Make Chiangmai Mail | your Homepage | Bookmark

Chiangmai 's First English Language Newspaper

Pattaya Blatt | Pattaya Mail | Pattaya Mail TV

 
Vol. XIII No.16 - Sunday August 10, 2014 - Saturday August 23, 2014


Home
News
Arts - Entertainment
Classical Connections
Life at 33 1/3
Ask Emma
AutoMania
Book Review
Bridge in Paradise
Business - Travel - Tourism
finance & Investing
Cartoons
Animal Welfare
Care for Dogs
Community Happenings
Doctor's Consultation
Dining Out & Recipes
Education
Features
Gardening
Life in Chiang Mai
Mail Bag
Mail Opinion
Money Matters
On the Grapevine
Photography
Quirky Pics
Social Scene
Sports
Daily Horoscope
About Us
Subscribe
Advertising Rates
Current Movies in
Chiangmai's Cinemas
Classifieds
Back Issues
Find out your Romantic Horoscope Now - Click Here!
Update by Natrakorn Paewsoongnern
 
 
 
NEWS
 

Long Live Her Majesty Queen Sirikit

Caring Mother of the Thai Nation

August 12 is a very special day throughout the Thai Kingdom, as it is the day the entire nation celebrates the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s Birthday. The day is also celebrated throughout the Kingdom as Mother’s Day. The management and staff of the Chiang Mai Mail join the Thai people and the many others from around the world to present our loyalty and devotion to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and best wishes for a most Happy Birthday and a long life on the occasion of her 82nd birthday Tuesday, August 12. Today’s edition of the Chiang Mai Mail incorporates, with our profound love and respect, a special supplement courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household, showing a glimpse of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s remarkable life. (Photo courtesy Bureau of Royal Household)

Special supplement

Long Live Her Majesty Queen Sirikit
 


Songthaew drivers meet with Army over new system

New red truck routes began August 1

Red truck drivers met with the Army to choose their preferred routes on July 30. Service began on August 1, 2014.

The Commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle met with over 1,600 red songthaew drivers on July 30, 2014 at the Chiang Mai International Convention Center to register drivers for their preferred routes with the Nakhon Lanna Co-operative. Col. Kosol Pratoomchat, Deputy Commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle explained that the new routes were necessary to ease the growing traffic jams and provide better transportation to the people of Chiang Mai.
Chanchai Keelapang, Chief of Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office said that there will be 12 pilot routes, 11 routes are operated by 550 Red Songthaews from the Nakhon Lanna co-op from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., departing every 20 minutes and charged 20 baht. , from 5.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., depart every 20 minute, fare is 20 baht throughout the route. The 11 routes of the red trucks are; CMU- Sam Yaek Market; HuayKaew Road- Chiang Mai Bus Terminal; Chang Puak Bus Station-ThaPae-Chiang Mai International Airport; Chang Puak Bus Station-Nimmanhaemin- Chiang Mai International Airport; Chang Puak Bus Station-Central Festival; Chang Puak Bus Station-Warorot Market- Nong Kwai Municipality[ Chang Puak Bus Station- Yupparaj -Sam Yaek Market; Chang Puak Bus Station-PhaNgae; Chang Puak Bus Station- Saraphi District Office; Chang Puak Bus Station-Ban Buak Khrok; and Chang Puak Bus Station-Yupparaj, Montfort College Primary Section.
The Chiang Mai Municipality buses will operate two routes from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. for 15 baht, departing every 20 minutes. The first route will travel from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal-Chiang Mai International Airport (counterclockwise), pass Central Festival, Khuang Singh, Rincome, Nimmanhaemin, Ton Payom, Maehia Market, Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport, Chiang Mai International Airport, Montfort College, Big C Don Chan, NongPrateep and return to Chiang Mai Bus Terminal. The second bus route will travel from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal- Chiang Mai International Airport (clockwise), pass Big C Extra, Makro, Big C Don Chan, 5th Regional Police Office, Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport, Wattnothaipayap School, Chiang Mai Ram Hospital, Rincome, Wat Chet Yod, Khuang Singh, Lanna Hospital, Central Festival and return Chiang Mai Bus Terminal.
Chanchai added more that in Phase 2 will add routes linking the major points such as Chiang Mai Night Safari, Royal Park Rajapruek, CMICE, and 700 Years Stadium.


New One Stop Center for citizen complaints opens at City Hall

The new One Stop Center for citizens to obtain legal advice as well as file complaints in regards to corruption and other complaints against the police, land department and other governmental offices was opened by Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya on the 1st floor of the City Hall on July 30, 2014. The new Center was set up following a command from the NCPO to improve the effectiveness of the government in serving the citizenry. The new Center will provide legal advice on laws, allow citizens to pay their car and motorcycle registration, report corruption and file complaints against government officials not fulfilling their duties. All complaints filed with the new center will go directly to the Governor for review.


Chiang Mai honors the Crown Prince on his 62nd birthday

Many celebrations were held around Chiang Mai including the ceremony held by Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya at the CMU Convention Center, a bicycle rally, Buddhist ceremonies and the candlelight ceremony held at the Royal Park Ratchaphruek. The ceremony was held in front of the Ho Kham Luang Royal Pavilion at 7 p.m. on July 28, 2014 and overseen by Deputy Governor Navin Sintusa-ard and saw government officials, military, police, consuls, members of the Royal Lanna family and recipients of scholarships from Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn participate in the candle light ceremony and watch fireworks over the park.


Plans to tackle growing number of tourist arrivals at Chiang Mai Airport

The AOT is proposing changes to Chiang Mai International Airport (Photo y calflier001 via Wikimedia Commons)

Nopniwat Krailerg
Chiang Mai International Airport has seen arrivals jump from 4.4 million in 2012 to 5.4 million in 2013 and those numbers are expected to continue to climb as projected numbers for 2014 are 5.9 million passengers and 2015 could reach over 6.7 million.
In a bid to tackle the increasing number of flights and passengers the AOT is proposing a three phase plan to expand the terminal, increase the number of arrival bays and parking and finally to expand the runways.
The Airports of Thailand (AOT) recently held a public meeting at the Shangri La Hotel Chiang Mai where they met with government agencies, state enterprises, private organizations, community leaders, media and members of the public to put forth the proposals and to receive feedback on the plans.
Lukchai Chaleoyprach, Director of Chiang Mai International Airport; Supachai Tangsriwong, the project manager; and Rames Tantikowit, the project vice manager explained about the increasing number of passengers using the airport, pointing out that Chiang Mai is the first choice for the North and is rapidly expanding as the gateway to the North for people to connect to Mae Hong Son, Lamphun, and Lampang.
Currently, Chiang Mai International Airport has 1,650 rai of total area and is the third-largest of all regional airports. It can currently support for 5.4 million passengers per year. The runways can accommodate 19 flights per hour and there are 8 taxiways. The airport has 19 bays; six attached and 13 remote bays. The terminals have a total area of 35,000 sqm and can accommodate 24,000 passengers per day or 8 million people per year. The airport has 800 parking spaces.
The proposed first phase would see the terminal expanded to accommodate 13.2 million passengers a year as that is the projected number by 2034, 20 years away. The expansion would include adding a parking structure for cars, improve the area for passenger delivery and extend the capacity of supporting buildings.
The second phase, expected to be implemented in 2025 would increase the number of bays and parking spaces for aircraft The third phase, expected around 2034 would increase the runways to support up to 34 flights per hour, add five more bays to accommodate 20 million passengers a year, develop the road network linking the airport to handle rush hours and expand warehouses to cope with the expected increased capacity.
A third public meeting will be held in November to hear more input on the plans.


Northern Peasants Federation calls on government for land reform

Over 200 members of the Northern Peasants Federation protested at City Hall on July 28, 2014 to call on the government to implement land reform.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Over 200 members of the Northern Peasants Federation held a peaceful protest at Chiang Mai City Hall on July 28, 2014 calling on the government to request reconsideration of orders 64/2557 which is entitled Suppression and Prohibit Encroachment and Destruction of Forest Resources and order 66/2557 “Addition of Government Agencies For Suppression and Stop the Encroachment and Destruction of Forest Resources and Interim Policies on Practices in the Current Situation.”
The Federation says that these policies will affect people who are poverty stricken and have urged the NCPO to resolve the land issue that many poor rural people face.
The federation has gathered 479 member villages of the network and made an appointment for the assembly in 9 provinces in the northern region to urge the NCPO to resolve land, housing and natural resources management issues.
Members of the Federation also sent mail to the NCPO to urge the Prime Minister’s Office to resolve the land and housing issue, the promotion of experts in the Board of Directors of the Land Bank Administration Institute and the approval for the 167 million baht support budget of the institute. They also called on the government to distribute land ownership via the fair-rate land taxation measure and to make use of taxes in establishing a land bank so that the poor and small-scale farmers can fairly afford land and finally to push forward a law that support the rights of communities in managing natural resources.


Motorcycle accidents leading cause of serious injury on the roads U.S. Consulate

Helmet usage to be promoted heavily

Nopniwat Krailerg
The Road Safety Work Group and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation held a meeting at the Chiang Mai Grand View Hotel on July 24, 2014 to find ways to build cooperation and create networks and leaders to help prevent traffic accidents in the North. Over 200 members from 17 Northern provinces met at the hotel as Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat presided over the meeting.
Attendees learned that motorcycles were the leading cause of serious injury in road accidents at both holiday times and during the rest of the year. Songkran and New Year’s numbers climbed to as high as 77% but even in the non-holiday seasons, motorcycles were still the most dangerous vehicle on the road.
A 2011 survey of helmet wearing behavior found that only 54% of motorcycle drivers wore helmets and just 24% of passengers while a survey a year later found that the numbers fell to 52% of drivers and only 20% of passengers.
Bangkok had the highest rate of helmet wearing in 2010- 2012 and Narathiwat the lowest. The Road Safety Work Group has set its target as 100% of drivers and passengers wearing helmets to reduce the number of serious injuries in motorcycle accidents.


Longan farmers petition for price supports after early harvest yields small fruits

Office of Foreign Trade working to expand overseas sales

After meeting with one of the biggest fresh longan exporters, Mata Fruit, in Chiang Mai on July 24, 2014, Deputy Commissioner of 33rd Military Circle, Col. Kosol Pratoomchat, and Chatree Bunnag, Director of Office of Agricultural Extension and Development Region 6, Chiang Mai also inspected local orchards and discussed ways to assist the company in exporting a large number of longans to China and Indonesia after the company recently signed agreements to export the fruit. However, the company is finding a shortage of containers to ship the product and asked for assistance in expediting the shipment as this year has seen a bumper longan harvest driving prices down.
On July 28, 2014 Boonma Somjai, Sud district Headman of Nong Faek sub district and representatives from Saraphi, Hang Dong, Doi Loh, Mae Wang and San Pa Tong filed a petition to Pisit Jongwattanafaisan, the representative of Major General Sarayuth Rangsee, The Commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle at 33rd Military circle to ask for price supports for longans.
This year farmers have harvested their longan crops early resulting in smaller fruits, also they have seen bumper crops, driving the price to the lowest level in three years. Size AA is only 18 baht per kilogram and size A only 8 baht per kilogram. More fruit will be harvested in August which will lower the price further. The orchardists have asked the NCPO to support them by using only one standard size to sort longa, and keep the price of longan size A higher than 18 baht per kilogram.
The Agriculture Ministry said that an early harvest by many farmers has seen small longans in the market at cheap prices and have urged large longan vendors to set their prices so as not to hurt farmers.


Making the city livable for everyone

Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn plans for the future

Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn shares his concerns for the future of Chiang Mai and his plans to help alleviate the problems that face the city.

Shana Kongmun
I recently sat down with Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn who, as he finds himself into his second term, hopes to be able to tackle more issues that will make Chiang Mai a more livable city for everyone.
He pointed out “If you have money Chiang Mai is a really great place to live, many people love to live here. But if you are poor then it is more difficult. My goal is to make this city more livable for everyone, including the poor people.”
There are many things that make a city more livable; green spaces, educational facilities, access to health care, traffic management, security and public health. To that end he said in his first term as Mayor he worked hard to implement several major projects including three new museums that locals can visit and that provide information and education about the local culture and history to students and visitors. He said that adding or improving public parks has been important, “Ten years ago we had one public park that was usable, Suan Buak Haad, and one museum. Now we have three museums and five public parks that are free for people to use.”
The city has also started annual free health checks for people who are registered in the city. “Many people will not pay to go to the doctor to get their health checked so we have set up free clinics that offer health checks that rotate through various communities in the city for a couple of months every year. This year we held them in May and June and in the past four years have found that there is a great number of people with bone density problems. Obesity is also becoming a problem especially among kids.”
He pointed out that one of the goals of the health checkup system is that qualified medical people can see if there are serious problems, if so they are referred to the hospital, if not then they provide counseling in lifestyle changes to improve health such as nutritional counseling and others. “We are an aging society and we need to learn to tackle the health issues now before we get too old and they become serious,” Mayor Tussanai added.
Mayor Tussanai pointed out that by tackling a few projects at a time each year, the projects actually get completed. Too many times promises are made to fix everything and nothing gets fixed because there is no focus. This year he intends to focus on security and safety and work on transportation issues within the scope he is allowed by law.
First, he plans to have CCTV cameras installed around the old city within a year, he hopes to have the entire city covered within four years. CCTV cameras will be used not just for traffic violations he pointed out, but are key in assisting the police in catching criminals such as the bag snatchers that often attack tourists in parts of the old city.
He also plans on replacing the Tessaban’s old buses with new, smaller, cleaner and more fuel efficient buses. Currently the Land Transport Department only allows Tessaban buses to run outside the city as licenses to operate within the city are issued only by the Land Transport Department and those to songthaews and tuk tuks. He hopes to negotiate with the Land Transport Department over the Tessaban buses to allow them a wider scope but pointed out that with over 2,000 songthaews in the city they wouldn’t be able to hire them all as bus drivers.
Other traffic management issues have been worked out with the Traffic Police, the recent one way system around Muang Mai Market along the river, “Could not have been done without the cooperation of the Traffic Police. Colonel Sitthaichai Thananchai has been key in getting that implemented.” He added that he thought the Traffic Police’s plan last year to make the Nimmahaemin sois one way could have been quite effective with public support and hopes to implement other management systems in the narrow roads of the city soon.
“We can’t make the roads bigger,” the Mayor pointed out, “It is difficult to build new roads so we need to rearrange the traffic systems in some places. It is inconvenient to adjust at first but we must accept a temporary inconvenience if we are going to find permanent solutions.”
He also plans on implementing more bicycle lanes and hopes to provide bicycle stations in several areas around Chiang Mai, such as Tha Pae gate, Suan Dok etc for visitors to use. However, as he pointed out, enforcement of the law in regards to the bicycle lanes will be necessary to make them successful.
The city has been trying to tackle locally produced pollution by sending out Tessaban officers to construction sites and asking them to cover their construction materials such as dirt and cement to keep the wind from blowing them into the air. Removing the old Tessaban buses will help but the enforcement of emissions standards is set by the Land Transport Department and they have been requested to ensure that all vehicles meet standards.
Finally, he addressed the heavy construction that has been seen going on around the city, he said that the laws on building heights have been set in Bangkok and while there are areas around the old city are limited to a few stories and some areas to only 12 stories, other parts of the city have limits as high as 24 floors and some, even no limits. He is concerned as the laws for developers set by the Land Department in regards to parking and space have not kept pace with the changes in society and is worried that the larger developments, still legal under Land Department laws, will cause a severe burden on the city.
“I hope to improve the lives of everyone living in the city with my programs to improve public health and safety. In the end, I have to ask myself, ‘What have I done for my city?’, the Mayor concluded.”


Roadmap set in place to reduce deforestation in Chiang Mai

Deforestation and rice paddies in the Mae Chaem area, taken in 2010. (Photo by [email protected] Commons)

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
As part of the NCPO’s command to the Ministry of Interior and other related agencies to solve the deforestation problem facing the North Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya chaired a meeting with Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul, the Director of the Provincial Office for Natural Resources and Environment Jongklai Worapongsathorn and other agency heads to set out a roadmap to tackle the deforestation issue.
The committee came up with three different strategies to tackle the issue in the short term, the medium term and the long term. Initially they plan on sending out officers to be stationed in 73 at risk and non-risk points while in the medium term 32 agencies will join in surveying 40,000 rai each agency and draw up a solution for their area. Each agency will work to provide a long term solution for forest management and conservation in their assigned area which will then be reviewed and implemented.


Local businesses learn about consumer rights

The Office of Consumer Protection Board (ONCB) held a seminar at the Empress Convention Center on July 23, 2014 to educate local businesses on consumer rights and consumer protection. Deputy Governor Navin Sintusa-ard opened the meeting which saw ONCB officials talk about the Consumer Protection Act. Officials also visited three superstores to meet with employees to cover important aspects of the law, these stores were Big C Supercenter Hang Dong branch, Top Market Central Chotana, and Tesco Lotus Kamthieng branch. Amphon Wongsiri, secretary of the OCPB said that the office will make sure that consumers receive reliable and accessible protection. They plan on building a smartphone application to for people to send complaints to the OCPB office in each province. The project is a result of the NCPO’s command that consumers receive full information and protection of their rights.


Novice burglar arrested stealing from local spa

Released from Youth Detention in April

A 17 year old novice monk was arrested by police on August 4, 2014, after allegedly stealing 20,000 baht from the cash drawer of a local spa.

Nopniwat Krailerg
A seventeen year old novice monk who joined a temple in Pasang, Lamphun after being released from Youth Detention was re-arrested on August 4, 2014, after stealing 20,000 baht from the cash drawer of a local spa.
The boy entered the spa in his robes pretending to be a customer coming to purchase spa products and when the cashier was away allegedly stole 20,000 baht out of the drawer on July 30, 2014. The owner of the spa filed a complaint with the police, they reviewed the CCTV footage and saw that the suspected thief had been arrested on charges in March, 2013.
Police found that he had been released from the Youth Detention Center in April, 2014 and joined a temple in Lamphun where, it is alleged, he stole 400,000 baht donated to the temple and 5,000 baht from the monk of another temple. It is also alleged that in June he stole 300,000 baht from a relative and a 1 baht weight gold necklace. Police believe he also used the stolen credit cards of another victim in Mae Ping.


Police target loansharking gangs in San Sai, Mae Taeng

Police arrested 6 men in two separate incidents and charged them with loaning money at a rate of interest higher than that allowed by the government.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Region 5 police arrested a loansharking gang in San Sai after a joint police and army investigation let to their house in San Sai where they uncovered the list of debtors as well as 10,100 baht in cash. Police said the 3 men originated from Ubon Ratchathani and moved to Chiang Mai loaning people money at rates far above the legal limit until they could afford to purchase the house in San Sai. Police also found 1.2 million baht in bank accounts held by the men.
Mae Taeng police arrested three more accused men with 2 loan records, 3,450 baht in cash and a receipt for a 74,600 baht balance.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapas, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5 and Acting Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police, and Maj. Gen. Sarayuth Rangsee, Commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle said the arrests were part of the policy by the NCPO and the Royal Thai Police came up to suppress loan sharks who charge interest at a higher rate than the regulated law. The campaign started May 28 and has led to 57 arrests 73 people charged with this crime.


Man arrested for July murder of 50 year old woman

Police arrested 27 year old Witchupan Rustanarungsan for the murder of Supattra Suwarot in her apartment on July 22, 2014.

Nopniwat Krailerg
After extensive investigation and interviews with witnesses in the murder of 50 year old Supattra Suwarot at PJ Apartments in Chiang Mai on July 22, 2014 police arrested a 27 year old man in his room near Wat Umong.
Police said that the killer also attacked Supattra’s niece after killing her aunt in the room but ran away, the niece saw the killer and was able to provide the police with a clear description. Police believe that Witchupan Rustanarungsan killed the woman while trying to burgle her apartment.
Police uncovered the alleged killer at a new rented room near Wat Umong, inside the police found a mask, rubber gloves, knuckle-duster, and a 6 inch blade. Witchupan confessed to the crime and will be charged with robbery and murder.


American falls to his death from guesthouse roof

Nopniwat Krailerg
Police were called to the scene of an accident on Loi Kroh Road at 2:54 p.m. on July 27, 2014 after witnesses reported a man falling from the roof of a guesthouse.
The police and Ruamjai Chiang Mai Rescue Foundation rushed to the scene but found 54 year old American man James Christian dead at the front entrance of the guesthouse. A witness told police that the man was staying at the guesthouse and had gone up to the rooftop deck with his camera. They believe he may have lost his footing trying to take a photo from an unsafe part of the deck and fell.
The recue team brought the body to the Forensic Science Office at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital for autopsy and are coordinating with the U.S. Embassy to contact the man’s family.


Father and son shot dead in Chiang Dao corn field

Two men had gone bird watching

Nopniwat Krailerg
A father and son were found shot dead in a Chiang Dao cornfield on July 27 2014. Chiang Dao police were notified by the headman of Moo 15, Ping Kong sub-district that the bodies of two men had been found. Police and border patrol officers examined the crime scene and found the body of 53 year old Patae Pabu and his son, 23 year old Suttichai Pabu shot several times. Police found ten shells from an assault rifle and their motorcycle on the ground nearby.
The victims had told people that they were going bird watching and drove off on their motorcycle around 10 p.m. on July 26, 2014. Upon reaching the field about 3 km from their home the two men were ambushed by an unknown number of assailants.
Police did a background check on the two men and found that the father was wanted by Chai Prakan police on a drug warrant and that his other son had been convicted for murder. Police believe the reason for the murder were personal conflicts in illegal business activities and will be investigating further.


Land under opium cultivation rose by 355 rai in the past year

Army and police have found 355 more rai under cultivation in the growing season this year than in the previous year.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya presided over a conference of the Board of the Command Centre for Drugs Elimination and the Chiang Mai Peace Maintaining Board that reported the results of the investigation and destruction of opium fields in the growing season of 2556/2557. The Board reported that 99.34% of all fields uncovered had been destroyed and that the number of land under opium cultivation had grown by 355 rai from the previous year to a total of 2,104.77 rai. Police and Army will be assigned to arrest opium farmers in forests in Om Koi and Chiang Dao districts.
Police also issued results of drug arrests that there have been 819 more drug arrests from October 2013 to June 2014 than in the same period the previous year, most cases for drug use, possession and possession with the intent to sell.
Most arrests involved methamphetamine, or Yaba followed by heroin and then marijuana. Most smugglers have been caught using the bus and via boats from neighboring countries.
One such arrest occurred at a Chiang Dao checkpoint on July 23 when police received a tip off that a silver Toyotal pickup truck would be smuggling methamphetamines. Police saw such a car approach the checkpoint in Mae Na but the driver attempted to escape, as he veered off the road the car got stuck on the shoulder. The passenger escaped but police arrested the driver, Chako Praiertchutima of Chiang Dao who had a photocopy of the ID card of Somwang Kamma of the Chiang Dao District Office. Police are investigating Somwang’s involvement in the case. Police found two bags containing a total of 90,000 methamphetamine tables. Chako said he had been hired to smuggle the drugs into the city.
On July 30, 2014, Pol. Maj. Gen. Prachuab Wongsuk, Commander of Investigation Division Provincial Police Region 5 along with Region 5 Narcotic Suppression police officers arrested three men involved in a major drug trafficking network in Lamphun, Chiang Mai and Lampangwith 4 Yaba pills.
Officers investigated them and arrested 5 more men; Rachan Khamphong age 33 of Lamphun with 150 Yaba pills and 2.7g crystal methamphetamine, Wilailak Osima age 36 with 50 Yaba pills, Kritsawan Intakok age 30 with 400 Yaba pills, Apirak Soimano age 27 with 19,604 Yaba pills, and B (alias) age 16 who is a lady-boy agent for prostitution in Lamphun.
Pol. Col. Woraphong Khamlue, Superintendent of Investigation Sub-Division, Provincial Police Region 5 said that the arrest uncovered a major drug network run by a prisoner in Lampang Central Prison.


Longan, lamyai, a fruit by any other name would taste just as sweet

Longan or lamyai as it is known in Thai is in season now and the annual Chiang Mai Longan Festival was held at Tha Pae Gate from July 31 – August 2 to celebrate this tasty fruit and give orchardists a chance to sell their wares to the general public. Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Navin Sintusa-ard presided over the opening ceremony that was held Chiang Mai Agriculture, in coordination with Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization, Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Office, Military Circle 33, Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives Chiang Mai and others. There were longan contests, exhibitions and a 20 truck caravan of trucks carrying longans was sent off to deliver to provinces around Thailand.


Royal Thai Air Force repairs damaged schools in Chiang Rai

Air Chief Marshall Thongchai Chalaemkate presided over the handover ceremony in Chiang Rai after the Royal Thai Air Force repaired two schools and two temples damaged in the May 2014 earthquake.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Disaster Mitigation Center of the Royal Thai Air Force restored four schools and temples in Chiang Rai and handed the restored structures back over on July 25, 2014. Air Chief Marshall Thongchai Chalaemkate, Assistant to the Air Commander and Vice Commander of the Mitigation Center presided over the handover ceremony at Municipal 4 School in Muang, Chiang Rai.
Chiang Rai Mayor Wanchai Chongsuttanamanee welcomed the Air Chief and thanked the Air Force for the restoration works. Wat Doi Phra Bat and Wat Nong Kien had structures repaired and the Buddha image at Wat Nong Kien was repaired and repainted. San Pa Gor and Samakkiwittayakom Schools had cracks in walls repaired, pillars strengthened and buildings repainted.
In addition to the repairs the Air Forces’ Friends of the People Unit provided free medical and dental checks, barber services, scholarships to students, education and sports equipment for students and also performed music concerts and provided a small plane exhibition.


Chiang Dao area village receives new health clinics

Acting Consul General Amir Masliyah (3rd right), representing the U.S. government, attended the opening of two new medical clinics in Ban Na Wai in Chiang Dao district along with members of the Royal Thai Army and the Provincial Health Department on July 24, 2014.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Acting Consul General and Management Officer of the U.S. Consulate Genera in Chiang Mai Amir Masliyah attended the official opening of two medical clinics in Baan Na Wai, Chiang Dao. He was joined by Maj. Gen. Chaiyapruk Aiyapak, director of the 3rd Regional Development Office, Armed Forces Development Command, and Col. Yuttachai Chantarawipak, commander of the 32nd Mobile Development Unit at the opening ceremony of the two new buildings.
JUSMAG-THAI (Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group Thailand) provided funding for both clinics which will offer have a 3-bed patient room, general clinic, massage and herbal steam room. More than 3,000 people in the surrounding community will be able to get preliminary treatment at the new clinics.


Research on revitalizing Baan Tawai in joint US – Thai university project

Wiwat Sethachuay, Advisor to the Rector of North Chiang Mai University reported that students surveyed villagers and tourists as well as learned more about the history of the area in a bid to help revitalize the craft village.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Baan Tawai, the well-known craft village in Hang Dong, saw students and researchers from North Chiang Mai University and Purdue University in Indiana, U.S.A. visit to research the village’s history, survey craftspeople and tourists to determine what issues need addressing.
The project was started by Prof. Dr. Chad Allred from Purdue University who taught English at North Chiang Mai University during a visit to Chiang Mai. At that time he had a chance to visit Baan Tawai Village and truly wanted to help restore Lanna Tradition and culture. Upon his return to the U.S. he introduced the Baan Tawai Project” to his students, there were a number of his students interested. Former Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo was a strong supporter of this long-term project that began on October 8, 2013.
Wiwat Sethachuay, Advisor to the Rector of North Chiang Mai University said that the American professor along with 15 of his own students and a group of North Chiang Mai University lecturers and students met with villagers and surveyed the area from May 19 –June 26, 2014. The Purdue University students have created a modern website that will introduce Baan Tawai to the world and allow villagers to maintain their craft sustainably.


Japanese Government assists Youth HIV/AIDS education

Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Ms. Jeeranun Mongkondee, Regional Director for Thailand, PH-Japan, signed the funding agreement at the Japanese Consulate for the HIV/AIDS education program run by PH-Japan.

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects, is providing funds for “The Project for Youth HIV/AIDS Education in Chiang Mai” conducted by a Japanese NGO, PH-Japan. On July 30, 2014, Mr. Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Ms. Jeeranun Mongkondee, Regional Director for Thailand, PH-Japan, jointly signed the funding contract for the Project at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.
Thailand has been effective in preventing the transmission of HIV on a national scale. However teenagers now in Thailand are among the most likely generation to be affected by HIV infection. It is suggested that the major reasons for HIV infection today include declining HIV/AID knowledge, inconsistent condom use and increase in multiple partners. The youths have confused views on how to protect themselves from HIV.
PH-Japan has conducted a project for HIV/AIDS prevention for university students since 2002. Based on this experience, PH-Japan will start a Project targeting youths in Chiang Mai Province with preventative HIV/AIDS education in cooperation with the Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office and School Officials.
In response to a request from PH-Japan, the Government of Japan has decided to provide funds amounting to 4,525,500 baht for the second phase of the Project. The funds will be used to procure educational equipment, to arrange learning for youths, and to arrange seminars for youths and school officials on HIV/AIDS prevention. It is expected that youth HIV/AIDS prevention education will provide clear and accurate information regarding HIV/AIDS that is relevant and meaningful to youths, and more youths will obtain knowledge about HIV/AIDS properly in order to reduce their HIV infection risks. (CGJ)


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Long Live Her Majesty Queen Sirikit

Songthaew drivers meet with Army over new system

New One Stop Center for citizen complaints opens at City Hall

Chiang Mai honors the Crown Prince on his 62nd birthday

Plans to tackle growing number of tourist arrivals at Chiang Mai Airport

Northern Peasants Federation calls on government for land reform

Motorcycle accidents leading cause of serious injury on the roads

Longan farmers petition for price supports after early harvest yields small fruits

Making the city livable for everyone

Roadmap set in place to reduce deforestation in Chiang Mai

Local businesses learn about consumer rights

Novice burglar arrested stealing from local spa

Police target loansharking gangs in San Sai, Mae Taeng

Man arrested for July murder of 50 year old woman

American falls to his death from guesthouse roof

Father and son shot dead in Chiang Dao corn field

Land under opium cultivation rose by 355 rai in the past year

Longan, lamyai, a fruit by any other name would taste just as sweet

Royal Thai Air Force repairs damaged schools in Chiang Rai

Chiang Dao area village receives new health clinics

Research on revitalizing Baan Tawai in joint US – Thai university project

Japanese Government assists Youth HIV/AIDS education

Advertisement



Chiangmai Mail Publishing Co. Ltd.
189/22 Moo 5, T. Sansai Noi, A. Sansai, Chiang Mai 50210
THAILAND
Tel. 053 852 557, Fax. 053 014 195
Editor: 087 184 8508
E-mail: [email protected]
www.chiangmai-mail.com
Administration: [email protected]
Website & Newsletter Advertising: [email protected]

Copyright © 2004 Chiangmai Mail. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.