Hemisphere
Observatory is a project that NARIT coordinated with North Carolina
University to install the telescope under the PROMPT (Panchromatic Robotic
Optical Monitoring and Polarimetry Telescopes) project, at Cerro Tololo
Inter-American Observatory, Chile, to research and observe astronomical
objects in southern hemisphere.
Elephants join in
World Cup Fever
Maesa Elephant Camp’s elephants took part in
World Cup Fever in a football game at the camp.
Elephants at the Maesa Elephant Camp joined in World Cup Fever between June
12 to July 13 when the camp painted safe colors of 12 national flags on the
elephants and separated them into two teams to compete in an elephant
football match and penalty shoot outs.
Anchalee Kalmapijit of the Maesa Elephant Camp said the camp and its
elephants held the activity to welcome the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup
season, and to promote tourism in Chiang Mai, including the abilities of
Thai elephants. She noted that Thai elephants are fun loving and intelligent
and can not only learn how to kick the football but can do it well. During
the World Cup mahouts will dress in football uniforms of various countries
and the elephants will sport national flags on their foreheads.
Wat Phra That Doi
Suthep scraps plans for view-blocking dome
Widespread criticism from
the local community
The new view tower on the pagoda at Wat Doi
Suthep is being scrapped after community outrage erupted that the building
would block the view of the Wat and of Doi Suthep.
The Temple Committee at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep met with the Assistant Monk
Dean in Division 7 and abbot of Wat Pra That Doi Suthep met with the Fine
Arts Department to discuss the proposed dome shaped roof of the new view
tower at Wat Doi Suthep. The view tower’s roof shape had come under
widespread criticism among locals for blocking the view of the Wat and
marring the view of Doi Suthep.
The group agreed to scrap plans for the top floor and dome shaped roof of
the new building which will now be developed into a terrace with translucent
materials. The new building will house the library and a museum. The group
also inspected the roofs of pavilions around the Buddha’s relic pagoda and
ensured that the construction plans were following the Department of Fine
Wanlop Namwongprom of the Public Relations Committee of the temple said view
tower had been aimed at serving visitors ad worshipers with comfort as it
would be roofed and it was not for the temple’s own sake However, as the
committee realized people’s concerns, the makeover of the building was now
Chiang Mai’s new Governor has experience in the North
Governor Suriya Prasatbandit and his wife
Mananya are welcomed on his arrival at City Hall on June 2, 2014.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbandit, the former Governor of Tak, is now
officially in office after completing the custom of paying respects to the
King Rama V monument located in front of the Chiang Mai City Hall, and
worshiping at the shrine of City Hall, on June 2 at 8 a.m. He was welcomed
by his officers, directors and staff from many government sectors, and
The new Governor revealed that he will carry on the incomplete tasks,
projects and policies, and that he needed cooperation from all sectors to
help develop the province and sustainably maintain peace.He also asked for
cooperation in promoting Chiang Mai as an inviting tourist attraction while
maintaining it as the customary land of nature and rustic beauty.
Mr. Suriya Prasatbandit is 64 years old and was born in Bangkok. He obtained
his Bachelor’s in Public Administration from Chulalongkorn University and a
Masters in Public Administration from the National Institute of Development
and Administration. In his first position he was appointed Assistant
District Officer in Dan Sai in Loei province and later as Chief of Disaster
Relief Work, Subdivision of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (Civil Works)
before becoming Chief District Officer in Khon Kaen, Ayutthaya, and
Singburi. He was then promoted to Deputy Governor of Samut Sakorn and the
Pathum Thani before taking the position of Governor of Tak Province where he
served for several years and where he dealt with similar smog and migrant
issues as Chiang Mai faces. He is married to Mananya Prasatbandit and has
two daughters. His wife will be assuming the role of President of the Chiang
Mai Province Red Cross chapter.
Irrigation Department to re-submit
proposals for water diversion tunnels
The Irrigation Department is re-submitting a
proposal for water diversion tunnels for Chiang Mai.
The Chiang Mai Irrigation Project has re-submitted a proposal to build water
diversion tunnels to Mae Ngat Dam to the National Council for Peace and
Order (NCPO) for consideration. Engineering Director Wongphun Wongsamut said
that the proposal had first been submitted to the Cabinet in 2011 but due to
the political conflicts had never been implemented.
The plan proposes water tunnels will be built in 2 phases; a diversion
tunnel between Mae Taeng – Mae Ngat Dam of 26 kilometers, that would be
capable of carrying 113 million cubic meters of water per year and a water
diversion tunnel between Mae Ngat Dam – Mae Kuang Dam with a length of 23
kilometers and capable of carrying 47 million cubic meters of water per
year. Total water volume added in Mae Kuang Dam is 160 million cubic meters
per year. The water diversion will be conducted in the rainy season only.
The Irrigation Department sent a proposal to Ministry of Agriculture and
Cooperatives and is preparing to present the project to Deputy Leader of
National Economic and Social Development Commission, National Council for
Peace and Order (NCPO). However, the 15,000 million baht budget allocated in
2011 could not be used to cover all expenses because costs had risen in the
past 3 years. The Department will request the NCPO to allocate 17,000
million baht budget instead. If the scheme is approved, it would be started
in 2015. The project would begin with a water tunnel between Mae Ngat Dam
and Mae Kuang Dams with a 7,000 million-baht budget and the water tunnel of
Mae Taeng – Mae Ngat Dam with a 8,000 million-baht budget. Also each phase
of water diversion tunnels is expected to take five years for construction.
Head of Rak Chiang Mai 51
agrees to stop political activity
Pechawat Wattanapongsirikul, head of the Rak
Chiang Mai 51 red shirt group announced his willingness to give the NCPO
time to set reforms and reconciliation in motion and said he would tell
other red shirt leaders to stop their activities.
Pechawat Wattanapongsirikul, head of the Rak Chiang Mai 51 red shirt group
headquartered at Grand Waroros Palace Hotel confirmed his readiness to work
with the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and that he would ask
red shirt leaders in 8 Northern provinces to suspend their activities to
give the Army time and see the direction it takes in reform and
Mr. Pechawat was summoned by the NCPO to report on May 30, he was released
on June 6, 2014. On June 8, 2014 he met with Maj.Gen. Sutat Jarumanee,
Commander of 7th Infantry Regiment to confirm his readiness to work with the
military and to announce that he would talk to other red shirt leaders. He
said that he had not spoken with former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as
to this decision.
Workshop for earthquake resistant contruction held in Chiang Rai
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning in Chiang
Rai held a workshop from June 2 – 6, 2014 to work with civil engineers in
constructing earthquake resistant buildings in Chiang Rai.
Kiatisak Chantra, Deputy Director- General of Department of Public Works and
Town & Country Planning, acting the head engineer presided over the workshop
that was held at Rimkok Resort Chiang Rai, Rimkok sub-district, Mueang
district, Chiang Rai. Atthaya Thepmongkon, Director of Urban Development
Training Institute worked with participants who work as civil engineers at
the professional level; those who are responsible in planning the
verification and tall building structural designs. More than 60 people took
part in the workshop that also informed participants about DPT regulations
for weight and resistance of foundations of new construction in risky areas.
Building Control Act B.E. 2522 (1979) stipulates for the construction of
some buildings in risky areas to be designed to resist disaster in the level
regulated by law.
Since much of this is new for people in the industry the workshop was
arranged to deliver knowledge and experience to the concerned authorities.
From the workshop, the participants learned more about designing high
buildings to be earthquake resistant, verifying blueprints before granting a
license, and supervising construction in the regulated area according to the
ministerial regulation issue 50 (B.E. 2550 (2007)) from Building Control Act
B.E. 2522 (1979).
Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition
Center gearing up for AEC
The Chiang Mai International Convention Center
is working to be certified at ISO-22301 international standards.
Dr. Sarawut Srisakun, Director of Pingnakorn Development Agency (Public
Organization) revealed that the Agency is studying about ISO 22301 standards
in a bid to ensure the facility is up to international standards. The study
has received support from Nopparat Methaweekulchai, Chief of Thailand
Convention & Exhibition Bureau or TCEB.
The Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Center (CMICE)
Commemorating His Majesty’s 7th Cycle Birthday Anniversary has been
operating to be a “Thailand MICE Venue Standard” which guarantees that the
venue is up to international standards for Meetings, Incentive Travel,
Conventions, Exhibitions or MICE and it can raise Thailand MICE business of
CMICE to reach international standards.
Lamphun clerics aid temples damaged in the earthquake
Phra Rachapanyamolee, the Dean Monk of Lamphun
and Lamphun Buddhists collected about 174,590 Baht and consumer goods and
donated them to Phra Thummarachanuwat, the Dean Monk of Region 6, Chiang Rai
and Phra Rattanamunee, the Deputy Dean Monk of Chiang Rai at the Convention
Hall, Chiang Rai Sangha College, on June 3, 2014. These donations will be
given to temples which were destroyed by the earthquake on May 5. Donations
and other consumer goods are still being taken for the temples at account
539-0-43907-4, Pho Khun Meng Rai branch, Krung Thai bank,“helping earthquake
victim temples 2014” or call 089 – 5591144 for more information.
Earthquake victims receive Royal
Relief packages from Miracle of Life
Relief packages from the Miracle of Life
Foundation under HRH Princess Ubolratana were distributed to 1,500 families
in Chiang Rai.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Miracle of Life Foundation distributed Royal relief packages from HRH
Princess Ubolratana to victims of the May 5, 2014 earthquake on May 29, 2014
in Phan, Mae Suai and Mae Lao Districts. Five hundred packages were
distributed to families in each district.
Manus Nonuch, the Director of Policy and Planning Office the Miracle of Life
Foundation under the patronage of HRH Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya
Sirivadhana Phannavadi, as a representative of HRH Princess Ubolratana and
relief teams along with Department of Social Development and Welfare,
Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and Chiang Rai province
distributed the 1,500 families who were affected by a 6.3 earthquake on May
Manus Nonuch said that HRH Princess Ubolratana knew the suffering of people
who had been affected by the earthquake and ordered the delivery of the
packages to alleviate their troubles.
Astronomy and Space agreement signed with Air Force
Ministry of ICT and Ministry of Science and Technology in MoU
MOST and the Royal Thai Air Force signed an
agreement to implement a space object tracking system.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Ministry of Information Technology (MICT) and the Ministry of Science
and Technology (MOST) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Royal
Thai Air Force to support and improve cooperation between the ministries on
the development of astronomy and space projects related to the country’s
Weerapong Pairsuwan, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Science and
Technology, Air Chief Marshal Prajin Jantong, the Commander-in-Chief of the
Royal Thai Air Force, and Surachai Srisarakam, Permanent Secretary of the
Ministry of Information and Communication Technology signed the MOU which
will see the development of a satellite and space object tracking system.
The Royal Thai Air Force worked to prepare the location for the telescope at
their base in Doi Inthanon National Park while MOST prepared the tracking
telescope and MICT prepared the internet system for this project.
The agencies will cooperatively support astronomy and space studies and
development projects and will share this knowledge with officers who work on
the subject of space and general people to increase opportunities and the
ability for developing knowledge.
Boonraksa Soonthorntham, Director of the National Astronomical Research
Institute of Thailand (NARIT), added that they had studied the motion of
asteroids and comets as they come near the earth’s orbit and the influence
of sun’s effect on earth’s weather, scientific examination to confirm the
type of space object, guidelines for reducing disasters from space and the
influence of space on earth’s weather. In addition, the organization
provides correct information and also monitors space objects to reduce loss.
Rotary Chiang Mai Airport
raises funds for water tanks
The Rotary Club of Chiang Mai
Airport held a fund raising night at the SF Cinema City at Promenada Resort
Mall on May 29, 2014 where they sold seats to a special screening of The
Legend of King Naresuan to raise funds to purchase 2,500 liter water tanks
to donate to 6 children’s foundations in Chiang Mai. Chao Duangduan na
Chiang Mai (3rd right), the president of Chiang Mai Cultural Council joined
the event which was overwhelmingly attended by over 300 members of Rotary
Clubs and other guests.
NCPO to cancel curfew if no signs of unrest
Army meets with Governor, Mayor and concerned business people
Major General Sarayuth Rangsee, representing the National Council for
Peace and Order (NCPO) said that if there are no signs of unrest in
Chiang Mai that he would forward the request to have the curfew lifted
in Chiang Mai. He met with Governor Suriya Prasatbandit, Mayor Tussanai
Buranupakorn, local police officers, Chiang Mai Provincial Land
Transport officers, Chiang Mai Health officers, Thai Tourism Promotion
Association officers, officers from the Commercial Affairs Chiang Mai
Office, and representatives from the Thai Tourism Association, Chiang
Mai Chamber of Commerce and others at the Kawila association, 33th
military circle on June 3, 2014.
Jurarat Meengam, Assistant Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand
Chiang Mai Office pointed out that Chiang Mai is one of the most famous
tourist attractions in Thailand and can earn as much income as Pattaya
or others famous provinces in Thailand. Chiang Mai attracts tourists
from all over the world, especially Chinese tourists who still come to
Chiang Mai even after the coup. Jurarat said that if agencies work
together to market Chiang Mai it will certainly bounce back from the
temporary lull boosting revenue to the province. He added that the
curfew in Chiang Mai should be lifted as soon as possible to maintain
the peaceful image of the province in the eyes of tourists.
Col. Treepong Wuttisaan, Deputy Director of Internal Security Operations
Command Chiang Mai said that the NCOP was not ignoring the problem the
curfew placed on Chiang Mai and had ordered the Internal Security
Operations Command to have the Center for Reconciliation and Reform
(CRR) cooperate with the Ministry of Interior in solving the political
conflict as soon as possible.
The Internal Security Operations Command already set the Center for
Reconciliation and Reform (CRR) in 3rd Army area at Phitsanulok to work
to create harmony among citizens and reduce political conflict in the
country. The goal of this center is to make every political group reduce
their hatred of the opposition and increasing concern about the country,
religion, King, peace and the peace of others more than their own
Police and Army join forces to
combat crime and keep the peace
Army, Police, Government officials and
volunteers joined at a ceremony at 3 Kings Monument to maintain peace
and combat crime in Chiang Mai.
A ceremony was held at Three Kings Monument on June 2, 2014 to bring
together police, army, government officials and volunteers to cooperate
in combating crime and maintaining peace in Chiang Mai after the coup.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Wanchai Tanadkit, Assistant Commissioner-General of the
Royal Thai Police, as acting Commander of Provincial Police Region 5
presided over ceremony with Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbandit and
Pol. Maj. Gen. Sarayuth Rangsee, the commissioner of the 33rd Military
Circle, and 1,013 police officers, soldiers, governing officials, and
Official forces will be mobilized combat crimes, drugs and all vices in
communities, to arrest thoe taking part in illegal activities and to
maintain the peace and restore the confidence of Thai and foreign
tourists who visit the area.
Center for Reconciliation and Reform calls for cooperation
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbandit
joins hands with military officers to support reconciliation and reform
in Chiang Mai.
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) in Chiang Mai held the
opening ceremony of the Center for Reconciliation and Reform (CRR) for
returning happiness to Chiang Mai people at Buddhasatan near the
Governor’s residence on June 9, 2014.
Governor Suriya Prasatbandit, as the president of NCPO Chiang Mai,
presided over the Center for Reconciliation and Reform (CRR) for
returning happiness to Chiang Mai people: “We are one at Buddhasatan”
where the NCPO asked for cooperation from every agency, both government
and private sectors and every single citizen in creating unity among
Thai people starting from the smallest unit, family to the biggest unit,
country. This plan will make people gradually accept that there can be
different political ideas, create unity, trust and peace and also reduce
suspicion and conflict among Thai people by adapting the Philosophy of
Sufficiency Economy in their way of life.
The Governor stated that “As we are Thai people born under HM King
Bhumibol’s prestige, we have to follow his statement that there be unity
and more concern about the benefit of the country more than your own
pleasure or benefit.”
2 million Yaba tablets seized in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai
In two separate arrests on the same day in Chiang Mai and Chiang
Rai Border Patrol Police seized 2 million methamphetamine or Yaba
tablets. The first case occurred at 12:30 a.m. on June 2, 2014 when the
Border Patrol Police arrested 45 year old Prachuab Khiri Khan native
Chansri Chanta in Chiang Dao, her accomplice Kittiphong Chikta, age 31
of Chiang Dao escaped from authorities.
Chanta was caught by police when she fell off the motorbike she was
riding pillion and carrying 80,000 Yaba tablets.
Officers received a report from an agent that there someone would be
smuggling a large amount of drugs in Muangna sub-district to the
downtown to send to the central region, so a checkpoint was set up until
Kittiphong, the suspect, came across riding a black Honda Dream with
Chansri as the passenger holding a bag which contained the Yaba. When
the police saw her bag, she threw it away to the side of the road before
the rider made a turn trying to escape causing Chansri to fall off the
motorbike and she was arrested. Chansri confessed that the two had been
smuggling drugs for some time.
The officers went to investigate Kittiphong’s house and found 4 guns and
ammunition. Additionally they seized assets including a truck, gold
jewelry and 14 properties. After searching Chansri’s house in Chiang
Dao, the police seized the house, a Toyota Vigo, a motorcycle, some
amount of cash, and gold jewelry.
The second case occurred in Chiang Saen in Chiang Rai at 9.30 a.m. on
June 2, 2014 when Border Patrol Police 327 of Chiang Rai, with Pha Muang
Task Force, Scouts, and Chiang Saen Immigration officers investigated a
corn field and Sobruak waterside near Phra That Wanglao in Chiang Saen
district, Chiang Rai where they spotted a suspect. The suspect managed
to escape but left behind 1,020,000 methamphetamine pills.
Owner shoots man in gold shop robbery
Owner injured in the struggle
The owner of a gold shop in Ruamchoke market shot and killed a Mae Ai man
when the man broke into his shop and attacked in him in the course of a
Chawalit Chin-anukulpong, age 43, the owner of the Yaowarat Ruamchoke Gold
shop told police that his wife had taken their child to school when a man
rang the bell to enter the store. The owner, thinking it was an employee,
opened the door and the intruder hit him in the head with a hammer. Mr.
Chawalit fought back against the intruder who then stabbed him in the eye
with a sharp object. He managed to run into the back of the shop where he
grabbed his gun and shot the robber three times.
Police arrived on the scene to find Sakorn Kunjana, age 33 of Thaton in Mae
Ai, dead from the gunshot wounds. Police found his car nearby where they
found an ROTC uniform from a well-known private school and a bag containing
pliers and a hammer. Mr. Sakorn was a Physical Education instructor at the
school, the owner of the gold shop suggested he may have been a gambling
addict looking to pay off his debts or obtain funds to gamble on the
upcoming World Cup.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Pacha Ratanaphan, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5 and
Pol. Maj. Gen. Damrongsak Kittipraphat, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region
5 and Acting Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police, Pol. Col. Weerawut
Niamnoi, Deputy Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police said that two
other gold shops in the Ruamchoke area were broken into a few days ago but
the the police were not certain if it was the same suspect.
San Kamphaeng rice
farmers receive payment
BAAC Chiang Mai pays farmers in pledging scheme
Rice farmers in San Kamphaeng receive
payment in the rice pledging scheme at the BAAC San Kamphaeng.
San Kamphaeng rice farmers who had been awaiting payment from the
government on funds owed due to the rice pledging scheme received their
compensation on May 28, 2014 after the National Peace and Order Council
(NPOC) ordered payment be made to farmers who still had not received
money for their rice.
The Commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle Major General Sarayuth
Rangsee and the Director of BAAC Chiang Mai Sakchai Khamruangrit jointly
presided over the payment of funds owed to farmers under the rice
pledging scheme at the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural
Cooperatives (BAAC) San Kamphaeng District Branch on May 28, 2014. They
were given a friendly welcome by the farmers carrying posters giving
thanks to officials for their fast resolution of the matter and also
gave flowers to soldiers.
The Director said that the BAAC would pay 11,318 farmers with allocated
amount of 800 million baht. Within one month, the money from aid funds
for farmers and loan would be gradually transferred to their accounts
following verification of their registered warehouse receipts. He
pointed out that farmers can bring their warehouse receipt to the
cooperative with which their receipts were registered to ask for their
The BAAC San Kamphaeng District Branch received 20 million baht to pay
300 individuals, a further 98 million baht was to be paid to 1,300
individuals. In accordance with all warehouse receipts reviewed on May
26, BAAC Chiang Mai has 28,606 unpaid warehouse receipts for a total of
137,433 tons of paddies, valued at 2,211 million baht. Recently, the
BAAC gradually paid 1,412 million baht to17,288 individuals.
is “on the Road” again
The goal to help disadvantaged
people in remote areas gain access to glasses and eye care is
made easier by the generous donation of an Auto Refractor from
Anocha Kieolongya at Topcon Instruments (Thailand) Co.,Ltd.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai International Club, a new Rotary Club in Chiang Mai
and AmigoVision Thailand program, led by retired optometrist
T.J. Bouma have reached a major goal with the donation of a key
piece of equipment for eye clinics for disadvantaged people.
Thanks to the generous donation by Anocha Kieolongya at Topcon
Instruments (Thailand) Co., Ltd. This goal is now reached and
more people can be helped than ever before.
When Tjeerd (T.J.) moved to Thailand, he was asked to join the
AmigoVision program. “I was very impressed with their vision
programme, and agreed immediately. From the beginning I wanted
to make this a joint venture of multiple Rotary Clubs in
Thailand. It takes a lot of organising and people to get a
clinic “on the road”. We need nurses for blood-sugar and
blood-pressure testing, interpreters who speak Thai, Karen,
Lahu, Shan and English, people who conduct vision tests and
many, many more.”
The AmigoVision Foundation donated instruments and approximately
5,000 pairs of glasses that were donated by the Lions Club.
“Since 2010 we have conducted four clinics, mostly in the Thai
Burmese border areas. The main issue we have to work with is the
large flow of people and communication. Sometimes we need 2
interpreters: from Lahu or Karen to Thai and then to English. We
want to see as many people as we can and communication with the
patients took too much time. At this time we can see about 80-90
people on a day but the demand is about 250-300 patients per
day,” T.J. said. One solution to run the clinics more
efficiently is the use of an Auto-Refractor; a computerized
instrument that measures the refraction in seconds. The
prescription is quite accurate but does not replace the eye exam
by an optometrist. “But, this machine cuts my time per patient
in half so I can see a lot more people”.
“We have been working to get this instrument for a long time.
With the help of Mr. Franck Morand at Quantel Medical I got in
contact with K. Anocha Kieolongya at Topcon Instruments
(Thailand) Co.,Ltd. They had a used Auto -Refractor in Bangkok
and donated it to AmigoVision. “Once they heard about the need
they packed the machine the same day and put it on the plane to
Chiang Mai”, said T.J.
“It is my goal to focus more on screening for diabetes. To my
surprise, diabetes is very common problem among tribal people.
Diabetes can cause retinal damage and it is crucial to detect
D.R. in early stages and make sure that the patient gets proper
treatment. Hopefully we will have a Non-Mydriatic Fundus camera
available in the future. I can then E-consult with the
hospital’s eye doctors”.
TJ concluded adding that several ophthalmologists and
optometrists have already volunteered to come to Thailand and
For more information on AmigoVision and Chiang Mai International
Rotary club, contact: [email protected]
The Last Executioner in Chiang Mai
Director Tom Waller with
screenwriter Don Linder during filming.
Chiang Mai continues its tradition of being home to creative
minds with the upcoming national debut of The Last Executioner,
the story of Chavoret Jaruboon, a former rock ‘n’ roll musician
who entertained American GIs during the Vietnam war before
becoming a death row executioner at the notorious ‘Bangkok
The Thai language film, starring Vithaya Pansringarm (“Only God
Forgives”) in the lead role of Chavoret, also features Penpak
Sirkul and Thai National Film Best Actor Winner David Asavanond
(“Countdown”) as well as veteran Thai actors Nirut Sirichanya
(“Hangover 2”), Pisarn Akkaraseranee and Jaran “See Tao”
Petcharoen. Directed by Tom Waller the film’s screenplay was
written by Chiang Mai resident Don Linder. Don, who taught
screenwriting in the United States said it was just serendipity
that saw his involvement in the project.
He originally met Chavoret at an FCCT (Foreign Correspondents
Club of Thailand) meeting where he spoke on his previous job as
Thailand’s last executioner by gun, and his life as a Buddhist.
Don later interviewed Chavoret who was, by this time, somewhat
of a celebrity despite the fact that he had long retired from
his job as executioner. They spoke at length and then parted
ways. Don said he kept the interview and subsequent research
material waiting for the right project or moment to develop it.
That came a few years later when he met Anglo-Thai director Tom
Waller in Bangkok and somehow they got on to the subject and Tom
expressed an interest in developing the material into a film.
The film, which is up for a Golden Goblet at the Shanghai
International Film Festival this month, opens nationwide on July
Kids learn about wildlife at the Night Safari
More than 230 disadvantaged youth
took part in a 2 day camp at the Chiang Mai Night Safari thanks
to GSB sponsorship.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Government Savings Bank (GSB) is working with the Chiang Mai
Night Safari to educate youth on wildlife, conservation and
encourage the protection of natural resources and wildlife in a
GSB sponsored 2 day 1 night event at the Night Safari. As part
of the 1 million baht budget from the bank the days out will
allow youth to become more involved in the world around them.
Caretaker Director of GSB Section 8 Toedsak Boonmaprasert
presided over the opening ceremony of the project, on June 6-7,
2014 where he was joined by Director of Chiang Mai Night Safari
Dr. Sarawut Srisakun and more than 230 young people who took
part in the event. The bank plans further outings so as to give
more youth with limited financial support to study and learn
Chiang Rai plants trees on
National Annual Tree Day 2014
2,000 trees were planted in Doi Bo
National Forest Reserve in Chiang Rai for National Tree Day.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
National Tree Day, which is held on Visakha Bucha Day,
this year on June 6, 2014, saw Chiang Rai people come together
with Provincial Offices for Natural Resources and Environment
Chiang Rai, the Forest Management Bureau and government agencies
in planting trees at Doi Bo National Forest Reserve, Baan Lao
Phatthana, Ban doo sub-district, Muang Chiang Rai.
Led by Sujint Thophangthiem, Director Provincial Offices for
Natural Resources and Environment Chiang Rai and Somsak
Jiemsa-nguanwong, Director Forest Management Bureau No.2 10 rai
of land had been prepared to plant 2,000 trees including yang
(dipterocarp), teak, Siamese rosewood, Javanese cassia and
others. The goal was to increase forest lands, reforest,
conserve and protect the environment and restore the eco-system.